Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Two Days Left to Save $100 on Select ASG Products – This Is a Can’t-Miss Promo

There are just two days left in our 30th Anniversary year, which means there are just two days left in the ASG 30th Anniversary Partner Promo. Don’t miss this chance to save an amazing $100 extra off of select ASG products including: Digital Torque Wrenches, Brushless Electric Drivers, Smart Transducers, and the EZ 9000 Automatic Tape Dispenser.

This limited-time offer expires on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. QSource.com reflects the discounted prices and Coupon Codes are not required to get the promo price. All you have to do is choose one or more eligible items from the following categories:

  • ASG Digital Torque Wrenches (Standard and Wireless) – These durable, ASG gold standard quality digital torque wrenches feature a full-color LED screen, multiple modes, color indication lights, audible alarm, and 99 programmable presets.
  • ASG BLG Brushless Electric Drivers – These compact, lightweight drivers are designed for medium-to-light torque applications and feature ASG’s world class ultimate gold quality. Made with an anti-static plastic body, they offer the flexibility for small fasteners or vacuum pick-up applications.
  • ASG EZ 9000 Automatic Tape Dispenser – A versatile dispenser designed for industrial or commercial use and compact enough to fit on most workbenches/stations. Safely reduces operator fatigue while boosting productivity. Features preset- and loop-dispensing modes.
  • ASG ST Series Smart Transducers – These ultimate gold world class quality transducers use plug-and-play technology for ultimate flexibility and feature a torque accuracy of +/- 0.5%.

Check out the complete list of select ASG items on our Web site.

To make your purchase, visit our 30th Anniversary Promo page at QSource.com. You may also purchase, research, or ask us questions via our Contact Us page, phone (800-966-6020), or by email. Remember, prices displayed on our site reflect the $100 discounted offer and this promo expires tomorrow, December 31, 2014.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

The Social Rewind for December 29, 2014

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

Greetings, Loyal Readers! We hope you had a nice holiday last week and wish you a very Happy New Year. Now, onto the posts…

Leading off this week, Workrite Ergonomics shares a real reason to hate Mondays and a good reason to stay safe in your bed to start the work week.

Our friends over at Conductive Containers, Inc. (CCI) had an Ugly Sweater Day. The less said about these sweaters, the better. Heh heh.

Laughing Squid shared this post by SciShow that explains why atoms bond to one another to form molecules. Very cool!

Ever wonder why the Winter Solstice isn’t the coldest winter day? Laboratory Equipment magazine has the answer (and it ain’t about wearing an Ugly Christmas Sweater).

The end of the year calls for an end-of-year round-up. This post from Mashable looks at the stories that defined 2014.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about how ACL’s Anti-Static Cleaning Solutions can help companies with their holiday shutdown cleaning and maintenance projects.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us.

A QUICK THANK YOU
Our Social Rewind column recently passed its one-year anniversary. Check out our selections for the Top Ten Posts of the column’s first year. Thank you for reading it and for your comments and suggestions. We enjoy bringing you this fun and informative column each week. We hope you’ll keep on reading and enjoying it every Monday.


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Wishes, Words of Thanks & Our Q Source 2014 Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays from Q Source! As we close out our 30th year in business, we want to thank our loyal customers for helping us make 2014 another successful year of being your solution provider. We look forward to 2015 with all of the opportunities to use the tools we have and develop new skills to serve you better and faster.

Our office will follow the following schedule over the next two holiday weeks:

  • Wednesday, December 24, 2014 – Open 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 25, 2014 Christmas Day – Closed
  • Friday, December 26, 2014 – Closed
  • Monday, December 29, 2014 – Open Regular Business Hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014 – Open Regular Business Hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - New Year's Eve – Closed
  • Thursday, January 01, 2015 – New Year’s Day - Closed
  • Friday, January 02, 2015 – Open Regular Business Hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

QSource.com, our easy-to-use, product-packed Web site, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to place an order or submit an RFQ. Orders/inquiries made while our office is closed will be processed ASAP on the next business day. In addition to our Web site, our Q Source Resource Blog and our social media accounts are also available to you, 24/7. For questions and further information please call (800-966-6020) or email us.

Joyous Holidays & a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Social Rewind for December 22, 2014

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

Thank you for reading during this busy holiday season.

