Chang-On International – Riding China’s Green Construction Wavenformation

From: The Serious Speculator

Twenty five years ago, I can remember discussing the markets with a very astute and successful investor. He possessed a wisdom that only comes from years of experience. I was telling him about a speculative company that I thought was the hottest thing ever and how everyone was getting involved and were going to be rich.

He listened patiently while I went through my pitch then calmly asked me, “During the gold rush, thousands flocked to the gold fields to strike it rich but, aside from a very few miners who got lucky, do you know who made a fortune yet avoided the limelight?” I thought about it and came up blank so he smiled and told me, “It was the guy that was selling picks and shovels.”

Using that analogy, Chang-On International (OTCBB: CAON) is the proverbial pick and shovel company in the midst of the construction gold rush in China. Construction is booming in China big time. US government statistics reveal that “Construction spending in China increased 165% in the last four years, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, and is still expanding at 25% annually.” Source: BuyUSA. At the same time, the Chinese government is putting an emphasis on the greening of the construction industry, both in the quality of construction and construction methods.

A key component in construction projects are the tools used to manufacture components from pipes to concrete walls and water tanks. Most of these components share one thing in common. They all need a mold or “formwork” to be made. In China traditionally these molds have been made out of bamboo or some other wood or steel. The problem with these materials are that steel is too expensive and needed elsewhere and wood molds don’t last very long. Enter Chang-On International.

Chang-On International has developed its own proprietary technology which allows them to build these molds out of a special resin composed primarily out of recycled plastic and fly ash, a byproduct of burning coal. The result of this amazing development is a mold that is less expensive than its counterparts, lasts longer than wood, is lighter than steel and seals better making for a higher quality finished product. What’s more, being made entirely out of recycled materials, Chang-On’s products satisfy the Chinese Government’s mandate for green construction.

Led by an experienced management team headed by Guomin Li, 47, a pioneer in the field of manufacturing building materials from waste products, Mr Li has been the Chairman of Harbin Hongbo Environment Protection Material Ltd since 2004, now the operating subsidiary of Chang-On International. Over the last 4 years, Mr. Li and his staff of researchers have developed and perfected the proprietary technology that is the basis of their newly implemented marketing strategy.

Imagine, not just a usable product, but a superior one, one that capitalizes on the convergence of need, government mandate and demand, made from ground up soda bottles, an inexpensive and plentiful resource and fly ash, an abundant product that, until now, has offered little utility other than as a filler in concrete. Just as often its nothing more than a disposal problem for coal fired plants.

Focusing initially on Northeastern China, Chang-On already has orders and revenues flowing in and they have already begun to draw plans for expansion of their production facilities and for international expansion through organic growth or licensing.

Consider that China currently uses 43% of all the concrete consumed in the world. It’s a primary material for building construction and, that concrete needs a mold to harden in. The right product, the right time and in the right place. Add to that, the diligence and fierce commitment to accomplishment Chinese achievers are globally respected for along with an amazing frugality (less than $100,000 in salaries since 2004) and you have a winning combination that is worth more than a passing glance.

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Israel – Home Of Innovation

This essay does not suggest appearing arrogant for any critic to object to it; however, the remarkable fact is that this tiny country where the major population centers are squeezed between the green line and the sea, slightly smaller than New Jersey or Lake Michigan, has in just 61 years, in spite of unrelenting defensive wars and terrorism, succeeded to be a major player in the world in high tech, biotech, genetics, medicine, agriculture, solar energy, and more, and has produced startling technological and scientific achievements. This writer wonders why a country that is contributing so much to the world relative to its size be the object of so much demonization and scrutiny. In truth, what Israel lacks in natural resources it makes up for in innovation and brainpower, and even depends on God’s good auspices to send its yearly rain.

In proportion to its population, except the U.S., Israel has the largest number of high tech start-up companies in the world, some 3,500, and the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies. Venture capitals around the world are cognizant of this fact and invest billions of dollars in these companies. Giant companies such as Google, Microsoft, Kodak, Cisco, HP, Motorola, Intel and many more have large scale research and development centers in Israel. I do not know how many of you are aware that AOL instant messenger originates from Israel? That your computer’s major parts of Windows’s operating system were developed in Israel? That Motorola’s commercial cell phone was developed in Israel? And the list goes on and on.

