Date archive for April, 2017

An Unseen Threat: What’s Lurking in Your Office Carpet?

by Admin - on Apr 25th 2017 - Comments Off on An Unseen Threat: What’s Lurking in Your Office Carpet?

A Dirty CarpetIn the office setting, little thought goes into cleaning up the carpet. Unless there’s a huge stain or mess on the carpet, then a good vacuuming every once in a while ought to do the trick, right?

While any sign of dirt or bacteria may not be visible, commercial carpets really do take a beating and require more than just a vacuuming to keep it clean and free of dirt. ProKleen, a carpet and upholstery cleaning service, believes that regular carpet cleaning can improve the environment in an office setting significantly by eliminating possible asthma and other health risks.

What are some the hidden problem-causing elements lurking inside your office carpet, then?

Dust and Dirt

Did you know that the average American home accumulates up to 40 pounds of dust every year? A larger office setting with significantly more foot traffic, therefore, has an even higher amount of dust and particulates. In fact, vacuuming only gets rid of about 85% of the dirt, so it is necessary that you turn to upgraded carpet cleaning methods for better results.

Pathogens and Bacteria

Unlike moldy bread, it’s harder to tell whether a carpet is harboring bacteria, such as mold, salmonella, and E. coli. Mold and mildew thrive in warm, wet environments and they can survive in an uncleaned carpet for over a month, though. So, make sure you always keep your carpet clean and dry.

Outside Chemicals

Even if office workers wipe the dirt off their feet before entering the office, a host of chemicals clings to shoe soles that could damage a carpet. A combination of melted ice and vehicle oil could leave behind an unpleasant stain on carpet fibers, turning the carpet into an absorbent pad for all types of chemicals.

Bugs and Fleas

The average person sheds about one million dead skin cells in a single day. It is no surprise that microscopic bugs make their home out of carpets since they often contain large amounts of dander and dead skin. Dust mites can trigger allergies to those with skin asthma, so it is imperative that you give your carpet an occasional good scrub.

Dirty carpets can lead to unpleasant odors and cause unsanitary conditions. Keep your office in good shape with regular carpet cleaning — your health will thank you for it.

How to Keep Your Work Area Clean and Safe

by Admin - on Apr 20th 2017 - Comments Off on How to Keep Your Work Area Clean and Safe

Rear view of a businessman using a computer in a cluttered workspaceKeeping your work area clean should be your priority, especially if you have a workshop type of space. The smaller your work area, the more conscious you should be about keeping it clean.

Avoid clutter

When you leave things lying around, you may waste time looking for them on the next use. What’s more, your work area becomes cluttered. Instead of freely moving to every corner of your work area, you have to step over or push aside clutter to move. The solution? Have a designated space for everything.

Use enclosures

Dust can quickly build up on every surface in your work area especially when you work with wood. It can be hard to keep things clean. To prevent wood filings and sawdust from affecting the entire work area, use an enclosure for specific tools and purposes. Another way to limit the dust is by using a dust collector booth. Not only can this device protect your work area from clutter, but it can also reduce the risk of fire.

Vacuum and wipe down

Having a vacuum cleaner on standby is an easy way to clean certain spots. An industrial grade or professional vacuum cleaner can do the job better than a household counterpart can, especially if you have a large work area. After vacuuming, do a wipe-down of surfaces to catch the dust and dirt that you may have missed. Use a safe chemical for disinfecting, or simply use water mixed with vinegar.

Clean up the mess immediately

Spills can cause accidents. To reduce such risks, wipe or mop away the mess at the soonest. Don’t forget to wash and wring your mop in each use. A wet mop or rag will not absorb spills properly.

Lost or misplaced tools, difficulty of access, accidents, fires, and many other issues can stem from neglecting cleanliness. Follow these tips to prevent them from happening.

Big Data Analytics: Faster Decision Making in the Construction Industry

by Admin - on Apr 12th 2017 - Comments Off on Big Data Analytics: Faster Decision Making in the Construction Industry

 two builders standing with an open blueprintKeeping to the schedule is important in any construction project. It determines any important progress and keeps the people involved on track. Sometimes, though, a certain situation calls for a change in the project’s timeline.

Whether it’s a big or small change, contractors know that they should make a decision quickly — and to do this, they need instant access to the important data. LoadSpring, for instance, anticipates this kind of demand from clients by providing high-altitude overviews of all their clients’ project data.

Duties of the Construction Industry

A lot of construction companies have to deal with multiple projects at the same time. Their duties include collecting, organizing, and analyzing data, as well as coming up with work and progress reports. On top of that, they have to manage technical data constantly.

Faster Operation

Big data analytics enables construction companies to manage and analyze a large bulk of data that they couldn’t have managed manually. In effect, it saves both time and effort for contractors, which enables them to focus better on the construction site.

More Efficient Risk Prediction

Every big decision on a project constitutes a level of risk. When presented with the right data, however, it enables contractors to improve on cost certainty, predict and avoid possible pitfalls, and find ways to improve on certain areas of the project.

Moreover, it helps them obtain valuable insights that can improve their decision-making processes.

Real-Time Access

Some data analytics software enable users to share computer resources. This takes less of a contractor’s time because they don’t have to contact all parties involved to broadcast the changes or progress made.

Contractors have to make important decisions all the time, and it doesn’t always come with the luxury of time. This is why more contractors are relying on software to analyze big data for them.   

