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Family of vapour degreaser cleaners introduced at NEPCON

20th April 2017
Anna Flockett

MicroCare Asia will use NEPCON Shanghai, 25th-27th April as the platform in which to highlight three innovative new cleaning chemistries of the Tergo family: the Tergo Metal Cleaning Fluid, the Tergo Chlorine-Free Cleaning Fluid and the Tergo High-Performance Flux Remover. For NEPCON, the most important of these is the Tergo High Performance Flux Remover because NEPCON is primarily an electronics assembly exposition.

This fluid is a non-flammable, low-temperature cleaning fluid engineered for cleaning PCBs in vapour degreasers. This cleaner features a non-volatile additive specifically engineered to clean challenging solder pastes and flux residues, stubborn white residues and even water-soluble (OA) fluxes.

This makes the Tergo High Performance Flux Remover a drop-in replacement for many older vapour degreasing chemistries that are being phased-out under environmental, health, safety or economic pressures. It also makes it a replacement for electricity-hungry aqueous cleaning machines.

The new Tergo Metal Cleaning Fluid is a highly effective double-duty cleaner, easily degreasing metal parts and defluxing circuit boards. It is designed to replace hydrocarbon degreasers, plus nPB, TCE, PFCs and other old-style solvents.

It is one of the strongest vapour degreasing fluids on the market (high Kb value) yet it is compatible with most materials of construction including metals, ceramics, most durable plastics and elastomers. This rugged formula can be used in the aerospace, automotive, medical, extraction and industrial sectors.

The Tergo Chlorine-free Cleaning Fluid (Tergo CFCFC)is a new type of precision cleaning fluid engineered for use in vapour degreasers. Operationally, the fluid is a non-flammable, highly aggressive cleaning liquid that operates in standard vapour degreasing hardware at traditional vapour degreasing temperatures. But chemically this is unlike any product on the market today. The result is a highly cost-effective, chlorine-free precision cleaner that removes a very broad range of soils with superior materials compatibility. The primary advantage of the Tergo CFCF is an unusually favourable environmental footprint. It is an excellent alternative for companies switching from hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs), n-Propyl Bromide (nPB) and chlorinated solvents in mission-critical cleaning, drying or carrier fluid environments. This product is specified and used in almost every country and industry around the world.

The secret to all three of these new fluids is the non-flammable chemistry specifically engineered to enhance degreasing applications. This fluid also does not require chemical stabilisers or scavengers to prevent it from breaking down in the presence of water or white metals. The patent-pending mix of chemistries enables simpler, faster, better and less expensive cleaning while meeting stringent environmental and worker safety regulations.

“Medical devices are manufactured in a controlled environment subject to stringent regulations    and validation safeguards,” noted Jay Tourigny, Senior Vice President for MicroCare. “The new Tergo fluids enable fast, thorough and consistent cleaning of intricate designs in that controlled environment without the bio burden problems and complexities associated with water cleaning. It’s a win-win, for everybody.”

Vapour degreasing is one of the most effective methods to clean medical devices because the actual process requires minimal space in a cleanroom, is simple, repeatable and easy to validate. The Tergo fluids are compatible with existing vapour degreasing equipment and are a drop-in replacement for many older degreasing chemistries that are under environmental, health, safety or economic pressures. They are compliant with all the current and proposed environmental, health and safety regulations.

The MicroCare team will be at NEPCON on booth #1D24.

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