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ACD Acquires a Trident QUAD from Aqueous Technologies

May 03, 2011

From left to right: Michael Konrad, CEO of Aqueous Technologies, and W. Scott Fillebrown, CEO of ACD

From left to right: Michael Konrad, CEO of Aqueous Technologies, and W. Scott Fillebrown, CEO of ACD

Trident QUAD High-Yield Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing System.

Trident QUAD High-Yield Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing System.

Automated Circuit Design (ACD), a leading supplier to the electronics industry, purchased a Trident QUAD High-Yield Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing System from Aqueous Technologies during the recent IPC APEX Expo in Las Vegas. ACD's customers have very high standards when it comes to board cleanliness, and the Trident QUAD will help the company to continue to meet or exceed those requirements.

"The Trident QUAD requires less floor space and I really like the SPC option that enables us to track our results. The SPC option, combined with the QUAD option, price, performance and floor space, proved that the QUAD is the perfect match for our operation," said W. Scott Fillebrown, President & CEO of ACD. "We believe that the batch washing approach is more cost effective than our previous method, and Aqueous Technologies is the worldwide leader in batch wash systems."

"Aqueous Technologies is proud to once again provide its cleaning products to ACD. Aqueous Technologies and ACD have worked together in the past and we especially value ACD as a repeat customer. Clearly, ACD has grown to become a leading contract manufacturer, and we are honored to be a participant in their growth and success," said Aqueous Technologies’ President Michael Konrad.

The Trident QUAD provides a cost-effective alternative to inline defluxing systems. Trident system provides throughput rates equal to or exceeding most inline cleaning systems, yet operates on a fraction of the chemical, water, and energy.

The Trident QUAD is equipped with four 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.

With the installation of the Trident QUAD, ACD is now capable of high throughput levels and built-in cleanliness testing. With each chamber capable of cleaning, testing, and drying full loads of assemblies in 20-30 minutes, the Trident QUAD offers the fastest cycle times available. For more information about Aqueous Technologies’ Trident QUAD, visit

Founded in 1984, ACD's services comprise complete board layout services, ATE engineering services, DFM/DFA capability, printed circuit fabrication, component procurement, SMT and thru-hole mixed technology assembly, box build, rework, X-Ray, flying probe and functional test, and development.

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