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The future of the Oil & Gas industry

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With a move general world-wide move towards carbon-neutral forms of power, it seems like an anachronism that oil and gas exploration continue around the world, however, may proponents argue that there will always be a requirement for these forms of fuel. Regardless of the new and emerging forms of transport, we’re still to achieve an affordable eco-friendly alternative to the trains, plains, and auto-mobiles (and other forms of transport) we so addicted to. If we’re going to travel, we’re going to ultimately be using fossil fuels – at least for the foreseeable future. Therefore, oil and gas exploration continue as normal.

One of the companies specialising in energy field is Total. You may recognise the name from the high street, however, many of the old ‘petrol stations’ have now closed being replaced by cut-price supermarket petrol stations. For this global company, Chemical enhanced oil recovery (also known as chemical EOR) is an ever-growing field of application as is hydrocarbon exploration. Opponents of the ongoing oil and gas exploration argue that many unique and marine habitats are being damaged by the engineering work, leaked oil, and escaped chemicals from these exploratory bases especially as it appears that the majority of new areas being explored is at sea. However, proponents of this drilling argue that technology now means that oil and gas exploration has never been cleaner or safer for the environment. The following shows a map of Total’s 2016-2018 high-impact exploration program:

Ultimately, however, it’s up to use to decide what happens to the oil & gas industry. Do we abandon the freedom we’ve become so used to? Or do we continue living our lives as we have with our reliance on fossil fuels for work and leisure? Until electric-powered planes become commercially viable and electric cars like Tesla become affordable, we rely only have one choice.

Written by Chris

August 16th, 2018 at 4:26 pm

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Mr Rubble’s Pledge for the Planet – Recycling Waste

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Sheffield skip hire & Rotherham skip hire

Sheffield skip hire & Rotherham skip hire

Mr Rubble’s Pledge for the Planet – Recycling Waste 

At Mr Rubble Skip Hire they’re passionate about doing their best, not only for their customers but also for their community and the Earth. They do this by making recycling a top priority, in fact if you hire a skip with them, you don’t need to spend time separating the waste or worrying about where the rubbish will end up. Back in 2006, their state-of-the-art recycling centre opened allowing them to efficiently ensure they recycle as much of the waste as possible.

Their team care about the environment and are committed to doing what they can to keep the world clean. They pride themselves on the quality of the service they provide and ensure this continues even after they’ve taken the full skip away, so rest assured knowing that all of the waste is dealt with in a legal and environmentally friendly way.

They recycle to help:

Lessen pollution – recycling and reusing materials is a great way to reduce pollution by avoiding new products being unnecessarily created.

Avoid landfills – By recycling they can reduce the amount of waste that is going into landfill. Landfill is very damaging to the environment and wildlife so if the waste doesn’t have to go to landfill they make sure it won’t.

Reduce costs – When you consider recycling from a financial standpoint, it costs considerably less to repurpose materials than to create products from new materials. Large scale recycling = big savings for businesses. If landfills continue to increase in size then communities will be taxed more in order to cover the fines and landfill taxes associated with exceeding landfill allowances. I’m sure you’d agree this is something we’d all like to avoid so choose a responsible skip hire company to help meet your skip needs. A responsible skip hire company does not mean an expensive skip hire company – take a look at www.mrrubble.co.uk for their competitive skip hire prices.

Why are they so passionate about recycling the waste they receive?

With waste, and the way it is being disposed of, causing problems around the globe they are committed to leading by example at Mr Rubble. Reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill is a priority, DEFRA reported that, in 2016, 45.2% of household waste was recycled and outlined the 2020 target as 50% or more. Despite their cheap skip hire they don’t skimp on quality, efficiency or responsibility and that is why they recycle a huge 93% of the waste that comes to us.

If you’re looking for Sheffield skip hire or Rotherham skip hire, Mr Rubble offer easy, stress-free booking online or by phone and always ensure their customers are happy with the care and services received.  Not sure about what skip you need? Take a look at their online hire guide where they answer the most frequently asked questions.

Written by Chris

July 24th, 2018 at 11:54 am

What is a backlit sign?

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What is a backlit sign?

What is a backlit sign?

An important consideration for any business, event or promotional drive should be signage. Signs can be used to not only help spread your message but also attract customers and set yourself apart from your competition. Investing in a sign is a significant step towards reinforcing your brand but it is not surprising that many businesses aren’t sure where to start when deciding on a sign that suits them. If you’re asking yourself what kind of sign is best for your business then we can help. There are various formats available in order to ensure you can create the eye-catching impact desired in every circumstance, but today we are going to focus on just one: the backlit sign.

