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Armorgard launches new TuffBank with PowerShelf

ARMORGARD rolled out a second-generation TuffBank this week, adding new safety, strength and security features, and optional PowerShelf and lifting eyes to a product that has been tested and certified by Sold Secure and Secured by Design – the UK’s official police preferred specification.

The iconic range of TuffBank tool boxes and tool chests, which was launched over 20 years ago, has become a hallmark of reliability for customers worldwide, and one of Armorgard's consistently best-selling products.

The latest model adds a new slam stop lid stay that enhances user safety.  The new TuffBank also includes anti-jemmy features and hardened steel plates that make locks almost impenetrable, inset handles for a streamlined finish and a cable passing point for charging without compromising security.

In addition, Armorgard have introduced the PowerShelf to instantly transform TuffBank into a secure power source. This innovative optional extra includes four 110v sockets and four USB ports.  Also available are crane lifting eyes and robust castors to allow for easy movement.   

The new TuffBank range,  which is available in eight different sizes, will be available in  tool and equipment stores this week. 

www.armorgard.co.uk

Office renovation tips

RENOVATING an office complex is one of the more common tasks for a construction company.

It is also one which needs a tremendous amount of thought, care and attention as you will want to deliver offices that are suitable for that particular business so no two projects will be the same.

There are a few key areas that always require extra attention, however, so make sure that you know exactly what is required and carry the work out with extra care and precision.

Read on for a few tips for office complex renovation which should help the project to be a success.

Understand the client's goals

As with any project, it is vital that you first understand exactly what the client wants.

This will include key factors such as how will they be using the space, what issues do they want to overcome/avoid, why they are getting changes made now, who will occupy the space and similar questions.

You also need to identify if there are any physical or financial limitations and if the building will be occupied while you carry out the work.

Work with the building strengths

Every building has its own strengths, so you need to look at its best features and work with these. If it has great views out of one window, for example, then you could look to open the office up to let everyone enjoy this view and bring in more natural light (a key element in any office complex).

Curb appeal

It is, of course, important to deliver a practical and attractive office space, but do not overlook the importance of curb appeal too.

This is particularly important if it is a business that regularly has clients visiting and will need to make a good first impression.

Curb appeal can be improved with plant life, ample parking, placards, glass doors, etc.

Safety

Safety is a key component of office renovation, so you need to keep this in mind at all times.

This will involve having fire exits, safety signs, ventilation, alarms and more. You should also make the area safe while carrying out the renovation work by closing areas off and placing warning signs around.

Bathrooms

One of the most overlooked areas when it comes to office renovation is the bathroom.

This is a space which will be used frequently by everyone in the building so it should be a welcoming and well-designed space.

This should include commercial toilet cubicles which are secure, visually pleasing and of the highest quality.

This will have a huge impact on how people feel when they are in the building so it is an area that needs careful consideration.

Office renovation is a common yet difficult task for construction companies.

No two projects are the same and you must always carefully work with the client to understand their goals, but you should also keep the above aspects in mind as these are key factors no matter who the client is.

By listening, asking questions and keeping the key aspects in mind, it should help you to deliver a sleek, functional and attractive office complex for the client.


 

Safety practise: A ten-step guide to avoiding falls from height by Katharina Busch

Falling from a height is THE single most common cause of occupational fatalities in the UK. Almost a third of all annual deaths in the workplace result from poor health and safety practices involving falls, slips and trips, writes Katharina Busch.

In order to reduce the number of fatalities over the coming years, companies – as well as employees – need to work closely together to create a safer, more productive and enjoyable working environment.

While regular safety training and thorough risk assessments by a professional health and safety consultancy are crucial to ensure every potential hazard is identified and taken care of, following these 10 steps can minimise the risk of accidents.

1) MAINTAINING THREE POINTS OF CONTACT
The golden rule when working at heights is to maintain three points of contact to a safety point, such as a handhold, or a ladder.

This means two feet and one hand should be holding on firmly. If both hands are needed to be free for a brief time, two feet and the body must be in touch with the safety point.

2) CLEANING SHOES AND CLOTHING
Wet, muddy, or greasy shoe soles commonly lead to slips during work. Checking soles and gloves for any residue before going to work should be a daily ritual.

3) TIDYING THE WORKSPACE
Open drawers, left equipment and lunch break spills - or scrap material - can cause unforeseen risks.

