PAC Offering New Techcon Systems Progressive Cavity Pump

Production Automation Corporation is pleased to announce we now carry the newly introduced Techcon Systems TS8100 Series positive displacement progressive cavity (PC) pump. A continuously volumetric dispense pump based on PC technology, the TS8100 is designed to dispense a wide range of fluids from low-viscosity coatings to high-viscosity greases.

The Techcon System TS8100 PC pump utilizes a special stator and rotor design to ensure consistent dispensing output. Using this design, the TS8100 PC pump’s turning rotor moves fluid in tightly-sealed cavities through the stator’s fluid chambers to create a volumetric fluid flow that does not change the fluid’s shape or size. Because of the PC pump’s unique dispensing technology, it achieves accuracy and repeatability of ± 1%.

The pump is ideal for use in a variety of applications, such as encapsulating and underfilling, and across many industries that include but are not limited to optical bonding and conformal coating. It comes with a syringe bracket, mounting bracket kit, luer lock fitting, cleaning kit, and dispensing tip selection pack.

For assistance selecting products for your business, contact PAC. Our sales staff is ready to help you recognize your specific needs while identifying potential problems and suggesting solutions. Call 888-903-0333 or visit us online and request a quote. Our sales staff members look forward to helping you get the right products to best suit your needs.

ergoCentric wins Canadian Occupational Safety Readers’ Choice Award

csupgdjvmaaxtujCanadian Occupational Safety readers have selected ergoCentric as one of the best Ergonomic Products Supplier in Canadian Occupational Safety first annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Tens of thousands of ballots were cast through a comprehensive and dynamic survey where readers selected their favorite occupational health and safety vendors and suppliers across 52 different categories.

The award was designed to highlight extraordinary firms; one’s readers think are the very best at what they do. “We are pleased to be recognized as the best ergonomic products suppliers by the readers of Canadian Occupational Safety magazine,” said Terry Cassaday, owner of ergoCentric Seating Systems. “We are proud to say our sole mission is to design and manufacture the best ergonomic chairs in the world and are always
excited to receive recognition for our premier manufacturing of high-quality ergonomic seating for office, specialty and healthcare environments.”
“We provide our customers with superior ergonomic seating and electric height adjustable table solutions,” said Terry Cassaday, owner of ergoCentric. “More and more employers are using our products in their facilities as preventative means of limiting the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Thank you to all of our customers who voted for ergoCentric.”

About ergoCentric Seating Systems
ergoCentric Seating Systems was founded by Terry Cassaday in 1990. Since then ergoCentric has been dedicated to designing, manufacturing and selling modular ergonomic seating solutions for office, specialty and healthcare environments for customers such as Apple®, Bell Canada and the Canadian Revenue Agency. Its build-to-order manufacturing system allows ergoCentric to fit 100% of the workforce, while its always-in-stock inventory of components allows it to quickly and cost effectively assemble and ship seating solutions anywhere in North America and Europe. ergoCentric’s products appeal to a broad range of buyers including facilities
managers, ergonomists, occupational health and safety professionals and interior designers.

Find ergoCentric products at Production Automation


Find Delvo Torque Drivers at PAC!



Production Automation is pleased to announce that we are now a distributor for Delvo torque drivers! Nitto Kohji’s Delvo electric screwdrivers are high quality tools for professional use. Delvo responds to the needs of cell production systems with space-saving screwdrivers that feature precise control and long-term reliability.

Delvo Driver & ControllerRepeatable Accuracy: Designed to provide more consistent torque.

Reduced Recoil: Sophisticated clutches and a motor braking system reduce the hand recoil at the end of the screw tightening operation, reducing user fatigue.

Long Life: Brushless electric screwdrivers provide long operating lives.

Brushless Motors: No brushes to replace and a wide torque range allow brushless drivers to be used in various applications for extended periods of time.

Faster: High-speed motors cut down on screw tightening time and enhance productivity.

Quieter: Compare Delvo to conventional pneumatic screwdrivers and you will hear the difference.

delvo_dlv30seriesDelvo offers a number of different torque driver solutions:

Electric Torque Drivers (Requires a Controller to operate)

Direct Plug Torque Drivers (Plugs directly into the outlet)

Delvo’s range of Controllers (Power Supplies) can be found online at PAC as well.


You can also find torque accessories from Delvo, such as:

Torque Checkers

Tool Balancers

And other accessories like Shaker Boxes, Reaction Arms, and Pistol Grips.

Production Automation is always here to answer questions, help select products to suit to your needs, or provide quotes on products you are interested in. We can be reached by:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 888-903-0333

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Vision Engineering’s Lynx EVO Stereo Microscope Wins the 2016 Microscopy Today Innovation Award

Lynx EVO with AwardVision Engineering’s eyepiece‐less stereo microscope is awarded the 2016 Microscopy Today Innovation Award, as one of the ten best microscopy innovations in 2016.
The Lynx EVO was chosen for this award based on its importance and usefulness to the microscopy community by providing a better and faster method of analysis using innovative technology. The innovative technology built into the Lynx EVO makes it an unrivaled ergonomic stereo microscope, improving the operator’s comfort which increases user efficiency.
Unlike conventional microscopes, the eyepiece‐less technology built into the Lynx EVO overcomes the ergonomic challenges faced with binocular microscopy. Operators experience both optical and postural ergonomics giving them ease of use with less physical strain. Users can sit back from the viewer giving them freedom of movement which reduces eye fatigue and postural strain associated with a fixed body position required when using a binocular microscope. Another added benefit is that operators do not need to remove glasses or safety glasses to use the Lynx EVO.

Stephen Sanderson, International Product Manager, Vision Engineering, explains, “by improving user ergonomics, Lynx EVO allows operators to work more efficiently and effectively, maintaining high levels of accuracy for prolonged periods. So the user benefits from significantly improved comfort and the company benefits from improved quality and productivity”.

