MicroCare offers IPA alternatives for electronics assembly during COVID-19 crisis
04 May 2020
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The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is making availability of isopropyl alcohol (also known as isopropanol or IPA), the most common & widely used disinfectant within cleanrooms & electronics manufacturing, scarce.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in the US recommends using cleaners made of at least 70% alcohol to disinfect surfaces. This has led to a widespread global demand for IPA, with much of it diverted for use in hospitals and other medical settings. As a result, electronics and medical device manufacturers are facing IPA shortages, which was previously used for cleaning PCBs (printed circuit boards) and products during and after manufacturing.
To help counter this impact, MicroCare™ Corporation, a manufacturer of critical cleaning, coating and debinding products, is offering an alternative to IPA that cleans just as well, if not better than IPA.
Dan Sinclair, MicroCare National Sales Manager said: “IPA is one of the most common cleaning fluids used, as it is inexpensive and readily available. However, due to coronavirus, IPA is in short supply, as it is being widely used in a number of hygiene products, like hand sanitisers, cleaning solutions and disinfectants.
“If you can get hold of IPA, the prices have in general been significantly increased in response to the high demand. In fact, according to Wall Street Journal, isopropyl alcohol prices have more than tripled in the US since March 10. This has left a shortfall in a number of industries, like the electronics and medical sectors, where it is used to clean components. There are however, superior replacements out there.
“MicroCare offers a full line of IPA alternatives, that clean just as well, if not better than IPA. Unlike IPA, they are non-flammable, for added plant and worker safety. They include everything from cleaning fluids, like SuprClean™ Heavy Duty Flux Remover, to ESD Cleaning Wipes, and the No-Clean Flux Remover Cleaning Pen. The MicroCare portfolio of progressive cleaning fluids have been developed to help companies clean properly, safely and more economically.
“Because we have a strong supply chain and multiple manufacturing locations, we have the flexibility to produce our products and deliver as scheduled, so customers can still achieve optimal cleaning results,” concluded Sinclair.
For a full list of IPA cleaning alternatives, visit www.microcare.com
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