ZESTRON Americas

The globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics and semiconductor manufacturing industries.

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MPC® Technology's cleaning properties allow a wide application range and power the complete removal of all contaminants from electronic substrate surfaces.

Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, and operating in more than 35 countries, ZESTRON is the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics and semiconductor manufacturing industry.

With 7 worldwide technical centers offering more than 90 cleaning machines from leading international manufacturers and the largest team of engineers focused on high precision cleaning, ZESTRON’s commitment to ensuring that its customers surpass even the most stringent cleaning requirements is without equal.

ZESTRON offers a complete range of true pH neutral, alkaline and engineered solvent process solutions for the aerospace, military, automotive, communications, and medical industries. With cleanliness assessment services onsite, ZESTRON’s Application Engineering team performs in-depth cleanliness assessments consisting of ionic contamination testing, ion chromatography, visual inspection, SIR C3 extraction testing, climatic reliability, and failure analysis.

Offering complete process solutions, ZESTRON Academy provides training on the latest solutions and best practices through webinars, workshops, technical papers, and customized training.

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ZESTRON® EYE CM Automatic Concentration Management System

Incorporating the ZESTRON® EYE's 3P-Technology, the ZESTRON® EYE CM monitors and controls wash bath concentration in real time. This stand alone concentration management system easily integrates with batch and inline c...

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ZESTRON® EYE CM Automatic Concentration Management System

ATRON® DC - Conformal Coating Remover

World’s first water-based cleaning agent for the removal of conformal coating material from pallets, fixtures, and tools ATRON® DC is engineered specifically for maximum decoating power while prioritiz...

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ATRON® DC - Conformal Coating Remover

ZESTRON® EYE Automated Concentration Measurement System

The World’s First Automated Concentration Measurement System For Electronics Cleaning Processes The ZESTRON® EYE consists of a sensor and a controller that can be fully integrated with commonly used cleaning machine types and...

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ZESTRON® EYE Automated Concentration Measurement System

HYDRON® SE 220 True pH Neutral Defluxing for Semiconductor Electronics

pH neutral cleaning agent for semiconductor applications. HYDRON® SE 220 is a water-based, single-phase cleaning agent specifically developed for use in immersion and ultrasonic processes. HYDRON® SE 220 removes flux residues f...

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HYDRON® SE 220 True pH Neutral Defluxing for Semiconductor Electronics

HYDRON® WS 400 - Aqueous-based Cleaning Medium for Defluxing

HYDRON® WS 400, based on the FAST® Technology, is an aqueous based cleaning agent specifically designed to remove water-soluble (OA) flux residues from electronic assemblies and is compatible with sensitive metals. Applied at low concentra...

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HYDRON® WS 400 - Aqueous-based Cleaning Medium for Defluxing

VIGON® N 600 – PH-Neutral Defluxing Agent

Water-based, pH-neutral defluxing agent Based on the MPC® Technology, ZESTRON’s latest pH-neutral cleaning agent has been specifically developed for use at low operating concentrations in spray-in-air inline and batch cleanin...

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VIGON® N 600 – PH-Neutral Defluxing Agent

VIGON® PE 180 True pH Neutral Defluxing for Power Electronics

pH Neutral Cleaning Agent for Power Electronic Applications. VIGON® PE 180, based on the MPC® Technology (Micro Phase Cleaning), is a water-based, pH neutral cleaning agent specifically developed for the use in s...

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VIGON® PE 180 True pH Neutral Defluxing for Power Electronics

VIGON® A 250 - Water Based PCB Defluxing Agent

PCB Cleaning Medium with a Mild Formulation Especially for Sensitive Metal Alloys VIGON A 250 is a water-based MPC® cleaning agent designed to remove flux residues and solder pastes from electronic assemblies. Due to its mild formu...

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VIGON® A 250 - Water Based PCB Defluxing Agent

VIGON® US - Flux Removal Agent for PCB's

VIGON US is a water-based medium specifically developed for the use in ultrasonic, spray-under-immersion and centrifugal cleaning equipment. Based on MPC Technology, VIGON US removes all types of flux residues from electronic assemblies, ceramic h...

