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Applications & Technologies
Benchtop Oscilloscopes
Benchtop Oscilloscopes

When renowned physicist Karl Ferdinand Braun created the first CRT (cathode ray tube) oscilloscope in 1897, his invention, though fascinating, was seen as little more than a novelty lab experiment. Yet today, what was once considered a curiosity is now an invaluable tool for signal analysis in a variety of applications. Modern oscilloscopes are vital to the automotive, medical, audio, circuit design, electronics repair, and amatuer radio industries. Gone are the days of the CRT scope; in fact oscilloscopes themselves are now as varied and diverse as the applications for which they are used. As such, having the right scope for the right job is critical, and there are a number of factors to consider when purchasing your scope.

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Benchtop Power Supplies
Benchtop Power Supplies

Educators, engineers, technicians, and hobbyists alike know a dedicated, reliable source of power is vital when working with sensitive electronic components. Bench top power supplies not only regulate power to your devices, ensuring correct voltage every time, but many come with built in safety features including short circuit, overload, over voltage, and over temperature protections. Generally speaking, benchtop power supplies will be either linear or switching-mode.

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Digital Multimeters
Digital Multimeters

Digital multimeters (DMMs) are a diagnostic asset when fast, accurate measurements are required, whether at home, on site, or in the lab. These versatile machines are invaluable to hobbyist and professional alike, though not all DMMs are suited to all purposes. There are many factors to consider before purchasing a DMM, and a good starting point is determining your measurement needs beginning with voltage range, accuracy, resolution, and whether or not true RMS is required.

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Function Generators
Function Generators

Whether designing products for medical use such as EKG machines, experimenting with audio systems, or educating the next generation of electronics engineers, function generators are essential. Unlike oscilloscopes that capture and display waveforms from external signals, function generators create voltage patterns either from a database of pre-programed standard signals or, in the case of arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs), user defined signals. For generation of sine, square, and triangle waves, a traditional function generator will be sufficient. If, however, a more complex or specialized waveform is required, an AWG is the instrument of choice. AWGs allow for custom wave creation via importing stored signals from another device such as an oscilloscope, various waveform editing programs, or in higher end models, hand or point drawn waves.

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Soldering
Soldering

Soldering joins two or more metal items together by melting and flowing a filler metal (known as solder) into the joint. This process can be classified as either soft or hard, depending on the type of solder used. Soft soldering uses a filler with a melting point below 400°C (752°F), traditionally an alloy of lead. Generally, soft soldering is the method of choice when working with heat sensitive electronic components as the lower melting point of the solder means less risk of thermal damage to your work. Hard soldering creates stronger joints by utilizing fillers with a higher melting point, such as alloys of silver or brass. However, given the temperatures involved (usually above 450°C/840°F), hard soldering is ill-suited for most electronics applications, except where joint strength and high heat-tolerance are imperative and the risk of thermal damage is low.

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Test Equipment Accessories
Test Equipment Accessories

Optimizing the performance of many precision test and measurement instruments such as oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, and function generators begins with the right accessories. A wide assortment of clips, connectors, leads, probes, adaptors, modules, and jacks add versatility to your device, maximizing its potential and allowing for easy transition between projects.

Keeping your equipment safe is important. Available in a variety of materials and sizes, covers, holsters, pouches, and cases (hard or soft) protect your investment from dust and other potentially hazardous environmental factors. If your project necessitates travel, an instrument case with handles or straps makes transport easy and convenient.

Other accessories include cables, oscillators, and test sockets. Test sockets are an important part of prototyping and testing various electronic components. Contacts can be beryllium copper, phosphor bronze, or brass, and plated with tin, silver, or gold, depending on the requirements of your project.

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Anti-Static Control Products
Anti-Static Control Products

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can be devastating to delicate electronic components, causing catastrophic or latent failures. While static build up can never be completely avoided, minimize the risk of ESD by establishing an Electrostatic Discharge Protected Area (EPA) and implementing ESD prevention procedures.

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Prototyping Products
Prototyping Products

The prototyping process is arguably the most hands-on aspect of electronics design, and with an ample supply of prototyping products, your ideas will come to life.

A variety of boards such as protoboards (strip and perf), printed circuit boards (PCBs), turret boards, adapter boards, and breadboards are available. For a reusable board, choose a solderless breadboard where, in place of solder, components are held in place with spring clips or tie points beneath the board. If vintage electronics are your passion, turret board can give your project an authentic feel while still providing the same basic functionality of a modern board.

For assembly, keep on hand a variety of hook-up wires, jumper wires, and PCB holders and vises. In addition, numerous kits and combo packs are available to complement your prototyping bench including open source microcontroller kits, wire kits, and prototyping board kits, or for the student, various education and experimentation kits.

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Tools & Supplies
Tools & Supplies

No well-equipped bench is complete without a fully stocked toolbox.

Supplies such as hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, nut drivers, pliers, and stripping/cutting tools, are useful for most projects, while equipment like crimpers, calipers, adapters, vises, heat guns, and extraction tools are ideal for more specialized applications. If you prefer an all-in-one option, we also carry a variety of pre-assembled tool kits, cases, and sets ranging from basic to advanced.

Adequate lighting and magnification tools are crucial when fine tuning a small scale project and our comprehensive selection of bench lighting and magnifiers has you covered.

No matter the project, however, safety is key. Equipment such as respirators, gloves, anti-static sleeves, and head protection are invaluable to creating a work space compliant with health and safety regulations.

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Chemicals
Chemicals

Chemicals are generally the unsung heroes of the design and prototyping world, literally often binding a project together by their unique relationship to the physical materials they are employed with. A well-curated supply of adhesives, epoxies, lubricants, protective coatings, and cleaning products is essential for any electronics development or repair workspace.

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Function Generators & Synthesizers
 
Digital Multimeters
 
Anti-Static Control Products
 
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