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BMW Hydrogen Engine

Automotives & Engineering
The Eco-Car Battleground
Toyota's Hybrid Cars going Full Electric
Carburetor Efficiency
The Bugatti Veyron: 1001 Horsepower
Green Cars by 2020
Ford's Fuel-Cell Hybrid
Is Biofuel the Future
The Hydrogen Equinox
Are SUVs Dangerous?

Biology
Homo Erectus Extinctus?
Canadian Wooly Mammoth
Intercropping for Farmers
Smokeless Cigarettes
Viagra destroys Sex Drive Breast Implants
Breast Implants for Dummies
Silicon goes the Way of the Dodo
Siesta Fever
The New Pill
Bioterrorism and the Future

Chemistry
New Car Smell: Not Toxic

Computers, Games & the Internet
Napster Revolution
Spammers, Stalkers & Wikipedia
Most Popular Keywords on the Internet
Crackberries Blackberries
Blu Ray Disc Boycott
Tech Savvy Teens Vs. Adults
Chipzilla Tukwila: Next Generation of Computer Processors
Internet Growing: Statistics
Microsoft bids for Yahoo!
Yahoo Rejects Microsoft Bid
Computer News of 2007
Cyberspacology
Google Profits Spike
Wikipedia is Crap
Googlepedia, The Knol Encyclopedia
Facebook Vs MySpace
Canada: A Virtual Country
Second Life Review
Counterstrike Review Mobile Gaming
The Future of Mobile Gaming
City Sidewalks, Cyber Sidewalks
The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction
The $100 Laptop
The Cultural Netolution
Google Vs Microsoft: Who will buy Yahoo?
Beginners Guide to HTML and Website Design
Suicide Entertainment
Canada a Haven for Spam
Internet Initialisms & Acronyms

Education
Private Schools Tomorrow's Tech Leaders
Radioactive Super Playboy Bunnies



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Hurricanes in Europe Geology & Geography
Ice Shelf Snaps
Hurricanes in Europe
Global Warming in Russia
Drought in Australia

General Info & Inventions
How to Build a Windmill
Blu Ray Disc Boycott
Science News of 2007
101 of the Greatest Inventions of All Time
Umbrella TVs
Laser Weapons for the Army
Ethnic Microwaves
Social and Technological Change
Building that Breath
Building Green
The Future of Condos
Branson Prize for Green Tech
Smokeless Cigarettes

Outer Space
Xcor Spaceship Unveiled
Organic Life found on Saturn's Moon

Physics
Ontario Goes Nuclear
Solar Power becomes Profitable
Solar Power and Urban Myths Solar Field
North Korea's Nuclear Test
The Doomsday Clock
Shock Absorbing Sports Bras

Robotics
Robotic Assembly Machinery

Safety
How a Forklift Safety Inspection App Saves Lives

Telecommunications
The Future of Phones
Crackberries Blackberries


Handy Guide to Modern Science
If it's green or wiggles, it's biology.
If it stinks, it's chemistry.
If it doesn't work, it's physics.

- Murphy's Law Book Two.


Why Use A Forklift Inspection App?

By CM - May 2020.

In our ever growing direction towards robotics and paperless technology, the concept of a Forklift Inspection App was bound to happen eventually.

While most people don't drive a forklift, for those people who do - and are licensed to do, because frankly forklifts are surprisingly dangerous.

Forklifts in the USA kill 80 to 100 people per year and are responsible for 30,000 to 40,000 injuries per year. That is quite a bit of damage for a machine that over 99% of people don't even use.

Forklift Safety Checks

Forklift Safety Checks happen daily across North America. Every day, every hour, every minute. Somewhere, right now, someone is inspecting a forklift to make sure it is safe to use. So it doesn't kill or injure someone.

The fact that forklifts kill 1 American every 3-4 days makes you realize why these safety measures are necessary. Forklifts kill more Americans than international terrorism.

Faster, Easier, Safer

So doing these safety checks is a necessity, but there are ways to make the process easier, faster, and even safer.

By using a Forklift Inspection App the operator can just press the necessary buttons instead of having write in details on a pad of paper. This saves time and paper. So there is a green environmental bonus in less trees being killed to please the paper gods.

By making the process faster the whole inspection takes less time, which makes it less annoying to have to stop and do.

Consequently, if the process is less annoying the operator is more likely to do it, which increases the frequency of safety checks and thus improves safety standards by having more frequent checks. A worker who is tired is less likely to want to do a proper safety check (even if they are supposed to be mandatory) and might simply tick the boxes on the paper without actually looking at the forklift. By making the process faster (and less annoying to do) it increases the likelihood that it gets done.

When I worked in a welding shop many years ago (circa 1997) I know that safety standards in that place was below par. Safety equipment was removed from machinery in order to improve speed, efficiency, and prevent waste. If a safety inspector showed up to look around the place the safety equipment was reattached just so they would pass inspection, and once the safety inspector was gone... the safety equipment was removed again.

Having worked in such places I know that employers (and sometimes workers) have a very relaxed view of safety precautions. From the employers' perspective f you lose a hand it is considered to be "your fault" and not the employers' for not enforcing proper safety procedures and the use of safety equipment.

I also know, because I have a friend who is a safety inspector, that safety inspectors themselves can be fired if they keep speaking up about a lack of safety and their boss decides to "let them go" because they weren't toeing the company line. If they complain about it they can also get "black listed" by potential employers and find themselves flipping burgers because they cannot find work in their profession.

So clearly things need to be done to make safety inspections easier/faster for employees to do, and thus increase safety. Employers and the industry doesn't always have the workers' safety in mind.

