Outlet strips have many different uses in everyday life. They have many safety features as well. These features keep everyone safe. Extension cord, power strip or surge protector devices provide temporary power to electrical devices. Especially those that need to be used in areas not located near a wall outlet. Therefore, these are a temporary fix. They shouldn’t be in use for more than 90 days in a single spot.
Most light duty extension cords have a rating for a maximum of 10 amps or 1200 watts. Whereas most strip cord, power strip, and surge protectors have a 15 amps (1875 watts) rating. All Outlet strips contain surge protectors. A surge protector is a device who’s purpose is to protect electrical devices. This protection is from voltage spikes. Also a surge protector attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device. This is done by either blocking or shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe limit. In conclusion, all outlet strips also include an on/off switch and are made to be as safe as possible.
15 Important Safety Tips
The total watts should not exceed the rated capacity of the extension cord. This is also true for power strips as well as power tap or surge protectors.
Power cords are designed for computers as well as audio and video equipment. They are also for use with musical instruments and home movie lighting. They are also designed for home workshops and laboratory equipment.
Ensure that you purchase power strips with an internal circuit breaker.
Use power strips sparingly.
Look for Outlet strips that are UL or ETL Certified.
Do not knot or twist the cord.
High voltage items can cause an overload to outlet strips. Objects such as refrigerators, microwaves or space heaters.
Do not locate a surge protector in a moist or wet environment.
Also, don’t locate a power strip in any area where carpet, furniture, or any other item will cover it. These items will limit or prevent air circulation.
Never use a cord that feels hot.
Additionally, do not use a cord that is showing signs of damage in any way.
Never nail, staple, or tape power cords. This includes to desks, walls, ceilings, or another object.
Furthermore, use exterior rated cords for outside use.
Also do not use indoor extension cords outdoors.
Do not extend extension cords by plugging into another. Overloading can occur when multiple devices are plugged into one cord.
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There are so many different LED uses. LED lights are useful anywhere from concert venues to home pools. Businesses are also using them at conventions and events. Surprisingly, there are even cost-effective party supplies that you can purchase for your own events at home. Below are our top 10 picks of uses for LED lighting. Some are practical for purposes and others are purely for entertainment.
Out of all LED uses, lanyards are something that we didn’t know needed improvement. However, now that we have seen their improvements we never want to go back to the old style. Conventions use ID tags and lanyards to keep track of the attendees. Some conventions even require them for any extra activities or for meals. Therefore, these tags are important. They are also worn for the majority if not entirety of the convention.
Often time attendees will keep ID tags and their lanyards as keepsakes. A convention usually provides a plastic covering that is attached to a lanyard. This is not only for protection. Also, it is for easy transportation and keeps the tags close by to attendees at all time. It truly is the perfect opportunity to take something of use and also make it fun.
Something else on our list of LED Uses is Light up Wristbands. They have a lot of different applications. Concert-goers have seen them either on stage or in the crowds. They are also useful within the media. Therefore, even T.V. shows who are taking advantage of this great technology. One T.V. show, in particular, has based the majority of its crowd interaction on these light up accessories.
The show Winsanity recently got added to Netflix. However, it has been on the air since 2016 on the Game Show Network. What is the basis of this show? Every audience member is given a “Winwatch”. Therefore, throughout the show, these watches glow to indicate that certain audience members have been selected either to win prizes or play the game. Pretty Cool right? We think so!
There are many different LED Uses. One, in particular, has become an attraction for many city goers. Bridge lighting. Many cities have embraced the attraction of LED lighting. Along with the lighting, often times they will set these light shows to music. As you can watch below, in Memphis they put on an entire show with their LED bridge lighting set to the song Walking in Memphis.
Audubon Light Show
There are so many other attractions that have been made with LED lighting. There are holiday shows at parks and preserves every year. Below is a video of a holiday light show at an Audubon Outdoor Preserve. The LED lights created an entire atmosphere. Along with the many displays, there were also interactive elements. Furthermore, with the use of LED lighting, the seasons come to life.
When you have a pool it isn’t just for yourself. Often times, when the weather is nice, everyone calls their friend with a pool. Due to this, gatherings can happen at any time of day or night. Therefore, pool lighting is important. Also, lighting can serve multiple purposes. As you will see in the video below there are two main reasons to have pool lighting. The first is for aesthetics. LED lighting can add ambiance to any pool. The second is for safety. A well-lit pool can help prevent unnecessary injuries. For more information watch the video below for some helpful pool lighting tips.
Christmas is a time for spending time with family and friends. A favorite past time for many is checking out the displays that people put up in their yards. However, without LEDs, these incredible displays would not be possible. Christmas displays are one of the best-LED uses. They can be simple or they can be extravagant. Either way, they are worth checking out.
LED Uses for Entertaining
Another great use for LEDs is for party supplies. Any party or event can be elevated with some LED lighting. Some creative LED additions could be balloons, ice cubes, or even glasses. There are other LED uses for parties as well. Many party favors have LEDs in them. Therefore some of those party favors that the kids receive at their friends’ birthdays will have the extra attraction of lighting up.
Another intriguing use of LEDs is in clothing. By adding LEDs to your clothing you can become a part of the entertainment. LEDs can be used for anything that you can wear. As you can watch below they can also be used as props. Not only is LED clothing interesting but they also open the door for multiple opportunities. A look can change in seconds due to LEDs. Also, LEDs add another element to what can be deemed a typical wardrobe.
LED Uses in Pet Accessories
LEDs are not just for humans. Pet accessories have started to include LEDs as well. Leashes and collars with LEDs are used to make our furry friends more visible. This can prevent accidents or even make it easier to locate them. How often do people walk their dogs at night? Or even on really foggy days? By adding LEDs everyday pet accessories become safer.
Think back to when you were a kid and they had the Nerf light up or glow in the dark toys. Weren’t they some of the coolest things? You could go out in your yard after the sun went down and play with your friends. Pets also love to play outside. To them, it doesn’t matter what time of day. Dogs especially are always willing to take their favorite toy with them, no matter where they are going. Light up dog toys add to the fun for the humans and the pets alike. Also, there is the added benefit that if the toys get left behind while playing outside they are easily found and returned to the pet that loves them. Therefore, LED pet toys not only extend playtime possibilities but can help you return your furry friends’ favorite toy to them.
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A Construction Sign usually signifies trouble ahead. Also, construction can mean delays. If you are already in a hurry or not in the mood to be stuck in traffic, a construction sign can be the most frustrating thing to see. However, sometimes the road workers know that life needs a little spice. Therefore, some will call these fails. However, we choose to call them wins.
Construction Sign Reminder
A Construction Sign is usually there to warn you of dangers ahead. Accurately, this sign did that. However, it was not in the way we are all used to.
What Do We Do Construction Sign
This one is just plain confusing. First off, is this just referring to the construction sign? Does it mean “Do Not Read” at all? Finally, is it a subliminal message about texting and driving and not reading your messages? The world may never know. However, we can say for sure that by being a written sign it makes it difficult to do what it is telling us to do.
You know you laughed. Even if you were in one of these cars you would laugh. Therefore, can you imagine being stuck in traffic? Finally, you inch yourself up enough and you see this sign. Is it helpful? If you think sarcastic warnings are helpful then yes. However, isn’t the best part of the “HAHA!!” at the end? You can almost hear the evil laugh that goes with that.
Even Heroes Need To Stop For Directions
Isn’t this what everyone fears? You put in all the effort. You make the trip. Fight against the elements and other traffic. Then finally, when you get to your destination you realize it. You are in the wrong place.
Honesty Is The Best Policy
No one can say they weren’t warned. At this point, you might as well accept your fate. Therefore, the plus side is that you knew what was coming. However, that doesn’t seem like much of a positive thing.
Are You Going To A Park
Some parks can be a lot of fun for the entire family. However, if this construction sign is telling the truth you may want to choose a different park. Furthermore, if you do decide to continue on hopefully you are not in a yellow jeep.
Call For Help
Do you think they talk to the person who was trapped in the fortune cookie factory? Maybe they are friends. However, if they aren’t they should be. They have a lot in common. Wouldn’t you feel bad if this was a real call for help? Hopefully, they have WiFi and a vending machine.
Where Do You Vacation
First, it was Raptors. Now it is Zombies? Honestly, where do you vacation? Do you randomly pick places on a map? Or was this somewhere you were told about? However, Zombies can’t be as bad as raptors, right?
Are you like us and live in an area where winter lasts ¾ of the year while summer lasts 3 days? Do you need a way to entertain yourself and your family when there is snow past your knees? We have some of the best Snow Day entertainment ideas right here for you! We have given each activity a Risk Level and a Fun Level. These may help you decide which is the right activity for you!
Risk Level: 2
Fun Level: 9-10
Yes, we know everyone that has ever lived anywhere with snow knows about Sledding and Tubing. However, that is exactly why it needs to be on our list! You don’t mess with a classic family time event.
What are the dangers of Sledding? Why is its Risk Level a 2 and not a 1? Well, there is always the possibility of falling off of your sled. There is also the possibility of outside forces derailing you off of your sled. Like pets. Dogs love to chase things. Sleds are no different. However, if this does happen there is fluffy snow to catch you.
Building a Snowman
Risk Level: 3
Fun Level: 9
Do you want to build a Snowman? Ok, now you have that song stuck in your head. Apologies. Anyone with small children has been asked this question. As soon as there is snow on the ground Snowmen are usually one of the first thoughts. Even in the Southern states when they get more than an inch, the first thing people want to do is go out and create Frosty look-a-likes.
