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Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything

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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.


  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.


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.

Inspection and Cleaning Products for Fiber Optic Connectors

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Fiber optic connectors are routinely maintained because of their instability in a fiber network. A reliable connection requires inspection and cleaning.

Here’s a brief overview of the inspection and cleaning products for fiber optic connectors.

Inspecting Fiber Optic Connectors

Using a fiber microscope you can easily detect the condition of a fiber optic connector.

On the ends of a connector even the smallest of particulates can cause a disturbance in the connectivity of the cable. Typical contaminates on a connector include oil, dirt, scratches, pits and chips.

Here’s what a contaminated fiber optic connector may look like:

Regardless of the size of the contaminants on the connector–whether one micron or ten–the area must be entirely clean for your network to work at its highest efficiency.

In between each round of cleaning use the microscope to see if the connector is free of particulates.

You can mate the connections when your connector looks like this:

Cleaning Fiber Optic Connectors

There are a few methods of cleaning a connector, and the type of product you use depends on how difficult it is to remove the contaminants.

For contaminants such as oil and dirt, dry wiping is recommended and economical lint-free wipes or fiber-optic swabs should be used.

If the contaminants aren’t completely removed, then your next step would be to wet the wipe with a fiber-optic cleansing solution, such as the Electro-Wash® PX from Chemtronics. Or, if your application requires a non-flammable solution, use the CZ-version instead.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one cleaning solution, we recommend this seven-piece fiber-optic cleaning kit.

For more information on these products and fiber optic cleaning, reach out to our product expert team at Sales@all-spec.com.

New, More Competitive Pricing on all Luxo Inspection Equipment

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All-Spec has rolled out new pricing on the entire line of Luxo magnifiers, microscopes and task lighting that will make upgrading to this line of top-quality equipment easier than ever.  Luxo is a leading manufacturer of magnifiers from the affordable IFM illuminated magnifier to the new state-of-the-art Wave+ LED series.  They offer a range of microscopes from the advanced System 373 ESD-safe TRU trinocular microscopes to the popular System 273 ESD-safe stereo-zoom binocular microscopes.  A new feature on the System 273 VIP models is a new variable position eyepiece you can rotate in multiple directions to help prevent neck and muscle fatigue.

Add in our easy-to-use website, outstanding customer service and fast delivery times and you’ll see why more customers are turning to us for top-quality Luxo instruments every day.

Have an opinion or question on Luxo magnifiers, microscopes or lights?  Leave a comment below or call Customer Service at (800) 537-0351 today.

Sale Reminder: Free Lens with Select Mantis Systems

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Vision Mantis MicroscopeDon’t forget to buy you’re Vision Mantis Microscope System by June 30,2013 to qualify for a free lens.


From now until June 30, 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!

Save on 20 Luxo Magnifiers and Microscopes at All-Spec

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You’ll need to act soon if you want to take advantage of some of the lowest prices available on select Luxo magnifiers and microscopes. Now through May 31st we’re featuring 10% savings on some of our best-selling models.

The big 5″ diameter lens in the KFM Magnifier series gives you distortion-free magnification, and an optional 10-diopter clip-on swing-away lens delivers additional magnification for inspection applications.  It’s powered by a 22-watt circular fluorescent bulb for 360° of cool, shadow-free illumination. The industrial grade die-cast aluminum housing is equipped with a non-yellowing splash guard/diffuser to protect the bulb. Spring-balanced adjustable arms provide finger-touch control.

The System 273 VIP microscopes feature a variable position head that every user can easily adjust to maintain the correct posture during use – neck straight, eyes forward.  This goes a long way to reducing the neck and muscle fatigue common with standard microscopes.  Combine that with up to 7.3” of working distance, an 8x – 50x magnification range, and savings up to $378 and you’ll see why these microscopes are such a great deal.

Have any more questions on Luxo magnifiers or microscopes?  Leave a comment below or call Customer Service to (800) 537-0351 today.