Leading off this week, we love seeing our vendor’s products in TV shows and movies. This PanaVise retweet shows their 324 Electronic Work Center on Sheldon’s desk in The Big Bang Theory. Very cool!

Fashion Seal HC’s post looks ahead to 2015 with these five healthy New Year’s resolutions. How many will you attempt?

MAKE Magazine regularly shares extremely useful posts like this one; but the cool factor of this project that makes your washing machine send you a text when the laundry is done is way off the chart.

After reading Laughing Squid’s tubular post, we think this rad poster of ‘80s slang is bigtime righteous.

Are you in an area that’s expecting a white Christmas? Mashable’s post about hot climate Christmas celebrations should warm you up a bit.

And we close out this week’s column with our post presenting Transforming Technologies’ new ESD-Safe Lab Jackets.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us.

A QUICK THANK YOU
Our Social Rewind column recently passed its one-year anniversary. Check out our selections for the Top Ten Posts of the column’s first year. Thank you for reading it and for your comments and suggestions. We enjoy bringing you this fun and informative column each week. We hope you’ll keep on reading and enjoying it every Monday.

Happy holidays to you and your families. Our Q Source family extends the warmest season’s greetings for a safe, fun-filled holiday.


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Hakko Tip Cleaner w/A & B Style Collar - Our Featured Product Helps Protect & Prolong Tip Performance

Get the Hakko Tip Cleaner w/A & B Style Collar (Q Source SKU: FT710-04-H001) at 7% off the MSRP when you use our FPF121914 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, December 19, 2014 through Sunday, December 21, 2014.

This Hakko Tip Cleaner (FT710-04) quickly and effectively cleans the working end of a soldering iron tip. Designed with two counter-rotating brushes that remove tip oxide, debris, and excess solder. Regularly listed at $177.77, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $165.00. While this is a 3-day limited-time price, the coupon is unlimited. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and please feel free to share the code with your friends and colleagues.

Each week, we promote our FPF selection on The Q Source Resource Blog, via our email newsletter, and via our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to subscribe to those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please help us spread the word about Featured Product Friday.

For further questions about Featured Product Friday, please read our informational blog post, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com and expires on December 21, 2014.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Transforming Technologies’ ESD-Safe Lab Jackets Offer Low-Cost, High-Quality ESD Protection

The Transforming Technologies 9010 Series ESD-Safe Lab Jacket is a high-quality, lightweight jacket that provides reliable ESD protection. We just added 45 of these attractive jackets to QSource.com and you can get them for less than $33 each.

Consisting of a blend of 90% polyester/10% conductive fiber, these jackets are knitted and not weaved. They feature a snap-front closure and lapel-style collar, and also have three spacious patch pockets and wrist-adjustment snaps. The 9010 ESD-Safe Lab Jacket has a 0.75-long cut, is available in five colors (Black/Light Blue/Maroon/Teal/White), and in sizes extra-small to 5X-large (sizes 2XL and up are at a slightly higher price).

To purchase a 9010 Series ESD-Safe Lab Jacket, please visit our Transforming Technologies page at QSource.com. Also check out our Transforming Technologies landing page for more than 450 other quality items. You may also contact us via our Web site, phone (800-966-6020), or by email.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Social Rewind for December 15, 2014

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

Leading off this week, Weller’s quote says a lot and really stuck with us: “When it comes to soldering irons, ‘the tip is the tool.’”

Workrite Ergonomics shared this post about a cool in-ground lift for Norway’s bicycle riders faced with steep hills.

China’s famous Terracotta Warriors are incredible works of art. Laughing Squid shared this post that shows what happens when you add Mickey Mouse, Batman, etc. to get the Xi’an-American Warriors.

It’s that time of year to look back at the last 12 months. This Edison Awards share looks at the Most Innovative New Tech Products of 2014.

We all know that sitting at work too long is unhealthy. This Instructables post provides the specs for how to build a chair pad that alerts you to stand at set times via visual and audible cues.

And we close out this week’s column with our post of Steve Allen’s (ACL Staticide) new Guest Blog about the banning of AK-225.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us.

A QUICK THANK YOU
Our Social Rewind column recently passed its one-year anniversary. Check out our selections for the Top Ten Posts of the column’s first year. Thank you for reading it and for your comments and suggestions. We enjoy bringing you this fun and informative column each week. We hope you’ll keep on reading and enjoying it every Monday.