What’re the risks of creating these round beings? Well, depending on how large you roll your snow, there is a risk of hurting yourself while lifting the pieces into place. Also, who hasn’t had the intent to build a snowman and it turned into a snowball fight? However, we are getting ahead of ourselves. Therefore, we will discuss the risks of that activity coming up.
Why didn’t we give this classic a full 10 for a fun level? Any parent who has had the intention of building a Snowman with their children knows that about halfway through the process the kids are no longer invested. They get cold and want to go inside. Also, they suddenly have to go to the bathroom. Therefore, you as the responsible parent, who thought this would be a great memory, are left finishing the Snowman alone. You could just leave a half-finished Snowman. However, every time you look outside and see two giant snowballs just sitting in your yard you will think about how you didn’t finish it.
Risk Level: 9-10
Fun Level: 7-8
Snowball fights can be some of the most fun kids or adults can have in winter. They can also be the most dangerous. In movies, you always see these light fluffy snowballs that explode in a puff on contact. Real life snowballs are not like this.
The best snowballs come from the perfect snow. Here we call it “packing snow”. Why packing snow? Due to its consistency packing snow holds together perfectly for creating snowballs and other snow creations. It is sturdier than the light fluffy snow that gets blown about by a strong breeze. However, because of this sturdy nature packing snow can cause some issues.
The risk of a snowball fight with the perfect packing snow is pretty high. Think about getting hit in the face with a solid ball of snow. That is what packing snow is like. Also, if you hold it in your hands a few extra seconds while smoothing it out it can start to solidify almost like ice. Not that anyone would ever intentionally throw an ice ball… especially not at their older siblings… especially not after they had just been pelted in the back of the head. No one would do that on purpose…
Snow Day Maze
Risk level: 2
Fun Level: 7-8
A Snow Maze is the safer alternative to a Snow Fort. Unfortunately, Snow Forts have a tendency to collapse and can cause serious injury. However, a Snow Maze is just pathways and if they fall over you may just get snow in your boots.
You can get the entire family involved in this activity. You can all create different paths and follow them to reach each other. Also, you can each have your own style of path. One person can use a shovel. Another can just use their footprints. A more motivated person can crawl and create their pathways. A Snow Maze can lead to hours of outdoor fun creating paths and trying to track them to a final goal.
What are the risks of a Snow Maze? Like we mentioned before, you may get snow in your boots causing your feet to be wet and cold. Also, if you don’t have boots on and the snow is deep enough you will for sure end up with cold wet feet. Another risk is the actual creation of the paths. If you are using a shovel to dig out the paths you could pull a muscle just like if you are shoveling your driveway or sidewalk.
Snow Day Scavenger Hunt
Risk Level: 1
Fun Level: 7-8
What’s a better way to enjoy a snow day than with a Scavenger Hunt? Next time you are out at the store, pick up some low-priced toys that can withstand the cold and dampness of snow. You could also use toys you already have on hand. While the kids are napping or involved in other activities head outside and start hiding the toys in the snow. It’s like an egg hunt but in the snow. I know some people reading this are thinking we’ve had egg hunts in the snow where I live. If that is the case then you know how this works. However, the only thing to remember is to know your age group. If you have small children make sure their prizes are hiding so they can find them.
Another idea is to create a treasure map. It can include clues that need to be solved and, in the end, they receive one larger prize. Some ideas for a final prize could be cookies and hot cocoa. Another idea could be a movie and snacks. If you have older and younger kids this could be a good experience for them to work together.
*Sometimes the temperature is too cold to be playing outside. In those cases, you need to come up with something to entertain the family. This idea can also be easily transferred to be done indoors. The use of clues or a map is suggested for indoor scavenger hunts.*
Risk Level: 2
Fun Level: 7-8
Another classic that made our list is Snow Angels. This is another activity that is fun for the entire family. Also, you can get creative. After the Snow Angels are made you can give them different personalities by drawing faces or coloring them.
How can you color a Snow Angel or any other snow creation? The easiest way is to take water in a spray bottle or other type of bottle with a squirt lid and mix in a few drops of food coloring. This mixture can be used on Snow Angels, Snowmen, or any other snow creature you and your family can create.
Why is there a risk level at all for Snow Angels? Have you ever tried to get up out of the snow while wearing layers, boots, and gloves? Many face plants have occurred. Also, without some help, the Snow Angels could get disfigured.
Snow Day Ice-cream
Risk Level: 2
Fun Level: 7
Tasty Level: 10+
Have you ever had Snow Day Ice-Cream? Now is the time to try it. With three ingredients and a little bit of time, you can enjoy some freshly made Snow Day Ice-Cream. This is a tasty treat for a snowy day.
What are the dangers? Brain Freeze. If you eat anything cold too fast you will get that flash of a headache that will travel through your entire body. It is recommended to take smaller bites to prevent this.
Why is the Fun Level at just over middle level? Everyone knows that eating Ice-Cream is the best part. However, with this recipe, you get the hands-on experience of making it as well. Some people enjoy that. Others, however, are left asking if it is ready to attack with their spoon yet.
Risk Level: 2
Fun Level: 8
Tasty Level: 9-10
Much like the above Snow Day Ice-Cream, Snow Cones use snow as their main ingredient. These simple treats have been a staple at carnivals and festivals during the summer. However, most do not think about having them in the winter. Why wait until summer to have a tasty chilly treat?
All you need to do is gather enough clean snow and put it into ice-cream cones or another cup. You can add your own food coloring or flavoring. Get creative by mixing different flavors or decorating with the food coloring. However, like the Snow Ice-Cream, there is the risk of brain freeze. Eat them slowly and enjoy!
Snow Day Bowling
Risk Level: 2
Fun Level: 8-9
On a cold snow day, you can create your own bowling lane outside in the snow! All you need to do is flatten down and smooth out, like ice, a level straight path. At the end of the path, you can line up used plastic bottles or other standing objects. If you are using plastic bottles you may want to put some water or loose change in them so they won’t blow over due to the wind. Take any ball that is heavy enough to knock over what you lined up at the end. You could even use snowballs! You can also create score charts just like the real things and come up with fun nicknames for everyone.
What are the risks of ice bowling? The same as regular bowling only with the added elements of snow and cold. If you are playing with highly competitive people there could be some frustrations just like the real game.
Risk Level: 5
Fun Level: 9-10
Ice Skating can be a fun activity for the entire family. They have devices so that even young children are able to skate without fear of falling down. Depending on how talented you are you may be able to perform tricks or routines while on the ice. This can be both fun for yourself and for anyone who is there to see them.
The risks are medium for this activity due to the dangers of falling and getting injured. Anyone who has ever slipped on a patch of ice can tell you that it is not a fun experience. However, with Ice Skating you know you will be on the smooth surface and can be prepared to steady yourself. This can be a great opportunity to teach younger children a new activity and get some exercise as well. Also, afterward you can have hot cocoa which is always a crowd pleaser.
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Anyone who loves action movies looks forward to the intense pivotal scene that has you on the edge of your seat. It’s the one in which the main character is sweating holding a pair of clippers to a series of wires. Then, he turns to another character and asks that nerve-wracking question “Which wire do I cut? Red or blue?”. We’ve all held our breaths as he chooses. Furthermore, some of us have even closed our eyes as he actually makes the cut.
However, when we open our eyes and start breathing again we notice there was no explosion. Therefore, no loud boom sounded out from our speakers. Also, the characters are usually laughing making jokes about that “being a close one”.
Is this realistic Bomb Defusing? We have no idea. However, we do know it is very suspenseful in the movies.
Action Movies: Which Wire Gets Cut?
Below we have chosen several action movies with the scene we described above. Some will be older classics that you look at and think “I loved that movie. Why haven’t I watched it in so long?” Meanwhile, others may have you wondering why you have never seen them.
**Either way, this is your warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.**
To start off our list we have chosen a classic. Everyone who loves action movies has watched the Die Hard series, probably more than once. Also, the scene in Die Hard with a Vengeance has itself gained its own cult following.
Throughout the movie, the hero John McClane has to solve a series of bombings in order to arrive at the location of the main bombing. Then he discovers it is a school. Therefore, the question arises of how do they disarm this bomb without the children getting injured or worse. Luckily McClane has a bomb expert named Charlie on his side.
Why is it a fan favorite? Due to the ending result of the bomb explosion of course. It is not every day that you see a movie with a bomb scene where the result isn’t a loud BOOM. However, that is exactly how this scene went. There was an unexpected result that was not an explosion.
Another fan favorite is Lethal Weapon 3. As movie buddies go the team of Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh is unique. They are more like frenemies. What makes them frenemies? Roger doesn’t really like Martin’s leap before you look attitude. Also, Martin doesn’t always appreciate Roger’s overly cautious personality.
Throughout the entire bomb scene, you hear Roger questioning Martin’s decisions. He disagrees with Martin’s choices from the very beginning. However, when Martin goes into the building to check out the bomb Roger follows him. Roger’s actions show that deep down he really does care about Martin and his well-being.
