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Understanding The Basics Of Rigid-Flex Circuit Boards

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As a product manufacturer, you’re probably always looking for ways to improve the design and functionality of your product. If you’re considering redevelopment of a product line, one of the changes you should consider is replacing the rigid circuit boards with rigid-flex printed circuit boards instead. If you’re not familiar with these boards, here’s a look at the basics you should know. What Exactly Are Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards? Rigid-flex circuit boards are a blend of rigid and flex circuitry. This gives them the best of both designs, with features from both types of boards working together to create a functional unit. Most of the rigid-flex board designs feature several layers of flexible substrates that are attached to rigid circuit boards. What Are the Benefits of Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards? The combination of the circuit board designs produces a product with many benefits. Here are a few of the benefits that you might get from investing in this type of circuit board. Versatility – The flexible circuitry gives you the freedom to shape the product in virtually any design without sacrificing the precision of the printed circuit board. Stability – With so many different layers all working together, these boards have a strong foundation that builds on the structural stability of the rigid circuit board. At the same time, the flexible circuit board provides just enough flexibility and movement that the board isn’t as likely to snap in high-pressure placements. Security – When you have a stable circuit board that you can put into just about any application, you’ll have the confidence that your board can maintain the connections necessary for the product to function. This ensures lasting stability and security of the connections for the board to respond and communicate properly. Where Can You Use Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards? You can use rigid-flex circuit boards in many different applications, from commercial products to industrial equipment. You can use them in small electronics, manufacturing equipment and even aircraft. Many consumer products, hand-held devices and even medical tools use rigid-flex printed circuit boards in their design. With so many possible applications, you’re sure to be able to use these boards in any design that you’re working on. Now that you understand the basics of rigid flex circuit boards, you’ll be able to evaluate them objectively to determine if they are right for you. With several advantages to using boards like these, you may find that they are an ideal choice for your new...

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Four Tips To Help You Get Start With A Small Business Telephone System

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have a small business, having the right technology is important to success. Telephone and communications are an important part of this. You may need to have more than a single line for your business, as well as incorporate features like forwarding and voicemail. Here are some tips to help you start setting up a telephone system for your small business:  1. Choosing The Type Of System To Use For Your Business There are many different types of telephone systems to choose from. You can have a traditional T1 telephone line, or you may choose to have a VoIP system for your business. Each of these has different benefits, but the telephone system, routing and other features inside your business will be the same.  2. Routing Solutions For The Different Lines Of Your Business Routing for your business is handled by a PBX box, which is a type of telephone server. The service can route calls to the secretary, intercom or other features of your system. For a basic system, you may only need to have a single router. If you have a larger business with more extensions, you may need a larger PBX solution and switches for your telephone system. 3. Integrating Other Communications Solutions Into Your Telephone Systems An important aspect to consider when you want to install a telephone system is the other types of communications you want to integrate into the system. An analog system may limit the features you can have, but can be more affordable. If you have a digital system, you will have more options for the type of communications you can have integrated into your telephone systems. 4. Leaving Room For Expansion Of Telephone Systems As Your Business Grows You may also want to start small and expand your telephone system as your business grows. With newer modular systems, you will easily be able to expand services to your system, but these systems may not be ideal for some businesses, such as a call center with very large systems. For larger systems, you will have better performance with servers and switches that are designed to handle the communications traffic of your business. These are some tips to help you get started with choosing a telephone system for your business. If you need modern communication for your business, contact a professional telephone service (such as Livewire Communications) to get help setting up the communications of your...

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Understanding Your ISP: Internet Speeds

