Monday, March 31, 2014

The Social Rewind for March 31, 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, Agilent Technologies posted about how they’ve helped uncover a possible marker for heart disease (leading to a potential new treatment):

Elkay Plastics shared this post about America’s most counterfeited products:

Are you a maker looking for new ways to use your talents? MAKE Magazine shared this post about using your skills for humanitarian, environmental, and social causes:

Who sent the first email? What was the first YouTube video posted? Transforming Technologies shared this post about Internet firsts:

The future of 3D printing is the human body. Read more in this post by WB Engineering:

And we close out this week’s column with our post about our new free sample anti-static/static-shielding bag kit:

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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Friday, March 28, 2014

Q Source 12" x 18" Blue Zip-Top Anti-Static Bags Just $86/Case w/FPF032814

Save 29% off the MSRP on Q Source 12" x 18" Blue Zip-Top Anti-Static Bags (500 per case) (MFG Part Number: 12X18X.003-BLUE-ZIP) when you use our FPF032814 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, March 28, 2014 through Sunday, March 30, 2014.

These Q Source Zip-Top Anti-Static Bags (Q Source SKU: P041-000089) are perfect for packaging static sensitive and non-static sensitive components in areas where electrostatic contamination may be a problem. These bags are humidity independent and non-corrosive and made from a single layer of non-amine polyethylene.

Regularly listed at $292.15/Case, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get a case for just $205.99 (a savings of $86.16). 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, March 27, 2014

Q Source Anti-Static Bags: Low-Priced, Ready-to-Ship, High-Quality ESD Protection

Have you heard about our new Q Source Anti-Static Bags? If you're looking for low-priced, high-quality blue anti-static bags that are always in-stock and ready-to-ship, please read on to learn more.

Our 3-mil, Q Source brand bags are made of a single layer of non-amine polyethylene. These non-corrosive, humidity-independent anti-static bags are available in either open-top or zip-top versions.

TESTED & APPROVED

Q Source Anti-Static Bags meet the electrical requirements of MIL-PRF-81705D, Type II Entitled Barrier Material, Flexible, Electrostatic-Free. Results of tests for corrosive contaminants including Fluoride (F), Chloride (CI), Sodium (NA), Sulfate (SO4), Nitrate (NO3), and Phosphate (PO4) were found to be negligible or immeasurable.
These bags are also heat sealable with readings of: Temperature - 250-375°F, Time - .5-3.5 seconds, and Pressure - 30-70 PSI.

SPECIFICATIONS

Please refer to the following chart for more in-depth specifications of our Anti-Static Bags:

Q SOURCE ANTI-STATIC BAGS SPECS

Physical Properties Test Method Specification
Color Visual Tinted Blue
Thickness Micrometer 3 mil
Tensile Strength ASTM D-882 MD - < 4,800 grams
TD - < 4,600 grams
Elongation ASTM D-882 MD - >500%
TD - > 800%
Mullen Burst ASTM D-774 > 20 PSI
Dart Impact ASTM D-1709 280 grams
Static Decay Rate 5KV - 0 Volts MIL-PRF-81705D Type II FED. Test Method 101, 4046 < 2 seconds
Surface Resistivity ASTM D 257 < 1012 Ohms/sq
Surface Resistance ANSI/ESD STM11.11 < 1011 Ohms
Polycarbonate Compatibility: 3400 PSI @ 73F, 2500 PSI @ 120F, 1700 PSI @ 158F and 2000 @ 185F
Shelf Life: Permanently anti-static under normal storage conditions. Keep out of direct sunlight and below 160°F. Tested 16 hours @ 0°F, 16 hours @ 160°F and 8 hours @ 100°F 95% RH - All conditions - Anti-static

If you're dealing with an environment where electrostatic contamination is a problem, these bags are a perfect solution for packaging static-sensitive and non-static-sensitive components.

Q Source Anti-Static Bags are always in-stock and ready-to-ship. Orders may be placed via our Web site, by email, or by calling 800-966-6020. You may also be interested in our Q Source Static-Shielding Bags.

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Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System on Flickr

The Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System (featured in our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo) is ESD safe and features a unique nozzle outlet, a self-contained air source, an easy-to-read variable airflow meter, and an automatic cool-down function. Check out this Flickr photo set to get a closer look at the Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System.


