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Technical Data Sheet

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BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer
Description BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer is a blend of highly-refined terpenes and
nonionic surface-active agents formulated to offer effective cleaning at
ambient temperature and a high flux-loading capacity. It is ideal for
removing rosin flux and reflowed solder paste residues from a variety of
substrates.

BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer was developed so that it combines high


performance solvent cleaning with water rinsing and drying to give
optimal SIR and ionic cleanliness results. BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer has
been EPA/IPC/DoD Phase 2 approved and may be used as a replacement
for chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) in military and Bellcore applications with
improved cleaning results.

Applications BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer is specifically designed for removal of rosin flux
and solder paste residues in electronics applications. The product also
successfully removes SA, OA (water-soluble) and most no clean flux
residues. It may be used on a variety of substrates including surface
mount and plated-through-hole assemblies.

Typical Properties

Table 1.
Appearance Clear to light yellow
Flash Point 117F (47C)
(Pensky-Martens Closed Cup)
Specific Gravity @ 25C 0.84  0.01
Viscosity @ 25C 0.8 cps
pH (5% in water) 5 to 7
Kauri-Butanol (KB) Value 120
COD (Concentrate) 2.5 x 103 g/l
Odor Orange

Process BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer is designed for use at ambient temperature in


semi-aqueous cleaning processes. It is suitable for use in a variety of
commercially available cleaning equipment including ultrasonic systems,
spray, spray-under-immersion systems, or spin-under-immersion systems.
Semi-aqueous in-line and batch equipment may be used with BIOACT
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BIOACT is a registered trademark of Petroferm Inc.
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EC-7 is a trademark of Petroferm Inc.

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EC-7 Defluxer. Figure 1 depicts a typical process for use with this
product.

Figure 1.

Parts In

Waste Organic

Make-Up
Water
To Treatment
or Drain

Typical Process Steps


Steps Process Details
1. Wash the parts in a The BIOACT EC-7 bath should remain at ambient temperature during
bath of BIOACT EC-7. cleaning. Use mechanical or ultrasonic agitation in the wash bath to speed
the cleaning process.
2. Rinse the residual BIOACT EC-7 rinses easily with water, alcohol, or hydrocarbon-based
BIOACT EC-7 and solvents. Heated, agitated water is the most commonly used rinse agent.
dissolved soil from the Most systems incorporate two or three successive rinses as shown in Figure
parts. 1.
3. Dry the parts as If drying assistance is required to remove the residual rinse water from the
necessary. parts, use any appropriate method: ambient air, oven, forced air, centrifugal
force, hand wipe, or other.

Compatibility BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer is compatible with most epoxies, flex laminates,
and other cross-linked polymers. It does not affect cured solder mask, and
testing has shown the effect of BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer on RTV silicone,
polystyrene, and polycarbonate to be comparable to that of chlorinated or
fluorinated solvents. Electronic components and encapsulants must be
compatible with total immersion water rinsing.

BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer is not recommended for use in high lead solder
applications.

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Table 2. Effects of BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer on Plastics and Elastomers


