Metal Fabrication – History and Use in Mining Industry

Metal fabrication began in the earliest civilizations when the metals gold, mercury, silver, tin, iron, lead, and copper were discovered. These metals were worked by early artisans into decorative pieces, religious iconography, and jewelry. Items of a practical nature were forged from metal including coinage, tools, and weapons. Using heat and tools, metalworkers began to make functional objects and the industry developed through the years advancing and gaining value from society.

As an industrialised society, the world cannot live without metal; it is essential to almost every industry from mining and heavy industry to agriculture and medical equipment.

Specialist engineers and manufacturers fabricate metal and metal alloys, which are made from a combination of different metals for a staggering number of uses. The pivotal role of metal has been responsible for significant advances in technology, construction, transport, and agri-science. Metal has strength; it is very low maintenance and will last a lifetime and more. Specialist metal fabrication companies are made up of a group of skilled people who all have a role in the process of turning metal into supports for a building, heavy duty mining equipment or boilers and tanks to name a few.

Metal fabrication is a series of processes used to manufacture an object from metal. The specialised equipment involved includes laser cutting machinery, turret punches, machine centers, rollers, welding machinery, water jets, and metal shears. The metals most commonly used for fabrication are aluminium, stainless steel, and carbon steel, which is in the form of sheets, tubing and bars. Most metal objects start life as sheet metal in varying thicknesses depending on the application. Thicker sheets are known as metal plate.

The process starts with the design and then the fabrication begins with the metal sheet being sheared, laser cut or punched into shapes. Once the required basic shape is achieved, the object goes next to the press brake machine to form any bends a process known as forming. Dies are used in the press brake to make the correct accurate shape according to the design plans. The product may be finished at this stage or will be just one component in a series that requires moving on to the next process, which is welding.

Welding is a skilled practice and the artistry of the welder is to take the component parts shaped and formed previously and weld all the pieces together to make the final product in accordance with the design. This final assembly is critical and it is up to the welder to use the welding technique necessary for the job in hand.

Metal fabrication is essential to heavy industry such as mining. The manufacturing of support equipment, skids, conveyor belts, tanks, crushers, drill rigs and hydraulic lifting equipment through to pipe work are all the result of the metal fabrication process. In the mining industry there are very often special requests for one off pieces of equipment that are needed in a hurry and the metal fabrication business that can design and manufacture the product to implementation on site is the company that has the advantage. Metal fabricators may also be called upon to repair equipment or weld a broken object. Mining relies upon rugged, tough machinery often needing custom manufacturing or enhancements making metal fabricators an essential support service to the industry.

Reputable metal fabricators have the ability to design high quality, complex products with precision and manufacture them to full compliance with the specification, which is essential to mining companies who need to be operational at all times. Other metal fabrications for the mining industry include chutes, bins, screen stands, safety guards, stairs, catwalks, platforms and wear plates.

Metal is an essential material for mankind and industry and has the ability to be recycled over and over again which makes it a valuable resource for the global environment. The long working life of all metal fabrications due to its durability means once your product is manufactured, you will not have to worry about it, as it is highly unlikely it will need your attention again.

The mining industry is reliant upon the equipment and the expertise of metal fabricators not only for mine construction but also for ongoing support and maintenance in such rugged environments. For metal fabrication Mackay or metal repairs Mackay, contact 3D Engineering Mackay today.

Private Escorts – Employment Options

When it comes to finding work as an escort, whether you are male or female, gay or straight, you can choose to work for an escort agency, or join the ranks of the independent escorts, or indies. Which you should choose is very much a personal decision, but you need to take into account the pros and cons of each thoroughly prior to commencing work.

If you are new to the business then it could be a good idea to work for an agency, even if only for a while, so that you can become accustomed to the ins and outs of the escort business. This will also give you the opportunity to speak to other escorts employed by the agency, and benefit from sharing their experiences.

The Advantages of Working for an Agency

There is more to working as an escort than many people think when they initially begin, and it can be nice to have someone else to look after some things for you, while you find your feet. For example, the agency will look after advertising, will screen potential clients, will manage your diary for you, and will take care of booking hotel rooms and arranging transport, when needed.

Perhaps most essentially for many escorts, the agency implements a safety net as they know where you are and what you are doing at all times, and the client is very conscious of this. This provides you with a notable level of safety, and with a backup team to call on if you run into trouble.

Speaking of trouble, the law also plays a significant part in many escort’s lives, and the degree to which it affects you will depend on where you are working, and how you are exceuting your business. Many escort agencies have been around for a long time, and are extremely accustomed to what you and cannot do. This again can be enough to stop you inadvertently running into problems.

The Disadvantages of Working for an Agency

An escort agency is just like any other business, and some are very well run while others are poorly run, and may even simply take advantage of their escorts without a care for anything other than the profit the business can make. For this reason, you need to do your homework and make sure you know exactly what kind of agency you are joining.