Be sure to visit our Web site to learn more about the Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Q Source Offering Free Anti-Static/Static-Shielding Sample Bag Kit

Great news! We've created a FREE Sample Q Source Anti-Static/Static-Shielding Bag Kit (Q SKU: P999-000784, Manufacturer Part #: SAMPLE-BAG-KIT2) so you can try out a selection of our new, premium-quality anti-static and static-shielding bags. Just add the kit to your shopping cart and the STATICFREE coupon code will be applied automatically.

If you're working in areas where electrostatic contamination is an issue, Q Source's Anti-Static Bags are a perfect solution for packaging static-sensitive or non-static sensitive components in these environments. Made from a single-layer on non-amine polyethylene, these bags are non-corrosive, humidity-independent, and meet MIL-PRF-81705D electrical requirements.

If you need packaging for static-sensitive electronic components without the compromise of loss of visibility, our Q Source Static-Shielding Bags are a great choice. These static-shielding bags have a 3.1 metallized film made of four layers (static-dissipative coating outer layer, buried polyester, aluminum shield, and a purestat PE inner layer).

For complete information about both of these types of bags, please refer to the enclosed data sheets included with your FREE sample order.

The following bags are included in this Sample Kit (three anti-static and four static-shielding):

  • 3 Mil Blue anti-static bag w/open top - 4" x 6"
  • 3 Mil Blue anti-static bag w/zip top - 4" x 6"
  • 3 Mil Blue anti-static bag w/zip top - 9" x 12"
  • 3 Mil static shielding bag w/open top - 4" x 6"
  • 3 Mil static shielding bag w/open top - 10" x 12"
  • 3 Mil static shielding bag w/zip top - 4" x 6"
  • 3 Mil static shielding bag w/zip top - 10" x 12"

To order your FREE Anti-Static/Static-Shielding Bags Kit, please visit QSource.com. For questions, or additional info, contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. Please Note: Limit one Sample Kit per customer. Shipping charges may apply.

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Hakko FX-951 Soldering Station on Flickr

The Hakko FX-951 Soldering Station (featured in our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo) is a high-performance, compact station that provides excellent soldering results. It features superior heat transfer and thermal recovery and is perfect for soldering lead-free solders. Check out this Flickr photo set to get a closer look at the FX-951.


Be sure to visit our Web site to learn more about the Hakko 951 Soldering Station.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Social Rewind for March 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 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, Lindstrom Tools posted about another “Q” Bot (Quakebot) who writes stories for the LA Times:

Learn about how bar-coded technologies are making their mark in all aspects of healthcare in this post by Zebra Technologies:

National Instruments shared this story about an ambulance in Ecuador that hacks your radio to warn you that it’s coming:




A potential victory in the battle against cancer? Laboratory Equipment magazine shared this post about a substance that makes certain cancer cells literally explode:




We love to see how things are made and this post shared by AK Material Handling Systems provides a really cool look at Pop Tart manufacturing:



And we close out this week’s column with our post of an On-the-Bench video, “Excelta Presents an Overview of Cutters”:



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!

If there's topic you'd like to see The Q Source Resource write about please let us know. We'd also appreciate if you share our blog posts with your friends and colleagues via the social media links below. If you have questions or comments about Q Source or The Q Source Resource please leave us a message in the comments section.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Save 23% Off Puritan 1805-PF RECT Foam-Tipped Swabs - FPF032114

Save 23% off the MSRP on bags of 50 Puritan 1805-PF RECT 5.172" Foam-Tipped Swabs w/Rectangular Tips and Polypropylene Handles (MFG Part Number: 1805-PF RECT) when you use our FPF032114 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, March 21, 2014 through Sunday, March 23, 2014.

The Puritan 1805-PF RECT Foam-Tipped Swab (Q Source SKU: H015-000117) is a non-sterile applicator with a rectangular foam tip and polypropylene handle. The tip is reticulated 100 PPI medical-grade foam that is lint- and residue-free, soft, and non-abrasive. Regularly listed at $11.40, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $8.80 (a savings of $2.60). 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.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hakko FM-203 Dual Port Soldering System on Flickr

The Hakko FM-203 Dual Port Soldering System (featured in our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo) offers two soldering ports for myriad soldering tools that can be used in a variety of combinations, including soldering irons, SMD hot tweezers, and/or desoldering tools. Check out this Flickr photo set to get a closer look at the FM-203.


