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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

5 Ways to Apply Conformal Coatings: Which Is Best for You?

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

You’ve done your research, read our recent blog entry, and discovered the perfect conformal coating. But how much do you know about application? Read on to learn more about the five best ways to apply conformal coating, and determine which is right for you.

  1. Dip – With proper masking, this option provides full coverage to both sides of a board to deliver reliable, repeatable results.
  2. Atomized Spray – Similar to automotive painting for high-volume applications, atomizer sprays must be carefully controlled to prevent shadows or open areas.
  3. Selective Spray System – Computer controlled for maximum precision, these systems eliminate masking requirements while ensuring definition and accuracy.
  4. Aerosol – Typically used in rework, repair, or small production applications, aerosol coatings must match the original coating and generally require masking efforts.
  5. Touch-Up Brush or Pen – For spot coating and low volume work, the quality of this method is entirely dependent on the patience and skill of the user.

5 Reasons You Need the All-New TidyPen® from MicroCare

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, Cleaners and Aerosols, Green Initiative, Industry News, New Products, Tapes and Adhesives, Vendor News Leave a comment

It’s the cleaning pen you’ve relied on for years, only better than ever. MicroCare’s new and improved TidyPen offers a range of enhanced capabilities to make cleanup, maintenance and residue removal even faster and easier than before. Read on to discover our top five reasons to invest in “the 60-second sticky stuff remover” – and find yours at All-Spec for less.

  1. Improved Formula: Safer than ever to use on plastics, glass, ceramics, white metals, gaskets and rubber, the new TidyPen offers a great option for silicone coating or flux residue removal.
  2. Reduced VOC Content: Far more environmentally friendly than versions of the past, the improved TidyPen incorporates low organic content and follows strict environmental regulations.
  3. Faster Dispensing: To speed up the cleaning process and enhance productivity, the new TidyPen dispenses fluid more quickly, making it significantly more effective for larger label use.
  4. GHS Compliant: Now compliant with all “Globally Harmonized System” requirements for labeling and safety, the TidyPen can be used safely, effectively and legally throughout the world.
  5. Two Sizes: Available as either a single vending-machine compatible package or as a five pen box, the new TidyPen packaging means getting rid of the “sticky stuff” is more convenient than ever.


How to Improve Your Cleaning System with the MicroCare TriggerGrip

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

Designed to address the challenges of small electronics cleaning without sloppy brushes or expensive high-pressure sprays, the MicroCare TriggerGrip System offers a better solution based on best cleaning practices.

Engineered for faster, less wasteful cleaning, this uniquely thorough system will save money while it helps to protect the environment. Exceptionally built for outstanding reliability and performance, each TriggerGrip lasts 3-4 years and actually doubles the life of a traditional aerosol can.

To save time, lower costs and enhance quality, All-Spec also offers the convenient MicroCare Cleaning Station Starter Kit featuring the TriggerGrip System. It’s everything you need for the benchtop, in one convenient package. Look for the Starter Kit or the original TriggerGrip right here at All-Spec, and discover lower prices every day.

Texwipe AlphaMop: 7 Steps to a Cleaner Cleanroom

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Engineered specifically for cleanroom production environments, the AlphaMop by Texwipe is an essential for manufacturing applications requiring low particle, extractable and ionic contamination. Learn to use it correctly – simply follow the seven steps below to ensure a cleaner cleanroom.

  1. Wet the mop cover with an appropriate solvent, or use a pre-wetted mop cover.
  2. Slip the cover over the mop.
  3. Clean walls from top to bottom, moving from clean, dry spaces to dirty areas in overlapping strokes. The cover should be changed at least every 25 wipes, or more if the wall is dirty.
  4. Clean floors in small rectangular sections, moving from clean, dry areas to dirty areas. Linear, overlapping strokes will minimize recontamination, and the mop cover should be replaced once every 100 square feet. Doorways and high-traffic areas should be attended to last.
  5. Always use a damp mop for more effective contamination removal.
  6. Dispose of dirty mop covers in an appropriate bag.
  7. Follow the proper site protocol procedures for safety and contamination.

With AlphaMops, maintaining an ultraclean manufacturing facility has never been so simple. Browse the complete line and other Texwipe cleanroom solutions at All-Spec, and save money while you shop.

Top 5 FAQs: MicroCare Sticklers®

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

Used around the globe to achieve cleaner connectors and faster networks, Sticklers from MicroCare are a popular seller here at All-Spec. Read on to discover some of MicroCare’s most commonly asked questions surrounding their Sticklers range of products.

  1. What happens if fiber optic connectors are not perfectly clean? Cleaning should be the top priority for any associate in contact with an optical network. Contaminated fiber optic connectors can lead to costly troubleshooting and re-working of the connectors. Each connector should be cleaned every time it is touched.
  2. What’s wrong with using alcohol to clean fiber optic connectors? Slow-drying with a pronounced aroma, IPA is highly flammable, considered hazardous and contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful to the environment and restricted in many areas. Ideally, a dense, non-flammable and non-hazardous fiber optic cleaner should be used instead.
  3. What is the shelf life of Sticklers products?  When stored properly – meaning kept in a cool, clean and dry location away from direct sunlight – Sticklers products have an unlimited shelf life.
  4. You say your solvents dry fast. What is the drying time? Although drying rate depends on temperature and relative humidity, it’s estimated that Sticklers dry at least 25%-50% faster than IPA alcohol.
  5. Why is inspection and cleaning necessary before EVERY fiber connection installation? Studies have shown the presence of mold release agents present on the connector end-face of new jumpers due to manufacturing processes. It is therefore critical to clean even a brand new end-face.