Wednesday, February 29, 2012

ACL Staticide's Five Tips for ESD Control

ACL Staticide ESD Floor Finish
We're always looking for useful tips to share with you and today we have some good ones about ESD Control. The folks over at ACL Staticide have taken the definitions of the ESD Association and created a list of Top Five Basic Rules for ESD Control.

ACL's Five Basic Rules for ESD Control are:
  1. Define the boundaries of the environment in which unprotected electrostatic sensitive devices will be present. This is the ESD protective area.
  2. Define the sensitivity of devices to be handled in the ESD protective area.
  3. Do not contaminate the area with unnecessary non-static controlled materials.
  4. Establish a suitable static control program that both limits static generation to less than the damage threshold of the most sensitive device in the environment, and provides a safe, defined path for the dissipation of static charges.
  5. Audit the ESD protective area regularly to ensure that static control is maintained. Document the findings for future reference.
ACL Staticide Wrist Strap & Heel Tester
Those sound like pretty good rules to follow. You can also make your ESD Control efforts easier and more successful by purchasing ACL Staticide ESD solutions from QSource.com

Our ACL Staticide section includes many excellent products in a variety of categories including: ESD-Safe Cleaners, Bench Grounds, Static Neutralizers, and more. So, if you're looking for an ESD-Safe Floor Finish, an ESD Tester, or even an ESD-Safe Trash Can, visit QSource.com and find your ESD Control solutions.

And, as always, if you have further questions about any of these products, or about other ESD Control solutions, please feel free to call (800-966-6020) or email us and one of our expert associates will be happy to help you.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Get an Extra 12% Off Brady Products – Just Two Days Left to Save!

Two days! That's all the time you have left to take advantage of our special savings on Brady products. Don't let this chance to save an EXTRA 12% pass you by!
QSource.com offers an extensive
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QSource.com has more than 1,500 Brady products (including label printers, ribbons & labels, accessories & spare parts, facility signage, safety products, and more) already marked down with great savings. Now you can get an EXTRA 12% off Brady orders of $50 or more just by liking Q Source.

Check out Brady's safety products at QSource.com
It's simple, just head on over to our Facebook Welcome Page and, if you haven't already, like us. You'll get access to the coupon code for this offer and every special offer we post throughout each month. After you've added your Brady products to your QSource.com shopping cart, just enter the special savings code at checkout and you'll receive our special discount.

Monday, February 27, 2012

North Safety Earplugs & Earmuffs: Solutions for Protecting Employee Hearing

QSource.com's selection of North Safety products includes many ways to promote the safety of your employees. When it comes to hearing protection, we offer two main options from North Safety: earplugs and earmuffs.

North Safety Products 282505 -
DeciDamp2® Uncorded Earplugs
The two most important factors to look for in hearing protection products are the noise reduction rating (NRR) and comfortable usage. The NRR is the maximum noise reduction, in decibels (dB), achieved from using that particular hearing protection item. The higher the dB number, the more noise that is being cancelled. To provide the customer with the most accurate ratings, North Safety tests its hearing protection products at independent, NVLAP-certified (National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program), third-party laboratories.

North Safety Products EM7209 -
Intruder Cap Mounted Earmuffs
North Safety's DeciDamp2® Uncorded Earplugs offer an NRR of 29 dB and the North Safety Intruder Cap Mounted Earmuffs come in at a 24 dB NRR and both products were designed to be comfortable to wear. These impressive hearing protection products are powerful and inexpensive solutions for providing protection for your employees.

Please visit QSource.com to place your order, or if you'd like further information about these or other North Safety products, you can give us a call (800-966-6020) or send an email and one of our helpful experts will help you find the answers to your questions.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Brady Printing Resources as a Solution for Cable Infrastructure Identification – Guest Blog

by Annie Ropella, Brady Worldwide Product Specialist—Portable Printing Systems

Structured cabling can be expensive and highly labor-intensive to install, yet it is a critical component to any business' operations. One of the most important steps in preserving this investment is properly identifying your infrastructure.

