Information on strapping machines

Information on Strapping Machines

Generally speaking, strapping tools and plastic or metal strapping bands are an industrial requirement and aren’t usually used in home settings. There are many home-based businesses that use these strapping machines from time to time in the packaging and shipping of their products, but the general homeowner would be better off using strong tape or twine for any sort of strapping of material around the home. Because of the size and material costs for strapping units and the strapping material itself, the homeowner wouldn’t get as much benefit out of having one of these bulky units around the home. Innovation and consumer demand will provide a smaller, cheaper and more cost-effective way to provide strapping operations in the home or home-based business, but at this time there doesn’t seem to be any real call for this form of portable, cost-effective strapping unit.

Steel strapping units are generally used in more industrial areas and businesses. Any sort of home strapping unit would most likely make use of the cheaper plastic strapping that is available. In this way the homeowner could package up whatever needed to be strapped easily and economically. As it stands now, there aren’t many ways for the homeowner to strap items together except for tape, twine or heavy cord. There are companies that specialize in the sale of oversized rubber bands that allow for many items to be wrapped together, but this isn’t really strapping them together in the strictest sense.

The strapping machines that use metal banding provide a very strong wrapping system but the straps themselves are sometimes sharp along the edges and if the strap gets banged up in transit, sometimes jagged edges can happen. This makes the handling of the steel strapping something that needs to be done with a lot of care. Some specialized training is required to properly use a strapping machine. If used by amateurs, the strapping can sometimes be bound on too loosely or not fastened off properly. Both of these mistakes can mean a dangerous package that may shift or completely topple over in transit.

There will most likely be a strapping machine that is meant to be used in and around the home or garage, but at this time it’s not generally available to the public. If enough business owners start to demand that a machine of this sort should be created, then you can be sure that one will quickly be made to fill that need. Right now however, there is just not enough use for a strapping machine to be in and around the home on a regular basis. There’s no sense having a machine around your home or garage that you rarely use, when a simple roll of duct tape or some heavy cord will do the trick just as well. When a strapping machine is brought to market that the homeowner can use cheaply and cost-effectively, you can be sure that others will also come out with the same sort of machine. Until that time, industrial strapping machines, whether using metal or plastic strapping, will be the choice of homeowners and businesses alike.

Keep bugs away or call an exterminator in katy

Keep Bugs Away or Call an Exterminator in Katy

If you have a bad enough bug problem, you will most likely have to call an exterminator. In Katy, this happens a lot because although most people tend to keep clean houses, bugs still find a way inside. Not all bug problems are the result of unkempt houses. Some, like termites, feed on the wood inside a person’s home. They cause billions in damage in homes all across America and most insurance companies do not cover termite damage. About one in 50 homes are infested with termites in the United States alone. They can enter a home with an entry way as thin as a sheet of paper. Every 15 seconds, the queen lays an egg and the termites reproduce rapidly.  On average, a home can be destroyed by termites within two to three years. These kinds of pests do not go away with just a few cans of bug spray – you need a professional exterminator in Katy. They can find where the termites are hiding and rid your whole house of them. When they see small piles of wings or sawdust, hollow-sounding wood or pinholes in the drywood, the exterminators will know your house has termites. Armed with professional-grade pesticides and chemicals, the exterminator will be able to flush the termites out and save your home.

Other bugs that an exterminator in Katy can get rid of include:

·    Spiders
·    Mosquitoes
·    Crickets
·    Fleas
·    Wasps
·    Flies
·    Gnats
·    Roaches

Another common problem that might require an exterminator is fire ants. They are small, usually about 1/16 to 1/5 inches long, but they can cause intense pain to those who are bitten by them. When disturbed, even unintentionally, they can become aggressive and agitated easily. About five million Americans are stung every year by fire ants. Also, a queen fire ant is capable of producing about 800 eggs a day. If you have a fire ant problem, you will need the services of a good exterminator. In Houston, fire ants are a common problem as they are in Katy. So when people in the area see them, they know that it is a problem they have to contend with or else suffer their fiery bites.     

For a good exterminator in Katy, consider John Moore Services. They have professionally-trained exterminators who are capable of getting rid of all kinds of bugs including termites and fire ants. For more information on a John Moore exterminator in Houston or an exterminator in Katy, call them or log on to www.johnmooreservices.com.   

