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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

Join OKi for Rework and Repair Seminar!

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OKi Logo OK International will be hosting an Advanced Package Rework and Repair seminar taking place June 5, 2012 in Columbia, MD.

Those in attendance will also get a first hand glimpse of the new Metcal Scorpion Rework System and a chance to participate in a hands-on demonstration.

Space is limited, however, they are rewarding the first 20 registrants with free admission! You can register online here.

Additional details of the seminar include:

  • Topics such as Repair, Rework, Low-Volume Assembly, Prototyping, Flux Gel Deposition for BGA/CSP Rework and Repair, Temperature Profiling for Rework and Repair and more!
  • A 30-minute multi-media presentation, two hours of hands-on demonstrations and a Q&A session.
  • There is a $20 registration fee and it will be held from 9am-12pm with a continental breakfast beginning at 8:30am.

All-Spec Industries is an authorized distributor of OKi soldering and desoldering tools. OK International is a leading global supplier of soldering tools and equipment for production assembly.

For more information on the upcoming Metcal Scorpion Rework System, be sure to check out this video!


OKI Convection Rework System Promotion

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OKI MRS1100A Sale We are happy to announce that now through the end of July 2012 at All-Spec Industries, whenever you purchase the MRS-1100A convection rework system you will also receive a free soldering system with a BGA clean-up tip. The MRS-1100A is already a complete rework system, containing a hand convection tool, tool holder, programmable preheater, and board holder. Now, you get an added $394 value with the MFR-1120 soldering system and CFV-BL100 blade tip.

To get your free soldering system with the purchase of the MRS-1100A call All-Spec Industries at 800-537-0351 and place your order with one of our customer service representatives!


OKi MFR-1100 Series Rework Systems

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The MFR-1100 Series Rework Systems by OK International employs the same responsive SmartHeat® Technology used by the Metcal Soldering Systems, available with one of four different ergonomic hand-pieces. These high power stations are ideal for production soldering, touch-up soldering, as well as SMD rework and are all ESD-safe by design to protect sensitive components.

OKi MFR-1100 Series Rework System One of our most popular MFR units, the OKi MFR-1160 Rework System, utilizes the Metcal SSC series tips. Working with lead-free, multi-layer and thermally demanding applications is simplified with this single output system.

The OKi MFR-1160 System includes the following:

  • 1 – MFR-H6-SSC cartridge hand-piece
  • 1 – MFRPS1100 single output power supply
  • 1 – WS1 auto-sleep workstand

Have questions about which OKi MFR system to choose? Give us a call at (800) 537-0351 or email us at sales@all-spec.com.


7 Benefits of OK International’s SmartHeat® Technology

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Smart Heat Soldering Set SmartHeat® Technology by OK International/Metcal has allowed for more control during soldering without having to use higher tip idle temperatures as you otherwise would. So, how does it work? SmartHeat® Technology determines the exact thermal demands for individual solder joints and delivers the necessary amount of thermal energy at the rate needed to produce a reliable connection. In doing such, the risk of electronic component damage is decreased, which is especially important with higher thermal demands of lead-free practices.

What makes SmartHeat® Technology different?

1. Delivers Direct Power – The flux activation and intermetallic bond formation are the two most important phases of conduction soldering. As opposed to traditional ceramic heaters that typically adjust the tip idle temperature to deal with heightened lead-free requirements, SmartHeat® technology senses the specific thermal needs and delivers accordingly.

2. Stored Thermal Energy Transfer – Because stored energy is directly correlated with tip mass and tip idle temperature, other heater soldering systems approach higher demands by raising tip idle temperature. However, SmartHeat® systems are able to distribute thermal energy at lower temperatures and lower the risk of component damage.

3. Reduces Risk of Overshoot – Thermocouple sensors and ceramic heaters used in other technologies often produce temperature discrepancies, along with unstable solder connections. SmartHeat®, though, detects the energy requirements before temperature deviation becomes a problem.

4. Provides Temperature Stability – Other ceramic heater systems rely on the sensor, heater, and operator set point controls to provide temperature stability, but these can be inconsistent. The repeatability of SmartHeat® technology is automatically established by the molecular properties of the heater material, which provides stability over time.

5. Precision Tip Selection – Because the tip is the main tool used to provide thermal energy from the heater to the pad, tip selection is of utmost importance. OKI’s Power Meter can determine specific pad energy requirements, which allow you to narrow down your choices when choosing a tip.

6. Perfect for Lead-Free – Reliable lead-free soldering connections are based upon high thermal demands. Because SmartHeat® technology allows for more accurate control, you can produce more stable connections at low operating temperatures required by lead-free applications.

7. Increase Tip Life and Value – Since SmartHeat® allows you to solder at lower temperatures, and tip selection is easier with the Power Meter, you will enjoy longer and more valuable tip lives.


What is OKi’s SmartHeat Technology?

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OKi Metcal SmartHeat Technology

Many of OKi’s new soldering systems including the OKi PS-900 feature SmartHeat Technology. This technology is basically ESP for your soldering system. Any system that features the SmartHeat will sense the thermal requirement needed for each job and then deliver the correct thermal energy needed to create a reliable joint without using a super high temperature. This sensing reduces the risk of component damage.

Below are some of the benefits of OK International’s SmartHeat Technology.

  • Transfer of Stored Thermal Energy – Conventional soldering systems store the thermal energy in the tip and once the tip touches the pad, the energy rushes into the pad. But SmartHeat Technology allows the system to act differently depending on the pad’s thermal demands which once again gives the operator the thermal energy needed at the lowest temperature possible.
  • Reduced Risk of Undershoot and Overshoot – SmartHeat detects the energy requirement and then controls that energy to avoid an unreliable joint or damage to PCBs or components.
  • Temperature Stability Over Time – The molecular properties of the material used in the heater don’t shift over time and that’s why SmartHeat systems do not need recalibrated or recertified.
  • Rating System to Help with Tip Selection – Choosing the correct soldering tip is important, after all it’s how all the energy travels from the heater to the pad. That is why OKi developed the conductivity factor rating system to provide operators with the guidance they need. Also, OKi’s power meter can quantify the energy requirements needed for the pad.
  • Ideal for Lead-Free – The thermal energy needed for lead-free soldering is greater than the energy needed for leaded solders. Systems with SmartHeat offer the thermal energy needed for lead-free but at lower operating temperatures.
  • Longer Tip Life – High tip temperature combined with oxidation and flux corrosion can rapidly deteriorate the working life of a soldering tip. A soldering system with SmartHeat Technology operates at a lower temperature so soldering tips are less affected by chemical interactions and the high heat.