Like many companies, yours may be struggling with how to get started with cabling identification. Given the nuances of the industry and different preferences from installer to installer, there are a variety of options for identification solutions, from printers to label materials to software. How do you know what systems will work best for you?

Here a few different questions to ask yourself when choosing an identification system:
  • Where will the printer be used?
  • How many labels will be needed—a few at a time or thousands in a day?
  • Where, and in what type of environments, will the labels be used?
  • What are the items that will need identification (patch panels, cables, cable bundles, etc.)?

Asking where a printer will be used helps narrow down whether the printer needs to be portable or stationary and how large it can be. For some large projects in the cabling industry, labels may be printed in the office or warehouse by a "label guru" and then taken to the job site. If a lower volume of labels is required, or labels are needed on the spot, printing them on-site with a portable printer proves to be the best option. When developing a printer for the structured cabling applications, Brady looks at where the device will be used along with what features are needed. From this, we strike a balance between form factor and functionality needs.

To increase long-term benefits, it's critical to also think about how adaptable you'll need the printer to be. One of the most powerful tools to make a printer adaptable is software. Label design features built into the software simplify the creation of complex labels. Optional software also lets users easily manage large amounts of data and create more detailed and complex labels.

Another way your printer becomes adaptable is in the variety of labels it can create. Be sure to consider all of the items in your project that will need identification and select a solution that can fulfill all of the needs. Also, consider the label's environment and conditions for survival:
  • Extreme heat, cold, or rain
  • Surface type where label will be used
  • Flat smooth surface or a rounded textured surface
At Brady, when our team is developing new materials, these are all essential questions to answer. Self-laminating and cloth labels are best for labeling curved surfaces (like cables and pipes), while polyester is best for flat surfaces, (like equipment and hardware identification). There also are a number of customer-requested specialty label materials that are ideal for unique applications (examples include glow-in-the-dark and reflective label materials). While these materials may not be necessary for every customer or project, they might meet requirements for certain projects where it is necessary for the label to be easily seen in the dark or in low-light situations.

For structured cabling projects, another aspect of adaptability is the printing network. Many companies want the ability to produce consistent, professional identification labels across multiple printing systems while also maintaining a clean and crisp look for their projects. If you will be using both large desktop printers and portable printers for a job, you want the labels to look consistent and seamless. Brady takes this into consideration so our latest portable printers offer the same variety of materials and label sizes as many of the desktop printers.

A special thank you to our guest blogger, Annie Ropella, from Brady Worldwide.

To learn more about Brady's Portable Printing Solutions, or to place an order for printers, labels, and accessories, please visit QSource.com's Brady Label Printers Department or contact us by phone (800-966-6020) or email.

Sap the Zap: Personal Grounding Devices Help Reduce ESD Damage

The potential dangers of ESD damage to electronic devices (such as PC boards) in the workplace is an issue that can become dangerous and expensive if left unaddressed. QSource.com can provide a solution with our selection of personal grounding devices including bench grounds, ground cords, heel grounds, sole grounds, toe grounds, and wrist straps from manufacturers such as 3MStatic Solutions, and Transforming Technologies. We have everything you need to reduce exposure to ESD and help to sap the zap.
The ANSI/ESD S20.20 standard recommends that seated workers should wear wrist straps as part of an ESD protective workstation. Mobile workers should use ESD footwear such as heel, sole, or toe grounding devices. To promote the best dissipative connection, special ESD lotions (including products from ACL Staticide, R&R Lotion, and Static Solutions) are handy to address dry skin, which can cause wrist strap failure.
Use of these personal grounding devices is an easy and inexpensive way to provide ESD protection in your workplace and a great first step to creating a complete ESD control plan. QSource.com offers an excellent selection of personal grounding devices and we can also help you create and implement a plan for a full ESD-safe workplace. Please check out our Web site or you can call (800-966-6020) or email one of our helpful, expert associates to get started on your way to creating a static-safe environment.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Waldmann Tevisio: Efficient, Ergonomic Magnifiers Now on QSource.com

