Friday, December 14, 2018

Extra Savings on ACL Staticide Gemini ESD Rolls & Pre-Cut Mats

Get extra savings on select sizes of ACL Staticide's popular Gemini Series Dual-Layer ESD Matting at QSource.com. These mats are made from a polymer-based, static-dissipative material that has a dissipative upper layer and conductive base. Gemini mats are durable as rigid laminates and as comfortable and appealing as rubber mats. Promo savings available on rolls (10%) and pre-cut mats (15%) and expires January 31, 2019.

Features & Benefits of ACL’s Gemini ESD Mats:
  • Extrusion manufacturing process allows for low off gassing & high durability
  • During the molten stage of manufacturing, layers are laminated to ensure a successful bond and long life
  • Suitable for constant monitoring systems; for use on bench tops and other grounded workbench surfaces
  • Conforms to the most stringent ESD requirements
  • Passes weathering Ozone resistance per ASTM D178-01 and exceeds minimum standards for NFPA fire and smoke safety
  • Pre-cut mats include a free 2-ounce sample of the ACL’s 6001 Staticide® Mat & Table Top Cleaner and two 10-mm female ground snaps
Please use Coupon Code ACLGEM10 to get 10% off select mat rolls and Coupon Code ACLGEM15 to get 15% off select pre-cut mats. Coupon Code must be entered at checkout to receive discount.

Visit Q Source’s ACL Gemini Promo Page for information about, and to purchase, ACL Staticide Gemini Series Dual-Layer ESD Matting. You may also contact us via email or phone (800-966-6020) for large orders or other inquiries. We also offer live chat customer service on our Web site.


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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Fight Potential Static Damage w/ESD Hand Lotion – Static Solutions Guest Blog Re-Post

Static Solutions’ Guest Blog offers a solution to the electrostatic discharge that is common (and potentially dangerous) this time of year.

As the seasons change from warm to cold, so too can the risk of static.

Typically, as temperatures drop, dryer conditions increase because of reduced humidity. You may notice static shocks as you get out of your car and touch the metal of the vehicle or when you walk inside across a carpet and get a shock as you touch a doorknob.

Each situation may be a slight annoyance, but if you need to be mindful of ESD (electrostatic discharge), the increased risk of a static can be costly, or at an extreme, deadly in potentially explosive environments.

Following basic EOS/ESD standards of the 20.20 is a requirement for many companies, and taking steps like using proper personal grounding such as wrist straps, heel grounders, or hand lotion can be an important part of your plan. Yes, even hand lotion can help at this time of year!

Applying moisture to your skin adds another layer of protection by increasing conductivity to your wrist strap. Placing several bottles in specific areas around the workplace, helps your team to stay protected. And, it has the added benefit of helping your skin to not dry out, crack, or flake.

Increase conductivity to your wrist strap
and help your skin to not dry out, crack, or flake.
For more information about ESD hand lotion and other Static Solutions ESD control products, please visit QSource.com. You may also contact us via email or phone at 800-966-6020 and we will be happy to assist you.

A big thank you to our friends at Static Solutions! We appreciate the information about ESD hand lotion.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Season’s Greetings + Our 2018 Holiday Schedule


Expressing our warmest Season’s Greetings for a very Happy Holiday to you and your family. We wanted to take another opportunity to thank our loyal customers for your continued patronage. We look forward to serving you again in 2019. Happy New Year!

Please note our office closing schedule for the upcoming holiday weeks:

  • Monday, December 24th, 2018 - Closed
  • Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 – Closed for Christmas
  • Wednesday, December 26th thru Friday, December 28th, 2018 – Open regular business hours
  • Monday, December 31st, 2018 – Closed for New Year’s Eve
  • Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 – Closed for New Year’s Day
We'll begin the New Year on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019, with regular business hours.

Please note: Our expansive, recently redesigned Web site, QSource.com, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your orders or RFQ/inquiries. Orders submitted when our office is closed will be processed ASAP on the next business day we are open. We also encourage you to visit our Q Source Resource Blog and follow us on our social media accounts. For questions and further information please call (800-966-6020), email us, or chat with us live at the Q Source Web site. Enjoy the holidays!

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Welcome to Cyber Monday 2018

Save an Extra 10% on Cyber Monday

We're excited to announce that Q Source is again offering Cyber Monday promo savings. Today, (Monday, November 26, 2018) only, you'll save an extra 10% off your online order.