Innovative Technology

Lynx EVO employs Vision Engineering’s patented Dynascope® eyepiece‐less optical projection technology. At the heart of the Dynascope® eyepiece‐less technology is a spinning multi‐lenticular (multi‐lens) disc. On the surface of the disk are more than 3.5 million individual lenses (known as lenticules), which act as independent image‐forming surfaces. Each individual lens has a diameter of just a few microns (0.001mm). The multi lenticular disk spins at high speed to merge the millions of individual optical paths into a high‐clarity image. Light reflects from the Dynascope optics, exiting the single viewing lens as twin (stereo) light paths. The large diameter of these exit rays (approximately 30mm) means users do not need to precisely align their eyes with the viewing lens in order to see the image, since the exit pupils are projected out from the head of a viewing window. This arrangement does away with IPD adjustment, allowing spectacle wearers to keep their spectacles on. In addition, this technology gives the user freedom of head movement. Users can move within the optical path to effectively look around a subject without moving it.

Lynx EVO at work

Lynx EVO is used for a wide range of precision visual inspection and manipulations tasks requiring stereo (3D) imaging, and is especially beneficial for applications requiring prolonged use. Industrial applications include: manufacturing quality inspection of fibre optics, solar cells, packaging, printed circuit boards, engineered components, electro mechanical instruments.

Life science applications include: sample investigation (e.g. forensic analysis), sample preparation tasks, critical inspection of medical and laboratory devices and samples (e.g. blades, stents, catheters).
Lynx EVO can also be used from behind the glass of a laminar flow cabinet, improving safety, or reducing the risk of contamination to applications such as stem cell research.

Ergonomics For All

The word ergonomics is used a lot when talking about industrial and office furniture. We all understand what ergonomics are, even if we don’t know the exact definition. Merriam-Webster defines ergonomics as:

Simple Definition of ergonomics

  • : a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely

  • : the parts or qualities of something’s design that make it easy to use

Ergonomics is a big business in industrial and commercial settings, protecting employees health benefits the company; reducing injury and improving productivity has tangible effects to the bottom line.

But what about the home?

Most of us have ergonomic products in our home, even if we didn’t choose them for such. Things like can openers or tooth brushes, they have ergonomic design to make them easy to use, so what other products can be used in the home to increase our ergonomic comfort and safety?

The answer is the same products we see in the workplace. At work you may sit in a properly fitted seat with a fully adjusted monitor arm to hold up your screen, and your desk was built to maximize productivity. Then we may come home to a desk that is too small, or a chair that doesn’t quite feel right or having to slump into a chair just to view our TV or monitor correctly. Taking care of our ergonomic health only half the day is less than we all deserve.

Proper ergonomics shouldn’t be confined to the workplace. We all deserve to have the safety, comfort, and ease that ergonomics brings in all aspects of our lives. Everyday there are new studies, new advice, and new advice-givers, but the message is clear – our personal health needs need to be addressed, accommodated, and maintained. We need to make adjustments to the products we use everyday to commit to our health.

Diet and exercise are vastly important, but not the only kind of health we need to maintain, your muscles, bones and nerves are equally as important as fat percentages and cholesterol levels. We cannot be our best selves if we are achy, sore, and in pain.

What can you do to improve?

Take a page from your employer – look around your office. The products you see at work are just as beneficial in the home. For example, if you spend long periods of time standing in the workplace, your employer probably provides an anti-fatigue mat for employees to stand on. So in your home, think about where you spend the most time standing, the kitchen usually, or the laundry room. These are perfect places for installing your own anti-fatigue matting, adding a simple mat to those areas can provide lasting benefits.

Anti-fatigue mats work by providing a soft surface to relieve pressure on the foot and ankles, while also keeping the body slightly off-balance which keeps blood moving, and the muscles engaged. This prevents the aching muscles, swelling, and pain in the feet, ankles, knees, and back.

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Another example would be your desk at home, whether you use it for work or solely for personal, your desk should be a proper height to be functional and mitigate strain and discomfort, your chair should be the proper size and adjusted well to fit your body. Your monitor should be at eye-level when sitting up straight. These are all changes you should be making in your home to improve ergonomics.

When your body is positioned naturally and not strained or contorted you will find that the aches and pains that you feel in your legs, back, shoulders, neck and head can be diminished. When sitting at a desk, whether at home or at work, your feet should be flat on the ground about shoulder width apart, the front edge of your chair should be comfortable and not putting pressure on your thighs; this can cause lower leg pain by slowing circulation.

Your desk should be high enough for you to comfortably rest your arms on it, about elbow height when seated. This helps prevent back and shoulder pain by eliminating the need to slouch or strain because your desk is too small/big.

Any screen or monitor should be at eye level to prevent head, neck, and shoulder pain. When your monitor is at the right height and distance, it can also help prevent eye strain.

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There are many, many more types of ergonomic products that are made for home use, from door knobs and handles, to kitchenware, to bed and bath; the possibilities for improving your home are near endless. Just taking small steps here and there in your home to improve ergonomics will start to pay-off in better sleep, less pain, more focus, and even a better mood. Add that to proper ergonomics in your workplace and you are well on the way to better health!

Production Automation is a distributor of many types of products for commercial, industrial, and medical use. We also carry quite a few products that can be used just as successfully at home. We feel that having products and equipment that not only help you accomplish your task, but also protect your health is an important part of work or home life.

If you need help selecting products for your home or business to improve ergonomics, contact us! Our sales staff is happy to help you identify problems, and suggest solutions. You can reach out to us many ways, call us at 888-903-0333, visit us online, send a request for quote, or through Facebook. We look forward to helping you get the products you need to be your best, at work or at home.


Which Portable Brady Printer is Right For You?

