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  • The best presaturated wipes for circuit board cleaning

    If you’re familiar with the PCB stencil printing process, you know that it takes great care and precision. Stencil printing requires the use of three main materials: a stencil, solder paste and a printer. The solder paste is spread over the printer to establish electrical connections with the PCB. Sometimes a squeegee blade is used to apply the necessary force to spread the paste across the stencil and onto the PCB. In order to keep your printing process running smoothly, you need to clean your stencil, boards and tools regularly. While you can attempt to clean them by using your everyday household products, that might not be the best option.

    A man attempting to clean his boards before printing encountered this very issue. He asked, “What is the best solution for cleaning dust and debris from printed circuit boards? I currently use paper roll wipes, but upon inspection I still find particles on the boards.”

    Mike Jones, Vice President of MicroCare and a specialist in the field of electronics cleaning and stencil printing, encouraged everyone that experiences this type of issue to get rid of the cheap paper wipes and switch to a lint-free presaturated wipe. “Presaturated wipes are desirable because they remove operator errors from the wiping process,” Jones said. “Every wipe is exactly the same, and carries exactly the same amount of solvent, so the cleaning can be very consistent.”

    MicroCare MCC-MLCW

    That is why MicroCare developed the MCC-MLCW MultiTask Surface Cleaner Presaturated Wipes. This product works to remove solder paste, flux residues, finger prints, uncured epoxy residues, light oils and grease from your surfaces before printing. Like Jones recommended, these wipes are lint-free and also won’t rip during use. The packaging has a unique “slam shut” design that ensures a long service life.

    The Techspray 1608-100DSP IPA Presaturated Stencil Wipes are another great option for SMT surfaces. They can be used to remove all types of solder paste and other adhesives from screens, misprinted boards, stencils, tools and equipment. These wipes are comprised of 70%  Techspray 1608-100DSPIPA and 30% ionized water, and are also lint-free. They are safe to use on plastics, have a two-year shelf life, and are non-ozone depleting. Having a dependable cleaning wipe at your disposal is important to achieve the best printing results and ensure maximum production.

    Both of these products can be found right here on the GoKimco website at an affordable price with fast shipping. GoKimco is a proud supplier of many other MicroCare and Techspray products, so be sure to check them out!

  • The five parts of the MicroCare Circuit Board Cleaning Kit

    Who doesn’t love kits? For less money, you receive a variety of products that were specifically picked to work together. The MicroCare MCC-CBCSK Circuit Board Cleaning Station Kit is no different. In today’s blog, we’re going to dissect all five pieces included in this kit, and why they’re all essential pieces to add to your work space if you frequently clean circuit boards.

    1. MCC-ESD Trigger Grip Cleaning System

    This is the heart of this kit and the main focus piece. This system makes circuit board cleaning faster and produces less waste. The amount of cleaning fluid use is reduced by 66%, cleaning the board in seconds and thus producing a safer work environment while cutting cleaning costs. It is reusable and ESD-safe.

    MicroCare Trigger Grip Cleaning Kit

    1. MCC-SPR High Purity Flux Remover Cleaning Fluid

    The MicroCare kit also includes a clear liquid heavy duty flux remover that comes in a 12 oz. aerosol can. This nonflammable and ESD-safe liquid removes grease, acrylic conformal coatings and instant drying flux with low odor and no residues. Its compatibility with the Trigger Grip Cleaning System is why it’s included in the kit and a great flux remover for circuit boards.

    1. MCC-RBNB Natural Bristle, Short Nose Trigger Grip

    The short nose trigger grip with natural bristle is designed with a flow-restrictor to reduce solvent flow and is highly economical. The brush can be removed and replaced with a number of alternative brushes if desired.

    1. MCC-BK3 Bench Mount Kit

    The bench mount kit works to hold the aerosol can and trigger grip neatly at your workbench. It prevents any of the solvents from tipping or falling over, extending the life of the trigger grip and ensuring the aerosol can will empty completely.

    1. MCC-WF44 High-Performance Lint-Free Dry Wipes

    The last product included in this kit is a pack of 50 high purity, lint-free polyester wipes. The wipes are 4” x 4” and each one can typically be used between 10 and 20 times before disposal. You won’t find any glues, bleach or cellulose on these wipes, which means you won’t have to worry about it degrading end-faces. The chemical makeup of the wipes makes “wet-dry” cleaning fast, easy and consistent.

    One piece is good but all five pieces of this kit together are great. Click here to add it to your work space for a discounted price today. GoKimco is a proud seller of many MicroCare products, so be sure to check them out.MicroCare Trigger Grip Cleaning Kit

  • Why is flux important in the soldering process?

