How Can You Tell If A Heat Pump Is Right For You?

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Can You Tell If A Heat Pump Is Right For You?

A heat pump functions like a heater and an air conditioner combined. In the summer, a heat pump works just like an air conditioner by removing heat from inside your home and blowing it outside your home. In the winter, the heat pump will warm your home by removing the heat from the air outside and blowing it inside. In the right climate, heat pumps can be highly efficient and very useful, but heat pumps are still not as common as furnace and air conditioner combinations. In fact, many homeowners aren’t even sure how to tell whether or not a heat pump is right for their needs. The more you know about heat pumps, the easier it will be for you to tell whether or not you would benefit from owning a heat pump. How can you tell if a heat pump is right for you? Heat pumps are a sensible choice for people who live in climates with mild winters because heat pumps are less efficient in lower temperatures. In areas of the country where daytime temperatures frequently fall below freezing, heat pumps may not be the most sensible choice. If you’re not sure whether or not your climate is right for a heat pump, talk to a heating installation and repair professional. He or she can tell you whether or not heat pumps work well in your area.  Why are heat pumps less efficient in lower temperatures? In colder temperatures, your heat pump will need to be supplemented with an auxiliary heater that kicks on when the heat pump isn’t able to extract as much heat as it needs from the outside. This auxiliary heating device is less efficient, and thus cuts back on the benefit of using a heat pump. Why would a homeowner want a heat pump over an air conditioner and furnace combination? What’s the advantage? Having two units (a furnace and air conditioner) requires twice the maintenance over a heat pump because the heat pump is a single appliance that handles both heating and cooling. In addition, heat pumps are more efficient than furnaces overall, which can lead to reduced heating costs in the winter. For more information about the advantages of a heat pump, and whether or not a heat pump is right for you, talk to your heating and cooling installation and repair person. He or she can help you determine whether or not a heat pump will meet your needs. If you’re interested in learning more, check out websites...

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4 Tips for Door Safety in a Warehouse

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips for Door Safety in a Warehouse

Choosing safe commercial doors for your warehouse or multi-use work floor requires careful planning and consideration of common accident causes. The following tips can help you make the right choice. Tip #1: Know the purpose The main purpose of the door is the key to choosing the right door. For example, if the door separate a room where hazardous materials are kept or where fire danger exists, garage-style doors that can be locked down and sealed, or that provide fire insulation, are the safest choice. On the other hand, if the main purpose of the door is to provide a physical barrier, you may not need to invest in as much insulation and can use simple swinging doors instead. Tip #2: Increase visibility Common door accidents occur when one person is approaching the door from one side while someone else pushes it open from the opposite side and someone gets hit in the face. There are two door options that can help avoid this. The first option is simple: choose doors with a window in them. You can even select commercial doors with safety glass so breakage isn’t a concern. Another option is to use a double swinging door set up. Users always go through the door to the right, which means oncoming traffic will always be using the opposite door. Tip #3: Use doors that are safe for machines Some doors are shared by machine and man, such as forklifts going between rooms in a large warehouse. Overhead doors with safety alerts and gates are the best option. The machinery user can simply use a button or remote control to turn on a flashing light or sound alert and bring down a safety alarm. This alerts those on foot and prevents them from accessing the doorway until after the machinery has moved through. Tip #4: Opt for smooth operation Smooth operation is a must, especially for overhead doors. Fighting to open or close a sticking door can lead to accidents, especially if the door begins moving abruptly. Automatic doors that open in response to an approach or at the push of a button can help avoid the need to force an opening. Overhead doors must lift smoothly and stay put once they are opened. A door that slips down by even a few inches can interfere with tall equipment trying to pass underneath, resulting in an accident. Consult with a commercial door provider like Steel Doors to find the options and door types that will work best in your...

