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.


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.


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.


Benefits & Applications of Temporary Humidity Control

Unbeknownst to the comfortable tech world, there’s a ton of obstacles for other industries while working. One of those obstacles is working in humidity. Having a way to control the environment can help overcome design hurdles and reduce business interruption.

According to Polygon Group, custom engineered solutions can virtually meet any design hurdle or obstacle. One of these, is humidity control.

Industries that use temporary humidity control consist of:

  • Food preparation
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Industrial & manufacturing
  • Government
  • Hospitality
  • Marine
  • Commercial construction
  • Surface preparation & coating

There’s a ton of benefits to this temporary humidity control:

  • Prevents formation of mold
  • Prevents material failure
  • Reduces moisture content in the air
  • Prevents corrosion
  • Flooring stabilization & installation
  • Keeps projects running on schedule
  • Saves on fuel costs
  • Remote monitoring capabilities

Controlled heating & cooling make working environments comfortable, safe, and productive.

The advantages of Polygon’s supplemental heating & cooling system include:

  • portability
  • unique design makes the units versatile
  • ease of on-site installation
  • delivery of clean odor-free air
  • units provide continuous ventilation
  • on-site services

There’s plenty more reasons why a supplemental heating & cooling system that includes humidity control is something you might need. Read on in the infographic below about the case study.


Irish Business Mobile Migration

All business is migrating towards mobile. People are always on the go and their phones aren’t just a security blanket any more. Mobile technology is used to do a lot. You can pay your bills, publish content, and do everything social for just a few examples.

Now that consumers are mobile, businesses are following suit. Employees demand to get their email on their phone and want to bring their own devices to work. Employers are now taking strides to accompany these requests for the sake of employee happiness and productivity.

According to Eureka Ireland Blog, the present and future of Irish business is most definitely mobile. Nine out of ten small businesses use a mobile device to conduct business and 52% of small businesses use tablets. This obviously shows the transition away from clunky huge work laptops that are outdated from the moment they’re issued. Smart phones and tablets are the new norm for people in their personal lives and it’s only natural that businesses eventually follow suit.

Nearly 40% of Irish businesses are using cloud computing. And 57.1% of Irish employees engage in a sort of “Bring Your Own Device.” Twenty-five percent of Irish employees use their own mobile devices at work and 38% of businesses expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016.

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


All about the global manufacturing sector

Manufacturing is a very broad sector. It’s also one of the oldest. In comparison, the tech sector would still be considered a newborn. Over the years, manufacturing has evolved significantly.

Let’s take a look at a resource provided by Stephens Gaskets. It details some very high level statistics about the global manufacturing sector that can give us a general idea about the breadth, depth, and comparison to other much smaller sectors.

First we’ll discuss most earnings by country. China comes in first at $1,924,961. In close second is the US of A at $1,800,500. Japan trails at a distant third with 800,000 less at $1,091,175. Germany is next at $610,184. After that comes Italy with $306,196. Russia is surprisingly low for the vastness of their country at $260,435. France and the UK are in last place with $253,608 and $229,615 respectively.

Manufacturing sales by product also has interesting figures to look at. In 2014, food and products was the largest sector at 62.2 billion in sales. Vehicles and trailers come next at 39.2 billion in sales. Machinery and equipment are in third place for 26.1 billion. Chemicals rack up 24.1 billion and fabricated metal is an even 24 billion. Transport equipment is second to last at 22.1 billion and rubber and plastic are surprisingly last with 16.8 billion in sales.

There’s plenty more, see it in the infographic below.


Franchise Opportunities in Canada

Many dream of being their own boss one day. The ability to manage your own income, direct others and be directly responsible for a business is a huge benefit. It also takes a ton of sweat, dedication and grit to make it work. There’s a reason so many small businesses fail, which is why franchise opportunities look so promising to many.

Be The Boss is an excellent resource for those looking to open their own franchise and has provided a visual for you. In Canada, the top franchises originate from Canada and the US, with 47% and 49% respectively. The oldest Canadian brand started in 1958 while the oldest US brand originated in 1954.

There’s many types of franchises, though food related ones are the most popular and have the most opportunities. Besides food, there’s hotels, real estate, automotive, pet, printing, advertising, cleaning, coffee, financial, moving, education, recreation, business, beauty, retail, home & garden, health and wellness, and fitness franchises. Quite a few to pick from!

Thirty-one percent of franchises ask for 75K to 150K in liquid capital to start while the inital franchise fee for 49% is between 20K to 30K. Twenty-three percent offer direct financing and twenty-eight percent offer a minimum of three week training program.

Read on to find out more in the infographic below.


Enterprise Request Management

According to ERM.info, Enterprise Request Management is a business efficiency strategy. It manages, automates, and centralizes business processes and service requests. Basically, it ensures that business processes get done and service requests are carried out. It’s harder than you might think when thousands of requests come in per day to manage and get them all done. For a single project, excel works from some, sharepoint for others and for large-scale projects, many need a system to manage it all.

You might need Enterprise Request Management because support calls are expensive. Vendor support can fetch prices of $471 per ticket. Field support can cost $196, Level 3 support (apps, networking, NOC etc) $85, Level 2 support (desktop) $62, and Level 1, which is a support desk, can fetch $22 per ticket.

ERM provides a single portal for all of these requests. Users can check status of the request online and in most cases, take delivery of these requests without a phone call.

The return on investment is a critical number to deciding whether to invest in an Enterprise Request Management system. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Calculate you labor spent per request by multiplying time spent on a labor request by the cost of service. Add up the cost for each type of request (which probably have different labor costs)
  2. Take the total cost of ownership of an ERM for 3-5 years and divide it by the number of service events
  3. Read how in the infographic below!


Ready to expand your business?

I’m sure you’ve heard the old anecdote about one in three businesses fail. No one wants to be the one that fails. Your business is your blood, sweat, and tears, your livelihood and the result of hours of work.

Expanding your business is how you can grow, make more money and ultimately not fail. To grow, you need the right tools. Cash only businesses restrict themselves, ultimately limiting profitability. Accepting credit cards, while costly, increases your customer base and sales potential, ultimately making you more profitable.

According to Targeted Merchant Solutions, 80% of families have a credit card and one in three customer purchases in the world were made with credit, debit or pre-paid cards. In fact, the average consumer has three credit cards and there is more than one billion dollars in circulation right now via credit card.

Annually, 3.7 trillion dollars are spent at world merchant locations. And with the increase of internet sales and business done via the web, 90% of all online purchases were made with a credit card. Six point three million businesses accept VISA and who wants to be the one that turns away customers because they don’t have cash on them? Read more in the infographic below.


The Cloud Opinion

“The Cloud” has become the new and improved way of working. Especially for businesses, cloud storage, cloud applications and cloud systems are transforming how companies operate.

With the rise of a new technology, there are always risks.

According to PerspecSys, surveys from 130 security professionals from RSA Conference show that companies are not being proactive enough to protect sensitive data in the cloud. Sixty-six percent of security professionals believe that the cloud is much more difficult to secure than on-premise systems. Only 16% believe that it’s less difficult and 18% say that it’s no different than on-premise systems.

Security protocols are important, and with the onset of new technology, it’s just as important to make sure that there are new standards in place. Sixty-nine percent of organizations have security protocols in pace while 31% do not. Of these protocols, 53% of security professionals believe that they complicate or delay their jobs while 47% believe that they don’t.

There’s more information! See it in the infographic below.