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(Electrical and Electronic Test Equipment)
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Oscilloscopes are important pieces of equipment for any electronics expert. Below are a few terms that come up when looking at the specs of an oscilloscope and general things to look for when... (View Full Article)
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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The major requirement of the SEC's conflict mineral regulation is that any companies that make products that contain conflict minerals should have their supply chain audited.... (View Full Article)
(Packaging and Labeling Equipment)
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While "anti-static" and "static shielding" sound pretty similar, there are great differences when it comes to ESD protection. The main difference involves the sensitivity of the component in the bag.... (View Full Article)
(Power Supplies)
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When looking at power tools one thing to note is the type of motor they use.... (View Full Article)
(Lab Supplies)
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There are a few tips that you should keep in mind when cleaning any ESD-safe wear.... (View Full Article)
(Storage and Containers)
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In electronics manufacturing, it's important to protect products that are sensitive to moisture, especially when they are out of sight in storage or shipping.... (View Full Article)
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Industry standards play a major role in providing meaningful metrics and common procedures that allow various manufacturers, customers, and suppliers to communicate from facility to facility around... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Materials are divided into these terms based on their individual surface resistance. Surface resistance is a measurement of how easily an electric charge can travel across a medium. Conductive... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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The short life of a soldering tip is a common complaint among those who solder for work and those who solder for fun. The switch to lead-free solder has also taken a toll on the life of soldering... (View Full Article)
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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Proper personal grounding techniques are probably the most important part of any ESD-safe workstation.... (View Full Article)
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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Last week we went over what grounding does and why you need it, so this week we will start to look into methods of grounding. We noted before that static can come from two objects rubbing together.... (View Full Article)
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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Any ESD-sensitive device can also be damaged from charges built up while moving it across a work area or from other charged items in the area. To reduce and counteract the build-up of static charges,... (View Full Article)
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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While it is important to know how to keep yourself and your workstation grounded, it can be interesting to understand where your charge goes.... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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The first thing to understand with IR Thermometers is a bit of how heat works.... (View Full Article)
(Lab Supplies)
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The Branson Sonifier, an ultrasonic cell disruptor, is next in a long line of laboratory equipment that All-Spec Industries will provide for consumers.... (View Full Article)
(Materials Processing Equipment)
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An ultrasonic cleaner is a metal container that has ceramic piezo transducers attached to the side or the bottom of the tank. These transducers convert one form of energy to another. They also change... (View Full Article)
(Optical Components)
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Borescopes are most often used in inspection work for inaccessible viewing areas.... (View Full Article)
(Optical Components)
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A diopter is a unit of measurement describing the optical power of a lens or curved mirror. When shopping for magnifiers, consider this: The diopter is equal to the reciprocal of the focal length... (View Full Article)
(Heating and Cooling Equipment)
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Many people are familiar with traditional soldering irons, there may be less familiarity with more specific types such as butane or resistance irons.... (View Full Article)
(Hand, Power and Assembly Tools)
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Many times building your own workbench or workstation for electronics work will save you money, and will also allow you to choose what accessories you may want.... (View Full Article)
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If youre out to buy a microscope and are confused, youre not alone. There are many different types of microscopes out there to choose from, but I believe the easiest way to narrow down your choices is... (View Full Article)
(Hand, Power and Assembly Tools)
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The first step in choosing a solder is to decide what metals are going to be bonded, because the type of metal used will greatly influence the type of solder used. Soft solders are often used with... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing an ionizer. First start by deciding which style of ionizer will work best for you. This includes overhead ionizers, desktop ionizers, and gun type... (View Full Article)
(Hand, Power and Assembly Tools)
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Because the soldering iron tip is the key piece that transfers heat from the iron to the actual piece being soldered, it is imperative to choose the right tip for your activity.... (View Full Article)
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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Grounding is important to most ESD-safe products, as they need to have an outlet for any built-up charges to be neutralized.... (View Full Article)
(Torque Sensing)
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Lindstrom now offers a torque tester that is affordable, accurate and easy to use over a wide range of torque devices and torque settings.... (View Full Article)
(Contract Manufacturing and Fabrication)
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Many people in and out of the electrical industry often search for a tool that will cut holes in metal both accurately and quickly, while leaving smooth edges. An ideal tool for the job is a knockout... (View Full Article)
(Torque Sensing)
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The torque wrench's main purpose: to tighten a bolt or nut with the correct amount of torque while avoiding over-tightening.... (View Full Article)
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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There are many considerations when creating an ESD-safe work place and one of the biggest is reducing static electricity from humans.... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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To ensure your tips are free of any oxides, you should clean them regularly. By cleaning your tips, you remove any dirt or dust that has accumulated as well as built up oxides.... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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While proper soldering techniques are important to form working joints, it is also necessary to maintain your iron to keep it at its peak performance.... (View Full Article)
(Vacuum Equipment)
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Handling parts during assembly can entail a variety of different tools.... (View Full Article)
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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"IP" stands for "ingress protection" and it deals with both solid and liquid protection. This rating system was created by the International Electrotechnical Commission, which creates standards for... (View Full Article)