Waldmann Lighting's Tevisio line of LED magnifiers is now available at QSource.com. These high-quality, ergonomic magnifiers are perfect for use in a number of industrial, electronic, and laboratory applications.
Waldmann's Tevisio LED Magnifier
Some of the Waldmann Tevisio magnifiers' impressive features include:
  • 48 high-quality SMD LEDs
  • Use only 14 watts of power to create an output of 6,000 lux
  • 100% to 10% touch-enabled dimming
  • Scratch-proof, 6” diameter, wide-angle glass lens for distortion-free vision
  • Spring-balanced arm w/a large arm radius is easily adjustable
  • Six independent swivel joints provide variable head positioning
To learn more about Waldmann's high-performance magnifiers and to place an order, please visit QSource.com, send us an email, or give us a call (800-966-6020) and we'll help you choose the right Tevisio model for your job.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hakko's Tips for Tips

Our friends over at Hakko have an excellent Knowledge Base article about how to maximize the life of your soldering tips. To read the entire article, please visit the Hakko USA Knowledge Base.

In their very informative article, Hakko reminds us that the main factor in reduced tip performance and longevity is oxidation. They offer these five tips to avoid oxidation problems:
  1. Clean the tip regularly
  2. Make sure the tip is completely coated with solder, which will help protect the iron plating
  3. Because heat and oxygen cause oxidation, whenever possible, use the lowest possible temperature to solder
  4. To avoid damaging the iron plating, do not rub the tip against component leads, pads, or other objects
  5. Water soluble and other highly active with aggressive cleaning action fluxes should be avoided
Sounds like good advice for long-lasting tip use. Q Source offers a fine selection of Hakko accessories to promote proper tip use and cleaning habits. And, when it is time to replace your tips, we have all of the quality Hakko tips you need to complete your soldering applications.

For further info about Hakko soldering products, or to place an order, please visit our Hakko department on our Web site, send us an email, or give us a call (800-966-6020) and one of our expert associates will be happy to help.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Explore Popular Products in QSource.com's Departments Section

QSource.com's Departments Section helps you quickly find some of our most popular products and product lines. Currently featuring products from eight of our extensive list of manufacturers, our Departments Section is continually growing.

Right now in our Departments Section you'll find some of our favorite resources and application solutions from 3M, Akro-Mils, Brady, Hakko, Metro, MicroCare Sticklers™, Swanstrom Tools, and Weller. For example, if you're looking for Brady's new BMP51 Label Maker, you'll find it quickly and easily in the Brady Department under Portable Printers. Need a medical-grade cutter, our Swanstrom Tools M-Series Department has their complete line of unbeatable tools. In each department you'll find excellent products like these at competitive prices.

And, as always, if you have further questions after locating the product solution you need, you can contact our helpful experts at 800-966-6020 or via email.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Buy an OKi MRS-1100A Modular Rework System & Get a Free Soldering System & Blade Tip

OK International (OKi), makers of leading soldering tools and equipment for production assembly, are offering a FREE OKi MFR-1120 Soldering System (a $335 value) and a FREE CFV-BL100 10 mm Blade Tip (a $59 value) with the purchase of the MRS-1100A Modular Convection Rework System (on sale for $4119.75). You'll save a total of $669.25 when you take advantage of this exciting promotion!


The OKi MRS-1100A Modular Rework System is an integrated convection rework system perfect for easily removing and placing BGA/CSP and SMT components. It includes a handheld convection tool, preheater, and adjustable tool holder with a free-standing board holder. The MFR-1120 Soldering System includes the MFR-H2-ST Soldering Handpiece and provides a high-power solution for production soldering, touch-up soldering, and SMD rework applications involving today's PCB and component technologies. The CFV-BL100 Soldering Tip is 10 mm wide and features a blade-shaped tip.

