Zero in on Smog with Weller’s Fume Extractors

Weller Zero Smog Fume Extractors Compared   Smog - fog or haze combined with smoke and other atmospheric pollutants Weller’s fume extractors remove dangerous gases and harmful particles out of the air, typically while soldering to create a healthier environment. If you’re Read more

Ten Things You Should Know About LEDs

LEDs - Know the basics From manufacturers to universities, LEDs are quickly replacing conventional light sources. Knowing a few basics may help you weave your way through this wave of the future. Here are lighting manufacturer Luxo’s suggestions for things Read more

Weller WX or Weller WT Series - Smart

As with Weller’s first soldering iron, the Speedy Iron (1946), everyone still wants reliable, easy and faster ways to solder at a good price. So what’s new? What’s left to innovate—to perfect? Plenty—as shown with Weller’s smart, technologically-advanced tools in Read more

Zero in on Smog with Weller’s Fume Extractors

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Weller Zero Smog Fume Extractors Compared


Smog – fog or haze combined with smoke and other atmospheric pollutants

Weller’s fume extractors remove dangerous gases and harmful particles out of the air, typically while soldering to create a healthier environment. If you’re in the market for a fume extractor, one of your best bets–Weller’s Zero Smog line including the Zero Smog TL (their newest model), Zero Smog EL, or the Zero Smog 2, depending on your overall work conditions and needs.

Zero Smog TL

The Zero Smog TL, Weller’s newest fume extractor has several appealing benefits. Probably the most liked—the low noise level. The other may be the extra-large filter surface resulting in an increase in the life of the system. Filters can be a pain to change, so the system also allows for easy filter replacement.

Choose from two different unit kit models (Zero Smog® EL Fume Extraction Unit Kit, Zero Smog® TL Fume Extraction Unit Kit with Filters, Brackets, Arm, Hose and Switch, 120V) and one unit-only model (Zero Smog® TL Fume Extraction Unit with H13 and F7 Filters, 120V).

Summary –

  • Low noise levels
  • Automated filter change notification system
  • Easily operated and easy filter replacement
  • Exceptionally large filter surface
  • Longer service life due to exceptionally large filter surface

*For connection to a WX /WT station a WX/WT Hub is needed

Zero Smog EL

The portable Zero Smog EL touts a high level of extraction power of 2,500 PA—used mainly for light duty removal of particles. The long life, brushless turbine and blower capacity of 220 m3/h plus the two-person capacity make for a good, solid choice. The system has an easy filter change and long service life due to the maintenance-free brushless EC turbine.

Comes as a unit (Zero Smog® EL Fume Extraction Unit) or a kit (Zero Smog® EL Fume Extraction Unit Kit).

Summary –

  • Fume extraction unit for 1 to 2 workplaces
  • Fine dust pre-filter M5; change out without having to change main filter
  • Active carbon foam for effective gas filtering
  • Exceptionally large HEPA H13 filter surface 2,4m²; increases filter lifetime
  • 4-speed setting and power regulation
  • Filter monitoring and filter alarm ensure timely filter change


Zero Smog 2

The Weller Zero Smog 2 is one of their more economical systems built to manage hand soldering fumes as well as fumes caused during gluing, cleaning and filling work. This is a small workhorse system that can handle both general and heavy duty soldering and accommodate two workplaces.

Comes as a unit (Zero Smog® 2 Benchtop Fume Extraction Unit 120V) or as a kit (Zero Smog® 2 Benchtop Fume Extraction Kit with ALFA Funnel Nozzle, 120V).

Summary –

  • Economical unit purifies air for up to two workplaces
  • Easy filter exchange
  • Quick and simple installation
  • Portable fume extraction unit


See all Weller Zero Smog extractors

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Ten Things You Should Know About LEDs

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LEDs – Know the basics

From manufacturers to universities, LEDs are quickly replacing conventional light sources. Knowing a few basics may help you weave your way through this wave of the future. Here are lighting manufacturer Luxo’s suggestions for things you should know about LEDs.

  1. What is a LED (Light Emitting Diode)?

An electronic component that generates light in a semi-conductor material. Under the right circumstances a diode may provide different wavelengths of seeable light.

