On April 15, 2011, Apple Inc. started a war with its component supplier Samsung Electronics when the former sued the latter for infringement on Apple’s intellectual property. To give you an idea of how huge the scale of this patent war is, in August of 2011, Samsung and Apple has managed to litigate 19 ongoing cases in no less than nine countries. By the time October rolled by, their legal disputes have further expanded to make that number ten.
In July of 2012, the number of lawsuits all over the world has reached 50, with damages amounting to billions of dollars. The U.S. court ruled in Apple’s favor, however, the rulings in South Korea, Japan as well as the UK, were in favor of Samsung. The latest update on this global feud is on June 4, 2013 from the U.S. International Trade Commission, which favored Samsung. The commission discovered that Apple violated a certain Samsung patent, thus winning the electronics company a limited ban on the sales of some Apple products. A more detailed account of this still ongoing patent battle can be found in wiki.
As you probably know, buildings are one of the earth’s largest consumers of energy and produce more toxic gasses than even the transportation industry. Facility managers everywhere are finally understanding the importance of reducing their consumption of water, fuel and electricity. One of the best ways to monitor and control a building’s usage of fluids (i.e. water and fuel) is to employ flow meter technology.
There are various forms of flow meters on the market today that can measure the amount of fluid that is flowing through a piping system at any given time, and provide data that you can use to make critical decisions in regards to the environment. With the ever-increasing reasons to convert to low-flow systems, many of these flow meters can measure liquid output down to a trickle and still offer a decent level of accuracy. However, it is crucial to understand these accuracy specifications because the lower the flow, the less accurate flow meters can be, which has inspired manufacturers to fudge the numbers.
Beyond the obvious perks of going eco-friendly (like saving the environment), there are many other upsides to going green in the office. Particularly if you’re a business owner in the Northwest, your clients and customers might be expecting a more sustainable angle from you. You don’t want to miss out on that big client or huge sale just because your office furniture isn’t up to snuff. Or are you thinking going green costs too much?
The truth is that, just like regular furniture, you can spend as much or as little as you like going green. There are sustainable, hand-carved treasures for thousands of dollars, or efficient and green solutions that are comparable in cost to non-green furniture. Still not convinced that going green is right for you? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
If you’ve been injured in an accident or have fallen ill specifically due to conditions in your workplace, workers’ compensation should cover the costs for you to be treated by a physician, surgeon, chiropractor or physical therapist. However, many employers are reluctant to accept your claim because it will cause their insurance premiums to rise.
Successfully filing a workers compensation claim can be extremely difficult because employers don’t want to pay higher insurance rates, insurance companies don’t want to pay out and many employees are wary of backlash from their employers and fellow workers. Know your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Listed below are some things that employers and insurance companies don’t want you to know about workers’ compensation.
No matter what kind of welding you are doing, or where you are working, welding safety hazards and methods are universal. In this guide, you will find twelve tips to increase welding safety and increase employee productivity.
1. Read the manual. The manual that comes with your welding equipment contains detailed instructions and safety precautions that will help you operate the machine safely. Be sure everyone who uses the machine is familiar with the manual, and replace it if it is damaged or lost.
2. Wear the proper clothing. Exposed skin is vulnerable to painful and enduring effects of infrared and ultraviolet light. Sparks can hit loose clothing and open collars and pockets, smoldering unnoticed and causing burns. Button shirts completely, close pockets and cover exposed skin. Even the quickest welds require proper gear such as a helmet, boots and gloves.