All you have to do is add the OK International MRS-1100A to your cart at QSource.com and we'll add the MFR-1120 and CFV-BL100 to your order for FREE. For more information, you can also contact our knowledgeable experts at 800-966-6020 or via email. Free offer is valid until July 31, 2012.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Akro-Mils Extensive Line of Storage Solutions Now Available on QSource.com

Q Source has taken another step toward being your number one resource for storage, material handling, and Lean applications. With the addition of an extensive selection of Akro-Mils shelf bins, hanging bins, and stackable bins systems, we're sure you'll find the perfect solution to all of your storage needs.

Not only have we added hundreds of Akro-Mils storage products, but we've created an easy-to-navigate Akro-Mils Storage Bins & Containers Department on QSource.com to help you find all the information you need to make an educated purchase. From the Department landing page you'll find links to Akro-Mils AkroBins®, the Akro-Mils Easy Flow Gravity Hopper Bin System, the Akro-Mils ProHANGER® Long Parts Storage System, Akro-Mils Shelf Bins, and Akro-Mils Storage Bins.

As you browse deeper into the categories you will see detailed diagrams, specs, and images about Akro-Mils' industrial/commercial storage solutions for shortening assembly times, maintaining accurate inventories, optimizing storage space, improving parts protection and supporting Lean practices for increased productivity and profitability. Akro-Mils bins are available in various sizes, colors, and ESD-safe options to create a complete material handling system.

To learn more about these versatile, durable bins, or to make a purchase, please visit our Web site, give us a call (800-966-6020), or send us an email and we'll work with you to create the perfect storage solution to meet your needs.

Akro-Mils has been creating storage and material handling solutions since 1947. A Myers Industries, Inc. company, Akro-Mils is based in Akron, Ohio.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

The Brady BMP®51 Label Maker: Getting the Job Done Just Got Even Easier!

Brady Worldwide's (Brady) back with another member of their exciting portable printing family: The BMP®51 Label Maker. The BMP51 is innovative, fast, and compatible with an extensive choice of label materials.

The BMP51 features the same great specifications and label material choices as the BMP53 (plus 58 new label cartridges), but the BMP51 has a display screen and keyboard that help get the job done faster and even easier. So, although they're not quite identical twins, the BMP51 and BMP53 are definitely cousins that share many of the same powerful traits that run in the Brady portable printer family.

COMPLETE PRINT JOBS FASTER
The first trait these portable thermal transfer printers share is the ability to help you work faster. The BMP51 prints at a speedy 1" per second. It also uses the hassle-free, top-loading, drop-in label cartridges with automatic label formatting that were new on the BMP53. The label cartridges can't be loaded incorrectly and with no manual calibration needed the user can get to printing right away.

As with the BMP53, the BMP51 Label Maker also has several connectivity options to help you print faster. USB and Bluetooth® are standard on the BMP51, and through optional Brady network cards the printer can be controlled through Ethernet or WiFi. Brady's FREE Android® Apps, Brady Mobile Electrical and Brady Mobile DataComm, work directly with the BMP51's built-in Bluetooth connectivity and allows users to wirelessly create, edit, print, and save labels via an Android device.

What distinguishes these two powerful printers is the BMP51's large, backlit display that shows exactly how the text and/or graphics will print. It also indicates battery level, remaining material, and more. And the built-in QWERTY keyboard helps users create labels quickly.

WORK WITH CONFIDENCE & EASE
The BMP51 promotes confidence in getting your printing jobs completed easily through its many excellent built-in features and a selection of powerful options. These include:
  • Three power options (8 AA batteries, AC adapter, and the optional Li-Ion* battery pack--when working with battery power the Li-Ion battery pack will allow the user to print more than twice the number of labels per charge as the AA batteries provide)
  • An extensive selection of continuous and die-cut label materials (more than 190 cartridge choices)
  • Ruggedly built to survive in industrial environments and extreme temperatures (it can even withstand a four-foot drop onto concrete)
  • The built-in cutter, with label retention, can make 20,000 cuts without needing a cleaning
* For a limited time: When you purchase a BMP51 printer and register it online at BradyID.com you will receive a FREE Li-Ion Battery Pack (an $85 value).