In the medical field, just recently, utilizing the science behind nanotechnology, the Weizmann Institute of Technology has developed a molecular biocomputer to assist in cancer research. Moreover, this university also uncovered new findings that may have implications in delaying and slowing down cognitive deterioration of old age and they have also developed a method that allows bone marrow cells to be transplanted into leukemia patients from non-compatible donors – greatly increasing the possibility of effective treatment. You should also know that Israel also produced state-of-the-art surgical lasers, fully computerized no-radiation diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer, an intelligent medical sensor that can be used to track and direct instruments to an exact three-dimensional location in the heart or other organs via a real-time virtual image, the fully flexible waveguide fiber for endoscopic surgery, unique computerized monitoring systems for critical care patients, pain relieving trans-cutaneous devices and a revolutionary autoclave design to combat AIDS and other infectious diseases, and of course let’s not forget the camera in a pill. And the list goes on and on.

In military technology, Israel produced the Uzi gun and the advanced anti-ballistic defense system like the Arrow (with the US) and is one among a small group of nations in the world that launched a satellite into orbit. In agriculture, Israel is known as a worldwide leader on agriculture innovations and reuses almost 70 percent of its waste water each year for agriculture. This knowledge is also used to assist hundreds of thousands of people in developing countries. Recently, Israel developed a device that enables plants to send a text message when they need water.

The above Israel’s contributions are just a drop in the ocean and are too many to list. All of this while fighting terrorism on the one hand and placating the suicidal impositions from the Western world on the other. Could one imagine what additional stellar contributions might be made if Israel lived in peace?

An Introduction to Home Furniture

When it comes to furniture many people are clueless as to what they should have in their home that will provide them with their basic needs, without having to spend a lot of money. Here is an introduction to home furniture; every home owner should have at least a few of these products, as they will that will provide them with the basics that every home needs to make it feel complete.

Pick Out A Sofa Or A Chair.

The best thing about this guide to home furniture is that it allows you to pick the items that you need from any store or even from garage sales. Now the first thing that should be purchased is a comfortable sofa or a chair that will make you feel like you are in pillow heaven, since there is nothing better than coming home from work and relaxing on something that is soft to relieve muscle aches and pains.

Choose A Bed.

Next would be to choose a bed to sleep on. When it comes to choosing a bed one should always test it out before buying to see if it will suit the needs that you may have that won’t cause any back pain. There are a huge range of beds available, so have a look around to find one that suits your need. Some find that they are perfectly comfortable on a single bed, whilst others need queen or even king size beds – it is all a matter of personal preference.

Grab Yourself A Cheap Bookcase

A bookcase or bookshelf is certainly a necessity in your home – these days, many people have a huge range of books, so having a place to store them can be incredibly beneficial. It can clean up a lot of space! A cheap 4 shelf bookcase or barrister bookcase looks beautiful in any room, and will stay within your possession for years to come.

Choosing the Best Furniture From Kitchen Furniture Stores

One of the most important rooms in your home is the kitchen. Furnishing your kitchen appropriately will give it a social environment. You can always create some quality time in your kitchen with your friends and relative. The kitchen has many uses ranging from entertaining guests around the kitchen table to cooking. The furniture you put in your kitchen will have great impact on the appearance of the room. Thus, when you venture into kitchen furniture stores, ensure you select the right furniture.

You could visit different kitchen furniture stores and compare the items on offer. You could buy the furniture online. As you evaluate the various options, consider the available space in your kitchen. Also have your budget in mind and search for furniture options that fall within your budget. What are the main types of kitchen furniture you are likely to need? You will probably need some kitchen chairs, kitchen carts, tables, bar stools and racks. Having the right furniture will make it easy for you to carry out kitchen chores comfortably.

Ensure that the kitchen furniture is made from the right materials. You could be in need of a kitchen cabinet from the kitchen furniture stores. Start by examining the face of the cabinet. These are the parts that are visible from the front of the cabinet. The wood that has been used should be of high quality. Examine it to ensure that the wood does not have some knots, sanding scars or some grain irregularities.

