Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Boost Productivity w/FSInspection’s Ergonomic Video Inspection Systems

If you’re in the market for a hi-def, ergonomic video inspection system, may we suggest checking out one of the newer lines we’ve added to QSource.com: FSInspection. Founded in 2013, FSInspection’s cost-effective product lines include the VERSAMag™, HDMag®, X-Mag™, and PKMag® 50 series.

Let’s take a closer look at these easy-to-use, productivity-boosting inspection tools:

HDMag

The 2015 NPI Award Winner for Repair and Rework Tools, FSInspection’s HDMag series provides invaluable assistance for SMT inspection, repair/rework, and counterfeit part/component detection applications. Boasting an ergonomic design for user comfort, the HDMag and its software (not included) make it very easy to collaborate with co-workers, supervisors, and even suppliers/customers in real-time. In addition to adjustable work heights and a magnification range up to 127x, the HDMag also features:
  • Smartly designed, simple, intuitive controls
  • Brilliant, HD-image quality
  • Reduces eye, neck, and back strain
  • Optional software: Allows for image capture, linear/circular dimensional measurements, annotated images, and the ability to save, print, and share your images
  • Real-time video inspection
  • XY table smoothly glides in all directions, locks in place for stability, and has pre-drilled holes for mounting to fit your needs
  • Adjustable, built-in LED lighting

VERSAMag

Combine advanced technology and sleek design and you get the VERSAMag High-Magnification Inspection System. FSInspection’s VERSAMag, with its HD high-resolution camera, provides outstanding inspection results via sharp images and multiple magnification levels.

A portable visual inspection system, the VERSAMag allows for accurate inspection of various objects via the following features:
  • Lightweight w/easy-to-use controls
  • Multi-axis positioning HD camera and adjustable Z-height arm
  • Up to 155x magnification
  • Remote control with simple functions
  • Real-time video inspection featuring auto-focus, w/manual focus override
  • Measurement and image capture capabilities (capture and store images on an SD card or with the use of a computer)
  • Detailed measurement capabilities with optional, easy-to-use software

PKMag

FSInspection’s PKMag 50 is a high-definition, lightweight portable inspection device. With its 5” LCD display and easy-to-use buttons, the handheld PKMag can be used wherever it is needed for instant inspection of a variety of objects.

In addition to its built-in LED lighting and convenient stand, the FSInspection PKMag also features:
  • Intuitive controls
  • Sleek design reduces eye, neck, and back strain
  • Real-time video inspection
  • LED lighting
  • Brilliant, HD image quality w/color modes
  • 2x to 14x magnification range
  • 100 MB storage of .bmp or .png files
  • 3-hour continuous use on battery w/3-hour charge time

X-Mag

Make the small details, on objects of any size, come alive with FSInspection’s X-Mag High-Magnification Workstation. The X-Mag combines its advanced real-time video technology with a high-def camera, monitor, and LED lighting to offer clear, sharp images. This versatile inspection system provides detailed results via the following features:
  • Intuitive controls w/a sleek design to reduce eye, neck, and back strain
  • Brilliant, HD-image quality w/color modes (true full color, grayscale, black on white)
  • Auto focus 720p HD camera w/manual focus override
  • Up to 96x magnification
  • Real-time video inspection
  • Adjustable built-in LED lighting
  • Visibility at your station or across the room
  • Measurement features at all magnification levels

Visit QSource.com to learn more about these FSInspection products and why their company slogan is, “Advanced. Accurate. Affordable.” Check out our FSInspection Department to purchase one of their high-quality video inspection systems. We also offer a selection of FSInspection accessories and the optional FSInspection Image Software. You may also contact us by phone (800-966-6020), email, or via our Web site.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

The Social Rewind for December 28, 2015

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’s column: Mashable shared one of those end-of-year lists that we all love. Read about plant-powered lamps and 25 other incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015.

Seeing as how many of you probably got a drone as a holiday gift, we thought this Weller retweet looking at why it’s never been easier to fly a drone might be interesting.

We’re not sure why you would want this, but Make: Magazine’s post about how to make a tennis racket that grunts like Maria Sharapova still intrigued us.

