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Erin Collins
Erin Collins
Oct 10, 2017

A family business is a commercial venture in which family members are involved. A family business can include many different types of combinations, such as parents and children, husbands and wives, siblings, and multi-generation owned ventures. Most family businesses are operated directly by the owners, who are consistently involved with day-to-day operations. Alternatively, others hire non-related individuals to coordinate day-to-day operations while the actual owners have very little involvement.

Leading and working in a family business can bring valuable benefits compared with other business types. The long-standing history family members have with each other properly equips them to define each other’s strengths and weaknesses appropriately when operating a family business. Family members are more likely to accurately assign one another to suitable business roles, which provides for a competitive advantage over other variations of businesses where talent may not be correctly utilized and placed.

Benefits to running a family business:

  •  Commitment to success: families who are involved in running a family business together place more value on the success of the company. Family members are often the ones who have invested most of the time and money to get the business off the ground, so they are usually motivated to do what it takes to help the business survive and grow. Families also tend to be more willing to make sacrifices for the sake of the business, as opposed to working for or within a large corporation.
  • Quality of product: family ownership is a tremendous asset when it comes to product quality. For most consumers, family ownership means that there is a dedicated family they can trust standing behind the product brand. A business that is family owned can fully capitalize by making sure they are perceived by the public in a specifically closely managed way. By doing so this gives friendly characteristics as opposed to a large company with no distinguishable personal characteristics within its running process. Also, when actively purchasing product from a family business, it is highly likely that a customer will, at one point, come face to face with the actual owner(s) of the business. Family business owners who are actively involved in the day-to-day processes are often known to make a point to have face-to-face meetings with the very individuals responsible for the successes – the consumers.
  • Flexibility: family operations tend to be more lenient and forgiving when it comes to work schedules, work-related judgments and even mistakes. In family businesses, there may be more leeway to work a flexible schedule or create an appropriate work/life balance that effectively serves both personal and company needs.
  • Employee relations: family-owned businesses generally take better care of their employees, as they are seen as extensions of their own family. More often than not, family businesses are significantly smaller than businesses in the corporate world, so there is less potential for employees to feel as though they are just another employee number on payroll. It is also important to note that happy employees are known to treat customers (existing and potential) better as compared to a continually disgruntled employee working for a large corporation.
  • Speed: In a smaller, family-owned business, an idea can emerge in the morning and employees can begin implementing said idea by the afternoon in the very same day. Employees and business leaders have the capability to bypass the multiple hurdles and barriers that encompasses the corporate world. This not only allows family businesses to have quicker response times to customers, but also quickly react to any potential employee needs.

“Family values” are taking on a new meaning in today’s economy. If family members are able to recognize that value and work together for the common good, family can be the biggest competitive advantage in the workforce.

 
Erin Collins
Erin Collins
Sep 26, 2017

CARC stands for “Chemical Agent Resistance Coating” and is known as the camouflage paint used on military vehicles and equipment. CARC paint is much more than a visual camouflage for tactical vehicles and equipment; it is a critical effort in attempt to increase success on the battlefield. In addition to being a highly effective visual camouflage, CARC paint offers many additional benefits of use.

· Chemical resistance: CARC is a non-absorbent material that prevents dangerous chemicals from being absorbed into the coating and potentially damaging a reel. In the event of a chemical attack on military tactical equipment and vehicles, it will be necessary to decontaminate vehicles and equipment. Because damaging chemicals will not be absorbed by the CARC camouflage, it will be much easier to neutralize and sanitize the affected military equipment.

· Infrared Signature Management: This is one of the least understood, yet most important attributes of the CARC camouflage system. Each of the colors in the CARC camouflage contains a special pigment that camouflages vehicles and equipment when they are engaged in operation. The green pattern in the CARC paint has an infrared signature equal of chlorophyll. When viewed using infrared technology, the vehicles and equipment will blend in with the surrounding environment.

 

The use of commercial paints and aerosol sprays represent a severe danger to our United States military troops. Not only do these products offer no chemical protection, they also pose a significant threat by creating an infrared hotspot, potentially opening doors for an attack on our U.S. military personnel.

CARC paint is an option provided by select reel manufacturers. Many overlook the key benefits of CARC paint – it is much more than an active camouflage agent. The men and women of our U.S. military are undoubtedly worth the added protection that CARC paint provides.

 
Erin Collins
Erin Collins
Sep 19, 2017

Hose reels are a relatively simple piece of machinery. However, the individual mechanisms within each reel are what individualize each reel. You can find a reel built specific to any industry or application – the possibilities are truly endless. In the event that a reel manufacturer does not carry a reel model tailored to your exact needs, a custom-built solution, available by some manufacturers, can be implemented to meet your exact needs.

 There are several different specifications that you will need to know prior to requesting a custom reel:

  • Product to be handled (water, air, gas)
  • Temperature and pressure of product
  • ID, OD, and length of the hose
  • Size and thread of the outlet
  • Finish type and color
  • A variety of optional accessories/upgrades: hose stops, guide rollers, etc.

