Solder Fume Extraction Systems

Solder Fume Extraction Systems

Solder Fume Extraction Systems for 1 to 100 Irons

The dangers of solder fumes are one of the most researched hazards in the work place. Indeed, the dangers of solder fume is one of the main reasons fume extraction is needed in the work place. 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.

Solder fume has been shown to 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.

Solder fume extraction is usually achieved via arm extraction or via tip extraction. Tip extraction uses a small-bore steel tube, mounted on the solder iron, 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 connected the tip extraction hoses to the fume extractor. Tip extractors capture the fume directly at source but can be very high maintenance and require regular cleaning.

Arm extraction systems use capture nozzles and arms (usually a “stay-put” type arm) that is mounted on the work bench and is placed just behind and slightly above the soldering point. The arm extraction (if placed correctly) draws the fume back and away from the operator before it reaches their breathing zone.

Arm systems tend to be more popular nowadays as they require less maintenance and cleaning.

See our Fume Extraction Information Page for further reading

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VODEX VX1002 Extraction Unit (for x2 Operators)
The VODEX VX1002 is a feature rich, low cost extraction unit has been specially designed for a diver..
BOFA T1 Tip Extraction Unit
The BOFA T1 is a high vacuum, tip extraction unit for solder fume. Tip extraction is designed to rem..
BOFA TVT2 Tip Extraction Unit
The BOFA TVT2 is a quiet and compact, high vacuum, tip extraction unit which runs on ..
BOFA V200 Single User Arm Extraction System
The BOFA V200 is a solder fume extraction system for one user that has been designed primarily to ex..
BOFA V250 Dual Arm Extraction System
The BOFA V250A fume extraction filtration extractor system supplied with two stay-put flexible arms ..
VODEX VX1001 Extraction Unit (for x1 Operator)
The VODEX VX1001 is a feature rich, low cost extraction unit has been specially designed for a diver..
BOFA T15 Tip Extraction Unit
This high-vacuum solder fume filtration unit is designed to extract and filter solder fumes and debr..
BOFA T30A Tip Extraction Unit
** Quote Required for Est. Shipping Costs - Please Provide Us With Your Shipping Address**The BOFA T..
BOFA V600 High Volume Extraction System
The BOFA V600 is a centralised high-volume extraction system that offers protection against harmful ..
BOFA T60 Tip Extraction Unit
The T60 high vacuum tip extraction unit is designed to extract and filter fumes and debris through T..
BOFA T100 Tip Extraction Unit
The T100 high vacuum tip extraction unit is designed to extract and filter fumes and debris through ..
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