One of the most popular sign types (and one that we absolutely love) is the backlit sign. Ultimately, these are signs that are illuminated using a light source behind the design in order to draw peoples eye and spread the desired message loud and clear. The backlit sign is highly versatile and works in your favour around the clock, something many signs are unable to do after sunset which results in your business losing out on valuable marketing time.

backlit sign is great for use both inside and outside and are often seen in shopping centres, airports, bus stops and building signage. There are many benefits to choosing a backlit sign including:

  • Increased visibility at night
  • Clear and easy to read – even from afar
  • Colourful and eye-catching
  • Stand out from the crowd
  • Perfect for promoting your business or message

The sign is created with a light source behind and the printed graphic over the top. LED lights are most commonly used as the light source due to their effectiveness. On top of this, they are also incredibly energy efficient; the LED lights provide an impressive level of brightness while using small amounts of energy, this makes them an excellent choice for businesses of all sizes. Your design will not only stand out but will also be full of detail and clarity. The back lighting even helps your sign design to appear enhanced.

Printing backlit signs is becoming more and more versatile thanks to the technology available today and this means you can literally create exactly the kind of sign you require without breaking the bank to afford it. The combination of the durability and the eye-catching vividness of backlit signs plays a vital part in their ever-increasing popularity.

If you have an idea in mind for a backlit sign, contact Image Sign Studio today for professional, high quality and carefully designed signs that will help you spread your message in a loud, clear and refined way.  We operate in the Sheffield and Rotherham areas and pride ourselves on helping businesses realize their creative goals.

For more informaiton on Backlit Signs, get in touch

Written by Chris

July 24th, 2018 at 11:31 am

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Production of fine chemicals

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Did you know that many fine chemicals are used in the plating process of galvanic industries? And that some of these compounds are based on precious metals such as Au, Ag, Pt, Pd, Rh, Ru? An example of one of these companies is Faggi Enrico Spa (based in Itily) who specialise in the manufacture of supported heterogeneous and homogeneous precious metal catalysts for chemical processes of pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industries. They provide a full service for recovery and refining of precious metal from spent catalysts based on our known-how and technologies. Our services include development and production of new catalysts tailored on the customer’s requirements and catalyst-screening through activity tests under different reaction conditions. Furthermore, our catalysts are completely characterized through physical and chemical analytical methods to assure high quality products.

On the subject of gold – according to Wikipedia, as of 2015, approximately 186,700 tonnes of gold exists above ground and the world consumption of new gold produced is about 50% in jewelery, 40% in investments, and 10% in industries such as the one mentioned above. Gold’s high malleability, ductility, resistance to corrosion and most other chemical reactions, and conductivity of electricity have led to its continued use in corrosion resistant electrical connectors in all types of computerized devices (its chief industrial use). Gold is also used in infrared shielding, colored-glass production, gold leafing, and tooth restoration. Certain gold salts are still used as anti-inflammatories in medicine. As of 2016, the world’s largest gold producer by far was China with 450 tonnes per year.[9]

AG is the chemical symbol for silver and is also often used in the production of high purity chemicals and compounds.  It is a soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it exhibits the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any metal. The metal is found in the Earth’s crust in the pure, free elemental form, as an alloy with gold and other metals, and in minerals such as argentite and chlorargyrite. Most silver is produced as a by-product of copper, gold, lead, and zinc refining.

Written by Chris

July 10th, 2018 at 3:26 pm

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Making a Difference with Sheffield Shop Signs

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The Shop Signs Manufacturer with a Difference - Our Most Popular Business, Shop Signs, and Letter Types Image Sign Studio design and manufacturer the highest quality shop signs here in their Sheffield workshop. They manufacture a huge range of type of shop signs & business signs to suit every business from high-street shops to warehouses – in fact They’re still to find a job they can’t do! However, it’s always useful to have a list of our their popular shop sign types – you never know when you’ll be in the market

Image Sign Studio’s Most Popular Business, Shop Signs, and Letter Types

  • Fret cut signage – fret cut signage, also sometimes known as fret cut lettering or computer cut lettering, is where the letters and images are cut from a sheet of material usually using a CNC router or laser cutting machine
  • Aluminium tray sign – aluminium tray signage is where the business or shop sign is cut from or attached to an aluminium tray. The fixings are usually hidden, and the sign stands proud from the wall
  • Backlit sign – our signs can be easily backlit, usually using LEDs, to create a slick and modern looking sign. In other words, the sign is placed in front of a light-source. The light can either create a ‘floating’ effect or can shine through translucent areas to make the sign more visible at night.
  • Fret cut illuminated signs – fret cut illuminated signs are often made from aluminium panels. They often comprise of front and back trays which can be any colour and usually used when illumination is required. Great to create a lit 3D effect
  • Acrylic letters, flat cut letters, sign letters, acrylic cut out letters and aluminium letters – these letter types are created in our workshop and used for many purposes including in conjunction with the other types of signs
  • Perspex letters signage – letters cut in our workshop usually using a CNC router are used to create this popular and cost-effective signage. Good for back-lit or internally lit signage such as aluminium composite tray or aluminium tray sign
  • CNC signs – CNC signs are cut from material using a CNC router which is computer controlled. As such, these signs can be intricate and use images as well as standard letters
  • Light box sign – a lightbox sign is a type of illuminated sign using a frame and lighting source
  • Directional signage – this type of signage is used everywhere from shops and warehouses to schools and hospitals. It’s designed to be practical and clear giving people instructions and showing the way
  • Sign tray – a sign tray is used very commonly in shop signs and business signage and can be made from a wide range of materials. Often backlit or internally lit, this type of sign is a very popular choice for many businesses
  • Aluminium composite sign tray – similar to the aluminium tray sign, this sign is made from composite material and can be used for many purposes
  • Dibond signs – dibond signs are most commonly used when strength is an important factor. These signs provide resistance to physical impact and heat and are most commonly used for shop signs, wall signs, information and directional signage.

