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Product Stress Testing and Its Role in Solving Transport Tragedies

by Admin - on Apr 28th 2017 - Comments Off on Product Stress Testing and Its Role in Solving Transport Tragedies

Airplane taking off at sunsetThe world has seen some deadly aviation disasters in history. The Tenerife Air Disaster (known as the deadliest air crash in history), the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH37, and the mid-air explosion of TWA Flight 800, which occurred immediately after takeoff are a few of the unforgettable aviation accidents.

Despite the baffling circumstances initially surrounding these aviation mysteries, many of them were eventually solved and led to the development of new regulations that now make air travel safer.

One particular component contributes substantially to the solving of plane crash mysteries: the in-flight data recorder or ‘black box.’ This nearly indestructible part of an aircraft is a result of extremely stringent product testing. With rosters of experts and equipment, such as an environmental testing chamber, creating a contraption can survive almost anything. Such a quality proves handy in a situation where almost everything is destroyed and rendered useless.

The Mysteries of The Black Box

Perhaps the only strange thing with a black box is its name. It’s bright orange, not black. But its wonders don’t begin and end with its color. The black box is often the first thing authorities look for in an aircraft accident. It is specifically designed to withstand a plane crash since it survives jet fuel fires, extreme water pressure, and constant physical trauma. Additionally, the black box has a battery that lasts about a month on its own.

The job of a black box is to record everything that happens in the cockpit. All inputs, conversations, instrument readings, and other relevant data are stored in the black box. These pieces of information will prove invaluable in determining what causes a crash.  Black boxes are subject to a series of grueling tests to survive such a situation, including crash impact, static crush (where 5,000 pounds of pressure is applied on the component), Pierce test, fire test, and water pressure test.

A black box’s durability is nothing miraculous. It’s a result of regular stress tests and innovative solutions. Without industrial-grade product testing processes, an in-flight data recorder would not be as efficient and effective as it is today. The lack of a black box would’ve halted the progress of aviation safety standards. With it at the core of crash investigations, what seemed like an oblivious connection at the start proves to be a very logical one in the end.

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.

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.


Understanding the Job of a 911 Dispatcher

by Admin - on Feb 16th 2017 - Comments Off on Understanding the Job of a 911 Dispatcher

Emergency HotlineSince its inception, 911 have greatly helped tons of people in the United States. As the country’s universal emergency number, the hotline consists of dispatchers who question callers and send help. Below are some of the questions 911 dispatchers ask during an emergency.

Where is Your Emergency?

The location of the emergency is the most important detail in a 911 call. By knowing the emergency site, 911 dispatchers can send help via computer-aided dispatch software like eFORCE Software. People may call for a person at another location, which is okay as long as they provide the exact site. 911 dispatchers typically ask for cross streets, landmarks, and building structure to find the victim as quickly as possible.

What is the Emergency?

911 dispatchers ask about the caller’s concern immediately so they can determine what type and level of response are needed. By determining the situation, 911 dispatchers can correctly process the call.

What is Your Callback Number?

911 may have a caller ID system, but dispatchers will still ask for a callback number when possible. Expect dispatchers to ask for your area code as this helps them track the emergency and respond to the caller immediately.

Who is the Victim?

As mentioned, most 911 callers phone for another person, which is why dispatchers always ask about the name and condition of the victim. Whether you are calling for a neighbor, a friend, or someone you don’t know, 911 dispatchers may ask for a physical, clothing or vehicle description.

Who is the Offender?

According to statistics, most 911 calls are crime-related. 911 dispatchers may ask for offenders, especially if they suspect extreme fear and panic in the situation. They will also ask if there are any weapons involved. If you are a witness or victim to a crime, address the offender immediately so 911 dispatchers can assist the emergency speedily.

Through time and technology, 911 have evolved into a hotline that Americans can trust anytime. Be aware of your situation and surroundings, and dial 911 whenever an emergency occurs.

Optimize to Maximize: 4 Ways to Make Your Digital Ad Budget Work Double Time

by Admin - on Feb 10th 2017 - Comments Off on Optimize to Maximize: 4 Ways to Make Your Digital Ad Budget Work Double Time

Digital Marketing According to eMarketer, companies will spend a total of $77.37 billion (38.4% of total ad expenses) in digital ads this year. More companies are increasing their budget allocation for digital marketing and advertising. But are they maximizing the benefits of this shift? Here are some ways on how you can maximize your digital ad spend this 2017.

  1. Consistent Testing, Continuous Refocusing

Digital technologies have given businesses more ways to reach their target consumers. It is important for teams to consistently test their performance in existing channels to see where ad spends appear to be a waste of time and resources. As consumer behaviors continuously evolve, consistent testing allows brands to refocus their efforts on the channels that perform well instead of wasting resources on the ones that barely generate leads.

