Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sovella’s Workstation Configurator Makes Shopping Quick & Easy

Sovella’s Workstation Configurator, now available at QSource.com, makes getting a quote for your Sovella Workstation order quick and easy. Stop by our site to start building your workstations today.

This new configurator brings you just four quick steps away from getting a quote for high-quality Sovella workstation products. Follow the easy-to-use form to choose options from Workstation Frame Type, Size & Materials, Upright Modules, and Accessories. Then all you have to do is click “Send for Quotation.” In no time you’ll hear back from us ASAP with additional info about placing your order.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Social Rewind for June 27, 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: Do you dare read this Fashion Seal HC’s post about America’s 25 least healthy cities?

Audiophiles take note, ACL Staticide shared this Vinyl Me, Please post about how to avoid static electricity’s impact on your records audio quality.

Have you heard about Industry 4.0? JBC Soldering Tools’ post examines this next-gen manufacturing standard.

It’s vacation time…will you be taking one? Workrite Ergonomics shared this post that reveals that American workers left more than half of their vacation days unused last year.

If you work in an industry where allergen control and FSMA compliance is vital, you’ll want to check out this Puritan post.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about SCS’ new air ionizers.

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 and if you would share this column with your friends and colleagues.


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Get Extra Savings on Excelta’s Precision Lazer Line Cutters through Sunday

Save 5% off the Q Source price of Excelta’s Lazer Line Cutters. Our FPF062416 Coupon Code is auto applied when you add an eligible cutter to your shopping cart. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, June 24, 2016 through Sunday, June 26, 2016 and the code is unlimited use.

Lazer Line Cutters are manufactured from ball-bearing steel, laser cut for consistency and CNC machined to meet exact specs. Their induction-hardened blades meet 64/65 Rockwell “C” requirements and are made for electronics and bio-medical applications.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Social Rewind for June 20, 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: Agilent Technologies tells of E. Cuyler Hammond and how his studies linked cigarettes and lung cancer.

This Robotics Plaza post looks at Chinese startup, Horizon Robotics, and their goal of building cutting-edge AI on smart devices.

Learn from this 3D Printing Industry post, about how Made in Space’s Additive Manufacturing Facility on the International Space Station has produced its first tool, a simple wrench.

Ever hear of a farm in a box? Tektronix’ post about portable, shipping container farms reveals the future of farming.

EE Times’ post examines this cool chart of cosmic exploration. Check out the trajectories of every man-made explorer to escape Earth’s orbit.

And we close out this week’s column with our blog about Vision Engineering’s new Electronics Academy Webinar Series.

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 and if you would share this column with your friends and colleagues.


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Save on Essentra Porous Technologies Wipes Through Sunday

Save 10% off the Q Source price of Essentra Porous Technologies Wipes. Our FPF061716 Coupon Code is auto applied when you add eligible wipes to your shopping cart. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, June 17, 2016 through Sunday, June 19, 2016 and the code is unlimited use.

Essentra’s wipes are perfect for a variety of cleaning applications. Featuring excellent absorbent properties, these wipes are used by professionals as an economical solution in a number of industries.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Vision Engineering’s 3-Part Electronics Academy Webinar Series Begins Thursday

Starting this Thursday, June 16, 2016, our friends at Vision Engineering will be presenting their three-part Electronics Academy Webinar Series. This FREE series will be hosted by industry expert, Bob Willis.

Bob will provide an in-depth look at the topic of PCB/SMT assembly and the challenges of attaining Zero Defect Manufacture. Sharing his expertise and indispensable insight, Bob’s tips will help you recognize and comprehend common causes of solder joint failure.

SOLDER JOINT INSPECTION

This Thursday, the series kicks off with the Solder Joint Inspection & Process Defects Webinar. This hour-long session begins at 9:30 EST, and focuses on inspecting conventional and surface mount solder joints in relation to industry standards such as IPC 610 and IPC J-STD-001. Bob will also present a few of the most common joint failures and how to address them.

COUNTERFEIT COMPONENT INSPECTION

The second Webinar in the series, Counterfeit Component Inspection & Detection, begins at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016. This time around, Bob will examine the importance of first-level component inspection, how to test for counterfeit components, and the importance of photographic documentation to identify and avoid expensive mistakes.

CONFORMAL COATING INSPECTION

The current series will wrap up on Thursday, July 21st, 2016, with the Conformal Coating Inspection & Coating Faults Webinar. Also beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST, this session looks at the application of, and issues pertaining to, conformal coating. Bob will discuss the inspection of coatings, creating inspection standards, and how to correct common process defects.