The Forklift Safety Inspection App, MasterCheck

One employer who does care about his workers' safety is Gary Wilson of Toronto, Canada. Gary is the owner of Masterlift Inc, a forklift dealership he founded in 2000. In 2018 Wilson conceived and developed the forklift safety inspection app "MasterCheck", which has basically made the stationary forklift safety check forms completely obsolete.

A business school graduate, 55-year old Gary understood that managers/owners were frustrated by the time-consuming task of completing the legally required pre-shift forklift inspections using paper safety check pads. The process was onerous and annoying. Suddenly inspired to find a better way, he invented the MasterCheck forklift inspection app and the system he conceived proved superior because it was so much faster, and consequently led to less people being injured.

  • With digital forklift safety checks, managers don't need to sort through piles of paper to find the correct documents.
  • Instead supervisors use a cloud-based filing systems can access data from any device with an internet connection. Phone, tablet, laptop, doesn't matter.
  • Using digital collaboration tools reduces paper usage.
  • Digital makes it easier to share data and circulate information among key managers.
  • Improves teamwork, encourages innovation and communication, and leads to better problem solving.
  • Paper documents can also go missing, and they can be easily forged because there is no digital timestamp.
  • Paper-based systems are prone to errors when operators sometimes miss crucial fields on their forms.
  • Safety documentation helps prove due diligence in the case of an audit or an accident investigation.
  • The timestamp system ensures manager and employee compliance, so they're not skipping safety checks or forging them later after an accident.
  • Digital forklift safety checks build databases which can be checked to see if specific machines or types of machines have more safety issues.

    The MasterCheck App allows employees to share reports including photos of known issues – something impossible to do with traditional paper pads inspections. The device-based methodology creates a more efficient system and provides greater clarity for ongoing issues that need to be fixed.

    So what is next?

    Honestly there are many more things out there that could be replaced by apps. The entire insurance industry for example could be replaced by apps. Auto insurance, home insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, etc. It is just a matter of time before someone like Gary Wilson comes along and creates an app that makes the whole insurance industry obsolete.

    Real estate agents? Potentially useful, but wait long enough and much of that industry could be replaced by an app too.

    Retirement fund managers? Replaced with an app that invests in the most stable and profit earning companies, based on an individual's preferences in their settings.

    There are lots of jobs out there that involve pushing pencils and shuffling papers around that could be replaced with an app. Basically anything involving paper documents has the potential to be replaced with software programs.


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    Some day in the future mankind will invent robots that can think. If they are truly intelligent then those robots will probably worship cats like the rest of us.

    Touchscreen is the Future

    Touchscreen is the Future

    There may come a time in the future when you go to your coffeemaker and instead of a dial or buttons, its a touchscreen. And it will be connected via WiFi to your morning schedule, so you have the option of making your coffee "automated" and set to start say 5 minutes before your morning alarm clock goes off (which will also have a touchscreen and 100+ different buzzer tones to choose from).

    If you watch the Windows "Vision of the Future" video below you get a glimpse of what some of these technological innovations will look like.

    That is of course assuming people want to adopt these innovations.

    Touchscreen is the Future

    You see its a problem of people predicting the future. Flying cars, subway trains that go down every neighbourhood block, robots washing our dishes and doing our laundry... they may sound great but often there is serious design flaws and other hurdles to jump over first.

    Flying cars for example never got off the ground because they're too expensive and violated aerospace laws. People would still need a pilot's license to fly one. Subway train on every block is impractical in terms of infrastructure cost and would be an eyesore. And robots would probably break more dishes than they clean, and thus it would make more sense to just make a better dishwasher and the let the humans learn how to fill it.

    But that doesn't mean we can't adopt bits of new technology to items which we can easily make better.

    Take for example the digital camera or the TV remote. They've got a lot of buttons on them sometimes and people will often get confused about the settings and how to work them properly. A touchscreen camera or a touchscreen remote control does make a lot of sense. Indeed anything with lots of confusing buttons could be improved by having a touchscreen.

    Now I say digital camera for a reason, because it just so happens we now have those. Often in the form of SmartPhones that have touchscreens and a camera built in. But we also now have better quality digital cameras which use touchscreens as well, like the Samsung SH100. (Its a bit of a bargain for $249.99 Canadian, but its got some nice stuff on it, including WiFi, a video mode, lots of handy options, etc. See our review at: Egad! Digital Cameras and Video Editing.) But hey that was 2011. It just keeps getting better and better.

    So first satellite navigation devices, then SmartPhones, then tablet computers, now digital cameras, what is next?

    Well TVs with touchscreens are already here. The CBC used a touchscreen television during the May 2nd 2011 Election broadcast to demonstrate what was happening in various MP ridings.

    It wouldn't be a stretch to say computer monitors will be next. They already exist, but they haven't hit the mass market yet.

    After that it will be everything from sewing machines to fridges, pianos to dance floors... the real danger is people developing "Gorilla Arms", a condition which causes arm, neck and shoulder pain and is the result of prolonged moving of arms in weird angles in an effort to reach the touchscreen.


    Spray On Clothing now a Reality

    By Charles Moffat - February 2012.

    Fashion designer Manel Torres has developed the world's first spray-on fabric that can be worn, washed and worn again. It bears the potential to revolutionize how people make clothing and what they do with their old clothing. The fabric is very cold when it is sprayed on, a limitation that may frustrate hopes for spray-on pants and other garments, but the cold disappears quickly and the end result is clothing you can use again and again.

    How did he do it?

