A Look at DVD Shrink Wrap Systems

Shrink wrap machines use plastics to protect items from moisture and dirt during storage or transport. The plastic film is wrapped around the item and then the film is heated. It shrinks and conforms to the shape of the item, forming a barrier between the product and outside hazards. Shrink wrap systems may be small and manually operated for the home business, or large-scale automated machines used by shipping companies. Automatic machines can process more items and hour than their smaller counterparts.

DVDs can be easily shrink wrapped for a professional look that protects the DVD from the environment. Machines designed to shrink wrap DVDs work more efficiently than generic hand-held shrink wrapping systems. Some machines shrink wrap only DVDs; others can shrink wrap both DVDs and CDs. Machines specifically designed for DVDs are typically cheaper than dual systems, and can be purchased for under $5,000.

To shrink wrap a DVD with a shrink wrap machine, place a precut plastic cover on the machine’s platform, and then place the DVD on top of the plastic. Close the machine’s cover to heat seal the DVD. The sealing temperature is electronically controlled by the machine. These semi-automatic machines can shrink wrap about 200 DVDs an hour. Automated machines work twice as fast, shrink wrapping about 400 DVDs an hour.

More expensive, fully automatic machines can shrink wrap about 55 CDs or DVDs a minute, or about 3000 an hour. These machines cost about $16,000, but can also handle films other than plastic. Paper or cardboard could also be used, for example. Automated high throughput machines are portable and can sit on tables, taking up less space than floor-bound machines, but the table-top machines can shrink wrap DVDs and a comparable rate.

Several online stores sell all kinds of DVD shrink wrap systems at wholesale prices. These Web sites sell both the machines and the films need to shrink wrap DVDs. There you will find everything you need to package DVDS with a professional look.

A Look at Deck Fasteners

Deck fasteners are screws especially manufactured to fasten the many soft, thin planks of a wood en deck in place. Wooden decks must be able to withstand many different kinds of weather and corrosion, and so deck fasteners must be able to stand up to these elements just as well. Therefore, deck fasteners are usually coated with a weather-resistant coating that protects them from rust and corrosion. The coating is made of zinc plating. A steel screw plated with zinc is called a galvanized steel screw. A screw can also be coated in a ceramic material. Deck screws can also be made of stainless steel or high-copper-content screws, as these screws won’t stain the deck.

Deck fasteners are designed to drill their own hole, drive downward gradually and easily, lay flat against the surface of the deck, and be difficult to extract once inserted. For this reason, deck screws are said to be sharp-pointed, self-drilling, self-countersinking, and shallow-threaded. Sharp points eliminate the need for extra drills. The threads of a deck screw are sharp as well. The top of the shank, up at the collar by the head, flares upward, so that it sets perfectly level with the deck. The threads of the screw are set at a very gradual or shallow degree, so that the screw goes in easier. Some deck screws are even lubricated, for even greater ease of insertion.

The heads usually have a square-shaped insertion point for a square-headed screwdriver or screw gun. Square heads don’t accidentally strip as easily as Phillips-head screwdrivers.

Hidden Deck Fasteners

Hidden deck fasteners or “blind” deck fasteners eliminate screws from view entirely. Rather than drilling into the surface of the deck and into the under-support, the thin planks fit together like a simple jigsaw puzzle using a series of brackets. These brackets are attached to the side faces of the planks using screws. You screw the first or edge plank normally, and then you fit the second planks into it via a slot. Follow this series until you get to the end of the deck. Fasten the last plank in place normally, and voila! You have a new deck with no visible screws. The deck holds together as if it were one piece of wood.

A Guide to Refurbished Laptops

Computing freedom, independence, and mobility don’t have to come with a hefty price tag.

Manufacturers refurbish laptop computers that have been returned. The laptop might have a scratched screen or other minor blemish. In some cases, the laptop was an unwanted gift or its packaging was dented. The laptop is inspected by the manufacturer, tested for quality, and repackaged for sale at a much lower price.

While many new laptops can cost thousands of dollars, most refurbished laptop computers usually cost less than a couple of grand, and often less than $500. In most cases, they are as good as new and have a very low return rate. They even come with guarantees and warranties, just as you would expect with a new model.

A refurbished laptop can satisfy most people’s basic computing needs, such as word processing, running software, reading e-mail, creating spreadsheets, playing CDs, surfing the Internet, and more. Laptops allow access to all these features from anywhere.

