Percy’s Creations is pleased to announce the release of their first collection – The Enlightenment Collection.

Beautiful handcrafted wooden votive and tea light holders

The Enlightenment Collection

Percy’s Creations is best known for his one of a kind wood creations, announces the release of his first candleholder collection.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI, USA, August 30, 2018 / — Creator, Percy Gibson Jr., of Percy’s Creations, proudly introduces the upcoming release of his new line of handcrafted votive and tea light wooden candleholders, the Enlightenment Collection. This collection features a variety of different shapes and sizes of candleholders that fit either votive candles or tea lights. The collection is scheduled to be released September 12th, 2018.

Handcrafted from different varieties of wood, such as Maple, Tiger Maple, Oak, Walnut and Cherry, these candleholders can tastefully fit into any décor. The Enlightenment Collection is all about creating a warm, inviting atmosphere in the home, and is designed to complete the look of any space. He strives to bring the beauty of wood into your home with every creation.

This 10-piece line of uniquely designed and handcrafted wooden candleholders, consist of both individual pieces and coordinating sets. Each piece is handcrafted with great care to detail and exquisite craftsmanship. Each candleholder has its own unique characteristics, just like no two trees in the forest are identical, and each piece has a unique and woodsy feel to it.

Thus, for the first time, Percy’s Creations has created an entire product line of his most favorite and most popular candleholders, as well as exclusive new designs. The Enlightenment Collection ranges in price from $20 to $55. The Enlightenment Collection is scheduled to go live on September 12th, 2018.

The collection will be exclusively sold on where the limited products are scheduled to sell out by the end of the season.

About Percy’s Creations
Percy Gibson Jr., lives in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan in a small town called Iron Mountain. Surrounded by beautiful woods and forest, and nestled between many inland lakes and recreational trails, it’s easy to see what inspires this artisan. There are beautiful waterfalls all over the Upper Peninsula and pristine granite bluffs that makes one take in a breath or two. Living is such a beautiful area inspires creativity. He has always loved working with his hands and creating art with wood, and having the inspiration of his surroundings, Percy’s Creations was born.

For more information about The Enlightenment Collection, please email Percy’s Creations at
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Percy Gibson Jr.
Percy's Creations
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Communiqué de presse Extremis Sticks Alternative Skyde-sign

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Skydesign News lance les diviseurs de salle Extremis Sticks

Skydesign Cloison de séparation”

— Julia Fabron

PARIS, FRANCE, FRANCE PARIS, August 31, 2018 / — La start-up française skydesign se lancera cet automne avec un système de partition innovant qui se veut plus que fonctionnel: le principe de base du séparateur de pièce skydesign est la flexibilité, l'adaptabilité individuelle et l'optimisation du flux énergétique dans les espaces intérieurs et extérieurs.

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La start-up, également basée à Paris, a été fondée par Robert Graf, entrepreneur et expert en design d'intérieur. Guidé par la vision d’un design intérieur fonctionnel et esthétique, le Carinthian a développé un séparateur d’espace Extremis Sticks qui peut résister aux exigences les plus élevées. L'utilisation flexible et mobile, l'adaptabilité individuelle et l'esthétique de bon goût sont, selon Graf, la priorité absolue du produit.

Une préoccupation particulière de l’équipe de skydesign est le choix des meilleurs matériaux pour garantir la longévité du séparateur d’extrémités Extremis Sticks. Le polyéthylène a donc été choisi pour la plaque inférieure, l'un des matériaux les plus utilisés et les plus coûteux pour les meubles de luxe. Les barreaux de la cloison sont en fibre de verre fine. Ces matériaux rendent la cloison de séparation résistante à la chaleur, au gel et aux UV et très durable.

Après une phase intensive de planification et de développement, le prototype est maintenant arrivé à maturité. La cloison sera lancée sur le marché cette année.

Contact pour les questions – Cloison de séparation
Skydesign Extremis Sticks Alternative Robert Graf
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Why do Women Hold Just 24% of STEM Jobs in the U.S.A.?

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Women earn 3 out of 10 undergraduate STEM degrees and hold fewer than 1 in 4 jobs in STEM professions.Read why gender inequality exists in STEM-related careers.

Efforts that encourage women to pursue careers in STEM fields haven’t been able to erase some of the long-standing stereotypes and biases facing women who choose to pursue work in high-tech careers.”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, August 28, 2018 / — Are American women achieving their full potential as educated participants in the job market? By some measures, the answer is increasingly “yes.” For example, the number of male and female undergraduate degree holders is now roughly equal, and the number of college-educated women in the job market has just recently surpassed the number of college-educated male workers. However, when it comes to degrees and jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (collectively known as STEM), the numbers for women in STEM tell a different story. As of 2015, women in STEM statistics from the Federal government indicate that women earn just 3 out of every 10 undergraduate STEM degrees, and in the job market, women hold fewer than 1 in 4 jobs in STEM professions. We’ll take a look at some of the underlying reasons for this inequality and why it’s important to encourage more women in STEM.


Thanks to some very elegant charts created by the U.S. Census Bureau, it’s easier than ever to understand the relationships between undergraduate degrees obtained by men and women and the type of occupations they pursue in their careers. This quick video gives you a clear idea of how these interactive charts work:

Where Do College Graduates Work

Now let’s take a closer look at these interactive charts. (You can find them here on the U.S. Census Website.)

Female STEM Major Graduates and their Corresponding Careers

In the static screenshot above, we selected Women graduates with STEM degrees; their top college majors are Social Sciences, followed by Psychology, and then by a group consisting of majors in the fields of Biological, Environmental, and Agricultural Sciences.