Be sure to visit our Web site to learn more about the Hakko FM-203 Dual Port Soldering System.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Excelta Presents an Overview of Cutters: "On the Bench" Video

Excelta's Jim LaFrance sat down with us recently to present an overview of cutters. Jim explains the different types of head shapes and cut types in our "On the Bench" video.


Excelta has manufactured precision-quality cutters for decades and Jim uses that resource to give us an expert look at what makes each cutter unique. He also stresses the importance of choosing the right type of cutter for the application required.

To purchase Excelta Cutters, please visit QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. Check out our Excelta Department for a complete line of cutters, tweezers, and more.

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

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Social Rewind for March 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, Workrite Ergonomics shared this post about how too many choices deter decision making. Do you suffer from “Decision Fatigue?” Yes. No. Sometimes. Never. Need more options.:

Weller’s post took us back to the good ol’ days with this vintage ad from 1948:

The future of communication looks bright. Gooch & Housego posted this story about how tiny LEDs will be used to transmit information in the near future:


There were many posts, including this one from Google, recognizing the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web:


Each week seems to bring more demand for 3D printing advances. WB Engineering’s post looks at how new innovations are creating the need for medical 3D printing applications:


And we close out this week’s column with our post of a Q&A session with Mike Andersen of The Andersen Company. Learn about their Hog Heaven line of 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!

If there's topic you'd like to see The Q Source Resource write about please let us know. We'd also appreciate if you share our blog posts with your friends and colleagues via the social media links below. If you have questions or comments about Q Source or The Q Source Resource please leave us a message in the comments section.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Save 14% Off the 3M SV-SH32 10’ Vacuum Hose Assembly - FPF031414

Save 14% off the MSRP on 3M’s 10’ Vacuum Hose Assembly (MFG Part Number: SV-SH32) when you use our FPF031414 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, March 14, 2014 through Sunday, March 16, 2014.
 
The 3M SV-SH32 Vacuum Hose Assembly (Q Source SKU: S036-001050) is for use with 3M’s Model 497AJM & Model 497ABF Electronics Vacuums. The Hose Assembly is 32" and stretches to 10' in length. Regularly listed at $31.51, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $27.00 (a savings of $4.51). 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, March 13, 2014

Q&A: A Look at Hog Heaven Mats w/Mike Andersen of The Andersen Company

We recently asked Mike Andersen of The Andersen Company to tell us about his company's high-performance mat products. Here's a quick Q&A with Mike about Andersen's popular Hog Heaven series of mats.

Q Source: Hi Mike. We're excited to have the Andersen Company line on QSource.com. Can you tell our readers a little about your company?
Mike Andersen: Hi. Sure. The Andersen Company has a 40-year history of bringing innovative products to the market that solve problems and provide years of service. We have more than 70 products and a number of popular lines such as Waterhog, Comfort Flow, Cushion Max, Happy Feet, and the line we're looking at today, Hog Heaven.

Q Source: Okay, great. Please tell us about your line of Hog Heaven Mats.
Mike Andersen: American made Hog Heaven anti-fatigue mats, like all of our products, were created to address a particular issue. Studies have shown that standing on a hard surface for hours at a time lowers worker productivity and comfort. Hog Heaven mats solve this problem.

Q Source: How do Hog Heaven mats address this problem? What makes them different from other mats?
Mike Andersen: These mats are made with a 100% nitrile rubber top and a closed-cell nitrile/PVC-blended cushion, which sets them apart from other anti-fatigue mats. Nitrile rubber is grease- and oil-proof and will not crack, curl, or break like other PVC products often do. In addition, the foam cushion is molded, not glued, to the rubber top, which eliminates the possibility of delamination.

Q Source: For what applications are these mats recommended?
Mike Andersen: Hog Heaven mats are electrically conductive, welding proof, and certified slip-resistant by the National Floor Safety Institute. These properties make the Hog Heaven line very versatile and perfect for assembly, warehouse, workstation, and industrial applications to name a few.

Q Source: Are they available in different styles?
Mike Andersen: They're available with beveled borders that provide safe transitions. Yellow-, red-, orange-, and green-striped borders are also available, as well as the black borders.

