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July 27, 2017

Guide to Growing Your Metal Fabrication Startup

Welder working on a metal frameFor passionate welders and fabricators, the thought of starting their own venture is an appealing one. Unfortunately, running a metal fabrication business calls for more than just excellent welding skills. You need good business skills and adequate knowledge to make it in such a competitive industry.

Here are some tips to guide you along the way:

Get adequate financing

Obviously, you’ll need space, equipment, and personnel to run the operations at your workshop smoothly. Before you make enquiries on the cost of hiring a place, buying a drilling and tapping machine, employing a welder, or any other expenses, call several banks or lenders to find out if they’re willing to provide the financial support you need.

Hire the right personnel

Unless you’re a one man shop, you’ll need a competent team to help you run your organization. Get a good accountant, a reliable attorney, and an advisory committee. Find experienced welders to help with the main service you provide. Work to promote a culture of cooperation and commitment, so you can achieve your vision and goals as an organization.

Provide superior service

As you are just starting out, you need to do things right. Provide the highest quality products, ship them on time and make your prices as fair as you can. Do your best to prove to each of your clients that you value the business they’re giving you. Thank them every time you do business with them. Make follow-up calls to find out if you are satisfying their needs.

Organize your business

Grow your business by keeping everything at the workshop well organized. Clean the shop regularly, so that everything runs efficiently and smoothly. Be sure to keep any paperwork properly filed and stored.

Your fabrication business can yield great returns if you run it well. By applying a few simple business skills, you can increase your chances of becoming successful.

Used oil recycling method July 26, 2017

Interesting Facts about Used Oil Recycling

Each year, New Zealand uses about 60 million litres of lubricating oil. While a few engines burn this oil entirely, many others generate substantial volumes of used oil. This dirty oil can be recovered and reused, according to Waste Petroleum Combustion Limited. Here are five interesting facts about used oil recycling.

Oil doesn’t break down

The additives in oil become depleted. The chemicals break down, but the oil just gets dirty. The dirty oil contains contaminants that include dirt, fuel, water, and used additives. The re-refining process cleanses the used oil through vacuum distillation and then adds fresh additives.

One litre of used oil can foul a million litres of drinking water

A single car oil change generates about 4 to 5 litres (One gallon) of used oil. This oil can ruin the taste of an incredible one million gallons of drinking water. That’s about enough water for 50 people for a whole year.
Oil reduces land productivity

If used oil is disposed of the wrong way, it can pollute land, water and infrastructure. Oil dumped on agricultural land lowers soil productivity.
1.6 litres of used oil makes one litre of re-refined oil

You will need about 67 litres of crude oil to produce one litre of new, high-quality lubricating oil. Conversely, you can use just 1.6 litres of used oil to produce one litre of re-refined lubricating oil. Re-refining is therefore very energy efficient.

Re-refining is both environmentally friendly and cost-effective

Researchers from the American Department of Defence established that making lube oils from used oil is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than making lubrication oils from virgin base oil.

Used oil contains contaminants such as lead, arsenic, magnesium, zinc, chromium and chlorides. These contaminants are an environmental hazard. Always drain your dirty oil into a clean container and take it to a local drop-off bin, used oil collection site or hazardous waste collection.

July 21, 2017

German Auto Industry Seeks Reduced Car Emissions to Avoid Bans

Germany’s car manufacturers expect to avoid proposed bans in cities by negotiating with the government on a deal about reducing emissions for older diesel cars.

The bans have led people to buy other vehicles instead of older diesel-powered cars from dealers like Bavarian Motor Cars. The agreement may include BMW Military Sales in Germany. Auto manufacturers and the government will end talks on a potential agreement during a scheduled meeting on August 2, following an announcement of the plan in the last week of June.

City Ban

The proposed ban stems from mounting calls to reduce carbon emissions from diesel vehicles in cities. If local officials fail to do so, German courts may order cities to implement restrictions for such cars. VDA head Matthias Wissmann expects the negotiations to steer the proposed bans from taking place.

Ever since the prospect of imposing bans emerged, Wissmann said that uncertainty has shrouded the business of selling diesel cars. As diesel vehicles account for over 40% of sold cars in the country, the threat of bans would have a significantly negative impact.