Let your tennis racket do all the grunting for you

Posted by Make: Magazine on Monday, December 21, 2015

With the New Year’s celebrations still to come, this Puritan post provides some holiday food safety tips that are vital for those buffet spreads we all come across at parties.

Here are some great holiday food safety tips from our friends @UA. http://bit.ly/1O2J7Ky #foodsafety

Posted by Puritan on Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter season is upon us, but next time you feel overwhelmed by a blustery breeze, check out this Laughing Squid video of a man getting hit with a 457-MPH wind. No snow cap will protect you from this.

And we close out this week’s column with a post expressing our seasonal wishes and informing you of our holiday office schedule.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We enjoy bringing you this weekly column and hope you liked reading the Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared your interesting posts with us.


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Season’s Greetings 2015 from Q Source

From our Q Source family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you enjoy all the best of this holiday season and have a peaceful New Year. We look forward to serving you again as a valued resource in 2016.

Please note our office closing schedule for the next two holiday weeks:

  • Thursday, December 24, 2015 – Closed
  • Friday, December 25, 2015 - Christmas Day – Closed
  • Monday, December 28, 2015 – Open Regular Business Hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – Open Regular Business Hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015 – Open Regular Business Hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, December 31, 2015 – New Year's Eve – Closed
  • Friday, January 1, 2016 – New Year’s Day - Closed

Our newly redesigned Web site, QSource.com, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your orders or RFQ/inquiries. Orders submitted when our office is closed will be processed ASAP on the next business day we are open. We also encourage you to visit our Q Source Resource Blog and follow us on our social media accounts. For questions and further information please call (800-966-6020) or email us.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Social Rewind for December 21, 2015

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’s column: 3M shared this uplifting story of Hannah Herbst, a 15-year-old scientist/inventor whose work aims to change lives for the better.

Fashion Seal HC shared this post that looks at why millennials don’t go to the doctor the way other age groups do. What does this mean for the health of our society as a whole?

We’ve read so many stories about how 3-D scanning has been used for a myriad of revolutionary, life-changing purpose (such as printing human body parts for amputees). This Laboratory Equipment magazine post about 3-D scans of the world’s oldest ham and oldest peanut isn’t one of them. ;-)

Unless you live in Hawaii, cross your fingers and hope for the best as you read this Workrite Ergonomics shared post about the healthiest/least healthy states in America.

"...A new analysis of the country's health data finds that it's probably pretty good for you to live in paradise (Hawaii) and pretty bad for you to live in the South...."

Posted by Workrite Ergonomics on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

For all you makers feeling the holiday spirit, here’s a cool interactive LED Christmas tree from Evil Mad Scientist.

And we close out this week’s column with a post about our most recent Guest Blog about ESD continuous monitors by Craig Zander.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We enjoy bringing you this weekly column and hope you liked reading the Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared your interesting posts with us.


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Friday, December 18, 2015

Attention Techs & DIYers – Get This 25-Piece Computer Service Kit for Just $49.99

Save 26% off the MSRP of the Eclipse 500-003 25-Piece Computer Service Kit. Just use our FPF121815 Coupon Code (auto applied) to get the discount. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, December 18, 2015 through Sunday, December 20, 2015.

This Eclipse Computer Service Kit features just about everything you need to maintain and repair a computer including pliers, tweezers, soldering/desoldering tools, and more. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and you’re encouraged to share the code with your friends and colleagues.

Follow our weekly FPF selection on The Q Source Resource Blog, via our email newsletter, or on our social media accounts. Visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo) and 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 20, 2015.

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Social Rewind for December 14, 2015

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’s column: Many of Einstein’s theories have been proven, but some require leaving the planet to do so. Tektronix shared this post about a spacecraft called the LISA Pathfinder that will detect gravitational waves as a final step in proving or disproving Einstein’s ideas about the curvature of space-time.

Do you know how to care for your soldering equipment? JBC Tools shared this piece that tells how to properly tin your soldering iron tip (important info for prolonging the life of your tips).

If your business deals with chemicals, you’ve probably heard of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for Hazard Communications. This Brady post offers a complete FAQ for all you need to know about the GHS and its new deadlines.

