In the meantime, also suppliers of equipment for industrial parts and surface cleaning are registering increasing numbers of received orders. Within this context, participation at parts2clean has had positive effects for many companies. This is certainly one of the reasons that the exhibitor list for the upcoming event, which will be held from 25 through 27 October 2011, already includes roughly 100 company names. And the industry expects demand to continue increasing in 2011. This is based on ever stricter cleanliness requirements in practically all manufacturing sectors, as well as in the field of MRO.
“Our participation at the trade fair in 2010 has already generated more than a million Euros in sales. For the most part this has involved projects for which preliminary discussions had already taken place, but final decisions weren’t made until the customers came to the trade fair. Our new leads are also highly promising”, reports Tobias Oberauer. Few company representatives have expressed themselves in terms as concrete as those uttered by the managing director of Karl Roll GmbH, but a glance at the exhibitor list indicates that parts2clean is considered the world’s most significant trade fair for the industry. Already at the middle of December, i.e. roughly ten months before the next event, approximately 100 companies have made firm reservations for booth floor space. The list includes nearly all of the market and technology leaders from the various exhibition sectors: systems and processes, as well as process media and their conditioning, for degreasing, cleaning, deburring and pre-treatment of parts, parts baskets and workpiece carriers, handling and process automation, cleanroom technology, corrosion protection, preservation and packaging, job-shop cleaning, quality assurance, test methods and analysis procedures. At the last event, these offerings drew 4,046 exhibitors from 39 countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia to the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre.
Growing Demand due to Ever Stricter Cleanliness Requirements
Regardless of whether highly demanding or relatively simple cleaning tasks are involved, component and surface cleanliness is now an important quality aspect and competitive factor in manufacturing, as well as in the field of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). This results in further worldwide increases in demand for solutions which allow for economical cleaning in accordance with actual needs. This is where parts2clean demonstrates its strengths. Thanks to its focus on the process sequence for parts and surface cleaning, visitors are presented with the world’s most comprehensive offerings for solutions which span numerous industries and technologies – and not only for the cleaning process itself, but rather for downstream steps as well such as cleanliness inspection and documentation, corrosion protection, preservation and packaging. “The highly representative programme for achieving and maintaining defined levels of cleanliness is certainly one of the reasons that the number of trade fair visitors who are involved in company investment decisions is so high at just under 90%”, notes Hartmut Herdin, managing director of promoters fairXperts GmbH. On the other hand, the high concentration of decision makers results in concrete negotiations with the exhibitors, as well as the conclusion of sales contracts. This is also confirmed by Jens Dust, product manager for parts cleaning at Rosink GmbH + Co.: “We see our participation at the trade fair in 2010 in a very positive light. The RFQs have been very specific – the visitors have already gotten involved with the subject matter and in some cases are bringing workpieces in order to look for appropriate solutions. It’s become apparent that the automotive industry and its suppliers need to do some catching up, and areas like maintenance and repair are becoming more and more interesting as well.”
Know-How Covering All Aspects of the Cleaning Process
parts2clean is in demand amongst users from all industries, and not just as an information and procurement platform, but rather as the integrated German speaking expert forum, and as a source of knowledge as well. After all, there’s still plenty of demand for know-how covering all aspects if industrial parts and surface cleaning. This is substantiated by record breaking participation with 1,719 visitors at the presentations held at parts2clean 2010. Amongst others, topics from the areas of cleaning in medical engineering, as well as maintenance and reconditioning are on the agenda for the expert forum in 2011. Further information is available at www.parts2clean.com.
Parts2Clean 2011: Temporary Corrosion Protection
– Indispensable in the Production Process
Whether it results in the impairment of downstream work steps, scrap or customer complaints – corrosion may lead to significant economic losses. The COROSAVE product range presented at parts2clean offers solutions to the problems of corrosion during production, storage and transport of components. fairXperts GmbH has integrated the issues of corrosion protection, preservation and packaging into the leading international trade fair for cleaning within the production and maintenance processes, which will take place at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre in Germany from the 25th through the 27th of October 2011.
When components are manufactured, surfaces which are highly susceptible to corrosion are exposed, for example as a result of machining processes and degreasing. As a rule, aqueous machining fluids also promote corrosion. Effective drying and/or cleaning is thus advisable without delay after processing with aqueous or corrosive media. Chips and metallic abrasion must also be removed as quickly as possible, because this type of contamination may cause the formation of corrosion nuclei which in some cases are only visible under a microscope, and which then spread underneath protective layers. Storage times between the individual machining steps should also be kept as short as possible. However, due to the fact that this cannot always be assured, temporary corrosion protection is an imperative part of the manufacturing process for many workpieces.
Applying Corrosion Protection Media During Cleaning
It makes most sense to apply corrosion protection media while the parts are in the cleaning system. Aqueous media and oil-containing substances such as corrosion protection emulsions, oils, greases and waxes are available to this end. The protective action of these media lasts for a duration of a few hours up to several years, and duration becomes longer in the order in which the media are listed above, although removal becomes more difficult as well. For good protective action, it's essential to assure that the parts are fully dried and cooled down to room temperature before packaging. Water quality also plays a role when parts are cleaned with an aqueous medium, and ambient conditions are influencing factors as well. For example, in particular during hot, humid summer months, the use of an additional corrosion protection package may be necessary, even if protection is only required for a short time. This type of packaging also offers ideal protection for lengthy periods of storage or during transport.
Corrosion Protection Packaging
Solutions of this sort include, for example, the so-called VCI materials (volatile corrosion inhibitors). Volatile corrosion inhibitors are released from these materials and generate a gaseous phase within the sealed package which protects against corrosion. They consist of either powders, granulates or liquids, or impregnated foils and paper. In the case of VCI emitters in the form of powders, granulates, liquids or paper, virtually airtight, sealed containers are required for effective use, in which the metal parts are stored or transported together with the VCI emitter. Sealed packages can be manufactured directly from VCI foils, especially in the form of bags or covers. After the metal parts to be protected from corrosion have been inserted, the openings are closed, for example by simply fusing or gluing them together.
Another technology provides corrosion protection by means of highly porous copper particles which are permanently cross-linked into a composite. They react much more quickly with elements such as salts, sulphur compounds, ozone, nitrogen oxides and other so-called "corrosive gases" which are present in the atmosphere and cause corrosion. The copper particles bind corrosive gases permanently and thus generate a neutralised atmosphere, which protects all of the materials stored within it from corrosion and ageing. Even moisture which migrates through the packaging is stripped of its corrosive elements and thus loses its corrosive effect. Packaging can be laid out for various protection time periods ranging from 6 months to 15 years. It's utilised just as commonly in automobile, machinery and equipment manufacturing as it is in the electronics industry, aviation and aerospace, as well as other sectors.