Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • Is a Rubber Glove a Rubber Glove? The Science Behind Protection Gloves

    To many people, a rubber glove is nothing more than that: a rubber glove. Those who work in ESD-safe environments, though, know rubber gloves are much more than basic disposable hand coverings designed by engineering-school dropouts. Here is a look at some of the science that goes into the high-tech rubber gloves sold by Kimco Distributing Corp.

    Latex is Long-Gone

    Many rubber gloves are still made from latex, but most high-tech gloves are now composed from a nitrile. Nitriles, which are organic compounds, are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Because everyone can wear nitrile gloves, but not latex ones, nitrile is becoming the material of choice.

    ESD-Safe Rubber Gloves

    Kimco Distributors carries rubber gloves designed for use in disk-drive assembly, computer repair and controlled-enviornment manufacturing. In these environments, even a minor static charge can have devastating effects on equipment and parts. When worn with a grounding strap, Kimco Distributing Corporation’s ESD-safe nitrile gloves help prevent an electric discharge. Because they can be worn in any situation, ESD-safe rubber gloves are especially useful for on-site repair, where the environment cannot be completely controlled.

    Millimeters Matter

    The engineers designing rubber gloves for computer manufacturing must create the thinnest gloves possible. Employees who work with miniscule electronic parts must rely on their sense of touch, which must not be dulled by a rubber glove. Kimco Distributing stocks rubber gloves that are just 6 mm thick. Gloves this thin afford an excellent sense of touch, without risking an electric shock.

    These are just three of the considerations that go into designing rubber gloves. In addition to these factors, Kimco Distributors have gloves with textured finger tips and palms, which provide superior grip, ventilate backs and fingercots. With all of these variations, a rubber glove is not just a rubber glove. A rubber glove is an engineering feat.

  • Why do you need to measure an Electrostatic ( ESD ) Field and How?

    Simco Ion Model FMX-003


    Anyone who works in the high-technology manufacturing or repair industries is well acquainted with the damage a static discharge can have on semiconductors, motherboards, microprocessors and other parts – not to mention the pain of being shocked. Even though employees take the appropriate precautions to prevent an electric field from building up, the only way to be sure there is no electrostatic field is to use a meter.

    An electrostatic field meter measures positive and negative electrostatic charges. One can be used to measure the charge potentials on products, parts, people, equipment and packaging. Anything that might come into contact with a valuable part and cause an electrostatic discharge, damaging that part, can be measured.

    When selecting an electrostatic meter, companies should consider the manufacturer, as well as the product. Since the meter will be used to determine whether items are safe to use around expensive parts, it must be reliable. Many people in high-tech manufacturing and repair trust both ACL Staticide and Simco-Ion. Customers can feel confident that every meter stocked by Kimco Distributing Corporation is built by a reliable manufacturer.

    In addition to performing reliably, an electrostatic meter must be easy to use. Virtually all meters on the market are handheld, so portability is not an issue. However, different models use different types of batteries. Many less-expensive models, such as the ACL 300B Precision Electrostatic Analog Meter that Kimco Distributing Corp. offers, use 9-volt batteries. These are excellent solutions for companies looking to save money or situations where a meter is only occasionally needed. More sophisticated models, like Simco-Ion’s FMX-003 Fieldmeter with Charge Plate that Kimco Distributing also carries, come with a built-in battery that is charged while the unit is not in use.

    In most situations, the reliability of the meter and its power source should be a company’s primary considerations. There are other variances among models, such whether it has an analog or digital display and its accuracy. For, any meter sold by Kimco Distributing will meet most companies’ needs.

  • What is the purpose of ionizing does it work?


    Within the high-technology manufacturing industry, ionizing refers to the control of charged electrical particles. Ions are electrically charged molecules that, when conditions are right, discharge. When discharging, ions produce an electric shock that can damage high-tech components. Kimco helps companies that manufacture and repair hard disks, flat-panel displays (FPDs) and other parts that use microprocessors reduce the ions in their manufacturing facilities. Kimco Distributing Corp. carries both grounding equipment and ionizing fans.

    The easiest way to eliminate ions is to ground equipment, people and parts. Grounds give ions a pathway to discharge from these pieces and people, harmlessly sending them into the ground. Grounding equipment and personnel is easy. Manufacturing equipment often comes with the necessary grounds, and companies can find wrist straps and ESD-safe gloves from Kimco for people to wear.

    Small electrical parts, however, can be difficult to ground. A brief list of insulators often used in computer manufacturing and repair includes:

    • Semiconductor devices packaged in an epoxy
    • Silicone wafers coated with an oxide
    • Component leads with insulation
    • Circuit boards with glass epoxy
    • FPDs with glass panels
    • Teflon, quartz and plastics

    As insulators, these materials cannot be grounded.

