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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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COVID-19 Top Tips: How to store solder paste for a shutdown period?

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

Already opened jars/cartridges

In general, once a new jar of solder paste has been opened the manufacture tends to provides a maximum of 1 month’s shelf-life before recommending the paste is disposed of as waste (please check with you manufacturer for exact shelf life).

If you are removing used paste from a stencil it should never be returned to the original jar and if you are not using it again until after your close-down period, disposal of this paste would be recommended.

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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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