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Ultrasonic Cosmetic Parts Cleaner

The more effective method for cosmetic parts cleaning, both in residue removal and costs.

The cosmetic industry is used to a large amount of manual cleaning with soak tanks and spray washers. These methods are not as effective as ultrasonics in completely removing cosmetic residues such as lipstick, makeup, eye blush, sunscreens and other cosmetic products produced in batches.

A multi-step ultrasonic cleaning and flushing process can reduce process times, manpower usage, water usage, electricity consumption and effluent discharge. It will provide for a more consistent and reliable cleaning process that can be documented through a Data Acquistion Package as part of an automated system, while also addressing the required sanitization step in 180°F water that must be documented as well.

There are also applications for smaller manual type systems ranging from simple ultrasonic tanks to manually operated multi-station OJs-type systems.

Cosmetic industry challenges

Cosmetics manufacturing involves a high volume of parts that are processed with a variety of contaminates. These need to be turned over after each cosmetic change or product color change, often with short turnaround times.

This has been a highly manual operation with tremendous amounts of effluent being discharged into sewer systems or treated internally.

Once cleaned, you must sanitize wetted parts at elevated water temperature for specified periods of time, which must be documented for sanitization requirements.

Cosmetics-specific items that Crest can clean

  • Clamps
  • Gaskets
  • Heated manifold
  • Hoppers
  • Lipstick molds
  • Miscellaneous fittings
  • Nozzles
  • Packing body
  • Piston cylinder
  • Plungers
  • Pump heads
  • Pump side plates
  • Sanitary pipe sections
  • Stainless steel and non-metallic flexible hose sections with sanitary fittings
  • Valves

Crest Ultrasonics equipment typically used

Digital Modular Series (DMS)

For higher throughput and larger components that can’t be handled manually. Standard plug-and-play options include filtration, frequencies, automatic fill/drain, conductivity, and much more. Our DMS system is expandable, versatile, and modular.

Optimum Console Junior

Used for manually operated processes, this four-station ultrasonic cleaning system (wash/rinse/rinse/dry) cleans a wide variety of metal, plastic, and glass components, as well as composites.

Precision cleaning of cosmetic manufacturing parts requires a multi-station process with DMS or new OJs.

We have successfully used both 25 kHz and 40 kHz systems. Parts cleaning might also require a bulk spray down of gross contaminants on pipe sections and flexible hose sections and hoppers.

We have also used a manifold flushing design for intermittent flushing of rubber and stainless steel flexible hose sections to help ensure that all contaminants are removed.

Oil coalescing assembly is usually required on the wash tank(s) to remove the build up of waxes and oils in the cosmetics.

Chem-Crest® chemistries typically used

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Ordering available for gallon, case, pail, 55-gallon drum, and tote sizes. Items generally shipped within 24 hours.

Chem-Crest® 275

Phosphate- and silicate-free, heavy duty, ultrasonic liquid detergent concentrate that removes various machining oils, greases, metalworking fluids, drawing and stamping oils, buffing, lapping and polishing compounds, solder fluxes, welding fluxes, photoresists, airborne contaminants, and baked-on carbonaceous soils. See detailed specifications >>

Chem-Crest® 2003

Heavy-duty industrial strength ultrasonic liquid detergent concentrate that is effective on various contaminants such as oils, greases, particulate matter, carbon residues, dried-on fuel and crude fuel residues, as well as general contaminants. See detailed specifications >>

Chem-Crest® 235

Phosphate- and caustic-free, heavy-duty ultrasonic liquid detergent concentrate that is effective on light to medium oils, greases, carbon residues, particulate matter, fingerprints, and electrolyte fluids. It works well on off-engine contaminants on aluminum parts, and is part of a two-station process used for the cleaning of weapons in the Crest ultrasonic gun cleaning equipment line of products. See detailed specifications >>

Chem-Crest® SolvaClean

A unique, high-performing, non-flammable, azeotropic fluorinated solvent blend developed specifically as a safe, powerful, and environmentally favorable product for the critical cleaning of precision components and as a high purity carrier solvent. See detailed specifications >>


Case study

The Canadian arm of a major U.S. manufacturer of prestige skincare, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products has invested in our Digital Modular Series (DMS) equipment.

They are manually cleaning all of the components mentioned  mentioned above in a large wash room using enormous amounts of hot water for manual spray down, along with soak tanks.

Crest equipment and solutions successfully removed large amounts of makeup and sunscreen products with an initial bulk spray followed by 25 kHz ultrasonic wash, two stage ultrasonic overflow rinse with 40 kHz, compressed air blow-off and final hot air dry.

The system also includes a final hot water tank for sanitizing all components at an elevated temperature for a specified amount of time prior to hot air drying.

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