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Choosing your internet service provider (ISP) can be a very overwhelming experience. From the litany of bundles and deals that you will be shown, to the rather arcane nature of the internet itself, it can be very hard to determine what is a good deal and what is not. To help you get the most bang for your buck, here is a brief overview of how internet speeds actually work. The more you know, the easier it will be for you to pick a plan that is perfect for you. Speeds First and foremost, you are probably interested in the speed of the internet connection. Some households might only want to browse their email and watch Netflix, while others might want to frequently upload and download videos. The first group will probably want a slower, cheaper connection, while the second would likely opt for a much faster, more expensive connection. Mbps vs MBps Now, every internet plan will likely list maximum or average speed, but it is usually listed in Mbps. If you have ever taken a look at your downloads, then you have probably noticed that your download speed is generally somewhere between 1 and 10 megabytes per second. Now this might be a little confusing, because internet plans tend to start around 10 Mbps and go up to around 100. Where does this huge disparity between advertisement and reality come from? As it turns out, the advertisements are usually pretty accurate. The problem is that they actually refer to a different unit than you are likely familiar with. While internet plans will tell you how many bits you will get per second, files are usually classified by how many bytes they contain. 1 byte actually consists of 8 bits. Therefore, a 40 Mbps plan will give you a real download speed of 5 megabytes per second. For reference, a 5 gigabyte file will take around 16-17 minutes to download at 40 Mbps. At 20 Mbps, it will take twice as long, and at 80 Mbps, it would take half the time. A Trick for Telling the Difference You can tell the difference between the abbreviations for megabits and megabytes at a glance pretty easily if you pay attention to the capitalization. As a general rule of thumb, if two units describe the same thing, but have different sizes, the larger will be capitalized when abbreviated, while the smaller will be lowercase. Thus, the B in bytes is capitalized, while the b in bits is not. M is always capitalized in these contexts because it stands for mega, or million. For more information, contact a service...

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Mobile VOIP Is Ready When You Are

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You’ve been an avid user of voice over Internet protocol, or VOIP, on your laptop for years. With VOIP, you’ve been able to make international audio and video calls without having to pay a traditional phone carrier. That’s because VOIP technology uses the Internet to connect you with the other party. You selected an Internet browser that provided VOIP technology for no additional cost.   Now that VOIP technology has made its way to the mobile market, you’re thinking of expanding your usage from just your laptop to your cell phone. This could come in handy during a trip you’re planning, as you won’t face long distance charges. But MVOIP (short for mobile VOIP) remains a new market, and you don’t want to take the plunge until you’re sure it won’t backfire and cause you headaches. You’ll be glad to know that MVOIP is further along than you may think.  Multiple Devices  Even if your mobile phone isn’t always on, you don’t have to worry about losing access to your contacts or missing calls. MVOIP is downloaded as an app that not only works on your phone, but can also be synced to your laptop or tablet. This comes in handy during those times you need your mobile phone for something else, such as taking pictures. If you can’t take a call, retrieve the message later from any one of your devices. Contacts So what if your family and friends haven’t made the switch to MVOIP yet or rely on a different mobile app than the one you downloaded? Don’t fret. You can still make MVOIP calls. However, you can expect to incur a fee per minute for communicating with these folks. At the end of the day, you’re likely to find that any costs that are added for talking to out-of-network friends are still far less than what you would pay a carrier for a traditional mobile phone plan. Future of MVOIP You don’t want to get used to using MVOIP if the technology fails to catch on and becomes obsolete at some point in the future. After all, mobile VOIP has not experienced the same popularity as traditional VOIP, and there’s no guarantee that it will. However, researchers predict that MVOIP will find its way to more than 1 billion users by 2017. So the technology isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Conclusion The biggest obstacle you may find in moving into MVOIP is selecting a provider. Not only are there providers dedicated exclusively to providing various VOIP services, but traditional mobile carriers who are losing revenue to Internet calls are similarly offering VOIP services for mobile these...

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Does Your Business Have A Data Center? Room Maintenance You Should Be Doing

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If your business has a data center, it should be one of your top priorities to take care of it. This is the room that houses the equipment for your computer network, and if your computers go down, you cannot run your business. Below are some maintenance tips on what you should be doing to ensure you have no problems. Cool Servers Your computer equipment will run better if it stays cool. Keep your servers cool per American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards. Verify the temperature and humidity levels by checking multiple spots in the room and not just by checking the thermostat. If you continue to have hot spots in your data center room, consider installing fan assisted floor tiles in those areas to direct cool air up where it is needed. Hire an air conditioning technician for regular maintenance like changing out filters. Cleanup Ask someone to help you walk through the room and look for things that are out of place, such as tools, DVDs, CDs, logbooks, and documents. Make sure trash is emptied at the end of each day. Lock up any spare equipment in a separate room or place it in a locked storage cabinet in the same room. Dust weekly to make sure contaminants, such as dust, skin, hair, and bugs, do not get into the equipment. You should never use a wet mop, but instead a slightly damp or dry mop. Label Everything Make sure everything in the room is labeled so it is understandable to anyone in the room. Label each piece of equipment, all outlets, and all cables. Keep these labels updated, and replace them when you replace the equipment. Consider using colored labels. For example, put green labels on all cabling, red labels on servers, and blue labels on battery backups. Flooring, Walls, Ladder Racks, and Ceiling Check to make sure the flooring, walls, ladder racks, and ceiling are in good condition. Look under the raised floor tiles to make sure the sub floor is in good condition and is stable, as well as the tiles themselves. Inspect ladder racks weekly to make sure they are safe for your employees to climb on. Check the ceilings and walls for any issues, such as cracks and holes. You should consider hiring a data center hardware maintenance company to keep your data center up and running. They can make sure your current equipment is maintained properly, and they will know when you should upgrade or replace...

