• Epoxy Bonding Problems on RoHS Boards

    epoxy bonding rohsIf you have seen problems with epoxy bonding components to RoHS circuit boards, you are not alone. This may be related to the surface energy of the board. Generally high surface energy is a good thing, while low surface energy is detrimental. The surface energy of the solder resist varies with the many types available. Oven curing the solder resist tends to lower the surface energy because the silicones are then forced to the surface during the curing process.

    It may be useful to perform a simple control test to investigate the surface energy of the boards. This can be done using dyne pens or a contact angle test. If you are using a dyne pen, 36 to 38 dynes is average. A no-clean, assembled board would be about 32 dynes, and you would not want to work with anything lower than this.

    To perform the contact angle test, measure the contact angle of a droplet to see how much the droplet beads up or wets out onto the surface. If when you perform the droplet test you find that the beads are quite round and do not wet this indicates low surface energy and poor bondability.

    From here you should conduct a suitable gas plasma treatment on some of the boards and see if this improves bondability and adhesion. You can bond actual parts to both the control and plasma treated boards to confirm any improvement in adhesion.

    If you are bonding to a metal surface, you should always first prep the surface with etch or alcohol. This will ensure the area is clean prior to any epoxy applications. GoKimco offers a complete lining of cleaning wipes to prep the area. Visit

    To find the best epoxy solution for your application shop GoKimco.

  • Loctite light cure adhesive Available Through Kimco

    There is something to be said about a quality adhesive. The need for bonding two materials together with a quality bonding agent is a strong need within the electronic assembly industry. With the use of a Loctite light cure adhesive you can be sure that your job is done right. is very proud to be able to offer an extensive lineup of Loctite products. The light cure adhesives are no exception. They high quality adhesives come in a wide range of strengths and sizes for tackling any type of project. Each one is a high viscosity, UV/visible adhesive that forms very flexible joints with minimal stress cracking. They are ideally suited for bonding polycarbonate and other thermoplastics.

    You can search the website and see that there is a great selection of Loctite light cure adhesive available both in 20ml and 25ml syringes. They also come in a variety of bonding strengths to fit your project perfectly. Take some time and look over the Loctite adhesives, as well as the other great Loctite products. You will not only find a large selection, but also competitive pricing. We also have a great customer service center to help you find the exact product you need. Our fast shipping will get your supplies to you fast so there is no worry about having any downtime.

    Being able to offer the Loctite products is a great way to continually offer our customers the best products at the best prices. For example, the Loctite 19727 Light Cure 3201 Acrylic Adhesive, 25 ml Syringe is only $34.95. Another Loctite adhesive product is the

  • Use the Loctite 983439 Pneumatic Dispenser for Better Applications and Less Mess

    As more and more projects call for the use of mixing two different chemicals to create an epoxy type of bond there is the need for a viable way to do this without wasting material or money. The Loctite 983439 400 ml Dual Cartridge Pneumatic Applicator is the way to do this easily and with little cost.

    When the need comes to use a strong bond there is the mixing of two different chemicals that are extremely dangerous to skin, eyes, and mouth. There is also a need for speed when using this type of epoxy adhesive. If you do not get the two chemicals mixed correctly then the bond will not be right. Also, if you do not use the mixture before it hardens you will be forced to make a new mix as this type of adhesive has a very short set time.

    With the Loctite 983439 this worry has been taken care of for you. The dual canister mixing means that the right amount of chemical is being mixed for immediate use. These dispensers are compatible with 1:1 and 1:2 mix ratio products and provide a convenient, cost-effective method to apply product with minimal waste.

    Getting your hands on a Loctite 983439 is easy when you go to the website. We are proud to carry an extensive line of Loctite tools, dispensers and adhesives along with the other tools in our catalog. Our prices are always low and we have many different specials throughout the year on different lines and tools. Check out the catalog today and you will be pleased with the selection and price.

  • Deliver The Right Adhesive Through the Loctite 983437 Pneumatic Dual Applicator

    There are plenty of different projects and industries in which there is a need for mixing two different materials in order to secure a strong adhesive bond. Many epoxies are of the nature in which they must be mixed before being strong enough to hold. The Loctite 983437 200 ml Dual Cartridge Pneumatic Applicator is a great way to do this, but in an easy way.

