Holiday Greetings from Murphy Company

During this holiday season, our thoughts turn to our clients, colleagues and friends. We are grateful for your business and support, and look forward to years of continued success together. Please enjoy our holiday video.

Wishing you a new year filled with peace, joy, and prosperity.

 

We are closed December 26 and January 2


Team Murphy Company
#MCHolidays

Wishing all of our clients, colleagues, friends and family a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Drone Registration Begins Dec. 21st

This holiday season, drone sales will reach never-before-seen heights. The rise in consumer purchases caused the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to take safety measures on behalf of those using public airspace. According to a new law put in place by the FAA, operators must participate in a drone registration system as of December 21st, 2015. This may seem a bit daunting for a lot of people interested in UAVs, therefore Murphy Company brings you all the information you need to know about the new legislation.

Drone Registration Facts

  • Any unmanned aerial system (UAS) weighing between 9 ounces and 55 pounds must be registered.
  • Operators must register their name, physical address, and email address.
  • Registration applies to all UAS, new and existing.
  • Each aircraft must be marked with a unique number, although not necessarily the serial number.
  • Current owners have until February 19, 2016 to register, while new operators have until their first flight.
  • $5 fee, but allows you to register an unlimited number of drones (To push for early registration, the FAA will refund the $5 fee to anyone who registers before January 19, 2016).
  • Registrations are good for 3 years.

“Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly, so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says. Those who do not register may see up to $27,500 in civil fines, as well as $250,000 and three years in prison for criminal penalties.

While those numbers seem extreme, Michael Whitaker, deputy administrator of the FAA, assures consumers that "initial efforts will be to get everyone signed up rather than to punish owners, unless it is an egregious incident... The goal is not to be punitive, but to get people into compliance with the regulations."

The new law comes with some scrutiny from the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), which represents 185,000 hobbyists nationwide. They believe education programs are the way to ensure safety rather than a registry that will create “an unnecessary burden” on the group’s members. They fear that the more excessive the laws become, the less people are going to want to get involved.

The FAA is working on furthering the standard for flight, and raised interest will only quicken the process.

For more information on the drone registration, visit FAA.gov/UAS/Registration, while information regarding regulations and laws can be found at KnowBeforeYouFly.org.

#MCUAV

This past August, Murphy Company hosted the inaugural Columbus UAV/Drone meetup. It was a great forum to discuss everything drone related. Murphy Company is excited to host another meeting in early 2016. Stay current on dates and information by going to Meetup.com/UAVDrone.

UAV/Drone Regional Chapter Meetup

Murphy Company is now the regional chapter head for the UAVSA, servicing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Today, August 27th, we will be having our inaugural Regional Chapter Meetup starting at 5PM.

Tentative Agenda:

5:00 - 7:00 pm: Build & Fly Time. 

Build - in our meeting room we have designated a build area. It is nothing extravagant, but it is a start while we work on things here. Educate others, learn from each other and share information.

Fly - We have a fairly large back lawn area, but limited when it comes to flying use. We will open up this controlled area with house rules for limited flying. It is a good chance to share with newcomers and test out your UAV/drone with new friends. We will have impose house rules as safety takes priority. We are working on local meetup areas for organized flying and events in the near future.

7:00 pm: Chapter Meeting.

As we are launching this meetup about a month ahead of schedule we are not as ready as we would like to be. We have extended 5-10 minutes to a few individuals to share about their organization or services they offer. If you are interested in speaking please let us know.

State of the Drone/Industry - Loren Stone, CEO of Murphy Company and UASA Chapter President, is attending the Ohio UAS Conference in Dayton, August 24 and 25. He will share information and insight from that two-day conference.

Looking forward to providing the exchange of ideas around the growing UAS/drone community in our Region in a diverse, open, and friendly environment.

Quadcopter, Hexacopter, Octocopter, Multirotor and UAV  prosumer, startup, manufacturer, retailer, developer, service provider, cinematographer - connecting with like-minded  UAS professionals.

Closing.

Some of us will grab a drink at one of our favorite water holes around the corner from us on Rich. Land Grant, Rehab or Strongwater or all three. As this is after the meeting we hope to have a few of you join us.

See you then!

U A V U A S Meetup poster
U A V U A S Meetup poster

The Zen of Creating Color

Wellness is far more than just taking care of yourself physically. It is important to maintain a strong mental zen too, free of stress. Murphy Company is proud to celebrate Global Wellness Day; a not-for-profit social project where, for one day, people make a conscious shift in lifestyle towards living well. Global Wellness Day brings together exercise, healthy eating and spiritual teachings. It is a step that can ignite the flame of happiness burning throughout the world; a special opportunity to bring together the wellness world in a sacred mission. In previous years, participants:

  • Drink more water.
  • Walk for 1 hour.
  • Shop local/eat organic.
  • Avoid using plastic bottles.
  • Do a good deed.
  • Eat a family dinner.
  • Go to bed before 10pm.

We invite you to take a minute from your day to destress, and see the meditative process of mixing ink.

Xavier's Center for Innovation Adds MakerBot Innovation Center

People living in Ohio have a lot of pride for their state, which is understandable when it is so easy to find inspiration everywhere. Murphy Company holds the Buckeye State particularly near and dear to our hearts, and that is why we are excited to share that Cincinnati, Ohio based Xavier University purchased a MakerBot Innovation Center for their own Center for Innovation (CFI). The Innovation Center comes complete with thirty one MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers (twenty five desktop, three Z18s, and three mini compacts), three MakerBot Digitizer desktop scanners, a large supply of MakerBot PLA filament, and software to manage the entire system. I had the pleasure of speaking with Shawn Nason, director of the CFI, to learn more about innovation, MakerBot, what this integration means for Xavier, and to dispel some myths about 3D printing.

Meeting Up with MakerBot

In early January, a small group from Xavier consisting of Nason; Annette Marksberry, Assistant Provost and CIO for the university; and Carol Maegly, Assistant Vice President for Provost Budget & Planning; set off to Las Vegas to attend the largest Consumer Electronics Show in the world.

