Friday, February 28, 2014

The Social Rewind for February 28, 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 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.

Leading off this week, Zebra Technologies shared this cool Gizmag story about using RFID technology for bike alarms:

Elkay Plastics’ post about harmful bacteria on laundered hospital towels made our skin crawl:

Think you don’t need sunscreen in the winter? R&R Lotion’s post tells you why you do:


We never made anything this cool with our Lego sets. Check out Laboratory Equipment magazine’s post about a 12-year-old inventor’s Lego Braille printer:


WB Engineering’s post tells of another brilliant young person lending a 3D-printed hand:


And we close out this week’s column with a post of our conversation with Hakko rep Dave Ford speaking about the Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System:

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. Keep on reading! We’re look forward to continuing The Social Rewind through 2014. This is an exciting year for us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Keep your eyes open for new features, promotions, interviews, and more. See you next week!

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FPF022814: Save 42% Off Q Source’s A24-351 "Attention Observe Precautions" ESD Labels

Save 42% off the MSRP on Q Source A24-351 "Attention Observe Precautions" 4” x 4” ESD Labels (1,000 Per Roll) when you use our FPF022814 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, February 28, 2014 through Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Q Source A24-351 "Attention Observe Precautions" ESD Labels (Q Source SKU: A024-000351, Vendor #: A24-351) are perfect for applications that require attention to ESD-sensitive devices. These labels generate less than 50 volts when removed from the roll (1,000 4” x 4” labels on a 3” diameter core). Regularly listed at $15.60, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $8.99 (a savings of $6.61). 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 & colleagues, too. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com.

Each week, we’ll promote our FPF selection on The Q Source Resource, via our email newsletter, and all over our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to read those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please tell your friends & colleagues about Featured Product Friday.

For further questions about Featured Product Friday, please visit our Web site, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email.

Friday, February 21, 2014

FPF022114: Save 36% Off QRP 9C-L Nitrile Latex-Free Cleanroom Finger Cots

Save 36% off the MSRP on the QRP 9C-L Nitrile Latex-Free Cleanroom Finger Cots 720-Pack (Large Size) when you use our FPF022114 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, February 21, 2014 through Sunday, February 23, 2014.

QRP 9C-L Nitrile Latex-Free Cleanroom Finger Cots (Q Source SKU: Q007-000088, Vendor #: 9C-L) are made of 100% nitrile and are completely free of latex and latex proteins. These anti-static finger cots are perfect for working with Class II ESD-sensitive devices in applications such as IC industries, wire bonding SMT, PWB assembly, and discrete component handling. Regularly listed at $51.09, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get them for just $32.50 (a savings of $18.59). 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 & colleagues, too. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com.

Each week, we’ll promote our FPF selection on The Q Source Resource, via our email newsletter, and all over our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to read those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please tell your friends & colleagues about Featured Product Friday.

For further questions about Featured Product Friday, please visit our Web site, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Workrite's Sierra HX Electric Series Boosts Worker Health & Productivity

Workrite Sierra HX Electric Workcenter
Workrite Ergonomics believes that worker comfort and productivity is directly related to the ergonomic design of the workplace furniture and equipment. Their Sierra HX Electric Adjustable Height Workcenters were created to address such needs and enhance employee health.

We recently added thousands of Workrite Ergonomics products to QSource.com including 588 Sierra HX Electric items. Let's take a look at the features and benefits of these innovative workstations.

PROPER POSITIONING PROMOTES PRODUCTIVITY

Workrite's Sierra HX Electric Workcenters allow the user to adjust the height of the workstation to suit their physical requirements. Improper worker positioning (such as slouching, slumping, or bending forward at the waist) may lead to fatigue, discomfort, backache, or other injuries…which all impact worker health and productivity. (Workrite's Web site provides additional info about correct workstation posture.)

The Sierra HX Electric Workcenters feature motorized adjustable height via quiet motors, which provide more than 100 pounds of lifting force per leg, allowing for precise positioning (with three memory pre-sets). These tables also eliminate the standard crossbar to provide maximum leg clearance for user comfort, while maintaining unrivaled stability through an under-the-worksurface mount structure.

