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Putting Your Components to the ESD Test


Testing ESD Sensitivity  Testing the sensitivity of components to ESD can be done in a couple of different ways. Either way, you’re determining what it takes to make a device fail when subjected to an electrostatic discharge (ESD). The two Read more

ESD--Smaller Parts, Bigger Problems


ESD Sparks Conversation It's no shock that smaller electronic parts have been causing bigger ESD (electrostatic dissipation) problems--serious problems that cause component damage and money. How much damage depends on the sensitivity or susceptibility of the device. Thankfully you can put controls Read more

Twelve Reasons to Consider a Mantis Stereo Microscope


Sleek and Ergonomical How many of you have ever seen or used an eyepiece-less microscope like Vision Engineering’s Mantis? Ever wonder about the name--Mantis? Take a good look. What’s the head remind you of? A praying _____.  That, however is Read more

How Hot is Too Hot? Choosing Between Professional and Industrial Heat Guns

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Many applications require the use of heat in order to complete a job. Plumbers, electricians, auto workers, doctors and more depend on heat to seal, fasten or take apart a variety of objects. When working with heat, it is important to take into account how much heat is required and how much heat each component can withstand before damage occurs.

blogHeatgunFor many professional and industrial applications, heat guns can be interchangeable. Industrial applications are further distinguished by the project. Construction, roofing, and other applications where durable and strong performance is required are considered industrial and require tools to match the harsh conditions surrounding the job. Many of these jobs do not require high precision or a wide range of temperatures and airflow. For professional applications, a heat gun that delivers a more precise and more controllable heat/airflow output is usually needed.

 

No matter what your heat gun needs are, stay cool with Hisco and have 24/7 access to the most trusted brands available. Call us or visit us online today!

 


ESD Socks: To Wear, or Not to Wear?

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Simply put, yes. ESD shoes are made with a conductive material, but they require perspiration in the sock to provide a path-to-ground. With so many variables between people— especially in the winter, when people perspire less— additional footwear is necessary to provide consistent conditions that are more conducive to ESD protection.

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What makes ESD socks special? A special conductive yarn that provides an electrical path— and relies less on the wearer’s skin resistance to give ESD protection regardless of the environment— is the main reason these specialized socks should be incorporated into any static-sensitive environment.

For a complete line of ESD garments, slip on All-Spec. Call us or visit us online  today!


BGA Conductor Receives a Path Redesign

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From design to production, circuit boards require hours of planning, execution, revision and more revision to arrive at a final product (until the next model comes out). Recently, BGA conductors were evaluated and found to have a design that contained a flaw involving 23 of the 676 balls on their component. The problem? They weren’t connected where they needed to be connected.

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With re-routing as the only viable solution, the design team set about what was a major undertaking. Had the pads that required re-routing been located on the perimeter of the BGA’s layout, the rework would have been much easier. However, their actual location proved to be a challenge that would require meticulous planning.

It was decided that the newly routed pads needed to extend from the center of the component, and they would stretch to the outside of the package footprint so wires could be added to the newly designed pattern of the surface mount pads.

Easy in theory. A bit more challenging in practice.

The initial design placed the new circuits too close to those on the circuit board. Creating a configuration that prevented the newly laid circuit from interfering with the solder paste stenciling and BGA placement required several intricate operations before the new paths were placed where they needed to be.

Whether constructing a new design or improving on a current one, trust your electronic assembly applications to Hisco, where we have the best names in the industry available by phone or on the internet. Call us or visit us online today!


Lead-Free Solder: What You Need to Know

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Health dangers associated with lead use are well-documented, and most countries have already begun the transition to lead-free soldering solutions because of these negative effects. Here’s what you need to know about working with lead-free solder.

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Advances in soldering chemistry are slowly allowing lead-free solder to shed its reputation as an inferior alternative to lead-based solder. Adding tin, silver, copper and nickel in various amounts adds strength to lead-free solder and, in some cases, offers superior strength.

Lead-free solder also has less impact on the environment when used over the long term, as properly disposing of lead presents its own unique set of challenges. Lead-free alternatives are easier to dispose of when no longer needed, and they pose a much smaller risk to health.

It is important to note that the more pure lead-free solder is, the stronger and more reliable it is. This means that you should never mix it with lead-based solder, as this can lead to weakened joints. Also, lead-free solder does not require special soldering irons for use, especially when the application calls for switching soldering material.

For the latest in soldering paste and soldering products, All-Spec carries the brands that professionals trust at competitive prices. Call or visit us online today!

 

 


Logging Data Into Your Weller WX Station

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Weller WX

 

You know about the many features that Weller’s WX system offers. Intuitive interface, global language support, a touch screen viewable from all angles, intelligent tool recognition— the list goes on. But do you know how to log data with your WX station?

Weller University is now offering a free downloadable training document that gives you details on how to harness the power of this functionality. From connecting the WX to your PC to transferring data to other WX stations, all the bases are covered.

The main benefits in accessing these features are:

  • Monitor and log performance data in real time for up to three channels simultaneously through PC software via wired USB connection
  • Simple and easy data logging from station USB port to USB stick without wired connection to PC and work disruption
  • Chart and save in Excel for analysis
  • Use data to monitor and chart processes, operator solder training and certifications or analysis and improvement of soldering processes

Download the brochure here.

Weller soldering stations are known for being top-of-the-line. Hisco is proud to offer these Weller stations and many more Weller products to complement your soldering processes. Call us or visit us online today to learn more!