BMP21-PLUS Label Printer BMP41 Label Printer BMP51 Label Maker BMP53 Label Maker BMP61 Label Printer BMP71 Label Printer
Print Resolution 203 dpi 300 dpi 300 dpi 300 dpi 300 dpi 300 dpi
Print Width 0.75″ / 19.05 mm 1.00″ / 25.4 mm 1.50″ / 38.1 mm 1.50″ / 38.1 mm 2.00″ / 50.8 mm 2.00″ / 50.8 mm
Handheld Operation Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Label Cartridges All-in-one ribbon and tape All-in-one ribbon and tape All-in-one ribbon and tape All-in-one ribbon and tape Separate ribbon and tape Separate ribbon and tape
Label Types Continuous Continuous and die-cut Continuous and die-cut Continuous and die-cut Continuous and die-cut, bulk Continuous and die-cut, bulk
Stand-Alone Printing Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Backlit Screen Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Connectivity Options None USB USB, Bluetooth, optional WiFi and Ethernet USB, Bluetooth, optional WiFi and Ethernet USB and optional WiFi USB
Software Compatibility None LabelMark Software LabelMark or Codesoft Software LabelMark or Codesoft Software LabelMark or Codesoft Software LabelMark or Codesoft Software
Power Supply 6 alkaline AA batteries
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Mobile Power: What Really Matters?

Seven questions you can ask to find out which mobile computing workstations will work best in your facility.

As hospitals adopt and expand mobile computing strategies, power systems are critical to ensuring caregivers access the information they need, shift after shift, where it matters most – at the point of care. Details about run time and recharge time, among others, impact workflow and patient care. The marketplace is filled with competing claims about which factors matter most – a debate influenced largely by the technical specifications of a given company’s products.

For example, there is much attention on cycle life – the number of times a battery can be recharged. Workstation providers compete to see who can claim the biggest number and boast of capabilities for 8,000 cycles or more. The numbers look impressive – but are they relevant when considering whether a workstation is right for your facility?

To help hospital decision makers evaluate their options, here are seven questions to ask in evaluating mobile computing workstations, primarily focused on power systems.

Is the Workstation Designed to Use Mobile Power Efficiently?

Mobile computing workstations can be powered by either direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC). However, most computer systems require DC power. If a workstation uses AC, the design must include an inverter to convert DC power in the battery to AC. The AC adapters (i.e. power bricks) of the computer and monitor convert AC back to DC. This conversion results in power loss, less efficiency and shorter run time. As a result, DC systems are up to 15% more efficient than workstations with AC power architecture.

Does the Workstation Use “Smart Electronics” to Keep the Power System in Optimal Condition?

Every workstation provider makes claims about cycles and run time, but real-world performance does not depend on the spec sheet, but how the power system is maintained. Power systems that include smart electronics promote better performance by preventing deep discharges and overheating that can damage the battery and reduce performance and cycles. Power systems equipped with smart electronics include a microchip on each battery pack to balance the power draw and condition the battery to promote optimal lifetime reliability, performance and cycles.

Is the Workstation, Including the Power System, Certified as Medical Grade (UL 60601-1)?

To protect patients and staff, mobile computing workstations must be certified for use in medical facilities. The UL-60601-1 safety standards ensure equipment is designed to prevent electrical shocks, fires and other risks. Integrated workstations, such as those offered by Metro, are certified – as a system – to be in compliance with UL 60601-1. With non-integrated “kit” workstations assembled by hospital staff, the power system and other components may be individually certified to meet UL60601-1. However, the combination of those components is not. In fact, it is possible to combine components that were not intended or designed to work in conjunction. This do-it-yourself approach adds complexity and risk because the hospital must then ensure compliance of the overall workstation after it is assembled and integrated.

How Does the Overall System Design Impact Safety?

While a well deigned AC system can be as safe as a DC system, hospitals may consider an additional safety issue. A DC system uses low voltage (typically 12 V) throughout the system to the technology compartment and DC monitor, both located in close proximity to the work area. In comparison, the AC system operates on a higher voltage  (typically 120 V). If the protective wire casing is damaged and bare wire exposed, the 120 VAC would produce an electric hazard that presents a safety concern. By comparison, any charge produced from the 12 VDC would not be felt.

Is it Easy For Nurses to Re-Power the System if a Computer Crashes or Locks Up?

When a computer locks up or is powered off for any reason, nurses need to be able to quickly and efficiently re-start the computer and keep up with patient care demands. Yet the design of many workstations prevents easy access to the power button and often requires a visit from IT to disassemble part of the workstation. The result? Lost time that impacts patient care, workflows and staff morale. Other workstations claim to offer remote power switches, but most are based on Wake on LAN. This feature will “wake” a computer from standby or sleep mode, but cannot kill the power to overcome the infamous blue screen or turn on a computer when powered down.

Is the Monitor Designed for the Demands of Mobile Healthcare?

Conventional computer monitors are designed to sit on a desk – not to endure the constant bumps that occur in the healthcare environments, such as crossing thresholds and maneuvering in crowded spaces. By contrast, mobile-related monitors are built with an internal framework that prevents components from shifting to promote long-term reliable operation. DC monitors are an added bonus as they require less power, require no additional AC-DC conversion, and help contribute to longer run times desired in mobile applications.

Will Your Mobile Solution Arrive Ready to Roll – Or Does it Require Assembly By Your IT/Biomedical Team?

With most manufacturers, workstation components arrive disassembled. That means the IT and biomedical teams must work as mechanics in the time-consuming task of putting together the workstations or integrating the technology components. Integrated workstations, by comparison, can be quickly and efficiently deployed with minimal involvement by hospital support staff. With tight budgets and lean staff, this enables IT staff to devote time to supporting patient care activities – not tightening bolts on workstations.

Where to Find Mobile Power Workstations 

metro-ap-css-mkProduction Automation carries a wide variety of mobile workstations, both powered and non-powered, for any application. This article from Metro is focused more on the AccessPoint power carts made especially for the Healthcare sector, and PAC offers many of their options.

You can learn more about Metro AccessPoint in one of our other posts, here.




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Workstation Grounding

When working on ESD-sensitive projects, whether at home, in a repair shop, or even a large-scale manufacturing operation, having you and your work area fully grounded is a necessity.

There are many ways to get your workstation fully grounded, here is an example of the ideal layout for a single worker at a station, we’ll start from the ground up:


acl-6800We have the ACL Conductive Floor Mat, made to work well with chairs. ACL’s homogeneous distribution of carbon black and proprietary polymers give the conductive vinyl chair mat a continuous and permanent path-to-ground. Electrical properties will not wear due to damage caused by chair casters, so the conductive circuit remains continuous while guarding against scratching and scuff marks.

