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When Your Vehicle’s Blind Spot Becomes A Danger To Children

May 2nd, 2017

That area right behind your car or truck is quite hidden from your view as the driver. That is called the vehicle blind zone and it could prove to be fatal to children. This is according to the latest study that Consumer Reports did on vehicles. And just to warn you, the worst vehicle on blind spots is the 2006 Jeep Commander Limited. So if you do own this vehicle, you might to take further caution when driving and when backing up.

So what are the details behind the 2006 Jeep Commander Limited as to why it was declared one of the worst in blind zones? Well, according to Consumer Reports, when they measured the blind zone for the mentioned vehicle, they were able to take note of some 44 feet for its blind zone. That is, if the driver is five feet and eight inches tall. But just imagine if the driver is smaller? That would mean a greater area and range of the blind zone.

Don Mays, the senior director of Consumer Reports on product safety and consumer science, further emphasizes the point of blind spots by stating, “Consumer Reports findings illustrate that the danger of vehicle blind zones correlates with the use of large SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks as common family vehicles. Consumers must be cognizant of this danger – and the value of rearview cameras – when going out to purchase a new vehicle.”

Indeed, the large the blind zone, the greater the chances of the vehicle to accidentally run over small items – from bikes to pets to children. According to a safety group, Kids and Cars, they are able to estimate that more than a hundred children lost their lives because drivers of vehicles could not very well see what was behind the vehicle and in the blind zone. Those are the statistics for deaths but the cases for injuries are greater. Perhaps if only children and bikes are easily replaced like Lincoln Versailles parts, then everything would be much simpler. But this case is not.

Sally Greenberg is Consumers Union’s senior product safety counsel for the area of Washington, DC, and she believes, “Unfortunately, the few vehicles that now come with the technology that enables drivers to see what’s in their blind zones are higher end models, and most devices are available as an extra cost option – often requiring the purchase of other equipment like an expensive navigation system. We believe that backup technologies, such as rearview cameras are essential, and should be a requirement by federal law. Their cost is small compared to the cost of a child’s life. And once this technology becomes standard equipment in vehicles, systems will become more economical for manufacturers to produce.”

Electrician Schools and Career for Serious Electricians

April 26th, 2017

If being an electrician is of interest to you, then learning how to choose an electrician school is extremely important. But first, what does it entail to be an electrician?

Electricity is an essential part in the day to day running of most things that we use. An electrician is called upon to help repair, install, connect, test and also to maintain electrical systems. As an electrician, you can expect to work in and out of all different types of locations and even building sites. Most jobs carry some form of hazard, and for electricians the risks involved can be particularly dangerous including electric shocks, falls, and also cuts. Due to some of these risks, it is important that the electrician attends an electrician school and undergoes the proper electrician trade school training program.

Most people start as an apprentice electrician which is a mixture of work based and class room learning at an electrician trade school. To start an apprenticeship, candidates should have a good high school education and be at least 18 years old. Other people may choose to train before seeking a job as an electrician or even attending an electrician school.

What skills do you need then? To become a good electrician you need to have good hand-eye coordination, have good physical fitness, and also be well balanced. Also, the person needs to be able to solve problems and have a good sense of color. Needless to say, the skills developed at the electrician trade school training program would be a must.

The career prospect of an electrician is pretty positive. The need for electricians has grown considerably meaning that the workload has spread all across the country. It is also thought that it will increase even further in the future with the ever increasing demand of electrical appliances and other electrics. Finally, as the technology increases, more electricians will be needed to install and fix electrical equipment.

Electricians who work on construction sites may be subject to less work depending upon the economy at the time. If less houses and buildings are being produced, there will be less use for an electrician.

If you are still wondering if the role of an electrician is for you, then maybe the pay will sway things for you. An electrician is very well paid when they have been fully trained and qualified and you should find it to be a fairly lucrative career! A trained electrician usually roughly gets paid around $46,000 per annum but it all depends upon the company you work for and if you are self employed. A trainee electrician will get around $25,000 per annum again depending upon the company you work for.

