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Clean vs. No-Clean, and the Environment
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Clean vs. No-Clean, and the Environment

by bobcruz on Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:20 pm

Can anyone tell me whether Adafruit uses a "clean" process or a "no-clean" process for producing its boards?

If a "clean" process, what measures are taken to ensure proper disposal of cleaning solutions?

Thanks!

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Re: Clean vs. No-Clean, and the Environment

by franklin97355 on Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:38 pm

Can you describe what you mean by "clean"? Our products are ROHS.

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Re: Clean vs. No-Clean, and the Environment

by bobcruz on Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:20 pm

The "cleaning" process involves the use of solvents to remove residual flux from a board. If "no-clean" solder is used in the first place, there is no need to clean the board after soldering.
If you would like more detail, I suggest the first few paragraphs of "Clean vs no clean solder process within electronics manufacturing" at https://www.jjsmanufacturing.com/blog/clean-vs-no-clean-solder-process-within-electronics-manufacturing".
In a "clean" process, the disposal of cleaning agents may become an issue.
My objective is to learn from your experience and practices.
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Re: Clean vs. No-Clean, and the Environment

by adafruit2 on Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:03 pm

we use no-clean, boards are not washed

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Re: Clean vs. No-Clean, and the Environment

by bobcruz on Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:00 pm

Thank you so much for your assistance! This information is a huge help. :-)

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