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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

Looking for an Ultrasonic Cleaner?

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Branson Ultrasonic Cleaner Ultrasonic cleaners are really useful little machines, the small ones have tank sizes around 15 oz and clean jewelry but the larger cleaners used in the electronics industry have tank sizes over five gallons and are used to clean Printed Circuit Boards (PCBS) and other items.

Branson has pretty much mastered ultrasonic cleaners. They make quality machines that get the job done and come in a variety of sizes to meet the needs of everyone from the hobbyist to the dentist to the scientist.

One of the most popular Branson ultrasonic cleaners is the B200. The Branson B200 is a portable ultrasonic cleaner that features a tank size of 15 oz and a mechanical timer. This cleaner is usually purchased to clean jewelry or eyeglasses.

Is the B200 too small for you? You may want to look at the Branson B2510DTH. The B2510DTH features a digital timer, heat control and 3/4 gallon tank, which is over eight times the size of the B200. This cleaner is strong enough to remove heavy oils and other substances but still cleans gently enough for your delicate jewelry or components.

If serious ultrasonic cleaning is what you’re looking for, the Branson B8510MTH is for you. This cleaner is as effective as the other ultrasonic cleaners but features a large 5-1/2 gallon tank. Like many other Branson cleaners, the B8510MTH features heat control and timer plus many other features.

If you’re still debating which size you need for your application, All-Spec Industries’ Customer Service Representatives are more than willing to give you hand. Call our toll free number at 1-800-537-0351 or email at

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Recycle Your E-Waste on Earth Day

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Earth Day! Today is Earth Day. If there’s one day a year you should think about the environment and recycling then today is the day.

Earth Day and everyday should be about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle; this thought can even be applied to electronics.

Our landfills continue to fill up with thrown away electronics such as TVs, cell phones, and computers that have the potential to contain hazardous substances. Overtime these substances could leach into the soil and ultimately, our groundwater.

So instead of throwing your old electronic gadgets away this Earth Day, think about handing them down to a friend or donating the electronics to a local organization like Goodwill.

Also, many manufacturers and retailers are now providing customers with ways to properly dispose of e-waste. For example, Circuit City has an easy trade in program; Apple’s free recycling program allows you to take any iPod or cell phone to an Apple store for free recycling. Some programs will offer free recycling for their brand and some accept other brands for a small fee.

A little extra effort today might not pay off tomorrow but it will sometime in the future.

LOKTRAY Has a Grip on PCBs

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LOKTRAY PCB Holder Have you ever dropped a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) during production or transport? I’m sure you have and that can be costly.

LOKTRAY is a unique product that securely grips up to 20 PCBs. The tray holds the boards so securely that you can turn the tray completely upside down and the boards won’t move.

The strong yet gentle grip is all in the handle of the tray. When the handle is horizontal to the tray, the boards are not locked in. But squeezing the safety catch and moving the handle into a vertical position moves the grips within the tray and firmly squeezes the PCB.

Of course the tray is made out of conductive material that has a surface resistance of 10 7 x 108 ohm/sq.


  • Clean room compliant
  • High heat deflection temperature of 150°C – 300°C
  • LOKTRAY holds 20 trays and is 16-1/4” x 8” x 2-1/4” with the handle in a locked position

LOKTRAY can be used in all stages of the manufacturing process and is also ideal for dipping PCBs in cleaning solution. With all its features, LOKTRAY may pay for itself the first time a PCB doesn’t fall to the floor.

The Coming of RoHS 2

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This is a guest post by Dr. Ronald Lasky, Senior Technologist at Indium Corporation, a company that supplies materials for electronics assembly, including solder pastes, solder preforms, fluxes, Pb-Free solder alloys and more.

The fact that the world is being inundated with electronic waste is hard to escape. Each year more than 1 billion mobile phones and 250 million PCs are sold, hence about that many are scraped. This inundation is why RoHS was developed, to make recycling easier and safer. In this way, RoHS supports the goals of its sister law WEEE. This point tends to be forgotten. Recently, someone wrote a letter to the editor of one of the larger trade journals saying, “I don’t feel any safer because of RoHS.” He shouldn’t, but the man in the photo (to the left) will be. This photo was from a January 2008 National Geographic article about e-waste. The article pointed out that much of our e-waste ends up in poor countries where it is recycled to reclaim some of the materials. Since this man [in the photo] is likely recycling electronics that were made pre-RoHS, odds are that he will eat from the same pan that the tin-lead solder was in.

