Thursday, December 29, 2011

ASG's Free PS-55 Power Supply Offer Extended

ASG Assembly's exciting Econo-Bu$ter 6.2 free PS-55 Power Supply offer has been extended. Now, through March 31, 2012, you'll receive a free PS-55 Power Supply with the purchase of select ASG Electric Drivers from
This is the same great Econo-Buster 6.2 offer we originally told you about back in June. All you have to do is add the qualifying electric driver to your cart and we'll take care of the rest. You'll get the free power supply added to your order automatically.

Qualifying drivers include:
  • Any SS Driver (excluding the SS-7000 (CR), which requires an alternate power supply)
  • Any TL Driver
  • Any CL Driver (excluding the CL-7000 (HT, PS) and CL-9000 (HT), which require an alternate power supply)
  • Any BL Driver (excluding the BL-7000, which requires an alternate power supply)
  • Any Alpha Driver (excluding the A-6500 (HT, PS), which requires an alternate power supply)
This special offer applies to listed items only. Quantity discounts are not applicable and this cannot be combined with other offers. Both items must be purchased on one order and the offer cannot be applied to previous purchases.

ASG Assembly is a division of Jergens, Inc. offers a wide selection of ASG products. To place your order, please visit or give us a call at 800-966-6020. You can also send us an email if you have any questions or need further information.

Happy New Year! Q Source Says Goodbye to 2011, Welcomes 2012

As we say farewell to 2011, Q Source welcomes 2012 with the excitement and anticipation of another successful year. Throughout the New Year we'll be adding new features to, creating interesting and informative content on our blog and social media networks, and providing you with the same great customer service you've come to expect from us since 1984.

The Q Source family wishes you a safe, fun, and very Happy New Year!

Please note that the Q Source offices will be closed Friday, December 30th, to Monday, January 2nd (we will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd). will still be available 24 hours a day for product information or to place an order. Our expert staff will process any orders placed during the December 30th thru January 2nd period as soon as possible.

For product information, to place an order, or if you have questions about something we can help you with, please visit, give us a call at 800-966-6020, or send us an email.

PanaVise 324 Electronic Work Center Introduction: "On the Bench" Video

The PanaVise 324 Electronic Work Center is an infinitely-positionable circuit board holder and soldering station combo that will make your soldering and rework projects a breeze. Your soldering iron is never far from reach and the circuit board holder can be set to any position or angle imaginable! This intro "On the Bench" video highlights all the best features of the PanaVise 324.

Be sure to look for more "On the Bench" videos on and on our YouTube channel.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Holidays from Q Source

Our Q Source family wishes you and your family a very Happy Holiday. And as we come to the end of the year, we wanted to take another opportunity to thank you, our readers, customers, and friends, for your support and patronage of Q Source and

So that our Q family can better enjoy a joyful holiday, please note that the Q Source offices will be closed Thursday, December 22nd, to Monday, December 26th (we will re-open on Tuesday, December 27th). will still be available 24 hours a day for product information or to place an order. Our expert staff will process any orders placed during the December 22nd thru 26th period as soon as possible.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hakko Announces FM-2031 & FX-601 Soldering Irons, T19 Series Tips

Hakko's FM-2031 Soldering Iron
Debuting in time for those mid-January soldering projects, American Hakko Products (Hakko) announced two new soldering irons and a new series of soldering tips. The Hakko FM-2031 Nitrogen Compatible Heavy-Duty Soldering Iron, FX-601 Soldering Iron, and T19 Series Tips are scheduled to be available on January 18, 2012.

The FM-2031 Nitrogen Compatible Heavy-Duty Soldering Iron is a new handpiece to be used with the Hakko FM-203 Soldering Station and the FM-206 High Performance 3-Port Rework System. The FM-2031 uses T22 Series Tips, provides a higher mass and double the power of conventional T17 Tips, and features nozzle assemblies for nitrogen gas.
Hakko's FX-601 Soldering Iron

The Hakko FX-601 Soldering Iron is a next-generation hand-held soldering iron that is lightweight and ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the user's hand. The FX-601 features a temperature adjustment dial in the handpiece (and includes a tool that can "adjust and lock" the selected temperature of the iron), a longer power cord, advanced electronic controls, and an efficient ceramic heater.

