10 Quick Tips for Tackling Cleanroom Wet SpillsWet spills are often embarrassing. Lingering mystery smudges? They’re just plain tacky. Depending on your environment, these are the least of your concerns.

Chemical spills in your cleanroom can be costly and dangerous. Consider the following guidelines for wiping contaminants and spills quickly, effectively and safely:

  1. Always identify spilled liquids as soon as possible.
  2. Follow the liquid’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
  3. Select durable wipers for the task at hand.
  4. Select gloves that will not deteriorate with use.
  5. For hazardous spills, wear two pairs of gloves.
  6. If possible, keep gloves dry during cleanup of hazardous spills.
  7. Wear all essential protective gear during cleanup of hazardous spills.
  8. Use dry wipers to absorb liquid immediately.
  9. Clean all affected surfaces according to your site’s protocols.
  10. Dispose of wipers according to your site’s established procedures.

Don’t be caught unawares. Comply with your facility’s SOPs, and stock plenty of cleaning and protective supplies in case of minor or major chemical spills in your cleanroom. With All-Spec’s selection of wipers, gloves and other PPE garments, you’ll make quick work of all of your cleanroom spills. As for those other wet spills? Can we recommend a good drycleaner?

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Serve Up Better, Scratch-Made Goodness with Conductive Blow Molded CasesIt’s always better when you make it from scratch. It’s always exactly like you want it because you create it. The same goes for scratch-made Conductive Blow Molded Cases from CCI.

CCIs tailor-made approach to ESD-safe packaging means your expensive circuit boards are protected to the nth degree. Custom thermoformed and foam interiors cushion components to exacting specifications.

These cases stack up to high-pressure situations, so you’ll never sweat over their stability. They’re built to withstand immense physical pressure. Double wall construction ensures durability over and over again, and a secure closure cinches the case!

Looking for more custom, ESD-safe solutions for shipping, handling or storage processes? Look no further than All-Spec. We’ve partnered with CCI to breathe life into your ideas. So, go ahead and dig into your scratch-made staples—and come back for seconds.

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5 Steps to Combat Cleanroom Static

by Kathy S. on July 24, 2015

5 Steps to Combat Cleanroom StaticIt’s no secret your low humidity cleanroom is ideal for keeping it clean, but did you know it’s ideal for creating static charge? Wiping down objects before they enter proves staticy, too.

Why should you control ESD in your cleanroom? Static charge causes microcontamination, physical damage and interference with automation systems, all of which can interfere with your bottom line.

Consider budgeting for “unforeseen” issues and follow these five steps to corral your cleanroom static:

  1. Ground electrical conductors wherever possible.
  2. Avoid the use of insulators whenever possible.
  3. Opt for dissipative materials, and remember to ground them.
  4. Use an air ionizer to neutralize static on nonconductors.
  5. Establish a comprehensive ESD control program that includes all of the above.

All-Spec stocks a large selection of personal grounding and ionization equipment for your unique cleanroom environment, so you can quickly and easily implement a program that dissipates static and not your profit.

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New SCS Verification Tester--Overcome Your Obstacles in Less than 5 MinutesSometimes the most rewarding paths have the most obstacles. And sometimes resistance in your path means unsafe working conditions. The new Verification Tester 724VK2 from SCS sets the record straight.

The verification kit provides periodic testing of the SCS 724 Continuous Workstation Monitor, which provides instant notification when a wrist strap isn’t working properly or when it’s not being worn properly.

Not sure if your monitor is operating within tolerances? With this tester, you can perform NIST traceable calibrations, so you never have to second guess your monitor’s operating limits.

And, it practically eliminates any downtime; you can test your monitor in less than five minutes on the shop floor of your workstation! All you have to do is select the resistance value on the knob, and turn the switch to test each limit.

Check out its settings:

  • Low: 1.5M
  • Pass: 1.5M
  • Pass: 10M
  • High: 10M
  • Pass: 35M
  • High: 35M

It may not always be the path to least resistance, but the SCS 724VK2 tester will definitely keep you on track.

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How Many Ways Can You Save with LED Lighting?

by Kathy S. on July 20, 2015

How Many Ways Can You Save with LED LightingIs it any wonder why LEDs continue to hog the limelight? Your energy- and money-saving options are growing as quickly as the technology evolves. Brighter innovations on the horizon? Perhaps. But, if you’re adamant about efficiency today, here are five facts that prove LEDs deserve a second glance:

  1. If you leave an LED fixture on for eight hours a day, it would take about 20 years before you’d have to replace the bulb.
  2. LED lighting converts about 80% of the electrical energy to light, while incandescent lighting converts about 20%.
  3. One LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs.
  4. LED lights contain no toxic materials, while most fluorescent lighting contains mercury and other dangerous materials.
  5. LEDs are 100% recyclable and will reduce your carbon footprint by about 1/3.

All-Spec carries a comprehensive selection of LED lighting and magnification products for a multitude of industries and applications. Want to make a difference in your operations? Consider All-Spec for all the ways you can save.

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