The annual conference is devoted to everything and anything within the world of consumer electronics, from the latest wearable technology and phone apps to the future of audio and video. A decent sized section of the event is dedicated to the ever growing 3D printing industry, and that is where 'X' marked the spot for the Xavier group.

"Our intentions when we went there were not to strike up or make any deals.  I had attended before, but [Marksberry] and [Maegly] had never been, so the mindset was to go out there for two and a half days, immerse them into what it was like, and to help open up our eyes to where we could go in education."

Upon arriving at the conference, they were initially drawn to MakerBot's eye-catching pavilion, and decided to stop in to have a brief conversation with the company. That evening, the Xavier group committed to purchasing the Innovation Center, and by the next morning, they had signed the deal. They were now the proud owners of a piece of history.

Xavier's Center for Innovation

For most people, committing and signing a deal this large within twenty four hours of hearing about it is considered spontaneous, but Xavier is no stranger to 3D printers. Professor of mathematics and computer science, Gary Lewondowski, bought one in 2012 and librarian, Alison Morgan, applied for a grant to create a MakerSpace within the main library. After receiving the grant approval, she added two printers to the university's catalog. Coincidentally, all three printers happened to be MakerBots.

With all of this attention spent on ingenuity and cutting edge technology, it is no surprise that in 2014 when a rash of colleges began closing their doors, Xavier developed a plan to increase revenue for the school while also benefitting the student body. That is where Nason came into play.

"I was brought in to look at creating non-traditional revenue streams for the university," claims Nason.

CFI works specifically with the health care industry, higher education space, and what Nason refers to as the, "innovation igniter" space. They provide training and development around innovation practices and capabilities.

Those outside of Xavier's academic community are not excluded from using their services. In fact, a fair amount of companies work with them, including architecture firms and print shops, to name a few. They even printed fossil bones for the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The Future of 3D Printing

In the ever expanding 3D marketplace, my exposure to different perspectives and directions grow as Murphy Company ventures further into this arena. At the time of this interview we are also in discussions to represent MakerBot as another addition to our 3D product line. The expansion does come with a common concern voiced from those new to the community. "Will 3D printing be something that is really going to stick around, or in time, will the spools run bare for good?"

Our confidence in this area is rooted in witnessing a twenty five year old technology being updated, utilized and brought to the forefront of innovation by educational institutions like Xavier, and thought leaders like Nason. Having accomplished so much in such a short time, I was curious to know where he thought the technology was heading.

"I believe that 3D printing is just really a disrupter to all industries. This next week we'll be speaking at South by Southwest, and we are talking about innovation detonation. I honestly believe that it has so many applicable uses in innovation and industries."

He recounted a story to me about a project that an Intro to Making class has been working on:

"They are literally doing all kinds of cool creations. A very cool project that they're working on right now is helping build a prosthetic for a dog. It has not been completed yet, but they are in the process of designing it to create a front, right paw for a Golden Retriever named 'Tiny.'" [read more about Tiny here]

From creating prosthetics in the healthcare industry to printing food, drill bits or anything else one can think up, 3D printing and creative thinking go hand-in-hand. Nason tells me that, when it comes to innovation, his mission is simple:

"St Ignacious Layola is quoted for saying, 'go forth and set the world on fire.' We want to find and help find the spark in every individual to create that fire."

For more information on Xavier's Innovative efforts, head to the Center for Innovation website or Shawn Nason's blog.

#MC3DP #MCEducation #Innovation #EducationAnd3DPrinting

This week's article is part of our series on 'Education and 3D Printing.' Published by Kevin Murray.

Celebrate Earth Week with Murphy Company

To all of us here at Murphy Company, we look beyond the scope of corporate responsibility when promoting sustainability. We see it as paramount in creating a better future, and feel it is our civic duty to take certain steps in ensuring that future come to light. On April 22nd, 1970, 20 million Americans across The United States felt the same way. They gathered in peaceful protest, united by the common fear of environmental deterioration. What came from this day was the beginning of the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the first Earth Day.

In the years since, Earth Day evolved into something far greater. Teachers now create eco-conscious lesson plans in celebration, people volunteer to clean up parks or plant trees, families take the leap to create a backyard compost pile. It is a day about education, action, and unity within the community. Some organizations, Murphy Company included, utilize the entire week of the 22nd each April to learn more about "green" happenings within our own backyard and do our part to strengthen those efforts.

As society celebrates the 45th anniversary, we rejoice on how far we have come, but ultimately it is still troubling to be inundated with the facts and figures about pollution or climate change. The health risks and potential future we are leaving for our children's children are terrifying thoughts, to say the least, which is why education and execution of eco-friendly lifestyles are so important.

As a lover of the outdoors, cherisher of nature, I want to take a moment to share with you a few of the ways Murphy Company does its part.

These efforts include:

  • The creation of a corporate space that promotes the daily idea of "reduce, reuse, recycle," while simultaneously participating in various "green" events throughout the year.
  • Recycling over 1,200 pounds worth of servers, monitors, computers, backup batteries and various electronic waste to eRevival LLC, a computer and electronics recycling solution, at the Upper Arlington Whole Foods' "e-Waste Fundraiser."
  • Donating over 6,000 pounds of recyclable goods to St. Catharine's School in Bexley, Ohio. Each year the eighth grade class buys a gift for the school using money raised through donated recyclables and various other fundraising efforts.
  • Monthly recycling to the local recycling drop-offs.
  • The reuse/repurpose of worn down or broken palettes into office furniture and business amenities.
  • The reduction of our automotive carbon footprint by promoting a bicycle friendly environment through participation in such events as "National Bike to Work Day," "Bike the Cbus," and the Columbus chapter of the "Monday Night Ride."

Those in Columbus looking to get involved with some "green" groups, visit Green Columbus's website for a complete list of volunteer opportunities. For more information about Earth Day or larger scale opportunities, visit EarthDay.org.

