Soldering Tips and Tricks Archives

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

Rediscover an Industry Icon: Introducing the NEW Metcal MX-500

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

A soldering essential for more than 15 years, the NEW Metcal MX-500 is an icon redefined! This benchtop staple has been updated, enhanced, and re-engineered to incorporate an extensive series of new, desirable features – including a lower price tag than the original.

Better than ever, the new MX-500 includes:

  • Universal power supply for 100-240V operation
  • Net power meter display
  • Ground fault interrupt protection
  • Part number identification on front of unit
  • Smaller footprint (compared to MX-5200)
  • Power supply that automatically senses and adjusts to input voltage for consistent performance around the world

Available in three system configurations to suit a range of applications, the MX-500 is compatible with all MX series kits, handpieces and accessories – in stock now at All-Spec!


Take It from the Top: Weller Tip Technologies

Posted on by Michelle R. in Product Spotlight, Soldering Tips and Tricks, Vendor Spotlight Leave a comment

We’ve got a tip for you! Designed for precision, control and balance, Weller soldering tips are built to master virtually any application, ranging from the most delicate to the most difficult of tasks. With three heater/tip technologies to choose from, it’s easy to find a perfect match for your requirements.

Active (Integral) Tip Technology
This innovative technology is ideal for use with micro-soldering and delicate, temperature-sensitive applications. Featuring ultra-precise heating and designed for extreme accuracy, these fully-integrated tip cartridges deliver the fastest recovery time available at only a slightly higher tip price.

Shop Active (Integral) Tip Technology: WXMP-MS, WMRP/WMRP-MS, WXMT-MS, WMRT/WMRT-MS

Power-Response Technology
This recently improved technology is essential for high-mass applications. Designed to maximize soldering performance and temperature control, this unique technology incorporates a wide tip range with a low price point while delivering the highest level of power and response.

Shop Power-Response Technology: WXP65, WP65, WXP120, WP120, WXP200, WP200

Silver-Line Technology
When cost is a deciding factor, this technology offers ultra-precise performance with an 80W ergonomic heating element and pencil grip. Universally suited for a range of soldering and rework applications, Silver-Line technology is designed for extreme tip temperature accuracy.

Shop Silver-Line Technology: WSP80, WP80

Meet the New Metcal MX-5210 – Buy Today and Get Three Tips FREE!

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, Industry News, Sales at All-Spec, Soldering Tips and Tricks Leave a comment

With a commitment to high-quality soldering equipment and innovative technology, Metcal is known as one of the industry’s best. Now, you can get the best for less with when you shop with All-Spec! Through November 30th we’re offering exceptional savings on Metcal products. Simply purchase any Metcal MX-5210 Soldering and Rework System and you’ll receive three FREE STTC-136 tip cartridges for a savings of $70.80 with every order.

Featuring a unique, dual-simultaneous port, the new Metcal MX-5210 is designed with double the applications in mind. Ideal for either a single operator or two users working in tandem, the MX-5210 can accommodate a range of handpieces and cartridges. Flexible and efficient, this dual-port system delivers one great solution, however you use it. Buy yours directly from All-Spec for same-day shipment!

10% Off Best-Selling Weller WD Stations

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New at All-Spec this month are savings of up to $38 on popular Weller WD ESD-safe single channel soldering stations. This series has proven itself in all types of production environments, and has shown itself to be both durable and efficient.

Three programmable independent temperature buttons let you preset temperature settings and restrict heat fluctuations within a predetermined range.  The 80 watt WP80 pencil includes a special silver heating element for low thermal loss and fast recovery.  The 65 watt WMP pencil has a tip-to-grip distance of just 37mm for improved accuracy.  Tips run in the $4.00 – $5.00 price range which keeps the cost of ownership very manageable.

If you have any opinions or questions about the Weller WD series please leave a comme
nt below or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351. Make sure you act today because this sale ends soon!

10 Soldering Accessories for your Workstation

Posted on by Andy in Soldering Tips and Tricks, Static Control Tips and Tricks Leave a comment

It is quite obvious that every soldering station needs a soldering iron, but what other items should you be using on your workbench? While worktop real estate can be hard to come by, here are 10 items that you should consider for your work area to make your projects easier and safer.

Soldering Workstation

1.     Fume Extractor: The flux used in both lead-free and leaded solder will release harmful fumes when melted, so it is important to have proper protection. A bench top fume extractor/absorber can help keep your air clean and breathable.

2.     ESD-Safe Mat: Proper grounding is essential in any ESD sensitive project. If your product can be damaged by static discharge then a properly grounded ESD-safe mat is the protection you need.

3.     Magnifier: In order to solder anything you need to be able to see what you are doing. If you are doing any precision work then magnification is essential, options include magnifiers, microscopes, and video inspection systems.

4.     Circuit Board Holder: You want your hands to be free to work with the soldering iron and solder, so having a vise or work holder is essential for those of us with only two hands.

5.     Solder Wire Holder: Having a proper solder dispenser can help keep your work flowing smoothly. A stationary holder can keep your solder wire from rolling away, and make one handed solder feeding much easier.

6.     Solder Tip Cleaning Sponge: While you are working you need to keep your solder tips clean to ensure a long lifespan. Many soldering irons and stations come with sponges, but having a clean sponge or wire pad can be a solder tip saver.

7.     ESD-Safe Pliers: Sometimes you need precision or a little extra leverage when working with your components. From bending to twisting, ESD-safe pliers can give you a better grasp on your project.

8.     Vacuum Pick-Up Pen: If you need to move small, delicate pieces around your project, vacuum pick-up pens may be your best bet. They have the added benefit of being gentler than pliers, allowing you to place sensitive parts where you need them.

9.     Flush Cutters: When you have a small piece of a component sticking out that you need to clip off, flush cutters are extremely helpful.

10.  Inspection Arrows: If you are working with a team on a project, then paper/vinyl inspection arrows can allow you to easily point out areas of interest for your coworkers. This is especially helpful if you have to leave notes for the next shift, or point out components for other departments.

Do you have a soldering accessory that you can’t work without? Leave a comment below and tell us what you use at your workstation!