Choosing the Right Attachment to Custom Lanyards

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Posted by

Today, lanyards are being widely used in organizations and events. In fact, it has become an SOP for conference and event organizers to provide custom lanyards with ID tags to participants.

When customizing lanyards, you need to know the right attachment needed given your aim. For example, hospitals will need lanyards with a certain kind of attachment that can be easily broken apart should there be instances of strangulation.

Below are some of the attachments you can use for your custom lanyards:

1.  Bulldog Clip. The bulldog clip is probably the most traditional add-on for any custom lanyard. This nickel-plated steel clip can hold identification cards and badges.

2.  Swivel Hook. This is made from nickel-plated steel and can fit both a round cord and a 3/8-inch flat fabric lanyard. This steel swivel hook is specifically designed to ensure that it won’t easily break. This durable hook can perfectly hold identification cards.

3.  Key Ring. This is a very simple split key ring with 15/16 inches diameter. It can also hold identification cards and keys. Considered to be classy yet functional, a key ring can be used on custom lanyards, wrist coils, and badge reels.

Custom Lanyards4.  Neck Cord Loop. This is also known as length adjuster. With this adjustable cord lock, you can easily customize the length of the lanyard. Unlike other lanyard attachment, this is made from black plastic material that can last for several years. Inside the lock is a spring system which enables reliability and ease-of-use.

5.  Safety Breakaway. This attachment has a feature that allows for a quick breakaway should there be any choking incidents. In schools and hospitals where the probability of lanyards being snagged is high, it is highly recommended to use the safety breakaway attachment.

6.  Disconnect buckle. This is a type of attachment quite similar to Safety Breakaway. The difference is that the disconnect buckle is slightly thicker and is placed a few inches from the base of the lanyard. Just like the safety breakaway, this attachment is designed to reduce chances of accidental strangulation.

7.  Plastic J-Hook. This attachment is made of black plastic with an easy to open clasp. Basically, there is no need for any special features. You only need to hold the clasp to connect items such as keys and IDs to the hook.

8.  Cell Phone loop. This is specifically designed for cell phone lanyards. The loop is inserted in the cell phone loop holder. The black plastic material that holds the loop is made of lightweight urethane.

Now that you are familiar with different lanyard attachments, decide which ones are suitable for your custom lanyards. Here are some tips in choosing the right attachment:

1.  Style. Flat and round lanyards will impact the kind of attachment you need to use. Measure the width of your lanyard to ensure that it will fit with your attachment. It is best to consult with your custom lanyard manufacturer so that you are guaranteed that your attachment goes well with your lanyard material.

2.  Safety. It is safer to wear lanyards with breakaway features. However, this might have additional charge to your purchases.

3.  Budget. Some attachments offers ease-of-use, as well as safety features. However, the prices may be slightly higher than those of traditional attachments. Before deciding on the attachment, check if it fits your budget first.

4.  Compatibility. Not only do you have to consider compatibility with the lanyard material, you also need to check whether the attachment can hold the item. There are identification card holes that might not be able to fit certain attachments. So, try them first before making a purchase.

Choosing the right lanyard is a bit time consuming, but at least you’ll be sure that you won’t end up wasting your money on something that isn’t right for your needs and preferences.

How to Start a Food Business Using Storage Containers

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Posted by

Storage containers are huge steel boxes used for storing and transporting freight worldwide. The sizes of these containers usually range from 20 to 53 ft. Aside from being used for transporting goods, storage containers are also used as building materials. Nowadays, these boxes are utilized to construct not only houses but also restaurants and food trucks. Various people around the world have tried using them and the results were impressive.

These containers are perfect for those who want to start a food business. They are very easy to build and move. Using storage containers to construct stalls for food businesses can save time, money, and effort.

If you’re thinking of putting up a food business and you want to erect an eating place immediately, here are the steps on how to do them:

Decide what kind of food you want to sell

Storage containersStarting a food business won’t be possible if you don’t have any food to sell. If you’re of foreign blood, introducing your country’s cuisine is a good idea. You can also cook and sell your favorite food. Allot budget for the cooking equipment, raw ingredients, and the construction of your eatery.

Research about that food

If you don’t have any background in cooking, it’s very important to research about the food you want to sell first. Read cookbooks and references related to culinary history. You can take cooking lessons as well.

Search for a good business location

If you already know what food you’re going to sell, start looking for a location for your business. Find an area that allows the construction of shipping container establishments and study that location’s rules. Check if there are competitors in that area. Identify each business’s strengths and weaknesses.

Purchase a shipping container

A food business won’t be complete if doesn’t have any stalls. You can purchase a shipping container online. New storage containers can cost $3000 or more. If you want to save more money, buy a used one. A used container can cost around $1800 or less depending on size and condition. If you want more space for your business, buy a larger container.

