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Fastener Materials: A Look at Different Types

SteelIn construction, each part to make a whole, no matter how small or simple it is, matters. Therefore, part of usual maintenance instructions in machines is the checking of screws and bolts, aside from the usual inspection of bigger parts.

Like main parts, however, small fastening tools are also made up of different materials. Your supplier might recommend stainless steel bolts and nuts for one project and brass bolts and nuts for the other.

But why is there a need for such distinction? 

Steel

This is the most common fastener material due to its strength and durability. Steel fastener comes in a variety of types, like stainless steel, galvanised steel, and alloys, among others. It also comes in various bolt grades: Grade 2 is the standard bolt type usually found in hardware stores.

Grade 5 is stronger than Grade 2 and people use them in automotive materials, while Grade 8 is stronger than Grade 5 and used for more demanding automotive parts.

Aluminium

This is the least costly among all the other types of fastener metals, known for its light, soft and corrosion resistant properties. Aluminium fasteners also come in different grades and are sometimes equal or exceed the tensile strength of mild steel.

Brass

Brass can easily be shaped into anything and still remains strong and durable. It is nonmagnetic and has a higher degree of lustre. Unlike steel and aluminium, however, brass is worked by using cold temperature.

Copper

Copper has a high conductivity and malleability. Aside from that, copper is also a popular choice in construction because it is corrosion resistant. Although classified as non-precious metal because the world is abundant is copper supply, the quality of fasteners from copper is also notable.

So, the next time you have a construction project, take note of the fasteners that you will be using. They play a huge role in the success of your project. 

December 5, 2017 at 1:00 amInfo Tech

Emergency Power Gen Set and Fuel Tank

Bunded tanksWhen you live on a farm, there are some things that you require which might have taken you a while to realise. Among these items that you take for granted is electricity.

Specifically, you would not miss electricity until the utility poles fall down and you are left without any power.

Power Generator and Fuel Tank

The only remedy to this is to have your own power generator, preferably a large one with industrial strength capacity. If you are powering up your whole farm, you might think that a 20kw generator is an overkill. The truth is, you would need to re-wire your entire farmstead beside your own house.

You also have to consider the various buildings. The chicken coop, for instance, requires electric incandescent light bulbs. These are a cost-efficient way of heating the chicken coop. You would need to have the garage and tool shed lit up as well.

Connected to the power generator set, you would also need a reliable diesel fuel tank or a fuel bowser. Fairly large fuel tanks are needed if you have a 20kw or larger generator set. This should be enough to keep the farm lit up until the power goes up online.

Double Walled or Bunded Tanks

These tanks store diesel fuel, and primarily used for other farm equipment like tractors, wheat combines, and farm trucks. These large fuel containers are required to be bunded to ensure safe storage of flammable materials.

Bunded tanks have double walls, also called double-skinned or twin-walled tanks. If the tanks are not bunded, then they should also have a secondary containment drum, or a drip tray to collect the seepage.

There are regulations about the capacity and the use of the drip trays with a capacity of at least 125% of the bunded tank’s capacity. The bund tanks should also be impermeable to water or oil and properly sealed against the elements.

November 16, 2017 at 1:00 amInfo Tech

Using Aluminium Pipes in Your Compressed Air Piping System

Aluminium pipesAir compressor units convert power from mechanical energy sources into potential energy. This energy is stored in your air compressor’s piping system. Traditionally, most manufacturers used galvanised steel and plastic for their pipes, but there has been a significant shift from these materials in recent years.

With industry advancements, there is a very significant development in compressed air piping; the introduction of aluminium pipes.

There are many clear advantages of using aluminium piping for your compressed air systems as opposed to traditional piping materials. Here are a few.

Aluminium Pipes Have Improved Flow Rates

Aluminium pipes are thinner and more rigid than pipes made from other materials. The thinner and more rigid wall provides a large internal diameter for aluminium piping leading to higher flow rates and a decreased pressure drop.

It is, therefore, possible to go down a size when using aluminium and still achieve the same results as when using other materials. This saves on your material costs.

