3 Reasons to Consider Reaction Injection Molding

Written by Small Business Magazine on July 29th, 2019. Posted in Uncategorized

Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) is a process in which two liquid components are mixed and injected into a mold, where they then chemically react and cure. Common applications of RIM are the production of auto components (fenders, bumpers, etc.) and any other kinds of parts that need to be lightweight but durable.

The main advantages RIM has over the standard injection process are flexibility, strength and overall aesthetics.

Flexibility

The process used in RIM lends itself to greater flexibility and more design options. RIM uses low-viscosity liquid polymers, which facilitate chemical reactions that allow for expansion, thickening, and hardening in the mold. Engineers can more easily regulate the strength and density of the molded components. The process also requires less heat and energy than other methods and is more cost efficient as a result.

Strength

Compounds created in the Reaction Injection Molding process are microcellular systems, and they can have cells as small as 0.001 inches. The structure created in the RIM process lends itself to the creation of virtually unbreakable products. Compared to traditional injection molding, parts created through the RIM process will have a high weight-to-strength ratio.

In addition to being strong and durable, the lower pressures of RIM can allow for the encapsulation of things like sensitive electronic boards, without worry about damage. The lower pressures of the RIM molding process also allow for the encapsulation of a wide variety of materials in general.

In addition to being stronger, RIM products are about half as expensive to make as products made through other processes, like structural foam molding. Structural foam molding requires thermoplastic molds, which require higher pressure and are more expensive to use. There are similarities when talking about structural foam molding vs injection molding, but cost is one of the biggest advantages RIM has over other processes.

Aesthetics

Finally, materials created through RIM can be painted. They can also have silk-screen designs printed on them to represent a company’s brand image, making them attractive for reasons beyond their durability, strength, and cost.

It’s also worth noting that with a lower-pressure, lower-risk design process (meaning a finished product can be completed by RIM in the time it would take to create a prototype using other methods), there is more flexibility to perfect a design and make sure it matches the needs of the client without breaking the bank.

What NOT to Do When Planning a Funeral

Written by Small Business Magazine on July 18th, 2019. Posted in Uncategorized

With more than two million people dying in the U.S. each year, funeral planning is something many people are tasked with. But just because it’s common, that doesn’t mean planning a funeral is easy. In fact, funeral planning can be an extremely difficult thing to do. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a short list of a few things you should not do when planning a funeral to help get you started.

Failing to express concerns: Planning a funeral is not an easy task, especially when it’s for a loved one. So while you’re meeting with funeral directors, figuring out details, and setting a budget, don’t be afraid to express concerns, ask questions, and even ask for advice. When you work with an experienced funeral director, you should feel comfortable to ask questions about planning a funeral or memorial service. This way, you can ensure you’re making the best choices possible.

Focusing too much on cost: While it’s true that cost is an important factor regarding funeral planning, it shouldn’t be the only consideration. You should come up with a budget and work with your funeral director to choose options that fit within it. But if there are other details you want to add, don’t feel like you can’t — remember, a funeral or memorial service is for both the deceased and the funeral attendees. Also, if you want to plan ahead, planning your own funeral can save money and remove the financial burden.

Forgetting the small details: One thing many people forget is that funerals can be customized and created specifically to remember the deceased. This means small details can be added that will truly help loved ones remember the deceased. Maybe the deceased loved art and you can hang some of their favorite pieces or if they loved music you can play their favorite songs. These small details can make a big difference when it comes to truly customizing a funeral.

There is no right or wrong way to plan a funeral, but avoiding these mistakes can help make the process easier. So keep these tips in mind to give yourself some help when it comes to funeral planning.

Six Necessary Tools Every Locksmith Should Have

Written by Small Business Magazine on July 16th, 2019. Posted in Uncategorized

The security manufacturers have continued to improve padlocks by making them safer for your use. Locksmiths are thus forced to use more than auto jiggler, key extractors, and key cutters to perform their duties. The oldest known locks are roughly 4,000 years old and were made by Egyptians. They were typically large wooden bolts to secure doors. Check out the tools for locksmiths list that are essential for any locksmith.

