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Simple workplace ergonomics: Six changes you can make to your office workspace

Ergonomics has many goals – all which go hand in hand – including making jobs easier to do, reducing employee strain and workplace injuries, lowering healthcare costs (through prevention), improving employee morale and increasing productivity. Sounds like a no-brainer, so why would anyone shy away from ergonomic change?

Some companies equate ergonomics with expensive... Read More

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NEMA vs IP Ratings Conversion Chart

In the computer industry, there are two common rating systems for enclosures: NEMA (National Electric Manufacturers' Association) and IP (Ingress or International Protection). In a previous post, we illustrated how to decode IP ratings, which typically consist of a two-digit... Read More

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The History of RFID

The use of RFID technology dates back to World War II. The Germans, Japanese, Americans and British all used radar to detect incoming aircraft. However, they were unable to identify which planes was their own returning to base and which were of the enemy. Understandably, they sought a solution.

The Germans discovered if they rolled their planes while returning to base, a di... Read More

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What is Optical Bonding?

Optical bonding is the process of bonding or gluing one optical component (such as glass, Plexiglas or touch screens) to an LCD screen using a transparent adhesive to make a protective layer and eliminate air gaps between the display and cover glass.

Filling the gap between the screen and protective glass enhances the display’s readability by reduci... Read More

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A Kiosk for any Place, any Need. Part 6: Prisons

So far we’ve talked about the use of kiosks at tradeshows, in museums, churches, hospitals, waiting rooms and police stations. For our last post post in the series we are going to go where most people don’t – and hope to never go: Prisons.

Kiosks in correctional facilities are used for a variety of functions. Through kiosks, friends and family of the incarcerated can send messages and photos, securely transfer funds into... Read More

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A Kiosk for any Place, any Need. Part 5: Police Stations

We’re almost to the end of our 6-part series on the uses of kiosks, and we haven’t really mentioned how kiosks can be used as a public service. Police officers are tasked with very important and sensitive work that requires attention to detail. Virtual reception kiosks in police station public areas can reduce common distractions our city’s finest encounter. Kiosks can answer frequently asked questions, show the whereabouts of towed vehicles collect payment for fines, communicate restraining order updates and provide locations of registered sex offenders. ... Read More

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A Kiosk for any Place, any Need. Part 4: Hospitals and Waiting Rooms

Just like part 3 on kiosks in churches, part 4 of our blog series puts kiosks in a less obvious venue: hospitals and doctor’s offices. Kiosks can be placed in hospital and medical office waiting rooms to provide patients without internet connection access to health education and information found on hospital and physician websites.

Some hospitals, mostly in Canada and the UK, are even ... Read More

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A Kiosk for any Place, any Need. Part 3: Churches

When you think of a church, “kiosk” probably does not come to mind. But part three of our Kiosk blog series demonstrates how this kind of hardware and technology can benefit churches – or nonprofit organizations or community centers for that matter.

A kiosk can eliminate the need for the multiple bulletin boards and drop boxes normally found in a church lobby. A kiosk can act as an information hub, displaying dates and times of services, prayer groups, religion classes, fundraising events, etc. and allow members to register for events. Members of the congregation can submit prayer... Read More

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A Kiosk for any Place, any Need Part 2: Museums

In this second part of our series on the uses of Kiosks, we are going to focus museum kiosks. Not just for tour schedules or a “You are here” map or directory printout, Kiosks supply an extended and more engaging learning experience to museum guests. Information seekers can find more ... Read More

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A Kiosk for any Place, any Need. Part 1: Trade Shows

Kiosks have many placements and uses. You might think of the ATM or touch screen jukebox in the local pub, the self-service ticket dispenser at the movie theater or the information stand that prints out your cousin’s wedding registry at the home goods store. But, did you know kiosks have uses in more diverse places such as trade shows, museums, churches, hospitals, waiting rooms, police stations and even prisons? For now, let’s talk about trade shows.

Kiosks are often used as the point of check-in at trade shows and exhibit halls. But there are benefits to incorporating them into your exhibit booth as well. Stand-up kiosks can be branded and act as digital signage to advertise to and attract new customers. Kiosks not only attract passersby, but act as a sales resource in your... Read More

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Five Things You can do with Old Cell Phones and Tablets

Now that most cellular providers offer hardware upgrades after only one year, there’s probably a lot of “old,” unused mobile devices lying around. Just because it’s not the latest device on the market doesn’t mean it’s junk. Instead of trashing your outdated cell phone or trading it in for a fraction of its value, unlock its potential and put it to new use... Read More

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The Future of the Mobile Workforce is Rugged

Now more than ever before businesses are taking their workforces mobile and facing a new wave of challenges. Not all mobile devices are a fit for remote and field workers. Standard computers and commercial devices typically have poor battery life and cannot withstand the elements encounte... Read More

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Decoding IP Ratings

Most electrical equipment has an Ingress Protection (IP) rating that conveys how protected it is against solids and liquids. Understanding the differences of these ratings is an important aspect of choosing the correct unit for a particular application and/or environment.

