Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Q Source's 10% OFF Unitron Offer is Zooming to a Close

We’ve inspected the calendar and we have to tell you that our January Social Networking Sale is zooming to a close. Our QSource.com offer of an EXTRA 10% OFF on Unitron products ends on January 31, 2013…just three days left!



If you haven’t visited our Unitron Department at QSource.com yet you’re missing out on discovering dozens of high-quality microscopy and visual inspection items. And with our discount offer you can get great savings on products like Unitron's Z10 Series Zoom Stereo Microscopes, CMOS Digital Cameras for Unitron Microscopes, or this Q Source-exclusive QSZ850 Video Zoom Inspection System. To learn more about Q Source-exclusive Unitron products please read our previous blog, “Save on Exclusive Unitron Microscopy Packages Only at Q Source.”

So, don’t let this opportunity to save pass you by. Just visit the Coupons tab of our Facebook page, and if you haven't already, Like us. After that you'll receive the code to get the EXTRA 10% OFF for this month's sale and be registered to access future Social Networking discount codes.

Friday, January 25, 2013

QSource.com Adds Xuron Line, Enhances Gibo/Kodama Offerings

If you're looking for electronics-grade hand tools and ergonomic seating solutions, QSource.com just made it a little easier to find even more quality choices. We've just added Xuron® Corp.'s (Xuron) line of ergonomic hand tools and increased our product offerings of Gibo/Kodama chairs.

Xuron is new to our site and we're excited to present you with more than 125 great tools for use in a variety of industries including: Industrial Electronics, Plastics Molding, Aerospace, Jewelry Manufacturing, and the Hobbies/Crafts markets. You'll find items in their popular lines such as the 800 Series, 9000 Series, LX Series, Maxi-Shear™, Micro-Shear® (Xuron is the original inventor of the Micro-Shear® blade by-pass cutting technology), Rover Mask™, and WickGun™ Series.

In our Gibo/Kodama Department, we've enhanced our selection to include almost 440 products in their Stamina 3000 Series, Stamina 7000 Series, and Synchron 4000 Series lines. These lines offer a great variety of ESD-Safe, Cleanroom, Polyurethane and Standard Chairs.

Xuron is a global leader in the manufacture of ergonomic, electronics-grade hand tools. Founded in 1971, Xuron is headquartered in Saco, ME. Q Source, Inc. has been a distributor of Xuron products since 1989. All Xuron tools are made in the U.S.A.

Gibo/Kodama's ergonomic chairs are created with quality components and feature precise craftsmanship. Their chairs are designed to provide hours of support and comfort by accommodating the natural contours of the users' bodies. Located in Huntington Beach, CA, Gibo/Kodama has been manufacturing production and office chairs since 1989. Q Source, Inc. has been a distributor of Gibo/Kodama products since 1997.

For questions about any of these new product additions please visit the Xuron and Gibo/Kodama pages, respectively. Our helpful experts can also assist you at 800-966-6020 or via email.

Daylight U22091 ESD-Safe Magnifying Lamp on Flickr

Our Daylight Company rep, Mark Florentine, recently stopped in to show off a few of Daylight's great task and magnifying lamps. The U22091 Ultra-Slim ESD-Safe Magnifying Lamp really caught our eye with its sleek styling and impressive feature list. We took some photos of our demo unit for you to check out.


Be sure to visit our Web site to learn more about the Daylight Company U22091 ESD-Safe Ultra-Slim Magnifying Lamp

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Q Source Associates Learn About Treston & Sovella Products

Being your expert resource for products and product solutions has always been our goal here at Q Source. Our sales associates are continually attending training sessions to increase their product knowledge. Recently, we were visited by Mark Florentine of Florentine & Associates, our rep for Sovella's Treston line of storage products and Sovella's workspace products.

Florentine began the session by demonstrating Treston's ESD-safe Plastic Storage Bins. Made from either Polystyrene or Polypropylene, these high-quality bins are available in a variety of styles including: Stacking Bins, Shelf Bins, Picking Bins, IC Tube Storage Bins, and more. There are also accompanying ESD Storage Cabinets, Turntables, Spacemisers, and Trolley Systems available in a choice of sizes and configurations.

