The costs of an EDI implementation

Written by Act Data Services, Inc. 1-800-ACT-DATA

1In order to financially justify the implementation of an EDI system, a thorough cost analysis needs to be done. That cost will depend on which type of EDI system you go with, an in-house system, or with the use of an EDI service provider. Here are a look at the two systems:

In-house

An in-house implementation has been by few of the larger organizations. There are several advantages to this approach. Namely management of the system, control and security considerations. The investment to get edi compliance will be significant and the following systems will need to be setup internally:

EDI software
Communications software
EDI transmission methods
Mapping and translation software
EDI and mapping specialists
Ongoing upgrades, support and maintenance

VAN/EDI Provider

Third party providers will need to be judged based on different criteria. A prime consideration would be the number of partners  present on the vendor’s system. Another would be international support for overseas partners. Some will also provide training and support for your staff directly. They should also be able to provide options on getting your partners on board EDI.

In terms of financials the providers tend to charge on volume of transactions, while offering differing payment models. The payment models are usually annual, monthly or pay as you go.

Based on the above, it appears that an in- house system will make the most sense for larger organizations that will be able to recover the significant investments. Smaller businesses will be better served by using a provider.

Act Data is an web based edi provider for retail and supplier environments.

 

Seven facts about Len Blavatnik

1Written by Access Industries

Here are some interesting facts about Len Blavatnik, the investor and entrepreneur who is also Britain’s richest man:

Although he is britain’s richest man, he was born in the Ukraine and studied at Moscow State University. In 1978 he migrated to the United States and gained citizenship in 1984. His education began with a degree in computer science at Columbia followed by a Harvard MBA.

His most publicized and famous deal was the 2011 purchase of the Warner Music group for 3.3 billion dollars. With it came the label that signed artists like Coldplay.

His Yacht is named Odessa after the city where he was born in the Ukraine. He is known to throw a party on the Yacht every year during the Cannes film festival. This event is attended by hollywood and a-list celebrities.

He owns one of the few grade 2 listed homes in the exclusive Kensington Palace gardens, London. Grade The house is valued at approximately 41 millions sterling pounds. As a listed home, it is considered to be of special architectural and cultural significance.

The Blavatnik Foundation is one of the world’s leading supporters of scientific, education and cultural awards. The most famous of these is the Blavatnik Young Scientists Award which started in 2007. He has also personally made donations to Yale, Harvard and Oxford univsersities.

He is married and has two sons and two daughters. His daughter’s Bat mitzvahs had Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars performing.
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Len Blavatnik needs no introduction. He is the man at the top of Access Industries and world renowned philanthropist.

Construction Planning: Saving Time and Money

Written by: Lyle Charles

Construction project managers have a monumental task on their plate: finish a building (sometimes something as ambitious as a skyscraper or sports arena) within a set amount of time and come under budget. Not so simple! Still, with the right crew advising him, any construction project manager has a good chance of beating the odds and completing the project on time.

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Planning

Construction advisory services are an indispensible part of the construction process. Their job is to assist in all of the aspects of planning, from plans and permits to personnel and materials. They help you find solid suppliers who can deliver what you need on time. They also help coordinate with the various crews working on your project to fill in gaps for scheduling.

They can look over plans and give some indication of scope of work, including items you might have missed as the manager. Most of these crews have experience tallying ten or twenty years, so they speak from a place of authority. They don’t waste time, and they understand how to get past planning and into production.

Materials

A steel fabrication expert can be valuable throughout the project, as they will help determine what materials to use and how to use them. They can provide advice on welding, setting materials and even embedding steel. If your building has ornamental steel, these experts are well-versed in setting those beams in a way that is structurally sound and safe. If you’re seeking permit approval, a steel fabrication expert is well worth the cost of hiring.

The biggest red flag to watch for when ordering materials is to guarantee a delivery date, and specify where the shipment will be delivered to. Access can be a huge problem for remote job sites, and that poor access can add to the overall tab for materials. Delivery dates can also be fickle if there is a supply shortage. Look for guarantees from your supplier, and keep all written correspondence. You may need to prove those guarantees in court.

Final Thoughts

If you run into legal troubles along the way, a construction claims expert can provide you help at a more affordable rate than your average attorney. Legal disputes should go to an attorney, but claims are more about figuring out who is owed what money and why. A claims expert can help you organize the documents you need to prove your case in court. Claims can also go to mediation if necessary, which will give both you and your legal adversary a venue to air your grievance in front of a trained construction mediator.

