The Benefits of Portable Power Supplies

Long gone are the days when you had to be glued to the wall in order to use a laptop or other electrical equipment.  Today there are many options with solar chargers and portable power supply products.  Therefore, you can easily use personal electronic devices outdoors or while on the public bus or train.

The power source creates power storage and eventually power use.  You have to have an original energy source to charge a battery pack.  Next, the portable battery pack stores energy and then you can easily use an electronic device which can also be recharged.

There are various power sources that can be used to charge up a power storage unit.  You can use AC power (a wall outlet), a 12V DC (car charger), a USB (any source: wall, car, or computer), a solar panel, kinetic motion or hydrogen fuel cell.  When far away from wall outlets or some of the other outlets like a diesel electric hybrid gpu, you have to have a pack that can be charged in a different way.

Today, solar energy packs are a great source of off-the-grid power.  Solar energy is a great choice for long trips if you need to recharge a device multiple times.  There are a few variations when it comes to solar chargers.  You can select one that only has panels (rigid or semi-flexible), panels with integrated storage batters, or panels with independent storage batteries.

When selecting a solar panel, you should pay attention to the size.  Larger solar panels can collect sunlight quicker which translates into battery power being converted quickly.  Smaller panels can take longer to charge.  Solar panels chargers can take anywhere from 4 to 16 hours to charge.  Solar panels are measured in watts.  The higher amount of watts, the more electricity is generated.

While solar energy can store battery efficiently, it’s not always best to use to charge the electronic device directly.  The reason for this is that these power sources don’t always contain the proper circuitry which helps to control the flow of electricity into the electronic device.  Sometimes these power sources can actually lead to damage of the device.  It’s a good idea to always check the manufacturer’s guidelines before using a product with a specific type of charger.

When selecting a charger, pay attention to the storage capacity, the power output and the battery technology.


How NOCs Can Improve Productivity Efficiency

Summary: In order to improve your company’s effectiveness and overall security, a NOC can be your solution.

The Network Operations Center (NOC) is more than just a central command center. It not only provides the customer that peace of mind that they need when it comes to running a successful and efficient business, but it also monitors the health, productivity, and security of the network infrastructure that’s required. Here are some of the reasons why co-sourcing a Network Operations Center might be the best decision you’ll make for your business.

24/7 Protection

One of the issues with in-house monitoring is the limited time frame that the IT specialists have. More specifically, the team cannot manage an issue if something goes wrong during the middle of the night. In most cases, if a problem does occur, the team will walk into the next day to resolve it, as opposed to a 24 hour NOC that’ll handle anything by utilizing remote monitoring and management software that can remotely access any network and obtain the information they need to correct the problem.



With these alerts, the team can resolve the issue immediately as opposed to having to rely on making tickets that are categorized by priority and severity. Now, you might be thinking there may not be a need for security operation center consoles, but consider the fact that you could be the target of a major hack. What if it occurs at the middle of the night when your employees are sleeping soundly? Consider it “open season” for those that are targeting your company. And, the effects of this can be devastating.

The Application and Advantages of Ion Beam Sputter Deposition

Written by: Denton Vacuum, LLC

Summary: Learn why ion beams are favorable for certain applications.

Ion beam technology has been around for a long time. There are numerous advantages of utilizing ion beam sputter deposition techniques over physical or chemical deposition. Here is a breakdown of the advantages and practical uses that are still applied today.

Ion beams have the capability to coat applications with a wide range of specifications that surpass those of physical or chemical deposition. Their platforms showcase their interchangeability and flexibility by providing the user with either a simple rotation or multi-faceted flip fixture.

What is Ion Beam Sputtering?

Essentially, an ion source is generated to create a beam that targets an object. What the ion beam is consisted of is an anode and a cathode. With the application of a high amount of voltage, an electrostatic field is then created within the ion’s source pushing the ions towards the center. After a gas is injected – which is a crucial step in the process – the gas begins to ionize and the source creates plasma within. After, this process then shoots an ion in a form of beam directly at the target and sputters the material onto the sample. This process follows a similar pattern to e-beam evaporation but involves plasma instead of electrons.

