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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.

Over the last few weeks we have received a high volume of emails from our customers asking about stock levels and delivery disruptions etc, therefore we thought we would share our FAQ’s to help all customers who may have questions during this time:

What measures have Fraser Technologies taken to follow government guidelines of health and safety?

Fraser Technologies have taken the Coronavirus pandemic extremely seriously, all staff are currently well and have been working from home full time since the 16th March 2020. We have successfully adapted our IT systems allowing all systems to run as normal and all emails and phone calls are being dealt with in the normal way. We have however suspended any non-critical customer visits to protect both our staff and our customers.

Do you have any known disruptions to in-bound supply of material or sub-contract processing which will impact supply to your customers?

We are in constant communication with our suppliers and carriers and have been told all stock orders are being fulfilled as normal and shipped on time. In addition there are currently no potential issues with their supply chains and product continues to be readily available.

Are you holding more stock than usual to avoid being unable to fulfil orders?

We have increased our stock holding and will continue to keep stock levels high to reduce any potential future impact due to delayed or short orders. In addition we are contacting our customers to estimate future requirements and are feeding this back to our suppliers to give them as much notice as possible of any significant change allowing them time to adapt if necessary.

Is Fraser Technologies still open for business?

Yes Fraser Technologies is still very much operating as ‘business as usual’, should you have any cleaning application enquiries, chemistry issues or machines queries please do not hesitate to call us on 01506 443058 or email sales@frasertech.co.uk.

Can I still get my machines serviced/repaired during this time?

This is an ever changing situation and we need to comply with the governments guidelines, as such we are focused on emergency support only at this time. Non critical service work is being postponed at present but if you have any requirements please get in touch and we will get visits lined up as soon as the current restrictions are relaxed.

We would like to re-assure all of our customers that Fraser Technologies will continue to support you and we will take all measures at our disposal to maintain business continuity.

We will update you with any additional information or changes to our operations as necessary.

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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.

We will be showcasing our latest range of new generation Speciality fluids from Chemours which are proving to be an extreme contender within the heat transfer fluid market. Our new Opteon™ range is a head of the game with regards to performance and stability. The range offers reduced weight, stability, compatibility and non-flammability all whilst maintaining high conductivity rates, all vital aspect in the vast emerging battery market. The Battery industry is on the cusp of a power revolution with technology companies looking for new innovative products to help with battery development and energy storage.

We are also excited to announce we will be launching a brand new piece of equipment exclusive at the show, so you do not want to miss it!

Please come and visit us at stand 46/59, we look forward to meeting you.

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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!

We will be showcasing our ever growing range of new generation cleaning chemistries, and demonstrating the wide range of applications they can be used for. Also 2020 is a big year as nPB is to be banned from use from July 2020*, so please come and talk to us to see what alternative chemistries we can offer you, and finally…wait for it…

SHOW EXCLUSIVE…we will be launching a brand new piece of cleaning equipment at the show!

Please come and visit us on stand C17 and lets see how we can help solve your cleaning issues.

You wont want to miss it!

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*unless you have an exemption in place to continue using nPB.

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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.

Please pay them a visit at Hall A4 Stand No 311 to find out more details.

Should any visitors be from the UK please feel free to contact Fraser Technologies as we represent and supply Koki products within the UK.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Christmas Opening Hours 2019!

We wanted to let you all know our opening times over the Christmas period:

20th December 2019 ~ Last date for all orders for pre-Christmas delivery

23rd December 2019 ~ 9.00am – 3.00pm

24th December 2019 ~ 9.00am – 12.00pm

25th December 2019 ~ 2nd January 2020 Office Closed

3rd January 2020 ~ Office reopens

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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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.

More than 30 representatives attended the meeting from over 20 countries and we were very proud to be representing the UK.

The four day event consisted of global sales meetings, product development updates, and corporate news from the soldering giant. The second day allowed attendees to be part of the opening ceremony of their new plant in Warsaw where were were joined by all members of the board and the Major of Poland who kindly cut the ribbon! This new plant has signified the strength Koki are having within Europe and how more customers are using Koki soldering products around the world.

We were also extremely fortunate to take in the sights of Warsaw, taking in the views from 42nd floor of the Palace of Culture and Science and visiting the Museum of Polish Vodka!

Thank you Koki for such an experience, we look forward to visiting you in Milan next year!

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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.

“Our mission is to adhere to a ‘customer first’ philosophy. We focus on long term partnerships to achieve sustainable, cost-effective, environmentally sound solutions which meet customer needs.

 

We aim to be respected experts within the precision cleaning field, which will be demonstrated through customer retention and strong reputation within the market place.

 

We will review performance to ensure we are providing the latest technology, best results and first class customer service, while meeting increasingly stringent regulations. We offer transparent communication and are committed to creating a supportive and ethical working environment for all.

 

 Fraser Technologies aims to be the go to experts for precision cleaning due to our honesty, integrity and passion for finding the best solution for our customers.”

We feel this represents the kind of company we are, what we strive for and the values we hold dearly within the business.

If you would like to know more about Fraser Technologies as a business please click here.

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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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