  • Power cordless drill: There are various tools for locksmiths available, but a power drill is a must-have. It comes in handy when you have a lockout scenario, during installations, maintenance, and safe works among other locksmiths’ jobs. You can use your drills to bore holes where you plan to install new locks, use it to remove screws very quickly, and drill into a safe if you need to. Remember to invest in power and to have the necessary drill bits.
  • Laser key cutter and duplicator: Twenty years ago, you needed to have one machine, and you could cut through any key. But the automation of keys to high-security keys has come with new milling machines. These keys include Tibbe keys, barrel keys, and Dimple keys which require different machines. Today, you can find machines that can handle all these keys, except machines designed to cut high-security keys. However, these machines will come in handy when you need to cut car keys and padlock keys.
  • Car key programming equipment: One of the significant challenges people face includes broken keys. But once a locksmith has successfully used their car lock pick, they need to extract the keys from the lock. All this requires skills and tact if you are to do it successfully. Once you are done, you need to make a duplicate and program the key so it will continue to turn and run and the car. Without proper programming, the car will stop after a few seconds.
  • Angle grinder: Sometimes you will meet with a stubborn padlock that won’t open whether you use an electric lock pick or jiggler keys. Some of the world’s best padlocks fall under this category. An angle grinder becomes extremely an extremely important tool to have. Nothing will stand up against this beast, whether you will be dealing with a lock, hasp, or chain. The angle grinder will go through them all. However, this is usually used as a quick fix when bolt cutters and picking the lock does not work. An angle grinder uses less effort than the most sophisticated bolt cutters and will come in handy when you need to get things done quickly.
  • A vice: Some of the situations locksmiths are called to handle include locks that don’t have keys. When gathering your tolls for locksmiths’ job, be sure to remember a vice. A vice comes in handy in holding the key while it is being shaped. You can get a smaller vice that is portable if you take out of office gigs, but you need to have a beefy one for your shop. We have to warn you though, stay clear of vices that are flimsy, especially the ones that use a ball joint. These types of vices hardly stay in position, which makes your work more difficult than it should be.
  • A portable wet and dry vacuum: A lot of people may not see the need for a vacuum, but it’s one of the most essential tools for locksmiths. When drilling at your shop or a client’ home, you need a way to clean the mess you will make. You will also need a vacuum to clean up once you are done servicing someone’s security. You only need a small dry and well vacuum to pick up after yourself in any environment and to clear any residue. You don’t have to sweep things up and try to find a place to place the residue when working with a vacuum.

Tools for locksmiths are an essential part of their jobs if they are to perform their duties. But having the tools is only one side of the coin. You must also have the necessary skills to pick, install, and maintain locks.

Important Factors Involved In Compressor Oil Analysis

Written by Small Business Magazine on May 15th, 2019. Posted in Uncategorized

A wide variety of fleet and industrial applications rely on the power of compressed air. The compressors themselves are mechanical devices that increase pressure on a liquid and then move it through a mechanical system. Air compressors achieve this increase in pressure by taking in a large volume of air and compressing it to a significantly smaller volume.

 

In order to do this job effectively, compressors must use oil. The quality of this oil needs to be top-notch, so compressor oil analysis is essential for any business that uses compressors. Discover what factors this type of analysis looks at and you will better understand what standard you need to reach for your compressor oil.

  • Viscosity: About 89% of surveyed lubrication professionals consider the viscosity index of oil when selecting a lubricant, but this quality is also important when you conduct an oil analysis. As a measure of the fluid’s resistance to flow, a stable viscosity indicates that nothing is amiss with the lubricant.

 

  • pH: This is one of the most important qualities of compressor oil. A lubricant’s pH measures the relative strength of the acids that are in the oil. When the pH rapidly or excessively decreases, it can indicate that the fluid has ingested acid gases or other contaminants from the environment.

 

  • Contaminants: A more general measure of lubricant quality, contaminants can include anything in the lubricant that should not be there. When operators of industrial air compressor parts mix fluid types, contamination can easily occur. Even relatively minor contamination can compromise the life of the fluid.

