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n-Propyl Bromide (nPB) Determined Unacceptable Risk by EPA for Vapor Degreasing & Aerosols

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that n-propyl bromide (aka. nPB, 1-Bromopropane, 1-BP, CAS 106-94-5) “presents an unreasonable risk for 16 conditions of use” in an August, 2020 report. “Nontechnical...
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How to safely clean your mobile devices

The Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to cleaning and disinfecting personal mobile devices. That intuitively makes sense, because we are constantly handling our phones and then pressing them against our face, close to our mouth...
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#1 Fiber Optic Cleaning Solution for a #2 Problem

CASE STUDY: Fiber Optic Connector Failures at a Waste Incineration Plant At Chemtronics, we offer cleaning solutions for the messiest problems, and it doesn’t get messier than a waste incineration facility. You may not realize this, but...
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Conformal Coating Defects: When Things Go Horribly Wrong

Download Defects Guide PDF To consistently and repeatably conformal coat PCB's, all the variables need to be controlled like heat, humidity, time, contamination... and the list goes on and on. Failure to control your process can result...
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Ultimate Guide to Temporary Solder Mask

What is Temporary Solder Mask Temporary solder mask (also called “spot mask”) is used every day in the assembly of electronic circuit boards. Solder mask is engineered to protect thru-holes or “vias” in wave soldering....
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Ultimate Guide to Diagnostic Freeze Spray

Diagnosing and repairing electronics can be painstaking and sometimes frustrating work. Problems can be intermittent, with the faulty area on the PCB difficult to locate. Freeze spray is an essential tool, because it helps identify faulty components,...
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How to avoid products with methanol contamination

The FDA has issued a warning about methanol contamination in over 75 different hand sanitizers on the market. Methanol is a toxic alcohol that can contaminate other safer alcohols commonly used for disinfecting hard surfaces: ethanol (aka ethyl...
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Ultimate Guide to “Canned Air” / Aerosol Dusters

Aerosol Duster, which is commonly referred to as “canned air”, “compressed air”, and “dusting gas”, is used knock dust and dirt loose with a pressurized blast. On a production line, it’s not unusual...
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Ultimate Guide to Benchtop PCB Rework & Repair

The reality is that no soldering operation produces perfect assemblies every time. Even the highest quality components fail from time-to-time. That’s why understanding the best rework and repair methods and materials is so important for...
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Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Electronics

In the process of assembling, reworking or repairing printed circuit boards (PCB) for electronic devices, the discussion inevitably turns to whether or not to clean the PCB. Cleaning adds time and expense to the process, and doing it wrong...
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