  1. LEDs are not new.

Some people may recognize LEDs as being the red or green signal markers on hi-fi’s and TV sets—usually low-powered LEDs. High-powered LED costs have dropped in the past couple of years and operate at powers of around 1 W making them attractive to most industries. Forecasts show that by 2020, almost 50 % of all new and replacement light source unit sales will be based on LEDs–and because LEDs cost more than conventional lighting, the value of the LED sales will be even higher.

  1. LEDs last longer and don’t need to be replaced as often as most conventional lighting.

LEDs don’t have any movable parts or filaments to break so they last longer. This makes them very convenient with installations and replacements of challenging luminaires especially those at excessive heights and other difficult to service locations, e.g., windmills, telecommunication towers and chimney stacks.

  1. LEDs are more efficient than many conventional light sources.

All of the light emitted by an LED points in one direction allowing for less reflections inside the luminaire making them very suitable in situations where only downward lighting is needed. However, if both upward and downward light distribution is needed, the LED is less suitable, e.g., if compared to a T5 fluorescent lamp.

  1. LEDs offer new possibilities for color tuning to evolve.

Because LEDs are electronic components, they can be easily controlled (tuned) using software and control gear. An LED luminaire color can be mixed and may include red, blue and green diodes resulting in either colored light or white light.

The different color temperatures make it possible to produce cool and warm colored light. This capability comes in handy in office environments, schools and hospitals where concentrated light might be warranted, e.g., during a patient examination. LEDs can also be tuned to a warm temperature where more relaxing lighting may be desired, e.g., yoga cool down.  This attribute is also being maximized to increase the growth of plants and reduce water consumption.

  1. Temperatures inside a diode define an LED’s lifetime.

Heat management is the key to controlling the life of an LED and the temperature inside the diode. The temperature within an LED may get very high causing it to slowly emit less and less light. The higher the internal temperature, the faster the lumen degradation. Higher temperature on the LED chip (known as the junction temperature) speeds up the decline.

Lumen – a unit of luminous flux in the International System of Units, that is equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one candela intensity radiating equally in all directions. 

  1. Understanding LEDs and lifetime, and diminishing output.

The amount of light from the light source at a future point in time is called the lamp lumen maintenance factor, or LLMF.  The lifetime of an LED module is defined as the time it takes until its light output, or lumen maintenance, reaches 70% of the initial output (L70). This means the module doesn’t die instantly as do most conventional light sources; instead it slowly dims down. The luminaire industry has standardized LED lifetime L70 to a minimum of 50,000 hours.  This corresponds to an LLMF of 0.7 as long as the lifetime of the lighting installation is set to the same amount of hours.

  1. The color spectrum of an LED comes from its color rendering capability.

Sunlight, halogen and metal halides possess complete spectrums while sodium lamps,

fluorescent tubes and LEDs have varying power distribution curves. Cool white LEDs have more blue light in them; warm white LEDs have more yellow and red light. 

  1. The LED driver is the auto pilot of the LED luminaire. Proper drivers help LEDs to stay cool and stable.

LED drivers differ from conventional power supplies because an LED driver responds to the varying needs of the LED supplying constant amounts of power as its electrical properties change with temperature. Choices include constant current for serial connections or constant voltage for parallel connections.

LED driver advantages –

  • Short response time – switches and dims immediately and can dim all the way from 0.1 to 100%
  • Very efficient at producing colored light


  1. Watch the LED’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Many applications warrant using LEDs, but not all. Analyzing the TCO when investing in LEDs including the energy costs, lamp change costs and cleaning costs can be crucial. Take time to consider all costs and suitable applications before making a final decision to transition or make new investments in LEDs.



Infographic showing the history of the LED light


Weller WX or Weller WT Series – Smart

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Weller Speedy Soldering Iron Gun – 1946

As with Weller’s first soldering iron, the Speedy Iron (1946), everyone still wants reliable, easy and faster ways to solder at a good price.

So what’s new? What’s left to innovate—to perfect? Plenty—as shown with Weller’s smart, technologically-advanced tools in the WX and WT lines including stations, soldering irons, tips and accessories.

Weller WX vs. WT series

So what’s the difference between the two series? Both use technology to the utmost degree—the WX series centers on the systems with stations that work to save you energy and money through power management such as the stand-by mode feature. The WT series centers on systems with stations that help you tweak to perfection using the all-in-one place viewing screen.

Weller WX stationschoose from the WX1 station (single channel), WX2 station (dual channel), WXR (rework), WXD (desoldering), WXA (hot-air) and WX soldering station sets.


