Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Effects of Computer Technology on Our Everyday Lives

These days, the computer technology industry is rapidly growing and changing. Along with that growth and change of computer technology are the people who almost instantly adapt to the changes.

Computer technology has made our lives a lot easier and convenient. For instance our banking needs. Years ago, people had to manually file the important data of their customers; now they just use the computer to find these data. In just one click, they would instantly find the name of the customer, the birth date, the address, e-mail address, phone numbers and etcetera. As for the clients of these banks, they can also easily get a quick look at their account balances through logging in to the bank website; in addition to that a lot of people are able to apply for a loan with the use of the computer.

Because of the birth of computer technology, we now have credit cards or what others call plastic money, which are very useful especially when we do not have cash on hand or when you are ordering a certain product through the internet. It's amazing how computer technology has changed so much our way of living. Nowadays, purchasing products such as cellular phones, bags, household utensils, and clothes or even paying the bills can be effortlessly done at the comfort of your own home.

With the use of the computer a lot of students especially those with unfortunate disabilities or severe illnesses are able to enroll to different schools through home schooling. Students are even able to take their examination tests or check out their grades by the use of the computer.

As far I know computer technology has helped a lot of businesses to better serve the community. But the computers have not only helped us in the business industry; it also has an effect on our communication systems. Long before the computers were born, writing letters were the main source of communication, which would be such a hassle most especially to those people who lived in far away places; plus telephones were quite expensive so people would pretty much prefer writing to their loved ones. And for that reason, people who are far away from civilization would really have a hard time communicating with others. Now, we have e-mails, and live chat, or even voicemails. We now already have video calling in which we would be able to see the person that we are talking to. This would be really great for people who have loved ones that are away from home. Getting in touch with one another is now a piece of cake.

Computer technology has changed our lives for the better. Without it, we would still be living in the pre historic times.

Importance of a Digital Media Agency for Global Businesses

There are many businesses around the world, which are considering the importance of digital marketing domain as a vital way to promote their trades online and find potential customers around the world. Nowadays, many small to large level enterprises are moving online and adopting the benefits of digital media marketing. For this purpose, they are availing services of top-notch digital media agencies in the market. It helps them advertise their businesses over the web and increase clientele across the globe. Here, a digital agency plays can play a significant role to promote the client's business and take it to the next level of success easily.

Introduction to a Digital Media Agency

Digital media agency is a right step for global businesses, where they get the complete solution for the online branding of their trades. Also, a digital marketing agency helps businesses plan their online marketing campaigns and promote them successfully over the web. A modern digital agency is more effective for online advertisement of business rather traditional digital options like television and print media. Nowadays, every business needs the back of online digital agencies to give a quick growth of the trade over the web. Here, the digital firm can help businesses by fulfilling their digital marketing requirements like website development, designing, SEO activities, PPC, and much more. For managing all the tasks, digital agencies outsource the work to the experts in the market and manage the client's project smartly. Thus, a digital marketing firm takes the challenge seriously and delivers the optimum result for the businesses under the stipulated time frame.

Types of Digital Agencies

In the competitive digital media industry, you can find different types of digital agencies which can serve you the best digital services for online branding of your business.

Integrated Digital Marketing

It is the agency which keeps track of online branding results of the client's business. For this, they make the right use of client's data, analytics, and other online marketing platforms. Also, the agency plans right strategies to improve the client's website traffic online and track the clicks on it via different sources like mobile, email, and other organic searches of search engines.

Digital Campaign

This agency follows digital advertisement strategies for marketing of client's business and its products or services. Here, the agency makes the digital campaign so attractive that inspires the viewers to take an interest in it.

Digital Solutions

The modern concept of a digital media agency model is being adopted by businesses of all levels these days. This agency offers the avenues to provide a digital impression to the business model and plan an effective marketing campaign to promote it over the web through digital means.

