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WinPad IO – 10″ IP65 Ruggedized Windows Tablet

September 30th, 2013 Comments off

WinPad IO – 10″ IP65 Ruggedized Windows Tablet a fantastic ruggedised tablet for external use, now with 500 nit screen rating and Pixel Qi versions.

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This fully loaded tablet is highly ruggedized without being over-sized or too heavy. Complete with every connectivity and data capture option available the WinPad® IO has it all.

There is now a new model with N2600 CPU and 500 nits screen if you just want a brighter screen and also a Pixel Qi  version, see below for more details.

The amazing WinPad® IO encapsulates the new energy efficient OakTrail CPU  platform in a highly ruggedized IP65 and MIL810G proof housing at only 1.6kg.  Combining a sunlight readable display and dual hot-swappable batteries this rugged tablet offers the choice of all wireless radios: WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5G and GPS, as well as a range of data capture options: Front/Rear cameras, RFID, MSR, Smart Card Reader and 1D/2D barcode reader.

For more information please visit  WinPad IO – 10″ IP65 Ruggedized Windows Tablet

 

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Measured Building Surveys – Nationwide

September 26th, 2013 Comments off

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If you need a measured building survey or even several measured building surveys or a measured building surveyor,  you have come to the right place. If time is of the essence, or clients time constraints are limited on site, we can accommodate you.

Whether your survey project is large or small, a single house plan of a few square metres, up to thousands of square metres or several house plans, or a schedule of building plans or ‘As Built’ surveys, we can meet your requirements. We have vast experience of Measured Building Surveys, floor plans, elevational drawings, sections, topographical surveys, everything from private homes & domestic premises, apartment blocks, and flats, Housing Associations, to churches, ecclesiastical buildings, hospitals, NHS Trusts, PCT Trusts, supermarkets, High Street store chains, charity premises, Schools, Universities & Colleges, nightclubs and shopping malls, even the odd Castle and have carried out measured survey programmes and topographical surveys encompassing hundreds of properties.  A schedule can be drawn up to suit you!

For more information please get in touch

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The Rising Need For Oil – And How Offshore Can Help Meet Demands

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

The worldwide consumption of all liquid fuels, including crude oil, is predictably and unexpectedly rising each year – only the first quarter of each year ever sees a dip in demand and, even then, it’s always higher than the levels of previous years.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, which independently compiles statistics and presents analyses and prediction based off these, the worldwide demand for liquid fuels (like oil) will be the highest it has ever been by this time next year.

In a bid to combat the demand and be able to continue with the rising need to supply, the industry has to make a big push in a number of areas – particularly in the offshore oil industry, which is growing at a similarly exponential rate as the global demand for fuel. But just how quickly are demands rising? And, given the significant increases compared with ten years ago, is the industry actually doing enough to meet this demand?

 

How Quickly Are Worldwide Oil Demands Rising?

On average, the daily demand for oil and other liquid fuels has risen by 1.5 million barrels each year; in the last quarter of 2008 the worldwide consumption stood at 83.2 million barrels per day, and this is predicted to rise to 90.72 million barrels per day by the end of this year. The EIA’s predictions for worldwide consumption and productions have only been forecast up to the end of 2014, but it does predict a further rise up to almost 92 million barrels per day – and there is expected to be a similar shortage situation as in 2011, where the worldwide daily consumption outstripped the production.

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The good news is that the EIA expects the surplus crude oil production capacity to rise higher in 2014 than in the last three years – thanks in part to the boost in production and industry expansion. It could well be that, while the demand maybe higher than the daily production, the reserves should prove to be plenty sufficient until such a time that production is able to gain momentum during off-peak periods.

 

What Is The Industry Doing To Manage This?

As demand increases, so will production – it’s an inevitability that almost goes without saying, since without it the industry would crumble. The largest push, however, has been in the offshore oil industry which has seen the number of offshore floating production units rise by 80% in the last 10 years.

As it stands, according to the International Maritime Association, there are 269 floating production units in operation with 27% inventory increase expected by the time all current units on order are brought into operation. The current backorder of offshore oil vessels means an $11 billion investment from the offshore oil industry; 32% of this is for production in Brazil, who dominate this area of oil production.

A number of other auxiliary vessels are also in production and operation, including the record-breaking Pieter Schelte vessel which now stands as the world’s largest pipelaying vessel. The significance of large vessels such as the Pieter Schelte can’t be understated; the size of this particular ship and its hydraulic lifting equipment means that it can deal with a great deal of installation and decommissioning work in single lifts.

