Friday, August 30, 2013

OKi, Lymtech Announce Rebranding Name Changes

BLOG UPDATE 2 (10/7/13): The Metcal branded MFR systems are now shipping. In addition, newly designed handpieces (MFR-H1-SC2 and MFR-H2-ST2) will ship with the Metcal branded MFR systems. These new lightweight and ergonomic handpieces replace the MFR-H1-SC and MFR-H2-ST cartridge and tip handpieces, which were reported to be too big and bulky. The MFR-H1-SC2 and MFR-H2-ST2 will also dissipate heat more efficiently. There is no price difference between the new and old handpieces.

BLOG UPDATE (9/10/13): The rebranding of Metcal’s MFR Series Soldering and Desoldering equipment has been delayed. The effective date is now October 1, 2013. For more information please visit http://www.Metcal.com.

OK International (OKi), maker of bench tools, equipment and related products for electronics and industrial product assembly; and Lymtech Scientific, maker of clean-wiping products for critical environments and specialty applications, recently announced they will undergo name changes as part of rebranding efforts. OKi products will now be branded as Metcal and Lymtech will be known as Essentra Porous Technologies (a division of Essentra plc).

OKi Focuses on Wider Audience

OKi believes that this rebranding will "make the Metcal product line accessible to a wider audience by carrying forward the value proposition created by the OKi brand." This name change encompasses all OKi soldering & desoldering, fume extraction, handheld convection equipment, and fluid dispensing products. OKi is aiming to have all of their products rebranded as Metcal by the end of this September. Current OKi branded products will be sold and distributed until they are out of stock.

Most of the OKi products will retain the same functionality, performance, and warranty with only a logo change. Examples of these cosmetic changes follow:
  • PS-900 Soldering System: Logo change
  • Soldering Cartridges & Tips: Inserts on consumables will read Metcal
  • HCT-900 & HCT-1000 Convection Rework: Logo change and faceplate color change on HCT-1000
  • Fluid Dispensing: Logo change on all fluid dispensing systems and consumables
  • MFR Series: Logo change and faceplate color change (Please note: MFR cartridge and tip handpieces will undergo a style change, details to come)

Lymtech Aligning with Parent Company

Lymtech's rebranding changes their legal name to align with their parent company, Essentra, plc. Come this October 14th, they will no longer be known as John R. Lyman Company, d/b/a Lymtech Scientific, but will adopt the company name of Essentra Porous Technologies.

The rebranded Lymtech products will undergo a name and logo change, but the products and part numbers will remain the same. Lymtech’s facility, manufacturing process, equipment, and location will also not change. Lymtech looks forward to continuing their reputation for "quality, reliability, dependability, and world-class service."

For more information about OKi, Metcal, or Lymtech products please visit QSource.com. You can also give us a call at 800-966-6020 or contact us via email.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bevco Ergonomic Seating: Designed to Boost Worker Comfort & Productivity

Bevco offers a variety of highly-customizable chairs.
As this OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) article about ergonomic seating attests "A chair that is well-designed and appropriately adjusted is an essential element of a safe and productive…workstation." With the goal of helping you provide your workers with a safe and productive work environment, Q Source has added 14 series of Bevco Ergonomic Seating products to QSource.com.

With 50 years of experience designing and manufacturing high-quality ergonomic chairs and seating solutions, Bevco offers an extensive line of highly customizable chairs for a number of varied applications. We've added hundreds of these seating solutions with the option for you to customize them for your office, laboratory, educational, or production environments. Among these Bevco offerings are seating solutions for ESD, cleanroom, and other critical environment applications.

