Monday, September 26, 2011

Steinel Heating Tools Warm Up

Things are getting a little hotter around here! has added an extensive selection of Steinel® heat guns, gas torches, and related accessories. offers a wide range of Steinel Heat Guns.
Whatever your project, we can help you bring the heat. offers the best of Steinel's products for electronics, aerospace, medical manufacturing, plumbing, soldering/desoldering, camping, dental work, automotive repair, and more. Our site features some of the most popular heating tools available including the Steinel HG 2310 LCD Programmable IntelliTemp™ Heat Gun, the Steinel TT 270 ThermaTorch™ Gas Torch, and the Steinel HB 1750 Heat Blower.

Visit the Steinel page on to check out all of their "hot" products. If we don't have the exact part you're looking for just give us a call (800-966-6020) or email us and our helpful experts will find it for you.

Steinel America, Inc. produces a complete line of heat tools: butane torches, heat guns, soldering irons, and glue guns. Their American offices are located in Bloomington, MN.

Steinel Heat Guns are idealy suited for Heat Shrink Tubing. If you are looking for Zeus® PTFE Light Wall 2:1. PTFE Standard Wall 2:1, PTFE 4:1, FEP 1.6:1, FEP 1.3:1, PTFE-FEP, or Raychem Polyolefin Shrink Tubing please consider Component Supply Company.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Q Source at the 2011 L.I. SMTA Expo & Technical Forum

Q Source, once again, was an exhibitor at the L.I. SMTA Expo & Technical Forum held at the Islandia Marriott on September 20th, 2011. Here's a brief slide show of the Q Sales crew (Diane Semple and Jason Kuhlken, New York Territory Account Specialists) setting up for the show.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

O.C. White's "Awareness Pink" Green-Lite™ Rectangular LED Magnifier: Lighting the Way for Breast Cancer Awareness

O.C. White's Green-Lite LED Magnifiers shine bright, clear light wherever it's needed. Now, their exclusive "Awareness Pink" model is helping to focus that light on a really great cause: breast cancer awareness.

From now until November 30, 2011, Q Source, Inc. will donate $10 from the sale of each O.C. White "Awareness Pink" Green-Lite Rectangular LED Magnifier to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

The "Awareness Pink" Green-Lite Rectangular LED Magnifier (Model #: 82400-4-Pink; Q Source #: O003-000297) offers the same great qualities as O.C. White's entire line of Green-Lite products. This ESD-safe and RoHS-compliant magnifier features "next-generation" surface mount LEDs, which help consume less power, while producing more light (the 8-watt LED array produces light output comparable to a 150-watt halogen), less glare, and longer-lasting performance.

Proudly made in the USA, O.C. White's Green-Lite Magnifiers boast a best-in-the-business 10-year mechanical warranty, a pro-rated LED warranty of 5-years/50,000 hours, top-of-the-line energy savings, a quick return on investment, and lower total cost of ownership.

As mentioned, the "Awareness Pink" Green-Lite LED Magnifier shares the same impressive list of benefits and features as all of the 82400-4 models:
  • Magnification: 2x (4 diopter) – An O.C. White exclusive
  • Biggest lenses available in the industry
  • Meticulously ground, optical-grade glass
  • Highest light output in an illuminated magnifier
  • Shine the exact amount of light exactly where it is needed with the user-controlled LED groups
  • Shadowless lighting at a full range of focal lengths and heights via the multi-angle LEDs
  • Reliable membrane switch controls the superb dimming software
  • Voltage: 120 Volt - 240 Volt
  • Energy Star compliant
  • Low glare and reduced heat and energy consumption
  • 4-hour auto shut off to prevent energy waste
  • Plug in internationally with a simple switch of the end power cord
  • Auto-switchable and worldwide approved low-voltage (15 - 24v) power supplies
  • 43" reach
  • Table edge clamp mounting style
  • Steel arm components and high-quality die-cast aluminum shades provide ESD safety
  • Slim, patented "Elite" arms have the greatest holding power of any arm of this type in the world
  • Virtually zero maintenance
  • Made in the USA
The O.C. White Green-Lite LED Magnifiers have been available in a variety of colors, but there wasn't a pink option. After listening to their customers' requests, and wanting to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the "Awareness Pink" model was born.

The American Cancer Society has estimated that more than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in American women this year, and that almost 40,000 women will die from the disease (men are also vulnerable to breast cancer with 2,140 new cases and 450 deaths projected for 2011). The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, based in New York City, was founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder with the intention of bringing about a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.

The BCRF provides critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and works to increase public awareness about good breast health. Receiving consistently high ratings from both Charity Navigator and The American Institute of Philanthropy, the BCRF directs more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to research and awareness programs.