Aluminium Withstands Extreme Conditions

Aluminium remains unaffected by extremely high temperatures. It hence remains unchanged by sunlight and fire and maintains a regular working pressure of 16 bar at up to 80 degrees Celsius temperature, unlike traditional options. It also minimally contracts and expands in extreme temperature fluctuations.

Aluminium Pipe Installation is Quick and Straightforward

Aluminium does not bow or sag even when used for long lengths because of its rigid nature. Manipulation of the pipe during installation is easy since it holds its shape when bent. It also requires fewer clips than traditional materials for connection.

With all these benefits of aluminium, it is the ideal piping material for your compressed air units. The initial capital price tag of aluminium pipes is typically higher than traditional material. The savings in maintenance, output and installations, however, make it a cost-effective option.

October 31, 2017 at 1:48 pmInfo Tech

What Should Your Website Design Focus on?

Website designYou only have seven seconds to catch the attention of site visitors. If your website is boring and lifeless–or worse, if it hasn’t loaded completely by this point–you lose potential clients. It seems confusing, however, when one tip tells you to focus on high-quality images while another tells you not to use large file sizes to improve loading speed.

Forget everything you think you know, and focus on the following:

A Clean Interface

You do not need a lengthy paragraph in your homepage just to explain that you are Canberra’s authority in the industry. Such a claim is better shown, not explained. You also do not need scores of images to flash across the screen. Sometimes graphic design should favour simplicity over pomp. A single striking image weighs more than a dozen low-quality and meaningless images.

User Experience

Your website is there to inform and help the visitor reach their goal. If they want to buy a product, guide them through each step of the purchase. If they merely seek information, you should offer all the data they need. If you want them to come back, perhaps suggest that they subscribe, but do not force them to make the decision. At every step of the way, both in your website and business app, you should offer them a way out.

Customer Satisfaction

It’s not hard to satisfy a customer if you tick all the boxes. Present them with a website that is designed to load quickly and to take them where they need to go. Answer their questions and make it easy for them to contact you if the answers are not immediately available. Then, give them a little something extra. An e-commerce site that offers discounts, for instance, gets bonus points for customer satisfaction.

Canberrans go with the company that understands their needs. They don’t need all the bells and whistles if you give them what they want in the most convenient way possible.

October 30, 2017 at 11:42 amInfo Tech

Buying Bike Locks For Improved Security: What are Your Options?

Man looking for a space to park his bicycleBikes do not weigh much, which makes them convenient not only for the owner but also for the thieves. They can easily move a great-looking bike from its supposedly secure place and resell it. This is because the authorities rarely monitor stolen bikes and they usually see it as an “assumed loss”. As such, bike theft is quite an enormous and rising issue in several cities around the globe.

As you install bike shelters in your UK offices, inform your staff regarding the different locks that they can buy to ensure improved security.

The primary step to secure their bike is to choose the right lock.

Luckily, there are many options to choose from:

  • The most famous lock choices for city riders are U-locks. These have turned into a symbol for fixie culture and bike messengers, which is why there are small U-lock images on belt loops or back pockets. These are easy to carry, practically lightweight and strong. However, the inflexibility and shape of the lock restrict where you can lock it. This is why some riders tend to go for chains or cables instead.
  • In Scandinavian nations, frame locks were first made popular before these gradually gained their reputation in North America. However, most of the cities in North America only use this type as a secondary security precaution.
  • On the other hand, urban and recreational cyclists prefer folding locks. This is mostly due to its similarities to U-lock, but with a more flexible chain. These are also lightweight and easy to carry.

As the number of bicycles seen on the streets rise, the number of thieves taking advantage of the owners’ vulnerability also increases. Make sure your bicycle does not end up as an “assumed loss” by investing in reliable locks.

October 15, 2017 at 1:00 amInfo Tech

3 Qualifications to Look For When Hiring An SEO Consultant

The recent economic boom opened up a lot of work opportunities in Singapore, with SEO consultancy jobs as one of the most coveted. The consultants work with clients from all over the world. They are often in charge of building a company or brand’s online presence and eventually getting top rankings in search engine results pages.