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Sedentary Doesn’t Mean Safe: Reducing Stress Injuries For Crane Workers

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sedentary Doesn’t Mean Safe: Reducing Stress Injuries For Crane Workers

If you manage a worksite where cranes, from a place like American Equipment Inc, are in operation,  take special care to monitor your crane operators for repetitive stress injuries. Even though crane operation is usually done sitting down, the movements necessary to operate the crane can take their toll on the person in the operator’s seat. Here are four things to take care of and monitor for if you want to give your crane operators the best chance possible of avoiding repetitive stress injuries. Breaks No matter how good the equipment is or how easy it is to use, you have to give your employees chances to rest throughout the day. Even small movements, like gripping a lever for several minutes, can result in muscle fatigue and tendon or ligament inflammation. Harvard notes computer users need to try to take 10-minute breaks every hour (Harvard also notes the breaks can be as basic as just relaxing your arms and letting them drop), and crane operators should aim for at least that, if not more. Listen to your workers if they complain in passing about pain, and ask them occasionally to report on how they’re doing pain-wise. Adjust breaks as needed, adding more if people are complaining of pain or if you see them gripping their forearms or wrists, for example. Stretching Give your workers an opportunity to stretch daily. This should go beyond just stretching out arms. Have them stretch their wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and back at the very least — legs would be a good idea, too. Staying flexible can help prevent a lot of strain caused by trying to look around the crane and see where obstacles might be. Equipment Operation Quality The equipment that the workers use daily has to be in good condition. That means seats need to be ergonomically safe, the controls need to operate smoothly and not require a lot of straining to use, and visibility out of the crane cab needs to be very good so as not to make the operator experience neck strain. Have all equipment inspected frequently, and replace any troublesome equipment as soon as possible. Vibration Construction equipment vibrates — there’s no denying that. But you can reduce the vibration that the crane operators and other workers feel by adding vibration-damping pads and other accessories to the equipment. Excessive vibrations can lead to back and neck pain, and conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. Spending the money now for padding saves you money later on in lost work and turnover. If you want more information about preventing injuries like these among your crane operators, have your site evaluated by an ergonomics service and talk to your workers about problems they may be noticing or experiencing. Communication is one of the best ways to ensure your worksite addresses problems in a timely...

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3 Things That Small E-Commerce Business Owners Need To Consider

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things That Small E-Commerce Business Owners Need To Consider

Being a small e-commerce business owner can be rewarding, as long as you’re willing to accept a certain amount of risk. To make sure that you’re doing what’s best for yourself and your organization, ask yourself these three questions. 1. Have I set up my physical space in the best way? The money you pay for your real estate is likely one of your largest expenses. When you’re analyzing whether you’re getting the most out of your investment, remember that a commercial space has three dimensions. In addition to considering the length and width of an area, take into account its height. With the right pallet racking system in place, you can maximize your efficiency. Instead of spreading everything out on the floor or stacking boxes on top of each other, you can build a structure to allow you to use your vertical space. You’ll be able to better organize your inventory, you’ll find items more quickly, and you’ll probably reduce the chances of injury in your facility. Slips, trips, and falls are the top three reasons for warehouse injuries (which can be costly), and a warehouse in which boxes are neatly stacked on pallets is much safer than the alternative. To find pallet, contact local companies like Commercial Hardware. 2. Are you getting feedback from your customers? People want to buy products that they know have worked for others. A recent study showed that 90% of respondents were influenced into purchasing something by reading positive online reviews, so encourage your customers to leave feedback for you in a public forum. You can check in with them a few days after they’ve received their product to make sure that everything met their expectations. While doing so, you’re showing that you value their opinions, and you’re giving yourself the opportunity to gently remind them to share their positive experiences with others. 3. Are you taking advantage of technology? Social media and on-line communication have become essential to the success of many small businesses. They provide a low-cost, highly effective way to contact people in your target audience. There are several companies that can help you set up an email distribution list for free or for a small annual fee. Wherever you may be, you can send out email messages with plenty of graphics and links to your website. All you need is a computer, smartphone, or tablet. Social media is essentially a free way to advertise and engage with your community. About 75 million Americans check in with social media multiple times a day, making it the ideal way to market your brand. Keeping things short and sweet is a good rule of thumb to follow when making posts. Whether you’ve been in business for awhile or are just starting out, thinking about these three things can make sure you’re set up for...