Three Types of Safes on the Market

How safe is your safe? Although many people do not know it, safes can be classified following a system used by UL, which for over a century has been providing independent verification of safety and security for a wide variety of household devices.

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UL’s ratings are based on how long, in minutes, a safe can be expected to stand up to attempted break-ins and what instruments are used to try to break the safe. A TL in the rating indicates that the safe is resistant to hand and power tools, so for example TL 30 safes are those that require 30 minutes to break into using tools.

TR means that the safe resists cutting torches — a safe that resists both tools and torches is rated TRTL.

Finally, an X in the rating code indicates that the safe is also resistant to explosives.

Note, however, that all these ratings apply only to the safe door. It may be easier for a criminal to break into the safe by cutting through one of the other sides. If this is a concern, look for one that has an x6 in the code, such as a TRTL30x6 safe. This indicates that the safe is resistant on all six sides, including the top and bottom.

Which kind of safe is best for you? That depends on your budget, and what you plan to keep secure. A reputable manufacturer such as ISM Safes will be able to help you find the model that best meets your needs.
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Understanding Ion Beam Sputter Deposition

Read below to find out how IBS is advantageous when it comes to thin film deposition.

Manufacturing optical thin films is a large industry that utilizes various techniques in order to achieve the highest quality possible. One of the more common approaches to these films is by using ion beam sputter deposition. Taking place in a vacuum chamber, IBS typically uses a high energy ion beam as the primary source – this is typically composed of various metals or oxides.

How does IBS work?

The high energy beam that’s shot out towards the target material creates a momentum that causes the atoms and molecules to “sputter” off onto the substrate, thus creating the thin film. As mentioned before, the vacuum chamber plays a vital role in the entire process. Note that there is oxygen present within the vacuum chamber at low pressures. This is designed to create oxidation or re-oxidize when needed.

What about the Quality?

What results from IBS is a highly uniform, highly dense film with excellent coverage and adhesion to the substrate itself. This is important because films require mechanical durability and stability. IBS provides a great amount of precision and makes hitting performance targets efficient and easier than PVD thermal evaporation. This process can also be automated, which doesn’t require supervision from the operator.

Summing it Up

IBS delivers excellence when it comes to both stability and durability of optical thin films. They also have the lowest absorption rate of any other type of coating type. There are very few drawbacks to utilizing this method, except for the limited range of materials that can be used – typically going to be metal oxides. IBS proves that it’s both a reliable and consistent method of generating thin films.


 

Denton Vacuum, LLC manufactures high-quality systems for electron microscopy, ophthalmic applications, and PVD coating.

Consider Modern Doors for Your Home

By ETO Doors

When you want a better looking home, there are countless options to consider. For example, a lot of people in your shoes immediately turn their attention to their kitchens. This makes a lot of sense, but it’s also going to cost you a ton of money too. Instead, you should look at something much simpler with a lot less moving parts. Although most never think about them this way, your home’s doors may be the perfect place to start.

ETODoor7Doors with modern styles have garnered a ton of attention over recent years and for good reason. Whether you’re looking at a modern exterior door or interior version, the simple, sleek and fun styles will give you plenty to work with and definitely set your choices apart from others you may have considered.

Although a lot of people think of modern architectures as being overly simple and straightforward, this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. For one thing, by keeping things simple, you’ll find how much can be done with other features in your home. Furthermore, a simpler look means less pain for your budget too, which will give you freedom to do even more where your home’s style is considered. Fortunately, your home will look so nice that no one will even know.

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Every homeowner should consider modern doors, which have become incredibly popular as of late. Whether you need modern entry doors or modern exterior doors, you’ll be happiest when you look at the selection and prices found at ETO doors.

Get a Better Interior Through a Better Type of Door

By ETO Doors

Everyone wants the outside of their home to be a good representation of the people living inside. No one wants it to look bad or otherwise leave a bad first impression on those who walk or drive by it. It’s only natural to take pride in this sort of thing.

Furthermore, people want to make sure the inside of their home is gorgeous and enjoyable as well. Who wants to come home to a house they hate? Who wants to deal with not being able to have friends and family over because their home isn’t up to snuff?

ETO Doors7Fortunately, you can do some really easy things to make your home look gorgeous throughout. Solid wood interior doors will give you a look you can be proud of, whether you choose one to put in a prominent position or utilize them for every single room. Whatever the case, people will take notice.