The large loadbearing capabilities of these enormous pipelaying vessels (48,000 tons in the case of the Pieter Schelte) allows the lifting of platforms to be done in absolutely minimal numbers of lifts, which reduces the overall time needed to construct units – vital for ensuring this surge in production (as a response to rising oil demands) can be sustained.

As it stands, given the investment from oil companies, the number of floating production units currently on order and the new vessels like the Pieter Schelte, the offshore oil industry should be able to deal with the rising demands to the point where the EIA’s predictions of oil production and surplus should be right on the money.

 

This guest post was written by Tom McShane – a professional blogger and writer for Apex Hydraulics. As well as working in a number of inland scenarios, Apex Hydraulics produces hydraulic equipment for offshore oil projects, including the Pieter Schelte vessel. 

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How a Jib Crane Can Benefit your Business

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

Jib cranes are utilised in a huge array of industries, from car garages, engineering businesses and manufacturing plants, they are frequently seen at the end of production lines in large factories, and even in dockyards for off loading ships.

A Jib Crane is a piece of lifting equipment manufactured from steel, to create a structure which enables loads to be lifted, and subsequently moved to a different location within its range. Jib cranes from LGD can be manufactured in various ways to best suit your needs, whether it is to save floor space, have limited headroom, or need more lifting space under the beam, they can also be produced with various lifting capacities from 125kg up to 2000kg.

A jib crane can be mounted in various ways to best suit its location, column mounted jib cranes are fitted to an existing steel support on the building itself; wall mounted versions are fitted to a wall and jib cranes can also be floor mounted. Due to the way in which a Jib crane may be mounted, they can take up little or no floor space, which can be of huge benefit, especially where space is limited.

From the top of the Jib crane’s main steel support there is a steel beam which cantilevers out to various distances, depending on the model, up to 5 meters is possible. The horizontal beam has a bracing support for extra strength, this can be positioned above the beam – over braced; or under the beam – under braced; over braced cranes are ideal if you need maximum lifting room and load manoeuvrability underneath.

The horizontal beam (the jib arm) is able to rotate or slew through around 270 degrees, allowing loads to be easily transported anywhere within this slewing range, which will obviously vary depending on the length of this beam. It is also possible to have a jib arm with a knuckle joint to provide articulated movement, these are ideal for moving around fixed obstacles.

Electric hoists, lifting magnets, chain blocks and lever hoists are all ideal lifting devices for use with a Jib crane, to further enhance its lifting capabilities. They can be galvanised for outdoor use, and can even have the jib arm powered to make slewing even easier.

Jib cranes can be manufactured, by specialists, to suit your businesses individual requirements. A jib crane can greatly reduce injury risks to personnel as it does all the hard work for you; they will also save a fair amount of time, when compared to how long it would take to manually lift and move a heavy load, (if it is possible at all!) and so they can increase productivity. Reducing injury risks and saving time are the biggest factors for reducing costs, and therefore the Jib crane is a very versatile and cost efficient piece of lifting equipment.

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UK manufacturing recovery gathers pace

September 24th, 2013 Comments off

CBI figures show order books are full and firms are ‘ramping up production to meet demand’

Manufacturing order books are at their fullest since the start of the financial crisis while car production has also leapt ahead, according to the latest figures from CBI.

Latest CBI figures show that 28% of firms reported total order books above normal in September, and that 19% said they were below.

The positive balance of 9% was the highest since August 2007. This included a 6% positive balance for export orders, reversing a negative in figures recorded for last month.

The Industrial Trends Survey of 398 companies also found output growth rose again, to a balance of 18%, the highest level since August 2011.

A positive balance of 33% of firms expected to raise output over the next three months.

Stephen Gifford, CBI director of economics, said: “This month’s results show the manufacturing recovery continues to gather pace.

“Order books are the fullest they’ve been since the start of the financial crisis, and firms are ramping up production to meet demand.

“Firms are more upbeat about growth prospects in the coming quarter than at any time since 1995.”

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said UK manufacturers built 91,282 cars in August, up 16.2%, or 12,705, on the same period in 2012, leaving year-to-date volumes 3.1% ahead of 2012, at 984,545.

The figures show that 20,298 cars were made for the home market this year, up 21.1%, while 70,984 were for export, up 14.8%.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “The past 12-months has been one of the most productive since late 2008.”

