Thursday, October 31, 2013

Questions for Q-Bot: Finger Cots – No, They're Not Tiny Hats for Your Fingers

Dear Q-Bot: When searching for gloves on your Web site recently, I noticed something called “finger cots.” Can you tell me more about them? – A.T. via email

Dear A.T.:

Thanks for your question (and for shopping on QSource.com). While I don't wear finger cots (can't find ones that will fit my robot fingers), I can tell you a little about these items that look like tiny hats for your fingers.

Finger cots are utilized as finger protection in a number of industries (such as health/medical, electronics assembly, art restoration, etc.) for a wide variety of applications (including PCB/component handling, food handling, precision assembly, protection from infectious materials, and more). They are appropriate for use when a full glove is unnecessary or not required and as protection for a cut or wound.

Finger cots (also known as finger stalls and sometimes finger condoms) help provide protection from skin oils, salts, and particulates; from hazardous materials, and ESD-safe versions are used when working with sensitive electronic devices. They are available in a number of sizes, thicknesses, and materials (such as latex, rubber, nitrile, and vinyl).

As mentioned, QSource.com offers a number of finger cots from manufacturers like QRP Gloves and North Safety. If you're interested in learning more about finger cots, use your fingers (with or without cots) and either type us an email, dial us up (800-966-6020), or surf to our Web site and we'll be happy to point out the right solutions for you.

Thanks again for your question, AT. Please continue reading The Q Source Resource blog. — Q-Bot



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Monday, October 28, 2013

The Social Rewind for October 28, 2013

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 blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

First off this week, Production Basics posted about the enthusiastic outlook for wearable technology shipments…which we read on a good old-fashioned desktop computer:

Laboratory Equipment magazine shared this incredible photo of NASA engineers creating a 1961-style PowerPoint presentation:

Halloween is fast approaching and Dremel posted this piece about carving a pumpkin with a Dremel cordless rotary tool…why didn’t we think of that:

The simplest things are often the most fascinating. AK Material Handling Systems shared this look at how a lock and key work:

We love robots! This article, shared by Mashable, had us oohing and ahing at the 14 robotics breakthroughs from the past decade:

As for our favorite post from our own social media updates, this article about printing high-quality bar code labels is "scannable":

So, there you have it. A quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. Please let us know what you think of this new blog column. And we’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. See you next week!


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Seven Upcoming Medical Device Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss

We created The Q Source Resource Blog back in 2011 to provide you with valuable information you can really use. In our on-going effort to bring you such information, we'll be publishing a series of posts about upcoming conferences and tradeshows in a variety of industries. First up is Medical Device Manufacturing:
  1. MedTechWorld MD&M Minneapolis: October 28 – October 30, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN – A conference for educators, suppliers, thought-leaders, and medical device development professionals. Features a three-day, three-track conference with 600+ suppliers, free Tech Theater, and 85+ presenters.

  2. Wireless Medical Devices EAST: November 5 – November 7, 2013 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston – A conference targeted at medical device manufacturers from a variety of levels, including smaller, innovative startup companies. Featuring a four-panel discussion, insights from the military, a focus on BYOD, change management, and mobile apps, and input from the top twenty wireless medical device manufacturers.

  3. IVD Business Strategy Conference: November 6 – November 8, 2013 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego – A conference focusing on business strategies, regulatory, and technological advancements for success in the IVD industry. Featuring experts and thought leaders speaking about the future of the IVD business landscape, regulatory requirements for domestic and global markets, and the latest technology solutions for sequencing, molecular diagnostics, wireless, and point-of-care devices.

  4. MedTechWorld BIOMEDevice featuring Wireless Medical Devices WEST: December 3 – December 5, 2013 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA – A conference created to provide medical device manufacturers with the competitive advantage they need. Featuring two tracks (“Consumerization of Wireless Medical Devices” and “Product Development for Wireless Medical Devices”) and topics designed to help manufacturers make informed decisions about a number of factors such as connectivity, size, usability, and more.

  5. Medical Devices Summit: February 24 – February 26, 2014 at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf in Boston – A conference for industry and regulatory professionals to come together and address top issues in compliance, innovation, and quality. Featuring current information regarding competitive design, regulations, and new prospects for medical device manufacturers.