Built using the same high-performance features of the T18 Series Tips, the T19 Series Tips boast a higher mass for upgraded performance. The T19 Tips will be available in a variety of tip shapes and sizes.

For more detailed post-release information about these products, please keep visiting The Q Source Resource,, and our YouTube Channel. To find out how you can place an order for these items, give us a call at 800-966-6020 or send us an email.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Can We Quote You on That? An RFQ How-to

Q offers thousands of items for you to purchase with just a couple clicks, but we also realize that you'll sometimes have special orders or questions about large or complicated requirements that will require our assistance. For these situations, you can submit a Request for Quote (RFQ).
The Request for Quote Form at

Making an RFQ is simple to do and quick to get a response (you'll get a competitive quote within 24 hours and often much faster than that). RFQs can be submitted both online, through's Request for Quote page, and offline, via phone (800-966-6020) or email.

If you make your RFQ via our Web site you'll be presented with a form to fill out (see the screenshot). Regardless of how you submit your RFQ, there are certain pieces of information to include that will allow us to respond to you as quickly as possible.

For each RFQ, we need:
  • Your name
  • Company
  • Phone
  • Email
  • How you'll be using the products
  • A detailed description of what you need (including manufacturer or Q Source part numbers wherever possible)
  • If substitute parts are okay
  • When you need delivery
Make your RFQ as detailed as possible by including any other information you think would help us to respond to you quicker.

After we receive your RFQ we will research the items you requested and look into the best possible solution to your requirements. One of our helpful, expert sales associates will respond to you via email or phone with information about the appropriate items and a competitive price quote. If you have further questions at that point, or are ready to place an order, we will happily accommodate your needs.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

FedEx Added to Shipping Options

Shipping your purchases just got a little easier. We've added FedEx to our selection of shipping options at checkout.

We now ship orders via UPS and FedEx in the continental United States (excluding Alaska) and will try, to the best of our ability, to accommodate any special routing instructions you may have within the accepted policies of the chosen freight carrier. For our complete shipping policy please visit our Shipping Information page at

As always, if you need further information about our shipping policy, or have any other questions about ordering from, please visit our Web site, give us a call (800-966-6020), or send us an email.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Akro-Mils Shelf Bins: Meeting Your Storage & 5S/Lean Needs's recent addition of the complete line of Akro-Mils® Shelf Bins provides you with another great storage option and more excellent tools for your 5S/Lean initiatives. Create the storage solution you need by mixing and matching 13 sizes and 5 different colors.
Akro-Mils Green 30130 Shelf Bin

Each durable, polypropylene Shelf Bin is made of a one-piece composition that is waterproof, unaffected by grease or oil, and built to outlast corrugated bins. Akro-Mils has created a solid construction that prevents spreading or cracking when the bin is fully loaded and features a wide hopper front, which provides easy access.

When used as part of a 5S/Lean or Visual Inventory Control system, Akro-Mils Shelf Bins help to develop visual cues, improve inventory controls, decrease downtime, create more workspace, and help your staff identify problems faster. These Shelf Bins are excellent tools for each step of the 5S/Lean process:

  1. SORT: Use Akro-Mils Shelf Bins to sort and separate related parts, easily identify items that are infrequently used or unnecessary, and help create faster picking and easier access through the bin's large hopper front.
  2. SET IN ORDER: Shelf Bins allow you to create custom storage areas through color coding, storing items used together in a common area, and eliminating waste in production/clerical applications.
  3. SHINE: The easy-to-clean Akro-Mils Shelf Bins are resistant to oils, chemicals, and weak acids.
  4. STANDARDIZE: Universal standards such as color coding, uniform sizes, and labeling are easily created when Akro-Mils Shelf Bins are added to your 5S/Lean efforts.
  5. SUSTAIN: A 5S/Lean initiative with these Shelf Bins as part of the workflow process is easy to maintain and will help promote higher productivity, boost efficiency, and reduce costs.

Akro-Mils Red 30120 Shelf Bin offers Akro-Mils Shelf Bins in all 13 sizes (11 5/8", 17 7/8", and 23 5/8" lengths with varying widths) and with five different colors for each (red, yellow, blue, green, and white). Click on the links for examples of each.

To learn more about these attractive, versatile bins, or to make a purchase, please visit our Web site, give us a call (800-966-6020), or send us an email and we'll gladly help you select the right bins to meet your exact needs.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hakko's FR870 2-Bank IR Preheater Temporary Price Cut: Save $400!