Questions about the new #GHS deadline? We have the answers! http://ow.ly/VsDRn

Posted by Brady North America on Thursday, December 10, 2015

If you’re a child of a certain age, you’ve no doubt played with Silly Putty at some point in your life. Have you ever wondered what it’s made of? Check out this Laughing Squid post to learn about what makes this odd putty so silly.

Whether you call it an elastic band or a rubber band, here’s a cool post from Instructables that offers up a bunch of unusual uses for the stretchy loops.

And we close out this week’s column with a post about the upcoming end to our Transforming Technologies Free Shipping/Free Wrist Strap promo.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We enjoy bringing you this weekly column and hope you liked reading the Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared your interesting posts with us.


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 11, 2015

Our Master Appliance UT-100 Ultratorch Kit Promo is Hot, Hot, Hot

Save 34% off the MSRP of Master Appliance UT-100 Ultratorch® Butane Soldering Iron/Torch/Heat Tool Kit. Just use our FPF121115 Coupon Code (auto applied) to get the discount. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, December 11, 2015 through Sunday, December 13, 2015.

The Master Appliance UT-100 Ultratorch Kit functions as a soldering iron, flameless heat tool, and brazing torch. Featuring a sturdy metal tank with enough fuel for 2 hours of use, this kit includes a range of accessories for a variety of applications. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and you’re encouraged to share the code with your friends and colleagues.

Follow our weekly FPF selection on The Q Source Resource Blog, via our email newsletter, or on our social media accounts. Visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo) and 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 13, 2015.

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Social Rewind for December 7, 2015

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’s column: Being flu season, many people are taking every step not to get sick. But this post from Puritan urges that one common step, hand washing, isn’t just important to avoid the flu, but reminds us that 80%+ of illnesses can be transmitted by the hands.

American Hakko’s inspiring post introduces us to a group of trailblazing young people who are using technology to change the lives of people who most need it.

Forty-three years ago, NASA lost track of a rocket they shot at the moon as an experiment during the Apollo 16 mission. Laboratory Equipment magazine’s post brings news of the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s discovery of that rocket’s impact crater.

You’ve heard of 3D printing and augmented reality. This post by ASSEMBLY Magazine says that those and eight other technologies will shape the future of manufacturing.

10 Technologies That Will Shape the Future of Manufacturing http://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/news/12144484/10-technologies-that-will-shape-future-of-manufacturing #manufacturing #technology

Posted by ASSEMBLY Magazine on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

This post shared by Gooch & Housego, offers handy information for knowing the difference between CFL and LED light bulbs. With recent new regulations, buying bulbs has become a little more complicated.

And we close out this week’s column with our post of this month’s Q Source Resource Digest. This post offers a great way to catch up on some of the previous month’s top blog posts from Q Source.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We enjoy bringing you this weekly column and hope you liked reading the Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared your interesting posts with us.


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 4, 2015

Get Bevco’s ErgoLux Backless Stools* at 10% Off – Featured Product Friday Promo

Save 10% off Bevco ErgoLux Backless Stools* (* black only). Just use our FPF120415 Coupon Code (auto applied) to get the discount. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, December 4, 2015 through Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Bevco’s ErgoLux line offers a super-soft, high-density, visco-elastic memory foam seat, which responds to the body’s unique shape, weight, and temperature for ergonomic comfort. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and you’re encouraged to share the code with your friends and colleagues.

Follow our weekly FPF selection on The Q Source Resource Blog, via our email newsletter, or on our social media accounts. Visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo) and 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 6, 2015.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

ASG’s Throwback Prices on Select Screwdrivers Promo Expires 12/31/15

For months we’ve been telling you about how you can get select current ASG HIOS Electric CL-6500, CL-6000, and CL-4000 Series Screwdrivers at 1990s prices (plus a FREE PS-55 Power Supply) and now this great offer has only a few weeks left. ASG’s excellent “We Love the ‘90s” promo is coming to an end on December 31, 2015.

Don’t let this chance to save hundreds of dollars on top-quality HIOS screwdrivers pass you by. And, don’t forget you’ll receive a FREE PS-55 Power Supply with each eligible screwdriver purchased. So, visit our ASG "We Love the '90s" promo page at QSource.com today. You may also contact us via our Web site, by phone (800-966-6020), or via email. Remember, this offer expires 12/31/15.



