Recently, while providing an up-and-coming Virtual Assistant (VA) and small business owner with some start-up information, she asked me a very interesting question, “Why do you and other VA’s join organizations?”I guess I take for granted the reasons why I belong to several industry specific organizations. But, to those that are new to any industry, joining an organization made up of your competitors is a valid concern.Some organizations have members that are from a variety of walks of life (i.e. small business organizations, etc.) while others are more specified and include only members from a specific industry (i.e. VA organizations).I think the consensus among members of any organization is that the benefits of being involved with others in your industry are numerous.So, why should you join industry specific organizations? Here are some of the best reasons:1. Networking. This is one of the main reasons for joining any organization and is actually part in parcel with all the other reasons I will list here.Networking with anyone and everyone is essential to the growth of any business, especially networking with those in your industry.Some industries are still fairly young and by networking with your peers you can all work together to increase the exposure of your specific industry, thus increasing the visibility of each individual member’s businesses.2. The opportunity to work with fellow members. With the increased exposure of various industries, many veteran members may be finding their workloads are getting to a point where they have to outsource some of their projects. If they don’t know about you they won’t even have the chance to consider sending you some of their overflow.Not to mention, most members may specialize in certain procedures and, should a task come up for a client that is not one of their specialties, they may need to subcontract the project.3. Learning from your fellow members. No matter if you are an experienced business professional or new to the industry, there is always something to learn from others.Veteran members have been there and done that so they have the voice of experience to offer. Those new to the industry can sometimes be an excellent source of new & fresh ideas.4. You have the chance to get involved in new ventures. Many veteran members collaborate to initiate new ventures and projects to help enhance their industry. Usually, during the start-up phase of these new ventures, it is common to work with those that you know and respect and have them involved in the process. By being a member of an organization and staying involved, you become visible to your fellow members and thus may be requested to become involved in the newest industry-boosting project5. And finally, one of the perks of joining an organization is the joy of making new friends.Many small business owners operate their businesses from home and isolation can become an issue. Being a member of any organization results in making friends with fellow members, reducing the isolation aspect. These friendships can also result in a mentor type relationship where the two (or more) of you share ideas that will help to boost each other’s businesses and even your personal lives. (Such is the case of myself and my best friend Kathy Ritchie of Ritchie Secretarial Service – http://www.thebestva.com – a fellow Virtual Assistant)To sum it all up, being a member of an industry specific organization has many benefits and shouldn’t be viewed as associating with the enemy. Try to think of your relationship with your fellow industry members as ‘coopetition’ rather than ‘competition’. By working together you can build the industry as a whole, your own individual businesses, and even your personal lives.
Thanks to its variety of uses and longstanding reliability, industrial epoxy is a popular choice among manufacturers. This heavy-duty polymer can be used on almost anything, ranging from concrete floors to water tanks, expensive industrial equipment and much more. Due to the substance’s naturally occurring properties, industrial epoxy is both long-lasting and extremely durable. Its chemical makeup accounts for its ability to form firm bonds, allowing for even the toughest of materials to be joined together. Because of this capability, industrial epoxy is heavily relied upon in the manufacturing world. When sold for industrial use, epoxy is typically shipped in oversized containers, each capable of holding large quantities of the substance, and is most often bought in bulk by manufacturers.Most manufacturers use expensive equipment that is frequently exposed to corrosive substances, including water, alkali bases and harmful chemicals. In order to safeguard this equipment from further deterioration, companies rely on various types of industrial epoxy as a solution to these problems. Not only is this substance capable of repairing damaged industrial equipment, but its protective polymer coating provides long-lasting prevention against corrosion.Industrial epoxy is also used as a reliable method for both repairing and maintaining concrete floors often found in warehouses, manufacturing centers and industrial plants. Given their constant exposure to heavy industrial traffic, these concrete floors become spalled and worn over time, which eventually leads to the development of holes and cracks throughout the concrete flooring. Manufacturers use industrial epoxy to repair damages, while simultaneously resurfacing the floors with a resilient protective coating. This industrial epoxy coating is capable of withstanding tough impacts, harsh abrasions and heavy traffic, along with offering resistance to strong chemicals, solvents, cleaners, corrosives and acids.Water and waste management equipment, including pipes, water tanks, wet wells and basins, can easily erode due to their constant contact with elements such as salt water, mineral acids, alkalis and sewage. To repair current damage while preventing future deterioration, manufacturers apply an anti-corrosive coating to all water and waste management equipment. Not only will it repair any preexisting corrosion, but it will provide long-lasting protection against future damage, despite being faced with high temperatures, harsh chemicals and abrasive materials.Overall, the development and use of them by manufacturers has proven to be a great success. In addition to the range of things for which it can be used, it also offers protection for your important assets while saving money in the long run. With the variety of industrial epoxies currently available on the market, manufacturers can be sure to find the right product to fit their company’s needs. Their ability to repair damage while withstanding dangerous substances and extreme conditions, makes it an invaluable commodity for manufacturers across the world.
Coatings for industrial floors are usually designed for use in places with large equipment. These coatings are mainly used in two places: residential garages where trucks and cars are parked, and factories with large machines and high foot traffic. The coatings must be level, durable and impact resistant. Currently there are several industrial floor coating options available to choose from.Types of Industrial Floor CoatingsEpoxy
This is among the best popular coatings for industrial floors. Industrial epoxies usually cover surfaces which are harder like concrete. They are usually made from plastic based resins that are mixed together so as to make a liquid mixture, which is then spread on the floors and later to dry and form a plastic surface. You may paint the floor and stamp decorative versions on it. However, industrial versions require durable coats which will easily withstand wear.Hybrid Polymer
Hybrid polymers resemble epoxies; however they are more complex and provide more direct advantages for industrial application purposes. These coatings can be more easily installed. The coatings are also more resistant to situations that are common in warehouses and factories like UV radiation and chemical spills. There are newer types of coatings which may be much more costly compared to epoxy options.Ceramics
Ceramic coatings are usually created out of clay mixed with various stabilizers and burnt into tile or brick shapes. Professionals responsible for the installation then link the materials that are across the floor using jointing cements. Ceramics are excellent at being heat resistant and are usually very durable. The installers often put the ceramics on top of a resin base to enhance the resistance impact. A much newer material made of carbon is slowly replacing the ceramics.Sealers
For less costly and simpler choices, factories create their floors from concrete and apply a good and appropriate sealer. Such sealers usually prevent moisture from entering the concrete and also help to protect the concrete from long term wear and spills. To keep the concrete in good condition, you have to keep reapplying the sealants usually after a couple of years.Green polyurethane
Green polyurethane is another form of polyurethane with no toxic isocyanates or any other substance that could be harmful. This is a modified form of hybrid polyurethane which possesses the properties of epoxy and polyurethane binders and is usually used as industrial floor coatings. It’s production does not involve any use of chemicals that may pose danger to one’s health and now, top regulatory agencies are recommending the use of polyurethane in the absence of isocyanates.Other benefits of this green coating solution include the fact that it is impervious to moisture. This implies that they are very stable and usually do not go through changes in their chemical composition when they come into contact with water. They are also corrosion resistant when exposed to chemical compared to conventional industrial floor coatings. Green Polyurethane is resistant to a variety of chemicals and possesses excellent adhesive properties and its durability is superior, giving the consumer more value for their money.Among the aforementioned industrial coating options, Green polyurethane stands out, as it offers more advantages and has less footprint on the environment than other coating solutions..