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.

t11The 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.
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The Truth Behind Myths Surrounding Biometric Time Clocks

Written by Allied Time.

Biometric time clocks allow HR departments to more accurately track their employees’ hours than traditional punch or card swipe time clocks. Employees can clock in and clock out using a unique physical characteristic – such as a fingerprint or facial recognition. This makes it impossible for friends to do “buddy punching” for them and almost completely eliminates the potential for fraud.

Employees can also benefit from the use of biometric time clocks. They never have to worry about remembering a password or losing a swipe card. All they need to do is quickly scan their fingerprint or other feature into the system and they are clocked in or out. They can quickly get in and out of work and feel confident that their hours are being recorded accurately.

Despite the benefits for employers and employees, some people are skeptical about the use of a biometric employee time clock. Some of this fear comes from misinformation or not understanding how these machines work. Here is a look at the real answers to some of the most common concerns about biometric time clocks:

Myth: Companies can use the information they collect to snoop on employees.

Fact: Biometric time clocks collect information in such a way that it would be impossible for a person to use this information to spy on another person. For example, when a fingerprint is scanned by a reader, the image of the fingerprint isn’t stored; it measures the distance between certain points on the fingerprint and stores this information as zeros and ones. There is no way to take this information and reconstruct it to show a person’s fingerprint.

Myth: Biometric time clocks are too expensive for most businesses.

Fact: Small businesses can benefit from biometric time clocks. By collecting and storing timekeeping information digitally and automatically importing this information into the timekeeping system, biometric time clocks significantly reduce the amount of time spent by HR and accounting employees on payroll. For small businesses, this means that these employees can focus on other projects.

Myth: Biometric time clocks don’t work in many environments such as places where there is a lot of dust, dirt and grease that can obscure fingerprints.

Fact: Many of today’s fingerprint time clocks are designed to work even in harsh environmental conditions. Some readers can even effectively scan the fingerprints of a person who is wearing a glove. In addition, devices such as facial recognition or retinal scan time clocks are not impacted by the environmental conditions.


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The Benefits of Industrial Cooling

By MovinCool

When the temperature outside starts to get extremely hot, there’s nothing quite like finding an AC unit and plopping yourself down in front of it until things start to feel better. Sometimes, these machines are essential for keeping yourself from the dangers of getting overheated.

That’s not the only way these machines make life easier though. If you’ve ever used a portable dehumidifier before, you probably already know this. Without such a machine, you’d most likely never be able to get the water out of a room after flood damage or something similar.

This is just one way industrial cooling makes life easier for us. If you’ve ever worked in a factory before, you know that—between the machines and the large number of people—it’s easy for things to get extremely hot extremely quickly.

Speaking of extremely hot temperatures, have you ever been in a server room? Servers are the computers charged with hosting all kinds of information, like the kind necessary to run a website. This job isn’t easy, though, which is why servers create so much heat around the clock. If industrial AC units weren’t surrounding them, they would overheat and your favorite websites would crash immediately.

As you can see, AC is about more than just comfort; it’s one of the most important technologies we have.


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A Guide to How Diesel Locomotives Work

Starting up a diesel locomotive is a lot different than starting up an ordinary car. In fact, it’s a lot more complicated. Here is a breakdown from beginning to end on how these industrial mammoths run.

The first step in the process is entering the cabin and powering up the locomotive. A knife switch is flipped which connects the battery source to the circuit breaker. Then, the switches on the circuit breaker panel are all turned on by the engineer. This powers the entire vehicle. Because of the immense amount of power that is needed to start up a locomotive, a portable power source is required in many cases to get the engine to even turn over.

The next step is for the engineer to prime the fuel system and engage the motors. Once the engine begins to crank over, the locomotive is ready to begin a forward motion.

The engineer then heads to the back of the train to release the hand brake once the brake system has been pressurized.

Upon approval by the conductor, the engineer then begins moving forward, ringing the bells and air horns to signal the motion.

Once the locomotive starts moving, the engineer has to work the throttle control.  The higher the position of the throttle – also called a notch – the more voltage is produced, therefore increasing the speed.

While the train is in constant motion, the computer inside the engine begins its magic by automatically adjusting the fuel injectors to match the engine power required.

If the engineer needs to slow the train down, he can utilize the brake control which work alongside the motors. The control creates air pressure within the cylinders of the brakes to apply the pressure to the brake pads.

For maintenance purposes the engineer has to continuously check the readouts that are displayed by sensors all around the train. This is a vital tool for the engineer as a problem can be scoped out and addressed before a major accident occurs. For instance, if there is an issue with the power, the engineer can utilize a railroad locomotive starter to help restore and somewhat jumpstart it back to life. An engineer that drives a train without the adequate diagnostic readings are putting other people’s lives in danger. Safety precautions are always taught to the engineers to ensure the least amount of risk.

Now that you have an understanding on how a diesel locomotive starts and runs, you now know the immense responsibility placed on the engineer. The fact that trains have continuously progressed and have kept up with technology shows that they continue to play a large role in society.
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