Hagen's Hikes: Last Hikes of a Normal Season

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Jun 12, 2020

The heat of summer gave way to an early cool in the fourth quarter of 2019, when Service Managers Tim Hagen and Matt Schmidt continued their way to their goal of hiking the entire 1000 miles of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail (IAT). Hagen hit his 300-mile mark in October and Schmidt, who began his goal a few hikes behind Hagen, hit his 100 miles in February 2020. The decent into the deep freeze of winter would mark another milestone, one that no one saw coming.

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How to Choose and Use Digital LED (EMC) Signage

Posted by John Wachniak on Jun 1, 2020

There are many things to consider in determining whether incorporating a digital LED sign (also known as an Electronic Message Center or EMC) into your landscape is right for your business or organization.

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Scheduled Maintenance Prevents Downtime in Industrial Environments

Posted by Ethan Newton on May 12, 2020

Unplanned downtime is costly. It’s important to be proactive with your building and equipment maintenance so that your facility remains operational. Adoption of lean production practices such as an organized workspace and an optimized workflow are good, but if your equipment or electrical systems fail, you’re exposed and vulnerable.

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Top 5 Tasks for Your Business Sign

Posted by John Wachniak on Apr 15, 2020

With so many design options, it’s easy to forget the basic reasons for a business sign. Recent studies by the Sign Research Foundation and the University of Cincinnati confirmed that signs can either draw or deter traffic and even infer the quality of your products and services.

In their annual BrandSpark/Better Homes and Gardens American Shopper Study, the University of Cincinnati (UC) surveyed over 60,000 United States consumers, ages 18-65+. In the survey, consumers revealed the effect of signage quality, the use of signage to infer quality and the usefulness of indoor and outdoor signage for new information. The study also examined the effects of good design and size on the legibility of signage.

Above all, the study reveals that regardless of age, gender or education level, most consumers take a pass on businesses with poor signage. Things like size, color, lighting, even surrounding visual distractions, all make a difference for passing motorists.

With all the visual noise, how do you create and implement a sign strategy that sets you apart but doesn’t turn off or confuse your audience?

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When You're Frustrated at Work, Choose a Different Circle

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Apr 9, 2020

At work, we all have times when we get frustrated by what’s going on around us. Our frustrations and concerns can negatively impact our workplace satisfaction and productivity.

Take Harry, for example. Harry is a leader I coach. He manages a six-person team.

Harry is struggling these days. He has three key concerns that have been coming up in our coaching conversations:

  1. He has an open position on his team, but the organization (his boss and boss’s boss) may be shifting the headcount to another area of need.
  2. Harry is unclear about the objectives his boss wants him to achieve this year. He can’t seem to get concrete definition or metrics from his boss.
  3. Harry recently got feedback about his own leadership. Senior leaders in the organization don’t see him having the “strategic vision” needed to move to the next level.

These concerns are causing frustration and unhappiness for Harry. They’re valid concerns, yet as concerns, they’re keeping Harry stuck. He’s feeling like a victim.

But there is a way out....

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The Importance of An Uninterruptible Power Supply

Posted by Tim Hagen on Jan 27, 2020

When your business relies upon electrical power, the last thing you want is unplanned downtime due to equipment failure and power outages. Whether your business is industrial, commercial, healthcare, IT, financial, education, or any other industry -- power outages and equipment failures are costly and even dangerous.

There are several options that bring more reliability to electrical systems.

  • Scheduled Maintenance for Equipment
  • Back-Up Generators
  • Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)
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7 Data Communication Safety Priorities for Schools and Universities

Posted by Ernie Garza on Nov 20, 2019

The security of educational institutions is extremely important in today’s world. Each year about 38,000 criminal offenses are reported on U.S. campuses.

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How To Manage Your Data Load For The Internet Of Things (IoT)

Posted by Ernie Garza on Nov 13, 2019

The internet of things (IoT) is the world’s massive set of interconnected devices that operates through the internet. From cell phones to coffee makers, these days almost anything can be linked up to the web.

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Hagen's Hikes: A Test of Skill, Tolerance and Mosquito Netting

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Oct 24, 2019

Wisconsin’s wet spring gave way to a hot and steamy summer challenging Service Manager Tim Hagen with some difficult hiking conditions that had less to do with terrain and more to do with terrestrial beings -- bugs, that is. Hagen was glad to have the company of Matt Schmidt also a service manager at Lemberg, for the summer hikes on his way toward the end of the 1000 miles of the Ice Age Trail.

With temperatures in the 80's and 90's and the usual Wisconsin high humidity, Hagen trekked over 114 miles of the state's lush countryside filled with picturesque farmsteads, winding trails and peaceful beaches. But not all of it was kind.

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3 Reasons To Have An Expert Install Security System Cabling & Components

Posted by Ernie Garza on Oct 2, 2019

At first exploration, it may seem easy to save capital and take on the installation of a security system cabling and components. In fact, equipment is readily available at most hardware stores and comes with relatively easy-to-follow instructions.

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