18 Awe-inspiring Modifications to a Movable Cubicle

January 30, 2015

Some people believe that no matter how many changes that a movable cubicle will undergo, it will never change the fact that it can only transport and store materials without maintaining their qualities. This perception isn’t true, especially if the cubicle has one or more of the these 18 modifications:

1. Shelves

Movable CubicleThey keep dry and refrigerated materials off the floor. Shelves keep those materials organized in a movable cubicle. Easier accessibility to materials and greater air circulation will occur because materials are not stacked on top of one another. Meshed shelves can accommodate spill from perishable drinks. Heavy duty shelves can lift plenty or heavy materials for a long time. Lightweight shelves can raise light or few items. However, they can function as heavy duty shelves for a short time.

2. Workbenches

These tables are where packing and unpacking of shelved items are done. Workbenches with mesh allow spillage from liquid or wet goods. These tables can either be fixed or moved in a movable cubicle from one area to another.

3. Alarm system

This system produces an audible signal that can alert people of a possible break-in and theft. It usually happens after a thief is able to unlock the lock.

4. HVAC system

This system includes heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to control internal temperature. It is typically used for cubicles that are divided into multiple sections. Residential applications aren’t suitable for this system.

5. Lock box

This simple lock hides and protects the padlock from being cut by bolt cutters. It’s welded to the cubicle’s doors for easy access.

6. Window

This modification allows people to check inside the movable cubicle for missing items without going inside.

7. Personnel door

This door is commonly used for residential and industrial applications because of its resemblance to an ordinary door. An industrial personnel door can secure stored items because it is constructed out of steel. A residential personnel door is cheaper because it is manufactured from wood.

8. LED light

This light only needs to be attached to a small battery for it to illuminate the cubicle’s interior. It is suitable for cubicles that don’t have access to electricity or are placed in isolated areas.

9. Flood light

This light brightens the area surrounding the cubicle. Some cubicles have flood lights that are mounted with alarm systems.

10. Receptacles

These lights require 110 volts of energy to function properly. They usually come with two or four power outlets. Receptacles can be shown or flush mounted on the cubicle’s interior wall panels.

11. Refrigeration

This allows the cubicle to electronically control interior cold temperatures to store perishable goods.

12. Rooftop turbine vents

These are the cheapest vents that can be mounted on the cubicle’s roof. They don’t require power to function. They control the amount of airflow in the cubicle.

13. Overhead light

This light contains a 2-bulb florescent fixture. 20-feet cubicles typically have two overhead lights. 40-feet cubicles commonly have four overhead lights.

14. Skylight

This illuminates the cubicle’s interior from the ceiling. It gets its light source from the sun.

15. Side doors

These doors allow items with larger widths to be loaded and unloaded in the cubicle.

16. Fiberglass insulation

This contains a plywood-framed or a wood-framed interior with a fiberglass insulation value of R-13. Its surface is either fireproof or waterproof and it is easy to clean.

17. Partitions

They separate items from other compartments that will be used for other applications. For example, one part of the cubicle will be used for storing office supplies and the other part will be used as an office workspace.

18. Security bars

These bars prevent thieves from entering the cubicle through the window or skylight.

These are 18 modifications that a movable cubicle can have. 

Author Bio:

Workbenches tables are where packing and unpacking of shelved items are done. Workbenches with mesh allow spillage from liquid or wet goods. These tables can either be fixed or moved in a movable cubicle from one area to another.

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The Concept of Employee Engagement

January 29, 2015

When a person is talking about employee engagement, he or she could be referring to interactions between superiors and their understudies. He or she could also be referring to the dynamics that happen in the workplace between employees, regardless of the positions they hold. In actuality, defining what the term means could be very difficult because it is more of a concept with an abstract nature. Like love, it is very much harder to define than to notice and express. It could simply mean the everyday conversations that happen between co-workers, or it could have a complicated meaning like the observable and intangible dynamics that takes place in an office-type setting.

