Cleaner Solutions

Aquastorm 200 In-line Cleaner

Overview

As high-reliability PCBs become miniaturized, denser and more complex, board assemblers are seeking ways to increase board level reliability, and cleaning is seen as a process solution.  Additionally, the importance of cleaning electronic assemblies increases dramatically in lead-free soldering applications. 

The Electrovert® Aquastorm™ series precision cleaning systems are designed to provide complete cleaning process flexibility, superior cleaning and drying performance, process monitoring, and reliability.  The Electrovert approach is to provide the market with a range of Aquastorm series cleaners that utilize technologies that exceed cleaning and drying expectations.  

Benefits and Features

The Aquastorm 200 Solution

The Electrovert Aquastorm is a versatile, high-performance cleaning system designed to optimize the PCB cleaning process while minimizing overall cost.  The Aquastorm features the most advanced cleaning technologies in an energy-efficient design.  The Aquastorm 200, with its dual tank design, is ideally suited to RMA and no-clean de-flux applications that require chemistry, as well as removal of water-soluble organic acid flux.

Advanced Cleaning Technology

The Aquastorm utilizes technology based solutions that deliver dynamic energy at the PCB surface to effectively clean under low stand-off and difficult to clean components.  Leading-edge spray technologies are used within the fluid delivery systems for both the wash and rinse cycles.

Innovative Drying Performance

Efficient and complete drying is critical to the cleaning process.  An effective drying system will increase throughput and provide cost savings, so that boards can go straight to test or conformal coating.  The Aquastorm series offers several drying options, including the high performing Torrid Zone™ for unmatched flexibility in configuration and performance.

Advanced User Interface

The Aquastorm is configured with a Windows® based operating system that provides familiar pull-down menus, includes data logging, and has barcode capability. The system is easily networked for down-loading of recipes and remote access to operating data.  Important cleaning parameters such as flows, pressures, temperatures are easily viewed to optimize the machine and process controls.

Special and Industrial Cleaning Applications

In today’s business environment it is important to partner with suppliers who are willing to work on special applications and are committed to providing process solutions.  Contact Electrovert if you have a special product or application and are interested in finding a specialized solution.

Enhanced Technology

Mixed Spray Technology

The clear advantage of the Aquastorm cleaners is the ability to deliver dynamic energy at the PCB surface.  While ‘dynamic’ energy consists of a combination of chemistry, thermal, and mechanical forms of energy, the key to the Aquastorm is the utilization of mixed spray technologies to maximize the cleaning capability and providing complete process flexibility.

  • The patented Hurricane Jet™ applies high-impact force for tight spaces;
  • The unique oscillating action of the patented S-Jet™ nozzle technology provides maximum flooding for low pressure applications;
  • V-Jet provides complete flooding action for high pressure applications;
  • JIC (Jet Impact Cleaning) greatly improves cleaning under low-standoff components with omni-directional spray patterns, and eliminates board and component shadowing effects.;
  • Mechanical fluid delivery system balances flow and pressure to maximize the dynamic energy at the board surface level;
  • Chemical Isolation provides optimal process separation and minimizes chemistry consumption.
Drying Performance

Electrovert offers several drying options that are designed to provide the greatest amount of value and process flexibility.

Cost Saving Advantages

Aquastorm in-line cleaners offer several integrated design features that save chemistry and electrical power.

  • Automatic stand-by mode:  The integrated automatic stand-by mode is standard within the Aquastorm in-line cleaners.  This feature will automatically shut down pumps and blowers when PCBs are not being processed.  The in-line cleaner will automatically start each pump and blower via an incoming photo cell detector as the PCBs enter the appropriate section of the cleaning module.  This significantly saves power and chemistry consumption.
  • 5 micron by-pass filter:  An integrated filtration system continuously filters the wash batch fluid through a 5 micron filter.  This helps filter the wash bath and extend the life of the fluid.
  • Integrated exhaust plenum and demister:  Aquastorm in-line cleaners utilize an integrated exhaust plenum that effectively balances the intakes of the exhaust ports within the cleaner.  The exhaust plenum combined with the integrated demister ensures that exhaust is minimized which effectively saves on chemistry consumption.
  • Torrid Zone Drying:  The Torrid Zone drying system is designed to maximize the balance between thermal and mechanical energy within the drying process.  The integrated design has proven to consume up to 40% less power over conventional drying systems. 
  • Commonality across Electrovert Platforms:  Electrovert has focused on utilizing common materials, common I/O, and GUI software processes across all product platforms (wave, reflow, and cleaning).  This provides cost savings in the form of spare parts (materials and I/O system) and significant savings on training of operators, engineers, and maintenance technicians (GUI software and I/O system).
Process Flexibility and Control

The Aquastorm series cleaners are designed to provide maximum in process flexibility and capability. 

  • Mixed spray technologies:  Spray bars, manifolds, and pumps can be configured to provide the greatest amount of process flexibility and performance.
  • Torrid Zone drying:  The drying capability of Torrid Zone will ensure that both your current and future board designs will be dried within the cleaning system.
  • De-flux and misprint cleaning:  The Aquastorm misprint feature allows the ability to de-flux side A and clean the side B misprint at the same time without re-depositing solder spheres onto the PCB (see technical paper case study)
  • Integrated chemistry concentration monitoring capability:  The Aquastorm now offers software integrated chemistry concentration monitoring.  All chemistry concentration parameters (percentages with user-defined alarm functions) are integrated into the machine software.  All parameters are data logged for traceability and trending capabilities.  Only available for specific chemistry types and brands.
  • Straight DI to Chemistry: The machine is designed to easily convert from straight DI to a chemistry application.
  • Field upgrades - Electrovert always evaluates the feasibility of the technologies to be offered as a field upgrade. This allows existing users the opportunity to upgrade a current piece of equipment with new technologies. Check with your local sales representative on availability of new technologies as field upgrades.
Other Value Based Features
  • In-line features for small light-weight products (i.e.: mobile phone and semi-conductor type products) in-line
  • Chemistry sampling port
  • Digital flow meters
  • Integrated sump tank with effluent transfer