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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

Green Scope: Four Ways Berkshire is Working for the Environment

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

A company built on the foundation of environmental responsibility, Berkshire is committed to product solutions and design that positively impact our surroundings. That’s why they’ve made their Green Scope program a global focus, challenging themselves to remain at the forefront of clean manufacturing and contamination control. Discover how Berkshire is leveraging Green Scope to give our environment – and your workplace – a brighter tomorrow.

Environmental Policy: With initiatives ranging from supply chain and manufacturing to product design and customer support, Berkshire’s commitment to natural resource conservation and waste reduction is at the core of their processes.

Air, Water and Land: With strict manufacturing and operations policies, Berkshire is in full compliance with all applicable environmental regulations and is committed to designing solutions that reduce or eliminate impact on the environment.

Natural Resources and Energy: Through the development of efficient processing techniques, recycling, and utilization of recycled materials, Berkshire is dedicated to the conservation of natural resources and lowered energy usage.

Product and Packaging Design: With their innovative, customer-focused solutions, Berkshire strives to deliver products that continue to reduce environmental impact long after they leave the factory.

8 Things to Know About the HCFC-225 Usage Ban

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

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.

LED Lighting: Ten Reasons to Make the Switch

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, Green Initiative, Magnifiers and Microscopes Leave a comment

They’re quickly becoming the preferred choice in lighting. Still wondering what makes LEDs so popular? Read on for ten good reasons you should make the switch.

  1. They can simulate the sun. Next-generation LEDs closely mimic the spectrum and intensity of natural sunlight, enhancing colors and sharpening fine details.
  2. LEDs lights are safer. With low heat output and minimal energy consumption overall, LEDs are much safer alternatives to their incandescent cousins.
  3. LEDs have a longer lifespan. LEDs conservatively last 30,000 hours or more, as compared to the 2,000 hour lifespan of incandescents or 20,000 hour lifespan of linear fluorescents.
  4. They offer improved contrast. Text appears brighter and sharper between pure black and white lines, reducing the occurrence of headaches, eye strain and red eye.
  5. They quickly come to light. LEDs switch on instantly, even when cold – producing 100% of their light within microseconds.
  6. LEDs promote healthy vision. Good lighting can ease the symptoms of Presbyopia, a natural change in vision that occurs with age and interferes with the ability to focus on objects.
  7. LEDs are incredibly efficient. With low power consumption, LED lights are up to 85% more efficient than incandescent bulbs, leading to significant energy savings.
  8. They are bright and true to color. LED lighting provides brighter, truer color than a filtered bulb, even when dimmed.
  9. They’re incredibly versatile. Today there’s an LED style available to replace virtually any bulb for any light source in the workspace and beyond.
  10. LEDs give hope for a brighter tomorrow. Environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient, LEDs contain no poisonous mercury and last for years to come.

Always Welcome in the Workplace: Introducing Kimberly-Clark

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Chances are you already know Kimberly-Clark – after all, nearly a quarter of the world’s population purchases one of their products every single day. Widely recognized as one of the industry’s most innovative solution providers, Kimberly-Clark strives to create exceptional workplaces that inspire confidence while enhancing overall productivity. With a commitment to quality, safety and sustainability, the company offers high-performance, environmentally-sound options
designed to simplify the tasks of workers around the globe. We’re proud to offer a wide selection of Kimberly-Clark products, now available directly through our site under the KLEENGUARD*, JACKSON SAFETY*, WYPALL* and KIMTECH PREP* brands.

Joining Forces: Kimberly-Clark and TerraCycle Come Together for RIGHTCYCLE*

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, Green Initiative, Industry News, IT News, New Products, Product Spotlight, Vendor News, Vendor Spotlight Leave a comment

Kimberly-Clark, widely recognized for their innovative workplace solutions, is committed to more than product quality alone. Through their Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow* approach to sustainability, Kimberly-Clark is dedicated to lowering the environmental impact of their products. That’s why they’ve partnered with TerraCycle to create RIGHTCYCLE*, a national salvaging system for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste.

The goal of RIGHTCYCLE* is to protect our environment while providing solutions to mitigate excess – helping customers to reach their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability goals in the process. By making it easy to recycle items like cleanroom garments and gloves, they can be repurposed into a range of eco-friendly products available at major national retailers including Wal-Mart and Whole Foods Market.

If you’re currently laundering your garments, the RIGHTCYCLE* program may have you thinking twice about single-use options. Repetitious processing can lead to cross-contamination at the laundry facility and reduced protection properties. RIGHTCYCLE* provides a waste-free solution for single-use garments and protects the integrity of your environment.

Now, what’s good for your business is good for the planet. For more information on the RIGHTCYCLE* program, read this pdf or contact Kimberly-Clark directly at 800-255-6401.