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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

Twelve Reasons to Consider a Mantis Stereo Microscope

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Sleek and Ergonomical

Original_Mantis_stereo-viewer-microscope_507How 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 about as far as the comparison goes.The Mantis series of microscopes offer some of the sleekest and most ergonomically-designed visual inspection capabilities and comfort ever imagined. That’s not to say a praying mantis isn’t just as fascinating to look at, however, how the Mantis looks is just a small part of the picture.

Operator Comfort = Time and Money Savings

Mantis-Compact-inspection-microscope-Boom-12-507px_507The Mantis stereoscopic microscope may look like one eyepiece, yet it’s actually eyepiece-less. The operator’s eyes never touch the scope; ports for eyepieces do not exist.  Before, workers were always leaning over their microscopes and experienced constant eye fatigue.

Now, when using the Mantis, operators function in an entirely different way – because they can now sit comfortably and look straight ahead at their work. The impact goes way beyond operator comfort to include improved worker efficiency and accuracy, as well as saving owners time and money.

Twelve reasons the Mantis will make your operators, inspection customers and you, happy.

Before

Operators
  1. Felt compelled to hunch over their scope to fit their eyes to the eyepieces
  2. Worried about not being able to wear their glasses
  3. Changed out eyepieces to fit different worker needs
  4. Encountered decreased hand-to-eye coordination when looking through lenses
  5. Experienced health-related absences due to poor body position and fatigue
  6. Missed having any ambient light available because of the need to keep eyes to the eyepieces—adding to eye strain.

After

Operators –
  1. Experienced less to no back strain; sitting up straight came naturally when viewing
  2. Swapped out places with other operators without having to switch eyepieces
  3. Noticed excellent hand-to-eye coordination; increased peripheral vision
  4. Inspected and detected solder faults with more accuracy and ease
  5. Appreciated the natural ambient light now available between their eyes and the screen
  6. Observed superb 3D images; more depth perception because the Mantis head can be moved around

All-Spec carries the entire line of Mantis stereo microscopes including the Mantis Compact, Mantis Elite and Mantis Elite Cam. Each series has been designed to address and solve your needs and those of your operators whether being used for inspections, performing manipulation tasks or documenting. See which one’s right for you.


Sales at All-Spec: Free Lens with Select Mantis Microscope

Posted on by Andy in Magnifiers and Microscopes, Sales at All-Spec Leave a comment

Vision Mantis MicroscopeWe are happy to announce a new exclusive sale here at All-Spec, our free lens with purchase of a Mantis microscope promotion! From now until June 30th, 2013 you can get a free qualifying lens of your choice when you purchase a Mantis Elite or Mantis Compact system. Now you can start off with the objective lens that you need for your inspection or production environments at no extra cost to you!

If you have never seen a Mantis microscope before, then you should definitely check out our blog article explaining what makes them stand out from other microscopes. Mantis microscopes look very different from traditional microscopes, as they do not use traditional eyepieces. Head over to our “How do Mantis Microscopes Work?” blog to read all about them.

Have any questions or comments on this sale? Leave a comment below or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351 today. Also, make sure you take advantage of this great sale before it goes away, you don’t want to miss it!


Why Should You Inspect PCB’s With UV Light?

Posted on by Andy in Magnifiers and Microscopes, Technical Articles Leave a comment

 

Wave Plus UV Magnifier

Here at All-Spec Industries, we carry a few UV magnifiers, microscopes, and video inspection systems, but you may wonder why you would need them for PCB inspection. While normal magnifiers and microscopes can help find issues with soldering or physical damage, UV lights are often used to check PCB’s conformal coating.

A conformal coating protects PCB’s from moisture, dust, and other environmental damage by providing a chemical barrier on the board. Many conformal coatings contain a UV trace, which will glow when viewed under a UV light. Because of this, UV magnifiers and microscopes can be used to find gaps in the conformal coating, and experienced inspectors can even validate the thickness of the coating based on the intensity of the glow.

Do you have any questions on how our products work or what you should use them for? Leave a comment below and we will get you an answer!