    The fashion designer joined forces with scientists at Imperial College London in the UK to invent the spray, which forms a seamless fabric on contact with the body. It takes 15 minutes to spray a t-shirt on to a torso, the fibres dry almost instantly and can be stretched, taken off, washed, worn again, and even re-used later to make a different t-shirt if the owner wishes.

    How does it work?

    The spray consists of short fibres that are mixed into a chemical solvent, allowing it to be sprayed from a can or high-pressure spray gun. The fibres are then mixed with polymers that bind them together to form a fabric. The texture of the fabric can be varied by using wool, linen or acrylic fibres (note that this means the fibres can come from recycled sources such as your old jeans, etc).

    "I really wanted to make a futuristic, seamless, quick and comfortable material," says Torres. "In my quest to produce this kind of fabric, I ended up returning to the principles of the earliest textiles such as felt, which were also produced by taking fibres and finding a way of binding them together without having to weave or stitch them."

    Torres teamed up with chemical engineer Paul Luckham to set up Fabrican Ltd, which will explore other applications ranging from spray-on bandages, hygiene wipes and upholstery for cars and furniture.

    "The fashion application of spray-on fabric is a great way of advertising the concept, but we are also keen to work on new applications for the medical, transport and chemical industries," says Luckham. "For example, the spray-on fabric may be produced and kept in a sterilised can, which could be perfect for providing spray-on bandages without applying any pressure for soothing burnt skin, or delivering medicines directly to a wound."


    Searching for Scientific Utopia:
    The Future of Scientific Advances, Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Inventions

    By Charles Moffat - August 2009.

    Think of all the scientific advances that are just out of reach. Or better yet, think of all the technology we already have, but we have yet to make it affordable.

    Take cellphones for example. We've had the technology to make them since the 1960s, but they weren't really affordable or mass produced until the late 1990s. Now our cellphones come with a host of extra gadgets like a video camera, games, GPS, texting, internet access, music, radio and more.

    But we have yet to invent a more powerful / longer lasting battery. Or maybe an alternative way to recharge the battery. Quite a few companies have come out with solar adapters for cell phones which people can either carry with them or leave in their car. Or better yet, a cell phone with its own solar cells.

    Next lets discuss housing. We are still using the same building technology we've been using for hundreds of years. Wood, brick, mortar and cement. Depending on the building we also use steel and glass... and glass is a very good insulator. When it comes to housing it is all about insulation.

    So what we need is a new kind of insulation, or we need to think backwards and build using more stone (which is a great insulator).

    Food wise we now have genetically modified foods, although the growing trend is towards natural organic foods (without pesticides) that are grown in greenhouses and controlled environments. Which brings us back to building technology again. We need to be mass producing more greenhouses, especially in regions which have a shortage of locally grown food.

    The world also has a growing shortage of fresh / clean water. So what we need is a way to cheaply distill / filter salt water and make water that is safe to drink. This technology could also be used to recycle water. After that its just a matter of transporting water to locations that need it.

    Solar Cellphone

    On top of this it would be nice to have more technology to conserve water. How about really tiny dishwashers? I think there is a market for a dishwasher about the size of a microwave, one that fits easily on the kitchen counter.

    That covers food and water, but what about health care? Think of all the advances we've had in the last hundred years of medicine. Its safe to assume we will make a good portion more advances in the next 20 years.

    Lets take AIDS medicine for example. Anti-retrovial medicine has reached a point where AIDS/HIV is basically cured, but the medicine is quite expensive. Over time however the price of those medicines should come down. Part of the problem is not scientific, but just plain greed. The American pharmaceutical industry is more worried about their stock value and trillion dollar profits than actually treating people.

    Outside of medicine new techniques and procedures for curing ailments, surgeries and such are continuing to make improvements. The sad fact however is that many Americans lean towards the quick fix, when in reality what they really need is more exercise and proper diet. Not much can be done to prevent health problems if people don't take care of themselves in the first place.

    Extending life span is also within our reach as tests on a variety of hormones like HGH (Human Growth Hormone) show promising signs of maintaining a person's youthful appearance and increases our recuperative abilities. We may soon find a combination of hormones or a drug which allows humans to live significantly longer.

    Failing that we now have robotic hearts, robotic limbs and robotic technology is quickly becoming a global industry. Leading the way is Japan where they are already experimenting with robotic soldiers (Mechs), robotic massage parlours and robots for essentially every menial task. Imagine 20 years from now walking into a McDonalds that is 100% automated, voice activated and serves up the food faster than a human could ever do. (Which leaves us humans doing all the jobs which require creative, managerial or maintenance skills.)

    Hydrogen Car

    One of the biggest changes we will likely see will be in the automotive industry. Hydrogen cars are coming and within 10-15 years gasoline and diesel cars will be obsolete.

    Along with that we can expect cars to get more complicated as GPS, computers, auto-pilot technology and other fancy bits become more common.

    60 years ago the fastest road-legal car in the world was the Jaguar XK120. The 120 in the name was for its top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h). In 2009 the fastest road-legal car is the Gumpert Apollo Sport... The Ascari A10, Koenigsegg CCX TGW, Pagani Zonda F Roadster, Caterham Seven R500 and the Bugatti Veyron are arguably just as fast around a race track and collectively have top speeds of approx. 400 km/h (250 mph). What this tells us is that the top speed of road-legal cars has more than doubled in the last 60 years. So in the next 20 years we might expect a road-legal car to have a top speed of 677 km/h (421 mph).

    We also should expect to see more variety on the road. Electric bicycles are becoming quite popular and more affordable. I also predict people buying GPS tracking with their bicycles to prevent theft. Right now bicycles are the most popular vehicle of transportation in the world, a total of approx. 1.5 billion bicycles. There is approx. 700 million cars, trucks, motorcycles and other automobiles on the road in 2009. By 2020 its estimated there will be 820 million automobiles.

