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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

Discover 3 Great Cleanroom Options from Texwipe

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

Whether you’re targeting the tight spots or focusing on your entire cleanroom, Texwipe offers the perfect mop with three premium options engineered to address contamination control for any size application.

AlphaMop – This large, low-profile flat mop works on a range of surfaces including walls, ceilings and floors. Convenient and autoclavable, the AlphaMop uses a polyester pad to conform to surfaces for consistent contact.

BetaMop – A unique combination of strings and strips, the BetaMop head works best on floors. Autoclavable and designed with a quick-opening clamp for fast and easy head changes, this versatile mop is compatible with a range of wring bucket systems.

ClipperMop – With an innovative flat swivel head for hard-to-reach places, this mop works on walls and ceilings, as well as small areas like isolators, glove boxes, fume hoods and more. The ClipperMop features a patented head designed for use with cleanroom wipes rather than standard covers.

From floor to ceiling, Texwipe offers everything you need to maintain your critical environment. Discover the complete line of Texwipe products for the cleanroom – you’ll find them for less right here at All-Spec.


Inspection and Cleaning Products for Fiber Optic Connectors

Posted on by Andy in Cleaners and Aerosols, Magnifiers and Microscopes Leave a comment

Fiber optic connectors are routinely maintained because of their instability in a fiber network. A reliable connection requires inspection and cleaning.

Here’s a brief overview of the inspection and cleaning products for fiber optic connectors.

Inspecting Fiber Optic Connectors

Using a fiber microscope you can easily detect the condition of a fiber optic connector.

On the ends of a connector even the smallest of particulates can cause a disturbance in the connectivity of the cable. Typical contaminates on a connector include oil, dirt, scratches, pits and chips.

Here’s what a contaminated fiber optic connector may look like:

Regardless of the size of the contaminants on the connector–whether one micron or ten–the area must be entirely clean for your network to work at its highest efficiency.

In between each round of cleaning use the microscope to see if the connector is free of particulates.

You can mate the connections when your connector looks like this:

Cleaning Fiber Optic Connectors

There are a few methods of cleaning a connector, and the type of product you use depends on how difficult it is to remove the contaminants.

For contaminants such as oil and dirt, dry wiping is recommended and economical lint-free wipes or fiber-optic swabs should be used.

If the contaminants aren’t completely removed, then your next step would be to wet the wipe with a fiber-optic cleansing solution, such as the Electro-Wash® PX from Chemtronics. Or, if your application requires a non-flammable solution, use the CZ-version instead.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one cleaning solution, we recommend this seven-piece fiber-optic cleaning kit.

For more information on these products and fiber optic cleaning, reach out to our product expert team at Sales@all-spec.com.


Take It Off: 5 Ways to Remove Conformal Coatings

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

With the help of our recent blog postings, you’ve discovered the perfect conformal coating type and method of application. But have you considered the removal process? When it’s time to take it off, use the list below to learn more about the perfect method of conformal coating removal for your application.

  1. Solvent – Although each coating reacts differently, most are susceptible to solvent removal. Acrylics are the most sensitive, with epoxies, urethanes and silicones coming in last.
  2. Peeling – A common form of removal for silicone and other flexible conformal coatings, peeling is often a quick and easy method for a range of applications.
  3. Thermal/Burn-Through – This method simply employs a soldering iron to burn through the conformal coating and works well with most coating types.
  4. Microblasting – With a mix of soft abrasives and compressed air, microblasting is often used to remove small areas of coating by simply abrading it away.
  5. Grinding/Scraping – Another method of abrading, grinding or scraping is most effective with harder coatings and is generally used as a method of last resort.

 


Industry Roundup: Our Top 5 News Picks of the Month

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

At All-Spec, we’re always on the lookout for industry articles and useful information to share in our monthly Industry Roundup. Read on to discover a few of the best videos and articles we’ve found over the past few weeks.

Working Safely in the Cleanroom
Learn more about establishing a successful quality and safety culture using defined procedures and protocols based on Federal regulations, industry standards, and best management practices.

6 Ways 3D Printing Is Transforming Lean Manufacturing
Discover why 3d printing has the capacity to reduce waste, save time and thus save money and in a sector, which is constantly being challenged in those areas.

Excess Flux Residue after Hand Soldering
One company observes an excessive amount of flux after hand soldering terminals using flux cored wire solder. Is there something wrong with their manual soldering operation?

Controlled Environment Cleaning Cost Checklist
Many factors contribute to cleaning system selection. Learn more about planning a process that is safe, sustainable, and affordable. This checklist can help you plan your expenses.

Protect Your Online Privacy Using These Nine Free Tools
Discover added privacy and safety online using these nine free tools to help protect your sensitive data and maximize anonymity.

 


On Sale Now! Your Favorite Topical Anti-Stat in a Can

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, Cleaners and Aerosols, ESD News, Industry News, New Products, Sales at All-Spec, Static Control Tips and Tricks Leave a comment

Did you know? Your favorite topical anti-stat is also available in a convenient aerosol spray. With the same great benefits as its predecessors, ACL Staticide® Static Sentry is humidity-independent, prevents dust attraction and decays a static charge to zero volts in less than two seconds. Housed in a specially-designed can, Static Sentry also operates at various angles to deliver a horizontal spray. Perfect for surfaces including laminate flooring, carpeting, fabrics, work surfaces, glass and more, this unique aerosol is even safe for use on a range of sensitive components and electronic equipment. Staticide Static Sentry is currently in stock at All-Spec – on SALE now!