Inertial Guidance and Its Role in Space Exploration

by Admin - on Apr 10th 2017 - Comments Off on Inertial Guidance and Its Role in Space Exploration

People in SpaceExploration has always been the pursuit of mankind. For over three thousand years, humanity has discovered an array of navigation tools and references; from stars, sea currents, sensors, to radio, among other things. While these methods prove useful in marital and terrestrial navigation, they are dependent on external references, which make them susceptible to harsh conditions.

A navigation system necessary for flight and space exploration should be impervious to these conditions and independent of external references or influences. These considerations led to the development of inertial navigation systems in the 1940’s.

Inertial Guidance in Space Exploration

Inertial guidance uses motion sensors or accelerators and gyroscopes to establish the position, orientation, and velocity of a moving object without the need for external information. Since then, INS systems have evolved to achieve extreme accuracy and reliability.

In human spaceflight, inertial navigation systems provide guidance for lift-off until the shuttle separates from the booster. Because inertial systems have limitations, engineers have been finding ways to update these for outer space explorations. Celestial tracking is still a major requirement, especially for aircraft traveling to and landing on planets, and those returning to earth.

Navigational Aids

To improve capabilities and meet accuracy requirements, scientists have integrated other navigational instruments and methods to inertial guidance systems. One example is the GPS-aided inertial navigation system

In this scheme, the INS provides short-term data, while the GPS corrects accumulated errors and delivers more refined information. These systems are common in large passenger jet aircraft. There are also specialty labs that continuously develop algorithms and hybrid systems to perform specific functions, from human motion tracking, weapon orientation tracking, virtual and augmented reality and more.

Exploration has always been the pursuit of mankind. For over three thousand years, humanity has discovered an array of navigation tools and references; from stars, sea currents, sensors, to radio, among other things. While these methods prove useful in marital and terrestrial navigation, they are dependent on external references, which make them susceptible to harsh conditions.

A navigation system necessary for flight and space exploration should be impervious to these conditions and independent of external references or influences. These considerations led to the development of inertial navigation systems in the 1940’s.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Increase Productivity with Takeoff Software Programs

by Admin - on Apr 8th 2017 - Comments Off on A Quick & Easy Guide to Increase Productivity with Takeoff Software Programs

Man Using Construction Software

If there’s one thing you wouldn’t want to happen at work, that is your staff being burned out because of the high stress levels at work. Too much work means lower job satisfaction.

If you notice that your team’s productivity is about to hit rock bottom, you may want to look at solutions takeoff programs can give. These can lessen your load and more importantly, make work better for your staff. The best part is a takeoff software program can help get more work done, too.

Accurate Work

In construction, your team would have to give out details of material costs, subcontract expenses, actual labor, and equipment costs. Giving out these details is one thing, but making sure they’re accurate is another.

To make sure these details are accurate, you have to dedicate enough time to go over them. Going over these details can be time-consuming and tiring, however. With takeoff software, you may not have to go over these details. The programs are designed to return the right results — the closest numbers to the true costs. This means that you can guarantee accuracy the first time around.

Up to Consistent Quality

With takeoff programs, you can work on a pile of projects using the same layout. This means you would be using the same procedures and costs. More importantly, this means the quality of projects remains consistent.

Project Management

Takeoff programs can handle many tasks that can be done automatically. Apart from giving out the accurate estimation of costs, they can process lists and sort out data. The result is the possibility of better project management.

If you can let the software do the work they were designed for, would you need to assign these types of work to the people in your team? Of course, not. This means your team members can do something else, like focusing on other important tasks.

To sum up, take-off programs can be a big help when it comes to increasing the productivity of your team. These programs are designed to accomplish particular types of automated work, and they can accomplish these things at a fast rate. If your team could use a helping hand, it may be time to step up your game with take-off programs.

Three Ways to Dominate the Online Retail Game

by Admin - on Apr 6th 2017 - Comments Off on Three Ways to Dominate the Online Retail Game

A Woman Shopping Online

Starting an online retail store is a good business idea, especially now that Google’s algorithm has stronger support for local businesses. As most shoppers these days typically use the Internet to buy whatever they want, there is no better time to join the action than now.

Here is some information you can use to increase your chances of success with your online store.

Know your way around pricing

If you carry products from brands you do not own, you should know how much the going prices for the goods are at all times. You may subscribe to an online service that monitors MAP policy enforcement as it is impossible to keep tabs of prices manually. Minimum Advertised Pricing or MAP carries an impact on how much you may earn, as it dictates how low you can go with a particular product to remain competitive.

You may still come up with a workaround on the pricing, however, but be careful how you do it so you don’t break the policy yourself. For example, you may advertise coupons without specifying which products the coupons may be used on if the discount is lower than the MAP for that product. Rather, specify which products the coupons may not be used on.

Work with a reliable delivery service

Working with a delivery or courier agency without knowing how well they can handle your business is risky. Customers are not patient when it comes to delays or damages in the goods they order. When you promise overnight shipping, make sure to do overnight shipping. To make your store even more popular, offer free shipping. This is another way to work around a MAP, actually. Some online stores try to make a profit off the shipping fee, but that is just a bad business practice and you should stay clear of it.

Use reviews and listings to your benefit

Google puts a high premium on reviews and listings, and customers get more value out of them. If you are getting bad reviews left and right, something must be wrong and you should address it immediately. If the positive reviews start coming in, those alone are good for advertising and marketing. As for listings, the more listing websites your business appears on, the better. Google understands that these listings all belong to one website or business, and it interprets this as a positive. You need that for your SEO success.

These are three pieces of advice that many new online store entrepreneurs do not know about, or at least do not practice. Use them to your benefit and give your business a better chance of making it big.