 

  • Total Acid Number: The total acid number, also known as TAN, is essential for a comprehensive compressor oil analysis. The TAN indicates a lubricant’s oxidative state and its remaining useful life. It determines this by measuring the oil’s total concentration of acids, both weak and strong.

 

  • High Particulate: A fluid’s cleanliness has a significant impact on the life of a machine’s bearings. The number of particles in a fluid can compromise its cleanliness.

 

When you don’t properly maintain the lubricant for your compressors, you run the risk of damaging your machine. Contact us today to learn more about how your industry can benefit from synthetic compressor oil analysis.

3 Important Questions to Ask Funeral Directors

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 23rd, 2019. Posted in Uncategorized

When it comes to funeral planning, whether you’re planning a funeral for a loved one or planning your own funeral, you’re probably going to be working with a funeral director. Working with an experienced professional can be extremely helpful — in fact, a Harris Poll survey found that 82% of respondents agreed that funeral professionals provide valuable services. But if you’re struggling to choose a funeral home, here are a few important questions to ask that may help you make a decision.

 

How many years of experience do you have? First and foremost, you should ask the director about their experience. Funeral homes can be locally owned, family-owned, or even a chain. If possible, consider an independent funeral home. Local ownership often means the funeral home is truly dedicated to providing their community with excellent funeral services. But either way, you should ensure the director has a few years of experience under their belt so they can properly guide you through the planning process.

 

Do you offer certain funeral packages? Funeral costs can quickly add up, which is why it’s important to ask about any packages they may offer. Of course, you can still customize the service to your liking, but going with a more basic package to start with can help save on expenses. Additionally, asking about their funeral packages will give you a better idea of what kind of services they offer.

 

Will I have to pay any additional fees? Some funeral homes may charge for the basic services and then have additional fees on top of that. Additional fees may include those for transporting the remains, the use of equipment, cremation, and the use of a hearse. It’s important to know what isn’t included in the main cost so you can plan appropriately.

 

There are a lot of important factors to consider when planning a funeral, and these are just a few of them. From managing costs to finding the services you’re interested in, you’re going to be making a lot of decisions. So when you’re meeting with potential funeral directors, make sure to ask these questions so you can make an informed decision when needed.

Vancouver Transportation Companies Struggle With Grain In Rain

Written by Small Business Magazine on January 14th, 2019. Posted in Uncategorized

Anyone who has ever been to Vancouver can attest to its lush beauty. With sprawling evergreen forests aside the bustling city and a number of verdant and thriving parks to explore, it’s no surprise that it’s a popular destination — for both tourists and manufacturers; the seaside city acts as an access point to the ocean, making it an extremely valuable location.

 

Container trucking companies and transportation companies come from all across the country (due to the fact that around 90% of consumer products and foodstuffs are shipped by truck throughout Canada) to deposit their heavy haul loads at the port, marking the beginning of extensive commercial logistics routes to the rest of the world. However, Vancouver is lush for a reason: it is the wettest major city in Canada. And, unfortunately, that makes handling grain an exceptional difficulty.

 

The Rain In Grain

When grain gets wet, it may rot or sprout in transit; after weeks of travel, transportation companies would be delivering damaged and useless goods. Grain exports have climbed 9.3% throughout Canada compared to the year before, but the weather poses a threat to the industry.

 

In previous years, marine workers were able to cover the ship’s hatch and pour the grain in through feeder holes. The implementation of new safety regulations halted this practice, so now workers are forced to wait until the inclement weather has passed.

 

“It’s an irritation for them,” said Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corp., a company hired by the federal government to monitor Canada’s grain transportation system. “They wait for a couple of hours. Rain stops. Everybody goes back to work.”

 

As a consequence, rail transportation companies are getting stuck in bottlenecks that prevent the movement of goods, oil and lumber included. Though Canadian grain shipments are being transported at a faster rate this year, concerns about heavy rainfall are being voiced — especially since Vancouver has seen an exceptional amount of rain in the past few weeks.