Tidying up is often left until the last minute but should be taken care of immediately to avoid trips and other safety risks.

Even soft or small materials, like empty cartons, can be deadly when the person tripping is carrying the wrong tool.

4) UNDERSTANDING YOUR EQUIPMENT
Even the newest and most expensive equipment will not protect a worker from an accident if he does not know how to use it.

Ladders, elevating platforms, or rope systems require an element of training before a worker is able to use equipment safely.

5) WORKING WITH THE WEATHER
Sometimes, working in bad weather conditions cannot be avoided. Especially in the rain or frost, workers need to pay special attention as to how the weather is affecting the site and equipment.

Parking lots and pavements should be clean and in good condition, whereas slippery areas need to be suspended and marked with warning signs.

6) ILLUMINATING THE SITE
Upon entering a dark space – even if you are familiar with the surroundings – turning on lights first is important to avoid running into dangerous objects.

A co-worker might have left boxes in your usual path when leaving in a hurry, which could also cause a fall.

7) USING SAFETY NETS
When working at heights, taking one precaution is not enough – if it fails, death is almost certain when falling off a roof or scaffold.

Put up shielding or warning tape to secure off any dangerous edges. Secondly, make sure everyone is protected by a roof anchor system.

Using a safety net on top cannot hurt either.

8) PRIORITISING SAFETY
If you do not feel well that day – do not push it. Working at a height is a challenging task, and should only be done when feeling well prepared, healthy and secure.

Although time is money, an occupational injury, or fatality resulting from a fall, will end up costing the business much more than just a few lost hours.

9) KNOWING YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
Towards the end of the day, tasks tend to be carried out in a hurry - which leads to sloppy work and potential hazards.

No matter how much time is left or how urgent something needs to be finished, never take shortcuts.

10) HAVING A ROUTINE
Safety should be an ongoing procedure that is part of each worker’s daily performance.

Whether it is checking all equipment for visual damage, planning the day’s schedule, assigning responsibilities, or conducting daily inspections, a good housekeeping practice can prevent many unnecessary accidents.Following a safety plan can not only save lives - the returns from a healthy working environment for a business are quite immense.

Increased productivity, a happier and more sustainable working space, and a lower turnover-rate will profit the employer just as much as the worker.

Katharina Busch is a content contributor for Arinite, a London-based health and safety consultancy which focuses on appropriate safety training, risk assessments and risk management in many different industries.

www.arinite.co.uk

Solid Gear - The NEW Solid Gear 'One GTX' Safety Shoe

The ONE GTX from Solid Gear is a superbly constructed safety shoe with seven integrated layers to deliver excellent comfort and protection.

It’s designed and built for active professionals who need a highly breathable, light and flexible safety shoe. With a GORE-TEX® SURROUND® membrane they’re fully breathable and ideal for warmer weather and combined indoor/outdoor activities.

The shoe’s stretchable upper is water-resistant with amazing performance when it comes to breathability, fit and flexibility. What’s more, it has a honeycombed sole for enhanced grip and a composite midsole.  It also has a stabilising heel support to minimise injuries from twisting.

The ONE GTX also comes with Solid Gear’s newly developed NANO Toe-Cap. It’s 40% stronger than fiberglass, lighter than other materials and thinner than other non-metallic toe-caps.

So get to know more about the quality and innovation plus the top class safety functionality in every Solid Gear product – your feet will notice the difference.

To get more information on Solid Gear - the Next Generation of Safety Footwear - visit the website at www.solidgearfootwear.com alternatively, call the Helpline on 01484 854788.

Unlocking ABUS UK – 21st Century Security Solutions

Report by Peter Brett

History Means a Lot

The ABUS story starts in the village of Volmarstein, Germany, in 1924 when August Bremicker and his sons (hence AB und S = ABUS) founded the company. Initially they made padlocks and accompanying hasps and staples in the cellar of the family home, but 92 years later ABUS production is based in five different German locations, and two Chinese plants with worldwide partnerships and subsidiaries. Its 3000 or so employees are urged to live up to ABUS’ motto of “Security built on quality” so ABUS is justifiably proud of its market-leading security solutions for homes and mobile objects aimed to provide ‘the good feeling of security’

Founder August Bremicker and his family had very strong Christian values and these principles still guide his great grandsons who head the company today.  Honesty and integrity in dealing with customers, suppliers and staff are very important, as well as more current preoccupations like “green” issues and energy usage that have strong implications for the future of next generations. For example, ABUS production methods are so stringent that pollution from its factories is a fraction of current EU targets.

