Thursday, July 13, 2017

Unpowered gate opener – A pretty handy invention

It is a snowy, or even worse, a rainy day. It pouring. You are coming back from work and you dread that moment when you reach your gate, because you know you have to leave your vehicle, go outside and by the time you open your gate you will be soaked. And at the end of your day, there you are, in your hall, dripping, cursing your work, the weather, your life.

Now, what would you say if I told you that this doesn’t need to happen? That it’s possible to stay dry without an electric gate. I’m going to talk about a new invention called unpowered automatic gate (for example: MIGHTY MULE 350 ). Sounds nice, right?

This is a gate which is automatically responsive to approaching vehicles. The gate, upon the approach of a vehicle, slides laterally so as to allow free passage of the vehicle. The primary goal of this present invention is to provide a gate which is automatically opened by an approaching vehicle from either side; the gate remains open until the vehicle has passed through and subsequently automatically closes. Works like a charm, right?

Originally this invention is intended for livestock growers, while the gate has the ability to automatically open for vehicles it cannot be opened by, for example, cattle. Cows can’t walk on the rounded bars with their hooves, which makes this gate a very useful thing to have on your farm. It’s like putting a sign: No cow is allowed to leave the premises.

Further, this invention (US 3163947 A patent) offers an automatic gate which is of rather simple construction, of a highly durable nature, and capable of providing trouble-free service. Simple, cheap and useful – a perfect holy trinity.

And if you are going somewhere on foot, don’t be concerned. While this gate is specifically constructed so as to open automatically upon the approach of a vehicle, it can also easily be opened by a person physically sliding the gate. Just a little push and you’re out.

Basically, the gate includes a pair of ramps, one located on each side thereof and operatively connected thereto whereby a vehicle, such as for example a car, truck, or tractor, upon approaching one of the ramps, is driven so as to position the wheels on one side thereof on the ramp, thus causing a downward spinning of both ramps and a corresponding opening of the gate. After the gate has opened, the vehicle passes through, being driven so as to also place a portion of its weight upon the other ramp thus maintaining the gate in an open position until the vehicle has completely cleared the second or exit side ramp. After the vehicle passes over the second ramp a counterbalance unit slowly slides the gate back to its closed position and simultaneously spins the ramps upward.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

4 Ways to Leverage Technology to Improve Business Efficiency

Technological advances in this decade have helped small business owners compete with their larger counterparts on the same footing by allowing them to reduce cost and become more efficient. There isn’t a single area of the business that is not impacted by technology. New technology such as cloud computing, big data analytics, internet of things are helping startups and small businesses start and grow rapidly. As a small business owner if you are not leveraging technology fully you are putting yourself at a great disadvantage and may eventually go out of business. Here are 4 ways in which business owners take advantage of technology.

POS Systems

How can you improve the process of running the business effectively? Well, a good way would be to improve the payment options you have on offer. If you can give customers more payment options, you will make the sales process simpler. It will be possible to close more deals and sales as a result of this. So, try to introduce as many different forms of payment into the business as you possibly can.

How to Brand Your Small Business on a Budget

Small business owners and entrepreneurs need to wear a lot of hats. They may be called on to handle bookkeeping, sales, marketing, strategic planning, and custodial work over the course of a day, and we all know it’s not easy to cultivate expertise in all these areas. is here to teach you powerful small business tips that can help fill gaps in your experience without costing hours out of a busy day.

In this article, we’ll cover a few highly effective but inexpensive branding options small businesses can use to improve their brand recognition, awareness, and customer loyalty on a limited budget.

Digital branding opportunities

There’s no shortage of available advice on this site and many others regarding how to take advantage of digital marketing tools to engage with customers and boost sales. But, from a branding perspective, one aspect of this vital piece of the marketing puzzle is often overlooked.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Startup Tips for Tailor Dressmaker and Alteration Business

Are you the go-to seamstress for family and friends? If you’re one of those talented people who are sought out every time someone needs their pants taken-in or the one who always makes the killer costume every Halloween, maybe it’s time you took your abilities public by opening your own shop. Chances are you already have the basic tools of the trade right in your home sewing kit, but what else does it take to turn your part-time passion into a viable small business?

What You Need to Start

Once you have your business plan in place and have found an accessible location with plenty of exposure to foot traffic, it time to equip your shop. Even though you have probably bought things like upholstery needles, dress forms and other sewing essentials over the years, the trusty sewing machine you use at home probably won’t hold up under professional demand. Aside from an industrial sewing machine, there are other items you probably haven’t considered that you’ll probably need if you plan on doing any kind of volume, including:

Unpowered gate opener – A pretty handy invention

It is a snowy, or even worse, a rainy day. It pouring. You are coming back from work and you dread that moment when you reach your gate ...