Lithium Ion vs Lead Acid GPUS

Written by: Start Pac

Learn what separates lead and lithium ion batteries from each other.

Lead acid batteries have been the tried and true go to for ground power units for quite some time now, however in recent years there have been a number of improvements to lithium batteries that are making them equally, if not more, viable.

When compared to a lead-acid battery of similar output, lithium ground power units are smaller and much lighter. This leads to lithium GPUs being much easier to transport and get running. That portable power makes a difference in a commercial airport, which might service several dozen to several hundred planes each hour.

Another area where lithium batteries excel over lead acid is in charging. Lead acid batteries charge slow and need to be regularly recharged to full capacity to ensure the battery’s health. This isn’t so for lithium ion batteries. If you have need of a lithium mining equipment starting unit before it has fully charged, it can be used without worry for the batteries long-term health

One area where lead acid GPUs have a distinct advantage over their lithium ion counterparts is in their cost. Amp for amp, a lead acid battery will take a lighter hit to your wallet in its upfront costs. However, lithium ion units do manage to recoup some value with their longer lifetimes.

So when it comes down to it, lithium portable power supply units have made many breakthroughs in recent years, and are now poised to become the new go to choice for our large battery needs.

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Diamond-Like Carbon Coatings: A Formal Breakdown

A new form of coating technology, diamond like carbon has risen to the ranks to become one of the most highly resistant and resilient type of coating available on the market today.

Diamond like Carbon Properties

The excellent properties of diamond like carbon are what make them stand out from other methods of coating. Boasting an incredibly high wear resistance as well as an extremely low friction coefficient, diamond like carbon applications have been incorporated in a variety of industries such as automotive and oil and gas.

DLC coatings have been known to perform tremendously well under extreme environments that expose the material to high amounts of pressure, abrasive conditions, and volatile interaction. This makes the application of DLC ideal for pipe joints or interior tubing.

DLC coatings have also found a home in the world of medicine. The rising implementation of medical device coatings in invasive procedures has created new leverage on improving a patient’s recovery and sustainability. An example of a medical device coating would be a catheter being inserted into the patient. By applying a coating over the catheter, it will drastically decrease the chance for an infection or even a blood clot from occurring and maximize the safety of the patient.

Methods of Deposition

DLC can be deposited by a variety of methods – chemical vapor deposition, electroplating, flame spray, physical vapor deposition, etc. It should be duly noted that each method has its pros and cons, but these challenges are constantly being met by researchers that are developing new techniques to minimize any risks and issues.

Practical Coating Usage

Coloring steel watches has been a growing industry for some time now. Now, steel is incredibly difficult to recolor. Not only will natural methods come off with wear, but the quality will just lack in the end.

For optimal coating, there are two processes that are utilized: physical vapor deposition and diamond like carbon. Both processes do the job but DLC utilizes the properties of carbon to create a smooth and extremely tough end result. It’s been known that PVD wears off after years of usage – these are just based on opinions.

As mentioned before, DLC coating’s properties make them useful for watches – the abuse that they take unknowingly throughout the day is far more rugged than you might realize. Abrasion and water resistance are two of the more common properties that watches need to survive on a day-to-day basis. DLC coatings are essentially a versatile protective shell that is built to last.
Denton Vacuum, LLC manufactures sputtering systems primarily designed for vacuum deposition techniques.

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Effective Ways to Boost Your Radio Advertisement Strategy

Getting people to come into your business is a tough task on its own. Utilize data from your advertisements to see if they’re as effective as you want them to be.

What defines an effective media marketing strategy? Is it the reach of the advertisement or the capital invested? Maybe it’s the production and distribution rate. Advertising through the media, specifically radio, is one of the most efficient marketing tools that’s continuously used by brands creating awareness for themselves as well as selling their products and services to the public.

According to Steve Doctrow, of Rogers & Cowan, radio is indeed alive and performing quite well in the digital world.

The focal point of advertisers is the listener base. By understanding who’s actually listening to your advertisements, here are some basic strategies that you implement into your media marketing plan.

Create Surveys

Conducting surveys is essentially the most basic tool that you can use to determine the reach of your customer base. This can be done both online and in-store. If you’re selling a product, consider adding rewards or discounts as an incentive for them to complete your survey. Additionally you can also add the same incentive for customers that mention a special keyword or phrase that’s in your advertisement as well. This tends to give you a rough idea of the exposure that your advertisement is leading to and can aid you in “editing” the advertisement to whichever direction you want.

Sales Numbers

Another way that you can see if your investment has paid off is by looking your sales number from the time your radio advertisement has started to the present. See if there are significant jumps or trends that you can point out. Obviously, the higher the numbers, the more influential your advertisement has been.

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Could 3-D Printing Disrupt the Froyo Business?

