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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

Customizing a Microscope Has Never Been Easier

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UNITRON lets you buy every part of their microscopes separately so you can build your own scope from the stand up to meet a specific application.  Their modular approach makes this the most flexible inspection line we’ve seen.

UNITRON’s reference guides make selection easy.  Take the Z730 stereo microscope series for example.  The outstanding optics, large field of view and high depth of focus reduces sample handling times so you can inspect faster and more efficiently. The selection guide details all the specifications you need to choose the right binocular or trinocular viewing head, eyepieces, objectives and adapters.  The illumination guide includes options for LED and fiber optic lights. The camera guide lets you add a CMOS or CCD camera to your trinocular head. Lastly the stand guide shows you all the stands, arms and clamps you need to complete your system.

The Z850 zoom stereo microscope series features a 6.3:1 zoom ratio for industrial inspection, assembly and R&D applications.  And if you get head or neck fatigue from looking through a set eyepiece for long periods of time, the Z10 zoom stereo microscope series offers heads that incline up to 35°.

See the complete UNITRON line at  Have any questions or comments?  Leave a message below or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351.

Sales at All-Spec: Free Lens with Select Mantis Microscope

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Vision Mantis MicroscopeWe are happy to announce a new exclusive sale here at All-Spec, our free lens with purchase of a Mantis microscope promotion! From now until June 30th, 2013 you can get a free qualifying lens of your choice when you purchase a Mantis Elite or Mantis Compact system. Now you can start off with the objective lens that you need for your inspection or production environments at no extra cost to you!

If you have never seen a Mantis microscope before, then you should definitely check out our blog article explaining what makes them stand out from other microscopes. Mantis microscopes look very different from traditional microscopes, as they do not use traditional eyepieces. Head over to our “How do Mantis Microscopes Work?” blog to read all about them.

Have any questions or comments on this sale? Leave a comment below or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351 today. Also, make sure you take advantage of this great sale before it goes away, you don’t want to miss it!

How do Mantis Microscopes Work?

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Mantis Eyepieceless Stereo Microscope on Universal StandIf you have ever seen a picture of a Mantis microscope you can easily tell it is very different from traditional microscopes. It actually looks closer to a video microscope than a typical binocular scope. This is deceptive, as it has much more in common with binocular microscopes, but it can be hard to tell just from pictures.

When you look at a picture of a Mantis you can see what looks like a video screen. However, when you see it in person you can tell instantly that it is something different. Video microscopes rely on using a camera to take a video of your subject and then display it in 2-D. A Mantis microscope acts like an eyepieceless binocular scope, so when you look into the head you have an image projected for each eye, producing a full 3-D image.

I was able to try out one of the Mantis scopes myself, so I can tell you first hand that they are really cool. They are very ergonomic, as they allow your head to have a large range of motion, while not requiring you to keep your eyes directly on eyepieces. By just adjusting a knob to make the scope match the distance between my eyes and moving the Mantis head to bring it into focus I was able to see the subject in 3-D like any other stereoscopic microscope. It was rather easy to use, and really unique in how it worked.

It is difficult to fully describe how Mantis microscopes work without seeing them in person. Luckily, we are able to offer product demos, so you can try out a Mantis scope before you buy it. If you would like a demo for your company, call All-Spec customer service at (800) 537-0351 for more information!

Why Should You Inspect PCB’s With UV Light?

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Wave Plus UV Magnifier

Here at All-Spec Industries, we carry a few UV magnifiers, microscopes, and video inspection systems, but you may wonder why you would need them for PCB inspection. While normal magnifiers and microscopes can help find issues with soldering or physical damage, UV lights are often used to check PCB’s conformal coating.

A conformal coating protects PCB’s from moisture, dust, and other environmental damage by providing a chemical barrier on the board. Many conformal coatings contain a UV trace, which will glow when viewed under a UV light. Because of this, UV magnifiers and microscopes can be used to find gaps in the conformal coating, and experienced inspectors can even validate the thickness of the coating based on the intensity of the glow.

Do you have any questions on how our products work or what you should use them for? Leave a comment below and we will get you an answer!

Product Spotlight: Aven Mighty Scope

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Aven Hand-Held Mighty ScopeDesign:

Created as a hand-held alternative to traditional microscopes, the Aven Mighty Scope offers a high quality image in a small device. All-Spec Industries now offers the new 26700-209 Mighty Scope, which contains six LED lights that operate at near infra-red frequencies. These LED’s are great for product inspection and quality control, as they allow you to examine near infra-red reflective and non-reflective surfaces without the damaging heat of traditional LED’s. The built-in 5 megapixel camera and USB 2.0 interface allows you to capture both images and videos.


· 10X-200X adjustable lens

· Adjustable 850nm LED lights

· Microtouch shutter trigger

· Powered through included USB 2.0 cable

· 5 megapixel camera

· Image and video capture software included


We have just added the 26700-209 Mighty Scope, as well as the 26700-203 auto-focus model. Be sure to check out these and other Aven products at!