A trackball simply is a pointing device with a ball in a sort of socket which is containing sensors that will detect the rotation of the actual ball. An optical trackball on the other hand is a bit different.Optical trackballs usually use very tough state Optical Navigation Technology in place of the traditional mechanical assembly of conventional trackballs. The only moving part in the entire assembly is actually the ball, whose movement is sensed directly without the need for shafts, separate encoders.Industrial Optical trackball are more and more used along with industrial LCD displays and Industrial Computers. As they are being used in a tough environment, they too need to be tough and able to resist to everything from a continuous outdoor use, to high temperatures and dust. This is the reason why industrial optical trackball are usually waterproof and very often nearly maintenance free.Industrial optical trackball can be used in public environments as well. Being waterproof and even vandal proof, they can withstand intensive use outdoor. You can find those trackballs in information kiosks for example.They go perfectly well with industrial keyboards when a mouse can not be used. You can even get keyboards with an incorporated trackball in it. Those keyboards will obviously have to be as tough as the trackballs. But with so many different kinds of industrial keyboards available for industrial use, you will have plenty to choose from. Some people may find better to use a handheld keyboard that would enable all major functions of a large keyboard in a small device, whereas other will need a more classic keyboard. They are usually waterproof, and a protected and reinforced to be able to cope with dust, and any other harsh environment.You can even find rugged stainless steel keywords now. They are very suitable for a number of harsh and public access environments like information kiosks and public access devices. Being protected by stainless steel, they offer a better protection against water and any other element involved in an everyday use in an outdoor environment.In the end, you have to be very careful when choosing a device when it is to use it in an industrial environment or for public use. Industrial display monitors like industrial LCD displays, industrial keyboards and optical trackballs are among the main parts you will need to be very tough to resist to a harsh environment.
Industrial property has some common location factors that will make the property much more attractive to most purchasers or tenant businesses. When inspecting industrial property you could use this list as a guide to its marketability.In saying that, also note that many industrial businesses will also have additional specific location factors unique to their business that will impact the decision on the property. Direct questioning should help you identify most of those extra things needed.So when you get to the real location decision maker and the key person of the industrial business you can proceed down this path. The most common and desirable factors in an industrial property then are:
Proximity to good road and highway access. Consider the types of deliveries that will be coming and going from the property. How far away from the main freeways is the property located and can large trucks get to and from the freeways easily?
Abundant labor supply is fundamental to the function of any industrial business. You should identify where the labor supply will come from and how they will get to the property. Remember that the access to the property may be necessary at any time of day for the staff and labor. Could any nearby public transport be of some use?
Car parking on the property is a premium and high priority for many businesses today. When the staff arrive at the property by motor vehicle is there sufficient parking for the staff without interfering with customer car parking?
Availability of extra land and hardstand area on the property is important to some businesses. The storage of materials, containers, and machinery is a critical issue for many industrial businesses. Take measurements of the exterior of the property and the distances for truck movement and storage.
Proximity to sea and air ports may also be critical for some businesses. Having details of the port access will be of advantage in any of the inspections you take to the property.
Rail transport heads for large and heavy goods transport should be known. If heavy goods are to be transported to and from the property, much of that transport will firstly be on the rail system if it is available. The distance from the rail system to the property will be bridged by trucking. The shorter distance the trucks have to travel from the rail head, will help the business with operational costs.
Services at the property should include water, gas, three phase electric power, bitumen roads, kerbing, telephone (mobile and fixed), and internet access. All businesses today need these services as a minimum to remain operational and competitive.
Proximity to raw materials should be known. This will be specific to the business in question, although the answer should be considered. Can the raw materials that a business needs be accessed easily and how will that be done?
Onsite improvements are important based on the business to be located there. The improvements will include modern and flexible office space, warehousing, and hardstand storage. What you will need to have is the size and capability of each improvement type. With industrial property the focus is generally on production and hence the warehouse design, layout, and size will be critical to the business function. Large trucks should be able to be directly loaded and unloaded in, from, or to, the warehouse. Double handling of goods to the warehouse is not practical and is expensive.
