Home Theater Control – It's The Remote, Stupid!

Written by Steve Faber

It’srepparttar one piece of equipment that can really make or break your home theater system;repparttar 149883 remote control. It’s no good to haverepparttar 149884 latest and greatest gear and world’s biggest DVD collection if you can’t figure out how to use anything. True home theater nirvana is a fantastic performing system anyone can use with a single button press.

Many of today’s home theater receivers and surround processors come with a “smart” remote control. Some of these are actually pretty good too. B&K and Denon come to mind. If you know what you are doing, you can get one of these babies programmed to orchestrate your entire system pretty well. If you haven’trepparttar 149885 time or inclination for such a project yourself, hire a professional installer to bring everything together for you. A great place to start is CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association). They have member firms in every state, and many foreign countries, that are experts in making complex home theaters easy to use.

Remote controls come in several flavors. The one most people are familiar with comes with almost any electronic component you buy these days. Forrepparttar 149886 most part it does a pretty good job at makingrepparttar 149887 particular component do what you want. Some of these even let you control other components, especially if they are fromrepparttar 149888 same manufacturer. This way, for example, you can use your TV remote to also control your VCR or DVD player.

The next rung uprepparttar 149889 remote control ladder isrepparttar 149890 so called “smart remote”. This type of remote is able to control multiple pieces of equipment from different manufacturers. Some can control up to 8 or 10 different components. They are usually set to control each piece of equipment by entering a 3 or 4 digit code. Some of these units will learn control functions from other remote controls. This is helpful ifrepparttar 149891 unit you need to control is not in your remote control’s internal database. You usually accomplishrepparttar 149892 learning by entering a “learn” mode onrepparttar 149893 smart remote, pointingrepparttar 149894 “teaching” remote atrepparttar 149895 smart remote and pressingrepparttar 149896 desired button. Viola! Your smart remote has learnedrepparttar 149897 command fromrepparttar 149898 original remote control.

If you want things even easier than using just one remote to control everything, you need a remote that does macros. These are command sequences initiated by pressing one button. For example, you want to watch a DVD. Typically you would have to turn on your TV, DVD player and surround receiver. Then you would have to switch your TV torepparttar 149899 component input and your receiver torepparttar 149900 DVD input. With a macro capable remote, this sequence is programmed intorepparttar 149901 remote. The remote then plays back allrepparttar 149902 commands inrepparttar 149903 appropriate order so you don’t have to.

Lean Manufacturing Through Factory Floor Innovation

Written by MDSS-Machine performance

Takingrepparttar concepts ofrepparttar 149856 Toyota System and enhancing them with today’s information systems technology has beenrepparttar 149857 key to allow some manufacturers to unlockrepparttar 149858 door that leads to a short-cut in process improvement projects. They are rethinkingrepparttar 149859 good ideas of lean manufacturing and are using today’s factory floor information tools to quickly and easily improve factory floor performance, customer responsiveness and their bottom line.

Process improvement through a leaner approach and finite scheduling forrepparttar 149860 factory floor can be demonstrated in a number of ways: Minimize cycle time Minimize inventory Meet customer expectations in quality and delivery Look for ways to improve changeover Empowerrepparttar 149861 workers Create a culture for continuous improvement

Creating a “culture” for continuous improvement can be realized through another lean concept…repparttar 149862 use of visual aids. By makingrepparttar 149863 factory floor activity visible throughrepparttar 149864 use ofrepparttar 149865 Manufacturing Execution System (MES), and measuringrepparttar 149866 flow times of parts on a continuous basis,repparttar 149867 factory has a benchmark from which to identify areas that need improvement andrepparttar 149868 system to demonstrate those improvements.

For example, ofrepparttar 149869 factories that are moving to lean manufacturing, how many have put a machine monitoring equipment in place to measurerepparttar 149870 flow time of a part? If there is a system that allows this basic metric, how many can tellrepparttar 149871 percentage of time that parts are being “value-added” versesrepparttar 149872 waste (or non value-added) time? Time is wasted during a downtime occurrence, waiting for a tool/die/mold or other necessary piece of equipment. Other examples of waste are times spent waiting for a quality check or unnecessary time in changeover/set-up.

With information systems for factory floor data collection,repparttar 149873 analysis ofrepparttar 149874 factory floor processes andrepparttar 149875 flow of parts, sometimes referred to as a “current state map”, can be made visible. If your company is going take action to improverepparttar 149876 process then why not makerepparttar 149877 process flow visible and available all day, everyday. If improvement is truly continuous, then why makerepparttar 149878 evaluation ofrepparttar 149879 flow episodic.

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