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Cleaning of tanks and tracked vehicles

REQUIREMENTS

When cleaning tank and armoured vehicles, in addition to the typical tasks that also exist for a truck, there are a number of special features, such as

  • Tank chassis
  • Tank turret
  • Engine parts
  • Engine, engine compartment and gearbox (installed or removed).

These parts are impressive not only because of their technical peculiarities, but also because of their sheer size and weight. It is therefore all the more important to be able to reach the parts easily and ideally clean them without having to dismantle them.

 

Maintenance and/or repair of tank chassis Leopard
Impressive dimension: Cleaning a tank chassis (Leopard) during maintenance

PREVIOUS TECHNIQUE

Even today, these areas are often cleaned with A I cleaner or a high-pressure cleaner. The high-pressure cleaner is certainly still justified for coarser soiling, such as on the chains.

Cleaning an armoured vehicle with A I cleaners, on the other hand, can certainly not be described as efficient in terms of working time and quality of the cleaning result. The use of A I cleaners is neither health- nor resource-friendly.

The previously used cold-cleaner wash tables are no longer accepted in the public sector because of the health hazards caused by the chemicals used and the aerosols produced, and are being replaced.

 

cleaning a tank (Leopard), engine room
Engine room of a tank (Leopard) during cleaning

OUR SOLUTION

With the low-pressure hot cleaning process, even the special requirements of cleaning tanks can be mastered easily, efficiently and in a resource-saving way.

Thanks to the low pressure of 7.5 or 14 bar, even sensitive parts are not damaged, but the dirt is rinsed off and transported away. Due to the high cleaning temperature of up to 95°C, dirt and especially oil and grease are perfectly dissolved and cleaned off quickly and efficiently.

At the same time, the method is gentle on health and the environment because it largely dispenses with chemical additives.

If necessary, an alkaline cleaning agent can be added, but then a low concentration of e.g. 3% is sufficient and the medium can be used several times, as our machines can recycle the cleaning medium used.

In practice, it is also important that basins such as the engine compartment can be cleaned without flooding due to the particularly low water consumption - only up to 1.8 or 2.8 litres per minute.

In addition, the method is very cost-effective, as cleaning is many times faster than manual cleaning - our customers regularly save 80-90% of their working time - and much more pleasant than manual scrubbing or spraying with the A I cleaner.

 

Tank cleaning, engine compartment Wiesel
Cleaning the engine compartment of a tank (Wiesel) with spray lance of a 1000 SR

YOUR ADVANTAGES

  • Efficiency/quality: Significant time saving due to fast and thorough cleaning:
    • High temperature and sufficient pressure enable fast and thorough cleaning in a short time, especially of oily and greasy contamination.
    • Time saving in practice often 80-90%.
    • Optimum accessibility even to hard-to-reach places with appropriate lances and nozzles.
    • Due to the low pressure, no damage to sensitive parts, e.g. electrical parts such as cables, lamps or plugs.
  • Efficient cleaning in the workshop: Minimal splash-back effects, no clouds of droplets, no aerosols, instead short distances or cleaning directly at the component, often even without dismantling.
  • Cleaning medium: Hot water, usually without the addition of chemicals, or at best with a highly diluted alkaline cleaner. Therefore, minimal costs for procurement and disposal, especially as process water can be reused multiple times. Therefore, overall resource consumption is very low.
  • Dirt water can be collected with the help of the dirt water collectors, which can be driven directly under the tank.
  • Considerably more pleasant, faster and more efficient work than by hand.
  • More effective and faster than cold wash tables, A I cleaner or manual cleaning.
  • Health- and environment-friendly: No aerosols, no or minimal chemicals, little water.
  • Occupational safety and environmental protection: No chemicals means improved environmental compatibility, higher occupational safety and significantly lower costs.
  • Universal cleaning method: The devices can be used for a variety of other applications.
  • In summary, very low investment, hardly any operating costs, no health risks, but high efficiency and quality.

 

tank motor cleaned - front view
Tank motor dismantled, front view
Tank motor cleaned, side view
Tank motor dismantled, side view

SEE ALSO

  • Also of interest: Coolant recycling saves money and helps the environment, see application report on coolant recycling.

changing the coolant with collector 1000 KW-FK
Coolant recycling with collector 1000 KW-FK

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