Checkers constantly tests its products to insure they remain the industry’s standard. Recently Firefly Cable Protectors were the recent product to undergo testing at our facility.
After testing, we have found the Firefly cable protectors with red LEDs battery length to be at an astonishing 420 hours, a little over 17 days nonstop. This is great news!
Firefly Cable Protectors are relied on to remain visible in low visibility situations. With the incredibly long battery length, Firefly’s LED lights is one less thing to worry about at your venue and events.
Firefly allows cable to run in dark spaces, while not forfeiting sturdiness. Over 20,000 pounds can be rolled over without damaging the protector or its LED housing. Easily visible LED blue or red lights run across the frame of all Firefly cable protectors. Even with lights turned off, all lids come in a high-visibility color pattern, with lid choices of Green, Blue, Orange, and Yellow.
With dog-bone style connectors, Firefly can lock into place with some of our other non-lighted cable protectors, allowing Firefly to adhere and fit in any venue and any weather thanks to its solid polyurethane construction.
Firefly can help ensure your next event goes on without a hitch and has some added style.
You can view Firefly Cable Protectors through this link.
A Precious Child works closely with schools in Colorado, often communicating about needs children have during the school year. One thing brought to attention was the numerous children attending school without necessary supplies in tow. Thousands of students in the state are unable to perform adequately without pencils, paper, erasers, and other required tools for class.
A Precious Child aims to solve that issue.
This week marks the beginning of A Precious Child’s, Fill A Backpack program. This campaign gives children from kindergarten to high school adequate school supplies through donations. Last year thousands of kids could return to school ready to face the semester because of the Fill A Backpack program. This year the goal is to provide the same opportunity for more than 15,000 children living in eight Denver Metro Counties.
All school supplies are greatly appreciated. You can follow these links to the Amazon Wish list for each age group, if you are interested in donating:
A Precious Child has been helping the communities of Colorado for 10 years, providing families with basic essentials such as clothing, shoes, baby products, and coats. For around $50 raised, a child can attend class with the tools to succeed and the confidence to tackle each school day.
Checkers has proudly been working with A Precious Child for 3 years. Checkers will be collecting all donations in both building’s break rooms till July 20th, when the program officially ends. A Precious Child will then distribute the backpacks to children in need through their agency partners that include schools, health and human services, churches, hospitals, safe houses, fire and police departments, at-risk youth centers, homeless shelters, mental health, and foster care organizations.
To participate in any future A Precious Child events you can visit their webpage here.
Justrite Safety Group (Justrite®) and Checkers Industrial Products (Checkers), both portfolio companies of Audax Private Equity (Audax) have entered into a Definitive Merger Agreement. The merger of Justrite and Checkers creates a leading manufacturer of industrial safety products. The merger is anticipated to be completed and closed by the end of January 2018.
Since 1906, Justrite has provided products for the safe management of flammable liquids, and other hazardous materials. Today their products include safety cabinets and large outdoor storage buildings, safety vessels and containers for laboratory and industrial applications, spill containment, safety showers and eye/face wash, and other products that all help industrial customers maintain safe practices. Long recognized as a vital part of environmental, health, and safety programs, Justrite products are available worldwide. For more information, visit the Justrite website, www.justrite.com
Founded in 1987, Checkers is a leading provider of branded industrial safety products dedicated to vehicular safety, asset protection, and workplace safety. Today their products include wheel chocks, warning whips, cable management systems, ergonomic anti-fatigue and entrance matting, and temporary access mats and ground protection solutions through their four power brands of Monster™, Linebacker®, Notrax®, and TuffTrak®. For more information, visit the Checkers website, www.checkers-safety.com
ABOUT AUDAX PRIVATE EQUITY
Since its founding in 1999, Audax Private Equity has been focused on building leading middle market companies. Audax has invested $4.5 billion in 112 platform and 640 add-on companies. Through its disciplined Buy & Build approach, Audax seeks to help platform companies execute add-on acquisitions that fuel revenue growth, optimize operations, and significantly increase equity value. Audax Private Equity is an integral part of Audax Group®, an alternative asset management firm specializing in investments in middle market companies. With offices in Boston, New York, and San Francisco, Audax Group has over $11.5 billion in assets under management across its Private Equity, Mezzanine, and Senior Debt businesses. For more information, visit the Audax Group website, www.audaxgroup.com
Contact Justrite at JustriteMarketing@justritemfg.com.
