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The Care and Keeping of Your Hakko Soldering Iron

January 15th, 2016 (No Comments)

Your shiny, new soldering iron tips won’t stay that way for long. But, with proper maintenance, you can help ensure the quality results you expect from your quality iron. Hakko recommends five do’s and don’ts for lower melt times, cleaner solders and a longer iron life. Don’t reshape your soldering iron tip. Filing or grinding the […]

Controlling Static Through the Ages: What You Need to Know Today

January 12th, 2016 (No Comments)

Methinks ESD has been a problem since the 1400s. Consider gunpowder stores in military forts. Even before Shakespeare’s time, soldiers were charged with keeping them uncharged for fear of blowing them up. By the 1860s, paper mills were thwarting ESD in the drying process via grounding, flame ionization techniques and steam drums. What does that […]

From the Ground Up: 3 Steps to Stopping Static for Good

January 8th, 2016 (No Comments)

Guarding your sensitive equipment from the ravages of static electricity can be daunting, especially if you have to outfit an entire team of engineers with static-safe materials. Knowing the requirements of your particular environment is the first step. The second step? Know your dissipative mat. Whether you need it for the floor, table or workstation, […]

Free LOCTITE Webinars Take the Scary Out of Adhesives

January 5th, 2016 (No Comments)

Afraid to try adhesives? Worried they’ll make too big a mess or won’t be reliable? Think again. Today’s adhesives are making a clean sweep. Used as an alternative to mechanical fastening, welding and other joining methods, adhesives are relied upon daily—and rightly so. Engineers around the globe use them because they are a viable, cost-effective […]

Rework-ing Best Practices You Can Implement Today

December 29th, 2015 (No Comments)

Equipment failure. It’s still a major problem even with the recent uptick in automated processes. Faulty mass soldering continues to require the reflow work of a deft hand. But how do you ensure successful manual soldering when the process is so highly dependent upon an individual operator’s skill level? Consider the following best practices from […]

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