Dear SMT Assembler,
I enjoy customer interaction and feedback. As a result, I am often asked, "Why should I use the Smart Sonic Stencil Cleaning Process?" Like the Smart Sonic process, my response has remained the same over the years.
The foundation of the Smart Sonic Stencil Cleaning Process is the 440-R SMT Detergent, which has enabled us to provide the same superior process to hundreds of users worldwide since 1990 - the best chemistry, the right machines and the correct waste management. Without 440-R SMT Detergent, Smart Sonic would be "just another stencil cleaner." Since it's introduction, the Smart Sonic Stencil Cleaning Process has been Certified by the California Environmental Protection Agency and also Verified by the U.S. EPA's ETV Program*, evaluated by industry experts resulting in two SMT Vision Awards, the Global Technology Award, the Canadian High Technology Award, finalist in the NEPCON West Milton S. Kiver Award for Excellence, and nominated for the President's Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The Smart Sonic Process has been field tested by hundreds of satisfied customers such as Motorola, Intel, H.P., IBM, Sony, Jabil, and Flextronics... Plus, we guarantee our process to clean any type of solder paste from any fine-pitch stencil!
Competitive stencil cleaners have had to change their process several times since 1990 in an attempt to keep up with the ever changing environmental and user safety regulations and new solder paste formulations. None of the current competitive processes have been used for more than a few years, which means that their long-term safety and effectiveness are unknown. The fact that these systems have not been certified certainly makes them suspect.
EPA regulations have forced assemblers to change from CFC based processes and are now targeting VOC based systems. Safety regulations have forced assemblers to stop using flammable solvents such as alcohol in stencil cleaner machines because of the fire and explosion hazards. New flux types have forced assemblers to search for new chemistries, new cleaning machines and often, new waste management systems. Assemblers not using the Smart Sonic Stencil Cleaning Process may have gone through 2, 3 or even more stencil cleaning systems since 1990.
Most recently, we have introduced the industry's only 100% Closed-loop Aqueous-based Stencil Cleaner with our exclusive EnviroGuard Technology. Other "closed-loop" stencil cleaners only address the rinse water and require the hazardous wash water to be managed by other means. EnviroGuard manages the rinse and the wash water providing a 100% closed-loop process.
Smart Sonic is the only stencil cleaning system to withstand the "test of time." Smart Sonic users are the only assemblers that have used the same chemistry, the same machine and the same waste management since 1990. We have saved our customers thousands of dollars and much aggravation involving stencil cleaning process changes. It's a complete and guaranteed process that passed Cal/EPA Certification and completed the U.S. EPA Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program*." There is no risk placed on the buyer. Why would anybody want to buy anything else?
If you should have any questions regarding stencil cleaning, please do not hesitate to contact me. I truly enjoy discussing the topic.