These chair mats are laser cut specifically for desks and can be punched if one chooses to add a grounding snap.


Choosing the right chair is a matter of personal preference, and ergonomics are an important part of the chair selection process, which you can learn more about on our site.

bevco-9050me4But in this situation, we are focusing on the ESD properties of selecting the right chair. First we need to decide what height we need a chair at, desk height or bench height – it all depends on your personal set-up.

Your basic upholstery options will usually be fabric, vinyl, or polyurethane. Which upholstery you choose will depend on the environment you are working in, a cleanroom for example would exclude the use of fabric and would require vinyl or polyurethane depending on the class. Somewhere less stringent, like a repair center or personal work station would be a great place for fabric options.

One of the most important features of an ESD-safe chair is the drag chain. This chain is connected to the base of the chair and reaches the floor, creating a constant path-to-ground, providing an electrical bond between the chair and the grounded floor.

The last thing you should look for in an ESD-safe chair is the casters, most ESD-safe casters will come in carpet or hard floor options. Choose whichever works for you, but if you plan on using it conjunction with a floor mat hard floor casters would probably be the better option.


Untitled-1Production Automation carries a large variety of workbenches, most of which have an ESD laminate option. Your workbench can be fitted with either a grounding jack or constant monitor unit. The difference here are that grounding jacks are simple, you install it into the frame of the table and ground the unit, then wrist straps can be plugged into it, grounding the worker. Constant monitors are installed and function similarly, but will visually and audibly alert users if connection to ground is lost. Which option, or none, depends again on the work being done.

Another great option for ESD-safe workbenches are grounding mats. Grounding mats add another layer of ESD protection for your projects and offer conductive and dissipative options.

Personal Grounding

personalgroundingChoosing to use an ESD-safe floor mat, chair, workstation, and accessories means your workstation is a safe and functional space for handling sensitive products. Though, we must not forget that you, the worker, should also take measures to be ESD-safe.

Again starting from the ground up, foot straps and heel grounds ensure that any time your feet are touching the ground you are grounded, provided you wear them on both feet, choosing to only wear one foot grounder means you lose connection to ground every time you lift the foot with the grounder on.

Wrist Straps are the ubiquitous ESD accessory, they come in many materials and styles and can be connected to a grounded banana jack, constant monitor, or checked on a wrist strap tester via a grounding cord.

ESD smocks and polo shirts are light, comfortable, and most importantly, reliable for ESD protection.

Adding all of the personal protection to your ESD protected workstation ensures that you are fully ESD compliant and ready to confidently work on any project, no matter how delicate or sensitive it may be. Of course, there are many, many other products that can be incorporated into a ESD-safe workspace, and Production Automation offers a large variety, which you can find our our website. From ESD office supplies, flooring, topical anti-stat, paint, cleaners, and other accessories, PAC makes it easy to find everything related to ESD.

Not sure what you need? Have more questions about creating, expanding, or improving an ESD workspace? We can help! Our knowledgeable staff can answer questions, and help you select the right products for your applications. Contact us at 888-903-0333, at [email protected], or through our Live Chat on our website at




Skin Protection Beyond Gloves

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Pest control applications sometimes require more skin protection than just gloves, You may need disposable coveralls to shield your body, booties to cover your shoes, or protective sleeves for your arms.

For some pest control tasks, regular work clothing provides adequate personal protection, but for others, it’s simply not enough. Furthermore, clothing may hold or absorb a toxicant, physical irritant, pathogen, or allergen, resulting in (1) a longer exposure to the hazard for the wearer, and (2) the risk of carrying the hazard to other locations, even home. Those are two things you want to avoid.

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Why Do I Need Fume Extraction?

There are many applications where fume extraction is necessary and/or required by law. Manufacturing and assembly operations, repair centers, salons, ect. Anywhere where there are harmful fumes and particles in the air that can be detrimental to worker health and safety.

welding-specialty-metals-safely-welder-imageIn any type of welding or soldering applications there will be smoke and fumes. These fumes contain a variety of toxins depending on the materials being used. Welding applications can expose workers to high levels of manganese toxins because welding rods contain high levels of manganese to strengthen the metals that are being joined. Manganese toxins enter the bloodstream quickly targeting the respiratory system, central nervous system, blood, and kidneys. Prolonged exposure to welding fumes may cause various types of cancer, including lung, larynx and urinary tract.

Soldering applications can expose workers to lead oxide fumes, aliphaticaldehydes (like formaldehyde) and hydrochloric acid, as well as gases containing benzene, toluene, styrene, phenol, chlorophenol and isopropyl alcohol. All of which can cause loss of appetite, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, abdominal cramps, nervousness, insomnia, nose/sinus/eye/throat irritation, skin rashes, and long-term problems may include asthma and dermatitis.

Nail salons are another industry where fume extraction is very important as there are chemical vapors, odors and dust including ethyl methacrylate (EMA), titanium dioxide, benzoyl peroxide, methacrylic acid, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), acetone, gel & acrylic nail dust. These chemicals are damaging to employees and to customers. Not only is employee safety paramount in any industry, services such as nail salons have the added need of maintaining customer safety and satisfaction. If a customer experiences negative side effects due to chemical inhalation the chances of them returning are diminished and chances of them sharing their poor experience with others is increased, this can be detrimental to a salon business.

Those are just a few examples of applications requiring fume extraction. So now that we know that fume inhalation is dangerous and that there are many applications where fume extraction is necessary, but what is the solution? What can employers do to maintain a safe working environment? We know that the answer is extraction, but what type of fume extraction is best for your application? We can discuss the types of extraction that are available and then you can decide what is best for your application.

hakko-fa400-04The quickest, and most affordable solution is a benchtop fume extractor. These are smaller, direct plug units that can maintain a clean air workspace for up to 8 employees per machine which can be the perfect solution to many applications including solder, rework, manicure work, ect. A benchtop fume extractor uses filters and suction to keep harmful fumes and particles out of the air and contained until disposed of. They are easy to set up and maintain, and can quickly be moved to any location that needs fume extraction.

