Essential Mixing Technologies

Processing Magazine recently wrote an excellent article on the subject of essential mixing technologies subtitled ‘For fast-growing food processing companies, efficient powder-blending and high-shear mixing is key’ on the subject of the different types of mixing and blending machines used by start-ups and small food businesses.

In the article they talk about a couple of the different types of blending and mixing machines such as the ribbon Blender and High-Shear mixers and also discuss the pros and cons of buying outright vs. rental, concluding “Trial or rental programs offer a way for manufacturers to determine if a certain mixer is the right choice before a large capital expenditure. Visiting a testing facility to run a demo mixer and complete a batch or two using actual raw materials is even better. Some testing laboratories allow un-witnessed simulations, but the manufacturer’s expertise on the characteristics and properties of specific products will boost the trial’s chances for success. Plus, this allows observation of how the mixer operates and a chance to learn useful techniques and identify any potential issues well before the equipment is delivered. Ask about optional features that could help increase productivity, lower operating costs and simplify cleaning.”

Sofraden is an expert in the design and manufacture of the industrial mixer machine. A French manufacturer of mixing equipment founded in 1991, they design and produce a full range of industrial mixers for different applications. They design and manufacture a standard range of high-performance mixers which meet the needs of most industrial applications. They’re also able to design and adapt our standard machines according to your specific needs or to manufacture special mixers.

Their range of machines include an intensive industrial blades mixer (for batch or continuous processes), a vacuum mixer dryer (batch processes), a reactor-disperser (a high viscosity mixer), a rotary drum mixer (for batch or continuous processes), a ribbon mixer (for batch processes), an overlapping paddle mixer (for continuous processes) and laboratory mixers

Written by Chris

May 29th, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Posted in Miscellaneous

How Many Surveillance Cameras are there in London?

Have you ever stopped and wondered how many cameras have recorded you on an average day during, for example, a regular trip to the shops or your usual commute to work? Well the answer may surprise you if you live in London or some of the other CCTV hotspots around the world

The most recent estimates tell us that there are at least half a million CCTV cameras in London alone. Over recent years there has been a huge increase in these for several reasons including the price of the technology plummeting and the legal and insurance requirements placed on many businesses to help improve their security. Domestically, CCTV also helps deter crime, certainly in London where crimes rates are often higher, and the population density is greater.

To help ensure the safety of travellers, there are over 15,500 cameras in current use in the underground alone. Within King’s Cross and St Pancras there are over 400 cameras alone recording around 80 million travellers per year.

To answer the original question, it’s estimated that the average Londoner is captured on CCTV around 300 times per day (the London Underground footage is kept for an astonishing 2 weeks!)

But what about the cost of installing such a huge number of CCTV cameras? Estimates put this cost at over £300 million.

Worldwide the estimates are that there are a staggering 25 million CCTV cameras currently in operation with Britain accounting for between 4 and 5.9 million of these in total. The very high percentage of London CCTV cameras is also reflected in the surprising fact that Wandsworth borough in London has more CCTV cameras than Boston, Dublin, Johannesburg and San Francisco put together.

But who makes these cameras that are installed all over the world? It turns out there are thousands of different commercial & monitoring camera manufacturers in the world with China manufacturing the vast majority of the components that go into these devices. The most well know camera manufacturers include companies such as Bosch, Canon, Cisco, D-Link, Extreme CCTV, GE Security, Honeywell, Logitech, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, & Toshiba. Lesser known manufacturers include Visio Probe who manufacture cameras such as their industrial inspection camera or their remote inspection camera.

Written by Chris

April 23rd, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Posted in Miscellaneous

LED advertising

Traditional advertising has seen more of upheaval in the past few years than at any time since the first business in mediaeval times decided to put a wooden plank above its door advertising Mrs McReedy’s Herbal Cure-All Remedies. The move away from physical wood, paper or plastic installation has been swift and adopted by many of the biggest organisations in the world such as Coca-Cola & Nike. An LED display or LED advertising hoarding is a flat panel display, which uses an array of light-emitting diodes as pixels for a video display. The brightness of this type of display allows them to be used outdoors where they are visible in daylight and direct sun for store signs and billboards. They have also become commonly used in destination signs on public transport vehicles, in recent years, as well as variable-message signs on highways. LED displays are capable of providing general illumination in addition to visual display, as when used for stage lighting or other decorative purposes.