(Tip: to see the numerical data in Excel format, visit the live chart on the U.S. Census web page and use the link found below the live chart.)

Now let’s change our criteria by selecting Men with STEM Majors.

Male STEM Major Graduates and their Corresponding Careers

Once you set the criteria to men holding a STEM degree, what jumps out at you is the large upside-down yellow arc that connects engineering majors on the left to engineering careers on the right. This arc represents the large pipeline of male engineering graduates who take engineering jobs.

While around half of these male graduates end up working in non-STEM careers (as indicated by the grayed-out lines), men still far outnumber women in obtaining both engineering degrees and engineering jobs. (Indeed, women hold only 14% of engineering positions, according to the Census Bureau.)


When it comes to understanding why the number of women in STEM occupations falls short, particularly in the fields of engineering and computer science, the charts above give us one important clue: the pipeline for STEM undergraduates is skewed toward men.

That means to achieve greater equality in the workplace, it will be necessary to recruit more women to pursue STEM degrees — as well as ensuring these women graduates actually make it all the way to being hired in a STEM career. (As you can see from the charts above, quite a few women with STEM degrees are electing to pursue careers in non-STEM fields, such as healthcare.)

More and more programs are now encouraging and mentoring young girls to learn about the possibility of pursuing successful and rewarding STEM careers — ranging from the Girl Scouts (who recently introduced a STEM Merit Badge) to numerous summer camp programs designed to teach young girls how to code.

Tip: STEMConnector is a useful website for finding news about STEM initiatives and resources in your area of the country.


Efforts that encourage women to pursue careers in STEM fields haven’t been able to erase some of the long-standing stereotypes and biases facing women who choose to pursue work in high-tech careers.

For example, a recent study at the University of Colorado at Boulder identified a pattern of bias against women who have longer hair or finer facial features — just by looking at photos, a large number of study participants tended to incorrectly assume that those women in the photographs were primary school teachers rather than scientists.

Other biases that women working in STEM can encounter include what’s now commonly known as “Mansplaining” and its related condition, “He-Peating.”

Video of a Virtual Reality Training Session which Illustrates a Real World Example of Mansplaining in an Office Meeting

If you are not up to speed on the current terminology, mansplaining is the unfortunate but very real tendency of certain men to provide unnecessarily condescending explanations to female colleagues. He-peating refers to situations where a man repeats an idea or suggestion made by a woman, such as during a meeting. While the woman’s original suggestion was ignored or dismissed, the group embraces the idea when it’s repeated by a man, who gladly takes credit for the idea.

Women who are (or plan to be) parents also face discrimination in the job hiring and promotions process that their male colleagues do not. In order to better understand how and why this happens, Stanford University Sociology Professor Shelley J. Correll conducted a study where two identically qualified candidates were presented to test subjects taking on the role of “hiring managers.” After the hiring managers selected two equally qualified candidates from a pool of applicants, researchers alerted them that one of the candidates was, in fact, a parent. In the study, the hiring managers didn’t change their opinion about the candidate if he was a male parent. However, if the job candidate was female, the hiring managers preferred to select the other, non-parent candidate — and they were only willing to consider hiring the female parent candidate when the starting salary was reduced by an average of $11,000.

Despite the biases against working mothers, many women continue to pursue a professional career. However, quite a few also decide to voluntarily exit the career track as they reach their late 30s and 40s (an age which would be considered ‘mid-career’ amongst men). Researcher Pamela Stone has investigated this “mommy track” phenomenon and has dispelled many of the myths commonly associated with professional women electing to “opt out” of the workforce well before retirement age. From Stone’s analysis, it’s clear that much work needs to be done to achieve a greater life/work balance in the workplace, including making part-time work and job sharing a more socially acceptable practice, so that so that women can pursue fulfilling, life-long professional careers.

Finally, we must address the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. During the past year, the growing “#MeToo” movement has shone a light on shocking, high-profile cases of men in politics and media who have used their positions of power and influence to sexually harass and abuse women. As more and more women have come forward to tell their stories, one can only hope that we, as a society, can work together to build a more honorable and respectful environment for women in the workplace.


Take a look at the chart below which illustrates the changing nature of the STEM job market since 1970. (Source: U.S. Census)

As you can see, the top two STEM careers (as ranked by the number of positions in the job market) are engineering and computing. Both of these careers are prestigious, well paid (the median annual income of engineering jobs is $92,900), and offer lots of opportunities for growth and advancement. The number of computing jobs is growing the fastest; it became the largest STEM job category just before the year 2000.

Yet, despite the high salaries and prestige associated with these careers, these are the very STEM fields where participation by women is particularly low. For women to enjoy the same economic opportunities and prestige status as men, it’s important that they are given an equal shot at these STEM career opportunities.

But what if you don’t believe in the need for equal opportunity as a stand-alone goal? Are there other reasons you might want more women to work in STEM occupations?

One important reason we need more women in STEM fields is to tackle the overall shortage of talented, high-tech workers, an issue that is projected to become direr as an ever-increasing number of Baby Boomer workers retire. Excluding half of the potential candidates just doesn’t make any sense.

Many businesses believe that a diverse workplace also leads to better decisions, and ultimately, higher profits. According to survey results published in a Peterson Institute for International Economics working paper, companies with 30% or more women in C-Suite leadership roles are more profitable, earning up to 15% higher net income on average.

Ethics might provide another important reason. Researchers Kennedy and Kray studied the behavior of both men and women in two different scenarios; one using workers recruited by Amazon’s Mechanical Turk Service, and another using male and female college students. In both cases, women were more likely to flag ethically questionable decisions. For those companies who have been found guilty of putting profit ahead of principles, such as the Volkswagen Group (whose engineers sought to defeat smog testing devices with illegal software), having more women engineers and computer scientists on staff might have helped them avoid the damage to their employers’ reputation, as well as massive fines and now jail sentences being meted out to their male colleagues.

