Monday, November 19, 2012

Small Business Saturday Nov 24

Small Business Saturday Nov 24

What about online small business?

The National Small Business Day on November 24th as stated by one of its primary founders AMX is "... is about supporting local, independently owned and operated brick and mortar businesses", not online businesses. On-like businesses is promoted via Cyber Monday, according to AMX.

But then with a mixed message AMX goes onto state "The day is for all to celebrate you and the contribution your business makes to the community and the economy. Thus, whether you are a brick-and-mortar retail store, restaurant or online-only business, just by being a small business owner, you’re already a part of it."

So A National Small Business Day is not only for local small businesses but for online-only small businesses too. 54% percent of small businesses surveyed said they did not have a website. So online small business are a mix of those brick-and-mortar, those that are not, those that are local and those that are not. The bottom line, support our nation's small businesses. I would add, give extra effort to support Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSB), and support them online by sharing their sites with your friends and associates. (Sharing you can do even if spending doesn't work for your circumstance. So no excuses. :>)

For those of you who own small businesses, and heard "It's a myth that every company needs a website" (Even you local small businesses), think about this...

There are 4 primary reasons a small business needs to be online too (in order of importance)...

  • Marketing
  • Non-Local Sales (larger market)
  • Global Sales (growing # prefer online shopping)
  • Creditability

If a small business does not want to increase their profits, they would be correct in thinking they do not need a company website. The rest do need a company website to remain competitive.

With 82% of Small Businesses reporting they rely on word-of-mouth to get new customers (AMX/SEMPO survey), a social media strategy for small businesses is a no-brainer. And guess what? A small business needs a company website to go long with that social media strategy for reasons mentioned above. According to manta, of those small businesses who do have an online presence established, they expect 41% of their holiday sales to come from online company website.

Given the economy, one would think it would be smart for Small Business Saturday, Nov 24th to promote online small businesses as well as it does local brick-n-mortar small business. So I hope you all will do your part, and at least spread the word.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veterans Day - Thank You

Thank you fellow Veterans!

Semper Fi ... OohRah!
Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top! Good night chesty Puller ... where ever you are...

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Future Maintenance Engineer

The Future Maintenance Engineer 

(AKA: OEM Eliminator)

We've seen manufacturing plants becoming more and more automated. This had maintenance supervisors looking for a different type of maintenance man. There will always be a need for General Maintenance, but with technology in the plant advancing exponentially, manufacturers would be wise to evaluate and redesign their maintenance department, with an emphasis on "Technical Maintenance". A good Technical Maintenance team will need employees with a well balanced blend of electrical, electronic, PLC, and computer skills. A person with such a wide range of technical skills will be able to utilize cost saving technologies such as PLC programming, and Preventive maintenance programs that use infra-red ("hot spot"), vibration analysis, and predictive maintenance. A plant without a good Technical Maintenance team will find themselves at the mercy of the vendor. It is not uncommon, with down time, parts, and service call expenses, of one machine, to spend what it would have cost to pay a skilled maintenance technician’s annual salary.
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Finding an employee with a wide range of technical skills, may be a difficult process. You may have to hire someone who is strong in a couple of skills you are looking for, and send them to school for the other areas. However, when you school an employee, you take the chance of them taking their new found knowledge to another employer for higher pay. So protect your investment, by giving the employee the job title and pay to match their new value to the company. This is best done by taking an existing maintenance employee, who is motivated and willing to learn, and putting them through additional schooling. Somebody who has been with the company for years, will be less likely to change jobs.
Creating a Technical Maintenance team will certainly be a valuable asset to your company. By preparing for the future now, you will ensure a profitable maintenance department, and help keep your manufacturing plant competitive in the fast paced world of technology advancement.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Industrial Android App replaces VOMs

Will industrial smart phones apps some day replace VOMs (Volt Ohm Meters)? 

Will industrial smart phone apps replace VOMs?

 Electrical workers can diagnose electrical problems safely and easily with Extech's new remote display Industrial Android App.The new industrial app displays large, easy-to-read values for the following functions: AC/DC voltage, AC/DC current, capacitance, resistance, frequency, diode test, and temperature (both from a Type-K thermistor probe and from the meter’s built-in non-contact, laser infrared thermometer). Function indicators highlight which measurement mode is selected on the meter. Additionally, Data Hold and Min/Max functions are also remotely displayed. The “EX845 METERLiNK app for Android.” also features a log of recent readings for quick reference, basic trending and more context. The app is available now at the Google Play™ Store app by visiting

 Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!