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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

Chemtronics: 3 Essential ESD Floor Solutions

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An ESD floor finish can offer a perfect alternative for areas where static control flooring or mats are not in use. The Static Free™ line from Chemtronics has you covered from start to finish – from preparation and coverage to cleaning and maintenance.

Static Free Dissipative Floor Finish – This high gloss finish is designed to prevent static charge on a range of conventional floor surfaces. Use it to provide static dissipative protection on vinyl composition, vinyl asbestos, linoleum, rubber, sealed wood and terrazzo.

Static Free Floor Cleaner – The perfect complement to Static Free Floor Finish, this cleaning and rejuvenating solution ensures effective cleaning of the treated surface while also enhancing its dissipative properties. Easy to apply in just one simple step, Static Free Floor Cleaner offers dissipative protection up to 30 days.

Static Free Dissipative Floor Finish Remover – The first step in applying or reapplying Static Free Floor Finish, this product is engineered to quickly remove Static Free and other finishes from hard surfaces such as sealed concrete or resilient tile.

Not sure how to approach the process? Use the step-by-step video below as a guide for preparation, application and maintenance. Then shop with us for Static Free from Chemtronics, and find your ESD floor finishing solution for less.

Static Free Floor Finish Application Procedure from Foremost Media on Vimeo.

8 Things to Know About the HCFC-225 Usage Ban

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On January 1, 2015, HCFC-255 will be banned for usage under the Clean Air Act per Montreal Protocol. Be prepared for the impact these new regulations will have on your manufacturing processes – read on to discover the facts and learn more about what comes next.

1. Why is HCFC-225 being phased out? HCFCs are hydrochlorofluorocarbons, substances which are known to deplete the ozone layer. Under the Montreal Amendment, there must be a 90% reduction in the use of HCFCs prior to 2015. In the United States, the EPA enforces these regulations under the Clean Air Act.

2. What exactly is HCFC-225? Commercially known as AK-225, it is a mixture of HCFC-225ca and HCFC-225cb isomers. With good solvency and thermal stability, AK-225 is useful for precision cleaning and vapor degreasing applications.

3. How is the phase-out defined? In accordance with the Clean Air Act, beginning January 1, 2015 HCFC-225 can no longer be imported, sold, transported or used as a liquid solvent.

4. Are there exceptions? HCFC-225 formulations that have already been packaged into aerosol containers prior to the cutoff date may continue to be purchased and used until supplies are exhausted.

5. What happens after January 1, 2015? Following this date, products containing HCFC-225 can manufactured indefinitely ONLY when the substance has been used, recovered and recycled.

6. How will the phase-out affect the products I use? The following chart illustrates the ban’s effect on commercial products. These may include chemicals currently used in your facility from Techspray, MicroCare, Chemtronics, MG Chemicals and more.

Products in use after 1/1/15  Made before 1/1/15           Made after 1/1/15
Blend of virgin AK-225 in aerosol  YES  NO
Pure (neat) virgin AK-225 in aerosol  YES  NO
Blend of virgin AK-225 in bulk pkg  NO  NO
Pure (neat) virgin AK-225 in bulk pkg  NO  NO
Reclaimed AK-225 in any pkg  YES  YES

7. Is there a replacement for HCFC-225? The EPA has already approved more than 300 substitutes for HCFC-225, some more viable options than others. Techspray Precision-V products offer an environmentally sound alternative with no current usage restrictions, and the Novec line from 3M contains no ozone-depleting components.

8. What about stockpiling? While currently prohibited, the EPA is considering a proposed rule that would allow consumers to use bulk or bulk blends of HCFC-225 inventoried prior to December 31, 2014 beyond the cutoff date and into 2015. A final decision has not yet been announced.

What’s the One Thing That Makes One-Step TexQ Even Better?

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It’s the all-in-one disinfectant you’ve come to rely on for the cleanroom… and now it’s an even smarter investment than before. Fragrance-free, dye-free and highly effective, TexQ from Texwipe is now gamma irradiated.

How is gamma irradiation better for your cleanroom?  This sterilization method virtually eliminates contaminants from packages and their contents, even in the most difficult to reach areas. The new TexQ is also completely validated for sterility and double bagged for easy cleanroom introduction.

Maintain the sterile balance of your cleanroom with all-in-one TexQ disinfectant. Choose convenience or cost-effectiveness with our ready-to-use trigger spray (TX650) or one-gallon concentrate (TX651). Both are in stock now at All-Spec.

What Does Gamma Irradiation Mean for Your Cleanroom?

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The cleanroom is the most vital component of your clean manufacturing process, so naturally you’d want to protect it. But how can you be sure the products you choose to maintain this delicate environment are truly sterile? That’s where gamma irradiation comes in. In simple terms, gamma irradiation is the use of ionizing radiation to eliminate contaminants, allowing for effective sterilization of airtight packages and other less accessible areas.

What does this mean for your cleanroom? Gamma irradiation is compatible with a wide range of formulas and materials, and is powerful enough to penetrate even hermetically sealed packages. With its readily predictable dose, gamma irradiation is also easy to validate and is residue free. So you can rest assured that essential cleaning products and protective garments aren’t actually contaminating your critical environment.

We offer a range of gamma irradiated products for the cleanroom, from gloves to wipers and isopropyl alcohol. Protect the integrity of your controlled environment and save today with All-Spec.

Which DeoxIT Should I Use?

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With five unique formulas, DeoxIT solutions are engineered to effectively improve the performance and reliability of your electronic equipment. But which one is right for your application? Here, we break down the benefits and uses for each series.

DeoxIT D-Series: This fast-acting solution cleans, improves conductivity, lubricates and protects by dissolving oxides and sulfides that form on metal surfaces. For use with metal connections, batteries, light bulbs, switches and relays, jacks and plugs, harnesses, grounding blocks and more.

DeoxIT Gold G-Series: Ideal for gold and all nonferrous metal surfaces, this formula seals, conditions and protects to maximize system performance. Use it with computer connections, audio/video connections, low voltage devices, switches, RCA jacks, test equipment and even critical applications.

DeoxIT Shield S-Series: An essential for maintaining new system performance, this solution offers long-lasting protection in harsh environments where high humidity, pollution, sulphur, salts or acids are a factor. Apply to wire and cable, industrial computer equipment, and marine or industrial contacts.

DeoxIT FaderLube F-Series: Engineered to lubricate and protect plastic-to-plastic and plastic-to-metal surfaces, this formula offers improved performance and long-lasting protection. Use it with conductive plastics, faders, switches, and carbon-based controls.

DeoxIT Val-U Series: This fast-drying, economical solution is designed for general purpose use for applications where flammability is not a concern. Use this plastic-safe formula for cleaning and removing fluxes, light oils, waxes, greases or silicone.