Parts washing system

  • US 6,019,110 A
  • Filed: 04/22/1997
  • Issued: 02/01/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for cleaning hydrocarbons from a part, comprising a biodegradable, non-toxic, non-caustic, nonflammable oil dispersant cleaner and degreaser fluid, a parts washer including a tank for containing the fluid and a basin for receiving the part, a pump and conduit assembly for pumping the fluid from the tank into contact with the part within the basin, a flowpath defined between the basin and the tank through which the fluid flows from the basin back to the tank, and microorganisms within the parts washer for biodegrading the hydrocarbons:

  • the microorganisms substantially sustained within and flowing with the fluid;

    the parts washer further includes a heater for heating the fluid; and

    means for controlling said heater to maintain the fluid approximately at a desired temperature and for disabling said heater as the fluid drops to below a desired level in the tank.

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