  6. Design of Medical Devices Conferences: April 7 – April 10, 2014 at The Commons Hotel & McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis, MN – A conference focused on the top issues and innovations for medical device designers. Features an impressive number of valuable sessions on topics such as artificial organs, neuroengineering, and surgical robotics and must-see demonstrations including a regulatory science symposium, a live surgery, and a hands-on exhibit by the Visible Heart Laboratory.

  7. The 10X Medical Device Conference from the Medical Device Group: May 12 - May 14, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Minneapolis Park Place in Minneapolis, MN – A conference of leading industry experts targeted at medical device industry professionals. Features strategic sessions created to help medical device companies achieve high-growth mode or attain the next phase of their growth.
This list covers a selection of U.S.-based conferences over the next few months. If you have information or suggestions about additional Medical Device-related events please leave that info in the comments section or send us an email.

Please keep an eye on The Q Source Resource Blog as we’ll soon be posting conference info for other industries including assembly, cleanroom/laboratory, crafting/hobbyists, and more.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Q Source Facilitates an IAC Industries Eclipse Workstation Installation for a Customer

Q Sources' customer service goal is to ensure that our customers are satisfied from the first moment we interact with them, all the way through the receipt and completion of their order. A recent example of these efforts took place with a workstation installation for a customer in Puerto Rico.

One of our Customer Focus Associates, Diane Camacho, was recently contacted by a long-time customer who was seeking a workstation solution for a laboratory space. Diane prepared a number of options and met with the customer who decided on IAC Industries' Eclipse Line of products.

After taking the workspace measurements and compiling a list of how many workstations and accessories the customer would need, Diane met with our local IAC representative and they worked together (including a conference call to an expert at IAC's headquarters) to create an installation that met the customer’s exact needs.

Check out Diane's photos of the completed installation:


For more information about IAC Workbench and Workstations including their Quick-Ship Line, or to place an order, please visit QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. As Diane has shown, our industrial furniture experts can help you find the exact product solutions to fit your space and applications. Contact us today!


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Monday, October 21, 2013

The Social Rewind for October 21, 2013

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 blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

First off this week, National Instruments told us about how 700-ton pylons were successfully installed in the middle of the ocean:


ThomasNet posted a very important look at challenges facing the future of manufacturing:



Laboratory Equipment magazine posted an amazing story that shows how scientists can create antioxidants for medical applications from elements found in a car’s catalytic converter:



Hemingway, da Vinci, Churchill…Workrite shared a post discussing the ergonomic work habits of some great historical minds:


Personalization gone too far? Mashable’s story prepares us for “smart shelves” that will target us individually as we shop:



As for our favorite post from our own social media updates, Q-Bot giggled ominously after reading this article about robots taking over for humans:


So, there you have it. A quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. Please let us know what you think of this new blog column. And we’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. See you next week!


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CCI Static-Protective Material Handling Products Now at Q Source: Hundreds of ESD Shipping and Storage Solutions

Proper protective packaging for storing and shipping ESD-sensitive PCBs and components helps eliminate product failures and saves you money in the long run. Q Source recently added a quality resource for such ESD protection to our Web site: Conductive Containers Inc. (CCI) products. CCI has been designing and producing innovative static-protective material handling solutions for 35 years.

QSource.com now features 850 CCI items in categories including bins, trash cans, shelving, storage containers, and totes. That selection offers more than 40 ESD-safe & conductive bins, more than 130 mailers & shipping boxes, more than 440 conductive corrugated in-plant handler totes, a dozen hinged ESD-safe boxes, and more.

Among the hundreds of recently added products are a variety of options for just about every application need. A few of the more popular items include:
  • Durastat ESD Trays – These durable, highly re-usable trays are stackable to maximize space and minimize weight. Eliminate the need for static-shielding bags with this injection-molded tote, which features a dissipative crosslink foam pad on the bottom of the tray.
  • Corstat™ Drawer Cabinet – An economical solution for static-protected storage for multiple small components. The Corstat Drawer Cabinet features a rigid double wall and contains conductive thermoformed drawers.
  • Corstat Bin Boxes - These static-shielding bins help clean up your storage and eliminate static-shielding bags. Corstat Bins provide economical inplant ESD protection for ICs, DIP tubes, and other components. Bins are available in open, hopper, and stackable styles.
  • Corstat InPlant Handlers – Featuring a rigid double-wall construction and Corstat static shielding, these InPlant Handlers are re-usable and recyclable. Low-cost Corstat InPlant Handlers save you money by eliminating the need for static-shielding bags. These handlers provide physical protection for in-plant or inter-plant use.
CCI can also create custom ESD solutions. For more information about CCI stock or custom products, or to place an order, please visit our CCI Department at QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email.