The UK’s current debate over a living wage has not been an issue at any ABUS operations.

There have been many milestones along the way since production restarted in 1947 after World War II. These include the iconic Diskus Padlock in 1949 – still an icon today set apart by its German production and trademark ‘Diskus’ logo.

Increasing demand and market share made it necessary to open the Rehe factory in 1957 in Westerwald, which is now also the centre for developing and testing commercial, domestic and mobile security products.  Rehe is the production base for the ABUS ‘Granit’ padlock range.

1957 also saw the introduction of the first brass padlocks on the market, the ABUS no 75, followed swiftly in 1958 by the first ABUS bicycle lock and a telephone lock. I remember my mum had one to stop my elder sister from having long teenage telephone conversations while she was at work!

The first bicycle U-lock was launched in 1971 and has been much copied, as was ABUS’ first additional retrofit window lock.

With the demand for extra home security solutions in the seventies, ABUS produced a range of retrofit domestic door locking products and the oil tank lock from 1981 again reflected the needs of consumers during the 2nd oil crisis.

In the “noughties” ABUS acquired the Pfaffenhain cylinder system company based in Saxony and later the Security Centre Company that enabled it to expand its competence into video surveillance and alarms as well. By 2008 modern security needs required the development of the Secvest 2WAY danger detection system which combined fire and intruder protection and in 2011 ABUS was selected as a security system “best for children” for its range of “child friendly” locks.

A relatively new development, also located at the Westerwald factory, is the ABUS Academy. Its modern facilities are used to train and inform ABUS’ distributors and installers about ABUS security products and general security issues, so their business partners have the best information about both ABUS security solutions and the security industry in general.

This lightning tour of ABUS’ past history is complemented with the introduction of the new series of TITALIUM padlocks in 2012 – a brand new alloy developed by ABUS using, amongst other metals, titanium and aluminium, to create a padlock body that provides a lower cost alternative to brass, but with equal or higher security rating – and the image of solid steel!.  This month sees the launch of shutter and closed shackle TITALIUM padlocks offering further high value and security.

ABUS in the UK – Markets, Marketing and Products

Inevitably there are always differences in the way that markets operate in different countries and Nick Vanderhoest, MD of the UK subsidiary of ABUS has had the job of managing ABUS’ growth since 2006 when CK stopped marketing ABUS and started marketing its own brand of locks independently. Today the bulk of ABUS UK’s padlock business is been managed via wholesale partners Toolbank, Hoppe and Aldridge.

However, markets don’t stay the same. Increasing internet sales and the introduction of more complicated electronic security products using smart technology and video recording, has meant that ABUS has had to develop its own team of experts and additional specialised distribution.

ABUS has not ignored the impact of the likes of Amazon and other internet sales companies, nor have they ignored the big retailers like Screwfix and B&Q and this has meant the development of a range of strategies to keep customers happy. 

The sizeable premises in Avonmouth near Bristol, is home to a team of sales and support staff who manage all the functions of a modern subsidiary. IT, as we would expect, is a key area, with roles in communication, accounts and product development. Each area of ABUS’ security products has its own dedicated Product Manager, whose role it is to explain and develop products and markets, support sales staff and all the other 101 things that come up.

Marketing is also an inevitable part of explaining and expanding awareness of products, and this important role is filled by Sarah Utley, the lady with the “In” tray that is constantly being filled with new demands – some from this magazine.

The building also houses a substantial warehouse space needed for stock as well as cylinder system assembly, servicing and demonstration space for new products and ranges.

Nick is a mine of information about the UK market for security products and how it differs from other markets – particularly the continental market, where security needs differ greatly than in some sectors of the UK.

