The enormous Productronica 2017 Expo has been a very good show for Team MicroCare — perhaps the best Productronica since the financial crisis, and maybe the best electronics industry expo in decades. Visitors were thick on the ground and they had budgets to spend. For example, on Thursday (normally a slower day) the booth was jammed … Continued
The remarkable Parts2Clean Expo kicked off yesterday (Oct 24th) at the Stuttgart International Exhibition Center in southern Germany. This is THE leading international trade fair focused on precision cleaning and MicroCare had a large and highly visible stand at the show. Traffic was very busy. The 2017 event, from feedback from MicroCare staff at the … Continued
A large electronics company in Anaheim, California has switched to Sticklers® fiber optic cleaners for the maintenance of their high-end industrial audio and visual equipment (“A/V equipment”). These cleaning tools made a big improvement in product quality and employee productivity. This company provides industrial-quality A/V equipment to corporations, government agencies and universities. Many modern A/V … Continued
The cleaning experts at MicroCare have just completed a highly detailed study comparing the costs of aqueous cleaning to the costs of vapor degreasing cleaning. This study was managed by Mr. Rob Lee, of MicroCare, and incorporates the latest information from industry sources, customer experiences and equipment makers. “In many companies and regions of the … Continued
Starting early in 2016, the Electronics Technicians Association International (“ETA”) will be featuring the Sticklers® fiber optic cleaners in the very first edition of their new “best practices” technical bulletins (“BPB”) distributed to all their members. The reason for the BPB guides is to supplement other industry standards, such as those from ISO, IPC and … Continued
Late in 2015, a large electronics OEM near Chicago, Illinois was concerned about the costs of stencil printing. Despite their best efforts, they observed persistent stencil printing problems which led to increased rework, reduced through-put and added costs. To respond to this situation, and as a general effort of “continuous improvement” they developed and deployed … Continued
The global satellite TV industry is massive. 439 million homes will receive their television programming via satellite by 2020, generating $40 billion in global revenues. Within the US there are two main players: DirecTV with 20 million subscribers and Dish TV with about 14 million. After years of growth (there were only 2 million customers … Continued
Silicone elastomers are widely used in the medical device industry. The remarkable physical properties of silicone — durable, flexible, low cost, structural versatility, resistance to bacterial growth, low extractables and easy sterilization —make it a desirable choice for medical grade tubing and components. But versatility adds complexity. For example, mating complex molded silicone parts on … Continued
Aqueous cleaning is a common and reliable cleaning choice for many companies. But one of the big disadvantages of water cleaning is the cost of electricity. Water cleaning systems use far more electricity that solvent cleaning systems, so companies with vapor degreasers have a cost-saving competitive advantage.
Many companies use aerosol degreasers containing a liquid called “normal propyl bromide” (nPB). This is a great product: nonflammable, fast-drying, highly aggressive, cleans great and very affordable. But it carries serious toxicity worries. New cleaning chemicals are available which work as well and are far safer.