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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

K-Sun BEE3 Review

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K-Sun BEE3 Label Printer The K-Sun BEE3FB2 3-in-1 LABELShop printer is a specialized printer for heat shrink tube identification, bar code labels, and custom labels, but it can also be used for labeling everyday items. You can conveniently label any of your equipment from files to shelves to jars. It can be used at home, at work, or in the warehouse.

Some of its impressive features include:

  • Auto-cut or continuous printer for greater speed
  • 14 fonts and a choice of 1-4 lines of text
  • Printing on five different labeling tape sizes
  • Choice of English or Spanish
  • QWERTY style keyboard
  • Printing on 2 heat shrink tube sizes
  • Six bar code formats for management

All-Spec Industries is offering a new promotion on this new K-Sun BEE3 product. Check it out here.


What Type of Aerosol Cleaner Should I Choose?

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Are you stuck when trying to choose between an effective aerosol cleaner and a safe one? Manufacturers are no longer making cleaners that contain HCFC-141b because of itAerosol Cleaner Nozzles ozone-depleting properties. This chemical also goes by the names of 1, 1-dichloro-1-fluoroethane, and CAS #1717-00-06.

States are also starting to control VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) in aerosols because of its chemicals contributing to smog. All of this is very limiting to the consumer, causing frustration and confusion, as well as a costly product. Listed below are some of the different types of cleaners that are out on shelves today.

  • Water-based: These cleaners are low-cost, mostly non-flammable, and have a low VOC. However, they slowly evaporate so rust may form when cleaning metal.
  • Flammables: Some flammables include hydrocarbons, alcohols, distillates, and terpenes. These are low cost, but the area must be equipped to handle them because of their high VOC content.
  • Hazardous Non-Flammables: These cleaners work very well and are cost-effective, but they are extremely toxic. Trichloroethylene, n-Propyl Bromide, and Perchloroethylene are some examples of them. Purchasers should see the MSDS before buying or using.
  • Premium Non-Flammables: The non-flammables are pricey, but are safe and decent cleaners, because they have a good exposure limit (measure of toxicity).

All-Spec carries several lines of cleaning products that follow the above guidelines in order to help ensure customers’ safety. Some of the brands we carry are Tech Spray, 3M, Chemtronics, Micro Care, and Stoner.


Review of Master UT-100Si-TC

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Master has finally come out with a tool kit to fulfill all your needs. The Master UT-100Si-TC Ultratorch Professional Heat Tool Kit features their UT-100Si Ultratorch, three Ultratip soldering tips, a hot knife tip, a hot air tip, a heat shrink reflector, a wire cutter, needle nose pliers, a roll of 60/40 solder, a sponge, a cap, and a stand all packed in a sturdy plastic case.

Everyone, from field service technicians to auto mechanics, will love this kit. Ultimately it has everything you’ll need for soldering and desoldering, heat shrinking tubing, removing surface mount components, and repairing vinyl.

Here are some more details about the Master UT-100Si-TC:

UT-100Si:

  • adjustable temperature up to 1202 degrees Fahrenheit
  • self-ignition button
  • built-in fuel filter
  • lightweight (only 5.5 oz.)
  • UL listing for durability and safety

Ultratip soldering tips:

  • use Ultratip technology
  • has oxygen-free copper base, a ceramic catalyst, and thick chrome and iron plating for longer tip life
  • perfect for use with lead-free solder

The storage case for the kit also has an extra slot for a can of butane fuel and a soldering tip. Check out All-Spec’s site for even more about the Master UT-100Si-TC.


OKI PS-800E Review

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OK International has come out with a new soldering system, the PS-800E. This new soldering station is designed for repetitive manual soldering and touch-up. The PS-800E is a little different than the existing PS-800. It has a new coil assembly and tip range that has a larger conductive areas than the PS-800. This bigger area makes the thermal energy transfer easier from station to tip. This, along with the tip’s design, makes lead-free soldering a heck of a lot easier.

The PS-800E (along with the PS-800) is made to be used with SmartHeat PowerTips Heater Tips and the PS-CA2 Coil Assembly. This allows high quality products to be made quickly and safely.

A big line of large diameter, high power tips have been developed by OK International for the PS-800E. These types of tips result in an extended tip life without diminishing tip performance.

There are many concerns regarding the high thermal demands of soldering with lead-free alloys, but these are addressed with the PS-800E’s enhancement of its tips’ thermal transfer abilities.
Another great feature of this soldering station is the innovative work stand. It goes to sleep automatically, which helps increase the life of the tip by letting the cartridge sit at a lower temperature. This also reduces oxidation and power used.


NETcat Pro NC-500 Review

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NETcat Pro NC-500 Greenlee has recently released its new advanced wiring troubleshooter. The NETcat Pro NC-500 is one of the newest members of Greenlee’s growing LAN product line.  The NC-500 is designed for accurately checking cables, wiring, and network service in a fast, efficient manner. This product also has many other features that users will find informative, useful, and easy-to-use.

The purpose of the NC-500 is to troubleshoot a range of network wiring. It generates four distinct precision tones for tracing low-loss cables like Category 5 and 6. It can detect shorts, opens, reversed, crossed, and split pairs. Active network devices (Hub or PC) on 10/100 Base-T networks can also be identified with the NC-500.

Aesthetically, the NETcat Pro NC-500 is a very easy tool to work with. It has a back-lit touch screen display that can be used with a fingertip or the built-in stylus. The NC-500 proves its usability with the easily navigable screen. From the screen you can control a range of tests from fault finding to time domain reflectometer length measurement. The display language can be set to English, Spanish, French, or German.

The NETcat Pro NC-500 works best with its accessory kit, the NC-510. With this additional kit’s seven expansion remote test modules, you can uniquely test shielded or unshielded twisted pair and coaxial cables eight at a time from a central location. These remote units also let you identify each jack. It also provides full wire-map and fault display, as well as each pair’s length.

Some additional features of the NC-500 are:

-Tests UTP and STP wiring and coaxial cables
-TDR shows length of each pair for distances between zero and 2000 feet
-Office identification using remote ID units
-Uses a 9V battery and also has a low battery indicator

Visit Greenlee’s NC-500 page for more information on this product or check out more NC-500 stats here.