    For industries in which there is a large amount of different projects which require constant application of an adhesive the pneumatic Loctite 983437 is the perfect choice. This pneumatic tool receives just the right amount of material through both of the canisters so you get the right mix everytime.

    The 983437 200 ml Dual Cartridge Pneumatic Manual Applicator is a hand-held, manually operated meter-mix dispenser. You can use this in the garage or commercial building with the same type of ease and results. These dispensers are compatible with 1:1 and 1:2 mix ratio products and provide a convenient, cost-effective method to apply product with minimal waste.

    In our own testing we have seen that the mixture is always the correct mix and there is no mess. Each bonding project was completed in much less time and without any problems. is proud to carry the Loctite line of products and especially the pneumatic Loctite 983437.

    Check out the Kimco website for more details and the special sales price for the 983437. You will find it easily through the above link or the search function at the site. Our prices are always low and we offer fast shipping so you can continue working without interruption.

  • Deliver Better Adhesive Bonds With Loctite 983236 Dual Cartridge Manual Applicator

    There are plenty of different applications where the need for an adhesive that requires two different types of material to create the bond. This need can be found within mechanics, building, industry, and commercial assembly. Within these different markets and industries there are also a myriad of different tasks and projects where a dual cartridge applicator is essential. This is why Kimco is proud to carry the Loctite 983236 200ml Dual Cartridge applicator.

    When applying two different types of materials to create an adhesive bond there is a lot of trial and error in order to get it right. This may mean that you waste a lot of time and money in trying to get things right. The Loctite 983236 is the perfect solution to this problem. In our own testing, the the two materials blend together seamlessly making it very easy to use.

    What makes this so easy to use is that the dispensers are compatible with 1:1 and 1:2 mix ratio products and provide a convenient, cost-effective method to apply product with minimal waste. The tool itself is very lightweight, but highly durable. The pressure sensitive trigger also allows the user to be able to work at their own speed while delivering just the right amount of adhesive. carries the Loctite 983236, as well as a complete line of other Loctite products, as a low price coupled with fast shipping speeds. If you work within an industry where you need to continually mix two canisters of material for an adhesive bond, check out the site today and see how you can pick up this manual applicator.

  • Loctite 97215 Cartridge to Syringe Adapter Available at Kimco

    Every toolbox that you look at will contain an adapter of some sort to enable the user to use different sizes for different applications. This is no different for any type of industrial or assembly type of environment. The Loctite 97215 adapter is essential to any type of application of adhesives and solvents using the Loctite syringe dispensing system.

    With the Loctite 97215 the user can easily move between different sized cartridges without having to change out the syringe itself. This small plastic adapter is made of hard plastic for durability, but is also lightweight for ease of use. The kit from Kimco comes with 3 syringe filler adapters and 1 tube of silicone grease. It is a complete system that can be easily integrated into the use of the entire Loctite syringe dispensing system.

    The system is a pressure-time-vacuum dispensing system. It consists of a plastic disposable syringe that is filled with Loctite® product, an air regulator and pressure gauge to control the pressure and an electrical timing circuit to control the dispense cycle. The vacuum suck-back feature allows the operator to control product stringing, dripping or drooling between dispense cycles.

    This small adapter is integral for a continued work station that can easily be used within this pressure system for a much better control of work, ease of use, and better use of materials without taking time to change syringes.

    You can find these Loctite 97215 adapters at the website. You will also find that the prices of these time saving measures are also very low and competitive in nature.

  • Get Your Loctite 97208 10ml Syringe Adaptor Through Kimco For Next Project

    When it comes to precision in application of adhesives and solvents there are no better products than the Loctite line. Kimco has begun to carry this great line including the Loctite 97208 Syringe Airline Adaptor for the dispensing system. This is an amazing way to distribute just the right amount of product in the exact right space.

    The systems itself is a pressure-time-vacuum dispensing system. It consists of a plastic disposable syringe that is filled with Loctite® product, an air regulator and pressure gauge to control the pressure and an electrical timing circuit to control the dispense cycle. The vacuum suck-back feature allows the operator to control product stringing, dripping or drooling between dispense cycles.

    When the dispense cycle is initiated by pressing the foot switch, a pulse of air, either timed or manually controlled, is transmitted to the top of the syringe barrel. This pushes a metered amount of product out of the dispense tip attached to the syringe.

