ProClean™ is a mixture of three ultra-pure alcohols, double-filtered and containing less than1% water. This means ProClean delivers much stronger cleaning than other alcohol-based solvents. ProClean easily dissolves flux residues, pastes, organics, light oils and some inks. Because it dries more slowly than other MicroCare cleaners, it also is suitable for cleaning stencils and light degreasing. While it works well on rosin fluxes, synthetic fluxes and most “no-cleans” it may not be strong enough for reflowed lead-free materials.
Non-corrosive and ESD-safe, the cleaner is compatible with all materials and substrates and is safe on PCBs, hybrids, coonectors, components, boards, displays, cables and stencils. ProClean is a recommended for cleaning all types of electronics, components and assemblies. Rinsing is never required.
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Q - What is flash point and why is it important?
A - A “flashpoint” is a temperature at which a liquid will burn and keep burning. Flash point assumes these is a spark or some other source of ignition which contains enough heat to warm the liquid to start the fire. A hot soldering iron or the heating elements in a hot air gun both are good sources of ignition, as is any arcing electrical motor or relay.
Given enough heat, almost every liquid has a flash point. However, it is a customary practice in the industry that any chemical with a flash point above 100° C (212° F) is considered nonflammable. For example, the Heavy Duty Flux Remover – SuprClean™ is considered nonflammable. This makes the factory a safer place to work.
Here’s another important thought: it’s not just the solvent you select that determines worker safety, it’s also how you use that solvent. The MicroCare TriggerGrip™ cleaning system was specifically designed to improve worker safety, even with flammable solvents. We strongly recommend the use of both of these products in any applicable benchtop cleaning environment.
Higher Solvent Flashpoints Make Safer Products
Obj--Flame-test.300x300.RGB.72dpi.2Look at the current MicroCare product line: the General Purpose Flux Remover – Flux Remover C will not burn. In the test photo, below, a sample of the product simply will not burn, even when a match is applied to the vapors. This indicates an extremely high flashpoint and a very safe product. Interestingly, the General Purpose Flux Remover is nonflammable even though it has flammable ingredients because the mixture is an azeotrope. (The flammable ingredients include a bit of alcohol, another ingredient called “trans” and more.) The General Purpose Flux Remover cannot be made to burn below 200 degrees. That’s one reason why so many people select General Purpose Flux Remover for their benchtop cleaning.
Now let’s move down the flash point scale. Alcohol solvents, in the form of our Alcohol-Enhanced Flux Remover – ProClean™, the MultiTask Surface Cleaner – MultiClean™ and the Alcohol-Based Flux Remover – IsoClean™ products, have a flashpoint of about 15° C — practically room temperature. Similarly, the No-Clean Flux Remover – VeriClean™ and the VOC-Free Flux Remover – UltraClean™ has a flashpoint of -2° C. These solvents are great cleaners but flammable. That’s why we sell so many TriggerGrip tools.
In the U.S., anything with a flashpoint below 55° F / 15° C is considered “extremely flammable” and may become, if mis-used, a significant safety hazard. Some Chemtronics products, for example, use isohexane. Isohexane has a flashpoint of – 65°C. While many of the “extremely flammable” solvents are good cleaners and dry quickly, at MicroCare we have made the safety decision that we will not package anything that is as flammable as isohexane.
So, in summary, a low flash point means the solvent is more risky or dangerous than a high flashpoint. High is good; the higher the better, until you get all the way to the highly desirable “nonflammable” rating.
Q - Is MicroCare REACH registered?
A - This is one area in which MicroCare really shines. None of our competition — not one! — can come close to the effort MicroCare has made for our European customers.
As you will see when you check out our MSDS listings, many of the MicroCare products — and all of our best-selling products — have been packaged to meet and exceed European specifications. Our “Euro-labels” are available in eleven EU languages and feature all of the chemical details on the warning label, first aid instruction, and instructions for the safe use of the chemical in each language. Each package also feature any applicable European safety symbols to indicate hazardous materials or packaging.
In addition, MicroCare has modified most of the products sold in Europe to feature the world’s first non-HFC propellant, which virtually eliminates the problem of Global Warming for these products.
All MicroCare products available in Europe comply with the RoHS and WEEE regulations on lead-free products. Click here for a PDF certification for your files.
All MicroCare products available in Europe are REACh-compliant We also comply with the requirements of the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list.
In terms of specific chemistries, in most European countries all of the MicroCare products are acceptable for use except for the Bromothane™ cleaners. But the regulations are evolving quickly, so check your local Health, Safety & Environmental expert for the latest developments.
Of course, none of the old ozone-depleting solvents are suitable for use in Europe, but we don’t make them any more so that shouldn’t be an issue.
Naturally, REACH-complaint Safety Data Sheets are available in all the EU languages in convenient, easy-to-print PDF formats and they are updated regularly.
To order a MicroCare product with European packaging, see the Product Spec sheet for that particular product or contact MicroCare directly. If you don’t see what you need, give us a call!