Custom reels can even be built to accommodate:

  • High-pressure hoses
  • Large diameter hoses
  • Heavy duty hoses and cables
  • Multi-hose cable lines

Above all else, collaboration with the customer is the most vital step in the custom design process.

It may sound obvious, but before contacting a reel manufacturer, do your best to gather as much information as possible and have a detailed idea of exactly what you want your hose reel to accomplish, and in which specific environment.

In a nutshell – the best path to getting the perfect reel combines both collaborative problem solving and independent contemplation with the manufacturer’s internal engineering team, to produce a strong, practical, beautifully designed product.

 
Erin Collins
Erin Collins
Aug 22, 2017

When purchasing an industrial strength hose, cord, or cable reel, it may come as a surprise that many of the big-name manufacturers do not sell direct. It is all too common to be referred to a local or online distributor. This may seem like a hassle at first, but there are actually many advantages to purchasing through a distributor to include flexibility, lower overhead, and better sales support.

 Distributors are in the business of being competitive, especially when working with manufacturers that sell directly. As a result, sales costs are generally transferred from the manufacturer to the distributor, not added. Because the distributor can spread the costs of these value added services across a wide inventory, the total cost to you ends up being much lower than if you purchased directly.

Another clear advantage of purchasing through a distributor is they are able to maintain extremely low overhead costs, directly translating to lower costs for the customer. Because distributors do not have the need to maintain expensive equipment, machines, and supplies, they are able to maintain lower overhead costs than manufacturers.

An additional advantage that distributors offer is the ability to choose products from a multitude of competing manufacturers. This ensures you’re getting the best product for your specific, unique needs at a competitive price.

Lastly, distributors can offer better customer service and sales support than manufacturers can, sell in smaller quantities, and allow the ability to mix and match products from different manufacturers. What is often overlooked is the high level of support distributors can offer across the board. Manufacturers specialize in engineering and production, but can lack the personal touch and understanding of support that distributors are built on.

Purchasing a hose reel and/or reel accessory through a distributor may seem like an unnecessary inconvenience; however, distributors are disguised with value-added offers and benefits. It is well worth the additional step.

 
Erin Collins
Erin Collins
Jul 11, 2017

Metals are an incredibly versatile material – they are both strong and flexible. However, if used improperly or in a potentially hazardous environment, they can become surprisingly fragile. When it comes to metals, saltwater locations are among the most unforgiving due to the inevitability of corrosion.

What causes corrosion? Corrosion occurs when metal atoms react with their environment. Rusting is a common form of corrosion, created when iron reacts with oxygen molecules to form iron oxide.

Salt water speeds this process by forming an electrolyte solution. Metal does not even have to be fully immersed for this process to take place, as increased humidity and salt spray can provide the necessary electrolyte contacts for corrosion. Even exposure to the air alone can be enough to corrode some metals, like steel. This is because in all but the very driest climates, there is enough moisture in the air to accelerate the process of corrosion.

What is the best method to prevent corrosion? In especially harsh environments, such as marine and other salt water areas, choosing the right metal for your machines is crucial.

 For hose, cord, and cable reels, stainless steel offers varying levels of corrosion protection. Like all steel, stainless steel is mostly iron, but it also contains nickel and chromium. These are not just a protective coating, but are melted into the steel itself. The mixture must contain at least ten percent chromium, because it is the chromium that protects stainless steel from corrosion. As long as there is sufficient chromium present, the chromium oxide layer will continue to protect the stainless steel and prevent it from rusting.

Corrosion is a frustrating process that we have been fighting for as long as we have been using metals for machinery. By choosing the right type of stainless steel for your hose reel, you will have very little hassle maintaining your hose reels’ durability for years to come, especially near harsh salt water environments.

 
Erin Collins
Erin Collins
Jun 27, 2017

"Buy American!" might sound like nothing more than a slogan advanced by American manufacturers to sell products made in the USA, but the truth is that there are many reasons to consider buying American-made products:

SAFETY – Foreign labor standards are often subpar to American labor and safety laws. When you purchase foreign products, you could be indirectly supporting unsafe working conditions or possibly child laborers.

 SUPPORTING THE US ECONOMY – Profit earned from orders shipped abroad rarely benefit the American economy. When you buy products made in the USA, you help keep the American economy going and growing by keeping your dollars here working for you!

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION - US manufacturing processes are typically cleaner for the environment than some in other countries. Many products sold that are produced in other countries are manufactured using dangerous, heavily polluting processes and chemicals.

FAIR WAGES - Many countries have no minimum wage restrictions, or the minimum wage is outrageously low. The United States is one of the few countries with regulated wages.

FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE - The huge US trade deficit leads to massive, unsustainable borrowing from other countries. When you purchase domestically made products, you are actively helping to reduce the US’s trade deficit!

HIGHER QUALITY – Many people specifically look to purchase overseas in order to obtain lower pricing. In order to provide these products at lower prices, many overseas suppliers use lower quality products.

SECURE FUTURE - It's not always just about finding the lowest price. It's about keeping jobs here in America and our ability to provide for ourselves and our families.

We all can help America’s economic problems is in our own backyard. The answer is: buy American.

