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RE: Inexpensive way to treat waste water

	They may not have to do any treatment at all, depending on flux
chemistry being used. They should look for a water soluble flux that is
pH neutral to minimize the impact of the flux on the waste stream. If
they use a decent cleaner with a DI water final rinse, they also should
not have to use detergent in the washer for high levels of cleanliness
of finished product. Eliminating the detergent will also minimize
contamination of the waste stream. If they run an open loop/dump to
drain cascading system and keep 1-2gpm of water coming in from the DI
tanks, the flux should be sufficiently diluted that no treatment would
be required. The lead content can be captured through a simple 'sock'
filter and disposed of through the proper channels for such materials.
It may even be able to be disposed of with their solder dross. Feel free
to contact me if a can be of any further assistance.

Mike McMonagle
PCA Process Engineering Supervisor
K*Tec Electronics
1111 Gillingham Lane
Sugar Land, TX 77478
281-243-5639 Phone
281-527-1726 Pager
281-243-5539 Fax

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	kkoepsel@arrirs04.uta.edu [SMTP:kkoepsel@arrirs04.uta.edu]
> Sent:	Friday, July 17, 1998 8:57 AM
> To:	p2tech@great-lakes.net
> Subject:	Inexpensive way to treat waste water
> I have been asked by one of my co-workers for some information on how
> to
> treat water for a new circuit board manufacturer.
> The manufacturer is starting up the business and is interested in ways
> to
> treat
> water before release. However, they do not want to spend a large
> amount of
> money until the business is bigger. They have talked to another local
> business
> who has a closed loop system which they would like to go toward in the
> future
> but cannot justifying spending 200K at this time when their production
> rate
> is
> low.
> We have recommended that they test the water to see exactly what
> components will be in it. They are aware of local requirements.
> The process is flux, wave solder and wash. They will be using a
> water-soluble
> flux and a wash with some detergent in it until the closed-loop
> deionized
> water
> system comes on line. Some lead is expected in the rinse water.
> Any information on inexpensive waste water treatment will be
> appreciated.
> Thanks.
> Kirsten
> Kirsten M. Koepsel
> Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center
> 7300 Jack Newell Blvd., South
> Fort Worth, TX  76118
> 817-272-5925
> 817-272-5977 (fax)
> kkoepsel@arri.uta.edu (e-mail)