Friday, December 28, 2012

Hakko Announces New Product, Upgrades, and a Discontinuation

We recently told you the news about Hakko’s new FX-888D Digital Soldering Station to be released in January. But Hakko didn’t stop there with product-related announcements for December:

Hakko FX-951 Soldering Station
Update to the Hakko FX-951 Face Plate
Hakko announced a change to the design of the FX-951 face plate, receptacle, and PCB to improve the connection of the FM-2027 Connector. This update strengthens the connection, but does not impact the performance or specifications of the unit. The new assembly is backwards-compatible with older Hakko FX-951 models with serial numbers before 05951212011683. For more info please see Hakko Bulletin # PB331.

Improvement to the Hakko FR-1012B Board Holder
The Y-axis rails of the FR-1012B IR Preheater board holder have been improved by converting them to the rail type being used by the Hakko FR-870 IR Preheater. This change creates smoother movement of the rails for adjusting PCB fit on your board holder. Product specifications and performance remain the same for this unit. For more info please see Hakko Bulletin # PB332.

Hakko PD-03-D ESD-Safe
Manual Desoldering Tool
Discontinuation of the Hakko HJ2000 Desoldering Tool and Introduction of the Hakko PD-03-D ESD-Safe Manual Desoldering Tool
Hakko announced that the HJ2000 ESD-Safe Manual Desoldering Tool was discontinued and replaced by their new PD-03-D ESD-Safe Manual Desoldering Tool. The PD-03-D is a lightweight tool for removing residual solder from desoldering operations. For more info please see Hakko Bulletins # PB333 and # PB334.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station on Flickr

We couldn't be more excited! A few days ago we got our brand new Hakko FX-888D (FX888D-23BY) demo unit! This is the digital version of Hakko's famously-popular (and now discontinued) FX-888. It has everything its predecessor had, plus a little more. (Did we mention it's digital?!?!) Be sure to read our earlier article and check all the specs on

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Q Source Wishes You the Best of the Holiday Season & a Happy New Year

It's that time of year again, and we here at Q Source wanted to send our warmest wishes for a Happy Holiday to you and your family. We thank you for being our loyal customers throughout the year and we look forward to serving you again in the New Year. Happy 2013!

Please Note: The Q Source offices will be closed Monday, December 24th, to Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 (we will re-open on Thursday, December 27th). We will also be closed on Monday, December 31st, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. will be, as always, available 24 hours a day for product information or to place an order. Orders placed during office closures will be processed as soon as possible on the next business day. For further information please call (800-966-6020) or email us and one of our helpful associates will gladly assist you.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Information Management as a Means for Dynamic Communication: Guest Blog

by Marlon Davis, Brady North America Business Lead, Tiscor and Software Portfolio

Our guest blogger from Brady Worldwide writes about the growing necessity for software applications like LINK360 to manage visual information in the workplace and ensure that users can access important, up-to-date information at all times.

Traditionally, individuals shopping for signs or labels think primarily in terms of the physical properties such as material, adhesives, and ink. This focus on form often causes the actual messaging, or function, to fall in second place. However, with the increase in popularity of interactive communication vehicles, like computers and smart phones, the emphasis on the viewer or reader experience is rising. In these instances of interactive communication, computer monitors and smart phone displays become user interfaces (UI) by pulling information from one data source to another, to present changing information to the viewer. As signs and labels also become more dynamic, I predict they will eventually be pulled into IT's information management scope of responsibility. To quote Marc Andreessen, "software is eating the world."*

A quick look at advertising media gives an applicable example of the transformation that occurs when dynamic content is introduced. Traditional information vehicles and venues like billboard advertisements, movie theater posters, and other forms of indoor advertising are currently undergoing this software transformation with the introduction of electronic displays.

For example, old school movie posters have morphed into graphic movie trailer displays. What once were paper-based roadside billboards are now electronic displays that can shift every few seconds between product advertising and official AMBER alerts. Even the murals and posters once lining airports are now being replaced with interactive UI.

While static posters, billboards, and other signage may never fully be replaced, it's important to understand the benefit of dynamic media. Simply put: dynamic media can convey much more information to the viewer, in an impactful way, and in a timely fashion. This same change in advertising signage can also be applied to visual workplace information in the form of what we consider an information management system.

LINK360 can communicate changes in equipment such as these lockout devices.
A great example of dynamic communication in action within the regulatory world is a lockout/tagout program. When physical changes are made to a piece of equipment–in this case a lockout device is added or taken away–a host of other necessary changes are triggered to communicate with those who interact with the machinery.

An information management system, like Brady's LINK360® software, alerts the appropriate individuals when warning labels, lockout procedures, and inspection procedures need to be created or updated. The purpose of this is to ensure that ongoing dynamic communication is occurring with a company's workers to increase safety and efficiency, and remain compliant.

