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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

Basic Parts of a Weller Zero-Smog Fume Extractor

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Weller Zero-Smog Fume Extractors We recently added Weller’s line of Zero-Smog fume extractors . Fume extractors are an integral part of any workplace environment where hazardous fumes and/or smoke are present. Exposure to the fumes can cause nosebleeds, asthma, sore throat and possibly even long term health problems.

In basic form, all Weller fume extractors have three parts, a collection point, an airflow source and of course, a filter system.

1. The collection point is just that, a place where the fumes enter the fume extraction system. There are two different types of collection points: volume extraction and tip extraction. The common goal for both types of fume extractors is to remove the fumes as close to the source as possible.

Tip Extraction – Used for hand soldering or any small work area…the fumes typically travel through a small tube mounted on the iron.

Volume Extraction – This type of extraction is for larger areas and is usually set up with a nozzle positioned as close to the source of the fumes.

2. The airflow source is simply how the fumes get from the source to the filter. Understandably, the size and type of vacuum pump used depend on the size and type of extraction system.

According the Weller’s Zero-Smog site, volume fume extractors require a high airflow rate but a Weller Zero Smog Filter lower vacuum (generally 2,800 Pa maximum). On the other hand, tip fume extractors use a lower airflow but a higher vacuum (up to 12,000 Pa for efficient fume extraction)

3. The star of the show is of course the filter system. Weller units employ three filters to get the job done. The first is a dust filter to remove the largest particles. The second filter is a microfilter designed to remove nearly all the smaller particles. Lastly, the gas filter uses activated carbon and chemisorbant to clean the airflow.

All of Weller’s fume extractors are ESD-safe and available with a variety of ports, filters, arms, hoses and nozzles.

Having trouble trying to decide which fume extractor to purchase? Use Weller’s fume extractor selection guide to assist you in figuring on what system fits your application.

Puritan’s Green Initiative

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PurSwab Logo As environmental awareness continues to increase, both stateside and abroad, we like to give recognition to our vendors who go above and beyond the norm with environmentally conscious business practices. Today’s spotlight is on Puritan Medical Products, our manufacturer for PurSwab swabs.

Collaborating with organizations who promote sustainability and green initiatives such as GrowSmart Maine and Efficiency Maine, Puritan takes a bottom-up approach to protecting their natural assets locally. They choose to support wood harvesters and land owners who work with the following groups:

They are also working towards an FSC certification and an ISO 14001, an internationally recognized standard showing commitment to environmental standards and compliance with legislation.

Some other everyday green business practices include:

  • Encourage electronic ordering and payment options, reducing the need for the use of paper products
  • Use fluorescent and LED lighting, and wood waste boiler for heat to cut utility consumption
  • Recycle 100% of paper, corrugate material, glass, and metal waste
  • Packaging manufacturing facility runs on 100% renewable energy for all building heat, all hot water, and all process drying and steam conditioning
  • Purchased electricity is generated from ~10% renewable energy sources

This is just a sampling of all the steps Puritan is taking to become a greener company. Check out even more of their credentials!

BioFit Ergo Seating – Another Green Company

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BioFit Logo Several months back we wrote about Wearwell mat company being a green company; BioFit is yet another company to consider what negative environmental impacts its products, processes, facilities and even shipping materials can create.

So what does BioFit do to go green?

BioFit takes the basic steps…

  • Turn off any equipment that’s not being used
  • Company-wide recycling stations for paper, cardboard and metal
  • Use energy-efficient bulbs when possible
  • Cut back on VOCs by using water-soluble adhesives and coatings

but the company also goes above and beyond…

  • Use recycled materials for processes and products
    • Aluminum castings – 100% recycled material BioFit Chair
    • Composite bases – 10% recycled material
    • Seat controls & steel – 10% recycled material
    • Cartons – 10% recycled material
  • Employing the most environmentally friendly processes available i.e. non-toxic powder coating
  • Avoid using cadmium, mercury, lead, etc… ELV and RoHS compliant
  • Use biodegradable degreasers and hand-cleaning products

In addition to a laundry list of steps BioFit takes to be environmentally conscious, it’s also important to note all BioFit chairs, stools, etc… (tables too) qualify to be used in green buildings around the U.S. BioFit seating products meet the indoor air quality requirements with ANSI/BIFMA protocol M7.1-2007, and are also compliant with the United States Green Building Council standard LEED CI EQ Credit 4.5, Low Emitting Material, Systems Furniture and Seating, Option C.


BioFit Green News

BioFit Chairs Now LEED® Compliant

BioFit Earns GreenGuard Certification for Tables

Wearwell Mat Company, Going Green For Over 50 Years

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Wearwell Logo In the past few months All-Spec has added a lot of Wearwell mats. All-Spec has carried Wearwell products before but we’ve expanded our line to carry more anti-fatigue mats, drainage mats and sticky mats; some of these products have already been added and more are on the way. Wearwell is actually a pretty progressive company, especially when it comes to taking a green initiative. Wearwell Mat Company

According to the Wearwell website, the company has actually been going green since 1950! That’s well ahead of the curve. The company manufactured their first  products (door mats) out of recycled tires. Wearwell still strives to be green by using recycled materials but now they practice energy conservation and have gone green with the construction of their new corporate headquarters.

So what does Wearwell do specifically to protect resources and the environment?

  • Over half of Wearwell’s 90 products use at least 33% recycled materials; some of those products are made of 100% recycled materials
  • Using digital documents has cut down paper use and storage by 80% (All-Spec has done this too!)
  • Wearwell regrinds non-fill parts to reduce waste
  • The company is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council

It’s encouraging to see a company that has been and continues to invest time and resources into lessening their impression on the environment.

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