Pan Pacific Symposium Conference Proceedings


Cleaning High Reliability Assemblies with Tight Gaps, a Detailed Analysis

Author: Thomas M. Forsythe
Company: Kyzen Corporation
Date Published: 1/22/2013   Conference: Pan Pacific Symposium


Abstract: As electronic assemblies have grown ever more capable over recent years, their form factors had decreased at an impressive rate of their won. These small gaps and design challenges have emerged in concert with a renewed requirement for entire assembly cleaning driven by an array of requirements led by increasing reliability requirements. Of course, while cleaning has always been mission critical for a number of segments, such as medical and military assemblies, today it is being adopted broadly throughout the industry.

This presents both advanced technology groups and manufacturing engineers with a new process to implement with little tribal knowledge within their organization to base their evaluation on. This paper will study these small gaps and evaluate ionic residues post cleaning by a variety of cleaning agents versus a pair of commonly encountered water soluble fluxing materials. This will allow users to understand the challenges presented by low gap height and the risks associated with various cleaning approaches to remove those residues.

Key Words: 

Cleaning, high reliability, ionic residues, gap



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