ATL installs medical-grade cleaning facility

At a cost of more than £1m, Assembly Techniques Ltd (ATL) in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, is opening a two-story facility featuring a Class ISO8 cleanroom for component washing and drying.

At the heart of the new operation is a Pro 550 six-stage, ultrasonic, aqueous cleaning line from Turbex, which has taken over from an older aqueous washing system and will assist ATL in attaining ISO 13485 medical accreditation by the end of October 2019. Ultimately, the move will enable ATL to supply parts to the medical sector.
ATL director Nigel Downing says: “All of our metallic and high-end plastic components are supplied by external contract machinists, and a large percentage of those require degreasing and the removal of cutting fluid residue before assembly. The Turbex line is so efficient that nearly all components, including non-critical parts, can be processed using a range of semi-automatic washing cycles.”
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