One example he quoted was window security, where screw type sash locks are considered enough for most purposes in the UK. However, Germany and continental Europe they have floor to ceiling windows that can be tilted or fully open for ventilation and for easy cleaning. These windows provide a significant security risk, because they are easily big enough for an adult to enter through, and big enough to manoeuvre a giant flat screen TV through as well. ABUS has been providing both inbuilt and retrofit window locks for these types of windows for many years and continental householders think nothing of spending €100 or more for secure locks on each window. Hard to imagine an average UK householder spending £80 on door or window locks…… And yet with the more and more modern buildings with walls of glass being built in the UK, it will be only a matter of time, so perhaps specialist security retailers will need to start looking around at the products needed to fulfil the demand. 

It is a similar story with UK home security. As some readers may know already from continental holidays, each European manufacturer may have a range of different keyways to fit a continental euro cylinder lock. This means that European potential thieves would have to have literally hundreds of “bump keys” if trying to access a home via the ‘bumping’ method. However, in the UK, 95% of us use the 1A Yale keyway. While this is convenient for distributors cutting extra keys, limiting the range of key blanks distributors have to stock, it also means that a potential thief has to carry only one “bump key” to potentially gain entry to most UK domestic locks.

ABUS promotes it’s high quality cylinders as the ‘brain’ of the door, and rather promotes correct size cylinders protected by internally fitted strong door furniture across many often patented different key profiles as the better door cylinder security solution.   ABUS has just developed and launched a solution to consumers’ varying cylinder size requirements with its ‘Modular’ cylinder lock system that both minimises the sizes of cylinders distributors need to stock while adding extra strength against ‘snapping’ type break ins.

But as we would expect, Nick is also keen to tell us about the latest developments that ABUS has been making in “Mechatronic” (access control via a combination of top class mechanical security with electronic programming) and video security. Ironically this area has grown in the UK because some ABUS dealers have asked the company to help them install their own security system. The knowledge gained with involvement in installing the system has then led to the dealer to be able to confidently recommend and manage the more complicated sales process involved in installing a mechatronic system.

ABUS cylinder systems are already used in a number of high profile buildings like the Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai, Wembley Stadium and the Gherkin, and ABUS confidently predicts their Mechtronic solutions will be exploited in similar icons. Security issue in large organisations will be complex, with staff needing access to clean and service, while clients need the reassurance of security for themselves and their possessions.

This can now be achieved via electronic key fobs using 6 digit pin numbers that are almost impregnable to either manipulation due to the millions of combinations they offer, and their inherent mechanical strength and quality.

Either commercial or domestic needs can take advantage of this system, but it is not too much of a stretch to see that as the systems become more common (and therefore cheaper) these simple to operate systems will become the norm for “ordinary” householders to programme in unique numbers to allow a plumber access at a certain time, enable the Ocado delivery and let the kids in after school. Done remotely via a smartphone, AirBnB owners could manage a unique access time and code for their individual guests.  ABUS successfully sells many thousands of “key garages” for carer or holiday homes access.  But the mechatronic solution eliminates the potential “key garage” risk where actual house keys could be stolen or copied, and where guests inadvertently or deliberately reset a new “key garage” combination.

Increasingly, even home security now involves the use of video cameras to record movements and events. ABUS’ latest contribution to this are high technology low cost camera systems that are able to use existing analogue cabling to record high resolution digital images that can be used to identify individuals or car number plates.

The ABUS Academy can help provide extra information and training and ABUS’ team of individual Product Managers and Sales team can all be involved in helping clients choose and install a security system that is suitable for particular premises.

By now, readers should be able to gauge that ABUS’ knowledge of security is in-depth and extensive and this is reflected in the range of security solutions the company offers. Whether it is a cylinder lock for a front door, a disc brake lock for an expensive motorcycle or a surveillance and security system for a luxury house, the ABUS people have the expertise to recommend and supply a system that suits – whether this is in the UK or pretty well anywhere else in the world.

My big realization after our visit to ABUS UK is that I need to wake up a bit when it comes to my home and workshop security. And perhaps this is also a message that ABUS dealers could be passing on to customers. Increased security may not always cost that much extra, but as Nick told us, security is only as good as the weakest link and even a determined thief can be put off by the extra time that that extra bit of security might buy us. Time for a security evaluation I think. 

ABUS’ Security Viewpoint

I’d like to firstly stress the vital point of ABUS’ Christian belief.  We live today in a multi-faith country and world, but whatever one’s personal creed, faith or doctrine, we hope all our customers recognise, as do all ABUS staff, the very real benefit of the high ethical code on which all ABUS business is conducted.

