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.

Keep your ESD bench mat clean
6th December 2017

Keep your ESD bench mat clean

Don't let dirt and grime build up on your ESD bench mat as that will inhibit the dissipative top layer doing it's job. They also look much better clean! Check out our ESD bench mat and table top cleaner.

http://www.somersetsolders.com/esd-bench-mat-cleaner/p108

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.