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Latex Gloves – Are You Allergic?


Many industrial manufacturing environments require workers to wear protective gloves, including during electronics and medical device production and assembly. Latex gloves not only protect workers from harmful chemicals but also protect products from worker contact and contamination during manufacturing Read more

ST 925 SMT Rework System–Three favorites combined into one nice savings


Save a few steps--and some money--with the Pace 925 SMT Rework System Pace has introduced a new low-cost “combination” system ideal for surface mount technology (SMT) rework. It’s worth adding up the savings by comparing the a la carte prices Read more

Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything


You may or may not have heard about Metcal’s new soldering station, the CV-5200. The evolutionary tool removes much of the reliance on visual inspection of hand-soldered joints and adds a second, more technology-driven method for validating a successful Read more

Thinking of Going nPB-Free? Check out the alternatives.

Posted on by Andy in Safer chemicals Leave a comment

Alternative, safer solvents eliminate nPB while retaining performance

n-propylbromide

nPB

Manufacturers continually face new regulations and safety concerns. Most recently solvents containing nPB have come under scrutiny and could be banned in the near future. Many manufacturers have already reduced nPB exposure by revising and strengthening workplace-safety practices and policies. Others have created brand new cleaners with chemistries that perform as well or better than those containing nPBs.

Consider these nPB-free flux removers, cleaners and degreasers from Techspray (PWR-4™), Chemtronics (Tri-V™), Microcare, 3M (Novec™) and LPS (LPS® 2.0)—each tested against those with nPBs—each proven to be as effective or more effective than ones containing nPB.

nPB-free Solvents Application
Techspray –
PWR-4™ Flux Remover
Easily removes residues from high temperature lead free soldering operations, no-clean fluxes and all handling soils
Chemtronics –
Electro-Wash® Tri-V™ Flux Remover
Engineered to clean a wide variety of soil, oil, grease, oxides and handling contamination from equipment and assemblies
Chemtronics – Flux-Off™ Tri-V™ Heavy Duty Rosin Flux Remover Specially formulated to remove all types of lead-free, rosin (types R, RA and RMA), no-clean, water soluble and synthetic (type SA) flux
Microcare –
CMSD Specialty Defluxing Solvent
Suitable for both high-speed and general-purpose circuitries. Use on through-hole, SMT and BGA boards, hybrids, cables and connectors
Microcare –
SuprClean Defluxer
Designed for heavy-duty jobs such as SMT defluxing, removing conformal coatings and defluxing lead-free flux. Choice option for cleaning rosin fluxes. Cleans solder paste, acrylic conformal coatings, light oils and inks; excellent degreaser, no residue
Microcare –PowerClean™ II High Performance Circuit Board Defluxer Expressly engineered to clean lead-free flux residues from PCBs. Also cleans flux paste, oils, inks and some conformal coatings including some acrylic
3M –
Novec™ Flux Remover

Strong, non-flammable cleaner ideal for removing a variety of fluxes including rosin-based and many no-clean and lead-free fluxes; compatible with most plastics, with the exception of acrylics, polycarbonates, ABS and PS
Techspray –
PWR-4™ Maintenance Cleaner
Blasts away oil and contaminants from contacts, PCBs, barcode instruments, switch boxes, gear boxes, and electronic motor controllers
Chemtronics –
Max-Kleen® Tri-V™ Cleaner and Degreaser
Heavy-duty degreaser, industrial strength cleaner easily removes grease, tar, asphalt, oil and grime
LPS –
Instant Super Degreaser 2.0
Quickly removes caked on dirt, oil and grease with maximum efficiency. High-powered degreaser with no chlorinated solvents; rapidly evaporates, leaves no residue
LPS –
NoFlash® 2.0 Electro Contact Cleaner
Industrial-strength formula that can be used on or near energized electronics; non-conductive, non-flammable, no rinsing or residue
LPS –
Electra-X 2.0 Contact Cleanerr
Industrial-strength formula that’s economical and effective. Non-flammable solvent blend removes dirt, moisture, dust, flux and oxides from electronic equipment
3M –
Novec™ Contact Cleaner