We’re curious to hear your point of view.

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Brooke Turner
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Jordan Gendelman explores the return of the 1970s in interior design

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According to a recent report by a popular furniture retailer website, the 1970s are making an interior design comeback.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 28, 2018 / — In a report by Clippings, the interiors and product discovery website, bold 1970s design trends are set to make a big comeback in the next 12 months. Exploring the report in more detail, Jordan Gendelman, a professional interior designer from Colorado, suggests that disco-inspired glamour, intense colors, and bold patterns are all long overdue a revival.

“The Clippings report focuses on everything from the surreal details of 1970s interior design to a revival of parquet flooring which has now been largely out of fashion for over 30 years,” says Gendelman. “Their Interior Design Trend Report 2018 looks at projects, installations, and product launches from high profile design events in New York, Milan, Paris, Copenhagen, London, and Stockholm – all of which have taken place this year.”

Clippings calls itself the “go-to destination for product discovery” and is regularly used by tens of thousands of interior designers and retail customers alike, all looking for the perfect piece of furniture, lighting, or accessories.

“This year’s Interior Design Trend Report identifies five dominant aesthetic themes, of which ’70s-inspired glamour came out on top,” Gendelman explains. The report predicts that upcoming interior design trends will be heavily influenced by disco and the daring 1970s art scene which was prevalent at the time.

“I believe it’s a welcome return,” suggests Gendelman. “Much of what’s been on show at interior design events around the world this year has embraced the exuberance of the 1970s with intense colors, bold patterns, and surreal detailing.”

Gendelman recently incorporated hints of 1970s-inspired flair into a client project. “Jordan injected color and life reminiscent of the ’70s into my office, and I’m truly thrilled with the results,” reveals Bruce Fields, Gendelman’s client and a physical therapist from Snowmass Village.

“Personally, much like Bruce, I love it,” Gendelman adds.

The report highlights a return of tactile rugs, wall-hangings, and Eastern-inspired decor items, all with a distinct 1970s feel, suggesting that when an individual walks into a room, they should feel arrested by the display on show. “There’s a lot to be said about the psychology of color and the psychology of interior design – the way they make you feel,” suggests Gendelman.

Each of the individual trends outlined in the 30-page document is presented alongside a selection of stand-out projects detailing the particular look. This year, those projects have included a disco-inspired collection from design brand Gufram, as well as a surreal, 1970s-themed “secret members club” by Studiopepe. “The website’s team also pressed well-respected journalists, interior designers, and curators for their take on each of the trends,” Gendelman adds.

“Our editors travel to every major design fair,” says Clippings editor-in-chief, Rose Etherington, “and we often see common threads of interest emerging among those working at the forefront of interior design around the world.”

According to Etherington, 1970s design has been one of the main common threads of interest over the past 6-12 months.

“I’m really excited to see where this trend goes over the course of the next year,” Gendelman adds in conclusion.

Eric Ash
Web Presence, LLC
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eGrove launches Elite mCommerce 3.0 – Bespoke features to elevate the consumer experience!

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Egrove systems, a connoisseur in the Mobile app development arena has announced the release of Elite mcommerce version 3.0.

Elite mCommerce 3.0 aims to untangle the intricacies that goes into the development of a mobile app. We've empowered the retailers to build their mobile app seamlessly, with minimal technical support.”

— Krish Govindraj, CEO – eGrove Systems

PARLIN, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, August 27, 2018 / — eGrove launches Elite mCommerce 3.0
Bespoke features to elevate the consumer experience

Egrove systems, a connoisseur in the Mobile app development arena has announced the release of Elite mcommerce version 3.0. A mobile commerce app builder which targets to ease down the complete process of mobile app development for online business owners.
“This mobile app builder will be a comprehensive package of various elements intending to decode the technical complexities which accompany a typical mobile app development.” says Sathish Govindaraj, Chief Technical Officer.

Release Highlights:
Elite mcommerce 3.0 will support retailers to own a personalized mobile app branded with themes, layouts and templates of their preference. “Elite mCommerce 3.0 aims to untangle the intricacies which go into the development of a mobile app. We have ensured that with Elite mCommerce 3.0 retailers can build their mobile app seamlessly, with minimal technical support” said Krish Govindaraj, Chief Executive Officer, eGrove Systems.

Elite mCommerce 3.0 will bring with it a number of standalone features. Our engineers have approached the whole creation from three interesting angles of a “Mobile retail store”: One, minimizing the technical dependencies, secondly, dovetailing with app analytics and finally, end users’ shopping experience.

Features such as Home page builder minimizes the technical dependencies and yet help in creating a killer app. This feature enables the business owners to design their pages and arrange the categories of items they sell based on criteria like seasons, themes, brands and so on; with least technical intervention. With App Analytics – business owners can now be informed of their page performance then and there and act immediately.

Here is a list of distinctive features that will make you curious about EMC 3.0:
Multilingual support
Deep linking
Intelligent push notifications
Robust social media interaction
Scalable product listing & detail layouts
Compatible payment methods
QR code & NFC scanner
3-way enhanced communication
White labeling

Elite mCommerce 3.0 will be a game changing mobile commerce app builder and aims for aspiring retailers to interact and understand the customers and serve them seamlessly.