If you celebrate the season by hanging lights, you’re all too familiar with this holiday hassle: cords. Between strings of lights, extension cords, and power strips, electrical situations can quickly become a disorganized mess. In addition to being ugly, loose cords pose several safety issues. They can cause trips and falls, and improper cord protection can even cause fire hazards. Let’s view a few examples:
1. Tape: The problem in the photo on the right is that the tape lacks the adhesion necessary to keep the cables in place outdoors. The cables have easily become loose and are now presenting a serious trip hazard, as they cross a direct walkway. Even if the tape was adhering properly, it provides no protection for the cable, meaning that repeated foot traffic can easily damage the internal wiring and possibly destroy your beautiful light display.
2. Carpet: Running your cords underneath carpeting or a rug is tempting because it is easy and convenient, but it is not a good decision for cord protection. Like tape, rugs and carpet do not protect the internal wiring of your cords from foot traffic. As the wiring breaks down due to repeated trampling, the cord loses it’s ability to transmit current properly and begins to overheat, as explained in this article from ProtectAmerica. This heat could potentially lead to a catastrophic fire.
Linebacker offers several products designed for light duty use. Our Fastlane Drop-Over Cable Protector (pictured on the right) is a lightweight, durable solution that is made from all-weather polyurethane and great for indoor or outdoor use. Its modular design means it can accommodate cord runs of any length, and it’s sturdy construction means it will keep your cords safe for years to come. Another option is our RFD cable protectors. These are built from premium rubber and are designed primarily for indoor applications. Like the Fastlane, the RFD provides protection for cables, while keeping them neatly organized and avoiding any sort of trip hazard.
Polyurethane Aircraft Chocks vs. Wooden Chocks
Our polyurethane aircraft chocks are the premium chocking solutions for planes, helicopters, and other air vehicles. Compared with wooden competitor products, our polyurethane chocks are much more durable and feature a longer life span. We frequently work with the military to ensure that our service men and women, and their equipment, stays safe. Here is an excerpt from a case study reflecting the substantial savings switching to polyurethane chocks can create:
“In September of 2002, the 121st AWR purchased 80 polyurethane chocks with the “121st ARW OHANG” logo on imprinted on them from Checkers Industrial Products. The total amount of the contract was $15,101.80. At the same time, 80 wooden chocks were also purchased, for a cost of $7,446.40. Forty of both the wooden and polyurethane chocks were used simultaneously on the flight line. The wooden chocks degraded so badly that they required two replacements. They became waterlogged and froze to the ramp during extremely cold weather. In the hangar where aircraft are washed, the wood chocks are replaced every six months due to the extreme weight from being waterlogged. The 121st ARW has weighed one waterlogged wood chock at 47 pounds, 70% heavier than a Monster polyurethane chock, which weighs 33lbs. Additionally, through continued use, the wood chocks chipped and splintered leaving FOD on the flight line. The 121st used 72 wood chocks exclusively indoors and only for TTF configurations. Within a time frame of 4 years 80% of these chocks cracked, and several warped, despite not being exposed to weather. There was also mold discovered growing on the chocks. In accordance with MIL-PRF-32058 (USAF), these chocks are unacceptable for aircraft use. The polyurethane chocks never froze to the ramp, became waterlogged, cracked or warped. Due to their construction, they won’t move on slippery surfaces. They do not require repainting. The 121st ARW purchases twenty gallons of yellow paint per year to paint the wood chocks at a cost of $500.00. Sand paper, paint brushes and barrier paper add up to an additional $325.00. This does not take into account the man hours required to sand, paint and clean up. The 121st originally projected a ten-year time frame to realize cost savings. However, it quickly became apparent that they will realize cost savings on the initial purchase by the end of the fourth year.
These chocks are to be utilized on the TTF packages (72 total) and for each hangar bay where aircraft are washed (20 total). One polyurethane chock is 2.16 times the cost of a wood chock, however, based on research and historical data, the wood chocks will be replaced approximately every three years. Additionally, these chocks will require over $825.00 per year to paint and maintain them. This doesn’t even factor in a conservative estimate of 360 man hours to conduct this maintenance. In a twelve-year period, the 121st will spend approximately $44,860 to purchase, replace and maintain wood chocks for the flight line, TTF configurations and hangar bays. Alternatively, the 121st could spend $18,400 for polyurethane chocks.”
