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Questions To Ask Before Choosing Water Billing Services

Utility companies, particularly water utilities, are often faced with a very real challenge of trying to do everything in-house. In addition, building owners, mobile home park managers or managers of large or small apartments, condos or multifamily dwellings may all have to deal with the ongoing issue of billing and collecting for water usage. For many of these utilities as well as property owners and managers, hiring water billing services can take all the work out of this monthly task. These systems can either continue with paper billing or move up to fully online billing services. The Online Advantage By going with fully online water billing services, it is possible to reduce costs and also provide a better billing system for your tenants and occupants. Account owners can simply go online to view and pay their bill, or even look at usage comparisons or patterns to help them to become more aware of when and how they are using water. Online payments also make it easy for the utility or property owner or manager. They can also log into their own secure accounts and view usage, payments, pattern changes or even identify unusual water usage that may be an indication of a problem in the water lines. Asking About Services Take the time to talk to the water billing services you are considering. Make sure to ask about: * Types of payments processed * Access to current and past bills online through the client and business account * Data collection periods (data in real-time or sent in once a day) * Costs for the service * Experience in client billing * Any downtime experienced by the system and how data is stored and secured It may also be important to ask for one or more references from the past or current businesses, utilities or property managers using the billing service. This information can be very helpful in making a final determination. To learn more about the water billing services offered at ABT Water Management, visit us online. More information about our billing services can be found at...

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Specialty Coatings: Made-To-Order

Specialty coatings are nothing new. Finishers have been creating essentially designer coatings for customers for decades if not centuries. However, over the years, the demand for such products has continued to rise. More and more demanding applications are continually seeking made-to-order solutions. This is resulting in an improvement in their market sector as finishing companies adapt to the need of their customers for unique and specialized finishes. Who Requests Specialty Coating Services? Today’s market is replete with companies that increasingly are requiring exacting specifications of fabricators, metalworkers, and finishers. The applications they offer the public need to have specialized protection against a variety of environmental factors. Coating the metal using a polymer or other type of plastic is an effective means of providing protection and imbuing other properties to the base substrate surface of their parts. Companies that ask for specialty coating services are often those in the vanguard of technological innovation. They see specialty coatings as providing their components with what they require to meet the high-level demands of customers and federal and other agencies. Among those who most request this specialized service are:  * Medical Device Industry  * Electronic Manufacturers and Assemblers  * Automotive Industry  * Aerospace And Military Industries They rely on finishing companies, their design teams, technicians and specialized technology – including equipment, to provide them with the specific coatings they need to retain a hold or surge ahead in the very competitive local and global marketplaces. Specialty Coatings Today’s market is a place where competition is fierce. It is also an environment where technology and concern by government and other agencies place stringent restrictions on the components and products of industries. To satisfy the demands of the various invested parties, many companies turn to finishing companies to help improve their product while making them compliant and cost-effective. They avoid generic coatings, instead requesting specialty coatings to help all their parts meet all company, customer, and governmental...

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Comparing Aluminium Plates For Specific Projects

Buying aluminium plate requires the buyer to know the specifics of the project, job or application before choosing the right type of plate. This is essential not only to have the ideal material to work with but also to make sure the plate is the right match for the job and the specifics of the environment where it will be used. In general, all types of aluminium plates, particularly precision cast or cast tool and jig plate, is going to be highly stable. This means that after the plate has been cut or machined there will not be any issues with warping, twisting or deformation of the plate. This can occur with other types of alloys and will require additional milling, finishing or other operations. Without the need for any additional services to the parts, the cost and time of production are lower. This means production savings for the fabricator or manufacturer that can be translated into more competitively priced end products. Comparing Aluminium Plates It can be a challenge to compare aluminium plates unless you are able to look at all the desired or necessary factors against the options. In general and for most applications, processing characteristics will be critical as well as size, actual alloy composition, physical properties, mechanical properties, and tolerances. Most of the quality aluminium plate produced in the United States as specialty precision plate will be considered very good to excellent with regards to weldability by WIG/MIG welding techniques. Not all will be suitable for resistance welding, so this may be an important consideration. Generally, all will be highly machinable and will have some level of corrosion resistance to inland and marine atmosphere. If one type of plate doesn’t have this level, finishing can be used to develop a suitable coating for any type of protection...

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Automatic Banding Machine Options for Your Business

There are many ways to secure materials for handling and loading. For example, many companies use stretch film or shrink wrapping technology. However, plastic film has its limits, and when you need heavy-duty load securing, you need something much stronger, and this is why many companies choose automatic banding machine technology. Here is more about the process and some of the many choices you have for materials. How Does Banding or Strapping Work? Strapping works on a simple principle. If you wrap something strong around materials, you’ll secure them. This makes materials easier to handle and keeps loads from spilling. It also adds stability to materials, to facilitate loading and unloading. The automated equipment uses large rolls of strapping. Machines wrap the strapping around the product, bond or clamp it together and then cut it. This only takes a matter of seconds, and then the automatic banding machine is ready for the next load. Band Materials You can choose from several material types for your strapping. Selections include steel, plastic, nylon, and paper. Here is more about these choices. Plastic Plastic is one of the most popular choices today. It’s lightweight and easy to apply to packages. It’s also one of the most cost-effective choices you can make. Bonding plastic is simple because an automatic banding machine can use heat to quickly create strong plastic bands. Steel Steel bands are not as common as years ago because plastic is cheaper. However, if you have heavy-duty applications, steel bands are still the best choice. When you apply steel straps, they have very little stretch (unlike plastic), so it’s good for large loads of wire (that have a lot of tension) and heavy loads of bricks or stones. Other Materials Plastic banding replaced most nylon bands because they cost less. Paper sees use in lightweight and paper-based materials like stacks of paper...

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Find A New Favorite Chocolate Bar In Chicago

Do you have a favorite chocolate bar? Chocolate candy bars are some of the world’s favorite things to eat, and they are found almost everywhere, in hundreds of different varieties. If you want something a little bit out of the ordinary, then you can’t go wrong by searching for a gourmet chocolate shop in Chicago. The Windy City is well known as a place where candy and chocolate shops abound. Eating a fresh, handmade chocolate bar from Chicago, made with natural and high-quality ingredients, is certain to be an experience that you will never forget and want to try again soon. Why Get A Chocolate Bar From Chicago? Chicago was one of the biggest immigration hubs in the 19th and 20th centuries. Immigrants from Europe settled here, bringing with them their own cultures and customs from home. This included the foods and beverages they enjoyed, even chocolate! Europe has been home to some of the finest chocolatiers in history and thanks to the European immigrants introducing their chocolate and going into business selling it, Chicago became the candy capital of the nation! Today, since there are so many candy options, confectioners and chocolatiers have become more creative in order to get their shops noticed. You can find some truly unique and unforgettable chocolate bars here. What To Expect From Chocolate Bars In Chicago A chocolate bar is a very fun and convenient way to enjoy chocolate, either by itself or accompanied by delicious fillings or other ingredients that have been mixed in with or sprinkled over the chocolate. Look for a candy shop that makes their candy bars by hand. Shopping for the perfect candy bar in their store will make you feel like a kid again as you are surrounded by so many delightful...

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