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We help BAE Systems switch from nPB!

Making a simple switch to safer practices

Large aerospace manufacturer BAE Systems approached us to assess its existing process to see how to use a safer alternative to nPB, at which point we also discussed additional benefits including efficiency and cost savings. Fraser Technologies assessed their existing cleaning processes, we arranged a site visit to inspect the Solvac vapour degreasing systems at two of their facilities…
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Business Continuity Update & FAQ’s

With COVID-19 dominating the headlines daily, we would like to reassure you that Fraser Technologies are closely monitoring this fast-moving event and following all available advice from the World Health Organisation and the UK and Scottish government. Continue Reading

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Upcoming Exhibitions Postponed

We’re sorry to share the news that Surface World Live and Battery Tech Expo have both been postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

We will keep you updated on when these shows have been rescheduled. For more information, please visit their individual websites: http://www.surfaceworld.com/surface-world-live and https://www.batterytechexpo.co.uk/

If you were planning on coming along to see us at either of the shows, please get in touch direct and we’ll be happy to set up a separate call or meeting with you.

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We are charging forward to Battery Tech Expo 2020!

We are extremely delighted to announce we will be attending the Battery Tech Expo 2020 exhibition at the iconic Silverstone circuit on 26th March 2020. Continue Reading

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Come visit us at Surface World 2020!

We are delighted to announce we will be exhibiting once again at the Surface World 2020 exhibition, which is to be held at the NEC in Birmingham, Hall 9 on the 18th and 19 March 2020! Continue Reading

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Visit Koki at Productronica 2019!

We are very proud to announce our partners KOKI Company Limited is participating in Productronica 2019, which is being held from 12th to 15th of November at Messe München, Munich, Germany. They will be exhibiting their new halogen-free high-performance solder pastes which benefit from high reliability, superior ICT testability, and excellent cleanability. Also included are conventional halogen highly advanced solder pastes specialised for powerful wetting and low voiding. For power device application, they will be launching a new solder paste designed for oxidation-reduction vacuum reflow processes with variations of solder alloy for printing and dispensing applications. Continue Reading

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Welcome to Warsaw Koki!

We recently attended the annual Koki Sales Meeting which this year was held in wonderful Warsaw, Poland!

This was a particularly exciting year for Koki as our sales meeting was held in conjunction with the official opening of their brand new manufacturing plant in Warsaw! Koki Company Limited are a global manufacturer and supplier of soldering materials, all of which are widely used and trusted around the globe. Koki hosted the event beautifully and impressed all of their global distributors with a tour of the new plant showcasing the latest manufacturing technologies, the extremely high quality standards they adhere to and the passion which goes into all of their products. Continue Reading

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Launching Our New Mission Statement!

The team at Fraser Technologies have come together recently to discuss updates to our Mission Statement. We realised it had not been updated in over 10 years and thought due to the growth of company within this time, it was needing a refresh! After numerous meetings, mind maps and customer perception questionnaires we are delighted to share our new mission statement to you all. Continue Reading

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What is GWP and how can it be reduced?

Everyone has heard of global warming, but beyond changes to the weather – like freezing winters and sweltering summers – many people don’t really know what it means.

Global warming is a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere. NASA says that global warming can be attributed to the greenhouse effect, which occurs when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth. Some types of gases block heat from escaping the atmosphere and are long-lived, remaining semi-permanently in the atmosphere without responding physically or chemically to changes in temperature.

Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and chlorofluorocarbons are the most prevalent greenhouse gases and while some, like carbon dioxide, occur naturally, others such as chlorofluorocarbons are synthetic and their manufacture is heavily regulated.

One of the methods for measuring the impact a gas will have on the atmosphere is Global Warming Potential (GWP). GWP is used to represent the equivalent of C02 being released into the atmosphere, where 1kg of C02 = a GWP of 1. For companies manufacturing gases, and for those purchasing and using them, it is critical to manage environmental impact by keeping the GWP as low as possible.

How can cleaning solvents help?

Cleaning solvents were historically guilty of very high GWP and had seriously detrimental effects on the atmosphere. However, a new generation of solvents has been developed specifically with the environment in mind and are now far less harmful than comparable solutions.

For example, the new Opteon™ SF80® cleaning solvent from Chemours has an ultralow GWP of less than 2.5, compared to common F-gas solvents that can have a GWP of up to 11,000. Because the solvent is just as effective, and in some cases more efficient than competitor products, the environmental savings mean it is an ideal replacement.