SEATING SOLUTIONS FOR A MYRIAD OF TASKS

Whether you need ergonomic chairs for production line assembly or ESD-safe chairs for critical environments we have the Bevco Seating solution to match your applications. QSource.com now features the following Bevco Ergonomic Seating series:
  • Bevco 1000 Series: Plywood Economic Seating – Durable, ergonomic industrial chairs at an economical price. Featuring color fabric or vinyl choices for seat and back cushion options.
  • Bevco 2000 Series: Upholstered Economic Seating – Heavy duty, economical seating for production line and industrial applications. Featuring thick, durable, high-density foam.
  • Bevco 3000 Series & 3000 Silver Series: Backless Stools – Comfortable, durable backless stools for office, medical, lab, assembly, and cleanroom applications. Featuring moderate cost and solid construction.
  • Bevco 4000 Series & 4000CR Series: Upholstered Ergonomic Office/Industrial and Class 100 Cleanroom Seating – Two choices of ergonomic, economical chairs for applications ranging from production line and assembly to semi-conductor and medical device. Featuring durability for intensive use environments.
  • Bevco 7000, 7000 Silver, 7000CR, 7000D, 7000E Series: Ergonomic Industrial and Laboratory, Class 10 Cleanroom, and ESD Polyurethane Seating – Polyurethane seating made to stand up to a variety of substances and for use in a number of challenging work environments. Featuring advanced ergonomics, rugged build, and ventilation ribs for increased comfort, air circulation, and easy cleaning.
  • Bevco V4 Value-Line Series: Low-Cost Upholstered Seating – Quality upholstered seating that is easy to assemble. Featuring laboratory tested compliance to ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 standards.
  • Bevco V7 Value-Line Series: Low-Cost Polyurethane Seating – Easy to assemble, durable polyurethane seating. Featuring laboratory tested compliance to ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 standards.
  • Bevco V8 Value-Line Series: Low-Cost Static-Dissipative ESD Seating – ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 standards tested, easy to assemble, quality seating. Featuring static-dissipative build for ESD safety.

STANDARDS-TESTED FOR SAFETY & DURABILITY

All Bevco chairs are tested against multiple standards.
All Bevco chairs are independently laboratory tested and meet or exceed ANSI/BIFMA standards. Bevco fabric and vinyl meets or exceeds California technical Bulletin 117 for flammability. Bevco’s cleanroom seating solutions have been tested and meet the requirements of Federal Standard 209. All Bevco ESD chairs meet or exceed NFPA standards. Berkley Analytical Associates, LLC, based in California, have tested Bevco seating products and found them to meet the LEED-CI 4.5 standards for very low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

CUSTOMIZE TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS

Bevco chairs are highly customizable. If you would like to make a change to a chair (colors, fabrics, casters, etc.) from QSource.com, or require further information about Bevco Ergonomic Seating products, please contact us via email or call 800-966-6020 and one of our expert seating consultants will be happy to assist you.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thermal Transfer Printing: The Hot Choice for High-Quality Bar Codes & Labels

Thermal transfer printers are available in
a number of portable & desktop configurations.
While laser printers and ink jets may dominate home and office applications, thermal transfer printing is the top choice for bar code and label printing in industrial, commercial, and laboratory settings. Thermal transfer technology allows for clear, high-density lines and durable, long-lasting printouts suitable for use in extreme conditions.

Thermal transfer printing technology has been around for many years and offers a number of advantages over its laser and ink jet alternatives. Let's take a look at how thermal transfer works.

The right combination of ribbons & labels
will guarantee a high-quality result.

HOT HEADED

In thermal transfer printers, the print head heats up and as the ribbon and material (substrate) come in contact with it the heat melts the ribbon ink, thereby transferring the ink to the material. This process allows for fast printing, precise lines, durable results (depending on materials used), and less wear and tear on the print head compared to other technologies (e.g., ink jet or laser).

Thermal transfer ribbon ink is usually composed of wax, resin, or a wax/resin combination. Wax ribbons are more suitable for shorter-term applications due to their low cost and low durability. Resin ribbons are the high-quality choice for long-lasting results. Using the right combination of ribbon and label will provide the highest quality print.

RAISING THE BAR FOR PRECISION

Thermal transfer printers are particularly well-suited for bar code printing. Designed to print accurate, high-quality images, their edge definition allows for the exact widths needed for precise bar code scanning.

Thermal transfer labels provide durability in extreme conditions.
They also feature the ability to print on a variety of materials, such as paper, polypropylene, and polyester. It is this combination of materials and technology that allows thermal transfer printers to create clear, long-lasting labels applicable for use in permanent identification, inventory, certification, laboratory environments, heat shrink, cold/freezer storage, and outdoor/extreme conditions.

UNBEATABLE SPEED, RESOLUTION, & DURABILITY

While ink jet and laser printers may have pluses in some application areas (e.g., posters, office documents, or high-quality photos), their minuses, particularly in bar code and label printing, make thermal transfer printers the best choice for most industrial/commercial/laboratory tasks. Ink jets and laser printers can't match the combination of speed and quality of thermal printing, their printers and materials are often more expensive, they cannot provide the long-lasting print results of thermal transfer technology, and they have more frequent maintenance requirements.

