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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

Fiber Optic Cleaning Part 2: Precision Cleaning Methods

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Conserve time and money, and take the best approach to precision cleaning the first time. While debris like finger oil or test dust may not present much of a challenge, cleaning processes for field applications may vary widely and must be effective on a range of contaminants and debris.

Common Methods

Dry Cleaning:
Often performed with a swab or probe, this method may prove effective on oily contamination but tends to move – rather than remove – contamination. This process should be performed with video inspection to validate success, in a straight-line motion to move debris away from the initial point of contact.

Wet or Wet-to-Dry Cleaning: Commonly performed using a pre-saturated wipe, this method has the potential to flood the connector and thus draw up contamination from around the ferrule. Saturation must be carefully controlled to avoid failure.

Combination Cleaning: This is the recommended method to ensure maximum effectiveness and repeatability, and includes  a minimal amount of precision solvent combined with no-lint, highly absorbent wiping media. With an integrated drying step built into the procedure, the simple process results  in debris and contamination removal for first time cleaning.

Safely Clean Your Unitron Lens in 5 Simple Steps

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It’s one of your most valuable investments – maintain the integrity of your Unitron instrument with the proper objective lens cleaning technique. Read on to learn how.

  1. Inspect the lens for dust, dirt or oil prior to cleaning. Optical surfaces should not be cleaned unless performance is compromised.
  2. Gently remove particles using nitrogen compressed air or a bellows brush.
  3. Use a lint-free cotton swab to apply solvent, moving in a circular motion towards the outer edges.
  4. Remove any residue with nitrogen-compressed air or a bellows brush.
  5. Re-inspect the lens with a jeweler’s loupe, and repeat the process if necessary.

Industry Roundup: Our Top 5 News Picks of the Month

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Here at All-Spec, we’re always keeping an eye out for helpful tips and useful information that we can pass along to you in our monthly Industry Roundup. Read on for some of the best publications and most informative articles we’ve found during the past few weeks.

Solder Paste Ingredients vs. Performance: What’s the true impact of soldering paste ingredients on your assembly line? Download this free white paper and take a closer look at the potential effects.

Who Benefits from the Internet of Things? Expected to become a $46 billion industry by the end of 2014, electronic components manufacturers are seeing big potential in this evolving device market.

Big Cleaning Jobs vs. Small Cleaners: Considering a batch type washer over a traditional inline washing system? Download this free publication for a comparative look at the differences and benefits.

Should We Invest in 3D Optical Inspection for Solder Defects? Is soldering defect search and inspection costing you in overtime? A 3D automated optical inspection system may offer the solution.

3D Printing Industry Poised to Explode: Touted as an “overnight success 30 years in the making”, the 3D printer has arrived, and is poised for unprecedented success for the prototyping market and beyond.



Industry Roundup: Our Top 5 News Story Picks

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

At All-Spec, we’re always on the lookout for useful tips, information and breaking industry news that we can pass along to you. Here, we’ve summarized a few of the best videos and articles we’ve found this month.

What Causes Wave Solder Bridging?
  Get to the root of lead bridging problems with this brief video outlining common causes and possible answers.  

Selecting the Right Equipment for Your Cleanroom Put these five simple steps to use, and learn how to make the proper selections to ensure your cleanroom is equipped property.

Controlling ESD in Cleanroom Packaging Learn how to prevent static damage in the cleanroom by incorporating conductive, static dissipative and antistatic ESD protective packaging materials.

Conformal Coating in Harsh Environments The experts review a protocol designed to test conformal coatings for their ability to protect against moisture in harsh environments.

PCB Layout and Soldering Nozzle Design Explore the selective soldering process in terms of both assembly design and solder nozzle technologies. 

Luxo’s Most Common Questions: Part 3

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In this exclusive three-part blog series we’ve explored several commonly asked questions fielded by the magnification experts at Luxo. For our third and final installment, we’ll focus on the reducing lens. How does it impact working distance?

You may be wondering why your Luxo product information specifies nearly an 8” working distance while you’re finding it difficult to achieve just 4”. As indicated in the product data, an optional 0.5X reducing lens is necessary to realize an 8” working distance. Similarly, use of Luxo’s 0.7X reducing lens will provide for an almost 6” working distance. Either lens accessory can be purchased separately to achieve the optimal working distance for your specific application.

We make it easy to build the perfect magnification solution – and save. Shop for Luxo optional lenses, microscopes, accessories and more right here at All-Spec.