Once the duo gets into the building and they both have eyes on the bomb, things begin to move rather quickly. Martin takes a closer look at the bomb and is able to see that the time left is under 10 minutes. With the option of a red wire or blue wire to cut Martin tries to convince Roger that he knows what he is doing. However, Roger notices that halfway through his explanation Martin changes his mind. Originally the blue wire was the chosen one to be cut. Unfortunately, Roger’s fears came true when the red wire was cut and the countdown increased in speed and their time ran out even faster.
Everyone knows about the movie Armageddon. Along with the action scenes, there was drama, romance, and even humor. Also, just like with all of the best action movies, there is a series of scenes that lead up to the very memorable iconic “Save the World” scene.
For starters, the countdown on the bomb starts unexpectedly. This adds tension among the crew. Not only are they afraid for their own lives but for the fate of the world. In order to continue the work that they were sent to the asteroid to do they need to find a way to stop the countdown. Unfortunately, they are not in control.
They are given a few minutes of hope when the countdown is turned off. However, it is short lived when government agents arrive at the space station and turn the countdown back on. This leaves the crew with just over a minute to come up with a plan to stop the bomb from going off and killing them all.
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As we continue our blog series on American Manufacturers in the Movies, today we discuss “Movie Manufacturers That Could Be Your Best Friend.” You know the type. Characters who are outrageously funny, lovable and a bit on the crazy side. Those individuals who bring energy, excitement and lots of laughter into your life.
We narrowed down our selection to three movies that particularly that fit the bill. In each case, the protagonist encounters many challenges along the way. Yet, they find a way to succeed in the end. Enjoy!
Movie Manufacturers That Could Be Your Best Friend
Tommy Callahan III (Callahan Auto)
The first of our favorite relatable manufacturers is Tommy Callahan III. Tommy is a slacker who works in his family business, an automotive component manufacturer. However, after his father passes away, right after remarrying, Tommy is left with a decision.
He has to choose to either fight for his father’s company or let a rival company take over and lose everything. Therefore, Tommy chooses to make a deal with the bank holding his assets. Tommy is forced to get creative with meeting the requested goals. Furthermore, Tommy has to battle with his new family members who are plotting against him and who are not who they claim to be.
Hunt Stevenson (Assan Motors)
Another favorite relatable manufacturer is Hunt Stevenson. Hunt is facing a predicament that will affect his entire town. The automotive plant where most of the townspeople work has been closed for 9 months. The town is officially getting desperate. Therefore, Hunt feels like he has to do something. However, Hunt’s efforts don’t come without a price.
While the plant reopens there is a lot of sacrifices. New Japanese ownership brings cultural differences as well as many challenges. The workers that are brought back are forced to work longer hours for less pay. Also, they are asked to perform crazy exercises with their new Japanese coworkers. The American workers and their new coworkers and bosses do not see eye to eye on a lot of things. Also, due to the American workers’ lack of a work ethic, the new plant owners and Hunt try to make a deal.
If Hunt can convince the workers to meet the Japanese owners’ goal they will change how they run the plant. However, after the workers find out that Hunt lied to them they stage a walkout and all seems lost. Not only will the plant not survive without the workers coming back but neither will the town. With nothing else to lose Hunt goes back to work. To his surprise so do the rest of his coworkers.
Clark Griswold ( A Chemical Company)
Clark Griswold is one of the most well-known relatable manufacturers on our list. He works for a chemical company that produces food coloring and additives (but not preservatives). As Christmas approaches Clark is preparing to celebrate with his family. However, after unexpected guests arrive and share their hardships with Clark he feels the need to help them out.
However, after the Griswold’s discover that Clark did not receive his yearly bonus all of his plans come to a crashing halt. He already put down money on a grand present for his family. Also, he helped his relatives with presents for their children. Therefore, Clark does not take the news of not receiving this extra money well.
Due to Clark’s determination to get his bonus he kidnaps his boss. However, he is unaware that his boss’s wife has called the police. Therefore, Clark has to explain his actions not only to his boss but to the police as well. Luckily, after explaining the situation, his boss grants him the bonus.
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As we continue our blog series on American Manufacturers in the Movies, today we take a look at movie characters who became “Accidental Manufacturers”.
What do we mean by “Accidental Manufacturers”? Those who stumbled into manufacturing by accident. In some cases, they actually created accidents with their manufactured products. Read ahead and you will see what we mean.
We selected three classics that you are most likely quite familiar with. The clips below might even inspire you to go home tonight, fire up some popcorn and enjoy one of these movie adventures!
Back to the Future Series
Doctor Emmett Brown (The Time-Traveling DeLorean)
The “Back to the Future” series is well-known for their use of the now famous DeLorean. However, the DeLorean is not just a car in these movies. It is a time-traveling machine that not only brings people to the future but also the past. Doc Brown is the brains behind the time-traveling DeLorean. Along with his trusty dog Einstein and their friend Marty they manage to do the impossible. They travel through time.
Doc Brown becomes one of the “accidental manufacturers” when he creates this time machine and then comes up with some unique ways to make it work. With the use of lightning and going the specific speed of 88 miles per hour, Doc, Marty, and Einstein are able to travel back in time to meet Marty’s parents. Before they were his parents of course. This is just the first movie in the series.
In the rest of the series, Marty and Doc take on other adventures. Traveling to the future and even further back in the past to the wild west. However, during each of these adventures, there are situations that they can’t control. Each of which changes their lives.
Benjamin Buford (Bubba) Blue and Forrest Gump (Bubba Gump Shrimp)
Forrest Gump is the lovable well-meaning main character who not only narrates his story but lives each of the exciting adventures. However, he can’t do it all on his own. Much like any good movie, there is a strong friendship. Forrest befriends Bubba Blue and they eventually decide that they should go into business together.
Bubba loves shrimp and along with his best friend, he believes he will live his dream. However, before Bubba is able to make this dream a reality he is killed during The Vietnam War. Forrest knowing that he wants to carry out his friend’s dream starts the shrimping company in Bubba’s memory. Therefore, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is born and Forrest becomes one of our favorite “accidental manufacturers”.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Wayne Szalinski’s (The Shrinking Ray)
When every attempt goes wrong with his invention, the shrinking ray, Wayne Szalinski is on the verge of giving up. However, his children accidentally prove that his invention does work. They prove this by shrinking themselves and their neighbors. Furthermore, it takes some time for Wayne and his wife to realize that their children are not the size they should be.
After discovering what has happened to them, all of the children realize that they have to work together in order to not only become their normal sizes but to also survive. It is not easy being tiny specks in a busy world. Therefore the children have to avoid different types of obstacles ranging from escaping a deadly lawnmower to swimming in a cereal bowl. In the end, they are able to return to their normal heights and their families are reunited. However, this is just the first time that one of Wayne’s inventions cause mayhem. There are still many more adventures to come with the Szalinkski family in the rest of the series movies.
Last week we kicked off our blog series on American Manufacturers in the Movies. We started our series by identifying movies featuring Millionaire Manufacturers (who are most likely billionaire manufacturers by now). These fictional characters created incredible wealth in manufacturing. This week we discuss three movies based on Real-Life Manufacturers who also found massive success in manufacturing.
Real-Life Manufacturers Who Made an Big Impact
Ray Kroc (McDonald’s)
McDonald’s is an international franchise giant. However, if you are a millennial like myself, you may not know the name, Ray Kroc. Ray Kroc is one of the Real-life Manufacturers who truly changed the American landscape.
Why did we select a restaurant franchise as a manufacturer? Glad you asked. Ray Kroc and the team at McDonald’s perfected the art of mass production of the hamburger.
Ray Kroc saw potential in a small California restaurant run by the McDonald brothers. He, in turn, took that potential and created something massive. The McDonald brothers had instituted an assembly line concept similar to that of Henry Ford with the Model T. By manufacturing something as small as hamburger, McDonald’s was able to create an incredible legacy.
While McDonald’s has expanded around the world there are some differences from the McDonald’s we all know. Other countries were leery at first of McDonald’s. In some countries, they have had to redesign certain foods that they are famous for. Particularly their hamburger. There are countries where eating beef is not acceptable. So, in order to prosper in those countries, McDonald’s had to replace that particular ingredient. By working with locals, they were able to come up with more acceptable replacements. Some of these replacements included vegetarian options with local spices along with a chicken version of the Big Mac we have in the USA.
However, there are things that did not change no matter the location. Along with the golden arches McDonald’s has created an image that even small children recognize. They have well-known mascots and the brand recognition that other companies wish they could achieve.
Steve Jobs (Apple Inc.)
What leadership is, is having a vision, being able to articulate that so that people around you can understand it, and getting a consensus on a common vision. – Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs had a vision for what he wanted Apple to become. Steve Jobs is one of the most well-known Real-life Manufacturers. Even since his passing the brand has stood strong. They have new developments and a following of customers who are deeply loyal to the Apple brand.
The greatest people are self-managing. They don’t need to be managed at all. What they need is a common vision, and that’s what leadership is.- Steve Jobs
With all of Steve Jobs’ hard work he never could’ve plannedApple‘s success to be what it is today. Much like many entrepreneur manufacturers, Jobs began with an idea. He then found a way to make it become reality. However, seeing what they have become it is hard to imagine that it all started in a basement. However, as the business grew so did his managing skills.
Howard Hughes Jr. (Hughes Aircraft Company)
Howard Hughes was a manufacturer of aircrafts. He also piloted his own aircraft. However, Hughes’ beginning was in the film industry. His original dream was to make movies. However, Howard chose to follow in his father’s footsteps of being an inventor. Howard Hughes did not only create planes that broke speed records. He also created planes and helicopters for the military.