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2 Ways To Make Your Manufacturing Process More Efficient

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Ways To Make Your Manufacturing Process More Efficient

When you own a manufacturing company, you know that efficiency is one of the most important factors to consider and to work on each and every day. However, you may sometimes find yourself stumped as to how to go about improving your efficiency further. Get to know some of the ways that you can better streamline your process and make your manufacturing process as efficient and functional as possible going forward. This will help your company be more productive and will help your clients and customers remain satisfied and loyal to your business. Consider Precision CNC Machining If you have been in the manufacturing business for a while, you may still be relying on manual machining to create and manufacture your parts and products. Many manufacturing businesses cling to manual machining as they believe that having the human element can prevent errors and ensure that there is a greater amount of oversight in the manufacturing process. However, computerized technology has evolved by leaps and bounds in the manufacturing industry. Precision CNC (computer numerical control) machining is evidence of this. Using this technology, a product or a part for one of your products will be produced under the control of an advanced computer program. All of the specs and information for your product will be entered into a software program using a special numerical language. This information is processed by the computer which controls the machining tools that then take the information and create a product to the precise specifications provided. The CNC machining process removes the variability of manual machining and takes away the element of human error. Once the data is in the CNC system, you can quickly have as much of that product manufactured as you want and they will all be uniform and precise. This will make your productivity and efficiency skyrocket in no time. Consider a Computerized Ordering System As Well While you are in the process of incorporating more technology into your manufacturing process, you may want to upgrade your order picking system. Many manufacturers continue to rely on paper for processing orders. An order picker will receive a printed paper list and they manually check off the items or orders as they grab them. However, there is much room for error in this process. On the other hand, if you incorporate a computerized ordering system, there will be less human error involved in the process. The computerized system will allow your order pickers to scan items as they are picked and the computer will check off the items as they go and will alert them to any errors or mistakes. This technology is one of the easiest to use and incorporate in the manufacturing process and can make all the difference in the world for your efficiency and productivity. Now that you have a few ideas of how to make your manufacturing process more efficient, you can make the changes to improve your process and be as efficient as...

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4 Safety Tips to Remember When Using a Pallet Jack

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Safety Tips to Remember When Using a Pallet Jack

A pallet jack can be a very handy piece of equipment when you need to haul around pallets full of heavy items. However, they can be dangerous if they are not used correctly. Although it is not necessary to become licensed in order to use one, it is important to follow certain precautions to keep yourself and others around you safe. Luckily, following these tips can help prevent an accident. 1. Perform a Quick Inspection First of all, you should perform a quick inspection before using your pallet jack. Check the pallet jack first to ensure that the wheels are clean and not cracked and that they seem to be rolling smoothly. Examine the rest of the pallet jack for loose screws or bolts or other indications that something might be wrong. Then, carefully check over any pallets that you are going to be loading to ensure that they are clean and in good, sturdy condition. 2. Push, Don’t Pull When operating a pallet jack, remember to push and not pull. If you pull the pallet jack, you could lose control of it. This is especially important so that you can maintain control when going down an incline. 3. Stay Out of the Way Be careful when loading or using the pallet jack. Make sure that you never put your feet beneath it, even when you think it is stable and in place. Advise others in the work area to stay away from the pallet jack while you are using it, and advise others of proper use of a pallet jack if they are going to be helping you or are otherwise going to be nearby. 4. Don’t Overload If you aren’t careful and overload your pallet jack, you could cause serious damage to the pallet jack. For example, an overload could cause the wheels, brakes, or other components to be under too much pressure, and if a part fails while you’re using the pallet jack, it could be very dangerous for you and anyone else who is in the surrounding area. Plus, even if there is not a part failure, overloading your pallet jack can make it much more difficult to steer and control, which could cause an accident as well. You might rely on your pallet jack to get the job done each and every day. However, if you aren’t careful, you or someone else could get hurt. Luckily, following these four pallet jack safety tips can help keep you...