    The syringe itself is a replaceable syringe that can also some in different sizes for bigger or more complex projects. Using this type of system helps the user to deliver just the right amount of products, with the right amount of pressure, each and every time.

    Kimco offers a 10ml syringe adaptor for use within this dispensing system. We also carry other sizes as well. Check out the website for more details on this, and other Loctite products. The prices are low and competitive and our shipping speed is second to none. If you are in need of quality Loctite products and adhesives then check out our extensive lineup today.

  • Brady BIA-WT Board Inspection Labels Available at Kimco

    When it comes to the inspection process the more streamlined it can be the better it is on production and the bottom line. If you currently have an assembly process that contains several stations of workers, or sites, then the more streamlined it can be, the better it is for everyone. With the help of Brady BIA-WT Board Inspection Labels, workers can easily flag those parts, or devices, that need repair, or removal from the line.

    At Kimco we believe that these labels are perfect for both the industrial setting and the at home hobbyist, or part time repair shop. They are easy to use, stay affixed in place, and are easily removed without any adhesive residue. They are made out of Repositionable Vinyl Cloth so that they will not be susceptible to any electrostatic discharge. This means that they are safe to work with as well as easy to use.

    What makes these labels to wonderful is that you have the ability to quickly let someone else know exactly where the problem is within a circuit board. It could be a bad connection, a bad component, a bad solder, or some other defect that needs to be fixed before the product can be released for general use. There is no need for lengthy explanations. Just set a label in place and send it back.

    Kimco carries an extensive line of Brady products as they are recognized as an industry leader and authority. You can find the BIA-WT inspection labels, as well as many other Brady products, at the online catalog.

  • Mark Your Products Clearly With Brady Ribbons

    Labeling may seem like it is a trivial affair to some people, but for those in the voice/communications industry, chemical handling and storage, electronic assembly know that a good, reliable label is vital. With the use of Brady Ribbons you can always be assured that labels, and markings, will be long lasting and easily used.

    Many of the Brady Ribbons that we carry at offer strong environmental resistance against smearing and chemicals. These ribbons also features a reliable, sharp-edge print quality to maximize bar code readability. They are all compatible with a wide range of Brady Printers, label makers and thermal transfer printers.

    For example, the Brady R4311 Black Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbon is available within our online catalog and at a very reasonable cost. But, Kimco also carries the R5390 SLV-DAT-PTR Sleeve & Data PermaSleeve Printer Ribbon which is best for printing on PermaSleeve markers.

    There is also the Brady IP-R6000 Black 6000 Series Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbon. This ribbon is a high density ribbon with excellent solvent resistance, high heat resistance, and super scratch resistance. These qualities make it very useful for voice and data installation, high volume server rooms, and even chemical storage facilities. This doesn't mean that the home hobbyist who likes to dabble in electronic repair can not benefit from the Brady line of ribbons and labels. In fact, they will benefit through keeping their home shops organized.

    Check out our extensive listing of Brady products at the Kimco online catalog. There you will find low prices, fast shipping, and courteous customer service.

  • Steinel hobby heat guns are perfect for crafts and hobbies

    One of the mainstay tools of any hobbyist or craft enthusiast is the glue gun. With Steinel hobby heat guns these crafters and hobbyists can not only enjoy their work, but also do it without any glue hassle. One of the reasons that glue guns are used is because of the way that the glue from the gun bonds with the parts. The heat of the gun melts a glue stick which then seeps into the surface of the pieces. When the glue begins to harden it incorporates each part into it and forms a bond stronger than other types of bottle glue.

    One example of a hobby heat gun that Kimco carries is the Steinel TM6000 ThermaMelt 6000 Butane Powered Glue Gun. It is a cordless glue gun that uses removable butane canisters for ease of use and quick refueling. This gun has a heating point of 320 - 464 ° F / 160 - 240° C and cuts the flow of glue off immediately so there is not dripping. This gun, along with others, is available at the Kimco online catalog.

    Hobbies such as modeling, electronics, or crafts that require gluing pieces together will benefit a great deal from the adhesive bond made possible from this type of glue gun. Check out the Kimco online catalog for more information on this, and other products, for your hobbies and crafts. The site is easy to navigate and lists the details of each product so there is no confusion over what you need.

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