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Latest CNC Plasma Cutters in Rustenburg

Companies in Rustenburg can now get their hands on latest technological CNC Plasma Cutters via Advanced Machinery (Pty) Ltd. The company is currently offering wide range of CNC Plasma cutters which are not readily available in South Africa. O.C.T. Engineering based in Rustenburg is one such company that has recently purchased one of the elite CNC machines the CNC Hypertherm Powermax 105 and has seen a significant improvement in efficiency of their work.

Advanced Machinery (Pty) Ltd has already gained attention for providing latest CNC machines at affordable pricing. The company informed that they are providing high quality machines that are manufactured in China and their after sales service makes sure that the machines are still top-notch once they are in use. The variety of CNC machines has also been admired by the customers who state that there are CNC plasma cutters that are suitable for every type of metal cutting needs.

O.C.T. Engineering is currently using the company’s large size CNC plasma cutter, the gantry plasma CNC cutter with a powerful high ampere Hypertherm plasma cutting system Powermax 105. The machine was assembled at O.C.T. Engineering in Rustenburg by Advanced Machinery (Pty) Ltd and specific personal requirements were also taken care of by the company.

With limited number of providers of affordable and latest technological CNC machines, the company is now offering its CNC plasma cutter in Rustenburg as well. Advanced Machinery (Pty) Ltd informed that many Rustenburg companies like O.C.T. Engineering have purchased their products and that they have taken care of all assembling and ensured that the machines are fully functional and operate according to the personal requirements. The company also provides initial training on all of their machines by experienced engineers and offers after sales service to make sure the machines always produce optimum results.

If customers are not sure which product is most suitable for them, then the company’s website also has extensive details regarding each and every product and informative articles to act as a guide when making a decision. One such article published on the site is the evaluation of the plasma cutting capacity. The article discusses general cutting thickness calculations and important things to consider before purchasing a suitable CNC machine. The company informed that they can be contacted for any queries and if there is uncertainty about which products are suitable then they are happy to oblige and explain all the details.

The CNC Powermax Plasma cutter has become one of the preferred CNC machines in the world, mainly due to its exceptional precision and improved cutting speed. There are certain variations to this machine as well, which are all currently offered by Advanced Machinery (Pty) Ltd.

 

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Europe’s Bright Future

A year ago, when German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble claimed that within 12 months Europe’s leaders “will have banished the dangers of contagion and stabilized the euro zone,” he was accused of groundless optimism. But it appears he was right, at least for now. During 2012, the euro zone provided proof of its will to stay together.

In 2013, Europe must demonstrate its resolve to modernize economic structures and restart growth. Otherwise, progress made in 2012 will be jeopardized, not just in Europe but around the world.

As leaders gather to discuss the global economy at the World Economic Forum in Davos in the coming days, I am optimistic that these improvements will be made. This is not because structural reforms are easy. They will be more painful than the changes in regional monetary and financial arrangements.

Rather, my optimism comes from Europe’s inspiring history of reform and progress, which includes Spain in the 1980s, Sweden in the ’90s and Estonia in the 2000s. These stories are catalogued in “Golden Growth,” the World Bank’s assessment of the European economic model. It is not difficult to be upbeat in a region where policy reforms have historically led to shared prosperity.

Europe will still have to make many changes in the next 12 months. It needs a region-wide regulator and supervisor of banking activity; this is already under way. It also needs reforms to put public finances in order, make social services and public programs more efficient, and regulate work in ways that encourage effort and enterprise.

But while fixing the faults and failures of their economic model, Europeans must not forget their continent’s strengths and successes. Three achievements deserve note.

First, unprecedented integration has enabled more than a dozen countries—including Ireland in the 1980s, Portugal in the ’90s, and Slovenia and the Slovak Republic in the 2000s—to become advanced economies in a hurry. This did not happen by chance. The European “convergence machine” is the product of vigorous trade and financial flows enabled by the single market and nurtured expertly by the European Commission.

Second, economic integration has helped “Europe” become a global brand. Since the mid-1990s, European enterprises have generated jobs and exports. European goods and services—German cars and French resorts—are desired around the world. Again, this is not accidental. These countries have made it easier to do business.

When it comes to improving the investment climate, Central Europe has picked up the pace during the last 10 years. The euro-zone economies that have decelerated their reforms should take note. Tight interlinkages create growing gaps in competitiveness in Europe.

Third, by translating peace and progress into an enviable work-life balance, Europeans enjoy the highest quality of life. But a good thing can be taken too far. As prosperity brought better health and longer lives, Europeans have shortened their work week, taken longer vacations and retired ever earlier. Retirees and jobless workers rely ever more on the state and ever less on the market.

Today, with 10% of the world’s population and 30% of its GDP, Europe accounts for 60% of global social-protection spending, i.e. pensions, unemployment benefits and social assistance. Most countries in Europe are finding it difficult to provide generous social protection without sacrificing growth. The results are permanent fiscal deficits and growing public debt.

Living life on purpose

“Purpose” is both a noun and a verb. The noun purpose is the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. The verb purpose is a transitive verb; “To intend or resolve to perform or accomplish.”

I have a good grasp of the noun purpose. I am pretty good at reading between the lines to find the deeper meaning or purpose in letters, songs, and even in difficult situations. I have a clear sense of who I am and my purpose in this life. But it is that transitive verb which oftentimes escapes my grasp. I struggle with the intention and resolve to accomplish my purpose.

For as long as I can remember, my Mom gave me purpose or at the least the hope of a purpose when she told me that she knew from my birth that God had a special plan for my life. I was the only one of her eight children that almost died at birth because the umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck. That story led me to seek the God who created and indeed in a very personal way, saved me for this special purpose.

The discovery of my purpose was not met with angel choirs and bright lights or tunnels leading to a distant land. I discovered my purpose sitting in my 8th grade English class. Despite the fact that it was a public school, my teacher had a poster hanging on the bulletin board in the front of the class.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does one light a lamp and put it under a basket, but rather on the lampstand and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before all in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Those words resonated deep within me and I knew that I was created to be a light, not, just any light, but God’s light to the world. Later that same year, I was given a card with the Irish meaning of my name, Eileen; “shining light”. Okay, God, I got it.

One would think that discovering your purpose as a young teenager would seal the deal for a lifetime of focused determination that carried me through the years and help me to hit the ground running into young adulthood. But the tumultuous emotions and difficulties of those teenage years caused me to lose sight of that purpose until I was staring it in the face.

In search of hope and to regain my purpose, in my junior year of high school, I started attending a Catholic prayer meeting. The meeting was uplifting, characterized by charismatic, spontaneous praise and worship songs. As I loved to sing from a very young age, the songs unlocked my heart and my voice and transported me to a place of intimacy with God. It was during one of those worship times that I had a vision, a picture in my mind. It was very clear. I was standing out in the middle of a vast white, almost cloud-like land.

I looked down at my cupped hands and in them sat a beautiful full-blossomed rose, just the bloom with no stem or thorns. I felt someone touch my hands and direct me to lift them up towards the sky. As I raised my hands, rays of brilliant yellow light streamed down from them, extending in every direction, as far as my eyes could see. I didn’t want the vision or this experience to end, but the voice of one of the leaders broke through this experience, ushering me back to the room. He said something I will never forget.

“This little rose has become a light to the nations,” said the leader. I had to steady myself to stay on two feet as I heard him speak these words again. Although the leader had another purpose for sharing those words, God used them to confirm the life-changing vision I had just experienced.