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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

What are the Benefits of Flux?

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Kester 951 Flux While looking for solder wire you may have noticed that many have flux cores. You may have also heard about external flux used in soldering. What exactly does flux do for you? The three jobs that all fluxes perform are: cleaning, protecting, and wetting.

When a flux comes into contact with a part the first thing it does is clean away oxidation. This helps the solder create a better bond, as there is less oxidation in the way to hurt the connection. Next the flux protects the area by keeping new air away from its surface. By sealing out the air, the flux prevents further oxidation. Finally, flux promotes amalgamation, which helps solder to go through the process of wetting.

It is important to look into the recommended flux for your parts, normally by contacting the manufacturer. While flux can greatly improve the soldering process, you have to be careful as flux can be corrosive. Always follow directions with flux, and wipe down surfaces after soldering with corrosive flux so it does not hurt your parts.

Flux comes in many different varieties, including pen dispensers, gallon containers, or syringes. Order today at or call customer service at (800) 537-0351

Types of Swab Tips: Chamois Cloth | Cotton | Foam

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Chamois Cloth, Cotton, and Foam Swabs

Swabs are found in many different industries with a multitude of uses, and it can be difficult to figure out their applications. Today we will be starting a new series exploring the uses of different types of swab tips to help you find the right tip for your project.

Chamois Cloth:

These swabs are very soft and perfect for cleaning and polishing very sensitive items. They are soft enough to be used on the magnetic and optical heads that are used to read tapes and CD’s. Chamois cloth swabs can also clean excess ink from ink jet cartridges.


Cotton swabs are for much more general use than chamois cloth. These swabs are very absorbent, so they can be used in conjunction with cleaning solution to remove epoxies or clean components. There are many different types of cotton swabs, from low-lint and lint-free to double headed.


There is a large variety of foam tipped swabs, and they make up most of the swabs available. Because foam has a more solid form than cotton or cloth you can shape it into whatever you need, allowing for thin pointed tips as well as larger paddles. There are also cotton tips with a foam outer layer, allowing for the rigidity of foam with the absorbency of cotton. ESD-safe foam tips are also available.

Hand-E-Glove® by Caig Laboratories, Inc.

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Caig Hand-E-GloveHand-E-Glove®


The Caig Laboratories EEP-102-16 is a unique hand lotion that creates an invisible glove that protects and shields your hands from dirt, grease, chemicals and harsh contaminates while moisturizing your skin. This non-greasy hand lotion creates a thin film that protects pores, cracks and fingernails and does not impair your grip. Hand-E-Glove® also has anti-static properties to help reduce static build-up and discharge.

Hand-E-Glove®  is easily cleaned with only soap and water.  This invisible glove is made with natural/organic ingredients and contains no harsh or dangerous chemicals.

Available in 16 ounce pump style containers which hold up to 500 treatments.

For more information on the Caig Laboratories Hand-E-Glove® visit or call us at 1-(800) 537-0351.

9 Types of Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutions

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Branson Ultrasonic Cleaning SolutionWhile you may know how ultrasonic cleaners work, you need more than just the machine itself to clean your products. In order to properly use an ultrasonic cleaner you have to have the correct ultrasonic cleaning solution. Here is a list of 9 types of solutions, and what they are used for.

1. Buffing Compound Remover: Making things easy from the start, this cleaning solution does exactly what you would expect: it removes buffing compound from products. It is made with a blend of liquid, non-ionic alkaline surfactants, detergents and emulsifiers.

2. Electronics Cleaner: This cleaning solution contains no metal cations, making it perfect for use with electronics. It is specifically formulated to remove oils, resins, and other soils from the hard surfaces found in electronics, and will not leave a conductive residue.

3. Industrial Strength: Formulated specifically for heavy-duty industrial use, this cleaner is made to remove oil, grease, and heavy soiling. Industrial strength cleaning solutions can be used to clean mechanical components, and is safe to use on most base metals and alloys without pitting or discoloration.

4. Jewelry Cleaner: Just like the buffing compound remover, this one speaks for itself. Used for cleaning jewelry, it is made with gemstones and precious metals in mind.

5. Liquid Rust Stripper: This highly caustic, double-chelated, non-foaming degreaser can be used for derusting and descaling ferrous metals. Other uses include paint striping, mold cleaning, and degreasing.

6. Metal Cleaners: Metal cleaners come in a variety of types, including MC-1, MC-2, and MC-3 solutions. Each of these excels at cleaning different types of metals.

MC-1 is a heavy duty industrial cleaner that works best with aluminum, aluminum alloys, copper, brass, and steel substrates.

MC-2 is made for general purpose and normal maintenance cleaning of ferrous metals, steel alloys, titanium alloys, copper alloys, and stainless steel.

MC-3 is made for general purpose and normal maintenance cleaning and can be used with the same metals as MC-2, as well as aluminum and aluminum alloys.

7. Optical Cleaners: This solution is used to remove soils from optical lenses. It can also remove polishing compounds from optical surfaces.

8. Oxide Remover: This solution can rapidly remove rust and oxides from many metals, especially stainless steel, copper, and tin components.

9. General Purpose: General purpose solutions are phosphate and caustic free alkaline cleaners, made for typical maintenance cleaning. Normal usage for this type of cleaner is removing general soils, dust, fingerprints, light oils, and greases from most base metals.

Microcare TidyPen: a Convenient and Economical Cleaning Tool

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MicroCare’s TidyPen is one of All-Spec’s more popular items, but that’s not very surprising since it’s such a versatile cleaner/tool.

The TidyPen is designed to be an efficient and economical tool for a variety of people and tasks in the home, office and industrial environments.

Common uses for the TidyPen:

  • Remove tape residue and glues
  • Remove labels, stickers, barcodes, etc..
  • Remove tar from your car
  • Spot clean PCBs

In addition to being versatile, the pen is easy to use, easy to store and spill proof, even if nib falls out.

Trying to go green? The cleaner in TidyPens is natural, biodegradable and safe for the environment, plus the TidyPen is aluminum so it can be recycled when empty!

You can see the MicroCare TidyPen in action in the video below.

We recently reduced the price of the MicroCare TidyPen and we stock both the TidyPen plus chisel and pencil point replacement nibs!

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