If there's topic you'd like to see us write about please let us know. We'd also appreciate if you’d share our blog posts with your friends and colleagues and leave us your questions or comments, when applicable.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

An Update on the HCFC-225 (AK-225) Phase Out & Ban – Guest Blog

by Steve Allen, VP Marketing and Innovation, ACL Staticide

Steve Allen's latest Guest Blog looks at the chemical replacements for AK-225 as it is approaches its total ban.

The EPA ban and elimination of HCFC-225 (also known as AK-225, and referred to that way from this point on) is a current topic of continuing concern in the area of electronics cleaning and printed circuit board (PCB) rework and repair. The banning of AK-225, effective January 1, 2015, will limit the number of available types of solvents for electronics cleaning. This will, once again, change the solvent cleaning landscape in our industry. It's important to understand what replacement chemistries will be available in 2015 and how this will affect end-users.

AK-225 falls under the EPA's Clean Air Act as a Class II ozone-depleting entity and is now defined as an Agency-Controlled Substance. It is thus deemed unlawful for any person to engage in interstate commerce of the solvent or any use of the substance unless it has been used, recovered, or recycled or used to produce another chemical, or finally, used as a refrigerant (until 1/1/2020). End-users may use, and continue to purchase, aerosols containing AK-225 made before January 1, 2015. Beginning January 1, 2015, AK-225 can only be used in the manufacture of end-user cleaning products if it has been used, recovered, and recycled, as per the Clean Air Act.

AK-225 (HCFC-225) is a cleaning solvent mixture of two isomers, HCFC-225ca and HCFC-225cb. AK-225 has many unique properties, including its ability to form azeotropes, strong solvency, and thermal stability, which makes it good for use in vapor degreasing. AK-225 is non-flammable, has a low acute toxicity, low viscosity, high density, and low surface tension. This list of great performance characteristics is what makes AK-225 such a great general-purpose precision-cleaning solvent. It is also why this particular solvent has been so difficult to replace with alternatives.

The Agency has approved more than 300 substitutes for multiple applications. Potential substitutes for AK-225 include DuPont Vertrel Solvents (Vertrel XF), n-Propyl Bromide (nPB), Trichloroethylene (TCE; mostly Chinese sources today), 3M hydrofluoroethers (HFEs), and Honeywell's Solstice Performance Fluid (Solstice PF).

DuPont's Vertrel has characteristics similar to AK-225, but is much more environmentally friendly. Solvents containing nPB work well for difficult precision-cleaning applications, but they are not considered environmentally friendly. From a health and environmental perspective, both nPB and TCE are not good replacements for AK-225 due to their low exposure limits and suspect carcinogenicity. The EPA is also currently evaluating the flammability limits of nPB. Additionally, TCE is an overly aggressive solvent making it unsuitable for use with most plastics and elastomers.

From an environmental standpoint 3M HFEs are great as they have been granted VOC exemption. Honeywell's HFO-1233zd(E) has a low global warming potential and is non-flammable. However, cost to the end-user for familiar cleaning applications may be an issue.

Because AK-225 is commonly used in high-end, Class 3 applications (like aerospace, medical, and biotech), qualification of replacement solvents is a difficult and complex process. It is not too early to start the process, and there are many choices to meet most every requirement. ACL Staticide has encouraged its end-use customers to initiate the replacement qualification process early to ensure solvent compatibility, performance, and product availability.

Considering all the facts and chemical replacement requirements from the EPA, ACL has developed a line of solvent chemistries and formulations designed specifically as AK-225 replacements. Our new line includes both flammable products and non-flammable products with our non-flammable alternatives developed specifically for AK-225. In particular, our new ACL 8624 A4 All Purpose Flux Remover & Cleaner has been formulated as a universal performance replacement for all former AK-225 applications. It has many of the same great features of AK-225, but without the ozone-depletion potential. It is recommended that the product be tested on plastics prior to use to determine plastic compatibility with each customer's unique application and process. Contact Q Source, Inc., your ACL Staticide distributor, at 800-966-6020 for more information regarding ACL's AK-225 replacements.

A big thank you to Steve, for another informative Guest Blog. We've appreciated your Q Source Resource contributions throughout this year and we look forward to more in 2015.