Removes fluorinated oil and grease, light oils, silicones and particulates from connectors, PCBs, EMDs, scales, contacts, relays, switches, instrumentation and circuit breakers
3M –
Novec™ Electronic Degreaser
Heavy-duty cleaner for removing heavy oil, greases and soils; suitable for use on metals and many plastics ( not acrylics, polycarbonates, ABS and PS)

About nPB

  • Known as n-propyl bromide nPB, bromopropane, 1-propyl bromide, 1-bromopropane, CAS# 106-94-5
  • Originally used in the production of pesticides, flavors and fragrances, pharmaceuticals and other chemicals
  • Since 2007, it has been approved for use under the U.S. EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) as a suitable replacement for ozone depleting chemicals and still remains
  • Meets the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Section 313(d)(2)(B) statutory listing criteria because it can reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer in humans
  • Occurs mainly in occupational settings – can affect the nervous system; cause headaches, decreased sensation in the fingers and toes, a drunk-like feeling, irritation of the nose and throat
  • Not found in any of the 1,699 current and former National Priority List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • In the EU, nPB has been classified as reproductive toxicant per Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), which makes it a “substance of very high concern”

 

 Special Product Information

• Known as n-propyl bromide nPB, bromopropane, 1-propyl bromide, 1-bromopropane, CAS# 106-94-5
• Originally used in the production of pesticides, flavors and fragrances, pharmaceuticals and other chemicals
• Since 2007, it has been approved for use under the U.S. EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) as a suitable replacement for ozone depleting chemicals and still remains
• Meets the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Section 313(d)(2)(B) statutory listing criteria because it can reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer in humans
• Occurs mainly in occupational settings – can affect the nervous system; cause headaches, decreased sensation in the fingers and toes, a drunk-like feeling, irritation of the nose and throat
• Not found in any of the 1,699 current and former National Priority List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• In the EU, nPB has been classified as reproductive toxicant per Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), which makes it a “substance of very high concern”

To coincide with the introduction of their nPB products, our nPB-free product vendors have created associated technical information and brochures about nPBs –

ChemtronicsTechnical Brief – Reducing Exposure to Toxic Cleaners with Replacement Solvents

LPS2.0 nPB-Free Cleaners and Degreasers

3MReplace nPB with 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids

TechsprayTechlab Report – Facts on Hazardous Cleaning Solvents and Recommended Cleaning Solvents

MicroCare Safer Cleaning Choices Replace nPB Solvent in Aerosol Sprays


Get to Know Stencil Rolls

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You Get What You Pay For

You’ve most likely done it—chosen a lesser priced, no-name brand item hoping it will perform as well as the brand name one. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s always a risk and generally based on the critical nature and use of the product or past experience. Should you take a risk when considering lower priced stencil rolls?

First you need to understand what you may be losing while believing you’re gaining.

stencil-rolls-all-specWhat’s the Diff?

You may not be able to see the difference and be dazzled by the price but you might want to look below the surface before you decide to go the cheaper route. Consider paper towels. You have a bounty (no pun intended) of choices and generally brand name towels promote anything from thicker, to more absorbent, to softer and on and on until you give up trying to compare. Most of us have tried the cheaper version of paper towels. Did you see a difference? Most likely you did and it had to do with quality.

Before Choosing Cheap – Consider This

Off-Brand or Premium Brand Stencil Rolls

We’re all brand aware and we know that some brands have earned the trust of customers because the product does what it says it will do every time. That’s part of the reason you pay a higher price–reliability. Also, keep in mind—most manufacturers will require high-quality, hydroentanged fabric because lower-quality ones can cause problems. Can you afford to sacrifice quality for quantity?

stencil-rolls-microcareCue the Glue

Some very cheap stencil rolls use glue fillers to lessen the material costs. The glue used in stencil roll paper made from polyester fibers can actually dissolve and weaken the paper with the application of solvents used in stencil wiping. As a result, if examined by a microscope, you’ll find that more residue has been left behind and caused increased linting. Glue fillers may make the paper cheaper, however what you gain in price, you lose in the paper’s ability to pick up contaminants.

