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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

Have You Tried Texwipe’s Non-Sterile Semi-Conductor Grade 100% IPA?

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Your critical products depend on purity and cleanliness.  Decontaminate them with Texwipe’s Non-Sterile Semi-Conductor Grade 100% Isopropyl Alcohol.

One of our most popular general purpose cleaners, this IPA solution is filtered into cleaned and double-bagged containers. It comes in two convenient dispensers—trigger spray and bulk container—for your specific cleanroom or other controlled environment applications.

When your environment depends on an ultra-high purity grade IPA, trust Texwipe. If you haven’t tried the TX111, pair it with your favorite wiper for surface cleanings, wipe downs and more.

Each bottle is lot coded with an expiration date for easy record keeping.

Solder Wire: It’s Time to Make the Switch To Alpha Telecore-HF-850

Posted on by Andy in All-Spec News, Product Reviews, Product Spotlight, Soldering Tips and Tricks Leave a comment

Back in late September we posted a blog that featured five reasons to try Alpha Telecore HF-850 solder wire. Since then, many engineers have made the transition to this model for a few reasons.

Launched in 2012, the HF-850 promised to provide a quick-wetting flux solution that performs at the highest efficiency possible while complying with IEC, JPCA and JEDEC halogen-content standards.

However, creating a fast-wetting solder wire isn’t new to the industry. There are plenty of other solder wires that come close to the wetting efficiency of the HF-850 model.

What separates it from the competition is its low level of spatter and fumes.

Why is a low-spatter feature important?

Technically flux spatter is not overly harmful to your PCBs and components. It can be easily cleaned with flux remover. But a reduced flux spatter saves you time and the nuisance of continuously cleaning your components during a soldering application.

The HF-850 is proven to leave fewer residues on PCBs than the typical solder wire, which helps the overall efficiency of an application.

Fewer Fumes = Safer Working Environment

Today’s industrial standards require fume extractors for most, if not all, soldering applications. Even with an extractor or well-ventilated lab you may be susceptible to harmful fumes from certain solder wire brands.

To achieve a low fume extraction rate, Alpha focused its efforts on formulating the HF-850 with a low halide and acid content.

What soldering applications is the HF-850 ideal for?

Alpha notes that this model of solder wire can be used for any no-clean soldering application–robotic and hand soldering–especially if the manufacturing team is looking for a halogen-free solution.

If you want to learn more about Alpha solder wire, reach out to our specialists at

Ready to order now? Check out the Alpha Telecore HF-850 today!

Five Reasons to Try Alpha Telecore HF-850 Solder Wire

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, Industry News, New Products, Product Reviews, Soldering Tips and Tricks Leave a comment

When it comes to soldering, sometimes different is better. Designed for best-in-class performance for a range of high-temperature soldering applications, Alpha’s Telecore HF-850 solder wire is available in both leaded and lead-free options. Read on for our top five reasons to love this product, and shop the complete line of Alpha soldering solutions at All-Spec for less.

  1. Engineered to comply with applicable environmental and halogen content specifications, Telecore HF-850 cored solder wire meets the highest possible standards for reliability.
  2. Fast wetting and low spattering, Alpha Telecore HF-850 is halide-free for a cleaner, operator-friendly working environment.
  3. Perfect for paint soldering, drag soldering, pad leveling in rework and automated robotic soldering, HF-850 solder wire is a halogen-free soldering process essential.
  4. With excellent spread performance, this formula delivers high electrical reliability with the lowest amount of skips and bridges.
  5. With its uniquely clear, non-tacky residue, HR-850 facilitates easy inspection with no cleaning requirements.

Product Selection Headquarters: Let Us Guide You to the Right Product

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Stop by our Product Selection Headquarters and discover a whole new way to choose the perfect product.  Using our interactive selection tools, you’ll easily navigate through our online portfolio – and quickly find the best option for your application.

We’ve simplified the selection process in two different ways – use our brand selection guides to compare products within a single brand, or browse through and compare an entire category of items. However you shop, you’re sure to find the right product, right away.

Visit our new Product Selection Headquarters today, and check back often – there are more selection guides to come.

Wiha Premium Screwdrivers: Precision Tech vs SoftFinish

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, Product Reviews Leave a comment

With an extensive line of professional-grade tools known for quality, durability and performance around the globe, Wiha premium screwdrivers are based on more than 70 years of industry experience. But which Wiha screwdriver series is right for your application? Read on to learn more about the brand’s popular Precision Tech and SoftFinish styles, and find the option that works best – for less – at All-Spec.

Precision Tech: Designed with free-spinning rotation caps for smooth accuracy and control, Precision Tech styles feature molded ergonomic handles to help eliminate user fatigue. As functional as they are comfortable, all Precision Tech handle sizes are exactly proportioned to the machine precision tips for exceptional torque to blade ratio.

SoftFinish: With an ergonomic, precision-grip design for maximum user comfort, this series delivers 40% more torque for the best ever function and performance. But Wiha’s revolutionary Soft Finish styles aren’t just about softness – engineered with super-hard CRM-72 blades, these screwdrivers are “Hard Chrome” plated for exceptional protection against corrosion and wear.