The zoning of the property will have relevance to the type of business that can operate from the property. In all cases the zoning capabilities and restrictions should be known before any inspections are taken to the property.
Area for future expansion on the property is always desirable. A successful industrial business will want that space at some future time and relocation costs are high. Knowing that the property could provide expansion of improvements and operational capability for the occupant is an advantage.
Proximity to associated businesses is sometimes important. Knowing that access is easily available to suppliers will keep costs down for the property occupant.
So these are some of the main industrial factors that businesses look for in relocation. Research them and have your answers ready for ever industrial property you have listed for sale or for lease. Selective questioning of the prospect buyer or tenant will then assist in more specific matters.
Attending an industry conference or seminar may not be at the top of your company’s to do list. However, it is important to keep in mind what you GAIN from attending these events and how ultimately, it can help your bottom-line.At the end of the day, profit is important to any business. We make investments that will help our bottom line. We also make choices on how we use our time. So why should we invest time and money to go to an industry conference?Industry conferences are an exclusive opportunity. Where else can you network, make valuable industry connections and absorb knowledge in a matter of a day or two? But this is only the first layer of the chocolate cake!Discover Industry Needs and New Market OpportunitiesAn industry conference will often discuss where the industry is heading. This is key to understanding what changes to expect in the next 5 years and the needs it will bring to the industry. Additionally, with new industry requirements, you must identify new market opportunities. Identifying new market opportunities before the change occurs will allow your company to adjust and stay ahead of competitors. Everyone wants to stay ahead of the competition and be the best in the market place. Conferences will make you aware of industry changes that you may not even be thinking about or expecting. This allows you to get a head-start on implementing the next big thing before your competition is even considering it.Gain Fresh Ideas and Perspectives Everyone could benefit from inspiration and the opportunity to look at your business through a fresh pair of eyes. We can easily settle into the norm of day to day business without thinking about NEW ideas for the company. Industry experts are guest speakers and panelists at conferences. They share their perspective on the industry and what has worked for them. This gives you the opportunity to learn new “best practices” and identify what others are doing successfully that you can implement in your own business.Further, attending industry events provides you with the opportunity to talk to others in the industry. Sharing ideas with people you may never have met outside of the conference can add new perspective. Conversations help stimulate new ideas that you could bring back to your business. It’s easy to have tunnel vision and forget to think out of the box, but conferences are the perfect way to step back and entertain new scenarios.Develop New SkillsMost conferences include workshops and roundtables to develop new skills. This gives you and your staff the opportunity to learn new tools, strategies, and best practices. It’s a great low-cost training opportunity and further gives employees the benefit of professional development. Even if workshops aren’t part of the conference, new skills can be developed through listening to speakers and panelists.Skills that the employees gain at the conference can be applied to support a new vision. Have employees that attended share the knowledge they gained by giving a presentation to employees that did not attend. They can review what they learned and how others can implement those skills in day to day operations. This allows everyone at your office to benefit from the conference, even if they didn’t attend!Exposure for your BusinessMaking a presence at an industry event, immediately recognizes you as a big player. “Everybody who’s anybody” is there and so are you. It also gives your company exposure. Leading up to the event, during, and after the event is a good opportunity for you to market your presence. Your company can do posts on social media, e-mails blasts, and afterwards write a blog article highlighting the event and key takeaways.Besides being an attendee at the event, there may be opportunities available for your company to sponsor it. This increases brand awareness among important players in the industry-whether they are prospective clients, vendors, or influencers. Furthermore, if you sponsor an event there is always marketing exposure noting what companies are sponsoring it. This gives your company the opportunity to reach new people that you may not have in your network.Make it Count and Attend Those Industry Events!In the long-term after you factor each of these in, it’s worth attending industry events. How do you decide what conferences to attend? Learn about which major conferences are taking place each year in your industry, then select the ones that will bring the most benefit to your company. Identifying new market opportunities before your competition, implementing new ideas for your business, giving your staff opportunities to gain new skills, and bringing exposure to your business will all contribute to that bottom line in the long-term. Make it count and attend those industry events!