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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

Seven Things to Know About Qualifying Your Product to a U.S. Military Specification (MIL-SPEC)


Qualifying the SCS 81705 Series anti-static shield bags to military standards There are a few, sometimes complicated steps to go through before your product can qualify for a particular military specification. SCS recently introduced their new 81705 Series static shield Read more

Get Lean with 5S Workplace Principles


5S - Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain Recognized as one of the strategies associated with “Just in Time” manufacturing (Toyota Production System), the 5S system for workplace organization and standardization originated in Japan. The “5” relates to Read more

Bevco Goes for the Gold: How Environmentally Preferred Seating Products Help You See Green

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GREENGUARD_UL2818_gold_CMYK_GreenDid you know you spend more than 90 percent of your time indoors where you’re exposed to pollution levels up to 1,000 times higher than those outdoors? Products that release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contribute to allergies, asthma, reproductive problems and cancer. And, the ensuing economic impact on employee health and productivity is estimated to be “tens of billions of dollars per year,” according to the EPA.

Bevco understands the importance of creating products that do not contribute to poor indoor air quality. The prominent manufacturer of ergonomic seating solutions recently achieved the UL’s GREENGUARD Gold Certification for select seating products. The third-party certification program requires products to undergo testing for thousands of VOCs; only those meeting the UL’s stringent chemical emission limits achieve GREENGUARD Gold Certification.

In addition to limiting emissions of over 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products must also comply with requirements of the State of California’s Department of Public Health. All-Spec carries a number of GREENGUARD certified chairs from Bevco, so you too can reach for the gold when you reach for the green.


Study Finds Brand Image a Top Motivator for Green Supply Chains

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Study Finds Brand Image a Top Motivator for Green Supply ChainsA new study finds 51 percent of supply chain executives in North America aren’t doing enough to impact the environment even with sustainability a designated strategic priority.

According to the sustainability report from West Monroe Partners, a business and technology consultancy, 36 percent of companies have immediate plans to incorporate sustainability into their operations and 22 percent are planning to do so within the next three years. It also found 12 percent of companies place no importance on green supply chain.

Brand image improvement is one of the top reasons why companies have implemented a program for green design. Other top reasons, following brand image, include innovation in products and processes, executive management decision, regulations and cost reductions.


New Chicken Feathers Reactor Garners Reaction

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New Chicken Feathers Reactor Garners ReactionTwo teenagers from Bosnia and Herzegovina have built a reactor—from chicken feathers. Ubiquitous and far less expensive than carbon nanotubes, chicken feathers have already been used to store hydrogen and produce biodiesel. Their reactor, which combines these discoveries, earned the teens a finalist spot at the Google Science Fair in Mountain View, CA last week. Weeding out thousands of submissions, the system produces both biodiesel and carbonized chicken feathers.

Carbonized chicken feathers can store hydrogen at least as well as carbon nanotubes, but presents an affordable option. A 20-gallon carbon nanotube tank costs $5.5 million to make; whereas chicken feathers can be used to store the same amount for $200.

Hydrogen is used extensively in the production of ammonia, methanol, gasoline, heating oil and rocket fuel. It is also used to make fertilizers, glass, refined metals, vitamins, cosmetics, semi-conductor circuits, soaps, lubricants, cleaners, and even margarine and peanut butter.


New Device Converts Light to DC Current

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New Device Converts Light to DC CurrentEngineers at Georgia Institute of Technology have demonstrated the first optical rectenna, which combines an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light into DC current. The device uses carbon nanotubes that act as antennas to capture light from the sun or other sources, creating an oscillating charge. As the charge moves through the attached rectifier devices, the rectifiers switch on and off and create a small direct current.

Advances in fabrication technology have made it possible to capture solar energy in this way. While rectennas have operated at wavelengths as short as ten microns for more than 40 years, this optical rectenna is the first of its kind.

Currently, its efficiency is below one percent, but the researchers predict a greater than 40 percent efficiency in the near future, with commercial potential available within a year.


Why Metro’s New ESD-Safe Duster Kicks the Can

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ED-500-ESD Electric DusterIf you’re looking for a standard, “canned” solution to your anti-static dusting needs, you’ve come to the wrong place. Skip the canned-air controversy, and consider a new, greener, ESD-safe option that’s also affordable.

Metropolitan’s DataVac® ESD-Safe Electric Duster contains no dangerous propellants. This complete, anti-static dusting system boasts a powerful, 500-watt, .75-HP motor that blasts away deep-down dust, dirt and debris, yet it’s safe for use on sensitive components. The anti-static wrist strap prevents the buildup of static electricity that can discharge and seriously damage your sensitive equipment. And, it comes with a complete range of static-dissipating attachments designed for every conceivable office and IT equipment-cleaning application.

The ED-500ESD is made entirely from steel and is available in 110- and 220-volt models. For a greener, ESD-safe duster, kick the can to the curb.