 

“Loading in the rain continues to be a challenge,”said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, which represents the nation’s grain shippers. “We’re hopeful solutions will come forward, but they’re not coming at the pace we had hoped or expected.”

 

How To Choose The Right Business Checking Account For Your Needs

Written by Small Business Magazine on January 12th, 2019. Posted in Uncategorized

We’re living in a world of startups. Small, niche business are cropping up across the country — not to mention world – offering new products and new ways of doing things. With such a cornucopia of possibilities available to up-and-coming business owners, getting started seems easier than ever.

 

Before you go slapping down capital to get that dream business started, however, there are a few things you need to consider — and be aware of. It’s estimated that around 82% of businesses fail due to cash flow problems; this means you need to have your finances sorted and handled well before you open those company doors to the world. Step one involves finding an institution that meets your business checking account needs. Let’s examine what you should be looking for in these commercial checking accounts.

 

  • Services Offered: This means focusing on both in-branch and online banking services. At the very least, in-branch services should include the ability to deposit cash and checks, make cash withdrawals, and get cashiers checks if needed. Customer service should be available 24/7.

    Online, you should be able to view and review account balances and recent transactions, as well as take advantage of online bill pay services. Additionally, you may want to make your business checking account at the same bank as your personal account; that way, you’ll be able to access everything in the same app and location.

 

  • Maintenance Fees: Most business checking accounts have monthly fees, although they range from free to thousands of dollars depending on the bank and your personal needs. As your business grows and expands, don’t be surprised if the fees do, too.

 

Once you’ve got your business checking account taken care of, you can move forward in your business plan; you’ll be able to look into commercial lending services, compare and contrast small business loans, and maybe even take out commercial real estate loans for a brick-and-mortar store. Remember: don’t rush! If you take the time to do things right, you’ll end up in that successful 18% of small businesses that make it through.

Upstairs During A Fire? Considerations To Make During Fire Evac

Written by Small Business Magazine on January 3rd, 2019. Posted in Uncategorized

We’ve discussed the random nature of emergencies before, as well as the need for well formulated and practiced escape plans. Between 2011 and 2015, healthcare facility fires caused an average of two deaths, 157 injuries, and $50.4 billion in damages. If that’s in healthcare facilities alone, how much more damage is fire doing?

One hardly needs to look far to realize the devastation that fire has caused in 2018 alone. It gives a fresh perspective on revisiting fire evacuation procedures that might not have been reviewed for a while in your own buildings. Specifically, we’re going to look at fire escape considerations to make when evacuating an upper floor. We’ll never call any version of fire safer than another, but fire escape from upper floors carries different risks, dangers, and considerations than ground floor blazes. Let’s look at a few.

Locate The Fire

 

At first, it seems obvious and some may even think it silly, but locating a fire that’s started levels below can sometimes be difficult from upper floors. Where the fire is located will drastically change escape routes and you’d never want to be cut off by a blaze in the middle of an evacuation, nor run the risk of floor collapse and the like. Before moving toward escape routes, it’s vital to do the best you can to locate the origin of the blaze.

No Elevators

 

Another elementary fire evac rule that needs restating is that elevators are off limits. Based on you locating the fire, this could limit your routes to a few stair locations or fire escapes. Do you have handicap evacuation chairs to accommodate people with disabilities on stairways and fire escapes? Your evacuation protocol must incorporate escape chairs in the case that you have to evacuate people with disabilities. You see now why locating the fire is important to do immediately.

Time

 

Smoke and heat rise. One of the largest dangers to upper floors during a fire is smoke rising. Once your escape strategy has been put together, evacuation chairs have been outfitted, and you’re ready to move, the evac has to be timely. Not rushed, nor panicked, but at a quick enough clip to outpace smoke and the associated hazards it carries with it.