All of Hughes planes were impressive. However, one stood out from the rest. The Spruce Goose is still the largest plane to ever be built. Also, it was built using a surprising material, wood.
Hughes was well-known for pushing the limit. He broke many of his own speed records. Also, Hughes did what others viewed as impossible with his wooden plane. Along with all of his work with aviation he also opened the door to new explorations of space. While aviation was not Howard Hughes first choice of careers, he had many achievements. Especially with the otherwise impossible.
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You can read our first instillation of this blog series here!
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Ever take note of the number of movies with characters in American Manufacturing? In particular, highly successful entrepreneurs. There are lots! Due to this interesting observation, we have compiled our favorite movies that include America Manufacturing. For this post, we discuss those lovable Millionaire Manufacturers who win over your heart.
Lovable Millionaire Manufacturers
Our team at Falconer Electronics works extremely hard during the work week. To blow off steam on weekends, we love catching up on movies. During a recent conversation on our favorite movies, the discussion led to the number of movies that include characters with careers in American Manufacturing. As a matter of fact, we thought of so many movies involving manufacturing, we decided to put together a blog series on the topic.
To kick off our “American Manufacturing in the Movies” blog series, below includes our selection of the Top 3 Movies with Millionaire Manufacturers (actually, probably billionaires):
**Spoiler Alert: Beware that there is a short synopsis of the movies within these descriptions. Therefore, if you have not watched them and intend to, you may encounter some spoiler material.**
Tony Stark is one of the most well-known millionaire manufacturers. His main claim to fame is Iron Man. However, as CEO of Stark Industries, he is no a stranger to the spotlight. Before he was known as Iron Man, Tony was seen as the rich playboy who happened to be good at inventing things.
Most of his inventions were for defense contracts. However, Tony also took the time to manufacture an electronic personality named Jarvis. Jarvis quickly became Tony’s most important creation. Not only does Jarvis have control of the Iron Man suit but he also has control of Tony’s other devices. Therefore, without Jarvis Tony would not be able to perform half of the tricks and rescues that he performs.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka (Wonka Chocolate Factory)
The main character, Willy Wonka is the most well-known millionaire manufacturers of candy. His specialty, of course, is chocolate. However, he does have other favorites to choose from. He creates amazing candies like edible wallpaper and everlasting gobstoppers. Furthermore, these treats could only come from a strong imagination.
While touring the factory a group of children experience all of Wonka’s creations. However, not all of the children enjoy the tour. One girl becomes a blueberry due to her inability to follow instructions. Also, a boy becomes part of a television. Throughout the tour, you begin to see a pattern develop. The children who disobey or believe they deserve everything for themselves begin to disappear. Meanwhile, a young boy, Charlie, who was just happy to be a part of it all gets the ultimate gift in the end.
Richard Rich Sr. (Rich Industries)
A lesser thought of of the millionaire manufacturers is Richard Rich Sr. He runs a very successful company, including United Tool, an American Manufacturer. However, the story does not focus on Richard Rich Sr. but rather his son Richie. Richie is missing something very important. He has no friends other than his dog Dollar and the butler Cadbury. Therefore, Richie desperately wants to make friends with kids his own age.
Richie gets his wish for friends. However, he soon realizes that his life is not as simple as he likes to believe. Everyone knows that with success comes threats and Richie finds that out. Furthermore, while trying to protect his family and their business he gets to know who his real friends really are.
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Everyone knows that summertime means outdoor activities. Also, it means trying to stay cool indoors. Summertime Gadgets are a must to get through the hot days and nights. Below we have compiled a list of electronic gadgets that are must haves for summer survival.
Indoor Summertime Gadgets
During the summer there are days that take all your energy away. The heat is too hot. The sun is too bright. Also, the air outside is too sticky. Luckily there are electronic devices that can help you enjoy your home during those unbearable summer days.
Fans: This may seem like a very basic Summertime Gadget. However, fans are very useful during hot weather. Without Air Conditioning fans are the difference between feeling like you are melting and feeling like you are still human.
Air Conditioning: Not everyone has an Air Conditioner. For those of us without we are very grateful for public places that pipe in cool air. It has been a long-time tradition to go to the movies in the Summer to suck up that “free A.C.”. Also, with the enticing smell of that theater popcorn, there is the added intrigue of the big screens.
Streaming Sticks: Summer is notorious for repeats on television. However, with a streaming stick like the Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast, or Roku, you can get more apps with more options. These streaming sticks are the perfect gadget for those days where the outdoors are not your friend.
Ice Cream/ Snow Cone Maker: There is no better way to beat the summer heat then by enjoying a nice cold treat. Even better is when you can make them at home! With Summertime Gadgets like an ice cream or snow cone maker, you can create your own flavor combinations and always have an ice-cold treat available.
Versatile Summertime Gadgets
There are some gadgets that are not strictly indoor or outdoor. These are the gadgets that are easy to slip into a beach bag or pocket and take on the go. Furthermore, they are also convenient to have indoors to break up those hot days that you don’t want to leave the comfort of home.
E-Readers/ Tablets: Electronic readers are perfect for traveling in the summer. Instead of having to choose a few books that will take up room in your luggage you can download hundreds of books to fill your summer reading lists. These tablets and e-readers are compact enough to slip into luggage or a beach bag. They are also perfect for just lounging in a cool room of the house. Many e-readers or tablets have their own Wi-Fi. With this technology, you can continue communication with friends and family, even when you are enjoying the sun and water or when you want to chat to break up a quiet day at home.
Bluetooth Speakers: Whether at an outdoor cookout or doing chores inside the house Bluetooth speakers can change the mood of any day. Everyone has their favorite songs and what better way to enjoy them then to play them out loud.
Handheld Misting Fans: Misting Fans are convenient for summer trips to theme parks or just for those too hot days at home. They are small enough to travel with you anywhere. Also, they are battery powered so they won’t spike up your electric bill.
Outdoor Summertime Gadgets
There are days where the best place to be in the summer is outside. You can enjoy the fresh air while spending time with family and friends. There are electronics that can enhance these times.
Outdoor Theater Systems: It is becoming more popular for families to set up Summertime Gadgets that create outdoor theaters. Summertime is perfect for movie watching outside due to the warm weather. Also, there is no concern of the kids oversleeping their alarms for school the next morning, because there is no school.
Waterproof Speakers: Summer days are for the pool. Often families with pools do not keep them to themselves. Therefore, there is a need for further entertainment while enjoying the cool water. Speakers that can be near the pool can make a get together more festive. Everyone loves a soundtrack for their summer parties.
Electric Thermometer: It is difficult to plan any outdoor activities during summer. You need to be aware of the weather. An electric thermometer can help. With the new technologies available you can keep up with the local weather. Not only do these thermometers tell you the temperature outside and inside. Also, there are certain types that can tell you what weather is coming later in the day or even throughout the week.
Waterproof Digital Camera: Everyone has moments they wish they had been able to capture in a picture. With a waterproof camera, you won’t miss any moments on land or in the water. Also, many manufacturers are making kid-friendly cameras. Even the kids can record memories of their favorite outings.
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Welcome to today’s discussion on outsourcing your wire harness assembly to a Wire Harness Manufacturer. In particular, outsourcing your wire harness assemblies for a critical project. Finding yourself in the beginning stages of searching for a new Wire Harness Manufacturer to partner with presents several challenges. Let’s go on a buyer’s journey to help assist you with the selection process.
Why Outsource to a Wire Harness Manufacturer?
First, outsourcing to a Wire Harness Manufacturer gets you in the game immediately without adding significant overhead and fixed costs.
Establishing the wire harness assembly process as a variable expense lends tremendous value and flexibility to your growth and profitability. This allows you to eliminate the financial risks of taking on the exorbitant investment required to build your own wire harness department.
In order to create your own wire harness assembly department, you would need a designated area in your facility. That is if you actually have the space to conduct these tasks.
Your next step requires purchasing all of the proper equipment, machinery, and crimping tools. However, this investment adds up quickly. Even into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Having a properly trained staff in place is another major investment of time and resources. For example, crimping wiressafely and accurately requires extensive experience and a specialized skill.
Top 10 Tips for Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer
So if this sounds unrealistic and overwhelming, you need to consider what steps are necessary to find a Wire Harness Manufacturer that will serve as a trusted partner.
You now might be asking yourself:
Where do I begin my search?
What type of questions should I ask when interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer?
How can I determine that this Wire Harness Manufacturer is a solid fit with our company culture and goals?
Is this a trustworthy candidate?
Well, we have you covered. Below is a 10 step process to consider when outsourcing to a Wire Harness Manufacturer.
Is it Time to Outsource to a Wire Harness Manufacturer?
This is a common question our new customers typically ask themselves before reaching out to us.
Many times in life, if the question crosses your mind, then odds are it is time to act.
For example, is it time to discard those old ratty sneakers that offend everyone around you? Most likely, it is time to let go.
Do you eat the leftover seafood from Monday night…on Saturday? Probably not a good idea.
If you have been asking yourself if it is time to outsource to a Wire Harness Manufacturer, odds are the time has arrived. At the very least, it certainly doesn’t hurt to investigate further.
Start by identifying what event occurred or how this question arrived. Understanding when, how and why your internal Wire Harness Assembly Process became a burden is an important step.