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Monday, November 30, 2015

The Social Rewind for November 30, 2015

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’s column: We hope you enjoyed last week’s Thanksgiving holiday and providing one more connection to Turkey Day, is this post from Agilent Technologies that looks at the health benefits of a staple of this season’s biggest meal: Cranberries.

Workplace hearing damage is often overlooked. Here’s a post from 3M that offers four tips to protect employee hearing.

Leica Microsystems’ image of the week guarantees that you’ve never seen avocados like this before.

Our image of the week shows the main ingredient of guacamole under the microscope. On Instagram you can find several more fruit, all courtesy of Ludwig Eckl, Unleashed Visions.

Posted by Leica Microsystems on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Even if you work at a desk job, your health could still be at risk. This post, shared by Workrite Ergonomics, warns of six serious health risks from your office job.

"...Sitting at a desk all day can be hazardous to your health. Back pain, eyestrain and sleep problems can all be results of increasingly sedentary yet stressful work environments...."

Posted by Workrite Ergonomics on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Biowearables are all the rage. Laughing Squid shared this look at Tech Tats, a biowearable for the skin that looks like a temporary tattoo with a circuit board.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about our IAC Free Shipping promo, which ends today, November 30th.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We enjoy bringing you this weekly column and hope you liked reading the Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared your interesting posts with us.


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, November 27, 2015

Save 10% Sitewide at Q Source w/Our Black Friday/Cyber Monday Promo

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us! Q Source is offering 10% off our entire Web site* starting Black Friday, November 27, 2015 and running thru Cyber Monday, November 30, 2015.


QSource.com offers tens of thousands of products in a wide variety of genres and applications. Shopping at our newly designed Web site is quick and easy and with these special promo days, you’ll save even more on our regular low prices.

Our Black Friday/Cyber Monday discount code is cyber2015, but your savings will be automatically calculated in your shopping cart for you. So, what are you waiting for? Head over to QSource.com and start shopping and saving today! For further questions, you may also contact us via our Web site, phone (800-966-6020), or by email.

* Some exclusions apply.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Our IAC Free Shipping Promo Ends This Monday, November 30, 2015

Our excellent IAC Industries FREE Shipping offer expires on Monday, November 30th, 2015. For those of you shopping for quality IAC Workmaster, Pro Series, Dimension 4, and new All American Series workbenches, NOW is the time to place your order.

The eligible IAC products include: IAC’s Workmaster Series offering a broad selection of easy-to-assemble workbenches for assembly, lab, and technical environments. The ergonomically designed Pro Series delivers low-cost, efficient, and convenient height adjustability. IAC’s Dimension 4 is available in a “basic” unit that includes two uprights and two worksurface assemblies with 180° rolled front edges. And, IAC’s new All American Series offers high-quality workbenches and workstations that provide durability via their heavy-gauge steel construction.

Save on shipping for your order when you purchase $2,000 or more. Don’t forget, this offer ends this coming Monday, 11/30/15 and is valid only for orders where the final destination is the Continental United States. FREE Shipping is applied at checkout. Please see QSource.com for further info about our promo and about these high-quality IAC Workbenches. You may also contact us by phone (800-966-6020), email, or via our Web site.

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Happy Thanksgiving Wishes & Holiday Closing Schedule

As always, our thoughts of thankfulness on this Thanksgiving holiday go first to you, our valued customers. We’d like to express our deepest, most sincere wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. Thank you to all who support Q Source, QSource.com, and our Q Source Resource Blog.

So that our Q Source crew can fully enjoy this holiday week, our office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 26, 2015) and on Friday, November 27th. We will re-open the office for regular business on Monday, November 30th.

As always, QSource.com is available for your orders 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Orders placed over the Thanksgiving closure will be processed ASAP and you will be notified via email upon completion. Our office can also be contacted via email or phone (800-966-6020) with immediate responses during regular business hours. If you are shopping online this weekend, please look out for our Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale at QSource.com.


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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Social Rewind for November 23, 2015

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’s column: Back-to-work Mondays can be a little depressing, so check out this BioFit shared post of photos of some of the coolest offices from around the world for a quick pick-me-up.

As the temperatures outside continue to chill, cold and flu season is upon us. Puritan shared this post that investigates which popular cures for treating the common cold actually work.

