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Our CNC Milling Machine Ensures Quality

milling machineWe use our sixty years of experience to ensure that our CNC milling machinery works at its finest. At Redwood Engineering you will find a well-run and modern manufacturing center. Our highly-trained staff is familiar with the latest in CNC manufacturing principles and practices. We’re proud of our manufacturing center and CNC milling machine. The combination of our solid work ethic, professionalism, and latest technology will only serve to please our clients.

CNC stands for Computer Numerical Controlled Mill . The CNC milling machine is versatile and can be equipped with a variety of tool heads. While a traditional milling machine operates on X, Y, and Z axes, our up-to-date CNC milling can utilize two additional axes. This allows for much greater flexibility and precision. This means we can accomplish numerous machining needs. CNC milling machines have rotating tool heads that can easily rotate, to facilitate tooling needs.

The different types of tooling used will depend on the material and shape being manufactured. This because materials like wood and steel have different properties. So the right tool head must be used to achieve near perfect results. Our CNC milling machines are strong enough to handle steel.  Our operators are thoroughly trained in the use and programming of the CNC milling machine. Each operator is dedicated to providing a an accurate end-product.

The basic tool head on the CNC milling machine is called the cutter. The cutter rotates at rapid speeds in order to “cut through” the desired material. Our operators are highly trained in the usage of the CNC mill, and can easily determine the right tool head for the job.

We know that quality is important and is the beauty of computer calibrated CNC milling machine. Up-to-date technology allows the mill to perform to precise standards. There isn’t any milling job this machine cannot perform. Whether your project is big or small, this computerized mill will perform expertly.

With our milling machine we can tackle almost any project, from prototype designs to advanced production and assembly. Our top-notch tool heads allow us to machine components to the highest quality standards. Our skilled process workers and engineers are well-versed in the use of the CNC. We ensure that each operator is properly trained, and able to work within your specifications. Keep in mind, parts don’t have to huge to be milled, we are capable of handling small precision jobs as well.

Our CNC milling machine can be programmed at the terminal, or use specifications from Computer Aided Design (CAD) software provided by our clients. The CNC machine is definitely up to the task.

You can depend on Redwood engineering and our milling machine to get the job done right. Every project we complete or develop is always done with customer satisfaction in mind. While there are numerous reasons to choose Redwood Engineering, we believe our dedication to quality speaks for itself. Please contact us to see how we can best serve your project and manufacturing needs.

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CNC Manufacturing Has Led To Greater Efficiencies And Accuracies

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Most manufacturers look to automate the production line, but this is rarely a guarantee of quality products. It may also not be the right thing to do if you want to cut costs. Reduced costs and higher rate of production can be ensured if the right equipment is in place.  CNC equipment allows these two parameters to be more easily achieved. This equipment not only increases production, but also goes a long way to reduce rejections due to errors, and also helps to eliminate waste.

The Reason to Opt for CNC Equipment

The main difference between conventional and CNC equipment  is that the cutting mechanisms are accurately controlled. Most conventional machines require skilled operators to manipulate them and this leaves them vulnerable to human errors. So a tired or distracted operator may end up spoiling the end product and increase rejection  losses, when quality control comes into the picture. In the case of CNC equipment, the cutting, drilling or other operations, are controlled digitally by a computer. The function of the operator is to program the equipment, through the computer,  to perform a particular set of operations.  Once this is done, the machine automatically performs the required operations, using the data fed into its controller by the computer.  There is no restriction on the length of the operations. It is also possible for a single operator to oversee more than one CNC station, and in the long run this can lead to substantial savings in labor costs.

The Benefits of CNC

Manufacturers can gain a lot of benefits by using CNC during their production operations. They are:

  • Complex products can be  manufactured
  • Precision is guaranteed
  • Waste is reduced
  • Lower operating costs
  • Savings in raw material requirement
  • Increased production capacity leading to higher revenues
  • Saving in labor costs due to reduction in number of operators’

Setting Up CNC Facilities

CNC machining can allow the manufacture of various components to the required engineering requirements. It initially does require a lot of care to set up the required tooling and writing the necessary programs, but the end results more than make up for this.