What hold ups, hang ups, drag downs, hiccups, throw ups, headaches, heartaches, belly aches, or pain in the “you know what” occurred? Think about the moment where you said to yourself, “there must be a better way”.
Reasons to Start Looking
Serving as a Wire Harness Manufacturer for over 30 years, we have found several scenarios where a customer approaches us for the first time. Typically the customer contacts us with excitement (or out of frustration) when they are Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer.
Let’s role play. Below are a few scenarios where a new customer finds themselves seeking a new Wire Harness Manufacturer…….
Scenario #1) New Product Design and Prototypes
Congratulations! You have just completed a brand new electrical product design. You and your team (or maybe you are a team of one) just exhausted weeks and even months designing your new product that is going to be a home run! Now what? You need a completed prototype. Also, an estimate to see if your new design can be produced at a competitive price.
For example (and a shameless plug), you can go to the Falconer Electronics Wire Harness Estimator for an estimate on your prototype. You will find the Wire Harness Estimator easy to use and works extremely fast. A quick estimate allows you to determine the potential cost and competitiveness of your new product. New customers love it.
Another concern with creating a prototype on your own includes the prohibitive costs. Purchasing the necessary quantities to begin the process can be cumbersome and not cost effective. A Wire Harness Manufacturer has the tools, equipment, staff, and infrastructure in place to create a prototype quickly and affordable.
Scenario #2) Jumping Into Electronics
You are in the purchasing department of a company expanding into electrical products for the first time. Management has challenged you to seek out and find a Wire Harness Manufacturer that best demonstrates the ability to tackle this project.
Let’s say a mid-sized manufacturer is expanding into electrical wiring. Two examples that fit this example. We recently began working with two separate companies:
1) One that specializes in handicap accessible transportation
2) An ATM manufacturer
They each produced a new proprietary product line requiring wire harnesses and printed circuit boards. It was a significant savings for each company to outsource the wire harness assembly process and printed circuit boards rather than to attempt to conquer the project themselves.
Scenario #3) Vendor Divorce
Unfortunately, you and your current Wire Harness Manufacturer are no longer compatible. Who changed? It is like a marriage deteriorating quickly where “living like this” is no longer an option. Either quality has deteriorated, deadlines are no longer met, or prices continue to increase.
Whatever the case may be, it is time for a change. Losing a customer is deeply disappointing and discouraging. Our team works relentlessly to maintain long-lasting and monogamous marriages with our customers. We also enjoy catching new customers on the rebound.
Scenario #4) In-House No Longer Working Out
Your company no longer finds it efficient or profitable to produce wire harness assemblies in-house. The task falls into your lap to find a highly qualified Wire Harness Manufacturer. Selecting a company that you trust is essential!
This recently happened to a large customer. They found it much more cost-effective and profitable to outsource their entire line of wire harness assemblies by partnering with our staff. Our team went on full throttle to make this a smooth transition.
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Perform an Internal SWOT
The next step, start with a SWOT on your internal Wire Harness Assembly process. What are the company strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats? Especially if you are just starting up. This step is critical to help determine financial risks.
Do the same procedure and create a SWOT if you were to outsource to a Wire Harness Manufacturer.
The next question becomes, “Who can solve this problem so we can focus on our core business”?
A key to building a successful business is partnering with experts in a given field. Successful companies exist by solving a problem. Solving a problem requires developing an area of expertise. A proficiency that stands above the competition.
Partnering with Seasoned Professionals
You need to partner with a Wire Harness Manufacturer that thrives and works relentlessly to gain a competitive advantage. Also, one that creates economies of scale for you. Most importantly, a solution so valuable that it just doesn’t make sense to perform these tasks on your own anymore.
As a business owner or manager, you hire professionals to strengthen your business and protect your assets. This list includes hiring an accountant, attorney, or insurance broker who have invested the time and energy to educate themselves respectively on business law, tax codes or proper insurance policies. Especially since you rely heavily on these individuals to help you make critical business decisions. Surrounding yourself with highly trained and qualified professionals has the potential to pay huge dividends.
Outsourcing certain tasks within the manufacturing process offer similar benefits. Partnering up with a Wire Harness Manufacturer that maintains an all-star team creates a winning formula. This allows you to maximize profits while minimizing risks.
Where to Search for a New Wire Harness Manufacturer?
Once you determine that partnering with a New Wire Harness Manufacturer would be extremely beneficial for your company, now the fun begins.
Unless you already have a candidate in mind, most likely you will kick-start the search process by relying on connections within your network. A great place to start includes the list below:
Other local connections and business organizations
If you lack successful connections going this route, no fear. Call on your dear friend Google. Conducting a few Google searches will provide an array of companies that serve as a Wire Harness Manufacturer.
Is geography a critical factor? Not necessarily. Let’s say you were looking for a supplier of wooden pallets. You definitely need somebody extremely close. Otherwise, shipping costs would be brutal and cost prohibitive.
With a Wire Harness Assembly, shipping costs are typically not prohibitive and detrimental. Partnering with the right company in another part of the country can still be an effective and profitable relationship.
For example, we have customers throughout the entire U.S. We consistently ship to the west coast and Mexico as well. Shipping costs are particularly a non-factor compared to the quality of workmanship and consistently hitting tight deadlines.
Once you have discovered a worthy prospect, begin conducting company research and due diligence to see if this Wire Harness Manufacturer is a good fit for you.
Due Diligence When Searching for a New Wire Harness Manufacturer
What can you determine from their online presence?
Check Out the Company Website:
First, explore the company website. Does the website represent the company as a partner that you can trust?
Does the company reveal itself having the staff, tools, resources, and ability to tackle your project?
Do they serve your industry?
Do they have the experience and expertise to take on your project?
Are company capabilities listed?
Check out their Social Media:
Is the company active on social media with communicating their culture?
Does it fit with yours?
Does the company provide helpful tips?
Communicate the company mission? Does the mission fit with yours?
When you contact them, do you receive a quick response?
Below includes a few additional questions to consider asking the Wire Harness Manufacturer:
Types of customers they serve?
What industry does the company target?
Do they understand your needs?
Do they have the flexibility to speed up during your busier times?
Can they adjust to varying seasonal demands?
Do you feel a chemistry and kindred spirit with this company?
Questions Regarding Vendor Relationships:
Do they have outstanding vendor relationships?
Do they have purchasing power?
Are they willing to negotiate and fight for the lowest cost on products for you?
Do they have strong cash flow and pay their bills on time so there are no delays in purchasing your product?
We will dig much deeper into questions to consider for your Wire Harness Manufacturer search, with #6 and & #7.
Asking Challenging Questions Captures Valuable and Critical Information
At this stage, you have narrowed the field down. To either a single or hopefully only a few Wire Harness Manufacturer candidates. Now is the time to begin the interview process. Asking tough interview questions will help lead you to the valued partner that you desire.
This partnership will take your business to the next level. At least, that is the goal.
Being overly prepared and asking the right questions can save you a great deal of grief down the road. Hastily jumping into a new relationship with a custom manufacturer that turns sour can be devastating and difficult to recover. Depending on the severity. The divorce can get nasty and costly.
Having a list of tough questions prepared brings tremendous value to the process.
50 Questions When Interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer
To help discover if you are compatible with a Wire Harness Manufacturer that you are interviewing, below are a list of helpful questions to consider:
What industries do you serve?
Please describe your ideal customer?
What has been your greatest victory in your business career or at your company?
Biggest letdown or setback and how did you resolve?
Could you share exciting changes taking place in your business?
What are you absolutely best at?
What are your weaknesses?
How long have you been in business?
Who are your key employees?
Also, can you describe the experience of staff?
Do I have access to the floor supervisor?
Who is my main point of contact?
Do I have a contact on weekends?
Who do I contact for an emergency?
Are you properly insured? (Check with your insurance company to confirm requirements)
Can you supply 3 customer references?
Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure form?
What is your lead time for orders?
Therefore, are you able to tackle rush orders?
Should the customer supply parts or do you prefer to supply parts?
Do you have aggressive discount programs with vendors?
Furthermore, do you take advantage of early payment discounts with your vendors?
Also, what are your payment terms?
Do you accept credit card for payment?
Are discounts available for early payment?
What type of equipment and tools do you use?
What is your shipping policy?
Could we compare discounts with UPS/FedEx to see who has the best rates?
Who is responsible for damaged goods during shipping?
Please explain the reason a recent customer stopped buying from you?
Asking thorough questions goes a long way with any relationship. This list is just a suggestive list of helpful questions to consider when Interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer.
Discreet Questions Can Save You Down the Road
Outsourcing manufacturing operations can deliver tremendous benefits to your business. Unfortunately, there are many risks attached as well. Furthermore, let’s continue our discussion by addressing Discreet Questions to Determine Character Compatibility and Financial Viability. Asking tough questions will help narrow down your selection process.
So you have entered the interview process to select a new custom manufacturer to partner with. Therefore, now you are digging deeper into the due diligence process to see who is exactly the best fit.
Financial stability is certainly one of your absolute top concerns. If you are both small businesses, discovering actual financial figures or intimate information may be difficult to obtain. Even though this is information is critical. Especially if the project or product represents a significant portion of your sales.
So what steps or strategies can you take to discover the financial viability of this new prospect?
Important Questions to Ask Yourself
Here are a few questions to ask yourself through this process:
Does the company represent itself well?
Do you have similar goals and a common business philosophy?
Also, is this a team of people with integrity that you can trust impeccably?