Q Source: What available sizes do you offer?
Mike Andersen: Hog Heaven is available in two thicknesses: 5/8" and 7/8". So you can choose your thickness depending on the level of comfort desired. Sizes include 33", 46", and 58" widths, and lengths up to 60' in one-foot increments.

Q Source: Thanks for the helpful information about Andersen's Hog Heaven mats. We're sure it will help our customers make an informed purchase when selecting the mats they need. Is there anything else you'd like to say about Hog Heaven?
Mike Andersen: Yes, thank you. If you need a benefit-loaded anti-fatigue mat that will last for years, Hog Heaven is the right choice for you.

To place an order for Andersen Hog Heaven Mats, or other Andersen Company products, please visit QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. Please check back soon for other Q&A interviews about Andersen products.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Treston ESD Stacking, Picking & Shelf Bins and Small Parts Storage Cabinets: "On the Bench" Video

Mark Florentine, our Treston representative, was in our office recently to demonstrate Treston's ESD Stacking, Picking, & Shelf Bins and their Small Parts Storage Cabinets. Watch Mark tell us about a variety of Treston storage solutions and point out some of their top features in our "On the Bench" video.


Treston stacking, picking, & shelf bins are available in a number of sizes and offer features like corrugated bases, built-in label holders, and integrated handles. Their small parts storage cabinets offer ESD protection for small parts, are available in a number of sizes, and feature polypropylene frames with galvanized steel shelves.

To purchase any of these Treston storage solutions, please visit QSource.com or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email.

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hakko Discontinues Alsident Fume Extraction Arms; Touts C1571/C1572 Duct Kits

Hakko's Alsident Fume Extraction Arms have been discontinued
American Hakko (Hakko) announced recently the discontinuation of their Alsident Fume Extraction Arms and related parts. These high-quality, specialized arm kits had been released in 2000, but with recent needs for low-cost solutions, interest has diminished.

Hakko is recommending their C1571 FA-430 Fume Extractor Duct Kit - Rectangular Nozzle and C1572 FA-430 Fume Extractor Duct Kit - Round Nozzle Rigid Ducts Kits as replacements for use with users' fume extraction systems. The C1571 and C1572 products were released in 2011 for use with the Hakko FA-430 Fume Extraction System.

The discontinuation, which is effective immediately, includes the following Hakko part numbers:
  • 999-150 – ESD 2" Duct
  • 999-163 – 3" to 2" Reducer
  • 999-164 - Arm
  • 999-165 - Bracket
  • 999-166 – 8" Nozzle (-01 Kit Only)
  • 999-167 – 8.25" Tube (-02 Kit Only)
  • 999-170 – Clear Hood (-03 Kit Only)
  • 999-207-01 – 8" nozzle
  • 999-207-02 - 8.25" tube
  • 999-207-03 - Clear hood
  • 999-636 – 2.5" Hose Clamp, 2-Pack
Please note: Hakko guarantees the availability of replacement parts for products for a period of three years, and consumable parts for a period of five years after their date of discontinuation. After the guarantee periods end, replacement and consumable parts may only be available while supplies last.

Hakko's C1571 and C1572 Duct Kits are the
recommended replacements for the Alsident products
In related news, Hakko is currently running a 30-Year Anniversary "Promo of the Month" for March 2014, that offers two free C1571 or C1572 Duct Kits with the purchase of an FA-430 Fume Extraction System. If you're upgrading your fume extraction capabilities this is a great chance to save almost $300.

For further information about any of the Hakko products mentioned in this article please visit our Hakko Department at QSource.com. You may also contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email to obtain product information or to place an order. Our helpful sales associates will be happy to assist you.


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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Social Rewind for March 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, Workrite posted this handy office workout schedule that will have you feeling good in no time:

EE Times post about roll-up digital screens is just another example of how sci-fi is becoming reality:

Now they just need to revive a 30,000-year-old cure…Laboratory Equipment magazine post shared this story about researchers reviving an ancient virus:

What are the impacts of an emerging technology: WB Engineering’s post looks at how 3D printing will disrupt certain industries:

Mashable’s post about Oscar Mayer’s new app for bacon lovers got us thinking about dozens of other food smells we’d love to combine with technology:

And we close out this week’s column with our post about our latest guest blog…Read Steve Allen’s (ACL Staticide) article about creating an efficient, cost effective PCB cleaning process:

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!


