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Logging Data Into Your Weller WX Station

by Michelle R. on January 22, 2016

Weller WX

 

You know about the many features that Weller’s WX system offers. Intuitive interface, global language support, a touch screen viewable from all angles, intelligent tool recognition— the list goes on. But do you know how to log data with your WX station?

Weller University is now offering a free downloadable training document that gives you details on how to harness the power of this functionality. From connecting the WX to your PC to transferring data to other WX stations, all the bases are covered.

The main benefits in accessing these features are:

  • Monitor and log performance data in real time for up to three channels simultaneously through PC software via wired USB connection
  • Simple and easy data logging from station USB port to USB stick without wired connection to PC and work disruption
  • Chart and save in Excel for analysis
  • Use data to monitor and chart processes, operator solder training and certifications or analysis and improvement of soldering processes

Download the brochure here.

Weller soldering stations are known for being top-of-the-line. Hisco is proud to offer these Weller stations and many more Weller products to complement your soldering processes. Call us or visit us online today to learn more!

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Now Stocking – Fluke Tools for Test & Measurement

by Michelle R. on February 25, 2015

When you invest in Fluke, it’s easy to keep your world up and running. The industry standard in electronic test tools, Fluke products are engineered for tasks ranging from troubleshooting to test and measurement, with cutting-edge technologies designed for mission-critical applications. In stock now at All-Spec, we’ve made it easier than ever to shop for Fluke essentials like multimeters, clamp meters, micrometers and more.

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Introducing Ergonomic Design for Your Workspace: Sovella

by Michelle R. on November 28, 2014

Invest in a functional, ergonomically designed furnishing solution for your industrial workspace with Sovella, now available directly through All-Spec.  From ESD-safe benches to grounding hardware, turntables and more, Sovella modular workstations are the perfect fit for your industrial space. Find your solution at All-Spec today, and discover a new standard in quality, aesthetic and function with Sovella ergonomic furnishings.

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A special thank you to Lista for guest-blogging the article below!

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), musculoskeletal disorders (carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, muscle strains, lower back injuries, etc.) are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and illnesses. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates musculoskeletal disorders accounted for roughly 33% of all worker injury and illness cases reported in 2011.

So what can companies do to make employee health and safety a priority? Applying ergonomic principles, the study of the workplace as it relates to the worker, is one solution that can pay off in a very big way for both the employee and the company.

Here’s a closer look at how to implement ergonomics:

Identify the risks to make tasks safer for workers
The first step in addressing ergonomic concerns in the workplace is to review work tasks for risk factors. Do employees sit at a desk or workstation for prolonged periods of time and develop poor posture? Do they stand in an assembly line making quick motions (i.e., bending and twisting), which can irritate tendons and put increased pressure on the nerves?

Assessing the risks and modifying tools and the work environment is a critical step in making tasks safer for workers. For example, a dental technician working in the lab might benefit from making the switch to LED lighting, which can promote healthy vision and ease the symptoms of Presbyopia, a natural change in vision that occurs with age and interferes with the ability to focus on objects.

Make adjustments to promote workplace productivity
After the safety risks have been identified, the next step is to remove the barriers to productivity by making adjustments that promote healthy behaviors. This involves rearranging workstation elements for maximum safety and productivity. Regardless of physical characteristics or the tasks being performed, employees should be able to make adjustments to work surface height or change the elevation of work shelves and work surfaces to increase comfort and ease of use.

For employees who stand throughout the day, an ergonomic adjustment might include proper support (i.e., anti-fatigue and/or non-slip mats, depending on the operation) for concrete floors. Employees who sit during the day, on the other hand, might benefit from good sitting posture, proper seat height, and chairs with lumbar support for the most ergonomic comfort and safety.

Design the workstation to meet the specific needs of the employee
Perhaps the most important component of ergonomics involves designing the workstation to meet the specific needs of the employee. Rather than physically forcing an employee’s body to fit the tasks required for a particular job, adapting tasks, workstations, tools, and equipment to fit the worker can greatly reduce physical stress to the employee’s body as well as eliminate potentially serious workplace strains or injuries.

In a warehouse environment, for example, developing an efficient packing station might involve determining a workflow pattern for the packing table and making sure all supplies are within easy reach of the operator.  Making an easy adjustment such as this not only requires the least worker movement possible, but it also increases productivity, since tired employees tend to make more mistakes and get injured more easily.

As noted by OSHA, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. For this reason, it’s critical for companies to evaluate their work environments for ergonomic factors to drive both productivity and safety, a practice that can prove beneficial for employers and individual employees alike.

 

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The 3D printing revolution is here to stay, and now two of the mostly commonly used printing filaments are available directly from All-Spec. There are pros and cons to each, so read on to learn which material works best for your application.

Accuracy: While both options have the capacity to create highly accurate parts, ABS may tend towards curling upwards and curved edges, whereas PLA demonstrates less part warping.

Performance & Humidity: Long-term exposure will cause ABS to bubble from the printing nozzle, negatively impacting both accuracy and quality. PLA also tends to bubble, and it may experience discoloration and reduction in properties.

Smell: While ABS typically emits the unmistakable smell of hot plastic, PLA is a derivative of sugar and consequently tends toward a semi-sweet baking smell.

From strength and flexibility to high temperature resistance, ABS is often the preferred material for use with professional applications. On the other hand, those who print for decorative purposes or as a general hobby may enjoy the range of color and plant-based origins of PLA. Whatever your requirements, you’ll find both options right here, at lower prices every day.

 

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