Static Control 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

3M Dual Conductor Wrist Strap Monitors: Which Works Best For You?

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, ESD News, Static Control Tips and Tricks, Technical Articles Leave a comment

Choosing the right workstation monitor is an essential component of any effective ESD solution. 3M offers a range of dual conductor wrist strap monitoring options designed to help protect static sensitive applications. Read on to discover which style works best for your working environment.

724 Workstation Monitor (TM724)Continuously monitors the resistance of two operators and work surface ground connections.

725 Portable Wrist Strap Monitor (TM725) – Compact battery-powered unit continuously monitors a single operator and wrist strap grounding system.

790 Static Monitor (TM790) – Small, dual-operator monitoring device mounts easily onto handling equipment, testers and auto insertion equipment.

Iron Man™ Plus Workstation Monitor (CTC331) – Single-operator unit measures voltage directly on circuit boards during assembly, as well as the entire work bench, wrist strap and dissipative mats.

WS Aware Dual Workstation Monitors (CTC061 & CTC062) – Continuously monitors all grounding parameters for dual operators to assess and pinpoint ESD safety.

 


We Heart Static Control: Ten Products to Love

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, ESD News, Static Control Tips and Tricks Leave a comment

At All-Spec you’ll find everything you need to keep static under control. And with such an extensive selection, you’ll never have to settle for anything less than a perfect match. Read on to discover ten of our best-loved ESD-safe products that deliver premium quality for less.

1. All-Spec Benches – Design your own customized solution with a range of options, including heavy-duty and chemical resistant.

2. Sierra Matting – Look to Sierra for effective ESD protection for workstations, with solutions including interlocking tiles and bench mat kits.

3. Lab Tech Jackets – Keep static at bay with these comfortable ESD-safe garments, available in both light and medium weight options.

4. GL679 Gloves – Protect against punctures and reduce hand fatigue with soft, disposable nitrile gloves.

5. Static Shielding Bags – Stock up and save on these anti-static essentials, available in a wide range of sizes.

6. ESD-Safe Paper – Recyclable and permanently static dissipative, our ESD-safe paper products offer an incredible value.

7. Pliers and Cutters – Invest in our ergonomically designed hand tools, manufactured at a leading global facility.

8. Tweezers – Handcrafted in Switzerland to the world’s highest quality and precision standards at a surprisingly modest price.

9. Custom Tool Kits – Increase productivity and reduce the risk of injury when you keep all the right tools close at hand.

10. Tape Dispensers – They’re the industry’s first affordable, true ESD-safe tape dispensers. Choose from single or double roll.

 

 

 


Top Tips & Best Practices for PCB Handling

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, ESD News, Static Control Tips and Tricks, Technical Articles Leave a comment

Even minor mishaps can have destructive consequences. Get a handle on printed circuit board (PCB) handling with best practices to avoid common pitfalls – read on for our expert advice.

Keep it clean. Shavings and soldering debris can build up more rapidly than you’d realize. It’s essential to clean your station at least every few hours to avoid transferring foreign object debris (FOD) to your assembly.

Minimize handling. Maintain as little hands-on contact with assemblies as possible, using tray carts, racks and other specialty transport materials instead. When you must handle assemblies, hold them gently by the edges.

Glove and re-glove. Keep in mind that gloves are easily contaminated by epoxies, adhesives, fluxes, etc., or by simple unconscious actions like touching the face or hair. It’s important to change your gloves at least once every few hours.

Leave the lotion at home. Many companies provide special lotion that doesn’t contain silicone, an ingredient which is harmful to electronic assembly. You should never wear personal hand creams from home when working with PCBs.

Consider you storage solution. When not being worked on, assemblies should be placed in an acceptable storage container. It’s important to consider the type of assembly, as storage requirements can vary widely.

Handle with care. In an unprotected environment, boards and components must be transferred between stations in an ESD-protective bag. Be sure to
keep it closed – never use the bag like a pot-holder, as this renders the board completely unprotected.  

Watch your step. Don’t fall into the trap of common mistakes, like placing an antistatic bag on the workbench over grounding materials – this simply acts as an insulating layer between your grounding device and the board, leaving it unprotected.

We make it easy to find everything you’ll need for safe, effective PCB handling right here at All-Spec, with stock and custom solutions available to suit any application requirement. View our comprehensive offering from top brands like Fancort, Metro, CCI and more to discover your ideal solution.


How to Find the Lab Tech Jacket That Fits You Best

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With both lightweight and medium weight options, our Lab Tech jackets have always got you covered. Confused about sizing? Simply refer to the guide below to discover your perfect fit, and shop our complete selection today. Note that due to elasticity, measurements are provided within +/- one inch. 

 

Lightweight Styles

Size

SML

MED

LRG

XL

2XL

3XL

4XL

5XL

Jacket Length

34

34

34

34

34

34

35

35

Chest

42

46

50

54

58

62

66

70

Sleeve Length

22

23

23

24

24

25

25

26

Shoulder Length

17

19

21

23

24

26

27

29

 

Medium Weight Styles

Size

SML

MED

LRG

XL

2XL

3XL

4XL

5XL

6XL

Jacket Length

26

31

31

32

32

32

32

32

32

Knee Length

32

35

37

38

38

38

38

38

38

Chest

47

48

52

53

55

56

60

62

64

Long Sleeve Length

22

23

23

23

24

24

26

26

26

Short Sleeve Length

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

 


The Brush-Off: Which ESD Brush Is Best for You?

Posted on by Michelle R. in Cleaners and Aerosols, ESD News, Static Control Tips and Tricks, Technical Articles Leave a comment

With a range of sizes, styles and material types, we’ve got an ESD brush suited for virtually any application. Commonly used in solder removal, dusting, board prep, ESD wiping, general cleaning and more, there are six main types of anti-static brushes.

Conductive – Used to reduce static charge to 0V in environments where rapid discharge is not harmful to the application. For example, brushes used inside copy machines are generally conductive.

Dissipative –Used wherever high current flow is damaging to the application, dissipative brushes are excellent for removal of static charge that results in the adhesion of particles to an object.

Low Charging – Ideal for environments where the creation of a minor charge is non-threatening. Low charging brushes do NOT remove an existing charge.

Insulative – This inexpensive alternative to conventional anti-static brushes is best for environments where static protection is non-critical. Brushes immersed in liquid offer additional ESD protection.

Cleanroom – Durable and non-shedding, these brushes are designed to withstand sterilization in cleanroom environments while eliminating static charge.

Thunderon– This special fiber is one of the softest synthetics available. Thunderon conductive fiber offers far greater control of static and superior overall performance.