Q Source is proud to donate to such an impressive charity, through the sale of such an exceptional product. You can help us make this promotion a great success with your purchase of one or many of these groundbreaking, new Green-Lite LED Magnifiers from O.C. White. All you have to do is buy your "Awareness Pink" Green-Lite through Q Source and we will make the $10 donation to the BCRF.

To make a purchase, please visit our O.C. White Green-Lite Store at, or give us a call at 800-966-6020. For more information about O.C. White Green-Lite products and/or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, please visit their respective Web sites.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Metro Super Adjustable 2™ Super Erecta® Mobile Wire Shelving Unit Assembly: "On the Bench" Video

InterMetro (Metro) wire shelving products are a cost-effective solution to all your storage, transport, and material handling challenges. In this new "On the Bench" step-by-step tutorial, we show you how simple it is to build your own Metro Super Erecta® Mobile Shelving Cart using Super Adjustable 2™ wire shelves.

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

Please view or download a transcript for this video. You can find transcripts for all of our "On the Bench"
videos on

Monday, September 19, 2011

Q Source to Debut New Trade Show Display Booth

Q Source, Inc. is proud, and very excited, to be debuting our new full-size display booth at two upcoming trade shows. The completely redesigned booth features a video display showing original informational videos, vendor literature, and an array of quick response (QR) codes for easy access to everything Q Source. Visitors will be able to simply walk up to our booth, scan the appropriate QR code, and be automatically connected to the information they seek.

We recorded a time-lapse video so you could see the evolution of our booth:

Check out some of these sneak preview photos and then come out to the Long Island SMTA Expo and Technical Forum in Islandia, NY and the INTERPHEX Puerto Rico Show and see the new booth in person.

Long Island SMTA Expo Update: Tech Sessions Added

The Long Island SMTA Expo and Technical Forum updated their schedule with the addition of five technical sessions.

The SMTA's one-day expo will be held September 21, 2011, between 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., at the Islandia Marriott in Islandia, NY. The free technical sessions are scheduled to include:

  • 10:30 a.m.: (Stencils and Solder Paste Print Optimization) Stencil Technology – Laser-Cut and Electro-Formed Stencils by Arthur J. Guidi, CEO Utz, LLC
  • 11:15: (Stencils and Solder Paste Print Optimization) Using Automated Solder Paste Inspection to Improve Print Yields by Chrys Shea, Founder/Owner of Shea Engineering Services
  • 1:30 p.m.: (Pick and Place Technologies) Pick-and-Place - Today and Tomorrow by David Vicari, Process Services Manager, Advanced Process Laboratory, UIC
  • 2:30 p.m.: (Reflow Technology and Thermal Profiling) Reflow Soldering - Reflow Process - Environmental Issues and Concerns by Don De Angelo, VP Corporate Accounts, Heller Industries
  • 3:15 p.m.: (Reflow Technology and Thermal Profiling) Non-Destructive Profiling Methods by MB (Marybeth) Allen, Sales Manager US & Canada, KIC
Please visit our Facebook event page for more information about Q Source and the Long Island SMTA Expo and Technical Forum show.

The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) is an international network of professionals working to share practical experiences, develop skills, and create solutions in the electronic assembly industry.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Swanstrom M-Series Cutters - An Introduction: "On the Bench" Video

In this video, Q Source introduces you to the all-new Swanstrom M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters. These revolutionary, long-lasting cutters are suitable for cutting Nitinol, Tungsten, Vectran, piano wire, and stainless and are designed with medical device manufacturers in mind.

You can learn more about the M-Series of cutters from Swanstrom Tools in our previous blog article or on our website in our Swanstrom M-Series Cutter Department.

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

Please view or download a transcript for this video. You can find transcripts for all of our "On the Bench"
videos on

Looking for NiTinol or other wire products? Please consider Component Supply Company.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Swanstrom's M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters: Q Source's Exclusive First Look

Q Source has "cut" to the head of the line with this exclusive first look at Swanstrom Tools' new M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters. These amazing tools provide longer-lasting performance and precision results for all hard wire cutting applications including: Guide wires, stents, catheters, stylists, mandrels, braided mesh, single/multiple fliers, and lateral/internal cuts.

Offered with a choice of head shapes, handles, grips (including ergonomic), and cutting edges, the Swanstrom M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters are suitable for working with a variety of materials including: Nitinol, piano wire, tungsten, MP35N-V, stainless 303 through 316, 17-4 stainless, gold, platinum, coated materials with PTFE (Teflon), and Vectran®.

These ESD-safe cutters feature full polish radius edges with a low-profile screw system and multiple open stops. has them available with a choice of beveled, flush, full flush, and semi-flush edges.

