Lab Safety Mantras Never To Be Underestimated

Written by Technology Magazine on October 19th, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

As a laboratory supply store, we’re well aware of the potential hazards of our wares. You, requiring the necessary tools and laboratory supplies for research and experimentation, are also aware of the dangers of scientific inquiry.

In the United States alone, there are more than 500,000 people employed in laboratories. As with any profession, care and safety are important parts of any given day. However, complacency slips in after a certain level of comfort is reached and it can cause all sorts of problems. Lapses in safety protocol due to complacency can have disastrous results.

There are certain laboratory conduct mantras that should always be observed when entering a lab, regardless of your level of familiarity. Let’s break a few of them down.

Don’t touch

If you’re shopping for lab supplies, that’s one thing. If you’re entering the lab where those supplies are actively being utilized, don’t touch anything. Familiar or not with the lab, you don’t know what other work may have progressed while you weren’t there or what’s currently in progress. Make sure to check with others before you set to work or shifting things around. You wouldn’t want familiarity to bungle an experiment because of your assumption. Wait, ask, then work.

Heed instructions

You may have noticed that science lab supplies, equipment, and rooms are plastered with written notices. They are there for you to read and heed. Apart from written instructions, spoken instructions are equally important. It’s unsafe for you, and the others around you, to ignore posted warnings, safety guides, and instructions. Take a moment or two, listen to what you’re being told, then absorb the lab postings all around you. Do this before every process you’re about to begin.

Buddy system

We like this one because it’s been a well-engrained piece of foundational safety since childhood. Never work in the lab alone. Between safety and accountability, working with a partner or two ensures that if something does accidentally go wrong, there won’t be one person to deal with it alone. Plus, science thrives in a collaborative environment, so you should work together!

From the laboratory supply store to empirical research, safety is priority number one. It’s not difficult to stay safe in the lab. Remember these mantras and they’ll guide your lab safely as your research aims to change the world.

NASA Takes The Lab Closer To The Sun Than It Has Ever Been

Written by Technology Magazine on October 11th, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

NASA has been doing work lately. Their most recent achievement certainly required some materials not carried by any odd laboratory supply company. In about a month, an unmanned NASA spacecraft called the Parker Probe will come closer to the sun than we have ever come before.

Why? In the name of science, of course. The sun is hot, we know that. Its core is millions of degrees, while the surface simmers somewhere around a comparatively mild 10,000 degrees. Further away from the surface, in a place called the corona, the temperature is back into the millions and we’ve never known why. NASA is confident that the Parker Probe will provide some insight into the corona.

“I like to tell people: ‘What would you do if you lit your campfire or a fire in your fireplace, and as you walked toward it, it got colder?’,” said Bill Matthaeus, mission planner and physics professor from the University of Delaware.

This goes against every terrestrial idea we have on heat, so they’re excitedly curious as the Parker Probe loops its way closer to the hottest seats in the galaxy. As it does get closer to extreme temperatures, people are also wondering how the probe itself will be able to withstand such heat.

Physicists postulate that the sun’s corona is very low density, there aren’t many particles, and those particles are moving extremely fast, thus not having time enough to create a heat transfer of millions of degrees. Still, the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins created a shell for the craft that can easily withstand the predicted temperature of 2,500 degrees and beyond, giving the probe and the necessary tools ample protection while collecting and transmitting data. Not stuff you find lying around in your everyday science lab supplies.

By 1,000 B.C. civilizations were using technologies and theories that would become the basis for various branches of science. Now, by 2025, the Parker Probe will be a few million miles from the sun, likely the closest it will ever get. What we’ll find from the data it collects will be a mystery for a while, but such is the adventure of science.

Our laboratory supply store might not be able to fit you with sun proof composite coating built for deep space exploration, but our lab supplies will have you well fitted for plenty of experiments while NASA takes apart the mysteries of the cosmos.

