Cleaners and Aerosols

Typhoon Surge and Typhoon BlastCompliant with global warming regulations? Why not blast away debris, and embrace the aerosol dusters with an ultra-low global warming potential of 6?

Chemtronics makes it easy to be clean and safe. Both the Typhoon Surge and the Typhoon Blast reduce your environmental footprint because they’re specially formulated to minimize the use of global warming compounds. Both dusters are safe on plastics and remove annoying particles from hard to reach surfaces. And, both dusters are completely nonflammable. So, which duster is right for your application?

Select the Surge for a more economical, lower output duster solution.  It’s perfect for removing debris from keyboards and office equipment. Need to remove surface contamination from electronic equipment? No problem! The Surge is the sure bet.

The Typhoon Blast 70 Duster boasts the bigger blast with a .70mm nozzle opening. Filtered to 0.2 microns, the Blast cleans particles from contacts and relays and removes debris from precision optics.

Whether you need a surge or a blast, these dusters leave the competition in the dust.

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Trusted in cleanrooms all over the world, Texwipe swabs are engineered to deliver cleanliness and consistency, with a range of swabs created to tackle virtually any task. Get a handle on the best swab for your application, with a look at two of our most popular options below – both in stock now at All-Spec.

CleanFoam: Constructed of polyurethane foam, CleanFoam swabs feature a 100 ppi open-cell structure for excellent capacity and cushioning. Low in nonvolatile residue and particle generation, this swab offers good chemical resistance and excellent sorbency. It’s perfect for use in the cleanroom for application or removal of liquids, solvents and lubricants.

Alpha: This polyester cleanroom swab is designed for reduced fiber release and extreme cleanliness. Soft and nonabrasive, the Alpha swab features low particle generation and excellent chemical resistance. This cleanroom essential is excellent for use on sensitive surfaces, sampling, and cleaning validation.


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Fiber Optic Cleaning Part 3: Finding the Right Solution

by Michelle S. on January 19, 2015

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.

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Fiber Optic Cleaning Part 2: Precision Cleaning Methods

by Michelle S. on January 12, 2015

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.

Common Methods

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.

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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.

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