How did you spend Earth Week? Use the hashtag #MCEarth and tag us on Twitter or Facebook to let us know!

Please enjoy this Earth Week video we have created for the holiday.

#MCEarth #MCConservation #MCReduceReuseRecycle

One Year Out of 68

My name is Simon Brazik, and I am part of the Murphy Company marketing team as well as an integral piece to our logistics division. After recently reaching my one year anniversary here, I began reflecting and felt it appropriate to share a bit about my experience with my Murphy Company family. I have had several jobs in my working life, beginning with mowing lawns at 13 to pay for all of my teenage ambitions. By 20, I was writing for an online music magazine -- my short lived and ultimately doomed adventure into new media. I have to say, out of all of these occupations, Murphy Company has been the most uniquely incredible.

After finding myself unemployed, like so many others in 2013, I responded to an ad on Craigslist for a position as a part time delivery driver. Less than a week later, I walked into a high pressure two-on-one interview. My expectations hadn’t quite prepared me for what I was getting into. I wore my best clothes, brought my extra resume copies, but I never anticipated getting grilled in an oak paneled conference room.

Murphy Company truck parked in the warehouse
Murphy Company truck parked in the warehouse

At first, I was asked a flurry of questions that had little to do with my ability to pilot a van. Some were the typical, “where do you see yourself in ten years,” but as the questions continued, I realized that they could tell I was comfortable driving a van; they knew I was not some shady figure looking to recklessly joyride for an afternoon like the garage attendants in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. What eventually dawned on me was that the questions were coming from a place of security. The interviewers were merely discerning how well I would fit within the tight-knit group who worked there.

That is the magic of Murphy Company. There is so much family history, familial ties and ostensibly, a laid back aesthetic that goes along with that kind of environment. Yet, under the surface exists a lot more that is not quite visible to the outside observer. In reality, the pacing feels more akin to the intense, high speed nature of a Silicon Valley startup.

My ability to quickly adapt has been an absolutely crucial component in regards to seamlessly molding to company's needs. It can be stressful having to pivot on a moments notice, but I appreciate the variation of my day to day tasks; anything from data entry to helping build out our marketing strategy.

I find the most fulfillment in doing the deliveries. It is nice to be greeted by the same familiar faces, continue previous conversations about the psychological effects of wearing Hawaiian shirts in the winter months or proper beard grooming techniques. These moments serve as a constant reminder that behind each company are people with lives and their own stories. In the business world, this is something that can easily be forgotten, but it is so important. At the end of the day, I'm doing far more than merely dropping off an order. I'm making true connections.

I have delivered almost everything we have sold over the past year, spending about 14,000 minutes behind the wheel -- the equivalent of 5 cross country trips. Taking the above into consideration, there is also something soothing about the solace that comes with driving that much by one's self. Feeling the momentum of that giant truck, getting to know a new town's character, building personal mental landmarks; these all synthesize into a warm, inner peace on par with the feeling of returning to one's hometown after their first semester of college.

In spite of all of these faux-nostalgic feelings, there is always something new on the horizon leading us ahead of the curve, which can be both exciting and terrifying. For any anxiety this may cause, it is nice to know that there exists a comfort, a distinct feeling of inclusion and personal connection at Murphy Company. Funny thing is that even though I've only known my co-workers for a year, when I pull the van back into the warehouse and I walk through the office, I truly do feel at home with my family.

#1YearWithMC

Why Go Digital for Dictation? (Part 2)

Last week, we talked about the myriad of technological changes that have taken place over the past few decades, constantly working to simplify the life of the user. Taking all this into consideration, these principles also apply to the world of dictation. Due to the onset of the digital age, we can now capture voice with pristine quality, far exceeding that of cassette tapes. "The final result," claims Tim Palmer, Sales Manager for certified Philips dealer Speech Processing Solutions USA, "is that it is easier for an author to dictate and for a transcriptionist to understand what is said, resulting in a more accurate document being completed in less time."

It is not like analog dictation has nothing to give. To get lost in the hypnosis of the turning cassette, to hear the soft grinding and squeaking of the plastic on plastic; there is a sense of nostalgia akin to the mindset of vinyl record collectors, that becomes lost when using digital solutions. Personally, it brings me back to my childhood when I would try to tape a song that played on the radio, watching the wheels on the cassette go 'round and 'round, 'round and 'round, 'round and 'round. To the user who shares my adoration for those halcyon, carefree days, some digital solutions offer the image of a tape turning while you record. It is not quite the same, sure, but it is a small gesture to help ease the ostensibly daunting transition.

Believe it or not, a digital dictation solution is actually very similar to the analog or tape style systems that many are used to. The recording solutions function almost identically to the old tape machines with their play, rewind and record functions. The transcription workflow is the same as well; author sends to transcriptionist, who in turn completes the document, and either sends it back for review or sends it on as needed.

Combining the ability to digitally capture voices with networks, computer workstations and mobile solutions such as smart phones, finding your own perfect method is simple. Dictate from virtually anywhere in the world. In a way, you could say that dictation and transcription are now enjoying freedoms that they have never had up to this point.

As with many other advances in technology, digital dictation and transcription are constantly growing, providing far more benefits than limitations. Ed Mulliniks, marketing director for certified Olympus dealer CLM Sales, advises anyone new to dictation to "keep in mind how you plan to use the device," and "make sure the features of the machines line up according to your specific needs." There is a solution suited for users of any experience level, so find which one is right for you.

For any questions about how to best integrate one of our digital dictation solutions into your daily workflow, or to purchase one of our top of the line solutions, contact us today.

#MCDictation #MCDigital

How 3D Printing is Growing Interest in STEM Curriculum

This week’s article is part of our series on ‘Education and 3D Printing.’Published by Kevin Murray.

In America, the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are in dire need of young professionals. Baby Boomers currently hold the highest percentage of these positions, and as they begin to retire, the urgency to find replacements drastically increases. A problem we currently face is that a growing number of students are not interested in these kinds of classes.