Tips to find the best digital agency in the market:

  • Do verification of its market value and years of experience in the industry.
  • Explore the type of digital services provided by the agency for successful advertisement of client's business.
  • Check for reviews and feedback of the agency's clients.
  • Is there any team of digital media experts'?
  • Check for the qualification and digital media experience of the agency's personnel.

Thus, above are few necessary tips, which you should follow wisely before availing services of any digital media agency in the market.

How to Deal With Difficult Tenants and Situations in Commercial or Retail Property

When it comes to the leasing and management of any commercial or retail property, it is common to come across difficult tenants and or situations from time to time. The levels of difficulty will vary but importantly you should be acting with concise and accurate responses in each and every case.

The document that supports you when tenants and events become difficult will be the lease document. You can add to that the processes of law and local legislation. This then says that the leasing or property management expert for the property should be very familiar with lease interpretation and local property law.

So tenants will become difficult for a number of reasons and at times when you least expect it. Staying close to the issues of tenant occupancy, lease documentation, and property performance will be essential to seeing and identifying property performance issues and lease defaults.

Here are some ideas to deal with difficult tenants and potential situations:

  1. Many property disputes with commercial and retail property stem from the inadequate responses from the landlord or property manager to occupancy issues and maintenance. When something goes wrong in the property of a physical nature, that can have impact on tenants and customers, it is important to control the events and rectify the problem as soon as possible. As part of this there will be elements of risk and liability should anybody be injured. Many landlords and property managers have exposed themselves to greater risk and liability through slow and inappropriate responses to maintenance problems.
  2. When something goes wrong within a property, immediately refer to the terms of the lease and see how any response should be generated. There will be covenants that apply to the landlord and the tenant in most occupancy cases and situations. Take notes of conversations and events as they occur, so that any future disputes and disagreements can be minimised.
  3. If any decisions or instructions are issued from the landlord regards the difficult tenant or existing situation, it pays to respond to the landlord with a receipt of the instructions confirming your actions to be taken. Unfortunately landlords and tenants will argue about what was intended or instructed. The notes that you make today as part of the process will be your major source of protection in the future.
  4. It pays to have a small group of experienced maintenance contractors that can respond to problems quickly and effectively. They should also know how to respond within guidelines that you have set for the property. They will be your eyes and ears should anything more difficult evolve or follow from the property problem.
  5. If you are dealing with a more standard occupancy matter relating to the tenant, and where factors of risk and injury are not physical, then it is likely that the dispute will be centering on matters of occupancy. In most cases it will be the lease document that will be the fall-back for the actions to be taken in the situation. On that basis it will pay you to understand the lease document in great detail; you may need to consult with a solicitor to help you with this knowledge and to assist you with the appropriate legal response. If you are issuing any notices under the terms of lease occupancy and lease documentation, those notices have to be legally correct and suitably detailed. If you make any errors here, you may very well jeopardise the landlord's situation and ability to claim on the tenant.

Every commercial or retail property will have challenges from time to time. A detailed property approach to any disputes and defaults is wise in each and every situation. Understand your lease documentation, the instructions of the landlord, and the laws and legalities that apply.

Why Retail Businesses Fail Part 3: Do You Make This Mistake In Retail?

Lack of Understanding of Target Market

I visited Harrods for research for my books on store design and visual merchandise display. Harrods, for anyone reading this White Paper who might not know this, is the Mecca of retailing. Royalties, A-list celebrities and the 'who-is-who' from around the world fly into London just to shop at Harrods.

You can now imagine my anticipation when I visited Harrods. In my mind everything in Harrods was made of gold. I was disappointed, when I noticed a toy bus I had purchased for my son from ASDA, was also being sold in Harrods. It was exactly the same toy bus, in exactly the same packaging that it is sold in ASDA.

A question popped into my mind, why is it that exactly the same bus, probably manufactured in exactly the same factory in China, is sold in Harrods for twice the price that it is sold for in ASDA?