The main benefit of an LED screen display is the fact that they can be programmed and updated remotely meaning they can be real-time and do not require a technician to physically visit the hoardings. Traditionally, and certainly for the larger advertising hoardings you’ll find in bigger cities, you’d need someone with a ladder and bucket full of wallpaper paste to turn up and replace the signs. However, we can certainly see a time soon when nearly all large format advertising signage will be replaced with dynamic LED screens. Of course, one of the other main drivers behind this is the fact that the price of LED panels has fallen massively. You can now be at the cutting edge of advertising technology for the fraction of the price it once would have cost.

Written by Chris

March 21st, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Posted in Miscellaneous

Picking the Right Business Sign

If you’ve ever had to squint at a sign you’ll know just how important size and lettering is. It’s important for your new sign to be able to grab the attention of potential customers and get the desired message across. At Image Sign Studio in Sheffield and Rotherham, they help you to create the most effective, eye-catching and professional signage for your business. From assisting you in choosing the type of sign to the material, the size, shape and even the finer details such as the lettering options e.g. acrylic letters and acrylic cut out letters. They are here to help every step of the way.

Important Considerations When Choosing the Sign Size
First of all, the size of your sign makes a big difference, to help determine the most effective option for your specific needs have a think about the following:

• The distance you want the sign to be seen from
• The shop-front size (or size of the preferred location for the sign)
• The available shape space

What Material Should I Use?

At Image Sign Studio, they offer a range of sign materials including aluminium, stainless steel, Perspex and wood and they are able to create a broad selection of styles. Below is a brief overview of some of the key sign materials that they use:

Aluminium

Aluminium signs are very popular. They are affordable, strong, professional in appearance and versatile. Aluminium is easy to customize making it a great option for your signage needs.

Dibond

Dibond is polythene encased in aluminium. It is lightweight, rigid and holds its shape.

Stainless steel

Signs made from stainless steel are highly durable, weatherproof and are an excellent option for use outside.

Perspex

Perspex is a very versatile material that creates signs suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It is durable, lightweight and easy to cut into the desired format. Perspex is great for use in illuminated signs such as light boxes.

Wood

Signs made from wood are often heavyweight, can tolerate all weather conditions and are very strong and durable. They are also very versatile and look great.

Choosing a Letter Style

They offer a range of lettering options including acrylic cut out letters, 3D lettering, illuminated lettering and more. The lettering you decide on makes a big difference to the final look of your sign.

Acrylic Letters

Choosing acrylic letters is not only a great option for adding dimension to your sign but is also very affordable and fully customizable. The acrylic cut out letters are created with precision and are long lasting and durable.

Letters for Illuminated Signs

Choosing lettering for an illuminated sign such as halo lighting or illuminated letters is a great way to ensure your sign is advertising your business 24/7.

Top Tips When Choosing a Sign

A sign is a great way to attract customers to your business. It is important to use a professional sign maker to ensure your business has an effective, professional and well-designed sign. Below are some of our top tips when choosing a sign:

• Remember your audience
• Stay on brand
• Simplicity goes a long way
• Sign size and lettering are very important

Call Image Sign Studio today on 0114 261 7617 or visit them online at www.imagesignstudio.com

Written by Chris

January 10th, 2019 at 1:23 pm

Stand out with a professional business sign

Having great signage is a business essential but why choose a profession sign manufacturer? Read on to find out. Imagine Sign Studio is an expert sign manufacturer based in Sheffield and Rotherham. For top tips, expert advice and more information don’t forget to check out their latest blog posts. In this post, we take a look at why it’s important to use sign professionals and pay attention to detail.

3 Reasons to Choose a Professional Sign Maker

A survey carried out by the University of Cincinnati revealed that nearly 8 out of 10 people have entered a store they’ve never visited before based on their signs. Many businesses overlook signs or doubt their significance which is a huge mistake. Having high quality, well-designed signs gives your potential customers a glimpse into your business. Below are 3 key reasons why your sign and sign quality are so important:

Increase Exposure of your Brand

Your signage will work around the clock, showing customers where your business is and who you are. Your signs will encourage new customers and the return of old customers too. That’s why you need your sign to reflect your business, you want to impress customers from the start.

Stand Out

There’s no doubt that your business has local competition, by having clear signs that are unique to your business you can catch the eyes of potential customers. A professional sign manufacturer will be able to work with you to create the most effective and eye catching sign for your business and location.

Cost Effective Option

A sign is a cost effective way of marketing and by buying from a specialist sign maker you can ensure the quality and longevity of your signage. The last thing you want is for your sign to look old or worn before its time and you certainly don’t want it to look cheap.