C02 equivalent for 100kg Emissions

Reduced cost, reduced carbon footprint

A project recently undertaken by Fraser Technologies demonstrates how advantageous this change can be. One of our customers – a prominent aerospace manufacturer – asked us to look at an alternative to the high-GWP solvent they were using. We worked with them to approve SF80 and once on site, we assisted in optimising their processes to reduce solvent consumption. We introduced a solvent recovery process to allow them to further reduce waste and reuse the recovered solvent. Previously they had been using 7 Metric Tonnes per year, and this change of solvent has taken the customer’s overall usage of solvent down by 28%.

While the existing product was less expensive than SF80, the reduction in solvent usage has shown a significant cost reduction of around £30,000 per year as well as a significant reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions.

With a GWP of 990, the CO2 emissions created by the customer when using the alternative product were equal to the emissions of driving 143 times around the world (using an average sized family car) – or 7.5 times to the moon and back. In comparison, by using SF80®, the customer’s new emissions are the equivalent of driving from Edinburgh to Moscow.

We need to act now

The statistics are alarming – 18 of the 19 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001; Earth’s ice sheets are losing 413 Gigatonnes of mass per year; and the total sea levels are increasing by 3.3 millimetres per year. When you consider that this can be almost exclusively attributed to harmful gases in the atmosphere, there’s really no excuse for not taking action and making improvements where possible. When more environmentally-friendly solvents exist, which yield the same results, making a change becomes one of the easiest ways to play your part in protecting our Earth.

For more details on our new generation chemicals please visit our solvent cleaning page by clicking here.

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What are the Benefits of our New Generation Specialty Fluids?

With the wide range of options on the market for cleaning and degreasing products and components, it can be difficult to know where to begin when choosing the best cleaning solution for your business.

The first choice is whether to opt for water-based aqueous cleaning or solvents. While many people have an instant reaction to steer clear of solvents due to their controversial history, there’s an impressive new wave of cleaning technologies that should not be ignored: new generation speciality fluids.

Significant advancements have been made in industrial solvent cleaning, making specialty fluids a viable, safe and cost-effective option. They use eco-friendly chemistries, and are an effective alternative to older, hazardous solvents and those containing F-gases that have now been banned or restricted. Recent studies have also shown that in many cases, the solvent cleaning process is much more environmentally friendly than comparable aqueous processes.

Some of the older solvents still in use include Perchloroethylene, Methylene Chloride, nPB, HFEs and HFCs, all of which can, in most instances, be substituted with a new generation specialty fluid. nPB in particular has received a sunset date of 4 July 2020 by the European Chemicals Agency, which will be here before we know it, so it would be wise to begin considering replacement options sooner rather than later.

One option that should be explored is the Opteon™ range from Chemours™, which boasts low global warming potential (GWP). Global warming is a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere, generally attributed to the greenhouse effect, caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, CFCs, and other pollutants. GWP is used to represent the equivalent of C02 being released into the atmosphere. So 1kg of CO2 = a GWP of 1. For example, HFC 4310, a commonly used fluorinated solvent, has a GWP of 1300 compared to Opteon’s™ new SF80 which has a GWP of less than 2.5.

New generation of cleaning solutions have significantly lower CO2 emissions than those containing F-gas.

So, in a nutshell, what are the benefits of these new specialty fluids?

  • Superior cleaning performance
  • Ultralow GWP of less than 2.5, significantly reducing environmental impact
  • Recyclable and reusable, reducing cost of ownership and environmental footprint
  • Lower in capital equipment costs than comparable water-based systems, also reducing cost of ownership and leaving a smaller equipment footprint
  • Non-flammable
  • Safe in use
  • Fast and efficient, shortening lead times and reducing costs
  • Safe and easy to use, and low maintenance

The Chemours™ range of safe, environmentally friendly solvents have become widely accepted as best in class, next generation fluids and are approved for use in a large range of standard cleaning systems. If you’re considering a new solution for oil and grease removal; precision cleaning; high solvency defluxing; silicone removal; vapour degreasing; or cold cleaning, Fraser Technologies is here to help with your cleaning requirements.

We look at each job individually, and then advise on the cleaning fluids, cleaning systems and equipment that will provide optimum results for your business. We offer fully bespoke cleaning systems, where expert analysts conduct a site visit and evaluate individual cleaning needs and existing processes, before making detailed recommendations for both equipment and chemistries. We run trials and provide detailed reports, offering independent evaluations and recommendations to ensure the correct solution is used for every application.

For more details on our new generation chemicals please visit our solvent cleaning page by clicking here.

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