    Soldering without flux is similar to brushing your teeth without toothpaste- you can do it but it probably won’t leave you with very pleasant results. Flux plays a crucial role in the soldering process. It spreads onto the soldered metal, keeps the surface clean while the molten solder alloy reaches it, and helps the solder spread over the metal. The application of flux is made easier by using a flux pen, giving you more control of the amount of flux you wish to use.

    This is where the new Kester Select-10 Flux Pen on GoKimco comes in, keeping you smiling all Kester Select-10 Flux Penday long because you enjoy properly melting metals together just like you enjoy your pearly white teeth since you use the best flux- err, toothpaste- every day.

    But first, what is Select-10? This is a zero-halogen, no-clean liquid flux. The makeup of the flux makes it great with challenging applications such as reflowed copper OSP boards or with difficult-to-solder components. It doesn’t spread beyond the spray pattern and it won’t clog the fluxer head. The residues are non-tacky and non-corrosive. This flux has the ability to provide desired hole-fill with preheat temperatures of 135 degrees Celsius with no clogging.

    The Select-10 Flux Pen is an inexpensive addition to your work space that will make a world of difference. Being a no-clean pen, there is no cleanup necessary after its use. The pen provides good solderability under air atmosphere and is compliant to GR-79-CORE, the requirement criteria for its physical design.

    The Select-10 Flux Pen was just added to the GoKimco catalog, so make sure to go check it out! GoKimco is a proud seller of a number of Kester products and we are especially excited about the addition of this one. Kester is a leading global supplier of basic and high-tech attachment materials for the electronic assembly, component and microelectric marketplaces.

  • Why would you need canned air for circuit board assembly?

    Techspray 1671-10sIn 2008, a bowling alley employee was performing her everyday responsibilities.  A paper shredder needed cleaning and a can of compressed air seemed like the perfect tool to get the job done. However, this canned air did not have “nonflammable” in its label. The employee tilted the can and sprayed the liquid onto the shredder. The liquid turned into a gas which then ignited a fire, causing burn marks on her face.   Get more info on the incident from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries posting.

    The incident prompted the US Department of Labor to issue a hazard alert to those that use canned air and to list safety tips to avoid the risk of injury or death. Canned air is not the same as the air you breathe. It consists of compressed gases that if used in a poorly ventilated area, could ignite a fire, as in the case of the bowling alley employee.

    Don’t be alarmed, though. You can eliminate the reality of facing a situation such as this one simply by switching to a non-flammable air can. In fact, this is one of the US Department of Labor’s main safety tips. Now that you know this is the safer option for you, it’s time to choose which one to go with. The Techspray 1671-10S is a great nonflammable option. It’s odorless, leaves zero residues and has a ten-year shelf life. With this product, you can properly clean your electronics and keep them working longer.

    The Techspray air duster can be used to clean a wide number of surfaces and is especially useful for circuit board assembly. It is also safe to use on plastic materials. The air removes microscopic contaminants, lint, dust and metallic oxide deposits before they build up and cause overheating or shortages. Having this nonflammable canned air in your workspace will ensure the safety of you and your projects.

    To give you an idea of the versatility of this product, you can use the Techspray 1671-10S on:

    • Audio/Video Equipment
    • Computers and Other Electronic Equipment
    • Fax Machines
    • Laboratory Instruments
    • Photo Equipment
    • Printed Circuit Boards
    • Printers
    • Surface Mount Devices

    Lastly, since we’re on the topic of safety, here are some tips on how to properly use your Techspray product:

    • Hold the can in an upright position while spraying
    • Never tilt the can more than 40 degrees or shake before or during use
    • Before spraying, press actuator to clear the valve of any liquid product
    • You can use the extension tube to remove dust in tight areas
    • Use short bursts to prevent cooling of can

     

     

     

  • Five Uses for the Metcal BVX-201-KIT1 ESD-Safe Fume Extraction System

    Harmful fumes, gases, and dust are common byproducts of everyday industrial practices such as cutting, marking, heating and burning of materials. If you engage in any of these on a day-to-day basis, it is imperative that you add a fume extraction system to your workspace, and the Metcal BVX-201-KIT1 Two Operator Fume Extraction System could very well be the right fit for you! It’s obvious that the system’s main purpose is to protect the safety of employees while also ensuring compliance with workplace regulations, but what does that entail and what makes this system stand out from the rest? We’ll break down five reasons why this Metcal Fume Extraction System can fit well in your workspace.