Find Out More About Our Different Types of Business Signage and Shop Signs

Get in touch with image Sign Studio today through their contact page or call them directly on 0114 261 7617 for more information on their range of shop signs, business signage and manufacturing workshop

Written by Chris

June 14th, 2018 at 12:42 pm

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Funky & Fun Wedding Ideas

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The biggest day of your life is on the horizon and it needs to be picture perfect. With so much to organize and book it’s easy to overlook some of the finer details, which is why we’ve put our favourite fun wedding ideas together in one place. These details may seem small on paper but they will help you to make your wedding day truly unforgettable.

Mr & Mrs Giant Letters

Elegant and beautifully lit giant letters can be used as a stunning focal piece for your special day. These large letters stand at 5 feet tall and create a fun vibe that your guests will L O V E. This is super creative and will give your wedding photos an amazing edge. The quality of your signs is essential, avoid cheap MDF imitations as these will lack the WOW factor desired. Fun4Hire Giant Letters are made from high quality steel fabricated in the UK so high quality and class is guaranteed.

You can choose from a range of designs to create the look you want with available options including:

  • MR & MRS
  • MR & MR
  • MRS & MRS
  • LOVE

See the fun4hire website page on Mr & Mrs giant letters for more information

LED Dance floor

We don’t know about you but we hate an empty dance floor! You can make the dance floor the place to be using our innovative LED design. Transform the day by adding a special starlight sparkle with our strong, low maintenance and easy to install LED dancefloor for weddings. The maximum floor size is 16ft x 16ft square giving you and all of your guests more than enough space to dance the night away.

See the fun4hire website page on dance floor renatal for more information

Photo booth

Add a fun, memorable and entertaining aspect to your wedding day by including a photo booth full of amusing props that will keep everyone laughing. This is a really great way to break the ice and to capture special moments in a lighthearted and enjoyable way. Our photo booth provides excellent quality photos in flattering lighting with creative backdrops. The best part is you can enjoy your wedding day without worrying about the booth working properly as one of our fun4hire attendants will be there to encourage guests to snap some pics and make sure everything runs smoothly.

See the fun4hire website page on Photobooths for hire for more information

These are just a few of our favourite wedding fun ideas for you and your guests to enjoy.

Whether you choose to include funky giant letters, dance floor rental or a photo booth to give your special day that extra oomph contact Fun4Hire on 07903 973 963 for high quality products, excellent service and competitive prices.

Written by Chris

June 13th, 2018 at 6:29 pm

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A break from the GDPR

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With the advent of GDPR and the associated excitement, confusion and panic, it’s often nice to take a few moments to distract yourself to think about something different and learn something new – which is exactly what I’ve just done!

My job involved getting involved in many other businesses and organisations, learning about their clients, business practices, and sales processes and this will often throw up new and interesting ways of approaching problems. I’ll also often have to learn about new products and services – anything from burrito restaurants to stock metal merchants – and this is where you’ll often find the really interesting bit!

For example, do you know what a ‘flail chopper’ is? No, neither did I until relatively recently. According to Wikipedia, a ‘flail mower is a type of powered garden or agricultural equipment, which is used to deal with heavier grass or scrub which a normal lawn mower could not cope with. Some smaller models are self-powered, but many are PTO driven implements, which can attach to the three-point hitches found on the rear of most tractors. This type of mower is best used to provide a rough cut to taller grass where contact with loose debris may be possible such as roadsides.’

Apparently, the word ‘flail’ relates to the use of chains, spikes or blades that area attached to the rotating drum (also known as a tube, rotor or axle.) Standard flails are shaped like an extruded “T” or “Y” and a chain attaches to the bottom. These ‘flails’ are often simply referred to as knives or blades and are spaced along the drum. According to Wikipedia ‘The flails are attached to the drum using chain links or brackets, depending on the manufacturer. The rotating drum is perpendicular to the axis of the tractor. The PTO driveshaft along the tractor’s axis must make a right angle through the use of a gearbox in order to transfer its rotational energy to the drum. As the drum rotates, centrifugal force pushes the flails outward.’

