All-Spec News Archives

Latex Gloves – Are You Allergic?

Many industrial manufacturing environments require workers to wear protective gloves, including during electronics and medical device production and assembly. Latex gloves not only protect workers from harmful chemicals but also protect products from worker contact and contamination during manufacturing Read more

ST 925 SMT Rework System–Three favorites combined into one nice savings

Save a few steps--and some money--with the Pace 925 SMT Rework System Pace has introduced a new low-cost “combination” system ideal for surface mount technology (SMT) rework. It’s worth adding up the savings by comparing the a la carte prices Read more

Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything

You may or may not have heard about Metcal’s new soldering station, the CV-5200. The evolutionary tool removes much of the reliance on visual inspection of hand-soldered joints and adds a second, more technology-driven method for validating a successful Read more

Yes, This is the All-Spec Current

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If you are a regular reader of the All-Spec Current then you have probably noticed some big visual changes with the All-Spec Current. Our previous theme was very old and not performing as it should i.e. pictures weren’t lining up and links were displaying odd looking pages.

Our new theme is a completely different layout. Our most recent post is always displayed at the very top left and all our recent posts are on the right sidebar.

You’ll probably continue to see a few changes until I get everything in the ideal position.

Bucket Boss Mug Boss Gift Set

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Mug Boss Gift SetThis holiday season we are trying something new. All-Spec is offering a Bucket Boss Mug Boss Gift Set. The set is an All-Spec exclusive item and is a great gift for employees, Secret Santas and more.

The gift set starts off with a white ceramic mug and Bucket Boss Mug Boss, both with the All-Spec Industries logo.

Also included with the set is the full sized Leatherman Kick multi tool and the pocket sized stainless steel Leatherman Micra multi tool . A Coast TT7465CP LED flashlight with clip and the Weller ML100 butane micro torch (butane not included) will also come with the set.

This gift set will only be available until December 31, 2008, so now is the time to order.

Mug BossLeatherman ToolLeatherman ToolCoast TT7465CP LED FlashlightWeller ML100 Butane

Going Green in the Workplace

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Recycle!In the past couple months we’ve been talking a lot about going green, and it looks like it’s here to stay. So below are a few easy tips to go green, protect the environment and help make it a healthier place for everyone to live.

1. Recycle your used soldering tips through the Weller Tip Recycling Program. Weller will accept 2 lbs of soldering tips from any manufacturer and send you a $75 voucher to be used toward your next purchase of Weller soldering tips at any participating distributor.

2. Use lead-free solder. There are very few reasons why you shouldn’t…especially nowadays because of the variety of lead-free solders out on the market. Kester’s lead-free solder offers plenty of choices when it comes to solder wire, solder bar and solder paste.

3. Turn off task lights, bench lights and other any other electronic that consumes energy when you’re not at your workstation, desk or work bench. Visit Earth 911 for some interesting facts about recycling and energy.

4. The recycling of electronics also known as e-cycling is becoming a lot easier than it was a couple years ago and the recycling of old computer, monitors and other electronics makes a big difference. Visit myGreenElectronics to find a recycling center near you.

For several years now All-Spec Industries and its employees have been doing their part to go green. Here’s a list of the steps we take to conserve energy and resources.

  • Lights – It’s a policy here at All-Spec to turn off the lights if you’re leaving a room…especially the bathroom or kitchen
  • We have three separate containers to recycle plastic, aluminum and newspaper plus there’s also a dumpster just for all the corrugated cardboard we use.
  • Over the past couple years All-Spec has been pretty good at making more and more processes (especially in accounting) paperless. We deal more with scanners, e-mails and other ways of communication electronically. Paperless processes cut back on the paper we use and then ultimately have to file.
  • Just like most offices, the use of paper is just about unavoidable. So for the paper we do use, it’s shredded and sent away to be recycled. We have a shred schedule where a different All-Spec employee is shredding everyday, this helps us keep up on the paper shredding.

Those are some of the ways All-Spec has gone green, how has your company gone green?

Flir Buys Extech

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Extech Instruments Logo

Jerry Blakely, President of Extech Instruments Corporation announced that Flir, a designer and manufacturer of thermal imaging and stabilized camera systems is purchasing Extech, one of All-Spec’s vendors, for $40 million.

This decision seems to make sense since the profitable Extech is a supplier of test and measurement equipment. Flir will be adding thermal imagers and Infrared cameras to Extech’s line of products. They have also been looking to break into the consumer market for handheld temperature-measurement devices for the cost benefits.

Flir’s products are mainly used for applications such as navigation safety, maritime and border patrol, search and rescue, and surveillance and reconnaissance. In addition to adding instruments to Extech’s product line, Flir will also get access to Extech’s catalog sellers so they can begin selling their lower-priced line of thermography items in the upcoming year. Extech also uses inexpensive manufacturing processes in Asia, and now Flir will now be able to take advantage of this.

All-Spec Industries carries a variety of Extech products including clamp meters, electrical testers, and digital multimeters.

Looking for Finger Cots?

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Finger Cots Protecting PCB Many finger cot manufacturers have tried to sell inferior products, and failed to keep quality consistent from shipment to shipment. Our static-dissipative finger cots by Suzuki Latex are of the highest quality. We feel so strongly about their quality and integrity that we will take them back without question if you are not happy with them for any reason.

We offer free evaluation samples!

Call 800-537-0351 or email:

These finger cots are black chlorinated, washed, and powder-free. They have a 3-mil thickness and are for use with class 1 and class 2 static-sensitive devices. They meet ASTM D257 for surface resistivity: 10^6 to 10^8. They are packaged in black conductive bags so they can be taken into ESD safe areas, and are certified non-volatile residue and liquid particle count.

Major customers include Canon, Texas Instruments, Intel, JVC, Sony, Kyocera, Panasonic,Hitachi, Toshiba, etc.

For more information, click here.