To get these extra, one-day savings, just enter the Coupon Code, cybermonday2018 when you go to your shopping cart to checkout. Please Note: Current Promo items are not eligible for this extra discount.

Popular Product Categories

Use your Cyber Monday savings site-wide on popular product categories like Chairs & Stools, ESD & Static Control, Floor & Table Matting, Labeling & Identification, Soldering/Desoldering & Rework, Workbenches & Industrial Furniture, and more.

Remember, you must enter the Coupon Code below at checkout to get your Cyber Monday discount:

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Please share our Cyber Monday offer with your contacts on social media. Thank you, we appreciate your support.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nitrile Allergies? They’re a Thing! But Accelerator-Free Nitrile Is Here to Save the Day – Guest Blog

by Fritz Maskrey, Vice President, Business Development, TechNiGlove International

TechNiGlove’s Fritz Maskrey looks at the allergic reaction that’s come to be known as a “nitrile allergy.”

When one thinks of allergies in the disposable glove world, the words "natural rubber" immediately come to mind.

The simple solution for such a problem was introduced in the 1990s using synthetic polymers. This new material would mimic the properties of natural rubber, without the protein allergens that were causing some users to develop allergic reactions. Hence, the product we know today as "thin-walled, disposable nitrile gloves" was born.

NITRILE GLOVE PRODUCTION: SIMPLE...BUT COMPLICATED

Liquid nitrile is refined and coated onto a ceramic former, then cured into an elastic polymer in the desired shape. The elastic polymer, which has been molded into the shape of varying sizes and lengths of a glove, is then double-chlorinated inside and out and finally processed to meet the specifications of whichever cleanroom environment the product is intended to meet.

Since the inception of nitrile, manufacturers have been in competition to create a better and more efficient process with which to make gloves. The outcome of such competition has been the addition of certain accelerators whose job it was to decrease the time needed for a glove to cure, reduce the cost of the overall material in use, give the material a softer feel, or any other attempt at giving the customer an overall lower cost and higher-performing item.

Certain sulfur-based chemicals have been developed to accomplish the previously mentioned goal. These chemicals have incredibly complicated chemical structures and even more complicated scientific names to go along with them. While this list of chemicals can have a litany of positive effects, the unfortunate side effects of such chemicals can be an allergic reaction (now known as "nitrile allergies") similar to that of latex.

Here are current examples of accelerators used in glove production:
  • N-cyclohexyl-2-benzothiazole sulfenamide
  • 2-Dibenzothiazole Disulfide
  • Tetramethylthiuram Disulfide
  • Diphenylguanidine
  • 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole
  • 3-Methylpiperidine

DOES THIS MEAN I’M ALLERGIC TO NITRILE GLOVES?

Well, yes...and no.

The good news is that most of these allergies are not to nitrile itself, they are simply allergic reactions to the chemicals that are used in the manufacturing process of such gloves. The specific allergic reaction is known as “Type 4” which is defined as:

"Allergies ‘Type 4’ are also called cell-mediated or delayed allergies. When T-cells become activated and result in an inflammation of the affected area. Unlike other type of allergies, Type 4 is not antibody related, but rather is a type of cell-mediated response."
One of the newer technologies being utilized in the production of thin-walled disposable gloves is "accelerator-free" nitrile. Production managers, line engineers, and corporate purchasers need be aware of this and not dismiss it as a marketing term, as it can drastically affect any users with a Type 4 allergy.

TECHNIGLOVE’S NITRILE AND ACCELERATOR-FREE NITRILE GLOVES

Visit Q Source’s TechNiGlove Department for information about, and to purchase, a wide selection of nitrile gloves including their Rival (RV400 Series) accelerator-free, low extractable, powder-free nitrile examination gloves. Please contact us directly (via email or phone at 800-966-6020) for inquiries about TechNiGlove’s Rival CR (RVCR1500 Series) soft modulus, accelerator-free, powder-free nitrile gloves for controlled environments.

Thanks, Fritz! Awareness of potential nitrile allergies is very important. We appreciate you sharing your expertise with the Q Source community.


TechNiGlove International is a leading manufacturer of disposable gloves for contamination-controlled environments. TechNiGlove's Nitrile, Sterile Nitrile, and Latex Gloves offer consistent quality for use in cleanrooms, sterile non-medical environments, pharmaceutical, and industrial settings.

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