Don’t be Overwhelmed by the Options

There are so many signage types and options available to choose from. Each has its own benefit and use, if you’re unsure simply ask one of our team and we’ll help you create the perfect signage for your business. One aspect people don’t tend to think about until the last minute is the lettering options. Get the low-down on the most popular lettering options below:

Flat Cut Letters

Flat cut letters are letters that have been cut from the material of your choice using CNC cutting machines in order to produce a three dimensional and more premium sign. Benefits of this type of lettering:

  • Provide complimentary detailing
  • Stand out & catch people eyes
  • Various fonts and shapes available
  • Modern
  • Various materials can be used to create the lettering including aluminium and acrylic

Aluminium Letters

  • Very popular
  • Cost effective
  • Various fonts and shapes
  • Intricate detailing possible
  • Resilient & sturdy

Flat cut lettering is very cost effective and produces great results. Sign manufacturer, Image Sign Studio, create everything in house meaning your made-to-order sign will be ready for your store-front in no time. If your business needs a fresh, new sign don’t hesitate to contact Sheffield and Rotherham based sign maker, Image Sign Studio today.

Written by Chris

November 27th, 2018 at 4:09 pm

Reasons to get a virtual tour

Not everyone is sold on creating a virtual tour for their business but the below reasons will show you why they are definitely worth your time. 360 Virtual View are a professional virtual tour company operating in and around Sheffield, Derbyshire and the Peak District and they’ve helped many businesses showcase their properties, businesses  and showrooms using virtual tours. Don’t shy away from this technology as it can provide you with so many benefits.

Increase the likelihood of receiving bookings

A virtual tour allows potential customers to get a more accurate feel for what you have on offer, increasing their confidence in you and your product and making it more likely for them to visit. Google shows that businesses who have a virtual tour on Google My Business experience an average increase of 85% in on-line bookings so by helping your customers get to know you better from the comfort of their homes definitely boosts your bookings.

Increase interactions with potential customers

It can be difficult to engage with new customers and attract people to your business using social media and on-line tools. This is where a virtual tour comes in. Virtual tours offer an excellent, natural solution as they provide an engaging post that can be accessed by anyone and at any-time. A virtual tour generates more interest and once it’s been created and posted on-line you don’t have to do anything else but sit back while potential customers enjoy the opportunity and experience of touring your business before actually visiting.

Showcase your business around the clock on-line

As mentioned above, once your virtual tour is posted it is available to potential customers at their convenience. This means even when you’re closed for the day your virtual tour can still be accessed and viewed 24/7. This increased exposure helps your business sell more and gain more customers.

Reach more customers with little effort

Having a virtual tour available is a natural draw for people, you’ll experience an increase in the number of customers visiting your site as well as your store. A virtual tour is an interactive experience and people will like, comment and share encouraging others to take a look too. Your customer reach will naturally increase and people will find the virtual tour a more personal and inviting touch.

Give your business a competitive edge

By having a 360 virtual tour you can get your business displayed on Google Street View allowing potential customers to find your location and take a look around your business before actually visiting. Many people take a look at nearby businesses using Google Street View so there is no doubt this will give you a competitive edge and will generate more custom.

Find out more

360 Virtual View is a professional virtual tour company, working around Sheffield, Derbyshire and the Peak District. If you’re looking for a Sheffield virtual tour or would like to find out more about our stunning virtual tours then do not hesitate to contact us. 360 Virtual View offer a range of services suitable for all business types.

Call us today on 0114 383 0711

Written by Chris

November 23rd, 2018 at 11:21 am

A Virtual Tour as easy as 1,2,3,4

Virtual tours are becoming increasingly sought after as effective marketing material. With the realization of their online value for potential customers, many businesses are now investing in virtual tours. With the sudden growth comes misunderstandings and uncertainties about what you can expect from a virtual tour company. As an experienced and highly regarded virtual tour company operating in the Sheffield, Derbyshire and Peak District areas we wanted to help customers get the most from their virtual tours, so below are 4 questions to ask your virtual tour company before hiring.

1) What equipment will you use for the virtual tour?

It’s important to ensure the company you choose is experienced, there are a lot of amateurs jumping into the business and if you don’t use the right equipment you won’t get the high definition that is needed for a virtual tour. Ideally, a DSLR camera should be used in order to get the image quality that’s necessary. A gimmicky camera will not produce the same level of quality and will not impress your potential clients so make sure the virtual tour company is using high quality and professional equipment.

2) Can I see some of your previous virtual tours?