     

    1. Dynamic Fume Extraction

    The Metcal BVX-201 is built to extract harmful fumes. For example, when soldering materials, flux fumes are created from the solder wire and solder paste.  These fumes contain many chemicals that could cause immediate or long-term health issues such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. This Metcal system extracts those fumes, making your workspace cleaner and safer! The main filter has a HEPA efficiency rating of 99.7% and .3 micron, and an activated carbon filter to remove additional gases.

    1. Compliance with Regulations

    The health and safety of you and your employees is by far the most important reason to own an extraction system, but there are also workplace regulations that require you to own one.  According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), at least half a million workers in industries that use welding face health and safety risks. Because of these risks, OSHA has created regulations to ensure safer and cleaner work conditions. The addition of this extraction system to your space will assist you in your compliance with these regulations, and help you avoid future workplace complications.

    1. Portability

    The Metcal BVX-201 is designed to be placed directly underneath or next to your bench-top, which will free up more of your workspace. With that being said, the system still boasts high suction speeds, the highest of all portable systems, and comes with two BVX-ARML designed to be used adjacent to the workbenches. The entire system is 9kg, which makes it easy to move from space to space if needed.

    1. Noise Level

    The Metcal BVX-201 is not only strong and portable but also quiet. Featuring a brushless motor, this system has a quiet operation with a noise level under 55 dbA. To use your fume extractor, there is an easy access on/off switch. When a filter needs replacing, an audible alarm will inform you so that you can make sure your system stays running properly and efficiently.

     

    1. Reduced Cleaning Cost and Time

    Adding this system to your workspace will save you in both cost and time in the long run by keeping you and anyone else in your workspace healthy and safe. It is an investment for sure, but the ramifications of not having a high-quality system could outweigh the initial expenditure. Also, healthy workers = fewer absences from the workspace = more production.

     

  • Review of Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station

    “Wow, this beauty is beyond expectations...” 

    You could swear this line was used to describe an Oscar-worthy film or a Santorini sunset, but you might be surprised to find these words pulled from the review of a Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station. From hobbyist to professional, it doesn’t really matter what level you’re starting off at when purchasing this product. The updated version of the popular FX-888 boasts all of the old features buyers loved with the addition of new features including a digital calibration that simplifies the setup and operation of the product. The unit heats up in seconds, rising to an adjustable temperature range between 120 and 899 degrees Fahrenheit (50-480 degrees Celsius). To make your soldering experience even easier, you can preset up to five temperatures. The lightweight handset is easy to maneuver and includes a T18-D16 Tip. The entire unit is a compact 4.75 lbs., built to take up less of your bench space, and is ESD safe.

    Hakko T18-D16 Soldering Tip

    In a recent piece by Marco Schwartz, an electrical engineer who writes blog posts on various products, he described the Hakko FX-888D as one of the top soldering irons for beginners and hobbyists due to its easy-to-use settings and features. Schwartz gave the product a 4.5 out of 5 stars, commenting on the useful cleaning station that holds and keeps the tip clean at all times. He loved the password function of the FX-888D which enables the user to lock the settings if desired to prevent them from becoming altered. Schwartz went on to say, “All of the features mentioned above are well documented in a manual that comes with the Hakko FX888D-23BY soldering station. Therefore, you are able to understand how to fine-tune the settings and use the soldering station for best results.”

    Regardless of what you intend to use your soldering station for, the FX-888D is worth the step up from the cheaper options you can find on the internet. Testimonials from those who have bought and loved the product include:

    • “I finally decided to stop buying the $15 cheap ones and buy something that will last and do a great job. No regrets.” -Austin K.
    • “It is one of the best investments I have ever made. After years of using those flimsy, cheap soldering irons you can buy at discount department stores and other big box stores, it is a pleasure to use a precision soldering station like the FX888D.” -Vintess
    • “Great first soldering station. I would never use a cheap unit again.” -Eficker
    • “This Hakko just gives you more for your money.” -R. Davila

    If you wish to add a high quality and reasonably priced soldering station to your workspace today, look no further than right here on goKimco.com, a proud seller of Hakko products.

    Check out this demonstration of the Hakko FX888D:

  • Remember to use our Tip Finder™ to find the right tips for your soldering station!

    We know how difficult it can be to figure out what tips will fit your particular soldering station. We introduced the Kimco Tip Finder™ to help you discover a wide array of soldering tips that will work with your station of choice.

    We regularly update the Tip Finder™ to include new tip series and stations. If you still have trouble finding the tips you need, do not hesitate to call us!

    Check out the how-to video below.

