Friday, January 29, 2016

Get High-Tech User ESD Monitoring for Less w/Our 3-Day Sale

Save 10% on Transforming Technologies Resistance Ranger Dual-Wire Constant Monitors. Just use our FPF012916 Coupon Code (auto applied) to get the discount. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, January 29, 2016 through Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Transforming Technologies’ Resistance Ranger Monitors offer cost-effective, accurate continuous monitoring of workstation grounding products via their superior dual-wire technology. The systems sound an alarm if there is a grounding failure.

Use the Featured Product Friday discount code as many times as you like while it is valid—and you’re encouraged to share the code with your friends and colleagues. Please let us know what products you’d like to see featured in our promotions.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waterloo Industries Heavy-Duty Toolboxes & More Now at Q Source

Are you looking for heavy-duty, professional-quality toolboxes, workbenches, or other storage-related products? We suggest checking out our newest addition to QSource.com, Waterloo Industries.
Waterloo Industries was founded in 1922 as a manufacturer of valve spring compressors, but when a tool box they created to carry samples of their valve spring compressor gained great interest, they soon became focused on creating high-quality, durable toolboxes of all kinds. Today, their products include:



Waterloo products are used in a number of industries (such as maintenance & repair, industrial & manufacturing, vehicle service & repair, and career & technical education) and are intelligently designed to meet the rigors of professional use. Many Waterloo products offer extensive warranties and are made in the USA.

Please visit our Waterloo Industries Department at QSource.com for more information and to purchase one of these durable, easy-to-use storage solutions today. You may also contact us by phone (800-966-6020) or email.



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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Store or Transport Your Sensitive Electronics Safely & Save Shipping Costs

If you’re storing or transporting sensitive electronic parts, you need to ensure their protection from ESD and other dangers. Quantum Storage Systems Conductive Bins, Totes & Accessories offer a durable, top-quality, low-cost solutions. And, with our limited-time offer, you can get FREE Shipping on eligible Quantum products.

These Quantum conductive bins & totes protect electronic components from typical electromagnetic interference (EMI), electrostatic, or induced fields. Constructed of carbon-filled, copolymer polypropylene, they have a surface resistivity of <105 Ohms, and are unaffected by washing with normal cleaners.

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The Social Rewind for January 26, 2016

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: In a nod toward National Peanut Butter Day, this Agilent Technologies post looks at two peanut safety processes: A way to detect peanuts in food, for the safety of people with peanut allergies, and a method for protecting peanuts and peanut butter from cancer-causing chemicals found in soil mold.

We’re about a month into the New Year and many folks are probably struggling with their diet resolutions. This Workrite Ergonomics post discusses some common sense, simple rules for healthy eating.

Laboratory Equipment magazine’s post gives us a heads up to a rare cosmic show: Now into February, the five bright planets (Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter) will shine in the sky every morning.

This post from Weller Soldering shows there may soon be hope for all of us who get lost in airports. Spencer, an autonomous robot, is being trained at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to direct lost passengers to their travel gates.

KLM airlines in partnership with several organizations, is developing an autonomous robot to guide lost passengers to their travel gates. A robot to assisting you at the airport ... cool or creepy?

Posted by Weller Soldering on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

When super-geniuses talk of global holocausts, we listen. In this Mashable post, Stephen Hawking warns that Earth will face very dangerous times over the next 100 years.

And we close out this week’s column with a look at our focus on saving you money via the Vision Engineering FREE Shipping offer.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Featured Product Friday Sale: 10% Off AIM Solder’s Glow Core Solder Wire Spool

Save 10% on AIM Solder’s Glow Core Solder Wire Spools. Just use our FPF012216 Coupon Code (auto applied) to get the discount. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, January 22, 2016 through Sunday, January 24, 2016.

AIM’s Glow Core product offers better solder penetration into plated through holes or surface-mount interconnections, promotes good thermal transfer, and produces low-to-medium post-process residues that are electrically safe and do not require cleaning for most applications. Use the Featured Product Friday discount 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.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Get Focused (on Saving Money) w/Our Vision Engineering Mantis Free Shipping Offer

Our limited-time FREE Shipping on select Vision Engineering Visual Inspection System packages promo is focused on saving you money. Save the shipping costs on the state-of-the-art Mantis Compact, Elite, and Elite Cam systems from Vision Engineering.

Eligible Vision Engineering Mantis Visual Inspection System packages include the: Vision Engineering Mantis Compact Series Stereo Microscope Visual Inspection System w/Bench Stand & 4X Magnification Lens, Vision Engineering Mantis Elite Series Stereo Microscope Visual Inspection System w/Universal Stand & 4X Magnification Lens, Vision Engineering Mantis Elite Series Stereo Microscope Visual Inspection System w/Bench Stand & 4X Magnification Lens, Vision Engineering Mantis Cam Elite Series Stereo Microscope Visual Inspection System w/Universal Stand & 4X Magnification Lens, and Vision Engineering Mantis Cam Elite Series Stereo Microscope Visual Inspection System w/Bench Stand & 4X Magnification Lens. These pre-configured systems offer everything you need to perform accurate visual inspection applications. Users of these ergonomic, eyepieceless microscopes report increased comfort and productivity.