Car Sales

VDA reported that new car sales in Germany fell 3% to 327,800 vehicles in June. By contrast, year-to-date registrations rose 3% year over year to 1.79 million vehicles. The auto industry group anticipates vehicle manufacturing in Germany and export trade to decline to 5.6 million and 4.3 million units, respectively, down 2% each.

These figures may represent the least of VDA’s concerns, as Wissmann noted that the diesel cars had captured a smaller share of the market, despite being more ecological than gasoline vehicles. Diesel cars emit 15% less emissions than their gasoline counterparts, which is why Germany will need diesel autos for a long time to achieve its target carbon emissions, he added.

Conclusion

The Germany auto industry’s negotiations with the government signal their willingness to prevent any negative effects on business, especially since companies recently sold fewer cars.

Family ready for their summer vacation July 20, 2017

Once Upon a Summer in Tauranga: The Best Places to Enjoy the City

Go on a splendid summer vacation as you visit some of Tauranga’s greatest attractions. Set off in one great adventure in this seaside region of New Zealand with these amazing travel ideas. Here are some activities you should never miss out:

Sightsee Beyond the Waters

Xquizit Limousines & Tours says that you can experience luxury and relaxation at its finest by going on one of Tauranga’s cruise ship tours. Discover the real beauty of the sea out there by sailing around the city’s neighbouring harbours. Explore the marine life and enjoy an up-close encounter with the city’s marine wildlife.

A Walk Through to City’s Heritage

Get to know more about the city’s historical background and artistry by including Tauranga Art Gallery to your itinerary. Right after enjoying some of the region’s great arts and exhibits, you may head off downtown to do some a little bit of shopping. From gift items to unique souvenirs, there are a variety of goods to choose from.

Take a Scenic Walk at the Mount

If you love the outdoors, long walks, and the beach, then the Mount Maunganui (Mauao) is just the right place for you. It is sitting at the end of the peninsula which connects the island to the mainland. It gives you a gorgeous view of the whole of the island. If you enjoy doing water sports, no worries because the area is also a great location for surfing and other water activities.

Stroll Around the Public Parks

Wander off to not only one nor two but five popular parks in the area. Have a perfect tropical retreat by spending it at the Robbins Park, but if you prefer something more physical the Memorial Park is definitely the best choice. For people who enjoy something picturesque, Te Puna Quarry Park (a man-made park out of quarry) is a good place to hangout. Other than these, you may also visit Kaimai Mamaku Forest and Fergusson Park for more wonderful adventures ahead of you.

Have a fun-filled summer vacation when you spend it at Tauranga. Be sure to include these recommendations on your travel bucket list for a memorable and one-of-a-kind tour experience in the Oceania.

SUV on the road July 14, 2017

The Right Vehicle Style for First-Time Owners

Purchasing a vehicle entails a lot of thinking and decision. Buyers, especially first-timers, consider multiple aspects such as color and style. The former is typically easy to mull over as buyers already have a specific shade in mind. The latter, however, may be more difficult as it affects not only the vehicle’s purpose but also its performance and price. If you’re a first-time car buyer, below are the different styles you can choose from.

Sedan

Many buyers opt for a sedan because of its low cost. When compared to SUV’s, sedans cost lesser despite having the same space and features. It is ideal for growing families because apart from its budget-friendly price, a sedan is comfortable enough for children and provides sufficient space for bags, trolleys, and other family essentials.

Hatchback

Hatchbacks are like sedans except that they look more stylish and provide more room for cargo. Even if they are more expensive, hatchbacks are more practical as they are more comfortable to seat and drive in. Also, the vehicle style has a higher resale value, which is perfect for those interested in buying and selling.

Convertible

Do you fancy unique classic cars? If the answer is yes, then a convertible is perfect for you. Convertibles provide a classic, sporty look that style enthusiasts adore. One cannot deny its wow factor as it also provides extreme versatility and visibility. However, you might want to pass if you’re on a budget as convertibles are more expensive than sedans and SUV’s.

Sport Utility Vehicle

Sport utility vehicles or SUV’s are way bigger than sedans, hatchbacks, and convertibles. People who love camping and off-road drivers prefer this vehicle because of its height and a large amount of storage space. Also, SUV’s offer a more comfortable drive and better driving/riding view.

