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Emerson releases ultrasonic generators for powering cleaning systems


August 12, 2020
By Kristina Urquhart
Kristina Urquhart

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Emerson has introduced its new Branson GCX Series of ultrasonic generators, which combine digital controls and a compact footprint to precisely control the delivery of ultrasonic energy for precision cleaning systems used in medical, electronic, automotive and other industries.

The generator is 15 per cent smaller than that of its predecessor – the S8000 Series – and is built around a five-inch colour human-machine interface (HMI) touchscreen.

The GCX Series offers variable power control, enabling the user to vary cavitational intensity from 20 per cent to 100 per cent, and a power modulation mode that can automatically increase cleaning power four-fold. Sweep frequency mode can vary cavitation intensity to eliminate standing waves and reach even small or intricate part features. It replaces fixed “high-low” sweep settings and enables users to select sweep bandwidths from one per cent to 100 per cent.

The new GCX alarm display displays plain-text alarms on the HMI screen, prompting the user to select and review plain-language alarm information, troubleshooting tips and resolution procedures.

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The alarm system also includes a complete log of recent alarms, with all HMI text information available in multiple languages – English, Chinese and Japanese.

Process monitoring uses a power-graphing display that continually tracks the generator’s power draw, enabling fast recognition of any sudden variations that could affect ultrasonic output or cleaning performance.

The GCX Series also features enhanced RS-485 communications capabilities, which enable high-speed availability of setup and cleaning process data to programmable logic controllers (PLCs), servers or PCs for statistical process analysis.

All GCX units can operate with individual tanks in a stand-alone configuration of integrate fully with the PLC controls common to OMNI, B Series Degreasers and other Branson ultrasonic cleaning systems.