What good is a great approach without the right materials? Your precision cleaning method is only as reliable as the solution you choose, and the selection can vary widely. Read on to learn more and discover the best tools for your unique application.
Aqueous cleaners: Most effective as precision hydrocarbons, this type of solution does require an active drying phase.
99.9% IPA: Not generally recommended, IPA solutions quickly attract excess moisture and are not effective on a wide range of debris and contaminants.
Non-flammable solvents: Although these often provide safety and performance benefits, this type of solvent is usually costly, with limited performance.
AK‐225 based solvents: Although highly productive, AK-225 based solvents are currently undergoing phase‐out per international agreement due to environmental risks.
Once you’ve selected the proper solution, choosing the right application tool can be just as critical to the process. While cassette tools offer convenience, cleaning platforms provide a larger surface area for added flexibility. It may be difficult to remove debris with a probe or swab due to limited cleaning surface.
Whatever solution and application tool you choose, your selection should be based on performance rather than convenience. Look to All-Spec for a wide range of precision cleaning solutions, and discover lower prices – and better value – every day.
You’ve invested in the revolutionary ionizer that’s built for virtually maintenance-free static protection. But why does it come with a grounding cord?
For safe operation, 3M 9110 and 9310 ionizers still must be properly grounded. During installation, first be sure to position the unit outside of explosive areas or flammable environments. Then, use the ground wire to establish a path to ground through the GROUND terminal at the rear of the ionizer. Follow the remaining instructions to ensure proper installation, and your 9110 or 9310 will be up and running in no time, delivering rapid static neutralization and low maintenance protection.
Conserve time and money, and take the best approach to precision cleaning the first time. While debris like finger oil or test dust may not present much of a challenge, cleaning processes for field applications may vary widely and must be effective on a range of contaminants and debris.
Dry Cleaning: Often performed with a swab or probe, this method may prove effective on oily contamination but tends to move – rather than remove – contamination. This process should be performed with video inspection to validate success, in a straight-line motion to move debris away from the initial point of contact.
Wet or Wet-to-Dry Cleaning: Commonly performed using a pre-saturated wipe, this method has the potential to flood the connector and thus draw up contamination from around the ferrule. Saturation must be carefully controlled to avoid failure.
Combination Cleaning: This is the recommended method to ensure maximum effectiveness and repeatability, and includes a minimal amount of precision solvent combined with no-lint, highly absorbent wiping media. With an integrated drying step built into the procedure, the simple process results in debris and contamination removal for first time cleaning.
What really makes cleanroom Class 100 bags stand out above their less conservative, standard poly cousins? Manufactured to meet the most stringent cleanroom criteria, Class 100 – or ISO 5 – bags were engineered specifically for environments which require a contamination level of less than 100 particles per cubic foot – making them ideal for safe storage and handling of materials and components which require exceptional cleanliness. Constructed of durable, versatile polyethylene, these bags are perfect for use in aerospace, electronics and pharmaceutical applications.
We carry a complete line of Class 100 bags for the cleanroom in a range of sizes and styles to accommodate virtually any application requirement. Get what you need for less – with All-Spec, you’ve got it in the bag.
As the future of fiber optics continues to evolve, the need for a clear understanding of precision cleaning has never been more necessary. In fact, the industry is developing so rapidly that most cleaning processes are behind the curve, and criteria outdated by the time it is implemented. Working to exceed current standards has become a prerequisite to ensure a future-proof application.
What’s the best first step in the process? While it’s important to remember that not all cleaning methods are equal, a single standardized precision cleaning procedure is ideal. This method should seek to remove the widest range of contaminants the first time it is performed – keeping in mind that many common techniques may not be reliably effective and require modifications employing updated strategies.
Resolve to improve your fiber optic cleaning processes as we move into the New Year. Check back next week for Part 2 of this installation, when we’ll unveil our best practices on how to tackle modern-day precision cleaning requirements – from materials to methods and more.