NEW PRINTER, NEW LABEL CARTRIDGES
With the release of the BMP51, Brady is also releasing 58 new label cartridges compatible with both the BMP51 and BMP53 bringing the total number of label cartridge options for both printers to more than 190. These cartridges all feature the same ribbon and label materials in one cartridge design, "No Jam" technology, and a locking mechanism that prevents labels from retracting back into the cartridge.

A variety of label materials are available for the BMP51 to meet most industrial needs including:

Voice & Data Comm, Electrical, Product, Facility and Safety ID Materials
Laboratory ID Materials
Multi-Purpose Materials

MORE WAYS TO CREATE & PRINT
The BMP51, as with the BMP53, is a very versatile portable printer. Users can create, edit, and print a variety of label types via an impressive choice of creative options including Brady's FREE Mobile Apps and Brady's LabelMark 5 software.

To provide users with an easy and convenient way to print wirelessly from their BMP51/53 portable printers, Brady created two Android apps, Brady Mobile Electrical and Brady Mobile DataComm. These innovative apps allow the user to create, edit, print, and save labels from their paired Android device. Black and white JPG images for logos or pictograms can also be used to create a truly customized label. These apps are perfect for creating the following label types:


Brady Mobile Electrical App
  • Flags
  • Wire Markers
  • Terminal Block
  • Templates
  • Files
  • General ID
Brady Mobile DataComm App
  • General ID
  • Flags
  • Patch Panel
  • Wire Markers
  • 110 Block
  • 66 Block
  • BIX Block
LabelMark 5 is Brady's user-friendly printing software that allows for integration of data sources and one cohesive system of label design and batch printing. This high-performance labeling software helps save time and makes it easy to create labels for:
  • Wire and cable marking
  • Terminal block marking
  • Control panel and component marking
  • Rating plate identification
  • Voice and data equipment labeling
PRINT IT YOUR WAY WITH BRADY STARTER KITS
Brady has made it easy to find a BMP51 portable printing solution to meet your exact needs. The standard printer ships with a hard carrying case, a battery tray for AA batteries, a USB Cable, a Drivers CD, a Product CD, the Quick Start Guide, and one MC-1500-595-WT-BK label cartridge. Options for the standard printer package include an AC adapter, rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack, and the LabelMark 5 software.

Getting even more specific to user needs, Brady is also offering the BMP51 Label Maker in four convenient, money-saving Starter Kit packages:

Voice/Data Communications Starter Kit
  • BMP®51 Label Printer and Li-Ion Battery
  • Hard case, USB cable, and AC power supply
  • Self-laminating cable markers (M-21-427)
  • Port, faceplate, and general ID labels (M-30-422)
  • Non-adhesive slide-in strips for punch blocks (MC-475-412)
  • Rack and panel labels (MC-1000-595-YL-BK)
  • 1.5" White label roll for general ID (MC-1500-595-WT-BK)
Electrical Starter Kit
  • BMP®51 Label Printer and Li-Ion Battery
  • Hard case, USB cable, and AC power supply
  • Self-laminating wire markers (M-103-427)
  • Wrap-around wire markers (M-18-498)
  • PermaSleeve® PS heat shrink wire markers (M-187-1-342)
  • Panel identification labels (MC-1500-595-OR-BK)
  • 1.5" White label roll for general ID (MC-1500-595-WT-BK)
Facility Identification Starter Kit
  • BMP®51 Label Printer and Li-Ion Battery
  • Hard case, USB cable, and AC power supply
  • 1.5" Yellow label roll with black ribbon (MC-1500-595-YL-BK)
  • 1.5" White label roll with red ribbon (MC-1500-595-WT-RD)
  • 1.5" Green label roll with white ribbon (MC1500-595-GN-WT)
  • 1.5" White label roll with black ribbon (MC-1500-595-WT-BK)
  • 2" x 1" labels for low surface energy labeling (M-20-483)
Lab Identification Starter Kit
  • BMP®51 Label Printer and Li-Ion Battery
  • Hard case, USB cable, and AC power supply
  • Vial & tube labels (M-156-492)
  • Microplate labels (M-81-488)
  • Top & side label set for vials & tubes (M-120-492)
  • Removable die-cut labels for bottles, beakers, etc. (M-103-498)
  • 1.5" White label roll for general ID (MC-1500-595-WT-BK)
THE BRADY BMP51 - A COMPLETE PORTABLE PRINTING SOLUTION
Each printer in Brady's portable printer family offers features to help the user print quicker and more conveniently. The BMP51 Label Maker does that and more and presents itself as the complete portable printing solution to meet most any needs.