Decorate your container

After purchasing a container, inspect and clean it first. Decide whether you want to build a stand-alone restaurant or a food truck. Food trucks require containers to be placed on trucks. Add insulation and wallpaper to your establishment. Don’t forget to paint the walls outside. Cover the rusty areas. Hang a signboard as well. Add chairs for the customers. Make sure that air can pass through the container.

Buy kitchen equipment

Purchase cooking tools and equipment for your business. They will depend on the kind of food you want to sell. If you’re planning to sell burgers, you better purchase a griddle. Pastry, on the other hand, requires ovens and mixers.

Install safety equipment

To prevent accidents, install safety equipment (e.g. fire extinguishers) inside the container. Add first aid kits as well.

Get a business license

If you’re done decorating and adding equipment in your shipping container restaurant, apply for a license to make your business operation legitimate. Go to the nearest state or city office and fill up a business license application form. Wait for your application to get approved.

Hire and train staff

Hire and train employees for your business. Make sure that they know how to use the equipment inside your eatery. Instruct them about workplace safety. They should know what to do in case of emergencies.

Advertise your business

Promote your food business. Create websites and promotional materials about it. You can also get help from a newspaper company.

Basic Golf Equipment

Friday, February 6, 2015 Posted by

Most people are already familiar with the more important pieces of golf equipment. Even those who do not play the game already have an idea of what golf balls and golf clubs look like and what they are used for.

The golf ball is that tiny round ball full of dimples. The dimples improve performance by affecting the ball’s trajectory, spin, feel, and distance. Aside from the design, the materials used in the golf ball’s production also have an impact on the golf ball’s performance.

golf equipmentThe clubs are those long sticks that have a huge mass at the end. These are the pieces of equipment people use in order to strike the golf ball when playing a game. The four kinds of golf clubs are the wood, iron, putter and hybrid. Each type of club has a particular use that addresses a specific need. Putters for example are used on the green in order to make the ball roll into the hole.

Of course, there’s more to the game than these two pieces of golfing equipment. Other pieces of Golf equipment are less popular among most people, but nevertheless perform important functions. Here are some of the lesser known pieces of golfing equipment and their functions.

Club head covers

Club head covers are those pieces of equipment that are similar in shape to a sock. They are often seen covering the club heads of a golf club. These club head covers may strike the unfamiliar with nothing more than some sort of extravagance. Golf players actually use club head covers for certain practical reasons.

The first reason why gold players use club head covers is protection. The golf club is a precision instrument for a game that demands precision. Club head covers are used to protect the golf club’s head from damage when placed in a golf bag. Carrying a golf bag around typically causes the clubs to bang against each other. The lack of a cover usually means that the golf club’s head damage or dent each other. The club head cover is the piece of golf equipment used to prevent any sort of dents or scratches.

The second reason is ease of recognition. Golfers typically carry with them several clubs, up to a maximum of fourteen clubs. The club head covers make it easier for golfers to identify which club is which.

Ball washers

Golf balls, like golf clubs, are precisions pieces of equipment. Ball washers are used to wash the golf ball. Golf balls acquire dirt when they land especially when they fly at a high level and reach a far off distance.

It may not seem much to non-golfers, but a dirty golf ball can have a huge impact on the ball’s performance. In order to avoid having to use a poorly performing golf ball, a golfer is permitted, under certain circumstances, to clean a ball. The reason for this is that golfers are, as a general, not allowed to pick up their ball as they are required to play the ball as it lies.

Ball washers exist in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes. Some ball washers for example are mounted on golf carts. Most gold courses come standard with a ball cleaners mounted on stands located near the tee box for each hole.

Range finders

Range finders are new and high tech pieces of golfing equipment that are employed by golfers to measure their distance from the hole. It makes precise measurements to give golfers a better idea of how well they perform. It also provides them with much needed information and insight to compose a strategy for approaching a particular hole.

The current rules ban the use of range finders in most games. However, the USGA permits certain course clubs to implement their own rules on rangefinders. This particular piece of golf equipment is commonly used by golfers who are either practicing to improve their game or recreational golfers.

How to Etch a 2-Layer Copper Printed Circuit Board Using the UV Etching Method?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Posted by
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The basic concept of the UV etching method in creating a printed circuit board is to use ultraviolet light to soften and eliminate a substrate and use the retained substrate to shield the copper board from an acid bath.

In creating a two-layer copper circuit board, you need the following materials: copper (coated with positive UV resist substrate), Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) to dissolve the substrate coating, UV lamp, UV translucent plastic to weight down the PC during exposure, transparency sheets, and a small drill bit (.031).

printed circuit boardIn designing the printed circuit board, it is crucial to take note that vias is quite difficult to deal with, so it will be to your advantage if you try to minimize the use of it to your layout. Once you are done with the layout, you need to set up the PCB software so that it will only print the things you want in the copper board.

In preparing your board, you need to mark the parts where you will be cutting using a pair of calipers that are quite handy in etching precision marks in the protective sheet. Then, you need to cut the printed circuit board to its appropriate size. You can use tinsnips but a dremel tool will work fine.

