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Practical Components Adds Additional Test Boards for Cleanliness Testing and Conformal Coating

Aug 01, 2011

Practical Components, a leading international distributor of mechanical IC samples or “dummy” components and SMD production tools and equipment, announces that it has added additional test boards and kits for testing for process cleanliness and conformal coating.

The new PCB-B-24 standard test board is compliant with the IPC Phase 3 cleaning and cleanliness test program. It was designed to be a vehicle for examining the interactions between laminate, surface metalizations and fluxes. It is the primary qualification vehicle for ANSI J-STD-004, which is the IPC specification on fluxes.

The four comb patterns are identical and have 16 mil lines and 20 mil space. These values were chosen both for ease of stencil printing solder paste, and the board can be wave soldered with minimal chance of solder bridging. 

The PCB-B-24 test board is an excellent vehicle for narrowing down fluxes or solder material, or testing material interaction.

The company’s newly updated Dummy Component Catalog is the most comprehensive to date. Since the first catalog in 1997, the resource has grown to be the most indispensable tool in electronics design and production. Practical Components features technology that cannot be found elsewhere: dummy components that not only have the same exact materials but also are made on the same production lines as the live components, as well as all the “standards” and the future technology that is needed for companies to advance their presence. Practical Components supplies only first quality components ― no knock-offs will be found in the company’s product lineup.

“The new Practical Components Dummy Component Catalog is finally ready and, hands down, the best we have ever created,” said Kevin Laphen, President of Practical Components.


Practical Components is a team of dedicated electronics industry professionals offering value pricing, on-time deliver, and superior service to customers. The Practical Components team is ready to provide project assistance in the areas of technical component knowledge, drawings, component land patterns and PCB practice kits.

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