Weller Soldering shared this exciting post about the first human tests of a memory-boosting brain implant. After successful experiments with rats and monkeys, the potential applications in humans are encouraging.

"The revolutionary implant, already shown to help memory encoding in rats and monkeys, is now being tested in human...

Posted by Weller Soldering on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Operating on tumors in the inner ear is extremely tricky and often requires surgeons to remove the mastoid bone. Robot Magazine’s post looks at a robotic worm (NiLiBoRo) for head surgery that will require only a 5 mm tunnel cut to perform the same operation.

Robotic worm for head surgery can cut around corners http://www.botmag.com/?p=9161

Posted by Robot Magazine on Monday, November 16, 2015

This Mashable post examines a worrisome environmental trend: October 2015 was the first month to cross a key global-warming boundary and scientists are also 99% sure that 2015 will set a new calendar year temperature record.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about our latest Guest Blog, How to Choose a Continuous Monitor for Your ESD Control Program, by Transforming Technologies’ Craig Zander.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We enjoy bringing you this weekly column and hope you liked reading the Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared your interesting posts with us.


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, November 20, 2015

Check Out Our Current Promos, While Featured Product Friday Takes the Week Off

Our weekly Featured Product Friday (FPF) promotion is off today and will return next week. In the meantime, we thought we’d compile for you this digest of all of our current money-saving promotions.

This collection of sales and promotions (in no particular order) offers a variety of ways for you to save on a number of different products:

  1. Transforming Technologies Free Shipping & Free Wrist Strap with Ohm Metrics Workstation Monitors - Get FREE Shipping and a FREE Wrist Strap with the purchase of any Transforming Technologies Ohm Metrics™ ESD Workstation Monitors. This promo expires December 31, 2015.

  2. Free SCS SV-MPF2 Filter with SCS 497AJM Electronics Vacuum, 120 Volts - Purchase an SCS 497AJM Electronics Vacuum (which includes one SV-MPF2 Toner & Dust Filter) and get a FREE second SV-MPF2 Filter. This offer runs through 12/31/15.

  3. Get FREE Shipping on All IAC Workbench Orders >$2,000! - Save on shipping costs when you order $2,000 or more of IAC’s Workmaster Pro Series, Dimension 4, or new All American Series. Hurry, this promo expires on November 30th.

  4. Free Shipping on Select Vision Engineering Inspection Systems - Get excellent savings and FREE Shipping on Vision Engineering’s industry-leading Mantis Compact, Elite, and Elite Cam Visual Inspection System pre-configured packages. This offer won’t last for long.

  5. Free Shipping on Quantum Storage Systems Conductive Bins & Dividable Totes - This long-running, popular promotion offers you FREE Shipping on Quantum Storage Systems Conductive Bins, Dividable Totes & Accessories. This great offer on these top-quality, carbon-filled co-polymer polypropylene products won’t last forever.

  6. ASG's We Love the '90s Electric Screwdriver Sale - If you loved the ‘90s, here’s a chance to re-live that decades prices. ASG’s We Love the ‘90s promo offers 1990s pricing on select Torque Drivers…plus, a FREE PS-55 Power Supply. This offer expires 12/31/15.


Follow our weekly FPF selection on The Q Source Resource Blog, via our email newsletter, and on our social media accounts. Visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo) and other current sales and promotions.

For further information about any of the promotions listed above, please visit our Web site at http://www.QSource.com, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email. IMPORTANT: Please take note of each promotion’s expiration date, as they do vary.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

How to Choose a Continuous Monitor for Your ESD Control Program – Guest Blog

by Craig Zander, Transforming Technologies

In Craig’s latest Guest Blog for Q Source, he provides tips for how to choose a continuous monitor for your ESD control program

As previously stated, the first step in a quality ESD control program is grounding your personnel. People walking in a facility and performing common tasks generate a static charge. If not grounded, the voltage accumulated through this charging may be transferred to your product and can cause significant or catastrophic damage to electronic devices.

The most common method for grounding people handling electronics is by using a wrist strap and coil cord. The wrist strap and cord transfer any voltage from the person to ground. When a wrist strap system is functioning correctly and worn properly, it is extremely difficult to accumulate more than a few volts on a person, which, in all but the most extreme cases, is not enough to cause damage to devices.

