Monthly Archives: May 2016

Nameplate Litho Printing

download (16)In the past, Stamping is the most common methods for marking metal nameplates. In recent days, as the technology emerges nameplate manufacturers choose different ways to design and print metal nameplates.

Industries manufacture metal nameplates using a variety of printing techniques. These printing techniques may vary based on the customer requirement and type of environments. As mentioned earlier, uses of these nameplates dictate their manufacturing process. For example: metal nameplates used for outdoor purposes are exposed to harsh environments. In such conditions, the printing method should guarantee long-lasting design and legible text. Photosensitizing, embossing, laser marking, etc. are few printing methods that allow outdoor applications.

Lithography or offset lithography is one of the printing technique used in decorating Aluminium nameplates. In litho printing, the inked image is transmitted from a printing table to a rubber blanket and then it’s transferred into the aluminium sheets or paper. It’s a mass production printing in which the printing media don’t come into direct contact with the metal nameplates. It’s easily combined with a certain decorative process like embossing, brushing, screen printing and diamond cutting. It’s a preferred option while printing in fine detail and half tones. Nameplate manufacturers apply decorations on flat sheets and then it’s subjected to forming and tooling. It prolongs the lifetime of nameplates because the flexible rubber coordinates with the print media surface, allowing the process to be used effectively on rough-surfaces as well.

Types of offset Litho printing machines –

Offset printing machines are commonly used by today’s manufacturers.

Sheet-fed offset printing – This printing is popularly known for small and medium-sized projects. In this printing method, machine is fed with individual sheets. These pages could be pre-cut or trimmed after printing.

Web offset printing – This printing method uses larger and high-speed machines. Huge rolls of sheets are fed into the machines from which individual sheets could be trimmed. It is more cost-effective and used for high volume projects.

Advantages of using Offset lithography:

  • Tight registration is one of the major advantages in using offset lithography.
  • It provides quality printing at low-cost.
  • It can print on a variety of surfaces including rough and hard surfaces.
  • Lithography is a cost saving process for nameplate manufacturers while choosing high-volume projects.

Conclusion:

Lithography works on the basic principle that oil and water repel each other, but compared to other printing methods it provides quality printing at an affordable cost. It is combined with several decorative processes to create quality Aluminium nameplates.

 

Secrets of Bonding 130: Borrow From Peter to Pay Paul

download (15)It’s only human nature. You have a problem, a need. A financial issue has come up and the timing is inconvenient. So if you just move things around, you can handle the problem and back-fill later.

For construction companies managing multiple projects, not every job goes smoothly. Construction work is complicated with many variables and uncontrollable elements. Sometimes the only solution is to throw money at the problem. When cash flow on the project is “temporarily” insufficient, there is a natural temptation to borrow money out of another healthier contract, with the intention of paying it back at a later date. Is this bad?

Trust Funds

From a legal standpoint, money a general contractor (GC) holds, that is destined to pay the subcontractors (plumber, electrician, HVAC, etc.) he hired on the project, is held “in trust” for the benefit of those subs. The law says it is their money, and the GC must safeguard it. Therefore, any money in this trust fund category cannot be “loaned” to another of the company’s projects.

Bonded Contracts

When a Performance and Payment Bond covers a contract, the payment section of the bond guarantees that suppliers of labor and material will be paid. This includes the subcontractors that were hired by the GC. The bonding company is guaranteeing that the trust funds will make it into the hands of the subs.

If money has been diverted into another project by the GC, and subs remain unpaid, they are entitled to make a claim against the payment bond. Sureties are risk averse and strive to avoid all bond claims. Underwriters are well-aware of the “Peter Paying Paul” scenario where the funds are never restored and a payment claim results.

Protective Measures

Bonding companies may take steps to prevent such misapplication of funds. One is Joint Checking. Under this procedure, the project owner (paying for the work) issues joint payee checks in the name of the GC and the sub or vendor. Now there is absolute certainty that the funds will get to the sub as intended.

This procedure does not cost money to implement (other than the administrative expense), but is dependent on the willingness and continuing participation of the project owner.

Another protective device is the use Funds Control, also called a Funds Administration. Think of this as a professional paymaster who pays everyone on the project, including the GC. Money goes from the owner to the funds administrator, who then issues all the checks. By avoiding the GC’s handling of the money, there is no risk of funds flowing to another contract.

The funds administrator charges a fee, which is paid by the GC. For this procedure to be successfully implemented, the owner must officially agree to pay the funds administrator instead of the GC.

Conclusion

When it comes to money handling on construction projects, many people have a stake in the process. The GC’s obligation is more than to simply complete the work. They have a fiduciary responsibility to handle funds properly and assure that deserving parties are paid. That’s what the bonding company expects, and it’s simply the right thing to do.

Steve Golia is an experienced provider of bid and performance bonds for contractors. For more than 30 years he has specialized in solving bond problems for contractors, and helping them when others failed.

The experts at Bonding Pros have the underwriting talent and market access you need. This is coupled with spectacular service and great accessibility.