Plastic / Elastomer Percent (%) Weight Change Percent (%) Thickness Change
72ºF 150ºF 150ºF Control1 72ºF 150ºF 150ºF Control1
(22C) (66C) (66C) 150ºF (22C) (66C) (66C) 150ºF
9 Month 1 Hour 9 Month (66C) 9 Month 1 Hour 9 Month (66C)
9 Month 9 Month
ACETAL (Delrin, Celcon) 0.29 0.0 0.0* -0.1* 1.6 0.0 0.0* 0.0*
ACRYLIC (Lucite, Plexiglas) 5.2 0.0 8.2* -0.3* 1.6 0.0 3.1* -1.6*
ACRYLONITRILE* 38.4 2.1 87.4 -2.1 20.3 0.0 27.7* 1.6*
BUNA N 27.1 1.2 2.2* -0.1* 10.0 3.2 3.2* 0.0*
BUNA S 216.4 115.5 226.2* 0.3* 58.8 29.4 64.7* 2.9*
CPVC 2.6 0.0 9.3* 0.0* 12.5 0.0 21.1* -4.8*
EPDM 71.1 52.0 68.6* -0.2* 32.1 14.3 25.0* 0.0*
FIBERGLASS (G-10 Epoxy Glass) 0.3 0.0 0.0* 0.0* 1.5 0.0 1.5* 0.0*
HDPE 6.1 0.3 7.2* 0.0* 3.2 0.0 3.2* 1.6*
LDPE 13.8 2.4 24.1* 0.0* 6.4 1.6 6.5* 0.6*
NATURAL RUBBER* 332.0 39.5 Stopped 0.7 71.9 10.6 75.8 0.0
NEOPRENE* 62.9 12.9 69.8 -0.1 30.0 8.3 40.0 0.0
NYLON 1.6 -4.2 -4.3* -0.4* 0.0 3.2 6.5* 1.6*
PBT (Valox, Gafite, Celanex) 0.15 0.0 0.1* 0.0* 1.8 -0.6 -0.6* -0.6*
POLYAMIDE (Zytel, Minlon) 1.4 0.1 0.15* -0.1* 1.6 1.6 1.6* 1.6*
POLYCARBONATE (Lexan) 0.13 0.0 2.1* -0.1* 6.9 0.0 0.0* 3.3*
POLYETHERIMIDE (Ultem) 0.16 0.0 -0.2* -0.3* 4.8 0.0 0.0* 0.0*
POLYPHENYLENE OXIDE (Noryl)* 43.4 0.7 Cracked 0.0 51.6 0.0 51.6 -1.5
POLYPROPYLENE 11.0 0.2 13.7* 0.0* 4.9 -1.6 3.2* -1.6*
POLYSTYRENE* Dissolved 1.7 Dissolved Stopped Dissolved -6.3 Dissolved Stopped
POLYSULFIDE 67.6 52.9 65.6* 0.1 38.5 36.0 44.0* 3.8*
POLYSULFONE 0.14 0.0 -0.1* -0.2* 1.6 0.0 0.0* 0.0*
PVC, CLEAR 0.1 0.0 0.7* 0.0* 10.7 0.0 1.6* 5.1*
PVC, WHITE 0.0 0.0 0.1* 0.0* 4.0 1.4 -2.8* 2.9*
SILICONE 103.7 47.5 124.9* 0.5* 51.6 17.2 48.4* 0.0*
Teflon® 0.1 0.0 0.0* 0.0* 0.0 0.0 0.0* 3.1*
1. Effect of temperature only. Sample kept at 150F (66C) with no solvent.
* After one week. ** After one day.
Teflon is a registered trademark of DuPont.
Environmental and Regulatory

Table 3.
Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) Zero
Global Warming Potential (GWP) Low
Significant New Alternatives Program (SNAP) Approved
Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) No
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Not regulated
Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Not regulated
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Not regulated

Safety and Please see Material Safety Data Sheet for detailed information.
Toxicity

Disposal Petroferm recommends contacting your current or local environmental


service company for disposal of this product. The suggested method of
disposal is fuel blending. BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer has fuel value in
excess of 15,000 BTU per pound. Due to a flash point less than 140F

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(60C), BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer waste is classified by the EPA as


hazardous with the characteristic of ignitability.

Packaging BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer is available in 5-gallon pails (34 lb/15 kg) and
55-gallon drums (368 lb/167 kg). Samples are available in one-quart and
one-gallon containers.

Storage BIOACT EC-7 Defluxer should be stored in the original container,


preferably in a cool, ventilated, fire-resistant building

Shelf Life The shelf life for this product is indefinite when it is stored in its original,
sealed container at room temperature. However, the product should be
inspected after the designated date on the product label (twenty-four
months from the date of manufacture) prior to customer use.

Revised: January 2008

Petroferm Inc.
3938 Porett Drive Gurnee, Illinois 60031 USA
Telephone: 847-244-3410  Facsimile: 847-249-6346

www.petroferm.com
techservice@petroferm.com

Petroferm products are available worldwide.

Technical information contained herein is believed to be accurate. However, it is furnished without charge or obligation and is given and
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or warranties expressed or implied. Purchasers should make their own tests and determine suitability of the product for their particular purposes.
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