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New Color Production Area

5 Dec

Over the past couple months, we have been making a large transformation inside the building to make room for our new Color Production area.

First the black and white production was moved out of the area and the carpet was removed.

Twister Carpet Remover

Then a couple of days of smoothing out the floor to make sure it is level.

Floor Grinding

 

Then it was time to put the new floor down.  A special paint and sealant were installed.

Moving In!

 

And then it was time to start bring the equipment in.  That included our new Fuji Acuity Flatbed.

Fuji Acuity

 

To see a full set of picture, please goto our Flickr site at http://flic.kr/s/aHsjN6q2hh

There will be more forthcoming announcements on the entire project in future postings.

Electromagnetic Interference

29 Oct

Noise on Circuit

The topic this month is “NOISE”.  Not the racket coming from your kid’s bedroom down the hall but the insidious corruption of an electrical signal in a circuit.  EMI or electromagnetic interference commonly referred to as “noise” can be a nuisance.  Electrical noise currents on data communication cables are a real problem.  They can cause corruption of the desired signals being sent across the cable by the equipment connected to its ends.  In extreme cases, these noise currents may even become great enough to cause electrical damage, such as component burnout, to the circuit elements used at either end of the cable.

Electrical noise is the result of more or less random electrical signals getting coupled into circuits where they are unwanted, i.e. where they disrupt information-carrying signals.  Noise occurs on both power and signal circuits, but generally speaking, it becomes a problem when it gets on signal circuits.  Signal and data circuits are particularly vulnerable to noise because they operate at fast speeds and with low voltage levels.  The lower the signal voltage, the less the amplitude of the noise voltage that can be tolerated.  The signal–to-noise ratio describes how much noise a circuit can tolerate before the valid information, the signal, becomes corrupted.

ElectricalSignal

Electrical noise, in its various forms, can adversely affect any product using electronic circuitry. Its potential to cause damage or dysfunction is increasing today as electronic circuits become

In Offices, the laser copier/printer is a well-recognized “bad-guy” on the office branch circuit.  It requires an internal heater to kick in whenever it is used and every 30 seconds or so when it is not used.  This constant switching has two effects: the current surge or inrush can cause repetitive voltage sags; the rapid changes in current also generate transients that can affect other loads on the same branch.more and more complex. Today’s computers and microprocessor-based systems operate at higher speeds and provide more features with reduced size and weight through the use of complex solid state components, both analog and digital. These are inherently fragile and susceptible to damage and/or malfunction from electrical noise.

How can I Protect My Equipment?

Proper grounding of the electrical system is essential.  If your business doesn’t have grounded three-pronged outlets, the first step is to install them.  It is best to put printers on its own dedicated circuit.

Fuses and circuit breakers protect building circuits from overheating and causing fires.  However, damaging spikes and surges occur so quickly that they pass through circuit breakers.  To catch spikes and surges before they damage your equipment, you need surge suppressors.  Surge suppressors react within one billionth of a second (called a nanosecond) to divert the excess voltage to the buildings ground.  Good surge suppressors also filter line noise.

In the Video below you can hear an example of electrical noise

Get to Know Your BPI Team

15 Oct

Bryan Manicke

Production Assistant

Madison, Wisconsin

bmanicke@bpiinc.com

Bryan has been with BPI Inc. since late May of 2013.  He is currently working in production at our Madison East location.  Bryan’s focus since joining BPI’s team has been large format scanning.  When not scanning, Bryan assists the Madison East team with usual production duties:  printing, laminating, scanning, and upkeep.

Previously, Bryan was employed at the Clarion Suites in Madison as a front desk manager, gaining a fair share of customer service skills and knowledge during his 9 year employment.  On the side, Bryan enjoys working on small computer repairs because of his extensive background in that area. As well, Bryan is enrolled in the Cisco Networking Specialization degree program at Madison College. 

Bryan is married to his wife of thee years, Lisa Manicke, a German language teacher employed within the Deforest School District.  In early September Bryan and Lisa bought a house on the east side of Madison where they live with their new puppy, Bilbo.  Bryan feels his free time is best  spent doing something mentally engaging, whether that be reading a good book, playing an involving computer game, working on a home project, trying to program his Raspberry-Pi microcomputer, or working on his car.

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