QSource.com is once again your number one resource for Brady portable label printing. We have the complete line of Brady BMP51 printers, starter kits, cartridges, accessories, and even Brady's 360® Printer Replacement Plan, all available right now on our Web site.

So what are you waiting for? Click on over to QSource.com's Brady BMP51 Department and purchase your own BMP51 today! Or, if you have questions or require further information, contact our expert sales associates by phone (800-966-6020) or email and they'll help you select the exact BMP51 Label Maker package to help you get the job done.

Friday, February 3, 2012

R&R Lotion Upgrades Antibacterial Products

R&R Lotion, Inc., makers of industrial lotions, sunscreens, hand cleaners, and other quality products, released upgrades of two of their industrial antibacterial formulas. The IHC family of Industrial Antibacterial Hand Cleaners and the ISL line of Industrial Antibacterial Lotions now feature new and improved ingredients to better protect industrial workers' skin and hands.

R&R Lotion's Industrial Antibacterial Hand Cleaners
The R&R Lotion Industrial Antibacterial Hand Cleaner, available in 32 oz. and 1-gallon bottles, is excellent for daily use in harsh outdoor environments. Not only does it remove oil, grease, dirt, and grime, but it is formulated to protect against Escherichia Coli, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Staphylococcus Aureus, and Klebsiella Pneumoniae.


R&R Lotion's Industrial Antibacterial Lotions
R&R's Industrial Antibacterial Lotion (available in 8 oz., 32 oz., and 1-gallon bottles) is targeted at workers who use their hands all day. Its extensive combination of ingredients, including Vitamins A, D, & E; aloe vera, jojoba, and blue agave, work together to moisturize rough, dry hands. They also act as an anti-aging/rejuvenating agent to relieve skin cracking, peeling, and roughness. In addition, this industrial-strength hand lotion contains an antibacterial ingredient aimed at killing germs and viruses. Other ingredients include: green tea, blueberry, grape seed, cranberry, pomegranate, raspberry, green coffee bean, strawberry, and açaí berry.

You can purchase R&R Lotion's Industrial Hand Cleaners and Industrial Lotions, along with a selection of other excellent R&R products, at QSource.com. Or for more information, please give us a call (800-966-6020) or send us an email.

R&R Lotion, Inc. has manufactured hand lotions, hand cleaners, antibacterial products, anti-static sprays, blue anti-static-safe bottles, hard-surface cleaners, and industrial-strength sunscreens for 25 years. R&R Lotion is based in Scottsdale, AZ.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Save BIG on Brady I.D. Products! Take Another 12% Off in February

For the entire month of February, you can take an additional 12% OFF orders of $50 or more of Brady products. Everything from label printers, replacement ribbons & labels, spare parts & accessories to floor tapes, facility signage, & safety products you'll save big in February! We have over 1,500 Brady items already marked down – and now you can save an additional 12%!

All you need to do is head over to the Welcome tab on our Facebook page to get the coupon code.


Have you been waiting to get the new durable BMP®53 or the versitile BMP®71 label printer or need to stock up on extra labels? Maybe it's time you or replaced that peeling floor tape in your facility or posted some new safey signage. You won't find lower prices on Brady ID products anywhere else – and now with an extra 12% off, Q Source is your Brady Resource!