For information about ACL Staticide, or to purchase their related products, please visit our ACL Staticide Department at QSource.com. You may also contact us via email or phone (800-966-6020) and one of our associates will be happy to assist you.

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Steve Allen's Previous Guest Blogs

If You Own Apple Products, You Need This Repair Kit

Get the Eclipse Tools Apple Products Repair Kit (Q Source SKU: SD-9326M-E079) at 22% off the MSRP when you use our FPF121214 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, December 12, 2014 through Sunday, December 14, 2014.

The SD-9326M Kit is a complete repair kit for Apple products that includes 1 each of the following: Phillips tool, Flat tool, Star-Tip tool, Pentalobe tool, Hex tool, Triangle tool, Tri-Wing tool, Pozidrive tool, Spanner tool, and Pin Tip tool. Regularly listed at $35.99, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $27.99. While this is a 3-day limited-time price, the coupon is unlimited. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and please feel free to share the code with your friends and colleagues.

Each week, we promote our FPF selection on The Q Source Resource Blog, via our email newsletter, and via our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to subscribe to those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please help us spread the word about Featured Product Friday.

For further questions about Featured Product Friday, please read our informational blog post, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com and expires on December 14, 2014.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We're Connected! QSource.com Adds Hundreds of Eclipse Tools Connectors

We recently added almost 550 Eclipse Tools products to QSource.com. Eclipse manufactures tool kits, test equipment, crimpers, pliers, screwdrivers, tweezers, cutters, magnification products, and other parts for use in the electronics, networking, electrical, and security industries.

Among the hundreds of Eclipse items we’ve added to our Web site, there are more than 400 network/wire connectors and terminals. We’ll focus on them this time around and take a closer look at the rest of our Eclipse products in a follow-up blog.

NETWORK/WIRE CONNECTORS/TERMINALS
Vital for use in a number of applications, our Web site offers the following professional-quality parts for use in networking, wire connecting, and terminals:
Eclipse Butt Splice Connector
  • Butt Splice Connectors - Used to reconnect broken or frayed wires.
  • Closed End Connectors - Hat-shaped solderless connectors used to join two or more wires together.
  • Modular Plugs – Used with stranded wire.

  • Network Couplers – Used when linking an exit networking cable run or extending patch cables.
  • Network Jacks - Designed to make the installation and maintenance of T568A and T568B type wiring systems easy.
  • Network Patch Panels - Used for high speed LAN transmissions.

  • Network Wiring Boxes – Offer enough space to fit keystone jacks cabling, fiber optics adaptors, and jumper connections.
  • RG59 BNC Connectors – For use with RG59 cables, these parts provide high quality termination, water-proof 360° shield termination, and years of trouble free service.
  • RG59 F-Connectors – For use with RG59/U cables, these parts provide high quality termination, water-proof 360° shield termination, and years of trouble free service.
  • Eclipse Ring Terminal

  • RG59 RCA Connectors – For use with RG59/U cables, these parts provide high quality termination, water-proof 360° shield termination, and years of trouble free service.
  • RG6 BNC Connectors – For use with RG6/U cables, these parts provide high quality termination, water-proof 360° shield termination, and years of trouble free service.
  • RG6 F-Connectors – For use with RG6/U cables, these parts provide high quality termination, water-proof 360° shield termination, and years of trouble free service.

  • RG6 RCA Connectors – For use with RG6/U cables, these parts provide high quality termination, water-proof 360° shield termination, and years of trouble free service.
  • Ring Terminals – O-shaped connectors that fit over a stud to make a secure connection.
  • Slip-On Coupler Connectors – Vinyl-insulated PCV for tab wires.

  • Spade Terminals – These insulated PVC terminal connectors have parallel fingers designed to slip under an attaching screw.
  • UG Connectors - These connectors are silicone-gel-filled and provide protection from the elements.
  • UR Connectors – These connectors are silicone-gel-filled and provide protection from the elements.
  • Eclipse Wire Ferrule

  • UY Connectors – These connectors are silicone-gel-filled and provide protection from the elements.
  • Wall Plates - Fit all types of standard keystone jacks or connectors with keystone mounted devices.
  • Wire Ferrules – Copper with tin plating, these wire ferrules provide high-quality termination of trouble-free service.
For more information about any of these network/wire connectors and terminals, or any of the additional Eclipse line items, please see our Web site. Furthermore, to purchase one of these products, please visit our Eclipse Tools Department at QSource.com. You may also reach us via our Contact Us page, by phone (800-966-6020), or via email.