BRADY THERMAL TRANSFER PRINTING SOLUTIONS

QSource.com offers an extensive selection of portable and desktop/industrial thermal transfer printers, ribbons, labels, and accessories from Brady Worldwide (Brady). With choices ranging from the ultra-portable Brady BMP21 Label Printer (a handheld, quick-printing, all-in-one label maker) to the BMP71 Portable Thermal Label Printer (a versatile portable printer with more than 400 different label options) to the high-performance IP600 Thermal Transfer Label Printer (featuring Brady's Smart Cell technology, which allows the printer, materials, and ribbon to communicate with each other), you're sure to find the thermal transfer solutions to meet your exact needs.

For more information about, or to place an order for, Brady Thermal Transfer Printers please visit QSource.com. You can also give us a call at 800-966-6020 or contact us via email.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Shipping Hold on 3M Dri-Shield 2000 & 2700 Moisture Barrier Bags: Desiccant Load Retesting Suggested

3M's Dri-Shield 2000 & 2700 Series Bags are on a shipping hold.
3M's Dri-Shield 2000 & 2700 Series Bags
are on a shipping hold.

BLOG UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 – IMPORTANT NEWS

3M has now added the 3M SCC Dri-Shield 3000 Series and 3400 Series Moisture Barrier Bags to their shipping hold list. The Dri-Shield 2000, 2700, 3000, and 3400 Series Bags will be unavailable until further notice. We will continue to provide updated information about these bags as it becomes available to us.

For questions about the 3M Moisture Barrier Bags or related issues, please call us at 800-966-6020 or email us and we’ll be happy to assist you.


3M recently announced a shipping hold on their 3M Moisture Barrier Bags SCC Dri-Shield 2000 and SCC Dri-Shield 2700. The hold was put in place after tests showed Moisture Vapor Transmission Rates (MVTR is the amount of moisture that passes through to the bag interior over time) were above the specifications for these products. 3M is continuing to conduct tests and investigate the issue.

3M reported they have received questions regarding performance of the packaging system when using the Dri-Shield 2000 and 2700 Bags with desiccant. Desiccant is placed in the bag prior to sealing to capture moisture. The amount of desiccant needed is calculated by using:
  • The bag's MVTR
  • The maximum amount of humidity allowed inside the bag, based on the user's product
  • The expected storage temperature and humidity conditions for the bag
  • The expected storage time
  • The desiccant‘s moisture capture capacity
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In relation to 3M's recent test results for the Dri-Shield 2000 and 2700 Moisture Barrier Bags, desiccant users may need to recalculate their desiccant needs based on the MVTR numbers from these recent tests (0.045843 to 0.040871 for Dri-Shield 2000 Bags and 0.018097 for Dri-Shield 2700 Bags). If these new calculations reveal the amount of desiccant is insufficient for these existing bags, 3M suggests the following options:
  • Reduce the storage time
  • Change the storage humidity conditions outside of the bag
  • Periodically, open a limited number of bags and read the humidity indicator card (HIC) to confirm acceptable bag interior dryness. Reseal opened bags with additional new desiccant
  • Proactively add desiccant to the bag now
In addition to these steps for existing Dri-Shield 2000 and 2700 Bags, 3M's SCC Dri-Shield 3000 Series and SCC Dri-Shield 3400 Series Moisture Barrier Bags are still available as an alternative. The Q Source Resource will continue to provide status updates about the 2000 and 2700 Series Bags as information becomes available.

3M's Dri-Shield 3000 & 3400 Series Bags are available at QSource.com
3M Dri-Shield 3000 & 3400 Series Bags
have now been added to the ship hold list.
For more information about, or to place an order for, Dri-Shield 3000 Series or Dri-Shield 3400 Series Moisture Barrier Bags please visit QSource.com. You can also give us a call at 800-966-6020 or contact us via email.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Best of Q Source's "On the Bench" How-to Videos

Q Source's YouTube Channel debuted our "On the Bench" video series back in April of 2011. On the Bench was created to be a series of product previews, demos, workflow solutions, and how-to's to provide our customers with the information needed to make better buying decisions. Our how-to and workflow solutions videos aim to help viewers get their jobs done easier.

We wanted to take a quick look at a few of our best how-to videos so far. From stereo microscopes to wire shelving units, we've offered some handy how-to’s and teachable tips.