The answer is decisively simple – ASDA sells a 'toy bus', however, Harrods sells a 'classy toy bus'. There is a difference. This is marketing 101: people buy emotionally but justify their decision logically.
Customers who shop at Harrods do not shop there to buy Harrods' products; they shop at Harrods to buy 'elegance and class'. Harrods sells them class even if it is 'Made in China'.

How does Harrods pull this off? They achieve it with the combination of elegant store design and attractive visual merchandising displays. When you move from one department to the next in Harrods it is like moving from one store to another. Their ability to use their store design to create the illusion of differentiation is one of the keys to Harrods' success. Harrods understand their customers; they know what their customers desire so they design their store and display their products to satisfy the desire of their customers.

Marcus Buckingham, in his book "The First Thing You Need to Know", said when he interviewed Sir Terry Leahy, who transformed Tesco into a global brand, he asked him what was the key to Tesco's successful transformation. Sir Terry Leahy replied that it was asking and answering the simple question: Whom do we serve?

When Tesco figured out whom they were going to serve, they changed their store layout and products to serve their target market. As a result of this change; Tesco increased the number of checkout counters which reduced the amount of time customers spent queuing at the checkouts ultimately resulting in a dramatic increase in Tesco's footfall.

Wal-Mart serves the person who lives: pay check to pay check.

Body Shop serves the ethical consumer.

Waitrose and Holland & Barrett serve the consumer who wants to live longer.

Ann Summers took merchandise that were hidden in secret 'adult' shops; made them trendy and brought them to the High Street. They made a taboo subject acceptable to the mainstream.

If I was to take my significant other clothes shopping at John Lewis she would probably phone my mother to inform her that I was having a nervous breakdown. She would not want to be caught dead in John Lewis' outfit. She describes John Lewis' clothing department as a Bridget Jones museum where they store a collection of Bridget Jones costumes.

However, John Lewis continues to increase profit year after year because John Lewis understands their target market. Someone like my significant other might not want to be caught dead in John Lewis' outfit, but there are people in the UK, who love Bridget Jones' memorabilia, these people are John Lewis' target market, so John Lewis cater for them.

The most successful retailers understand their target market and show their understanding of their target market through their store design and visual merchandising displays.

The retailers that go bust fail to understand this basic marketing concept.

Most book retailers are struggling because they are still using the 1960's business model in the Amazon era. Borders failed because it did not develop its internet business properly and it invested heavily in compact discs when music was going digital. WH Smith only makes money from its airport and train station sales. The rest of its stores are struggling. Waterstone's is also on a downward trend. Sales are down and customer footfall is in steep decline.

Why are bookshops under threat? Amazon! They will all shout. Of course Amazon is the cause because Amazon understands their market better than them. Since it seems Amazon is not going away anytime soon, are all book stores going to close down?

Will WH Smith and Waterstone's close down? Or will they rise to the challenge and modernise their stores? Instead of complaining about Amazon, they need to redefine their target market and redesign their stores to attract their target customers.

On Christmas Eve, I had not done my grocery shopping and was dreading the prospect of entering a supermarket, knowing how packed they were going to be. But as I drove passed my local Lidl store, I noticed it was empty. I rushed in and completed my shopping. As I drove back home a question came to mind; why is it, that even on this day when most supermarkets are typically jam packed to capacity, was Lidl empty?

The answer, in my opinion, is that Lidl does not have a target market. One of their biggest sins was making the decision to force customers to pay for carrier bags. Marks & Spencer can afford to do that because they appeal to a different class of customer.

In Tesco and ASDA, customers who are environmentally conscious have the option of paying for shopping bags. However, those who do not want to pay for carrier bags also have the option of getting free ones.
This is because Tesco and ASDA understand their customers. Lidl's senior management, on the other hand, believed that having implemented a similar strategy in Europe, can introduce the same in the UK. If the Brits do not like it, tough! Well, the Brits are showing their displeasure with their feet.

I have tried to demonstrate with the above examples, that success or failure in retail is the result of the strategies every retailer adopts. Those retailers who understand their target market and cater to them will continue to move from success to greater success, while those who roll the dice and hope that customers show up are the ones who will struggle or go into administration.