In conclusion, if being an electrician is of interest to you, invest some time to find the right electrician school for you and begin your training soon!

Focusing on Global Strategy

April 21st, 2017

If adversity is the best teacher, the Great Recession should have been a prime learning opportunity for companies worldwide. It certainly was for many companies in the Automotive After-Market industry, small and large, traditional and trend setting.

This is particularly challenging for small companies who garner as much as 90% of their royalty and license income from abroad, these company’s face challenges that were compounded by a strong Euro that cut deep into profits coming and going. Coming because sales into dollar based economies were impossible due to high prices, and going because now that the dollar has firmed up substantially, their currency losses for GAAP reporting are substantial – so substantial in fact that they wiped out singularly the entire second quarter profits of some of the best run companies. For some these represent mere paper losses of course where most of the purchases for raw material and research are European based – but still not designed to favor motivation among wall street traders that have unjustly clobbered the industry and its publicly traded members.

“We learned valuable lessons and gained a healthy sense of crisis” said the communications officer of one such company located in New Jersey.

As one would expect, the tactical practice orchestrated by the survivors requires a mindset totally different than that practiced in the industry previously. Management and the entire global distribution network of these companies had to realize that business as usual was not an option. Changing an industry’s ingrained distribution culture was not easy, yet some companies were able to accelerate a program of structural reform. “We consolidated overlapping functions and shortened supervisory processes” one executive explained. “Now we’re leaner, more reactive and able to provide stronger support for members of our distribution networks.”

The revamp also extended to the manufacturing units of these companies. Traditionally the industry had routed different research and productions in separate, dedicated plants and facilities. To improve efficiencies the trend is now to create multipurpose production units to manufacture chemicals and impregnated accessories such as wipes. Workers switch between different roles in the assembly process. The new composite system delivers such significant productivity gains and cost savings that industry executives involved are now keen to roll out the process globally. “The financial crisis taught us that we can’t control our environment. What we can do is have a culture that adapts to circumstances” an executive told me. The lesson to be drawn: Ultimately it’s the adaptable who survive.

To ensure that these companies grows and prospers over the next decade,some companies have devised a plan for the next stage of globalization. The multipronged strategy involves building up the product lines, expanding the reach, and moving even more aggressively into the emerging markets of China and other Asian countries, and not to be forgotten, diversifying into new lines of business, notably disinfection and medical care.

If the rapid success of companies with pipelined products is anything to go by, That part of the industry looks to be well on its way to meeting enviable targets. Aggressive product conceptions are shaking up the market. Products renowned for their convenience, portability and usability have attracted large new audiences; notably women where the purchase rate has tripled, and the middle aged, two groups generally ignored by the traditional industry players.

In medical and disinfection products companies are announcing goals which are equally clear. They wants to grow this rigid business by around 70% in the next five years. Social and economic trends are aligning to support this bold vision. Eager to expand, but aware that developing the business almost from scratch would require a huge investment, industry players are taking the bold step of going on the acquisition trail targeting small to medium sized companies in Chemicals, wipes, and related productions.

Of course the relative economic robustness of developing countries vis-à-vis the developed world is another major post-recession paradigm shift that no company can afford to ignore. Those companies with no debt and an effective distribution network, will experience growing market demands for their product conceptions.

Expanding into new business areas is as important as expanding into new countries. Thus, the industry leadership which is more so represented in the small to medium size corporate players, devotes a significant proportion of the roughly, on average, 10% of revenues they commits to research and development every year to move into promising new business areas.

But just as important to a company’s success is its policy on corporate social responsibility. Whether aligning itself with the UN’s Global Compact for sustainability and responsible business practices, or creating green products in environmentally responsible ways, all initiatives should be inspired by the “Social IN” philosophy. This helps people worldwide lead healthier and more fulfilling lives, and maintains that the value of a company that does right by its shareholders and society at large will inevitably rise.