Friday, December 19, 2014

Hakko Tip Cleaner w/A & B Style Collar - Our Featured Product Helps Protect & Prolong Tip Performance

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This Hakko Tip Cleaner (FT710-04) quickly and effectively cleans the working end of a soldering iron tip. Designed with two counter-rotating brushes that remove tip oxide, debris, and excess solder. Regularly listed at $177.77, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $165.00. 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 and colleagues.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Transforming Technologies’ ESD-Safe Lab Jackets Offer Low-Cost, High-Quality ESD Protection

The Transforming Technologies 9010 Series ESD-Safe Lab Jacket is a high-quality, lightweight jacket that provides reliable ESD protection. We just added 45 of these attractive jackets to QSource.com and you can get them for less than $33 each.

Consisting of a blend of 90% polyester/10% conductive fiber, these jackets are knitted and not weaved. They feature a snap-front closure and lapel-style collar, and also have three spacious patch pockets and wrist-adjustment snaps. The 9010 ESD-Safe Lab Jacket has a 0.75-long cut, is available in five colors (Black/Light Blue/Maroon/Teal/White), and in sizes extra-small to 5X-large (sizes 2XL and up are at a slightly higher price).

To purchase a 9010 Series ESD-Safe Lab Jacket, please visit our Transforming Technologies page at QSource.com. Also check out our Transforming Technologies landing page for more than 450 other quality items. You may also contact us via our Web site, phone (800-966-6020), or by email.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Social Rewind for December 15, 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 compilation of what we thought were the most interesting, funny, or informational social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows a variety of 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, Weller’s quote says a lot and really stuck with us: “When it comes to soldering irons, ‘the tip is the tool.’”

Workrite Ergonomics shared this post about a cool in-ground lift for Norway’s bicycle riders faced with steep hills.

China’s famous Terracotta Warriors are incredible works of art. Laughing Squid shared this post that shows what happens when you add Mickey Mouse, Batman, etc. to get the Xi’an-American Warriors.

It’s that time of year to look back at the last 12 months. This Edison Awards share looks at the Most Innovative New Tech Products of 2014.

We all know that sitting at work too long is unhealthy. This Instructables post provides the specs for how to build a chair pad that alerts you to stand at set times via visual and audible cues.

And we close out this week’s column with our post of Steve Allen’s (ACL Staticide) new Guest Blog about the banning of AK-225.

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.

A QUICK THANK YOU
Our Social Rewind column recently passed its one-year anniversary. Check out our selections for the Top Ten Posts of the column’s first year. Thank you for reading it and for your comments and suggestions. We enjoy bringing you this fun and informative column each week. We hope you’ll keep on reading and enjoying it every Monday.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

An Update on the HCFC-225 (AK-225) Phase Out & Ban – Guest Blog

by Steve Allen, VP Marketing and Innovation, ACL Staticide

Steve Allen's latest Guest Blog looks at the chemical replacements for AK-225 as it is approaches its total ban.

The EPA ban and elimination of HCFC-225 (also known as AK-225, and referred to that way from this point on) is a current topic of continuing concern in the area of electronics cleaning and printed circuit board (PCB) rework and repair. The banning of AK-225, effective January 1, 2015, will limit the number of available types of solvents for electronics cleaning. This will, once again, change the solvent cleaning landscape in our industry. It's important to understand what replacement chemistries will be available in 2015 and how this will affect end-users.

AK-225 falls under the EPA's Clean Air Act as a Class II ozone-depleting entity and is now defined as an Agency-Controlled Substance. It is thus deemed unlawful for any person to engage in interstate commerce of the solvent or any use of the substance unless it has been used, recovered, or recycled or used to produce another chemical, or finally, used as a refrigerant (until 1/1/2020). End-users may use, and continue to purchase, aerosols containing AK-225 made before January 1, 2015. Beginning January 1, 2015, AK-225 can only be used in the manufacture of end-user cleaning products if it has been used, recovered, and recycled, as per the Clean Air Act.

AK-225 (HCFC-225) is a cleaning solvent mixture of two isomers, HCFC-225ca and HCFC-225cb. AK-225 has many unique properties, including its ability to form azeotropes, strong solvency, and thermal stability, which makes it good for use in vapor degreasing. AK-225 is non-flammable, has a low acute toxicity, low viscosity, high density, and low surface tension. This list of great performance characteristics is what makes AK-225 such a great general-purpose precision-cleaning solvent. It is also why this particular solvent has been so difficult to replace with alternatives.

The Agency has approved more than 300 substitutes for multiple applications. Potential substitutes for AK-225 include DuPont Vertrel Solvents (Vertrel XF), n-Propyl Bromide (nPB), Trichloroethylene (TCE; mostly Chinese sources today), 3M hydrofluoroethers (HFEs), and Honeywell's Solstice Performance Fluid (Solstice PF).

DuPont's Vertrel has characteristics similar to AK-225, but is much more environmentally friendly. Solvents containing nPB work well for difficult precision-cleaning applications, but they are not considered environmentally friendly. From a health and environmental perspective, both nPB and TCE are not good replacements for AK-225 due to their low exposure limits and suspect carcinogenicity. The EPA is also currently evaluating the flammability limits of nPB. Additionally, TCE is an overly aggressive solvent making it unsuitable for use with most plastics and elastomers.

From an environmental standpoint 3M HFEs are great as they have been granted VOC exemption. Honeywell's HFO-1233zd(E) has a low global warming potential and is non-flammable. However, cost to the end-user for familiar cleaning applications may be an issue.

Because AK-225 is commonly used in high-end, Class 3 applications (like aerospace, medical, and biotech), qualification of replacement solvents is a difficult and complex process. It is not too early to start the process, and there are many choices to meet most every requirement. ACL Staticide has encouraged its end-use customers to initiate the replacement qualification process early to ensure solvent compatibility, performance, and product availability.

Considering all the facts and chemical replacement requirements from the EPA, ACL has developed a line of solvent chemistries and formulations designed specifically as AK-225 replacements. Our new line includes both flammable products and non-flammable products with our non-flammable alternatives developed specifically for AK-225. In particular, our new ACL 8624 A4 All Purpose Flux Remover & Cleaner has been formulated as a universal performance replacement for all former AK-225 applications. It has many of the same great features of AK-225, but without the ozone-depletion potential. It is recommended that the product be tested on plastics prior to use to determine plastic compatibility with each customer's unique application and process. Contact Q Source, Inc., your ACL Staticide distributor, at 800-966-6020 for more information regarding ACL's AK-225 replacements.

A big thank you to Steve, for another informative Guest Blog. We've appreciated your Q Source Resource contributions throughout this year and we look forward to more in 2015.

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

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If You Own Apple Products, You Need This Repair Kit

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The SD-9326M Kit is a complete repair kit for Apple products that includes 1 each of the following: Phillips tool, Flat tool, Star-Tip tool, Pentalobe tool, Hex tool, Triangle tool, Tri-Wing tool, Pozidrive tool, Spanner tool, and Pin Tip tool. Regularly listed at $35.99, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $27.99. 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 and colleagues.

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