  1. Go for a Targeted Approach

It’s time to veer away from the “spray and pray” approach wherein brands spread their message and hope for better lead generation and conversion. Targeted banners and other digital media products can generate better leads and sales.

  1. Learn from the Past

Sometimes, old is the new “new.” But this doesn’t mean you should replicate what has been done before and simply revise it to accommodate the new campaign. What this means is that efforts in the past, whether successful or not, can serve as inspirations, guides, and springboards for new campaigns. It’s always advisable to revisit old campaign channels and see how it can be successful now. Ask a reputable digital development company in Encino, CA about your options.

  1. Measure Relentlessly

It is important to measure your efforts consistently to compute your ROI. Any campaign will be in vain if teams do not measure and come up with numbers that will prove its success. In business, everything is measured and analyzed. Knowing this, teams should have success parameters to help them measure ROI later on.

If you want to maximize your digital ad spend, make sure you are optimizing all of your channels to extend your reach. As more companies increase their budget for digital marketing and advertising this year, it is important to measure and monitor efforts to ensure high ROI.

The Reign of the Construction Industry: This Year’s Building Management Trends

by Admin - on Feb 6th 2017 - Comments Off on The Reign of the Construction Industry: This Year’s Building Management Trends

Building Management Technology advances every year – and 2017 has a lot to offer for building management. Besides the use of software for construction estimating, below are the predicted trends that will continue to reign over the construction industry:


Since the dawn of hackers and illegal online services, cybersecurity has always been a priority. More and more people prefer to connect with each other using mobile devices. What this forms is a huge web of connectivity that could be vulnerable to attacks and accidental or prohibited release of valuable information.

Fortunately, there are now regulations for network security and data protection. These guidelines are critical in making sure that the owner and future occupants get a building with a high level of security.

The Internet of Things

Before it became accessible to many, connectivity was once really costly. The price of setting up wireless IP or wired IP connectivity was too expensive for integrators and customers. In the last few years, however, the internet witnessed a huge explosion in a number of gadgets linked. This heightened level of connectivity allows for better building efficiency. They can now easily deliver data about energy and building performance through cloud-based technology.

For instance, Automated Fault Detection & Diagnostics (AFDD) can provide the users an insight on the current performance of the building and the real-time costs.


Every year, tech firms surprise the world with their innovative designs and features, whether it is hardware or software. This is a huge advantage to the industry, as these gadgets help increase the employee’s productivity. With just the use of a mobile platform, managers can easily oversee the status of the building. They can even actively monitor and command the important infrastructure anytime and anywhere.

Technology will always be a helpful tool in the construction industry. These are just some of the business management trends that will help improve the productivity and security of buildings.

Risk Mitigation: Know the Essentials

by Admin - on Jan 5th 2017 - Comments Off on Risk Mitigation: Know the Essentials

Man Studying Risk MitigationNowadays, construction contracts and contract terms and conditions are beginning to reflect higher levels of security to benefit all of the stakeholders. Plant and motor vehicle insurance, for instance, accrue to the contractor. Liquidated damages (LD), meanwhile, apply to the employer.

The thing is, however, they aren’t free. When more provisions are included in the contract, the cost increases as well. How, then, do you differentiate the essential provisions from those you can do without?

Vital Provisions

Liquidation damages are non-negotiable, as well as a professional indemnity (PI) and public liability (PL) insurance. PL insurance, in general, is inexpensive to provide, although there were instances where the cover carried by the contractor and by the client coincides. Contract works insurance is also essential, especially in where procurement of funding is involved.

Negotiable Provisions and those You Can Do Without

As guarantees, warranties, and indemnities are all similar, this may be negotiable. Moreover, the law already covers most of what they offer. There is, furthermore, an already existing common law protection available to the client in cases of misdemeanor.

Performance bonds are likewise debatable, as meticulous pre-qualification checks may eliminate the need for these. When used, they should always be conditional, to avoid the open-ended risks associated with these unconditional bonds.

On the other hand, retentions you can do without, as these may hinder cash flow, and such an amount can be significant on a large project. You may seek other remedies for retention should the need arise.

Project managers can benefit from tools that track certificates of insurance. These tools not only help meet collection and issuance needs, they also allow users to spot loopholes in their processes, and in effect, save important resources. These kinds of software may be customized to cater to specific requirements.

Conversely, you may seek the services of an intermediary. When assessing legal advice and establishing tendering conditions, however, it is inevitable to lose track of what the client wishes to achieve. When creating contracts and setting insurances straight, managers need to achieve a fair balance among risk allocation, recognition of the prevalent contractual circumstances, and the dominant mindset in the marketplace.

Burglarproof Your Home with a Remote Garage Door Opener

by Admin - on Dec 5th 2016 - Comments Off on Burglarproof Your Home with a Remote Garage Door Opener

Remote Garage Door OpenerPicture a well-dressed man in tie and suit, buzz-beating the clock and rushing to his car at the garage to avoid being late for a very important appointment. Would he rather open the garage, drive out, step out of the car to close the garage and drive towards the highway – or simply push a button after driving out of the parking space and rev the car up towards the road?

The answer is obvious

Having a garage door opener remote is apparently convenient for many people, as they scratch out the need to go through the hassle of opening and closing the door of the garage. The remote, such as Merlin door remote, works through a radio frequency that enables the transmission of a signal for the garage door to open or close.

Older vs. Modern Remotes

Older models of garage door remotes include tiny switches that activate codes that can either turn the mechanism on or off. Modern remotes, on the other hand, make use of a rolling code technology that works by altering the codes whenever the buttons on the remote are pressed.

Benefits of Using a Garage Door Fitted with a Garage Door Remote

Set forth below are a few benefits of using a garage door equipped with a garage door remote:

1. You can save money – Using an automatic garage door with remote can help you save your money by lessening the chances of your door breaking down because of being mishandled.

2. You are assured of safety and security – An automated garage door is only opened with the use of a remote controller. As such, before anyone can have access to your garage, they have to first seek your consent. However, you have to make sure that the remote is kept away from the prying eyes.

These are only a few perks of having a garage door that comes with a remote. This said, it is wise to automate your garage door with the use of a door remote.


3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Web Design Agency

by Admin - on Sep 15th 2016 - Comments Off on 3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Web Design Agency

Web Design Agency in ColoradoChoosing the right web design agency to entrust your website to is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when building your business website. Since web design is a big factor when it comes to converting visitors into customers, your team of experts should have the knowledge and experience to deliver great results.

Here are some things you need to ask a web design agency before hiring them.

Have you built your own brand?

Web design in Denver is heavily connected to branding. The way your website looks is a direct representation of you as a brand. That’s why it’s important for the agency of your choice to have a defined brand themselves. They must also have a clear list of what they can provide for your business. Ask for their brand guidelines and what results you should expect from their services.

Are you an expert on this type of website function?

Websites have different functions. Some are e-commerce, some are niche blogs, some are CRM-focused. The design agency you’ll hire should be an expert on the kind of business website you are. This way, you can collaborate and effectively make your website the best it can be by using the right design elements. This will help you capture better and more leads. This will also help the agency determine which technologies and techniques to integrate into your web design.

How can you help improve the site?

Some small business owners know that they need to improve specific areas of their web design but can’t seem to pinpoint them. A great agency will be able to help you determine these weak points and present you with different ways to improve them. If they can help you understand why some elements work and some don’t, then they can definitely be a great agency to hire.

Ask these important questions so you can choose the right web design agency to hire for the improvement of your website.

Beware of Water That Smells Like Rotten Eggs

by Admin - on Jul 27th 2016 - Comments Off on Beware of Water That Smells Like Rotten Eggs

Clean Tap WaterDo yourself a favor now and check your tap water. Try to see if it smells of rotten eggs. If it doesn’t, you’re lucky. If it does, not so much. What it means is that your tap water is contaminated with sulfur, a pollutant that does a lot more than smell bad. Try looking it up on sites like and you’ll realize why.

Quick Facts About Sulfur

Sulfur is what makes you tear up while you chop onions. It’s also responsible for that strong smell. In water, it’s characterized by the smell of rotten eggs. Know that the presence of sulfur alone is not dangerous. But it also heralds the fact that the water might be highly polluted.

Why sulfur, of all things? Bacteria produce it live in oxygen-deficient places like deep wells and plumbing systems. In there, they eat decaying organic matter. Hydrogen sulfide gas is subsequently produced as a result. This gets trapped inside the pipes over time.

Possible Health Effects

First off, know that sulfur plays a role in human nutrition. Eggs, fish, and poultry contain good amounts of sulfur. If you want good hair, skin, and nails, you’re to ingest foods with a good amount of sulfur content. But the problem lies in taking too much, like everything else. Diarrhea and dehydration are the biggest threats to human health of too much sulfur consumption.

There are two different compounds involved in this: sulfate and hydrogen sulfide. The former is known to cause dehydration because of a laxative effect. But the good thing is, sulfur-oxidizing bacteria don’t harm humans at all. As for the latter, it’s flammable and poisonous. High concentrations of hydrogen sulfide are known to cause nausea and illness. It may even cause death.

How To Treat Sulfur-Laced Water

Numerous treatment options exist. The sulfur can be oxidized using aeration, chlorination, and ozone, to name a few. Aeration works by using oxygen to react to the hydrogen sulfate. An odorless, dissolved sulfate is the result. Carbon filtration, on the other hand, makes use of an activated carbon filter. Lastly, there’s what’s known as “shock chlorination”—it reduces the amount of sulfur-producing bacteria.