As a person with a brand or company to improve, you need the help of these consultants. Look for the following skills before hiring someone:

Analytical Capacity

SEO ConsultantAn SEO consultancy job requires the analysis of loads of data from all sources. These sources include audit reports of the client’s website and work practices, keyword research results and a lot more. This is a necessary part of the job because it helps you formulate the best marketing strategies for your company.

Measure how capable a consultant is through their portfolio. Did they help other brands get higher rankings? Find information on the methods and tools they use. Look for someone who knows the latest in keyword and market analysis.

HTML Knowledge

An SEO consultant in Singapore would need to understand how HTML files and tags work. These tags are not visible to the website visitors since they work in the background to define the elements on each web page. SEO optimises the page using HTML elements for better search engine rankings.

Updated with SEO News

There have been numerous updates (e.g. Panda and Penguin) not only in the rules that search engines implement, but also in the algorithms they use to rank web pages. A good SEO consultant is aware of these changes and should be able to modify their approach depending on what works.

SEO practices change and SEO consultants should know how to adapt. Make sure to find an expert who knows how to change tactics if what they’re doing is not working.

May 13, 2015 at 12:14 amInfo Tech

The Secrets of Data Analytics

analytics dataMost people aren’t wired to process numbers. Humanity evolved recognizing faces, clouds, animals, but never numbers. To force the brain to calculate and analyze the meaning behind different batches of numbers is a painful exercise.

Data is King

Fortunately, there are service providers that can help companies gather the raw data they need to improve their business. This is a great development, as it takes care of one of the most tedious parts of the process, providing accurate details of the state of each business. Gathering data isn’t the only thing companies need to do, though, as they still need to figure out what all those numbers mean.

Data Analytics is Work

This is where data analytics come in, and the real hard work begins. Data analytics involve taking the raw numbers and interpreting them in a way that normal people can understand. It’s a useful skill to have because it allows managers to pinpoint the areas where the business is lacking, and where it’s excelling.

It also gives managers an idea of why certain parts of the business are doing well, while others can’t keep up. This begs the question, “If data analytics are so great, why isn’t everybody doing it?” This is because there aren’t many businesses that offer analytics services.

An Honest Analysis

Besides availability, another obstacle in using data analytics is that there are few ways to know whether the analyzer really knows what they’re doing. Other than being able to understand the jargon of the industry, there’s little anyone can do in determining the credibility of a data analyzer. Some make their language as hard to comprehend as possible to confuse their clients. Fortunately, there is a way of finding the people who are genuine in their mission to help people. A data analyzer should manage to make a complex sequence of figures and variables easy to understand.

This takes a lot of effort to accomplish, and it’s that effort that shows clients if an analyzer is serious about doing their job. Find a serious data analyzer, and work with them to ensure business success.

November 27, 2014 at 12:00 amInfo Tech

Building Blocks of Effective IT Project Management

The future of your business depends on how you manage your information technology infrastructure. If you think your efforts are not enough to bring your company to the top, it is time to make the right adjustments.

Here are the things you should focus on to achieve success and dominance in your industry:

Establishment of Needs and Goals

You work hard to fulfil the needs and achieve the goals of your business. When you establish your objectives, you find a reason to keep going and get the results you want. Your goals motivate you to do what you have to do and stay on track.IT project management

Procurement of Efficient Tools and Software

This process involves developing or investing in efficient software that will help optimise your operational processes. Companies like Q4 Technology offer assistance in choosing the right tools for your business. They may offer technology solutions that will improve your operation, cyber security and cash flow.

System Integration

You have the tools you need to manage your project and grow your business. Your next move would be to integrate those technologies into your entire IT infrastructure. Working with the pros is a good way to make sure everything will work as expected. IT specialists know how to match new tools with the existing technologies you use to get the best results.

Establishment of IT Security

If you think your IT infrastructure is secure enough, think again. There are ways to identify and avoid threats to your systems. Having the right antivirus and other security features will help protect your files and online transactions against unauthorised access and other fraudulent activities.

