We’re Thankful for YOU!

by Michelle R. on November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re grateful for your continued trust, loyalty and business during this time of the year and always. So that we may celebrate the upcoming holiday with family and friends, please note that our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Specially designed for use with cyanoacrylate adhesives, Loctite’s volumetric hand pump delivers repeatable precision dispensing without pneumatics, battery or electrical power. With its sealed design for extended bottle life, this innovative hand pump features an easy-pull trigger for enhanced bond strength and precision dispensing with fingertip control. Incorporating six adjustable pre-set shot size settings, Loctite’s volumetric hand pump is in stock now at All-Spec – invest in yours and save today.

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On Sale Now! Your Favorite Topical Anti-Stat in a Can

by Michelle R. on November 19, 2014

Did you know? Your favorite topical anti-stat is also available in a convenient aerosol spray. With the same great benefits as its predecessors, ACL Staticide® Static Sentry is humidity-independent, prevents dust attraction and decays a static charge to zero volts in less than two seconds. Housed in a specially-designed can, Static Sentry also operates at various angles to deliver a horizontal spray. Perfect for surfaces including laminate flooring, carpeting, fabrics, work surfaces, glass and more, this unique aerosol is even safe for use on a range of sensitive components and electronic equipment. Staticide Static Sentry is currently in stock at All-Spec – on SALE now!

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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.

 

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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.

 

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