About eGrove systems:
eGrove systems is a IT solutions provider and a front runner in the ecommerce space. It is a ISO 9001:2015 QMS and ISO 10002:2014 Customer Satisfaction Management certified organization which has been instrumental in supporting several companies carve its niche in the eCommerce arena. Headquartered in New Jersey, eGrove strives to deliver the best-in-class solutions specific to the client requirements and industry vertical helping them to attain their business goals.

Elite mCommerce Team
eGrove Systems
732 307 2655
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EMC 3.0 – mobile commerce app builder

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The Foundation for Appraisal Education's annual educational seminar will be held September 7th-8th in Falls Church, Va.

The 7th annual Foundation for Appraisal Education (FAE) Seminar will be held Sept; 7-8 in Falls Church, Va.

This year’s event will be held at Quinn’s Auction Galleries, located at 360 So. Washington Street in Falls Church, Va.

Dr. Oscar Fitzgerald, author of American Furniture: 1650 to the Present, will give a talk on detecting furniture fakes.

It's open to the public and professionals. The registration fee is $395 for both days; $200 for one day. To register, visit

FALLS CHURCH, VA, UNITED STATES, August 27, 2018 / — FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The 7th annual educational seminar of the Foundation for Appraisal Education (FAE) will be held Friday and Saturday, September 7th and 8th, at Quinn’s Auction Galleries, located at 360 South Washington Street in Falls Church. The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) will give professional development credits for those who fully participate.

The seminar is open to the public and professionals. The registration fee is $395 for both days or $200 for one day. To register, visit the seminar page at

Program topics include:

· Pitfalls and Possibilities in Appraising: A First-Hand Account, by John Buxton, ISA CAPP of ArtTrak, Inc., Joe Bothwell of Bothwell Fine Art and Leon Castner, ISA CAPP, of National Appraisal Consultants.
· The Anatomy of an Appraisal, by Leila “Lee” Dunbar, ISA AM, AAA, of Leila Dunbar Appraisals and Consulting LLC.
· Detecting Furniture Fakes, by Dr. Oscar Fitzgerald, author of American Furniture: 1650 to the Present, and professor at the Smithsonian/George Washington University Masters Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design.
· An Affair with Beauty: The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy, by James Philip Head, Esq. of Williams Mullen.
· Provenance and Challenges in the Chinese Middle Markets, by Molly Huang, ISA and Director of Asian Arts, Quinn’s Auction Galleries.
· Chinese Snuff Bottles: A Guide for Appraisers, by Susan Lahey, ISA AM of Eastern Art Consultants, Inc.
· Demonstration of Gold and Ornamental Application on Frames, by Charles Rhodes of Golden Rhodes Frame Conservation.
· Neglected Art: Self Taught, Outsider and Contemporary Folk Art by Marcia Weber of Marcia Weber Art Objects.
· Museum Donation Panel – How Best to Advise Our Clients, with Karen Wawrzaszek of Rockefeller Capital Management and James Philip Head, Esq. of Williams Mullen.
· A Dialogue Panel on Cultural Property Challenges (speaker TBA).
· Impact of the Trump Tax Plan on Charitable Contributions, by Daniel Ruttenberg, Esq. CPA, of SmolenPlevy.

Appraisers attending this year’s conference will receive continuing education class credits to remain in good standing with the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), based in Chicago, and with sister organizations like the Appraisers Association of America (AAA).

As a fundraiser, the event's fees will benefit future scholarships and appraisal education. The money raised is key to ensure their continued success. The FAE also holds an annual benefit auction at John Moran Auctioneers to raise additional funds for scholarships.

The Foundation is currently accepting donations of quality items for next year's FAE fundraising auction, which will be hosted once more by John Moran Auctioneers. Anyone wishing to donate an item should contact Fundraising Coordinator Wendy Gerdau, at

Attendees will also have the opportunity to register for a special curator-led tour of the exhibition Fabergé Rediscovered at Hillwood, the estate, gardens and mansion of Marjorie Merriweather Post in Washington, D.C. The tour is scheduled for Sunday, September 9th, at 10 am. Click here to register for the tour:
FAE Seminar is also offering two educational opportunities by the International Society of Appraisers: “Advanced Appraisal Methodology” on Thursday, September 6th (available to ISA members only); and “7-Hour Personal Property USPAP” on Sunday, September 9th (available to non-ISA members). Registration and payment are separate for each course/seminar and registration information is available online at the International Society of Appraisers.

The Foundation for Appraisal Education was originally formed as the ISA Education Foundation under Illinois law and was granted non-profit status in 2003. In 2008, the name was changed to the Foundation for Appraisal Education (it has no affiliation with the similarly named Appraisal Foundation, a Congressionally authorized not-for-profit that also services the appraisal industry).

The FAE began awarding scholarships in 2004 and today presents four scholarships of $1,500 each, four scholarships of $500 each, one of $1,500 to one selected candidate in memory of Gloria Moroni and one of $1,500 to one selected candidate in memory of Ruth Isgrow. Grants for group educational opportunities, such as underwriting educational speakers for the ISA annual conference, are also awarded by the FAE.
Appraisers and friends of appraisers can now join the Foundation for Appraisal Education and support the Foundation’s ongoing work to promote the advancement of education related to personal property appraising by making a fully tax-deductible contribution.
To fund these programs, the FAE accepts memorials and gifts from groups and individuals, as well as corporate donations and sponsorships. The group is headquartered 225 West Wacker Drive, Suite #650, Chicago, Ill. To learn more, visit

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Anne Kelly Lewis
The Foundation for Appraisal Education
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5 Benefits of Ergonomics in the Workplace

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Read the 5 ways you can benefit from ergonomics in the workplace to improve the performance and well-being of your employees in the office!

