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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

Seven Things to Know About Qualifying Your Product to a U.S. Military Specification (MIL-SPEC)

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Qualifying the SCS 81705 Series anti-static shield bags to military standards

There are a few, sometimes complicated steps to go through before your product can qualify for a particular military specification. SCS recently introduced their new 81705 Series static shield bags and film qualified to MIL-PRF-81705E Type III, Class 2. The qualification didn’t happen overnight and the process can be quite involved including the required, very specific markings on the bags and film.

What makes these SCS 81705 Series anti-static shield bags so special?

First, they meet MIL-PRF-81705E Type III, Class 2 qualifications, frequently linked to higher-level assembly protection such as in military, medical and aerospace markets. Each SCS 81705 bag contains four layers of protection – static dissipative coating, polyester, metal and polyethylene laminate. The polyester dielectric works with the metal layer to create discharge shielding. The static dissipative outside wall allows electrostatic charges to be removed when grounded.

Qualification military specification (MIL-Spec) basics

1. What are the United States defense standards?

They’re often referred to as military standard (MIL-STD) or military specification (MIL-SPEC), and they help meet the standardization objectives set by the U.S. Department of Defense. The defense standards may also be used by other non-defense government organizations (NGOs), technical organizations and industry.

2. How do I apply for qualification?

You apply in writing and each application contains the number and date of the specification, desired testing, as well as the type, grade, class, or other specification designation of the product. The application also includes the brand designation for the product and where the product was manufactured. If you’re a distributor, you’ll also receive a CAGE code.

Example – MIL-PRF-81705E Type III, Class 2 – MIL (military) PRF (document Id/Performance), 81705E (document number), Type III (document type), Class 2 (document class)

3. What is the QPL?

The qualified products list (QPL) is a listing in the qualified products database (QPD) of items successfully subjected to a defined set of qualification and periodic tests using processes, worst case designs or materials to verify the end product’s design, performance, quality, and reliability.

4. What do the general DOD qualification steps look like?

 

5. Where can I get the required MIL-Spec testing done for qualifying my product?

You can have testing done in a laboratory operated by or under contract to the government, or a laboratory used by the manufacturer or distributor either in the plant or one that’s under contract.

6. Where do I find my product listed once I’m qualified?

Once a product meets the recognized qualification requirements, the product will be listed online in the Qualified Products Database (QPD). The QPD can be accessed through the acquisition streamlining and standardization information system (ASSIST).

7. What does a qualification not do?

A qualification does not –

• Relieve the supplier of his contractual obligation to deliver items meeting all specification requirements.
• Guarantee acceptability under a contract
• Waive any requirements for inspections or for maintaining quality control measures satisfactory to the Government
• Relieve the original equipment manufacturer of contractual obligations to ensure that delivered items (including the qualified items used in the equipment) comply with all specification requirements

For all available information on qualifying your product to military standards, visit the Defense Standardization Program website.

All-Spec currently has a selection of the new SCS 81705 Series static shield bags and film on sale for 10% off through May 31, 2017. Learn more about the 81705 Series of bags and film, check out the TDS Film and TDS Bags specs or shop all products now.


Arm Your Business with the Best from Luxo

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For precision operations that require a steady, reliable hand, industrial-strength arms are always willing and able to do the job. Whether your needs are for transporting items, illuminating areas or any of a number of other tasks, Luxo designs and manufactures arms with the unique characteristics and features that make them perfect for product applications and business solutions.

blogLuxo Each Luxo arm is tested for precise engineering and potential problems caused by friction or mechanical failure. All arms are tested by robot through cycle tests that run 25,000 movements. The Maximum arm is put through 30,000 cycles, with each cycle lasting 2 minutes and involving all possible movements of the arm. The procedure takes six weeks, running day and night.

All-Spec is your source for Luxo products and accessories. Call us or visit us online today!


Logging Data Into Your Weller WX Station

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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!


Which 3M Workstation Monitor Is Right for Your Application?

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Whether you’re in contract manufacturing or medical electronics, there’s a 3M workstation monitor suited for virtually any ESD-sensitive application. Read on to discover which option provides your best defense against overvoltage and the potential damage caused by electrostatic discharge.

3M Workstation Monitor 724 – continuously monitors resistance of two operators at separate workbenches, with audible and visual alarm notification and quick connect capability for dual remotes.

3M Iron Man Plus Workstation Monitor – monitors overvoltage, electrostatic discharge, and EOS  for the entire workbench, wrist straps, operator and dissipative mats, with a design featuring both audible and visible alarms.

3M WS Aware Dual Workstation Monitor – network-enabled to work alongside your facility management system, while monitoring two metal grounds, workbenches, operators and mats.

 


Green Scope: Four Ways Berkshire is Working for the Environment

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A company built on the foundation of environmental responsibility, Berkshire is committed to product solutions and design that positively impact our surroundings. That’s why they’ve made their Green Scope program a global focus, challenging themselves to remain at the forefront of clean manufacturing and contamination control. Discover how Berkshire is leveraging Green Scope to give our environment – and your workplace – a brighter tomorrow.

Environmental Policy: With initiatives ranging from supply chain and manufacturing to product design and customer support, Berkshire’s commitment to natural resource conservation and waste reduction is at the core of their processes.

Air, Water and Land: With strict manufacturing and operations policies, Berkshire is in full compliance with all applicable environmental regulations and is committed to designing solutions that reduce or eliminate impact on the environment.

Natural Resources and Energy: Through the development of efficient processing techniques, recycling, and utilization of recycled materials, Berkshire is dedicated to the conservation of natural resources and lowered energy usage.

Product and Packaging Design: With their innovative, customer-focused solutions, Berkshire strives to deliver products that continue to reduce environmental impact long after they leave the factory.