Simco-Ion Equipment

  • Why Isn’t My Soldering Iron Tip Tinning?

    weller soldering ironOne of the frustrations in the electronics assembly world can be when your soldering iron tip cannot be tinned. Tinning is a necessary step for all new tips. By tinning the soldering iron tip, you can keep the tip from oxidizing. The fine coating of solder that is applied to the tip is critical to the soldering process, as the tip transfers the heat from the iron to the joint that you are trying to solder.

    The real secret to tinning your soldering iron tip lies in the timing. You need to get the coating of solder on the tip before it gets hot and begins oxidizing, which can make this process a challenging if not impossible one. To prevent this oxidation you need to act quickly and efficiently applying the solder.

    Your soldering iron tip also may not be tinning if there is an oxide layer. In this case you will need to first clean this oxidation off of the tip before the tinning process.

    Another sign that there is a problem and that you will not be able to tin the soldering iron is if the tip keeps turning black when you try to solder. Less expensive soldering irons will have a tip that is more likely to get black carbon on it, contaminating your tip with this in turn. If this is a reoccurring problem, it may be worthwhile to invest in a higher-end soldering iron which will save on productivity, not to mention operator frustration, in the long-run.

    Weller is a popular manufacturer of soldering irons that can help to eliminate this problem. The Weller TCP12P Controlled-Output Field Soldering Iron is a great choice.

    KIMCO Distributing offers a wide range of soldering irons, including those from Weller. Visit to browse the soldering irons available.

  • YIKES!!! Sale Ending Soon - Free shipping on SimcoION , Weller Tips and QRP Gloves

    March is half over but Kimco has still got a lion of a deal for you. Like free shipping? Who doesn't? Well, until the end of the month we are offering a great deal here on the site. Lots of great products in our catalog are going to be included in this excellent deal so read on to find out about the potential savings you can keep in your wallet by picking up the supplies your crew is going to need anyway, right now!

    Now hear this: Weller Solder Tips, SIMCO Ion units and select QRP Gloves will receive free shipping until the end of the month. That can lead to big savings. Temperatures are warming up and the economic numbers are signaling a recovery. Save money on shipping now, save time later when you do not have to stop the job to pick up extra supplies for the crew.

    These are tools and components your guys need and are going to be using this coming season anyway. Keep a few dollars in the company coffers by picking up Weller Solder Tips, SIMCO Ion units, and select QRP gloves now and we will ship them straight to your offices free of charge. That's no extra cost to you! No sending a gopher to pick up supplies and the nearest supply store, which could be miles away and costly hours of time. We will keep you stocked without a trip to the store.

    Check out our inventory to match up what we carry with your needs today. This deal is only for a limited time so be sure to jump on it to take advantage of this money saving opportunity before the chance is gone. We will keep your shelves stocked for less.

  • Simco-Ion ESD Static Control - Product Offerings and Uses


    There is a variety of Simco – Ion products available at Kimco Distributors. Customers can find everything from ionizing fans to static field meters built by this reputable manufacturer. A survey of Simco – Ion’s offerings reveals the company’s focus on ESD-safe equipment.

    Simco – Ion builds several different ionizing fans. By removing ions from the air, these fans reduce the risk of an electrostatic discharge. They are useful when working with parts that cannot be easily grounded. Some of the ionizing fans Simco – Ion manufactures are designed to focus on a specific area. The company’s Top Gun 3-Ionizing Air Gun, which is available from Kimco Distributing Corp., is one example of a flexible, precise ionizing fan. Other models, such as the Guardian CR2000 Overhead 3-Fan Ionizing Blower remove ions from a larger area. There are also workbench fans available.

    Simco – Ion also offers two electrostatic meters, so people can verify that the company’s fans work. Kimco Distributors carries Simco – Ion’s portable meter, as well as their charged plate monitor. Replacement batteries for the charged plate monitor are also available. Both of the meters have easy-to-read digital displays and large buttons. The plate also documents the humidity and temperature of the environment during tests.

    Simco – Ion specializes in making workplaces ESD-safe, and Kimco Distributing makes these products available to the businesses that need them. Their fans neutralize components that are not easily grounded, and their electrostatic meters verify that an environment is truly ESD-safe.

  • 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.

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