    A Russian company is currently working on a plane that is expected to replace the ol' British Concorde planes (only 20 were ever built, cruising speed of Mach 2.02 and they were retired from service in 2003). The TU-244 being built by Russian company Tupolev has a set goal of Mach 3 and will be set for launch in 2015.

    Artist's Rendering of Terraformed Mars

    For aerospace there is also the matter of the NASA space shuttle which will be retired in 2010, after 31 years of ferrying astronauts back and forth from Earth's orbit. To replace the space shuttle NASA (and international partners from 15 other nations) are planning to a Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) capable of performing the same tasks the space shuttle did, but also of landing on the moon and traveling to Mars as part of Project Constellation.

    As of August 2009 we have two functioning robots on Mars: the Spirit rover and the Opportunity rover. By 2012 there will be 4 more missions by the United States, Canada, Russia and China to collect soil samples and send back info to earth. Because Mars' and Earth's orbits are different the optimal launch windows to Mars are every 780 days. NASA has plans to begin terraforming Mars by 2030 and manned colony missions by 2040. Russia and China have made similar claims, but all three are subject to budgetary restraints rather than technology.

    In recent years there has also been a significant rise in space tourism and many independent companies building their own smaller space shuttles with plans to ferry people into orbit, give them a tour of a couple hours, and then return back to earth. The technology is there and its certainly profitable, but it doesn't really serve a logical purpose beyond helping to expand scientific research in the field of aerospace.

    Conclusions? We are so close to having all the food, water, shelter, medicine, transportation, robots and clean energy we could ever want. With some time and investment we could be living in a technological utopia.


    Becoming Invisible

    Invisibility has been on humanity's wish list at least since Egyptian times. With recent advances in optics and computing however, this elusive goal is no longer purely imaginary.

    Last spring, Susumu Tachi, an engineering professor at the University of Tokyo, demonstrated a crude invisibility cloak. Through the clever application of some dirt-cheap technology, the Japanese inventor has brought personal invisibility a step closer to reality.

    Tachi's cloak - a shiny raincoat that serves as a movie screen, showing imagery from a video camera positioned behind the wearer - is more gimmick than practical prototype. Nonetheless, from the right angle and under controlled circumstances, it does make a sort of ghost of the wearer. And, unlike traditional camouflage, it's most effective when either the wearer or the background is moving (but not both). You don't need a university lab to check it out: Stick a webcam on your back and hold your laptop in front of you, screen facing out. Your friends will see right through you. It's a great party trick.

    Such pathetic parlor trick demonstrations aren't going to fool anyone for more than a fraction of a second. Where is Harry Potter's cloak, wrapped around the student wizard as he wanders the halls of Hogwarts undetected? What about James Bond's disappearing Aston-Martin in Die Another Day? The extraterrestrial camouflage suit in the 1987 movie Predator? Wonder Woman's see-through Atlantean jet? It's not difficult to imagine a better system than Tachi's. In fact, invisibility that would satisfy any wizard - not to mention any spy, thief, or soldier - is closer than you might think.

    US Defense Department press releases citing "adaptive," "advanced," and "active" camouflage suggest that the government is working on devices like this. If so, it's keeping them under wraps. However, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has published a preliminary design for an invisible vehicle, and battalions of armchair engineers have weighed in with gusto on newsgroups and blogs. As it happens, most of the schemes that have been advanced overlook the complexities of the problem. Invisibility isn't a simple matter of sensors that read the light beams on one side of an object and LEDs or LCDs that reproduce those beams on the other. In fact, such a system would work about as well as the laptop party trick with the webcam's lens removed: Objects right up against the sensors would produce blurry images on the display, but a few centimeters away they'd disintegrate into a featureless gray haze.

    An invisibility cloak, if it's going to dupe anyone who might see it, needs to represent the scene behind its wearer accurately from any angle. Moreover, since any number of people might be looking through it at any given moment, it has to reproduce the background from all angles at once. That is, it has to project a separate image of its surroundings for every possible perspective.

    Impossible? Not really, just difficult. Rather than one video camera, we'll need at least six stereoscopic pairs (facing forward, backward, right, left, upward, and downward) - enough to capture the surroundings in all directions. The cameras will transmit images to a dense array of display elements, each capable of aiming thousands of light beams on their own individual trajectories. And what imagery will these elements project? A virtual scene derived from the cameras' views, making it possible to synthesize various perspectives. Of course, keeping this scene updated and projected realistically onto the cloak's display fabric will require fancy software and a serious wearable computer.

    Many of the technical hurdles have already been overcome. Off-the-shelf miniature color cameras can serve as suitable light sensors. As for the display, to remain unseen at a Potteresque distance of, say, 2 meters, the resolution need not be much finer than the granularity of human vision at that distance (about 289 pixels per square centimeter). LEDs this size are readily available. Likewise, color isn't a problem - 16-bit displays are common and ought to suffice.

    But it will take more than off-the-shelf parts to make the cloak's image bright enough to blend in with the daytime sky. If the effect is to work in all lighting conditions, the display must be able to reproduce anything from the faintest flicker of color perceptible to the human eye (1 milliwatt per square meter) to the glow of the open sky (150 watts per square meter). Actually, the problem is worse than that: According to Rich Gossweiler at HP Labs, the sun is 230,000 times more intense than the sky surrounding it. If we want the cloak to be able to pass in front of the sun without looking hazy or casting shadows, we'll need to make it equally bright. Of course, this would put severe demands on the display technology - LEDs just ain't that brilliant - and it would increase battery size or shrink battery life accordingly. So let's ignore the sun and take our chances. An average TV screen looks blank in full daylight, so we'll need something brighter, more along the lines of a traffic light.

