BTU International' Aqua Scrub Receives Award at IPC APEX EXPO 2019


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BTU International, Inc. was awarded a 2019 NPI Award in the category of Soldering – Reflow for its new Aqua Scrub flux management technology. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, January 29, 2019 ceremony that took place at the San Diego Convention Center during the IPC APEX EXPO 2019.

Aqua Scrub Technology is BTU’s next-generation solder reflow flux management system. The energy efficient, patent-pending design uses an aqueous-based scrubber technology compatible with most known paste and flux types. The flux and solution are automatically contained and packaged for disposal.

“The Aqua Scrub is the latest technology to come out of our innovation pipeline,” said Peter Tallian, general manager of BTU International. “We challenged our team to come up with something that had never been done before and we are so pleased to see their efforts recognized by the industry.”

The Aqua Scrub has a very attractive cost of ownership and is designed to decrease operational cost by 4X over traditional condensation systems. Reduction in cost can be attributed to reduced downtime, labor and disposal costs.

The Aqua Scrub is purpose-built as a stand-alone system that can be easily retrofitted on PYRAMAX reflow ovens already in the field as well as being configured on new PYRAMAX ovens. This self-contained unit mounts on the back side of the oven to minimize the impact on oven operation and factory floor space.

Introduced in 2008, the NPI Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

About BTU International

BTU International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amtech Group, is a global supplier and technology leader of advanced thermal processing equipment in the electronics manufacturing market. BTU’s high-performance reflow ovens are used in the production of SMT printed circuit board assemblies and in semiconductor packaging processes. BTU also specializes in precision controlled, high-temperature belt furnaces for a wide range of custom applications, such as brazing, direct bond copper (DBC), diffusion, sintering and advanced solar cell processing. BTU has operations in North Billerica, Massachusetts, and Shanghai, China, with direct sales and service in the U.S.A., Asia and Europe.

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