American Hakko Products (Hakko) announced recently a limited-time price cut on their FR870 2-Bank IR Preheater. Get 40% OFF ($400.00) the regular $999.97 list price between December 9th and December 23rd, 2011, while supplies last.

The Hakko FR-870 Preheater (Q Source #: H001-002341)  is an ESD-safe, 2-bank, infrared bench-top heater designed to raise the temperature of printed circuit board assemblies during soldering/desoldering applications. This compact unit features both manual and automatic operating modes, two independent switchable zones, and is particularly useful when soldering lead-free assemblies.
Hakko FR-870 2-Bank IR Preheater

Other features & benefits of the Hakko FR-870 Preheater:
  • 248 mm x 140 mm space-efficient heating area
  • Power or Thermocouple preheat control
  • Protect assemblies with its soft EPO
  • Faster than convection heating or ceramic IR
  • Integrates with the Hakko FM-206 and FR-803B
  • Reflector removes easily for cleaning
The Hakko FR-870 2-Bank IR Preheater is available at for just $599.97, along with an extensive selection of other excellent Hakko products. To place an order please visit the link, give us a call (800-966-6020), or send us an email and one of our helpful sales associates will help you take advantage of this great offer. You can also read our preview blog about the FR-870.

Please note: Back orders will not be accepted on this item.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Q Source Trains with Swanstrom, Akro-Mils

In an example of Q Source's on-going effort to become your expert resource for product knowledge, our global sales associates were in Q Source's NY headquarters yesterday for extensive training sessions with two of our popular product lines. Chuck Mangus, Field Application Manager from Swanstrom Tools, and Tom Memmen, Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager from Akro-Mils®, demonstrated solutions for high-precision medical cutting applications and 5S/Lean initiatives, respectively.

Chuck Mangus, Field Application Manager at Swanstrom Tools
Mr. Mangus started off the day by talking about how Swanstrom's M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters were created to meet the challenging demands of medical professionals and how they continue to refine and create new tools based on user requests and experiences. He pointed out the adjustable Scrivet™ screw joint system, the 3-position adjustable opening stop, and 18-21 RMS finish and explained how these cutters are forged from high-carbon alloy steel , high chromium, and hardened using a unique proprietary heat treating process that gives them their durability and maximum strength.

The Swanstrom M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters were designed to cut through a variety of challenging materials and Mr. Mangus had our sales staff trying them out on Nitinol, piano wire, and others. After demonstrating a few hard-wire cutting applications (stylists, mandrels, etc.) he finished up by showing the proper way to cut these materials (do not cut with the back of the cutter) and the proper way to store the tools when not in use as to reduce strain on the spring mechanism.

Tom Memmen, Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager at Akro-Mils
Mr. Memmen closed our training day with a session on Akro-Mils' 5S/Lean solutions. Explaining how a company that implements a 5S/Lean process can increase productivity and quality, lower costs, and eliminate waste, he demonstrated how Akro-Mils bins, containers, and carts are valuable resources in a 5S/Lean operation.

Our staff learned about the steps of a 5S/Lean initiative (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain) and the useful tools they could suggest as resources to our customers. For example, Mr. Memmen pointed out that Akro-Mils bins are perfect for sorting and separating items in the Sort process or for storing parts in the Set in Order step.

To learn more about, or to purchase, Swanstrom's cutters please visit the Swanstrom M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters Department at You can also read our previous blog post or watch our YouTube video about them.

For our Akro-Mils offerings, please visit the Akro-Mils section of You can also read our previous blog about Akro-Mils' Indicator Bins and see them in action in our YouTube video.

For any other questions, please give us a call at 800-966-6020 or email us.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lindstrom 8140 80-Series Wire Cutters Introduction: "On the Bench" Video

The popular Lindstrom 8140 80-Series Micro-Bevel Cutters are ESD-safe and have a 63-65 HRC cutting edge, which results in a longer lasting tool that produces smoother, cleaner cuts. In this quick intro "On the Bench" video we highlight the best features and specs of this indispensable tool that should be on everyones workbench.