Wrist strap systems should be tested on a regular basis.
If the wrist strap system is malfunctioning or worn improperly, the voltage may continue to grow and accumulate to levels that can damage most electronic devices. Therefore, it is very important that the wrist strap system be tested on a regular basis to assure that it is functioning properly.

There are a number of ways that the wrist strap system can be tested, and the best method depends on the number of employees in the facility, the critical nature of the product (i.e., medical, aerospace, military, high value), and budget.

One of the most common methods for verifying wrist strap performance is the wrist strap/footwear test station. The test station(s) is placed near the entrance to the ESD Protected Area (EPA) and employees test their wrist strap to verify its operation before they are allowed to enter the EPA. The testers have a wide range of capability and costs. Some testers have a simple pass/fail indicator while other testers have digital readouts and data logging capabilities to record the test results for each employee. While these testers meet the requirements of regular testing of the wrist strap, there are a number of potential drawbacks:

  • Test Frequency: How often the person goes to the test station varies between companies. Some companies require testing at the beginning of each shift while others test every time the person leaves the work station for breaks. In each case, should the test indicate a failure of the wrist strap, there leaves a question as to when the failure occurred and how much product was handled with the failed strap. For high reliability and value products the customers of this company may want to know the disposition of the product that was handled during the time between tests.

  • False Security: When testing a wrist strap at a test station, only the wrist strap, cord, and person are tested at that precise moment. The situation could change once the operator reaches the work station. The operator could adjust the strap after testing, the resistance could increase due to dry skin conditions, or the ground jack at the work station could malfunction. All of these scenarios could lead to high voltage accumulation on the operator that would not be detected by the tester.

  • Wasted Time: Depending on the size of the company, there can be a line at the test station of employees waiting to test their wrist straps, effectively delaying the time they spend on productive activities.

  • Record Keeping: Most companies require their people to sign-in at the tester and record the results. There are some systems that automatically record and store the results after the employee has swiped their ID badge. Someone in the company still must maintain and review the test records to assure that everything is working as designed, which can be tedious and time-consuming.

To address these drawbacks, many companies are now using continuous monitoring to verify that the wrist straps are functioning correctly. Continuous monitors are located at the work station and provide an audible and visual indication when the wrist strap system malfunctions. Once the operator hears the alarm they do not touch the product until the problem is resolved and the system is functioning correctly. With continuous monitoring systems, you avoid waiting in line for testers, eliminate the extensive record keeping, and you remove doubt that the product may have been handled by an ungrounded operator. There are no more decisions to be made on what to do with product that was handled by ungrounded operators, as there is no longer any time between tests.

There are a few options available today for continuous monitoring. Some monitors will simply verify the operator wrist strap, while others will verify the wrist strap, the work surface ground, and possibly other equipment grounds.

Capacitance/Impedance Monitors

Some continuous monitors use capacitance or impedance to verify that the operator is connected to the system. These systems allow the company to use the standard single-wire wrist strap and coil cord system and are typically the lowest cost option for continuous monitoring. These monitors operate by using a capacitance or impedance circuit to estimate the resistance of the operator wearing the wrist strap. Since the system is not making an actual resistance measurement, these systems can sometimes be fooled by high skin resistance of the operator and may provide false passes.

Dual Conductor Resistance Monitors

Dual conductor resistance monitors use a special wrist strap and coil cord to incorporate the operator in a resistance measurement. Instead of the single conductor wire found on standard wrist straps, this monitor uses a dual-wire coil cord and a wrist strap that has two isolated halves. A voltage is sent down one of the wires and into the wrist strap. When the person is wearing the wrist strap properly, their skin completes the circuit and the signal returns down the second wire to the monitor. This system assures that the operator is electrically connected to ground.
Many companies are now using continuous monitors like Transforming Technologies Ranger Series.

While dual conductor resistance monitors provide the most reliability, they also typically have the highest cost and require special wrist straps. A new series of dual-wire resistance monitors (from Transforming Technologies) are priced closer to the single-wire systems, but provide the reliability of dual wire. The CM1601 Resistance Ranger provides dual wire monitoring for a single operator, and the CM1602 Dual-Wire Resistance Ranger monitors the operator and one work surface ground. Transforming Technologies also offers great options for dual-wire wrist straps and cords that provide both excellent quality and value.