  • Free Shipping for New ADS200 AccuDriveTM Production Soldering Station

    Kimco is excited to introduce a special offer on a new product from PACE - the ADS200 AccuDrive Production Soldering Station model 8007-0578 makes electronics soldering easy to master and allows you to achieve more efficient production workflows. Plus, for a limited time, we’re offering free shipping on this slick new device.

    Read on for more details on the machine and how to take advantage of free shipping.

    The ADS200 AccuDrive™ Production Soldering Station from Pace Worldwide

    PACE Worldwide is recognized for innovative, cost-effective solutions in soldering, rework and repair of advanced electronics, and this new soldering station more than delivers on that reputation, designed for extreme, multi-shift production use, and created by a company that understands the needs of high-quality electronics manufacturers. For over 50 years, PACE has been known for the development of groundbreaking products, training films, curricula, materials and electronic assembly standards. As a leading supplier of products, services and solutions for electronics manufacturing and repair in North America, we’re excited to add this high-powered product to our extensive offering of specialist manufacturing and repair products.

    New AccuDrive™ Technology

    PACE’s new AccuDrive™ Technology will help you to spend less time checking and calibrating devices, and more time working. The soldering system is intuitive to use and easy to operate, no specialized training required. It was designed to seamlessly fit into your existing workflows and supercharge your production capabilities. Replace your older, high-maintenance soldering systems with the ADS200 and see your production times speed up and your costs go down.

    AccuDrive™ allows you to set highly-accurate temperatures, without the need to repeatedly change cartridges. Its fast heat-up achieves set temperature in seconds, and advanced electronics give you greater flexibility and speed by providing instantaneous load sensing and on-demand power so you can quickly reflow solder joints at safe, low temperatures, regardless of the mass of the application.

    Safe, Strong & Simple

    Simple to operate, just power the device on to begin soldering. A large digital LED display makes it easy to check the temperature of the unit from all angles, and you can quickly toggle between temperature presets at the touch of a button. An optional add-on ISB Tool Stand can extend tip life and save energy by automatically lowering temperature when the iron is set in the stand, and also makes it easy to clean the device so you can work continuously. Most importantly, of course, this rugged and ergonomic station is ESD-Safe and meets ANSI/ESD S13.1-2015 and 20.20 specifications.

    The AccuDrive™ Production Soldering Station's integrated Blue Series Tip-Heater Cartridges allow you to significantly lower your yearly soldering expenses through the use of inexpensive, long-life tips. The performance and responsiveness of these tips exceed that of many higher-priced alternatives and are perfect for demanding lead-free soldering or high thermal mass PCB's. These quick-change cartridges can be swapped while hot and instantly achieve set temperatures for continuous production soldering. A high-accuracy sensor with a robust heater delivers up to 120 Watts of power, and unlike curie point systems, one tip can be set at any temperature, from 380°F/193°C to 850°F/454°C without changing the cartridge.

    New TD-200 Cool-TouchTM

    The ADS200 AccuDrive™ Production Soldering Station also features the new TD-200 Cool-TouchTM Handpiece which is designed to stay cool and comfortable. The ergonomically designed handle is slim and lightweight to reduce grip stress and operator fatigue, and made out of aluminum so it stays cool and comfortable, even during extended production use. This device works safely on 0201’s, sensitive flex circuits or the highest mass, lead-free PCBs. From tip to the end of the cord, the TD-200 protects your ESD-sensitive devices.

    Free Shipping!

    Kimco is offering FREE SHIPPING for a limited time free on the Pace ADS200 AccuDrive™ Production Soldering Station so you can try out this new product in your electronics soldering stations and revamp your workflows.

     

     

    Ready to try one out for yourself? Learn more and place your order at online by clicking Pace ADS200 model 8007-0578 . You can also find all the PACE products that we carry, from replacement parts to rework systems, here.

  • The Best Quantum Storage Bins for Your Business

    Designed with the unique needs of electronics manufacturers in mind, the Quantum Storage Systems line of products are meant to hold up to heavy use with a large selection of industrial plastic bins and storage systems configurable to any need.

    Made out of injection molded plastics, these rugged stackable containers come in a number of sizes, configurations and colors. The bins are large and tough enough for the storage of heavy power tools and yet also optimal to keep your smallest items safely contained and organized. Choose from a variety of containers and storage systems including bins, carts, shelves and more.

    Dividable Grid Containers

    Quantum’s dividable grid containers are perfect for small electronics. The injection molded carbon-filled copolymer polypropylene dividable grid totes and boxes will protect your electronic components, printed circuit boards and flex circuits from electrostatic discharge. These containers have a resistivity of less 105 ohms per square and are permanently conductive, unaffected by washing with normal cleaners. Removable dividers allow you to customize the interior space to fit your needs, and a snap-on lid protects from dust and keeps your items secure during movement and transport.