Focusing on what makes Treston's ESD Storage Systems stand out, Florentine noted that the Shelf Bins and Stacking Bins feature a ribbed bottom for easily picking small parts, the entire line offers a greater variety of ESD products in ESD black with clearly labeled ESD Protected Area logos, a number of divider options with built-in label sections, recyclable Polypropylene models, and competitive pricing.

Moving on, Florentine showed Sovella's cool new Magnetic Tool Holders. Available in a wide selection of styles, such as their Hex Bit Organizer, Wrench Holder, and Socket Holder, these impressive tool holders offer options for saving space by storing tools on any metal surface (including steel shelves, metal tool cabinets, drawers, and Sovella's Perforated Panels). He also mentioned that these tool holders are really limitless in their uses because they will hold just about anything that fits in their grip.

Finally, the training session finished up with a look at Sovella's new, high-efficiency LED Integrated Tube Lights. Florentine demonstrated the power and versatility of these ergonomic lighting solutions by pointing out the unlimited ways these lights can be mounted (magnetic, brackets, etc.), the ability to string up to eight lights together in one series, and the 6,000-6,500 Kelvin light color.

We'll be posting more in-depth articles and videos regarding these items in the very near future. All of the aforementioned product solutions from Treston/Sovella are available, or will be available soon, at QSource.com. For further information, or for help placing an order, please contact us at 800-966-6020 or via email.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Unitron TCS Pro 500 Digital Video Visual Inspection System: "On the Bench" Video

Unitron's TCS Pro 500 Digital Video Visual Inspection System is an amazing piece of technology for extending the inspection capabilities of your Unitron trinocular microscope. In our previous blog, "Unitron's TCS Pro 500: A "Resolutionary" Table PC," we presented the impressive specifications of this visual tool.

We recently visited Brian Taub at Unitron and asked him to tell us about the best features of the TCS Pro 500. In our video, Brian demonstrates how to attach the tablet to a trinocular microscope and access the detailed image analysis software.


To learn more about, or purchase, the Unitron TCS Pro 500 Digital Video Visual Inspection System please visit QSource.com. Our Web site also features an extensive selection of other state-of-the-art Unitron Visual Inspection and Microscopy resources.

Don't forget to look out for new "On the Bench" videos at QSource.com and on our YouTube channel.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hakko's FX-888D Digital Soldering Station Ships Today

The much-anticipated Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station is available for immediate purchase from QSource.com today. Each station also ships with a FREE additional A1559 Cleaning Sponge.


The ESD-safe FX-888D (FX888D-23BY) offers digital technology with features such as user-selectable preset temperatures, digital calibration, password protection, and a low-temperature alarm (for a detailed look at the complete specifications, please read our preview article: "Hakko's FX-888D Digital Soldering Station: A New Digital Update to the Popular FX-888" or watch our unboxing video).

The Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station uses the same T18 Series Tips as the original FX-888 (complete line available at QSource.com). We also carry a full selection of FX-888 accessories and hundreds of other Hakko Soldering, Desoldering, and Rework items.

To place your order for the Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station, please visit QSource.com or contact us via email or phone (800-966-6020).

Monday, January 21, 2013

Weller WX-Series WX2021 Dual-Channel Soldering Station on Flickr

Tom Krisulewicz, of Weller Tools, recently stopped by to show us the new Weller WX2 Soldering Station, a dual-channel station with an innovative touch display and turn-and-click navigation. The unit he used for the demo was the Weller WX2021, which comes with the WX2 base unit, the WXMP Micro-Soldering Iron, and the WXMT Micro-Tweezers. We took a few photos so you could see this exciting new station.


You can learn more about the Weller WX-Series of soldering stations at QSource.com.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Save an Extra 10% Off Unitron Items at QSource.com

Need a top-of-the-line microscope or visual inspection system? With our January Social Networking Sale offer of an EXTRA 10% OFF all Unitron products at QSource.com, you can save money AND get a high-quality system to meet your application needs.



Our Web site features a large selection of Unitron products on which you can use your discount. And, this month, we worked with Unitron to add three Q Source-exclusive packages to our offerings: the QSZ850 Video Zoom Inspection System, QSZ8 8x-64x Zoom Inspection System, and the QSZ730-60 7x-30x Zoom Stereo System. All three are eligible for the 10% savings. Learn more about them in our recent blog article, "Save on Exclusive Unitron Microscopy Packages Only at Q Source."