SUBSTANCE & STYLE

Workcenters in the ANSI-BIFMA X5.5-1998-approved Sierra HX Electric Series use their 225-lb. lifting capacity to provide a 22"-48" at 1.6" per second height adjustment. These stations are available in 24" or 30" depth, 36", 42", 48", 54", 60", 66", and 72" widths.

The Sierra HX Electric Series also boast the following green/environmental factors:
  • LEED Credit Eligibility (other LEED data includes LEED Base Only: 26-29%, LEED with laminate: 31-37%, and LEED with Silhouette: 13-18%)
  • Material & Resources Credit 4.1–4.2 (1–2 points)
  • Innovation in Design Credit 1.1–1.4 (1–4 points)
  • 0.1 W standby power use
  • GREENGUARD® Silhouette top material
  • VOC-free powdercoat
A wide selection of accessories are available for the
Sierra HX Electric line
In addition to their ergonomic benefits, Workrite's Sierra HX Electric models offer a number of style and aesthetic options including:
  • Frame finish: Charcoal or silver color
  • Edge treatment: Standard, wedge, or ripple
  • Edge color: Almond, Black, Folkstone, HW Brown, Opti Gray, or Soft White
  • Table color: A wide variety of unique choices including Appears Likatre, Cavalcade South, Gateway to the Future, Ice Fishin, and Tropical Getaway
These tables can also be fitted with a number of tool bar and rail system accessories to create a custom workstation to meet your needs. Available accessories include modesty screens, CPU holders, keyboard holders, footrests, and more.

Visit Q Source's Workrite Ergonomics Department to place your order for the Sierra HX Electric Series Workcenters. For phone/email orders, or to have one of our knowledgeable associates assist you with building your workstation, please contact us via email or at 800-966-6020.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Q&A: Hakko Rep Dave Ford Talks About the Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System

We wrap up our special, three-part Q&A interview series (focusing on the Hakko FX-951 Soldering Station, the FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System, and the FR-801 Hot Air Rework System that are part of our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo) with this look at the FR-801. Our Hakko representative, Dave Ford, tells us what all the hot air is about…

Q Source: Hi, Dave. Sorry about the bad pun. So, we've previously discussed stations for soldering and desoldering, tell us why we would need to add a hot air rework unit to our soldering system?
Dave Ford: Well, that's a very good question. When surface mount technology (SMT) became commercially viable in the 1980s, we used infrared (IR) reflow ovens to make the solder connections. Almost immediately we began to see post-soldering failures with predominantly active components using fine traces inside the component. Different materials accept heat from various radiant sources at different rates causing internal traces and external bodies to expand and contract at dissimilar rates. This creates a thermal tug-of-war and damages sensitive components. We discovered this in destructive tests of failed components.

Q Source: How does a hot air system address this problem?
Dave Ford: We got into all kinds of complicated discussions about emissivity, color, radiant heat sources, component materials selection, mass, and other contributing factors. In the end, we found that the best solution across the board was to move from radiant IR to forced-air convection ovens.

Q Source: Why is hot air the best solution?
Dave Ford: Hot air gives up its latent heat to dissimilar materials at a very similar rate. So, the coefficient of thermal expansion problem was virtually solved quickly by this simple change.

Q Source: But we're working on one component at a time in rework, right?
Dave Ford: Yes, but by imitating the process by which the component was attached in the first place we stand the greatest chance of successful rework.

Q Source: Okay, so we’re focused on the FR-801 Hot Air Rework System today, but there’s also the Hakko FR-802 and the Hakko FR-803. How does the FR-801 stand out?
Dave Ford: The FR-801 is Hakko's most economical initial purchase for hot air repair. While all three stations use the same nozzles, each has its own place in the market. Each station also has an internal air pump with variable pump speed and variable heater temperature control. What is different is just how those two variables are controlled.

Q Source: What are those differences?
Dave Ford: The FR-801 uses analog rotary dial controls for pump speed and temperature output. The FR-802 uses digital controls for both variables with a lockout card for process control. And the FR-803 also uses digital control with a card key lockout, includes a microprocessor to allow for ramp/soak, spike/cool profiles, and stores up to 50 different processes on-board. It also features central vacuum pickup and can be linked to various Hakko preheaters via an umbilical cable to control them as part of the overall rework process.