    Another problem is response time. Like a TV screen, the cloak's display must be able to update faster than the eye's ability to perceive flickering. It has to register motion in real time without the blurring, ghosting, smearing, and judder that plague today's low-end monitors. A laptop LCD screen isn't going to cut it. A lattice of superbright LED microarrays probably will.

    The real challenge however is turning the video images into a realistic picture. The view from a pair of cameras strapped to your body is different from the perspective of an observer even a short distance away. The observer can see things the cameras can't, thanks to parallax - the way the angles change with the distance.


    TeraGo Networks Cloud Services Business Center: Where Data Lives

    TeraGo Networks data center cloud services

    Recently the Toronto tech community has been buzzing about TeraGo Networks Cloud Services Business Center in Mississauga. The excitement is due in part to an Open House event that happened on the 14th of May 2015 which brought in a couple hundred IT managers, photographers and reporters from the ever expanding Brampton Toronto tech corridor where the new facility is located.

    TeraGo Networks Cloud Service for business was featured on Backbone Magazine blog last week and the Cloud Service Center Open House was in Toronto is Awesome the week before that.

    The #WhereDataLives event was designed to showcase the enormous facility that was originally designed by Blackberry. The location was profiled by Nikki Fotheringham in Greenmoxie: Green Clouds In Canada.

    At 4 pm the doors opened and attendees entered the space and selected nutritious snacks from among a vast array of bite-sized cuisine carried about on polished wooden trays. The smell of freshly toasted nibbles filled the facility as over one hundred guests mingled about in a sunny reception area that was decorated with tall trees lit from below with purple LED sconces - a nice effect. CityEvents dressed in a few high-top tables and chairs on the periphery of the affair, but elected not to fill the room with folding chairs thus encouraging livelier networking. The SURROUND Internet Marketing Agency blog post Party in the Cloud detailed some of the logistics surrounding of the special event.

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    TereGo Networks Open House featured two notable speakers, the first was TeraGo Networks CEO and President Stewart Lyons, who was followed by Philbert Shih of Structure Research. These dignitaries gave an overview of the industry and highlighted TeraGo's many offerings - the firm provides a broad suite of server, storage and network services with extensive granularity. This enables users to leverage the cloud for many reasons ranging from small developer tests to high performance, high availability platforms supporting mission critical applications.

    Where Data Lives

    Where Data Lives at TeraGo Networks

    Most folks came because they were genuinely curious about the Twitter hashtag #WhereDataLives; they really wanted to see where their data is stored (or will be stored), and try to get a better grasp of what's involved in the business of offering cloud services in Canada. After signing up for the tour, participants were issued group numbers and small white cards with cryptic messages like, 'At 5:15pm meet at the elevator bank“. It felt like a scavenger hunt and instilled excitement in all attendees anticipating discovering for themselves a truly forbidden place.

    The tour times were accelerated by Deb Lewis of City Events. After Phil's speech she came over the airwaves and called for the tours to get started right away which caused some happy confusion at the elevators as big groups had to break apart and rendezvous again in the lobby before leaving the building to stroll about the grounds and behold the external power facilities.

    Having a constant supply of electricity is extremely important to data centers of course, as the cloud can never go dark or service will be lost, and that’s unacceptable to any online business that wants to stay in business online.

    IT World Canada wrote an article about TeraGo Networks Data Center outlining the elements of the facility including the power station at the back of the building. A white concrete shed at the rear of the building hosts ten 600 kVa generators currently sitting idle but which can be running full throttle and generating power at maximum capacity in less than two minutes. The facility has state-of-the-art UPS or Uninterrupted Power Supply technology which provides high density, true double-conversion on-line power protection for servers, voice / data networks.

    TeraGo Networks Tour of Mississauga colocation facility, 14 May 2015

    With cabling up top and power below its a clean looking room, even when lit with strange purple LED lights. The interior of the cabinet room has been laid out in a warm aisle, cold aisle configuration with 2N cooling infrastructure that includes chilled water towers and closed glycol loop, and independent air-cooled rooftop cooling units and fourteen 30-tonne CRAC units, supporting 1470 kVa.

    Terago Networks Mississauga Data Center

    TeraGo ensures all your data is stored in the right environment. Every cabinet includes both A and B power and can support up to 42 rack units each. The railings are depth adjustable, allowing tenants to customize the space needed for their equipment. TeraGo Network's new Mississauga data center is a Tier 3 capable facility equipped with 2N power, cooling and connectivity infrastructure, to provide very high levels of reliability, and they pride themselves on customer support and security. TeraGo Networks ensures your business data has never been more secure.

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    Industrial Drum Mixers

    When used for specifics applications (such as explosive atmosphere or fragile products), Industrial Drum Mixers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with different usages, such as an atex mixer, a twin screw mixer, or a rotary drum mixer.

    Atex Industrial Mixers are designed to perform operations in potentially explosive atmospheres, and help to protect the health and safety of workers potentially at risk from explosives. Atex mixers can be adapted to meet the user's requirements and to display the required CE marking for use in a defined explosive atmosphere. Atex industrial mixers can be tailored to individual needs.

    Twin Screw Mixers use overlapping paddle mixers for continuous processes which are perfectly suited to homogenization operations or the mixing of dry or semi-wet materials. These simple and robust machines are equipped with dual parallel shafts providing alternating penetration. The overlapping layout of the paddles means the system is self-cleaning and rarely requires maintenance. Solid or liquid additives can easily be incorporated to the mix (spraying system) to suit the needs of the user. Various options allow Sofraden to adapt the machine to your individual process requirements, including: The vessel can be made of abrasion-resistant steel or stainless steel if anti-corrosion properties are sought for. Twin Screw Mixers is the ideal tool for the neutralization of sludge with lime, dust humidification, or quicklime slaking.

