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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

Sierra Single-Layer Rubber Floor Matting Review

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ESD-Safe Rubber Floor MattingThe ESD-safe single-layer rubber floor matting by Sierra is the first of its kind that is light colored, electrically conductive, and antistatic. This series was designed for use in the most ESD-sensitive environments such as data centers, clean rooms, R & D labs, electronics manufacturing, and test and repair areas. Sierra’s floor matting will prevent walking body voltages above 10 volts when used with controlled footwear, but can also prevent substantial static accumulation when grounding footwear is not used.

More key features include:

  • Easy maintenance – no need for conductive wax
  • Slip-resistant non-glare surface
  • Resistant to chemicals and hot solder
  • Can be installed with double sided tape or releasable adhesive
  • Reduces risk of explosion
  • Withstands forklift/heavy wheeled traffic

ESD-Safe Rubber Floor MattingSierra’s single-layer rubber floor matting is available in white speckled or grey speckled, and comes in a variety of sizes.

Not only can this single-layer matting serve as a floor mat, but it is also the perfect solution for grounding aisles and corridors, and can even serve as a bridge between ESD-safe work areas. In addition, this matting can cover large areas as permanent flooring material. For these larger area needs, 48” by 40’ rolls may serve as the better alternative.

Need another type of matting? View all Sierra ESD-safe mats and flooring. Also see our video comparing rubber and vinyl matting.

Stocking Stuffers for Under $30

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Check out some of our holiday gift ideas – perfect for the hard-to-buy-for techie!

LED Flashlight

LED Flashlights – Our brand of LED flashlights boasts up to 10,000 hours of light from its LED bulbs. Coast flashlights use a Cloverleaf Reflector design for high powered bright illuminating.

The V2 Triplex flashlight (pictured) has an effective range of up to 92’ and is ten times more energy efficient than standard flashlights.

Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer

Indoor/Outdoor Temperature Alarm – This handy thermometer shows indoor and outdoor temperature simultaneously and runs off one AAA battery.

A 10’ weatherproof outdoor temperature sensor is included. Also included: built-in stand, AAA battery, and screws for wall mounting.

Motion Sensor Alarm

Motion Sensor Alarm Wire free and battery operated, this alarm can help protect valuable tool bags, or tool chests, or even entry points in your home. Its motion sensor detects slight movements and sounds a loud alarm – 110dB.

This alarm is activated and deactivated with a key. Operates with 2 AAA batteries (not included).

Leatherman Tools

Leatherman Tools – Multi-purpose tools make great gifts for almost anyone on your list. This particular model includes the following 12 tools – needlenose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, large screwdriver, small screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, wire stripper, lanyard attachment, 8” ruler, clip-point knife and bottle opener.


Operating Virtual Industries’ Handi Vac

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It’s always exciting to find informational videos about our products on YouTube. This neat pick-and-place tool is an ideal, low cost way to handle small SMT, metal, or plastic parts. The suction cup will adhere to any item which has a smooth and nonporous surface – just as long as it can form a seal.

See our website for more detailed information on the Virtual Industries Handi Vac – All-Spec part number HVKIT2ESD.

The Benefits of Anti-Fatigue Mats

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Anti-Fatigue Mats We’ve talked about ergonomic chairs before and how they’re important because of all the stress sitting puts on the back, spine, etc… Anti-fatigue mats are ergonomic mats that produce the same results but for standing workers rather than sitting workers.

Everyone knows standing in one spot for an extended period of time is just uncomfortable but it can also affect your health.

Here’s what happens when the body is subjected to prolong periods of standing:

  • Blood pooling in the legs – gravity wins in this situation…the blood is pulled down into the feet and standing in one spot for a long time limits proper circulation. Blood pooling can lead to varicose veins
  • Joint compression – each joint supports the weight of the body parts above it…for example, joints in the feet and ankles support the entire body. The weight from all the compression squeezes the fluid out of all the joints and one stationary position does not allow the fluid to enter the joint again which can cause wear and tear on the joints
  • Muscle fatigue – muscles are constantly tightened when standing which reduces the blood flow to these working muscles. Adequate blood flow acts as nourishment for the muscles and without it, the muscles can become exhausted

Anti-fatigue mats work because the mat itself stimulates circulation in the legs, feet and lower back; this subtle movement keeps blood pumping back to the heart (circulation) which prevents standing-induced fatigue. The mats also absorb and disperse shock.

It’s important to note, anti-fatigue mats reduce discomfort and fatigue but they are not a cure all for long periods of static standing. Also be aware, not all mats are designed to be anti-fatigue. Thick foam mats that are too cushioning can actually cause fatigue.

Here at All-Spec, we carry several brands of anti-fatigue mats. Our selection of anti-fatigue mats range from drainage mats and anti-microbial mats to interlocking tiles and floor runners.

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10 Reasons Why the Aven Mighty Scope Is a Good Alternative to Traditional Scopes

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Aven Mighty ScopeWithin the past year Aven has introduced the Mighty Scope. The Mighty Scope is a portable microscope used with a laptop. The microscope is not ideal for every application but could come in handy for a wide variety of tasks, especially when portability is important. Below are 10 reasons why the Mighty Scope could replace your stationary microscope.

1. Portability – this is a big advantage over traditional microscopes…perfect for the field

2. Price – for as little as $163.38 you can get a digital Mighty Scope

3. Options – we carry 4 styles with different magnifications, light types and more…here’s a Mighty Scope comparison table

4. Versatility – the Mighty Scope can be mounted on an adjustable stand (included) or held in your hand

5. Variety of Applications – this little microscope can be used for the inspection of solder joints, welds, conformal coatings, hairline stress cracks and more

6. Ease of use – just plug the hand-held microscope into your USB port and you’re ready to go

7. Flexibility – image and video software is included but the Mighty Scope can also be use without the software

8. Focusing – infinite focal range…you can focus in on an object that’s sitting five feet from you

9. Adjustable – three of the four models have adjustable magnification of 10X-200X; the fourth model has a 500X lens

10. Comprehensive – not only is the Mighty Scope a microscope but it can also capture video and still images with its 1.3 megapixel camera