Certain applications, such as biological applications, favor ion beam sputtering due to certain factors such as heat and thermal sensitivity. Excellent sources of coating can be still produced on heat sensitive samples due to the sputtering process’s enhanced capabilities. For example, a slice of cheese can be coated using an ion beam without any complications from the deposition process. An ebeam ray wouldn’t be able to match this type of quality produced.

The Many Uses for a PVD System

Physical vapor deposition is a blanket term that is meant to encompass a host of processes used to apply a thin film coating to a substrate. This technique was utilized by NASA in 2010. The goal was to create lighter parts that could withstand the intense pressures and strain needed to propel a vehicle to space. Since, almost every mechanical industry has benefitted from the usage of PVD coating.

High Performance

F-1 racing involves high-performance parts that must be able to function under immense strain. Parts can heat up quickly, and materials would be prohibitively expensive to replace if they continued to break down. Improvements to the manufacturing sector allow builders to metalize plastic parts, which is excellent for bolts and bearings that need strength. The process is also used to reinforce gear boxes and increase their longevity.

Weight Concerns

Both the aerospace and automotive industries benefit greatly from reduction of weight in their vehicles. Less weight means less to push or pull in propulsion, which ultimately cuts fuel consumption. It also has the added benefit of increasing the top speed that a vehicle can travel.


The most cited benefit of using this technology comes in the form of added durability for the products in question. Metalizing a product lends the properties of that metal to whatever the product is. Plastic screws are a good example. Plastic pieces are metalized in temperature-controlled chambers, where the metal can be superheated and the chamber cooled enough to contain the plastic without damaging it. The thin layer reduces material usage and improves durability, even if that layer is mere microns in thickness.


Bio: Denton Vacuum, LLC specializes in vacuum deposition systems used in the manufacture of high-performance parts and medical devices.

The Diversity of Thin Film Technology

Guest post is provided by Denton Vacuum, LLC, a leader in processes such as magnetron sputtering and PVD coating.  Browse their website for more information.

Thin film technology and vacuum metallization are used in a variety of uses.  These technologies are used in a variety of industries including medicine, solar, optics, microscopy, semiconductors, aerospace as well as other emerging technologies.

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Both thin film technology and vacuum metallization have a wide range of modes.  When these processes are mentioned, it’s crucial to discuss physical vapor deposition.  Physical vapor depositions occur in a high precision vacuum.  PVD uses a thin layer film and places it onto a substrate.  This process doesn’t involve a chemical reaction, but is solely a physical process.  PVD is just one of the popular types of vacuum deposition systems that are widely used.

One of the biggest advantages to the diversity in thin film technology is the contribution it has made to the medical field.  Magnetron sputtering systems and ion beam etching are two of the most commonly used methods in the creation of medical devices.  The magnetron sputtering system is one such process that uses magnets to stabilize a charge while performing physical vapor deposition.  Essentially, a target material is vaporized and then leaves behind a thin film on a substrate.  These films are then used in the coating and manufacture of many different types of high-tech products, including medical devices.

With the production of the various medical devices, people’s lives all over the world are benefitting from these new technologies.  Medical devices span a wide range of uses and applications such as wheel chairs, pacemakers, MRI devices, as well as optics.

Sputtering Systems Helping Advance The Production Of Medical Devices

Medical devices are something that require a great deal of precision in terms of their overall production.  With the help of Sputtering systems you can be sure that your production will be handled with the utmost care.

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The manufacturing world has enjoyed a lot of benefits thanks to the progression of engineering.  From a manufacturing standpoint, companies are always looking to make products better, and more efficiently.  The whole idea of effective and efficient manufacturing is what has pushed lean manufacturing to the points that it is at today.  Thanks to engineering developments in the field of optics, manufacturing practices can be improved to create products in a mass production environment with a great amount of precision.  Precision is of the utmost importance when developing highly technical products, such as producing a microprocessor in large quantities.  Thanks to the advancements in engineering you do not have to worry about these projects as much due to the fact that they are becoming far simpler with the technology moving forward.  New engineering progression is happening every day which is exactly why it is one of the most exciting areas to be a part of.

Precision in the manufacturing of medical devices can really be assisted with the help of optical coating systems.  These ion beam assisted deposition systems from Denton Vacuum, LLC are extremely advanced and are leading the way in the engineering world.  Denton is proving that engineering can never be limited as it is always moving forward and always challenging the way things are done.