Visit our Vision Engineering Inspection Systems Free Shipping promo page to make your purchase today. For orders, or more information, you may also contact us by phone (800-966-6020), email, or via our Web site. QSource.com also offers a complete selection of other Vision Engineering products.

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The Social Rewind for January 19, 2016

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: With the Super Bowl just a couple weeks away, we thought this Zebra Technologies post about how the NFL was finally embracing the power of data was a winning read.

Payphones have never been exciting (except maybe when Superman was using phone booths as his dressing room), but this Tektronix post about a plan to turn NY payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots dialed up the excitement.

TE Connectivity’s post about the future of connected cars really drives home the revolutionary changes they hold for the auto industry.

The connected car has the power to shake up the auto industry as profoundly as the first Model T. Learn more about what is driving the connected car in our latest trends paper: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/46jp6

Posted by TE Connectivity on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

As smart as robots have become, they still can’t always compute human needs with 100% accuracy. Robot Magazine’s post focuses on an effort to develop code for robots to sense human intent.

Developing Code to Sense Human Intent http://www.botmag.com/9447-2/

Posted by Robot Magazine on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

CSI fans may not want to read this very interesting post from Puritan that reveals the facts about crime scene DNA not seen on TV.

And we close out this week’s column with a look at our first Guest Blog from Vision Engineering, “Looking Good, Feeling Good: Microscope Ergonomics Is Much More Than Sitting Comfortably.”

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, January 15, 2016

Get MicroCare’s MCC-CBCSK Cleaning Kit for Just $46.99 – Three Days Only

Save on MicroCare’s MCC-CBCSK ESD-Safe Circuit Board Cleaning Station Kit. Just use our FPF011516 Coupon Code (auto applied) to get the discount. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, January 15, 2016 through Sunday, January 17, 2016.

The MicroCare MCC-CBCSK Circuit Board Cleaning Kit provides all the materials needed to economically clean circuit boards at any workbench or workstation. Use the Featured Product Friday discount 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.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Looking Good, Feeling Good: Microscope Ergonomics Is Much More Than Sitting Comfortably – Guest Blog

by Stephen Sanderson, International Product Manager, Vision Engineering


In Stephen’s first Guest Blog for Q Source, he discusses microscope users’ injuries and discomfort and ways to remedy these issues.

Headaches are a common complaint of microscope users.
Ask any seasoned microscope user about working with microscopes and they will often have stories of sore necks, headaches and “microscope eye,” seemingly caused by leaning over conventional stereo microscopes for prolonged periods. Such issues not only have a significant effect on users’ comfortable working, but their discomfort also affects concentration and, by association, the ability to perform tasks.

They are not alone, in a report of microscope users from the Federal Institute of Industrial Safety:
  • 33% reported stiffness and pain in movement
  • 60% experienced headaches
  • 40% had eye complaints
While it is hard to attribute every incidence of each complaint with the microscope, it is often the common factor. Specific attention can also be paid to eyepieces. Most conventional stereo microscopes produce a very small and bright exit pupil that requires the user to maintain a fixed viewing position very close to the eyepiece. This leads to areas of poor ergonomics, poor postural ergonomics, and poor optical ergonomics.

The requirement for a fixed viewing position can be helped by ensuring that the user’s workstation is correctly configured. To do this work from the ground up, adjust the user’s seat and bench height, have them stand and sample the position so that the final location of the eyepieces does not require the user to overextend or compress the neck. Don’t forget that it is often possible to raise either the sample or the entire stand, if needed. That dusty old text book that sits in the corner unused could be just what is needed to lift the sample to a better working height.

For optical ergonomics with eyepiece microscopes the situation is more complicated. Interpupillary distance, diopter adjustment, and eyepiece selection all sound complicated and can factor in the user’s comfort affecting eyestrain and headaches. The answer? Get rid of the eyepieces.

NO EYEPIECE = GREATER COMFORT & PRODUCTIVITY

Eyepiece-less systems, such as Vision Engineering’s Mantis and Lynx ranges, are designed with ergonomics at their core. Rather than small, restrictive exit pupils of conventional eyepieces, Mantis and Lynx ranges offer exit pupils that are up to 10 times larger. Those allow users freedom of movement and a natural comfortable working position.

Vision Engineering's Lynx Microscope is ergonomically
designed for user comfort and freedom.
When eye comfort is increased, by reducing refocusing and iris activity through a working position that is further from the microscope itself, it allows an equidistant direct view of the subject and inclusion of ambient light into the field of view. Where eyesight correction is necessary, the user can simply use their own spectacles allowing correction for conditions such as astigmatism that cannot be corrected through eyepieces.

