Top Five Cutting-Tweezer Styles

by Kathy S. on July 1, 2015

Top Five Cutting-Tweezer StylesYou can thank a Swiss watchmaker for your precision cutting tweezers. He designed the tweezers for cutting hairsprings in wind-up watches in the early 1900s.His invention then led to the cutting style of tweezers commonly used in the electronics industry today. A cut above? Perhaps. Nowadays, cutting tweezers serve multiple industries with greater functionality for diverse applications.

So, how do you know which one works best for your application? Let’s take a look at today’s top five cutting-tweezer styles:

  1. 15A-GW

Most popular—Cuts at the tips; features angulated head and flat cutting blades

  1. 14A-N

Fine round tips with extra-long cutting blades

  1. 15A-RW

Relieved face with a rounded tip; ESD-safe epoxy coating

  1. 15A-C

Shorter blades than the 15A-GW

  1. 15A-ST-PE

Angulated head and 32 AWG stripper

Today’s cutting tweezers have come a long way since wind-up watches. From angulated heads to relieved faces, optimized cutting performance—regardless of application—is right at your fingertips.

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ED-500-ESD Electric DusterIf you’re looking for a standard, “canned” solution to your anti-static dusting needs, you’ve come to the wrong place. Skip the canned-air controversy, and consider a new, greener, ESD-safe option that’s also affordable.

Metropolitan’s DataVac® ESD-Safe Electric Duster contains no dangerous propellants. This complete, anti-static dusting system boasts a powerful, 500-watt, .75-HP motor that blasts away deep-down dust, dirt and debris, yet it’s safe for use on sensitive components. The anti-static wrist strap prevents the buildup of static electricity that can discharge and seriously damage your sensitive equipment. And, it comes with a complete range of static-dissipating attachments designed for every conceivable office and IT equipment-cleaning application.

The ED-500ESD is made entirely from steel and is available in 110- and 220-volt models. For a greener, ESD-safe duster, kick the can to the curb.

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tweezer guideIf grabbing and gripping make you grimace and groan, you might need new tweezers. Your tweezers or forceps should function as an extension of your fingers, so you can quickly and easily pick up and manipulate small and delicate items. Suspect yours are out of whack? Realigning is difficult—if not impossible. Your best bet? Consider a variety of high-quality, precision tip styles and shapes for a variety of applications.

Tweezer material is another big decision you’ll need to make for your small tasks. The two most common materials are stainless steel and stainless anti-magnetic, anti-acid—easily identifiable by either an “S” or an “SA,” respectively.

Generally speaking, SAs are more rust and corrosion resistant but softer. S material tips are typically 20 points harder on the Rockwell C scale than SA tips.

Need help selecting the right tweezers for your task? Simplify the process with our no-fuss selection guide, and put an end to the griping with your gripping.

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How to Select a Shock-Proof Ionizer

by Kathy S. on June 24, 2015

Ionization and ESDIt’s shocking how many ionizers are on the market today. Benchtop, overhead, point-of-use, the list goes on and on. Does your protected area need a system that blankets the entire room? What about a palm-sized unit? Choosing the right equipment to combat ESD damage may not be a simple selection process.

So, how do you know which one is best? Before you blow your mind, the best equipment for you depends on your application, the space available, the performance desired and which features matter to you.

The primary purpose of an ionizer is to neutralize electrostatic charges on insulators and isolated (non-grounded) conductors. Ionization is one of the best methods of removing charges, but it doesn’t eliminate the need for standard ESD control devices, such as wrist straps, heel grounders and work surface mats. Remember, air ionization should be one component of a complete static control program.

As you select your ionizer, consider Desco. Most Desco ionizers use steady-state DC ionization because this type is effective with a modest air flow for sensitive items, soldering operations as well as operator comfort. You’ll also want to make sure your ionizer has a serial number on it, so you can include it in the company’s maintenance and calibration schedules.

All it takes for an ESD-safe environment is a little planning and research on your part, and before you know it you’ll find that initial shock has simply fizzled out.

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TexQ is Now Gamma IrradiatedSometimes less is more. But not when it comes to your cleanroom! The more microorganisms you can kill the better. TexQ Disinfectant from Texwipe is now gamma-irradiated, so you can protect against more bacteria, viruses and fungi at All-Spec’s same, low price.

Actually, TexQ Disinfectant boasts 61 kill claims, but who’s counting? It also stops the growth of mold and mildew and their odors.

This one-step cleaner and disinfectant complies with GMP and FDA sterilization requirements and is completely validated for sterility. Whether you choose ready-to-use or concentrate, it only requires a single qualification for TX650 and TX651. TexQ is EPA-registered and comes with a functional use label to record the date opened and operator initials.

And, it’s double-bagged for easy introduction into your critical environment. When more is more, trust TexQ. That’s just plain and simple.

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