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The Right Casters Make a World of Difference

By on February 14, 2017

The ability to move heavy or bulky machinery or equipment from one place to another arises quite often in a variety of industries. From manufacturing to retail to the theater, sometimes things need to be relocated. Wheels and casters are what make all those movable platforms effortlessly shifted from one location to the next. Caster wheels are literally where the rubber meets the road, which makes selecting the right ones for the right application extremely important. Luckily, there a few things that everyone should take into consideration before making a purchase.

Mobility

Mobility might seem like a straightforward feature of any wheeled application, but not every caster offers the same degree of mobility. Some casters are meant to pivot or steer, others are designed to work on a set track, and even others are manufactured simply to roll in a straight line. The reason the mobility is being deployed needs to be considered before a new caster or a replacement part can be ordered.

Capacity

Every caster and wheel combination is designed by a manufacturer with a set capacity in mind. The needs and potential loads of the platform or equipment need to be carefully verified before installation. Not only does the capacity directly impact the ability to move the equipment, but a safety issue also arises from overloaded equipment.

Decoration

Just as different types of materials produce different results, visible casters might need to have some decorative function. While primarily a priority in theater or public works industries, decorative casters are often special order items. Therefore, organizations looking to utilize the services of a decorative piece of hardware needs to be extremely careful prior to place the order. After all, there are limited return policies in place to accommodate non-matching parts or incompatible designs.

In the end, casters can be some of the most valuable pieces of a production or warehouse. Provided the capacity, mobility, and decorative function of the wheels and support structure have been carefully evaluated, companies can expect a long life of service. Moving heavy or bulky items around does not have to require extensive lifting or machinery, casters and wheels provide a simplified solution to some of the most complex problems. No matter what the setting, the right casters can make a world of difference, and save the back of anyone trying to move something from one place to another.

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3 Ways To Teach Yourself the Piano

By on December 29, 2016

Learning the piano as an adult is a rewarding experience. You shouldn’t shy away from it because of preconceived notions about learning how to play music later in life. Of course, everything is easier to learn when you’re a child. That is scientifically proven. Adults still have the capacity to learn how to play the keyboard, though.

Playing any musical instrument has a ton of benefits. Most people enjoy it is a means to relieve stress. Playing can almost have a meditative effect, thanks to the deep concentration required. With improvement, the rewards intensify. Music is also a great hobby because it is something you can do for your entire life. This is unlike sports that get hard to play as you get older.

Adults are busy people. They may not have time to take private lessons with a teacher. A private instructor is a great way to improve quickly, but you can still teach yourself and have a lot of fun. There are ample resources available to striving musicians to help them self-teach.

Three ways to teach yourself piano

1. Books – Companies like C.R. Carole have an array of different piano instruction books available. Regardless of your skill level, you can find a book that will help you improve. Some of my favorite beginner books are in the Bastien series. They are especially useful for players trying to get better at playing scales.

2. Online lessons – Music education, and music itself, has experienced a revolution thanks to the internet. Teachers can now pre-record lessons and post them online. Students have an advantage because they can access digital lessons whenever they have time. You can take a piano lesson at 2 am if your neighbor can handle it. Video lessons also give students the ability to stop and rewind to sections that were particularly interesting and listen to them again. You can’t do that in a live lesson.

3. Use Your Ear – Your ear is the most important thing when you are learning music. After all, music does revolve around listening. Every once in a while during your practice session you should put on a song and try to emulate what you hear. At first, it will be difficult, but you will see improvement over time. Your overall musical skills will improve by combining ear training with the technical knowledge of your instrument. The best musicians in the world understand the relationship between their ears and their hands.

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Business and Finance

Globe, Cebuana Lhuillier, Mynt Sign Strategic Partnership for PH Financial Inclusion

By on November 16, 2016

Manila, Philippines – In a bid to further push financial inclusion in the country, Globe Telecom, Cebuana Lhuillier and Mynt inked a memorandum of agreement that will pave the way for several initiatives combining the products and services of the three companies.

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(L-R): President and CEO of Globe Telecom Ernest Cu, President and CEO of PJ Lhuillier Jean Henri Lhuillier and President of G-Xchange Inc. Albert Tinio

The tripartite partnership was signed by Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu, Cebuana Lhuillier President & CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier, and G-Xchange President Albert Tinio. G-Xchange is a subsidiary of Globe Telecom’s wholly-owned financial services unit Mynt.

“The idea is to disrupt the traditional banking system of having to personally go to a bank, fill out forms, fall in line and pay for bills or deposit money. This initiative will create an avenue for the companies to leverage on each other’s strengths and capabilities to create a better financial system for the consumers,” said Cu.

Meanwhile, Lhuillier stated, “This undertaking is a great opportunity to address the financial concerns of many Filipinos, especially those in unbanked and underbanked communities which is very aligned to what we do as a company. I am glad that Cebuana Lhuillier, together with Globe and Mynt, is taking this big step to revolutionize the way we serve our mutual clients. I am certain that this partnership will positively impact the lives of many individuals.”

Most of the initiatives involve GCash, a micro-payment service operated by G-Xchange. Already commercially available, one of the projects allows GCash customers to perform cash-in and cash-out transactions in any of Cebuana Lhuillier’s 1,800 branches nationwide. Also being developed are systems that would enable GCash accounts to submit payments for Fuse loans and accept proceeds of international remittance. Other projects in the works include the vice versa conversion of rewards points under the loyalty programs of Globe and Cebuana Lhuillier, cross-selling of Cebuana Lhuillier’s microinsurance product, development of donation channels for Cebuana Lhuillier’s chosen beneficiaries, real-time posting of Globe Bills, reselling of Globe AMAX, a mass market postpaid product, and other innovations that that would make financial services more conveniently available.

In addition to the commercially available products and services, the partnership will also yield business-to-business solutions and other initiatives catering to internal stakeholders.

During the official announcement of the partnership, all three companies emphasized the need for innovative offerings, the value of convergence and the importance of technology in order to achieve financial inclusion.

Globe is a telecommunications company with a mobile subscriber base of about 65 million, while Cebuana Lhuillier is a micro-financial institution that has over 1,800 branches in the Philippines, and Mynt is a FinTech startup wholly-owned by Globe and offers a range of key financial services.

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