Be sure to look for more "On the Bench" videos on and on our YouTube channel.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Q Source Donates to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Q Source, Inc. announced today that it has made a $250 donation to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Coming off participating in O.C. White's "Awareness Pink" Green-Lite promotion to benefit breast cancer awareness, Q Source chose to donate to the BCRF because of the important research they are doing in their effort to eradicate this devastating disease.

The BCRF's goal is to prevent and cure breast cancer and they are steadfast in pursuing this "until cancer does not rob another life." Q Source is proud to support the efforts of this very worthy organization as they work to complete their mission.

To learn more about The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, or to make your own donation, please visit their Get Involved page. To learn more about Q Source, Inc., please visit the Web site.

Lindstrom 8140 80-Series Micro-Bevel Wire Cutters on Flickr

Lindstrom's 8140 80-Series Micro-Bevel Cutters are one of the most popular cutters we sell from Lindstrom Precision Tools. They offer a great cutting capacity covering a wide range of wire dimensions and types. Lindstrom 8140 cutters are made of 1% carbon/chrome ball-bearing grade steel and have a 63-65 HRC cutting edge.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Brady's BMP®21 Replaces their LABPAL™ Laboratory Label Printer

Brady Worldwide (Brady) announced recently that beginning in January 2012, their LABPAL™ Laboratory Label Printer will be discontinued and replaced by the BMP®21 Label Printer. The LABPAL printer will be obsoleted as inventory runs out.

The BMP21 Portable Label Printer offers upgraded features over the LABPAL printer, while also being compatible with existing LABPAL label cartridges. Features include:
Brady's BMP21 Portable Label Printer

  • Additional font sizes, such as Auto and Auto Bold
  • A larger back-lit display
  • Automated serialization with multiple print capabilities
  • Choice of 80 different symbols (13 voice/data comm specific)
  • Cartridges are easy-to-load and include the NEW self-laminating labels

The BMP21 all-in-one labeler is perfect for voice/data comm, electrical, and general industrial tasks. Its label materials were designed for harsh environments and they will stay stuck for years despite extreme temperatures and challenging surfaces. For a FREE demo of the BMP21 please visit Brady's BMP21 Online Simulator.

Label cartridges will still be available for the LABPAL unit under the BMP21 part numbers (see Brady's BMP21 to LABPAL cross reference chart). The PAL cartridge part numbers have transitioned to the M21 cartridge numbers. currently offers the BMP21 Portable Label Printer for just $140.48. We also offer BMP21 cartridges and accessories. For more information, or to place an order, please visit our Web site or contact us by phone (800-966-6020) or email and we'll help you find the exact product solutions you need. Q Source is your Brady printer resource!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Brady BMP®53 Label Maker on Flickr

The Brady BMP®53 Label Maker is a compact label maker with nearly endless uses. It's the first printer to feature a network card and Bluetooth capability, which allows the user to print on-the-go with the free Brady Mobile Application for Android™ devices. We posted a bunch of photos on our Flickr photostream so you could really see how cool this new label printer is. We didn't try this, but it will even withstand a 4-foot drop onto concrete!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Daylight U32500 Triple Bright Task Lamp Introduction: "On the Bench" Video

The Daylight Company U32500 Triple Bright Task Lamp is a high-quality, affordable task lamp perfect for lighting your desk, workbench, drawing board, or painting. This professional, high-power lamp is UL & CE listed and RoHS compliant. Check out our latest "On the Bench" video for a quick introduction to this great light.

Be sure to look for more "On the Bench" videos on and on our YouTube channel.

Get FREE Daylight Stuff & Great Savings When You Follow Q Source!

'Tis the season for giving and if you follow Q Source on ANY of the social networks we'll give you great savings, special offers, and FREE stuff! Our December special offers include great savings on two Daylight Magnifying Lamps…including a FREE gift from Daylight Company.

The Daylight U22080 Ultra-Slim Magnifying Lamp XR is regularly $269.99, but with this special offer it's ON SALE for ONLY $180. Daylight's U22030-01 Slimline Magnifying Lamp, regularly $159.99, is ON SALE for ONLY $107. And by following Q Source on ANY of the social networks you can find out more about our FREE gift during the month of December.