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VIGON® US - Flux Removal Agent for PCB's

VIGON® RC 101 - Cleaning Agent for Reflow and Wave Solder Equipment

Water-based Cleaning Medium for Reflow and Wave Solder Equipment. Based on the MPC® Technology, VIGON® RC 101 was specifically developed to remove all types of baked-on flux residues from reflow and wave solder equipment. It re...

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VIGON® RC 101 - Cleaning Agent for Reflow and Wave Solder Equipment

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ph Neutral Cleaning Agents - Market Expectation & Field Performance

Feb 25, 2016 | Umut Tosun, Jigar Patel, Kalyan Nukula, Fernando Gazcon, ZESTRON America

With regard to precision cleaning applications within electronics manufacturing, pH neutral product development was a major breakthrough in recent years. The impetus for this development resulted from changes with regard to solder paste formulations and resulting assembly processes.

The greater use of lead-free solder paste and the required higher reflow profiles have resulted in even more difficult to remove burnt-in flux residues. Coupled with increases in component density, larger component packages, higher lead counts, finer lead spacing, and lower standoff distances, effective cleaning is greatly challenged. The aqueous alkaline based cleaning agents can effectively remove these flux residues, however, the process often requires an increase in wash temperature and exposure time, chemical concentration, and mechanical energy. Although an efficient and effective cleaning process can be developed, oftentimes, the required operating parameters present a new set of challenges with regard to material compatibility.

Since their introduction, the newly developed pH neutral formulations have proven to be capable not only of removing these difficult post reflow residues from complex board geometries, but do so without affecting material compatibility of sensitive components. Additionally, they perform at low concentration levels. This study reviews the performance of pH neutral cleaning agents as compared to alkaline cleaning agent alternatives and includes field data demonstrating their effectiveness with regard to material compatibility and cleaning performance....

Back to Basics – Why Clean?

Jun 28, 2011 | ZESTRON

ZESTRON America’s spring edition of ZESTRON News goes back to basics providing the latest information on the topics of cleaning in the electronics manufacturing industry....

Why Switch From Pure DI-Water to Chemistry

Dec 22, 2009 | Dr. Harald Wack, Umut Tosun, M.S.Chem.Eng., Dr. Joachim Becht, Dr. Helmut Schweigart

While most cleaning applications in the North American market rely on cleaning with DI-water only, for removing OA fluxes in first place, recent market studies show that water has reached its limitations in cleaning performance while favoring usage of aqueous processes. The term aqueous implies the use of aqueous-based chemistries with active ingredients and are usually diluted with DI-water. The nature of these active ingredients in the aqueous chemistries varies between manufacturer and his R&D knowledge. ...

Fluid Flow Mechanics Key To Low Standoff Cleaning

Sep 18, 2009 | Harald Wack, Ph.D., Umut Tosun, Naveen Ravindran, Sylvain Chamousset, Joachim Becht, Ph.D.; ZESTRON, Steve Stach, Austin American Technology Corp.

In recent years, various studies have been issued on cleaning under low standoff components; most however, with incomplete information. It is essential to revisit and describe the latest challenges in the market, identifying obvious gaps in available information. Such information is crucial for potential and existing users to fully address the cleanliness levels under their respective components. With the emergence of lead-free soldering and even smaller components, new challenges have arisen including cleaning in gaps of less than 1-mil....

Thermal Residue Fingerprinting: A Revolutionary Approach to Develop a Selective Cleaning Solution

Jul 01, 2009 | Steve Stach, Austin American Technology Harald Wack, Ph.D., Umut Tosun, Naveen Ravindran, ZESTRON America, John M. Radman, Daniel D. Phillips, Trace Laboratories East

During the last 5 years, the processes to remove flux residues especially for lead-free and challenging geometries have demonstrated new cleaning obstacles which have to be overcome.i A new methodology has been recently developed to further increase the propensity for successful cleaning.ii At the core of this method is the thermal identification of the residue matrix. Thermal energy changes the physical state, i.e. transitions between liquid, solid and gas phases. By taking advantage of such specific information during phase transitions, the cleaning process can be tailored to such settings, which in turn increases the cleaning success significantly....

