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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

Looking for a Tool to Calibrate Your Soldering System?

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Weller WA2000 Soldering Iron Test AnalyzerJust this past week one our customers e-mailed us to find a tool that could calibrate his Weller WESD51, and our answer to him was the Weller WA2000.

The Weller WA2000 is a soldering iron test analyzer and the best part, the WA2000 can be used with any soldering system from any manufacturer…not just Weller.

It’s easy to use and works with a contact pyrometer. Just rest the soldering iron on the pyrometer to read the tip temperature.


The Advantages of Using Dry Tip Cleaners

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Oxidized TipsCleaning soldering tips is just one easy way to extend the life of your tips. For sometime now, the preferred cleaning method has been to rub the soldering tip on a damp sponge after each use. Many people still use this method, but because of the introduction of lead-free solders, more and more people are switching to dry tip cleaning systems.

First off, lead-free solders contain fluxes that are more active than the fluxes in leaded solders. The active fluxes can significantly shorten the life of a soldering tip by causing oxidation and corrosion. Using a wet sponge can shorten the life span of a soldering tip even more by thermally shocking the tip, barrel and heater (This can be seen in the photo above).

Of course Weller has developed two dry tip cleaners.  Yes, they aren’t a new release for Weller but they are worth pointing out.

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WDC: stand alone dry tip cleaning system.

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WDC2: dry cleaner that fits into WDH10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 stands

*The new WD1002T soldering station even comes with the WDC2

 

Advantages of using both the WDC and the WDC2:

  • Gently cleans soldering tips with special metal wool ball
  • The cleaners will remove oxidation but leave a thin layer of tinning on the tip to prevent fast oxidation of the iron layer
  • Because this is a dry tip cleaner, the tip will remain the same temperature during the cleaning process, avoiding thermal shock
  • Using either cleaner will prolong the wettability of the tip when using water soluble flux
  • The WDC is ESD-safe

Weller Upgrades Popular Station to Become the WD1002T

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Weller Soldering Station Below the WES51 and the WESD51, the WD1002 is our next best selling Weller soldering stations. We sell so many that we always try to keep them in stock. This must be a common trend with Weller distributors because Weller took that powerful little station, added some new features and voila the Weller WD1002T…a soldering station perfect for lead-free soldering.

Just like its older cousin the WD1002, the WD1002T comes equipped with the WP80 soldering iron and the WD1 control unit. In my opinion, the coolest feature about the WD1 is the set of three programmable preset buttons. Programming these buttons to your operating temperature, idle temperature or whatever temperature you choose is as easy as programming your car’s radio. The WD1 also boasts a high contrast LCD display and a special function menu that’s easy to navigate.

The WP80 is a pretty solid soldering iron and you know this because the WD1 power unit and WD2 power unit as well as the WRS rework stations are compatible with the WP80 soldering iron. The WP80 definitely gets the job done with its 80 watts of power. And for those who work with ESD sensitive parts, this iron is ESD-safe and perfect for lead-free soldering.

I’m sure you’re waiting to hear what makes the WD1002T different from the WD1002. Well first off, the WD1002T includes Weller’s WDH10T Stop+Go safety stand. This stand is neat because it helps extend the life of your soldering tips. It works like this, when the iron is placed in the stand, the temperature will drop to its set back temperature and then when the iron is removed from the stand, the temperature will return to the specified operating temperature. I love any feature that helps to save my tips!

This smart safety stand also helps to save space with the integrated WDC2 dry tip cleaner. When using lead-free solder, the WDC2 gently cleans your soldering tip. It’s also nice to know that the WDC2 will not thermally shock tips.

We are working hard to get this station as soon as we can. Hopefully we’ll have it within a month, so check back in a couple weeks to see if we have them in stock.

Interested in the nitty gritty? See below.

  • Dimensions: 5.27” x 4.25” x 5.77”
  • Main voltage: 120V / 50/60 Hz
  • Power input: 95 W
  • Temperature control: 150°F-850°F (50°C-450°C)
  • Temperature accuracy: +/- 17°F (+/-9°C)
  • Temperature stability: +/- 9°F (+/-5°C)
  • Leak resistance of soldering tip: <2 Ω (tip-to-ground)
  • Leak voltage of soldering tip: <2 mV (tip-to-ground)
  • ESD-safe and RoHS compliant

Looking for an Ultrasonic Cleaner?

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Branson Ultrasonic Cleaner Ultrasonic cleaners are really useful little machines, the small ones have tank sizes around 15 oz and clean jewelry but the larger cleaners used in the electronics industry have tank sizes over five gallons and are used to clean Printed Circuit Boards (PCBS) and other items.

Branson has pretty much mastered ultrasonic cleaners. They make quality machines that get the job done and come in a variety of sizes to meet the needs of everyone from the hobbyist to the dentist to the scientist.

One of the most popular Branson ultrasonic cleaners is the B200. The Branson B200 is a portable ultrasonic cleaner that features a tank size of 15 oz and a mechanical timer. This cleaner is usually purchased to clean jewelry or eyeglasses.

Is the B200 too small for you? You may want to look at the Branson B2510DTH. The B2510DTH features a digital timer, heat control and 3/4 gallon tank, which is over eight times the size of the B200. This cleaner is strong enough to remove heavy oils and other substances but still cleans gently enough for your delicate jewelry or components.

If serious ultrasonic cleaning is what you’re looking for, the Branson B8510MTH is for you. This cleaner is as effective as the other ultrasonic cleaners but features a large 5-1/2 gallon tank. Like many other Branson cleaners, the B8510MTH features heat control and timer plus many other features.

If you’re still debating which size you need for your application, All-Spec Industries’ Customer Service Representatives are more than willing to give you hand. Call our toll free number at 1-800-537-0351 or email at sales@allspec.com

Curious about how ultrasonic cleaners work?


Getting the Upper Hand on ESD Gloves

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ESD-Safe GL679 Nitrile GlovesThere are a plethora of ESD-safe products on the market, but ESD-safe gloves are one of the most efficient products available.

Workers usually wear gloves to protect the electronic items they are building from ESD but the gloves also serve as a barrier to protect the products from finger prints and scratches.

There are several types of ESD-safe gloves that are commonly used including nitrile gloves, vinyl gloves, latex gloves and fabric gloves.

Nitrile gloves are made from synthetic latex which is a great option for workers who are allergic to latex, plus they are inherently anti-static.  Nitrile gloves are also much more puncture resistant than rubber gloves and offer resistance to many types of solvents and chemicals. These gloves are usually more expensive than latex or vinyl gloves.

Vinyl gloves are another option for latex-sensitive workers. Vinyl gloves usually fit baggier than latex gloves, but the material is very soft. These gloves are less durable and less puncture resistant than nitrile and latex gloves.

Latex gloves are the gloves most people think of when rubber gloves are mentioned. These gloves are affordable, fit well, durable and very elastic. The major disadvantage with latex gloves is that they cannot be worn by workers with a latex allergy.

There are many variations when it comes to fabric gloves. Some hot gloves are used when handling “hot” circuit boards; the gloves dispel ESD while providing comfort for the worker. Some fabric gloves have a non-slip material on the palm and fingers for superior handling. Nylon gloves are another option. These gloves can be found in stretch, low-lint and lint-free varieties. Fabric gloves are also reusable and many times they can be washed without losing their anti-static properties. The reusable quality of fabric gloves makes them cost-effective compared to disposable gloves.

Finger cots are another option for ESD protection. They come in a variety of materials and provide ESD protection with more mobility than gloves.

Your company’s process requirements are the first place to check when shopping for gloves, because some work places do have glove requirements.