Air Clutches 101: What Are They And How Do They Work?

Written by Technology Magazine on October 5th, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

Many industrial clutches used in heavy machinery work in similar ways. Each clutch works to synchronize two rotating shafts. They do this by locking them together to spin at the same time or by decoupling the shafts to get them to spin at different speeds to stop the car.

But different clutches exist for different purposes. That said, what exactly is an air clutch and what does it do?

Air Clutches: What They Do And Why They Do It

Industrial air clutches are used in heavy machinery to transfer power (or torque) in relation to the engine. Your average engine has an output shaft. You can see this shaft on a car engine at the flywheel position.

A clutch is a system of either plates or grabbing disks that are used to engage the power from the flywheel. From there, it transfers the power to the transmission of the vehicle.

Power takeoff shafts (PTO) are capable of performing the same function and are often used in farm machinery or other heavy construction equipment. The engine clutch will engage with the PTO shaft. This causes it to spin.

Instead of hydraulic oil, air clutches use compressed air to regulate the contact between two power shafts. A signal is sent by a sensor when the shifter mechanism is activated. When the shifter engages the clutch, the magnetic valve assembly is activated.

The compressed air is moved through the valve to the air clutch, which uses it to couple two shafts. The more air used in the process can sometimes cause an up-shift. In contrast, a reduction in air can cause a downshift.

The compressed air used by the air break comes from an onboard compressor tank. In some systems, it comes from a routing from the engine’s exhaust system.

Where can I find an air clutch brake near me?

It’s no secret the industrial clutch and brake market is growing fast. In fact, Asia-Pacific ranks as the fastest growing industrial brake market with a CAGR of 8.4%.

Whether you’re looking for an industrial clutch and break, air clutch brake, a disc brake caliper, or engine driven products, WPT Power has what you need. To learn more about our air clutch brakes and high torque clutches, contact WPT Power today.

Hotel Tech Trends to Watch in 2019

Written by Technology Magazine on September 19th, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

The technological landscape is always changing — and the hospitality industry has to pay close attention in order to keep up. Hotel technology, in particular, creates a lot of excitement for both business owners and guests alike. After all, 53% of people use their mobile devices to find travel-related information, and hoteliers all across the country (and the world!) are embracing more tech-savvy methods for marketing, customer service, and more. But in a sector that’s evolving so rapidly, exactly which trends should you follow? Here are a few of our favorite hotel trends in technology that will likely continue to expand in 2019.

IoT: Interconnected Devices

Although technology in hotel rooms was once limited to the television and the wireless internet, there are many more gadgets and services that come into play these days. There are now “smart” hotel rooms that contain interconnected systems that allow the guest to control their preferences and actually store them for the future. It’s a way for your guests to instantly streamline their stay to fit their needs without ever requiring staff members to lift a finger. In that sense, it’s a highly effective option that can boost customer satisfaction and even client loyalty. IoT (Internet of Things)-equipped hotel rooms can allow the guest to instantly adjust the room temperature, unlock their room, dim the lights, turn on the shower, or watch their favorite show with a tap of their smartphone screen. Not only are these hotel trends digitally exciting, but they can also allow the hotel to become more environmentally friendly; no longer will you have to waste energy on lighting or cooling a room that doesn’t need it!

Guest and Housekeeping Tracking

When you invest in PMS software for hotels, you obtain access to a certain amount of tracking capabilities. But if you really want to amp up your ability to keep track of important information, you may want to prioritize guest tracking or housekeeping tracking. Guest tracking systems allow you to keep tabs on the whereabouts of your guests, which can ultimately allow for better peace of mind in many situations. For example, in the event of an emergency or for families traveling with young children, this option will be much-appreciated. There are also systems that can promote customer satisfaction by zeroing in on check-in and check-out flexibility. Housekeeping tracking systems can focus on cleaning staff members and ensure that as soon as a room has been turned over, it can be designated as available for check-in. In the end, this can often mean guests are able to check in earlier or check out later, at their leisure, rather than being rushed or restricted. Little adjustments like this can really go a long way to improve your reviews and return guest rates.