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3 Great Benefits Of Satellite Crop Imagery

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you want to be sure that you are able to get the most out of your farming, you’ll need to stay with the times. In this day and age, technology has advanced to the point that you can gain a lot of advantages with your agriculture business. In terms of technology, you can use satellite imagery in order to get the most out of your operation. Consider this guide so that you are able to understand the benefits of crop satellite imagery for your business: #1: Satellite Imaging Helps You To Get The Absolute Most Out Of Your Yields  Your business depends on getting excellent crop yields in order to help you get the best return possible on your time and energy. When you incorporate satellite imaging into your farming, you’ll be able to capitalize on these yields by knowing the conditions that will help you get information prime growing season conditions, a diagnosis of why crops are performing well or poorly, early diagnosis of problems that arise during farming season and more. Taking this information and using it to your advantage helps you to avoid mistakes and get the most of your yields.  #2: Satellite Imaging Gives You Data That Can Put Your Crops On Autopilot What if you could monitor your crops in real time, to the point that you’re able to customize conditions as needed? This is made very possible with satellite imaging. Many farmers take advantage of Decision Support Systems, which allow them to know the ideal times and amounts for watering, the knowledge of what type of fertilizer is needed and an assessment of your crops’ salt content. Knowing this type of information gives you the ability to get the best out of your crops, so that it eases your burden.  #3: Satellite Imaging Is A Fiscally Responsible Way To Operate Your Farm When you utilize satellite imaging, you’ll enjoy an 80 percent likelihood of getting a return on your investment by having the imaging service pay for itself. The reason for this is that it aids your decision making process, to the point that your operation is less wasteful and you’re getting the most out of each step. You also have plenty of satellite crop imagery companies available to you that would be glad to aid you, so shop around for the best service.  With these three tips in mind, you can begin to understand just how satellite imaging can benefit your business and take it to the next level. Have more questions? For help, try contacting a company like Terra...

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Tips For Storing Your Photographs Online

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Uploading photographs to the internet has become a routine part of many people’s lives. However, many people make some mistakes when they are uploading these images to their chosen websites. Fortunately, if you follow these two tips, you should help avoid some of the most problematic or worrisome problems that can arise from this action.  Disable GPS Tagging GPS technology has dramatically improved the usefulness of cell phones, but many people do not realize that some phones will tag every photograph taken with the GPS coordinates of the location. While this is usually not a problematic issue, it can allow someone from the internet to learn the exact location of where the picture was taken.  Unfortunately, there is not a standard way of disabling this feature because it may depend on the model of phone that you used. However, it will usually be found on the general settings page or the photograph settings menu. By switching this feature off, you do not have to worry about nefarious people finding your address.  Use More Than One Service For Storing Photos Many people will make the mistake of storing all their photographs on a single website, and this may seem like a simple way of storing your pictures. However, it can leave your pictures vulnerable to being lost if something happened to the website or you lost your login information. Unfortunately, some people will use this approach because they do not want to have to remember to upload the images to multiple websites. Fortunately, there are services that you can use to automatically update your accounts. When you use these services, you will need to save your pictures to a specific folder, and whenever the contents of the folder changes, the images will be uploaded to your services for you. However, it should be noted that these services usually have a small fee, and this may mean that they are targeted more for professional or high volume photographers.  Backing up your photograph collection is an essential step for ensuring that you do not lose years of photographs due to a hardware failure. Fortunately, there are online services that you can use to help store these images where they are safe from problems with your computer. By following these two simple tips, you can help ensure that your photographs are stored in a way that will help you avoid problems.  For more information, contact Piccsy or a similar...

