Which Cleaners Work Best in Ultrasonic Tanks or Dip Tanks?
Yes, MicroCare has a number of choices here. But for maximum safety there are some rules you will want to follow:
- The solvent must have manageable toxicity ratings;
- The fluid must NOT be flammable;
- It must have a high boiling point; the higher the better;
- The component chemistries should not separate when they are heated (which is called 'azeotropic' in the chemical world); and...
- It should be recyclable and disposable using standard industrial processes.
Given those criteria, it should be no surprise that water — even deionized water — is not a particularly good choice for these machines. Instead, MicroCare has excellent choices for you to consider.
For situations requiring a simple dip tank equipped with ultrasonics, such as the stencil cleaners made by JNJ Industries, SmartSonic and others, try the Aqueous Stencil Cleaner (#MCC-BGA) or the Reflow Oven Cleaner (#MCC-ROC). Both of these products work great in small, desktop ultrasonic systems because they are powerful, non-foaming, slow drying (you don't lose a lot to evaporation), they hold a lot of contamination (you don't have to change the solvent very often) and they are inexpensive. Both cleaners are water-based products and users can add small amounts of water to dilute the solvent and save money, with only a modest decrease in the cleaning horsepower.
For more complex cleaning applications, consider cleaning in vapor degreasers. MicroCare has a full-line of solvents for vapor cleaning and they deliver fast, consistent and highly affordable cleaning for many different applications.