    Even though the above insulators cannot be grounded, Kimco Distributing stocks fans that remove the ions around these materials. Rather than releasing the ions through a ground, ionizing fans remove them from the immediate area. Just as there are a variety of ESD-safe gloves available at Kimco, there are several different ionizing fans. Kimco has a large ionizing fan with four individual fans that neutralizes the ions in a sizeable area, as well as a two-fan model. They even carry an ionizing fan that mounts on flexible arms for precise targeting. Regardless of the model’s size, all of these fans quickly neutralize ions and effectively prevent harmful discharges.

  • Keep The Air in Your Clean Room Ionized With Kimco ESD Safe Ionizers

    One of the many problems that clean rooms face in keeping a contaminated environment is in the ionization of the actual air in the room. Offices, workshops, and clean rooms generally have less fresh air circulating and are, therefore, stuffier and have more carbon dioxide, chemicals emitted by carpets and paint, dust and electrical equipment like computers all producing positive ions. Higher concentrations of positive ions make the air unhealthy to breathe. An ESD Safe Ionizer is perfect for areas where electronic circuits, computers, and other sensitive equipment is being stored, assembled or repaired.

    Because most of us spend most of our waking and sleeping hours indoors, it is in our best interest to improve the quality of the air we must breathe. A good way to do this is to reduce the number of positive ions in the air and increase the number of negative ions. The negative ions attract the positive ions and pull them out of the air. They fall to the ground, leaving behind cleaner air. In a clean assembly area this is a must.

    Kimco has a great line of ESD safe ionizers and accessories that will work to replace the positive ions in the air with negative ions for better, cleaner air. Benchtop ionizers are very popular in many areas like assembly plants and home workshops. Because of this Kimco has available a Simco-Ion 5051141 Articulating Arm for minION2 Ionizing Blowers that is perfect for keeping the ionizer off your bench, but also where you need it. There is also free shipping on this model!

    Check out the great prices and selection within the Kimco online catalog. You will find great prices, fast shipping, and extensive knowledge to help you find the perfect accessory for your ESD needs.

  • Get Your ESD Hand Tools and Supplies Through Kimco and Save

    Whenever you work on a computer, or other electronic device that has an electrical board, circuit card or other conductive elements there is the potential for an Electro Static Discharge. This ESD is very dangerous to the components within the electronic device. For this reason using ESD hand tools and other accessories will make sure repairs go smoothly.

    At Kimco we carry an extensive line of various ESD hand tools and supplies for large industrial settings and home hobbyists. Through out testing we have found that the best way to control ESD is through a wrist strap or ESD safe mat to work on. However, using special ESD tools will also ensure that you can do the work with confidence in being protected.

    For instance, the ASG 64293 SSCR-4000-ESD ESD-Safe Class 100 Shock-Absorbing Driver is a great tool for working with small screws and parts, while also keeping an ESD safe environment. Another great tool is the Excelta 2643 ESD-Safe Round Nose Smooth Jaw Pliers that are made of stainless steel, but also coated with ESD safe material.

    Keeping ESD under control is something that those within their home garage working on a new computer, or building one from scratch, will want to pay special attention to. With ESD safe pliers, drivers, cutters, wrenches, and other tools, these worries are drastically minimized.

    Take a look at the Kimco online catalog today for a full selection of ESD hand tools. You will also find prices that can fit into any budget and superb customer service to help answer any questions.

  • Work With Confidence With ESD Grounding Hardware from Kimco

    It seems that everywhere you look today there is an electronic device of some sort. Everything from handheld devices to larger room appliances all work through computers, microchips and circuit boards. Doing any kind of repair to them means that you must think about Electro Static Discharge. Using some ESD grounding hardware will ensure that you do not damage the device as well as get a shock yourself.

    An electro static discharge is like the shock you receive when rubbing your feet on the carpet and touching something metal. An ESD can occur when working in your computer and will cause components you touch to no longer work properly. ESD can occur without the user feeling a shock and will occur while working on the inside of the computer or handling an expansion card. With the use of ESD grounding hardware you can easily dissipate this static build up.

    The 3M 2220 10' Coil Cord is a great grounding cord that we carry here at Kimco that is easily worn and has a 1 meg resistor contained within it. It can be clipped to your clothing and absorb the charge so that you do not pass it onto a metal substance or electrical board.

    Kimco has a great selection of ground hardware all at a great price. With 67 different items to choose from you will certainly find the size, shape, and part that you need. We ship out quickly and have a great customer service staff that can answer any questions you may have. While you are looking at the ESD grounding hardware take some time to see what other great ESD products we carry.

  • Why do I need ESD Safe Gloves?

    Every computer assembly and repair facility should provide their workers with ESD-safe gloves, such as the QRP Advanced Glove Technology from Kimco. To the inexperienced person, electrostatic shock appears to be nothing more than a benign prick. People who have worked in the micro-electronic manufacturing and repair industries, however, know the hazards of electrostatic discharges. ESD-safe gloves provide a convenient way of protecting both people and parts from electric shock.

    Protecting People

    QRP BQF09 ESD-safe gloves are not meant to be the only layer of protection against shock. Rather, they are designed to be used in conjunction with other percautionary measures, such a wrist strap and mat, in an electrostatic protective area (EPA). When worn within an EPA enviornment, Kimco's ESD-safe gloves that meet governement standards greatly reduce the risk of shock.

