Do You Have Someone Who Manages Your Parts Data? If Not, Here are 4 Reasons Why You Should

As an electrical engineer, your primary goal is transforming clients’ ideas into functioning electronics. However, in designing a BOM for a project, you’ll need to manage your parts to ensure you have every requirement. Most electrical engineers admit that it’s hard to focus on product design while managing BOM parts at the same time.

Parts data management

Poor management of parts leads to lengthy delays in production, unexpected cost increases, and, production of faulty electronics. Hiring a professional who manages your parts data ensures you benefit in the following ways.

1. Keeps an updated list of prices

If your Bill of Materials (BOM) contains hundreds of parts, it will take you a lot of time to cross check the price of each listed part.…

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Using Grounding to Protect your PCB

Safe handling practices of the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) are not as safe as they may seem to be so, it is better to have excellent handling practises. To avoid ingression of moisture and contamination, there is need for proper protection otherwise known as conformal coating. There is need to protect your PCB from other things like fungus, corrosion, dust, salt spray and others that can easily damage it. Besides these, there is also a lot of electrostatic discharge (ESD) during the stages of development.

printed circuit board - PCB

With the advancement of electronic components, ESD becomes more and more of a threat. Constant movement of equipment, carts and people can lead to a major build-up of static.…

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Take Notice! Why You Should Take Workplace Signs Seriously

Almost all workplaces have at least a few signs around to remind employees and visitors to stay safe, as well as to advise them how to do it. These signs are ever-present, they don’t take holidays, they speak the universal language of images and they don’t take a salary. They’re indispensable when it comes to promoting and maintaining safety in the workplace.

Wet floor caution sign

However, not everyone reacts the same way when they see a bright sign telling them how to lift a box properly, to remember their goggles, or to extinguish their cigarette before entering the warehouse.

Some people get a bit affronted – why should some sign order them around?…

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How The Pharmaceutical Industry Went From Strength to Strength

Some industries have struggled of late. Post-Brexit anxiety has enveloped a number of areas of the economy, but one area that is thriving is pharmaceuticals. Manufacturers of medical goods and associated services such as pharmacy chains have done very well in recent years, owing to a variety of factors.

Pharmaceutical industry

The industry’s spending on research and development has helped to keep it going. Figures from 2016 reveal that half of the UK’s £16.5 billion of research and development spending came from pharmaceutical companies. Commitment to developing new drugs to fight dreaded illnesses such as cancer and diabetes has created jobs and opportunities within the industry.…

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5 Writing Jobs: Which One to Choose?

Once a caveman took a piece of coal and wrote vague symbols in the cave, the first writing job appeared. Nowadays, we don’t need a special guy to write all of the significant events, so the job of chronographer already jumped the shark. Instead, other jobs appeared. We will start our overview from classical writing jobs that were popular from the 20th century and move to occupations that are popular today.

Creative Writer

When we hear the word “writer” we think, first of all, about creative writers. Therefore, we decided to start our overview of writing jobs with fiction writers. Such writers create works of fiction of different scales, starting from short stories and finishing with multi-volume novels.…

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5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Business

Is your business in desperate need of a jump start? Are you willing to do anything it takes to make progress in the days, weeks, and months to come?

Business growth

There are many things you can do to jumpstart your business, with every idea well worth your consideration.

You don’t want to get ahead of yourself, but at the same time you don’t want to remain stagnant.

If you’re ready to take the first step in jumpstarting your business, here are five ideas to consider:

1. Secure a Business Loan

Many businesses have died off because they weren’t able to secure the necessary financing to push forward.…

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Creative Small Business Ideas For 2017

Entrepreneurs decide to set out on their own in the world for many different reasons. Some people are seeking out a supplemental income to go along with their normal 9-to-5 job, so they can afford to do that DIY project at home. Some people are seeking to get out from under “the man,” and blaze their own trails in life.

Creative business idea

You may be slathered in ambition, but ambition alone will not build a successful small business. There has to be an excellent idea to build upon. The good news is that you are in luck. Here is a quick look into a few stellar small business ideas for 2017.…

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4 Green Ways To Save

If you disagree with Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from The Paris Agreement—a ruling that places America at odds with 195 countries that signed the global environmental plan—you may wonderwhat you can do to help the environment in your own way.

Go green, save money

You wouldn’t be alone. As of right now, 82 city mayors vow to commit to the accord despite Trump’s refusal, and 11 states created the United States Climate Alliance in order to honor the goals of the agreement. Meanwhile, the country’s major corporations are dedicating to self-imposed green laws to help off-set the federal government’s rejection of the accord.…

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Are Employee Wellness Schemes Worth It for SMBs?

Corporate wellness schemes are all the rage right now. Some of the biggest businesses of the digital age have pioneered the idea of placing emphasis on the worker’s health, as this “How we care for Googlers” page attests.

Employe wellness scheme

Recently, fellow tech giant SAP began giving all employees FitBit devices in order to help them track their progress in the company fitness program. With such clear support from the larger businesses in the world, is it time for small and medium businesses to follow suit?

What works well with office wellness programs

Though these large companies likely have plenty of money to spare, it’s safe to say that employee fitness and wellness schemes would never have caught on in the way they did if they were not successful in some way.…

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5-Step Guide to Choosing The Best Furniture For Your Office Space

Today’s offices are crazier looking than ever: you can go down a three-storey slide at Corus Entertainment in Toronto, run on an indoor track at DTAC HQ in Bangkok, fly to a meeting in a pod at the Google Office in Tel Aviv, or work in a room entirely made of Lego at Desklodge in Bristol. These are some of the coolest offices in the world and they truly are pushing the boundaries and changing our perception of what an office space should look like and ultimately our perception of what work should and can be.

Desklodge hot desk

Lego-themed workspace at Desklodge, Bristol – photo credit: Desklodge / Squarespace

From Edinburgh to Bangkok, offices all around the globe are challenging our habits: it’s less and less common nowadays to order traditional office furniture from the usual suppliers as people tend to gravitate more towards a more modern, custom-made, original and playful style for their work environment.…

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