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Case Study: Washing Parts, Tubes, and Trays

16 February 2016

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Three-Stage Automated Washer

In our Peoria-based Broadway facility, SCSI’s proven process removes debris including oil, grease, carbon, dirt, and other machining remains. We can handle removing even the toughest rust preventative.

This process is made even more powerful with the addition of VMI (Vendor-Managed-Inventory) capabilities. SCSI can store your or your supplier’s product in our warehouses and wash on demand, repack, and send straight to you or your customer. It’s a perfect solution if you don’t have constant demand for a part.

Case Study:  Chinese Supplier

SCSI stores parts for a supplier based in China in our Peoria VMI warehouse. These parts are shipped in oil to prevent rust during transport. These parts will be welded onto the final product; however, they cannot be welded while the oil is still on the product or it will create smoke and toxic fumes.

When the OEM has demand for this part, SCSI is able to wash them with our proven process.

See the oil on the surface?

See the oil on the surface?

The SCSI technician places the part on the belt and it enters the steam washer.

The SCSI technician places the part on the belt and it enters the steam washer.

As the parts exit the washer, an SCSI technician blows excess water from the part and repacks in a VCI bag.

As the parts exit the washer, an SCSI technician blows excess water from the part and repacks in a VCI bag.

Case Study:  Service Parts Provider

For a service parts provider to an OEM, the facility usually sends parts directly to customers for aftermarket solutions like replacing worn out parts. There is not a constant demand since these parts are not going directly to a production line; therefore, the threat of rust is constant since the parts may be on the shelf for a long time. They are covered in a thick rust preventative (RP) solution to prevent air and moisture from getting in, but this RP can be a pain to remove.

However, when quality problems arise and there is a threat of a line down situation, the OEM’s production facility calls upon this facility to supply those parts to keep the line running. SCSI helps that facility supply the necessary parts by quickly and efficiently removing the thick RP in our three-stage automated washer.

Tackle the Unique Challenges of Tubes

Tubes pose a unique challenge when being washed, as it’s hard to determine if the inside is clean. SCSI can conduct a post-wash inspection by taking a cleanliness sample of this inside by flushing the inside with fluid and measuring the specs that result. This will ensure that it’s not only clean to the customer’s requirements, but that it’s rust free as well. We can also use a boroscope to visually confirm the absence of rust. If SCSI finds rust, we can easily derust the inside in the same warehouse – read more about our proven derust process.


Wash Returnable Dunnage to Save Money

If your parts have cleanliness requirements, you don’t want to put them in dirty dunnage. Since purchasing new returnables each time is cost prohibitive, let SCSI sort, clean and/or store your dunnage trays, containers or totes as well as any typical returnables including baskets, boxes, Kanban trays, etc.


With a wash rate of 60 to 240 parts per hour, this washer’s 50 micron filter pore size can meet most cleanliness standards for engine parts and hydraulic lines.

4W Process

Our “4W” process (Weed-Wash-Wrap-Warehouse) is simple:

Contact SCSI to learn which wash cycle is right for your cleanliness needs.

Over the years, SCSI’s quality containment department has developed skills, assets and processes to not only clean components, but also package products. From large power steam washing, to automated wash machines, to envisioned robotic cleaning stations, SCSI will develop, adapt or use whatever it takes to make your parts clean to specs with testing and traceability to guarantee it.

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