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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

Introducing Biodegradable ESD-Safe Bags

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Here at All-Spec Industries, we’ve always been interested in environmentally friendly solutions; we support a lot of paperless processes, we recycle glass, plastic, etc…, we shred and recycle all the Bio-Stat Biodegradable ESD-Safe Bagpaper we use and last year we installed energy saving lights in our warehouse.  So when we had the opportunity to offer biodegradable anti-static bags, we were 100% on board.

Since they’ve only been around for about 50 years, it is estimated that plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down. In addition, it’s also thought that the bags photodegrade with help of the sun rather than biodegrading. Most plastic bags won’t biodegrade because polyethylene is a man-made material that microorganisms don’t consider food.

This presents a problem to companies who use a lot of anti-static bags. You don’t want to risk failure by reusing the same bag, but the alternative is using a new anti-static bag every time. These new biodegradable anti-static bags are the perfect solution!

Here are the main benefits of these bags:

  • Cost: Just an average of 10% more than our standard anti-static bags. For instance, a package of 1000 standard 4×6” bags cost $21.34 and a package of 1000 biodegradable 4×6” bags cost $25.10
  • Fully biodegradable: These bags will completely break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass (organic material) within a year under good conditions
  • Handling is the same as standard anti-static bags

Sounds too good to be true, huh?

Here’s some more information.

What makes these bags biodegradable?
Believe it or not, these bags are made biodegradable by the 1% addition of a specially formulated pellet.

What’s required for the bags to biodegrade?
Unlike many biodegradable products that need light, heat, etc… to break down, these anti-static biodegradable bags just need constant contact with other biodegrading material.

Where bags will biodegrade:
-Landfills
-Commercial composting
-Home composting (both with and without the presence of free oxygen)
Where bags will not biodegrade:
-Offices
-Store shelves
-Warehouses

How long do the bags take to break down?
In the right conditions (good landfill with plenty of microorganisms), these bags can completely break down in nine months. That’s certainly an improvement over 1,000 years.
Still not convinced? Here are a few more perks:
-No toxic residue
-Meets REACH requirements
-FDA compliant in applications with food contact
-Permanently anti-static

Do you have questions or would you like to request a sample? Contact our Customer Service Department at (800) 537-0351 or sales@all-spec.com


New Lighting Installation Brings More Energy Savings

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As a follow-up to our previous blog article about the new lighting at All-Spec Industries, we’d like to provide our readers with additional energy-saving statistics… possibly as an incentive for more companies to hop on the GREEN bandwagon!

Before our new lights could be installed in our warehouse, the old ones had to be taken down. To begin the process, seventy-five (75) 8-foot fluorescent strips were removed. These lights were T12 magnetic ballast fixtures, which were only in use when the power was out in the warehouse. This is an older and very inefficient technology. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In addition, sixty-two (62) metal halide lamps were taken down. Although this is a pretty typical lighting fixture, only 35% of the energy consumed is turned into light. The remaining 65% is transformed into heat and vibration. The lamp level in these lights can also burn up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

To reduce our electrical consumption, we’ve replaced our metal halide lighting by a one-to-one ratio with T8 electronic ballast fixtures, saving All-Spec over 46,000 kilowatts per year and providing us with a 68% reduction in electrical consumption!

The new lighting project at All-Spec Industries is comparable to planting 9 acres of trees, removing 7 cars from the road each year, or saving 4,516 gallons of gasoline annually. WOW! Can you imagine if more companies used this lighting technology to GO GREEN?


All-Spec Industries Continues to GO GREEN

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For years now, we have aimed to be environmentally friendly by keeping up on several “green” processes. Many recycling tips and All-Spec practices were discussed in a past blog article from September 2008. We’ve since been looking for more ways to broaden our horizons, and have recently installed new lighting from Orion Energy Systems in our warehouse.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA As a Southpoint Solutions company, Orion has been transforming several industries by increasing light levels and ultimately reducing dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. Since 1996, over 5,612 facilities across North America have benefitted from Orion’s renewable technologies, and All-Spec can soon be added to a notable list of success stories.

Everyday, power plants burn fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas to produce electricity for lighting systems. In addition to creating an instant source of electricity, the burning of these fossil fuels also produces air pollutants such as carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). These pollutants then cause environmental damage such as acid rain, global warming, smog, and ozone problems. As you can see on All-Spec’s Environmental Page, our new lighting project will have a substantial impact in decreasing air pollution each year by:

  • 74,519 pounds of Carbon Dioxide
  • 124,198 grams of Sulfur Dioxide
  • 288,140 grams of Nitrogen Oxides

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By implementing Orion’s Compact Modular, high-intensity fluorescent (HIF) lighting series and motion sensor technology, we now have a 68% reduction in lighting energy. According to Jeremy Soliday, an Orion consultant, All-Spec also has 30% more light in the areas with new installations.

Want more information about Orion Energy Systems? Check out a few of the successful installation videos on Orion’s YouTube Channel!

More useful “green” resources:

U.S. EPA’s Responsible Recycling Practices

National Electronics Recycling E-Waste Laws

Weller Tip Recycling Program

Have you helped your company GO GREEN?


Bevco’s Seating Products Earn LEED Certification

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As an authorized distributor of Bevco stools and chairs, All-Spec is excited to announce that Bevco has met the standards to achieve LEED certification for all of its seating products. If you’re unfamiliar with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification program, then check out some interesting facts below:

  • Under the United States Green Building Council (USBGC), LEED certifies that a building or product was engineered based on ideals to improve energy savings, water efficiency, environmental quality, and reduce CO2 emissions.
  • LEED is an internationally recognized program that promotes sustainability in building projects, both commercial and residential.
  • LEED certification is based on a point system, in which projects receive LEED points based on specific building criteria that fall within six categories: (1) sustainable sites, (2) water efficiency, (3) energy and atmosphere, (4) materials and resources, (5) indoor environmental quality, and (6) innovation and design.

In addition to meeting LEED standards for very low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Bevco also meets requirements for Indoor Advantage Gold TM by Scientific Certification Systems and the BIFMA Furniture Emissions Standards (FES).

Bevco Chair Bevco is known for producing custom fabricated, ergonomic, made-to-order seating. In addition to carrying Bevco’s standard seating products, All-Spec also carries Bevco’s ESD-safe models, which aid in static control protection during the assembly, lab, and testing processes.

Chair components and final products are manufactured in the United States, so Bevco is able to individualize each chair with key specifications. Not only does Bevco guarantee its products to be free from defects, but most models also come with a 12 year warranty.

Next time you’re in the market for ergonomic seating, whether it be one or many, GO GREEN with Bevco!


Visual Proof of What Fume Extractors Eliminate From the Air

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A little over a month ago we explained the basic parts of a Weller Zero-Smog fume extractor. But, I’m guessing many of you would like to see the visual evidence of the dangerous gases and particles that could be in your lungs if they weren’t eliminated by a fume extractor.

The nice people over at Weller wrote an awesome post about the results of 90 minutes of soldering. It’s a great read if you are debating the expense of purchasing a fume extractor. The article proves it is important to use some sort of fume extraction even if you solder as a hobby after work or on the weekends.

To influence you even more, here’s a preview.

Weller Fume Filter

{photo credit: Weller Zero-Smog Blog}