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Super low volume board wash. Will this work?

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#58777

Super low volume board wash. Will this work? | 11 May, 2009

Is there any reason a dish washer would not work? Our volume for this is really low ~20 per month. Currently we use contact cleaner and a brush to clean the contacts on a few connectors. I was thinking about going the Ultrasonic route but wondered if a dish washer would work. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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#58783

Super low volume board wash. Will this work? | 12 May, 2009

Sure, it will work. It probably will be better than what you're doing now. Consider disconnecting the heater. It not a good choice, if you use DI water, because of the corrosiveness of the water on the plumbing of the washer.

We talked about this previously here on SMTnet. Search the fine Archives.

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#58787

Super low volume board wash. Will this work? | 12 May, 2009

In your opinion, would this be a better solution than one of the less expensive Ultrasonic Cleaners on the market? Given the two choices which would you select?

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#58788

Super low volume board wash. Will this work? | 12 May, 2009

Also a little more info:

We are not needing to wash the boards clean of flux and manufacturing debris. The washing takes place to remove dirt from use in the field over time.

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#58815

Super low volume board wash. Will this work? | 15 May, 2009

Using a dishwasher is good. Hookup DI water input to aid in cleanlyness. Also, you should add a saponofier. All of the major manufactures of fluxes have their own chemistry

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#58820

Super low volume board wash. Will this work? | 15 May, 2009

We implemented an inexpensive home dishwasher solution last year for cleaning assemblies. It works very well for both lead free and tin/lead cleaning. DI water at room temp is all we do and the boards come out squeaky clean. We had to use the least expensive machine with a mechanical timer so we could control the cycles. Oven drying is the last step to insure that all moisture is baked out.

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