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Seven Psychological Principles of Organizational Change – Guest Blog

by Karen Wilhelm of the Lean Reflections blog

Implementing new workplace programs (such as lean manufacturing, quality control, or safety procedures) can be challenging when met with the resistance of an established mindset. Our guest blogger examines the principles that champions of change need to consider before they act.

When change fails, it's often blamed on a culture of resistance, one where people won't accept new ideas. An effort to introduce a new safety system, apply lean manufacturing concepts to an old process, automate a line, or add new quality inspection methods can run aground. In a series on my Lean Reflections blog, "What is culture and why is it so hard to change?", I have been looking at some anthropological perspectives on culture and the change process.

Decades ago, experts from the United Nations struggled to introduce beneficial new technologies like mechanized agriculture or better public health practices to traditional cultural groups. In 1953, an elite team of social anthropologists led by Margaret Mead was asked to use their thousands of hours of first-hand observations and analysis of similar circumstances to shed some light on why cultures reject change for the better.

This team of social scientists reminded us that, for a group of people to accept a change, each individual makes a decision based on both emotional and rational reasons. They identified seven psychological principles that change agents should understand. Briefly, let's take a look at them.

  1. The psychology of the experts themselves affects the process. Change champions don't always see that their beliefs and attitudes are not universal or always right. When they encounter embedded—and learned—cultural traditions that seem to be irrational obstacles to improvement, they may expect that all they need to do is give a logical explanation of a better way. They can think that, once enlightened, the group will be enthusiastic about the new methods. They can forget that their own learned attitudes about their brand of improvement took some time to take hold in their minds. They can forget that the group they are attempting to change will need time too.

  2. A person's usual daily behavior and ways of relating to others are directed by beliefs and attitudes that serve some psychological function or provide some benefit. That purpose does not have to be practical or rational. A belief that maintains a comfort zone, predictability, and emotional safety is not going to be abandoned easily. Such a belief may be psychologically necessary to a person, rather than evidence of stubbornness, unwillingness to cooperate, or inability to learn.

  3. The expert must see change from the point of view of the individuals exposed to it. A job is part of a person's self-image. People take pride in their work. The expert's "better way" may result in a loss of face or damage to some aspect of a familiar culture. If people feel undermined or embarrassed, they will resist. If members of a traditional manufacturing culture, especially managers, perceive that new ideas mean they have been wrong throughout their careers, their belief in their own expertise is threatened. It can amount to a psychological attack. And because a culture is a system, changing any part of it can have unintended consequences. Pulling one thread may cause more unraveling than expected. To see the culture as a system and from the point of view of its members takes time for observation.

  4. Experts should think twice before trying to introduce a large-scale blueprint for widespread change. But why not, if all aspects of a system are interrelated? For one thing, when people have been through plenty of other failed far-reaching plans that produced painful consequences, their work culture can become immune to another pitch. A big, detailed plan sets the stage for failure because few things will turn out exactly as predicted. People will then feel disappointed or betrayed, or even secretly happy that the initiative is in trouble. A vision or goal is important, but proposing the path to the goal begins with the small steps. Employees have a lot of small, everyday struggles that make it hard to do their jobs. Helping them solve one problem can speak louder than a hundred promises. A small-scale pilot project is a foot in the door. When the change leader says, "Let's try this, and if it doesn't work, we can try something else or go back to the old way," it will lower the anxiety level considerably.

  5. A significant change in someone's life introduces some instability or disharmony, which produces emotional tension. Old behaviors are part of the person's sense of self. New situations require new behaviors. If people feel they don't have the right skills, for example, it threatens self-esteem and may cause worry about keeping their jobs. Even changing shifts or working in a reconfigured workcell will have a psychological effect that the change champion must be aware of.

  6. Frustration accompanies tension when old beliefs and concepts of personal worth are incompatible with new practices. Even minor frustrations can add up to more serious problems. If people start believing that they can't accomplish what is expected of them, change efforts can be derailed. While some tension can help people learn and grow, they need resources and support to become more at ease with the new.