IP Ratings typically consist of a two-digit number. The first digit represents the degree to which the enclosure protects ... Read More

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What Kind of Rugged Computer Monitor do you Need?

Take this short quiz to help you determine which type of rugged, industrial display best suits your environment and application. ... Read More

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Five Things You Need to Build a Work in Process System

Work-in-Process (WIP) is a critical inventory management application. It helps businesses and employees work efficiently and stay accountable by tracking each step, station and process from start to finish.

Five essential components of a successful work-in-process system are:  

  1. A wireless infrastructure.  ... Read More
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New Year's Resolutions for Computer Users

You may have already made your list of new year's resolutions…lose weight, quit smoking, watch less TV, spend less money…what about keeping your computer secure and running smoothly? We have a few resolution suggestions for a “techie” new year... Read More

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The Effects of Dust on Computers and Electronics for Personal and Industrial Use

Dust is the broken-down particles of various matter from the environment. Household dust, for example, may contain traces of plant pollen, textile fibers, human and animal hairs and skin cell particles. The dust found in industrial environments contains particles of whatever elements are being sawed, grinded, welded, weaved, polished, etc. No matter its composition, dust is harmful to computers and electronics. 

These days, computers and laptops have built-in ventilation to keep the CPU (central processing unit) cool. But those fans draw in the dust from the air and ... Read More

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Look at Password Vulnerability Options and Alternatives

In a day and age where everything is online, everything must have a password. Passwords are the most basic level of protection for information stored on servers, programs or applications. You need a password to log on to your computer, a password to check your email, a password to log in to each one of your social media accounts, a password to order from your favorite online merchant, a password to log in to your online bank account…the list goes on. So many passwords and each have different requirements…six digits, eight digits, a capital letter, a combinations of letters and numbers, a special character ... Read More

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Top 12 Techie Gifts for the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner and present shopping has already begun. Not sure what gift to get the tech savvy person in your life? We found some of the coolest and geekiest gifts and picked our favorite dozen– o... Read More

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Uses and Benefits of Industrial Scales

Many industries, particularly different kinds of processing plants, rely heavily on the functions and accuracy of industrial scales. These scales can be used in many sectors and for various applications. They can interface... Read More

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Barcodes vs. RFID: A Brief Comparison

Should you use barcode or RFID technology to automate data collection? In order to answer that question, it is important to know the differences between barcodes and RFID tags... Read More

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What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is changing the way products are conceptualized and designed. It is now easier than ever to bring your custom vision to life – at least as a prototype.

It sounds kind of space-age, but the concept is pretty simple. Rather than spraying ... Read More

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What can you do with Mobile Device Management?

In a previous post, we described how Mobile Device Management (MDM) software can track all of a company’s mobile devices in real time regardless of their locations or operational status. MDM does more than just track d... Read More

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Mobile Device Management Serves as a Tracking Mechanism to Manage Risk and Reduce Costs

Company XYZ is a large enterprise with multiple locations. They previously purchased 10,000 mobile devices and disbursed them company wide. Now, they can only account for 7,500. That means 25 percent of their mobile computer inventory is missing.... Read More

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Four Must-Have Accessories for Industrial Computers

Industrial computers are made to work in the most rugged, tough environments. If you use one, you know how beneficial they are to workflow and productivity. We’ve compiled a list of our top accessory choices that will make your industrial computers more versatile and efficient... Read More

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Long Lines at Time Clocks may cause Wage Theft and Lost Labor

Large plants and factories employ hundreds, if not thousands, of employees. Having only one, two or three time clocks creates a problem. And no, we’re not talking about “buddy punching.” Long waits at the time clock upset employees and hurt your bottom line... Read More

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Why Invest in an Industrial Computer? A Look at Total Cost of Ownership-Part 2: Failure Rates and Replacement Costs

Using the appropriate grade computer device in industrial environments reduces risk of device failure and associated costs.

Rugged devices are made to withstand the challenges and high demands of industrial environments. They undergo different types of testing to... Read More

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Why Invest in an Industrial Computer? A Look at Total Cost of Ownership-Part 1: Hard and Soft Cost

As we explained in a previous post, consumer devices are not built to withstand the rigors of industrial operations, and will fail. But is it cheaper to keep replacing a lower-priced computer than buy a higher-priced industrial computer? What is the true or total cost of ownership (TCO)?... Read More

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Why Buy an Industrial-Grade Computer?

What makes an industrial (also termed "rugged") computer so special?

Consumer devices are not built to withstand the rigors of industrial operations. Inevitably, they will fail – whether from exposure to extreme temperatures, water or grease; a clogged fan; internal components shorted from metallic dust particles; vibrations destroying the hard drive or... Read More

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How to Properly Dispose of Used or Broken Electronics

You may have heard that electronics and batteries, when disposed of improperly, can be potentially hazardous waste. It’s true, and they can harm not only the environment, but its inhabitants as well. Computers, printers and similar electronics often contain lead, mercury and/or cadmium. When thrown in the trash and taken to a landfill, the toxins from these metals can seep into the soil and ... Read More

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