Chatbot Assistance

Having stellar customer service isn’t among one of the passing trends in the hospitality industry. But the means by which you provide that service may be subject to change. In the digital age, customers want to be able to book their stay whenever — even in the middle of the night. Of course, your hotel may not have anyone available to answer questions at 3 AM. But implementing a chatbot assistant system on your site can allow potential guests to obtain the information they need, no matter what time it is. That can have a significant impact on your consumer leads and on your booking rates. Even if a guest chooses not to book (or engage) with the service assistant at that time, they’ll still be impressed by how invested you are in helping them. In many cases, they might choose to come back at another time simply because they remembered your hotel’s responsiveness.

It can be tough to keep up with all the latest hotel trends, especially where technology is concerned. But our hotel trends predictions for 2019 should keep you ahead of the curve and allow you to investigate the areas in which your organization can improve.

Backups Part 2: Beyond The Basics

Written by Technology Magazine on September 14th, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

Smart handling of your home-grown and client data is incredibly important. For example, it’s been estimated that retailers who master ‘big data’ can increase their operating margins by a satisfying 60%. So how can you protect this gold mine of data to the best of your ability? In our previous post “Planning A Backup Schedule For Your Data? Get The Basics First”, we went over the three basic types of data backup solutions: a full backup, an incremental backup, and a differential backup. Now we’re going to cover beyond the basics.

Mirror Backup

With a mirror backup, the backup file actually mirrors what it is a copy of. This kind of backup is almost never used alone and always used with caution, as if one thing is deleted or altered in the source, it will also be deleted or altered in the mirror backup. Because of this, the backup doesn’t carry old obsolete files, but it can easily be negatively affected by a virus. Sometimes there is a delay in the mirroring, typically something like 30 days, so there is room for fixing errors.

Local Backup

A local backup describes any kind of backup where the storage medium is used and stored close by. This includes storage mediums like hard drives, CDs, flash drives, Network Attached Storage (NAS), or a shared folder. On the one hand, having the backup data close at hand is good security management. It’s inexpensive, protected from remote attacks, and easy to restore quickly. Storing things online always has its risks, on the other hand, it’s less safe from physical damage, theft, and natural disasters.

Offsite Backup

When the storage medium is physically in a different location than the source, it’s called an offsite backup. An offsite backup may be made locally and then stored away elsewhere. Offsite backups take the advantage of local backups and then provide extra protection against the physical damage, theft, and natural disaster risk. Offsite storage can be a pain in some cases. There is an increased risk of damage to a storage device that’s being moved around, and it usually takes multiple people to keep track of rotating storage locations. Offsite backups don’t necessarily need to start out local, remember. They could involve moving data over the internet or other network connection to a remote data center, but this particular practice intersects with online backup and remote backup, which we’ll cover in part 3.

Remember, good security management involves combining several methods of backing up your data. If you’re trying to figure out the best combination method of data backup for your particular needs, trust RDE Tech’s extensive managed IT service experience to have your security management under control and running smoothly.

 

8 Metal Items You Can See Right Now That Were Fabricated

Written by Technology Magazine on March 29th, 2018. Posted in Uncategorized

Fabricated metal is pretty much everywhere you look. Look around you right now, and you’ll probably see at least five things that rely on metal fabrication. This is why fabricated metals are the third largest American manufacturing industry in terms of the number of employees. For this industry to run smoothly, welding companies, welding equipment manufacturers, and fabrication engineers are all essential. So, look around you. What do you see?

