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VOC-free cleaner & de-sticking tool on display at IPC APEX EXPO

2nd February 2015
Barney Scott

MicroCare will introduce its latest range of electronics cleaners and SMT production aids in Booth 2733 at IPC APEX EXPO, scheduled to take place 24th to 26th February 2015, at the San Diego Convention Centre, California. The company will introduce its improved VOC-free TidyPen ‘60-second sticky stuff remover’, a time-saving tool for electronics manufacturing, repair shops and medical facilities.

The TidyPen speeds the removal of all things sticky, including many conformal coatings, flux residues, glues, tapes, labels and some inks. The formulation has been designed to be VOC and REACH compliant, and is also safe to use on plastics, gaskets and other materials of construction found on PCBs. Importantly, the improved TidyPen is packaged for vending machines, which are becoming increasingly important cost-control systems and widely used in many facilities.

Also introduced at the show will be the VOC-Free Flux Remover-UltraClean, which meets market need for high performance PCB cleaners. It is particularly effective at removing lead-free no-clean fluxes and pastes, and also is successful in removing silicone-based coatings and adhesives. UltraClean is a non-chlorinated, halogen-free cleaning fluid formulated specifically for rework and repair tasks, and is suitable for use in removing fingerprints, moisture, light oxides, dust and other airborne contamination frequently found on circuit boards returned for warranty or service work.

The product is VOC-exempt, complies with California CARB (California Resources Board) rules and SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) VOC regulations. It is has also been labelled to comply with Canadian WHMIS and European REACH requirements, plus the Globally Harmonised Safety system for shipping hazardous chemicals.

The cleaner can be dispensed using the MicroCare TriggerGrip cleaning system, which aims to improve cleaning results and lower operating costs.

“With these two introductions, using new chemistries not found in cleaners from other companies, MicroCare has attracted significant interest from electronics’ manufacturers world-wide because they are wishing to use cleaners that are completely free of halogens and ozone-depleting substances,” commented Tom Tattersall, CEO, MicroCare. “Together with our other “green” products within the portfolio, MicroCare clearly is the industry leader in environmentally enlightened cleaning.”

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