This links strongly with the ABUS’ insistence on constant high quality of material and manufacture, and as Peter has already pointed out our founding statement is “Security built on quality”.

While on links, I also pick up and emphasise Peter’s point on security being as strong as the weakest link.  We see unbalanced situations where containers full of high value merchandise are secured by a brass padlock, or where a garden shed with high value leisure goods is secured with a Granite padlock, but the shed door needs only a screwdriver to take off the hinges.  So the fundamental rule of security is recognising all potential points of entry, and ensuring balanced appropriate security for the risk and value is comprehensively applied.  Police advise on cycle and motorcycle security is to spend at least 10% of the value you are protecting on security devises.  This commercial advice can be applied to all security applications.

I also stress Peter’s comments on the varying security needs in different countries, which as an international manufacturer and supplier of security solutions leaves ABUS with the continual challenge, to think global and act local.

I am very proud to work for the brand ABUS, and while we strive for perfection, recognise we sometimes may fall short of all expectations.  We none the less genuinely believe that ABUS, through our valued customers and UK distribution does make a genuine valuable contribution to ‘the good feeling of security’.

Nick Vanderhoest – Managing Director - ABUS UK

 

HOW TO BEAT THE BAD WEATHER - By Northgate Vehicle Hire

Jonathan Pearce, head of marketing at Northgate Vehicle Hire looks at how to avoid the pitfalls of tumultous weather

Any business that operates in a sector involving outdoor work will be fully aware of how the weather can scupper even the best laid plans.

In sectors such as landscaping, a sustained downpour can heavily delay the start of a project, while in construction roofwork can be impossible if heavy rain or high winds tighten their grip.

It is estimated that bad weather causes problems for around 37 per cent of small to medium-sized businesses, but this figure is magnified significantly when the business’s core operation involves outdoor activity.

The result is a number of headaches, from unmet customer expectations, to lost time and money, to a change in the requirements of the job, which may need to be completed within a shorter timeframe and with greater manpower.

Major headache

All of these considerations can combine to keep fleet managers awake at night and prove an overall drain on resources, which is why it is important to have as many contingencies in place as possible to deal with the unexpected.

One of our customers, landscaping company Redlough Landscapes, frequently encounters the problems associated with working outdoors, including seasonal weather changes.

Even in the spring and summer months, bouts of bad weather can scupper plans, and result in some projects being taken on and started at short notice.

Not only can this result in the need to strategically locate staff, but it can also require certain vehicles to be acquired or upgraded at short notice, which would be a major cost burden for an organisation with an owned fleet.

Moving to Northgate’s flexible rental solution enables businesses to increase their fleet size in as little as four working hours thanks to a nationwide network of branches, while the option to add additional equipment to vehicles for a transparent cost helps to meet customer demands.

Northgate has provided Redlough with a variety of vehicles to meet the differing needs of its business, including tippers, 4x4s and vans of all sizes, enabling the company to operate a diverse and highly mobile fleet.

Since teaming up with Northgate, Redlough Landscapes has been able to budget for associated costs far easier and has also benefitted from Northgate’s service, maintenance and repair (SMR) package, which enables work to be carried out at a wholly owned and warranty approved workshop and minimises downtime. 

In an industry where time is money, Redlough has saved €30,000 on SMR alone and seen the average age of its 30-strong fleet cut from seven to three years, meaning fewer repair bills, increased reliability and improved efficiency.

Exceeding expectations

Customer service is becoming a number one priority for many businesses, and reducing costs across the fleet means that organisations can allocate the money elsewhere in the business and focus on customer delivery.

The added flexibility and transparency included in Northgate’s rental package, combined with a reduction in initial outlay for new vehicles, means businesses know exactly how much the fleet will cost, and can ensure a smooth and efficient operation for customers.

This knowledge helps to create overall peace of mind, as fleet and project managers know that an essential component of the business is being taken care of.

Sadly, there is no way of controlling the weather, but by having systems in place to deal with bad weather and help to maintain operations – or restart them at short notice – businesses can help to minimise downtime caused by rain, snow or high winds and focus on the next task.

Contact us to find out about flexible and long-term van rental and leasing today.

 

Snickers All Round Work Trousers-Comfortable, Hardwearing and Above All, Stylish

The days of workmen and women turning out in jeans and a scrappy T-shirt are pretty well over.

