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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

Rectangular Vs. Round Lens Magnifiers

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When it comes to magnification and lens types, is rectangular necessarily better than round?  In this case the advantage is indisputable. Designed to optimize the overall viewing area, a 6.75” rectangular lens offers a 6” field of vision, whereas a 5” round lens provides just 3”. The rectangular options offers double the viewing area while the image is in focus – significantly increasing usable workspace.

We offer a range of rectangular lens magnifiers in a variety of diopters to enhance the productivity of every application. Shop with All-Spec and save on the essential magnification solution that’s perfectly suited to your task.

Luxo’s Most Common Questions: Part 3

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In this exclusive three-part blog series we’ve explored several commonly asked questions fielded by the magnification experts at Luxo. For our third and final installment, we’ll focus on the reducing lens. How does it impact working distance?

You may be wondering why your Luxo product information specifies nearly an 8” working distance while you’re finding it difficult to achieve just 4”. As indicated in the product data, an optional 0.5X reducing lens is necessary to realize an 8” working distance. Similarly, use of Luxo’s 0.7X reducing lens will provide for an almost 6” working distance. Either lens accessory can be purchased separately to achieve the optimal working distance for your specific application.

We make it easy to build the perfect magnification solution – and save. Shop for Luxo optional lenses, microscopes, accessories and more right here at All-Spec.

Luxo’s Most Common Questions: Part 2

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In this exclusive three-part blog series, we’ve asked the magnification experts at Luxo to reveal some of their most commonly asked questions. For our second installment we’ll focus on the Luxo trinocular microscope. What should you do if the camera won’t work?  

First, be sure the camera’s USB cord is connected to both the camera itself as well as to the PC. If you’re working with a stereo zoom Luxo trinocular system, locate the knob on the rear of the body. Try pushing it in or pulling it out. If the camera still isn’t working, check the software to ensure it has been properly installed and is recognized by the PC. If all these measures fail or if you are working with a different trinocular system, contact Luxo directly for additional support at (800) 222-5896.


Luxo’s Most Common Questions: Part 1

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With an exclusive three-part blog series, we’ll be revealing some of Luxo’s most commonly asked questions regarding magnification. Our initial installment will focus on understanding the diopter and what it means for your application. You’ve heard the term, but what exactly is a diopter?

A diopter is the measurement used to determine the optical power of a lens, which is equal to the reciprocal of the focal length measured in meters. In simple terms, this means that each diopter increases the size of the viewed object by 25% at full focal length from the lens, as illustrated in the chart below.

Common Diopter/Power Relationships



% Bigger than Object

Focal Length














A diopter higher than 5D can be achieved through add-on accessory lenses. However, as diopter increases so does magnification, and working distance is reduced. So at 13D, magnification is at 4.25X but working distance is reduced to just 3”. For this reason, it’s best to use a microscope when working above 4X magnification.

With more than 60 standard and ESD-safe options to choose from, we carry a complete range of Luxo magnifiers and accessories to meet your specific requirements. Shop with us and save on the perfect magnifier for your application.


LED Lighting: Ten Reasons to Make the Switch

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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.