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Branson’s new digital CPX series of ultrasonic baths with self-adaptive technology gives you industry-leading cleaning quality, plus so much more. With digital controls and power tracking capabilities, the digital CPX series makes consistent, precise 40 kHz cleaning programmable and easy to use for any technician.

Features

  • Automatic adjustments for light or heavy loads: Each model actively tracks the bath’s operating frequency and immediately brings the tank’s frequency back to its optimum point. You get unwavering cavitation and steady activity in the bath — even when the load conditions change.
  • High/low power control: You have the choice of 100% amplitude of the acoustic energy for normal applications, or 70% amplitude for delicate applications to avoid damage.
  • Up to 99 minute degassing period: For extra cleaning applications like sample preparation, mixing and homogenization, dissolving solids, cell lysing, and particle dispersion.
  • Energy-saving sleep mode: Automatically activates 15 minutes after cycle is complete.
  • New easily accessible control tower: located above and behind the cleaning tank to avoid damage from cleaning solutions.

Have any more questions on the Branson digital CPX cleaners? Leave a comment below, or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351 today!

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We are now carrying Croc conductive cleanroom shoes! Available in white or black, these lightweight shoes are great for static sensitive and cleanroom environments.

From Luxo, we now have Wave+LED illuminated magnifier. These magnifiers feature two dimmable LED lights with left/right lighting controls, allowing you to choose how much light you need.

We have also expanded our line of Jokari wire strippers. Be sure to check out all of the new products, as well as watch the videos to see how easy they are to use!

Lastly, we added Branson’s CPX line of ultrasonic cleaners with digital timer. These cleaners have the power to remove heavy oils but are still safe for delicate components. We have these cleaners with ½ gallon to 5½ gallons tank capacities.

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9 Types of Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutions

by Andy on July 16, 2012

Branson Ultrasonic Cleaning SolutionWhile you may know how ultrasonic cleaners work, you need more than just the machine itself to clean your products. In order to properly use an ultrasonic cleaner you have to have the correct ultrasonic cleaning solution. Here is a list of 9 types of solutions, and what they are used for.

1. Buffing Compound Remover: Making things easy from the start, this cleaning solution does exactly what you would expect: it removes buffing compound from products. It is made with a blend of liquid, non-ionic alkaline surfactants, detergents and emulsifiers.

2. Electronics Cleaner: This cleaning solution contains no metal cations, making it perfect for use with electronics. It is specifically formulated to remove oils, resins, and other soils from the hard surfaces found in electronics, and will not leave a conductive residue.

3. Industrial Strength: Formulated specifically for heavy-duty industrial use, this cleaner is made to remove oil, grease, and heavy soiling. Industrial strength cleaning solutions can be used to clean mechanical components, and is safe to use on most base metals and alloys without pitting or discoloration.

4. Jewelry Cleaner: Just like the buffing compound remover, this one speaks for itself. Used for cleaning jewelry, it is made with gemstones and precious metals in mind.

5. Liquid Rust Stripper: This highly caustic, double-chelated, non-foaming degreaser can be used for derusting and descaling ferrous metals. Other uses include paint striping, mold cleaning, and degreasing.

6. Metal Cleaners: Metal cleaners come in a variety of types, including MC-1, MC-2, and MC-3 solutions. Each of these excels at cleaning different types of metals.

MC-1 is a heavy duty industrial cleaner that works best with aluminum, aluminum alloys, copper, brass, and steel substrates.

MC-2 is made for general purpose and normal maintenance cleaning of ferrous metals, steel alloys, titanium alloys, copper alloys, and stainless steel.

MC-3 is made for general purpose and normal maintenance cleaning and can be used with the same metals as MC-2, as well as aluminum and aluminum alloys.

7. Optical Cleaners: This solution is used to remove soils from optical lenses. It can also remove polishing compounds from optical surfaces.

8. Oxide Remover: This solution can rapidly remove rust and oxides from many metals, especially stainless steel, copper, and tin components.

9. General Purpose: General purpose solutions are phosphate and caustic free alkaline cleaners, made for typical maintenance cleaning. Normal usage for this type of cleaner is removing general soils, dust, fingerprints, light oils, and greases from most base metals.

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Branson Sonifier The Branson Sonifier®, an ultrasonic cell disruptor, is next in a long line of laboratory equipment that All-Spec Industries will provide for consumers. While their name seems to come out of a science fiction novel, these ultrasonic cell disruptors are versatile tools used in current biological and chemical processing. Sonifier® is the specific name for Branson’s product, but in general this type of machine is commonly called a sonicator.

At the heart of a sonicator is a piezoelectric crystal such as quartz. These crystals have the odd property of generating an electrical current when compressed. This property is actually what is used in devices that contain a piezo lighter. The electrical charge generated by compressing (or often striking) the crystal is used to spark the gas, which ignites a flame in devices like butane soldering irons.

However, a secondary property of the piezoelectric crystal is used in sonicators. Not only do they generate electrical current when compressed, but they will also expand when a current is passed through them. To take advantage of this a sonicator will pass an alternating electric current through the crystal to make it expand and contract rapidly. Often times the current will be oscillating at 20-50 kHz, which is 20,000-50,000 changes in current per second! Each time the current changes the crystal will expand or contract, causing it to vibrate rapidly and produce an ultrasonic wave. This is where sonicators get their names, and it leads to sonicators being extremely loud when used. Many sonicators have special sound-proof housing available to help counteract this noise. Also sonicators must be tuned to the frequency of oscillation so that it vibrates the same way as the crystal. This allows the machine to resist the destructive vibration of the crystal and focus it onto the sample that needs to be disrupted.

The vibration of the crystal is not the only thing that allows a sonicator to disrupt cells. When immersed in liquid the tip of the sonicator will go through a process called cavitation. While the tip is contracting the liquid can not keep up, and little vacuum cavities are created. Before the liquid can fill in these cavities the crystal will expand again, causing the vacuum to implode and send out a shockwave. This will release a huge amount of energy, quickly destroying the membranes of cells in the solution. Another byproduct of this energy release is heat, which can easily cook any material that is too big to be disrupted. Any large tissue must be broken down and partially homogenized before disruption, and operators must be careful to not touch an active probe. Also care must be taken to only use sonicators in short bursts as it will cause any water it is in contact with to boil within just a few seconds. This is especially important when processing heat sensitive chemicals.

Branson Sonifier Horn Sonicators have a large number of uses, making it a very versatile piece of lab equipment. Due to its ability to disrupt cell membranes it is a perfect machine to emulsify materials. It can also homogenize samples, disrupt cellular structures, disperse or mix compounds, and accelerate reactions. Look for Branson Sonifiers® at www.all-spec.com today!

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