    Rotary Drum Mixers are specifically designed to handle fragile materials that do not withstand attrition or heating such as certain types of powders, granules or other bulk products. Mixing action is undertaken by grooves in the vessel which scoop the product and create crossflow at a very low rotational speed that ensure products are not overheated and preserve their chemical properties. Our rotary drum mixers can be used either for batches or continuous processes, with capacity ranging from 25 liters to 10,000 liters. Frame and wire mesh protection are standard. Various options are available such as liquid injection for binding or impregnation operations. Rotary drum mixers can be custom manufactured to fit your needs.


    Industrial Assembly Machines for All Sectors

    By 2040 roughly 99% of the global manufacturing industry is going to be using automation and robotics to get the job done. Any companies that do not invest in automation are going to be left in the dust as robotics replaces large parts of the human workforce.

    Do you have a product you need made and are looking for machinery or robotics that can help make it faster? Some kind of special purpose machines or machinery that can get the job done, or even a bespoke assembly machine that can do more complicated shapes or processes?

    Neyret Group (neyretgroup.com) builds advanced machinery and robotics for manufacturers to build and assemble whatever products they are trying to build, with efficiency, speed and as little waste materials as possible. Neyret Group also offers diagnostics so that improvements can be made to future designs to make machinery even more efficient, cost effective, faster, and more durable. We offer a range of continuous motion machines, semi-automatic, and machines that need to be monitored by a controller.

    Our special purpose machinery can accomplish whatever goals you set them to build and just keep building them for many years to come. It doesn't matter if your industry is Medical or Therapeutic, Perfume or Cosmetics, Electronics or Automotive, Food, Drink, Energy or even Office Supplies - our machinery can get the job done when it comes time to get something manufactured.

    Want something assembled? Our customized and bespoke assembly machines can put the parts together faster and more efficiently than any human could do it, and they don't need to sleep, so they can operate over night and continue operating with minimal oversight.

    For over 30 years the Neyret Group has offered a full range of different technologies, both machinery and robotics, to a wide variety of industry clients. We provide machines that produce stellar performance and reliability, our assembly machines use mechanical cam systems and can be adapted to suit any manufacturing requirement.

    Contact Neyret Group (neyretgroup.com) to find out what we can help you manufacture. Our high speed assembly machines can get the job done quickly and easily.


    The Future of Batteries

    Batteries are by no means a new inventions, with the earliest recorded batteries dating back over 2000 years. But modern batteries are far more powerful than what our ancestors created; powerful enough to drive cars, smart phones, laptops, and so much more. But our modern batteries also come with a range of their own problems: they’re expensive to produce, they don’t hold a lot of charge, and they can take several hours to fully charge.

    With our dependence on fossil fuel coming to an end, scientists have been working hard to develop energy storage solutions that work in tandem with our modern, fast-paced world, and the answer may lie in wireless batteries that can fully charge in just a few seconds flat, or batteries that are charged through the natural electromagnetism in the body.

    Wi-Fi Charging Batteries

    Wireless charging is not a new concept, although the technology behind it still requires a fair amount of refinement until it’s truly the tech of the future. But developers have been working on something called a rectenna that directly harvests the energy from radio waves, allowing it to charge connected batteries. The idea behind the rectenna is where a device makes use of molybdenum disulphide-based antenna that can take AC power from Wi-Fi signals, and then convert them into DC that a battery can use to charge, or even to power a device directly, allowing the user to continue their video call or round of the best mobile pokies Australia indefinitely.

    This would completely revolutionise a number of sectors, most notably the medical field, where patients could be given completely wireless devices that would be able to remain charged as long as they had a Wi-Fi connection.

    Energy Harvested From Individuals

    Another, new form of energy harvesting may lie in TENG. A TENG, also known as a triboelectric nanogenerator, is a technology that allows electrical current to be generated through the contact of two different materials. The team behind the tech believe that wearable devices would be able to draw power directly from the person wearing them, allowing smartphones, watches, headphones, and medical devices to be charged without needing any external connections.

    Solid State Lithium-Ion Batteries

    Solid state batteries are already quite common, and tests done by scientists at Toyota show that they could become the batteries of the future. The battery operators at the level of a super capacitor and can fully charge of discharge in seven minutes, making it the perfect type of battery to install into a car. And because it’s solid state, the batteries would be extremely stable, and much safer than the conventional batteries that we use in electric cars at the moment.

    StoreDot

    StoreDot is a technology that has already seen some success, and makes use of technology already present in nature. It works with all current smartphones, and makes use of semiconductors made from organic compounds known as peptides – chains of amino acids – which form the building blocks of many proteins. The efficiency of this kind of battery means that a smartphone could fully charge within 60 seconds, and because of it occurs naturally, there is very little chance of overheating or exploding.


    Finding a Company to Perform Infrared Inspection

    You might have heard about infrared inspection. It is a very effective way to discover problems in mechanical and electrical systems without destroying anything. Many companies are finding this technology to be very useful. It is becoming more popular every day. There is a chance that you might want to utilize infrared inspection at your business. If this is the case, you will need to seek out a company to perform this task for you. How can you go about finding such a company? Here are several tips that will help you to accomplish this task.

