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Wave Chain Cleaning


Wave Chain Cleaning | 4 March, 2004

Sorry about the non SMT post, but I figured that there might be someone with a similar experience out there. We have been having a tough time cleaning the conveyor chains in our wave solder machine. We have been cleaning them in a self cleaning oven, carbonizing the residue, then brushing them off. This was working up until the last time we cleaned. Some of the links are starting to bind. I was wondering how the rest of the world does this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks In Advance


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Wave Chain Cleaning | 4 March, 2004

Have you been re lubing chain after cleaning. Is the chain worn thru from friction on rails. How are carbonized particles removed from inside links after cleaning. What is recomended method for cleaning.

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Wave Chain Cleaning | 4 March, 2004

what I have usually found although not from wave conveyor chains but from racing motorcycles is that binding is caused by wear and bending and not dirt unless it is excessive to the point that you can actually see the dirt that is binding it. When the chain gets removed from the wave I am sure that it is being bent and bowed to some degree since they are so large and heavy at least when we do it it gets tweeked. I have found that it is almost impossible to un-bind a chain. As far as cleaning methods, We use a hotsy to spray the chain and then wire brush it and apply non carbon forming lube that also has cleaning cpability. The oil we use is from Behnke lubricants Inc. it is called JAX pyro-kote 220. We also use a grease that works extremely it is Kanto-Kasei FLOIL All of the information on this can is in Japanese so I can't tell you where to get or even where I got it but it is awesome for both reflow and wave. So if anybody out there knows about this stuff please post the info I would really like to get some more of it.

Hope this helped a little bit Russ

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Wave Chain Cleaning | 5 March, 2004

I have soaked the chains in a 5 gallon bucket with wd40. It does a great job cleaning the chain. After they are done soaking i take an air gun outside and blow the chain off. I found that using a medium temp lubricant does not cause alot of buildup on the chain. Although application is more frequent due to burn off.I used alot of different high temp greases with the consistancy of bubble gum in the past, and these always had similar results (major Buildup). The benefits of using a med temp lubricant outweigh the use of high temp.Must apply more frequently but wont have to pull your chains for several years due to no lube builup.


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Wave Chain Cleaning | 6 March, 2004


I liked that self-cleaning oven idea, when you told about it years ago.

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Wave Chain Cleaning | 12 March, 2004

We pull our chains and fingers off of our wave and take them down to Carquest autoparts store and have them soaked in an engine degreaser. The then re-lube the chain and re-grease the rails when we first put the chain back on. This is the cure that we found so far that has worked the best.

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