Find out how many virtual tours the company has done before and take a look at their previous work. You can often find some examples of the companies work on their website so it is definitely worth taking a look. You can get an idea of how experienced the company is and by reviewing some of their work you can know the standard of the tours they offer. Pay attention to detail as if you were reviewing your own business’s virtual tour.

Not sure what to look for in their tour examples? Below are some top tips:

  • Lighting is very important for photos and this remains true for virtual tours. The lighting needs to be right otherwise you miss important details or your eye is drawn elsewhere.
  • Transition between rooms. You want the transitions to be smooth, it shouldn’t be clunky or feel unnatural.
  • Are your eyes being drawn to the right features?
  • Unwanted features. Are there features in the tour that take away from the experience? e.g. bins, faces, personal information etc.

3) What rooms will be photographed?

It is important to ask this so you can be clear on what will be included in the tour. This is an important question as sometimes photographers pick and choose which rooms to include, this can be for good reason and produce an effective end product but if the photographer isn’t experienced it could just be them trying to simplify the project.  

4) Should the business be empty for the tour?

The virtual tour company will be able to offer suggestions on whether staff or clients should be around for the virtual tour. More often than not, the virtual tour is more effective when there are no people so the focus can be on what your business has to offer customers.  There can be occasions where there are benefits to having people around so it’s definitely something to discuss with the photographer.

If you’re looking for a virtual tour Sheffield, Derbyshire or Peak District then 360 Virtual View will be able to help. Experience is key to producing seamless virtual tours, if you’d like to see our previous work, get in touch by calling 0114 383 0711 or via www.360virtualview.co.uk

If you’re looking for a virtual tour Sheffield, Derbyshire or Peak District then 360 Virtual View will be able to help. Experience is key to producing seamless virtual tours, if you’d like to see our previous work, get in touch by calling 0114 383 0711 or via https://360virtualview.co.uk

Written by Chris

October 18th, 2018 at 11:47 am

Sheffield Virtual Tour Company

With so much marketing and promotion now happening online, businesses are looking for new ways to catch customers eyes and stand out from the competition. This is where the innovative virtual tour comes in, by bringing the best aspects of your business to the spotlight you can grab customers attention and increase sales with ease. Read on to discover what a virtual tour 360 actually is and the benefits for your business. If you are in need of a virtual tour company and you are based around the Sheffield, Derbyshire and Peak District areas contact, 360 Virtual View for more information today.

Taking a closer look

A virtual tour is basically a simulation of a location created using photography, 360 panoramas with the photographs carefully stitched together and narration, sound effects or text added in. This allows potential customers to see and experience your location before actually going there, giving them a sense of the location. The customer can explore the location as they’d like by clicking or dragging on the screen. This interactive take can benefit a range of locations from restaurants and hotels to estate agents to theatres. Hospitals have even used them to make kids feel less nervous about visiting the children’s ward. The goal of an interactive tour is to create a realistic representation of the establishment to truly immerse the customer in the experience.

Benefits of getting a virtual tour

Increase Exposure

An interactive tour catches people’s attention, it generates interest and impresses potential customers. The virtual tour will bring more traffic to your website and your establishment will appear on Google Street View.

Packed full of visual information

A photograph simply does not do your business justice; a 3D tour immerses the viewer and allows them to appreciate what you have to offer.

Around the clock “open house”

Once your virtual tour has been created it will go online and can work its magic whenever someone goes on your website. It is a revolutionary marketing tool that is available for your potential customers 24/7.

Cost effective

By having this feature you are likely to increase sales as the more information you offer, the more confident the customer will be in your product. A virtual tour 360 is a cost-effective way to increase traffic to your website, increase sales and help grow your business.

Interactive and engaging

A potential customer will spend more time on your website if you offer a virtual tour. It separates your business from the competition and brings a unique interaction between your business and your customer.

Why use a virtual tour company?

On first glance, you may think you’ll be able to create your own virtual reality tour without going through a company but this is a very difficult thing to achieve. A virtual tour 360 requires professional photography, editing and mapping in order to work effectively. A virtual tour company will often use specialist cameras and software to create the finished tours you see. In fact, if you work with Sheffield virtual tour provider, 360 Virtual View, your tours will be made with 4K photography meaning they will be of the highest quality.

