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Signs Your Business May Need a Plasma Table

Does your company produce a lot of customized metal fabrication, or do you do a small amount of prototype cutting? If so, you might be a great candidate for a plasma table that’s designed precisely for businesses like yours.

Tables are custom-made to your specifications, which can reduce double work for your employees and improve the overall efficiency in your workplace. Using a plasma table can mean saving on wasted materials; it speeds up the process and makes the workload easier for your employees.

If you’re just starting to shop for the best plasma tables around, start by researching the reputation of the company. In an ideal world, they manufacture in the US, come with financing options so your startup stays in the black, and have a long history of industry-specific experience.

You also need quality installation and training to make sure the table works for you and not the other way around. Here are a few signs that you should be in the market for a plasma table.

1. Your workload is picking up

Instead of hiring more workers or putting existing employees under more stress, consider investing in the best tools your company needs. As you grow, you need and deserve better quality tools and platforms, perhaps including a plasma table.

2. Quality has been suffering

Have you noticed a lot of wasted materials, and cuts that aren’t precise? Or do your employees seem to be overloaded even though they’re the best around?

Before trying to tackle potential worker problems, consider whether a lack of quality tools might be to blame. A worker is only as good as the tools, including plasma tables, and vice versa; so make sure you’re on top of things.

3. You have new clients or a new worker pool

Take advantage of big changes such as a hiring spree or a big new client that just signed. This is a prime opportunity to update your equipment and get everyone trained at the same time.

By installing a new tool or device, you can take advantage of on-site training so everyone’s on the same page. Otherwise, it’s easy to lose track of who was trained on what, and that’s a dangerous downward spiral.

Finally, if you want to stay or become a big player in a competitive field like manufacturing, you have to have the right tools at your disposal. Your competition may already have them, and that puts you at a disadvantage. It’s time to level the playing field.

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How to Find Furniture Items for Techies

When I moved into my first apartment, I didn’t care what kind of furniture I had. My parents got me a futon, I parked my bicycle where the dining room table should have been, and I stuck my mattress on the floor: Bachelor Pad 101.

But as I’ve grown up and become a bit more sophisticated, I’ve started to care about my furniture. It happens to the best of us, I suppose. But what do we do when we want to merge our furniture with our love of technology? Well, science has answered that question, and answered it with vigor.

Go online

If you’re looking for high-tech anything, the Internet is a great place to start. One quick search and you’ve got millions of hits.

People might wonder: how high-tech can furniture get, really? I was astounded by what a search came up with, and you probably will be too. But how do we narrow down what we are going to buy for our techie friends?

Price

This is always a big consideration in gift giving or home decorating. How much are we willing to spend? And will it fit in with the space?

Think about this: someone makes a couch that looks like it belongs on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Would this couch really fit in with a tiny living room decked out with IKEA end-tables and a bookshelf made of cinder blocks? Probably not.

But what would go well in a room like that is a couch with built-in wooden end-tables that include charging docks for a variety of electronic devices.

Function

Returning to the bridge of the Enterprise, is Captain Kirk’s couch useful (or comfortable)? Obviously, there’s a subjective element here, but it’s important to look at furniture in terms of what you can use it for.

If it’s too high-tech, it loses its purpose. Case in point: a bed shaped like an egg is not going to be good for the claustrophobic among us. We’ll end up sleeping on the overly-curved ultra-modern couch, and that just makes for a bad night.

Also, I wouldn’t recommend investing in anything high-tech if you’ve got small kids. From pulling over the TVs to throwing Barbies through a projector lens, kids can wreck anything. Keep it simple while they’re little, or buy the high-tech furniture for the home office that they’re not allowed to enter.

Another thought to remember when looking at high-tech furniture is reliability. If you’re willing to shell out the big bucks, do your research and make sure it works. Coffee table with USB port that transforms into a giant tablet? Yeah, awesome, until you put your mug of coffee down and the heat sensor goes haywire, and suddenly you’re stuck in an endless loop of Angry Birds.

Perhaps I’m a pessimist, but you get my drift. Just because something is new and cool doesn’t mean it’s going to work.

Style

Someone who loves TV and gaming will probably find the canopy bed with a built-in HD television screen absolutely amazing. The person trying to enhance his sleep will like curling up in the egg-bed.

If you’re buying for yourself, consider what you need out of your furniture, and how this high-tech option is going to help you get it. If it doesn’t meet your needs or lifestyle, move on.

Also, consider the rest of your home. Most of us aren’t going to be able to techie-trick-out our entire pads at once, so we have to buy bits and pieces. Don’t make your home look odd and unbalanced by having, say, a completely integrated touch-screen desk that you’re eating your Ramen noodles off of.

I’m not judging; I’m just suggesting you prioritize a little.

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