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nPB Replacement: Common Misconceptions

From 4 July 2020, the use of nPB (also known as n-propyl bromide or 1-bromopropane) is no longer allowed. There remains some confusion around using nPB, so as the deadline fast approaches, here are some common misconceptions and the facts…

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Why do I need to stop using nPB and how do I replace it?

From 4 July 2020, the use of nPB (also known as n-propyl bromide or 1-bromopropane) is prohibited.

The substance has been banned under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) regulations, so any business still using it in cleaning and degreasing processes must find a replacement as soon as possible, unless specific authorisation to keep using it has been granted…

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Got questions about nPB sunset date? Do not worry we are here to help!

Due to legislation around the safe use of nPB, (a common substance use for the cleaning and degreasing of components) this substance will be banned from 4 July 2020. Any business still using this solvent in its cleaning and degreasing process must find a replacement as soon as possible…

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nPB sunset date – 4th July 2020 – 5 simple steps to find a replacement!

There is now just one month to go until n-propyl bromide (a.k.a. ‘nPB’ or ‘1-bromopropane’) will be banned under REACH regulations from use as a component cleaning agent, except where authorisation to keep using it is granted.

If you’re still using nPB, there’s no need to panic just yet. There’s still time to find an alternative and there is a range of new generation solvents which are much safer, and also more environmentally friendly. However, you should take action immediately to ensure that your cleaning processes are compliant… Continue Reading

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Fraser Technologies Supporting New Oxygen Cleaning Applications in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic!

As a specialist supplier into component cleaning markets Fraser Technologies are delighted to be supporting the amazing efforts the UK manufacturing sector is making in redeploying existing production capabilities to manufacture Respirators and the completely new redesigned CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) units developed in the UK. With equipment already in the field it is great to think we are doing a small part to help…
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COVID-19 Top Tips: Cleaning equipment breakdown…we are here to help!

In these unusual and challenging times, we wanted to let our customers know we are still here to support you… Continue Reading

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COVID-19 Top Tips: Common vapour degreasing alarms, what do they mean?

We are often contacted by customers with equipment alarm queries and requesting service engineers. This isn’t always necessary and often only require some simple in-house maintenance to resolve… Continue Reading

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COVID-19 Top Tips: The importance of your water separator in vapour degreasing equipment

Water separators, as fitted to vapour degreasing equipment serve an important role. As the name suggests, they remove vital excess water from the cleaning process…
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COVID-19 Top Tips: How to temporarily shut down your cleaning process properly?

If you are looking to shut down your cleaning process temporarily it is essential that you consider a few key factors as it is not recommended that you just power down the system. Below are a few hints for both Solvent and Water based systems.
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COVID-19 Top Tips: How to prepare equipment using fluxes for a shutdown period?

If you need to turn off your processes for a prolonged period, the following points should be considered: 

Soldering equipment with an open flux application (foaming)

Where your equipment has an open fluxing unit it will need to be completely drained and the tank/pipework flushed through with IPA or flux thinners. If left in the tank the alcohol will evaporate off leaving an ever-thickening flux and potentially blocking pipework and pumps (if fitted).

Flux drained out can be returned to the original container (usually attached to the tank for top-up) but the general rule is to dispose of this as waste. Continue Reading

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