Monthly Archives: December 2017

  • 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.

  • Top 10 Great Gift Ideas for Electronic Hobbyists

    Looking for the perfect gift for the hobbyist on your list? Want to buy gifts that will be a great addition to any workshop? We're here to help. Here are the top ten gift ideas from GoKimco.com

    Aven 1394010. Aven 13940 7-Piece Precision Chromium Vanadium Steel Screwdriver Set with Case
    This set of micro screwdrivers comes in a handy case and includes assorted Phillips®; Slotted; and Torx® tip styles with a size Range: #00 - #1. This durable set of drivers is great for electronics repair, perfect for working on computers and other small devices.

     

     

     

    Eclipse-Pros-Kit-MT-18609. Eclipse Pro's Kit MT-1860 Professional Digital Multimeter with USB Connector
    Everyone who likes to tinker with electronics needs a multimeter to measure DC voltage, AC voltage, DC current, AC current, resistance, capacitance, frequency, temperature, and more. The MT-1860 is a professional grade digital multimeter with an easy to read LCD screen. It also features USB connectivity to interface with PCs.

     

     

     

    Aven-18476USA8. Aven 18476USA 5-Piece Precision Stainless Steel Tweezer Set
    These stainless steel precision tweezers are excellent for anyone who works with small electronics, model parts, etc. Five different tip configurations are included, all housed in a nice wooden box.

     

     

     

    Hakko-HJ50007. Hakko HJ5000 Dual Temperature Heat Gun
    Heat guns are a handy tool that many hobbyists might not think to purchase, making it a great gift idea. Heat guns can be used to seal heat shrink tubing, curing epoxy, defrosting ice-frozen plumbing, stripping paint, etc. The Hakko HJ5000 has dual settings of Low - 600°F (316°C); High - 950°F (510°C)

     

     

     

    Daylight-UN10206. Daylight UN1020 3-Diopter Naturalight Magnifier
    This table mount magnifier is perfect for small electronics repair, painting models, or any other application that involves small details. The Daylight™ UN1020 magnifying lamp has a slim head design with a 3 diopter lens to improve the viewing area. Fitted with a 22w full spectrum Naturalight™ tube. Also, for a limited time, all Daylight products SHIP FREE at GoKimco.com

     

     

    Branson-B2005. Branson B200 Ultrasonic Cleaner
    The B200 is a small, Ultrasonic Cleaner, perfect for cleaning jewelry, small tools, coins, instrument parts and more! The unit is easy to use and very effective, making your tools and jewelry microscopically clean.

     

     

     

     

    Maxxeon-MXN003204. Maxxeon MXN00320 WorkStar 320 Professional LED Inspection Pen light
    An LED flashlight is a great gift for anyone, and these Maxxeon pen lights are top of the line. Durable and extremely bright, these flashlights feature internal gaskets, making them water resistant.

     

     

     

    Daylight-UN11903. Daylight UN1190 Professional High Power Task Lamp XL
    The Daylight UN1190 is a professional grade desk or table mounted task lamp with a brightness of 3400 Lux at 12" using only 21W of power. This unit would be a great addition to a tool bench, drawing table, or desk. Perfect for illuminating repairs and home projects. Also, for a limited time, all Daylight products SHIP FREE at GoKimco.com

     

     

     

    panavise2. Panavise 381 and Panavise 209 vises
    Every workbench needs a Panavise! Depending on your budget and needs, choose between the larger Panavise 381 and the mini Panavise 209. The larger 381 features a metal build, rotating head, and nylon padded jaws that open up to 2-1/4". The smaller Panavise 209 Jr. is made of thermal composite plastic, and has jaws that open to 2.875". Both of these units attach to any flat non-porous surface via the vacuum base.

     

     

    Hakko fx-888d1. Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station Bundle
    The Hakko FX-888D is an ESD-Safe soldering station with a digital adjustable temperature control. This unit is easy to use, with selectable preset temperatures and digital calibration. The FX-888D is suitable for all experience levels, and is a useful addition to any home workshop. In addition to the FX-888D unit, the bundle includes: No-Clean Flux Pen, CHP Cutter, Micro-Clean Cut, 16AWG, #CHP-170, Desoldering Braid, Tip Polishing Compound, SCS Nylon Soldering Tool, #SCS-SP3010 63/37 Solder Wire Sample, making this bundle a great value.

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