Weller WX2 station (dual channel)

WX Stations

  • 240W power supply
  • Touchscreen
  • See screen from all angles (text and graphics)
  • Multi-language selection
  • Turn and click navigation dial
  • Soldering iron stand-by mode on most models (best new feature)
  • Choose one or two channel stations


More – touch screen that’s antistatic, chemical and temperature resistant glass, rapid tool changes (reduces adjustments needed to soldering station), multi-purpose USB port, dual port manages fume extractors, heating plates and programmable logic controllers.

With the WX line, Weller introduces a pencil with a built-in analog-to-digital converter and data memory read; and the re-calibrated pencil eliminates the need to calibrate the soldering station. Plus, a sensor detects when the device isn’t in use, such as the fume extractor or heating plate, and goes into standby mode.

Weller WT stationschoose from the WT 1 (90 W), WT 1H (150 W), WTHA 1 (hot air-900 W) and a variety of WT sets expertly combined by Weller for specific applications


Weller WT 1 (Channel) Stackable Power Unit with WTP90 Soldering Iron and Safety Rest

WT 1 (90 W), WT 2 1H (150 W)

  • Front-mounted main switch for easier access
  • Every available function neatly displayed on one screen (best new feature)
  • Easy navigation using the new menu button
  • Monitor station output via the power bar graph screen
  • WSD and WD soldering irons compatible with the WT stations
  • Change tips in quick succession








Weller WTHA 1 Hot Air Station

WTHA 1 Hot Air Station with integrated hot air iron

  • At-a-glance view of all available functions
  • New easy-to-use menu button
  • Five presets available for defining volume, temperature and time
  • New tandem control with dual sensors for double the performance
  • 900 watts of power and up to 100 1/min expanded hot air

With the WT line, Weller also introduces some great space and time savers such as the ability to stack the W 1 & 2 soldering stations and a safety rest that flips easily from sponge to brass wool.

Find the WX and WT line on All-Spec. Have questions? Contact us for more information.

All-Spec Top Five – Manufacturing News Headlines

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Here’s a round-up of some of the top five manufacturing stories for the past few weeks –

U.S. manufacturing sector stabilizing; producer prices tame (REUTERS)

all-spec-blog-auto-manufacturingU.S. manufacturing output increased for a second straight month in October amid gains in the production of motor vehicles and a range of other goods, suggesting that the battered factory sector was slowly recovering…more

Apple could make iPhones in U.S. in future (Nikkei Asian Review)

iphoneTAIPEI — iPhones might one day soon carry “Made in America” labels. Key Apple assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S., sources told the Nikkei Asian Review…more

 CNC machine brings real-world manufacturing to students (The Chronicle)

— Goshen High School students are learning to use real-world advanced manufacturing technology with the Technology Department’s new CNC machine.
CNC — or computer numerical control — machines use digitized data to control, automate and monitor the movements of a machine…more

A strong manufacturing sector fuels economic growth (FORBES)

economic-growthManufacturing continues to be one of the most important bellwethers regarding the health of the U.S. economy. The broader U.S. economy will not be able to grow robustly without a rebound in manufacturing. Faster real GDP growth is possible, but not until we get manufacturing humming along strongly once again. Some analysts have posited that recent improvements show manufacturing is less important to economic growth than it once was…more

Make manufacturing great again? (U.S. News & World Report)

auto-manufacturingThe recent presidential election included calls for a return of good, high-paying industrial jobs to the United States. Such promises were well intentioned, yet failed to account for dramatic global and national shifts that are underway. These shifts are fueled by changes in economic and technological capabilities…more

Note – Starting December 1, 2016 Hisco will begin a three-part series of blog articles entitled Made in America. Topics will include how to label products made in the U.S.A. (Dec. 1), reshoring (Dec. 15) and the growing need for upskilling manufacturing workers.(Dec. 29) 


Hi Maintenance, Goodbye Electric Screwdriver Problems

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Power screwdriver maintenance

As we all know, taking good care of your tools pays off in the end and it’s one time when high maintenance is a good thing–especially an electric screwdriver. There’s not a whole lot that has to be done with a driver, however by just giving a bit of attention to your hardworking tool on a regular basis you can really extend the life.

scheduled-maintenanceIn general, maintenance should begin after about 1000 hours of using your new screwdriver. It’s a good idea to adhere to a schedule so you’ll get in the habit. If you figure 21 working days per month, you’ll do a couple of things every six months. You can account for double and triple shifts as well. Once you begin the cycle you’ll be able to better determine how much maintenance will be necessary and beef it up or pare it down from there.