While this information is eye opening, putting it into table form really illustrates the point:
|Costs for 92 Aviation Chocks||Polyurethane Chocks||Wood Chocks|
|Cost of chocks||$200.00/chock||$95.00/chock|
|Cost of painting and repairs||$0.00/year||$825.00/chock|
|Frequency of replacement||10+ years||3 years|
|Cost over twelve year period||$18,400.00||$44,860.00|
As the table indicates, switching to polyurethane can be very cost effective, in addition to being a safer solution that avoids FOD. There are many other details and reasons to consider polyurethane chocks, and they can be found by clicking on the case study link below.
Click here to see the full case study. Click here to view our line of aircraft chocks.
In a recent interview with Cheddar TV, CEO of Thomas Publishing Company Tony Uphoff discussed the challenges facing manufacturing companies in the United States. The manufacturing industry has long been a stalwart of economic development in the US and revitalizing it will be critical to continued success as a nation. According to Deloitte, “Every dollar spent in manufacturing adds $1.37 to the U.S. economy, and every 100 jobs in a manufacturing facility creates an additional 250 jobs in other sectors.” Clearly, manufacturing jobs are important for economic growth. However, as a country, we face several problems in our manufacturing sector. The skill gap is substantial and continues to widen. Deloitte estimates that “Over the next decade nearly 3 ½ million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.” That’s where the federal government comes in. Back in June, the president signed an executive order that increased funding for apprenticeships, increasing the budget from $90 million to $200 million. As Uphoff mentions, it is not immediately clear where this additional funding will be coming from. In The president’s own words, the apprenticeship program is designed to provide “…great jobs without the crippling debt of traditional four-year college degrees.”
Uphoff also references another force working upon the manufacturing industry: technology. As technology advances and improves, its increased presence in the manufacturing industry becomes inevitable. Automation is being utilized more and more to fill the skill gap and keep business producing at a high level. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. As Uphoff alludes to, automation creates new job opportunities. Not to mention that not all technological improvements are designed to replace humans. Some, such as Google Glass 2.0, are designed to be used as a tool for better worker efficiency. We here at Checkers are excited by the prospect of technology entering our workspace. Currently, we utilize 3D printing technology to reduce prototyping costs, but perhaps some day we’ll be able to 3D print a cable protector. In the mean time, we manufacture all of our cable protectors and wheel chocks the old fashioned way: on a manufacturing floor in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. To learn more about Checkers’ history and manufacturing processes, click here. To learn about career opportunities at Checkers, click here.
When it was introduced in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act broke ground for civil rights and made America a better place for individuals with disabilities. These days, handicapped parking isn’t something most of us even think about; its presence is a given thanks to the ADA. While most of the regulations in the ADA don’t give business owners much choice in how they display their handicapped parking spots, parking stops are something of a gray area (no pun intended). Here are a few reasons why Monster’s brightly colored, durable, rubber parking curbs are better options than a traditional, boring, concrete parking block.
Rubber parking curbs withstand harsh weather
Often businesses will indicate handicap parking with markings on the pavement. Perhaps using blue lines to indicate the parking spot, or placing the handicap symbol within the designated parking area. While this may work in a place like Florida, a business owner in Michigan has much more to worry about. Considering the heavy snow fall most northern states face, not to mention the long duration of winter, it can be difficult for patrons to see markings made on the pavement. Monster handicap parking curbs are 4 inches in height, meaning they will stand above snow from all but the fiercest storms.
One major issue with concrete parking blocks is that they are often the same color as the parking lot to upon which they are mounted. This can make them difficult for drivers to see as they pull into parking stops. This issue has only been compounded in recent years by the invention and proliferation of the backup camera. It’s difficult enough to differentiate a gray bump on gray concrete, now drivers have to do it using a grainy camera that would embarrass a cell phone. While parking curbs are designed to withstand impacts from vehicles, over time it will result in wear and tear regardless of the material the product is constructed from. The only options are to choose a high visibility product, such as a Monster parking stop, or to paint a concrete parking stop. Painting, however, produces its own slew of problems…
There is no need to repaint a colored rubber parking block
Whether a business owner opts to paint the parking area in blue, or paint a concrete parking block blue, repainting will be required. Paint will inevitable fade in the sun, and weather will chip it away over time. Re-painting can be costly both in terms of materials and man-hours. With Monster handicap parking stops, the rubber is colored blue so there is no fading, no chipping, no discoloration. Our parking stops are warrantied for up to three years and many last in excess of that time frame. They give parking lots a nice aesthetic while indicating where the handicap parking is located.
Our parking stops bring a little extra flair to parking lots while offering many practical advantages. Extra visibility, superior durability, and overall better aesthetics are just a few of the aspects of the Monster parking block that make it the best way to mark a handicap spot.