Component Management

Latest advancements in cleaning at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

21st January 2019
Alex Lynn

The cleaning experts at MicroCare will present their expanding range of innovative precision cleaning products at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics in Farnborough, Stand J145, from 5-7 February 2019. Tergo Metal Cleaning Fluid (MCF) will be showcased during the exhibition at MicroCare’s stand; J145.

Interest in Tergo has reportedly been growing from the metal injection moulding (MIM) and 3D printing industries. Parts manufactured by these highly-advanced processes require special chemistries to assist in completing the component.

Scott Wells, General Manager, MicroCare Europe explained: “We are receiving increasing enquiries for products to help debind parts made through MIM and 3D technologies. Tergo MFC is just one of the products from MicroCare that is resolving this difficult finishing process. Parts made through MIM use binding agents during the manufacturing. The binding agents must be selectively removed before the component can be sintered. In many instances the binders require a selective cleaning chemistry to help remove up to 80% of the binder, without negative impact on the dimensional stability of the part when it is sintered. Tergo MFC helps in this important finishing process.”

As well as working as an effective debinder in MIM manufacturing, Tergo MCF is one of the strongest vapour degreasing fluids on the market and is compatible with a range of materials including metals, ceramics, most durable plastics and elastomers. 

Importantly it has been formulated to comply with stringent European regulations and is designed to replace hydrocarbon degreasers, nPB, TCE, methylene chloride and PERC. The range of Tergo products have a low Global warming Potential and are REACH/ROHS compliant. 

Another product from the Tergo family to be highlighted during the exhibition is Tergo High Performance Flux Remover. This is commonly used for high volume production cleaning of printed circuit boards in an automated vapour degreasing system. Its unique formulation helps companies to clean flux from PCBs faster, better and at lower cost while meeting ever-more stringent European regulations.

It is a non-flammable cleaning chemistry specifically engineered to clean challenging high-temperature solder pastes and flux residues. It has the added benefit of removing stubborn white residue from PCBs and can also be used as a degreaser. Tergo High Performance Flux Remover even removes slight oxidation and tarnish from finished surfaces making it a highly effective cleaning solution.

The full range of MicroCare UK products will be exhibited at Stand J145 from 5th to 7th February 2019 at Farnborough, UK.

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