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DayMark Safety Systems Offers First Aid Kit Solutions

Posted on 29 November 2017 by cradmin

Meeting OSHA regulations for facility safety is made simple with facility safety products from DayMark Safety Systems. Prevent workplace injuries by marking potential slip and fall hazards with wet floor signs and, in the event that an injury does occur, make sure your facility is equipped to quickly and safely handle it with OSHA-compliant first aid kits and bodily fluid spill cleanup products.

Building managers are responsible for ensuring first aid supplies are available for their staff. This is just one of many things managers and contractors may not be aware of regarding first aid kits, according to Duane Carey, head of DayMark Safety Systems.

Other key considerations Carey says we should be aware of include first selecting a first aid kit by analyzing past injuries in the workplace. In most cases, a standard but well-stocked first aid kit will address most situations. Many states have their own health and safety regulations that encompass first aid kits.  The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently updated first aid kit requirements into two classes, based on the contents and the number of first aid supplies included in the kits. Class A kits are designed for the common workplace injuries; Class B kits deal with more complex injuries or high-risk environments.

If first aid instructions are provided with the kit, make sure they are bi- or multilingual. In industrial locations, managers and service providers should have a work site safety assessment. This helps identify safety deficiencies, meet regulatory requirements, and determine what types of first aid kits are needed. It is also important to keep all first aid kits in easily accessible areas, There may also be regulatory requirements as to where the first aid kits are to be stored. Lastly, Managers and supervisors should monitor kits regularly to ensure enough supplies are available.

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Rockler Introduces Material Mate

Posted on 28 November 2017 by cradmin

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has introduced the Material Mate, a rolling metal frame for handling and using sheet goods. Material Mate can function in two modes: as a panel cart and a mobile, adjustable-height shop stand.

In panel cart mode, the metal frame features rack supports on one side capable of hauling 4-ft. by 8-ft. sheets of plywood, sheetrock and other panels to a capacity of 150 lbs. Material Mate can pass through a 30-in. wide doorway, making it easy to transport panels from a vehicle into the shop. To situate a panel for sawing and other work, the rack support is tilted up and locked, bringing the panel to a horizontal position.

To use Material Mate in shop stand mode, users can simply attach their own tabletop to the metal frame and lock it in the horizontal position. With the base rolling on 4-in. casters, two of which can be locked, the table can easily be wheeled to the desired location and then locked firmly in place. The frame then allows adjustment between 31- and 36- in. table heights. Even with a tabletop attached, the frame can be unlocked and tilted down into panel cart mode, since the carrier supports are wide enough to accommodate multiple sheets.

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TigerStop Introduces New SawGear Tables

Posted on 27 November 2017 by cradmin

SawGear, the portable, automatic lineal cutting system made by TigerStop, has added a more robust leg structure to its optional job site tables. The new table legs reportedly provide increased stability. The new SawGear legs branch in two directions from a direct connection point. They are connected at the top to the table with a sheet metal faceplate. The tables come in three different lengths to accommodate the 8-, 12-, or 16- ft. working length SawGear.

SawGear Table design incorporates a hinge system with the new, collapsible leg structure, making the tables portable, simple to level and quick to set up and break down. Also available are customizable in-feed tables.

SawGear attaches to: either side of a miter saw, chop saw, double miter saw, vertical panel saw, and can be integrated onto an Ironworker sheer or punch. Simply enter lengths into SawGear’s keypad, eliminating the need for repeated measuring. SawGear provides automatic and accurate length measuring in the shop or on the job site.

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Pelican Int’l Offers Matching Black Granite Composite Strainers

Posted on 24 November 2017 by cradmin

Pelican Int’l is offering customers the chance to ditch stainless steel strainers in favor of black granite composite strainers. Based on the sink model chosen, up to two strainers will be received. Available models are from Pelican’s Crystallite Series and include the Onyx color in the following models; PL-100, PL-175, PL-200, PL-350. And from Pelicanite Series in the color Midnight the following models are available;  PL-500, PL-550 and PL-575. Flanges & Grid Sets are available as an additional purchase.

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M S International Introduces Bianco Dolomite Collection

Posted on 22 November 2017 by cradmin


Bianco Dolomite Geometrica Tile

M S International has introduced Bianco Dolomite, a medium variation marble imported from Turkey. The low contrast blend of arctic white and pale gray makes the collection agreeable for countertops, backsplash/wall tile, accent walls and shower surrounds . It is available in both slabs and tiles.

Whether opting for a Bianco Dolomite slab or white tile, this collection is a versatile option for interior installations. The collection can be mixed and matched, is suitable for both residential and commercial purposes. It is available in 12 by 24 in. and 24 by 24 in. tiles and 2cm slabs.

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Simple Way To Improve Overstock Slab Inventory Use

Posted on 21 November 2017 by cradmin

This short video, put out by Maxwell Counters, shared their method for helping to improve the use of “overstock” slab material that had previously just been taking up space.

While the concept is relatively simple, it seems to have made a major difference in the ease at which they can sell leftover slabs of granite, quartz or other countertop materials and is worth a look, if that is a problem you may be facing in your own operations.