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Only 3 Weeks Left to Get an Extra $100 Off Select ASG Items

Our limited-time 30th Anniversary Partner Promo with ASG expires on December 31, 2014 (no Coupon Code required for savings). Don’t let this awesome money-saving chance pass you by. Save an extra $100 at QSource.com on select ASG Digital Torque Wrenches, Brushless Electric Drivers, Smart Transducers, and the ASG EZ 9000 Automatic Tape Dispenser.

Choose from these eligible ASG products:

ASG EZ 9000 AUTOMATIC TAPE DISPENSER
The ASG EZ 9000 Automatic Tape Dispenser is a compact tool for industrial or commercial use and is designed to fit easily on most workbench/assembly stations. It features two dispensing modes (Preset and Loop), a memory function with six different lengths, and can cut protection film, aluminum foil, copper foil, insulation, and more

ASG DIGITAL TORQUE WRENCHES
Available in standard or wireless models, these ergonomic ASG Digital Torque Wrenches are designed with a durable, ASG Gold Standard quality ratchet head. They feature soft, no-slip handles, high-visibility, full-color LED screens; multiple modes, and 99 programmable presets.

ASG BLG BRUSHLESS ELECTRIC DRIVERS
These ASG BLG Brushless Electric Drivers (BLG-4000 and BLG-5000 models) are manufactured to ASG’s World Class Ultimate Gold Quality Standard and are designed for light-to-medium torque applications. These lightweight drivers have brushless motors and are made to eliminate carbon dust. Certain models feature cleanroom compatibility or anti-static plastic bodies.

ASG ST SERIES SMART TRANSDUCERS
ASG ST Series Smart Transducers are manufactured per ASG’s Ultimate Gold World Class quality for use in industrial applications (usable on impact tools). These torque testers cover a variety of torque ranges, have a torque accuracy of ± 0.5%, and use plug-and-play technology for the utmost flexibility.

You’ll find the complete list of select ASG items on our Web site.

Make your purchase at our 30th Anniversary Promo page at QSource.com. You may also connect with Q Source via our Contact Us page, phone (800-966-6020), or by email. Prices displayed on our site reflect the $100 discounted offer. Promo is valid thru the end of 2014.

If there's a product or topic you'd like to see The Q Source Resource write about please let us know. We'd also appreciate if you share this blog post with your friends and colleagues via the social media links below. If you have questions or comments about this exclusive ASG promo, please either leave us a message in the comments section or contact us directly.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Social Rewind for December 8, 2014

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

Leading off this week, TE Connectivity shared this post about the wearable robot suit that Harvard is developing for soldiers. We wonder if the same technology can be used by people with physical challenges for everyday tasks.

Tektronix posted about new roof-top air conditioner technology that beams excess sunlight and heat into space. It’s not smoke and mirrors, well, maybe just mirrors.

Brady Corp. shared this post about efforts to use recycled electric car batteries to provide power to schools in Third World countries and other poor areas.

Sounding like one of those old bar bet scams, MAKE Magazine’s post shows how you can open a bottle of port with a feather.

Will machines and robots end humankind? We find out that Stephen Hawking believes that’s a strong possibility in this post by Mashable.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about a cool new feature we’ve added to QSource.com: The Bevco Ergonomic Seating Questionnaire.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us.

A QUICK THANK YOU
Our Social Rewind column recently passed its one-year anniversary. Check out our selections for the Top Ten Posts of the column’s first year. Thank you for reading it and for your comments and suggestions. We enjoy bringing you this fun and informative column each week. We hope you’ll keep on reading and enjoying it every Monday.


If there's topic you'd like to see us write about please let us know. We'd also appreciate if you’d share our blog posts with your friends and colleagues and leave us your questions or comments, when applicable.

For additional Q Source news, product information, reviews, how-to articles, and special offers please subscribe to our email newsletter and to The Q Source Resource Blog.

Friday, December 5, 2014

3M 701 Test Kit for Static Control Surfaces: “On the Bench” Video

Check out our latest YouTube video featuring Dave Leventhal, our 3M rep, demonstrating the 3M 701 Static Control Test Kit. In this “On the Bench” video, Dave shows us how easy it is to the 701 Kit to accurately test mats and other surfaces.