Imagine visiting your favorite ice cream shop, and because they have a promotional deal with Marvel you can order custom printed cups designed with your child’s favorite superheroes. Sound like a dream? 3-D printing might make that reality come sooner than you think. There are already retail operations set up to 3-D print everything. Materials are becoming cheaper too, so the days of a business like Baskin Robbins custom printing everything from spoons to cups might be coming soon.

3D Printing Advances

Frozen yogurt seems like an unlikely candidate for disruption, but we’re already experimenting with 3D printed foods. These foods are made of natural ingredients too, so startups are springing up frequently around the idea that customers will take a bite. Frozen Yogurt might be a good entry point. We are used to the familiar routine of soft serve at a buffet: ice cream cups stacked atop one another, a pull lever dispensing chocolate or vanilla.

Now imagine that concept with any flavor you want, all made of dairy-based ingredients as natural ice cream or frozen yogurt should be. That’s not too hard to swallow.

What’s Next

There aren’t any specific initiatives yet aimed at disrupting the ice, but MIT students have already created 3D printed ice cream. By hacking a 3D printer together with a Cuisinart ice cream maker, the trio of students managed to create a device that can serve ice cream on demand. For fun, it even prints shapes and adds texture.

Would you eat 3D printed froyo?


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Punch-Time Clocks Can Harm Your Company’s Finances

Written by: Allied Time

Read below to see how new-age technology has led to the exit of older time clock models.

The century-old punch-card time clocks are a staple system in many businesses today. Their simplicity and cost-efficiency has led to many business owners to employ these machines in their workplace. However, its minimalistic design has led to employees finding “loopholes” around the system in order to get paid slightly more.

One of the most frequently used methods that is still a problem today is the “buddy punching” scheme where an employee punches the card of another that is either late or absent. The end result is an unknown figure that’s being paid out to those that wholly do not deserve it. As a result, more companies opt to use the biometric time clock instead, which eliminates buddy punching.

There have been rising concern however, over the information that someone inputs through a fingerprint time clock. Despite its appearance, any information that’s logged in the system like a personal fingerprint won’t be used for any criminal background check or anything of the sort. Its sole purpose lies in tracking time and attendance. The fingerprint itself is just a numerical value that the computer recognizes and identifies through its algorithms.

Through the use of these systems, businesses and companies, especially ones with a high turnover rate, are experiencing much more success accurately tracking their employees’ time and attendance. Most time clocks also include the ability to compile reports that managers and payroll administrators can open up and look into on their computers. At each pay period’s end, a computerized report of each employee will be delivered to the administrator for further verification.

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Understanding the Various Metallization Methods

Metallization has become an industry standard. Its purposes are not only mechanical but for aesthetic reasons as well. The process of metallization is used to coat an object with a metal or an alloy to protect it from corrosion and wear and tear. It’s also used to create a shiny gloss and add properties that are gained through the process that it normally doesn’t possess such as electrical conductivity and abrasion resistance. Metallization isn’t a process on its own but is broken down in a variety of different methods.

Vacuum Metallization

The process of vacuum metalizing requires a metallic coating material to be placed within a vacuum chamber. The chamber then heats the material until it can be placed on the product as a very thin film. This process takes place inside a vacuum chamber for the entire duration to prevent any oxidation from occurring.

If you’re familiar with the process of sputter deposition, then you can likely relate it to the process of vacuum metallization. Similar in a way that sputter deposition is used to apply thin film on a substrate within a controlled environment; vacuum metallization utilizes the same approach.

Metal Spraying

Also known as “flame coating”, this process requires molten metal to be sprayed over the surface of a product to either help repair any damages or to provide an additional protective coating layer. This type of metallization is fairly easy to perform and is a simple process but provides a high porosity on the coating when performed.

Thermal Spraying

Thermal spraying utilizes either wire or powder materials being melted down into droplets. This process also sprays the coating onto the product but what differentiates this from flame coating is that droplets are produced out of the reaction, which bond to the surface of the selected substrate. This type of metallization also has different processes which include: electric arc spray, plasma spray, combustion flame spray, and high velocity oxy-fuel. Similar to metal spraying, this also provides a high porosity on the surface of the product.

Electroless Plating

Electroless plating has been known to be a more effective solution to metallization than by vacuum. This is because of its higher adhesion upon completion of the coating. Electroless plating deposits copper or nickel metal onto plastic substrates. The process begins by ridding the plastic surface of the product through oxidation methods. Because the oxidizing solution increases the rate of hydrogen bonding, a higher rate of adhesion occurs when the plastic is coated with the metallic materials.
Denton Vacuum, LLC manufactures state-of-the-art production systems such as: optical coating systems, sputter coater systems, and high volume magnetron sputtering systems.

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