Q Source: Is the FR-803 for more advanced applications?
Dave Ford: Setting up the FR-803 with controlled bottom-side pre-heater is not unlike setting up a reflow oven and more closely matches the original manufacturing environment. This setup is more prevalent with complicated assemblies and processes like military or cell phone boards, BGAs, and QFNs.

Q Source: In closing, why should our customers purchase the Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System?
Dave Ford: Cost and simplicity. Any of these systems will get the job done; the difference is where the intelligence resides: either in the machine or in the operator. What you are purchasing when you move from the FR-801 to the other Hakko hot air repair options is efficiency, which is speed, safety, and repeatability.

Q Source would like to thank Dave Ford, our Hakko representative, for spending some time to share his in-depth knowledge of Hakko products with our readers.

To place an order for the Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System please visit our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo Page at QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email.


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Monday, February 17, 2014

The Social Rewind for February 17, 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 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.

Leading off this week, we have a post from TE Connectivity that gives us a closer view of how those Olympic bobsleds can achieve such high speeds and still stay on the track:

Talk about a cool experiment, Transforming Technologies shared this post about testing the limits of Lego towers:

Art Jewelry Magazine provided this how-to post about sharpening a chisel with a honing stone:

Makes you wanna ask, “What’s next?” MAKE magazine shared this story about the world’s first marriage proposal via drone:

WB Engineering’s post reveals how 3D printing technology is becoming easier to grasp for a wider audience:

And we close out this week’s column with our post about our recent Q&A blog about the Hakko FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System:

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. Keep on reading! We’re look forward to continuing The Social Rewind through 2014. This is an exciting year for us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Keep your eyes open for new features, promotions, interviews, and more. See you next week!


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Daylight Company U22091 ESD-Safe Ultra-Slim Magnifying Lamp: "On the Bench" Video

Mark Florentine, our Daylight Company representative, stopped by Q Source recently to demonstrate the Daylight U22091 ESD-Safe Ultra-Slim Magnifying Lamp. Watch Mark give an overview of the U22091 and show us how to change the lens and replace the fluorescent bulb in our "On the Bench" video.

The U22091 ESD-Safe Ultra-Slim Magnifying Lamp is grounded to offer complete ESD protection and uses special static-dissipative materials to remove static charges in a controlled manner. The unit ships with a 3-diopter lens and a 12-diopter swing arm, with a 5-diopter lens as an available option.


To purchase the Daylight U22091 illuminated magnifyer, please visit QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. QSource.com also offers a wide selection of other Daylight Company task lights, magnifiers, and accessories.

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

Friday, February 14, 2014

FPF021414: Save 31% Off Q Source’s Metal-In Zip-Top Static-Shielding Bags

Save 31% off the MSRP on Q Source's 3" x 3" Metal-In Zip-Top Static Shielding Bags (100/Pack) when you use our FPF021414 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, February 14, 2014 through Sunday, February 16, 2014.

The Q Source Metal-In Zip-Top Static Shielding Bag (Q Source SKU: P041-000069, Vendor #: 3X3X.003-ZIP) is perfect for packaging static-sensitive electronic components without the loss of visibility. Regularly listed at $5.10, but with our FPF code savings you'll get it for just $3.50 (a savings of $1.60). 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 & colleagues, too. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com.

Each week, we’ll promote our FPF selection on The Q Source Resource, via our email newsletter, and all over our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to read those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please tell your friends & colleagues about Featured Product Friday.

For further questions about Featured Product Friday, please visit our Web site, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Q Source Static Shielding Bags: Premium Quality, Low Cost, Always In Stock

Looking for quality, low-priced, metal-in static shielding bags for your static-sensitive electronic components? Our new Q Source Static Shielding Bags Department at QSource.com offers dozens of premium quality bags in a number of sizes and your choice of open-top or zip-top.

