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PCB Repair Depot Reduces Costs With New Cleaning Tools, Better Chemistries
Benchtop cleaning of PCBs is a tough job. Dip-and-brush is cheap but slow and often leaves residues. Traditional high-pressure aerosols are convenient but can be expensive, environmentally wasteful and people don’t like breathing all those fumes. But what can a process engineer do? A large PCB repair depot near Minneapolis (USA) that found a better way. … Continued
Improved Benchtop Cleaning of PCBs Saves Money, Boosts PCB Reliability
Here is the simple truth: any hand-soldered circuit board must be cleaned, even those made with no-clean flues. Why clean no-cleans? Most no-clean chemistries encapsulate the flux activators inside microscopic protective bubbles created during reflow. Benchtop cleaning destroys those bubbles, releasing the halites which can cause corrosion, intermittent failures, dendrite growth and “infant mortality” of … Continued
Safer Cleaning Choices Replace nPB in Aerosol Sprays
Many companies use aerosol degreasers containing a liquid called “normal propyl bromide” (nPB). Normal propyl bromide is an organic industrial solvent used in a wide variety of applications such as fire retardants, water purification, pesticides and drugs. In general, this is a great product: nonflammable, fast-drying, highly aggressive, cleans great and very affordable. But it … Continued
The Challenge of Cleaning Fiber Optic Components on PCB Circuit Cards
Quality cleaning is essential for fast, reliable fiber networks. Almost every fiber network is connected at each end to printed circuit boards using fiber optic transceivers. These are tiny devices mounted on the PCB that takes the optical signal and converts it to an electrical pulse. Everybody making PCBs knows that the boards need to … Continued
New Technology for Stencil Rolls Saves Money, Boosts Through-put
Stencil printing is far more complex than most people think. There are 37 different stencil printing parameters that must be optimized on an SMT printer. Because of this complexity, the typical SMT line only runs at 90-95% yield. With proper stencil printing, SMT lines can run at 99%+ yields. In other words, fix your stencil … Continued
Chinese Company Switches to Better Stencil Cleaning, Saves Money
Automated stencil printing is the heart of modern SMT production. The typical SMT line runs at 90-95% yield because the stencil printer is an incredibly challenging process to manage. The whole system is so complex — and the cost of failures are so high — that once engineers find a process that works they rarely, … Continued
Cleaning Wipes — The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types
In this paper, MicroCare VP Mike Jones discusses the wipe range of products available for simply wiping surfaces. The paper hits on three primary classes of products — flat wipes, swabs, and presaturated wipes — and also delves into the materials of construction. Although the paper is brief, it also suggests the applications for which … Continued
Are All Cleaning Wipes Created Equal? Cleaning Matters
This brief white paper reviews the eight main types of flat wipes used in critical cleaning applications. It categorizes them into three clusters and suggests which type is best suited to each application.
How to Measure Solvent Strength: Why We Display Kb Numbers
The answers to questions like “What’s the best solvent?” or “What’s the strongest cleaner?” are the same: it depends! How well a fluid will clean depends on several variables including: the contamination the selected solvent the application the cleaning system the physical shape of the parts being cleaned When is pH a Good Enough Measure? … Continued
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