To purchase the 3M 701 Static Control Test Kit, please visit QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. Shop our complete line of 3M products in our 3M Department at QSource.com.

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

Save on This Precision Excelta Lazer Line Cutter w/Our FPF Promo

Get this precision-made Excelta 5-Star Lazer Line ESD-Safe Medium Round Head Optimum Flush 5" Cutter w/Ergonomic Grip (Q Source SKU: E003-000926) at 8% off the MSRP when you use our FPF120514 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, December 5, 2014 through Sunday, December 7, 2014.

Precision-made for the electronics and bio-medical industries, this Excelta Lazer Line Cutter (part number 9242E) is composed of ball-bearing steel, laser cut for consistency, and CNC-machined to exact specifications. Regularly listed at $47.84, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $44.00. While this is a 3-day limited-time price, the coupon is unlimited. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and please feel free to share the code with your friends and colleagues.

Each week, we promote our FPF selection on The Q Source Resource Blog, via our email newsletter, and via our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to subscribe to those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please help us spread the word about Featured Product Friday.

For further questions about Featured Product Friday, please read our informational blog post, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Choose the Perfect Chair w/Our Bevco Seating Questionnaire

QSource.com currently offers more than 700 Bevco Ergonomic Seating products (and that number will continue to grow as we add even more Bevco items). Choosing the right chair can be challenging, but we've recently added a new tool to help you find the perfect one: The Bevco Ergonomic Seating Application Questionnaire.

Asking questions such as, "What application will the seating be used in" and "What chair/stool features are important to you for this purchase" the questionnaire will help us to provide you with the best possible seating options for your needs. The questionnaire also helps you determine the proper seat height range and lets you include as many details as possible to truly narrow down your choices.

After you've completed the online questionnaire, and clicked the submit button, your query is emailed to one of our Q Source Bevco Seating Experts. We will review your request and contact you as soon as possible with options specifically chosen to meet your needs.

As mentioned, our Bevco Ergonomic Seating Department offers more than 700 seating products for purchase. And if you need a little help with your purchase, just click over to the Questionnaire and we'll be happy to assist you. You may also contact us via our Web site, by phone (800-966-6020), or by email.




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Q Source’s Extended CyberMonday Daylight Promo Ends Today: Last Chance to Save an Extra 25%

CyberMonday, (er, CyberWednesday?) is coming to an end here at Q Source. Our special extended CyberMonday promo of 25% off Daylight Company Lamps expires at end of day today (12/3/14). But there’s still plenty of time to save big on these high-quality lamps/magnifiers that make great gifts and great additions to your work/crafting space.


Our cyber2014 Coupon Code is automatically applied when you add any of the select Daylight Lamps listed below. Please note: Your extra 25% off our regular low prices will be automatically reflected in your shopping cart. With features suitable for a variety of applications (e.g., assembly, hobbies, crafts, jewelry making, and manicure/pedicure), we’re sure one of these eligible Daylight products will fit your needs exactly:


  • DAYLIGHT U22080 ULTRA-SLIM WHITE MAGNIFYING LAMP XR W/1.75X MAGNIFICATION AND 7" LENSWork longer in comfortable light! The Daylight U22080 offers the latest innovations in lighting design such as the 28W Daylight™ fluorescent light, 17.5 cm/7" XR™ lens, and the new Free-Motion head-joint™. These features allow for an energy-saving, long-lasting tube; a 50% lighter lens, and precise, smooth positioning of the lamp without constant re-tightening.

  • DAYLIGHT U25080 LED ULTRA-SLIM MAGNIFYING LAMP XR W/60 LEDS AND 50.4" REACHAllows for easy, accurate adjustments! The Daylight U25080 is a durable, powerful magnifier with 60 super-bright Daylight LEDs, a maximum reach of 50”, and a large 7” 1.75x magnification lens. It also features Daylight’s XR and Free-Motion technologies.

  • DAYLIGHT UN1081 NATURALIGHT LAMP 5" LED FLOOR/TABLE MAGNIFYING LIGHT W/A 5” 2X MAG. LENSPerfect for hobbies, crafts, and low-vision applications! The Daylight UN1081 offers versatility for use as a floor magnifying lamp or a table lamp just by removing it from its pole. It features 21 top-performing, energy-efficient Naturalight LEDs that allow the user to easily see details and texts.