Is this a partner that is committed to your profitability and success?
Or are you another opportunity for the owner to support a lavish lifestyle?
Determine Character Compatibility and Financial Viability
Here are a number of discreet questions to consider to help determine the financial viability of the company as well as the character level of ownership:
Check Spending Habits:
Strike up a conversation on hobbies. Do they have expensive hobbies? Golf at Pebble Beach, mountain climbing the Himalayas, scuba diving in Thailand, flying a helicopter, bragging about their yacht… you get the point.
Find out the type of car they drive. “My spouse is looking for a new car. What type of car do you drive or recommend?”
If you live near the prospect, casually ask what neighborhood they live in. Sorry to get overly “stalkerish”, but finding out their neighborhood will let you know their lifestyle. Also, Google Earth may assist.
Ask for References:
Ask for bank reference
……also, character references
…… as well as customer references
Do Some Research on Google and Social Media:
Google the owner to discover any past felonies, convictions or other bad news.
Additionally, you may want to check their Facebook page & see what they do in their personal time.
Also, check any other social media – Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Look for Videos on YouTube.
Furthermore, check mutual connections on LinkedIn.
Going the extra mile with your due diligence process will save you a tremendous amount of grief and frustration down the road.
It is Now Time to Plan a Visit and Take a Tour
So you continue plunging through the due diligence process to select a Wire Harness Manufacturer.
You have performed dozens of Google searches of “Wire Harness Manufacturer” to narrow down the field.
You have evaluated plenty of websites and social media pages until they all start to blend together.
Hopefully, several companies are standing out from the crowd.
Emails have been exchanged and phone calls have been made to break the ice.
You have also been asking plenty of tough questions and pleased with a majority of responses.
Also, there may be one or two candidates that really seem like they are head and shoulders above the rest.
You are feeling good.
Finally, it is time to plan a visit and tour each facility.
A physical visit to top candidates in person is vital to your decision. You might even want to consider a surprise visit (“Hey, I was in the neighborhood” – even if 500 miles away).
It is extremely important to go on the tour with eyes wide open and the attitude of a harsh critic.
(Actually, this was just a great excuse to get Judge Judy into one of our blogs).
What to Look for When Touring a Wire Harness Manufacturer
Below is a list to consider when Touring a Wire Harness Manufacturer:
Do you find the building and property presentable or unkempt? (Unmowed grass, disheveled parking lot, garbage, broken windows, etc…)
Additionally, is the office presentable or unkempt? (Top of the line everything or dated to the 1960’s)
Are you warmly greeted?
Additionally, are the management, staff, and employees pleasant and welcoming?
Also, do employees look happy and hustling?
Are tools and equipment organized and well maintained?
Furthermore, are the warehouse and inventory efficiently organized?
Is the shipping dock clear of clutter?
Also, are you impressed or underwhelmed with the team and operation?
Are there any red flags that make you uneasy?
Additionally, do employees have cell phones out?
Check the kitchen area – is it clean and organized or dirty?
In addition to the kitchen area, are the restrooms clean?
Are there any key employees that do not come out to meet you?
When evaluating the quantity and quality of staff, does the company seem to be top heavy?
What are the years of service of the management team?
Be prepared with tough questions regarding your product and process to determine if they are indeed experts in their field (see #6).
Is the Wire Harness Manufacturer management team short and brief with you? Is this a good sign that they are focused and busy or are they rude and distracted?
On the other hand, if they meet with you for a long period are they too lackadaisical or not busy?
Furthermore, do they seem eager to earn your business or desperate?
Look for matching or mismatched priorities: expensive office furniture, overstaffed, excessive non-business essentials (foosball table, video games, keg parties, etc).
Get a gauge on morale at the company.
Does the owner wear an expensive wardrobe or jewelry?
Finally, ask the owner for an opportunity to have a mutual meeting with their accountant to view audited financials. In addition, if necessary, offer to have the meeting at your expense. Could offer great ROI.
Outsourcing your production to a custom manufacturer is similar to finding quality daycare for your child. Therefore, you need to find a company that you Trust, Trust, Trust!
As the saying goes, if something is not a “HELL YEAH” then it is simply a “No”.
Supply Parts or Not to Supply Parts?
That is the Question
(OK, that was our pathetic attempt to sound like Shakespeare).
Anyway, a common question with new customers: “What if we would like to supply our own parts?” With many custom manufacturers, this is the equivalent of bringing your own food to a restaurant and asking them to prepare you a meal.
Supplying your own products to a custom manufacturer offers several positives and negatives. Consequently, it works best to communicate clearly with the manufacturer on the pros and cons of either option.
The question is do you really save money? Also, one-size fits all does not apply here. Furthermore, there are many variables to consider which option makes the most sense (or more importantly, makes the most CENTS).
Pros and Cons
Let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons of supplying your own parts and components:
Several benefits fall in your favor by taking the initiative to order and supply your own parts when outsourcing:
You control the ordering process and supply chain.
Ordering your own parts allows you to also have full disclosure of pricing on the cost of goods.
First-hand knowledge of availability or stock-outs of your product.
Furthermore, you have better control over delivery times.
Negotiating your own discounts with the vendor.
However, ordering or supplying your own parts may be welcomed by the Wire Harness Manufacturer. On the other hand, this approach could be disruptive to the manufacturer. Furthermore, there are a few negatives to consider:
The time you spend ordering parts.
As well as the time you spend coordinating deliveries.
Lost opportunity of volume discounts available to the manufacturer due to their purchasing power.
Product knowledge and expertise that the manufacturer possesses.
Also, the variety of shipments arriving at the manufacturer on different days throws off their production schedule for your product.
The receiving department at the manufacturer must be informed of delivery. This communication is crucial for the manufacturer in order to properly schedule the production of your products.
The manufacturer must implement a means to monetize the receipt of your goods that you have delivered. It is in neither parties interest to not account for labor, handling, and the overhead expense of receiving and storing goods. So, are you really saving money?
Where is Your Time Best Spent?
An important question to ask yourself: Is your time better spent focusing on other areas of the business? Furthermore, did you partner with a company that you trust enough to delegate the purchases?
In addition, you partnered or hired the custom manufacturer due to their proficiency, expertise, and ability to deliver a quality product on time. Is it worth your time, hassle and energy to locate new vendors and product? Especially in areas that are either new to you or where you are lacking purchasing power and strong vendor relationships.
New Wire Harness Manufacturer
Finally, selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer does not need to be a stressful process. Outsourcing Your Wire Harness Assembly can generate significant profits for your business.
Especially partnering with an experienced company with a seasoned staff. This decision lends a tremendous competitive advantage for your company. Also, selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer that completes projects with the highest quality, effective pricing, and on-time delivery dramatically boosts to your bottom line. Therefore, teaming up with a company dedicated to your success is critical.
Wire Harness Manufacturer Checklist
To recap, here is a checklist of company traits to pursue when finalizing your search for a new Wire Harness Manufacturer:
Maintaining an Impeccable Customer Scorecard
Also, fast Turnaround Times
Short Lead Times
Agile and Flexible
Company Culture Dedicated to Customer Satisfaction
Lastly, a Deep Commitment to Safety
Wrapping It Up
Ok. Hopefully, you are now happy as can be with your new Wire Harness Manufacturer.
Furthermore, as with any outsourcing partner, work diligently to maintain healthy and constant communication. Also, be clear about goals and expectations. This will also help guarantee a long, happy and prosperous marriage.
Thank you for taking the time to read our Tips for Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer.
Everyone knows Christmas isn’t the same without a tree. There are things you can do this holiday to ensure that your tree stays a beautiful decoration and does not become the subject of your disaster holiday stories. If you are purchasing an artificial holiday tree make sure that it is listed as being “Fire Resistant”. Therefore, making it more likely that in the case of an electrical shortage within the lighting a tree will not burn so quickly.
Also, if you have a real tree you want to make sure that you keep it watered. Due to the nature of trees if they are dry they have a tendency to catch fire easily. Some lighting can create heat and a dry tree is susceptible to heat damage.
Using lights for decorating can add an extra flair to any holiday. However, you want to make sure that you are using them properly. Check lighting for breaks in the electrical lines. If there is a broken electrical wire there is a heightened chance of a fire or electrical shock. Also, if there are any broken or bents plugs do not use them. These broken plugs can not only short out the light string or any other lighting but, can cause damage to the socket they are plugged into.
When decorating the outside of your house for the holidays there are some things to remember. Do not touch overhead power lines. They can electrocute you. Also, you could fall a long distance which could result in a serious injury.
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Last week, we discussed creating a positive work environment. Music certainly helps the cause. Whistling while you work keeps the day humming along.
What do you listen to while you work? We have compiled the top 20 songs that the Wire Harness Department listens to while building wire harnesses.
It is this collection of songs that keep our workers focused while they work.
Check out our variety of songs and you may just find a new favorite for yourself!
20: White and Nerdy- Weird Al Yankovic
19: YMCA- Village People
18: Drift Away- Dobie Gray
17: Hand Clap- Fitz and the Tantrums
16: Wanted Dead or Alive- Bon Jovi
15: Love Boat- Jack Jones
14: Purple People Eater- Sheb Wooley
13: Amish Paradise- Weird Al Yankovic
12: Jumping Jack Flash- The Rolling Stones
11: Carry On My Wayward Son- Kansas
10: Love Shack- B-52s
9: I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)- The Proclaimers
8: Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond
7: Fight For Your Right- Beastie Boys
6: Eye of the Tiger- Survivor
5: Hey Jude- The Beatles
4: Me and Bobby McGee- Janis Joplin
3: One Week- Barenaked Ladies
2: Simple Man- Lynyrd Skynyrd
1: Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen
Now that you have checked out our Wire Harness Department’s favorite songs you may be interested to do some wire work of your own! Check out our Custom Wire Harness Estimatorfor a fast quote to get you started on your next project!