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Mobile Device Slowdown Doesn’t Mean Replacement Time

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, have become an accessory in every day life, and people throw a lot of effort into using them. When the devices slow down, many people think it’s time to reset or get a new device. There are a lot of opportunities between those two choices that you should understand before trying to buy another version of the same thing from the tech store. Consider a few causes for mobile device slowdown and a few device repair techniques that can get you back to mobile convenience.  Are Your Apps Compatible? Not all mobile device users understand how close they are to using a computer, but that’s the issue; you’re using a computer with a small phone feature attached to it. If you’re sharing your device with others who are a bit too excited about fun and interesting new apps, have a discussion about compatibility. Compatibility is more than just matching the right device to the right app in your app store. Some apps lack a compatibility checker and will allow you to install them without asking questions–a mistake that could make your device slow to a standstill. If your mobile device doesn’t have a fast enough processor–the brains of the device–or enough memory to quickly pick up and deliver information, the device will either close the app after freezing or restart. This is a simple issue of uninstalling if you’re able to work between the crashes, but a problem if the offending app starts every time your device turns on. If you’re unable to get into the phone because of a dangerous app, there is a way to get around the problem – a hard factory reset. Instead of going through the options in your phone to start a factory reset, you can press a combination of buttons while starting the device to access a reset menu. These buttons vary from device to device, even within the same operating system. The reset will delete all of the information on your phone and start from scratch. The information on your SD card may be safe, but it’s worth removing if you want to be sure that you’re protecting your data. Wear And Tear Can Happen One of the benefits of modern devices is the lack of ‘moving parts’, most notably a lack of compact disks or hard drives with platters. With old devices using such movable parts, dropping the device meant scratching or shattering something that the device can’t work without–even from just a small tap. Modern mobile devices won’t stop working until the actual board is broken. Not even a broken screen will break it completely, although it becomes hard to use if you can’t see or touch anything useful. Unfortunately, the lack of moving parts has been translated into lasting forever for some minds, a thought that simply isn’t true. Most devices use what’s called a Solid State Drive (SSD), which isn’t purely new technology. It was used in portable media players (often called MP3 players, although MP3 is simply one of many music formats), thumb drives, space- and sea-exploration computers and made storing information easier.  These convenient devices can still fail, as the information saving is quite violent. An electrical charge changes a cell within the SSD to 1 or...

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Want To Become A Well-Rounded Individual? Turn On The TV!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many individuals constantly seek new, creative methods of becoming well-rounded individuals, trying to glean as many skills as they can before old age hits them.If you’re in this boat, trying to absorb all kinds of knowledge and information that you can use in your daily life at home, work, or even at school, then you may be surprised to learn that one of the best ways to acquire all of these skills is by watching TV. People often say that watching too much television is bad for you, and that may be true to one extent or another, but there are times when watching TV is actually quite good for you. Here are a few of the ways in which watching TV will give you excellent life skills that can equip you for a wide variety of situations: Provides the Ability to Multitask First and foremost, watching TV gives you the ability to multitask. If you are a stay-at-home parent or just someone who works from home, turning on the TV while doing your other activities may be beneficial. When you first start out having the TV on while working, it may be a bit distracting for you, but over time, you will learn how to listen to the audio on the TV while working at the same time, glancing every so often at the screen to see what is going on, then getting back to work. If you can do anything while having the TV going in the background, then your multitasking skills will be greatly enhanced. Teaches You About Specific Fields Let’s say that you want to become a better cook. There are several channels on TV dedicated to cooking–some are cooking competitions, and others actually teach you how to cook various dishes from the comfort of your home. If you turn on one of these channels and take good notes, then you may be able to gain valuable tips and tricks from these shows or even learn new recipes altogether that you can try out on your friends and family members. Likewise, if you want to become better at math, you can turn on one of the local college channels offered in your area and take notes on the algebra problems that they do, then try to solve the problems on your own. If you want to be a tutor in math or if you want to go back to college but math has held you back for quite a while, you might be able to use the skills these channels provide you with to get better at what you need to do. Helps You Make Wise Financial Decisions While there are many commercials on TV that tell you to spend money on products that you don’t necessarily need, there are also many channels about budgeting and financial management. If you tune in to one of these channels, you can learn what sort of stocks and bonds you should invest in and which ones you should leave alone. You can also learn about debt consolidation, things you should pay with cash vs. credit for, how to make a budget, and more. As a result, with the information you glean from these shows, it is entirely possible for you to become a financially-responsible individual. Hones That Competitive...