  • DAYLIGHT UN1040 NATURALIGHT WHITE TABLE MAGNIFYING LAMP W/4X MAGNIFICATIONNo more squinting, no more headaches! The Daylight UN1040 may be compact in size, but it offers the power for clear results. It features a 12W Full Spectrum Naturalight fluorescent tube and a 3.5" lens that helps show you difficult-to-see details.

  • DAYLIGHT UN1190 XL WHITE TASK LAMP W/CLAMP BASEOne of Daylight’s brightest lamps! The Daylight UN1190 offers professional, high-powered maximum light via 84 bright Daylight LEDs providing a brightness of 3400 lux at 12", while using only 21 W of power. It features an adjustable shade, multi-position head joint, and the ability to be dimmed up to 10%.
To make your CyberMonday purchase, please visit our CyberMonday 2014 Promo page at QSource.com. You may also contact us via our Web site, phone (800-966-6020), or by email. Remember, this promo expires end of day today, December 3, 2014.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Social Rewind for December 1, 2014

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

Happy CyberMonday! We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and wish you the best during the holiday season.

Leading off this week, Loctite Industrial’s post asks the question, “Is your car ready for the cold weather?”
Zebra Technologies shared this interesting post about which barcode technology (1-D, 2-D, and 3-D) is best for use in healthcare applications.
C'mon baby, do the “LocoRobot.” Robot Magazine’s post examines a robot that is designed to grow along with your child’s abilities and interests.

Laughing Squid shared this post about a new game called, “Snookball.” This combo of billiards and soccer had us wondering if we’d have to chalk up our toes now.

We can only dream of being as cool as the dude in this post by AK Material Handling Systems. Like a boss, indeed!

And we close out this week’s column with our post of the Top 10 Posts from the 1st Year of the Social Rewind column.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us.

A QUICK THANK YOU
Our Social Rewind column recently passed its one-year anniversary. Check out our selections for the Top Ten Posts of the column’s first year. Thank you for reading it and for your comments and suggestions. We enjoy bringing you this fun and informative column each week. We hope you’ll keep on reading and enjoying it every Monday.

If there's topic you'd like to see us write about please let us know. We'd also appreciate if you’d share our blog posts with your friends and colleagues and leave us your questions or comments, when applicable
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Super CyberMonday Continues: These Daylight Lamps Make Great Gifts, Work Additions

Our CyberMonday promo continues this weekend all the way through Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Save an extra 25% off select Daylight Lamps with our cyber2014 Coupon Code (Please note: Discount will be shown after item has been added to your cart).


We’ve worked with Daylight Company to select five high-quality lamps that are a great addition to your workspace or even better gifts for this holiday season. Offering features and benefits for a number of applications such as assembly, hobbies, crafts, jewelry making, manicure/pedicure, and more. Promo-eligible Daylight lamps include:
For more information about our CyberMonday promo and to make a purchase, please visit our CyberMonday 2014 Promo page at QSource.com. You may also contact us via our Web site, phone (800-966-6020), or by email. Remember, this promo expires on December 3, 2014.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014 from Q Source

Happy Thanksgiving from Q Source! We are thankful for our customers, vendors, and all of you who follow us online. As we near the end of our 30th year in business, we’ve had a chance to reflect on just how grateful we are for all of your support and patronage over the years. May you and your families have a very happy and safe holiday.

Please Note: Q Source is closed for Thanksgiving Day (November 27th) and Friday (November 28th). Our Web site, QSource.com, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and any orders placed during the holiday break will be processed as soon as possible at the start of business on Monday, December 1st. For additional questions about orders placed while the office is closed, please send us an email or give us a call (800-966-6020).

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

CyberMonday Starts Today: Save an Extra 25% on Select Daylight Lamps

Yes, you read that right, CyberMonday starts today at Q Source with our extra 25% off select Daylight Lamps promo. And, we’ve super-sized CyberMonday even further to run until Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (the cyber2014 Coupon Code is valid 11/26 to 12/3/14). (Please note: Discount will be shown after item has been added to your cart.)

Our friends at Daylight have helped us select five high-quality lamps that will make perfect gifts or be valuable additions to your work- or craft-space. These versatile lamps offer features and benefits for a number of applications such as assembly, hobbies, crafts, jewelry making, manicure/pedicure, and more.