According to the US Department of Education, only 16% are proficient at math and interested in a STEM career. Living in an era of constantly evolving technology and instantly accessible information means that the STEM related career standards of the past are no longer acceptable. In order to raise the bar higher, school officials need to find ways to inspire the younger generations early on.

Students as Makers

Organizations like TechPoint Foundation for Youth are testing ways to get kids interested in STEM paths by giving grants to select schools in an effort to help incorporate 3D printers into their curriculum. Students at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, Indiana, one of the recipients of the grant, have connected greatly with their printer.

This is not just another step to overcome until the next test; they are exposed to real life, hands-on applications of printed objects. In math, as an example, kids learn about graphing a function that uses the x, y, and z axes. They can then apply that function to a 3D printer and see exactly how manipulating one axis affects the creation.

If teachers created uniformity within the curriculum, like what Arden Academy did in Solihull, England, students could experience the synthesis of STEM courses. Arden's project for Year 7 students looked at the chemistry of plastic and the physics of the printer, then using Google Sketch Up, designed "predators" in biology. Being an integral piece of the process is far more engaging than videos or worksheets, especially when the kids are devoting attention to actively seeking out information.

Most schools who incorporated 3D printing into their curriculum claimed that there was a bit of a learning curve. Getting used to Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software took some time. Yet, teachers found that quality training, paired with reliable support from manufacturers and internal staff helped greatly expedite their comfortability with the system's workflow.

Local Educational 3D Printing Efforts

Alex Bandar, PhD, Founder and C E O of the Columbus Idea Foundry
Alex Bandar, PhD, Founder and C E O of the Columbus Idea Foundry

Within most cities lie plenty of opportunities for educators to expand their knowledge base. Here in Columbus, Ohio, The Columbus Idea Foundry (CIF) set up a community learning center and maker space geared towards training and providing access to materials used for anything from business and artistry to general hobbies.

As a means of helping those new to 3D Printing technology, people can work with the intricacies of the CAD software on site. After users feel more comfortable, CIF currently has one printer available for hourly use, as well as access to many others throughout the Columbus area. Ethan Dicks, member and instructor at the CIF, has hosted a free 3D printing "meetup" at the shop every second Wednesday from 7pm-10pm for the last five years.

In 2012, MAKE Magazine, the champion of this new tech-DIY revolution, ran a few competitions to see which city around the world could bring the most people together to participate in 3D printing, electronics/programming, robotics, and the like.  From New York and San Francisco, to London and Singapore, 300 cities around the world competed and nobody was more surprised than Alex Bandar, founder/CEO of the Columbus Idea Foundry, when Columbus won.

Columbus and the CIF placed 1st in the world in this meetup competition; 1st in the world for Raspberry Pi (an open source/open hardware electronics/programming platform), and second in Robotics (although the high school robotics team sponsored by the CIF, the Cougar Robots 4251, came in 1st in the world in their own 2600 school competition).  "This is a testament to the innovative spirit and talent of the Central Ohio region," says Dr. Bandar, "and is an example of how this new 'Maker Movement' can reinvigorate the midwest - once the home of the US manufacturing base, and soon to be the home of the US innovation base."

The Future of Education

Education is of paramount importance, especially when it comes to new technology. The ones who will best utilize all of the upcoming advances are the younger generation, as kids quickly catch on to the latest products and know how to access information. Learning how to organize that information will take the guidance of well informed educators. Murphy Company recognizes just how imperative this growth is and seeks to support the community. Whether it comes from providing work shops or partnering with our neighbors at CIF, we are working hard to investigate the best methods for preparing individuals of all ages for the leap into the future.

Interested in 3D Printing? Check out our selection of 3D printers#3DLayers (our 3D Printing digital newsletter), and head to CIF's website to keep up with all of their latest educational opportunities.

#MC3DPrinting #STEM #MCEducation #ColumbusIdeaFoundry #CIF

Dr. Alexander Bandar is a computational metallurgist by training, and an entrepreneur by accident.  Having worked ten years in the field of manufacturing software, with clients from GM to Apple to the Defense Department, he now directs the Columbus Idea Foundry - a community workshop, or "makerspace", which he began as a hobby and is now his full-time career.  Newly relocated to a 65,000 sf warehouse in Columbus OH, the Columbus Idea Foundry houses tools from blacksmithing to 3D printing, teaches classes on the design and fabrication resources available at the shop, and then sells memberships to anyone who wishes to use the workshop as if it were their own.  With 200 members and growing rapidly (of whom approximately half are entrepreneurs), the Columbus Idea Foundry is the world's largest and most active makerspace, and is quickly finding a place in the creative, educational, technological and business ecosystems of Central Ohio and beyond.  Dr. Bandar speaks and consults regularly about this exciting new "Maker Movement", has presented multiple TEDx talks on the subject, and most recently was invited to deliver the Cultural Heritage presentation on behalf of the City of Columbus at the Intelligent Cities Forum in Manhattan.

Why Go Digital for Dictation? (Part 1)

While time moves forward, technology continues to work towards simplifying the lives of users and quickening real time correspondence. As an example, look at mobile phones. At one time we had to use a normal telephone line and utilize the services of an operator to physically patch a connection. Today, digital technology has enhanced the way people interact and connect with one another. We can pull a handheld device out of our pocket and reach anyone, anywhere, all without being limited solely to verbal communication. Texting, access to social media, and video messaging simplify instantaneous correspondence, creating the era of immediate gratification that we have grown accustomed to.

The same technological revolution applies to your camera. The storage capacity for film cameras was limited to only 24 images and changing rolls required users to interrupt or even miss capturing a moment. The method of developing those pictures was tedious, required a fair amount of skill, and took far too long to create and review the finished product.

Using a digital camera, you can save what seems like a limitless amount of pictures to a memory card, transfer them to a computer, and send them to as many people as you would like, seamlessly, within minutes. Online photo sharing from services like Facebook or Instagram allow for unlimited access, regardless of location, diminishing the need for tangible a album --  a topic I will expound upon in a later blog post.