All you have to do zoom on over to our Facebook Coupons page and click “Like.”
This will give you access to the discount code for the January offer and future monthly offers. Our January offer ends on 1/31/13 and cannot be combined with other offers.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How to Properly Focus a Stereo Microscope with the Unitron Z10 Series: "On the Bench" Video

When using a stereo microscope, it is extremely important to keep it in proper focus to avoid eyestrain. We asked Peter Indrigo of Unitron to show us the correct way to set up and focus a typical stereo microscope using the ergonomic Unitron Z10 Series.


To learn more about, or purchase, Unitron Z10 Series Stereo Zoom Binocular Microscopes please visit QSource.com. Our Web site also features an extensive selection of other high-quality Unitron Visual Inspection resources.

Don't forget to look out for new "On the Bench" videos at QSource.com and on our YouTube channel.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Free Sponge with FX-888D Digital Soldering Station from Hakko

Hakko's FX-888D Digital Soldering Station, the updated digital version of the best-selling FX-888, is available for pre-order from Q Source and will begin shipping on January 22, 2013. In addition to offering you an exciting low price on the new unit, we're also running a FREE A1559 Cleaning Sponge offer with the purchase of each FX-888D.



The new FX-888D (FX888D-23BY) Soldering Station takes all of the best features of the original model and makes it better by adding Hakko's innovative digital technology. Included in this impressive update:
  • User-selectable preset temperatures
  • Digital calibration
  • Password protection
  • Low-temperature alarm
Along with the new digital technology, you can see that the FX-888D's design has been improved for easier usability. The front of the unit features just two buttons, which allow you to access the Adjustment Mode, the Preset Mode, and the Password Function.

The ESD-safe FX-888D soldering station ships with the FX-888D base unit, FX-8801 Soldering Iron, T18-D16 Soldering Iron Tip, FH800-01BY Iron Holder, A1561 Cleaning Wire, and the A1559 Cleaning Sponge (when you add the FX-888D to your cart the additional FREE A1559 will be added to your order automatically). For a detailed look at the complete unit please see our YouTube video, "Unboxing the Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station".

The Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station is available for immediate pre-order from QSource.com. And remember, we also have a complete line of Hakko T18 Series Tips, FX-888 accessories, and hundreds of other Hakko Soldering, Desoldering, and Rework items.

To place an order for the FX-888D please visit QSource.com or contact us via email or phone (800-966-6020).

Friday, January 11, 2013

JBC Tools Introduces Three New Cartridges - C245-759, C245-760, C470-042

JBC Tools, makers of innovative soldering and rework tools, announced the release of three new cartridge models. Two of the models are additions to the C245 Series and one is in the C470 line.

C245-759 CARTRIDGE FOR THE T245 HANDPIECE
JBC says the C245-759 Cartridge is a more stylized version of the existing C245-741. It is thinner and longer and its shape provides for easier access to hard-to-reach PCB components. Its Galvanic treated tip provides outstanding thermal performance and long duration.

C245-760 SPECIAL CARTRIDGE
The C245-760 Cartridge was specially designed by JBC for use in soldering cables and connections up to 3.5 mm in diameter. Like the current C470-033 Cartridge, the C245-760 falls under the special category of C245 tips. The protective nature of the Galvanic process creates a tip that offers excellent thermal performance and long-lasting usage.

C470-042 CARTRIDGE FOR T470 HANDPIECE
JBC's heavy duty C470-042 Cartridge is perfect for soldering cables and connections up to 4.5 mm in diameter. This specially designed tip offers a second bridge, which allows both elements to be heated more efficiently, and is Galvanically treated for durability and exceptional thermal performance.

The C245 Series Cartridges are for use with the T245A Handpiece and the C470 Cartridge works with the T470 Handpiece. To order any of these new JBC Tools cartridges please give us a call at 800-966-6020 or send us an email and one of our knowledgeable experts will happily assist you.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Unboxing the Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station: "On the Bench" Video

Want to get a sneak-peek of the all-new Hakko FX-888D (FX888D-23BY), the digital replacement to the ridiculously-popular FX-888? Then check out our latest "On the Bench" video, Unboxing the Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station.