Visit Vision Engineering’s Electronics Academy Webinar Series page to register today.


ALL ABOUT BOB

Bob Willis is a world-renowned surface mount and area array technology expert. For thirty years, he has trained and consulted electronics production staff and engineers around the world. Bob is a Fellow of the Institute Circuit Technology, an NVQ Assessor, Member of the SMART Group Technical Committee, Member of the Institute of Quality Assurance, and Society of Environmental Test Engineers.

Bob Willis

ERGONOMIC INSPECTION EXPERTS

Vision Engineering’s ergonomic inspection solutions are widely used for optical inspection applications by electronics manufacturers around the world. Using Vision’s technology, manufacturers improve their successes, save money, and achieve better quality control.

Q Source has been an official Vision Engineering distributor since 2007. Shop our Vision Engineering Department at QSource.com for dozens of microscopes, inspection systems, and related accessories. You may also contact us by phone (800-966-6020), email, or via our Web site.

 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

The Social Rewind for June 13, 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: Weller shared this inspiring story about a future son-in-law’s adventures in fixing a beloved decades-old pinball machine for his future father-in-law.

Visiting someone in the hospital? Read this Fashion Seal HC post to find out why bringing flowers or balloons is potentially dangerous to patients.

3M’s post looks at the 300+-year-old history of the Fahrenheit & Celsius temperature systems.

Sheep for lawn mowers? Hybrid cranes? Deliveries via canal boats? Read more about Nike’s ultra-sustainable distribution center in Workrite Ergonomics’ post.

Check out Laughing Squid’s post to learn why fans of the late Mot├Ârhead frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, may be disappointed by the four new element names being added to the periodic table of elements.

And we close out this week’s column with our new Guest Blog, “What You Need to Know When Selecting ESD Flooring.”

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Make Common Home/Office Repairs w/Eclipse’s Household Tool Kit

Save 13% off the Q Source price of the Eclipse (PK-2028T) 13-Piece Household Tool Kit. Our FPF061016 Coupon Code is auto applied when you add a PK-2028T Tool Kit to your shopping cart. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, June 10, 2016 through Sunday, June 12, 2016 and the code is unlimited use.

This 13-piece tool kit features a versatile selection of tools for common, basic home and office maintenance. Includes a durable carrying case.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

What You Need to Know When Selecting ESD Flooring – Guest Blog

by Craig Zander, Transforming Technologies

Craig’s newest Guest Blog, for the Q Source Resource, provides valuable tips about selecting ESD flooring for your workplace


The use of ESD flooring and footwear is a popular way to ground people working with ESD-sensitive devices that cannot use a conventional wrist strap/cord system because they need to be mobile, or because they are working near equipment with moving parts that could pose a hazard. ESD footwear and flooring provide a convenient method to drain the charge from the operator to ground.

There are many options for ESD flooring that are “permanent” solutions, such as conductive tiles and epoxies. These products generally have very good durability and can last for many years. Unfortunately, they also present a few challenges.

PERMANENT ESD FLOOR CHALLENGES


  • Cost: ESD floor tiles and epoxies are an expensive option. The cost of the tiles or epoxy in combination with the conductive undercoat and installation expense makes permanent flooring one of the more expensive options.
  • Moisture: In some cases, the moisture content in the sub-floor is too high to allow successful or long-term adhesion. Hydrostatic pressure from floors can cause tile lifting or epoxy bubbles. Testing must be done prior to installation to be sure that the floor can be installed.
  • Installation: Installing an ESD tile or epoxy floor requires experienced installers. The conductive undercoat must be applied in a precise quantity and manner. Mistakes can lead to poor adhesion and poor electrical readings on the installed floor.
  • Maintenance: While new floors may look amazing shortly after installation, they must be maintained to keep their appearance and their electrical performance. Some floors require certain floor finishes, and some floors cannot be waxed or their electrical properties will become diminished.
  • Permanence: While a permanent floor can be an advantage, it may be a disadvantage to companies that occasionally change facility layouts or to companies that lease space.

TEMPORARY OR PORTABLE ESD FLOORING

There are a number of options for those that need to ground their operators through footwear and flooring, but do not want a permanent ESD floor.

ESD Mats

ESD mats come in a variety of options including size, thickness, contour, and conductivity. ESD mats are generally placed in front of standing operations and provide a path to ground for the operator and, possibly, a more ergonomic standing surface than the standard floor.