When choosing a vehicle, consider not only its purpose but also its performance, price, and resale value. Spend time on research and create a list and budget plan that will suit all of your car requirements.

June 30, 2017

South Australia Finds Hundreds of Potential Pumped Storage Sites

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) discovered hundreds of potential sites in South Australia that can be used for water storage development, which can support other renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.

The ANU team found 185 areas in the state that could support a sustainable, safe and cheap electricity grid, according to the study’s lead researcher, Andrew Blakers. The study would further look into the viability of using the identified sites by conducting due diligence, which will be based on land ownership, engineering and environmental factors, among other criteria.

Global Support

Blakers said that pumped hydro energy storage is responsible for 97 per cent of the world’s energy storage. For instance, hydro storage development projects are indirectly essential for farm machinery in Australia, as well as other industries that greatly depend on water supplies for daily operations.

The study listed the potential sites outside national parks and urban areas. It received a funding grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency for the development of a nationwide atlas for identifying possible off-river hydro storage sites.

Urban Planning

When it comes to water policy, Perth has implemented an effective strategy for keeping a stable supply of drinking water. Local authorities in the city found a way to solve a dry spell on its dams and other reservoirs in the form of aquifers.

The city has increasingly relied on ground water due to the declining supply of rainfall in dams over the last several years. For instance, an ongoing project involves pumping recycled sewage into Perth’s aquifers as a way to boost drinking water supply. This and other initiatives allow the city to have an additional supply of 178 billion litres of water.

Hydro storage development projects are important, as the demand for electricity continues to grow worldwide. These initiatives will also help the environment by advancing other sources of renewable energy, such as wind and solar power.

June 27, 2017

Car Tune-up Priorities

Ideally, car tune-up should be holistic. This means that each component of your vehicle, from the engine to the exhaust pipes, should undergo professional inspection. After all, the goal of the whole process is to ensure utmost road efficiency, especially for cars that have already accumulated considerable mileage.

But in cases of limited time and budget, you should at least prioritise these four components: engine, transmission, brakes, and suspension.

Engine

Engine tune-ups you can get from shops such as LRC Automotive are crucial to keeping your car as efficient and economical as possible. You should do this every after 30,000 miles of covered distance.

Areas of concern include spark plugs, compression ratio, battery cables, intake manifold bolts, accelerator linkages, air inject system, and steering system. Problems solved after engine tune up include engine vibrations, mechanical noises, and crankshaft thumping, among others.

Transmission

Whether you drive stick or automatic, regularly checking your car’s transmission system is crucial for a good trip. If you have sufficient car expertise, this is something you can do on your own. Your goal here is to make sure that your transmission fluid is at the right level and looks safe enough.

For more advanced transmission concerns, it is best that you work with a professional mechanic.

Brakes

You will know that your brakes need an immediate tune-up when you notice any or all of these problems: worn pads, strange sounds, pulling, vibrations, and temperamental pedal. Brakes are especially crucial because they have a direct effect on your car’s road safety, hence should never suffer neglect.

Suspension

Suspension issues can be evident by doing a short test drive. What you need to be wary of are instances when your car sways and bounces on low speed, squeaks or pulls during turns, and if the nose-dives as you hit the brake.

You can also find signs of compromised suspension on your car tires’ tread and shock towers.

You should follow a car tune-up schedule religiously. This is your way to keep safe on the road.

Auto Repair June 26, 2017

Why Take Your Car to an Auto Repair Shop After Body Damage

Hail, stones and debris on the road, and minor accidents — there are many opportunities for your car to be dented. It may be fine for most car owners to leave the dent alone, as it doesn’t seem to present any real risk, but how sure are you that it’s just a dent?

If the dent was caused by an accident, Westford Collision says that it's more prudent to visit an auto body shop no matter how minor it is. Here are a few of the major reasons you should immediately have even the most minor dents fixed:

Your safety is the most important factor

A dent after an accident may appear harmless if it’s not too big, but the impact may have affected other components of the car. For example, the seatbelts may not work properly or the airbags may not deploy when you need them to. If you have your car fixed, the mechanic can inspect other possible components affected by the impact.