  7. When frustration is persistent or intense, the physical and psychological health of some individuals may be impaired. The signs that someone may be struggling may take the form of anger, withdrawal, illness, or even sabotage. Distress affects a person's ability to learn, and can make it appear that he or she is simply unable or unwilling to learn new methods and concepts. These potential consequences, at greater or lesser degrees, make it important to identify and resolve frustrating conditions, behave with respect, recognize individual differences, and provide encouragement and support.

When change champions take time to understand the workplace culture and the people who will experience the change before introducing disruption, they can adapt their message for that specific group of people. More importantly, they can adapt themselves. Mutual understanding leads to trust.

Karen Wilhelm, has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing. In addition to her blog, Lean Reflections, Karen is a contributor to the Gray blog and other online manufacturing publications. She can be reached at Karen.m.wilhelm@gmail.com.

Q Source would like to thank our guest blogger, Karen Wilhelm. We appreciate you sharing your expertise and for contributing to The Q Source Resource.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Steinel's HG 350 Heat Guns: Get 'Em While They're Hot (and On Sale)

Steinel's new kit includes the HG 350 Heat Gun, nozzles, a case and more.
Nothing makes us feel warmer than helping you save money. Steinel's latest special offer is going to turn up the heat even more: From now until the end of the year (12/31/13) you can save big on the HG 350 Precision Heat Gun and HG 350 Precision Heat Gun Kit.

The HG 350 Precision Heat Gun (Steinel part number 34735) is a lightweight, ergonomic hot air tool ideal for heat-shrinking, soldering, and desoldering. This ESD-safe heat gun also features an integrated LED light that allows for a bright working environment and as a visual signal that the heat gun is running.

Gunning for a spot in most any toolbox or service kit, the HG 350 Heat Gun boasts these must have features and benefits:
  • Lets you direct hot air where it is needed with its targeted 3.5 CFM airflow
  • Two temperature ranges: 750°F and 930°F with the included 1/4"/7 mm Reducer
  • Compact construction and sleek design allow for comfortable continuous use
  • Security hanger built-in for overhead suspension
  • Safety rests to help prevent surface contact with hot nozzle
  • "Thermo-Signal" temperature indicator
In addition, the HG 350 offers these impressive specifications:
  • 300-watt output
  • 120 VAC/50/60 Hz voltage
  • 2.5 amps
  • 6'-long industrial-grade rubber power cord
  • 0.75" (19 mm) nozzle diameter
  • 9.00" x 11.50" x 3.00" (l x w x h) dimensions
  • 1.50 lb. (24.00 oz.) net weight
  • 11.00" x 10.00" x 4.00" single sell pack dimension
  • 2.05-lb. weight
  • One-year limited warranty
As part of this limited-time offer, Steinel's HG 350 ESD Precision Heat Gun is available at QSource.com for just $89.99 (that's a savings of more than $49.00). The HG 350 comes with two free nozzles: 5-mm Reducer w/Guard and a 7-mm Reducer. The new Steinel HG 350 ESD Precision Heat Gun Kit (Steinel part number 34736) is also part of the offer and is available for $109.99. The HG 350 Kit includes:
  • HG350ESD Heat Gun
  • 5 Nozzles (including various reducers and reflectors)
  • Solder
  • Shrink Tubes
  • Silver Case
For more information about the Steinel HG 350 Heat Gun and Heat Gun Kit, or to make a purchase, please visit QSource.com. You can also contact us at 800-966-6020 or by email.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

The Social Rewind for October 14, 2013

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 blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

First off this week, TE Connectivity shared a story about powerful robotic muscles that had us worrying about a visit from the Terminator:

Metcal proudly showed off a video of their soldering tools being used to build an Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car:

In this post by National Instruments, we learned about the possibility of using lightbulbs as part of a wireless Web network:

Exquisite acting! Production Basics’ RTW Table part of NBC’s “The Blacklist” cast:

Wireless technology. Intrigue. Murder! EE Times’ post about Guglielmo Marconi and the telegraph is a must-read:

As for our favorite post from our own social media updates, we found this piece about self-assembling robots to be “transforming”:

So, there you have it. A quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. Please let us know what you think of this new blog column. And we’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. See you next week!


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Friday, October 11, 2013

The Brady BBP85 Sign & Label Printer: Walk-Up-and-Print Technology for Easy Label Creation

Brady touts their BBP85 Sign & Label Printer as "big, bold, and better than ever." After examining this printer and its specs it seems hard to disagree with that statement.