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Health & Safety Watch: OSHA Extends Deadline for Electronic Reporting

Posted on 20 November 2017 by cradmin

According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA has extended the compliance date for employers affected by the new electronic reporting system to December 15, 2017. On this date, injury and illness data must be electronically submitted through the online Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

The original date for compliance was December 1, 2017, but OSHA is giving employers an additional 15 days to familiarize themselves with the new system, and it only affects those who are already required to submit injury and illness information.

In addition, the following states have not adopted ITA electronic reporting system unless the employer is under federal jurisdiction: California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Businesses with 20 to 249 employees must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A – Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, while companies with 250 or more employees must submit the information from Form 300A and Form 300 – Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.

The data due December 15 is for the 2016 calendar year. In 2018, affected employers must submit the required information for 2017 by July 1, and every year thereafter, the deadline is March 2.

The ITA currently allows for three types of data submission:

  1. Manual entry
  2. CSV file for single or multiple establishments
  3. API upload from an automated recordkeeping system

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Artisan Group Takes Part in Shop Tour and Metrics Meeting

Posted on 17 November 2017 by cradmin

The second Artisan Group Annual Shop Tour & Meeting had all but five member companies represented, including new members Paxton Countertops and Bedrock Granite. Meetings for the attendees included a Predictive Synergistic System test, intense Metrics Program and Best Practices sharing.

The group began with a welcome dinner at Olive & Ivy Restaurant sponsored by Park Industries. Meetings were followed by golf at Talkingstick Golf Course and shooting at the Scottsdale Gun Club, both activities were sponsored by Braxton-Bragg. The winning golf foursome was: Brad Pearce of Front Range Stone, Jon Lancto of Artisan Group, Bill Hickey of Braxton-Bragg, and Nick Wadenstorer with Baca Systems. Alan Jorgensen with Bedrock Countertops won the sharp shooter award at the gun range. Another group took a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright museum.

Dave and Becky Stockett, of Stockett Granite & Tile, hosted the entire group in their home for a dinner on Thursday. Sponsors for happy hour, dinner and transportation were Baca Systems, Architectural Granite & Marble and GMA Garnet.

The meeting ended with a shop tour of Stockett Tile & Granite, where members learned about the capacity, layout and growth plans for the company. Then, Artisan Group discussed best practices, the new PR co-op plan and the latest detailed metrics results.

The group’s 2018 Shop Tour will be hosted by Brad Pearce of Front Range Stone.

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Caesarstone Plagued by Production Problems

Posted on 16 November 2017 by cradmin

After a couple of huge stock losses in 2015 and the appointment of a new CEO in 2016, problems continue to plague Caesarstone in 2017 – this time in production. Problems in production have so far led to lower than expected profit margins and a slew of management changes at both the company’s U.S. and Israel facilities.

During the third quarter of 2017, Caesarstone yielded nearly $155 million in revenue and a gross profit of only $49.7 million, 15 percent less than the third quarter of 2016.

“Third quarter revenue increased by 7.2% to a new record of $155 million,” said CEO Raanan Zilberman. “Gross margin was far below our expectation as a result of challenges related to our manufacturing performances.”

According to Zilberman, the downshift in production was caused by a change in the company’s product mix, which now uses two formulas: one for premium and one for differentiated. This lead to longer cycle and setup times for each model. Caesarstone claims that this change enables the company to “maintain a premium position in the market and our prices” and that the lag is addressable with the right management.

At the U.S. plant, poor performance was attributed to a combination of extending the range of offerings to high-end products, which require longer to manufacture and having to close for a week because of Hurricane Irma.

“I have decided to appoint a new VP of global operations,” explained Zilberman. “I have already placed a new leadership team in Richmond Hill, including a new plant manager, a new operation manager, a few new department managers and a team of technical and manufacturing experts, all coming from Israel.”

At the Israel facility, changes began in October when two new plant managers and a production manager were hired. The new team will be rotated to “enhance the managerial structure and capacity of management.”

“We are starting to implement a series of improvement process to shorten the cycle time and to minimize the idle time,” Zilberman concluded. “Those improvement processes can take some time, but if we will implement them correctly, they will yield the expected results.”

In addition, to better meet demand, Caesarstone has been utilizing some OEM production for basic SKUs under strict specifications and a quality assurance process.

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ASG Announces Acquisition of Cosmic Stone & Tile Distributors

Posted on 15 November 2017 by cradmin

Architectural Surfaces Group (ASG) announced Cosmic Stone & Tile Distributors in New Brunswick, NJ as the newest addition to its organization. Founded in 1993, Cosmic Stone is a distributor of natural stone slab and tile that serves the Tri-State area, as well as most Mid- Atlantic states.

Cosmic Stone’s New Jersey location will allow ASG to give customers both a wider array of  products, as well as improved direct operational solutions. The tenured relationships that Cosmic Stone has built in the northeast market will be invaluable to future goals of success and growth of all brands within the ASG umbrella.

Cosmic Stone will continue to operate under its current brand name. With the addition of Cosmic Stone, ASG entities now combine for a total of 16 locations across the United States.

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