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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

How Does Paying Attention to Ergonomics in the Workplace Pay Off?

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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.

 


ABS vs PLA Plastic Filament – 3 Big Differences for Your 3D Printer

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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.

 


Your 3M Static Control Essentials – Now Available as a Kit!

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

Maintaining an ESD-safe workstation has never been easier with resourceful, ready-to-use static control kits from 3M. Specially built for electronics manufacturing, component repair, and other similar applications, 3M static control kits include the basic tools you rely on every day – the 3M 724 Dual-Wire Workstation Monitor, dual conductor fabric wrist band, 5’ dual conductor ground cord, and dissipative rubber table mat in your choice of blue or grey. Find yours at All-Spec and enjoy better prices, every day.


5 Reasons You Need the All-New TidyPen® from MicroCare

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, Cleaners and Aerosols, Green Initiative, Industry News, New Products, Tapes and Adhesives, Vendor News Leave a comment

It’s the cleaning pen you’ve relied on for years, only better than ever. MicroCare’s new and improved TidyPen offers a range of enhanced capabilities to make cleanup, maintenance and residue removal even faster and easier than before. Read on to discover our top five reasons to invest in “the 60-second sticky stuff remover” – and find yours at All-Spec for less.

  1. Improved Formula: Safer than ever to use on plastics, glass, ceramics, white metals, gaskets and rubber, the new TidyPen offers a great option for silicone coating or flux residue removal.
  2. Reduced VOC Content: Far more environmentally friendly than versions of the past, the improved TidyPen incorporates low organic content and follows strict environmental regulations.
  3. Faster Dispensing: To speed up the cleaning process and enhance productivity, the new TidyPen dispenses fluid more quickly, making it significantly more effective for larger label use.
  4. GHS Compliant: Now compliant with all “Globally Harmonized System” requirements for labeling and safety, the TidyPen can be used safely, effectively and legally throughout the world.
  5. Two Sizes: Available as either a single vending-machine compatible package or as a five pen box, the new TidyPen packaging means getting rid of the “sticky stuff” is more convenient than ever.

 


All-Spec Is Now a Google Trusted Store

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All-Spec has just been selected to join the ranks of Google Trusted Stores, a unique program designed to help you identify online merchants who consistently offer a great shopping experience for their customers. Our new status even allows you to opt for purchase protection from Google, a free service that offers you up to $1,000 of added assurance. The Google Trusted store badge is awarded only to e-commerce sites which have a demonstrated track record of timely shipping and excellent customer service, so even new customers can shop with confidence.

To learn more, visit http://www.google.com/trustedstores/