If we don’t pay attention to proper office ergonomics, these repetitive work habits can have a negative impact on our physical health”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, August 21, 2018 / — At its core, the field of ergonomics is the study of how to help people perform better — at work, home and play. Today we’ll look at some of the ways you can use ergonomics in the workplace to improve the performance and well-being of your employees in the office.

Have you ever really looked at people? Really studied them in detail?

The industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss did, starting back in the nineteen thirties.

Dreyfuss and his firm, Henry Dreyfuss and Associates, applied new techniques in the study of human factors and ergonomics in the workplace by systematically measuring and quantifying variations in height, weight, girth, range of motion, range of vision, and so forth among the contemporary population of modern consumers. (This type of study, known as anthropometry, was originally developed by anthropologists to study ancient civilizations.)

In 1955, Dreyfuss published Designing for People, which outlined the principles of ergonomics that guided their firm during the development of many iconic product designs. These include the early Hoover upright vacuum cleaner, and the ubiquitous round Honeywell thermostat — as well as later products, such as Princess and Trimline telephones and the origami-inspired folding Polaroid SX70 camera.

Dreyfuss Publishes His Seminal Work in Ergonomic Solutions: The Measure of Man

In 1959, Dreyfuss followed up Designing for People with the seminal work, The Measure of Man.

As part of their research, Dreyfuss Associates divided the male (nicknamed “Joe”) and female (nicknamed “Josephine”) American consumer population into size percentiles, ranging from 1 to 100. They then created human outlines, or “templates,” to represent each of the percentiles, from the smallest woman to the largest man. With this information in hand, industrial designers could evaluate product designs on the drafting table using real-world data directly from Dreyfuss’ human templates.

How do these human templates work in practice?

Take something we’re all familiar with — car design for example.

The role of ergonomics can be easily understood in the context of designing new car interiors, which have to accommodate both the smallest female and largest male drivers.

Using Dreyfuss’ graduated human templates, designers developing a car interior would be able to quickly identify what adjustments would be needed for a small woman from the 2nd percentile to see the road ahead. The same goes for the larger man. Designers can easily overlay a Dreyfuss template representing a 99th percentile man on top of a proposed design to visualize, for example, how difficult it would be for him to fit behind the steering wheel or to avoid hitting his head on the roof of a low-profile sports car.

The Measure of Man is still considered the ergonomics “bible” for industrial designers and human factors engineers today. It’s been updated over the years to incorporate new scenarios in office ergonomics, such as office workers using computer monitors and keyboards at their desks — as well as to account for the increasing height (and, unfortunately, weight) in today’s population.

How Do Your Office Ergonomics Measure Up?

It’s been almost 60 years since the original edition of The Measure of Man was published — and, no doubt, there have been quite a few changes in office ergonomics during these intervening years.

In comparison to earlier generations, today’s office workers tend to be responsible for producing their own research (thanks to computer software and the internet) as well as typing up and printing their own documents (rather than relying on dictation or a typing pool.)

As a result, today’s workers often find themselves spending hours and hours staring at a computer screen, typing on a keyboard and manipulating a computer mouse.

If we don’t pay attention to proper office ergonomics, these repetitive work habits can have a negative impact on our physical health. But, rather than focusing on the negative (and sounding like we’re ‘nagging’), let’s point out the top five benefits of implementing proper ergonomics in the workplace:

1. Ergonomics Helps Ensure Physical Safety in the Workplace

Most accidents occur suddenly and unexpectedly, but proper ergonomics in the office can help prevent many types of accidents.

As we’ve written about before, tripping and falling are among the leading causes of workplace accidents. To prevent them, your Formaspace Design Consultant can help you design and specify custom storage solutions for your office – so that everything has a place and everything is in its place – which can significantly reduce the chance of tripping and falling accidents.

It’s also critical to keep all power cords as well as computer and networking cables up and away from the floor, which is why we offer built-in power-systems across our office furniture lines. Little details like these can make a big difference in worker comfort and safety. Even the choice of leg design on tables and desks can reduce trip hazards. Talk with a Formaspace Design Consultant who can help review all your options for creating a safer, more ergonomically fit work environments.

In addition to avoiding trip hazards, ergonomic analysis can also help you set safe weight and size limits for employees picking up and carrying heavy objects by hand – a common hazard in your office’s shipping and receiving department.

For example, when it comes to lifting heavy or awkward items, Formaspace can provide custom, hydraulic-powered lifts that are built-in alongside packing stations or other work surfaces where employees handle heavy items. Using lifts and other safety devices we recommend will help prevent on-the-job accidents and injuries.

2. Proper Ergonomic in the Workplace Can Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

In addition to helping prevent injuries due to sudden exertion (due to tripping/falling or lifting heavy objects), proper office ergonomics can help prevent other types of common Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) that can develop in the office, such as Tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

These types of injuries can occur when workers repeat the same motions over and over again, particularly when maintaining an improper or awkward posture.

So how do we prevent MSD-type injuries?

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Brooke Turner
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Discover a Simple Way to Increase Productivity 60% or more at the Lockdowel IWF Atlanta Booth 8073

New Lockdowel Slide-to-Lock Chair Assembly shows that complex furniture designs can flat-pack easily.

Experience Virtual Reality Kitchen Designing with the new Bella IMC Kiosk at IWF Lockdowel Booth 8073.

Closet Outlet Revolving Closets turn to give additional storage space. Easily assembled with Lockdowel invisible, snap-in fastening.

See unique furniture and cabinet creations all with hidden Lockdowel fasteners for faster assembly and lower labor and shipping costs–IWF Atlanta Aug 22-25

Whether you’re traveling to IWF Atlanta or not, you can see how your shop can increase productivity by switching to Lockdowel fastening with our Lockdowel Calculator from our website.”