So, to start the holiday season off right with FREE gifts and incredible savings, just visit ANY of the social networks shown below and follow us to receive great monthly deals.
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Monday, November 28, 2011

PanaVise 201 PV Jr. Mini-Vise Introduction: "On the Bench" Video

The PanaVise 201 PV Jr. Mini-Vise is an affordable and versatile work-holder with a long list of features and benefits. It's perfect for electronics, arts and crafts, jewelry and model making, and other small projects. Check out our latest "On the Bench" video for a quick introduction to this great tool.

And remember, for a limited time you can get a FREE PanaVise 239 Speed Control Handle with the purchase of each 201 PV Jr.

Be sure to look for more "On the Bench" videos on and on our YouTube channel.

Vision Engineering Mantis Microscopes: 25% Trade-In Discount for Compact & Elite Models

Vision Engineering, makers of leading-edge inspection & measurement solutions, announced a change to their Original Mantis trade-in offer. For a limited time, "Original" Mantis owners can get a 25% discount on a new Mantis Compact or Mantis Elite System by following the instructions below.

Effective immediately, Vision Engineering no longer wants the entire Original Mantis microscope returned to them for trade in. The new process to be eligible for the special 25% discount offer is:
  • Contact Vision Engineering at 800-644-7264 to obtain a Return Materials Authorization (RMA) number for each Original Mantis to be traded in
  • Along with the completed RMA form, return the front viewing lens from the head, the transformer wire from the stand to the head, and the objective lenses (same quantity as purchased) for each Original Mantis to Vision Engineering Inc., 570 Danbury Road, New Milford, CT 06776 (Original Mantis parts must be returned at the customer's expense)
  • New Mantis systems will be delivered after receipt of the Original Mantis parts
This special trade in offer is a great opportunity to upgrade to a Mantis Compact or Mantis Elite system*. These excellent Vision Engineering microscopes feature shadow-free illumination; a wide range (to 20X) of magnification options; longer working distances; and quiet, virtually noise-free operation (no fan required).

* NOTE: Trade-in discount applies to Mantis Compact and Mantis Elite Models on universal stands, including any required lenses.

For information about Vision Engineering Visual Inspection Systems, software, and accessories, or to place an order, please visit If you have further questions, please give us a call at (800-966-6020) or send us an email.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Q Source

Thanksgiving is a time of reflecting on what you are thankful for and we wanted to take a moment to thank you, our customers, readers, and friends, for your patronage and loyalty. So, from our Q Source family, we wish you and your family a safe, fun, and very Happy Thanksgiving.

Please note that the Q Source offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday (November 24th & 25th) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. You can still visit for product information, or to place an order, 24 hours a day. Our helpful staff will be available to process orders placed on the 24th or 25th as soon as possible.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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You'll Like Liking Us! Get a Valuable Coupon Every Month When You Follow Q Source Online.

Q Source, Inc.'s social media efforts are a great resource for industry news, product reviews, original content, and more. Now, when you follow, like, add us to your circle, or subscribe to one of our networks, you'll get a Q-Pon (our version of a coupon) every month good for big savings on an entire purchase during that month.

Our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube networks are updated regularly to bring you the freshest, most useful information that you'll find yourself returning to again and again...and also sharing with your own networks. And now with the added bonus of a valuable Q-Pon, you're gonna like liking us.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

PanaVise 239 Speed Handle FREE with Every 201 PV Jr.

For a limited time, you can get a FREE PanaVise 239 Speed Control Handle with each 201 PV Jr. Mini-Vise you buy! Winner of the 2011 MAKEY Awards for "Most Repair Friendly" product in MAKE Magazine's 2011 Industry Maker Awards, the 239 Speed Control Handle lets you quickly open and close the jaws of the PV Jr. with just the spin of a finger.

This indispensable accessory snaps on in seconds but you can't buy one yet--it's only available as a free add-on with the purchase of the PanaVise 201 PV Jr. Mini-Vise. To get yours, just add the PV Jr. to your cart on and your FREE Speed Control Handle will be added automatically.

Master Appliance's Fast, Portable Heat Tools Now on

Master® Appliance's brand of quality heat tools for industry is now heating up We've added the entire line of Master Appliance heat guns, plastic welding kits, heat blowers, butane torches, heat shrink tubing, and more to our Web site.
Master Appliance HG-751B Master Heat Gun

Makers of tools for "Wherever Fast, Portable, Heat is the Need™," Master Appliance products are perfect for heating, drying, shrinking, welding, soldering, and many other applications.'s offerings include heat guns like the HG-751B Master Heat Gun®, heat blowers like the AH-502 MasterFlow® Heat Blower, and butane torches like the GT-70 Heavy Duty General Industrial Butane Torch.
Master Appliance GT-70 Butane Torch

Visit the Master Appliance page on to check out the hottest selection of industrial heat tools. If we don't have the exact tool you're looking for just give us a call (800-966-6020) or email us and our helpful experts will find a solution for you.