All laptop manufacturers offer refurbished laptops, including such popular brands as Dell, IBM, Toshiba, and HP.

Computer prices are affected by type of processor, operating system, modem, and network card; size of the hard drive and RAM (Random Access Memory); and whether there is a CD/DVD-ROM/RW, a video card, a sound card, and zip drive. Prices are also affected by screen size and type of chassis.

The price will be affected by all these specifications, along with how well preserved the chassis is, the name of the manufacturer, and whether you acquire the laptop form the factory or through a private dealer. Private dealers charge less, but beware: not all dealers are up to par with their refurbishing skills. Be sure to go to one that is reputable and experienced.

A Guide To Plasma Televisions

One of the newest additions in television technology, Plasma Televisions are the 21st century display devices which are fast becoming a popular choice among television viewers. Plasma televisions have higher resolution and quality performance than other conventional televisions; they guarantee crisp and clear images, and superior quality.

Plasma televisions became a reality after the successful invention of the plasma display panel in 1964, by Donald L. Bitzer and H. Gene Slottow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Embracing a unique technology, Plasma televisions produce pictures from a combination of inert gases such as xenon and neon. When the gas is charged using electrodes, the atoms collide with each other and release energy in the form of invisible ultra violet (UV) light. The light is then focused on the three phosphors (red, green, and blue) and a brilliant picture is produced.

Plasma televisions come as Enhanced Definition TV (EDTV) with a resolution of 852×480 and the Higher Definition TV (HDTV) featuring a native resolution of 1024×768. Plasma televisions have a high widescreen aspect ratio – the ratio between the width and height of the screen. As plasma televisions do not use any electron beams like the conventional ones, they are immune to the effects of magnetic fields. They offer a wider viewing angle and accurate image reproduction. Plasma televisions are slim and space-saving and can even be hung on a wall. Moreover, most of the plasma televisions come with a flat screen which eliminates edge distortion.

Plasma televisions can be used in meeting rooms, corporate offices, and network control rooms. They are ideal choices for home-theater enthusiasts. On account of quality performance in ambient light, plasma televisions are widely opted for teleconferencing.

A countless number of retail and online stores specialize in plasma television sale. Due to their inherent merits, plasma televisions are becoming the most demanded alternative to the standard CRT and projection televisions.

A Guide to Garage Door Openers

Garage doors are no longer the regular roll-top ones, which have to be pushed up by hand. These days, garage door openers are provided with various accessories to make opening easier. No matter how heavy the garage door, it can be fitted with the right kind of opener. These openers ensure utmost safety and security for garages under any conditions. They are also provided with several options and in various designs to suit the exact requirements of the user. The best thing is, they can be installed within 3-5 hours (even do-it-yourself ones). A professional can install a garage door opener in 1 hour!

Garage door openers are of two kinds depending on the use: residential and commercial. In the commercial range of garage door openers, the main models are: Trolley, Jackshift, Hoist and the Slide models. While Trolley openers are used for standard lifting on sectional doors, Jackshift is used for grilles, rolling doors and shutters. Hoist operators are similar to Jackshifts but they are also suitable for heavy duty industrial doors. The slide door openers are meant for single and bi-parting slide doors and also for fire doors.

The main step in purchasing a garage door opener is to determine the actual drive system. Garage door openers are of three kinds depending on the drive system: belt driven, chain driven and direct drive. The most important points to be considered in a garage opener system are the kind of motor and the horsepower. Garage door openers differ in speed also. The average speed is 7 inches lift/drop per second. There are openers that operate at even double this speed.

Garage door openers are provided with different kinds of warranties. Safety is another important aspect while choosing the right garage door opener. It is mandatory that all automatic door openers should be equipped with a non-contact invisible beam system that can sense the approach of a person and make the door to reverse back to the open position. Other mandatory features of garage openers are: automatic lights, a timed reversing feature, a manual emergency release cord and a force adjustment feature.

Garage door openers are usually noisy but some advanced models are being designed to be really quiet. Proper maintenance and lubrication would also lessen the noise made by garage door openers. On the whole, garage door openers should be weather resistant, safe, and should have the least wire exposure for long life.

Garage doors can also be operated by a remote control. This is especially useful for people who have homes with multiple garages. However, it is better to have a rolling radio signal code for the control as it is easy for thieves to capture the code from thin air. Garage door openers can also have an automatic light, remote control and a wall operator, as well as the option of single/two/three button transmitters.