Q Source Static Shielding Bags (sold in packs of 100) are always in stock and always ready to ship. These bags provide protection and visibility for identification of your components. Featuring a four-layer film made of a static-dissipative coating outer layer, buried polyester, aluminum shield, and a PE inner layer, these bags are also suited for heat sealing applications.

Let's take a look at the electrical and physical properties of the Q Source Static Shielding Bag:

Electrical Properties
  • Surface Resistivity:
    • PE < 1012 Ohms/sq
    • PET < 1012 Ohms/sq
  • Surface Resistance:
    • PE < 1011 Ohms
    • PET < 1011 Ohms
  • Static Shielding: < 10 nJ
  • Electrostatic Decay: .01 sec.
  • Capacitance Prob: < 10 volts difference
  • Metal Layer: < 100 Ohms
Physical Properties
  • Thickness: 3.1 mil
  • Yield: 9,000sq. in/lb.
  • Tensile Strength: 15 lb./in
  • Puncture Resistance: > 12 lb.
  • Tear Initiation: > 2 lb.
  • Mullen Burst: 82 PSI
  • Seam Strength: > 12 lb./in
  • Haze: 4%
  • Optical Density: 0.35-0.45
  • Transparency: 40%
  • Heat Seal: 375°F 0.5sec 60 PSI
Q Source keeps a large inventory of these premium static shielding bags in stock so they're always ready to deliver. You may also be interested in our Q Source Anti-Static Bags. Orders may also be placed by calling 800-966-6020.


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Unitron Z10 Series Stereo Zoom Microscopes: "On the Bench" Video

Q Source recently sat down with Brian Taub of Unitron to learn about the Unitron Z10 Series Stereo Zoom Microscopes. In our "On the Bench" video, Brian talks to us about the four modular components that make up a Z10 Series microscope.

Unitron Z10 Series Stereo Zoom Microscopes feature four main modules: Viewing Head, Objective Magnification Changer, Objective Lens, and Stand. Options available for these components include inclined head or ergonomic head, plain focusing stand, LED stand, or boom stand; and various objective lenses.


To purchase a Z10 Series microscope, please visit QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. QSource.com also offers a wide selection of other Unitron lighting, magnification, and inspection products.

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Vision Engineering's VisionZ: Exceptional HD Image Quality for Video Inspection

Looking like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, Vision Engineering's new VisionZ Video Inspection System was designed as a highly versatile, 720p HD unit that offers exceptional high-definition image quality. QSource.com now offers four VisionZ packages and a selection of related accessories.

INSPECT * REWORK * REPAIR

QSource.com offers four configurations
of the Vision Engineering VisionZ
The lightweight and simple to use VisionZ offers exceptional contrast and color rendition, a large field-of-view, and zoom magnifications options up to a powerful 120X. This highly portable video inspection system is perfect for applications where precision magnification is needed such as:
  • Quality control
  • Medical device
  • Production areas
  • Electronics
  • Micro assembly
  • Laboratory
  • R&D
  • Micro mechanics
  • Automotive
  • Dental technology
  • Forensics
  • Presentation & training
The Vision Engineering VisionZ packages the power and ease of digital inspection with the high-performance that operators need for precision tasks. Its very large field-of-view and wide zoom range allow operators to see full samples with the ability to zoom in for intricate details, and the very long working distance allows for easy manipulation for rework or inspection tasks.

LET'S GET TECHNICAL

The VisionZ Video Inspection System offers an impressive list of technical details. Let's check out the specifications and optical data:

Specifications

  • Camera Resolution: HD 720p (1280 x 720)
  • Connections: HDMI out
  • Focus: Auto/manual
  • Dimensions: Bench-top stand: 410 mm x 240 mm x 350 mm
  • Weight: 1.1 kg
  • Power Supply: 100/240V, 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 8 Watts
  • Recommended Monitor: 16:9 | DVI & HDMI - Response time: 5ms | Signal: HD 720p
Optical Data

  • 3D lens has a 333 mm working distance, 1.25X-35X magnification range, and a 294 mm max field-of-view
  • 4D lens has a 250 mm working distance, 2.0X-55X magnification range, and a 219 mm max field-of-view
  • 5D lens has a 200 mm working distance, 2.5X-60X magnification range, and a 174 mm max field of view
  • 10D lens has a 100 mm working distance, 5.5X-120X magnification range, and an 87 mm max field of view
Please note: The VisionZ is available with or without a monitor. Magnification range data is with the 22" monitor. 4D lens is standard option with the Bench-top Stand and 5D lens is standard with the Struktura stand.

MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS & ACCESSORIES


This VisionZ Remote Control is just
one of a variety of available accessories
The Vision Engineering VisionZ is available in four different configurations at QSource.com. These options range from the base model VZSYS001 VisionZ Video Inspection System with 4D Lens to the following models with different lenses, stands, or monitor options:
QSource.com also offers a range of VisionZ accessories to help make your job easier, more efficient, and more powerful. See below for our selection of lenses, stands, software, and more:


For a versatile and portable video inspection system that offers exceptional HD images and a wide range of zoom options, check out the Vision Engineering VisionZ at QSource.com. Place your order for any of the VisionZ products via our VisionZ Department online or contact us via email or at 800-966-6020.
 

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Monday, February 10, 2014

The Social Rewind for February 10, 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 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.

Leading off this week, TE Connectivity shared a post that will make Trekkies proud:

The Winter Olympics started last week and National Instruments shared a post about the science and engineering of the Games:

Gooch & Housego’s post examines the future of lasers and innovation:

Facebook turned 10 last week and Mashable gave us a look at Mark Zuckerberg before he was famous:

WB Engineering shared a post that takes a serious look at the issues facing 3D-printed human organs:

And we close out this week’s column with our blog post about QSource.com adding a vast selection of high-performance Andersen Mats:

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. Keep on reading! We’re look forward to continuing The Social Rewind through 2014. This is an exciting year for us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Keep your eyes open for new features, promotions, interviews, and more. See you next week!


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Q&A: Hakko Rep Dave Ford Talks About the Hakko FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System

Here's the second of a three-part interview series focusing on the three Hakko products (FX-951 Soldering Station, FR-801 Hot Air Rework System, and the FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System) that are part of our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo. Our Hakko rep, Dave Ford, provides expert answers about what makes these systems stand out.

We continue our series with a look at Hakko's FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System:

Hakko Rep, Dave Ford
Q Source: Hi Dave. Please tell our readers about the Hakko FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System. Is this simply a dual-channel FX-951?
Dave Ford: At first glance, the FM-203 may appear to be a double FX-951…but there is so much more than that potential here.

Q Source: Good to know. Can you elaborate?
Dave Ford: The FM-203 can power two FM-2027, 70-watt handpieces using different tips and different temperature settings simultaneously. It also powers the following accessories:
Q Source: So, the user has a number of soldering options available using just one station?
Dave Ford: Yes, this makes the FM-203 a versatile and economical choice not just for assembly, but professional rework as well.

Q Source: Are there different configurations available?
Dave Ford: Yes. The FM-203 is available with a single 70-watt handpiece, with two 70-watt handpieces, or with a single 140-watt handpiece. Tweezers options, purchased separately, include a 70-watt handpiece and a 140-watt handpiece.

Q Source: Does the FM-203 have a vacuum pump?
Dave Ford: No, it doesn’t. The FM-2024-21 comes with a control box that attaches to your compressed air supply and converts that to vacuum for the FM-203’s desoldering handpiece. If the user requires a vacuum pump, Hakko offers their 3-channel FM-206, which features an internal air pressure/vacuum pump.

Q Source: Okay, let’s talk about the handpieces. Why the need for a 140-watt handpiece?
Dave Ford: Well, there is an obvious and a not-so-obvious answer to this question. Obviously, large-mass thermal loads like power components, headers, choke caps, and such are soldered more quickly with higher-powered equipment. In the personal electronics areas, as the devices get smaller and do more, the potential for sympathetic reflow along the traces increases and in the case of smart phones, it tends to wick heat away before the joint comes into reflow. Power simply gets the job done faster and safer.