While an agency will take care of much of the background work for you, such as advertising, client screening and arranging appointments, they will also ask certain things from you in return. For example, they may ask you to be free for work between certain hours each day, and decide how much time off you can have each week. They may also decide where you have to be when you are not working, perhaps allowing you to go home, as long as they can contact you on the phone, or requiring you to be available in the agency’s office.

The agency is also in the business of making money and does this typically by taking a percentage of the fees paid by the client for providing him or her with an escort. Fees can be large, especially in major cities where it is not uncommon for clients to pay several hundred dollars an hour for an escort. You will need to look carefully at the financial agreement sought after by different agencies and choose what is, and what is not, acceptable to you.

The Benefits of Working as an Independent Escort

Private escorts are esentially their own bosses, choosing for themselves when they work, who they accept as clients, and what they are comfortable to do. In effect you are entertaining all of the benefits, including the monetary benefits, of being self employed and, for many people, these benefits often overtake any disadvantages.

The Disadvantages of Working as an Independent Escort

Working for yourself means that you will have to take care of everything yourself, including such things as advertising, sizing up potential clients, booking hotel rooms, arranging for transport, and indeed dealing with anything else that comes up. This can be a lot of work at first, but much of this routine work becomes simpler as time goes on. One thing that you have to understand though, and which will never become irrevelant, are the risks that accompany with escort work.

Like it or not, escort work is potentially very dangerous, and you must not only be constantly wary, but must take positive steps to care for yourself. The list of precautions you need to take is far too extensive to explain them all here, but will include such things as guaranteeing that any room you use with a client has an emergency exit that you can use, and making sure that someone knows where you are, and that the client is aware of this fact. Convincing yourself that this is a safe enough area and that nothing is going to happen to you does not work, and safety needs to be at the top of the list of things to think about for independent escorts.

On Balance

As with any job there are both good and bad points to being an escort, and this is certainly one job that you need to go into with a wary mindset. That said, independent escorts can enjoy a very nice lifestyle if they get it right, and the job can be good fun if you have the fitting personality for it, take the time to understand what you are doing, and set your business up correctly.

Porn Addiction – a growing phenomenon.

Over the last few years I have noticed a huge increase in the number of clients coming to see me for pornography addiction. With the easy access of porn on line, and on tablets and phones, many men are having trouble resisting the urge to view porn more and more often, and it can be scary how quickly this can turn to an addiction.

Some of the key elements in the development of a porn addiction are starting to watch porn at a young age, controlling or uninvolved parents, loneliness and isolation, seeing a model of unhealthy relationships and early sexual abuse.

Once you have realized that you are addicted, your path to freedom starts with the realization that you’ve lost control around sex. You begin to acknowledge that you’re acting regressively and that you are probably a mature man in many ways, but you don’t understand intimacy and have confused intimacy with sexual activity.

Another thing that can be a he realisation is that you can’t get enough of what won’t satisfy you. Objectifying and sexualizing people is an never ending, negative process that yields a few minutes of excitement, a brief orgasm, then hours, days, weeks, months and years of fear, pain, shame, self doubt, self criticism, judgement and anger.

Doing this work will free you from the shackles of your negative sexual story.

Many men who have done so look back and see this as their rite of passage into true manhood, free of old compulsive sexuality. You can then take the energy you are expending on addictive behavior and channel it into a more satisfying career, intimacy and better relationships with a partner and with your family and friends. You’ll really get a life in the full sense.

Counselling for Porn addiction with qualified and experience Psychologists is available in 60 locations Australia wide at the Hart Centre. Call 1300 830 552 to find out more.

Social Media for Brisbane Businesses Explained

Online social media has totally revolutionized not just the way users interact, but more importantly the way that a customer will deal with businesses.

With more than 700 million users world-wide, Facebook on its own is a gigantic marketing body, and of course there are many others like Twitter, Youtube, Google Plus and Linkedin. Although there is much media hype and hysteria, social media sites have fundamentally changed the way that any type of business that has a public presence operates, and are now as necessary to a business as an email address and a homepage.

But with all the obvious differences social media has made to the marketing environment, it is necessary to hold a realistic perspective of its capabilities and results.

Unfortunately, with any kind of new marketing bandwagon comes a great many dishonest or inexperienced firms and “social media experts” which focus on naïve businesses by over-hyping the possibilities and being unable to deliver.

Millions of dollars and an immeasurable amount of time is wasted on useless social media ventures every year. Social media is not magic. Without proper marketing and business basics behind you, a social media presence will fail and simply be a waste of time and money.

Despite hyping the impression of ’no-cost’ advertising with its lack of start-up and/or hosting fees, social media must have a continual presence, site maintenance and fresh content to show good results, and that demands valuable time spent on it that many companies can’t afford to spare. This is where Social Media Brisbane can do the work for you, while still allowing for approval and oversight by clients.