When you are investing in kitchen tables, ensure that the table is large enough. It should accommodate your family members as some people eat breakfast and other meals on the kitchen tables. The surface of the table also matters. Tables with an impermeable surface are preferable. Spillages are very common in the kitchen. Permeable tables could get stained when drinks pour on them. Tables that are resistant to stains will give you more freedom and help you work at ease.

What technique should you use to choose the best furniture in the kitchen furniture stores? How about testing furniture before you finally buy it? If you are buying some kitchen chairs, sit on them and assess their comfort. Most furniture dealers will allow you to test the furniture to enable you make an informed purchase. You could go for ready made or custom made furniture. The ready made furniture is readily available in the online and onsite stores. The custom made furniture is developed to meet the specifications of the buyer.

Commercial Furniture Vs Home Furniture – What’s the Difference?

Thank god, most people in the world drink alcohol. This is especially true when they are at social events. While its true that people also drink at home, the feel is just different when you’re drinking in a bar or restaurant. For one thing, you don’t have to worry about spilling your drink on your couch, because its not your couch!

Also, the furniture in commercial establishments is usually higher quality than that of your own home. The reason for this is that commercial furniture gets much more use out of it than your home furniture. Think about it. Hundreds if not thousands of people pass through the doors of a given restaurant every single day. Nearly all of them sit in the furniture.

Compare that to the comparably small amount that uses the furniture in your house.

In addition to that, commercial furniture needs to be durable in all situations, both indoors and outdoors.

Once you’ve had your furniture for a length of time, you’re probably going to have to clean it. You should do this once a month or as needed. Simply take a damp cloth, spray some Windex on it, and wipe off the accumulated dust. Fortunately, commercial furniture is made to withstand many, many spills, so keeping it clean shouldn’t be a problem.

Finally, before you make a decision to purchase any furniture, make sure you shop around first. You can get some excellent deals online, especially from China. If you plan on ordering in bulk, take advantage of China’s booming economic growth and low prices.

Home Furniture – Caring For Your Furniture the Safe Way

Many of us spend a small fortune on making our houses comfortable as well as beautiful by buying nice furniture. Thus, it’s only right we look after and maintain the furniture so that we may enjoy it for many years to come. Since most of the furniture within our homes tend to wear out and look worn after only a few years of use, people tend to spend another small fortune only a few years later on new decor for the home, but this can be avoided with some simple maintenance tips.

The first thing to do to give your furniture longevity is to use the right type of cleaners on the right type of surfaces. There are many types of sprays and cleaners available in the supermarket that leave your surfaces germ free and smelling fresh, however, most of these chemicals are fairly harsh and will deteriorate your surfaces and in some cases, they cause even more dirt to be attracted to your furniture. Thus more cleaning will be required. Many of these cleaners may also wear out the natural protective coatings on your leather and wood surfaces.

If you’re thinking that using steam to revive your old furniture or to clean your new ones, think again. The bad thing about steam cleaning is that it can first of all leave excess moisture on your furniture and mold just loves growing especially on damp upholstery. No matter what they tell you on television, steam involves a lot of moisture and it will take a while before your cushions are fully dry. Besides, steam cleaning machines aren’t cheap so stay away from them.

So you might be wondering what the best way to clean your is? Nothing beats a damp cloth for cleaning the hard surfaces backed up with a high quality and strong vacuum cleaner. A quality vacuum will be able to take most of the dirt and dust out of your upholstery and furniture surfaces provided you do it often enough. Normally, once a week of cleaning is sufficient to prevent dirt from sinking deeper down into your furniture’s surface. If you’re going away on a long trip, it’s advisable to cover your couches and expensive decor with plastic sheets, as they’re very good for dust and dirt-proofing.

Choosing the Right Care Home Furniture

Setting up a care home can be a daunting yet exciting experience; however there is one further thing to consider – choosing the right furniture.

Care home furniture must fulfill a wide range of needs, from looking and feeling comfortable and enticing – to being highly functional and durable. The best furniture you can choose covers all of these factors and more, allowing residents (who are often scared and worried at having to move) feel at home; as well as safe and secure.