— Dick Brown, Lockdowel VP of Marketing

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA, August 17, 2018 / — Lockdowel customers report their assembly productivity went up 60% or more when they switched to Lockdowel fastening. Many of those customers will be at the Lockdowel booth #8073 at IWF Atlanta, August 22-25. In addition, IWF attendees can have a lot of fun discovering the Lockdowel assembly, flat packing and manufacturing advantages. The Lockdowel activities and exhibits at Booth 8073 include:

*Lockdowel Arcade—How Fast Can You Assemble a Drawer Box? Test your speed at the Lockdowel Arcade Games and see how fast you can build a Lockdowel drawer box. It’s true; anyone can build a cabinet fast with Lockdowel! But can you beat your personal best!? Fastest time each day receives a prize.

*RTA Chair Assembly—Preview the newest creation from our Lockdowel Engineering Team – Lockdowel Slide-to-Lock Chair Assembly. This new assembly method for chairs proves that chairs made with Lockdowel fasteners can save 60% or more in shipping costs.

*Create a dream kitchen with Lockdowel fastened cabinetry from Bella IMC. –Use the Bella IMC Virtual Kitchen Kiosk to choose your room dimensions, windows and doors placement and selections, and endless choices of cabinets, flooring, textures, colors and surfaces. Pricing included and view it in 3D!

*Spinning closet, pantry or garage storage systems from Closet Outlet. These assemble simply with Lockdowel fastening. Once more they can disassemble and build again. Closet Outlet creates “closets for life!"

*Murphy Door will have two Lockdowel fastened secret doors with shelving. The Lockdowel fasteners are invisible and give each piece a smooth custom look.

*Simple, fast assembly will be demonstrated live continuously.

*The latest Cabinet Vision software library makes it easy to switch to Lockdowel, come see how!

*Preview the newest equipment for edge boring and insertion of Lockdowel fasteners.

*See Lockdowel award-winning door slides, snap-in hinges, shelf tighteners and our array of nylon and metal fasteners. Our simple fasteners never require glue, screws or drills to assemble. And they always assemble 60% faster than traditional methods.

"Whether you’re traveling to IWF Atlanta or not, you can see how your shop can increase productivity by switching to Lockdowel fastening with our Lockdowel Calculator from our website," Dick Brown, Lockdowel Marketing VP says.

"If you would like to talk to a Lockdowel engineer or account manager at IWF please email us so a time can be arranged that is good for everyone," Brown adds. Email

About Lockdowel

Lockdowel provides simple manufacturing, assembly, and installation solutions for cabinets, furniture, closets, and architectural millwork. Patent pending. Lockdowel 41920 Christy Street, Fremont, CA 94538 , (650)477-7112

MaryLynn Heath
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New Lockdowel Slide-to-Lock Chair Assembly — See this and more at Lockdowel Booth 8073 IWF Atlanta!

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13 Tips for Your Ultimate Warehouse Design & Layout

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We share 13 tips for optimizing your #warehouse design, storage, and layout to optimize factory efficiency. Read them here!

“there’s not one perfect warehouse layout design for everyone because every industry and warehouse is unique”

— Cody Adams, Formaspace Production Manager

AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, August 14, 2018 / — While warehouse operators work hard every day to make sure products flow efficiently in and out of their facilities, some warehouse operations are more productive than others. We share our top tips for optimizing your warehouse design, warehouse storage, and warehouse layout to achieve peak performance at your facility.

We recently spoke to Cody Adams, Formaspace’s Production Manager, to get his recommendations on how to improve warehousing operations at your facility. While Cody wants to issue a disclaimer right off the bat saying, “there’s not one perfect warehouse layout design for everyone because every industry and warehouse is unique,” he hopes you’ll find the following collection of tips useful:

TIP 1: Learn More about Your Warehouse Operations by Engaging Outside Experts to Assess Your Warehouse Layout

Be open to the idea of getting expert advice. Warehouse design has changed a lot in recent years, as large distribution centers (DCs) have moved away from single channel to multichannel inventories and even smaller warehouses have begun to automate many operations.

An experienced set of eyes can quickly scan your warehouse layout and spot signs of trouble, which can range from visible dust settled on products in storage (indicating obsolete inventory) to inefficient use of use of dock space (such as when put-away areas aren’t cleared out quickly enough).

Formaspace offers its Rapid Plant Assessment consulting services to warehouse and factory operators. In as little as 30 minutes, we can offer practical suggestions to help make your operations more efficient.

TIP 2: Use the 5S Process to Improve Efficiency and Reclaim Non-Productive Warehouse Storage Space

If your warehouse has been in operation for many years, “stuff” has a way of accumulating in places that should be used for valuable inventory and stock.

We recommend the 5S process popularized by “The Toyota Way” to reclaim floor space. Once you reclaim your floor space, go vertical for increased storage density.

TIP 3: Implement a Warehouse Management System (WMS) to Collect and Analyze Measurable Historical Data

In today’s competitive business environment, data collection is imperative. Today’s Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), not only track inventory, they collect critical operational data.* Often, WMS can make radical recommendations, such as changing your product slotting philosophy away from conventional product value-based ABC categorization toward often counter-intuitive yet highly-efficient approaches, such as floating inventory warehouse layouts.

*You can also rely on insights garnered from Process Mining tools, which we’ve written about recently.

We recommend implementing automated asset tracking data collection methods to avoid downstream errors — manual entry is a no no. Go a step further and assign unique tracking numbers to assets, don’t rely on serial numbers (which are often not unique). And don’t just track movable assets, track your fixed assets as well.

