Kester 24-6337-0010 User guide

Kester 24-6337-0010 User guide
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Melrose, MA 02176
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Activated Rosin Cored W ire
Product Description
Reliability Properties
Kester 44 Rosin Flux is an activated rosin formula
for use in flux-cored solder wire. Kester 44 Rosin
Flux has virtually dominated the field of activated
rosin core solders for well over four decades. An
outstanding performance feature of this flux is the
"instant-action" wetting behavior. The high mobility
and fast-spreading action of this flux results in
more reliable production line soldering.
Copper Mirror Corrosion: Moderate
Performance Characteristics:
Tested to J-STD-004, IPC-TM-650, Method 2.3.35
• High activity RA formulation
• Excellent solderability to a wide variety of
• Industry standard RA cored wire for decades
• Classified as ROM1 per J-STD-004
Tested to J-STD-004, IPC-TM-650, Method 2.3.32
Corrosion Test: Moderate
Tested to J-STD-004, IPC-TM-650, Method 2.6.15
Silver Chromate: Fail
Tested to J-STD-004, IPC-TM-650, Method 2.3.33
Chloride and Bromides: 0.44%
Fluorides by Spot Test: Pass
Tested to J-STD-004, IPC-TM-650, Method
Application Notes
Kester 44 is available in a wide variety of alloys, wire diameters and flux percentages. For most applications,
Sn63Pb37. Consult the alloy temperature chart in Kester’s product catalog for a comprehensive alloy list.
The standard wire diameter for most applications is 1.00mm (0.031in). Wire diameters range from 0.256.00mm (0.010 to 0.250in). A "Standard Wire Diameters" chart also is also included in Kester’s product catalog.
The amount of flux in the wire dictates the ease of soldering for an application. For most applications, core
66 (3.3% flux by weight) is recommended. Other core sizes, 50 and 58, (1.1% and 2.2% respectively) are
available. Kester 44 is packaged on spools of different sizes to accommodate a variety of applications.
Process Considerations:
Solder iron tip temperatures are most commonly between 315-371°C (600-700°F) for Sn63Pb37 and
Sn62Pb36Ag02 alloys. Heat both the land area and component lead to be soldered with the iron prior to
adding Kester 44 cored wire. Apply the solder wire to the land area or component lead. Do not apply the
wire directly to the soldering iron tip. If needed, Kester 186 Mildly Activated Rosin Flux may be used as a
compatible liquid flux to aid in reworking soldered joints. Kester 186 Mildly Activated Rosin Flux is also
available in Flux-Pens® for optimum board cleanliness.
Kester 44 possesses excellent fluxing ability, the flux residue is non-corrosive and non-conductive under normal
conditions of use. When exposed to an elevated temperature and humidity environment (38°C, 94% RH) for
72 hours, there is no evidence of corrosion caused by the flux residue. Throughout its many years of wide
usage, 44 Rosin Flux has produced many billions of soldered connections. In all these billions of solder
joints, involving the most delicate and critical of electrical and electronic components, there has never been
an authentic instance of corrosion by the flux residue under normal conditions of use. This mild property of
the residue permits leaving the flux on the assembly for many applications. If residue removal is required,
call Kester Technical Support.
Storage, Handling, and Shelf Life:
Storage must be in a dry, non-corrosive environment. The surface may lose its shine and appear a dull
shade of grey. This is a surface phenomena and is not detrimental to product functionality. Flux cored solder
wire has a limited shelf life determined by the alloy used in the wire. For alloys containing > 70% lead, the
shelf life is two years from date of manufacture. Other alloys have a shelf life of three years from date of
Health & Safety:
This product, during handling or use, may be hazardous to health or the environment. Read the Material
Safety Data Sheet and warning label before using this product.
The data recommendations presented are based on tests, which we consider reliable. Because Kester has no control over the conditions of use, we disclaim any responsibility connected with the
use of any of our products or the information presented. We advise that all chemical products be used only by or under the direction of technically qualified personnel who are aware of the potential hazards involved and the necessity for reasonable care in their handling. The technical information contained herein is consistent with the properties of this material but should not be used in
the preparation of specifications as it is intended for reference only.
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Rev: 12Jul06
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