 

Written by Chris

May 25th, 2018 at 11:17 am

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The art of making leather: production of wet-blue

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Preparing the materials from hide to the fine-quality leather is a long process requiring time, knowledge, equipment and precision. For those of you fascinated in the leather products this article will hopefully help you imagine what is going on behind the doors of leather manufactories.

Production process of wet-blue leather

Production of the wet-blue leather has its specific flow. First, raw stock is selected – the material is mostly acquired from the cattle hide. Secondly, unnecessary part of the skin is trimmed and prepared for weighting. Measuring the weight is essential since appropriate amount of chemicals needs to be used for fleshing, and it depends solely on the weight of the skin. The next step in wet-blue leather production is the soaking which consists in rehydration of preserved raw hides. You know the soaking is done when flesh side becomes slippery. Then it is time for liminig which involves treatment of soaked hides with milk of lime (CaO). At this state, the hair is removed from the skin to be next fleshed, weighted again and put into a chemical bath.

Next stage is deliming – done to remove the lime, swelling and plumping.

Chemicals used in this process need to have ability to reduce pH. The following stage is called bathing and it is really interesting since here is when we decided the use of the finished leather. Depending on it, we treat the hide with enzymes (weak, mid strong or strong) to soften it appropriately. Next, comes the pickling – we call it a process of treating delimed pelt with a solution of acid and salt. Among other advantages, pickling helps to reduce astringency of chrome tanned leather.

Wet-blue leather is chrome tanned using chrome tanning salts and this process (taking place after the pickling) leaves the hide with blueish color. Then, the skin is going through basification – done to increase the strength properties of the material. After that, the final stage of preparing the leather is draining out the chrome liquor and piling up the material for 4-7 days in order to complete the fixation and polymerization reactions. It’s important to note that chrome-tanned leather is generally stronger than vegetable-tanned leather, so has a wider variety of possible uses.

Written by Chris

February 11th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

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Rise of Digital Print

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As time has gone on and consumer’s tastes have developed and changed, leather world marketing has evolved with them. Wanting to maintain a strong position at leather market it has become essential for organizations to fully coordinate their marketing communication strategies to ensure they deliver clear, constant and competitive messages about themselves and the items they indorse. By having creative and innovative marketing communications that can reinvent new ways of interaction, which is something that could make a business the new leather market leader. Relationship marketing has generally taken a back seat for the past decades but not anymore. It has become a key in the marketing strategic plans and must keep up with its customer’s wants and needs.

Integrated marketing communications is a way in which a company can keep up its relations with its customers. There are a great deal of benefits to using IMC’s and this is becoming more and more apparent as you look around your surroundings and at leather world. IMC’s is now everywhere. You can pick up a product and the sales women will offer you a personal service due to product you have picked up. This is not something that has been missed by luxury brands.

More and more consumers are demanding personalised items and brands are giving it to them, as the leather market has to evolve along with other branches. Nike for years has given their customers the chance to customise your own pair of trainers. Prada has also jump on the band wagon by offering customers the chance to customise their shoe uppers and even the soles of the shoe. As brands start to follow this trend the technology of digital print starts to really show itself for what it is.
Digital printing is one of the ultimate personations as you can create your own pattern and have small details added that one couldn’t before.

The digital print era isn’t limited to footwear and leather world goods. Automotive and aviation have also taken it on board; KLM airline are replacing all their embroidered monogram headrests with digitally printed ones. This isn’t just increase longevity of the headrest but it is also more hygienic. The more bespoke car companies are also getting asked for customisation to a greater detail. With digital printing the sky is the limit, you can take a piece of leather and make it look as if it were a completely different material.

Feetz are an American company that have made the move into completely three dimensionally printed shoes. These are made to fully fit the customer to perfection. Modern Meadow are at the forefront for changing the way we think about leather. They have managed to grow defect free leather in a lab. Will their technology end the leather market as we know it? This is an ongoing experiment but one that looks promising in the way of saving the environment but doomy for the leather industry. As more and more consumers are becoming wary of where their items are coming from.

Will we one day be able to digitally print three dimensional leather shoes?

Written by Chris

June 20th, 2016 at 1:11 pm

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Richard Branson is looking for Britains best business ideas

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Pitch to Rich 2015 launched 24th March. This is your chance to pitch your business idea to Richard Branson. The ten best pitches will win a share of more than £1,000,000 in prizes. You’ll have until 5th May to submit your pitch and get enough votes to get you through to pitch to Rich at the live finale in June.

See the TV advert for more information:

Written by Chris

March 27th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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