How the influx of software will impact less mutable signage needs, like exit signs and warning labels, is unknown, but we know it will come eventually. Electronic displays, including cutting edge tablets and those mentioned above, are becoming more varied and popular among the mass audience. Therefore, it's smart to keep an eye toward dynamic communication and information management systems.

We are grateful to our guest blogger, Marlon Davis of Brady North America, for his insights into the changing needs of visual documentation. For more information about Brady's LINK360 software please contact Q Source at 800-966-6020 or via email.

* Marc Andreessen, "Why Software is Eating the World," The Wall Street Journal Online

Friday, December 7, 2012

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Ah, the classic holiday image of bulging stockings filled with goodies hanging over the fireplace. Well, we're here to tell you about a great new way to find some really unique stocking stuffers. Forget about candy or toys, how about an ESD wrist strap or a pair of round-nose pliers? Come check out's new Stocking Stuffers Department filled with more than 100 items for under $50.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hakko's FX-888D Digital Soldering Station: A New Digital Update to the Popular FX-888

All the best things eventually go digital: TVs, cell phones, and now Hakko's popular FX-888 Soldering Station*. Hakko recently announced that the Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station (FX888D-23BY) will be available January 14, 2013.

Coming as an update to the soon-to-be discontinued FX-888, the Hakko FX-888D adds digital functionality and several new features. Included in this update are user selectable preset temperatures & digital calibration, password protection, and a low-temperature alarm.

Hakko FX888D-23BY - Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station
Hakko FX888D-23BY
Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station
Boasting a small footprint (the station body is a compact 100 mm W x 120 mm D), and the now familiar yellow and blue color scheme, the FX-888D offers features and benefits that take the original analog version to a whole new level:

  • Temperature range: 120° - 899°F (50° - 480°C)
  • Digital readout displays °F or °C
  • Adjustable temperature control
  • When set to 400 - 899°F (200 - 480°C), maintains idle temperature within 1.8°F (1°C)
  • Preset mode allows you to store up to five preset temperatures
  • Ceramic heating element and sensor for rapid heat-up temperature and fast thermal recovery
  • Password-protected temperature setting functionality
  • Ergonomic, lightweight iron handles
  • Wide selection of tips available for soldering SMD and through-hole applications
  • Use with Hakko T18 series tips
  • ESD Safe
  • Compact design takes up less bench space

The Hakko FX-888D was designed to be easier to use (the station features just two buttons, "UP" and "ENTER") and give the operator more power to manage temperatures with its digital display and various options. These options include the Adjustment Mode (which allows the user to program the FX-888D with the measured tip temperature), the Preset Mode (which allows the user to create up to five preset temperature settings and select them with the press of the button), and the Password Function (which allows for the locking temperature changes or settings with a password).

The FX-888D is also adaptable to changing needs of the user's worksite with its selection of optional accessories such as the FX-8804 SMD Hot Tweezers for SMD rework or the FX-8802 N2 System Soldering Iron for applications using mildly activated flux and multilayer boards.

When the new Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station ships it will include the FX-888D Station, FX-8801 Soldering Iron, T18-D16 Soldering Iron Tip, FH800-01BY Iron Holder, the A1559 Cleaning Sponge, and the A1561 Cleaning Wire. Dozens of T18 tips and accessories are already available.


  • Temperature Range: 120° - 899°F (50° - 480°C)
  • Temperature Stability: ±1.8°F (1.0°C)
  • Temperature Control: Closed-loop sensor
  • Dimensions:  100 mm W x 120 mm H x 120 mm D, 3.9” W x 4.7” H x 4.7” D
  • Shipping Dimensions: 242 mm W x 178 mm H x 242 mm D, 9.5” W x 7.0” H x 9.5” D
  • Weight: 2.6 lb. (1.2 kg)
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 lb. (2.13 kg)
  • ESD Safe: Yes
  • IPC J-STD-001 Standard: Meets or exceeds requirements
  • Model Name: FX-8801
  • Part Number: FX8801-02
  • Power Consumption: 65W/26VAC
  • Tip: T18 Series
  • Standard Tip: T18-D16 (shape 1.6D)
  • Tip-to-Ground Resistance: < 2 ohms
  • Tip-to-Ground Potential: < 2mV
  • Heating Element: Ceramic
  • Handpiece Length (w/o cord): 8.5” (217 mm), with T18-D16 tip
  • Cord Length/Reach: 3.9’ (1.2 m)
  • Weight: (w/o cord) 0.1 lb. (46 g) with T18-D16 tip
The new Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station is available from and will begin shipping on January 14, 2013. Our selection of Hakko T18 Tips and FX-888 Accessories are available for immediate purchase.

For further information about the Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station, or to place an order for this or any of our Hakko soldering products, please contact us via email or phone (800-966-6020). Our helpful, expert staff will help you find the product solution that best fits your needs.

* Please note: The original FX-888 Soldering Station is available from until inventory is depleted.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

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