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See Aqueous Technologies’ Latest Cleaning Equipment at IPC APEX EXPO 2011

Mar 11, 2011

The Trident Duo High-Yield Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing System provides a cost-effective alternative to inline defluxing systems.

The Trident Duo High-Yield Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing System provides a cost-effective alternative to inline defluxing systems.

StencilWasher-ECO provides fast and efficient solder paste removal at a very economical price.

StencilWasher-ECO provides fast and efficient solder paste removal at a very economical price.

The Zero-Ion g3 Ionic Contamination (Cleanliness) Tester is designed to test electronics assemblies for ionic contamination.

The Zero-Ion g3 Ionic Contamination (Cleanliness) Tester is designed to test electronics assemblies for ionic contamination.

Aqueous Technologies Corp., North America's largest provider of batch defluxing systems, announces that it will feature its leading cleaning equipment in Booth #641 at the upcoming IPC APEX EXPO, scheduled to take place April 12-14, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The Trident Duo High-Yield Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing System provides a cost-effective alternative to inline defluxing systems. While most inline defluxing systems consume and discharge as much as 5 gallons (19 liters) of deionized water PER MINUTE, Trident High-Yield defluxing systems use between 0.5 - 2 gallons (1.8 - 7.5 liters) per minute, a reduction of up to 60 percent.

The Trident Duo is equipped with two autonomous defluxing chambers. Each chamber is controlled by a dedicated computer controller and may be operated with different defluxing chemistries for maximum flexibility. Additionally, each defluxing chamber is equipped with independent cleanliness testing capabilities and recallable SPC data records. Unlike any inline defluxing system, the Trident Duo is capable of high throughput levels and built-in cleanliness testing.

At the show, Aqueous will debut the Trident Zero, the industry’s most environmentally responsible fully automated defluxing and cleanliness testing system, for the first time.  Unlike other closed-loop defluxing systems, the Trident Zero is capable of removing all flux types including no-clean, rosin and water soluble. The Trident Zero is capable of operating with a variety of environmentally safe defluxing chemistries frequently required for specific types of flux removal. 

The Trident Zero’s average total cycle time is less than 30 minutes, making it the fastest fully automatic defluxing system available. The system can clean one month's worth of production while consuming less than ten gallons (38 liters) of water, all of which is lost to normal evaporation.   

The StencilWasher-ECO Closed-Loop Ultrasonic Cleaning System also will be on display at the show, and provides both fast and efficient solder paste removal at a very economical price. The ultrasonic cleaner is designed to remove all solder paste types including no-clean, rosin and water soluble.

Unlike competitive models, the StencilWasher-ECO comes standard-equipped with all of the features required for thorough wash, rinse, dry, and filtration functions, eliminating the need to purchase costly optional items.

The StencilWasher-ECO is equipped with powered and filtered wash and rinse tank drain systems for easy and safe discharge. An adjustable wash cycle timer automatically controls the wash tank's immersion transducers. A hand-held rinse wand and airknife provide fast and thorough rinsing and drying functions.

Also on display at the show, the Zero-Ion g3 Ionic Contamination (Cleanliness) Tester is designed to test electronics assemblies for ionic contamination. It automatically removes and detects contamination on an electrical assembly or bare board and provides quantitative contamination measurements. The Zero-Ion g3 uses a dynamic technology that provides automatic regeneration of the machine’s test solution, maintaining a high degree of test solution sensitivity. The Zero-Ion meets the requirements of military and commercial cleanliness testing standards including MIL 2000A, IPC test method 001, MIL-C-28809, MIL-P-55110 and IPC TM650-2.3.26.

The Zero-Ion has been reviewed by the U.S. Naval Air Weapons Center and determined to be the most sensitive ionic contamination tester available. The Zero-Ion also has been determined to be 3.7 times more sensitive than the manual resistivity of solvent extract (R.O.S.E.) test. The Zero-Ion performs cleanliness tests automatically and features a Windows PC-based control platform with a 20" LCD interface.

For more information about Aqueous Technologies’ latest batch defluxing systems, stop by Booth #641 at the show or visit http://www.aqueoustech.com.


Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Aqueous Technologies Corporation (http://www.aqueoustech.com) is North America's leading manufacturer of aqueous cleaning systems. Aqueous Technologies manufactures both batch-format and inline aqueous cleaning/defluxing systems. Aqueous Technologies also manufactures both ultrasonic and spray-in-air stencil cleaning systems, PCB and stencil cleaning chemistries and the Zero-Ion ionic contamination (cleanliness) tester. Aqueous Technologies’ products have won more than 30 industry awards.

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