Large scale soldering or welding operations, or even a large salon/cosmetology school may find more of a benefit in a whole building fume extraction system where a central unit is installed and the building is outfitted with ducting and vents that maintain a constant level of air filtration. This can be a costly option due to the amount of work that goes into installation, but may be the best solution for operations where fumes are constant, the volume of fumes are high, or where the number of employees are such that individual extraction units are impractical. These units pull fumes and particles through vents installed in the building, the air gets filtered and processed in the main unit and can then be discharged into the atmosphere or recycled back into the building.

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Example of a fume extraction system in a foundry work environment.

Those are two solutions when looking for a fume extraction system, what will work best for you will depend on the factors we’ve discussed – type of fumes, amount of fumes, number of employees, ect. Of course there will be many factors that your individual application will require that may not have been mentioned here, this article is only meant as a guideline to help you start thinking about proper fume extraction and what goes into it. Production Automation offers many benchtop/workstation models of fume extractors online, and we can be contacted at 888-903-0333 or at [email protected] if you have questions about fume extraction and how best to manage fumes in your application.


Wiper Folding & Surface Cleaning Poster from Berkshire

A guide to properly fold and use a low-linting wiper for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in a controlled environment.

Click here to download: Cleanroom_Wiper_Folding_and_Surface_Cleaning_Poster

The Dangers of Isopropyl Alcohol

cleanpro-isoal99-5galAs we’ve discussed in a previous post, there are many advantages of using isopropyl alcohol in the manufacturing process, but what we didn’t cover is some of the risks and dangers of IPA. Today we’ll cover some of those issues so that you can take full advantage of isopropyl’s benefits while mitigating the hazards of this potentially dangerous liquid.

The first thing I think of when I think of the dangers of isopropyl alcohol is its flammability. Isopropyl alcohol is highly flammable and can easily ignite. Vapors may form explosive mixtures with air, traveling to a source of ignition and flash back, and use of water spray to fight fires may be inefficient. Isopropyl alcohol should be kept away from heat, sparks, flames and other sources of ignition, as well as strong oxidizers, acetaldehyde, chlorine, ethylene oxide, acids and isocyanates. A flammable safety cabinet is the best storage option.

Another danger of using isopropyl alcohol is poisoning. IPA poisoning occurs when the liver is no longer able to manage the amount of IPA in the body. Your body can handle small amounts of isopropyl alcohol. In fact, your kidneys remove approximately 20 to 50 percent of IPA from your body. The rest is broken down into acetone by enzymes known as alcohol dehydrogenases. This acetone is filtered out of your body through the lungs or kidneys.

Isopropyl alcohol can enter the body three ways: ingestion, inhalation, and absorption.

The first way is most direct, and easiest to avoid. Since ingesting IPA causes rapid intoxication, people sometimes drink it when conventional alcohol is unavailable, or as a means of suicide. ingesting isopropyl alcohol has an immediate effect on the central nervous system, which controls the involuntary actions of the body, including heartbeat, breathing and gag reflex. Isopropyl alcohol slows these functions and may shut them down altogether. IPA is so strong that it can induce hypothermia and subsequent cardiac arrest. The blood’s thinning also causes blood sugar levels to fall so sharply that seizures may result.



Limiting access to large amounts of IPA can deter people from misusing the product in this way. IPA should always be kept in a container clearly marked, preferably with a GHS label. It should never be kept anywhere or in anything that might be mistaken for consumption, for example in a water bottle, or near where food is prepared or consumed.

Isopropyl alcohol inhalation occurs anytime you are around an open container, although working with reasonable amounts of IPA is generally safe, it can cause headaches. Inhaling large amounts of isopropyl alcohol can cause nausea, vomiting, irritation of the nose and mucous membranes, throat irritations, and even difficulty with breathing as coughing can occur making it difficult for you to catch your breath.

If breathing is impaired for an extended period of time and there is trouble getting enough oxygen into the bloodstream, you can become dizzy and even lose consciousness and require resuscitation. Always use IPA in a well ventilated area and utilize proper safety equipment in the event of a spill. If someone experiences breathing problems, the individual should immediately be removed and placed into fresh air. If the person’s breathing is still impeded, call 911 immediately.

Isopropyl alcohol is readily absorbed through the skin, so spilling large amounts of IPA on the skin may cause accidental poisoning. Small amounts of IPA on the skin is generally not dangerous, but repeated skin exposure can cause itching, redness, rash, drying, and cracking. Prolonged skin contact may cause corrosion. Always wash thoroughly with soap and water when contact with IPA occurs, and always use safety equipment when dealing with large amounts of IPA.

Some of the effects of IPA poisoning are as follows:

  • Dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart rate, or tachycardia
  • Low body temperature
  • Slurred speech
  • Slow breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Unresponsive reflexes
  • Throat pain or burning
  • Seizure
  • Coma

If you experience any of these symptoms after exposure to IPA, or if you see symptoms in another, the first step is to remove yourself or the individual from further exposure and place them in a fresh air environment. If symptoms persist, immediately seek medical attention.

Further treatment depends on the extent of exposure and the type of exposure. When isopropyl alcohol has been ingested, individuals who are conscious and not convulsing should drink one to two glasses of water to dilute the chemical. Do not induce vomiting, as the chemical can be aspirated into the lungs causing further damage. A medical professional may use laxatives and activated charcoal to clear stomach contents.

In the event of inhalation exposure, the individual should be moved into the open air. If fresh air does not improve symptoms, medical help should be called to provide respiratory support, along with oxygen and fluids when high-level inhalation exposure has occurred.

When contact with the skin has occurred, the affected skin should be flooded with water and then gently and thoroughly washed with soap and water. In the event of a large spill in contact with skin, wash and monitor for signs of poisoning, seek medical treatment if symptoms appear.

If the affected individual is wearing contact lenses, they need to be removed. The eyes should then be flushed with water or normal saline solution for 20 to 30 minutes or longer if necessary, lifting the upper and lower lids occasionally.

