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Tracegains Webinar To Address Easy Pti Labeling

Tracegains Webinar To Address Easy Pti Labeling

A 30 minute webinar will discuss the intricacies of properly and easily labeling in the field, whether to pre-print labels or generate them onsite on-demand, and a recommendation of best practices so that the additional steps required have minimal to no impact on daily operations.

Effective PTI compliance means applying labels at a time and place when it least disruptive to your operations.  TraceGains has been part of several trials with major leafy greens growers in California. This experience has been translated into a cost-effective solution that allows growers to print labels when and where they are needed; these data can be electronically shared including packing and traceability information which is forwarded to the cooler.

Learn how to meet current and future Produce Traceability Initiative milestones using TraceGains’ software and services.  TraceGains’ leadership and experience in PTI is widely considered the best by industry leaders.

During the 30-minute webinar participants will learn about:

  • The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) timeline
  • PTI expectations and requirements that take effect later this year
  • Building a GTIN catalog in under 30 minutes
  • Interoperation of retailer-specific standards and the PTI
  • Easy solutions that don’t cost an arm and a leg (and a live demo)

WHEN: Wednesday, March 17

TIME: 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST

SIGN-UP: www.tracegainspti.com/webinar

TraceGains (www.tracegainspti.com) offers affordable turnkey Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) compliance technology solutions for companies of all sizes. Helping growers, packers, and shippers of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are important TraceGains’ portfolio solutions including CaseTrace PTI, LabelTrace, GTIN Sync, and FieldPack. These solutions easily meet PTI, Country of Origin Labeling (C.O.O.L.), and retailer-specific labeling and traceability requirements. All TraceGains’ solutions present findings in easy-to-understand dashboard graphics with full drilldown capabilities, which are available for onsite deployment or delivered as (SaaS) software-as-a-service. Headquartered in Longmont, CO, USA, TraceGains has direct and partner offices throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

TraceGains Inc.


Marc Simony, Director of Marketing



Which Brand To Choose When Buying HDTV

Which Brand To Choose When Buying HDTV

We see many HDTV brands available today, from Sony, to Sanyo, and even Mitsubishi. So which brand are you to choose? It seems as they all have different strong points. But, here are some great tips to choosing which brand of HDTV to buy.
Since HDTV has become available, more and more of the television manufacturers have decided to manufacture high definition television sets. The reason is simple. The technology speaks for itself. You get pristine quality of visual and audio entertainment.
Often when we buy anything with a brand, we generally stick with it, until there are problems. For example if your first car was a Ford, it is likely the next car you buy is a Ford. Likewise if you have an old Sony television set, you almost likely will go with the new Sony Bravia range of HDTV’s.
It makes sense to go with the brand you have gone with in the past. You get a brand you know that has worked for you. However, it does not have to be so rigid. You can in fact choose another brand from the one you usually go with.
You may want to change brands for a number of different reasons. For example the internet allows us to really hear what one brand is really doing. Consumers from all over the world can tell you about the strong and weak points about the HD TV brand, and even model you are considering to purchase. This is amazing, as it is a first in all of history!
In the past all we had to go with was the recommendations from friends and family, today with the internet life becomes easier. Another way you may want to change brands and buy a certain brand of HD TV is with price. You may find exactly similar features in a different brand for much cheaper.
Add to this the research of whether the brand is any good, and you have in your hands the power to choose a better brand of HD TV to buy. Though this is not always easy, and you may need to decide just how much you want to invest in the research.
On occasion having gone into a consumer electronics retailer, we see some products that have a big discount. We often may be inclined to simply go for it. However, there is something to consider. Most of these big discounts are for HDTV sets that are about to be discontinued.
Again the internet can help you find out whether that HDTV model is going to be discontinued. And then consider with research whether it is a good idea to buy that TV.
Most of the time, the big brands attract a bigger price tag. The reason in most cases is for the brand name rather than the quality. But, in some cases the big brand name can also mean quality.
Buying a HDTV set is one of those topics that you either want to invest time into to consider or simply buy on impulse. Though research is always the best option to get the best deal; and it doesn’t have to stop on a certain brand.

Is Somebody Watching Your Every Online Move

Is Somebody Watching Your Every Online Move?

Most people prefer to feel safe that they have privacy in what they do. People close their curtains or blinds, they lock their doors and people close the door when they dress or use the bathroom. Most People take for granted that when they’re alone, no one is watching their every single move.

Imagine someone watching you through a secret camera installed in your home. The idea is pretty chilling, isn’t it? Well, if you use a computer online, there’s a change that someone is in fact watching your every online move.

If you don’t have a spyware fighting software package installed on your desktop or laptop, you might be being watched. The person watching you could be watching you for the purpose of trying to advertise something that they want to sell or worse, they could be looking for person information for their own gain such as your banking, credit card information or for your identification information so they can steal your identity. They can record your keystrokes and send pictures of your computer to another file. If you surf online, you are a target.

Identity theft is a huge problem today. Much of it occurs from ATM card readers or dishonest cashiers and staff in restaurants or retail stores that handle your bank or credit cards. Other problems occur because you unknowingly go about your daily routine online unaware that there’s software secretly installed on your computer that’s reporting your every keystroke elsewhere.

