OTHER USES OF AN STENCIL CLEANER SMT
Obvious applications include cleaning misprinted substrates, squeegee blades and other tooling of virgin solder paste.
If a company has decided to utilize a “no-clean” solder paste flux, all other cleaning equipment from the factory floor has probably already been eliminated. In-line or batch PCB cleaners are no longer required because the low residue left behind on the board does not require cleaning. However, tooling that repeatedly travel through the reflow oven accumulates flux residue, which may need periodical cleaning.
A good aqueous detergent, designed to clean fresh and even dried solder paste, should also be able to remove polymerized flux residue from pallets and other tooling. Alcohol and terpenes do not perform well at cleaning flux buildup from wave solder pallets and other tooling.