Master Appliance Corp. introduced their first tools to the market in 1958. They are headquartered in Racine, WI.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Brady BMP53 Label Maker Labels:'s Guide to Making the Right Choice

Brady Worldwide's (Brady) exciting new BMP®53 Label Maker has 16 different material choices for its impressive selection of more than 130 label options. But finding the right label to get the job done doesn't have to be difficult or confusing. has created simple, but detailed paths to help you choose the right label for your specific application.

Start off by visiting's Brady BMP53 Label Cartridge page. Here you'll find a hyperlinked list of all of the BMP53 label options. This list is sorted by applications for each type of label (for example, Electrical ID Labels). There is also a link to go to's TechCenter (more on that later).

Application main categories available here include:
Appropriate subcategories are listed under each main category (for instance, Terminal Block Markers under the Electrical ID Labels category). If you click on one of the main category links (let's stick with the Electrical ID Labels example) you're presented with a page showing a pared down selection of Electrical ID Label applications including:
Clicking on one of the subcategory links takes you directly to the label choices for that specific application. For example, if you click on Brady BMP53 Automation & Electrical Component Markers, you wind up with a list of 16 different labels options.

Scrolling through this list, you can get a brief description and pricing information about each of the appropriate label choices. You can add any of these items to your shopping cart, or by clicking on a specific product, you'll go to the detailed product page for that item. Try choosing the Brady MC-1000-422 B422 Polyester Label.

The product page provides a more detailed description of this Brady BMP53 label and offers benefits/features and specifications. At the bottom of this page you'll also find a list of related products. Once you're ready to order this label you simply click on the "Add to Cart" button and you can either continue shopping or go right to "Checkout."

You can also access the TechCenter from the Brady BMP53 Label Cartridge page. The information in the TechCenter will help you learn even more about the BMP53 material choices and make it easier for you to purchase the correct labels for your applications.

Here you're presented with a list of Brady BMP53 label applications (e.g., Voice & Data Comm ID, Electrical ID, Product ID, Facility & Safety ID, and Laboratory ID) and below that a chart with descriptions of each label material. This handy chart offers a quick way to view information and compare each of the label materials. For example, here is the information available for the B-422 Polyester Labels:
  • Brady Material #: B-422
  • Material Type: Polyester Labels
  • Description: White label stock with glossy finish and 2 mils of adhesive for rough surface applications. Designed to withstand solvent exposure. UL rated for surfaces commonly used in solar panel manufacturing. Also used for component identification, punch block & patch panel labels and asset and inventory tracking.
  • Temp Ranges: -40ºF to 212ºF (-40ºC to 100ºF)
  • Agency Approvals: UL, CSA, and RoHS
Take a closer look at the labels that are available for Electrical ID applications by clicking on that link. The new page you're presented with shows all of the label materials that can be used for Electrical ID applications listed by subcategories.

If you look under the Automation & Electrical Component Markers subcategory you will find the aforementioned B-422 Polyester Labels. The chart provides a diagram reference of what the label looks like, colors, dimensions, and more. For example, you can see that the Brady MC-1000-422 B422 Polyester Label is a 1" by 25' label with black printing on a white background. This continuous label is represented in Figure 33. Note: When you scroll up and down the handy diagram chart moves to stay even with you as you explore the charts.

The Brady BMP53 Label Maker is all about giving you a variety of options to get the job done and with's helpful reference pages and TechCenter articles we're confident you'll be able to quickly and easily find the right label materials for your application. And, as always, if you still have questions you can always give us a call (800-966-6020) or send us an email.