We have all been blessed with a highly competitive market in work wear that ensures that pretty well 100% of work people have access to practical and hard wearing work wear.

But not all work wear is equal, as I have found to my cost, especially when I have impulse-bought cheaper trousers. My most common complaint is with the depth and placement of the pockets and of course the all important bending and kneeling test that can reveal just how much material has been saved in certain areas???

On the other hand, the Snickers All Round Work Trousers I have been wearing on site for the last week and a half have been incredibly comfortable and I am already considering the need for a second pair, despite the fact that they are not the cheapest trousers on the market.

It is only with extended wear that I have become aware of just how thoughtfully they have been designed and almost each day I have been surprised by one or other feature.

So, some facts: - they are made in Grey Cordura Nylon which is hardwearing, easy to wash and dries quite quickly too – especially over a radiator – so next day wear is on the cards if a spare pair is not available. Sizing couldn’t have been easier – although it was a bit of a shock to discover my growing waistline, the tape measure reading was spot on. To help you remember your size for easy next purchase, an orange tab on the leg reminds you and everyone else what your size is.

Belt loops are strong and frequent, including a double length loop at the back, so there is no gapping.

My first thought on all the pockets (I counted 15 of them) was that I surely wouldn’t need as many, but in the course of wearing the trousers I used them all, including the zipped holster pocket which held my phone and protected it from dust etc. The front holster pockets are simply great for holding screws, small tools etc and there are enough of them to allow me separate different sizes of screws, nails and bits. The standard front pockets are deep enough to hold car keys and change without any danger of them falling out if you have to kneel or bend. On the rear of the hips are a couple of tool loops as well as a screwdriver/plier loop on the right leg. One of the spacious rear pockets has a flap for safe holding of a wallet or even documents, while the other is a great place for a handful of sizeable nails or screws.

Custom kneepads are slotted into pockets on the knees – again so convenient to use and they didn’t end up halfway down my shins.

Two of the best aids to comfort is the stretch material used in the crotch and the ventilated knee sections.

Perhaps the best thing was that my clients both commented on how stylish and smart the trousers looked when I wore them. A small thing perhaps, but looks do count, and I can’t find any fault with the design either. These trousers definitely fall into my “Highly Recommended” category and I will continue proudly to wear them.

I also had the good fortune to try out the Solid Gear work shoes. These are in a “Tough Trainer” style with a Vibram sole and padded, moisture wicking inside. Key for me was the Boa Closure System on the shoes that allow almost instant tightening and releasing of the “laces”. On the particular job I was working on it was a great hit with me and the clients as I could quickly change shoes every time I went from indoors to outdoors without having to trail mud on the carpets and floors. I can foresee a time when all work shoes will be made like this…. 

For more information on Snickers Workwear and the Hultafors Brand, please visit www.hultaforsgroup.co.uk

ABUS was set up to beat the burglar – Sometimes we defeat the locksmith too!

Carl Jacque, owner of Pick & Fix Locksmiths in Caister is used to having to remove locks.  When he was called out to remove a brass padlock with lost keys he felt his trusty 24” bolt cutters would be more than sufficient for the task.

Sadly for Carl he was not aware the padlock in question was an ABUS 65/50.

This padlock has sold millions of times worldwide for good reason.  It is not just a brass padlock, but a piece of balanced engineering and security with a paracentric 5 pin cylinder that makes it a very difficult pick even for a professional, and it’s 8mm hardened steel shackle will prove more than a match for any cutting attack.

As you can see it was also more than a match for Carl’s 24” bolt cutter.  What seemed to be a quick and easy call out turned out to be a very timely (sorry no details of how to eventually overcome a locked ABUS 65/50 without a key!) visit, which then had to pay for a replacement set of bolt cutters.

Carl stocks ABUS and has plenty of 65/50s.  He now knows first-hand that selling them provides consumers with genuine ‘security proven a million times’ against burglary.

The quality and design of all ABUS security products gives you and your customers’ value and peace of mind. For more information on the ABUS range please contact ABUS UK.