To set up CNC facilities it is necessary to meet the automation agency’s engineers and explain the exact requirements of the finished product.  This may need details of dimensions, tolerances, metallurgy or composition of the raw material, the sort of machining or other process needed, and required production rates.

The agency will then work out the machinery and tooling requirements and design and make a prototype. Necessary software will also be developed for the controller that is installed on the machine. Trial runs will be made and the client’s engineers will need to carefully scrutinize the end product, to see that it fulfills required quality standards. Most CNC machines run on software developed for a particular set of operations, but it is possible to override these programs and manually program the machine, for some very specific requirements.  This will require that the operator or other staff in the business are trained to make such changes.

CNC manufacturing  allow a production unit to make large quantities of parts that follow the same required tolerances at all times. This makes it very easy to assemble these parts to make up the final machine or equipment being manufactured.

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10 Steps To A Healthy Office

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If you work and are spending one third to one half of your day in an office setting then your surroundings there are as important as those in your home. Although we usually have little control over the buildings we work in, being aware of problems that can affect us will enable us to take counter-measures and may encourage the creation of stimulating and nurturing environments. Below are 10 steps that will help to provide an office that is balanced and conducive to good health and well-being, which will ultimately benefit your health and the health your company.

Ergonomically Correct Chair: Make sure that your office chair is comfortable and has adjustable height and arms. When you are sitting straight with feet flat on the floor your arms should be at a 90-degree angle when typing on the computer. If you are having to strain or stretch to reach your computer then you are putting stress on the back and shoulder area. Chairs can certainly be expensive but in the long run it will cost much less than spending time at the chiropractor.

Green Plants: Plants do more than just enhance the beauty of your surroundings, many actually clean pollutants out of the air as they add oxygen and humidity to the indoor environment. New findings suggest, however, that they may add more than just color and interest. They also filter the air, and can fight against the common high-tech ill, sick building disease. Recent research undertaken by the NASA Space Administration in America has yielded some very interesting results. In a test lasting two years conducted by Dr. B.C. Wolverton at the Stennis Space Centre in Mississippi it was discovered that common houseplants are capable of converting chemical air pollutants into harmless substances. Ivy, one of the smallest of houseplants, does an excellent job of cleaning the air of toxins, especially benzene and TCE. The humble potted Chrysanthemum is another goodie. You can place a number of plants around your office or make up a high scoring clean-air cocktail by adding such plants as Peace Lilies and Parlour Palms. Better still are various forms of Dracaena, Dracaena Warnecki and Dracaena Janet Craig are real pollutant sucking types. Chinese Evergreen and the humble Philoderdron are also two to watch out for.

Lighting: Studies suggest that natural light increases human productivity and reduces fatigue and stress. By simply replacing your antiquated fluorescent tubes with full-spectrum tubes, you can instantly enhance your environment and your well-being! Full spectrum lighting emits a natural, balanced spectrum of light that is the closest you can get to sunlight indoors. Based on years of study not only do they bring out true, vibrant colors but they can also ease eye fatigue, improve your mood, reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels, slow aging of the retina and reduce glare.

Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but the natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) of the essential oil are drawn into the lungs and can also supply physical benefit. Aromatherapy can help with a physical condition, can help with symptoms, can affect your mood, or help alleviate or temporarily eliminate stress or other psychological factors. Scenting your office with Lavender essential oil is said to reduce computer errors at least 25%. The following is a good blend to use in the office (must have an aromatherapy diffuser): 2 drops of lemon, orange or bergamot; 2 drops of grapefruit; 1 drop ylangylang, rose or neroli. Multiply your blend by 4 to obtain a total of 20 drops of your chosen blend. Add your oils to a dark colored glass bottle and mix well by rolling the bottle in between your hands. Add the appropriate number of drops from your created blend to your diffuser by following the manufacturer’s instructions. There are also many “recipes” on the Internet to use during the cold and flu season when “office-air” can be extremely contagious.