This post is not intended to scare anyone, or deter people from using isopropyl alcohol in their manufacturing process, but to encourage awareness and safety practices that can prevent accidents from occurring. The more informed users are of the dangers of products, the easier it is to maintain safety. When using IPA in a workplace, make sure all of the employees are trained in the proper use of isopropyl alcohol, have access to safety equipment, and understand the symptoms of poisoning so that they can recognize it in themselves or others.

Production Automation offers not only the IPA itself, but also the safety wear and products end users should be implementing when using isopropyl alcohol. Click any of the links below to find relevant products, or contact us at 888-903-0333 or [email protected] if you would like a quote, recommendations, or have questions.





Vision Engineering EVO Cam Digital Microscope

Unlock the power of full-HD imaging with the EVO Cam high performance digital microscope.

Full-HD live video imaging (1080p/60fps) brings to life a macroscopic world in stunning detail, with magnification options up to 300x and full auto focus to ensure ultra-sharp imaging at all times. Capture full-HD images at the touch of a button, without a PC.


Exceptional Image Quality

Leading specification optical performance makes EVO Cam a supremely powerful imaging solution.

  • View whole samples, then zoom into the smallest detail with the 30:1 optical zoom.
  • Range of wide-field and precision objective lenses providing zoom magnification options up to 300x. Parfocal and parcentric zoom optics means no re-focusing is required when changing magnification.
  • Auto (and manual) focus, with auto control of other camera settings (white balance, exposure, brightness) ensures ultra-sharp, high contrast imaging at all times.
  • View more details in shadows and highlights with Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and Visual Enhancement (VE) modes. Ideal for high contrast subjects, such as reflective metals.

Exceptional Simplicity

Simplicity is at the heart of EVO Cam. Intuitive operation minimizes any training requirement, making EVO Cam ideal for multiple users, such as a production environments.

  • Simplicity of stand-alone operation (without a PC). Capture full-HD images direct to USB memory stick at the touch of a button.
  • Know where you are at all times. An ‘overview’ function allows quick and convenient sample orientation, with on-screen magnification and on/off crosshair display.

evo3 Illumination

  • Integral 8-point LED ringlight ensures optimum shadow-free illumination for all applications. Color temperature 5500K.
  • Transmitted substage illumination option permits viewing of a wider range of sample types.

High Performance Optics

evo7A range of objective lens options ensure stunning results for any application, whether for high magnification, high precision detail work, or for manipulation, re-work and assembly tasks requiring an extra-long working distance.


Precision Objective Lenses

Ultra-high and contrast, optimized for precision magnification work with definition excellence. Anti-reflective coating and 2″ (52mm) filter thread.









Wide-Field Objective Lenses

Wide field view, suited for larger subjects. An extra-long working distance provides maximum flexibility and large zoom range for flexible operations. Anti-reflective coating and 2″ (52mm) filter thread.


Camera Specification

Leading specification optical performance makes EVO Cam a supremely powerful imaging solution.







Remote Control Console Option

evo8In addition to convenient operation of all main functions, the remote control console option provides additional functionality, including:

  • Customizable overlay grid and movable cursors for simple on-screen measurement.
  • 3x memory settings (illumination, magnification, and focus position) allowing optimized settings to be saved/recalled for individual samples.
  • Customized camera gain and iris settings, enabling enhanced control of image brightness and depth of focus.


EVO Cam includes simple on-screen measurement capability with customizable  overlay grid and cursors. Requires remote control console option.

  • Customizable overlay grid allows quick on-screen sizing
  • Cursor mode overlays two movable horizontal and vertical lines, allowing measurement of X, Y values, with results displayed on-screen.


EVO Cam Stand Options

Multi-Axis Stand

  • evo10Precise and robust, ideal for industrial applications where maximum work space is desired.
  • Integrated gas strut provides counter-balanced adjustability, making operation quick and effortless. Switch between tall components and flat samples with ease.
  • Available with platform base of mounted directly to the worksurface.

Ergo Stand

  • evo11Small footprint providing exceptional stability for high magnification use.
  • Transmitted substage illumination option permits viewing of a wider range of sample types.
  • Floating stage option provides sensitive control or accurate inspection of samples; ideal for inspecting fragile samples, or for avoiding contamination by handling.


Double-Arm Boom Stand

  • evo12Designed specifically for applications requiring extended reach, without compromising stability.
  • Easy adjustability allows precise positioning and alignment.
  • Available with platform base, or with clamp for mounting directly to the worksurface.


Single-Arm Boom Stand

  • evo13High stability boom stand, ideal for larger specimens.
  • Cost-effective stand option, complete with heavy duty platform base.



Articulated Arm Stand

  • evo14Designed for applications requiring extended reach, with ultimate flexibility.
  • Multi-point adjustability allows precise positioning and alignment.


Bench Stand

  • evo15Compact unit with low-profile base and integral transmitted substage illumination.
  • Floating stage option provides sensitive control for accurate inspection of samples.


Where can you use your EVO Cam?

  • Electronics: An exceptionally large field of view and fatigue-free operation makes EVO Cam ideal for electronics PCB inspection. View the whole PCB, then zoom in to check solder joint quality in stunning detail.
  • Medical Devices: From stents to catheters, hearing aids to surgical implements, medical device components require 100% inspection to the highest possible standards. View ultra-sharp, high contrast images in microscopic detail, then capture at the touch of a button.
  • Agriculture: Whether the effects of pesticides on plants, dissecting and analyzing seeds, the image quality and crisp color rendition of EVO Cam provides a powerful and flexible solution for a wide range of tasks.
  • Plastics & Rubber: A wide range of plastic and rubber components such as seals, caps, and closures, or packaging materials are precision manufactured to tight tolerances, making quality inspection essential. Stunning true color, high contrast imaging makes tasks such as flash removal easy.
  • Precision Engineering: Precision engineering components cover a very wide range of industries, from aerospace and automotive applications, to watchmaking and general manufacturing. Stunning live video imaging with amazing simplicity makes EVO Cam an invaluable tool to aid any visual inspection task.
  • Entomology: Photo-documentation of insects can be challenging with traditional microscope cameras. Exceptional image quality, a wide zoom magnification range and crisp color rendition makes EVO Cam the perfect fit for entomologists.