Floor mats may be offered in specific sizes (i.e., 2’ x 3’, 3’ x 4’, etc.), or may be offered with interlock to provide a variety of lengths. They are easy to relocate should production equipment need to be moved.

ESD Runners

ESD floor runners offer a solution in front of long assembly lines, or areas where mobile equipment is being used and needs to be grounded.



ESD floor runners are generally smooth or slightly textured to allow mobile equipment to move, thus they offer less ergonomic benefit than mats.

Interlocking Tiles

ESD interlocking tiles provide an effective way to cover a larger area, or an entire floor, while still offering some portability. The tiles can be easily cut to fit an area and they are free floating on the floor so there are no moisture issues that come with permanent floors. Many of the interlocking tiles also provide ergonomic properties. Yellow safety edges are also available if the floor does not terminate at a wall.



CHOOSING THE RIGHT FLOOR

Whether you select permanent flooring or temporary/portable ESD flooring, you need to verify that the electrical properties of the footwear and flooring combination will meet your requirements.

To be in compliance with ANSI/ESD S20.20 you must verify two specific measurements. First, you need to measure the resistance of the person, through the footwear, through the flooring and to ground (ANSI/ESD STM 97.1 Floor Materials and Footwear – Resistance Measurement in Combination with a Person). Second, you need to verify the voltage being generated by people using your selected footwear (shoes or foot grounders) and flooring (ANSI/ESD STM 97.2 – Floor Materials and Footwear – Voltage Measurement in Combination with a Person).

ANSI/ESD STM97.1 (Warmbier Metriso 3000 Resistance Meter)


ANSI/ESD STM97.2 (Warmbier WT-5000 Walking Test Kit)



We’ve briefly reviewed the factors to be considered when choosing ESD flooring. With these in mind, you can select the floor that meets your needs for ESD properties, overall cost, and ease of use.

Thanks, Craig! That’s excellent information to assist our readers in choosing the proper ESD flooring solution to meet their needs. We’re excited for the next time you share your expertise with our Q Source community.

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 we will be happy to assist you.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

The Social Rewind for June 6, 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 this Tektronix post, we learn about a new electronic material that can heal itself multiple times—thus opening up new breakthroughs for wearables.

Agilent Technologies’ post informs us of an unprecedented human event that is both historic and somewhat unsettling: Senior citizens will soon outnumber children around the world.

Here's an excellent post from Xuron Corp that offers tips on lighting for hobbyists and electronics manufacturers.

Who are the scientists who simulate the end of the world? The National Nuclear Security Administration shared this piece that looks at the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC), a combination of Sandia and Los Alamos scientists tasked with modelling a variety of disasters that could threaten life as we know it.

Giving robots true 3D vision could change the face of manufacturing…and disrupt the workplace. This 3D Printing Industry post focuses on Japanese company, 3D MEDiA Co, and their efforts to create such a 3D vision system for industrial robots.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about a new way to subscribe to Q Source emails: Text-to-Join.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Our New Text-to-Join Option Makes Subscribing to Emails Quick & Easy

We’re excited to announce a fast, new way to subscribe to our email newsletter: Text-to-Join. All you have to do is text QEMAIL to 22828 and follow the instructions to send your email address. You’ll be signed up to receive our emails in seconds.

Our email newsletter includes money-saving promotional offers, industry and product news, and other interesting tidbits. Every Friday you’ll receive our “Featured Product Friday” promo by email and once a month you’ll get our Q Source Resource Blog Digest, which includes the most popular blog posts from the previous month.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Social Rewind for May 31, 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: Can we fight inequality with emojis? This post from Workrite Ergonomics focuses on Google’s attempt to use the popular icons to take a stand for gender equality.

Puritan’s post examines pharmacogenomics and its use in discovering the proper drugs for mental health disorders.

Does the thought of robots with bacteria-controlled brains sound like a sci-fi flick? This Robot Magazine post looks at research for just such a thing.

The history of American manufacturing innovations is quite impressive. This Wearwell post offers a brief look back and at current developments.

Anyone who’s ever been stuck in a traffic jam has fantasized about being able to driver over all of the cars in front of them. Laughing Squid’s post of a Chinese plan for an elevated bus might offer that very possibility.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about how you can create a safer workplace with Brady’s Spill Control products.

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 and if you would share this column with your friends and colleagues.


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