Good ergonomics lead to comfortable users who are better able to concentrate for longer are less prone to illness or injury, and who experience ease of operation and enhanced ability to perform a task. More importantly, for many users it means that they can go home at the end of the day happy and pain free with the satisfaction of a job well done.

In conclusion, consider ergonomics when choosing your next microscope system to reduce user injuries, increase productivity, and ensure that users are at their best on the job.

Thank you, Stephen, for those valuable insights into creating a safer, more comfortable environment for microscope users. We look forward to future Guest Blogs from you and Vision Engineering.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

The Social Rewind for January 11, 2016

TITLE: The Social Rewind for January 11, 2016

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 a post about the big science news of the past week; four new elements have been added to the Periodic Table.

This Loctite post looks at how LED lights are improving our lives on a daily basis. Night golfing, anyone?

We certainly saw a lot of innovative developments with 3D Printing last year and that’s why this post, shared by ASSEMBLY Magazine, names it the most important technology of 2015.

3D Printing Was the Most Important Technology of 2015 http://mcklr.me/1TCgit9 #3DPrinting

Posted by ASSEMBLY Magazine on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

This very interesting post by Laughing Squid delves into why some people sneeze when exposed to sunlight…achoo!

If you’re still hungover from New Year’s Eve, you should see a doctor. But for other times, this Agilent Technologies post offers what you need to beat a hangover.

And we close out this week’s column with a look at our exclusive new promo: Save 10% on Bevco ErgoLux Soft Poly Stools & Get 5-Day QuickShip!

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, January 8, 2016

Save Static & Money w/Our 3-Day Sale on Transforming Technologies ESD-Safe Gloves

Save 10% off the MSRP of the Transforming Technologies ESD-Safe Gloves. Just use our FPF010816 Coupon Code (auto applied) to get the discount. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, January 8, 2016 through Sunday, January 10, 2016.

Our Featured Product is designed to be worn when handling ESD susceptible items, can be laundered for repeated use, come in coated or uncoated, and are available in various sizes. Use the Featured Product Friday discount 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 January 10, 2016.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Save 10% on Bevco ErgoLux Soft Poly Stools & Get 5-Day QuickShip! - Q Source Exclusive

A top-quality Bevco stool that fits you like a glove. An extra 10% off savings. Five-day QuickShip. Yep, our exclusive new promo gets you your Bevco ErgoLux Backless & Backrest Soft Poly Stool fast and for less money. This limited-time offer on extremely comfortable and durable top-quality stools expires March 31, 2016.



These Bevco ErgoLux Stools feature super-soft, extra-thick, supportive 3.5” visco-elastic memory foam covered by water/stain/puncture-resistant polyurethane. This design provides extreme stress relief by responding to your body’s unique shape, weight & temperature.

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  • Comfortable 14.5” diameter seat with 360° swivel
  • Durable build
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  • Standard Dual-wheel hard-floor casters
  • Meets ANSI/BIFMA standards
  • Supports up to 300 lb.
  • 12-year warranty, lifetime warranty on cylinder
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Our exclusive promo covers the Bevco S3000 Backless Stools, the Bevco S3000R Backrest Stools, and the Bevco Junior J3000 Backless Stools. Various accessories and related products are also available.

Our limited-time offer is a great chance to save, while outfitting an entire department with ergonomic, high-comfort seating. Please see the Bevco ErgoLux Stools Promo Page at QSource.com to place your order or for further information. You may also contact us by phone (800-966-6020), email, or via our Web site.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

The Social Rewind for January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

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’re in an end-of-year-reminiscing/new-year-inspiration frame of mind, so here’s a GelPro tweet of a House of Muses article called, “The 5-Minute 5-Year Plan: How to Map Your Dreams.”

Virtual reality? Faster networks? Connected Devices? Yes, yes, and yes! This Zebra Technologies tweet looks at six tech trends to watch in 2016.

Workrite Ergonomics always has their finger on the pulse of office happenings. Here, they share a post that discusses flexible freelancers, sustainability, and other workplace trends for 2016.

"...Such trends as wellness initiatives, workplace flexibility and the rethinking of office space are going to accelerate and perhaps dominate the corporate landscape in the year to come..."

Posted by Workrite Ergonomics on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A New Year comes with new resolutions for dieting. Laboratory Equipment magazine shared this post about the future of dieting: Precision Weight Loss.

3D Printing was all over the news this past year with tales of 3D-printed stem cells, bacteria, etc. This 3D Printing Industry post focuses on those and a few other top 3D-printed applications for 2015.

And we close out this week’s column with a look at our last Q Source Resource blog post of 2015, “Boost Productivity w/FSInspection’s Ergonomic Video Inspection Systems.”

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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