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Electronic and General Purpose Cleaning

Wash away the worry of contaminants

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  • Flux Removal
  • Metal Degreasing
  • Flammable & Non-flammable
  • Bulk & Aerosol
  • Water & Solvent Based

Cleaning is an essential process within electronics manufacture and has been used for many years to remove potentially harmful contaminants during PCB manufacture.

Such contaminants include flux, solder and adhesive residues, and other more general contaminants such as dust and debris present from other manufacturing processes.

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The purpose of cleaning, specifically within the rapidly expanding electronics industry, is to essentially improve product lifetime by ensuring good surface resistance and by preventing current leakage leading to PCB failure. This developing market sees modern and future electronics becoming smaller and smaller and the requirement for high performance and reliability is stronger than ever. In order to achieve good insulation resistance and ensure adequate adhesion of conformal coatings and encapsulation resins, the cleanliness of the electronic assemblies is essential.

There are many stages where cleaning is required; prior to stencilling and soldering in order to remove contaminants from the many previous production stages, after stencilling to remove excess solder paste/adhesive and after soldering to remove corrosive flux residues and any solder balls.

In industry today, many manufacturers are turning to ‘no clean’ processes, implying that cleaning is not required after soldering. In the ‘no clean’ process the solids content of the flux is lower than traditional types, however they still contain rosin and activator. Such residues, along with any other unwanted elements collected due to the missing cleaning stage, could cause issues with adhesion and possibly affect the performance of the protecting media applied, ie. Encapsulation Resins or Conformal Coating. It can therefore be stated that even with advances in new technologies, such as ‘no clean’ fluxes, cleaning is still an essential multi-stage process within the electronics industry.

Finally, there are also cleaning stages required for the removal of coatings and adhesives when re-work is necessary, for the cleaning of individual components and for maintenance of the production line.


Safewash range - aqueous cleaning

SWA - Safewash 2000

Safewash 2000

5 Litre - 25 Litre - 200 Litre

Product code: SWA05L - SWA25L - SWA200L

The original Safewash (SWA) is a water based ‘Safe’ solvent cleaner which includes a biodegradable solvent. SWA is ideal for removing flux residues and many other cleaning applications which do not contain sensitive metals. SWA can be used prior to plating operations as a micro etching process, cleaning away contaminates and leaving a surface which is slightly rough. This allows excellent bonding of the plated material.

Key Properties:
  • Cleans to Military Standards: (ANSI-J-001B/IPC TM-650).
  • <.li>Removes flux residues and other contaminants
  • suitable for micro-etching processes prior to plating
  • Good for general degreasing applications
  • ideal for applications that do not contain sensitive metals
  • Ready to use for ultrasonic / standard applications; no dilution required
  • Non-flammable product,
  • 100% ozone friendly;
  • RoHS Compliant

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