Monday, October 24, 2011

Using Audio Visual for Effective Branding at Corporate Events

If you have ever organised a corporate event, you will know that the first measurement of its success is how effectively it conveyed your company's message to its guests. These days, corporate events range from fancy to spectacular, with each event aiming to outdo its competitors or previous company functions. The use of an event equipment hire and, more importantly, audio visual equipment, has become a central part of corporate event production and more companies rely on innovative audio visual design to make their event a success. This is not only because the right event equipment adds to the professionalism of the event, but also because using good av hire will ensure that your brand is advertised and communicated effectively, resulting in a memorable event and your company's name remaining at the forefront of your guests' minds.

Audio visual ideas for your brand

For your brand to be communicated in the right way there is no need to plaster it over every surface of your event. Indeed, the less it appears, the more impact it can have. The trick is in the way it appears. Over saturation is certainly not recommended by experts. In fact, most experts recommend using branding for the event itself, rather than the company. In other words, creating a theme for the event and then blending it into the invitation and throughout different elements in the event.

One such method is through visual equipment. A projector hire has become so versatile these days that you can use projectors for a whole range of branding ideas at your event. For example, projecting a certain image (instead of the name of your company) that fits with the theme of your event. Projector hire as well as LCD screens and vision mixing desks can all add to a powerful visual display which will remain in people's minds.

Similarly, a speaker hire, and other sound equipment can help to promote the theme of your event which will be associated with your product's branding. I am not suggesting that your company creates a special song to be blasted throughout the event. Rather, music, or certain sound effects that will support the theme that you are trying to convey.

Of course, a lighting hire can also be used in effective branding. It may simply be a case of choosing one colour that is repeatedly used in the event, which may be in line with your company's logo.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It Is Vital That The Roof Over Your Business Is Well Maintained

It is all too easy to take the roof over your business for granted, and it is something that most people very rarely think about during the working day. It is always there; it is likely that it was there before you started working at your company, and it will probably be there long after you have moved on to another job. Chances are that you have never even considered it on its own; if it should ever come into your mind, it is as a part of the building as a whole.

In Facilities Management, however, the roof over an office or commercial building is of vital importance; its upkeep and maintenance is always at the forefront of the thoughts of a facility manager, and it is something that has to be considered separately and given its own budget and attention. When you consider the number of functions a roof has to perform, it is easy to see why it is of such vital importance, and why it must be afforded such treatment and due diligence. Your roof can only perform these essential functions properly if it is in good condition, and an ageing, poorly maintained roof can have devastating effects on a business, both in terms of its output and efficiency.

But what are these essential jobs for a roof? As stated before, it is unlikely that most people have taken the time to think about what their roof actually does for them, and less likely still that they have considered what it is doing for the business they work in. The most obvious tasks a covering on a building has to accomplish is to provide warmth and shelter. A cold, ill workforce typing, writing or drawing at a wet workstation is an absurd notion - besides which, it is extremely dangerous, especially in companies where electrical equipment is utilised.

A further function roofing has to be equipped for is the retention of the aforementioned warmth and energy. A company that is trying to turn a profit does not want to spend undue amounts of its revenue on central heating to keep its workers warm, so when there are savings to be made through something as simple as the upkeep of a roof, every business is likely to seize upon the chance to see some of that money back. During difficult times for many businesses, every penny saved can make a huge difference.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Understanding How a Screening Bucket Is Used

Certain excavation jobs call for the use of a screening bucket attachment to the excavator arm. This is a particular type of excavator attachment that has the special property of being able to "screen" materials passing through it so that materials of a particular size or shape can be separated from the rest of the matter. There are a number of different excavation scenarios in which the use of a screening bucket is preferable.

In its design it does not look that dissimilar from an ordinary large sized digger bucket. The bulk of its frame is similarly laid out. The main bucket body has several teeth attachments and side blades. At the bottom or back of the bucket there is a space with four to five bars spanning the gap. These bars are attached to a motor that allows them to rotate, usually in either direction. These bars can be fitted with a variety of "blades". The type of blade that is used depends on the application of the bucket.

The blades on each of the rotors of the bucket move between each other, maintaining a gap that relates to the size of the material that is to be screened. A typical example of a use for a screening bucket would be in the separation of top soil from rubble. Where there has been deep excavations during landscaping a lot of dense and rocky soil will have been unearthed. Obviously large rocks cannot be used for producing topsoil so they need to be removed.

The bucket is then tilted so that the rotors are facing to the ground. As the rotors begin to turn the fine earth that will make up the topsoil passes between the blades. The larger rocks are passed from one blade to the next as the rotors spin them. Depending on the type of screening bucket the rocks may pass out through narrow channels in the side of the bucket or simply kept in the bucket until the fine earth has all been screened and then tipped out into a separate pile.

Other types of excavation that call for a screening bucket include the burying of underground pipes and cables. Heavy rocks and boulders excavated from the ditch the pipes or cables are to be laid in have to be screened. Heavy rocks could easily damage pipes or cabling underneath them. Their weight might be enough to crack or even crush a pipe or they could wear away a cable as the soil they are in settles.

Recycling is another area where screening buckets are commonly used. They can be used to separate recyclable materials from soil or to separate smaller recyclable materials from larger materials such as concrete. Some screening buckets can be fitted with special blades that can break up certain materials such as glass and soft timber for. These can then be melted down, used as fuel, pulped or used as wood chips. They are also often used to mix materials for industrial use such as in the production of bricks or cement.