 

An Industrialised World: The Unknown Aspects

So you’re on your lunch break. Maybe you work in an office, maybe you are a teacher, a doctor or a lawyer. What are you going to eat and drink for your lunch? Have you or your partner made you up a lunch, or will you take five minutes to walk to the closest shop, hastily picking up whatever meal deal they have to offer. If you indeed have a lunch box, the chances are you have a bottle of juice, or maybe a flask of tea or coffee, or maybe your employment space is one step ahead and you and your co-workers chip in every so often to keep the coffee supply in the communal area flowing. However you managed to get whatever it is that keeps you going, chances are you have not considered the industrial back force behind it. That jar of coffee was once one of many, sitting in a stockpile in a warehouse waiting to reach you and your cup.

So in a day and age that is so heavily focused on new and innovative technology, it’s no wonder we don’t think of exactly where the material we have acquired has come from, and how the simplicity of it all is a reality. People that do think of this kind of thing however are the businesses producing the items necessary to transport jars of coffee to shops. Companies like SNAPCO that sell industrial and packaging supplies. Stretch wrap, sometimes referred to as stretch film is the tight material often found around industrial products, and as someone who worked in a few restaurants where the products such as cans of juice would be delivered in bulk – that really hard plastic that kills your fingers when trying to open it. This is part of the appeal of stretch wrap however, its elastic recovery means that whatever is covered is safely protected inside.

If you are a producer, or know one, consider where you are getting your stretch wrap from. Is it the most efficient, reliable and good quality stretch wrap available? SNAPCO offer two types of stretch wrap – manual and machine. Manual stretch wrap is, in industrial terms called ‘hand stretch wrap’, and it is a quick way of safely securing your produce. The excellent thing about this manual way of doing things is the pricing is affordable to everyone, so if you do have a small independent business then this is the most reliable way of ensuring that no damage is caused to any of your products. If you are weary of anyone knowing what is underneath your stretch wrap however, you can invest in black coloured film from SNAPCO to ensure not only safety and reliability, but complete privacy as well. The second form of stretch wrap is for machines. This wrap would traditionally be aimed at larger producers, but that’s not to say it’s not a starting point for a small business looking to flourish. A great product to accompany this larger form of stretch wrap is the Fromm F380 Stretch Wrapping Machine which enables a film tension of up to 250%, and also replaces a job of having to manually wrap things yourself. 

It isn’t just stretch wrap that goes in to getting you that jar of coffee however, other pieces of industrial equipment such as abrasives. Abrasives are materials used to smooth or finish off a workpiece and many kinds are used. Such as cutting and slitting disks, the ones found on SNAPCO are an example of precision and will last a long time with a long service life. Other types of cutting material offered include flap wheels which are used to remove imperfections from surfaces. All products are not just for industry, or production. They are a part of daily life for anyone who so wishes to use them. 

Industry is a part of daily life which we are quick to disregard and take for granted. Just think about it the next time you are sipping on your coffee on your break, maybe you’re reading this with a cup of coffee in one hand at the moment. Maybe you’re thinking about going to get one now. However, just remember there is a girl or a boy in the back room of a shop currently struggling to get in to a package of produce due to the elasticity and reliability of industrial stretch wrap. That’s something we should all consider. 

ABUS Love Locks series - Combine romantic European custom with increased sales opportunities

More and more couples are engaging in the European custom of hanging a lock on a bridge then throwing the key in to the water to symbolise an everlasting relationship or using it to mark an anniversary or similar happy major occasion.  ABUS Love Locks are an ideal padlock for this scenario which is of course particularly relevant on Valentine’s Day or at that BIG Anniversary.

ABUS Love Locks series of padlocks are perfectly suited for this declaration of love and sensibility.  The 72/40 LoveLocks are available in bold red with six romantic motifs and space for personalised engraving.  The new addition to this collection, the 72LL/40 is available in 10 different colours with enlarged space for engraving with both of these padlocks giving the retailer the opportunity to increase sales by offering their engraving services.  The T65AL/40 myLove Lock has a protective plastic cover with two different love motifs. 

For a limited time ABUS are offering a special buying price PLUS free merchandising material AND either a free V6, 6 hook Blister Packed counter display when you purchase 12 LoveLocks and 6 myLove locks or a FREE Heart Counter Display when you purchase 10 of the 72LL/40 engraveable padlocks.

With the attractive displays and merchandising materials, this makes for a beautiful presentation at point of sale.

For further details please contact ABUS UK 0117.204.7000

 

 

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