 
Erin Collins
Erin Collins
Jun 6, 2017

The reel industry is established and well developed, with reels maintaining their fundamental design for over 60 years. As with any long-standing industry, trends cycle and response can be slow. For the last few years the major trends seen in the reel market have been a demand for quality and a drive toward increasingly specialized products.

With the ever increasing influx of imported products, the market saturation with lower quality goods is growing and people are noticing the difference. There is now a consistent trend of users who demand high quality, well designed and manufactured products. As a result, product development is trending more toward product improvement in terms of reliability and quality rather than the drive for cost reduction, as is the focus of many companies.

The other trend being seen in the marketplace is the desire for application-specific products. Where in the past it was common place for the customer to use a generic reel for most applications, we are finding more and more that customers desire small adaptations specific to their application. Customers are demanding personalization and customization as the line between consumer and creator continues to blur.

More than ever in the past, customers wish to have their individual needs and whishes considered in any business relationship, and converted into products and services that address those needs and whishes effectively. Recent customer trends in the reel industry are indicating that end users are willing to pay a little more for their reel in exchange for higher quality, often custom products. Overall, quality reel products are catching consumers’ attention now more so than ever. Understanding that the service provided to the customer will remain in the customer’s mind long after the product he’s purchased has run its course is key to success in the industry.

 
COXREELS
May 16, 2017

Brass as a construction material is an alloy primarily composed of copper and zinc. Brass hose fittings are in high demand because of many inherent properties which make them superior to other materials (for example: stainless steel).

Brass is the best fitting option for hose reels for a multitude of reasons. Let’s examine a few of the most relevant examples:

·  Brass offers excellent corrosion resistance from both water and heat and resists attacks from salt water, which is perfect for those reels used in close vicinity to salt water.

· The brass metal is relatively soft and the texture of the metal provides for a tight seal with every application and ease of installation upon first use.

· Copper fittings are an obvious competitor; however, brass fittings for your hose reels offer the very same advantages, only with a heavier wall for added strength and durability.

· Many hose reel users believe that brass fittings are best for uses strictly involved in water, commercial plumbing, and OEM applications, but it is also commonly used in oil, gas, and steam applications. Brass fittings are much more diverse than they are often given credit for.

· Many OEM’s are making the switch from traditional iron and galvanized fittings to brass due to the longevity, durability, and superior corrosion resistance.

Overall, brass hose reel fittings outlast others commonly used and do not gall when being screwed together or unscrewed. Brass fittings for your hose reel have proven to be amongst the most effective available for industrial use. Careful consideration should go into selecting the best and most reliable hose reel fittings. A proper fitting choice will not only enhance the efficiency of your hose reel, it will also undoubtedly extend the life of the device.

 
Erin Collins
Erin Collins
Apr 11, 2017

For getting large quantities of water to a fire, a fire hose reel is indispensable. Easily bridging large distances up to 30 meters can make the difference between minimal damage and bankruptcy. The saying, “do more with less” is most certainly not applicable when discussing safety and organization in our fire stations. When lives are at stake, the right apparatus can make all the difference.

Responding to a distress call within the community and accurately responding in a timely and organized manner is crucial to the success of our fire departments. Firefighters and the communities they serve will find comfort knowing that the fire department is equipped to deal with any kind of emergency at any time – the proper hose and cord reels are most certainly not an exception.

Hose reels are used for a multitude of different applications in the fire department, including but not limited to: power cord hose reels to charge the electronics on the fire rescue vehicles, air hose reels to fill the tire on rescue vehicles, and reels mounted to the walls to assist with wash down procedures inside and outside of the station.

Hose reels provide an invaluable measurement of safety in fire stations and rescue vehicles. Fire fighters are under massive amounts of pressure in emergency situations and the proper reels equipped on and off the trucks provide the necessary safety and organization required to reduce the stress level in an emergency situation. Ensuring firefighters have the latest quality reels enhancing safety and fire station organization is critical to the maintenance of fire apparatus.


 
Erin Collins
Erin Collins
Mar 14, 2017

 One concern when purchasing industrial machinery is the safety of the equipment. No one wants to buy (or sell) a product that has the potential to malfunction and harm the operator or manufacturer. Because of this concern, various organizations have been created to ensure the safety of products. UL’s (Underwriters Laboratories) standards and certifications are universally recognized as important indicators of product safety and reliability. The vigorous tests conducted by UL Laboratories are essential to helping ensure public safety and confidence, reduce costs, and improve quality of market products and services. Millions of products and their components are tested to UL's rigorous safety standards with the result that consumers live in a safer environment than they would have otherwise.

Specifically discussing reels utilized for electrical purposes, safety is an utmost concern. It is extremely beneficial for any power cord reels to include a UL stamp of approval. UL Laboratories will test power cord reels for deficiencies such as fire and shock hazards, incorrect or missing markings, or misapplied components.

When a reel manufacturer sends their electrical products and accessories to be tested with Underwriters Laboratories, you can be certain that returning, approved products will meet necessary safety requirements. A UL listing also signifies a manufacturer’s commitment to the safety of users. The commitment to the customer should never end after the finalization of a product purchase.

 

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