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.



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.


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.

4 Tips to Increase Your Company’s Traffic This Year

Written by Small Business Magazine on June 19th, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

It’s time to improve your daily traffic. No matter what kind of business you’re running or industry you’re in, there are always going to be foolproof ways to get more bodies into your store, subsequently increasing your chance of earning higher revenues.

Here are some great tips for increasing your physical traffic on a daily basis:

  • Have high-quality custom banners setup out front – Having quality signs out front of a business make your establishment so much more welcoming. In fact, half of all consumers who enter businesses actually did so (the first time) because of signage.
  • Redesign your company’s website – In order to increase physical traffic, you’re going to need to increase your digital traffic as well. If your website still looks like it was designed in 2003, you should probably have it updated. You can do research online to figure out how to redesign your site or outsource for professional assistance.
  • Schedule special events and offers – If you advertise special occasions and events, people will be much more likely to step into your store. People love new things, giveaways, grand openings, fundraisers, and special events of all kind, so start promoting a few of these occasions with banners out front and watch your traffic increase.
  • Focus on customer service – Since word of mouth is so important, you want to make sure every customer who enters your establishment leaves in a good mood. If there is a problem and a customer leaves unhappy, they’ll likely start spreading negative reviews about your company and your brand will suffer as a result. Do everything you can to ensure that each customer interaction is as positive as can be.

Good luck this quarter and the rest of the year increasing your daily traffic. Even getting one or two more people in your store each day could result in much higher revenues for your company — so never stop trying! If you want to find high quality custom banners for sale, give Buy Green Signs a call today and check out some great signage.

Do You Know Your Excavation Shoring Options?

Written by Small Business Magazine on December 6th, 2017. Posted in Uncategorized

types of shoring for excavation

Excavation and trenching projects can be dangerous. With the risk of collapses and cave-ins, workers can unknowingly be in harm’s way. This is why excavation shoring systems are key. There are several types of shoring for excavations that can keep your crew safe during these types of projects.

When do I need a shoring system?
If you are working in a trench five feet deep or greater, the trench will need a shoring system unless the excavation is made of stable rock. Crews working in trenches 20 feet deep or greater will need to have a professional engineer design the system. While these are the minimum requirements, you can also take precautions with a shoring system if your trench is less deep than these benchmarks.

What factors should I consider when choosing a shoring system?
Soil quality and other environmental conditions are key in determining which shoring system to use. As mentioned above, an excavation made of solid rock will require less protection than one made of moist soil. The soil inside and surrounding the trench should be considered, as should any recent rainfall. To further pinpoint these conditions, your crew should hire an outside professional.

What are the different types of shoring systems?
The following are some of the most common types of shoring types of shoring for excavation available on the market.

  • Hydraulic Shoring: This strut and wale system is often made of steel, making it one of the most durable shoring methods. The braces hold steady against the trench wall and adapt easily to various widths.
  • Timber Shoring: While less popular than hydraulic methods, timber shoring is made out of wood. This is often a less expensive option.
  • Aluminum Shoring: Aluminum is a highly durable material but is lighter weight than steel. For this reason, many construction crews prefer aluminum shoring methods. These materials are easily transported and stored.

Remember: Your crew’s shoring needs will likely vary by project. This is why renting is often a viable option. When you begin a new project, you can rent the system and then start again on the next project. And if you are not sure which shoring method to rent, your equipment rental company can help you decide.

Excess Groundwater Pumping Is Causing Parts of California to Sink

Written by Small Business Magazine on May 8th, 2017. Posted in Uncategorized

groundwaterThe San Joaquin Valley is sinking. In fact, this region of Southern California has been slowly sinking since the 1920s. But this is not the result of earthquakes or natural erosion breaking down the land the Valley rests atop. Rather, this sinking effect is largely due to the massive amount of groundwater pumping taking place in California today. According to land survey reports from NASA, the San Joaquin Valley has sunk by as much as 28 feet in certain sections. And, given the rate of groundwater pumping, that number is going to keep rising as the valley continues sinking.

The Golden State has suffered intense, years-long periods of droughts in recent decades. And because California is one of the most productive agricultural regions of the world, farmers need water to keep their crops growing. At the same time, the massive population centers in Southern California require large amounts of water, too. As precipitation and snow melt dries up, the state turns to ground and surface water.

As a result, the overuse of pumping groundwater has already caused damage to thousands of private and public properties around the state. It also presents a danger to future groundwater storage facilities, should the overuse continue. Already, surveying reports show that the aqueduct near King’s County can only hold a flow of 6,650 cubic feet per second, despite it being designed to hold 8,350 cubic feet per second.

Simply put, California relies heavily on groundwater, but that reliance has consequences. In total, it makes up 26% of the total number of freshwater withdrawn in the United States today. Now, the land is sinking at a rate of about two feet per year. Groundwater modeling experts believe that things will only get worse if changes are not made soon.

California has its fair share of environmental challenges. The state sits on a very powerful fault line, while constant droughts have put the state in a perpetual state of emergency. These problems are serious enough without adding man-made natural disasters to the list.

It is important to maintain a balance when dealing with groundwater pumping. Like any other thing you take from the ground, such as oil and coal, eventually the resource is going to run out. And when it does, the very ground you stand on could be at risk. Finding a better way to hydrate California will be key in preventing the San Joaquin Valley from disappearing from the map.

To find out more about responsible groundwater pumping, please visit Water and Environmental Technologies.