The Hakko FM-203 is available in two different
configurations as part of our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo
Q Source: One more question. Why the two different tweezers options?
Dave Ford: The FM-2022 Parallel Remover is designed for larger SMT parts and features a stationary side and an opposing side that moves parallel to the first to avoid a less natural arcing movement over larger distances. The Micro Tweezers (FM-2023) uses much finer tips in a smaller movement for better control on 0603 and smaller parts. Breaking out these very different applications made a lot of sense to our volume users.

Q Source: Thanks again for your time, Dave. We're sure our readers will enjoy this overview of the FM-203.
Dave Ford: No problem. And remember, next time we're going to talk about the FR-801.

To place an order for the Hakko FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System please visit our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo Page at QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. Please check back soon for the final part of this interview series, which will look at the Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Save 23% Off Better Packages’ TS404 TapeShooter w/Our FPF Code

Better Packages TS404 TapeShooter
404 Manual Tape Dispenser
Save 23% off the MSRP on the Better Packages TS404 TapeShooter® 404 Manual Tape Dispenser when you use our FPF020714 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, February 7, 2014 through Sunday, February 9, 2014.

Better Packages TS404 TapeShooter (Q Source SKU: B017-000033) is compact to fit on any countertop, offers a secure, professional seal; and is suitable for a variety of specialty sealing applications such as food service, mail room, floral & more. Regularly listed at $169.99, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $129.99 (a savings of $39.01). 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 & colleagues, too. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com.

Each week, we’ll promote our FPF selection on The Q Source Resource, via our email newsletter, and all over our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to read those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please tell your friends & colleagues about Featured Product Friday.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Andersen High-Performance Mats Now at Q Source

Have you ever walked on Happy Feet or experienced Hog Heaven? With our new Andersen Company line of mat products you can.

You'll find those and several other popular series of high-performance mats in our new Andersen Department at QSource.com. We've added hundreds of products with several available color options to create a selection of thousands of high-quality matting solutions.

Andersen Company, based in Dalton, GA, has been a leading manufacturer of mat products for 40 years. Their lineup includes Anti-Fatigue Floor Mats (Dry Area Heavy-Duty and Wet Area Heavy-Duty, Entrance Floor Mats (Indoor Entrance and Outdoor Entrance, and Floor & Table Matting (Anti-Fatigue, Entrance, and Interlocking Floor Tiles for use in floor covering/commercial catalog and for the janitorial/sanitary supply, safety/industrial, and food service industries.

MEET THE MATS

With mats for a range of tasks with a variety of colors, sizes, and dimensions, you're sure to find one that meets your needs. Here's a quick intro to each of the series available in our Andersen mat department.

Brush Hog Plus Series
Brush Hog Plus Series – are recommended for outside commercial applications and are certified slip resistant by the National Floor Safety Institute. Other features include:

  • Smooth or cleated backing and are available in 4 colors
  • Won’t fade in sunlight and green-friendly rubber backing will not crack or curl
  • With their drainable borders and turf pile fabric construction these mats filter dirt and moisture away from their surface


Comfort Flow Series – are recommended for kitchens & industrial applications, are static dissipative, and certified slip resistant by the National Floor Safety Institute. Other features include:

  • High-density, closed-cell nitrile rubber cushion has 15% recycled content and is lightweight, flexible for easy cleaning and handling
  • Welding safe, chemical resistant, grease and oil proof
  • Has beveled edges for safe transition from mat to floor and drainage holes to allow liquid flow-through
  • Lifetime anti-microbial treatment prevents odors and degradation of the mat

Cushion Max Series – offer a closed-cell, nitrile-blended cushion and are certified slip resistant by the National Floor Safety Institute. Other features include:

  • Grease & oil proof and chemical resistant
  • Diamond-patterned top surface with a tapered border to provide a safe transition from the mat to the floor
  • Durability--Lasts 3 times longer than traditional 100% PVC foam mats

Cushion Station Series
Cushion Station Series – are welding safe, static dissipative, and made for use in wet or dry areas. Other features include:

  • Lightweight, easy to handle, easy to clean, and able to be autoclave sterilized
  • Closed-cell nitrile rubber cushion and unique construction (available with or without holes) offers outstanding anti-fatigue properties
  • Mat has knobs on the back to increase comfort and allow moisture drainage
  • Passes ASTM G21-96 test to determine resistance to microorganisms and has an anti-microbial agent incorporated into the rubber compound
  • Citrus, grease, animal fats, fish oil, and vegetable oil proof