Air Quality: The EPA informs us that 6 out of 10 buildings are “sick” and that indoor air quality is the United States’ number one environmental health problem. A recent study by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture found that ionizing a room led to 52% less dust in the air, and 95% less bacteria in the air (since many of the pollutants found in the air reside on floating dust particles). The U.S.D.A. also performed another study to test the effectiveness of negative ionization at removing airborne Salmonella Enteritidis. The negative ions drastically reduced the airborne salmonella particles, prompting the following statement from the USDA. I recommend a negative ion air purifier for the office setting. These units are small enough to fit on a credenza or desk and are very modestly priced.

EMF Protection: Detrimental energies from electromagnetic fields emitted from high tension wires, industrial radar, microwave beams, electric current, computers, cell phones, televisions, fluorescent lights and other electrical appliances have been found to be dangerous to mental and physical health. When an individual sleeps or works for extensive periods within electromagnetic frequency zones, these energies create a constant source of stress (altering body polarity) which can lead to fatigue, frustration, tension and illness. Signs of exposure may include drowsiness, chronic aches and pains, sleep disorders, irritability, low energy and general malaise and may lead to more serious health situations such as cancer. These highly disruptive energy fields actually numb or dull our sense perceptions and adversely impacts brain wave activity. Studies have also shown electromagnetic fields (EMF) to induce mild depression in many subjects with the disruption of melatonin, dopamine, and serotonin levels. There are many devices that can be used in the office or put on the computer that will give EMF protection. I recommend the Safe Space II. It is designed to neutralize harmful electromagnetic fields, geopathic disturbances, as well as other detrimental vibrational energies in environments. It is a framed holographic grid (encased behind glass) 2” x 2” and can be attached to any surface…especially the computer monitor. The Safe Space II device clears a spherical area with a 9’ radius. You can read more about it at www.ghchealth.com.

Colors: Color therapy has its roots in ancient Egypt. Scientific studies recognize that colors bring about emotional reactions to individuals. Our reactions and attitudes to colors differ from person to person. That color affects us all is an undoubted fact. Its significance has been investigated and the results utilized in merchandizing, selling, home decorating, the workplace environment, industry, plant growth, nutrition, physics, physiology, psychology, ecclesiasticism and art. In fact, color is so much a part of our lives that we tend to take it for granted. Colors that are useful in the office are: orange – stimulates creativity; yellow – intensifies the intellect and heightens motivation; red – energizes; blue – calming, fights physical and mental tension; green – fights irritability and has a healing effect on the body. For the office, use colors that you are drawn to as these are the colors that will benefit your health.

Music: Just about all offices have some type of music playing in the background. Music can affect emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills. Music in the workplace, either from piped-in music or from a radio, is sometimes used to mask sounds. Music can provide mental stimulation while performing monotonous tasks, which can help to reduce stress levels in the office. Some people, however, find music in the office intensely annoying, especially if it is too loud or inappropriate. I have found that soft, up-lifting music is very essential to the office “atmosphere”. There is literally a mirage of good background music available on CD’s. Search out the Internet on what is right for your office.

Breaks: Even the most focused person needs a break at least twice a day. Change of scenery also helps with emotions. One of the best ways to eliminate stress and recharge the body is to go outside for a ten-minute walk. Focus on your surroundings and take deep breaths. This will give you a renewal of energy and will also aid in Vitamin D production. Walk by yourself and focus on clearing your mind. Walking will also get the blood and the lymphatic system flowing.

Organization: It is an excellent idea to look into FengShui for the office. FengShui is basically an environmental science and gives advice on how to create environments in which we feel comfortable and supported. For example, water energy plays a significant role in FengShui. Having a small fountain in your office can give a sense of calmness and peacefulness. Keep your office clean and organized. There is no excuse for clutter. Make sure that your desk is clean and that everything is put away before you leave each day. A well-organized, uncluttered desk leads to clear thinking and reduces stress. Make a habit of putting items back in their original place after you are finished using them.

Putting in the extra time, effort and money in getting your office environment “healthy” will pay-off with a multitude of health benefits. Of course, it is assumed that when you are out of the office, you are also taking care of yourself by eating a healthy diet, exercising the body and mind, taking good supplementation and getting adequate rest. All of this goes hand-in-hand in getting and keeping the body healthy. Remember to address your attitude as you travel the path to good health, as negative attitudes are self-destructive. Good health requires desire, determination and discipline in every aspect of your life.