Thanks, Craig, for further educating us on how to develop and maintain a successful ESD control system. We look forward to your future Guest Blogs.

For information about Transforming Technologies and their ESD control/monitoring products, please visit QSource.com. You may also contact us via email or phone at 800-966-6020 and one of our associates will be happy to assist you.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Simco-Ion Top Gun 3 Ionizers Provide Efficient Cleaning & Rapid Static Discharge

Simco-Ion’s lightweight, ergonomically designed Top Gun™ 3 ionizing air guns are available in 11 different configurations from QSource.com. These top-quality ionizing guns provide high blow-off force for rapid static discharge and efficient cleaning for a variety of industrial applications.

The Simco-Ion Top Gun 3 features a flow control valve (for adjusting air flow levels), an ionization indicator light (for verifying ionization), and a filter (to ensure that clean air gets to the target surface). Available Top Gun 3 configurations at QSource.com include models with controllers, with 7’ or 14’ Cables/Hoses, with the Sidekick Hands-Free Stand, with optical sensors, and with 120 or 230 volts.

The UL- and CUL-approved Top Gun body was designed for user comfort and has a flexible cord and easy-to-use trigger switch. User safety is also addressed with the controls integrated into the body, a heavy vinyl-covered metal shielding for the cable, and the unit’s “shockless” design, which prevents users from being shocked if the ionizing point is touched. For added convenience, the Simco-Ion Top Gun accepts compressed air or inert gases (including nitrogen).

Visit our Simco-Ion Top Gun 3 Series page at QSource.com and purchase the exact Top Gun 3 configuration to meet your needs. Check out our Simco-Ion page for additional products. You may also contact us by phone (800-966-6020), email, or via our Web site.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Social Rewind for November 16, 2015

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’s column: When you think of an Internet injury, you probably think of carpal tunnel syndrome or some other keyboard-related ailment, but this post by Workrite Ergonomics shows that worker injuries in the Internet workplace are potentially much worse than that.

If you ever find yourself between a rock and a hard place you might want to contact Herrenknecht. This cool Loctite Industrial post looks at Herrenknecht’s huge tunnel boring machines used drilling massive subways and more.

The Great Pyramids of Egypt have always been a mystery to modern man, but this Laboratory Equipment magazine post reveals that the mysteries may go deeper than we thought.

Hedy Lamarr was a beautiful actress in classic Hollywood. But, as this Tektronix post details, her inventions (including technology used in modern cell phones) were full of even more beautiful contributions to the world.

A very Happy 101st Birthday to Hedy Lamarr! Not only was she an actress from Hollywood’s Golden Age, but she was also a...

Posted by Tektronix on Monday, November 9, 2015

The Six Million Dollar Man. Terminator. We’ve seen the entertainment world’s concept of a “cyborg.” But this Laughing Squid post shares a Wired Web series called “Cyborg Nation,” which examines how cyborg technology has impacted the human experience.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about our newest promo, Free Shipping & a Free Wrist Band w/Select Transforming Technologies ESD Monitors.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We enjoy bringing you this weekly column and hope you liked reading the Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared your interesting posts with us.


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Friday, November 13, 2015

Utility Carts for Everyone! Get 40% off Select Olympic Storage Carts thru Sunday

Save 40% off Q Source’s already low prices on Olympic Storage Utility Carts. Just use our FPF111315 Coupon Code (auto applied) to get the discount. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, November 13, 2015 through Sunday, November 15, 2015.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Our Quantum Conductive FREE Shipping Promo Continues

Our FREE Shipping on Quantum Conductive Bins, Totes & Accessories promo continues on. Read on for more info about these durable, top-quality, low-cost solutions for your sensitive component storage needs.

These promo-eligible Quantum Conductive products are permanently conductive, made of carbon-filled, copolymer polypropylene, have a surface resistivity of <105 Ohms, and are unaffected by washing with normal cleaners. Whether for storing or transporting, these bins & totes protect electronic components from typical electromagnetic interference (EMI), electrostatic, or induced fields.