I hate to be the one breaking this type of news to the retail industry I guess someone will have to do it: the internet is not going away. This means that retailers are not only competing with one another, they are also competing with factory owners in China whose name they have never heard. Shoppers are now ordering directly from warehouses and distributors, for example an individual can log on to eBay and order a pallet load of goods.

Here is the good news: the majority of people still prefer to shop from physical retail outlets. The question is how does an individual retailer ensure that shoppers are attracted to their store? It can be done by adopting the concept of the "Blue Ocean" strategy.

Adopting the "Blue Ocean" strategy is the only salvation for book, DVD, music and furniture retailers. What is "Blue Ocean" strategy? "Blue Ocean" strategy "is the simultaneous pursuit of differentiation and low cost" which results in the creation of a new market space making the competition irrelevant.

The concept of "Blue Ocean" is practiced by the most successful business organisations whilst struggling businesses pursue what is described as the "Red Ocean" strategy. "Red Ocean" strategy is fighting to compete in the existing market place.

The "Red Ocean" strategy is adopted by many of the book, DVD, music and furniture retailers. They are trying to compete against the internet and it is just not possible. A brick and mortar store can never go head to head with the internet and win. It can never be cheaper that the internet.

However what they need to do in order to drive customer traffic to their stores is become innovative and creative. For example a book store could arrange periodic book signings; of course authors want to sell their books so it is a win-win situation for all parties concerned.

In order for the book signings to be a successful marketing platform for the book stores it would be advisable for retailers to work in collaboration with the publishers from the onset in order for the book signings to be better promoted.

Promotion of the book signings could take various formats such as making effective use of social media sites, local press and captivating signage in and outside the store.

Another idea could be to arrange book clubs for various genres of books this would entice a variety of customers in to the store, these book clubs would also need promoting in a similar way as described for the book signings promotion.

The trick is to be innovative.

Richer Sounds is a classic case of a retailer that has adopted the "Blue Ocean" strategy. They understand that people still prefer to interact with other people. So whilst other electronic retailers focus on price, they focus on excellent customer service and staff product knowledge. Their "Blue Ocean" is excellent customer service and superior product knowledge.

For book, DVD or music retailers to compete in Amazon country, they need a "Blue Ocean" strategy that goes beyond price discount. They need soul. They need understanding of the perception of their target market.

• What do they want?
• What are their hopes and fears?
• What is their perception?

I can order a book or DVD from Amazon and receive it the following day. I can download music instantaneously from iTunes. There are millions of me in the world. What kind of "Blue Ocean" strategy can WH Smith or HMV devise to get me away from my laptop? It takes me half an hour to drive to the town centre, pay for parking, spend another half an hour in WH Smith or HMV and another half an hour to drive back home.

The 64 million dollar question is: What can WH Smith or HMV do to make it worth my while?

Let me give them a clue, I could order my groceries online, however, I choose to go to the supermarket. What is the difference? That is for book, DVD, electronic and furniture retailers to find out. They probably need to visit Starbucks it might just hold the keys to unlocking their creativity.

The only point of differentiation that most retailers know is price reduction. Price reduction is not a business strategy, it is a death wish.

Why Corporate Video Production Is Effective For Business Growth

In business, videos are used for marketing, education and even entertainment. They are powerful tools that can be used for a multitude of purposes. For these chief reasons, competitive companies allocate a sizeable portion of their operational budget to corporate video production. This has become an effective tool for business growth.

Indeed, a lot of experts say that videos are very effective in building brand awareness. In fact, marketing studies prove that businesses that have video content in their website get visitors to stay longer than business websites that do not use videos.

In addition to that, people generally prefer marketing content in a visual format, and this is the reason why online content views average 50 billion each month. Your business can attract even more people online, or even on TV, if you present your brand and its value through videos.