    Protecting Parts

    EPA gloves also protect electronic parts, including motherboards, memory sticks, PCUs and other parts. The ESD-safe gloves Kimco Distributing carries prevent oils on people's fingers from coming into contact with the valuable electronic parts. Even an unnoticable ammount of oil from a person's skin can damage an electronic component, and the gloves from Kimco guard against this.

    Providing Convenience

    There are other means of guarding against electric shock and protecting micro-electronics. However, few are as convenient as Kimco Distributing Corp.'s ESD-safe gloves. Everyone working on laptop repair should be wearing a wrist strap, but people inevitably forget occassionally. A pair of gloves protects people, even when they neglect to put on a wrist strap. Gloves also provide a solution for the situations when it is impractical to wear a wrist strap and remain stationary on a mat. Whether loading trucks with electronics or repairing a laptop at a customer's home, workers can always wear Kimco's ESD-safe gloves.

  • Work Safely With ESD Gloves and Fingercots Available at Kimco

    Anyone who works with electrical components, repairs computers and other electronics, and installs telecommunications or other electrical devices need to have a good supply of ESD gloves and fingercots. However, there are those who work in their own home garage, or basement workshop that continue to ask why these gloves should be worn.

    One reason for wearing ESD gloves and fingercots is to protect the components you are working with. As you work, the wrist band in the gloves grounds your body and prevents it acting as an ESD source. If you are not wearing gloves, anything you hold ( or boards) are grounded through your body. If you wear a non ESD glove then the tools you are using become conductors of static electricity. This can severely damage components and circuits.

    Of course, another reason is to protect yourself from an electrical static discharge. Many times they are simple shocks, but there are times when they can be quite powerful. By wearing a glove like the Desco 68101 ESD-Safe glove can keep smudges, oils, and other contaminants away from the part you are working on or assembling.

    ESD gloves and fingercots should be a staple in any electrical assembly plant or basement workshop. You can find them at the Kimco website. Currently there are over 30 different types and sizes from which to choose from. The prices are always low, with many specials happening throughout the year, and shipping is fast. As you look through the catalog there may be other items that you can add and continue to save money.

  • Protect Yourself with ESD Field Service Kits from Kimco

    For many repair industries there is a very real threat of electric static discharge that can damage systems, components, and caused bodily injury. Because of this threat there is the need for personal ESD field service kits which can be used to dissipate these buildups.

    ESD Field Service Kits provide a complete portable ESD safe workstation for personnel working with electronics in the field. This can be in the form of repairs, installation, cleaning, or any other work that technicians perform on a day to day schedule.

    In order to stop static electricity from damaging electronic cards, an ESD safe work area is essential for Field Service Technicians performing in-field repair or installation of cards. One example of the quality field service kit that is available at is the 3M 8505 ESD-Safe Premium Portable Telecommunications Field Service Kit.

    This ESD Field Service Kit is used by technicians in telecommunications, computer repair, industrial controls, imaging machines and business equipment service applications. The entire ESD kit folds to fit into most tool cases. It also contains the most important parts of static charge protection such as Static Dissipative Worksurface with Pocket, 3M™ Adjustable Wrist Band, and Lightweight Heavy-Duty Coiled Ground Cords. When in use you not only have a worksurface, but also personal protection from the build up of any static electricity buildup. is proud to be carrying this line of ESD field service kits within our extensive online catalog. The prices are all very competitive and kept low for customer savings. We ship quickly and have personal customer service to help you with any questions about these field service kits or any other ESD products you may need.

  • Use ESD Inspection Magnifiers For High Confidence in Electrical Assembly

    When working with computers, circuits, electrical cards and other small components it is necessary to make use of an ESD inspection magnifier. This tool helps you to see tiny parts with greater ease and lessens the potential for problems and mistakes.

    At Kimco we carry a great line of different ESD inspection magnifiers in order to help our customers do the best work with their electrical assembly and repair. Within this line is the Aven 26505-ESD Mighty Vue ESD-Safe Magnifer with Clamp. This magnifier features a large 7 x 5.2 in, 1.75x (3 Diopter ) crystal clear lens mounted to a high tech style mar resistant plastic housing with dual light sources. The large rectangular viewing area of the glass enables comfortable viewing with both eyes and provides shadow free viewing.

    It is also ESD safe. This means that the coating on the magnifier does not conduct a static charge and it dissipates a charge if you happen to touch it while charged. An electro static charge can be made quite easily through simple tasks like walking across the floor or repeatedly rubbing your arm against your clothes. The frictions charges the molecules and then can be transmitted to a metal surface. If happens to a circuit board, this can damage it beyond repair.

    Kimco is very proud to offer these, and several other ESD inspection magnifiers in our online catalog. We also have industry low prices with a very fast shipping policy. If you have any questions please feel free to talk with our customer service professionals who would be glad to hear from you and help in any way they can.

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