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