Why would you need canned air for circuit board assembly?

Techspray 1671-10sIn 2008, a bowling alley employee was performing her everyday responsibilities.  A paper shredder needed cleaning and a can of compressed air seemed like the perfect tool to get the job done. However, this canned air did not have “nonflammable” in its label. The employee tilted the can and sprayed the liquid onto the shredder. The liquid turned into a gas which then ignited a fire, causing burn marks on her face.   Get more info on the incident from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries posting.

The incident prompted the US Department of Labor to issue a hazard alert to those that use canned air and to list safety tips to avoid the risk of injury or death. Canned air is not the same as the air you breathe. It consists of compressed gases that if used in a poorly ventilated area, could ignite a fire, as in the case of the bowling alley employee.

Don’t be alarmed, though. You can eliminate the reality of facing a situation such as this one simply by switching to a non-flammable air can. In fact, this is one of the US Department of Labor’s main safety tips. Now that you know this is the safer option for you, it’s time to choose which one to go with. The Techspray 1671-10S is a great nonflammable option. It’s odorless, leaves zero residues and has a ten-year shelf life. With this product, you can properly clean your electronics and keep them working longer.

The Techspray air duster can be used to clean a wide number of surfaces and is especially useful for circuit board assembly. It is also safe to use on plastic materials. The air removes microscopic contaminants, lint, dust and metallic oxide deposits before they build up and cause overheating or shortages. Having this nonflammable canned air in your workspace will ensure the safety of you and your projects.

To give you an idea of the versatility of this product, you can use the Techspray 1671-10S on:

  • Audio/Video Equipment
  • Computers and Other Electronic Equipment
  • Fax Machines
  • Laboratory Instruments
  • Photo Equipment
  • Printed Circuit Boards
  • Printers
  • Surface Mount Devices

Lastly, since we’re on the topic of safety, here are some tips on how to properly use your Techspray product:

  • Hold the can in an upright position while spraying
  • Never tilt the can more than 40 degrees or shake before or during use
  • Before spraying, press actuator to clear the valve of any liquid product
  • You can use the extension tube to remove dust in tight areas
  • Use short bursts to prevent cooling of can

 

 

 

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