How to Properly Focus a Stereo Microscope

In "How to Properly Focus a Stereo Microscope with the Unitron Z10 Series," Peter Indrigo of Unitron provided us with a great how-to on how to properly set up and focus a stereo microscope. Using Unitron's Z10 Zoom Stereo Microscope, Peter shows how easy it is to attain proper focus and avoid eyestrain.


Setting Up a 3M Model 724 Constant ESD Workstation Monitor

Our "3M Model 724 Constant ESD Workstation Monitor" video presents 3M rep David Leventhal demonstrating how to use and set up the Model 724 ESD Workstation Monitor. David explains how this unit continuously monitors the resistance of the operator and work surface ground connections.


Assembling a Metro Super Adjustable 2™ Super Erecta® Mobile Wire Shelving Unit

Two of our Q Source staff got together to help us with a "Metro Super Adjustable 2™ Super Erecta® Mobile Wire Shelving Unit Assembly." This step-by-step video shows just how easy it is to build your own Metro Mobile Shelving Cart.


Barcode Printing

Brady's BMP71 Portable Label Printer is a versatile printer. In our "Printing Barcodes with the Brady BMP71" video, we show you how to easily create and print a variety of barcodes.


Dimension 4 Assembly

Ever wonder how to build an IAC Dimension 4 Workbench? One of our Territory Account Specialists shows how easy it is in this "IAC Dimension 4 Workbench Assembly" On the Bench video.


Using Akro-Mils Bins for 5S/Lean

Akro-Mils offers many products for 5S and Lean. This "Akro-Mils Indicator™ Bins for 5S Process & Lean Manufacturing" video demonstrates how these two-toned BinTelligence Series bins help you "Stock, Pick, Flip, and Replenish."



For more information on any of these products, or to place an order, please visit QSource.com. You can also give us a call at 800-966-6020 or contact us via email. And make sure you check back at Q Source’s YouTube Channel for new videos coming soon.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

OKi Discontinues Original Multi-Function Desoldering Systems

OK International (OKi) announced recently the discontinuation of their original Multi-Function Desoldering Systems. The discontinued items have been replaced with OKi’s MFR-1150 and MFR-1300 Series Desoldering and Rework Systems.

The discontinued part numbers include the following: the MFR-DSI Desoldering System, the MFR-DSX Desoldering System, the MFR-SDI Soldering/Desoldering System, the MFR-SDX Soldering/Desoldering System, the MFR-PS2K Two-Port Power Supply, the MFR-PS2X Two-Port Power Supply, the MFR-HDS Desoldering Handpiece, and the MFR-WSDS Workstand. The MFR-1300 or MFR-1500 Series can replace most of these parts.

For instance, the MFR-DSI and MFR-SDI have been replaced by the MFR-1300 Desoldering Systems. The 1300 Series use the same desoldering tips as the discontinued systems. The MFR-H5-DS is backwards compatible with the old MFR-HDS Handpiece. And the MFRDSX has been replaced by the MFR-1150 Desoldering System, which includes the MFR-H5-DS Handpiece and MFR-WSDSX Workstand.

The replacement parts are as indicated: MFR-1350 Dual Output Desoldering System w/Internal Pump, MFR-1150 Single Output Desoldering System, MFR-1351 Dual Output Soldering/Desoldering System w/Internal Pump, MFR-PS1300 Switched Power Supply w/Internal Pump, MFR-H5-DS Desoldering Handpiece w/Selectable Grip & Cord, and MFR-WSDSU Universal Workstand for Desoldering Handpiece.

For more information, or to place an order for, OKi Desoldering Systems please visit QSource.com. You can also give us a call at 800-966-6020 or contact us via email.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

New Low Prices on Vision Engineering Products: Q Source Adds Price Cuts Beyond Summer Promo Sale

You’ve heard about Vision Engineering’s awesome Mantis Compact Summer Promo Sale. Well, we’ve done them one better. We’ve lowered prices across our entire Vision Engineering product line. In many cases you’ll find prices even lower than the 25% off in Vision’s Summer Promo.

We want to make this a summer of savings and you’ll find great deals on items like stereo microscopes, visual inspection systems, lenses, stands, and other accessories. For instance, the MCH-001 Vision Engineering Mantis Compact Series Stereo Microscope Visual Inspection System Head was originally lowered to $825.00 per the promo sale. We decided to make it an even better deal and have cut the price to $755.00.

