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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

Take It Off: 5 Ways to Remove Conformal Coatings

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With the help of our recent blog postings, you’ve discovered the perfect conformal coating type and method of application. But have you considered the removal process? When it’s time to take it off, use the list below to learn more about the perfect method of conformal coating removal for your application.

  1. Solvent – Although each coating reacts differently, most are susceptible to solvent removal. Acrylics are the most sensitive, with epoxies, urethanes and silicones coming in last.
  2. Peeling – A common form of removal for silicone and other flexible conformal coatings, peeling is often a quick and easy method for a range of applications.
  3. Thermal/Burn-Through – This method simply employs a soldering iron to burn through the conformal coating and works well with most coating types.
  4. Microblasting – With a mix of soft abrasives and compressed air, microblasting is often used to remove small areas of coating by simply abrading it away.
  5. Grinding/Scraping – Another method of abrading, grinding or scraping is most effective with harder coatings and is generally used as a method of last resort.


Industry Roundup: Our Top 5 News Picks of the Month

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At All-Spec, we’re always on the lookout for industry articles and useful information to share in our monthly Industry Roundup. Read on to discover a few of the best videos and articles we’ve found over the past few weeks.

Working Safely in the Cleanroom
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6 Ways 3D Printing Is Transforming Lean Manufacturing
Discover why 3d printing has the capacity to reduce waste, save time and thus save money and in a sector, which is constantly being challenged in those areas.

Excess Flux Residue after Hand Soldering
One company observes an excessive amount of flux after hand soldering terminals using flux cored wire solder. Is there something wrong with their manual soldering operation?

Controlled Environment Cleaning Cost Checklist
Many factors contribute to cleaning system selection. Learn more about planning a process that is safe, sustainable, and affordable. This checklist can help you plan your expenses.

Protect Your Online Privacy Using These Nine Free Tools
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5 Ways to Apply Conformal Coatings: Which Is Best for You?

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You’ve done your research, read our recent blog entry, and discovered the perfect conformal coating. But how much do you know about application? Read on to learn more about the five best ways to apply conformal coating, and determine which is right for you.

  1. Dip – With proper masking, this option provides full coverage to both sides of a board to deliver reliable, repeatable results.
  2. Atomized Spray – Similar to automotive painting for high-volume applications, atomizer sprays must be carefully controlled to prevent shadows or open areas.
  3. Selective Spray System – Computer controlled for maximum precision, these systems eliminate masking requirements while ensuring definition and accuracy.
  4. Aerosol – Typically used in rework, repair, or small production applications, aerosol coatings must match the original coating and generally require masking efforts.
  5. Touch-Up Brush or Pen – For spot coating and low volume work, the quality of this method is entirely dependent on the patience and skill of the user.

Upgrade Your Training Techniques with STI Electronics

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A company built on more than 55 years of industry experience, STI Electronics was founded in 1982 by the same pioneers who helped to develop soldering schools for both NASA and the Department of Defense. Now, through our exclusive partnership with STI we’re able to offer a range of advanced training and evaluation kits including standard or customized solutions and more.

Looking for instructional training or analytics? Go straight to the source for incredible opportunities directly through STI. With multiple classes offered weekly, comprehensive services and plenty of hands-on training, STI makes it easy to find the perfect fit for your unique application requirements.

Three Ways the Weller WR3ME Rework System Works for YOU

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Designed to address your most demanding challenges, the new WR3ME series from Weller delivers the tools you need to get the job done. Featuring a large, intuitive LCD display and including several essential handpieces, this system meets the requirements of today’s modern rework applications quickly and easily. Read on to discover our top three reasons to invest in the WR3ME, then find yours at All-Spec for less.

  1.  Enhanced Flexibility. Engineered for versatility, the WR3ME rework system distributes 400 watts of power over three independently-controlled channels and includes up to 21 tool options.
  2. Improved Productivity. Designed to enhance your everyday efficiency, the Weller WR3ME reaches temperature performance in less than five seconds and eliminates system cooling requirements to reduce operational costs.
  3. Increased Process Control. Engineered to improve rework process control and temperature stability, the ESD-safe Weller WR3ME features propriety software to enable data logging and PC connectivity.