How do you know if someone is spying on you? Many computers will run slowly if there’s Spyware installed on them. Spyware takes up valuable resources to work in the background. Your home page could also be changed or your links could be changed in your browser bookmarks. You also may have noticed extra pop-ups on your computer or errors telling you that you have Spyware. Even if you have no such symptoms, you should protect yourself.

Installing a spyware program is the best way to combat this problem and protect your safety. Good packages can detect any harmful programs and protect your privacy in the future by installing updates and defensively scanning your online environment to protect you against future threats before they strike. Ensure your surfing habits are private by installing software to protect you. Installing spyware software is as important to your safety as antivirus software or even as important as locking the door to your home before going to sleep at night.

Ddii Drives Lean Kanban Solution

Ddii Drives Lean Kanban Solution

Datacraft Solutions, Inc. announces new Kanban card-level calculation functionality, “Daily Demand Import Interface” (DDII). This feature provides alternative sources for inputs necessary to derive optimal inventory levels for large numbers of parts or card sets within the existing product base. Using the DDII tool allows customers to quickly and easily upload new “Average Daily Demand” to Signum and to recalculate card set levels in mass. Once the new demand is uploaded to Signum, production card levels are automatically reset and new Kanban cards are ready for printing.

The DDII web application has three major components: Import Demand, Calculation Reports, and Print Cards

• Import Demand: Allows users to modify and upload new card set information into Datacraft’s pull-based Kanban solution, Signum. Users are able to download current card set information and make changes to such information as minimum reorder quantities and delivery schedules and then upload these changes to Signum.

• Calculation Reports: The “calculation reports” interface provides users with the ability to see all of their uploaded and processed demand data. The data is processed and validated. Valid data is accepted and any errors are flagged for users to review, correct and resubmit.

• Print Cards: The “print cards” component enables users to print new cards for any card-sets modified during a DDII session.

“In many organizations the groundwork for what needs to be built, in what quantities, and by when has already been analyzed. Datacraft’s new and exciting approach to our initial unique “Intelligent Load Leveling” ability to upload/import this data into our system is essential for managing the need for replenishment and on-hand balances required to accommodate defined or changing schedules,” said Datacraft CEO Stephen Parker.

Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com) delivers a revolutionary digital kanban process of automation solutions to lean manufacturers through a secure Internet gateway, eliminating the need to install and maintain a complex IT infrastructure. The company has experienced significant growth in the past twelve months by eliminating complicated, expensive, time-intensive software implementations as well as extensive training regiments and the need for internal support. The Datacraft Solutions’ replenishment supply chain digital kanban lean system allows customers access and fully utilize powerful lean benefits immediately for a low, predictable monthly fee. Services are scalable so manufacturers can design an appropriate digital kanban solution.

Repairing Digital Video Disk ROMs

Repairing Digital Video Disk ROMs

One of the major problems that occur with DVD ROMs is the it is not ejecting. You are trying to view your favorite movie and the it suddenly gets jammed mid way. The problem might well be with a faulty laser or something else that has gone awry with the disk. Would you then try repairing Digital Video Disk ROMs?
Nowadays, removable disk ROMs are available at throwaway prices. Therefore, it is more than probable that you would be able to strike a better deal for your new disk ROM. The new instrument would give you warranty as well as the stability of a fresh product.
The catch is that when you give your removable device to the service center they would take some time to correct the fault. Until you get your product back, you would not have the luxury of using an alternative or replacement. Your next best option is to repair this by yourself.
A number of ways are there by which you can repair your it by yourself without going to the service center.
– If the problem lies in a DVD tray not opening, then one of the easy ways out is to use a pin. If you look carefully at that ROM you are using, you would notice that just beside the indicator button there is a small hole. The hole is tiny and only a pin or something similar could be accommodated. If the front tray is stuck then push the pin inside the hole and wait for the sound of a click. Opening of the lock is indicated by the clicking sound.
– After running for a year or so, the DVD tray often becomes dirty and unreadable. The laser head also gets into a similar state. The best way out is to buy a disk cleaning kit, use it on the ROM. Insert the cleaning CD into the tray, and run it as an ordinary audio CD. After running for 3-4 minutes, the head of the laser will be cleaned. If the drive is still not cleaned, redo the whole process a second time. This is one of the less time consuming ways of repairing a Digital Video Disk ROM.
An alternative for using the head cleaning CD and fluid is the moist linen cloth. Soak a piece of dry linen cloth into spirit and make it moist. Then use the moist cloth to wipe the tray of your Digital Video Disk ROM and the laser head. Do not use cotton to wipe the head, as it might leave some of its finer fragments on it.
Suppose the disk you inserted is not showing up on the computer disk drive. The message given is ‘disk not found’. In such a situation, simply take out the DVD from the tray and wipe it with cotton or soft linen cloth. Wipe it in a clockwise circular fashion from the outer to the inner base. This would ensure that no harm is done to the data structure. When the disk is cleaned put it into the drive and run.
The best advice is to try repairing DVD ROMs by yourself first, and then call for help if necessary.