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Have you invested in Component Cleaning Machines?

There’s now less than a year to take advantage of Rishi Sunak’s “super-deduction” policy. Announced in March 2021, the policy allows companies to claim 130% capital allowances on plant machinery investment including component cleaning machines.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the policy, businesses are able to deduct 130% of an initial investment when computing taxable profits between April 2021 and March 2023. This means that, for every pound a company invests under the super-deduction, their taxes are cut by up to 25p…

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Solvent cleaning offers solution to reduce energy bills

As energy prices continue to soar, businesses across the country are seriously considering where efficiencies can be made and costs can be cut to help reduce energy bills.

For organisations that require component cleaning and degreasing, a simple switch can have a significant impact on energy usage and therefore reduce energy bills, without affecting cleanliness levels. In fact, in many cases, reconsidering cleaning solutions can deliver higher quality results, while also minimising time, cost, and the environmental impact.

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Solvent Cleaning V Aqueous Cleaning – FAQs

There still remains lots of misconceptions around the use of solvent cleaners, with many businesses using aqueous or water-based cleaning solutions because they think they’re safer – but this isn’t always the case! Instead, it’s important to consider the chemistry that is most appropriate for their needs. Whether you currently use solvent cleaning systems or aqueous solutions, you might learn something new…

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Koki’s latest solder product: high performance and Mycronic approved jetting solder paste

At Fraser Technologies, we have 50 years of experience working with the electronics industry, offering the latest, most effective and reliable products on the market. When it comes to soldering, we are proud to be the UK distributor of leading global soldering solutions provider, Koki.

Koki is the best in the business and has been pioneering and manufacturing cutting-edge soldering materials for over 50 years. The Koki range of solder pastes includes products that solve your problems, from pillowing and bridging to poor wetting and voiding.

One of Koki’s latest innovations is S3X70-E160DN – a high-performance, high speed jetting solder paste, offering excellent consistency without slumping. It is halogen free and, crucially, it is approved by Mycronic for use in their range of MY machines… Continue Reading

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Are your solder tip erosion rates far too high?

Solving solder wire challenges with Koki’s 72M series

Similarly to other industrial sectors, electronics manufacturers are always looking for solutions to ongoing issues and more efficient production methods.

One such demand is the need for more cost-effective solder wires. Typically, standard un-leaded solder alloys used for hand soldering wires are very aggressive and ‘eat’ soldering iron tips. As components get smaller due to design and space limitations, soldering iron tips have become more sophisticated and much more expensive…

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Are you experiencing solder joint voiding issues? Solve them with Koki’s S3X58-G803 solder paste

One of the most significant challenges in the electronics industry is the formation of voids in solder joints. Voiding typically occurs when flux or solvent in the paste becomes trapped in the joint, or paste oxidises, and empty spaces are created within the joint. Too many voids in a solder joint will impact the joint’s reliability, so it’s important this issue is avoided.

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Are you struggling with poor wetting from your current solder paste?

If you’re struggling with oxidised pads and components, combat the challenge with Koki’s S3X58-M500C-7 powerful wetting, no-clean solder paste

Most engineers and operators have experienced poor solder wetting – an extremely common challenge in the electronics industry. Poor wetting can be caused by a number of different issues including low paste volume or inconsistent soldering temperatures, but mostly this is due to oxidisation or tarnishing of the solder joints caused by poorly stored or very old components, often referred to as ‘grey’ components…

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Now the sunset date has passed – what is the process of converting from nPB?

As of 4 July 2020, the use of nPB has been prohibited. While those using it now are in breach of the new regulations, many businesses may not have been in a position to convert in time due to delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

For those organisations considering whether it’s possible to convert from nPB now, while distancing guidance and additional safety measures are in place, we’ve broken down the first steps in the process to demonstrate how it can be done safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively…

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nPB Replacement: Common Misconceptions

The sunset date for the use of nPB (also known as n-propyl bromide or 1-bromopropane) has now passed. There remains some confusion around using nPB, and now as companies have to switch to a suitable replacement, 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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