And when it comes to setting a good impression, videos also work extremely well on target audiences. Businesses can really make a mark and appeal powerfully to the aesthetic sensibilities of many people. Corporate film production, expert marketers say, is one of the best ways to tell the beautiful story of the business so it can become more relatable to a lot of people. It's one obvious demonstration of competitiveness because everybody knows how big a budget is allocated for video production, as well as how much work is involved in order to achieve the best final output.

People have this idea that if you're doing the same thing as the big players are, then perhaps you're an important player as well. It can be educational, as well as an effective means for businesses to expedite their processes. Many large companies actually use corporate videos in order to clearly demonstrate to their clients or customers how to complete certain processes without the assistance of support personnel.

Lastly, the videos can simplify and speed up operations by going beyond the usual hassles and mistakes of day-to-day business activities. A video can provide a fresh perspective of the business, generate more interest, appear more approachable, and perhaps, lock in more clients so that business income is increased.

Video production actually has many other benefits for business because creativity with videos depends greatly on the nature of an enterprise's operations. All in all The So, the if you wish to boost your business's performance and Ensure your competitive advantage, it's imperative to opt for corporate video production .

The Evolution of Leadership: An Academic Perspective – Nu Leadership Series

"Wealth in the new regime flows directly from innovation, not optimization; that is, wealth is not gained by perfecting the known, but by imperfectly seizing the unknown."
Kevin Kelly

Let's focus closely on the modern development of leadership thought. According to Georgia Sorenson, author of An Intellectual History of Leadership Studies: The Role of James MacGregor Burns, the word "leader" first appeared in the 1300s and stemmed from the root leden, meaning "to travel" or "show the way." Leadership was defined five centuries later. Traditionally, managing both the technical and human components has posed problems for leaders for centuries.

Between 1945 and 1960, leadership scholars spent more of their effort on empirical research; however, from the 1970s onward, this research became theory driven. In developing strategies for this problem, researchers and practitioners have either adopted a "scientific" or "behavioral" approach. This fact is where the school of management thought evolved. The school of management provides a theoretical framework for studying leadership thought.

Over the decades, management gurus have tried to organize and classify this enormous information related to management, and this is how the schools of management thought started. We will discuss the following schools: (a) the classical school, (b) the behavioral school, (c) the quantitative or management science school, (d) the systems school, and (e) the contingency school. Let's examine these schools more closely.

ERA Snapshot:

The classical school concept began in the 1800s. During that time, over 90% of Americans lived rurally. Between 1870-1900s, rural areas doubled and urban areas tripled. With the transition from a rural to industrial society, leaders lacked a process to motivate the unskilled workforce.

Conversely, the Industrial Revolution brought new jobs, mostly filled by immigrants. Although the Mid-19th Century America was a land of opportunity, workers were living in awful conditions while the industrial elites benefited. This period, then, created a host of new advances and new problems for organizational leaders.

Classical School

The classical school, which is the oldest formal school of management thought, generally focused on ways to manage work and organizations more efficiently. It can be further grouped into three areas which are scientific management, administrative management, and bureaucratic management. We will briefly discuss these areas and the leading advocates.

Scientific Management began in the 1880s. Previously, management decisions were viewed as arbitrary, and workers operated at a slow pace. Scientific management was developed to create a systematic method to improve efficiency. The key proponents were Frederick W. Taylor, Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, and Henry Gantt.

Administrative Management began in the 1940s. Unlike scientific management, administrative management focused largely on jobs and work at the individual level of analysis. It provided a more general theory of management. The key proponent was Henri Fayol.

Bureaucratic Management began in the 1920s. Earlier organizations were personality- and relationship-driven. A proposed form of organization called bureaucratic management was characterized by division of labor, hierarchy, formalized rules, impersonality, and the selection and promotion of employees based on ability. The key proponent was Max Weber.

ERA Snapshot:

When the behavioral concept began in the 1930s, there was a global depression that brought an abrupt shift from the fun-loving lifestyles of the Roaring 20s. As Socialists proclaimed the death of capitalism, Adolf Hitler was rising to power in Germany.