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Why WaterJet Cutting is the latest green technology you need to know about

September 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Why WaterJet Cutting is the latest green technology you need to know about

Jet water cuttingWaterJet cutting is a popular way of cutting through a range of different materials, such as, granite, rubber, metal and food. There are two different types of WaterJet cutting, the basic WaterJet cutting process which is used to cut soft materials and AbrasiveJet which is a water yet with added abrasives to make the spray of water more powerful. This is used to cut through hard materials, such as metal and granite.

Both of these processes are very useful and are frequently used to in a variety of industries, such as, mining and aerospace when shaping and reaming materials.

If you’re planning on cutting materials which are sensitive to high temperatures, WaterJet cutting is the perfect process to follow.

WaterJet cutting is known as a ‘green technology’. It is 100 per cent non-toxic and recyclable, and the main waste product is water which can be safely returned to the circulation. The abrasive sand can also be recycled by collecting it in a tank via a pump and can be reused meaning, nothing is wasted. The process is also completely odourless and dust free, meaning it won’t pollute.

Because WaterJet cutting is better for the environment than other cutting processes, it has become very popular for cutting a range of materials throughout the world.

What materials can WaterJet cutting cut through?

The process of WaterJet cutting can cut through a range of different materials, both thick and thin. Some of these materials are:

Granite: As you know, granite is a thick material and is very hard to cut into certain shapes. AbrasiveJet cutting is used to cut through the solid rock and create shapes to make sure it fits into certain places, for example, kitchen worktops.

Rubber: This material can be difficult to cut through because of it’s bouncy texture. If you’re having problems with cutting through rubber, WaterJet cutting is the best process to use.

Metal: Metal is a solid material which can be difficult to cut and reshape. With AbrasiveJet cutting, you can easily cut through metal and create the perfect shapes and sizes for your project.

WaterJet and AbrasiveJet cutting is a green technology and can cut through a mass of materials. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly process for cutting both thick and thin materials, WaterJet cutting is the right process for you.

This post was written by Grace Nolan on behalf of   http://www.yorkshireprofiles.co.uk Yorkshire Profiles, who specialise in WaterJet and AbrasiveJet cutting services

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Silverstone owners agree £32m development deal

September 19th, 2013 Comments off

LAND surrounding the Silverstone motor racing circuit is set for major development after a £32 million deal that will see the construction of warehousing, hotels and a technical college.

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Owner the British Racing Drivers’ Club has completed a 999-year lease deal on the Silverstone industrial estate and development land around the circuit (marked in orange) on which planning permission has been granted.

Commercial property company MEPC has paid £32 million for the lease. The payment will enable BRDC to pay off its loans from Lloyds Banking Group and Northamptonshire County Council.
BRDC chairman Stuart Rolt said: ““We have every confidence that their vision for our land will see the realisation of a high-quality development, which will add to the ever growing status of Silverstone as a world-class centre for motor sport and vehicle engineering.

“We are also confident that in MEPC we have a partner which fully appreciates the status of Silverstone as a race circuit, its history, the ethos of the BRDC and the importance of doing everything to ensure that reputation is enhanced in the future.”

The BRDC board has spent the past three years seeking suitable investment partners and considered several offers before plumping for MEPC, owned by the BT Pension Scheme.
MEPC chairman Chris Taylor said: “As a long-term investor we are delighted to have secured this opportunity to create a large, commanding commercial estate with a key technology driver which will benefit hugely from its location, infrastructure and association with the home of world motor racing at Silverstone.

“The MEPC platform continues to demonstrate its ability to develop, manage and add value across its portfolio of major business estates in an innovative manner with a conviction to understand the needs of its occupiers as the key to its success.”

Chief executive Rick de Blaby added: “It is now MEPC’s wish to see that vision materialise in all its forms and we are incredibly excited about investing in a number of the specific projects we have already identified for the next 24 months, albeit the on-going development of Silverstone could be a ten-year project.

“It is a significant responsibility to fulfil the entirety of our now shared vision, but one I am confident will be achieved.”

The agreement with MEPC does not include the development or management of the circuit itself. The BRDC has agreed terms with a suitable partner to further develop and invest in the circuit and circuit-related facilities. It aims to complete negotiations before the club’s AGM on October 4.