Source: http://www.bfx.com.au/blog/10-steps-healthy-office

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Company Efficiency Training

company effeciencyMany companies are taking advantage of efficiency training classes for their employees. Efficiency is basically getting a job done in as little time as possible with minimal energy output. This training can help you both at work, at home and elsewhere in life. Efficiency will speed things up and free up some time for yourself if it’s done correctly.

Time Management

One of the first topics discussed in efficiency training was time management. Learning to manage your time can carry over from work to home and back. Learning how to prioritize and delegate tasks can speed up your work production immensely. You don’t have to do everything, you can focus on your job and learn to let go of control on some things and let someone else handle those things.

Preparation

When preparing for your day you can streamline your tasks if you think about how a typical day goes for you. You get up and brush your teeth, make lunch, decide what to wear etc. Instead of doing it this way, consider making your lunch the night before and laying out your clothes the night before. You will save at least 15 minutes to half an hour by streamlining your day in this fashion.

Track Your Progress

Many people choose to track their progress by journaling. Write down your daily tasks and look at your list and see if there are ways to streamline your day. Can you move things around to speed things up? Can you have someone else do something so that it can free you up to do other tasks? Keep a daily journal and see if you can see a pattern that slows you down in efficiency.

Delegation

Any company efficiency is going to involve delegation. Have someone else take out the trash. Have someone else make the office coffee. You get the idea, you don’t have to do it all. You just have to focus on your responsibilities and tasks at hand.

Learn To Say No

A lot of time is spent in many companies trying to get someone else to do something. Be responsible and do your job. Say no to the other jobs that someone else is doing. You don’t have to be mean and nasty to do this, you can simply say, no. If they persist tell them you have to do your job.

Efficiency training is a great tool for any one to learn.

 

Use Staff Development To Increase Productivity And Profitability

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Business demands that the professionals engaged in it have the required level of competency. Learning is a lifelong process, and is one of the key requirements for any continued success. Staff development is the process that allows people within an organization to acquire the necessary knowledge that will enable them to use their existing skills more effectively, while also learning new ones.

A staff development process can be considered effective if it maximizes the potential of staff members so that they become more efficient and productive. This can automatically help to increase bottom lines and make for good returns on the investment made in the staff development training process. Such training programs will also create value for the staff, boost their confidence level, and help to encourage them to give of their best when they perform the tasks allotted to them.

Staff development can be achieved through training sessions that can be within the organization, or by appointing external trainers. Internal training takes advantage of seniors and experienced persons within the organization to give of their knowledge and skills, so that it leads to increased efficiencies. A major advantage with internal trainers is that they are very close to the problems that need to be solved, have already developed mentoring skills with the persons they are training, and will deal with problems as they pertain to the organization.

External trainers bring in different perspectives, and are generally people who have experience in that particular industry. They are experts in their field and may have insights and experiences, that can be of use, when passed on to the persons they are training.

Training for staff development requires a number of areas to be touched on.

They are:

  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Customer service
  • Ethics
  • Human relations
  • Quality management
  • Safety
  • Diversity

All these areas are constantly developing and changing, so any staff development has to be a continuous process that keeps staff updated with the latest techniques and skills in each of these areas.

Staff development has a number of benefits which the organization will have the advantage of, once such training becomes a regular feature. You are bound to find that morale among staff is better and people have more job satisfaction. Employees become better motivated, more efficient and are easily able to or are keen to look at newer ways of doing things. This leads to innovations, increased safety and above all an increase in productivity . Employee turnover is likely to reduce and customer satisfaction increase. All these things can have a big impact on profitability.

 

Concrete Roof Tiles – A Brief History

concrete roof tilesTiles have been used to cover roofs for over 5,000 years but it is only relatively recently that concrete roof tiles have come into the market. Their history comes from around the world, starting in Bavaria in the 19th century. Some roofs made in this time still stand, giving unquestionable proof of the longevity of a concrete tiled roof.