    1. Make sure the company that you hire has the necessary amount of experience.

    Ideally, the company that you hire should have at least five years of experience performing electrical infrared inspection. This will give you the peace of mind that the company knows what they are doing and will not make any mistakes. It might be tempting to hire a less experienced company because they will charge you less money for the job. However, you always get what you pay for. Hiring an inferior company will be a mistake you will end up regretting in the long run.

    2. See which infrared inspection companies are recommended by the Better Business Bureau.

    One of the resources that many companies use to locate infrared inspection companies is the BBB. Each company the BBB profiles has been very carefully researched. Therefore, you can always trust that all of the info that you read on the BBB site is totally accurate. You will be able to find out why certain companies have a better reputation than others.

    3. Do some research of your own to find out how much it will cost to hire the infrared inspection companies you are interested in.

    The BBB does not give any pricing details because that info is always changing. Therefore, it would be impossible for them to keep it current. Call each company and get all of their prices so you will be able to find out which company charges the lowest amount. You can then make a decision.


    The Advantages and Uses of PVD Metallizing Process

    Physical vapor deposition is the process of metallizing various products so that they deliver enhanced protection against harsh elements. In the pvd technology process, the worker applies a metallic film layer to a substrate using low temperatures in a vacuum chamber. This technology has become a preferred method because it does not need any conducive substrate. Besides this, the final metal film surface may be applied to a variety of base materials including glass, metal, or even plastic.

    Applications for PVD Metallizing

    Because this vacuum metallizing procedure may be affected in a variety of colors, it is considered optimal for a range of applications. These include packaging, automotive, glassware, lighting, consumer products, and others.

    Specifically, PVD Metallizing services are effective for all of the following: appliance components, vehicle components and lighting, display items, product packaging, cosmetic effects, industrial, commercial, and residential lighting, glassware and mirrors, EMI/RFI/ESD Shielding, vapor barrier protection, consumer products, chrome plating replacement, and solar panels or photovoltaics.

    Focus on the EMI/RFI/ESD Electronic Shielding Application

    EMI shielding is a commonly deployed technological enhancement for automotive and health care electronic devices, avionics, military components, and mobile devices. These pvd process coating systems can be customized in such a way that they can be easily applied to any metal or metal alloy (such as stainless steel, copper, aluminum, and nickel) in either a number of layers or only a single one. This means that they will meet the exacting demands of the most difficult required shielding project.

    Focus on NexSteel Coatings

    For anyone who is seeking out an effective and dependable decorative coating which gives the appearance and feel of brushed stainless steel (minus the considerable expense this traditionally entails), NexSteel is the optimal solution. The Physical Vapor Deposition applies a thin film-like layer in the form of stainless steel on to the plastic.

    The film will then imitate the textured substrate's surface. This provides you with a simple to clean, lightweight, brushed looking stainless steel final finish with affordable and flexible design.

    Any reliable firm that produces these films will custom produce every order per your particular specs. They will then perform a variety of quality control tests during and after the coating process. A final inspection will occur just before the products are shipped out. These metallizing tests typically include coating reflectivity, adhesion, and electrical resistance.


    4 Tips for Buying Industrial Parts

    Buying industrial parts can be difficult. Not only do you have to consider the needs of your workers, but you also have to think about the bottom line of your business. Here are just a few shopping tips if you need a little help finding that balance!

    1. Know What You Require

    It doesn't matter if you're in the market for sewage pumps or automotive lifts. It's vitally important that you know what you're looking for before you start wading through an Internet full of suppliers, manufacturers and distributors. If you don't know what you need, it's likely that you'll wind up with something that you don't.

    2. Think About Specs

    What sizes are you considering? What kind of power requirements will be necessary to handle your warehouse's daily volume? Are you looking for something eco-friendly? Do you want extra safety measures to protect your workers? These are all critical things to consider as you shop for industrial parts, so keep them in mind as you browse.

    3. Read the Warranty

    Buying industrial equipment isn't like buying a new sweater at the department store. If you don't like your new piece of machinery, you'll face a lot of expense and inconvenience to return it. This is why it's critical to read the warranty before you commit yourself to any kind of purchase: You'll want to know about things like damage policies and return shipping charges before you sign on the dotted line.

    4. Talk to Manufacturers

    If you have any questions about a manufacturer's parts or policies, don't be afraid to contact them and ask directly. In addition to knowing what they're talking about, they should also be more than happy to speak with you. They want to make sales! Click here for more information on industrial parts.

    These are just a few tips for buying industrial equipment. As you can see, it's a bit more complicated than opening up a parts catalogue and pointing your finger at something random. You'll want to take your time, choose carefully and get it right.


    Drone Racing

    No, drone racing is not something from "Star Wars". These are legitimate races which pit a number of performance-rated drones against each other in a high-speed race through numerous rooms, tunnels, and obstacles. People use LED-decorated drones like the Vortex Pro to compete in these races. Some of them have appeared on ESPN in the past. And this may be the reason you have decided you want to partake in this new sport. Now, how do you begin?

    The best thing to do is catch additional races in your area. Organizations like the Drone Racing League sponsor numerous events which lead to a grand championship race once a year. By attending in person you get the feel of how race courses are designed, what types of drones are used, and how their owners control them. Don't be afraid to talk to some of the competitors to see how they got started.

    The next thing you need is a drone. For this, you want to go to places like BuiltDrones for complete machines rather than buying a kit and building it on your own. You may want to do this as your skills improve. For now, look at complete builds. When you go to one of these companies make sure they have racing drones. These front-facing cameras so you feel like your actually flying the drone.

    Don't break your budget with the purchase of your first racing drone. There's a good chance you'll want to upgrade at some point in time as your skills improve and you gather more wins on the circuit. Speak with store representatives to let them know the type of flying you'll do and your budget. They should be able to find one which fits your price range.

