Power Modules Cleaning

Cleaning IGBT modules, i.e. DCBs, is an absolute must within the power electronics industry.  The substrate surfaces must be prepared for wire bonding after the die attach process.  Cleaning is also necessary after the "heat sink soldering" process and before modules are further processed, that is molded, wire bonded and/or connected to the frames.  There are two main requirements for the cleaning process:

  • Complete removal of contaminants that typically remain on substrate surfaces, and chips.  Residues can impair achievable shear values for copper and IGBTs.
  • Visually spot-free substrate and chip surfaces such that it is able to activate oxidized surfaces.

Using specifically developed processes with aqueous-based ZESTRON cleaning agents, clean surfaces can be achieved that will significantly increase the wire bond quality.  Consequently, shear tests results as well as the qualification through power cycling (long-term reliability) test will be significantly improved.  This also increases the product yield.

Using modern water-based cleaning processes provide optimal compatibility with various chip passivation and substrate surfaces.  Eliminating the need for subsequent plasma treatments that are typically necessary, unsuitable cleaning agents attack the passivation leading to impairment of chip function.

Aqueous and Solvent Based Power Modules Cleaning Agents

Cleaning agent options for power modules cleaning applications are detailed below. All ZESTRON cleaning agents are in compliance with the latest RoHS, REACH, and WEEE regulations worldwide in addition to current worker safety standards and applicable environmental requirements.

pH neutral defluxing agent for semiconductor electronics

Water-based, alkaline defluxing for semiconductor electronics

Water-based, pH neutral defluxing agent for power modules, LEDs, leadframes, and discrete devices

Alkaline defluxing agent for PCBs and Power Electronics

Alkaline defluxing agent for PCBs and Power Electronics

Solvent-based medium for PCB flux removal


Bath monitoring
Cleaner regeneration
FAST® Technology
HYDRON® Technology
Low standoff
Maintenance cleaning
Manual cleaning
Metal cleaning
MPC® Technology
PH neutral
Power Electronics
For sensitive surfaces
Spray bottle
Stencils & Screens
Surface Analysis
Underside wiping