The Brady BBP85 was designed to provide simple and easy "walk-up-and-print" capabilities for large-format signs, labels, and warnings. The touch-screen interface aids in the quick creation of multiple-size, industrial-grade labels (between 4" to 10" wide) and banners (up to 16' long).

A MULTITUDE OF MATERIALS

As with many Brady printers, the BBP85 Sign & Label Printer (which can print up to four colors on a single label) offers a large selection of long-lasting color tapes, labels and ribbons. The BBP85 can also use Brady PowerMark ribbons and PowerMark continuous tapes if they were shipped from Brady after March 4th, 2013 (some supplies shipped prior to March4, 2013 are compatible if they have an A on the Y# label).

Brady materials are known for offering outstanding water, abrasion, UV, and chemical resistance; adhesives that stay stuck to a number of different surfaces; and a huge range of materials, colors, and sizes. The BBP85 is compatible with the following Brady label types:
  • Indoor/Outdoor Grade Vinyl Tape
  • Low-Halide Polyester Tape
  • Pre-Printed Sign Header Supplies
  • Reflective Tape
  • Glow-in-the-Dark tape
  • Brushed Gold Tape
  • Tag Stock
  • Other Specialty Tapes

DESIGN AND APPLICATION OPTIONS APLENTY

The BBP85 provides a variety of options for label creation as it can be used either as a stand-alone printer or connected to a PC using Brady's MarkWare Software (and can be networked via its Ethernet port). It also features built-in design apps for making pipe markers, GHS, arc flash, right-to-know, and other labels (the user can also access hundreds of built-in symbols and pictograms and three barcode symbologies).

The Brady BBP85 is positioned for use in a wide range of applications including:
  • Facility and Plant Maintenance – For pipemarking labels/signs, machine & equipment identification, building & grounds identification, safety labels, and arc flash safety warnings
  • Safety and Compliance - Lockout procedures, HazComm chemical labeling (GHS/CLP, NFPA704M & Color Bar), ANSI & OSHA safety labels/signs, arc flash labels, and emergency egress marking
  • Lean Manufacturing and Visual Workplace - Kaizen events, 5S labels, predictive maintenance visuals, min/max labels, lean metric board labels, housekeeping labels, and visual workplace labels
  • Electrical - Panel identification, arc flash "Warning" & "Danger" labels, equipment labels, operator control labels, panel "clearance" labels, plus all the labeling power of the BBP31 Sign & Label Printer

THE SPECS TO GET THE JOB DONE

Whatever your application need, this printer offers the features and specifications provide "walk-up-and-print" ease to get the job done. Key specs include:
  • Text Sizes: 5 pts to 630 pts
  • Max Print Length: 16.4’
  • Color Capability: Single-color & multiple-color printing
  • Stand-Alone Printing: Yes
  • PC Connectivity: Yes
  • Connectivity Options: USB, Ethernet
  • Keyboard: Yes
  • Memory: 64 MB FLASH memory
  • Power Supply: AC power supply
  • Print Resolution: 300 dpi
  • Print Technology: Thermal Transfer
  • Continuous vs. Die-Cut Labels: Prints both continuous & die-cut labels
  • Symbols: 576 Installed graphics
  • Patent Numbers: Patent pending
  • Includes: BBP85 Printer, Documentation CD, Printer Driver CD, Power Cord, USB cord, Quick Start Guide, Cleaning Kit
  • Warranty: 12 months

MODELS TO MEET YOUR NEEDS

Build a complete printing system with Brady's three-printer package
QSource.com offers nine different BBP85 packages. Starting with the basic BBP85 Sign & Label Printer, other packages include:
That last package comes with three top-quality Brady printers to help you create a complete printing system. For more information about any of these Brady BBP85 Printer packages, and related materials, please visit our BBP85 Sign & Label Printer Department at QSource.com. We can also be contacted at 800-966-6020 or by email.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Long Island SMTA Expo 2013: Surface Mount Technology Solutions, Education & Networking

There was an excellent turnout and a wide variety of exhibitors at yesterday's 2013 Long Island SMTA Expo and Technical Forum. Held at the Islandia Marriott in Islandia, NY, the event featured dozens of display tables, educational sessions, and, yes, a delicious lunch.
Our Diane Semple at Q Source's 2013 SMTA Expo exhibit

Topics and product categories represented at the Expo included static control, industrial cleaning, magnification/visual inspection, and industrial lighting. Many of the exhibits provided an opportunity to demo product solutions and technology for surface mount technology applications.