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Electrical Redesign And Upgrades For Computer Departments

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Electrical Redesign And Upgrades For Computer Departments

Keeping up with the latest technology can be a considerable investment. You’ll need to choose between getting general computers for office workers at the right value and efficiency without constantly upgrading at minor changes in the computer industry, as well as finding the right specialized computers for heavy-duty use. Along with these computer needs is the electrical system demand, which can lead to lost productivity or computer damage if your electrical wiring isn’t finely-tuned. If you’re working with an older building or a makeshift work center with rushed, poor wiring, take the time to understand computer demand and electrical wiring needs. What Are The Electrical Demands Of Computers? Computers have the benefit of being fairly standardized, especially if you’re buying in bulk to staff entire departments. Although there is no single wattage that covers the entire business computer category, many modern personal computers and business workstations operate around 400w to 600w. This amount can increase depending on specialization. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) computers have graphics cards for rendering (creating) complex designs, while medical research computers feature powerful processors for calculating multiple points of large-sized data at the same time. Music production studios or multimedia companies may need a sound card, which allows instruments to be connected to the computer and can assist in creating unique sounds. These cards are called expansion cards, and may demand even more power. Faster processors for these advanced tasks may be necessary as well, while personal computers and business computers barely go beyond web browsing, creating documents or checking emails. A single computer may not be a big deal when working with a commercial-purpose building, but the electrical load can add up quickly when installing computers at the department level.  Electrical Sensitivity And Poor Wiring With older buildings, wear and tear may have already reduced the wiring to brittle remnants of copper. As electricity is a source of heat, this wear and tear can become worse as a more constant demand of electricity comes through. Computers add to the problem by not only being a consistent demand for electricity, but being sensitive to a lack of electricity. Larger industrial machines may not show the problem, but small power loss events can happen throughout the day. You may not notice the power loss outside of a brief flicker of the lights in a specific room, but computers can fail during these power loss situations.  To solve both problems, commercial electrical contractors can replace the wiring at the most basic service level. Beyond that, electricians can install a more sophisticated network of wiring and power distribution panels to make the load of electricity more even. A single wire won’t have to handle as much of an electrical burden, reducing overall heat and making it less likely to overload a single outlets. Contact an electrician like ABC Electric Co to survey your electrical needs for computer departments and general electrical...

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Have You Broken A Bolt? Learn How To Easily Identify And Replace It

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have You Broken A Bolt? Learn How To Easily Identify And Replace It

Breaking a mystery bolt on a piece of equipment can be frustrating, but look on the bright side: now’s your chance to be Sherlock Holmes! Instead of just taking the bolt to your usual supplier and hoping they can find a match, why not try to identify it yourself? You might be able to find a better deal from another supplier or a local hardware store when you know exactly what you need. The Grade Is What Counts If you previously got your hardware from an industry source, you might worry that consumer-quality hardware won’t be able to withstand the same pressures as your old bolts. Fortunately, this concern isn’t valid. All bolts are evaluated on the same grading system before sale, which means you can get your bolts from anywhere as long as they match or exceed the grade of your old ones. If you only need to replace one or two pieces of hardware, a local shop may save you hundreds if it carries high-grade materials. On the other hand, it’s common knowledge that buying in bulk will save you money. Even though you can source hundreds of bolts from a smaller hardware store, your repairs might end up costing less for big jobs if you go to a wholesale supplier. Keep in mind that you might have to have a business license to shop with most wholesalers. If You Can’t Tell, Bet High Usually, you can use a marking guide to identify the grade of a bolt, as well as other information about it, like how much pressure it can withstand and who manufactured it. Some bolts have duplicate markings, however, which makes it difficult to know their quality without knowing who made them. Others may be unmarked, leaving you to guess the grade from just the size and shape of the piece. When this happens, it’s still not cause for alarm. Simply write down each possibility as you look through the bolt chart, and replace the piece with the strongest one on the list. Nothing will break if your bolt is too good at its job, so there’s no penalty for going over the necessary bolt strength. If you know how much pressure the bolt needs to withstand, you can opt for a weaker replacement that still meets your needs, which might cut your repair costs slightly. Don’t let a broken bolt get you down! Instead, treat it as a chance to solve a mystery. You might learn something useful about your equipment, or even save money on replacement hardware. For more information, contact McFadden-Dale Industrial Hardware or a similar...

