Today’s demanding product performance often requires components machined or stamped to very tight specifications. High-durability ball bearings are a classic example.
The metal finishing industry is a diverse sector. Almost any company that is plating or anodizing would fit this category, or companies making circuit board components, costume jewelry, chrome metal furniture frames, automotive trim and household fixtures like doorknobs.
No-clean fluxes and solder pastes are another sub-set of PCB cleaning that requires special consideration. Most no-clean fluxes are more difficult to clean than rosin-based fluxes and pastes.
While MicroCare does not offer simple housekeeping or hygenic cleaners, there are instances in which surface cleaning rises to be a critical application.
MicroCare products are used on armored vehicles, airborne platforms and on fire-and-control systems. MicroCare cleaning fluids are used in the field, at repair depots, and by the original manufacturers, even for cleaning radioactive devices.
Cleaning systems designed to transport and store pure liquid oxygen requires the greatest care and enormous attention to safety because almost any residue or contamination could cause a catastrophic explosion. The design of these systems makes cleaning even more difficult.
Solvents often are used to extraction compounds in various laboratory and production processes because it easily solubilizes hydrocarbons, but many older solvents such as TCE are being phased-out for health and safety concerns.
High-carbon content steel and water are not the best of friends, so aqueous cleaning always is problematic for these substrates. High-carbon steel rusts easily and if the shapes are complex or delicate the rust will require the parts to be scrapped or at least reworked.
MicroCare is the world’s expert in vapor degreasing technologies, but there are certain environments which are best handled with a simple cold-cleaning process. A simple dip tank, perhaps equipped with ultrasonics, can agitate cleaning fluids and dissolve the oils and displace any particulate.
Metal injection molding (MIM) process is a quickly evolving technology designed to reduce manufacturing costs by replacing the skill operators and expensive machinery used with a simple casting (molding) operation. In this process, a powdered metal is mixed with a waxy binder and molded into a precision shape.
Silicone is a remarkable and flexible polymer. It is generally used in making gaskets, insulation, protective coatings and specialty tools. It is affordably priced, easy to mix and handle and offers numerous characteristics that can be very handy.
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