Where can you buy EVO Cam?

You can find Vision EVO Cam at Production Automation Corporation! You can follow this link and see all the Vision Video Inspection Microscopes we offer. Or, if you would like to see other microscope products we offer you can view our Microscopes & Magnifiers page.

PAC will quote any product we have on our site or blog for free, simply fill out our request quote form.

10 Reasons to Convert to a Height Adjustable Workstation

sit-to-stand-imgToday’s workplace is changing. Sitting at a desk all day is no longer acceptable for a workforce wanting more flexibility, increased comfort, and improved health. Sitting all day has proven to be unproductive, uncomfortable, and unhealthy. According to research:

  1. Sitting is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and death.
  2. Sitting strikes approximately 92,000 people each year with avoidable cancer.
  3. If you sit for a living, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease is twice that of someone who stands on the job.
  4. Sitting six-plus hours per day makes you up to 40 percent likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits fewer than three, even if you exercise.
  5. Sitting is said to be as deadly as smoking.
  6. When we sit, electrical activity in the legs shuts down enzymes that help break down fat by 90 percent and calorie burning drops to one per minute.
  7. Sitting causes good cholesterol levels to drop after two hours.
  8. Researchers have linked sedentary behavior to increased risk of several forms of cancer and blood clots, which can cause strokes and heart attacks, among other health problems.
  9. Sitting causes the risk of diabetes to increase 24 percent.
  10. One study found that sitting for less than three hours a day could increase life expectancy by two years.

Employers and employees alike are looking for new alternatives. With an increased concern for workforce health, and pressure to decrease health insurance costs, employers are looking for new ways to improve employee health and productivity.

Production Automation offers standing workstations to help promote health and comfort in the workspace. You can view the three sizes available online.

Production Automation also offers additional products to aid in standing workspaces, such as anti-fatigue mats, sit-stand stools, and mobile workstations which are a great solution for standing workers on the go, such as warehouse inventory personnel or nurses – people whose job duties go beyond a single stationary workspace.

You can view our entire website here or contact us at 888.903.0333 or by email at [email protected] We are always available to answer questions, help find solutions, and get you free quotes for any product we offer.

How to Use Desiccants with Moisture Vapor Barrier Bags

3M-1-6KDES1200What is Desiccant?

Desiccant is a drying agent that is used to absorb moisture from the air inside moisture barrier bags. Desiccant absorbs moisture vapor (humidity) from the air left inside the barrier bag after it has been sealed. Any moisture that penetrates the bag will also be absorbed. Desiccant remains dry to the touch even when its fully saturated with moisture vapor.

How is Desiccant Purchased?

Desiccant is sold by the unit or fractional unit. One unit of desiccant will absorb a specific amount of moisture. A unit weights 28 grams, or 1 ounce. The pouches of desiccant are placed into metal pails to keep the desiccant dry during shipping and storage.

How is Desiccant Packaged?

Desiccant is packaged in small sealed pouches made from white plastic called “Tyvek” or brown “Kraft” paper. Tyvek pouches are very clean and sulfur free. Kraft pouches are very economical.

Why are Electronics Moisture Sensitive?

Certain kinds of electronic devices called “Surface Mount Devices” or SMD’s are mounted on a circuit card by high temperature soldering. The body of the SMD is made from plastic that absorbs moisture from the air. When the case is heated during soldering, the moisture inside turns to steam and may break the device as the steam escapes. Keeping SMD’s dry before soldering means that the devices will not be damaged.

How Much Desiccant Do I Need?

Method 1 per MIL-P-116

  • Formula: Unit = 0.011 x bag area in square inches
  • Example: 10″ x 20″ barrier bag
  • Find Bag Area: 10″ x 20″ x 2″ sides: 400 Sq. In.
  • Apply Formula: Units = 0.011 x 400 Sq. In. = 4.4

Method 2 per EIA 583 (This formula allows you to tailor the desiccant to your specific needs)

What do you need to know?

  • Bag area
  • Bag MVTR
  • Months of storage
  • Maximum interior humidity (MIH)


  • Units = 0.231 x Bag Area x Bag MVTR x Months Divided by Moisture Capacity


  • For a 10″ x 20″ bag with a 0.02 MVTR, a 12 month storage time and a MIH of 20%

Apply Formula Units

  • 0.231 x 400 Sq. In. x 0.02 MVTR x 12 Divided by 4.8g/unit – Units =4.6
  • Use 4.5 Units of Desiccant

Moisture Capacity

  • 10% MIH = 3.0 g/unit
  • 20% MIH = 4.8 g/unit
  • 30% MIH = 5.8 g/unit
  • 40% MIH = 6.2 g/unit

Where do I Purchase Desiccant?

You can find all of Production Automation’s Desiccant options online as well as Moisture Vapor Barrier Bags, and Humidity Indicator Cards.

PAC offers a full range of products to help you store or ship sensitive materials:

Visit PAC online at to view all of the products we offer, or contact us at 888.903.0333 or [email protected] for any questions you might have.

We also have a live chat feature on our website, so you can contact a sales rep at any time during your shopping experience. We want to help you get the right products at the right price!