Enviro Plus Series – are recommended for use in commercial buildings, hotels, restaurants, healthcare facilities, office buildings, etc. and are effective as entry way wiper mats and floor protection/spill control at water fountains, break areas, food counters, hallways, labs and more. Other features include:

  • Earth friendly post-consumer recycled PET fabric reclaimed from plastic drink bottles with a backing of post-consumer recycled tires and EPDM
  • Recycled content is 89% of total product weight (76% post-consumer, 13% post-industrial)
  • Anti-static mats are available in 8 colors

Happy Feet Series
Happy Feet Series – are electrically conductive making them safe for use in computer rooms and electrical manufacturing areas. They are also certified slip-resistant by the National Floor Safety Institute. Other features include:

  • Dense cushion construction encapsulated within oil-/grease-proof solid nitrile rubber (which is green friendly with 20% recycled content)
  • A cleated back to minimize movement and maximize safety
  • Mat has low-profile, beveled borders and will not curl or crack
  • Welding safe
  • Choice of 2 surface types –A textured surface for dry/damp areas where traction is unnecessary or a grip surface for wet areas where maximum traction and/or scraping is needed

Hog Heaven Series – are recommended for workstations, check-out stations, assembly lines, picking lines, manufacturing, distribution & retail facilities, and more. In addition, they are electrically conductive and certified slip-resistant by National Floor Safety Institute. Other features include:

  • A closed-cell nitrile-blended cushion, which is permanently molded (not glued) to the nitrile rubber top surface (nitrile rubber top surface has 20% recycled content)
  • Chemical resistant, grease- & oil-proof, and welding safe
  • Beveled borders are available with OSHA-approved colors: yellow, orange, green, or red

Hog Heaven II Series – are also recommended for workstations, check-out stations, assembly lines, picking lines, manufacturing, distribution & retail facilities, and more. In addition, they are electrically conductive and certified slip-resistant by National Floor Safety Institute. Other features include:

  • Outstanding dry-area anti-fatigue qualities
  • Closed-cell nitrile rubber cushion provides long-lasting comfort
  • Nitrile rubber surface (top surface is 20% recycled and has excellent chemical and oil resistance) is molded, not glued, to the cushion backing to prevent delamination
  • Rubber surface remains flexible for the life of the product and will not curl or crack
  • Welding safe
  • Borders are available in black or yellow striped

Traction Hog II Series
Traction Hog II Series – are recommended for kitchens, industrial applications, freezers, and coolers. Other features include:

  • Diamond Patterned Grit Top provides a slip resistant surface in wet and oily environments and beveled edges allow for safe transition from mat to the floor
  • Welding safe, chemical resistant, and grease- and oil-proof
  • A lifetime anti-microbial treatment prevents odors and degradation of the mat
  • Backing designed to reduce the movement of the mat even with cart traffic

Waterhog Eco Elite Fashion Series – are recommended for office buildings, commercial buildings, healthcare facilities, hotels, restaurants, and are certified slip-resistant by the National Floor Safety Institute. Other features include:

  • A unique “Water Dam” allows the Waterhog mat to hold up to 1.5 gallons of water per square yard
  • A bi-level surface that effectively removes and stores dirt and moisture beneath shoe level until cleaning
  • Earth friendly 30 oz./sq. yd. 100% post-consumer recycled PET fabric with an SBR rubber backing containing 20% recycled rubber
  • Available with cleated backing for placement on carpet or smooth backing for hard floor surfaces
  • Rubber reinforced face nubs extend performance life and prevent pile from crushing

Waterhog Eco Grand Elite Series – are recommended for office buildings, commercial buildings, healthcare facilities, hotels, restaurants, and are certified slip-resistant by the National Floor Safety Institute. Other features include:

  • Available in 8 colors
  • A unique “Water Dam” allows the Waterhog mat to hold up to 1.5 gallons of water per square yard
  • A bi-level surface that effectively removes and stores dirt and moisture beneath shoe level until cleaning
  • Earth friendly 30 oz./sq. yd. 100% post-consumer recycled PET fabric with an SBR rubber backing containing 20% recycled rubber
  • Available with cleated backing for placement on carpet or smooth backing for hard floor surfaces
  • Rubber reinforced face nubs extend performance life and prevent pile from crushing

Waterhog Fashion Series
Waterhog Fashion Series – are recommended for office buildings, commercial buildings, healthcare facilities, hotels, restaurants, and are certified slip-resistant by the National Floor Safety Institute. Other features include:

  • Available in 11 colors
  • Highly stain resistant 24 oz./sq. yd. solution dyed polypropylene fabric
  • A unique “Water Dam” allows the Waterhog mat to hold up to 1.5 gallons of water per square yard
  • A bi-level surface that effectively removes and stores dirt and moisture beneath shoe level until cleaning
  • Earth friendly 30 oz./sq. yd. 100% post-consumer recycled PET fabric with an SBR rubber backing containing 20% recycled rubber
  • Available with cleated backing for placement on carpet or smooth backing for hard floor surfaces
  • Rubber reinforced face nubs extend performance life and prevent pile from crushing

CUSTOM SIZES, LOGOS & FAST TURNAROUND TIMES

Andersen also offers several options for custom sizes and logo mats. Add your company logo or other images to create the professional quality mat to meet your needs. It’s simple to create your custom mat and, best of all, there’s no set-up charge, you get a free proof in 24 hours, and there are fast turnaround times.
To place an order for, or for more information about, Andersen custom mats please call Q Source at 800-966-6020.

To place an order for any of the hundreds of Andersen products on QSource.com please submit your order online or contact us via email or at 800-966-6020.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System: "On the Bench" Video

In this third and final "On the Bench" video of a three-part series with our Hakko representative, Dave Ford, we get an informative overview of the Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System. Our previous videos with Dave covered the Hakko FX-951 Soldering Station and FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System.

The FR-801 Hot Air Rework System is one of Hakko's new generation of SMD rework systems. This station is ESD-safe, uses less desk space than other models, has a self-contained air source, and features a unique nozzle outlet that maintains a consistent hot air stream. Learn more about this entry-level rework system in our "On the Bench" video.


To purchase the Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System, please visit QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. The FR-801 is part of our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo and from now through March 31, 2014 you’ll get an additional 10% OFF the advertised price, FREE shipping, and a FREE nozzle with your purchase. QSource.com also features a large selection of other Hakko products.

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

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hakko FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System: "On the Bench" Video

In this second of three "On the Bench" videos with our Hakko representative, Dave Ford, we take a look at the Hakko FM-203 Soldering System. Our previous video with Dave was an overview of the Hakko FX-951 Soldering Station.

The FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System features two ports that allow use of a variety of 70-Watt tools (such as soldering irons, SMD hot tweezers, desoldering tools, etc.) or one 140-Watt tool. This station is calibration free and includes auto shutoff, sleep mode functionality, and a lockout key card. Learn more about this multi-faceted soldering system in our "On the Bench" video.


To purchase the Hakko FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System, please visit QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. The FM-203 is part of our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo and from now through March 31, 2014 you’ll get an additional 10% OFF the advertised price, FREE shipping, and a FREE tip with your purchase. QSource.com also features a large selection of other Hakko products.

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

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Social Rewind for February 3, 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 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.

Leading off this week, Brady posted this entertaining and informative video about OSHA’s safety sign updates:

Workrite shared this Mashable piece about innovations in 3D-printed food:

In another food-related post, Laboratory Equipment magazine shared this post about the relation between the contemporary food industry and food addiction and their relation to obesity:

EEWeb provided a chuckle with their post of a “Does It Move” engineering flowchart

Pretty soon we’ll be technology-connected from head to toe. Read about wearable applications in this post from EE Times:

And we close out this week’s column with our interview of Hakko rep Dave Ford speaking about the FX-951 Soldering Station:

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. Keep on reading! We’re look forward to continuing The Social Rewind through 2014. This is an exciting year for us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Keep your eyes open for new features, promotions, interviews, and more. See you next week!


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