Technology was still progressing as global communication increased. Roosevelt's New Deal brought enormous governmental intervention into societal problems. Unfortunately, it was also the beginning of World War II in 1939.

Behavioral School

As a result of perceived weaknesses in the assumptions contained in the classical school, the behavioral school of management thought was created. Some felt that the classical school emphasized efficiency while disregarding the aspect of human behavior in organizations.

The behavioral school focused on trying to understand the factors that affect human behavior at work. The behavioral school was two subgroups, human relations and behavior science.

Human Relations can be traced to the Hawthorne Experiments in 1924 and concluded in the early 1930s. Two significant discoveries from the Hawthorne Experiments were found: a) workers' attitudes are associated with productivity and b) the workplace is a social system with informal group influences.

According to the human relation school, the manager should possess critical skills for diagnosing the causes of human behavior at work so that he could effectively lead employees. Some of the best-known contributors include Mary Parker Follett, Chester Barnard, Abraham Maslow, and Elton Mayo. Today, this school has influenced management theory and practice in such areas as applied psychology.

Behavior Science emerged in the 1950s and 1960s . Behavior science was a natural progression of the human relations school of thought. It focused primarily on applying conceptual and analytical methods to the problem of understanding and predicting human behavior in the workplace.

Some of the major contributors include Douglas McGregor, Frederick Herzberg, and Ralph Stogdill. This school has contributed to the study of management by focusing on several areas such as personality, values, and leadership.

ERA Snapshot:

When the quantitative concept began, it was a decade dominated by World War II, which was widely viewed as the most destructive war in history. This decade marked the transition period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s.

One the economic front, the Marshall Plan, implemented by the US, gave billions of dollars for reconstructing war-devastated economies. Technology was being designed for major destruction. The first nuclear bomb was created, which dramatically changed international relationships.

Quantitative School

This school emerged in the 1940s. The quantitative school objective was to increase the quality of managerial decision-making by applying mathematical and statistical approaches.

This school was derived from the scientific management. The quantitative school was in three subgroups: management science, production, and operations management.

Management Science developed during World War II as strategists tried to solve war related problems. Management Science utilizes mathematical and statistical approaches to solve management problems.

Management Information Systems and Management Science are interconnected. The key proponent was George Dantzig. Today, this approach is being used in industry. An example would be a decision support system.

Production and Operations Management

This school began in the 1940s. It focuses on operation and control of the production process. Its roots were similar to management science because it resulted from the war. Operational management targets productivity and quality of an organization.

The key proponent was W. Edward Deming. Some of the areas of study include computer integrated manufacturing and just-in-time inventory systems.

ERA Snapshot:

When the systems concept began in the 1950s, the decade echoed the return of conservative values
and the return to the 1920s-type consumer society. The 1950s marked a rapid rise in the conflict with the Eastern Bloc and the Soviet Union.

The Cold War generated the Arms Race, Space Race, McCarthyism, and the Korean War. It also marks
the return of the GIs and a baby boom. There was a high rate of unionization in industry and most of the technology supported the Cold War.

During this time, most of the earlier internal American problems such as women's rights and civil rights were now suppressed as Americans settled into suburban life; however, suppressing these social issues would have a significant impact on the 20th Century.

Systems School

This school began to have a strong impact in the 1950s. The system school focused on understanding the organization as an open system that transforms inputs into output.

Managing techniques that would allow managers to relate different specialties and parts of the company to one another as well as external factors were used. In the systems theory, an organization is defined as a system with objectives. The school is built on the works of Ludwid von Bertalanffy, a biologist.

ERA Snapshot:

When the contingency concept began in the 1960s, the decade was a time of great social changes in the country. Many of the changes were reflective of the demographic changes brought by the baby boom generation, height of the Cold War, and dissolution of the European colonial empires.