Also, check out our blog for more interesting news and articles like our Top 10s, What Not to Dos, and much more!
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1. Do change your displays: In order to keep interest in the products that are being sold, retailers need to change what they are displaying in a timely manner. Products can be out of date and need to be updated.
2. Do give enough space: retail displays should have enough space to move freely around. Consumers should be able to have access to the whole display.
3. Do create eye-catching window displays that will pull customers into the store: A retail display is the first thing a consumer sees when walking up to a store. They need to be intrigued to come in and buy the product that is being sold.
4. Do stay on top of maintenance: Even the best-designed displays will lose their appeal if they look dusty or worn out. Displays should be checked regularly, throughout the day, so they never appear picked through or messy.
Don’ts of Retail Display
1. Don’t sacrifice functionality: An eye catching display is only good until it gets in the way of consumers. A retail display should never be so big that it stops the functionality of the store. This can become a fire hazard if exists are blocked.
2. Don’t Set it and forget it: Consumers need to be drawn to the display. If the display is forgotten then a consumer is less likely to buy the product that your advertising.
3. Don’t have a messy entrance: Messy entrances will be a turnoff to consumers looking in. The more cluttered an entrance display is the less likely a consumer can find what they are looking for.
4. Don’t show a product on display that isn’t in the inventory: This is a huge turnoff for consumers. Products on display should be the ones that are sold in the store. Your retail display shouldn’t be false advertisement.
When you overload your power strips there is potential for a lot of danger. Not only can it cause fires. Also, if you get too close to this mess you may never see those you love again.
9. Don’t Use A Power Strip With A Damaged Power Cord Or Receptacles
Damaged power strips can cause a lot of problems. They can start themselves or whatever appliance you have plugged into them on fire. Check all of your outlet strips before you use them or you could be wishing for the days when burnt toast when you’re late for work was the worst of your issues.
8. Don’t Use Power Strips If There Is Water On Or Near Them
Electricity and water do not mix. Water can cause a power strip to short out which can cause electrocutions or fire. Real life electrocutions are not like the funny cartoons of Tom and Jerry and they aren’t as easy to recover from either.
7. Don’t Place Power Cords Or Outlet Strips Of Any Kind Under Carpets Or Rugs
If cords are under rugs or carpets they are easily out of view. People often think that if it is only temporary nothing bad will happen. If it is only for Christmas decorations then that cord will be there such a short time it will be alright. Cords can receive damage from being walked on. This is especially true around holidays. This is due to the extra people in the home. Also, if a cord is hidden under a rug that means you can easily forget that it is there and trip over it causing injury. No one wants to be the star of the next commercial with the famous line “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”.
6. Don’t Put Metal Wear Into Receptacles
Metal conducts electricity. Your body can easily be electrocuted by electricity. Do the math here and don’t put anything that isn’t a plug into any kind of outlet.
5. Don’t Pull Cords Out Of Power Strips Except By Their Plugs
When you pull on a cord you have the potential of breaking that cord. You can short out the wires internally or you can even break apart the outer insulation of the cord leaving wires exposed to the elements and loved ones. We all know unplugging something from across the room takes that extra effort and that it’s so much easier at the moment to just yank the cord free. However, the few seconds of movement you saved will not be worth more than the potential cost of replacing whatever that power cord was attached to before you just pulled it apart.
4. Don’t Plug A Power Strip Into Another Power Strip
Power strips are not made to be hooked together in series. There is the potential of overloading one or both of the strips and then causing a fire or electrocution. Just move your appliances around to other wall outlets and save yourself the hazard of damages.
3. Don’t Force Plugs Into None Compatible Receptacles
Everyone who has ever traveled to another country has experienced this dilemma. They sell adapters so you don’t have to go without your precious hair dryer or curling iron while you travel the world. Everyone knows while traveling you take more pictures, those pictures will last a lifetime. If you try to plug in that hair drier without an adapter your dryer won’t make it through that first day.
2. Don’t Use Power Strips Or Their Cords As A Rope To Tow Objects Or Yourself
Power strips are not made to hold or tow any type of weight. Even in desperation using a power strip or its cord could result in serious injury or damage. If you’re really desperate to move something literally choose anything else besides electrical devices. The cords will break and you will just end up looking like a fool for not using the rope that you have in the basement.
1. Don’t Use Indoor Power Strips Outdoors
Indoor power strips are not meant to be in the elements. Therefore, rain, snow, or high winds could cause damage to your power strip. Damage could affect anything that is plugged into to that power strip. Furthermore, anything that the strip is plugged into could be damaged as well, like your house. As we said before water and electricity DO NOT MIX! You could get electrocuted, short out your power strip and devices, or even start a fire. High winds blow things all around like cows and trees. Debris could be blown into the outlets causing dangerous conditions as well.
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Avoiding Grief and Pain When Using Your Soldering Iron
In a recent blog post, we discussed soldering safety tips. Our team brings over 100 years of experience with soldering circuit boards. Over the years, we have learned the best practices on how to efficiently and safely solder a variety of electrical products, particularly printed circuit boards. Through our vast experience, we have also gained a clear grasp on what NOT to do while holding a Soldering Iron.
10 Things NOT to Do While Holding a Soldering Iron
Below is a helpful list that may spare you lots of grief and pain when using a Soldering Iron:
EYE SPY PAIN
Something in your eye? Please put the soldering iron down first. Thankfully your safety goggles are in place for absentminded events such as this. Singed eyelashes will be the least of your problems without your safety glasses securely fastened.
NEW NOSE RING
Scratching an itchy nose with a soldering iron in your hand is typically not a good idea. Unless you are eager to add that new nose ring that you have been putting off. If that is the case, then the soldering iron will cut right through the victimized or targeted area. Viola! A new hole available for your new nose ring.
Absolutely under no circumstance should you zip up you fly if you notice it is down. No adjustments, fixing, or any other engagement in that general area while holding a soldering iron. Results could be disastrous. Plus you will have an extremely difficult time trying to explain this accident to the emergency room staff.
USE Q-TIPS INSTEAD
Feel water floating in your ears from the early morning swim? This is not the time to clean out your ears. Set down your soldering iron and grab a few Q-tips.
Tell everyone around you no jokes if you are one to slap your knee when laughing. Yelling, “Hey Johnny, that’s a knee-slapper” can turn painful real quick once the soldering iron hits your knee.
Soldering is not a time to apply mascara or eyeliner. Please refer to rule #1.
WORSE THAN A ROOT CANAL
If you suddenly feel a piece of popcorn stuck in your teeth from that movie you watched three nights ago, please do not try removing the kernel while soldering. A soldering iron is not a replacement for a toothpick and this could quite easily be more painful than a root canal without Novocain.
Holding or using your cell phone while soldering typically falls under the category of a “Bad Idea”. If you find it necessary to Facetime or Go Live on Facebook while soldering, please have someone else hold the phone to film your activities. You will be glad you played it safe.
HOLY SMOKES BATMAN
Please under no circumstance do you want to apply lipstick or Chap Stick while holding a soldering iron. You may end up looking like the Joker from Batman….permanently.
Last but not least, if you are sitting next to someone while soldering, please keep them beyond arm’s length. Especially if you like to speak with your hands, point when making a point, flail your arms when emotional, stretch frequently or tend to smack people on the shoulder when speaking. All of the above can cost you a friendship real quick.
We had fun putting together this list even though burns and injuries are a very serious matter. Please use extreme care and caution when using a soldering iron. Hopefully, these tongue-in-cheek comments convey the message. We use the safest measures possible when soldering printed circuit boards at our facility. Falconer Electronics has proudly participated in the SHARP program since 2005 to proactively maintain a healthy and safe workplace.
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Wire harnesses have the capability to connect multiple points through the use of their terminals and connectors. They can provide a channel for electrical power and even information, making the connections electronics need to function.
We use electronics every day to make our lives easier and most of them contain wire harnesses. Much like our blog 5 Things That You Didn’t Know Contain PCBs we have compiled a variety of objects that contain wire harnesses.
5: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles
It may not be every day that you ride in an airplane or a train. However, it’s a safe bet almost if not every day you are in a car. If you are anything like the majority of people your begin hitting buttons as soon as you get into your vehicle. Whether it is the radio, the windows, or air controls all of these buttons work because of wire harnesses. Even the ignition of the car is functional due to wire harnesses. Think of how different a car ride would be without someone constantly changing the radio station or turning the heat or air conditioning up and down. Ok maybe that wouldn’t be so bad but when you’re the one doing all that it’s pretty nice.
4: Construction Machinery
They built houses and buildings before they had construction machinery, but it took a long time and a lot of man power. Now a day we get frustrated when there is road construction and we’re stuck in traffic for an extra few minutes. Without wire harnesses all of the machinery and vehicles that help do these jobs quicker wouldn’t be here. Can you imagine being stuck in traffic for weeks while they built a building? Maybe that’s a good way to not get frustrated “At least they have machinery. I could be here for days”? That’s probably not realistic.