If there's topic you'd like to see The Q Source Resource write about please let us know. We'd also appreciate if you share our blog posts with your friends and colleagues via the social media links below. If you have questions or comments about Q Source or The Q Source Resource please leave us a message in the comments section.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Save 34% Off the Q Source ESD-Safe 2" 3-Ring Binder w/Clear Dissipative Outside Pocket - FPF030714

Save 34% off the MSRP on our Q Source-Branded, ESD-Safe Blue 2" 3-Ring Binder w/Clear Dissipative Outside Pocket when you use our FPF030714 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, March 7, 2014 through Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Q Source’s ESD-Safe, 2" 3-Ring Blue Binder w/Clear Dissipative Outside Pocket (Q Source SKU: B129-000009, Vendor #: ESDBINDER-2-BL-PKT) is heat sealed and is constructed of an ultra-thin roll stock of blue Compostat solid material. This durable binder is chemical resistant to degradation by inorganic acids, organic acids, reducing agents, detergent solutions, alcohols, aliphatic hydrocarbons, mineral oils, amines, and aldehydes. Regularly listed at $25.50, but with our FPF code savings you’ll get it for just $16.75 (a savings of $8.75). 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.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Use Proper Balance to Create an Efficient, Cost-Effective PCB Cleaning Process- Guest Blog

by Steve Allen, VP Marketing and Innovation, ACL Staticide

Our guest blogger, Steve Allen from ACL, explains the factors we need to consider to achieve balance when attempting to create an efficient and cost-effective cleaning process for PCBs and other electronic equipment.

When setting out to remove contaminants from the surfaces of printed circuit boards and electronic equipment, a number of factors must first be considered. Determining the proper balance between these factors will substantially improve the cleaning efficacy. Identifying the proper cleaner for the soil type, ensuring compatibility with the surface, selecting the proper cleaning method, and maintaining proper temperature and dwell time are all criteria that must be taken into account when designing the most efficient and cost-effective cleaning process.

 A product like ACL's Turbo Blast
can quickly loosen bound contaminants.
Further complicating the picture is the need to consider solvent toxicity regarding worker exposure and the requirements of local environmental regulations concerning air emissions and disposal of waste. First, consider what type of soil needs to be removed from the surface of the equipment or circuit board. This will immediately suggest the best cleaner for the job. If the surface is covered with light dust and particulates, then a product like ACL's Turbo Blast duster will quickly and easily remove these loosely bound contaminants.

If the contaminants are ionic like flux residues, inorganic salts, or acidic materials, then cleaning with polar solvents like alcohol is recommended. If non-polar substances like oil and grease are contaminating the surface (which traps particulates to the surface), then using a non-polar solvent cleaner to dissolve the oil and flush away the bound particulates is recommended. Non-polar solvents like isohexane (hydrocarbon-based) cleaners are excellent solvents for dissolving non-polar oils. ACL Staticide solvent cleaners contain both polar and non-polar solvents. They will be highly effective on all types of contaminants. ACL Electronics Cleaner Degreaser PF and our new fluorinated solvent mixtures including ACL Precision Rinse VT and ACL Flux Remover Heavy Duty are all excellent, very competitively priced electronics cleaners for both ionic and nonionic soils.

In addition to matching the cleaner with the contamination to be removed, the end-user should consider if the solvent cleaner is compatible with the surface material being cleaned. Aggressive solvents should not be used on painted surfaces as they can attack and remove paint. Additionally, plastic surfaces can be adversely affected by some of these same strong solvents. Cleaners containing ketones like acetone or chlorinated solvents like methylene chloride will strip paint from metal surfaces or soften various sensitive plastics like polycarbonate and polystyrene. The surface of harder plastics can be “crazed,” or fractured, and will develop fine cracks when exposed to ketones and various chlorinated solvents. The greater strength ACL contact and flux cleaners like Precision Rinse NF, Precision Rinse NS, and Flux Remover Heavy Duty should be tested for compatibility with any plastics prior to universal use in any particular application.

End-users must also consider the fastest, most efficient, and most economical method of cleaning. If the decision is made to use a solvent cleaner, then it’s important to consider whether to use an aerosol product or a bulk liquid. In most electronics PCB rework and repair processes, the appropriate cleaning application should address the cleaning of only a few boards at a time as they are prepared for rework. The cleaning likely takes place less frequently and it is less costly and more convenient to use an aerosol product.

