Monday, September 29, 2014

The Social Rewind for September 29, 2014

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting, funny, or informational social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

Leading off this week, there are valuable lessons to be learned in this post from Agilent Technologies about James Dewar and the Thermos.

Wanna see Virgin Atlantic’s newest plane being assembled in less than 3 minutes? Check out post about Manufacturer’s News’ retweet of AR Manufacturing’s time-lapse video post.

We love when industries and poke a little fun at themselves and this post that O.C. White shared of Fake Science’s photo gave us a nice chuckle.

In one of those “I never thought about that” posts, Laughing Squid showed us Bandstand, which provides a visual illustration of where different bands position their members during a concert.

There were many posts about one of last week’s top stories: Here’s Mashable’s take on the apparent bendability of the new Apple iPhone 6.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about Steve Allen’s new Guest Blog about Sustainability.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. Keep on reading! We’re look forward to continuing The Social Rewind through 2014. This is an exciting year for us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Keep your eyes open for new features, promotions, interviews, and more. See you next week!


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Friday, September 26, 2014

3M’s Combo Wrist Strap/Footwear Tester Helps You Easily Test Employee Resistance

Save $73.55 off the MSRP on the 3M COMBOTESTER Combination Wrist Strap & Footwear Tester (Q Source SKU: S036-000460) when you use our FPF092614 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, September 26, 2014 through Sunday, September 28, 2014.

This portable, stand-alone 3M COMBOTESTER tests wrist straps, heel grounders, and ESD shoes for proper resistance and indicates the results with a red-, green-, or yellow-colored light. Regularly listed at $438.55, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $365.00. While this is a 3-day limited-time price, the coupon is unlimited. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and please feel free to share the code with your friends, colleagues, and via social media.

Each week, we’ll promote our FPF selection on The Q Source Resource, via our email newsletter, and all over our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to read those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please tell your friends & colleagues about Featured Product Friday.

For further questions about Featured Product Friday, please read our informational blog post, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Focusing on Sustainability in Chemical Processing & Product Development – Guest Blog

by Steve Allen, VP Marketing and Innovation, ACL Staticide

Steve Allen, from ACL, is back with a look at the concept of sustainability and what companies like ACL need to do to achieve it.

Sustainability is a multi-faceted concern for chemical manufacturers. Chemical companies have a responsibility to future generations to implement sustainable methods throughout operations. ACL Staticide is one chemical manufacturer who is making a concerted, strategic approach to the environment and sustainability. And, in today’s market, brand leaders must focus on continued sustainability.

The word sustainability is derived from the Latin sustinere (tenere, to hold up). Sustain can mean “maintain," "support," or "endure.” Since the 1980s sustainability has been used more in the sense of human sustainability on planet Earth, and this has resulted in the most widely quoted definition of sustainability:
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” 
The simple definition that sustainability is something that improves the direct quality of human life within the carrying capacity of supporting eco-systems, though vague, conveys the idea of sustainability having quantifiable limits. But sustainability is also a call to action, a task in progress or even a “journey.” Some definitions set out common goals or values to achieve sustainability. The so called “Earth Charter” speaks of a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature and natural resources (like chemicals). Now this may be a bit out there, but conducting business and manufacturing in a way that leaves resources available, intact, and healthy for the next generation of business just makes good business acumen. Businesses, as ACL does, must make this a daily focus.

More than that, sustainability implies responsible and proactive decision-making and innovation that minimizes negative impact and maintains balance between ecological resilience and chemical resource vitality. These actions are necessary to ensure a desirable planet for all—now and in the future. Some specific types of sustainability include sustainable agriculture, sustainable refining, sustainable processes, and sustainable resource development.

In the chemical arena, the solution to sustainable innovation, development, and manufacturing may be summed up in these three key actions: reduce, reuse, and recycle wherever and whenever possible. ACL Staticide focuses on these every day in manufacturing processes, strategic distribution practices, turnkey outsource operations, and in the way fundamental business operations are run. Operational sustainability is important to all of us.