Insurance may no longer cover your car

If the insurance provider gets wind that you are not willing to take care of the vehicle, they may look at it as a breach of your contract so they may void your policy. Waiting long before having the car fixed may also have an effect on your coverage, as insurers want their clients to report damage as soon as possible.

There may be other damages

Suppose your insurance decides to continue covering your car and sends an adjuster to inspect your car. What the adjuster may now know is that there are other damages invisible to an untrained eye. Your mechanic will know, and they can work with your insurer to make sure the other damages are covered, as well.

Rusting may start from a small scratch

Rust is one of the worst problems you may have with your vehicle, and it usually starts where there is damage. The dent, crack, or scratch may be the spot where rusting begins. Rust quickly moves all over the damaged area to affect other areas of your vehicle. Taking your car to a repair shop immediately can prevent this problem.

It may not be just a dent. It may be the start of bigger problems. It’s safer to spend a bit of money to get the damage fixed by a professional immediately than suffer the consequences later.

Grey Porsche June 23, 2017

How to Wash and Wax Your Beloved Porsche

You can leave your Porsche’s scheduled maintenance to professionals here in New York City, such as Formula Motorsports, but you can be responsible for the washing, shining, and detailing of your beloved vehicle.

Of course, although professional cleaners can also do the washing and other work for you, there may be no better way to show your love to your vehicle by doing the work yourself.

Proper Guidelines

Now, you first have to learn how to wash, wax, and detail your car properly to do it well. When you try to perform the work without learning first, you may damage your vehicle’s paint and shine instead. To wash, wax, and detail your Porsche properly, you can follow the guidelines below.

Use Shade

First, you have to bring your car indoors or under a shade whenever you wash and wax it. Washing under the sun can cause the water to dry much quicker than you can wipe it off. When the water dries, you will have rain spots on your vehicle. Drive your Porsche into the shade to block off sunlight.

Wash and Dry

Next, you can wash your car like any other average car owner. When your vehicle has rain spots, however, you can simply apply the shampoo directly and wash it for last to let the chemical thoroughly remove the stain.

Once done with washing, you can blow dry your Porsche; a blower or dryer works best in drying your vehicle since it eliminates the risk of scratching your vehicle.

Layer the Wax

Now, when it comes to waxing, to achieve the best shine, you can layer car wax products. One car owner used Carnauba wax over a paint sealant, and he produced a rich, deep shine from his Porsche. You can try the same with your Porsche, but only if the paint has been maintained, cleaned, and polished.

You can ask your people at the maintenance service here in New York City for any tips that you can use in taking care of your beloved Porsche.

Car Start Stop Engine Button June 22, 2017

4 Surefire Ways to Get That Car Loan

Owning a car offers many benefits. You will no longer need to use public transportation whenever you go to work or take long trips. As such, you can manage your time better and get to your destinations fast. Applying for a loan is a good alternative to buying a vehicle upfront.

Here are some tips to have your car loan approved:

Go to a car dealer instead of a private seller

Most lending institutions do not fund the purchase of a car if it is a private seller. This is due to two reasons: they are not sure about the quality of the car and the private seller may not know how to value the car properly. Instead, go to car dealers, as the lenders often trust them more. Just make sure that the car dealers in Manukau you talk to have a good reputation, so you can have an assurance.

Avoid new debts

This is already obvious, as you need to have your financial institution pay off the car for you. If they see that the ratio of your debt to your earnings is too big and that you are loaded with new debt payments, the loan application may not be approved.

Make sure you are employed for at least two years

Financial institutions need a way to ensure that you will be able to repay the loan in the future. One of the things they look into is your job history. If documents are able to show that the you have at least two years of experience in your current job, you will have a better chance of getting approved for a car loan.

Negotiate in a smart way

Buying a car requires smart negotiations, so do your research before you visit a dealership. If you have not read enough about something that a dealer is offering you, say “no” and then read more about it at home. If what they said is something that you like, then call the dealership a few days after so you can negotiate a better pricing.

Before buying a car, make sure your lender will be able to fund your car. Keep these pointers in mind to ensure a successful and trouble-free loan application process.