Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Questions for Q-Bot

By now you've most likely seen Q Source's lovable robot, Q-Bot. When Q-Bot's not zipping around our warehouse, or doing his part-time modeling gig as our Web site's mascot, we like to keep him busy reading your questions and comments.

Using Q-Bot's quick computer brain—and our 25+ years of expert experience—we'll answer all your questions about Q Source, Inc.,, our services and products, and how we can provide the tools you need to get your projects done right.

We also welcome your comments and feedback about how we're doing and what Q Source can do to become your #1 resource for Industrial Assembly and Production Solutions.

Submit your Questions for Q-Bot at's Contact Us page, via Direct Message at, or on our Facebook page. We look forward to turning our little robot friend into an FAQ—a Frequently Asked Q-Bot.

Monday, February 21, 2011

What's New @ Q?

We've been quite busy here at Q Source lately, adding new features and functionality to make your experience as quick, easy, and productive as possible. Check out our latest efforts to truly make Q Source your Resource:

NEW WAYS TO FIND WHAT YOU NEED has always offered multiple ways to easily find the products you need, and now we've made the process even more convenient. With our expanded and improved Related Products feature and our new Departments section you'll find what you're looking for (and maybe even some items you didn't realize you needed) even faster. Now when you go to a product page you'll notice the new Related Products section at the bottom of the page. The best part is the "Add to Cart" button that allows you to add that product to your cart without leaving the current item's page—a great time-saver when shopping for multiple items!

At the top of our Web page you'll find the new Departments drop-down menu. This constantly expanding section makes it faster to get to the products that are most important to our customers.

Quick Response (QR) Codes are a great way to share information about products and we've now added them to each product page on Want to share product info about something you've found on our Web site? Just scan the QR Code with your Smartphone and send it along in a text message or email.

Look for more QR Codes on our Web site, in our Tweets, and in our newsletters in the near future. We're putting the "Q" in QR Code!


You asked for more checkout options and we've delivered. In addition to adding PayPal™ and Google Checkout to, we've also created a convenient Mini Cart (which we think is pretty cool) that appears on every page.

The Mini Cart sits in the upper left of each page and updates automatically when you add an item to your cart. This allows you to see everything in your cart until you are ready to checkout, which you can do by simply clicking on "Checkout" in the Mini Cart. And when you get to the Checkout page you'll find that you now have the option to pay via PayPal or Google Checkout.

Do you have your own FedEx® or UPS® account? If so, Q Source has made it easy for you to control your shipping costs. Enter your FedEx or UPS account number at checkout—it's that simple! Just another way Q Source makes your shopping experience quick, easy, and convenient.

Social networking is a great way for people to communicate, share ideas, and ask questions. At Q Source we have 25+ years of experience and expertise to share and we want to hear from you, too. With that in mind, we've gone social!

In addition to this blog (The Q Source Resource - and our newsletter (subscribe here), we've started Twitter (@q_source) and Facebook accounts. So, please, "subscribe," "follow," and "like" us...we promise it will be worth it.

Look for a regular stream of product and industry news, how-to's, Q&A's, and even just some plain ol' fun. And please feel free to comment, share, and question us—after all, we are a solution provider!

Whew! We HAVE been busy...and there's even more to come! So, keep visiting and, remember, Q Source is your Resource!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hakko's New FX-888 Soldering Station and FT-801 Thermal Wire Stripper: Quality & Durability at a Low Cost

American Hakko Products, Inc. (Hakko) greeted the new year with two new and exciting product releases: the Hakko FX-888 Soldering Station (FX888-23BY) and the Hakko FT-801 Thermal Wire Stripper (FT801-02). Both products (and their accessories and replacement parts) are now available at

Providing durability and productivity at a great price, the Hakko FX-888 is an excellent temperature-adjustable soldering station that provides more power and takes up less bench space than its Hakko 936 predecessor.

With an increased thermal performance and faster thermal recovery time, the Hakko FX-888 offers up to a 30% increase in operator productivity. And because of its smaller footprint, the FX-888 uses approximately 35% less surface area compared to the Hakko 936.


  • Adjustable temperature control with lock/set screw
  • Temperature range 392°-896°F (200°- 480°C)
  • Maintains idle temperature within 1.8°F (1°C)
  • Ceramic heating element and sensor ensures rapid heat-up temperature and fast thermal recovery
  • Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature display
  • Adjust the temperature by simply turning the dial
  • Slender iron handles are padded and have an ergonomic design for comfort and ease of use
  • Wide selection of tips available for soldering SMD and through-hole applications
  • Station is ESD safe by design and meets or exceeds IPC J-STD-001E

Visit for more features and specifications of the Hakko FX-888 Soldering Station.

Hakko's FT-801 ESD-safe Thermal Wire Stripper minimizes bench space with its compact size. The digital thermal wire stripper features a redesigned, ergonomic handpiece (which is compatible with older version G1 blades) and a new holder design with safety protective cover.


  • Compact station minimizes bench space
  • Digital power control from 5% to 100% (in increments of 5%)
  • Digital power setting display
  • Locking process control allows a set max power limit or choose full lock with no adjustment allowed
  • Three-digit password security eliminates the need for a key card
  • Extra long, flexible cord for a long reach
  • Redesigned ergonomic handpiece
  • New wire stop with improved performance and durability
  • New blades offer improved blade life*
  • Easy insertion and removal of blades: New blade removal tool safely removes blades from handpiece
  • Optional extension cord (B3659) allows a maximum reach of 2.5 meters (that's 8.2 feet!)
  • New holder design with safety protective cover
  • FOD tray mitigates debris on the work bench
  • Auto Power Off
  • Sleep mode functionality
  • Handpiece is compatible with older version G1 blades
  • ESD Safe
* NOTE: Blades are NOT included. Blades must be purchased separately.

Visit for more features and specifications of the Hakko FT-801 Thermal Wire Stripper.

Check out these great new Hakko products and call Q Source today at 800-966-6020 to find out more!

REMEMBER: Q Source is your resource for all Hakko FX-888 and FT-801 accessories, tips, and replacement parts!