HMCelectronics.com is now part of Hisco.com

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Something great just got better. HMCelectronics.com is now part of Hisco.com, giving you instant access to new functionality and tens of thousands of additional products essential to your business.

Here are just some advantages waiting for you at Hisco.com:

  • Competitive prices from the leading names in the industry. 
  • A unique product mix that expands your options: Hisco.com carries a wide selection of everything from chemicals, solders and adhesives… to production tools and consumables… to general industry essentials. 
  • See real-time local inventory: Once you log in you'll see real-time inventory for everything in our Distribution Center as well as products stocked for you at your local Hisco branch. 
  • Phone, tablet or desktop – you'll enjoy the same great experience: Fully redesigned and optimized for enhanced navigation, the new Hisco.com automatically recognizes your smart phone or tablet and reconfigures the site for the best possible presentation. 
  • Shop your way, online 24 hours a day: You always have the freedom to place your order when you want, how you want. Order online anytime, or work through your local sales representative. However you order, you'll always be met with our signature “Fast, friendly service”!
If you're a past HMC customer, you should have received your Hisco.com username and password via email. If you didn't receive your Hisco.com username and password, feel free to reach out to the Hisco web support team. New to HMC and Hisco? You can create a Hisco.com account by clicking here.

We value our partnership with you, and want to do everything we can to make your experience with us a great one. Please don't hesitate to contact us at 1-844-807-1901 or email us at info@hiscoinc.com if we can help in any way.

Soldering Training with Weller and Circuit Technology Inc.

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We have some great news for HMC Electronics and Hisco fans out there… Weller's latest partnership with Circuit Technology Inc. (CTI) allows us to set up training for your operators on the latest Weller technology!

Learn more about CTI and Weller from the press release below. Give us a call (800) 482-4440 or email (Sales@hmcelectronics.com) for any of Weller's products and services!

Soldering Training with Weller and Circuit Technology Inc. 

SPARKS, MD–(Marketwired – Dec 8, 2014) – Weller®, a global brand of Apex Tool Group known for innovative soldering solutions, today announced a new partnership with CTI, a representative organization specializing in PCB assembly and repair equipment including placement, reflow, inspection, soldering, rework, and hand tools, to provide enhanced training support for all Weller equipment.

“Continuous improvement is a guiding principle for the Weller brand. This new partnership demonstrates our desire to further enhance our training and support services for end users,” said Glenn Schindo, director of sales and marketing for Weller North America. “This new offering provides end users access to best-in-class trainers and training facilities. We look forward to working with CTI.”

In addition to end users, Weller distributors and sales representatives will benefit from the enhanced training program. CTI will oversee all Weller University in-person training programs going forward. CTI will also use Weller equipment to train their existing clients.

“We are pleased to add an iconic company such as Weller to program. Their reputation for quality products and great support coupled with their fantastic lineup of new products will be a tremendous asset to our customers,” said Bob Doetzer, president of CTI. “Weller's revolutionary new soldering and rework equipment will also make our training centers the most advanced and well equipped training centers in the industry.”

CTI has four IPC certified trainers, including two that are bilingual. CTI is a certified IPC training organization with three fully equipped state-of-the-art training centers with plans to open additional centers in 2015.

About Weller 

Weller is the premier soldering brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Since 1952, Weller has stood for innovations in soldering and today the company continues leading the way with application solutions to complex electronics manufacturing challenges. Revolutionary Weller engineering has extended tip life and investments in battery soldering technology have yielded cordless, portable products that offer increased performance with extended battery life. Weller tools play a role in the manufacture of electronics innovations around the world.

About CTI 

Circuit Technology Inc. is a manufacturer's representative organization specializing in PCB assembly and repair equipment including placement, reflow, inspection, soldering rework and hand tools. CTI also offers IPC certifications at their 3 training centers in MD, NC and FL. They offer solder training classes in IPC-600, IPC-610, IPC-620, IPC-7711, IPC-7721 and IPC-J-001. CTI also offers specific classes in LED assembly/repair, lead-free, wave soldering and reflow. Customized courses are also available for specific needs.

Should I buy Static Dissipative or Static Conductive?

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In a recent video we dove into the differences between static-dissipative and static-conductive for ESD-safe packaging. Buying the cheapest material may expose your components to harmful static, but buying the most expensive material may not be necessary. We indicated that the type of packaging you should order may depend on your protocols.

That premise can also be related to flooring material in your static-safe environment. In an ESD-safe environment you have a range of the amount of static considered safe to your operations.

The issue here is that some of our newest clients will order static-safe products based on the terminologyof the material, rather than the range of ohms it’s resistant to. Hence we get the question:

“Should I buy Static Dissipative or Static Conductive?”

The static-safe material you buy for your production environment depends on the ESD protocols that you follow.

Any material that ranges from zero ohms to 106 ohms (or one million) is static conductive. And any material that ranges from 106 ohms to 109 ohms (or one billion) is static dissipative.

The typical “safe range” for a production floor is between 25 x 104 ohms to 35 x 106 ohms  (or 25,000 to 35,000,000 ohms). This range may vary from company to company, or maybe even from one area of your production environment to another.

That range is based on two factors:

           1)   The first ’25 x 104’ low point of the range is according to the NFPA and OSHA.

           2)   The second ‘35 x 106’ high point of the range is according to ANSI 20.20.

However, those are broad ranges that serve as a starting point for manufacturers. It’s likely these ranges apply to your environment, but never assume. For many electronics manufacturing labs there are much more precise ranges.

To be absolutely certain, find out the range of ohms that you need your material to be resistant to, and then reach out to us for stock and service.

What if I don’t know the correct ESD protocols or ohms range?