Consider how often PCB cleaning will take place
when choosing the appropriate cleaning application.
When the cleaning process requires the removal of a thick coating of rosin flux, oil/grease, or stripping a conformal coating from the entire printed circuit board, then increasing the dwell time or residence time (duration of time the soil is exposed to the cleaning solvent) is recommended. This can be accomplished by a two-step procedure where the PCB is flood-rinsed once, allowed to dry, and then flood-rinsed a second time. The addition of light brushing between each step can aid in loosening some encrusted soils, oils, and fluxes.

The use of a convenience delivery method such as an aerosol solvent alleviates the need for capital expenditure and investment in automated continuous loop systems that may provide unnecessary excess cleaning capacity in many facilities. Encrusted soils lying under components are especially hard to remove. If the residence time in the cleaning solvent is too short, the solvent does not have sufficient time to penetrate under the components. There will be only a partial dissolving of the trapped residue, some of which will flow across the board. As the solvent cleaner evaporates, this partially dissolved residue will precipitate onto the board, leaving streaks of soil across the board surface. This is an indication of “incomplete” cleaning and is easily solved by running the board back through the aerosol cleaning process.

In summary, proper cleaning of equipment surfaces or electronic assemblies requires finding the right balance between the variable conditions of cleaner-contaminant/substrate compatibility, cleaning method, cleaner aggressiveness/strength, and residence time. All cleaners will not work equally well with the same types of soils or in the same amount of time. Each cleaner has its strengths and weaknesses and finding the right balance of the above factors for the particular cleaner being used will result in developing the fastest and most cost effective cleaning method for any application.

Q Source would like to thank our guest blogger, Steve Allen. We appreciate your contribution to The Q Source Resource. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

For more information about the ACL cleaning products mentioned in this article, please visit the ACL Staticide Department at QSource.com. You may also contact us via email or phone at 800-966-6020.
 


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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hakko 30-Year Anniversary Promo: Two FREE Duct Kits with Purchase of an FA-430 Fume Extractor

Hakko FA-430 Fume Extractor shown with
FREE C1571 Rectangular Nozzle Duct Kit
American Hakko (Hakko), like Q Source, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014. For the month of March Hakko, our long-time partner, is running a 30-Year Anniversary Promo of the Month on their FA-430 Fume Extractor. Purchase the FA-430 between March 1st and March 31st, 2014, and receive either two FREE C1571 Rectangular Nozzle Duct Kits or two FREE C1572 Round Nozzle Duct Kits (a $290.34 savings).

The Hakko FA-430 is a powerful, yet quiet, ESD-safe fume extraction system with the ability to accommodate two duct kits at the same time for multi-user suction. The FA-430 features an outlet silencer that provides smooth air outflow, a high-performance motor with adjustable airflow, three airflow settings (low, medium, and high) for various applications and work environments, and a filter replacement notification function that lets the user know (via indicator lights) when to replace the filters.

To take advantage of this offer, just choose whether you want to receive the rectangular- or the round-shaped nozzle duct kits as your FREE promo items. Both Hakko FA-430 Fume Extractor eligible part numbers include the same fume extractor with the shape of the duct kits being the only difference. The regular price of each FA-430 kit is $625.07, but our Q Price is just $531.31.

Visit the Hakko 30-Year Anniversary Promo of the Month page at QSource.com to place your order. For phone/email orders, or to have one of our knowledgeable associates assist you with any questions you may have, please contact us via email or at 800-966-6020.


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Monday, March 3, 2014

The Social Rewind for March 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, Zebra Technologies shared this post about how institutions are working to bridge the Internet of Things skills gap:

TE Connectivity’s post offers up a really cool photo of what is most likely the first ever selfie:

Modern technology is amazing how it lets us get a closer look at the tiniest of things. Aven’s post provides a look at how snowflakes form:

3M shared this interesting post about the possibilities of using natural light to charge mobile devices:

Post by 3M.

Can robots be used to help people with autism better communicate? MAKE magazine’s post sheds light on ONE Robot’s use of Raspberry Pi to address such a possibility:

And we close out this week’s column with our post reminding folks about the vast catalog of articles available at our blog:

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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