The world of dictation faces similar lifestyle improvements. Like film in cameras, replacing cassettes in recorders interrupts an author’s train of thought, affecting the ability to capture significant ideas as they happen. There are few things more frustrating than finding the trail leading to your "ah-ha!" moment, only to have it cut short by the 'click' of a full tape. That minute or so that you have to spend swapping cassettes could easily be the moment where a detail goes overlooked. It is difficult to backtrack and try to catch up on lost momentum, which is why the ability to hold over 300 hours of recording time on a single card is so vital. It may seem overkill, but the important thing is having the ability to record ideas without interruption.

After recording to a digital file, sending it along to anyone you choose is simple. Unlike analog dictation, which requires making hard copies of the tape -- a process that diminishes the audio quality with each reprint -- you can simply email any file to as many people as you would like, all while maintaining a perfect standard of sound and organizational file tags.

Keep in mind that tapes get eaten or misplaced, analog solutions have more moving parts that are easily broken, and the sound quality of tapes deteriorates over time. There was definitely a time and place for analog, but for how advanced the digital solutions are, your workflow cannot afford to be stifled by tape. Think of it this way, why would someone watch VHS when they can stream the same film in flawless video quality?

Read part 2 of this article here.

#MCDictation #MCDigital #MCTechnology

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Moving Fast in 2015

Springtime symbolizes new life, as nature's palette begins to splash flecks of color into the greyscale of trees and sky. We leave our overcoat cocoons to fully embrace the impending warmth. With the Spring Equinox finally here, it is a perfect time to reflect on past achievements, as well as look at what Murphy Company has planned for this year.

New Website

Murphy Company built a new, dynamic website with enhancements to better serve our customers’ needs. This complete makeover is quite extensive with expansive code development on the backend and many advanced design elements for the user side.

We are rolling out these changes currently, but they are slowly coming online weekly. Our primary focus on the redevelopment was improving the customer experience, providing tools that support the business to business transactions and operating as a thought leader within the graphics arts industry.

A sampling of these features include:

      • Shopping cart for ease of use and transactions.
      • Customers can build a profile for online ordering, improved efficiencies and cost savings.
      • Redesigned, interactive web pages providing rich content and tools for staying current on promotions, pricing and new products.
      • Central social wall for up to date postings on industry related information.

 Online Shopping Cart

As one of our proudest announcements, we just launched our new online shopping cart. While this is commonplace in everyday consumer shopping, it is actually a very sophisticated integrations. These improvements keep customers informed of the latest products, promotions and services. We created a better experience to build a stronger connection with our users, utilizing enhanced features that provide real time feedback and news on products.

Please be patient while we test out the site and cart, and let us know of any problems. In addition, contact Sales@MurphyCompany.com if there is anything you need that is not listed.

3D Printing

We are extremely excited to add 3D printing to the ever growing list of products that Murphy Company has to offer. This 20+ year technology is going mainstream in the marketplace. Desktop printers like the Flashforge Dreamer or the Solidoodle Press make creating easy for any level of experience; from the beginning hobbyist to the seasoned professional, the applications for using a 3D printer are limitless. As an example of stunning innovation, check out this video of a dog running for the first time using 3D printed legs.

As with most recently mainstreamed technologies, this area of focus is wrought with false summits and potential dead ends. To provide our customers with the best opportunities possible, we are aligning ourselves with some of the leading products and accessories, including:

Familiarizing ourselves with these products has been an enlightening experience, and we cannot wait to see all of the unique creations our customers come up with. In the meantime, watch our social media channels as we promote different opportunities for users to share their builds and provide insight.

In December, we released a 3D Printing digital newsletter, #3DLayers, designed to highlight makers, educate and entertain. Make sure to never miss a release by following us on Twitter.

Just Around the Corner

We are building a community section to share and connect with the graphic arts, 3D printing and dictation family. Customer participation drives this platform to promote knowledge and highlight achievements within each industry. Keep your eyes on our social media or blog for more information.

Our Customers

Murphy Company is not the only one who has good things to report, and when it comes to our customers, we want to hear from you. If you have news, please send it to Kevin.Murray@MurphyCompany.com and he will include you in one of our future marketing updates.

This is going to be a pivotal year for Murphy Company, and we are so happy share it with all of our valued customers. Thanks for your business, loyalty, and constant support. We wish you all the best for the remainder of 2015.

#MCSpring #MC2015 #MC3DPrinting #MCUpdate

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Murphy Company Trade-In & Trade-Up Promotion

When it comes to creating the most efficient workflow possible, professionals need an easy, reliable dictation solution. Technological innovation has never made maximizing productivity simpler. Murphy Company and Olympus are proud to offer professionals the opportunity to upgrade from their old device to the latest in innovation:

Murphy Company Dictation Trade In offer
Murphy Company Dictation Trade In offer

Any time from now until November 30th, trade-in any of the following models to receive a $25 “Trade-in” allowance for Olympus DS-7000s or a $15 “Trade-in” allowance for Olympus DS-3500s*:

  • Olympus: DS-3000s, DS-4000s, DS-5000s
  • Philips: DPM 8000s, DPM 9600s, DPM 9610s, DPM 9500

Streamline your workflow today with the DS-7000 or DS-3500:

Crystal Clear
  • Move ahead of the curve at the most competitive price.
  • Protect all of your important data from illegal access with the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard encryption system.
  • 2-inch TFT color LCD supports 65,000 colors, making it easier to see warnings like Low Battery, High Priority, or Low Memory.
  • Turn voice files into text automatically using the Olympus Dictation Management Software, which was designed to integrate easily with Dragon Naturally Speaking.
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Trade in now! Contact one of our sales representatives to upgrade today!

*Allowances not valid with any other discounts or promotions. Offer ends 11/30/14.

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Would a professional dictation device benefit you? Here are the FAQ’s.