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Wearwell Chemical Resistance Guide

Key A =
Performs Well
B =
Slightly Affected
C =
Moderately Affected
D =
Highly Affected
U =
Not Recommended
NT =
Not Tested
Chemical Urethane Nitrile PVC CFR SBR Natural Rubber
Acetone U U U C C C
Animal Fats NT A C U U U
Bleach Solution (10% Dilute) NT B B C C C
Boric Acid B A A A A A
Brake Fluid U A B D D D
Brake Fluid (Silicone Based) U A B A B B
Chlorine Solution (3% Dilute) C A B C C C
Citric Acid NT A C C C U
Cutting Fluid (Mineral Oil Based) U B B B C D
Diesel Oil U A B U U U
Ethylene Acetate NT U NT U U U
Ethylene Glycol B A A A A A
Hydraulic Oil (Petroleum) U A B D D D
Hydrochloric Acid Cole (37% Dilute) U C C B B B
Hydrochloric Acid Cole (37% Dilute) U C C B B B
Isopropyl Alcohol A B A B B A
Lacquer Solvents U U U U U U
Lindol (Hydraulic Fluid) NT U NT U U U
Mineral Oil C A B A B U
Naptha NT C U U U U
Napthlene U U U U U U
Petroleum U C B D D D
Salt Water A A B B B C
Tolulene U U U U U U
Transmission Fluid (Type A) U B A C U U
Trichloroethane U U U U U U
Vegetable Oil C A B C C C

Find all the Wearwell mat options PAC carries online here. PAC is always available to answer questions, help you select the right mat, or arrange a facility survey to get you the perfect solution for your workspace. Contact us at 888.903.0333 or at [email protected]

Flooring or Matting?

So…flooring or matting? Both improve performance and keep you refreshed, but which one is right for you?

Ergonomic Flooring
Modular, interlocking tiles that can create a floor above a floor. Think in terms of wall to wall carpeting.
Ergonomic Matting
An anti-fatigue solution designed to cover a single workstation. Think in terms of a rug.
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What is Flooring?
Flooring is made up of modular interlocking tiles that can go as long or as wide as you need. Wearwell’s patented locking system holds tile together but can be unlocked and relocked without tools or big muscles.
What is Matting?
The economical, tried-and-true anti-fatigue solution for workstations and assembly lines. Most mats are standard or custom geometric shapes that can be easily dropped in place. Some mats are available in long rolls that can be laid out quickly along aisles or staging areas.
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Why Choose Flooring?
Most workers don’t just stand – they move. Flooring can be installed wall-to-wall to protect against slips, trips, falls, heel strikes, back pain, and muscle aches. Flooring comes in multiple styles to help you create durable, high visiblity paths.
Why Choose Matting?
Matting is your easy-to-install defense against fatigue in a wide variety of applications. Studies show, too, that matting delivers quantifiable improvements in productivity and lost time.
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How to I Install Flooring?
Just connect the tiles and trim to accommodate your space – no adhesive or fasteners required.
How do I Install Matting?
Simply lay down and roll it out like a rug or runner. Matting can also be made to specified lengths, widths, and shapes.
View all Wearwell options here. PAC is always there to help guide you through the selection process, we will work with you to make sure you get the right kind of mat laid out exactly the way you require. You can contact us at 888.903.0333 or at [email protected] and speak with a knowledgeable Wearwell sales rep.

Metro AccessPoint Mobile Computing Systems

AccessPoint_MainThe all-new Metro AccessPoint™ Mobile Computing System has been designed from the ground up to provide an unmatched user experience to both caregivers and IT professionals. By optimizing technology and processes, the system streamlines workflow and makes facilities more efficient. With an array of new ergonomic features, a reconstructed platform, and next-generation power options, the workstation provides comfort and convenience for any clinician with unparalleled flexibility for long-term value.



unique-featuresUnique Features

  • Fully Adjustable Display Mount: Raise, lower, tilt, swivel, or rotate the monitor to find the ideal viewing angle. A bifocal-friendly angle is available when needed. Monitor can also be lowered to provide enhanced visibility while traveling room to room.
  • Electronic Lift: Optional electronic lift mechanism provides strain-free adjustment for a keyboard height range of 23″ – 48″.
  • Integrated Footrest: Designed for maximum comfort and durability, the integrated footrest reduces fatigue and allows nurses to relax in a more ergonomic position throughout the day.
  • Standard Keypad Controller: Easily power the computer on without IT involvement while providing access to battery level and task lighting.
  • Ergonomic Push Handles: Contoured handles provide easy maneuverability.
  • LED Task Lighting: Work surface and keyboard lights provide ample visibility when working in a patient room during night hours.
  1. design-featuresSupports a wide variety of display options, including touch screens, all-in-one computers and monitors up to 20 lbs.
  2. Large, open work surface features Microban® antimicrobial protection.
  3. Ergonomic keyboard tray provides 10° of positive tilt, 20° of negative tilt, 180° of rotation, and 7″ of independent height adjustment.
  4. Robust column design provides a stable platform to support your workflow and accommodate a variety of accessories.
  5. Compact footprint and easy-roll casters provide maximum maneuverability in tight spaces and over thresholds.


Ready-to-Integrate. Ready-to-Deploy.

The innovative design of the Metro AccessPoint™ makes it easier than ever for IT and bio-medical teams to integrate their own technology when time is of the essence.

Metro’s new universal tech tray design accommodates technology from HP, Dell, Lenovo and more while expanding to accept laptops up to 17″ for future upgrades. Also, the new tech tray features Wake-on-LAN/Wake-on-power capability, advanced wire management, and the ability to easily configure for AC or DC technology integration.

Industry Leading Uptime with Next Generation Power Options



With three different chemistry options, Metro AccessPoint™ has a power system to meet both your workflow and your budget. Metro’s advanced power system also provides easy access for maintenance, upgrades, and replacements. Batteries are independent from the electronics so future replacements or chemistry upgrades will consist of a “Battery Only” replacement.

Metro AccessPoint™ offers greater flexibility when it comes to your charging options. The new fanless charging mode reduces the circulation of dust, debris, and other harmful contaminants while quietly recharging your system in 3 hours. The fast-charging mode can replenish a depleted power supply in as little as 2 hours.

Purchase Your Own Metro AccessPoint™ Cart at Production Automation

Metro-GoldSeal-MedProduction Automation is a large distributor of a wide range of Metro products. AccessPoint™ carts are the latest offering of Metro we have added to our site. We are very excited to be able to offers these units as we believe they are innovative and a great fit for the ever important medical community. We are here Monday through Friday to answer questions, or help guide you through the selection process. Visit our website and view the AccessPoint™ products, or see ALL of the metro products we offer.

Production Automation also offers a wide range of consumables, lab equipment, and garments, along with much, much more.