MicroCare Corp. stunned the PCB cleaning industry with a flurry of innovation at the Apex Expo in San Diego, CA this week with the launch of ten cleaning products. Featured among these developments are flux-cleaning chemistries in a convenient, pocket-sized cleaning pen package. The new range features three formulations: the No-clean flux remover, the RMA flux remover, and the Water-soluble flux remover pens. These three cleaners have been designed to safely remove fluxes quickly and ensure PCBs will enjoy a long and productive life at the lowest possible cost.
It is expected the best-seller will be the No-clean flux remover pen. This product is formulated to remove no-clean fluxes and pastes quickly, leaving no residue. It also has the added benefit of cleaning other contaminants like adhesives, oil, and grease and is an excellent degreaser and general-purpose cleaner. Importantly it has low Global Warming Potential (GWP) and is exempt from VOC regulations in most areas, making it an ideal option for use on modern production lines and repair centers. The chemistry is based on the company’s flux, VeriClean.
The company also introduced visitors to the high-performance RMA flux remover pen, which contains an extra-strength formulation to help clean difficult to remove aged and baked-on flux. The Water-soluble (OA) flux remover pen is a very versatile and economical cleaner for organic acid solders, pastes and fluxes. Because this cleaner evaporates more slowly, it increases the time techs have when working with baked-on flux residues.
“Better, faster and more convenient cleaning solves numerous PCB assembly problems and makes a stronger, more durable circuit,” explained Dan Sinclair, the company’s National Sales Manager. “These new cleaning pens will give technicians another option to quickly clean their PCBs and produce strong, reliable circuitry.” They are great for companies seeking maximum convenience and speed on the workbench. They are portable, economic cleaning tools that make cleaning quick and easy, so technicians are able to deliver perfectly clean electronic assemblies every time.
Also showcased for the first time are the new economy-size flux remover aerosols which include the heavy duty flux remover – SuprClean, the alcohol-enhanced flux remover – ProClean, and no-clean flux remover – VeriClean. The larger package helps to reduce packaging waste and offers a number of cost-saving benefits. The price of these products will reduce the cost-per-cleaning by more than 10 % over traditional packaging. All of the new cleaners are compatible with the company’s TriggerGrip PCB cleaning tool.