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Washdown Tool to Increase Machine Utilization

The Washdown Tool from Jergens provides 360 of spray to wash away chips at scheduled intervals in between machining cycles.

Jergens offers the Washdown Tool, a device that provides 360" of spray using coolant flow to wash away chips from exposed surfaces. The in-between-processes tool is programmed inline (as with any standard tool) after a predetermined number of machining cycles. The Washdown Tool provides thorough chip removal from the many exposed surfaces inside the machining area. In turn, this saves time for operators by reducing the time spent cleaning chips from a machine interior, workpiece or workholding set-up.

The unit uses multiple spray nozzles on its circumference, providing a steady and pressurized stream. Each nozzle can be plugged or opened to create customized spray patterns. Added spindle rotation helps ensure that coolant reaches virtually everywhere inside the machine. Residing in the tool changer, and programmed just as any other, the Jergens Washdown Tool is deployed periodically at scheduled intervals. This automation shortens cleaning time and supports long machining cycles, even lights-out manufacturing periods when no operator is present.

"Any aspect of the machining process, even something as simple as cleaning chips, that can be made more systematic and repeatable will allow for greater productivity and reduced scrap," said Mike Antos, Jergens Workholding Product Manager. "The washdown tool is another way of helping customers achieve that."

For more information contact:

Jergens, Inc.

15700 S Waterloo Road

Cleveland, OH 44110

877-486-1454 / 216-486-5540

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