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How To Extend The Life Of Your Copy Machine

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A copy machine is an important part of your office. When it malfunctions or needs to be replaced, it can be a tremendous inconvenience or even an expense. Here are some things you can do to make sure your office copy machine is running smoothly, and to extend its life. Don’t Overwork It: Every copy machine or printer comes from the manufacturer with a maximum monthly duty cycle, and a recommended monthly print volume. These two numbers can be very different. The maximum monthly duty cycle is the maximum number of pages that machine could ever produce in a month. It is not, however, a good idea to expect your copier to produce that many pages month after month. The recommended monthly print volume tells you the number of pages your machine could print monthly to keep it working at it’s top performance. If you find yourself requiring your machine to print closer to it’s maximum monthly duty cycle every month, it will shorten the life span of your copier. Make sure you have a copier that’s recommended monthly print volume is close to the average number of copies you make each month. Daily Checks: There are some small things you should be doing each day to make sure your copier will be working and ready to handle your office needs. You should clear paper jams as soon as they happen. You should also check paper drawers, wipe out dust, check toner levels, open and close the doors and drawers, and clean the rollers and glass as often as possible. These are quick easy checks and tasks that someone in your office could learn to do by reading the operating manual for your machine. Taking the time to deal with dust buildup, ink buildup, or low toner levels as soon as they happen can prevent damage to your machine. Major Service: In addition to the regular maintenance, you should have your machine serviced by a professional from time to time. The amount of time recommended between service is different for each machine, and it is important to know your machine and follow the recommendations. The service may seem inconvenient but is vital to the longevity of your machine. The major service will include cleaning the paper path, rollers, and filters on your machine, as well as troubleshooting. Some copy machines come with a service agreement that includes these major maintenance checks. Leave It To The Professionals: While some small things, like clearing paper jams, can easily be done in the office, it is important to know when you need to call a professional from your copier company. Copy machines are often wired to help you identify easy fixes like paper jams or low toner. If you come across a problem that is not easy to identify, it is a good idea to call a technician. This will prevent you from making the problem worse. If you take the time to take proper care of your copy machine, it will be more reliable and will last longer. This can save your office time and...

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Consider Having Emergency Phones Installed On The Campus That You Patrol

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Install emergency phones around the school campus that you patrol. Having a communication system that students and employees can easily reach can be lifesaving during times of emergency. There are many other benefits to consider that make emergency phones a better choice than other communication methods. Phones Are Accessible And Weather Resistant Emergency phones can be set up in areas that are easy to reach. The phones can be placed in a special housing unit that will protect them from weather conditions and prevent them from becoming damaged. Other models are made out of weather resistant materials. If a person does not have a cell phone of their own or if their cell phone’s battery isn’t charged, they will not be stopped from making a necessary call. Phones Can Be Programmed  A person who is in need of emergency services won’t have to look up the number that they need to call or fumble around while searching for the buttons that need to be pressed. They can simply pick up the phone and press the universal button. It will dial the police station, security staff, or another number that it is programmed to dial. The amount of time that can be saved because of this feature can be lifesaving.  There Will Be No Lost Calls Or Loss Of Service Cell phones sometimes do not work, depending upon the location. Other times, calls can be lost before a person is finished speaking. With an emergency phone, people do not have to worry about this occurring. They will be able to make their call and clearly state what the problem is without having to worry about any disruptions. Phones can be purchased that are also suitable for people who are blind or hearing impaired, making them useful for anyone in need.  Phones Are Free To Use And May Make Your Job Easier Because emergency phones are free for everyone to use, people won’t have to search for change before placing their calls. The phones can have special lights added to them which will alert people as to where they are located. Knowing that everyone on the campus has a way to contact help when necessary will alleviate some of the burden that you may experience on a regular basis. You will have more time to focus on monitoring the grounds. If a situation arises that you have not witnessed, an emergency phone will be on hand to assist the person who needs help right away. Contact a phone company that has emergency phones for sale to learn more about these types of...

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