3: Microwaves and Ovens
When you need a snack or dinner cooked you more than likely turn to either the microwave or the oven. (Especially in the winter months there is nothing like a nice hot meal right out of the oven). In the days before the modern ovens and way before the microwave, meals took all day. Now we can cook a pizza in under a half an hour and it can taste just like delivery. We can also heat up breakfast in the matter of a few minutes and be on our way. None of these foods that we find convenient would be available without the wire harnesses that help ovens and microwaves have the power that we are used to.
2: Computers, Printers, and Copiers
Computers have made lives easier by giving us information at our fingertips as well as being a tool to accomplish many different tasks (sometimes all at once). Where would we be without social media and email? We would all still be stuck in a world of paper cuts and actual phone calls, can you imagine? Next time you log onto your computer give a silent thank you to the wire harnesses that have made your life so much easier.
Printers and copiers are a staple in any office space. Without them time would be wasted writing everything by hand; especially if it’s a business that needs multiple copies of the same document. Printers and copiers have come a long way with changing technology. They now have wireless options so that you can make copies without being hard wired into them. Even with the new technologies wire harnesses are still a huge part of what makes copiers and printers work.
1: Televisions, DVD Players, and Blu Ray Players
Think of any form of entertainment that you have that involves a screen. Now picture if none of those things existed. That’s what the world would be like without wire harnesses. Wire harnesses make televisions function even throughout their many stages of development. Without wire harnesses, there wouldn’t be any movies or shows to watch and there wouldn’t be any Netflix!
Without wire harnesses, there would be no reason to rush to buy the latest movie because there would be no way to watch it. Yes before there was T.V. there was radio, but those radios also had wire harnesses in them to make them work properly. Next time you pop in a movie on a rainy Saturday or bundle up for some Netflix just remember that those things wouldn’t be possible without wire harnesses.
Wire harnesses do so much to keep our everyday lives running the way that we are used to. Most people don’t know how many everyday things wouldn’t be the same.
To learn more about wire harnesses check out our blog every Wednesday for our Wire Harnesses Wednesdays.
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How often do we really think about the electric makeup of everyday objects? We use things every single day that contain printed circuit boards and we don’t realize it. We’ve collected a list of everyday objects that may surprise you by containing PCBs.
PCB is short for Printed Circuit Board. These boards are the object within electrical devices that connect all of the internal electrical components to each other. These boards contain electrical lines that conduct electricity, components, and solder. All of these things work together to make everyday items that we see and use run correctly.
5: PCBs in Digital Watches and Clocks
How many times a day do you check a clock or your watch to see the time? Think about the days that you look at a clock and think it must be lunch time only to discover it is only eight O’clock which is just five minutes after the last time you checked. On the days that you are checking your digital watch or clock multiple times do you think about what’s inside them to make them work? That watch you looked at at-least one hundred times today hoping it was lunch time has a tiny circuit board in it. The idea that inside a small sized watch is an entire circuit board with even smaller components is an incredible thought. With their smaller size, watches have even smaller components making them function the way that we have become accustomed to.
4: Washers and Dryers Using PCBs
If you didn’t have to wash your clothing by hand to have clean clothes for today you can thank a circuit board! Well, technically a few circuit boards because you used both a washer and dryer. Washers and Dryers are a convenience that very near everyone uses. They make our lives easier and take the hard work out of scrubbing those tough stains. Grandparents everywhere are forgetting the days of hand washing and having to scrub stains without fancy stain removers that we know and love. None of this would be possible without PCBs.
3: Fans, AC units, and Heaters
Fans, AC units, and Heaters are very helpful with changing seasons. Who hasn’t gone to the movies on a hot summer day just to suck up some free air conditioning? Think of how different life would be without heaters in our homes and office. Furthermore, who hasn’t been grateful to hear the heating system kick on when temperatures drop to single digits. No matter the temperature these helpful units of air adjustment keep us comfortable all year round and all because they have PCBs.
No one goes through an entire day without listening to music on some type of device. This includes home stereo systems, iPods, or CD players. Every day we set the tone for our mood by what we hear on the radio or what we plug our headphones into. All of these devices wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for PCBs. We would all be living in a very quiet place if it weren’t for the small circuit boards. These boards make them function the way we need them to.
1: Electronic Kid Toys
Kids love toys that make noise, the louder the better. Parents around the world have had to learn to tolerate listening to the same three versions of the wheels on the bus. The newer kids movies and shows circulate around songs. There is more chance of parents “misplacing” a child’s toy just to get some peace and quiet. These delightful moments of listening to the same song over and over again wouldn’t be possible without a PCB.
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Summer is in the air and so is grilling season. We have compiled the top 12 mistakes that people make while grilling.
12: Not Properly Cleaning Your Grill After Sporadic Uses
Stuck on food doesn’t add flavor to your awesome BBQ sauce! It just adds a burnt old hotdog flavor to what would’ve been an amazing BBQ sauced burger. (If you use your grill consistently for cooking this is a different grill situation then the above and cleaning it every single time you use it can be a bit much).
11: The Bigger the Flames While Grilling do NOT Mean Bigger the Flavor
High flames can cause uneven cooking. You can have a perfectly cooked outside of that burger patty and the middle still can still be frozen. No one wants to bite into a nice looking burger with all of their favorite toppings only to chip a tooth on frozen meat that is hidden in the middle.
10: Having Bad Lighting Can Cause Negative Tastes
Make sure you can see what you are grilling. No one wants burnt veggies or raw chicken. Grilling late at night in the summer can be common due to other activities. Still enjoy the pool, but make sure you have proper lighting to see what you are cooking for all of your family and friends. A newer option to ensure great lighting is to check out grills that have LED lighting built into them, like Heston Outdoor Grills. With the lighting built in you can set up your grill anywhere you choose and still be sure to see what you are grilling.
9: Location, Location, Location
Just because the grill fits in a space doesn’t mean that’s where you should let it reside. You don’t want to grill too close to trees or on uneven land. You could potentially start fires or your grill could tip over or roll away. No one wants to see their dinner rolling down a hill to meet a dusty demise.
8: Not Properly Heating up Your Grill
Just because you feel the heat coming from your the grill doesn’t mean your grill rack is heated properly or enough for cooking. With an improperly heated grill rack food can get stuck to metal when trying to remove it. You also don’t get those nice grill marks when the rack is not properly heated. Without those markings to show the food was grilled what is the reason to grill over just using the oven anyway?
7: Constantly Checking on What You are Grilling
Ok burgers, hot dogs, chicken, etc. do taste better without being burnt to charcoaled bits. However, your food is not an infant who needs to be watched every second. Opening a grill constantly lets the heat escape. A grill needs heat to cook food; you can see where we’re going here.
6: Being Overzealous With Your Secret BBQ Sauce
Don’t let the secret to your sauce be that it is a burnt crust. You should NOT apply BBQ sauce in layers. These layers will burn. Furthermore, your next layer will cover up your burnt layers. Your guests will not enjoy your flavors. Also, the burnt charcoal that used to be chicken will cause your guests to not be able to enjoy your BBQ sauce.
5: You Didn’t Let Your Meat Rest
Meat is like a grumpy two-year-old it needs it’s rest before it can interact with guests. Almost everyone has had a steak that was dry and flavorless. You chewed it while chasing each bite with sips of cold soda in hopes of masking the flavor and adding moister. If you haven’t experienced this you are lucky. If you have, then you know that your steak didn’t get its resting period. Meat needs to rest. You shouldn’t cut meat too early. This will result in releasing all of its meaty juices and flavors. Resting will leave meat tender and full of flavor.
4: Being Too Anxious to eat
We get it; it’s been a long crazy day chasing kids. The dog jumped in the pool and you had to spend twenty minutes chasing him around the house to dry him off. That doesn’t mean that you should rush your meal. Undercooked chicken can make people very sick. Always keep track of your food’s temperature to ensure that meat is to a proper doneness.
3: Not Using a Thermometer
This goes along with our number four. Don’t just assume that it looks the right color so it’s what you want. Use a common tool to be sure, a thermometer. You can check the inside heat of meat by using thermometers which are specifically for meat. It is also easy enough to look up what temperatures different foods should be so they are safe to eat.
2: Not Properly Venting Your Grill
Charcoal grills need air to feed the coals. Too much oxygen can heat coals too much. The opposite can also happen with too little oxygen. Those little nuggets can have the heat suffocated right out of them. Adjust the vents on the grill to maintain a proper even heat of your coals. Or you can just go the non-coal route and you don’t have to worry about those nuggets and what they want.
1: Cross Contamination
We saved this for our number one because this is one of the most important grilling mistakes a person can make. Do NOT put raw meat with cooked meat! Consuming raw meat can lead to a lot of sicknesses and health effects. Those same sicknesses can occur from eating fully cooked meat that has been in contact with raw meat. Therefore, ALWAYS wash your utensils and hands after using them to move around raw meat or have two sets of utensils: one for raw and one for cooked meat. Do NOT let raw meat drip its juices on an already fully cooked piece of meat. Finally, ALWAYS make sure that you are using two different plates to transport your food: one for cooked and one for raw meat.
Hopefully, you can catch these grilling mistakes before there is any real damage done to a person or meal.
Enjoy the Summer with your loved ones and remember to continue to check out our Facebook for Summer DIY projects, safety tips, and much more!
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