Stop by our Vision Engineering Department and discover new savings. Now’s the time to buy that incredible CamZ Handheld Portable Digital Video Inspection Magnifier for inspection applications on the go. If you’ve been waiting to buy extra lenses for your existing Vision Engineering Mantis Stereo Microscope, such as the MEHCAM-001 Mantis Elite-Cam Stereo Microscope Visual Inspection System Head get them now and save big.

For more info about Vision Engineering products, or to place an order, you can give us a call at 800-966-6020 or contact us via email.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

AIM-ing to Learn More About Solder: AIM Solder’s Tim O'Neill Trains Q Source Staff

AIM Solder's Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill, Regional Sales Manager for AIM Solder, stopped by Q Source yesterday to help us continue our regular product training regimen. Tim spoke to us about AIM Solder products and solder in general.

Beginning his session by stating, "It's in everything you have that has an on-off switch," Tim took us through the history of AIM and of solder (did you know that King Tut's sarcophagus was soldered). He went on to speak about surface mount soldering, wave soldering, hand soldering, flux, and which AIM Solder product worked best with each application.

To further help us to be able to help you choose the correct solder, Tim provided us with a list of questions that aim (pun intended) to narrow your choice down to the correct product solution. For instance, here are some questions regarding solder paste that your answers to will help us suggest the perfect selection for your process:
  1. Is it a tin-lead or lead-free application?
  2. Do you need no-clean or water soluble?
  3. Is it for a dispensing application?
  4. Is it for printing or rework applications?
  5. Are you using solder paste or gel flux?
  6. Are you using SAC305, Sn/Bi & Sn/Bi/Ag, or SN100C?
  7. Are you using SN100C & low-AG alloys or SAC305?
We want to thank Tim for his time and for sharing his extensive knowledge of AIM Solder products and the soldering process. The information provided to us will most definitely be a valuable tool in better serving our valued customers.

AIM bar, spool, and solder paste products are available in our AIM Solder Department at QSource.com. You can also give us a call at 800-966-6020 or contact us via email to place an order or get further info.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Q Source Staff Member Delivers Keynote Speech at Young Autism Program Charitable Event

Dan Olawski delivers keynote address at
Young Autism Program Charitable Foundation
Annual Dinner/Dance
At Q Source we take great pride in the quality of our employees. Everyone at Q is committed to providing the best customer service experience possible, but there are some who go much further than that. Many of the folks at Q Source offer their own time, talent, and expertise to contribute in very meaningful ways in their communities or to raise awareness on important social issues. Dan Olawski, resident blogger and social media guru, is one of those people.

More used to writing blogs than giving speeches, Dan recently delivered the keynote address at the Young Autism Program Charitable Foundation (YAPCF) of DDI's Annual Dinner/Dance here on Long Island. Reflecting on his experiences as an autism parent and the need for autism education and awareness, Dan spoke to an audience of about 400 parents, teachers, and administrators gathered for the fundraising event.

"I'd never spoken in front of that many people before and was extremely nervous. But I relaxed after I realized how important the topic was to me…and getting my first laugh at one of my jokes didn't hurt either," he said.

Dan has worked at Q Source since 2010. In addition to his blogging and social media work for The Q Source Resource Blog and QSource.com, his spare time is spent contributing to the Autism Society's blog and his own personal blog where he talks about his experiences and offers his insights on being an autism parent. Dan has had a passion for autism awareness and advocacy ever since his young son with autism was a student in the YAP program.

Autism is a multifaceted developmental disorder that includes impairments in social interaction and developmental language, communication skills, and rigid, repetitive behaviors. Autism includes a wide spectrum of symptoms and levels of impairment. There is currently no cure for autism.

The Young Autism Program (YAP) was created in 1995 as an experimental program with the goal of returning autistic children to regular kindergarten by age six. It is one of the most intensive programs of its kind in the U.S. The YAP Charitable Foundation was formed by YAP parents in 1999 to privately raise funds to supplement the unique educational needs of children enrolled in the Young Autism Program. The Annual Dinner/Dance is their largest fundraising event of the year. Previous Dinner/Dance guest speakers have included state and local representatives, researchers, and other autism parents.

"Being asked to speak at the YAP Dinner/Dance was an incredible honor," Dan said. "Many parents of autistic children go through similar experiences as I have and to see the audience's reactions to my speech was very touching and one of the most incredible and inspirational feelings I've ever had."

Everyone at Q Source would like to congratulate Dan for being asked to deliver the keynote at this important event. We're all very proud of your hard work and devotion to this very important subject. Keep up the inspiring work!