We can help you.
We are partnered with leading ESD-safe manufacturers 3M, Desco, and many more. If you need guidance through the entire ESD process, whether to survey your lab or for some basic information, reach out to us.


Stay static safe, and happy soldering everyone!

What is RTG and RTT?

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When buying a static-safe mat–whether for the floor, a table or your workstation–two of the most important specifications are resistance to ground (RTG) and resistance to top (RTT). But what do they mean?

Before deciding on your next dissipative mat, know the requirements of your ESD-safe environment. That may depend on the type of applications your operators conduct on a daily basis and the sensitivity of the components and PCBs they work on.

What is RTG and RTT?

As long as your operators, flooring and table-top material is below the ohms limit that your requirements indicate, then your operations and materials will be safe from static damage. Here is a brief overview of RTG and RTT and the typical values seen in many electronics manufacturing environments:

Resistance to Ground (RTG) 

RTG is the resistance from the mat to the ground point. An appropriate RTG confirms that a mat conducts a charge from a point on the surface to the mat ground point. The guideline in ESD STM-7.1 for RTG is 1×106 to 1×10ohms. ANSI/ESD S-20.20 has an upper limit of <1×10ohms.

Resistance to Top (RTT) 

RTT is the resistance from one point on the mat’s surface to another point. A proper RTT insures the consistency of the mat’s resistance properties. The ESD STM-7.1 guideline for RTT is >1×10ohms.

How We Help You 

We understand that buying static-safe materials can be an arduous process, especially if you’re buying them for an entire team of engineers. Our partnership with leading ESD manufacturers, such as Desco and 3M, gives us the opportunity to provide you with the latest ESD-information and ESD-walkthroughs, free of charge. We also have a bevy of information on static-safe and electronic assembly products.
If you need guidance in finding the right material for your applications and facility on a continual basis, reach out to us at 800-482-4440 or Sales@hmcelectronics.com!

Hakko FR-810 Parameter Settings

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In this video we are going over the specific parameter settings for the Hakko FR810 SMD Hot Air Station. If you're looking for a general overview of the FR810, we do have a video for that. It is on our channel and also linked to below.

We're going to take a look at the parameter menu for the FR810. This gives you all of the additional features; auto sleep, auto off, things like that. So let's just jump in. 

Parameter #1

The way that you do this is you press the up arrow, turn it on. So the first parameter we are going to look at, '01', is temperature in either fahrenheit or celsius. Select what you prefer. So let's do fahrenheit, hit the star, it selects and backs out.

Parameter #7

The next setting, parameter '07.' This is the auto sleep mode. So, in this instance, when you are done with an application and you put the pencil back in the holder, parameter '07' is turned on. The unit will go into a sleep. 
The heating element will shut down, the air will continue to blow to cool down the heating element. But the heating element will shut off. So if you have an application where you're only putting back the handle every  few minutes you'll want that on.
If you might be constantly putting it down and picking it up, putting it down and picking it up, you'll want that sleep mode off. 

Parameter #8

Parameter '08' is your auto shut off. After thirty minutes if the parameter setting is set to '1'–that's means on–after thirty minutes the unit will power down completely.

Parameter #11

Parameter '11' is your normal or preset mode. So in normal mode you'd be able to adjust the temperature and adjust the airflow as you go through.
In the preset mode, you can scroll through preset one, two, three, four, five, and that's your mode of selection as you hit the up and down arrows; scrolling through those different “radio” presets, if you will.

Parameter #14

Parameter '14' is your password setting. If you do want to have a lockout functionality on this unit, if you want to be able to set up a password so that your operators cannot change anything in the system, parameter '14' is where you'll be looking for that.

Parameter #18

We already talked about the shut off feature; the shut off feature turning off the unit after 30 minutes. If you have that shutoff feature, which was parameter '08' turned on, through '18' you can actually make it so, yes it will shut off, but instead of having it turn off at 30 minutes I want it to turn off at 45 or 60 minutes.
So this kind of gives you a better way of drilling down what your shut off feature is. 

Parameter #20

Parameter '20' is a little bit of an unusual one. So parameter '20' has to do with the timer and the two timing options. You've got “Open” timing or “Closed” timing. 
On your “Open” timing, the unit will start to tick down, that is to say if you say I want it to be 100 seconds once it hits this temperature. And when you do this in the “Open” timing it won't start that timer until the unit has hit full temperature.
On “Closed” timing it will start to tick down that 100 seconds clock as soon as you hit the start button. 

Parameter #21

We already talked about when this tool is put back into the cubby and the heating element shuts off and the air will continue to flow. Parameter '21' gives the option of saying I do or I do not want that. 
If you have this unit at a high temperature, though, you are going to want this setting on. And by default it is on. You are not going to want a 800 or 900 fahrenheit heating element being put back in this cubby and that airflow not going over it. So, really by default it's set to on and for the majority of applications you are going to want that to be left in its default mode.

Parameter #22

Parameter '22' is what makes this unit significantly better than the FR802. If you really were to look at it without this setting, it would be very similar to the FR802. 

Parameter '22,' when active, allows you to “daisy chain” your five presets. And if you think about that, what that enables you to do is you could build a reflow profile by setting five steps of reflow. And if this setting is set on, or open, the unit will go through profile 1, profile 2, 3, 4. And it will build a complete reflow profile. On a 750-dollar unit, that's amazing.

Well, I hope you learned everything you wanted to know about the inner workings of the Hakko FR810. Click here if you want to take a tour of the FR810 as a more overview.
Check out the other videos on our YouTube channel which are for other soldering-related supplies, static control, as well as inspection products.
Thank you very much for watching and happy soldering.

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