  1. Phone: The shape of your phone, its internal parts, and everything metal inside and out has been fabricated by workers in a manufacturing company.
  2. Laptop: Your laptop or desktop computer is a prime example of a electronic device reliant on fabrication.
  3. Keys: Locksmiths and key makers are a niche career to be sure, but they fabricate metals all the same.
  4. Doorknob: If you’re inside, you’re likely able to see a doorknob right now. If you do, just know that they are made out of steel, brass, or another fabricated metal alloy.
  5. Utensils: If you’re in the kitchen or are enjoying a lovely bowl of soup at your desk, you are using a fabricated utensil. Forks, knives, spoons, spatulas, and whisks are all manufactured by metalworking companies.
  6. Springs: While you might not see them, there are springs in your mattress, couch, car, pen, and countless other goods in close proximity to you right now.
  7. Beams: As with springs, metal beams are used in the construction of most buildings. Reinforced concrete, the base for most homes, has rebar inside. This too is a fabricated metal.
  8. Cars: Engines, suspension components, brake lines, body panels, and basically every mechanical part of a car is fabricated and then secured by welding companies.

The fact of the matter is, fabricated metals are used in almost every aspect of your lives. We depend on the ability to mold, shape, and build products out of a sturdy material in order to live modern lives. This is made possible by the many manufacturing and welding companies that have skilled workers charged with crafting the goods Americans need. If you need fabrication services of your own, contact us today to inquire about your product’s requirements.

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Written by Technology Magazine on January 18th, 2014. Posted in Uncategorized


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An Interview with Christina L. Veschi, VP of Business Operations at Edge Access, Inc.

Written by Technology Magazine on November 19th, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

We were lucky enough to have a chance to sit down with Ms. Christina L. Veschi, Vice President of Business Operations at Edge Access, Inc., a Florida-based technology firm focused on the development and manufacturing of telecommunications solutions for Homeland Security, Local Law Enforcement and more. Ms. Veschi gave us an inside look at what goes into creating and maintaining a business of this nature.

Making the decision to start a telecommunications company, especially one that specializes in serving local and federal law enforcement, is certainly a unique choice in American business. What is it that drove you to create Edge Access, Inc.?

Christina L. Veschi: I wanted to be the final authority when it came to business decisions. In my previous life, people with no real-world experience in my area of expertise were the final decision makers, and quite often made the wrong decision. I further wanted to work with only the people and organizations that I choose to work with, as opposed to having those relationship dictated to me as well. At the end of the day, the bottom line is I wanted to be in a position to focus on the service that we provide as opposed to the bottom line. My philosophy has always been if you take care of your customers, your bottom line will take care of itself.

Being able to look beyond your bottom line and focus on your service is a noble and, admittedly, rare approach to take in an age of booming internet business and extreme competition. I’m sure that has come with its fair share of frustration and disappointment, but what are the rewards that come with that approach?

CLV: The greatest reward of all is the ability to give the customers exactly what we promise; and being in the position to make that call without permission from someone else that would most certainly take a shortcut to save a few pennies.

Your focus on the means as well as the ends is extremely refreshing; it’s something your customers must take notice of. Is there any one “best day” on the job that your approach has made possible? Something that makes all of the challenges, the ups and downs, worthwhile?

CLV: The life of a business owner is akin to Bill Murray’s in the movie Groundhog Day; my best day as a business owner comes each and every time we successfully complete a project, and each and every time we deliver something to a customer, we do it better, the project goes smoother, and the feeling of satisfaction is even greater than the last one!! The satisfaction that comes along with giving the customer a tool that will reduce their workload and make their employees more efficient and at the same time allow them to do more with less can only be described as AWESOME! There is no feeling in the world like the feeling you get when you accomplish a goal that you set for yourself.

Christina L. Veschi is Vice President of Business Operations at Edge Access, Inc., a Florida-based telecommunications company. Those interested in learning more about Edge Access, Inc., should visit www.edgeaccess.net, or contact the company by phone at 813.486.4520. Floridian locals interested in what Edge Access has to offer can visit the company’s office at 11609 Prosperous Dr, Odessa, FL 33556.

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