Guide to Barcodes vs. QR Codes: In-Depth Comparison and Analysis of Both Label Types

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Everyone is familiar with barcodes – the black-and-white codes featuring a series of parallel lines that a cashier scans in the checkout line – but QR codes are also becoming widely known and recognized. Both QR codes and barcodes store information about an item or product in a machine-readable format that can be easily scanned …

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A Conversation with Bill Alumbaugh, Director of Engineering at Tarsco Bolted Tanks

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

What do you know about huge tanks and vessels found at power plants, industrial sites, and chemical storage facilities? When we asked ourselves these same questions, we concluded we knew next to nothing about these humongous objects. We wanted to know things like how an engineer works with their team, which materials are needed to …

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How To Read A Forklift Nameplate (In Plain English)

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Every year, there are almost 100 deaths and over 34,000 injuries due to forklift (powered industrial truck) accidents (source). According to OSHA, many of these are the result of “improper equipment” and a lack of training. In other words, these accidents could be avoided. The nameplates, also called data plates (the two terms are used …

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Designing for Extreme Environments

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Incorporating resiliency into buildings that are subjected to harsh or damaging conditions. March 2016 Sponsored by AMBICO Limited, Metalphoto® Photosensitive Anodized Aluminum, Securitech Group, Inc., and Smart Vent Products, Inc. By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP The weather is always a popular topic of conversation, but it is also an important focus of researchers …

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Navigation During the Age of Discovery

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

“Landing of Columbus”, by John Vanderlyn, 1846, Commissioned by Congress for the Capitol Rotunda Between the 2nd and 15th centuries maps of the world looked like this… By Johannes Schnitzer, Engraver and Claudius Ptolemy, Cartographer. …but by 1570 the world view was far different.

12 Must See Botanical Gardens in the U.S.

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

MPC, being in the business of providing signage for a wide range of industries, is continually focused on aesthetics. We have a deep appreciation for what’s beautiful and images that inspire visual pleasure. We especially enjoy the form and function of botanical gardens, which provide the public with some of the most awe-inspiring natural art …

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Art Contest Results

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Metalphoto excels as a sign, label, nameplate, panel and overlay solution not only because of its durability, but because it seals high- resolution images within the anodized aluminum. This ability to reproduce brilliant detail also makes Metalphoto an interesting canvas for artwork, which is why MPC decided to host an art contest in early 2015.

Art Contest: Win A High Quality Metalphoto Of Your Art!

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Note: This contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered, and we will be announcing the winner soon! Artwork Eligibility Any 2D artwork is eligible for this contest – photography, drawings, paintings – as long as it’s 2D! Please note, although Metalphoto can be produced with color using a secondary process, for this contest …

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The Best Modern Commercial Architects In America

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Because of this relationship, we keep a close eye on some of the newest developments in commercial architecture. We noticed something missing online. And this was the lack of an up to date and in depth catalog of modern commercial architects in America (mostly the United States).