If you’ve got a good idea for a product, do you need a patent

If You’ve Got A Good Idea For A Product, Do You Need A Patent?

Once you have your product developed it’s time to decide if a patent is worth the trouble. Although in theory, all good ideas should be protected by a patent. Consider the protection however as only the right to allow you to claim the technology, product or ideas as your own. YOU get to do all the protecting. So if you develop a product then someone steals the idea and goes into competition with you, you have the right to sue and defend your patent rights.

In patent cases, there typically are claims and counter-claims, especially if it’s a popular product. These cases can quickly become more complicated because of the dynamics of product development. As the complexity increase, so do the costs.

Understand that it’s YOU that gets to pay the patent attorney fees and court costs that can rapidly add up into the tens of thousands of dollars very quickly. So you need to ask yourself if your product or idea is such that it will generate large dollars. Put bluntly, what’s the product going to be worth and are you confident that the product of idea has a good shot at being worth the trouble. Of course, the higher the value of the product-idea- or technology, the more likely people will want to compete and it may be to your advantage to apply for the patent rights with the government.

Another thing to consider is that even if you have the patent rights in the U.S., others may be free to use your ideas throughout the rest of the world. Although many countries support common patent rights, the reality is that if it’s a good idea and is used outside the United States, it’s becomes even more expensive and difficult to protect your patent rights. It’s important at this point in your product development to understand that the costs of a patent are not in the application but in the defense when it becomes necessary.

If you’re product becomes popular, it’s not unknown for large corporations to take your patented ideas and compete directly with you in the market. Because of their size, they have a great advantage and can literally destroy your business built around your product, idea, technology or patent. Large corporations have been known to simply have an attitude of “sue me.” They then tie up the little guy in litigation for years and sometimes decades all the while benefiting from his idea. Understand that this doesn’t always happen but if it does, you could be left without a market for your patented idea and the prospect of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to attorneys to establish your patent rights.

Finally, the last major issue to consider is that some countries and international companies simply will not care about your patent even if you have one. These countries, specifically China comes to mind, do not care about intellectual property rights or patents. Even if fully protected with your patent, some countries have no problem simply taking what interests them. Although China isn’t the only country to have this attitude, they have been considered one of the biggest offenders for years.

So you need to ask yourself if the value of your idea is such that it warrants a patent. That you are willing and able to defend those rights in court, and have developed a plan to protect your idea in the international markets.

In searching for cost reducitons, look at total cash flow costs rather than accounting costs

In Searching for Cost Reducitons, Look at Total Cash Flow Costs Rather Than Accounting Costs

Business people know that their job is to earn a profit above the cost of the capital they use. To do that, you often have the choice of spending an imaginary dollar to save a real one and vice versa. Which should you choose?

I favor real over imaginary numbers, as most people do. Cash is the reality, and the accounting is the imaginary.

Accounting is a standardized, convenient way to learn how a company did in overall profitability. The more detail in which you examine accounting-based costs, however, the more likely you are to draw the wrong conclusions.

For instance, accounting “standard costs” of providing an offering will not match what your actual costs are. If you improve the throughput of your system, for example, you will often see your average accounting costs per unit rise as more standard costs are incurred while actual cash costs per unit fall. For an excellent discussion of this phenomenon, see The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt.

Another problem is that if you want to move from out-of-date equipment to more effective ones you often have to take an accounting charge. Actually, you have already incurred the cost of this charge when you bought the equipment.

You are just now being required to take all of the expense because you don’t plan to use the equipment any more in the future. That’s probably part of the reason why GM was slow to replace its obsolete painting processes.

Business thinkers now find that Activity-Based Costing is an improved way to comprehend the cash costs that you incur if you operate in one way versus another. Performing this analysis can be very helpful to you in understanding the potential of different business models.

It’s important to look at the cash flow consequences across the whole enterprise, not just in one small activity area. Otherwise, a savings in one area of operations may just balloon total costs through affecting other areas.

There are still those pressures to deliver more “accounting” profits. How might that be done? Conservative managements have learned to hold a lot of extra assets that can be sold at a profit anytime some more near-term earnings are needed. That keeps those who like accounting results happy . . . and the tax man. You end up paying taxes sooner than you would otherwise.

If you run a private company, forget about accounting earnings and improve cash flow: That’s the true bottom line.

Copyright 2008 Donald W. Mitchell, All Rights Reserved

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