    Finally, practice. Don't go into a race cold. Find an area with plenty of space to test the controls, the balance of the drone, and the ability to keep the camera facing forward. You may crash once in a while -- the reason to not go with the most expensive drone first -- but that will help you hone your flying skills. When you feel you're ready, start racing. Good luck.


    Getting the Equipment Your Business Needs to Make Top Quality Products

    People who buy fencing from private companies want their choices to last for years. They do not want to buy and set up a fence that is flimsy and can break easily.

    If your company lacks the equipment necessary to create and mesh wire, steel, and other materials used to make high-quality fencing, however, it may fall short when it comes to satisfying clients' expectations and demands. You can keep your customers happy and make fencing that will last the test of time by investing in equipment like a chain link fence machine, extrusion machinery, barbed wire rollers, and more today.

    Watching the Equipment in Action

    Before you actually buy a piece of machinery, you may want to see it in action first. Rather than drive to the company that sells it, you can get a close view of its function by watching the online videos.

    The videos show you how the machine operates and what kind of skills operators need to be put in charge of it. You can base your decision of whether or not to buy the equipment on what you see in the video.

    You also may want to find out how big the equipment is, how much it weighs, and how much space you need to free up in your factory before it is delivered to you. If you have a small work space available, you may need to add onto your business to accommodate a large piece of machinery.

    Before you build, however, you can find out for sure how large or small the piece of equipment is. You can then prepare your business and your staff for its inclusion in your factory.

    Questions and Pricing

    Despite the video and specifications guide telling you everything you need to know about the equipment, you still may have specific concerns and questions that you want answered before you buy the machinery. You can use the link on the website to send in questions and concerns. Someone from the company will respond quickly.

    You also can get a price for the machinery in which you are interested. It may help you to prepare your budget so you know if you should secure financing or free up money in your business's bank account before buying it. The link to get a price quote is also found on the website.


    What You Need from a Web Hosting Service for Your Business

    One of the most important elements of a successful online business is to have an outstanding web hosting service provider. Obviously, when shopping for a provider you will want to find one that has been in business for many years as well as one that has a good reputation, but this is not enough. You need a provider that has packages that are geared towards a successful business.

    A serious business needs a professional package
    Often new online companies are looking to save money and get a package deal that is simply not enough for a serious business. This is not to say that these packages are provided by bad web hosting companies, it only means that certain types of packages are not geared for a serious business. The type of business that is well thought out, has done marketing research, has a good business plan and has sufficient start-up capital. For this type of online business, there are a few important things that a web hosting package must have.

    No limitations on storage
    Do not play around with your calculations about how much data storage capacity you will need. Go with a package that is unlimited, and you won't need to worry about a slowdown in your business as it grows. Running out of storage capacity can hit a rapidly growing company without warning.

    Malware scanning and removal
    A web hosting provider should be able to scan your site for malware and remove it. Some companies offer a scan, but they will not go so far as to remove it. This additional step is important to keeping your website working smoothly and is also something that you won't have to be concerned with. In addition, you want as much protection available to prevent the hacking of your website. So much of the hacking that is done can be prevented on the server side, and this is where a good web hosting service can be extremely beneficial. The better web hosting companies will do much of this for you, but you have to pay extra. Do not hesitate to pay for this upgrade.

    Fast download times
    Usually this is something that is available in different speeds depending upon the package that you purchase. You want the fastest download speed available. Don't bother looking at the download speeds of various packages offered. You only need to look at the fastest download speed of each provider. This is what matters. A business that expects to be successful shouldn't quibble over a few extra dollars a month. Customer expect a fast website. If a customer experiences slow download speeds, it should be due to their connection speed and not your web host provider.

    A SSL certificate
    If you expect to sell online, you need to have a secure connection for transmitting data, especially payment information. If a potential customer arrives at your site only to get a warning from their browser that the connection is not secure, then you are not likely to make many sales. An SSL certificate is not expensive and should be included in your monthly web hosting package.

    All of the above items listed should be a part of any good premium package. In addition to this, a quality company may also offer both web hosting and design packages, so if you need help creating your site, this service may be available.


    Planning to Construct an Office Building

    Do you own a business? Have you reached a point where your current office can no longer meet the needs of your company? If this is the case, you should seriously think about constructing a new office building that will allow you to do whatever it is that you do in a more efficient manner. Obviously, a project of this magnitude is not something that you should jump into without clearly planning it out. There is a lot of money at stake. Therefore, you need to be sure that the project is done right. Here are the steps you need to take in order to accomplish this project correctly.

    1. Search for an architect that has an outstanding reputation.

    There are certainly many of architects out there. However, you should never think for one minute that all of them are basically the same. This is simply not true at all. You can take the same concept to five architects and get five different results. Therefore, it is very important for you to know as much as you can about the architect you are hiring. Look at some of his earlier work so that you can get an idea about his style and level of skill. You will then be able to make a more educated decision when it comes to making a choice about who you will hire to design your new office building. Make sure you hire an architectural firm that has a reputation for doing terrific building design work.

    2. Create a plan for your office building so your architect will be able to design it to meet your needs.

    You will need to decide exactly what you need your new office building to have. How much space will you need? How many employees will you need to accommodate? What type of amenities will you require? The architect will need to know all of these things before he can officially begin his work on your project.

    3. Find a contractor to oversee the construction of the building.

    You will need to hire a contractor after the architect is finished with his design plans. The contractor is the person who will be in charge of all the construction workers who will be taking part in the project. Therefore, it goes without saying that you need to find a contractor who has many years of experience.

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