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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

Solder Wire: It’s Time to Make the Switch To Alpha Telecore-HF-850

Posted on by Andy in All-Spec News, Product Reviews, Product Spotlight, Soldering Tips and Tricks Leave a comment

Back in late September we posted a blog that featured five reasons to try Alpha Telecore HF-850 solder wire. Since then, many engineers have made the transition to this model for a few reasons.

Launched in 2012, the HF-850 promised to provide a quick-wetting flux solution that performs at the highest efficiency possible while complying with IEC, JPCA and JEDEC halogen-content standards.

However, creating a fast-wetting solder wire isn’t new to the industry. There are plenty of other solder wires that come close to the wetting efficiency of the HF-850 model.

What separates it from the competition is its low level of spatter and fumes.

Why is a low-spatter feature important?

Technically flux spatter is not overly harmful to your PCBs and components. It can be easily cleaned with flux remover. But a reduced flux spatter saves you time and the nuisance of continuously cleaning your components during a soldering application.

The HF-850 is proven to leave fewer residues on PCBs than the typical solder wire, which helps the overall efficiency of an application.

Fewer Fumes = Safer Working Environment

Today’s industrial standards require fume extractors for most, if not all, soldering applications. Even with an extractor or well-ventilated lab you may be susceptible to harmful fumes from certain solder wire brands.

To achieve a low fume extraction rate, Alpha focused its efforts on formulating the HF-850 with a low halide and acid content.

What soldering applications is the HF-850 ideal for?

Alpha notes that this model of solder wire can be used for any no-clean soldering application–robotic and hand soldering–especially if the manufacturing team is looking for a halogen-free solution.

If you want to learn more about Alpha solder wire, reach out to our specialists at Sales@All-Spec.com.

Ready to order now? Check out the Alpha Telecore HF-850 today!


Fiber Optic Cleaning Part 2: Precision Cleaning Methods

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, Cleaners and Aerosols, Industry News, IT News, Technical Articles Leave a comment

Conserve time and money, and take the best approach to precision cleaning the first time. While debris like finger oil or test dust may not present much of a challenge, cleaning processes for field applications may vary widely and must be effective on a range of contaminants and debris.

Common Methods

Dry Cleaning:
Often performed with a swab or probe, this method may prove effective on oily contamination but tends to move – rather than remove – contamination. This process should be performed with video inspection to validate success, in a straight-line motion to move debris away from the initial point of contact.

Wet or Wet-to-Dry Cleaning: Commonly performed using a pre-saturated wipe, this method has the potential to flood the connector and thus draw up contamination from around the ferrule. Saturation must be carefully controlled to avoid failure.

Combination Cleaning: This is the recommended method to ensure maximum effectiveness and repeatability, and includes  a minimal amount of precision solvent combined with no-lint, highly absorbent wiping media. With an integrated drying step built into the procedure, the simple process results  in debris and contamination removal for first time cleaning.


Why Class 100 Poly Bags Are Your 1st Choice for the Cleanroom

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, ESD News, Industry News, Static Control Tips and Tricks Leave a comment

What really makes cleanroom Class 100 bags stand out above their less conservative, standard poly cousins? Manufactured to meet the most stringent cleanroom criteria, Class 100 – or ISO 5 – bags were engineered specifically for environments which require a contamination level of less than 100 particles per cubic foot – making them ideal for safe storage and handling of materials and components which require exceptional cleanliness. Constructed of durable, versatile polyethylene, these bags are perfect for use in aerospace, electronics and pharmaceutical applications.

We carry a complete line of Class 100 bags for the cleanroom in a range of sizes and styles to accommodate virtually any application requirement. Get what you need for less – with All-Spec, you’ve got it in the bag.


Why We’re Stoked For Our NEW Momentive Line!

Posted on by Andy in All-Spec News, New Products, Tapes and Adhesives Leave a comment

Momentive is recognized for specialty fluids, chemicals, adhesives and related materials designed for automotive, electronics, medical and other industries.

We recently added the Momentive line specifically for its renowned silicone-base adhesives that are found in a variety of machinery and technology in electronics, aerospace and aviation.

Read on to learn more about the capabilities and uses for two of Momentive’s most popular silicone adhesives.

 

RTV 100

 
Developed for primerless adhesion to various substrates, RTV 100 Series silicone is FDA, UL, NSF and USDA-approved. It has an exceptionally high-temperature performance, essential for devices within rocket and jet-fueled aircraft.

RTV-100 Applications

The RTV 100 is ideal for the following applications:

Interior

  • Pre-formed Gaskets
  • Galley Sealant
  • In-Flight Entertainment System Sealant
  • Lavatory Sealant
  • Ventilation Duct Sealant
  • Window Assembly Sealant

Exterior

  • Joint Fill Compound

General

  • General Aircraft Maintenance Sealant

RTV-100 Benefits

  • High performance adhesives
  • Primerless adhesion to many substrates
  • Meets the requirements of MIL-A-46106

 

RTV 160, 162 and 167

 
RTV 160 Series adhesives are UL-recognized and offered in numerous viscosities.

As with the 100 Series, 162 and 167 adhesives are high-grade and extra-strength paste adhesives engineered to comply with military requirements.

All three products are ideal for sensitive metals within electronics.

Their non-corrosive design, primer-less adhesion and neutral cure provide an excellent solution for a diverse set of applications.

RTV-160, 162, 167 Applications

These three silicone adhesives are ideal for the following applications:

Interior

  • Electrical Box Sealant

Exterior

  • Radome Sealing

Electronics

  • Circuit and Terminal Protection
  • Cockpit Instrument Sealant
  • Electrical Wire Sealant
  • Sealing, Potting and Encapsulating Computer Units
  • Electronics Power Equipment Encapsulant

Engine

  • Electronics Potting

Miscellaneous

  • Battery Sealant
  • Charger Sealant

RTV 160, 162 and 167 Benefits

  • Neutral cure adhesives
  • Primerless adhesion to many substrates
  • Ideal for sensitive metals in electronics

Need a reliable Momentive distributor today?

If you are new to this line and would like additional information, reach out to us at Sales@All-Spec.com. Our staff will get you all the information and best prices you need!

If you’re ready to order, check out our Momentive line.

 


Fiber Optic Cleaning Part 1: The What and Why of Precision Cleaning

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, Cleaners and Aerosols, Industry News Leave a comment

As the future of fiber optics continues to evolve, the need for a clear understanding of precision cleaning has never been more necessary. In fact, the industry is developing so rapidly that most cleaning processes are behind the curve, and criteria outdated by the time it is implemented. Working to exceed current standards has become a prerequisite to ensure a future-proof application.

What’s the best first step in the process? While it’s important to remember that not all cleaning methods are equal, a single standardized precision cleaning procedure is ideal. This method should seek to remove the widest range of contaminants the first time it is performed – keeping in mind that many common techniques may not be reliably effective and require modifications employing updated strategies.

Resolve to improve your fiber optic cleaning processes as we move into the New Year. Check back next week for Part 2 of this installation, when we’ll unveil our best practices on how to tackle modern-day precision cleaning requirements – from materials to methods and more.