It is crucial to mirror the top layer because you need the actual PCB to be as close as the diagram as possible. The diagram should be clear when showing which side goes towards the printed circuit board because it will have a matte finish.

Many technicians are a bit scared of creating 2-layer printed circuit boards because these are quite difficult to line up the two layers. However, this is not actually that hard particularly if the board is small. All you need to do is to use a drill press to align the reference holes. Remember that the farther they are apart from each other, the easier it is to avoid misalignments in the rotation.

The next phase is regarded as a time-consuming step. First, you need to be extra careful in removing the protective sheet of one side of the board. It is recommended to do this at night or at least in a room because sunlight is a good source of UV light, and it can result to undesirable effects.

Then, align the artwork sheet with the circuit board and use a scotch tape to secure it. Place it under a transparent sheet and under a UV light for at least 15 minutes. If you wait a bit less, there will surely be substrate on the board. If you wait a bit more, you might end up washing off all the substrate during the acid bath.

Developing the printed circuit board is regarded as the coolest part of the whole process. You need to prepare a solution first to develop the PCB. You can use a clog remover mixed with water. However, there is always the possibility of overdoing it using a developer concentration. You can have the developer wash away all the etch-resistant substrate because of high concentration. Hence, be always sure to take note of the concentration that you are using so you can make the necessary adjustments.

Wear a pair of rubber gloves and immerse the circuit board in the developer and rub it with a foam sponge. Be very careful in this process because some clog remover solutions can melt away certain types of foams. Meanwhile, be sure to follow the etching process, which may take at least three to five hours.

After etching the circuit board, the next thing to do is to drill all the holes. As mentioned above, it is best to use a 0.31” drill bit alongside a tabletop drill press. This part is quite easy as the small copper vias can guide your drill into the holes.

Printed circuit board offer exotic substrates such as Aluminum Core PCB’s, Nelco, Arlon, and many others.

Common Prices for Lanyards and Its Accessories

Friday, January 16, 2015 Posted by

It is pretty common to see people wearing lanyards these days. Whether worn by students or company employees, this product is very popular due to its functionality and customizability. If you are planning to get one, here is a rundown of prices for various types of lanyards:

Flat Braided (Non-Breakaway)

LanyardsThis type of lanyard comes in a simple one color design that is stitched or embroidered together. This product costs around $60 for 100 pieces. Again, it doesn’t have a particular logo attached to it and only comes in one color of your preference. There are around 11 available colors for this product including maroon, green, black, red, yellow, orange, forest green, navy blue, teal, white and purple. This is around 3/8 in width and around 36 inches long. Buyers can choose from swivel hook, no-twist hook, trigger hook, or swivel hook as an attachment.

Flat Pre-Printed (Smooth and Breakaway)

This product comes with a price tag of around $250 per 100 pieces. This is ideal for the workplace and in schools because it comes with a pre-printed design saying “Visitor”, “Contractor” or “Staff”. It features a swivel hook and a breakaway attachment that can snap off quickly when pulled by wearer.

Custom Embroidered (Breakaway)

This product is customizable and buyers can add their original logo or text. This feature can turn a basic ID lace into an accessory. The logo will be embroidered into the product and buyers can choose from a variety of attachments including swivel hook, bulldog clip, and split ring. It also has a breakaway design that is a great security for small kids to avoid any choking hazard. Given the many features included in this product, it comes with a price tag of around $1500 for every 100 pieces.

Round Braided (Non-Breakaway)

This is the most cost effective sample of the many types of lanyards available today because it is made of a material that resembles that of shoelaces. It is available in one solid color and is only around 1/8 inches in width. It comes with a price tag of around $45 for every 100 pieces.

Anti-Microbial (Breakaway)

This is ideal for students and people in industries that require cleanliness. Around 5/8 inches in width, this is made of an anti-microbial material that is not present in common lanyards. If you think about it, this type of products is placed around a part of the body that is usually very sweaty. Using this type of product will ensure that your skin will always be in good health. Given that, this product comes with an MSRP of around $135.

Typical Materials Used in Lanyards

Polyester

This type of material offers both great performance and affordable price. They are very comfortable to wear and can feature great logo quality at a minimum cost. Depending on the company, a product made of this material can cost under $1 even when fully customized.

Tubular

This is crafted from polyester that is tube-stitched. It is similar to that of a shoelace only better because it can be printed with a customized logo. When fully customized, a product made of this material can cost only around $0.50.

Nylon

This material ensures that the product will have a quality shine and construction that can be very durable even with the passing of time. This is a high quality material that provides a silkscreen finish to the end product. When bought in a bulk of around 5000 pieces, each piece can only cost around $0.69.

Cord Style

This is the newest style available in the market that offers a comfortable and classic look. It only comes with one color tone that can be printed with text message types of writings. If bought in 10,000-piece batches, each piece can only cost around $0.64.