Many of Q Source's leading vendors were exhibiting at the Expo, including AIM, Static Solutions, Weller, and Techspray. The exhibit hall provided vendors a great opportunity to network with, and educate, customers and colleagues. At the Static Solutions table, Marketing Manager Ingrid Cohen, said "The SMTA Expo is a great way to see old friends and meet new customers." Over at the AIM Soldering exhibit, Regional Sales Manager Tim O'Neill touted an article in the current issue of Circuits Assembly Magazine that looks at AIM's efforts to address the topic of "conflict tin."

Over at Q Source's exhibit (helmed by Territory Account Specialist Diane Semple), a number of vendor products were available for demo including items from Daylight Company, Kolver, O.C. White, Static Solutions, and Unitron. Peter Indrigo, Senior Vice President of Unitron, spent time at the Q Source table demonstrating products such as Unitron's TCS Pro 500 Digital Video Visual Inspection System. Indrigo mentioned that he thought the number of exhibitors participating at yesterday's Expo was the most he remembered ever seeing. He agreed that the Expo provides "a great way to see your customers."
Unitron's Peter Indrigo demonstrates the TCS Pro 500 at the
Q Source table

For more information about the Surface Mount Technology Association, and future Expo events, please visit their Web site. To learn more about Q Source, our vendors, and our selection of products please visit QSource.com. You may also contact us via email or at 800-966-6020.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Weller's "Outfit Your Workbench" Promo Offers Free Accessories

If you've been considering the purchase of a Weller WX or WD Series Soldering Station, their new "Outfit Your Workbench" promotion might just be your final motivator. Running from now until the end of the year (12/31/13), Weller's offering a FREE compatible accessory soldering tool and stand with the purchase of any WX or WD Series Station.

Download a free accessory claim form here.
The Weller WX Series (featured in a Q Source Resource post earlier this year) is a powerful, energy-efficient, intelligent soldering system available in single- or dual-channel models. The Weller WD Series features modern LCD technology, three programmable temperature preset buttons, additional programmable options (including temperature standby, lockout, and more), and °F/°C switching. The FREE compatible accessories include Soldering Sets, Desoldering Sets, and Micro-Tweezers Sets with values ranging from $163 to $354.

Eligible WX Series products include:
Choose one of the following accessories* for FREE with your purchase of a WX Series product:
  • WXP65 Soldering Set - $259 value
  • WXP120 Soldering Set - $269 value
  • WXP200 Soldering Set - $279 value
  • WXMP-MS Soldering Set - $249 value
  • WXMT-MS Micro-Tweezers Set - $299 value
Eligible WD Series products include:
Choose one of the following accessories* for FREE with your purchase of a WD Series product:
  • WMRP Soldering Set - $290 value
  • WMRP-MS Micro-Tweezers Set - $314 value
  • WMRT Micro-Tweezers Set - $354 value
  • WMRT-MS Soldering Set - $352 value
  • WP65 Soldering Set - $214 value
  • WP80 Soldering Set - $163 value
  • WP120 Soldering Set - $287 value
  • WSP150 Soldering Set - $258 value
  • WTA50 Desoldering Set - $234 value
* Free accessories ship directly from Weller.

Here's how you get your FREE Weller accessory. Purchase one or more WX or WD Series Soldering Stations from QSource.com and then download this form. Fill it out and send it to Weller, along with a copy of your order confirmation, and they'll send you one FREE soldering tool and stand for each soldering system you purchase. You may also fax the form to 919-387-2639 or email it to weller-na@weller-tools.com.

For more information about this promo, or to place an order for an eligible Weller Soldering Station, please visit QSource.com, call us at 800-966-6020, or send us an email.


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Monday, October 7, 2013

The Q Source Social Rewind for September 30 to October 4, 2013

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 blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.
First off this week, R&R Lotion reminded us that sun protection on the golf course is almost as important as a good backswing:
TE Connectivity had us all in a flux thinking about the engineering of movie technology:
Brady posted an interesting story about the top 10 most frequent OSHA safety citations:
SemiWiki’s article “Burst to the Cloud” examines the economics of large data centers and the cloud:
The gang over at Instructables showed us “How to restore, improve, and digitize an old microscope:”
As for our favorite post from our own social media updates, Q-Bot urged us to read this story about robots taking on more human jobs:
So, there you have it. A quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. Please let us know what you think of this new blog column. And we’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. See you next week!