The first thing to consider is the chairs you’ll place in the living area of the home, as it is useful if the reflect the chairs one might find in a residents’ house. These are generally high-backed, neutrally color and furled armrests. These should also have ergonomic qualities, as residents will typically be sat in them for a large portion of time.

There are times, such as when the patient is ill or has a turn, where you will need to extract them from the chair easily, causing the minimum amount of distress. Specially-made care home furniture is usually adapted to meet this need, but it s worth having a trail-run before signing on the dotted line. Additionally, chairs should ideally be wipe-clean, so that any accidents are easily taken care of, with minimal impact on the furniture.

Secondly, the furniture found in care home bedrooms is equally important, as it should be comfortable and simple to use. As care homes are generally built with the aim of making them feel like a real ‘home’, furniture can sometimes be less sturdy or durable; but this is something you should avoid at all costs, as your furniture needs to be able to last for years, and be capable of withstanding added pressure from those residents who are less mobile.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, care homes should be a place of peace and tranquillity, allowing vulnerable adults to live out their last days in peace. The best piece of advice is to make it look as homely as possible, without letting the medical aspect overrule it.

Making an Educated Decision on Your Next Automated Plasma Shape Cutting Machine

Whether you are a first time buyer or have existing installations of plasma and/or oxy-fuel shape cutting systems, continuous advancements in technology and a growing landscape of low-cost manufacturers and integrators has clouded the automated plasma shape cutting machinery landscape.

Plasma cutting is the result of introducing an electrical arc through a gas that is blown through a nozzle at high pressure, causing the gas to turn into plasma and producing a focused flame that reaches temperatures of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Automated plasma cutting systems are classified as either conventional or precision (high-definition), based on the characteristics of the cutting flame. Precision plasma systems are capable of producing parts to tighter tolerances, achieving faster cut rates, and producing less kerf and bevel than conventional plasma systems. The cost of these units can also be significantly higher than conventional plasma systems. It is therefore extremely important to properly match the shape cutting machine with the appropriate plasma cutting system.

One of the most common and costly pitfalls buyers encounter is when manufacturers or integrators mismatch machines and power sources. This is often the result of manufacturers not taking the time to understand the buyer’s requirements, having a limited or single-product line of machines, limited OEM access to power sources, and/or a lack of industry/application knowledge. These manufacturers will then often sell with a focus on lowest price instead of lowest cost of ownership, highlighting the strong point of the plasma system or the machine without regard to the limitations of the other. The best precision plasma power source available will not provide users with the desired cut quality and accuracy if it is not mated to an appropriate base machine.

There are many types of plasma shape cutting machines available in the market today. The most common machines are bridge or gantry style machines made from either fabricated steel or extruded aluminum. Construction of the machine is extremely important relative to your application. Machines constructed of extruded aluminum are typically considered to be hobbyist or artisan machines and most appropriate when doing a limited amount of cutting or when cutting light gauge materials. The plasma and oxy-fuel cutting processes create large amounts of heat which is retained in the materials being cut and can cause deflection or warping of aluminum machine components traveling over the hot cutting surfaces, greatly effecting accuracy and cut quality. Fabricated steel machines are highly recommended for any type of continuous cutting process, cutting of plate steel, and where auxiliary oxy-fuel torches may be used. Auxiliary heat shields may also be available to further protect the machine and components from extreme heat conditions.

Cutting machines are available with a variety of drive systems including single-side drive, single-motor dual-side drive, and true two-motor dual-side drive systems. A well constructed single-side drive system or single-motor dual-side drive system will perform extremely well in conventional plasma applications. The benefit of the extra precision offered by two-motor dual-side drive systems will not be realized in conventional plasma applications due to the limitations in the precision of the conventional plasma cutting process itself. Two-motor dual-side drive systems will provide the accuracy and performance required to achieve optimal results from a precision plasma process.

Sizing of the motors and gear boxes relative to the mass of the machine is also extremely important. Undersized motors and gearboxes will not be able to effectively change the direction of the mass of the machine at high traverse and cut speeds, resulting in un-uniform cut quality and washed-out corners. This not only affects the cut quality, but will also lead to premature mechanical failures.