Monitoring and Assessment

This process is necessary to determine whether the technologies you have implemented are working effectively or not. You can identify areas for improvement and start looking for better solutions. Working with trusted IT service providers and consultants is a good move, as these professionals can guide you through the assessment process and provide reports in real time.

Managing your IT project is easy when you have all the resources and help you need. Invest in a proven effective management solution to gain positive outcomes for your business.

November 25, 2014 at 12:27 amInfo Tech

From Records to Engagement: How Cloud Computing Benefits Your Business

Cloud ComputingAfrica is currently undergoing a technological renaissance. It is now home to millions of users who are embracing mobile technology, a trend that could change the landscape in the business sector. A recent research reveals a massive surge of tech hubs in Africa, with South Africa topping the list of countries with the most number of hubs. Businesses now have better access to technologies like cloud computing, which would help them improve their process model.

Changing the landscape

Cloud computing is one of the greatest game changers in recent decades. Many Internet service providers explain that business enterprises initially switched to the cloud model to reduce operational costs; but as the cloud proved to be a very effective platform, businesses realised the other potential applications of the technology. For example, cloud computing makes it easier to harvest and organise relevant data from social networks and mobile apps.

Making the switch

Other than the financial flexibility offered by the cloud, businesses also realised that a cloud-based network allows them to switch from systems-of-record (supply chain data, human resources, finance) with systems-of-engagement.

How exactly does this switch benefit organisations? Let’s take for example companies that manufacture smart televisions. Switching to a personalised cloud-based solution, which factors consumer engagement, they are able to interact directly with consumers. They analyse the data from these interactions and use them to deliver enhanced customer experience.

Cloud computing’s pay-per-go model is slowly making the one-size-fits-all model irrelevant. Enterprises want a custom solution that simply fits their need – nothing more and nothing less. After all, there’s no point in purchase features you don’t need. This is extremely helpful, especially to local start-ups in Africa who have so much promise, but have little capital to spend.

Cloud computing is reshaping the way companies interact with consumers. Businesses can now make process adjustments on-the-fly, enhance customer experience more quickly, and save on costs. With cloud computing, businesses have nowhere else to go but up.

November 18, 2014 at 1:00 amInfo Tech

5 Web Design Mistakes You Need To Ditch Before 2015

web designCompanies all over the world need to update their sites regularly to reflect the latest trends in web design. It is a habit borne out of necessity as businesses need great web designs to be compelling enough to drive conversion rates upwards. As 2014 comes nears its close, it is again time to look at prevailing trends in web design and to forecast what will work in the coming year.

Birmingham web designers digitalcherry.co.uk warns industry professionals to scrap these 5 web design mistakes:

1. Bad Accessibility – Always keep in mind that great browsing experience makes web visitors more likely to land you conversions. In order to avoid turning pages into a cluttered mess, you can make use of sliders. It is a great way to showcase content, photos, and videos.

2. Boring Fonts – Don’t bore your viewers with commonplace fonts. Use of unique, creative fonts instead. This is an intangible that great designers need to make use of. Your website should reflect your company’s personality to have a distinctive edge.

3. Meaningless Graphics – It again boils down to visual pollution. Simplicity works. They make web browsing much more pleasant an experience. In order to avoid being stale, you can make use of other tricks, such as parallax scrolling, to add pizzazz to your site. It adds great personality to pages, so long as you do not overdo it.

4. Gradients and shadows – Flat designs are the new trend that is dominating websites. This trend should continue well into 2015. For this reason, do away with gradients, reflections, drop shadows, and bevelled edges.

5. Navigation bars – Most users find navigation bars cluttering to web pages. They simply take up too much space. When you need them, make use of slide-out menus instead. Simplicity is more attractive to users; slide-out menus make it possible to have better all-around site navigation.

Web design is all about embracing change and letting them take your site to a whole new level. Keep this in mind and do yourself a favour; do away with these web outdated web designs before the year ends.

October 24, 2014 at 2:50 amInfo Tech