Cleaning High-power Electronics

Jan 06, 2009 | Steve Stach, Austin America; Harald Wack, Ph.D., Naveen Ravindran, Zestron America; Joachim Becht, Zestron Europe

To prevent malfunctions in high-power electronics, flux residues must be removed from flip chip components prior to subsequent processes. As a result, integrating a suitable cleaning application into the manufacturing process of flip chip components is often required. Solvent based applications have re-emerged, and with that, an overall process solution is necessary....

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ZESTRON’s Michael Kövi will be Presenting at SMTA International 2019

Sep 18, 2019 | ZESTRON is pleased to announce that Michael Kövi, Application Engineer, ZESTRON Europe, will be presenting, “Handling Technical Cleanliness in Electronic Production” at SMTA International. Mr. Kövi’s presentation will be on Thursday, September 26th, during session MFX7 – Cleaning: Challenges.

ZESTRON’s Terry Price will be Presenting at SMTA International 2019

Sep 11, 2019 | ZESTRON is pleased to announce that Terry Price, PhD will be presenting, “pH Neutral Cleaning Agents: Technology and Performance” with Axel Vargas of Lockheed Martin at SMTA International on September 24th

ZESTRON Academy to Host FREE “Cleaning Before Conformal Coating” Webinar

Sep 04, 2019 | ZESTRON is pleased to announce that it will host “Cleaning Before Conformal Coating” on Thursday September 26th, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT. This is the seventh installment of the 2019 ZESTRON Academy Cleaning Webinar Series. Our presenter will be electronics cleaning expert, Kalyan Nukala, M.S.Ch.E, Application Technology Engineer.

ZESTRON’s Ravi Parthasarathy will be Presenting at SMTA Capital Expo

Aug 16, 2019 | ZESTRON's Ravi Parthasarthy will be presenting, "Jet Printed Solder Paste and Cleaning Challenges" at the SMTA Capital Expo on August 22.

ZESTRON Launches New Cleaning Agent for Removal of Conformal Coating

Aug 15, 2019 | ZESTRON has released ATRON® DC, a decoating cleaning agent. ATRON® DC is a maintenance cleaning agent designed to remove conformal coating from pallets, fixtures and tools. It quickly and reliably removes different coating materials including acrylics, urethanes, and epoxies.

ZESTRON will be Exhibiting at SMTA Queretara Expo

Aug 15, 2019 | ZESTRON will be featuring the recently released decoating cleaning agent, ATRON® DC at SMTA Queretaro Expo & Tech Forum.

ZESTRON Academy to Host FREE "Surface Cleanliness Assessment" Webinar

Aug 15, 2019 | ZESTRON will host "Surface Cleanliness Assessment" on Thursday August 29th, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT. This is the sixth installment of the 2019 ZESTRON Academy Cleaning Webinar Series. Our presenter will be electronics cleaning expert, Umut Tosun, M.S.Ch.E, Application Technology Manager.

ZESTRON will be Exhibiting at SMTA Ohio

Aug 15, 2019 | ZESTRON will be featuring several cleaning solutions at SMTA Ohio, including products specifically designed to clean under low-standoff components.

ZESTRON will be Exhibiting at SMTA Heartland Expo

Jul 17, 2019 | ZESTRON will be featuring the latest in pH neutral cleaning solutions at the SMTA Heartland Expo & Tech Forum.

ZESTRON Academy to Host FREE "Defluxing Advanced Packages" Webinar

Jul 15, 2019 | ZESTRON will host "Defluxing Advanced Packages" on Thursday July 25th, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT. This is the fifth installment of the 2019 ZESTRON Academy Cleaning Webinar Series. Our presenter will be electronics cleaning expert, Ravi Parthasarathy, M.S.Ch.E, Senior Application Engineer.

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