Employee engagementWhatever the case may be, the whole concept just revolves around two things. If the terms are taken separately, a literal meaning could be formed. An employee is a person working under a higher-positioned officer, while engagement simply means being involved in a transaction. Putting the two together, it could mean that employee engagement is about a person working under a higher-positioned officer being involved in a transaction. The combination of the meanings of the two words formed a literal meaning. That meaning is simple enough to understand word for word, but is still difficult to comprehend if taken as a whole.

There is a subfield in Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, that deals with certain factors that affect employee engagement. From that statement alone, it can be deduced that the term can be broken down into separate factors. It means that it could just be a whole that can be divided into parts, or it could be taken as a process. Furthermore, it could mean that the term could also refer to something that can be done with just two people, or something that requires a lot of people to take place.

Experts who try to define the term as a whole also encounter difficulty, and often arrive at equally ambiguous terms. Researchers have yet to come up with a single definition of the term. Different books still fail to come up with a single concrete conceptualization about the term. Reference books still lack the appropriate material to define what the aforementioned term means. Even people who work often have difficulties in explaining what the term means.

Based from all of those statements, one thing can be deduced: it is very difficult to define the term. Hence, since defining it is hard, why not just stop defining, and just understand the term? This is what authors are trying to do nowadays. They have stopped trying to make words explain other words. Rather, those authors are now trying to define words using other tactics like relating it to people’s experiences or by using analogy.

Current conceptualizations about employee engagement involve words like transactions, interactions, interpersonal communication, group dynamics, people skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, dichotomies, social factors, and other words. These words all help in explaining the central term. Basically, these words help in defining the term, but they are not enough. Therefore, the common conceptualization of the term, as found in educational books, is the interplay of all the definitions.

It could simply be what is seen to be as the totality of what the employees are doing while they are in their offices. This seems to be a general statement, but this seems to be the most appropriate statement that applies to the term. Its concept may be hard to define, but people have a lot less difficulty describing what employees do while in their offices. Therefore, one thing is for certain: the whole concept of employee engagement is hard to define, but easy to understand.

Employee engagement will provide ideas on how to unleash your creativity to continuously give meaningful, specific and timely recognition to your staff.

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Important Facts You Ought to Know About Printed Circuit Board

January 27, 2015

The first printed circuit board was made-up by Paul Eisler in 1936 as a component of a radio set. In 1943, the United States government started to use the technology on a massive scale to create proximity fuses (bomb detonators) in World War II. Today, PCBs are important components of almost all equipment such as cars, computers, mobile phones, and many more.

In creating a custom printed circuit board, the electronic diagram of the needed circuit is prepared using either computer-aided software or through manual layout using a stencil. Then, the prototype circuit board will be developed using conventional etching methods or through computer aided manufacturing software.

printed circuit boardThe common materials used today to manufacture circuit boards are Alumina, Bakelite, CEM5, Arlon, Polyimide, Rogers, Ceramic, GeTek, CEM1, Nelco, FR4 and FR4 High-Temperate. The thickness and the size of the board depend on the requirements of the circuit board. Copper is the widely used material to coat the substrate. With photosensitive coating, the diagram of the printed circuit board will be printed. The unnecessary copper is etched out from the board to form traces. This process is referred to as photoengraving.

There are two common techniques used to develop connecting traces. Silk-screen printing employs a special ink that is resistant to etching and used as a covering for areas where the copper traces have to be developed. Meanwhile, PCB milling is a mechanical system where the unnecessary copper is washed away using CNC machining.

When the circuit board is ready with copper traces, the holes will be drilled into the board to mount the electrical parts using lead. In the drilling process, specialized laser drill or Tungsten Carbide could be used. Usually, the holes created are filled with depressed rivets or coated through electroplating, hence forming an electrical connection among the different layers.

The entire board will be coated except the pads and holes with masking materials. The commonly used materials to mask the board are lead solder, immersion gold, lead free solder, wire bondable gold, immersion silver, immersion tin, flash gold, carbon ink, nickel and copper.