 

Let’s Get Real – These Are the 3 Things You Need to Be Doing

download (1)While I can talk about the 55+ systems you could implement into your business, in reality, everything boils down to these three things: you need to do work with your clients, you need to get more clients, and you need to make sure the business runs.

Boom. Done. End of story.

Easy, right?

Well, yes and no.

You can do the work. Heck, that’s why you got into this work in the first place. You want to serve. All you want to do is have your schedule filled with ideal clients whom you can provide your service, and possibly even transformation. You could do that all day, every day. Bring it on, right?!

That’s part one.

Part two is getting MORE of those ideal clients. This is where your systems come in. How do you get more of these awesome, ideal clients?

  • Build relationships. You need to meet people and create relationships, above and beyond the hope for a sale.
  • Network. This is a fabulous way to build those relationships. Figure out where your ideal clients hang out and go there. Talk with them. Meet with them. Figure out what drives them and what their challenges are. Connect. All without ANY attachment to whether they become clients or not.
  • Follow up. Email is one way, sure, but it’s not always the best way. Think about it: how much email do YOU get? And how many times do you go, “I’ll respond later when I have more time”? And then days and days and days go by, and you still haven’t responded? That’s what’s happening when you send emails to others. So, pick up the phone and call. Yes, the old-fashioned telephone (or cell phone, not quite as old-fashioned).
  • Track. How is this system working for you? How many touches, phone calls, emails does it take to convert a prospect into a client? For me, it’s 35 (in total). So, I know I need to touch 35 people in some way in order to convert to a paying client. What’s your number?

Part three is making sure your business runs. Because without a business, you aren’t going to be able to do the work. I will be honest… this piece can be much more extensive than the other two. I’ll be short and sweet here, whereas I could go way in depth. Here’s what you need to run a solid business:

  • Marketing. What is your plan for getting more clients? Sure, there’s networking and follow-up, and are you networking online? Do you do content marketing? Are you consistent?
  • Finances. What are you spending? What are you bringing in? What are your money goals?
  • Working on the business. All this is lovely, but if you’re not looking at the big picture, then you’re not really running a business. What are your long-term goals? How are you growing? How are you planning for expansion?
  • Administrative. Boy, is this another big one… This covers outsourcing and having a team. Expansion. Duplicating yourself. Operating in your Zone of Genius and happily delegating all the other zones to other, more qualified people.

I know I’ve asked a lot of questions of you. It’s a lot to consider and do, that whole running a business. And it’s what separates the glorified service providers from true business owners, what I call CEOs of their business.

What are you? And what do you want to be? Do you just want to offer your service and not run a business? No problem. Do that and go find a company who will pay you what you’re worth to do your amazing work.

Or do you want to run an actual business and expand beyond just the service you can provide? Congratulations, you’re a CEO. Now, act like one.

 

What Sets the Best Exhibition Stand Designers Apart?

download (14)With thousands of trade fairs and events to attend each and every year to promote their organisation and their services, companies can find themselves looking for the best exhibition stand designers in order to produce a stand-out booth to best represent their brand. With many experts in the field advertising their services, it is important to recognise quality.

There are many well established exhibition stand designers along with exciting and innovative newcomers, yet there are always some very specific similarities that the best service providers have that are important to look out for when making a hiring decision.

The first of these factors is the understanding of trade fairs and other industry events, as there are many aspects of these events which are critical to the success of a stand design or company presentation. These include the layout of the event, the direction of footfall, the size of allotted stand space and much more.

Exhibition stand designers which have extensive experience of these different factors are best placed to analyse each individual event and produce an effective plan and stand design that can overcome potential issues as well as capitalise on the natural advantages of a stand slot, a stand position or a particular type of event.

This understanding only comes with experience, which is why you should look for this when hiring a service provider to help you. Whether a start-up company or a well established one, look at the individual experience and knowledge of the team which will be working on your specific project.

Next, a sign of the best exhibition stand designers is that they will have won industry awards for effective design and innovation. This is a very competitive industry, and the best designers will have set themselves apart from the pack and have a track record of success.

However, you should look for awards that are meaningful for you and your particular aims. If you work in the science and technology sector, a company which has produced an award winning stand for a company in this field is a good sign that they might be the right choice for you. The same applies for any other field or type of business.

The best designers will also have regular customers that keep returning to use their services; indeed, a strong ongoing relationship with several leading brands is also an indicator of quality, as it shows reliability and the ability to deliver time and time again.

Many of the top exhibition stand designers are considered partners of the companies they work for, and this is unsurprising – each exhibition stand design has the power to help a brand succeed or fail at each event attended. As exhibitions are often difficult to make an impact at due to competition, a company with satisfied repeat customers is a strong sign of a good design company.

A final factor that sets the best apart is a commitment to quality at every step of the process. This includes the design stage, the build stage, the delivery stage, the set up stage and virtually every other part of the endeavour. Many of the best companies have a quality guarantee, and can explain in detail the quality controls in place at every step of the way.

An indicator if quality is attention to detail at every stage in the process. This includes the initial consultation, the project management, the choice of construction materials and the mode of delivery. A company that focuses intensively on quality at every stage is a sign of a exceptional service provider that is well worth investing in for your trade fair or event.