Solder Fume Extractors
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VODEX VX1 Extraction Unit
VODEX VX2 Extraction Unit
BOFA V250 Dual Arm Extraction System£570.00 Incl. VAT
BOFA T1 Tip Extraction Unit£540.00 Incl. VAT
BOFA T15 Tip Extraction Unit£1,728.00 Incl. VAT
BOFA T30A Tip Extraction Unit£3,180.00 Incl. VAT
Solder Fume Extractors
Solder Fume Extraction Systems for 1 to 100 Irons
Solder fume extraction is usually done via arm extraction or via tip extraction.
Tip extraction uses a small-bore steel tube, mounted on the soldering iron and connected to a high-pressure pump via small bore silicone hosing.
For larger systems with more than one user, small-bore ducting is used to connect the tip extraction hoses to the fume extractor. Tip solder fume extractors capture the fume directly at source but can require regular cleaning and maintenance.
Arm solder fume extraction systems use capture nozzles and arms (usually a “stay-put” type arm) that is mounted on the workbench and is placed just behind and slightly above the soldering point. If placed correctly, the solder fume extractor draws the fume back and away from the operator before it reaches their breathing zone. Arm systems require less maintenance and cleaning.
Why Do You Need Solder Fume Extractors?
The dangers of solder fumes are some of the most researched hazards in the workplace. Indeed, they are one of the main reasons fume extraction is needed. Solder fumes from rosin-cored solder is a proven cause of occupational asthma.
When the solder flux is heated above 183 Celsius, a complex mix of vaporized solid particulates and gases are released. This is referred to as Colophony due to the rosin in the flux core and can cause health issues if inhaled.
Solder fume may also contain around 95% vaporized solid particulates made up of the solder flux and the soldered materials and around 5% gases released from the solder flux and soldered materials.
These gases can contain a cocktail of Acetones, Methyl Alcohol, Formaldehyde, Carbon Dioxide, Diterpene Acid, Carbon Monoxide and Isopropanol Alcohol (IPA). All of these are proven to cause harm to your respiratory system and wider health.
Even “No-Clean” and “Synthetic” fluxes can lead to serious lung irritation and potential damage. This is why having solder fume extraction systems is so important.