Top 3 Reasons to Choose Firefly

The Firefly is the only cable protector on the market that is designed specifically as an entertainment cable protector. If you are a member of the entertainment industry and several reasons to choose a Firefly entertainment cable protector over a standard cable protector.

1. The Firefly entertainment cable protector is more visible in dark areas

The Firefly is the best entertainment cable protectorWhile we utilize high visibility colors like orange and yellow for the lids on our standard cable protectors, we offer the Firefly with light green and light blue lids, as these colors are more easily seen in low-light situations. We also mold LED strips directly into the ramps of our Firefly cable protectors, which makes them virtually impossible not to see. The battery life is a spectacular 500 hours off only two AA batteries, ensuring that battery maintenance and costs won’t be a burden to Firefly owners.

2. Firefly entertainment cable protectors don’t sacrifice toughness

Many of the cable management solutions we build for the entertainment industry are designed for pedestrian load capacities, but not necessarily vehicles or heavy equipment. Not the Firefly. We manufacture the Firefly with the same hand-cast method we use for the Yellow Jacket, one of the most durable cable protectors in the industry. The Firefly has a load capacity of 21,000 lbs./axle, meaning it can easily handle forklifts, which typically weigh around 9,000 lbs. Trucks and vehicles typically weigh around 3,000 lbs., so the Firefly will hold up under vehicle and equipment traffic as well as pedestrian traffic.

3. Firefly entertainment cable protectors feature heavy customization options

In the entertainment industry, presentation is paramount. The Firefly cable protector offers more customization than your average cable protector, allowing venue managers to tweak the presentation to be absolutely perfect. As mentioned in reason #1, we offer several stock colors of the Firefly lid, including blue and green, which are both visible in low light situations. However we also offer the Firefly with yellow, and orange lids, allowing venue managers to beautifully integrate them into existing Guard Dog and Yellow Jacket cable protection systems. Additionally, we also offer custom color combinations for larger orders, and two choices of LED colors: red or blue. Need to give your branding a boost? Ask your Checkers sales rep about our custom logo capacities, and get your very own logo molded into the lids of your cable protectors. This variety of customization choices give customers the options they need to take entertainment venue aesthetics to the next level.

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What is the Best Wheel Chock Material?

When shopping for wheel chocks, material construction the most important factor to consider. Several common chock materials include wood, rubber, aluminum, steel, and urethane. Each option has benefits and costs. Here at Checkers, we believe that polyurethane offers the most benefits at the fewest costs, which is why we manufacture our chocks from high-grade polyurethane. Wood, rubber, and aluminum are more bottom-line driven solutions, while steel and urethane are more expensive. Let’s break down each wheel chock material option:

Urethane

Urethane is the ideal wheel chock material.The ideal wheel chock material, urethane isn’t heavy, but still boasts more strength than the other chock material options. Since urethane is so light, shipping costs are much less than other options. Urethane chocks are also easier to position correctly, reducing the chances of chocking failures. Urethane is also much more weather resistant than other materials, as it will not rot, rust, or crack in the presence of heat, cold, or moisture. The price point for urethane chocks is typically higher than other materials, but with a much longer lifespan, urethane chocks create savings over long periods of time.

Aluminum and Steel

Metal is not an ideal wheel chock material, as it rusts and develops sharp edges.The primary issue with metal chocks is that when damaged, they can develop sharp edges, potentially damaging tires or injuring employees. This problem is found with both aluminum and steel chocks. Aluminum chocks are lighter than steel options, however they are less durable. Another problem is the scrap value of the material. Aluminum and steel chocks are both susceptible to theft as they can be scrapped, a problem that isn’t present with rubber, wood, or urethane. Metal is also conductive, making metal chocks a poor choice for transmission projects.

Wood

Wood is not a good wheel chock material option as it splinters easily.Wood chocks are often used for aviation applications. However, urethane is much better option for this industry. Wood will quickly become waterlogged, which drastically increases its weight and makes it much more difficult to handle. Wood also rots in the presence of water, which greatly reduces its lifespan. Another problem with wood chocks, particularly in the aviation industry, is the presence of foreign object damage. When wood chocks splinter and break apart, as the inevitably do, they can cause costly FOD to aircraft. Painting and repainting is required with wood as well.

Rubber

Rubber is not a good wheel chock material option, as it cracks easily.While rubber is one of more cost-effective options, it’s durability pales in comparison to other wheel chock material options. Weather, either extreme heat or cold, can lead to the degradation of rubber. The heat can cause rubber to become brittle while freezing conditions can break and crack rubber. Another issue with rubber chocks is their weight. Rubber is a heavy material, raising shipping costs and making rubber chocks more difficult to transport and position correctly. Despite its weight, rubber is not particularly strong, in comparison with other options. Rubber can also be damaged by fuels, oils, and lubricants, making it a poor choice for mechanic and repair shops.

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What Sets Firefly Apart?

The Firefly is the only lighted cable protector on the market.It’s summer time and that means concerts and music festivals are in full swing. In the entertainment industry, cable protection is paramount; particularly for temporary venues that don’t have permanent cable and cable protection installations in place. The Firefly is our custom-made cable protection solution for the entertainment industry. The Firefly has many great features, but the most striking are the illuminated ramps.

Firefly: the Only Lighted Cable Protector

Why is this important? In darkened areas, cable protectors can be difficult to see. Ironically, this can cause trip hazards, the very problem cable protectors are designed to eliminate. Our ultra-bright LEDs are molded directly into the ramps of the Firefly, which protects them from any sort of damage. They are incredibly efficient and can run for 500 hours off of just two AA batteries. In the entertainment business, presentation is everything, which is why our LEDs are available in either blue or red, allowing venue managers to select the color that best matches their aesthetic. Additionally, we offer four different lid colors: green, blue, yellow, and orange.

Guard Dog and Yellow Jacket Compatibility

Another exciting benefit of the Firefly is the Dog Bone Connector. These are the same modular connectors that we use on our Guard Dog and Yellow Jacket cable protectors. This, of course, means that Firefly Illuminated Cable Protectors can be integrated into any existing Guard Dog or Yellow Jacket cable protector system. This gives venue managers the ability to highlight certain cable run sections, such as designated walkways or sections that pass through dark areas.

Premium Cable Protection with Firefly

In addition to preventing slips, trips, and falls, the Firefly performs another key function: protecting cables. With a load capacity of 21,000 lbs. per axle, the Firefly can easily handle both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. This ensures that cables will remain protected during the setup, the performance, and the tear down of any event. At a mere 17 lbs., the Firefly can be transported and assembled easily, making setup and tear down quicker and more efficient. With its modular design, it’s easy to configure a Firefly cable run to any area. It is a must-have cable protection solution for any entertainment venue.

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