For best results, consider your options with mahogany doors. While they’ll cost you a bit more than your average wooden door, they’re worth every penny. You can almost feel the quality of this kind of door just by looking at it which is exactly what you want.

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If your home needs a new door or two, look no further than ETO doors. Whether you need mahogany interior doors or any other style for your home, this company has everything you could possible want and probably a few options you never thought of before.

Types of wooden doors you can use for your exterior door

Written by ETO Doors

The most important and striking feature of your house is the front door. It is the first thing you or your visitors see. It sets up what people feel about the house and what you expect to see inside. Wooden doors are still the most popular for exterior doors. They have sense of polish, they are solid and imply strength and security and above all they look great.
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White Oak is one of the most popular choices for making exterior doors because of its durability, resistance and sturdiness. It is a very hard wood that can last for years. With just a little bit of maintenance, you can expect use the door for a very long time. This makes it a very good investment.

Another popular choice is Mahogany. It has high-level resistance to water and will not deform. It is resistant to the effects of temperature, moisture and chemicals. It looks beautiful and clean when polished. It is a good choice but is more costly than other types of wood.

ETO Doors is a manufacturer of high quality interior and exterior wood doors for homeowners and businesses. They have a full catalog of doors and accessories available at their website.

Feeling Cramped? How Your Doors May Be Ruining Your Rooms

If you’ve owned a home for long, odds are you have settled in and accepted more than a few unanticipated frustrations and quibbles. A breakfast nook with a stunning view of a brick wall is an immediately noticeable sign of a property to avoid. However, a bathroom door that slams into your bedroom door is something you can only notice once you’ve lived somewhere for a few months. If you opted to own rather than lease, you may want to consider taking action early to repair frustrating snarls like this so you can spend as much time as possible enjoying your space.

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The Sliding Solution

When it comes to improperly arranged doorways, sometimes the answer is to think outside the box. In America we’re accustomed to swinging doors between rooms and sliding doors for closets and showers. However, these are not always ideal for every living space, especially in smaller apartments or unusual buildings like single homes that have been converted into duplexes. Poorly placed doors can clatter against walls and cause damage, squish occupants against the wall in tiny hallways, or even block other doorways and cause significant fire hazards.

Multiple Perks

If your hallway is long enough to accommodate for it, replacing one swinging door with a sliding door can make your home more easily navigable, and safer to boot. Sliding doors for master bathrooms prevent water and steam from drifting into your bedroom, thereby keeping your sheets and curtains mildew-free. For the home-security minded, sliding doors have excellent locking options such as pegs or boards that prevent the door from moving even a millimeter. They also offer superior soundproofing properties that help you take an office located just off the living room and turn it into a productive and serene space without needing to shoo the kids outside.

Bio: Based out of Los Angeles, ETO Doors is a door manufacturer with showrooms in Las Vegas and New York. ETO Doors offers a variety of doors with a wide array of features such as speakeasy windows and hand-carving, in addition to custom-cut doors. Browse their selection, read ETO Doors reviews, and more by visiting their site online today

Optical Coatings on Telescopes

Summary: This is why some telescopes cost substantially more than others.

For most people, seeing the planets will require little more than a telescope and a clear evening. However, serious star gazers will want to consider an upgrade to telescopes that feature lenses treated by optical coating systems. These lenses have several advantages over the standard store-bought varieties, but they aren’t always easy for the newcomer to recognize. If you’re wondering why some telescopes are vastly different in price, this may help you understand.

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Coating Types

Before we dive into coating types, we need to first make note of the method in which the lens is coated. Cheaper methods, like the dip and bake, may lower the cost to you but the quality suffers greatly. The coatings don’t last as long as an ebeam coating would. Within a year or two you’ll literally wipe away the coating.

Aluminum and titanium oxide, as well as magnesium fluoride, represent the most common substance used. High quality lenses are “fully coated,” which means that the coating has been applied to both sides. This is different from “multi-coated” lenses, which may also carry a high price tag. The multi-coat name comes from the multiple layers of chemicals applied to the lens in order to alter properties like light transmission.

Buying Your Telescope

In addition to any coatings applied to the lens of the telescope, you might want some additional upgrades. A tripod mounted telescope, for instance, are easy to set up and provide stability. You can also purchase telescopes with recording capabilities, so you can capture video footage for time lapse editing later.

Bio: Denton Vacuum, LLC specializes in ion beam assisted deposition systems for optical coating and advanced manufacturing. Denton Vacuum, LLC sells equipment used in the aerospace, automotive and medical industries.