The CNC control is the unit that ties together all of the functionality and features of the machine and plasma source. There are basically two classes of controls used on most of these machines today. Most industrial applications use industrial PC-based control systems such as those produced by Burny or Hypertherm. These units have user-friendly touch screen control panels and are housed in enclosures that can stand up to the harsh environments they operate in. Smaller machines of the hobbyist or artisan types often utilize standard PCs with I/O cards to control the drives and plasma systems. Industrial based controls are highly recommended for any application, are designed for industry specific requirements, are less prone to the typical PC problems, but can be cost prohibitive in smaller applications.

Another important, and often overlooked, feature to consider when selecting a machine is the construction of the rail system. Plasma cutting machines produce and reside in a harsh environment. It is therefore important that the components used in the construction of the rail system be robust enough to exist in this environment. All rail surfaces should be constructed of hardened materials and cleaned frequently so that they do not become pitted and gouged by the splatter of molten steel that will inevitably fall on them. Self-cleaning wheels are also a recommended feature to keep the wheels clean between regular preventive maintenance (PM) cycles. Sizing of the rails should also be robust enough to prevent deflection as the machine travels across them.

The combination of all of the above factors results in the precision and accuracy of a system. Unlike other mechanical machining processes, it is difficult to assign a standard tolerance to plasma cutting processes. Many manufacturers will strongly promote the fact that their machines have positional accuracy of +/-0.007 in. and repeatability of +/-0.002 in.. The fact is that just about any machine on the market can hold tolerances that far exceed the tolerance and capability of the plasma cutting process itself. There are many factors that will influence the cut quality you will achieve on your parts including: the characteristics of the part itself, power settings, consumables, gases used, material type, gauge/thickness of material, part layout on plate, etc.. Ask the manufacturer to provide you with cut samples of your parts or parts that closely approximate the parts you will be cutting, made on a machine/plasma combination that is comparable to what you are looking at. This will give you the most realistic representation of what to expect from a specific machine/plasma combination and the plasma cutting process itself.

Before talking to any cutting machine manufacturer, clearly identify your requirements:

  1. Identify the types of materials will you be cutting with your system (ferrous/non-ferrous, mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, etc.).
  2. Identify the range of material thicknesses you will be cutting.
  3. If you will be cutting a variety of materials and thicknesses, estimate the percentage of each type and identify the primary types and thicknesses.
  4. Determine the size (length, width, and thickness) of plate you will be purchasing in order to properly size the table, effective cutting area, and weight capacity of your new system.
  5. You may also want to look to the future in anticipation of any future types and sizes of materials you may need to process. The upfront cost of anticipating these requirements may be substantially less than upgrading or retrofitting your system in the future.
  6. Identify the tolerances you will need to maintain. This will help determine whether you need a conventional or precision plasma system, as well as the type and construction of the base machine.
  7. Determine how many hours-per-day and days-per-week the machine will be operated. This will determine the type of base machine construction you will need, help estimate the cost of operation, and allow you to compare the cost/benefit of consumables life of various manufacturer’s power supplies.
  8. Determine how you will exhaust your equipment. Water tables do not require exhaust systems, but down-draft tables do. If there is an existing exhaust system in place, identify the capacity of the system in cubic feet per minute (CFM).
  9. Determine if you will need the flexibility to expand the system or add additional plasma and/or oxy-fuel cutting stations in the future. Some machines are capable of only carrying one or two torches, while others can accommodate slave stations for up to a combination of 10 plasma and oxy-fuel torches. Likewise, some machines have fixed cutting areas while others can be extended in length to increase cutting area or accommodate multiple cutting tables.
  10. Define the area in your facility where the machine will be located. Make note of any obstructions, hazards, or access points that will need to be taken into consideration when laying out the new system. Also, identify how your material will be handled in and out of the area (forklift or crane, aisle locations, etc.).
  11. Identify the power you have available, both voltage and amperage.

A reputable manufacturer should ask you for most of this information before making any proposals on a system. If a manufacturer does not have this information, they cannot adequately evaluate your requirements and propose a system that will best work for you and your specific application. Spending the time to identify your requirements up front will not only save you countless hours of frustration resulting from living with the wrong machine, but also save you money by not over- or under-buying a system to meet the requirements of your specific application.