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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The Hazardous Materials Identification System was developed by the American Coatings Association to aid compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.... (View Full Article)
(Lab Safety)
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With the complexity of hands, it's important to take a few simple steps to protect those assets.... (View Full Article)
(Hand, Power and Assembly Tools)
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When looking for a soldering iron tip it is important to know your project. Measure and check the components that you are soldering and choose a solder tip that will be the correct size.... (View Full Article)
(Contract Manufacturing and Fabrication)
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Since we have done quite a few product reviews lately, we have decided a basic “how-to” article would be an appropriate post. The following is a series of steps to take when practicing the... (View Full Article)
(Materials Processing Equipment)
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Workers usually wear gloves to protect the electronic items they are building from ESD but the gloves also serve as a barrier to protect the products from finger prints and scratches. Nitrile gloves... (View Full Article)
(Material Handling Equipment)
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Whether you're looking for gloves to use in your ESD-protected workspace or for a new soldering project, you need a specific type of glove. But, do you know all the uses of gloves?... (View Full Article)
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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Ergonomics is the science of designing equipment and workplaces to fit different user needs by matching the job to the worker, rather than vice versa.... (View Full Article)
(Contract Manufacturing and Fabrication)
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Both stations are priced around the same, $80-$90 for the unit. Also, both the WES51 and the 936-12 are ESD safe, have slim handled irons for comfortable use and both stations have a heater/sensor... (View Full Article)
(Cutting and Forming Tools)
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Wire cutters are an essential part of any electronics tool kit or workstation, but you may not know the benefits of different types of cutting edges.... (View Full Article)
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There are many types of electrical meters, but their uses are not always clear. This week we are going to focus on voltmeters, resistivity meters and nanocoulomb meters.... (View Full Article)
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Sometimes you need a more specialized device. This week we are going to look at a few of these specialized meters and what they are used for.... (View Full Article)
(Lab Safety)
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Tech Wear's X2 garments are designed to work in conjunction with 3M's 724 Workstation Monitor.... (View Full Article)
(Force Sensing)
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Jonard Force Gauges (also referred to as Dynamometer or Tension Gauges) are all ergonomically designed industry standards for measuring force.... (View Full Article)
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Charge device model (CDM) is concerned with making sure the device itself does not get charged.... (View Full Article)
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When working with ESD sensitive products you need to know exactly what protection is needed.... (View Full Article)
(Electrical and Electronic Test Equipment)
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The machine model is the most straightforward of the three ESD classifications. It shows how sensitive a device is to other charged devices in the area.... (View Full Article)
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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RoHS stands for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances, and it is a directive specifically for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).... (View Full Article)
(Material Handling and Packaging Services)
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The options are almost endless when it comes to ESD bags on the market. Some of the more popular bags are anti-static bags, static shielding bags and moisture barrier bags. Many of the bags come in... (View Full Article)
(Storage and Containers)
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A Faraday Cage is a type of enclosure that protects static sensitive devices.... (View Full Article)
(Light Sources)
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One important factor is the color temperature of the light around your workspace. Having the correct color temperature for your task lighting helps reduce eye strain as well as ensure that you see... (View Full Article)
(Plastics, Elastomers and Polymers)
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Some of our products are made with a material called Delrin. Do you know what Delrin is?... (View Full Article)
(Contract Manufacturing and Fabrication)
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Desoldering braid is a product made of clean, oxide-free copper that helps completely remove solder from components and PCBs.... (View Full Article)
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ESD, or electrostatic discharge, is the term most often used to describe the sensitivity of modern electronic components to static electrical charges.... (View Full Article)
(Engineering and Technical Services)
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What is exactly? That is a question we get a lot from our customers. NIST, a government agency,stands for National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST explains what they do on their website in... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Many of OKi's new soldering systems including the OKi PS-900 feature SmartHeat Technology which is basically ESP for your soldering system.... (View Full Article)
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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REACH is a piece of legislation that is currently in force in the European Union. Along with RoHS and WEEE, it is one of the three main regulations that affect how electronic products are made and... (View Full Article)
(Calibration and Testing Services)
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I'm sure many people have seen the term RoHS and aren't really sure what it is or what it stands for. If you are unfamiliar with RoHS, read the brief overview below to learn about RoHS and why it's... (View Full Article)
(Torque Sensing)
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Torque is defined as a force which creates a rotation of an object around an axis.... (View Full Article)
(Lab Supplies)
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Tyvek® is produced by bonding Olefin into a paper or fabric-like product.Probably the most important quality of Tyvek® is that it resists both water and air, but allows moisture vapor to... (View Full Article)
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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UL is one of the oldest testing agencies in the country and provides certification on the safety of products and their environmental claims.... (View Full Article)
(Contract Manufacturing and Fabrication)
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Are you stuck when trying to choose between an effective aerosol cleaner and a safe one? Manufacturers are no longer making cleaners that contain HCFC-141b because of its ozone-depleting properties.... (View Full Article)
(Safety and Personal Protective Equipment)
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Anything that has been ergonomically designed is more comfortable and allows the user to work more efficiently and safely; ergonomic chairs are no different.... (View Full Article)
(Electronics and Microelectronics Manufacturing)
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In general, it is best to only bake boards when you have a specific reason to do so.... (View Full Article)
(Contract Manufacturing and Fabrication)
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It’s been a year since the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) have mandated that lead be eliminated from electronic... (View Full Article)
(Packaging and Labeling Equipment)
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If you are working in a static sensitive environment, you should use ESD-safe paper to fully protect your project.... (View Full Article)