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Friday, October 4, 2013

The 2013 Long Island SMTA Expo and Technical Forum: More Than 70 Exhibits, Four Free Tech Sessions

The 2013 Long Island Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) Expo and Technical Forum will be held October 9, 2013 at the Islandia Marriott in Islandia, New York. Q Source will once again be represented at the expo, as will a number of our popular manufacturers and vendors.

The SMTA Expo and Technical Forum, which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., offers more than 70 FREE exhibits and four FREE technical sessions including:
  • Underfill - A Route to Improved Reliability by Dr. Neil Poole of Henkel Electronic Materials LLC (12:15-1:00 PM)
  • Benefits of 3D Solder Paste Inspection by Jeff Mogensen of PARMI Co. Ltd. (1:15-2:00 PM)
  • Defect Analysis and Inspection by John Travis of Nordson Dage/Yestech (2:15-3:00 PM)
  • Stencil Printing Process Optimization and Audit by Michael O'Hanlon of DEK Printing Machines (3:15-4:00 PM)
This annual expo, created for Process Engineers, SMT Machine Operators / Technicians, Quality Engineers, Test and Component Engineers, and Project Managers, will also feature excellent opportunities for networking, raffles, and lunch. For more information about this informative event please visit SMTA's Web site. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Vision Engineering Extends Mantis Compact Promo Sale through Rest of Year

What's better news than when we told you about Vision Engineering's Mantis Compact Summer Promo Sale back in June? The news that Vision Engineering has extended their popular promo until the end of the year. This great money-saving opportunity now expires December 31, 2013.

Now you have three additional months to save more than 25% on Vision Engineering's powerful Mantis Compact Visual Inspection Microscopes. And with our added discounts, you'll save even more on these high-quality products.

Head over to our Mantis Compact page and discover excellent prices on a selection of Vision Engineering Mantis Compact microscopes, lenses, universal stand, and complete visual inspection systems. And while you're there, check out other state-of-the-art Vision Engineering products.

For more information about this promo, or to place an order for an eligible Vision Engineering Mantis Compact product, please contact us at 800-966-6020, email, or at QSource.com.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The 2013 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run: Event, Q Source Team Exceed Fundraising Goals


Q Source's John Garland (l) and Keith Paul (r).
We're very happy to announce that the 2013 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk in New York City on September 29, 2013 was a great success. The event saw its biggest turnout ever and exceeded its fund-raising goals (as did the Q Source team, which raised $1,155).

On a beautiful late-September day, more than 30,000 participants turned out to walk/run in memory of FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller and the tragic events of 9/11. The Tunnel to Towers organization raises money to help the severely injured first responders and military personnel who lay their lives on the line for America every day. The 2013 event raised between $1.4 million and $2 million for these self-less heroes.

Q Source President Steve Quail with
Keith Paul & Katie Gensheimer.






While 2013 was our Web Assistant (and Mastic firefighter), John Garland's, second Tunnel to Towers event, this was the first year that Q Source (inspired by John) fielded a team for the Run. Joined by Q Source President Steve Quail, our Web Developer, Keith Paul, and Marketing Specialist, Katie Gensheimer made their first Tunnel to Towers 5K Run.


The Freedom Tower reaches to the sky
near the finish line.
"It was a great day honoring great men and women. I feel we all need to take the time to remember those who have and continue to make huge personal sacrifices on our behalf," said Keith. Katie, the newest member of the Q Source family, added "As I am new to 5K running, this was a fun and enlightening experience for me. Seeing everyone united for the cause of remembrance of all the heroes lost on 9/11 and celebrating the lives of the fallen was a very heart-felt, moving experience. Running out of the tunnel to a crowd of firefighters (all holding pictures of lost loved ones) cheering and holding out hands for big high fives is something that I will never forget. All in all, it was a beautiful day full of great people, great weather, and very meaningful way to spend time with friends both old and new. Not to mention the music, complements of the 'Lt. Dan Band' led by actor Gary Sinise. To be perfectly honestly I can't wait for next year!"

Q Source would like to extend its biggest thanks to our families, friends, and colleagues who donated to our team and this wonderful cause. We are already making plans for next year's Run and will look to exceed our goals once again.

Please follow the links below for more information about the amazing organizations involved with this event:





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