As the only certified Olympus and Philips dealership for Central and Columbus, Ohio, we get asked this question all the time. As technology continues to evolve the benefits are greater than the reasons not to invest in a new system. As a representative with Murphy Company I work to match solutions with problems to offer a recommendation. Will a dictation or speech solution device improve your working environment? Will it streamline some processes and make things more efficient and increase revenue to the bottom line? We work with the customer to develop a sales solution that will benefit the business or department. The following are some of the most frequent questions. Whether you dictate 12 hours a day or 12 minutes a week, a digital voice recorder is a great way to remain mobile, while recording your important dictation and notes. Digital voice recorders are more popular today than ever, because of their inherent ability to provide a better, more efficient workflow through transcription and capture crystal clear sound quality.  Also, aging cassette equipment is getting harder and harder to find.

What is the difference between Digital and Analog systems?

The cassette is replaced by a removable media or an internal memory card where the recordings are done - the procedure is similar to today's digital cameras. The use of the handheld is extremely similar - a digital handheld allows you to record, rewind, fast forward, play, and overwrite. To transfer the dictation, a docking station or a USB cable is used that is directly connected to the computer. This will allow the automatic download of the dictations onto the computer. On the transcription side - the foot control and headset are directly connected to the computer - thus replacing the analog box on the table. With the help of a software, DSS Player Pro for example, the dictations can be heard and type directly into a word processing software.

 

What type of Digital machine should I purchase?

Four-position slide switch or push button operation? If the user has been operating dictation equipment for more than 10 years, he or she may only know the four-position slide switch, as it’s the most popular. Professional grade machines almost always offer a model with this configuration as many find it comfortable and familiar. Push button operation is more common as manufacturing costs are less, and generally can be found at a lower price point. If you’re buying a handheld for someone else to use, we strongly encourage you to purchase whichever configuration the author is accustomed to. This will be familiar for the user and increase the overall satisfaction he or she will have with the device.

 

What are the benefits of Digital Dictation?

Better sound quality, less loss of dictation through missing or broken cassettes. Other benefits are overwrite and selective erasing of dictations, as well as the sending of dictations via email, FTP or over a network which allows seamless integration into current computer infrastructures. Analog tapes had a maximum recording time of 30 minutes per side where with digital; hours can be recorded without the need of changing a tape.  Digital files can be stored on DVD or dedicated backup on a server for archiving purposes.

 

How are the dictations transcribed?

Once the typist receives the file, they will launch transcription software kit. This kit includes a headset, foot pedal and software which allow them to listen to the file just like the cassette tape. These items are plugged in and loaded on the PC for ease of use.

In which format are the digital files saved?

The voice files are saved into the International Speech Standard DSS (Digital Speech Standard). This file format was specially developed to enhance and maintain the quality of the human voice through a very high compression method. This high level of compression allows an easy transfer of files via email or over the network by only using low level bandwidth. The digital machines that record in stereo quality (for conferences and interviews) produce a file in very high quality.The DSS Player software can equally play all WAV or WMA files within its application.

 

Is the hardware and software compatible with Voice Recognition?

Voice (speech) Recognition is the process of converting digitally recorded voice into editable text. Most Digital recording and transcribing systems offer the ability to incorporate voice recognition into their software. There are numerous companies that sell the software which requires the user to “train” the software to recognize particular speech patterns.

 

What is the difference between QP, SP and LP settings?

As with video recorders, dictation machines have several different recording settings (Quality Play, Standard Play, Long Play etc.). With Standard Play (SP) a very high voice quality can be achieved, and a 10-minute dictation will require around 1 MB of disk space. With Long Play (LP) the quality isn't as high but twice as much speech can be recorded. The recording quality in LP mode is similar to that achieved using a traditional analog machine; however the best quality is produced in QP mode, whereby all dictations are also encrypted.

 

Can I incorporate my smart phone into a digital device?

Currently there are several digital dictation applications available for mobile phones. With mobile dictation apps, one can record, edit, and send dictation files over networks. Wireless transfer of dictation files decreases turnaround time and enhances personal productivity. Mobile dictation applications allow users to stay connected to dictation workflows through a network, such as the Internet.

 

What is the warranty, and can extended warranties be purchased?

A products warranty will vary from brand to brand and vendor to vendor. Buy a product with a warranty that puts your mind at ease, from a vendor that will stand behind your purchase with a satisfaction guarantee. A 1-year parts and labor is standard for a professional grade machine. Some vendors even offer extended warranties to provide you with extended protection.

I hope that the brief post will help in your decision process. For any inquiries, please contact us today.

A New 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Center For Cleveland

Case Western Reserve University is set to benefit from a new on-campus 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing R&D facility following its recently announced formal partnership with Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing (rp+m). The company will move its research and development arm to the university where it will “join forces” with faculty researchers to develop new technologies in the growing additive manufacturing market and assist students in entrepreneurship and with research opportunities with the technologies — with the specific aim of boosting economic development in this region of North America.

The Avon Lake-based business and Case Western Reserve have announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the Additive Manufacturing Studio in think, the high-tech invention center on campus, this summer.

rp+m employees will work in the studio, where the company will install eight additive manufacturing platforms. The equipment will triple the number of 3D printers in think and increase the breadth of materials that can be used threefold, including bringing the first metal-printing machines to campus.

The university and rp+m have also agreed to pursue research grants and research and development partnerships with companies locally and worldwide — an effort that has already begun.

“We are very excited to help create the Additive Manufacturing Studio at think,” said Anthony Hughes, chief technology officer at rp+m. “This has been over a year in the making and another way in which we are broadening our partnership with Case Western Reserve University.” The collaboration, Hughes said, “is essential to rp+m’s business success.”

William “Bud” Baeslack, provost of Case Western Reserve, said the joint effort will boost research and better prepare students for the workforce, commenting: “Beyond gaining infrastructure and support that we couldn’t on our own, their staff and our students will be working side-by-side — our students will collaborate and be engaged in a real-world learning environment.”

rp+m and the university are already working together with other companies to convert a laser hotwire welding technique into a 3D manufacturing process, a project funded by America Makes, the Youngstown-based National Network of Manufacturing Innovation institute. They have also hosted a company on campus and at rp+m, in an effort to establish another research and development partnership.