Take time to review your fire evacuation strategies and be sure to reason the differences between locations during a fire emergency. Hopefully, you never have to use it, but that kind of planning stands to save lives

Here’s What You Can Store in Your Portable Storage Buildings

Written by Small Business Magazine on October 24th, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

Produced in one-fifth the time and at half the cost of site-built homes, manufactured housing assembled in a controlled, factory environment uses fewer materials and generates 35% to 40% less waste than comparable site-built units. That’s why portable storage buildings are being embraced as a financially and environmentally efficient option for all types of residential and commercial storage needs. Don’t think you need extra storage? Think again — here are just a few of the many types of belongings that portable storage buildings can help keep safe and well protected.

Vehicles

If you work in the transportation industry — or any industry that requires sufficient upkeep of a large number of vehicles, for that matter — then used modular buildings may be the right investment for your needs. From trucks to vans, trailers, and more, any number of large vehicles can be stored for safekeeping in a modular storage building. Don’t let your vehicles gather rust or wear as a result of improper storage — invest in their longevity with a storage system that’s secure, protective, and reliable.

Lawn Tools

Similarly, landscaping businesses and other professionals working outdoors can keep all of their equipment safe by storing tractors, shovels, leaf blowers, rakes, lights, hoses, and more in an appropriately sized modular storage building. Even equipment that doesn’t have a motor is susceptible to damage through the elements — it doesn’t take long for gardening tools to become rusted in the rain. And covering this equipment isn’t very protective. Invest in a modular building for an efficient storage solution.

Other Machinery

It doesn’t end there — modular storage buildings are particularly beneficial for construction companies, which can safely store all high-end equipment. This includes bulldozers, excavators, telehandlers, and more. This equipment is very expensive and needs to be stored properly, making modular buildings an efficient and affordable solution.

Keep in mind that any residential accessory building larger than 200 square feet will require a building plan review and permit. Regardless of size, any electrical, plumbing or mechanical work will require a permit and all building locations must honor zoning and subdivision set backs. Fortunately, portable storage buildings are versatile for residential and commercial use and rarely require electrical or plumbing work. For more information about used modular buildings for sale in Florida, contact us today.

Selecting the Best Property Management System To Improve Your Hotel’s Efficiency

Written by Small Business Magazine on August 31st, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

When you need to improve both efficiency and the customer experience at your establishment, you may want to take a closer look at your hotel property management software. A highly-ranked hotel PMS can lower your costs, improve the reservation experience, and generally streamline your employee training. But even when prioritizing property management for hotels, it can be all too easy to select a system that doesn’t actually serve your organization at all. To avoid making the mistakes that can derail your efficiency efforts, we suggest following the tips below when looking at the list of hotel property management systems that are available to you.

Think of your future needs

Too often, hotels will look for a PMS that more or less replicates what they already have. Not only does this make it rather pointless to upgrade, but it could also be a disservice to your clients. Systems that offer property management for hotels may have very similar features. This might make your choice less intimidating, but is that really what’s best for your business? If your organization is growing, you need a system that can accommodate your needs in the future, rather than one that simply feels familiar. Don’t be afraid to branch out and think ahead to what will actually serve you best a few years down the line.

Ask whether it’s practical

On the flip side, you might be seduced by fancy, futuristic bells and whistles. These features might be impressive at first, but they won’t really do much for you or for your guests. Really zero in on the must-haves in your PMS. Don’t be taken in by trends unless they address a common problem for which you’ve needed a solution in the past. When it comes to property management for hotels, you’ll want to always prioritize functional over flashy. Otherwise, you’ll fail to impress due to your inefficiency.

Consider your existing infrastructure

Your property management system needs to fit in seamlessly with what your hotel has already implemented. While many PMS providers claim they can provide this, the software’s ability to function as intended can depend on a number of factors. For instance, you need to ensure that your network and your hardware can support the PMS you’ve chosen. If the internet connectivity in your area is less than ideal, you may want to think twice about cloud-based options. Or if your current website is lacking, you’ll want to make these improvements first. Since 86% of consumers say they stopped doing business with a company due to a bad customer experience, your PMS should allow you to improve efficiency and service, rather than diminish it.

If you keep these factors in mind when evaluating PMS software for hotels, you should be in good shape. To find out more about our software and how it can help your hotel become even more efficient, please contact us today.