Bane-Welker Equipment celebrates 50 years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bane-Welker Equipment, LLC is turning a half a century old this August. To mark the occasion, the company is planning many events, sales and offers, as well as introducing a special 50th anniversary commemorative logo which customers will see beginning later this month.“It is hard to believe we are turning 50 years old,” stated Phil Bane, CEO of Bane-Welker Equipment. “I can’t believe it was 50 years ago that my dad, Kenneth Bane, signed a contract that started this journey.”Kenneth Bane started Bane Equipment in 1967 when he answered the local newspaper ad from a representative for the JI Case Co., which was looking for a dealer in Montgomery County. By August of 1967, Kenneth and wife Patricia Bane, had signed the Case contract and the family business was born along with a commitment to superior products and service.“At that time, no one could have imagined that 50 years later, three generations of our family would still be going strong and growing the business like never before,” Bane said. “Dad left us a legacy none of us could’ve imagined.”Kenneth Bane passed away in 1999, but today, his widow Patricia, sons Phil and Jeff, and grandson Jason Bane continue the family business. Bane Equipment became Bane-Welker Equipment in 2013 when Norm Welker brought his expertise to the table. He owned North Central Agri-power and merged with Bane to form Bane-Welker Equipment, LLC.“I knew we would be able to offer our customers the very best if our two companies became one,” Welker said. “It was a no-brainer and our customers have benefitted since.”Through the years, the company has seen many changes, including great advances in technology. BWE has committed to being on the cutting edge of that new information to ensure the success of their customers. Bane-Welker Equipment also remains committed to superior products and service.“We have been through the ups and downs of the economy with our customers; we have felt both happiness and pain with them, and have stayed true to a commitment to be here when they need us,” Bane said. “Our customers are like family to us.  And if they don’t succeed, neither do we. We take great pride in the fact that we have been here so long and we look forward to another 50 years!”Follow Bane-Welker on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date with everything related to the 50th anniversary.last_img read more

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Control Expressions in Adobe After Effects with Sliders

first_imgStep 1 — Use Null ObjectsFor the first step, I will create two null objects. These layers will give me control over my expression. So why did I create two? Well, if you take a closer look at the wiggle expression, you’ll notice two attributes: frequency and amplitude. I want to control both of these individually. To achieve this, I’ll create two null objects and rename them Amplitude and Frequency. Next, I’ll add a slider control to each null object by selecting Effect > Expression Controls > Slider Control.Step 2 — Parent the AttributesThis is the most important step, wherein you give control of the expression over to the slider in the null object layer. It’s easy to mess this part up and suddenly be confused as to why your effect isn’t working. The key is to parent the specific attribute and not the entire expression. To do this, go into the expression text box and highlight the amplitude, and then drag the expression’s pick whip to the slider control of the Amplitude null object layer. Now the slider is in control of the amplitude. Take note of the text added to the expression. Now, I’ll simply repeat this step for the frequency attribute.Step 3 — Add KeyframesNow that my amplitude and frequency are parented, it’s time to bring the effect to life. Again, my client wants to create an animated GIF version that animates from no movement to fast jitter and back again. I can do this by adjusting the frequency to a set amount and then keyframing the amplitude. For the amplitude null object layer, I’ll bring the slider to 0 and add a keyframe at the beginning and end. Then I will go to the middle and bring the slider up to 50. Now the wiggle expression is animated. The keyframes at the beginning and end will make the animated GIF loop seamlessly. And voilà: animated GIF. Take your animations to the next level, and save time with slider controls for your expressions in After Effects.I’m currently working on a very basic motion graphics project. The project is simple: a coffee mug with text that reads too much coffee. I have a wiggle expression applied to the word coffee, giving it a jittery and over-caffeinated look. The client is happy with the look; however, they need an animated GIF version for use on a website. For the GIF, they’ve requested that the wiggle effect animate in and out, from no movement to full wiggle, and then back again. Let’s take a look at how you can accomplish this without setting aside a week of time to learn a bunch of expression language. Looking for more After Effects tips? Check out these articles.How to Perfectly Position Assets in Adobe After EffectsHow to Quickly Retouch Skin in Adobe After EffectsCreate A Cracked Phone Screen Effect in After EffectsCreate and Animate the Facebook UI in Adobe After EffectsCreate and Animate the YouTube UI in Adobe After Effectslast_img read more

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Why You Didn’t Reach Your Goals Last Year and How to Reach Them Now

first_imgRight around this time each year, people stop to write their goals and to resolve to make changes in their lives. Most of the time the goals aren’t achieved or the resolutions kept. The reason we fail is because, outside of some greater context, goals and resolutions are impotent.Not Enough Focus at 50,000 FeetWe spend too much time in the here and now, and not enough time working on what will give our lives meaning, our vision of ourselves, our values, our mission, and our contribution. If you want to reach your goals and keep your resolutions, you have to spend time here, at 50,000 ft.How is your goal or resolution tied to the person you are striving to become?How does your goal align with your values? Which values?What mission is your goal or resolution going to help you to achieve?In what way does your goal or resolution help you to make the contribution you are here to make?There isn’t any reason to work on all the things on your To Do list unless those things are concretely tied to what gives your life meaning. But once you can answer these questions, you need to get to the concrete.Not Enough Focus at 10,000 ft.A goal or a resolution needs a plan. Without a concrete, written action plan and accountability, your goals or resolutions are simply good intentions. Spending time at 50,000 feet can help compel you with a burning reason “why.” Spending time at 10,000 feet can provide you with the “what,” the “how,” and the “when.”In order to reach your goal, what do you have to do right now?What actions do you have to take, and when do you have to take themWhat resources do you have available to help you achieve your goal and keep your resolution?How are you going to hold yourself accountable?Without a big, compelling reason “why,” your goals and resolutions are impotent. Without an action plan to commit to and personal accountability, your goals and resolutions are nothing more than good intentions.You breathe life into your goals and resolutions by doing the work to tie them to your mission and what gives meaning to your life.last_img read more

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