Armed with accurate data, you’ll be able to improve forecasting. For example, you can use asset tracking to find out how often inventory is picked throughout the year — use drop shipping directly from the manufacturer for SKUs with low seasonal demand.

TIP 4: Identify Warehouse Best Practices and Make Realistic Goals for Improving Your Warehouse Design

Many consultants use the acronym FAST (which stands for Flow, Accessibility, Space, and Throughput) when making recommendations to help you achieve warehouse design best practices. The FAST acronym is also useful for communicating upward to senior management (KPIs can be associated with each category).

Acronyms aside, it’s important to find current information on best practices in the warehousing industry that can apply to your individual circumstances (e.g. an apples-to-apples comparison). Trade associations and other industry information sources can help.

Armed with a sense of industry best practices (such as product order cycle times), you can establish your own set of measurable metrics to track and improve upon.

Here are some key areas to work on:

Establish a logical, repeatable, efficient returns process. This will improve warehouse overall efficiency.

Consider implementing a “lean” warehouse philosophy, focusing on reducing material handling time, reducing loading and unloading times, reducing time locating lost inventory, improving communication to customers, and increasing your supply chain.

Use your improved inventory analysis to identify where to invest next to maximize ROI. For example, investments in automation may make sense for some inventory, or (as IKEA has done) you might build a second warehouse solely dedicated to your highest volume, fastest turnover inventory.

TIP 5: Communicate Up-to-the-Minute Warehouse Operations across the Organization

Sharing is caring. By sharing real-time warehouse information with key staff throughout the organization, you can realize significant improvements in cycle times while avoiding the need to field distracting “where is my stuff” calls from the rest of the organization. (The visibility to executive management doesn’t hurt either.)

TIP 6: Rely on Warehouse Management System (WMS) Data to Organize Your Warehouse Layout

If you have visited or seen videos of industry-leading distribution centers, such as those from Amazon*, you may have become mesmerized by the seemingly random pathways taken by robots fulfilling orders and restocking inventory. It’s an uncomfortable shift for those who grew up on the logic of ABC warehouse layouts, yet we have solid evidence that WMS can sequence orders and organize highly efficient workflow (often using floating locations in the space available) if you only let it.

Having insight from the WMS is also particularly useful when you experience a surge of incoming inventory, such as during seasonal sales activities.

And if you are new to this level of automation, don’t forget that implementing a robust WMS now will help you communicate supply information directly to your suppliers and customers in the future.

*Amazon is a Formaspace customer.

TIP 7: Focus Your Warehouse Layout Design Decisions on the Dock Operations

The dock area can be the most congested and potentially most dangerous area within your warehouse layout.

When designing new warehouse facilities, consider taking advantage of the newest trends, including just-in-time cross-docking. Cross-docking is a technique where fresh inventory is unloaded directly from the inbound vehicle(s) then immediately re-loaded onto outbound vehicles — all without having to store the inventory in the warehouse. You’ll need to allocate additional space and multiple docks to perform these operations without creating choke points that impede flow.

For inventory unloaded at the dock, don’t allow put-away areas to build up inventory. Make sure they are cleared out daily to avoid congestion and avoid product damage.

TIP 8: Organize SKUs in Bins and Re-slot Pick Positions Often to Reduce Pick Times

Do you know where your most valuable, high-volume products are being stored? The answer should be “as close as possible to the shipping area” to reduce picking steps.

Perform an ABC categorization (using WMS data) to identify these most valuable, high-turnover products and get them closer to the shipping area.

But forget about keeping products from the same manufacturer together. That’s old school. Instead, keep each SKU in its own bin. (Don’t put more than one SKU in a bin as that slows down the picker and leads to increased errors.)

With everything in bins, it’s easy to re-slot as needed. It’s not a once a year activity anymore — take the opportunity to re-slot your highest profit/volume products every day to maximize efficiency.

TIP 9: Think Twice Before Expanding Your Warehouse Design and Storage

Are you really running out of warehouse space? Or are you not using the space you have efficiently enough?

If you think you’re running out of space, revisit Tip Two above and perform a thorough 5S program to clear your aisles and clean out inventory that’s not where it should be.

Then, take advantage of vertical space. Pallet racking is safer and more secure than stacking pallets directly on top of one another. Formaspace can help you built custom mobile storage solutions to keep things tidy and organized.

One of our Formaspace clients avoided spending $1 million annually by avoiding the need to acquire new space just by making better use of their existing square footage.

We can also help you create highly-efficient, customized packing stations that will increase throughput. Ask a Formaspace Design Consultant about how this works. (Use the form at the end of the article to request a call.)

TIP 10: Ensuring the Health and Safety of Workers, Your Most Important Asset

Choices made in warehouse layout and enforcement of operational safety standards can help prevent worker accidents and save lives. Docks are particularly dangerous: make sure everything is secured, keep aisles clean, avoid forklifts approaching dock edges, enforce safety protective equipment rules, and have all operators certified to operate heavy equipment.

Make it clear that safety is your top priority. Involve employees in creating a safety committee that is responsible for creating emergency response plans for accidents, including hazardous spills and fire.

Avoid workplace injuries, such as falls and back injuries by providing appropriate material handling procedures (including mechanical lifts for heavy items).

Use ergonomic furniture designs with height-adjustable surfaces for your workers (such as packers) that can adjust on the fly to fit different employee heights.

TIP 11: Don’t Overlook Solutions Once Considered Outside of Traditional Warehouse Operations

Warehouse operations are no longer an island. As warehouse operators wring the last bit of efficiency out of their internal operations, many find that outside factors can have a major positive impact on making things more efficient.