A Guide to Garage Door Opener Parts

There are several parts in a garage door opening system. The smooth working of all these parts ensures the well functioning of garage door opener. The main parts in a garage door opener system are: the remote control, remote control transmitters, receivers, keypads, circuit boards, sensors, brackets, rollers, lock kit, key pads, receiver/remote kits, Gear kit, Screw drive Traveler, Front/Rear Idler, Gear and sprocket assembly, sequencer board, wall consoles/ wall buttons, logic board, safety sensors, monitor, lubricants etc.

Garage door opener parts are designed to suit the exact model and brand. Normally, the parts can be installed by following do-it-yourself installation manuals. Almost every major manufacturer of garage door openers like Chamberlain, Sears, Genie, Wayne-Dalton etc. also provides garage door openers parts as well. Spare parts are available for repairing garage doors or for adding some additional functions to the garage door openers.

Most garage door opener parts are available on websites and can be purchased online. The only challenge is to identify the exact problem with the opener and find out exactly which part is to be replaced. Many online stores provide support while purchasing the parts for a garage door opener. Parts for a garage door opener can be brought even from the local garage door dealer.

A Guide to Discount Car Stereos

In-car entertainment has significantly improved over the past few years with various new technologies having been introduced. We definitely have come a long way since the AM radios and cassette players of earlier days. Today, most new vehicles have standard in-car audio equipment that typically includes a radio, tape player and a CD player, and a set of speakers strategically located around the vehicle’s cabin. In-car audio systems are usually the most common vehicle component that are upgraded using an aftermarket item.

If you are looking for a new car stereo and are on a tight budget, you will be pleased to know that there are discount car stereos readily available on the market. Of course, there are some important factors you should consider when shopping for car stereos. You should be aware that car audio equipment is available at a wide range of prices, performance and quality. If you are targeting a discounted car stereo, you can easily find dozens of options, including mass-produced head units and CD players.

A discount price doesn’t necessarily mean a compromise in quality. Look for an affordable car stereo that offers support for new audio technology, such as MP3 players as well as other audio formats. If you are looking for more punch in your sound, you can purchase a discount amplifier or booster. Some of the best features to look for in car stereos include automatic volume control, a generous power amp, a CD changer, subwoofer, and a generally functional head unit or center console with easily accessible buttons and a large display.

Such features may be available in discount car audio systems, so be on the lookout for these when you are shopping. To maximize your time, you can also try shopping online. Car audio equipment suppliers offer a lot of information about their products to help you choose the best one. In addition, some of these online suppliers do offer discounts you should look into.

A Guide To Conveyor Belts

A Conveyor Belt is the material carrying part of the handling system. Generally speaking, it is looped endlessly over rollers and two terminal pulleys that rotate and move the belt along. The belt could be of any length that is required for a particular application. The Conveyor Belt that moves phosphate from the mines in Western Sahara to the coast is over sixty miles long!

Conveyor Belts can be broadly divided into fabric/steel reinforced belts and wire mesh belts. The choice depends on the type of use.

According to i-conveyors.com, modern factories use a continuous process to manufacture Conveyor Belts. Apart from increasing the manufacturing efficiency, this method provides longer lengths without splicing. This, in turn, reduces the installation and maintenance cost of the belt.

Simplistically stated, a belt is manufactured by embedding the reinforcing material – textile, canvas, nylon, steel cord, or a combination of them – in polymer slabs, usually rubber, and vulcanizing it. To a great extent, the number and type of plies (layers of reinforcing materials) are major factors that determine the strength of the belt.

Steel-wire-reinforced Conveyor Belts, in which the cords are pretensioned, are extra strong. They are mainly used in mining and handling of heavy material.

Underground mining needs flame-resistant belts. The range also includes oil, chemical and heat/cold resistant belts, and belts that are acid-proof or alkali-proof.

Wire mesh belts have good heat and cold resistant properties. They come with a choice of mesh types. Some have tightly woven mesh. In others the mesh opening is large and enables air passage and water jet cleaning. Wire mesh belts can take on light or heavy loads. They can be used for bakeries, cooking lines and for freezing plants.

Over a period of operation, the belts are likely to become slack. This can be corrected with the use of tensioners, which can be automatic or manually operated. A special type of belting is required for acutely inclined and high-speed conveyor systems.