Affordable Home Furniture

Rationalizing the costs of furnishing your home

There is an infinite amount of money that you can spend on the furnishing of your home. Therefore you have to consider value items such as the cheap garden pots that are readily available on the market today. What you are looking for is items that work but will not break the bank. You cannot really afford to go out on a splash when you do not have excess funds. This will have a less positive effect on your family finances. You might also end up unable to look after the essential items that the home requires. However if you decide to go for the value items such as the cheap garden pots you will find that you can buy many things.

Compromising on costs does not mean that you have to leave quality behind. If you decide to buy cheap garden pots you should ensure that they are of a reasonable quality. If there is any doubt about the quality that they bring to the table then you should look for another brand. If you decide to buy poor quality items you will spend even more money trying to replace them in the short run. It is better that you purchase something that is going to last you for a significant period of time. The use of the cheap garden pots does not mean that they have to let you down on quality. This is what smart shopping is all about.

You should be looking to ensure that there is variety in the things that you are buying for the home. Even if you have gone for the cheap garden pots make sure that they have enough variety to fit in with the aspirations that you have in your home. Many people have a general theme that they follow when they are furnishing their home. This is an individual thing and you should ensure that you are on the right side of the general decor in your home. The cost issues are secondary to the fact that you need to be comfortable in your surroundings. The decision to buy cheap garden pots does not automatically translate into a destruction of the accepted fashion rules in our society today.

Of course there are people that have individual tastes even when they buy cheap garden pots. These are people that are not afraid to shock the general public with items that they would dream of buying in their right mind. It takes certain courage to have individual taste in home furniture because we have been conditioned to copy the habits of other people when it comes to purchasing furniture. You need to ensure that you have that sense of style to carry off the eccentric otherwise people will laugh at you. The cheap garden pots are not likely to be eccentric but they are practical items that serve the basic purpose that was allocated to them by the manufacturer. They are just sensible purchases.

New Homes by Phoenix Home Builders

Phoenix is the capital and the largest city of Arizona. It is located in the South central part of Arizona and has a population of 4.3 million people, making it the most populated city in the whole of United States. Although mountains surround Phoenix, its topography is otherwise flat. This feature allows the main streets to run on a grid resulting in wide and well-spaced roadways.

Since Phoenix is in the middle of a desert, temperatures are very harsh, especially in the summer. Winters are temperate. The best time to visit Phoenix is from November through to April when the days are pleasant. Tourists usually flock here during this time of the year. There are several hot tourist spots in Phoenix offering a lot for the traveler to see and learn. Arizona Science Center, Desert Botanical Garden, Heard Museum, Heritage Square, Pueblo Grande Museum, South Mountain Park and Phoenix Art Museum are just a few such spots that figure high on a tourist’s itinerary. A host of recreation centers in Phoenix will ensure that the tourist has enough to stimulate his/her senses and make the stay worthwhile.

Finding the property of your choice will never be a problem in Phoenix. Seasoned home-builders of the region have a lot to offer in terms of quality and choice. More importantly, there is something for everybody.

KB Home: Builder of quality homes in Phoenix, KB Home focuses on custom-made, affordable homes with a basic premise that you would fall in love with your home even before you have moved in. For more information do a search on Google for KB Home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Richmond American Homes: Richmond American Homes is refreshingly different. A continued thrust on quality, precision of workmanship and time-bound delivery has made this home-builder stand tall and emerge as a prominent home-builder in Phoenix. If you want your home to be unique then Richmond American Homes is the builder for the long haul. Do a Google search about Richmond American Homes in Phoenix, Arizona for more information.

Neidhart Enterprises: Neidhart Enterprises builds custom homes at affordable prices. The company calculates the cost of building your custom home right in front of you to prove that custom-homes are not prohibitively priced. Search about Neidhart Enterprises in Phoenix on Google for more information.

Courtland Homes: Courtland Homes is one of the largest home-builder in Phoenix. The company excels in designing new homes. While each home is thoughtfully planned, the neighborhood is beautifully designed. Perfectly complementing a gracious lifestyle for you. You can do a Google search for Courtland Homes in Phoenix to get more information.