A simple fume extraction idea
2nd August 2018

A simple fume extraction idea

Well it is a while since I put fingers to keyboard and posted a snippet or two but I thought I'd let you know a bit more about the options of installing the BOFA V200 and V250 flexible arms. The clever guys at BOFA have given the option to mount the flexible Stay-put arm on either the side of your bench or in the bench itself. The V200 and V250 installation kit comes with all the parts available to give you the options. You make think that the side bench mounting would give you more portability, but the bench plate (image 1) still offers that. By removing the extraction arm the sprung loaded flap closes giving a seal and a tidy finish. The only thing to consider is whether you do commit to drilling a hole in to the bench. 

 

BOFA stayput arm in-bench mounted method                BOFA stayput arm side of bench mounted method

When simple is most effective
16th January 2018

When simple is most effective

We love customizing ESD garments with Company logos and staff names. Adding a logo can make a garment jump out and say 'Look at me. I'm proudly working for Company X'. Well that's what I'm hoping is said from the guys at Somerset Solders with their embroidered garments! What is important to consider is the complexity of the logo design. Embroidery is made up of small stitches and if your logo consists of a rainbow of colours fading or merging from one colour to the next it most likely will not produce a good finish. We do suggest that one to four colours is most effective. Importantly though.......don't forget the colour of the garment in all of this. You do want the logo to be seen so think about inverting colours to help the logo standout.

Love your solder paste and it will love you in return
5th January 2018

Love your solder paste and it will love you in return

Solder paste is a product that needs a bit of care and attention. We regularly hear that solder paste syringes have been stored in a tool box or jars of paste left on a work bench. Then comes the query why it doesn't perform well? Storage of solder paste is best achieved by refrigeration, typically between 0 - 10°C from when you receive it. When ready to use bring out of cold storage and let it acclimatize to room temperature on it's own accord. Never accelerate the warming up! You may need to leave it for a period of 3 - 4 hours out of refridgeration before use depending on packaging size.

Solder dross removal
6th December 2017

Solder dross removal

So your solder pot is up and running and you keep noticing a layer building up on top. Don't panic as this is caused by oxidation of the molten solder and pre-dip fluxes from the wires. Simply drag the crusty top layer to the side using a small metal ladle and it will cinder away.