10 Things You Can Do with New Puritan Swabs and ApplicatorsDon’t get stuck in a sticky situation! With more than two-dozen, new Puritan swabs, All-Spec makes it easy to clean up. Whether you’re applying adhesives or removing residues, you’re sure to find the best swab for your unique application. These new Puritan swabs and applicators come in cotton, foam and polyester tips, come in various shapes and sizes, and are ideally suited for your healthcare needs, critical environments and industrial settings.

If you’re looking for reliable, convenient and affordable swabs, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for 10 things you can do with your new Puritan swabs:

  1. Absorb liquids
  2. Apply adhesives or solutions
  3. Apply topical dressings
  4. Clean fiber optic connectors
  5. Collect specimens
  6. Remove epoxy residue
  7. Remove fluxes
  8. Remove contaminants or resins
  9. Remove oil and dirt from machine parts
  10. Test DNA

Plus, did you know Puritan runs on 100% renewable energy for all building heat, hot water and manufacturing? Yep, the company’s been green since it started in 1919. That’s just one more reason to clean up with Puritan.

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How to Be Well-Grounded and Keep Both Feet on the FloorDo you have both feet on the ground? If you’re wearing 1-meg heel grounders, you may not be as grounded as you think.

UL and OSHA recommend a minimum of 1 megohm resistance to ground (RTG) to ensure the flowing current will be within safe levels. With both feet on the ground, your 1-meg heel grounders yield an RTG of ½ megohm, not 1 megohm.

How can you be UL and OSHA compliant at all times? Consider the following chart:

1-Meg Heel Grounder(s) 2-Meg Heel Grounder(s)
1 Foot on the Floor RTG = 1 RTG = 2
2 Feet on the Floor RTG = 1/2 RTG = 1


All-Spec carries an assortment of heel grounders for complete path-to-ground protection. While the size of the built-in resistor depends on the standards of your specific operation, wearing two, 2-meg heel grounders means you’ll be sufficiently protected—and well-grounded—no matter what.

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Top Five Cutting-Tweezer Styles

by Kathy S. on July 1, 2015

Top Five Cutting-Tweezer StylesYou can thank a Swiss watchmaker for your precision cutting tweezers. He designed the tweezers for cutting hairsprings in wind-up watches in the early 1900s.His invention then led to the cutting style of tweezers commonly used in the electronics industry today. A cut above? Perhaps. Nowadays, cutting tweezers serve multiple industries with greater functionality for diverse applications.

So, how do you know which one works best for your application? Let’s take a look at today’s top five cutting-tweezer styles:

  1. 15A-GW

Most popular—Cuts at the tips; features angulated head and flat cutting blades

  1. 14A-N

Fine round tips with extra-long cutting blades

  1. 15A-RW

Relieved face with a rounded tip; ESD-safe epoxy coating

  1. 15A-C

Shorter blades than the 15A-GW

  1. 15A-ST-PE

Angulated head and 32 AWG stripper

Today’s cutting tweezers have come a long way since wind-up watches. From angulated heads to relieved faces, optimized cutting performance—regardless of application—is right at your fingertips.

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ED-500-ESD Electric DusterIf you’re looking for a standard, “canned” solution to your anti-static dusting needs, you’ve come to the wrong place. Skip the canned-air controversy, and consider a new, greener, ESD-safe option that’s also affordable.

Metropolitan’s DataVac® ESD-Safe Electric Duster contains no dangerous propellants. This complete, anti-static dusting system boasts a powerful, 500-watt, .75-HP motor that blasts away deep-down dust, dirt and debris, yet it’s safe for use on sensitive components. The anti-static wrist strap prevents the buildup of static electricity that can discharge and seriously damage your sensitive equipment. And, it comes with a complete range of static-dissipating attachments designed for every conceivable office and IT equipment-cleaning application.

The ED-500ESD is made entirely from steel and is available in 110- and 220-volt models. For a greener, ESD-safe duster, kick the can to the curb.

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tweezer guideIf grabbing and gripping make you grimace and groan, you might need new tweezers. Your tweezers or forceps should function as an extension of your fingers, so you can quickly and easily pick up and manipulate small and delicate items. Suspect yours are out of whack? Realigning is difficult—if not impossible. Your best bet? Consider a variety of high-quality, precision tip styles and shapes for a variety of applications.

Tweezer material is another big decision you’ll need to make for your small tasks. The two most common materials are stainless steel and stainless anti-magnetic, anti-acid—easily identifiable by either an “S” or an “SA,” respectively.

Generally speaking, SAs are more rust and corrosion resistant but softer. S material tips are typically 20 points harder on the Rockwell C scale than SA tips.

Need help selecting the right tweezers for your task? Simplify the process with our no-fuss selection guide, and put an end to the griping with your gripping.

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