The choice of Conveyor Belt should be made with expert advice. The manufacturers and consultants would be happy to be of assistance.

Modern factories use a continuous process to manufacture conveyor belts. Apart from increasing the manufacturing efficiency, this method provides longer lengths without splicing. This, in turn, reduces the installation and maintenance cost of the belt.

Simplistically stated, a belt is manufactured by embedding the reinforcing material – textile, canvas, nylon, steel cord, or a combination of them – in polymer slabs, usually rubber, and vulcanizing it. To a great extent, the number and type of plies (layers of reinforcing materials) are major factors that determine the strength of the belt.

Steel-wire-reinforced conveyor belts, in which the cords are pretensioned, are extra strong. They are mainly used in mining and handling of heavy material.

Underground mining needs flame-resistant belts. The range also includes oil, chemical and heat/cold resistant belts, and belts that are acid-proof or alkali-proof.

Wire mesh belts have good heat and cold resistant properties. They come with a choice of mesh types. Some have tightly woven mesh. In others the mesh opening is large and enables air passage and water jet cleaning. Wire mesh belts can take on light or heavy loads. They can be used for bakeries, cooking lines and for freezing plants.

Over a period of operation, the belts are likely to become slack. This can be corrected with the use of tensioners, which can be automatic or manually operated. A special type of belting is required for acutely inclined and high-speed conveyor systems.

The choice of conveyor belt should be made with expert advice. The manufacturers and consultants would be happy to be of assistance.

A Guide To Contract Manufacturing

Contract manufacturing is defined as outsourcing or contracting out the manufacturing services of a business to an external firm, business or third-party vendor. Manufacturing services include manufacturing the product to required specifications, engineering the product and designing and manufacturing the product.

The classic value chain of a manufacturing business is comprised of the following activities: inbound goods, manufacturing, outbound goods and marketing. Other activities such as human resources, finance and R&D are peripheral, and support the core activities of the manufacturing firm. Manufacturing would be the core and secluded activity of the business, with third parties involved in the raw and processed materials necessary for the conversion of the manufactured product. Contracted services in manufacturing is restricted to labor and other allied services.

Contract manufacturing is advantageous for a business, for the business has higher value for its products due to the manufacturing excellence. This is also determined by macro-economic factors such as globalization, increased collaborative environments in the supply chain and the cost economics of dependence on others. Businesses turned to third parties to gain cost advantages, proximity to customers and competence advantages with the vendors.

Contract manufacturing is employed by businesses in consumer as well as industrial goods industries. Industries such as electronics, automobiles and pharmaceuticals utilize contract manufacturing in their collaborative efforts with suppliers. For instance, soap manufacturers outsource to third party vendors and package the soap with their own brand names. Heavy engineering industries such as aerospace involve third-party vendors not only in manufacturing but also in design of components.

Various factors such as increased communication flows between partners through information technology and the need to be near customers have necessitated the presence of third-party vendors in contract manufacturing.

A Guide To Call Center Software Solutions

Call centers offer support to small businesses, healthcare, education and legal professionals as well as large multinationals, community fundraisers and government agencies.

Call centers are basically set up to provide software solutions that can customize the client company’s sales, marketing, or any other telephonic work to suit the customer company’s specific needs. Let’s take an example. A company tries to push a new product or service in the market. When a call center is contracted for the job, it contacts the client company to know exactly what questions to ask to market the product or service. Based on the client’s response, the call center sends out a voice message that may include questions, to prospects, by phone, and records their answers. It may also send a letter, fax, email or invoice immediately to the client company so as to confirm the conversation and to fix up a time to follow-up. In this example, the voice mail system, fax and email are software solutions provided by the call center. By taking up these tasks, call centers help reduce the client companies’ operating constraints and costs.

Call centers offer a wide range of software solutions to companies. Some of them are Email communication, Internet Chats, Pagers, Multiple Dialing, Tele-messaging (Telephone Answering Service, Voice Mail and Interactive Voice Response IVR), Outbound Interactive Voice Response Delivery, Messages and information to customers, Fax Services, Open-ended Databases, Web Order Entry, Real-time Agent and Campaign Reporting, Tele Script Systems, Translation software, Add-on Modules and many more. The quality of software solutions determines the reputation of a call center.GD Star Rating