Promo-eligible Daylight lamps include:
Daylight U22080 Ultra-Slim Mag Lamp
For more information about our CyberMonday promo and to make a purchase, please visit our CyberMonday 2014 Promo page at QSource.com. You may also contact us via our Web site, phone (800-966-6020), or by email. Remember, this promo expires on December 3, 2014.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Top 10 Posts from the 1st Year of Q Source’s Social Rewind Column

We created our weekly Social Rewind column to share some of the most interesting, informative, and fun social media posts we come across each week. Social Rewind recently passed its one-year anniversary and we thought we’d look back and choose our ten favorite posts of that period.

Our criteria for choosing our favorites were that we wouldn’t pick the same source more than once, we wouldn’t pick a post that was about something timely like a holiday or event, and most of all, they had to be posts that made us think, smile, or laugh. So, in no particular order, here are our Top Ten Social Rewind Posts of the Past Year:

Wireless technology. Intrigue. Murder! EE Times’ post about Guglielmo Marconi and the telegraph is a must-read (10/14/13).

They say that adults are just children with bigger toys. Laughing Squid’s post about a giant game of “Jenga” played by Caterpillar Excavators makes us believe it (4/21/14).

Did you know there’s an old Cold War nuclear missile silo under downtown Seattle? Check out this post shared by Laboratory Equipment magazine for the secret details (4/7/14).

We’re not sure whether to be in awe of this, or just utterly creeped out. Check out Mashable’s post about a 3D-printed replica of Vincent van Gogh’s ear based on DNA from a distant relative of the great artist (6/9/14).

Conductive Containers gave us a huge chuckle with this post. Way to make scientists cool and hip (7/21/14).

Workrite Ergonomics tweeted a Fast Company piece about 10 breakthroughs that will impact the world in 2025. We’re still waiting for flying cars…see if they’re on this list (7/7/14).

An adult-sized Big Wheel. That’s all you have to know about this MAKE Magazine post (8/25/14).

Sure, you can 3D-print food, but how does it taste? According to this post by ThomasNet.com…it’s pretty good (6/2/14).

In this informative post, Agilent Technologies asks the question: “Who really invented the telephone?” (8/11/14)

Are you a “Nomophobic?” This PanaVise retweet of a post by Wilson Electronics offers a look at the fear of being without a mobile device (Nomophobia) (10/6/14).

Well, there you have it. Ten of our favorite posts from the first year of the Social Rewind column. Thank you for reading the weekly column and for contributing your comments and suggestions. We enjoy bringing you this fun and informative column every Monday.


If there's topic you'd like to see us write about please let us know. We'd also appreciate if you’d share our blog posts with your friends and colleagues and leave us your questions or comments, when applicable. You can follow Q Source on various social media networks including Twitter, Facebook & Google+.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Social Rewind for November 24, 2014

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

Leading off this week, American Hakko retweeted this cool post about Ladyada’s "E is for Electronics" coloring book. We must get one! Um, you know, not for us…for any kids who stop by the office. Yeah, that’s it!

Popular Science shared a post that had us repeating this line in our heads: “Adaptable, self-replicating robots. Oh, my. Adaptable, self-replicating robots. Oh, my. Adaptable, self-replicating robots. Oh, my.”

Siberia? A scientific expedition? Mystery holes? How could you not want to read this post by Laboratory Equipment magazine?

The Edison Awards know about creativity and genius and they shared a current example with this post about Diet Coke printing 2 million unique bottle labels.

Is your photo next to “absent-minded” in the dictionary? We just remembered to tell you about this Instructables post outlining how to make your own “Don’t-Leave-Home-Without-It Machine.”

And we close out this week’s column with our post where we asked the question: What do you use to clean up a big ol’ mess?

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us.

A QUICK THANK YOU
Our Social Rewind column recently passed its one-year anniversary. Thank you for reading it and for your comments and suggestions. We enjoy bringing you this fun and informative column each week. We hope you’ll keep on reading and enjoying it every Monday.


If there's topic you'd like to see us write about please let us know. We'd also appreciate if you’d share our blog posts with your friends and colleagues and leave us your questions or comments, when applicable.

For additional Q Source news, product information, reviews, how-to articles, and special offers please subscribe to our email newsletter and to The Q Source Resource Blog.