Component Management

Munich launch for aerosol circuit cleaners

28th October 2015
Mick Elliott

Three new aerosol-packaged circuit cleaners will be introduced by MicroCare Europe at the productronica exhibition in Munich (November 10-13). These products use novel chemical formulations not previously on the market to help companies lower their PCB cleaning costs, improve product quality and meet ever-more stringent regulatory obligations.

The three new aerosols are the Universal Flux Remover, the Universal Contact Cleaner and the Polar Flux Remover. The Universal Flux Remover is a highly effective cleaner for the rosin-based, high-temperature, lead-free materials that are so difficult to clean. The Universal Contact Cleaner is formulated for cleaning electrical contacts, relays, switches and circuits. It is non-conductive, fast-drying, non-flammable with excellent materials compatibility. The Polar Flux Remover is the most aggressive of the three and is an excellent choice for cleaning heavy, aged fluxes and pastes found in PCB repairs.

MicroCare Europe says that the cleaners are effective, long-term answers to the difficult cleaning issues facing production engineers in Europe today. These cleaners are compliant with all current European environmental, health and safety regulations. Engineers can specify a high performance benchtop cleaning process today and not worry about the issue again, perhaps for decades, which saves time and money.

These products also are formulated to be in compliance with all the emerging regulations around the world. This means a cleaning process can be specified in Germany and deployed globally.

The Universal Flux Remover and the Universal Contact Cleaner are the first electronics cleaners introduced in Europe using the new, environmentally-progressive HFO chemistries. These cleaners have an extremely low Global Warming Potential (GWP) and are exempt from Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) restrictions. Both cleaners are non-flammable for enhanced worker safety.

All three cleaners also are packaged with a new, ultra-low GWP propellant, making these products are among the first electronics cleaners to comply with the stringent new European F-Gas regulations. The ingredients of all three new cleaners are REACH, GHS, WEEE- and ROHS-compliant.

All three products are engineered to be used with the optional, money-saving TriggerGrip cleaning system from MicroCare. The TriggerGrip system reduces solvent use while enhancing user ergonomics, which enables operators to clean more quickly, more safely and with less fatigue. When the aerosols are empty, the canisters are engineered to be easily recycled, which is a significant benefit to European customers.

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