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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

Types of Cleaners: Liquids

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ES1664 ESD Mat CleanerESD Mat Cleaners

These cleaners are used to keep your ESD-safe mats free of dirt and grime and keep them working at top performance. Dirt on your ESD-safe mat can effect its dissipative properties, so it is important to use these cleaners to keep your products safe. ESD mat cleaners come in a liquid — often in a spray bottle — for easy application.

Fiber Optic Cleaners

Fiber optic cables need to be very clean for the best transmission, and require specific cleaning chemicals, wipes, and swabs. Fiber optic cleaners are specially formulated to remove fingerprints, light oils, and films and not leave behind any residues that may inhibit data transfer. If you work with fiber optic cables be sure to get the right cleaning materials to ensure you can clean them properly.

General Cleaners

As you would think, general cleaners encompass a wide range of items. Most of the cleaners in this category are used for general disinfecting or cleaning of work areas and floors, but may leave behind a residue making them unsuitable for use on ESD-safe surfaces.

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Types of Cleaners: Aerosol Sprays

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Techspray 1671-10S Aerosol DusterToday and next Monday we will be highlighting some of our cleaning chemicals at, as well as their common uses. This week we are focusing on aerosol sprays, and next we will go into general liquid cleaning chemicals.

Aerosol Dusters

Widely used in both production facilities and homes, aerosol dusters are used for removing large particles from products. The main difference between various dusters is the strength of the spray and the purity of the air.

Typically the strength of the spray is determined by the size of the nozzle opening. If you want more pressure then go for a smaller opening, but if you need to cover a large area then you will want a larger opening.

For some sensitive parts the purity of the air may be a concern. For instance, the Techspray 1671-10 Ultra Pure duster uses a moisture free inert gas to remove particles without any harmful solvents. As always, contact the manufacturer of the aerosol if you have specific questions as to which type of duster is correct for your application.

Contact Cleaners

Contact cleaners are very similar to aerosol dusters, but they include a cleaning agent that typically evaporates after use. When comparing contact cleaners you should look at compatible materials and whether or not they leave a residue.

In general, contact cleaners are used to remove oxidation, corrosion, dirt, and grease on metal surfaces. If you are working with other materials like plastics then you should check your cleaner’s specifications to ensure that it will not harm your product. If your components are especially sensitive, or if you need to have a clear surface after cleaning, then be sure to use a contact cleaner that does not leave a residue behind.

Flux Removers

Flux removers are used exactly how you would think, to remove fluxes from products after soldering. The main thing to look for in flux removers is what flux it can actually remove. Because there are many types of fluxes, each with different residues that are left behind, you need to check the flux remover’s compatibility with your project.

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Standard vs. One-Way Pump Top Dispensers

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We carry a variety of solvent dispensers from both Menda and R&R Lotion. They both offer multiple sizes and types of dispensing systems. These dispensers work by creating a vacuum, pulling the solvent up into a reservoir for you to absorb with your wipe or swab.

The two main dispensing lids are a standard pump top and one way pump top. The one-way has a valve that prevents fluid in the reservoir from flowing back into the bottle, contaminating the remaining product in the container. Standard pump tops do not have that valve and allow the solvent to retreat back into the bottle.

These two types of pumps work well for different types of applications. If contamination is an issue, then one-way pump is the way to go. However, the liquid that is pulled into the reservoir cannot go back into the bottle, leaving it at risk of evaporating. If it is ok for solvent to get back in the bottle then the standard pump is better for you, as it reduces evaporation issues.

If you are looking for mobile options that can be locked during travel then you should check out Menda’s Pure-Take and Take-Along pumps. The Pure-Take uses one way pumps, while the Take-Along uses a standard pump. These are perfect for field technicians and others who need to move their dispensers between multiple job sites.

Below are the types of pumps by brand. Have any more questions on these dispensers? Leave a comment below or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351.



One Way

Standard Locking

One Way Locking






R&R Lotion


Purity Pump


Types of Swab Tips: Microfiber | Polyvinyl

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This is final post in our three part  “Types of Swab Tips” blog series.  Today we are going to talk about Microfiber and Polyvinyl Swabs.

Microfiber and Polyvinyl Swabs Microfiber Swabs

These tips are welded to the shaft using an ultrasonic method free of adhesives. This ensures a clean tip that is low in particulates, as well as soft and non-abrasive. Microfiber swabs also have superior wipe dry characteristics.

Polyvinyl Swabs

Polyvinyl tips are very precise, allowing for pinpoint accuracy for application. The tip is also porous, allowing for picking up liquids at small targeted locations.

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Types of Swab Tips: Polyester

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Polyester Swabs

Polyester is one of the most common swab tip materials, but there are many types of polyester tips. In this article we are going to go into some of the different constructions of polyester swab tips.

Sealed Polyester Tipped Swabs

These swabs are specifically made to resist falling apart, greatly limiting the amount of lint and residue left behind. Like most polyester swabs, these tips resist many solvents. Sealed polyester tips also have a high absorbency and are perfect for tight tolerance work.

Knitted Polyester Tipped Swabs

Knitted polyester is a lint free material, often ultrasonically welded to the handle to reduce contamination. These tips are great for sensitive work in critical environments, including fiber optics.

Hydro Entangled Polyester Tipped Swabs

Similar to the knitted polyester, these tips are typically used on sensitive surfaces such as coated optics. Due to their soft, lint and residue free nature, they are also able to be used for surface sampling and cleaning validation.

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