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Well Installation vs. Water Filtration System: Which Choice Is Better?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Well Installation vs. Water Filtration System: Which Choice Is Better?

Having access to pure, safe and great tasting water is something that is sought after by just about everyone. Tap water isn’t always acceptable for all people, as many consumers fear it may be contaminated with potential toxins, and bottled water isn’t always much better. This has made well water and full-house filtration systems popular alternatives. If you are trying to decide whether to have a well placed on your property or have a water filtration system installed, then here are some things to consider before making a final decision. The cost of each option Having a well drilled is going to be much substantially more expensive than a water infiltration system. If you’re on a budget, then paying for water well drilling might prove to be nearly impossible. A well can cost as few as $1500 to as much as $12,000 or even more, depending on how deep the drilling needs to be done in addition to other factors like the size of the well and more. A water filtration system can cost around $15 for a faucet fixture to a maximum of $10,000 if you want a system for the whole house. It can be a relatively inexpensive way to access toxin-free water in your home. Do you have other water options? If you’re going to be moving into a rural home soon and it doesn’t have a water source, then you may very well want to have a well drilled. As long as you’re able to comfortably afford such a project, then having a well can supply you with a constant supply of dependable water. Avoiding potential water contaminants If your main concern regarding water is avoiding potential toxins, then you should definitely consider having a full-house filtration system. Even though well water originates from underground and is considered to be a pure choice, environmental toxins, pathogens and more will likely be present in your water supply.  Taste For many people, well water tastes no different than water that has gone through a high quality water filtration system. For this reason, if you’re wondering which option will produce water with the best taste, then you will have a make a choice and then discover which type of water you like best. You might find that filtered water tastes better than water that comes from a well, which in most cases. However, taste is subjective, and every person has different opinions or preferences. Water is essential for everyone’s survival, and ensuring it is the highest quality possible before drinking it is just as important. Whether you decide to have a well placed on your property or have a filtration system, you will have high quality drinking and bathing water available at your disposal. One option isn’t necessarily better than the other, and it all depends on your budget, as well as your specific goals. For further insights on your options contact companies like Rippe Well Service...

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Exposing Two Myths About Commercial Access Control Systems

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Exposing Two Myths About Commercial Access Control Systems

When it comes to managing your enterprise, there are few things as fundamentally important as keeping the business safe from criminal activity. While traditional key and lock systems are among the most commonly used, they are not always the most effective or efficient option. For example, technological advances have made access control systems increasingly affordable and able to meet these needs. However, some business leaders may not know much about this type of security system, but learning the truth behind a couple of common myths will help them to decide whether this is a good option for their enterprise.   Myth: You Will Always Need Professional Help To Make Changes To The System There are a variety of changes that you will need to make to your system over the course of the time you have it. For example, you may need to delete a former employee’s access codes from the system or you may need to routinely issue new codes to your employees. While this may sound like a complicated task, these systems are designed so that you will be able to make these routine changes without the need to hire a professional  The exact steps for this will depend on your system, but many of these are designed to work with a desktop computer. If you have this type of configuration, you will be able to quickly access the security settings for your system through a program on the computer, which contains the employee codes and access privileges. Other systems may simply have a primary control panel, and you will have to navigate this panel to make these changes.  Myth: Access Control Systems Are Maintenance Intensive Some business owners may avoid choosing to install access control systems because they assume they will require far more maintenance than traditional locks. Luckily, this is not the case because these systems are extremely reliable, and many problems can be corrected through the software.  Generally, the only maintenance that these systems require is a service visit every couple of years. These visits allow the technician to remove any dust that may have accumulated in the various components. If left in place, the dust will eventually cause portions of the system to malfunction. Also, the technician will test the wiring and connections inside the access control system to ensure there are no problems start to develop.  Upgrading your business’s locks to an access control system (from a local outlet such as Murrell Burglar Alarms) may significantly improve the safety and security of your building. However, these systems are far more complicated than traditional locks, and it is important for you to have the right information about them before you make a decision. Understanding that you can make many routine changes to the system without a professional’s help and that these systems are low maintenance should provide you with some of the information you need to make a...

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