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Electrolube's aqueous cleaning solution Safewash Total, which provides advanced cleaning performance to military cleanliness standards (ANSI-J-001B/IPC TM-650), has recently grown in popularity for military and commercial applications to become one of the most successful products within the company’s range of Safewash cleaning products. Designed for cleaning PCBs, Safewash Total (SWAT) is ideal for the removal of leaded, lead-free and no-clean flux residues. The cleaner is also suitable for the removal of pastes and adhesives from screens, stencils, boards and accessories as well as general degreasing applications.
"We are delighted with the demand for Safewash Total. Manufacturers are increasingly understanding the importance of cleaning PCB assemblies prior to conformal coating for good adhesion between coating and the assembly surface and how poor preparation due to modest cleaning can lead to many problems later on in the conformal coating process, not to mention the potentially harmful contaminants that could lead to PCB failure," says Ron Jakeman, managing director of Electrolube. "The feedback from customers has truly endorsed the efficiency of SWAT, particularly when it comes to high cleaning performance at reduced temperatures, the environmental and cost saving benefits and the flexibility for a wide range of assemblies, including those that need to meet military cleanliness standards."
Cleaning efficiency can be maintained, even after many uses, by regularly filtering the Safewash Total solution to remove contaminants. A variety of methods including refractive index, pH and electrical conductivity can be used to determine the contamination level of the solution. The most suitable method will depend on the type of residue being removed.
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Electrolube, a division of H.K. Wentworth Limited, is a leading manufacturer of specialist chemicals for electronics, automotive and industrial manufacturing. Core product groups include conformal coatings, contact lubricants, thermal management materials, cleaning solutions, encapsulation resins and maintenance and service aids.
The extensive range of electro-chemicals at Electrolube enables the company to offer a ‘complete solution’ to leading manufacturers of electronic, industrial and domestic devices, at all levels of the production process. Through collaboration and research, the company is continually developing new and environmentally friendly products for customers around the world and their commitment to developing ‘greener’ products has been endorsed by the ISO 14001 standard for the highly efficient Environmental Management System in place at the company.
Electrolube is represented in over 55 countries with an established network of subsidiaries and distributors. By offering genuine security of scale and a reliable supply chain, the company is able to deliver a truly tailored service.