Vortex Washer - Top Left Looking Down Door Open

Cabinet Style Parts Washers

Fixed vs. Retractable Turntables

The cabinet-style parts washer uses a high-pressure, heated, aqueous spray to clean parts within a cabinet enclosure and the cabinet design allows a user to clean large and heavy contaminated objects. Operators access the cabinet interior via the door and load parts onto the turntable. The turntable holds the parts and rotates during the cleaning cycle and there are two common turntable styles used by parts washer manufacturers – fixed and retractable.

Turntable Types

Parts washer clamshell door.

Parts washer clamshell door.

For fixed turntable designs, manufacturers position the stationary turntable in the center of the wash cabinet. A clamshell style V-Notched door facilitates safe placement of parts onto the fixed table with overhead cranes and jib booms.

For retracting turntable designs (also known as “swing-out” turntables), manufacturers integrate the turntable into the door of the parts washer. When an operator opens the cabinet, the turntable swings out with the door. Manufacturers of retractable turntable parts washers promote ease of loading and unloading.

Turntable Capacities

Common retractable turntable designs have table capacities from 1,000 to 20,000 pounds and the fixed turntable designs have capacities from 1,000 to 65,000 pounds.

Part Loading and Unloading

Parts Washer Door Open

Parts Washer Door Open

For retractable turntable designs, the door and hinges support the entire weight of the table and the parts. Heavy, wet, and contaminated parts must remain stable during door opening and closing operations. Otherwise, the parts may shift and expose operators to unsafe conditions. Operators must be cautious of the inertia of the loaded door when closing the cabinet.

The fixed turntable design improves operational safety and reduces the total weight on the cabinet door. The clamshell style V-Notched door allows for parts to be directly distributed on the center of the turntable and promotes safe and precise loading and unloading. Easier opening and closing of doors without the extra weight and resistance of an attached turntable helps prevent possible injury to employees.

Vortex Cabinet-Style Parts Washer

Vortex Washer - Top Left Looking Down Door Open

Vortex Washer – Top Left Looking Down Door Open

All Vortex cabinet-style parts washers use fixed turntables for improved safety. The clamshell style V-Notched doors provide easier access for part loading and unloading and the fixed turntable design eliminates heavy loads on the doors. Vortex machines offer the largest table capacities ranging from 2,000 to 65,000 pounds.

Parts Washer Top View

Parts Washer Top View

Our machines help you clean parts efficiently and safely. For more information about our cabinet-style parts washers, please contact Vortex.

Batch & Continuous Processing

As manufacturers and rebuilders improve production processes, the requirements for parts cleaning continue to escalate. Choosing the best parts cleaner for your application depends on the production process, part volume and size, part contamination, and safety. Fortunately, there are parts cleaners that can accommodate batch or continuous operations and meet production timelines and specifications.


Continuous systems can use a single cleaning process or a combination of processes including spray, immersion, and ultrasonic.

Batch Processing

For low part volumes, industries use manual parts washers, which require operators to manually clean and rinse parts with solvent. The operator cleans batches of parts within the sink of the manual parts washer. Operators must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when using volatile organic solvents.

For larger volumes and large part sizes, industries use automatic parts washers to prepare and clean parts in batch operations. Automatic parts washers use a range of cleaning techniques such as spray, immersion, and ultrasonic to remove part contamination. The automatic/batch parts washers completely contain the parts and solvents during the cleaning cycle and many systems use aqueous chemistries and heated cleaning cycles. To begin, operators load the cleaning system with parts and initiate the cleaning cycle. After a timed interval, the operators remove the clean parts and the system is ready for the next batch of contaminated parts.

Continuous Processing

For continuous processing, cleaning equipment manufacturers design custom, cleaning systems for a customer. The systems use automated cleaning techniques that integrate with the production line and deliver clean and prepared parts for the next operation. Continuous systems can use a single cleaning process or a combination of processes including spray, immersion, and ultrasonic.

Parts Cleaning Guidance

There are many factors to consider when choosing a parts washer and Vortex can help assist you with automatic, industrial parts washers.

For more information with industrial parts cleaning, please contact Vortex.

The Vortex Advantage

When choosing an industrial parts washer, you want to make the right decision – the first time. There are so many styles, designs, and manufacturers. How do you know that you are making the best choice?

Vortex designed the 3D Oscillating System and the Multiplex Oscillating Manifold System to provide thorough cleaning coverage during the wash cycle.

There are many sizes and varieties available in the parts washing industry.

Cleaner Parts

At the end of the day, you need clean parts every time and part striping is a common artifact of cabinet-style parts washers. To eliminate this problem, Vortex designed the 3D Oscillating System and the Multiplex Oscillating Manifold System to provide thorough cleaning coverage during the wash cycle. The 3D oscillating system uses a non-sequential oscillating spray manifold and the rotating turntable to provide complete coverage. The multiplex oscillating manifold system uses an oscillating manifold that glides back and forth spraying the load vertically, horizontally, above, and below the table. These systems produce cleaner parts and reduce part striping.

Greater Power

Vortex Parts Washers use Grudfos pumps to generate consistent and reliable water pressure during wash cycles. Our soft start controllers use variable frequency drives to ramp up the frequency and reduce temperature rise during acceleration. These controllers prevent damage to materials and plumbing, prolong the life of pumps, and reduce down times. Depending on the application, Vortex offers single, dual, or quadroplex pump systems and leads the industry with the highest horsepower pumps.

Safer Loading and Unloading

For safe operations, Vortex Industrial Parts Washers use fixed turntables for the cabinet-style parts washers. This design reduces the door weight compared to retractable turntables and makes door opening and closing much safer. Vortex uses Clam Shell Style V-Notched Doors, which allows precise part distribution during loading.

Easier Maintenance

After several wash cycles for an industrial parts washer, sludge and dirt accumulate and maintenance is typically messy and time consuming. To address this problem, Vortex designed the Debris Containment System, which makes the clean-out process quicker and safer and eliminates the laborious task of cleaning the entire tank. The debris containment system extends the maintenance interval and saves you time and money.

Heavier Loads

The fixed table design of Vortex Parts Washers allows you to load heavy parts with accuracy. Vortex offers the Largest Table Capacities for cabinet-style parts washers ranging from 2,000 to 65,000 pounds.

The Vortex Advantage

Vortex helps you clean parts faster and safer even if you have unique applications and operations. For more information about industrial parts cleaning and our industrial parts washers, please contact Vortex.

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