The last step in manufacturing a circuit board is screen printing where the text and legend will be printed on the PCB.

Testing the Printed Circuit Board

Before assembling the parts or delivering the PCBs, it is a standard operating procedure to test the board to determine if there are shorts and opens that could affect its function. A PCB is termed as short if there are unnecessary connections, and a PCB is referred as “open” if there are unconnected points that are supposed to be connected. These errors must be rectified before assembling the circuit board. It is crucial to take note that not all PCB manufacturers test the boards before delivery. This is often referred to as an added expense but an integral one to provide a 100% functional PCB before adding the parts.

Assembling the Printed Circuit Board

When the board is ready, parts will be assembled and mounted on the surface according to the circuit diagram. The most common assembly methods used are through-hole construction and surface-mount construction. There are instances when a combination of these two methods is used in assembling the PCB.

Types of PCB

There are three major types of PCBs – single sided board, double sided board, and multi-layered board.

A single sided PCB is the simplest type because there is only one layer of substrate. All electrical components and parts are mounted on one side and the copper substrates on the reverse side. A double sided board, on the other hand, is the most common type of PCB, where the components are mounted to either side of the substrate. Double sided boards with connecting traces on both sides are often used. Finally, multi-layered boards are composed of several layers of substrate divided by insulation.

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Lanyards for the Prevention of Hazards

January 23, 2015

A lanyard is arope-like material worn around a person’s neck which has loop of wire or thread or even an adjustable hook as an end, enabling the object to grab unto things. This is primarily used to hold things such as gadgets, keys, even different kinds of cards, in order for a person to easily bring these things as one and to also prevent himself or herself from forgetting to bring the said things.

LanyardsFrom an unobserving point-of-view, a lanyard seems pretty useless because there are other ways a person can bring things, like the use of simple bags. But, given a hazardous situation in which unfortunate events happen, lanyards could be really proven useful. Imagine a scenario where a sudden blackout happens and the person couldn’t see anything, leaving him or her unable to rummage his or her bag for a source of light, what would he do? If the person was fortunate enough to have a lanyard with him or her with a penlight attached to it, or even his or her own phone, then things would turn up for the good.

Another scenario likely to happen is an attempted assault, like plans of stealing or even kidnapping. What if a person suddenly stumbles upon a deranged person in the middle of the night without any people around, what chances will he or she would be able to protect himself or herself? Finding time to look for a weapon at the surroundings will be very hard, even with the possession of it inside a carried bag if there is, and running is a risky option. But then, if that person has a lanyard with a self-defense weapon attached to it, then he or she could really have a chance.

In modern times, unfortunate events are likely to occur, and they are inevitable. The best way to act is be prepared always, and by being prepared, one has to be alert and should be able to have all of his or her needed things close to him or her at all times. And clearly one method of doing this is through the use of lanyards. By attaching important things such as an identification card, self-defense weapons such as a small knife or even keys, one could be able to spare his life. He or she would be able to protect himself or herself by using these tools, and if the unpromising thing happens, at least someone would be able to identify that person.

Aside from the prevention of hazardous events, lanyards could also serve as a person’s way of recognition, be it from a company or from a school he or she is currently at. These could also be a form of handling the security of a place by having all the members of a community or organization lanyards with the same logos and/or designs, these could also be a way of showing unity and cooperation of a certain group. With all of the mentioned purposes, a lanyard is, without a doubt, a very useful thing to have on a person. Be it for bringing certain tools or personal stuff, or for representation of being a member of a group.

In conclusion, no one should underestimate the usefulness of a lanyard, even if it just looks like a plain accessory. Aside from enabling a person to bring needed things with him or her at all times, it should also enable him or her to have easy access on these things because they are technically just clipped on by just above his or her chest. Enabling a person to have easy access to these certain things also enable him or her the chance of protecting his or her life in hazardous situations, just proving how much of a help a lanyard truly is.

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