Falk G Couplings: An Illustrated Look

According to Mar-Dustrial Sales, Falk LifeLign G Couplings are the best thing you can do for a gearbox that you own. For those of you like me, a gearbox uses gears and gear trains to provide speed and torque conversions from a rotating power source to another device.

Gearboxes are used in a ton of different applications, thought most are in motor vehicles.

Mar-Dustrial recommends that you use Falk LifeLign G Couplings because they are inexpensive, interchangeable, and designed to AGMA standards. There are a variety of sizes and capacities. Regardless of the size differences in sleeve barrels, LifeLign G Couplings can be switched out easily. They also come with a specific grease that is designed to increase the life expectancy of the part.

The AGMA bolt pattern makes the coupling interchangeable with any standard coupling on your existing applications. The AGMA 20 degree full depth tooth triple crowning eliminates tip loading and reduces backlash and radial clearances.

A non-turning prevailing torque locknut provides reliable hold with fewer parts. Lube holes located near the tooth mesh ensure an adequate grease resevoir during initial startup. High strength grade A bolts provide added protection against failure. And a massive flex hub provides the industry’s largest bore capacity for the most economical selection possible.

There’s more to see, read in the infographic below.


The 6 Biggest Losses Bookies Suffered

Usually it seems as though the bookies always win (or don’t pay up) when it’s your turn to cash in. Smart Live Gaming has managed to find six huge instances when a bookie lost big time. Let’s enjoy this moment and think about every movie we’ve ever watched where the mangy, dirty bookie screwed someone out of their winnings.

  1. In 2000, a Manchester United fan won big time by betting on a 30p accumulator bet. He managed to pocket 500 thousand pounds. That’s not bad for a self employed business man!
  2. A hotel worker in 2004 won 870 thousand pounds. He selected the six winners at the races with a two pound wager. That’s crazy!
  3. Here’s an interesting one: when Weymouth fans started to fear that their team would lose, they bet against their own team. And won one million pounds! By betting against their OWN team. Crazy right?
  4. Another one won big time at the races (which really, when does that happen?). Four horses were priced as outsiders and bet on before the races. They raked in 15 million pounds and were all linked to Barney Curley, their trainer.
  5. Bookies lost a massive 20 million pounds when 19 of the top 20 accumulator football teams won with the remaining game being a draw.

Read on in the infographic below to find out the biggest bookie loss of them all!


BLDC Motors and Competitive Costs with High-Grade Brush Motors

According to Sinotech, brush motors have significantly shorter lives than brushless DC motors. And when you compare the costs of BLDC motors have on other components, it’s definitely competitive with the short lifespan brush motors.

BLDC motors should only be compared to high-grade brush motors and not less expensive commodity brush motors with shorter lifespans.

A BLDC motor can run for 20,000 to 40,000 hours. A brush motor can run for 1,000-2,00 hours. That’s a huge difference! BLDC motors are 95% efficient (or higher) than 75-85% brush motors. The electromagnetic interference of a BLDC motor is minimal or little filtering is needed. When compared to a brush motor, they may require significant filtering due to electrical discharge at the commutator.

BLDC motors are also explosion resistant, which can’t be said for brush motors. BLDC motors can also be low speed with high torque, which can’t be done with brush motors.

A brushless DC motor has a motor case and inside of that is the stator winding. Inside the stator winding is the stator lamination stack. A ring magnet fits inside of that and a hall effect magnet fits inside of the ring magnet.

Curious to learn more? Read on in the infographic below.


The Difference between Land Based and Online Casinos

Gambling in person versus online is definitely a different experience. Smart Live Gaming has analyzed the differences for you in a handy resource. Let’s take a look.

Safety: safety is definitely a concern in both land-based and online casinos. With online casinos, it’s your bank account, credit card information, or identity theft. There isn’t the organized crime chances that in person casinos have, but some have definitely been accused of being a criminal front.

Bonuses: Land-based casinos cannot afford to give out bonuses because of their large overhead and operating costs. While online casinos have the ability to do that, they don’t have the social atmosphere that in person casinos have.

Promotions: Online casinos offer frequent promotions, likely because they have your email and can contact you at any time. Land-based casinos can’t offer these types of promotions, but they can give you deals on entertainment, dining, and accommodations.

Skill factor: Skilled players at in person casinos can be intimidating to newcomers and can easily take advantage of them. Online casinos give you anonymity, free support, and guides to help you play.

Convenience: With online casinos, the only things you need are a stable internet connection and dependable computer. In person casinos require travel and getting out of your pajamas.

Read more in the infographic below.


UK’s Gambling Performance Comparison

Online gambling has come a long ways since it’s inception. And Smart Live Gaming is the know it all when it comes to areas in the UK and their performance. They’ve ranked performance of the top 12 cities in the UK and analyzed spend per city, players per city, gender insights, and players per age group.

They’ve created a performance index, which is the amount bet versus the amount won. This is the performance comparison with number 1 being the best performing area. And in the number one place is Liverpool. London is in close second, only being .004 behind Liverpool. Manchester is number three, Birmingham four, and Bristol five. Leeds takes the number six spot, which isn’t horrible, but it isn’t the best. Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester, Sheffield, and Newcastle the last six in order.

For spend per city, London takes the cake with spending 36%. Birmingham spends 16%, Leeds 9% and Manchester and Bristol at 7%. Leicester spends 6%, Cardiff 5%, Liverpool 4% (which is surprising since it’s in the number one performance spot. Perhaps the few that gamble are just very very good?). Newcastle and Edinburgh spend 3% and Glasgow and Sheffield spend 2%.

There’s plenty more to read in the infographic below. Find out the percentage of players per city, gender insights, and percentage of players per age group.


Retirement Investing: Stocks versus Real Estate

There’s a lot of options for retirement investing and saving.

According to Safeguard IRA & 401K advisors, most Americans are still focused on investing in the stock market which often yields short-term gains. There’s alternative assets that people can look at that are sustainable and profitable and yield long-term growth.

Safeguard focuses on a self-directed real estate IRA. They recommend investing in real assets, like real estate, because it can hedge against inflation and losses from the volatility of the stock market.

Most Americans have a portfolio consisting of 70% stocks, both foreign and domestic, 5% short term investments, and 25% bonds.

In the recession of 2008, an incredible 3.5 million jobs were lost over the course of 3 years. The unemployment rate skyrocketed from 4.4% in 2007 to 8.7% in 2009. This meant that gross domestic product (GDP) also dropped. In 2007, GDP was at a high in the 2nd quarter to 3.1%. The lowest point was in the fourth quarter of 2008 at -8.2%.

Of course this meant that the stock market prices dropped. The DOW was at 12000+ in 2007 and dropped to 6,500 (almost half) in March of 2009. Of course this affected 401ks drastically. If your 401K was 200,000+, it’s likely you lost 25%. If your 401K was 100,000-200,000, you lost 21%.

There’s plenty more to read in the infographic below. Take a look.


How to Choose the Right Tradeshow Display

Promoting your business via a booth at tradeshows can be an exhilarating or frustrating experience. It’s all about drawing people in, creating interest, then impressing them with your product, service, or business strategy.

According to S2 Imaging, picking the right tradeshow display isn’t the easiest task and they’ve provided a handy infographic to help you decide how to choose the perfect display for your business.

If you have less than 6ft of space, it’s recommended that you choose from a table-top display, retractable banner stand, collapsible banner stand, a small banner wall, a tower, or a kiosk.

If your space is 7-10 feet, you have a few more options. These consist of the following: 8ft display table-top, 1-3 collapsible banner stands, 1-3 retractable banner stands, a floor standing fabric display thats 8 or 10 feet. There’s also a pillow fabric display system, an adjustable banner wall, a panel popup system, and a modular exhibit system.

There’s a few more options for 11-15, 16-19, and over 20 feet. There’s also some recommendations to make your space look more professional. These exist of lights, literature racks, podiums, counters, kiosks, Ipad or tablet displays, monitor displays, flooring, table covers and flags.

Read on in the infographic below.


Seven Strangest Superstitions

Bingo. The fun game you play as a kid in class, at parties, then in retirement is timeless. Everyone can play at any time (and everyone likes winning). It’s ultimately a game of luck (and paying attention).

According to Bingo Find, there’s quite a few luck related superstitions from various cultures around the world. In this infographic, they explain the top seven strangest superstitions from around the globe.

Number 7: In South Korea, people believe that if you sleep with a fan on, you’ll die in your sleep. This superstition is so entrenched in culture that doctors even tell you to turn it off. I don’t know about you, but this sounds pretty strange to me. How would a fan kill you in your sleep? Is it the nice cool breeze? Will it cause you to stop breathing? Those of us outside of South Korea that love our nighttime fans can certainly say that we’re happily still alive and breathing.

Number 6: In Spain, the tradition right at the stoke of the New Year consists of eating twelve grapes. They believe doing so will bring you good luck over the coming year. Whether that’s true or not, it can’t readily be proven (unlike the above fan superstition).

Number 5: In Italy, they have a name for swimming after eating. Though it’s a myth in the US, Italians believe that you’ll certainly die if you do so.

There’s plenty more superstitions to see. Read on in the infographic below.


How much would it cost to insure pets from the movies?

There’s nothing like a movie with a pet as the star. Whomever decided to tap in to furry friend powers to tug at our heart strings was a genius. From Milo & Otis to Airbud to Homeward Bound, these movies are classics that will never be forgotten by the children that loved them.

According to Helpucover.co.uk, the cost to insure some of these famous animals might be more than you think. Pet insurance has come a long way since it’s start. Losing your pet is like losing a member of your family and there are a lot of options to help pay for those costly vet bills that come about whenever you don’t need anything else to add to your plate.

Let’s take a look at what insuring some of these animals might cost:

First up is two little mice. The cost to insure Mouse from Mousehunt is 8.19 pounds per month, or 98.28 pounds per year. Stuart Little is next. You might remember that Stuart Little was more boy than mouse. Regardless, the cost to insure him is 9.91 pounds per month, or 118.92 pounds per year.

Of course, Garfield is next on the list. The grumpy cat is 10.61 pounds per month or 127.32 pounds per year.

There’s plenty more animals to look at like Nemo, Marley, Old Yeller, and Free Willy. Read on in the infographic below.


History of the Minimum Wage in the US

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), workers in the US must be paid a minimum wage. States and municipalities all have the option of raising the federally set standard of $7.25 per hour.

According to HR Direct, the idea of a standard minimum wage came about in 1912 when Massachusset became the first state to pass a law, covering women and children as well. Many states took the same actions, but the Supreme Court ruled it as unconstitutional.

In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt took similar action to establish a federal minimum wage of .25 cents per hour as part of the National Industrial Recovery Act. The Supreme Court also ruled it as unconstitutional.

President Roosevelt took another stab at it in 1938, creating the FLSA and establishing the minimum wage to “maintain a standard of living necessary for health, efficiency, and general well-being.”

The Supreme Court upheld the FLSA in 1941, bumping it up to .40 cents per hour. In that time, a loaf of bread was $0.09, a gallon of milk $0.50, and a midsize car was $763.

In 1949, the wage nearly doubled, adding up to $.75 per hour. The FLSA was amended to include retail workers up to 2.2 million people.

There’s plenty more to read in the infographic below.