Improved communication with your suppliers and your customers is key. If you have advance notice of sales promotions, new product introductions, unexpected demand spikes or supply shortages, you can make smarter decisions when setting the minimum holding stocks necessary to cover lead times.

As we alluded to earlier, the largest and most advanced companies (think Walmart or Amazon) take this a step further with complete visibility into their supply chains.

It also goes without saying that buying better products from more reliable suppliers can make your warehouse operations more efficient.

Don’t be a hostage to open delivery hours. Request advanced shipping notifications from your suppliers and establish predictable appointments on the calendar. This will help you plan for major shipments by clearing space in advance and making sure your warehouse is fully staffed during peak hours.

Finally, consider ‘out of the box’ solutions, including third-party (3PL) warehousing and drop shipments from the manufacturer for items that don’t fit into your warehouse profile.

TIP 12: Let ROI Determine Roll-out of Automation Implementations

Automation is coming to your warehouse if it hasn’t already. Amazon is creating an end-to-end supply chain, starting with its consumer-based Alexa personal assistant that can take orders by voice command.

What level of automation makes sense for you? The answer lies in analyzing the data collected by your WMS or process mining systems. This historical data, combined with future volume projections, will help you perform the necessary analysis to determine the Return-on-Investment and argue for or against automation.

At present, automation solutions tend to work best for highly repeatable tasks; however, as robots become more flexible and trainable, they are increasingly taking on more complex, changeable work. See other Formaspace articles on robots in industrial settings for more information:

Should Robots Replace Humans in Your Industrial Facility?
Is Digitization of Manufacturing and IoT the New Industrial Revolution?
Amazon’s Amazing Fulfillment Warehouse Strategy
Robot Manufacturers demonstrate “Industry 4.0” Innovations at Hannover Messe
Robot Companion Workers Take Stage on the Factory Floor

Remember, you don’t need to do a wholesale replace when pursuing an automation strategy — in fact, that’s likely a recipe for disaster. Instead, identify which activities would provide the highest ROI at the lowest risk and start from there.

If you have multiple facilities, it might be useful to perform testing at one facility before making changes across the board. This way you can confirm savings by making an apples-to-apples comparison.

TIP 13: Constant Renewal and Improvement is Not a Once a Year Task

Inventory control audits? They are not just an annual thing anymore. Perform these at least every quarter.

The same goes for product re-slotting, as we mentioned above. That needs to happen as often as every day for your highest-profit, highest-volume products.

The bottom line?

You should take the opportunity to measure, analyze, and renew everything about your operations throughout the year.

We have done the same here at Formaspace. During our most recent factory and warehousing reorganization, we designated new special order areas, revised access to our raw metal staging areas, and updated the warehouse layout to increase the efficiency of our laminate storage.

We hope this list of tips will help you optimize your warehouse design, warehouse storage, and warehouse layouts.

To learn more about how Formaspace can help you with our Rapid Plant Assessment consulting services and our full line of industrial furniture, please fill out the form below, and one of our friendly Design Consultants will be in contact with you today.

Brooke Turner
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Oklahoma Business Owner Jeff Finney Achieves 40 Under 40 Wood Industry Award – Recognized at IWF Atlanta

Jeff Finney Ultimate Cabinet Components Owner, blogger and the creator of The Push Thru podcast has been recognized as a 40 Under 40 Achiever by Woodworking Network.

Jeff Finney

Meet Jeff Finney Owner of Ultimate Cabinet Components, Creator of The Push Thru Podcast and a 40 Under 40 Industry Achiever at IWF Atlanta Booth 557

At Ultimate Cabinet Components we strive to help shops double their capacity with no additional investment.”

— Ultimate Cabinet Components Owner Jeff Finney

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES, August 14, 2018 / — Jeff Finney owner of Ultimate Cabinet Components in Collinsville, Oklahoma has been selected for the Wood Industry’s 2018, 40 Under 40 Award by Woodworking Network. Recipients of the award are celebrated as the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America.

Finney’s company is an outsourced provider of cabinet parts striving to help shop owners grow their operations. Ultimate Cabinet Components manufactures cabinet components that can be flat packed assembled at the job site, without glue or screws by utilizing Lockdowel fastening. Finney is the first Oklahoman to receive the 40 Under 40 Award, which is in its third consecutive year.

Jeff Finney took his successful Ultimate Cabinets business and in 2016 turned it into Ultimate Cabinet Components. He has been motivated to “become the most efficient cabinet part manufacturer in the world.” In addition to running his company, Finney also writes a weekly blog for customers and followers, has started a podcast "The Push Thru,” and is a published author of articles, including Woodworking Network publications.

“I’m happy to have won this award this year–barely slid in there at 39!” Finney says. “At Ultimate Cabinet Components we strive to help shops double their capacity with no additional investment. I’m thankful cabinet shop owners are succeeding using our solutions.”

Finney and the honorees will be recognized August 21 at the Leadership Reception at the Georgia World Congress Center, the day prior to the largest woodworking show in the world, IWF (International Woodworking Fair) Atlanta. The bi-yearly show projects 30,000 attendees and has 1,000 exhibitors.

Ultimate Cabinet Components is a first year exhibitor at IWF. “We welcome everyone to the Ultimate Cabinet Components booth booth 557!” Finney says.”I’ve been going to IWF with my family for years, but it’s especially exciting this year being an exhibitor!”

For more information about Ultimate Cabinet Components visit: or contact Jeff Finney – 13795 East 136th Street North, Collinsville, OK 74021, 918-371-7171

MaryLynn Heath
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Ultimate Cabinet Components – This is how we do it!

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