The Social revolution, civil rights movement, anti-War movements, human rights movement, and the Counterculture movement placed America in an unstable position. During this timeframe, protectionist, command, and mixed economies reached a peak.

Contingency School

This school began in 1960s. The contingency school focused on applying management principles and processes primarily dictated by each unique situation. In the contingency theory, a leader's ability to lead is contingent upon various situational factors. Its application has been on management issues such as organizational design, job design, motivation, and leadership style.

A few of the major contributors are Fred Fiedler, Joan Woodward, and Paul Lawrence. The Contingency Theory states that the leader's ability to lead is contingent upon various situational factors.

Obviously, these schools made a significant contribution to modern day management, and these early results provide a blueprint for the current leadership paradigms in organizations.

References:

Barnet, T. (nd). Management Thought. On February 15 Received, 2006 from Http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/management/Log-Mar/Management-Thought.html .

Bass, B. (1999). Bass & Stogdill's Handbook of Leadership. New York, NY: The Free Press.

Krooss, H. & Gilbert, C. (1972). American business history. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Northouse, P. (2004). Leadership Theory and Practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

SEDL. (2006). History of leadership research. On February 10 Received, 2006 from Http://www.sedl.org/change/leadership/history.html .

Sorenson, G. (2002). An intellectual history of leadership studies: The role of james macGregor burns. American Political Science Association. 1-16.

Whitsett, D. & Yorks, L. (1995). From management theory to business sense. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Wikipedia. (2006). On February 16 Received, 2006 from Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page .
Wren, D. (2005). The Evolution of Management Thought. Hooboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Electrical Control Systems – 3 Types That Could Transform Your Business

Electrical control systems apply control systems engineering to the ability to maintain system performance to known parameters. Simply put, systems that have the ability to monitor and control processes utilize the basic fundamentals of electrical control systems. These include: circulation pumps, air compressors, manufacturing systems, utility analysis and metering, refrigeration plants and motor control panels. Electrical control systems are doubly beneficial by saving money through modeling and controlling for predictive behaviors as well as reducing applicable output which include carbon emissions.

But let's look more closely at three specific types of electrical control systems or processes that could transform and change the way you do business:

1) Industrial Automation Systems: Regardless of the type of manufacturing business you operate: discrete parts, batch or continuous process, management, information flow and control are vital to your business' success. Automating important functions of your business could show you immediate and long term financial gains. Much of your manufacturing business could be automated increasing your productivity and ability to report immediately on various systems which are inefficient. Imagine your manufacturing business automating its inventory control systems, down time, production monitoring and reporting, database systems, routing optimization and more. Being able to quickly react to changes in your business via statistical analysis and automation is one of the more critical deciding factors in a business' profitability.

2) PLC Programming (Programmable Logic Controller Programming): Manufacturing automation would not exist without PLC programming. It's a digital computer used for electro-mechanical processes like machines on a factory line. Earlier automation systems used thousands of individual relays and timers. In most cases, a PLC allows all of the relays and timers within a factory to be replaced with a single controller. PLC Programming can be found in paper machines and pulping processes, conveyor systems, bottling lines, web handling lines, packaging operations, mixing, batching and blending and so much more.

3) Risk Assessment: Most plant engineers, maintenance supervisors, operators and managers will ask themselves at some point: "how safe is my machine". Although no machine is ever considered to be completely safe, the answer should be a truly unbiased assessment. A risk assessment consists of a comprehensive review of your machine which analyzes operating and maintenance procedures, identifiable risks (analyzed and categorized by established and accepted national / international standards), mitigations for these risks, and all the information you will need to make your system meet the applicable standards.

Electrical Control Systems are changing the way companies are doing business with critical automation from PLC programming, industrial automation systems and risk assessment. Effective manufacturing process control and information systems continue to make businesses not only more efficient, but profitable as well.

What Is Turnkey Manufacturing And Why Is It Better?