Designate an area

This may seem silly, however here’s the suggestion anyway. How many times have you put down a screw or small piece, told yourself it’s safe and then not been able to find it when you go back to where you put it. Be sure to put them in a safe place when removing them for screwdriver maintenance—a designated area kept for just this purpose.



ASG Tool Balancer

Just like with your teeth, e.g., cleanings—prevention goes a long way in extending the age of your screwdriver. One of the most common incidents to cause damage—dropping the screwdriver. Sometimes you’ll see the damage, for example a cracked casing or bit run out – radial or axial. Dropping can also cause the magnet to fracture and the broken pieces could jam the armature or cause the tool to overheat.

A way to prevent dropping is by using a tool balancer or making sure the tool is tethered or put into a tool holster. The tether should be attached to a tool cord that prevents the tool from hitting the floor should it fall.

Keep the cord in good shape

bad-power-cordThe cord can be just as important as the screwdriver. Kinks, nicks and stretching should be avoided. When connecting, make sure the locking ring fits snuggly to ensure proper grounding and avoid disconnecting the screwdriver. Inspect the cord for cuts and abrasions on the outside. Repair minor cuts or scrapes with electrical tape. Deep cuts to the cord can damage interior wires and the cord should be replaced. To save money, replace the plug if the cut is near the plug.

Check before you power up

• Use the correct voltage – carefully check the voltage shown on the power supply and manual to determine the correct voltage. Only plug the unit into a power source of the correct voltage.
• Determine the appropriate torque range – choose the correct screwdriver for the torque you require. To lengthen product life, avoid long-term high torque use.
• Look for damage – If the power cord is scraped or damaged, immediately unplug and replace it to avoid electric shocks or a short circuit that could cause a fire.
• Use in an appropriate work environment – to ensure safety, do not use in high temperature, high humidity environments or near flammable materials. Keep the power cord away from tools or equipment that might scrape or melt it.
• When plugging in or unplugging the power cord, hold the plug firmly. Never yank on the cord.

Ready to roll?

all-spec-asg-screwdriver• Brace fastened objects securely – before operation, refer to “torque settings” to determine the appropriate torque. Make sure that the fastened objects are securely braced to avoid hazardous rapid rotation of the fastened objects caused by excessive torque or insufficient bracing.
• Set the forward/reverse switch properly before operation. Do not change the switch while the motor is running. Set the forward or reverse switch before operating.
• Use the regulating handle to set the torque. Determine torque output by testing with a torque meter or hand-held spanner torque meter. Keep the torque level from being adjusted by using a cover as needed.
• Follow the directions for your electric screwdriver for inserting a bit. Never hammer or forcibly pull out a bit to remove it.
• Hang the screwdriver up securely (balancer) to prevent damage, e.g., external cracking, internal damage, or a snapped power cord.
• When the selected torque is reached, the clutch assembly automatically disengages and a “click” sound will be heard. Even if the trigger lever or depress force is not released, the power to the motor will be automatically cut off.
• When driving a screw, be sure to grasp the screwdriver firmly to prevent upwards recoil generated by the clutch release to prevent damage.
• Sometimes when you need to remove a screw, the screw won’t come out with the same torque. Raise the torque setting and once removed return to the previous setting. When removing a screw, if the required torque is higher than the screwdriver’s output torque, the clutch may not disengage, causing the user’s hand and arm to be twisted. In this case immediately set the forward/reverse switch to “OFF” to cut the motor power and prevent injury.

Overall inspection

Periodically remove the tool from the line and run in a quiet environment to detect anything that sounds like a problem. By listening to the sound of the tool, you can determine if there’s excessive wear or other problems.
Test the tool to make sure it shuts off sharply; similar to the way the tool shuts off when the clutch activates. If there’s coasting after the switch is released, the tool may be worn or damaged.

Other maintenance

Depending on the type of screwdriver you have, you should also maintain or inspect
brushes, torque repeatability, chuck or joint shaft, lubrication and power supplies.
Keeping your electric screwdriver in good working order through a maintenance program will prolong the life substantially.

Thank you to ASG for sharing their comprehensive manual on electric screwdriver maintenance.

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