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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 to build your own ESD-Safe workbench

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ESD-Safe Workbench Many times building your own workbench or workstation for electronics work will save you money, and will also allow you to choose what accessories you may want.

First off, you should choose which brand of workbench that you want. Remember that when choosing accessories, you should stick to one brand. All-Spec carries a lot of reputable workbench brand names such as Arlink, IAC, Pro-Line, and WSI.

Before you begin, choose the type of bench you need. Each brand carries a basic workbench or an ESD bench. You will also need to choose between a modular bench versus and a production bench. Once you choose the type of bench you need, begin to think about how much work space you need. We carry sizes from 30”x48” all the way up to 36”x96.” However some brands only come in a couple of sizes.

Each bench comes carefully constructed to be economical, sturdy, and ergonomic, and is built for allowance of accessories. For some brands, you can choose whether you want an add-on unit. For this you must also make the ESD versus basic workbench and the modular versus production choice as well. These units let you configure a line of workstations.

Now you are ready to start choosing your accessories. Like the workbenches, the shelving can either be standard or ESD. The sizes of the shelves depend on the brand and the type of bench that you start with.

Next you may want to look at an electrical power strip. This is a must since you will most likely be using tools that require electricity. There is usually only one available for your bench type; however, there are some brands that have them for your shelves as well.

Here are a few other things that you may want to consider when purchasing accessories for your workstation:

  • Light fixture: This adds to the visibility of the project you’re working on.
  • Tool trolley: You can use this to hang your tools.
  • Bin rail: Lets you hang industry standard bins. Easily adjustable and comes in different sizes.
  • Drawers: Heavy duty. Can be stacked to establish desired configuration. Depending on the brand, you can choose from box drawers, regular drawers, or file drawers. If lock isn’t already included, there is an option to buy one.
  • Footrest: Can choose from a footrest bar and an Ergo footrest (requires tube).

Not all of the accessories are listed here. Visit our workstation page for more parts and information.

All-Spec also offers benches that are kitted with the most standard parts from each brand with quikship available. If your bench top happens to wear out, we also offer replacement bench tops or ESD matting to prolong its life.

New Bucket Boss Extreme!

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BucketBoss is back at All-Spec just in time for the holiday season. We are now carrying their line of BucketBoss Extreme gear that has been designed and tested by workers at the top of their fields. In contrast to the regular BucketBoss gear, the Extreme products are made of ballistic material for ultimate durability. Some of the products we carry are the Extreme Fatback Bucket Tool Organizer, the Extreme Hopalong GateMouth Bag, and the Extreme Sparky Electrician’s Tool Pouch. Check out these products now on All-Spec’s website!

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Review of Master UT-100Si-TC

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Master has finally come out with a tool kit to fulfill all your needs. The Master UT-100Si-TC Ultratorch Professional Heat Tool Kit features their UT-100Si Ultratorch, three Ultratip soldering tips, a hot knife tip, a hot air tip, a heat shrink reflector, a wire cutter, needle nose pliers, a roll of 60/40 solder, a sponge, a cap, and a stand all packed in a sturdy plastic case.

Everyone, from field service technicians to auto mechanics, will love this kit. Ultimately it has everything you’ll need for soldering and desoldering, heat shrinking tubing, removing surface mount components, and repairing vinyl.

Here are some more details about the Master UT-100Si-TC:


  • adjustable temperature up to 1202 degrees Fahrenheit
  • self-ignition button
  • built-in fuel filter
  • lightweight (only 5.5 oz.)
  • UL listing for durability and safety

Ultratip soldering tips:

  • use Ultratip technology
  • has oxygen-free copper base, a ceramic catalyst, and thick chrome and iron plating for longer tip life
  • perfect for use with lead-free solder

The storage case for the kit also has an extra slot for a can of butane fuel and a soldering tip. Check out All-Spec’s site for even more about the Master UT-100Si-TC.

How Do Ultrasonic Cleaners Work?

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Branson Ultrasonic Cleaner An ultrasonic cleaner is a metal container that has ceramic piezo transducers attached to the side or the bottom of the tank. These transducers convert one form of energy to another. They also change size when an electrical signal excites it. When the transducer is excited it increases in size and causes the side or the bottom of the container to move.

When an electrical generator emits a high frequency signal, the transducer offsets rarefaction and compression waves in the liquid. With this rarefaction cycle, the liquid is torn apart. Consequently a vacuum cavity is created in the liquid. The cavities fluctuate in size, but when the cavity reaches a certain size, it cannot retain its shape. When this happens, the cavity collapses, creating an extremely high temperature of 5,000 degrees Celsius (9,032 degrees Fahrenheit), and a jet of plasma hits the object in the container. Millions of these bubbles are created and collapsed every second.

These bubbles are what clean the object in the tank. The jet of plasma that hits the object causes the dirt to come off, and can be increased by adding a cleaning agent to the tank.

Now that you know how an ultrasonic cleaner works, here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Make sure you always use a basket to clean your items. Never put them on the bottom without one.
  • Choose the right type of ultrasonic cleaner. There are many types out there. They can range from jewelry cleaners to laboratory equipment.
  • Find the right ultrasonic cleaner solution before you begin. You can choose from general purpose solutions, industrial strength solutions, electronic solutions, and many others. Many ultrasonic cleaners should be used with water. When cleaning circuit boards, distilled or dionized water should be used. But if you’re using the cleaner for other applications, like dentistry, tap water is fine.
  • Used water or cleaner solution should be treated with 10% bleach before being disposed.

Check out All-Spec’s collection of Branson ultrasonic products here.

Branson is known for their ultrasonic cleaners. Visit our Squidoo lens for more information about Branson ultrasonic cleaners.

OKI PS-800E Review

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OK International has come out with a new soldering system, the PS-800E. This new soldering station is designed for repetitive manual soldering and touch-up. The PS-800E is a little different than the existing PS-800. It has a new coil assembly and tip range that has a larger conductive areas than the PS-800. This bigger area makes the thermal energy transfer easier from station to tip. This, along with the tip’s design, makes lead-free soldering a heck of a lot easier.

The PS-800E (along with the PS-800) is made to be used with SmartHeat PowerTips Heater Tips and the PS-CA2 Coil Assembly. This allows high quality products to be made quickly and safely.

A big line of large diameter, high power tips have been developed by OK International for the PS-800E. These types of tips result in an extended tip life without diminishing tip performance.

There are many concerns regarding the high thermal demands of soldering with lead-free alloys, but these are addressed with the PS-800E’s enhancement of its tips’ thermal transfer abilities.
Another great feature of this soldering station is the innovative work stand. It goes to sleep automatically, which helps increase the life of the tip by letting the cartridge sit at a lower temperature. This also reduces oxidation and power used.