For a closer look at these economical, conductive storage bins, check out our Flickr photo set featuring 21 close-up photos or head over to our YouTube channel and watch these two informative videos featuring Quantum’s Tom Memmen touching on various features of these conductive storage products:
And, finally, check out our previous blog (Get FREE Shipping on Quantum Conductive Bins, Totes & Accessories) for more details about this great, money-saving promo.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Free Shipping & a Free Wrist Band w/Select Transforming Technologies ESD Monitors

Q SOURCE EXCLUSIVE: Get a FREE metal wrist strap and FREE Shipping on select Ohm Metrics™ ESD Workstation Monitors from Transforming Technologies thru December 31, 2015. Visit QSource.com today to make your purchase.

Created to help you get the best quality products for ESD protection, this promo saves you shipping costs on the eligible ESD monitors (CM400 & CM1600 Series) and provides a FREE wrist strap based on which monitor model you select (either the WB6037 or WB5050L). Shipping will be deducted at checkout and the FREE wrist strap will be automatically included when you add an eligible monitor to your cart.

ELIGIBLE MONITORS
CM400 Series Single-Wire Constant Ground Monitors
Transforming Technologies’ CM400 Series uses specialized capacitive sensing technology to continuously monitor single-wire wrist straps and bench. If a ground failure occurs, the user is informed via instant, audible alarm, and LED lights. The CM400s are compatible with most single-wire wrist bands and require no calibration.

CM1600 Dual-Wire Constant Monitors
We’ve previously (“Transforming Technologies Resistance Ranger Constant Monitors/High-Accuracy, Low-Cost ESD Monitoring”) told you about Transforming Technologies’ new Resistance Ranger Series. Check out our blog to learn about these low-cost, high-accuracy ESD monitors.

FREE WRIST BAND
With your purchase of an eligible Transforming Technologies ESD monitor, you receive either the WB6037 Transforming Technologies Premium Metal Wrist Strap Set (with the CM400 Series) or the WB5050L Transforming Technologies Dual Conductor Speidel Metal Wrist Strap (with the 1600 Series). The black WB6037 features a 360° conductive contact, 6' coil cord, 4 mm Snap, 2.5 mm polyurethane coil insulation, a swivel-type banana plug, and a maximum resistance of 160 ohms. The black WB5050L features two stainless-steel back plates, a double-insulated jacket, two 180° conductive paths around the wrist, and is designed for use with dual conductor workstation monitors.

Visit our Transforming Technologies Free Shipping & Free Wrist Strap with Ohm Metrics Workstation Monitors page to take advantage of this FREE shipping/FREE wrist band offer. For related products, check out our Transforming Technologies page. You may also contact us by phone (800-966-6020), email, or via our Web site.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

The Social Rewind for November 9, 2015

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’s column: While those of us in the Northeast may need air conditioning less right now, this interesting retweet by IDEAL Industries looks at the breakthrough history of this life-improving and life-saving invention.

How do hospitals lower costs and create a safer environment for patient stays? Fashion Seal HC’s post mentions a study that says single-patient rooms are the key to reducing hospital-acquired infections and care costs.

Electric cars are slow and uncool, right? Wrong! TE Connectivity’s post presents us with the Venturi Buckeye Bullet: A 300+ MPH electric car built by Ohio State University students to be the fastest in the world.

The student-developed Venturi Buckeye Bullet hits speeds past 300 mph on the storied Bonneville Salt Flats but its...

Posted by TE Connectivity on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

When it comes to the fathers of the atomic bomb, most people have heard of Oppenheimer, Teller, and Einstein. But was there a mother of the atomic bomb? Agilent Technologies’ post tells the story of Lise Meitner.

Who was "the woman behind the atomic bomb"? Find out at http://bit.ly/1RyCSlw

Posted by Agilent Technologies on Thursday, November 5, 2015

The ever-amazing accomplishments of 3D printing continue: This 3D Printing Industry post recognizes Russia’s 3D Bioprinting Solutions feat of successfully transplanting a thyroid into a mouse.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about Brady’s new BBP31/BBP85 firmware upgrades, which add additional functionality & versatility to these popular printers.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We enjoy bringing you this weekly column and hope you liked reading the Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared your interesting posts with us.


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