In this highly globalized and competitive world, there is a constant need to improve the performances and delivery on time so that the company's development is ensured. Most businesses which deal in manufactures prefer to implement this by reducing the costs through various mean including sending the assignments overseas. This is a popular option when the products that are being manufactured will be sold in an international market. However, at times when the resources are not enough to use overseas manufacturing facilities, a very attractive option that the companies have is the turnkey manufacturing. Turnkey manufacturing is the process of manufacturing products at a place that is closer to home as it saves money and time.

Turnkey manufacturing has been a very viable option for companies who do not have enough resources to send their work abroad. Though the labour outside is cheaper, it does not help the company save much, as the costs of other factors increase to a great level. These factors include the customs, the tax and the duties, extra fees charged by the international representatives and the ones that are in the country where the item is being manufactured, acquiring licenses, and cost of transportation, inter-modal handling and other less important expenditures. To avoid the extra strain on the resources that the company has, turnkey manufacturing proves to be a great solution as all of these expenditures are not present.

Another great advantage about the turnkey manufacturing is that it is implemented very quickly and saves a lot of time for the company. There are a number of companies that provide turnkey services and they have offices placed very strategically around the world to facilitate the process. It not just saves time, but it also provides the companies a complete manufacturing set up which includes providing supply chain services as well as manufacturing assignments. These services include assembly line production, acquisition of the materials required, testing the manufactured objects and ensuring they are at an optimal level, and providing after market services and also providing the very important warranty support. All these features make turnkey manufacturing, a very popular and sought-after form of production. Some of the companies which provide this service also deal in giving their clients the product design services. There are a few companies which use this model of manufacturing right from the beginning, as their company is dependent on innovative products rather than the ones that are infrastructure-intensive.

Above all this, turnkey manufacturing also helps the companies in avoiding risk and keeping a low overhead. There are a number of risks involved in sending the work overseas. These include physical risks, intangible currency problems and variations in the exchange-rate. Other problems are the ones pertaining to the inefficient management control that could lead to heavy losses, and loss of intellectual property. All these risks might sound small but can be very damaging for the company's progress. Turnkey manufacturing lowers down these risks considerably, proving to be a better option of manufacturing. Above all this, the two great advantages of this type of manufacturing are: 1) Increased ability to meet the market demands by moving quickly. 2) The ability to use all the latest technological innovations without having any sort of high expenditure. These advantages and low-risk features make turnkey solutions an important service.

Factory Accident Risks and Injuries

Factory environments usually include a very large space filled with heavy machinery, specialized equipment, and a large factory worker base. Factory areas can often be crowded, with many activities being performed at once, so following safety protocols and operational procedures is crucial to a smoothly run, accident-free workplace. The high frequency of workers interacting with machines means that, if proper precautions are not taken, disastrous accidents may result.

Safety Hazards

Factory workers are put at risk of injury whenever safety procedures are not followed. The following potential hazards may lead to serious accidents when not dealt with appropriately:

  • Intentionally "cutting corners" on regulations to cut factory costs
  • Accidentally overlooking a safety violation
  • Operating machinery without using proper safety equipment and safeguards
  • Not regularly maintaining heavy machinery and equipment
  • Improperly storing equipment or chemicals
  • Using defective machinery

Potential Factory Accidents and Injuries

When the above safety hazards are not addressed, workers are put at risk of being involved in an accident. Running an unsafe factory leaves open the possibility of accident and injury occurring, which may include:

  • Heavy machinery malfunction
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals or other hazardous materials
  • Falling objects or overturned equipment
  • Explosions
  • Emergency exit blockage

Most factory workers understand that there is a certain level of risk in their daily work, but like all workers they are entitled to a safe work environment that meets safety regulations. Factory companies are obligated to meet safety standards to keep workers free from harm. If you are a factory worker and have been injured in a factory accident, your employer or the property owner may be liable and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and related damages.

Learn More

More information on For factory accidents and injury liability, please visit the website of experienced factory accident injury lawyers at the Charles D for sale. Hankey Law the Office, PC today.