A 3D Blueprint For The Future, a digital manufacturing strategy for New Zealand. As the 3D movements expands more countries do not want to be left out.

Green Party information and technology spokesperson Gareth Hughes launched a component of the Green Party's Smart Green Innovation package today. The Blueprint For The Future, a digital manufacturing strategy for New Zealand, will:

• develop a digital manufacturing strategy;

• support and develop 3D printing;

• educate and empower students in the use of digital manufacturing.

"This component, like the Green Party's proposed structural timber award, is a blueprint for the future," said Mr Hughes.

"The world is changing, we need to change with it and invest more in smart green innovation like digital manufacturing.

"We need to be investing more into smart green manufacturing and digital manufacturing technologies like 3D printing, which offer new economic opportunities.

"Other countries are investing significant and considerable attention in digital manufacturing in areas like 3D printing and New Zealand risks being left behind if we don't develop a national strategy.

"The Green Party will institute a taskforce to establish a digital manufacturing strategy for New Zealand, one part of our blueprint for a smart green economy," said Mr Hughes.

 

Blueprint for the future: a Digital Manufacturing Strategy for New Zealand

3D Systems and Konica Minolta Partner for Accelerated 3D Printing Integration

ROCK HILL, South Carolina –June 5, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.(Konica Minolta) to distribute its complete 3D printing product portfolio through Konica Minolta’s nationwide network of dealers and authorized resellers, as well as its direct sales channel. This relationship marks Konica Minolta as the first original equipment manufacturer to sell, support and service 3D printing products through the traditional printer and office equipment channel in the United States.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. is a leader in enterprise content management, technology optimization and cloud services with solutions that help organizations improve their speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity.

With this alliance, Konica Minolta will enter the rapidly emerging 3D printing market to provide its customers access to additive manufacturing solutions, complementing and expanding its product and services portfolio distributed through its network of dealers in the U.S., as well as its direct distribution. Konica Minolta plans to focus on high-growth industries such as manufacturing/industrial, healthcare and education applications.

“Our goal is to arm our nationwide, exceptional sales organization with the cutting-edge products and services they need to grow their businesses and gain a competitive edge,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “By teaming up with 3DS, the recognized industry leader, and offering the most comprehensive suite of 3D printers materials and services, we’re able to do just that.”

Some of the first products that Konica Minolta will resell from 3D Systems include:

  • ProJet® 3500 Series Professional 3D Printer - Ideal for engineering, manufacturing and mechanical environments, the ProJet 3500 Series prints high-quality, durable plastic parts with accurate and high-resolution.  This printer series is ideal for rapid manufacturing, functional testing, design communication, rapid tooling and more.
  • ProJet® 660 Professional 3D Printer - The ProJet 660 targets consumer products, healthcare, education and other vertical market customers that are interested in printing full-color, photo-realistic models for product design, prototypes, assemblies and color concept models.

“We are thrilled to be able to work with an established and experienced partner like Konica Minolta U.S.A and access their nationwide network to accelerate 3D printing adoption,” said Michele Marchesan, Chief Opportunity Officer, 3DS. “Our ability to attract world class organizations like Konica Minolta sets us apart from competitors and provides a unique opportunity to serve a wider range of customers, maintain closer relationships with them and gain insights into how to better meet their needs.”

HP Disrupts Production Printing Market with New Large-format Page Wide Technology

PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP today announced the scaling of its inkjet-based PageWide Technologyfor large-format printing, delivering high-quality prints at faster speeds and lower costs.

This innovative technology, which consists of more than 200,000 nozzles on a stationary print bar and spans the width of the page, enables users to produce a variety of black-and-white and color applications, such as drawings, maps and posters. HP PageWide Technology will disrupt the $1.3 billion production printing market currently dominated by monochrome light-emitting diode (LED) printers.(1)

HP also is expanding its existing large-format portfolio with new devices and software designed to meet specific business demands for high-volume, production printing. The new products include:

These solutions can handle the volume and diverse print needs of enterprise organizations; CRDs; architectural, engineering, construction (AEC) and design firms; public sector agencies; quick printers and small- to medium-sized reprographic houses.

“Our customers are continuously seeking cost-effective and reliable printing technologies that improve the way they work,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Graphics and Inkjet Solutions Business, HP. “The new large-format HP PageWide Technology will disrupt the production printing market by offering customers an affordable option for high-volume quality prints, transforming an industry that typically prints in monochrome to now print in color without compromising speed.”

Pioneering inkjet printing: HP leads with technological advancements

For more than 30 years, HP has led the inkjet printing market by investing in printhead and ink research and development. Building on the success of its HP PageWide Technology from industrial production to small business printing, HP will offer customers dependable and economical operation for high-quality, large-format printing at high speeds.

With inkjet technologies, the ink vehicle, which carries the colorant to the surface of the printer, is crucial to the stability of the ink, the drop ejection process and the overall print result. The HP PageWide printhead is built with thousands of identical drop generators that offer uniform volume, speed and trajectory for precise printing. The technology also regulates the speed and penetration of Original HP pigment ink to accelerate drying and to control dot size, feathering and color-to-color bleed for high-quality prints.

Together with HP Thermal Inkjet Technology and HP pigment inks, the new HP PageWide Technology for large-format printers reduces the cost per page and offers the flexibility to use low-cost photo papers for graphically rich applications. Additionally, the PageWide platform prints the full page in a single pass for decreased turnaround time.

Rethink productivity: Large-format solutions designed for quality, volume, speed

HP Designjet T3500
HP Designjet T3500

The compact 36-inch HP Designjet T3500 Production eMFP requires no warm-up time and features an ultra-fast processor and a high-productivity scanner with batch-scanning, multipage PDF creation and scan-to-email capabilities. The device also allows for unattended and low-cost operation, producing monochrome prints at the same cost per page as LED MFPs.(3) For printing jobs requiring high security, it is built with a self-encrypting hard drive, secure disk erase and controlled access printing.