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Britain building for recovery

September 17th, 2013 Comments off
Official figures showed output growth for the industry of 2.2 per cent in July compared with the previous month, 2 per cent up on the previous year, raising hopes that it will fuel faster expansion of the wider economy between July and SeptemberThe volume of new orders is estimated to have jumped 19.8 per cent between the first and second quarter. Housing recorded its fastest growth in orders for nearly three years while in volume terms the £4billion worth of orders placed is the highest since 2007.
Investec economist Phil Shaw said the ­construction rebound was coming from a very low base, with output running 14.1 per cent below its pre-crisis peak in early 2007, but added: “The clear message is that the recent renaissance in the sector is not just a flash in the pan.”IHS Global Insight economist Howard Archer said: “Improving construction activity adds to the evidence that UK growth is becoming more broadly based, which is important for sustained expansion.”
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Firm’s high hopes for a towering success

September 16th, 2013 Comments off

431299600Lancaster-based company and chamber of commerce member Askam Construction has been awarded a £3m-plus contract by the city’s university to refurbish Bowland Tower – one of its most distinctive and original buildings.

 

Local suppliers have benefitted from multi-million pound investments by the university in new buildings and services over the last ten years.

 

And the university has pledged to use local businesses where possible.

 

Bowland Tower is located at the heart of Lancaster University’s campus and is a well-recognised part of its arhitecture.

 

At 14 storeys high, the popular upper floors give spectacular views over both Morecambe Bay and the surrounding fells.

 

Opened in 1968, the striking feature is now to have a complete make-over, with more than £4m being invested by the University into the refurbishment of accommodation within the tower and the south and east wings of the connected buildings.

 

Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce is currently working with the university to discuss how other local businesses can be supported to form trade networks with the university.

 

Vice-chancellor, Professor Mark E. Smith, said: “I am very pleased that the university is generating opportunities which local companies are able to take advantage of.

 

“We have an important role to play in contributing to the economic success of our region and last year put about £333m into our local economy.”

 

Managing director of Askam Construction, John Lowery, added: “This is great news because by employing a local company like Askam Construction, the university is ensuring that the cash from its projects stay in the area.

 

“Every £1,000 the university spends with Askam is used locally to pay staff, suppliers in the region and sub-contractors.

 

“That in turn is used to employ local people and buy a high proportion of their supplies in the area.

 

“The trickle-down effect means that same £1,000, minus the Government’s cut, can be spent five or six times in the Lancaster district.”

 

Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce president, Angela Seel, said: “The chamber is committed to ensuring our members have every opportunity to forge stronger links with the university to enable growth within the local economy.”

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How to Expand Your Farm

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

You may have started your farm off as a small hobby that you wanted to try out for a bit of fun and now realise you actually enjoy it and would like to expand, however there are certain things you need to do and purchase before you can look to create that expansion.

 

  • Have You Got The Space – Remember expanding your farm means you need to have adequate space to house the additional animals and the land to be able to grow your crops. If you haven’t got this space you may need to think about moving to a place with more space or hiring out some extra land.

 

  • Housing Your Animals – Whether you are looking to purchase more cows, sheep or other cattle, or your existing animals have simply reproduced, you need to ensure you have enough housing space for them. Constructing an agricultural build is extremely important, especially as the winter months approach. Experienced farmers are learning from past winters and are now constructing larger agricultural buildings to protect their cattle during the colder months.

 

  • Equipment – If you only had one or two cows previously you may have simply miked them by hand. However, if you are looking to increase the amount of cows you own, you may want to invest in an automatic milking machine as it will otherwise be extremely time consuming. Similarly you may need larger or more equipment to help with the running of the farm on a day to day basis.

 

  • A Helping Hand – Running a farm on your own can be hard work so you may need to employ someone to help you out. Remember everything needs to be done to a schedule in a farm and with the extra additions, your working time is going to be twice as long, so a helping hand can give you a bit of support when you need it.

 

  • Have Enough Feed – Making sure you have sufficient feed for all of your animals is essential; it is the most important thing to ensure they are healthy and have the nutrients they need. Remember, whether you are looking to breed your animals for milking or for meat, they need to be well looked after and fed for the best results and to ensure you get your money’s worth.

 

  • Try New Things – Now that you have the space and a bit more experience you may want to try your hand at a few other things, whether you want to try a chicken coup, another type of crop or a different type of cattle. Remember, it may turn out to be something you like doing and realise there is a potential market for it in your area. You should do some research and ask around at things like farmers markets and try something that the locals are looking for if there is a gap in the market.

 

Now that you know what to do when expanding your farm you better get a move on before winter approaches, as any expansion work will be much more difficult.

 

This post was written by Ekta Mair, who after starting out farming as a hobby has realised she actually enjoys it. She recommends agricultural buildings from Leominster Construction for all of you agricultural construction needs.

 

 

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