Get in touch with 360 Virtual View today on 0114 383 0711 or via the website www.360virtualview.co.uk to get started with your virtual tour

Written by Chris

October 11th, 2018 at 11:31 am

Posted in Miscellaneous

The Advantages of Skip Hire

Whether you are having a big clear out, a spring clean or refurbishing your house, whatever the project is there will likely be a large amount of waste to get rid of. Constant tip runs and the piling up of unwanted items outside your house isn’t ideal so you may consider the use of a skip. Skips are perfect for these kinds of jobs and skip hire is an affordable way to make light work of waste disposal for even the biggest jobs. If you are looking for skips Sheffield or skips Rotherham, Mr Rubble offers professional, friendly and competitively priced skip hire. Book skip hire with us for several benefits from convenience and cost to a lower environmental impact.

Save time & effort

Consider the amount of time and effort it would take you to dispose of the rubbish yourself doing tip runs using your car, by hiring a skip you can not only save time but once the rubbish is in the tip you won’t need to do anything else. You will save the time you would’ve spent travelling to the tip and with fewer reasons to slow down the project, it can be completed faster and with relative ease.

Convenience

You don’t need to worry about the opening times of the local tip and there’s no reason to pack your car full of rubbish to transport it. Skip hire allows your rubbish to go in one container where it will be taken away and dealt with (mostly recycled) by professionals. Skips are convenient for both individuals and businesses, at Mr Rubble in Sheffield and Rotherham you can easily select the appropriate skip size for your needs and get it delivered to your house or worksite efficiently and hassle-free.

Help the environment

When you book skip hire with a professional and trustworthy company like Mr Rubble, you can have peace of mind knowing the waste will be properly disposed of. Mr Rubble has a state-of-the-art recycling state and recycle at least 93% of the waste received so if you are looking for skips Sheffield or skips Rotherham you can know that your skip waste will be dealt will as environmentally friendly as possible.

Improved health and safety

By utilizing a professional skip company, you can create a safer environment for your family or colleagues. A skip can help prevent a buildup of waste around the house or site and encourage proper disposal of a range of materials. Skip hire can not only improve safety but also helps to keep the area clean.

Book skip hire

Skips help to make life easier when it comes to waste removal, the different sizes and ease of hiring mean big jobs don’t have to be quite so big anymore. If you are in Sheffield or Rotherham and decide skip hire is right for you, Mr Rubble offers affordable skips that will be delivered to your location and will be picked up once the skip has been filled. It’s a simple, friendly and cost effective option.

Written by Chris

October 1st, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Maximising Skip Waste

Are you planning a clear out and thinking about hiring a skip? Skip hire offers a convenient and simple solution to waste disposal, below we’ll take a look at ways you can maximize the amount of waste you can fit in your skip. Of course, skips can only be filled so much but with some clever tips, you can make sure you get rid of all the waste with ease. If you’re planning to hire a skip in the Sheffield or Rotherham areas, take a look at our great prices and enjoy our friendly service.

Break Larger Pieces Down

Larger objects can take up more than their fair share of space but by simply breaking them up into smaller pieces where possible you can make sure there’s enough space for all the items. People often throw the large items into the skip first and then are left struggling when they’ve run out of space. Use this hack to avoid this.

Pack the Lighter Objects First

If you pack the lighter and smaller objects first and then the heavier items on top you’ll find you have more space. This method of packing allows the smaller items to become more compact thanks to the weight and pressure of the items above as you pile them into the skip. This means there will be more space on the top of the skip for the larger items.

Start with the Right Size Skip

When you decide to book skip hire, it is important to consider the different sizes of skip available. If you are unsure and looking for a Sheffield skip or Rotherham skip then you can speak to one of the Mr Rubble experts who can help to ensure you choose the best skip for the amount of waste you have. In other areas, contact your local skip company and they will be more than happy to assist you. If you are really torn between two sizes, always upsize!

Why Bother?

By using these tips, you can ensure you get the most out of your hired skip. This means you can not only save money that could’ve been spent on an extra skip but you can also make sure you get the clear-out done and dusted quickly and easily.

Benefits of Renting a Skip

You may not be sure if hiring a skip is right for your project or clearout, below are some of the benefits. Skips are a fantastic and affordable way to make home clearouts, renovations and redesigns easier.

  • Save time
  • Save effort (no more going back and forth to the tip & continuously lifting and moving rubbish)
  • Recycling benefits Convenient
  • Safe & legal
  • Efficient
  • Affordable

What’s next?

If you are interested in skip hire, would like more information or would like to book skip hire, contact Mr Rubble today. They offer a professional, friendly and affordable service around Sheffield and Rotherham.  They have skips of all sizes so no matter how big or small your project may be, they’ll be able to help and by using the above tips you can make the most of the skip you’ve hired.

Written by Chris

October 1st, 2018 at 4:24 pm