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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

Thinking of Going nPB-Free? Check out the alternatives.

Posted on by Andy in Safer chemicals Leave a comment

Alternative, safer solvents eliminate nPB while retaining performance

n-propylbromide

nPB

Manufacturers continually face new regulations and safety concerns. Most recently solvents containing nPB have come under scrutiny and could be banned in the near future. Many manufacturers have already reduced nPB exposure by revising and strengthening workplace-safety practices and policies. Others have created brand new cleaners with chemistries that perform as well or better than those containing nPBs.

Consider these nPB-free flux removers, cleaners and degreasers from Techspray (PWR-4™), Chemtronics (Tri-V™), Microcare, 3M (Novec™) and LPS (LPS® 2.0)—each tested against those with nPBs—each proven to be as effective or more effective than ones containing nPB.

nPB-free Solvents Application
Techspray –
PWR-4™ Flux Remover
Easily removes residues from high temperature lead free soldering operations, no-clean fluxes and all handling soils
Chemtronics –
Electro-Wash® Tri-V™ Flux Remover
Engineered to clean a wide variety of soil, oil, grease, oxides and handling contamination from equipment and assemblies
Chemtronics – Flux-Off™ Tri-V™ Heavy Duty Rosin Flux Remover Specially formulated to remove all types of lead-free, rosin (types R, RA and RMA), no-clean, water soluble and synthetic (type SA) flux
Microcare –
CMSD Specialty Defluxing Solvent
Suitable for both high-speed and general-purpose circuitries. Use on through-hole, SMT and BGA boards, hybrids, cables and connectors
Microcare –
SuprClean Defluxer
Designed for heavy-duty jobs such as SMT defluxing, removing conformal coatings and defluxing lead-free flux. Choice option for cleaning rosin fluxes. Cleans solder paste, acrylic conformal coatings, light oils and inks; excellent degreaser, no residue
Microcare –PowerClean™ II High Performance Circuit Board Defluxer Expressly engineered to clean lead-free flux residues from PCBs. Also cleans flux paste, oils, inks and some conformal coatings including some acrylic
3M –
Novec™ Flux Remover

Strong, non-flammable cleaner ideal for removing a variety of fluxes including rosin-based and many no-clean and lead-free fluxes; compatible with most plastics, with the exception of acrylics, polycarbonates, ABS and PS
Techspray –
PWR-4™ Maintenance Cleaner
Blasts away oil and contaminants from contacts, PCBs, barcode instruments, switch boxes, gear boxes, and electronic motor controllers
Chemtronics –
Max-Kleen® Tri-V™ Cleaner and Degreaser
Heavy-duty degreaser, industrial strength cleaner easily removes grease, tar, asphalt, oil and grime
LPS –
Instant Super Degreaser 2.0
Quickly removes caked on dirt, oil and grease with maximum efficiency. High-powered degreaser with no chlorinated solvents; rapidly evaporates, leaves no residue
LPS –
NoFlash® 2.0 Electro Contact Cleaner
Industrial-strength formula that can be used on or near energized electronics; non-conductive, non-flammable, no rinsing or residue
LPS –
Electra-X 2.0 Contact Cleanerr
Industrial-strength formula that’s economical and effective. Non-flammable solvent blend removes dirt, moisture, dust, flux and oxides from electronic equipment
3M –
Novec™ Contact Cleaner

Removes fluorinated oil and grease, light oils, silicones and particulates from connectors, PCBs, EMDs, scales, contacts, relays, switches, instrumentation and circuit breakers
3M –
Novec™ Electronic Degreaser
Heavy-duty cleaner for removing heavy oil, greases and soils; suitable for use on metals and many plastics ( not acrylics, polycarbonates, ABS and PS)

About nPB

  • Known as n-propyl bromide nPB, bromopropane, 1-propyl bromide, 1-bromopropane, CAS# 106-94-5
  • Originally used in the production of pesticides, flavors and fragrances, pharmaceuticals and other chemicals
  • Since 2007, it has been approved for use under the U.S. EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) as a suitable replacement for ozone depleting chemicals and still remains
  • Meets the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Section 313(d)(2)(B) statutory listing criteria because it can reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer in humans
  • Occurs mainly in occupational settings – can affect the nervous system; cause headaches, decreased sensation in the fingers and toes, a drunk-like feeling, irritation of the nose and throat
  • Not found in any of the 1,699 current and former National Priority List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • In the EU, nPB has been classified as reproductive toxicant per Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), which makes it a “substance of very high concern”