To recap, we'll "cut" right to the chase; Swanstrom's M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters are appropriate for the following materials:
  • Nitinol (nickel-titanium)
  • Piano wire
  • Tungsten
  • MP35N-V (nickel-cobalt base alloy)
  • Stainless 303 through 316
  • 17-4 stainless
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Coated materials with PTFE (also known as Teflon)
  • Vectran (a high-performance multifilament yarn)
And, remember, the M-Series cutters from Swanstrom are applicable for the following job tasks/environments:
  • Guide wires
  • Stents
  • Catheters
  • Stylists
  • Mandrels
  • Braided mesh
  • Single/multiple fliers
  • Lateral/internal cuts
We're so excited to make these new tools available to you that we've created a Swanstrom M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters Department on the Web page. Check out our Web page, take a look at our M-Series Flickr photos, and then give us a call at 800-966-6020 and let one of our experts help you find the right M-Series Medical-Grade Cutter for your job.

Looking for 304 Stainless Steel or other wire products? Please consider Component Supply Company.

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Q Source got an exclusive first-look at the revolutionary M-Series medical-grade, hard-wire cutters from Swanstrom Tools.

You can learn more about the M-Series at

Looking for NiTinol or other wire products? Please consider Component Supply Company.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Remembering September 11th

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Q Source would like to take a moment to remember the nearly 3,000 people, including the more than 400 firefighters, EMS, police, and port authority workers, who died in the terrorist attacks that day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

We'd also like to express our gratitude to the brave and talented soldiers, police, and first responders who put themselves in harm's way each day to guard our shores and ensure our safety. A simple thank you is not enough to acknowledge your selfless, heroic actions.

Friday, September 2, 2011

PanaVise Products: Gets a Grip on Work-Holding Devices

Get a grip on this! now offers a versatile selection of PanaVise® products. If you need a work-holding device of any kind, we've got it!
PanaVise 324 Electronic Work Center

You'll find a wide choice of PanaVise products such as the PanaVise 201 PV Jr., the PanaVise 301 Standard (the original small vise), and the PanaVise 324 Electronic Work Center. has work-holding solutions for a wide range of tasks including: arts and crafts, hobbies, jewelry/model making, electronics, soldering, and more.

Stop by the PanaVise page on to check out our product offerings. And remember, if you can't find it on our Web site just give us a call (800-966-6020) or email us and we’ll get you what you need.

PanaVise Products, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of work-holding tools, precision vises, circuit board holders, and mini arbor presses. They also design and manufacture mounts for mobile electronics, CCTV cameras, home theater, and specialty/OEM projects. They are headquartered in Reno, NV.

R & R Lotion's Antimicrobial Microfiber Cleaning Cloth: Antibacterial Protection for Electronic Devices

Electronic devices dominate our world. Most of us spend much of our time using a cell phone, MP3 player, or computer monitor on a daily basis. But how much time do we spend protecting ourselves from the germs and bacteria those devices are exposed to?

R & R Lotion's new Antimicrobial Microfiber Cleaning Cloth offers a quick and easy way to simultaneously clean and stops the spread of 99.9% of germs on cell phones and other electronic devices. The 12" x 12" antibacterial/antimicrobial wipe clears fingerprints, smudges, and bacteria while leaving the screen streak- and scratch-free.

The Antimicrobial Microfiber Cleaning Cloth is small enough to be carried in a pocket or purse and inexpensive enough for businesses to distribute to entire departments or for each member of a family to have their own wipe. Each cloth is reusable and will retain its antibacterial properties for up to 30 washes.

Germ protection is just a click or phone call away, visit to purchase, or learn more about, R & R Lotion's Antimicrobial Microfiber Cleaning Cloth. Or give us a call at 800-966-6020 and talk to one of our expert sales associates.

R & R Lotion, based in Scottsdale, AZ, is a manufacturer of hand lotions, hand cleaners, anti-static spray, hard surface cleaners, anti-bacterial products, and blue static-safe bottles. R & R also manufactures suncare products for outside workers.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Metro Super Adjustable 2™ Super Erecta® Mobile Wire Shelving Unit

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As you learned in a previous post, Q Source is a Metro Gold Elite Dealer. But we don't just sell Metro wire shelving products, we use them, too! Here is a Flickr Photostream of one of the Super Adjustable 2™ Super Erecta® Mobile Wire Shelving Units we use every day in our warehouse.

If you'd like to build one of these units for yourself, here is a list of part numbers. Feel free to substitute different size shelves, posts, or casters to suit your needs. Everything can be found in the Metro Wire Shelving department on

Part Numbers: