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Laser Engraving Laser Types

The main thing that differentiates laser engraving machines is the type of laser they use. It’s crucial to make sure the laser you have in your machine is the right one for the right job.

CO2 Lasers

CO2 lasers are gas lasers based on a carbon dioxide gas mixture which is then electrically stimulated. Effective on non-metallic materials and on most plastics. CO2 Lasers have a great beam quality and are the most widely used type of laser when engraving.

Fiber Lasers

Fiber lasers generate a beam using the ‘seed laser’ and amplify it in  specially designed glass fibers which are supplied with energy via pump diodes. Highly suited for metal engraving and for high-contrast plastic markings. Maintenance-free and  an average operating lifetime of 25,000 hours make fiber lasers great for industrial use.

Crystal Lasers

Crystal lasers have the same wavelength as fiber lasers so are used for marking metals and plastics. Crystal lasers, however have expensive pump diodes which wear out after around 12,000 hours.

 

 

The Effect Of Technological Change In The Workplace

Change can be a violent thing. With technology ever changing and at a rate faster than ever before, the effect of this one change can trigger unexpected reactions in the workplace.

An example of this is the increasing use of tablet computers in sales. These are commonly used in retail to help show customers features of a product, a catalogue of products or other information.

Adding this to the process of selling an item in a shop to a customer effects many aspects of the sales technique. The sales person will need to know how to use the tablet. This may require training the employee who will then need to be confident enough to use it effectively so that it will actually help him to make the sale, not hinder him. In turn the tablets themselves will need to be insured and maintained, this may require giving someone some extra hours to go through the tablets making sure they are up to date and functional.

A chain reaction that is hard to predict without some forethought.

 

Technology Solutions For Businesses

Businesses are complex structures. There are formed with the ability to carry out tasks at the forefront of their initial objectives.

In order to  maintain this direction throughout the lifetime of the business its crucial that the required technology is at available.

There are many technology solutions businesses can utilized to this effect, listed bellow are a some examples:

Web Teleconferencing

The ability to have meetings anywhere at anytime, regardless of your colleagues circumstances can be extremely efficient. Businesses that go through many different phases (such as stages of product development) in which information is changing rapidly. will make great use of web teleconferencing.

Cloud Storage

The application of cloud storage in businesses can drastically improve the speed in which information can be accessed. Cloud storage is especially useful for businesses that operate out of office. All that is needed to access the cloud storage is an internet connection, gaining access to all of the businesses files and information instantly, anywhere in the world.

 

Great Time, Task And Technology Management Apps

Keeping up to date at all times. It can be quite a feat to absorb all the required information for such a task. With knowledge of business events, technology, current affairs and reports all needing to be on hand for a successful business to grow.

So what’s the best way of tracking this information. Is there a way to keep on top of this stuff at all times, even in this seemingly technologically chaotic world?

With smartphone technology there are many tailor made apps for such a task, all of which are portable and usable anywhere you can take a smartphone.

These Include the many ‘tracker’ apps available. Date tracking, distance tracking anything traceable that might be required knowledge for your business can be calculated with these apps.

On the market there are also a host of organiser and journal apps. These work in the same way as a physical journal, but with the added bonus of them being digital. This lends them to having many digital features, such as stylus compatibility and computer connectivity. Some also have email and social media compatibility, improving the ability to keep track of daily affairs.

 

 

Solar Panels, Energy Saving, Money Saving

Its commonly considered by businesses to install solar panels on their existing office complexes or new builds. It is a popular choice for the modern business for good reason. Solar panels have many positive aspects. For one they are environmentally friendly, drawing power from the sun instead of power from the grid. They also help the business with electricity bills, producing a good portion of electricity for the business, reducing running costs.

Another great feature is that in certain countries the government will pay owners of solar panels for surplus energy generated. What this means is that any electricity produced by the solar panels that is not used by the business is fed directly back to the grid. Energy companies keep track of the energy fed back and the government then sends a cheque the ‘received’ energy.  There are some businesses that take advantage of this subsidiary and specifically base their entire business model on producing electricity in this manner.