The 42-inch HP Designjet T7200 Production Printer is capable of handling three heavy media rolls. It can produce both color and black-and-white prints on a wide range of media, from bond to glossy photo paper, with a low cost of operation comparable to monochrome LED printers.(3)

The HP Designjet SmartStream software makes print management more efficient by streamlining workflow for highly demanding print environments. It offers true PDF management, along with accurate and error-free prints with the HP Crystal Preview technology. It also can reduce job preparation time by up to 50 percent on multipage print jobs.(4)

For IT managers, HP also introduced a new HP Designjet Universal Print Driver, which allows users to manage their entire HP Designjet fleet with a standardized single driver. This reduces the amount of time and cost in testing and deployment—and in keeping the software across all HP Designjet printers up to date.

Customers also can increase efficiency with optional hardware accessories and software tools, such as the new HP Designjet HD Pro Scanner, stacker and online folder.

Pricing and availability

  • Large-format HP PageWide printers will be available in the second half of 2015.
  • The HP Designjet T3500 Production eMFP and HP Designjet T7200 Production Printer are now available worldwide with estimated starting list prices of $14,750 and $12,644, respectively.
  • The HP Designjet SmartStream Pre-Flight Manager and Controllers are expected to be available worldwide on June 30 for an estimated starting list price of $1,295 and $795, respectively.

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(1) Based on HP internal data.

(2) Compared with large-format color MFPs under $25,000. Based on the fastest-rated color speeds published by manufacturers as of January 2014. Test methods vary.

(3) Compared with large-format low-volume LED printers with print speeds of up to 7 Arch D pages per minute.

(4) Conclusion based on an HP internal test measuring the time required to extract pages from a 50-page document and print them using several printers compared with using equivalent software products.

(5) Pricing and availability will vary by country and are subject to change.

Kodak Boosts Reseller Network by Reconnecting with Columbus-Based Murphy Company

“Driven by rapidly-growing customer demand for SONORA Plates, Kodak and the Murphy Company in Columbus, Ohio plans to drive sales to meet the demand generated by the tremendous growth of SONORA Plates in America, we need to build a brand new world-class plate manufacturing line in our Columbus, Georgia plant,” noted Brad Kruchten, KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates remove the plate processing step completely, without sacrificing the quality or productivity of traditional mainstream processed plates. SONORA Plates enable more printers than ever before to enjoy the environmental and economic benefits of a process-free plate. “We see the shift toward SONORA Plates growing to a very significant volume,” said Robert Price, General Manager of Kodak’s Worldwide Plate Operations. “It is important for us, Murphy Company, LLC, to partner again with Kodak, an industry leading graphics printing supplier. We built the Kodak product line together over 50 years ago in Central Ohio and we are ready to do it again,” said Patrick Demkovich, Vice-president of Sales. Murphy Company is one the leading graphic arts suppliers for Ohio and the Midwest.

Columbus, Ohio, Murphy Company, LLC, May 12, 2014 - Murphy Company has been serving customers in the Midwest since 1947, offering a wide range of consumables and services for the graphic arts industry. Now, as part of Kodak’s Silver Reseller Network, Murphy Company is increasing its offerings to include the full line of KODAK Solutions for workflow, prepress, and packaging applications.

The Silver Reseller Network features highly trained and experienced channel partners who are committed to and aligned with Kodak’s vision for the graphics business. Silver Resellers carry Kodak’s full portfolio of solutions and services for prepress and packaging customers across the United States and Canada.

In addition to the outstanding customer service and technical expertise that Murphy Company has always provided, its customers will now have access to a more robust line of solutions to optimize efficiency and ensure the highest quality output. The company continues to work with customers to determine and integrate the best solutions to meet their specific requirements.

“We are very excited to reestablish our relationship with Kodak and offer our customers a wider selection of market-proven solutions for their complex production needs,” noted Patrick Demkovich. “Our founder, Bud Murphy, was the reason Kodak became an option for the Columbus and Midwest market. He brokered the deal that brought Kodak to Central Ohio over 50 years ago. For nearly 70 years, we have helped our customers navigate change and seize new opportunities by providing the best products and service. Our commitment has never been stronger — so becoming part of the Silver Reseller Network was a logical step for us and Kodak. With this connection, we are well positioned for the future.”

Innovative products now offered by Murphy Company include KODAK SONORA XP Process Free PlatesKODAK ACHIEVE PlatesettersKODAK PRINERGY Workflow Solutions, and KODAK FLEXCEL NX Systems, to name just a few. Its customer base includes all of Ohio, including new markets of the bordering States of Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The graphics customers benefit from this new relationship and the easy availability of KODAK Solutions from a trusted local source.

“Kodak is focused on growth across all of our product lines, and committed to our long-standing dealer program,” said Dan Burmeister, Kodak’s Indirect Sales Segment Leader, U.S. and Canada. “We are looking to maintain and add strong representation in all regions.  Murphy Company provides us an excellent sales and distribution partner in Ohio and the Midwest, U.S.A.”

Silver Resellers help ensure that Kodak maintains more localized inventory, local distribution, enhanced sales coverage, and improved access for customers.

About Murphy Company

Murphy Company has served the printing industry and the Midwest for close to 70 years. The Murphy brand cornered a niche in the graphic arts supply business. They offer the latest products available that are backed by a knowledgeable, and highly trained technical team. Murphy Company is an Authorized Reseller and Service Provider for many well respected brands; including new 3D products. It works diligently to provide world-class, industry leading products from prepress systems, pressroom products to finishing systems and technical service and support. In addition, Murphy Company is the leading Authorized Reseller of dictation solutions with Olympus and Philips for over 40 years. For additional information on Murphy Company, visit MurphyCompany.com, Twitter @MurphyComp, or “LIKE” on Facebook at MurphyCompany

About Kodak

Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com, Twitter @Kodak, or like on Facebook at KodakNow.

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