To learn more about the new Brady BMP53 Label Maker read our feature blog article or to explore the complete BMP53 product line check out our Brady BMP53 Department at

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hakko Announces Discontinued MG Series/MACH Series Soldering Irons

American Hakko Products (Hakko) announced recently the discontinuation of the MG Series Soldering Guns and the MACH Series Soldering Irons. Hakko has indicated that replacement parts for these irons should be available for the next few years.
Hakko MG Series Soldering Guns

Model numbers involved in the discontinuations include:

MG Series Soldering Guns

  • 582M-V12
  • 583M-V12
  • 585M-V12
  • 587M-V12
  • 589M-V12

MACH Series Soldering Irons
Hakko MACH Series Soldering Irons
  • 918M-V12, 918M-V12/P
  • 920M-V12, 920M-V12/P
  • 921M-V12, 921M-V12/P
  • 922M-V12, 922M-V12/P
  • 924M-V12, 924M-V12/P

The MG Series/Mach Series irons were basic plug-in, fixed temperature stick irons. Both of these series of irons were long-time tools in the Hakko product lineup.

For more information about these discontinuations please visit To browse our extensive selection of Hakko products please visit the Hakko section on And, as always, remember to check The Q Source Resource often for more industry news, product information, feature articles, and more.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Brady's B-595 Label Material: Replacing Old Favorites with Enhanced Performance, Same Pricing

Brady Worldwide's (Brady) B-595 Indoor/Outdoor Vinyl Labels recently replaced a couple of old favorites (Brady's B-580 and B-588 materials). The Q Source Resource offers this brief update about the B-595 materials and what the changes mean for your labeling applications.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the improved B-595 labels is their more aggressive adhesive that is perfect for adhering to low-surface energy materials and other difficult applications, which are challenging for most other vinyl materials. The B-595 labels will stick to, and stay stuck on (including an 8- to 10-year outdoor durability average), most areas.

Some areas where the B-595's adhesiveness excels include:

Low Surface-Energy Items
  • PVC piping
  • Blow-molded equipment cases
  • ABS plastics
  • Powder-coated surfaces
  • Equipment made from recycled plastics
Highly Textured Surfaces
  • Painted cinder block walls
  • Finished uneven wood
  • Textured plastics
  • Rough pipes and paper-jacked pipes
The B-595's temperature tolerances have also been improved so that they now can be applied at -18°C or above and can withstand higher service temperatures up to 82°C. And these new, low-shrink vinyls will stand up to oil, grease, and most industrial chemicals. The durable, high-performance B-595 labels are an excellent replacement for Brady's popular B-580 and B-588 outdoor grade vinyls and are made to perform in a range of diverse applications including:
  • Indoor and outdoor facility labels
  • 5S labels
  • Safety labels
  • Warning labels
  • Pipe markers
  • Equipment labels
  • Visual workplace labels
The B-595 part numbers replaced the B-580 part numbers for the BMP®71, BMP®21, IDXPERT™, HandiMark®, VersaPrinter, and Labelizer Plus printers. The B-588 part numbers for the GlobalMark™ and MiniMark™ printers have also been replaced by new B-595 part numbers. The B-595 materials are also available for Brady's brand new BMP®53 Label Maker.

Finding the correct new B-595 part number replacement is usually as simple as replacing the old part number with the B-595 number. For instance, if you used to order the Brady BMP71 1" x 50' Indoor/Outdoor Blue Vinyl Tape as part number M71C-1000-580-BL, you would now simply replace the 580 number with 595 to get M71C-1000-595-BL as the new part number. Please note: Certain labels, such as the HandiMark line use a different part numbering sequence, so please make sure to double-check when ordering the new B-595 materials.

For a cross-reference of B-580 to B-595 materials, please see out TechCenter article: Brady B-580 to B-595 Material Cross-Reference. You can also download the Brady B-595 Material Technical Data Sheet.

To order your Brady B-595 label supplies please visit the Brady section of our Web site. If you need further information about ordering the new B-595 labels please give us a call (800-966-6020) or send us an email and one of our knowledgeable associates will be happy to help you.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Google+ Page Added to Q Source's Social Media Offerings

Q Source, Inc. has added a Google+ Page to its social media network. The page will feature the same great news, articles, product updates, and more that we share through our other social networking outlets.

You can access our new Google+ Page (along with our other social media sites) through the Social Media Box on our homepage (see this blog post for previous information about the box). Or, you can get to it directly through our Google+ link. We've also recently added links to our Flickr and LinkedIn pages.

So, please "plus," follow, and like us (along with all of our other excellent social streams) and we promise we'll deliver exciting, informative, and fun new information to you on a regular basis.