Take a Second When Considering “Seconds”

There’s a reason why they’re called “seconds” and if you’re not sure why a particular batch has that description, you should find out before you buy. Seconds are called “seconds” because they haven’t met the manufacturer’s quality standards for some reason. How will that one decision affect quality on down the line?

Shorted

No, they really did short you and knowingly. We can revisit the paper towel experience or let’s talk toilet paper. Yes, the roll ran out really fast—but it was cheaper. Hmmm–less for less? You bet your bottom dollar.

cheap-expensiveThere’s no real comparison when truly comparing paper towels and toilet paper to the critical nature of stencil paper rolls. The sophistication that goes into researching and developing efficient and effective stencil rolls pales in comparison. However, as paper goes, they both use the same gimmicks to get you to believe you’re getting more for your money. And, companies like MicroCare have documented proof of rolls being priced significantly lower because the rolls have much less paper on them. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Guarantees

When buying, look for a company that offers unconditional guaranteed quality. For instance, MicroCare not only promises quality but also that their unique MicroWipe FP paper will lower your stencil printing costs.


MicroCare Overstock Sale!

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All-Spec Industries is offering an overstock sale on select MicroCare products from now until June 15, 2013. Save up to 33% off MSRP!

Have any questions on this sale? Leave a comment below or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351 today!


Product Spotlight: MicroCare TidyPen®

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MicroCare TidyPen The MicroCare TidyPen® is a handy tool that quickly removes almost any sticky residue.

 

Design:

Using EC7M, a non-staining citrus based Bioact® solvent, the MicroCare TidyPen® is designed to easily remove residues from various surfaces. Packed into a pen, it is convenient to use anywhere, and it has an unlimited shelf life so you can stock up without worrying about your supplies going bad. Also, for companies who are going green, the TidyPen® cleaner is non-toxic, natural, and biodegradable and the packaging is easily recycled. The TidyPen® is an essential piece for any workplace concerned with clean, residue free products, offering a fast and easy solution to sticky problems.

Features:

  • Easy to use and fast working
  • Mild citrus aroma
  • Convenient size for easy use anywhere
  • Ozone-safe, non-toxic, and recyclable
  • Long-lasting with unlimited shelf life

 

Specifications:

 

  • Can be used to remove Kapton® residues, conductive glues, adhesives, and many other sticky residues
  • Appearance: Clear, free-flowing liquid
  • RoHS and WEEE Compliant
  • Pen volume: 14 mL
  • Not plastic safe, test on soft plastics before using

Promotion:

All-Spec Industries is currently giving away a free TidyPen® with the purchase of a case of certain MicroCare cleaners. Now you can try out this great, time saving product while stocking your workplace with various other cleaners. Look here for more information and for a full listing of eligible MicroCare products. Place your order today at www.All-Spec.com or call (800) 537-0351.


Microcare TidyPen: a Convenient and Economical Cleaning Tool

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MicroCare’s TidyPen is one of All-Spec’s more popular items, but that’s not very surprising since it’s such a versatile cleaner/tool.

The TidyPen is designed to be an efficient and economical tool for a variety of people and tasks in the home, office and industrial environments.

Common uses for the TidyPen:

  • Remove tape residue and glues
  • Remove labels, stickers, barcodes, etc..
  • Remove tar from your car
  • Spot clean PCBs

In addition to being versatile, the pen is easy to use, easy to store and spill proof, even if nib falls out.

Trying to go green? The cleaner in TidyPens is natural, biodegradable and safe for the environment, plus the TidyPen is aluminum so it can be recycled when empty!

You can see the MicroCare TidyPen in action in the video below.

We recently reduced the price of the MicroCare TidyPen and we stock both the TidyPen plus chisel and pencil point replacement nibs!