Sustainability comes in many forms and can be achieved in many ways. ACL ISO procedures even include quality procedures designed to achieve high standards of quality, reduce waste, and encourage recycling in virtually every process:
  • In outsource operations, any off spec or returned material is evaluated immediately to determine its suitability to be reworked and recycled. All material is tested prior to rework to avoid waste and to limit any impact on the environment.
  • The lion’s share of packaging uses predominantly non-virgin recycled materials to limit the impact on environmental resources.
  • In most operations, waste and cooling water is rigorously monitored and recycled throughout the processes.
  • Many facilities conduct operations on a four, ten-hour day schedule to reduce energy costs and increase efficiencies.
  • Similar products and chemistries have been consolidated to streamline product offerings, support customer needs, and reduce waste & chemical impact on the industry served.
  • Additionally, 80/20 simplification and lean transformational operations management have been implemented in many cost- and labor-intensive production processes to drive out energy costs, reduce waste, and specifically reduce the carbon footprint.
In 2014, ACL set the bar high with the introduction of a more ambitious, next-generation set of technologies and chemistries, focused on strengthening relationships within the communities, continuing to improve product stewardship and innovation to solve problems, and reducing emissions/carbon footprint. ACL believes that sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything needed for our survival and well-being depends either directly or indirectly on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. Sustainability is important for making sure that we have and will continue to have the water, materials, and resources to grow our businesses and protect our environment.

In summary, sustainability has emerged as a result of significant concerns about the unintended social, environmental, and economic consequences of rapid economic growth and consumption of natural resources. ACL Staticide continues to strive for the balance of maintaining & improving chemical sustainability and reducing the impact on the environment & available resources while continuing to produce innovative, relevant, and high-quality/performance products for industry.

Q Source thanks Steve for another informative Guest Blog contribution to The Q Source Resource.

For information about ACL Staticide and related products, please visit our ACL Staticide Department at QSource.com. You may also contact us via email or phone at 800-966-6020 and one of our associates will be happy to assist you.



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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Social Rewind for September 22, 2014

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting, funny, or informational social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

Leading off this week, Workrite Ergonomics retweeted this post about a cool Star Wars inspired home. We’re wondering if it includes a Cantina-themed mini-bar.

Robot Plaza shared this interesting post about robot bartenders. If they don’t have a belly button, can they still make you a Fuzzy Navel?

On those long days at work it sometimes feels like you’re a hamster on a wheel. Laughing Squid’s post takes that a step further and shows you how to actually become one.

Laboratory Equipment magazine posted an article about a new virus (Chikungunya) that is as scary to read about as it is to pronounce.

Reading EE Times’ post about these 7 incredible Medtech predictions for the near future had us feeling hopeful and slightly in awe.

And we close out this week’s column with our shared post of Instructables solution for getting your own Apple Watch before everyone else.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. Keep on reading! We’re look forward to continuing The Social Rewind through 2014. This is an exciting year for us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Keep your eyes open for new features, promotions, interviews, and more. See you next week!


If there's topic you'd like to see The Q Source Resource write about please let us know. We'd also appreciate if you share our blog posts with your friends and colleagues via the social media links below. If you have questions or comments about Q Source or The Q Source Resource please leave us a message in the comments section.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Save $30 & Protect Vulnerable Plastics w/ACL Staticide ESD Safety Shield

Get 25% off the MSRP on a quart of ACL Staticide’s 6300Q Staticide ESD Safety Shield Static-Dissipative Coating (Q Source SKU: A008-000122) when you use our FPF091914 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, September 19, 2014 through Sunday, September 21, 2014.

ACL Staticide’s Staticide ESD Safety Shield Static-Dissipative Coating is a simple-to-use protective coating solution for plastics. Made from blended durable polymer materials, the 6300Q solution provides dependable protection by allowing static to dissipate at a safe rate regardless of relative humidity. Regularly listed at $120.00, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $90.00. While this is a 3-day limited-time price, the coupon is unlimited. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and please feel free to share the code with your friends, colleagues, and via social media.

Each week, we’ll promote our FPF selection on The Q Source Resource, via our email newsletter, and all over our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to read those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please tell your friends & colleagues about Featured Product Friday.

For further questions about Featured Product Friday, please read our informational blog post, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com.