These tiles were introduced to England, Holland and other European countries in the early 1900s, where it became common to add a coloured pigment to the tiles surface so that they imitated clay roofing. These were all made on hand operated machines. The first power-driven machines were developed in Denmark in the 1920s. This machine, called the Ringsted, moved cast-iron moulds under a dispenser that poured in the concrete mix. Shortly after this machine came to England, an engineer named William Powell invented a new machine that was a considerable improvement to the Danish one. in 1930, H. A. Wilkinson, who was managing his father’s tile factory in Surry, England, decided to remove all the remaining handwork the machines required and designed a more efficient one. Improvements continued to appear each year and the industry developed quickly.

82% of all roofs in Great Britain were made with concrete roof tiles by 1961, 60% in Australia and 30% in Germany. Recent estimates indicate that around 90% of all roofs in Europe and the South Pacific Basin have concrete tiles, with China, Japan and America percentages rising.

Monier has been Australia’s leading concrete roof tile brand for over 60 years. The current ‘reinforced’ tiles originated from Joseph Monier, who invented and patented a wire reinforcement system for his concrete flowerpots. This was taken up by a German company in 1885, who developed an entire system for reinforcing concrete. This was known as ‘Monierbuilt’, or ‘Das System Monier’. The Monier brand first arrived in Australia in 1901 by a German who set up a concrete pipe manufacturing company in the Darling Harbour, using the Monier patent. This company went through many changes and finally in 1936, the company Cement Linings Ltd was established. This was the foundation for the Monier Company. This changed to Monier Limited by 1979 and had set up many businesses working in the building and construction industry.

Concrete roof tiles  often cost more to install than other roofing options but considering their extremely long lifespan it is almost always worth the investment. Modern concrete mixing techniques allow the tiles to fit various style requirements and can be made almost any colour. Thanks to all the improvements along the timeline concrete tiles now look spectacular and last a lifetime. They are well worth installing on your roof.

Source: http://www.roofingworks2010.co.nz/index.php?page=concrete-roof-tiles-a-brief-history

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The Advantages Of Business Coaching

Business CoachingBusiness coaching is probably not something that business owners seek very often. It is usually when things start going wrong that a seasoned business owner will want to take the time to go into anything such as hiring a business coach.

Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest for the trees, as the old saying goes. Having someone who can see the big picture from a different perspective can have very positive benefits.

Businesses that are successful have patterns and methods that have stood the test of time over a period of years. The problem is that things change and customer needs and perceptions change. Society as a whole changes its attitudes and desires, and if a business can’t adapt it can be in real trouble in a hurry.

It is difficult to change the culture and methods of a business because these changes that are occurring may not be readily visible or apparent to the business owner. The hiring of a business coach might be just the answer. The coach will have experience in spotting trouble areas and be able to provide solid answers to problems based upon having dealt with other similar situations.

Customer service is a big area of concern. Most businesses have a loyal following of customers who were wooed over the years, and perhaps have become to be taken for granted. Perhaps some of them have moved out of the area, have died, or for other reasons are not regular patrons any more. Face with the prospect of attracting new customers, the business is really not very good at it.

When a business begins to take things for granted, that is a time when things can begin to go downhill. Business coaching can analyze every aspect of the business and determining what can be done to eliminate the problem areas and implement solutions. Perhaps the payroll includes too many friends and family members who are really not contributing anything to the business.

There may be delivery and shipment procedures that are driving up costs, or pricing policies are not current with the competition. Advertising and promotion may need updating to more modern techniques such as social media and online promotions being implemented. In house accounting may need to be brought up to date so inventory control can add to profits by timely ordering and computerization.

Perhaps there is inside theft occurring that has gone unnoticed for a period of time. There might be the possibility of expanding the geographical market area with a well-planned marketing campaign designed to reach these additional area.

A good job of business coaching can bring out problem areas that will need to be corrected or eliminated and suggest the introduction of newer procedures that will streamline and solve unprofitable problems.

The evaluation and implementation of a business-coaching program may take several months for the business coach to evaluate the problems. Most issues occur subtlety over a period of time and must be seen as a pattern. Once this is observed, the solution can be readily observed. The hiring of a business coach can be one of the best investments a business can make.

 
 

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