In this video we show you everything that shipped with our pre-release demo unit and give you highlights of all the best new features. For even more information be sure to check our website where we've got a complete list of specifications for the Hakko FX-888D ESD-Safe Digital Soldering Station.

ASG's FREE Power Supply Offer Extended Until December 2013

Must all good things come to an end? ASG Assembly says, "No!" Their FREE PS-55 Power Supply offer has been extended once again and now expires December 31, 2013.

All you need to do to get your FREE PS-55 is to add one of the qualifying ASG electric drivers to your cart and the power supply will be automatically added to your order. Take advantage of this money-saving Econo-Busters offer by purchasing one of these select ASG drivers from QSource.com

In addition to this selection of electric drivers, QSource.com carries an extensive choice of the ASG Assembly line of products. Visit our Web site to place your order or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email for further assistance.

Please Note: This special offer applies to listed items only. Quantity discounts are not applicable and this cannot be combined with other offers. Both items must be purchased on one order and the offer cannot be applied to previous purchases.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Brady Acquires Precision Dynamics Corp

Brady Corporation (Brady) announced recently the acquisition of Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC) in a cash transaction for $300 million. The deal is subject to the usual closing adjustments. Further financial details can be found in Brady’s official press release and on each company's respective Web site.

PDC, based in Valencia, CA, was founded in 1956 and has annual sales of approximately $173 million. They are a leader in identification products mainly for the healthcare industry, specializing in items such as patient wrist bands and related labels/I.D. systems. Their manufacturing facilities are based in Tijuana, Mexico; Port Orange, FL; and Nivelles, Belgium.


Brady, based in Milwaukee, was founded in 1914 and had sales of approximately $1.32 billion for the 2012 fiscal year. An international leader in the manufacturing and marketing of identification and protection solutions, products, and people, Brady has more than 1 million customers worldwide. Their products include high-performance labels & signs, safety devices, printing systems & software, and precision die-cut materials. Brady's global operations are located in the Americas, EMEA, and the Asia-Pacific regions.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Save on Exclusive Unitron Microscopy Packages Only at Q Source

Here at Q Source, it's our goal to help you save money on quality product solutions. This month we're very excited to be working with Unitron to bring you two great offers: Our monthly Social Networking Sale is offering an extra 10% OFF all Unitron items at QSource.com AND we have a selection of three excellent Unitron packages exclusive to Q Source.

Unitron specializes in high-quality, precision instruments for industrial, metallurgical, materials science, research, and educational applications. They know the importance of having the right combination of tools to increase the quality and efficiency of your application tasks. With that in mind they've worked with us to put together these feature-filled packages to provide you with top-of-the-line optics and technology to get the job done successfully.
Unitron QSZ850 Video Zoom Inspection System

QSZ850: VIDEO ZOOM INSPECTION SYSTEM
The first exclusive package is the QSZ850 Video Zoom Inspection System. Built to be sharp, crisp, and brilliant, this awesome system brings together a 5-megapixel camera, 10” tablet PC, image analysis software and a high-quality 8x – 50x zoom stereo microscope.

The QSZ850 Video Zoom Inspection System includes:

Z850 Trinocular Stereo Microscope on Pole Stand
  • ESD Trinocular viewing head w/0.8x to 5.0x zoom range
  • Inclined at 45º
  • 115 mm working distance w/interpupillary distance adjustable 52-75 mm
  • Glass lens shield
  • Widefield 10x eyepieces with built-in diopter adjustment (paired) and a 22 mm field-of-view
  • Pole stand with rack-and-pinion focusing arm, pair stage clips, and 125 mm black & white stage plate
  • Dust cover
0.5x CCTV Adapter
LED Ring Light
  • LED140 ring illuminator
  • Variable intensity
  • Sectional light control
  • 66 mm I.D.
  • ESD Safe
  • Made in the USA
TCS Pro 500
  • 9.7” Tablet PC with HD backlit touch screen and a 90º adjustable angle
  • 5-megapixel color CMOS camera w/720p live video preview
  • VMS3.6 Image Analysis Software running on an Android 2.3 OS, 1.2GHz ARM Cortex® A8 Core Processor, 8GB memory system
  • Micro SD Card Slot, HDMI Port, Mini USB Port
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth ready
  • External A/C 110V-220V power adapter and a 3-hour battery life