Examples of how people commonly go wrong with social media include:

• Bad Content
Uninteresting or plagiarised articles, outdated suggestions, and terrible attempts to be hip are all too common regarding content published online. Be honest with yourself, people who do business on the internet are quite shrewd, and will recognise smarm and condescension in an instant.

• Impatience
Creating a healthy online social network takes time and persistence. A successful network can’t just sprout overnight, you need time and content in order to grow. Often a business will start up a social media profile, watch the results for a short period of time and then quit with anger when they don’t get the results they hoped for.
This also ties into:

• Consistency
Spacing out your content on a regular schedule over several platforms is far more effective than using up all your content at once or especially not updating at all. Nobody likes a spammer, but with the overload of information that we encounter on a daily basis, if there isn’t a consistent reminder of your brand’s presence you will quickly be forgotten. Even only a fortnightly update can be fantastic for maintaining and increasing relationships with customers.

We here at Social Media Brisbane understand exactly how social media operates, and treat it as a cohesive part of your marketing strategy rather than the be all and end all.

And most importantly, we also integrate revolutionary Search Engine Optimisation systems into our work, which is something that no other social media group offers.

Choosing consultants who concentrate on gimmicks instead of content and that throw around buzzwords like “viral” or “Web 2.0” instead of showing strategy and goals will simply end up as an exercise in frustration.

If you are looking for a social media consultancy based in Brisbane, contact the Brisbane SEO Company today on 3166 9622.

Why upgrade to enterprise risk management?

The Global Financial Crisis taught us the importance of robust risk management practices in identifying and addressing issues that have the potential to impact on overall business objectives. Many organisations have implemented risk management programs, however a significant proportion of these have yet to realise the benefits of upgrading their programs to best-practice Enterprise Risk Management.

What’s the problem with traditional risk management programs?

Historically, risk management has tended to focus only on the negative – how do we identify what might go wrong? How bad will things get if it does? How can we stop it?

Another feature of old-fashioned risk management has been the tendency for it to be “siloed”, with each section of an organisation having its own approach to managing risk.

Modern, best practice Enterprise Risk Management has moved contemporary risk management programs and thinking beyond these limitations.

Why is Enterprise Risk Management better?

Enterprise Risk Management (also known as ERM) has a range of benefits for contemporary businesses:

  • ERM achieves efficiencies across the whole of the organisation by integrating a common approach throughout all functional areas.
  • ERM avoids the pitfall of concentrating on minor risks (such as slip hazards) at the expense of big picture risks (such as failure of critical infrastructure).
  • ERM captures the positive side of risk management, by also considering opportunities for new services, process efficiencies, improved methods of service delivery etc.

What strategies assist adoption of Enterprise Risk Management?

 

QRMC frequently assists organisations to develop or expand their risk management programs to embrace Enterprise Risk Management. Our experience suggests that useful strategies to successfully move to Enterprise Risk Management include:

  • Strong committed, visible leadership.
  • Recognising that risk management is an ongoing (not once-off) process.
  • Treating risk management as a tool to achieve business objectives, not as a compliance exercise.
  • Extensive consultation with, and training of, personnel (at all levels).
  • Consistently integrating ERM across all systems and functional areas within the organisation.

Special considerations for business or department amalgamation

 

A regular feature of contemporary business is the process of amalgamation, either of existing segments of an organisation, or of one business with a completely independent second business (M&A).

Determining the business objectives of a new organisation formed in this way is not always a straightforward exercise. The clarity provided by the risk management process greatly assists this determination.

However, amalgamation poses particular difficulties when it comes to the risk management program:

  1. There are often difficulties involved in assimilating risk-related information from different sources, produced using different methods.
  2. Amalgamation poses the threat of extending the commonly experienced problem of risk management “silos” (as mentioned above) even further by creating silos based on the original business or department entities.

On the positive side, these difficulties present an opportunity to reach solutions by upgrading existing risk management systems to Enterprise Risk Management. Moving the new entity to Enterprise Risk Management provides opportunities to:

  1. Clearly identify the objectives of the new entity, and what risks and opportunities exist in achieving these objectives.
  2. Break down barriers and foster a new organisation-wide approach to risk management and the determination of uniform risk appetite.

Next steps

 

Risk management as a discipline has proven its value over time. Now businesses can extend this value even further by upgrading to Enterprise Risk Management.

For more information on Enterprise Risk Management, safety management, business continuity management and management systems, contact us. We are experts in providing independent and objective facilitation of the process of upgrading or developing new Enterprise Risk Management programs. You can also access other informative articles on our News page dealing with Enterprise Risk Management, as well as newsletters downloadable from our Publications page covering Enterprise Risk Management issues.