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  • a

  • Cleaning process using water-based (aqueous) solutions to remove contaminants from substrates, commonly used in batch or in-line spray systems or ultrasonic cleaning systems.
  • b

  • Batch immersion cleaning completely immerses the substrate to be cleaned so that the cleaning agent fully contacts every surface of the device. The process often incorporates either Ultrasonic energy or Spray-Under-Immersion (SUI) forces to circulate the fluid and apply mechanical energy to assist in the removal of contaminants.
  • Cleaning process typically performed off-line on small-scale surfaces or components requiring rework using solvents.
  • f

  • Flux is a substance that acts as a cleaner, removing absorbed gases, oxide films, and other impurities from metal surfaces, and reduces the surface tension of both the molten solder and the metal being soldered, enabling the solder to flow smoothly and adhere to the metal surface. During soldering, flux forms a protective layer over the material, preventing reoxidation of the surface at soldering temperatures.
  • i

  • In-line cleaning refers to a machine or method in which items move continuously on a conveyor belt through a wash, rinse, and dry stage. The speed of the conveyor controls how long parts are exposed to each stage.
  • Inorganic acid fluxes are active formulations that are often used to prepare heavily oxidized lead surfaces for applying hot solder dipped coatings.
  • Also referred to as IPA, this organic polar molecule is a commonly used solvent for cleaning electronics and delicate surfaces due to its easy availability, low cost and quick evaporation.
  • n

  • This flux formulation is designed to leave minimal nonactive residue after soldering, eliminating the need for post-solder cleaning in most cases or applications.
  • o

  • Flux containing organic acids and typically combined with other solvents like isopropyl alcohol and water. Also known as OA flux or water-soluble flux, these fluxes are stronger than rosin fluxes and clean the oxides off more quickly.
  • p

  • The process of removing contaminants, such as flux residues and other soils, from PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards). Typical cleaning processes involve a cleaning agent used with mechanical energy provided by manual benchtop cleaning or an automated cleaning system that may include spray, ultrasonic, batch immersion, or vapor degreasing.
  • Phosphating is a surface treatment process where a metal surface reacts with a phosphate solution in water. This reaction forms a tough layer of metal phosphates, which are not easily soluble. To do this, the material is cleaned with acid first, and then the phosphate layer is applied.
  • A printed circuit board (PCB) is an assembly platform where electronic components are mounted and interconnected through copper conductors. These conductors create electrical connections between components, forming a cohesive, working circuit that enables the functionality of the electronic device.
  • r

  • This flux formulation is a combination of rosin and solvent that is typically corrosion-resistant and best suited for clean and easy-to-solder surfaces.
  • s

  • The component in a solution that other components are dissolved in. In the case of a solution composed of several liquids, the liquid present in the greatest quantity is usually referred to as the solvent.
  • Cleaning method that utilizes solvent to break down oils and other contaminants into smaller particles or dilute substances, and carry them into the solution for easy removal.
  • Process of removing solder paste or other residues from stencils used in electronics manufacturing to ensure accurate printing.
  • u

  • Cleaning process that utilizes high-frequency sound waves transmitted through liquid to dislodge and remove contaminants and scrub clean the surface of immersed parts.
  • Understencil wipe process is designed specifically for the under-side cleaning of a stencil on a printer to remove excess solder paste or debris, ensuring quality soldering in electronics assembly.
  • v

  • A vacuum degreaser, also known as a vacuum vapor degreaser, is an airtight/airless degreaser that uses vacuum pressure to remove grease and contaminants from surfaces in industrial cleaning applications. Due to the enclosed process, it typically uses less chemistry, dries parts completely, and is better for the environment than traditional solvent cleaning methods.
  • A vacuum vapor degreaser, also known as a vacuum degreaser, is an airtight/airless degreaser that uses vacuum pressure to remove grease and contaminants from surfaces in industrial cleaning applications. Due to the enclosed process, it typically uses less chemistry, dries parts completely, and is better for the environment than traditional solvent cleaning methods.
  • w

  • A term commonly used to describe a soil or cleaning system where water is the primary cleaning agent.
  • Water-soluble flux includes solutions of active chemicals (usually proprietary solvent formulas) that are typically considered to be stronger and can deal with tarnishes more easily than rosin fluxes. Other names used to refer to this type of flux are: Organic Acid Flux and OA Flux