Other popular media, including PC magazine, US News and World Report, and Time have all reported on this theme that our e-waste is poisoning 3rd world men, women and children while they “recycle” it. Although I’m sure that the EU planned that most recycled electronics would be performed in factories with disciplined processes, 3rd world recycling is here to stay. Hopefully with RoHS compliant products it will be safer for those seeking out a living doing so.

What about RoHS 2? I’m an optimist. I don’t think RoHS 2 will be that bad. Why? Because of the way RoHS was handled. By now, most readers will be thinking, “This guy is nuts!”

Hear me out. Around 2002, we were all saying that RoHS was a disaster, that the EU wouldn’t listen to our concerns, and that RoHS wasn’t needed because disposal of waste electronic equipment didn’t put any of the six hazardous substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and PBB, PBDE) into the environment. (We didn’t think about how RoHS’s main intent is to support recycling.) Reliability of lead-free assembly was also not demonstrated, we also argued. So we all expected that come 1 July 2006 disaster would strike…the electronics industry would come to a standstill.

Hmmm… it didn’t. There was no “headline making” effect on electronics shipments to the EU. Since 1 July 2006 about $500 billion of RoHS compliant electronics have been manufactured, with no “the sky is falling” type of reliability issues. The EU continued to be sensitive to the fact that only short term reliability has been demonstrated by allowing WEEE category 8 (medical devices) and 9 (measuring and control instrumentation) products to continue their RoHS exemption. The EU countries have also worked with companies that have had issues with RoHS compliance, the EU has been measured in their response, avoiding for the most part, making a spectacle of non-compliers.

So we all grumbled and complained, but going on two years later, RoHS appears to be working and the EU is still seeking stakeholder input to fine tune the laws. It cannot be said that they don’t listen, at least to some extent.

I have to admit though that the list of RoHS 2 materials (pdf) (all 46, yikes!) is extensive and has some materials that their elimination would seem to be show stoppers like gallium arsenide. However, if one looks at the list, each material has an input section for “Stakeholder Input.” Let’s hope they listen very very carefully!

Dr. Ronald Lasky is a licensed professional engineer and holds four degrees including a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Materials Science. In 2003, Dr. Lasky won the Surface Mount Technology Association’s Founder’s Award. Also, Dr. Lasky has developed several new concepts in SMT processing software relating to process optimization, line balancing, and cost estimating; he also holds several patent disclosures.

ESD Flooring to Get You Excited

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Sierra ESD-Safe Flooring If you’re in the market for ESD flooring that is attractive and effective, then Sierra vinyl ESD floor tiles and carpet ESD floor tiles may be the perfect solution.

Sierra ESD vinyl floor tiles offer permanent ESD properties and a durable hard surface which is indentation, abrasion and chemical resistant. The tiles feature electrical resistance of Surface to Ground: 2.5 x 104 and Surface to Surface: 2.5 X 104 – 106

Sierra ESD carpet floor tiles offer a continuous surface of conductivity. Carpet tiles are thought to provide the most ergonomic advantages of available flooring, and these tiles are no different. For that reason, the carpet tiles are perfect for ESD-sensitive areas where static control footwear might not be worn such as government or civilian areas.

Not convinced? Here are 10 reasons why you should use Sierra ESD carpet and ESD vinyl floor tiles in your work area:

1. Easy to maintain – the tiles never need spraying, waxing or any other application

2. Versatile – both the carpet tiles and vinyl tiles can be placed over existing floors as long as it’s not carpet

3. Saves you money – the 24” x 24” tiles reduce waste and the tiles can easily be removed and replaced if one gets damaged

4. Meets industry standards – the vinyl tiles meet all of the requirements of ANSI/ESD S.20.20 and conforms to the requirement of NFPA 99 Standard for Health Care Facilities. The carpet tiles are recyclable with a Green Label Plus certification and meet the requirements for class zero ESD environments

5. Durable – the carpet tiles passed a roller caster test, after 100,000 chair caster cycles, there was no change in conductivity and as I said earlier, the vinyl tiles are indentation and abrasion resistant

6. Options for color and patterns – both the carpet and vinyl tiles come in several different patterns and colors, this allows you to customize your work area

7. ESD vinyl tiles integrate well with ESD carpet tiles and vice versa

8. Suitable for many work environments – the carpet and/or vinyl tiles can be used in government areas, electronics manufacturing, hospitals, emergency rooms, operating rooms, surface mount and wave solder areas, magnetic resonance imaging suites, cleanrooms, data centers, IT/telecommunications, access floor environments, biotech manufacturing plants and many more

9. One year limited warranty for defects in material and workmanship

10. Attractive – both the carpet and vinyl tiles give any room a clean appearance