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VOC-Free Stencil Cleaning Chemistry from SmartSonic
VOC-free SMT detergent.
Canoga Park, CA — Smart Sonic's 440-R® SMT Detergent is reportedly the only VOC-free stencil cleaning chemistry available. All other chemistries designed for cleaning solder paste from SMT stencils contain hazardous VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Because VOCs contribute to Global Warming, smog and health problems, VOCs are highly regulated and targeted for stronger regulation by the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the EPA's report, "An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality", VOCs can cause "Eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system."

Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness.

Some manufacturers merely mix VOC solvents into water to give the appearance of a "water-based" chemistry. Users should always insist suppliers provide full disclosure of VOCs and other hazardous materials on MSDS and Technical Data Sheets as full disclosure of VOC data is not mandatory, thus allowing manufacturers to avoid the issue of VOCs and use such unregulated claims as "environmentally safe," "biodegradable," "water-based" and "low VOCs" to help bolster sales.

440-R SMT Detergent eliminates all of these VOC concerns because it is VOC-free. In addition to being VOC-free, 440-R SMT Detergent is the only Stencil Cleaning Chemistry that is: verified for environmental safety, user safety and cleaning efficiency by the U.S. EPA's Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program; able to clean all solder pastes introduced since 1985; approved by Permali for cleaning Durostone pallets; guaranteed to clean any type of solder paste from any fine-pitch aperture.

Contact: Smart Sonic Corp., 6724 Eton Avenue, Canoga Park, CA 91303 818-610-7900 fax: 818-909-6109 E-mail: Web: or

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