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Services: Cleaning Electronics & Components

Foresite has the capability to clean both bare boards and finished assemblies.  Using a variety of methods, Foresite can assure that your boards are clean and prepared for reliable field performance.  Whether needs involve cleaning of the total board or only a specific localized area, we have the tools and knowledge to complete the task. 

Some of the specific areas we specialize in include:


We have the capabilities of steam cleaning in both batch and inline cleaners. Our protocol is qualified to IPC ANSI-J-Std 001 for water soluble flux cleaning and cleaning of no-clean flux residues.  The systems are designed for low-pressure, high flood saponified cleaning and are used in conjunction with isolated steam allowing us the flexibility to clean a variety of products and contaminants. Using our cleaning systems, we are able to handle a range of projects as small as one sample up to hundreds of thousands of assemblies.  Our techniques are proven not to degrade bradley labels, legending or marking inks. We can customize our cleaning process to adjust for parts that are water intolerant.  All IPC directed ESD protocols are followed for protection of your product.


Once cleaning is completed, results will be validated by certified IPC 610 visual inspection as well as ion chromatography analysis.  With each return shipment, a certificate of compliance will be provided.  If required, each cleaned board can be marked. 


If you have a cleaning need, please feel free to email with your information and to obtain a quote.


Case Studies on Cleaning

Just Wash your Troubles Away

An article aimed at bare board fabricators to discuss the importance of water quality, saponifier use and cleaning process design in obtaining optimum cleanliness.

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Can you Clean a No-Clean Assembly?

In-depth study of whether or not no-clean assemblies can be effectively cleaned, how to accomplish cleaning, and how to prove cleanliness with ion chromatography.

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What a Difference a Little Soap Makes

Discusses theory of using saponified cleaning to clean sensitive or difficult areas of circuitry.

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Micro BGA Cleaning

A look at how to effectively clean BGA devices, which commonly present a cleaning challenge for assemblers and are known to trap flux residues.

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The Crystalline Entity

Crystals from citric acid in flux create a cleaning challenge.  This case looks at how to clean these difficult to remove residues, and how to prevent them from being introduced.

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Just Crank up the Pressure

High wash pressures and fast belt speeds can degrade a cleaning operation.  This case looks at effective alternatives for accomplishing ionic cleanliness through cleaning operations.

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Sulfates in Vias

Smaller diameter, higher density vias require a more robust cleaning process to drive out residues and acheive reliable field performance.

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Don't Drink the Water

If water quality and compatibility with flux chemistries is not an imperative consideration in cleaning processes, sometimes the purpose is defeated.

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Is Cleaning Really Worth the HASL? - Part 1

This study brings up the importance of belt speed, pressure, water quality, wash and rinse temperature, equipment maintenance & material choices in maintaining good cleaning.

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Is Cleaning Really Worth the HASL? - Part 2

This study examines how HASL flux residues on bare boards follow through till final assembly.  It is important to query end customer on ionic cleanliness levels necessary. 

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Incoming Component Cleanliness

Components can often cause failures if dirty, even if the assembly process is no-clean.  This article discusses how tap water cleaning is not enough to achieve ionic cleanliness.

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White Residues - Good or Bad?

White residues are not always bad, but are often indicative of an ineffective cleaning protocol.  Saponifiers need to be qualified and water quality achieved for good cleaning results.

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Swabbing it Clean

Cleaning materials are as important as processes.  This looks at the negative outcome a customer had by performing localized cleaning with a cotton swab.

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Mean Green Corrosion

Selective pallet soldering can often introduce contaminants.  In this case, we developed a rescue cleaning protocol, and identified how to eliminate harmful residues from the process.

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Cleaning a No-clean Assembly Contaminated with Water Soluble Rework Flux

This assembler mixed processes, and now needed to clean boards with water intolerant parts.  Discusses how steam cleaning is much more effective than solvent and brush cleaning.

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