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Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some commonly asked questions and answers regarding the Ultra Clean Technologies Cleaning System. The most important factor when using the system is to exercise common sense at all times. If there is any chance a projectile may become lost in the system, do not attempt to fire one into the HTP (hose, tube or pipe).

1. How do you remove a wedged projectile that is obviously too large for the line?

Pour some water or spray a little WD40 down the HTP and operate the pneumatic launcher, without a projectile, from the other end and blow the projectile out. The water or WD40 will loosen the wedged projectile and allow it to continue its course. Make sure that the fluid you are using to lubricate and soften the projectile is compatible with the HTP application.

2. How do you remove a projectile that is stuck due to a restriction?

3. What happens when access to the HTP is limited to one end (i.e., area is too small for the unit)?

4. What happens if the projectile will not expel from the nozzle?

5. Why would a projectile break up?

6. Can projectiles be washed and reused?

7. Can projectiles damage the internal surface of the application?

8. How do you clean a clogged HTP?

9. Does changing the length of the projectile alter the performance?

10. Will the projectile go through 90, 180 or 360 degree bends?

11. How far will the projectile travel in the HTP?

12. Will the projectile clean out mud, slurry and moisture from the line?

13. Will the projectile go through couplings or hose to tube to hose?

14. Will the projectile go through valves?

15. Will the projectile go through a tee?

16. Will the system clean a tube that branches into a tube (similar to a Y)?

17. Will the system clean a tube that branches into two and then back into one?

18. Will the system clean a tube that has fins inside?

19. Will the system clean HTP if there are significant reductions and expansions (i.e., 20mm to 50mm to 20mm)?

20. Will the system clean a tee if the cross section is larger than the pipe going into the cross section?

21. Will the system clean HTP that is knotted, coiled or clamp joined with couplings or different configurations?

22. Will the system clean a tube that has been flattened by about 40% to 60% along the duration of the tube?

23. What should you do if a projectile will not enter into a copper tube?

24. What happens if the tube or pipe has a wall that is too thick for the nozzle?

25. Will the CE System clean a pipe or tube that has a lot of tees or bleeders on it?

26. What happens when the nozzle doesn't fit the particular application?

27. What is the reason for firing a projectile from the nozzle without the HTP?

28. Can the Launcher be operated at a higher pressure?

29. How does the operator conveniently select nozzles without being familiar with small measurement variations?

30. What should be done if a good seal with pipe or tube cannot be achieved?

31. Can chemicals and detergents be used to assist in the cleaning process?

32. Will chemicals affect the projectiles?

33. Can projectiles be soaked in chemicals and disinfectants?

34. What if the launcher does not fire?

35. Why is gas pressure so important when operating the system?