Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How to Kill a Good Comedy Routine

The first two photos were taken after manufacture and set up
to simulate the application. The third photo is the actual installation.

Ever since I can remember one of the great slapstick comedy gambits has been that of some poor sap inadvertently walking into an unguarded floor elevator opening. While it may be funny cinema, in real life it is a clear and present danger and when one of these mishaps occurs it isn't very funny at all. Serious injuries may occur and the legal and medical ramifications can be extensive.

That's why we were pleased to receive a call from Bloomingdale's who needed 3-sided protection around a floor elevator opening. The guard had to provide solid fall protection, be quick and easy to deploy or retract, and provide complete, unobstructed access to the elevator opening when required. This one was right up our alley.

We used an 8-foot Extendamatic as the basis of the guard, then fastened a custom-designed swinging end panel to it which allowed it to fold to the side. A steel drop-pin to the floor keeps the assembly from wandering when deployed. At the other end, two solid steel arms serve the double duty of providing end protection as well as being a latch mechanism to secure the guarding when in service.

To retract the guarding an operator simply raises the two latching arms and retracts the gate out of the way. Pretty Slick!

This is such an uncommon use of Extendamatic that I decided to showcase the versatility of the product. A comprehensive look at Extendamatic and Slide-A-Matic guarding is available by clicking here.

Stay tuned . . .

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Update on the new Slide-A-Matic guarding.

When a new product is released it is always interesting to track its acceptance in the marketplace and to see what changes customers are suggesting. Such has been the case with the new Slide-A-Matic guarding.

Our standard 76-inch high model was no sooner out of the gate when we were asked to come up with models that were 8-feet high and 42-inches low. That makes sense, of course, as both are fairly standard heights for industrial enclosures. We are prototyping these models now and I will keep you posted on their release dates.

The latest challenge has been to protect a span of 40-feet in an aircraft hangar. This is a difficult task for a panel gate that requires no track or suspension system; and that can be easily swung to the side by a single operator. Guess what? I knew all along we could do it.

I sincerely hope that those of you who follow are experiencing the same significant uptick in business that has occurred for us recently. America is on the move again and it is exhilarating to be part of that march forward.

A comprehensive look at Extendamatic and Slide-A-Matic guarding is available by clicking here.