    Stackable Hanging Bins

    Quantum's conductive ultra-stack hanging bins are injected molded and made in the USA from a carbon-filled copolymer polypropylene material. Surface resistivity of these conductive bins is less than 105 ohms per square and the resistivity is unaffected by washing. The material itself is conductive, so you don’t have to worry about the deterioration of any conductive paint or coating. These conductive bins come in a variety of colors and sizes. A non-conductive option, available in black, is also made in the same shapes and sizes. The clear variety of the Quantum conductive bins are a bestseller. The clear material allows you to conveniently see what is stored inside so you can work more quickly and efficiently. Rugged and durable, these containers are resistant to heavy chemicals and made to last. Some bins also come manufactured from recycled 100% post-consumer high-density polypropylene. Available in black, these bins have all the features of Quantum's standard bins but at a more economical price.

    Utility Carts and Tray Carts

    The Quantum Storage System also offers a conductive utility cart and tray cart. Chrome finished, they come with a drag chain at the bottom which maintains contact with your ESD floor. Large casters allow for smooth transport of your items, and can be locked into place for stability. Conductive bins can be loaded and stacked onto the utility cart, which will smoothly transport even heavy loads. For the tray cart, each fiberglass tray is static dissipative and the cart comes with an optional stopping mechanism to attach to the ends of the trays for added security. A three-polymer heavy duty cart is also available as an alternative to the chrome utility cart.

    See all the available options and get more information here or click below to go to a specific product:

    You can also see more details and examples of how each product can be used through our series of videos, just click below!

  • Why Use Ionizers

    You’ve heard about ionizers before...but do you really need them? If you want to protect your workstation from electrostatic discharge (ESD), then the answer is most likely yes.

    Certain preventative measures can be taken to protect your workstation from electrostatic discharge. In order to maintain a proper ESD control program you will sometimes need to use additional equipment -- this is where the ionizer comes into play.

    Below, we’ll go over four methods for reducing electrostatic discharge both with and without the use of an ionizer to show you the difference.

    Three Ways to Reduce Electrostatic Discharge Without an Ionizer

    In an ESD protected area, insulators can be controlled by doing the following:

    1. Use insulators and maintain a perimeter
    In addition to using a grounded work surface, be sure to use insulated items. These insulated items should be a minimum of 30 centimeters away from all ESD sensitive items at all times.

    2. Use ESD protective items
    To add an extra layer of precaution, replace your insulative items with fully ESD protected versions. For example, instead of using a regular drinking cup at your workstation, replace it with a fully insulated thermos.

    3. Periodically apply topical anti-static agent
    For items which cannot be replaced with an ESD protected version, protect against electrostatic discharge by periodically applying a topical anti-static agent. Examples of such items might be your keyboard.

    Why use an ionizer

    When none of this is possible, the insulator is termed process essential and therefore neutralization using an ionizer should become a necessary part of the ESD control program.

    How ionizers remove electrostatic discharge
    While conductive items can be discharged of their negative ions by being placed on a grounded surface, an insulator will still maintain a positive charge when placed on a grounded surface. Here’s an example:

    This instrument is a digital static field meter which measures voltages associated with electrostatic charge. If we rub two paddles together -- one an insulator and the other a conductor -- and hold them over the field meter the meter shows that the insulated paddle holds many thousands of volts, which in this case is a positive charge.

    The conductive paddle holds a much lower negative charge but it is still charged.

    If we place both paddles on a grounded surface and hold them over the field meter again, the insulator is still holding a large positive charge.

    However the conductor is no longer holding a charge. By placing the conductor on a grounded surface the charge was transferred to the mat and away to the ground.

    An ionizer can help maintain an ESD protected workstation for both insulators and conductors.

    Once the ionizer is turned on it sends out thousands of matching pairs of both positive and negative ions in the air flow. If we hold the positively charged insulative paddle into the air flow it will attract negative ions thereby neutralizing the charge on the surface.

    It’s like magic...or better yet, science!

    Still have questions? Watch our instructional video to learn more about why you should use ionizers here.

    What size ionizer is best?
    The size of the ionizer needed depends on the size of your workstation. For small workstations and desktops not more than 1-4 feet, a single-fan ionizer will work. For larger workstations or a grouping of desktops, several overhead multi-fan ionizers may be more suitable. As a supplement, or to reach small interior areas and remove lodged debris, a point-and-shoot ionizer or ionizer gun works best.

    Shop these and other ESD protective items for your manufacturing workspace from KIMCO’s ionization equipment.

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