Unitron QSZ8 8x-64x Zoom Inspection System
QSZ8: 8X-64X ZOOM INSPECTION SYSTEM
Our next special package is the QSZ8 8x-64x Zoom Inspection System. Offering superior optics and an unparalleled ergonomic design, this system features seven defined magnification levels with an outstanding depth-of-field.

The QSZ8 8x-64x Zoom Inspection System includes:

Z8 Binocular Zoom Stereo Microscope – 8x-64x
  • Binocular viewing head inclined at 20°
  • WF10x eyepieces with built-in diopter adjustment (paired) and a 24 mm field-of-view (accepts 26.5 mm reticle)
  • 0.8x to 6.4x zoom range, 8:1 zoom ratio, 360º rotatable w/dual lateral zooming knobs with on/off clickstops
  • 1.0x plan achromat objective
  • N.A. 0.09
  • W.D. 78 mm
Plain Focusing Stand
  • Plain focusing stand w/76 mm pod holder and 125 mm black & white contrast stage plate
LED Ring Light
  • LED140 ring illuminator
  • Variable intensity
  • Sectional light control
  • 66 mm I.D.
  • ESD Safe
  • Made in the USA
Unitron QSZ730-60 7x-30x Zoom Stereo System
QSZ730-60: 7X-30X ZOOM STEREO SYSTEM
Our final Q Source exclusive package is Unitron's QSZ730-60 7x-30x Zoom Stereo System. This system also features Unitron's outstanding optical technology and offers the benefits of a large field-of-view useful for benchtop inspection of circuit board assembly and rework projects.

The QSZ730-60 7x-30x Zoom Stereo System includes:

Binocular Zoom Stereo Microscope on a Plain Focusing Stand
  • ESD binocular viewing head inclined at 60º w/0.7x to 3.0x zoom range
  • 97 mm working distance w/interpupillary distance adjustable 52-75 mm
  • Glass lens shield
  • WF10x focusing eyepieces w/a 20 mm field-of-view
  • Plain focusing stand w/125 mm black & white contrast stage plate
  • Dust cover
LED Ring Light
  • LED140 ring illuminator
  • Variable intensity
  • Sectional light control
  • 66 mm I.D.
  • ESD Safe
  • Made in the USA
These exclusive Unitron packages are available now at money-saving low prices and, for the month of January, also eligible for the extra 10% OFF savings through our Social Networking Sale. Now is the time to get a very high-quality microscope/inspection system at an incredible low price.

We know these special systems, along with our other Unitron product offerings, will help you achieve the precise results you need for your microscopy applications. If you have further questions about what package is right for you please contact one of our experienced experts at 800-966-6020 or via email.

ESD is Shocking (and Kinda Funny)!

We've always made it our goal for The Q Source Resource to be your guide about what to do to avoid the dangers of ESD. For instance, we've featured articles about how to establish an ESD control program and told you about the benefits of certain tools for avoiding static discharge.

Well, this time, here's an example of something NOT to do. A shocking, but somewhat humorous, look at static electricity. We dare you not to laugh. And, please, don't try this at home!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Zoom into the New Year with 10% Off Unitron Items at QSource.com

Focus on New Year’s savings with QSource.com’s 10% off sale on Unitron microscopes and visual inspection products. We want to help you start 2013 right, so get a visual on Q Source’s Facebook page and access the code for our January Social Networking offer.




After you obtain the code you can use it for additional savings on dozens of state-of-the-art Unitron products such as microscopes; eyepieces, lenses & accessories; and ring lights. You can even use the extra 10% off to save on Unitron’s cool, new TCS Pro 500 Tablet PC.

So, after you’ve finished celebrating the New Year, make a “resolution” to Like us on our Facebook Coupons page. You’ll then have access to the discount code for our 10% off deal and be registered to access all future monthly discount codes. Our January offer ends on 1/31/13 and cannot be combined with other offers.