 

 Special Product Information

• Known as n-propyl bromide nPB, bromopropane, 1-propyl bromide, 1-bromopropane, CAS# 106-94-5
• Originally used in the production of pesticides, flavors and fragrances, pharmaceuticals and other chemicals
• Since 2007, it has been approved for use under the U.S. EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) as a suitable replacement for ozone depleting chemicals and still remains
• Meets the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Section 313(d)(2)(B) statutory listing criteria because it can reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer in humans
• Occurs mainly in occupational settings – can affect the nervous system; cause headaches, decreased sensation in the fingers and toes, a drunk-like feeling, irritation of the nose and throat
• Not found in any of the 1,699 current and former National Priority List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• In the EU, nPB has been classified as reproductive toxicant per Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), which makes it a “substance of very high concern”

To coincide with the introduction of their nPB products, our nPB-free product vendors have created associated technical information and brochures about nPBs –

ChemtronicsTechnical Brief – Reducing Exposure to Toxic Cleaners with Replacement Solvents

LPS2.0 nPB-Free Cleaners and Degreasers

3MReplace nPB with 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids

TechsprayTechlab Report – Facts on Hazardous Cleaning Solvents and Recommended Cleaning Solvents

MicroCare Safer Cleaning Choices Replace nPB Solvent in Aerosol Sprays


Celebrate America by Buying Local

Posted on by Michael D. in All-Spec News, Sales at All-Spec Leave a comment

celebrate america by buying localThere’s no better time to celebrate American craftsmanship than Independence Day. And there’s no better way to support American craftsman than to buy products made here in the USA.

We offer dozens of manufacturers who make products in America, including Klein Tools, 3M, OC White, Bevco, Simco-Ion, and many more. Look for the American flag next to products when you shop at All-Spec.com. These products incorporate the latest technology, quality materials and good old-fashioned American know-how.

If you’d like to comment about American craftsmanship please post below. Any questions please call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351.


Product Spotlight: 3M Electronics Vacuum

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Anyone who has ever had to clean up dust or toner from any type of electronic or computer equipment is probably familiar with the 3M Electronics Vacuum – long the preferred choice for field service professionals. Now in stock and available from All-Spec, the unit’s backed by a powerful, efficient one HP six amp motor.

You can choose from two types of filters based on application. Both are encased in plastic for durability and easy disposal – when full just remove and throw away with no spillage. The type 1 filter is constructed from a HEPA material to trap fine particles to 0.3 microns, and is recommended for working with color laser printers, copiers, and around sensitive equipment.  The type 2 filter is designed for trapping unwanted toner from copiers and laser printers, and is also ideal for cleaning data processing equipment.

Features:

  • Power cord detaches to make storage easy
  • Motor housing is specially designed to make motor change out easy if servicing is needed
  • Conductive housing and attachments quickly dissipate static charges
  • Weighs less than 9 pounds
  • Includes a crevice nozzle, crevice brush, curved wand nozzle, needle nose nozzle and dusting brush

Have any more questions on the 3m 497AJM ESD-safe Vacuum Cleaner? Leave a comment below, or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351 today!


New at All-Spec Industries – May 2013

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Klein Wire Strippers

All-Spec Industries is stocking new Klein wire strippers! We are carrying the Klein-Kurve® and Klein Katapult® strippers, each a great choice for anyone who has to work with wire on a regular basis. The Klein-Kurve can cut, strip, and shape wires, while the Klein Katapult allows you to grip and strip precisely in a single squeezing motion.

3M Vacuum Cleaners

We are now also carrying the 3M 497AJM ESD-safe vacuum cleaner. This lightweight, portable unit is designed for easy cleanup of business equipment. Each vacuum comes with a stretch hose, detachable power cord, and type 2 filter.

Vision Engineering

Lastly, we have added the SX25 and SX45 microscopes from Vision Engineering. The SX25 series scopes are binocular, while the SX45 are trinocular. Each can come on a variety of stands, and have a number of lenses, LED arrays, and other accessories.


New at All-Spec: 3M Heat Shrink Tubing

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3M EPS-300 Heat Shrink TubingIt is apparently new item week here on the All-Spec Current! We have another set of new items to announce, 3M heat shrink. From thin to heavy wall, in many colors, diameters, and lengths, we have just what you need to insulate your wires. They are also great to cover splices, and many are waterproof. Take a look on our site to find these and many other heat shrink products.

Want to see all of our new items? Check out our specials section for new items, current sales, and products on clearance.