PCBVac™ - A Shop Vac for Your PCB
How the PCBVac™ works.
Step 1- Plug the PCBVac™ air connection to dry filtered shop air. Step 2 - Configure and attach the Teflon tipped nozzles
Step 3- Switch ON the PCBVac™ and adjust the air flow velocity. Step 4 - Use the handpiece to navigate along the areas to be cleaned
Sometimes that tool that you “have to have” is right before you……..this is one of those things that you will want on your PCB rework, repair and test workbench. The BEST PCBVac™ can remove the remnant flux residues-even underneath low standoff components, it can remove the scraped off conformal coating from a board after rework or repair and it can clear deep plated throughholes of solder. Once you start using the PCBVac™ you will continually discover new uses for it.
The PCBVac™ is the solution for your PCB rework and repair area for cleaning off debris-whether they be dry or wet. It is designed -to quickly and cleanly pull unwanted foreign matter off of the PCB. Simply plug the tool into dry , filtered air, turn the power switch on and begin using the handpiece to controllably vacuum up debris. Solids such as scraped off solder mask, conformal coatings and other dry debris can be “vacuumed” off the surface of the PCB. Liquids such as cleaning solutions, fluxes and heated, molten solder can be excavated from the location to clear out plated throughholes. The convenient nozzles on the hand tool can be modified such that both large and small areas can be cleaned. Since the device is very simple, expect a long operational life
Traditional kim wipes and cleaning solvents are in many cases wiping the residues and mess around the PCB instead of getting it up off the board. One of the other shortcomings of using a wipe is that it does not allow you to get the residues underneath components. In addition, these wipe systems in many cases “smear” the residue around the PCB instead of absorbing it. Other traditional cleaning methods use expensive, consumable chemicals in order to clean off various fluxes and residues from the PCB. Brushes and cleaning solutions cause static generation and the “pushing” of debris everywhere on the PCB. Finally, the use of ionized blow off systems are very loud and push the soils everywhere-including the components on the board. However , the PCBVac™ overcomes some of the problems associated with other methods that you may have tried to use to clean up surfaces on your PCBs
The BEST PCBVac™ comes with all of the tools you will need to make it useful right out of the box! Connected to the PCBVac™ enclosure is a 6ft flexible hose with a convenient quick connect air fitting which provides the connection to the incoming air line. A flexible 6ft hose connects the PCBVac™ to the hand piece. The handpiece is fitted with the heat resistant Teflon™ tips which can be cut to different sizes and therefore adjust the vacuum air flow rate. The tip size along with the manual control on the enclosure adjusts the vacuum pressure. The glass hand piece contains a gross filter that will entrap larger particles and solder. Finally the on/off switch allow the unit to still be connected and be ready at a moments’ notice without consuming compressed air when in the “Off” position.
Therefore use the PCBVac™ on your PCB rework and repair work bench-keep it under lock and key as everyone will want to borrow it!