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  1. IP (Ingress Protection Code) Explained

    Kenwood Radios

    IP (Ingress Protection Code) Explained

    When it comes to shopping for electronic devices there is no shortage of information being thrown at you from all directions. One that you hear of often is the ingress protection rating or IP rating for short. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down IP ratings and provide some additional information about them so next time you’re buying electronics you know that it is more than just letters and numbers.

    Ingress Protection


     

    Let’s start with the basics. Ingress, by definition, is the action or fact of going in or entering. The ingress protection rating classifies the degree of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical enclosures. Essentially, when you hear that a piece of electronic equipment is water-resistant or waterproof the IP rating provides the actual value to which the device is protected.

    The Breakdown


     

    So now that we know what exactly the IP rating is, let’s talk a little bit about how it works. For our example, we are going to use the Kenwood NX-P500 2-Watt Dual-Mode Two-Way Radio which boasts an impressive IP 54, IP 55, and IP 67 rating. IP ratings are given to a wide variety of electronic devices – like your cell phone, flashlights, power tools, and two-way radios. IP ratings are especially important when it comes to electronic devices that may be used in high voltage situations. In fact, there are often standards that electrical instruments must meet in order to be used for certain types of work.

    IP Value


     

    In its most simple form, IP values function as you would expect. The higher the value the more protected the internal components of the device are. We’ve established that the IP stands for ingress protection, but what about the number value? The first digit rates the device for ingress by foreign objects and dust. This number is going to tell you what kinds of solids could potentially enter the enclosure. This digit is rated on a scale from 0 to 6 with 0 meaning no protection from any solid object and 6 meaning complete protection from the smallest solids like microscopic dust particles.

    The second digit defines the electrical instrument's resistance to ingress by liquids. This digit is rated on a scale from 0 to 8 with 0 meaning no resistance to liquids whatsoever and 8 meaning the enclosure has complete protection. For both digits, the values between define various tests and procedures done to evaluate the protection level of the device.

    IP Clarifications


     

    One criticism of the ingress protection code is that a device could potentially pass a high level of testing while failing lower level tests because of differences in testing procedures. So, let’s take another look at the NX-P500 and break down the 3 different ratings of this device (IP 54, 55, and 67). Let’s start with IP 67. That is about as much protection as you can get. An IP rating of 67 means that the device is completely sealed off from solids like dust (represented by the 6). It also means that the device can withstand total immersion in water up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes (represented by the 7).

    So, if the radio meets IP 67, why does it also list IP 54 and 55? Well, those two ratings differ from 67 because of the testing process. They use high and low-pressure water jets to test its protection. This simulates real-world applications like falling in moving water and other unforeseen circumstances that weren’t used when testing for the IP 67 rating. It’s always a good idea when looking at devices that you look for multiple levels of rating to ensure that you are getting the device that is most capable to stand up to the job at hand.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Ingress Protection Code Explained: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

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  2. Product Spotlight: AB Chance Capstan Rope Lock

    AB Chance Capstan Hoist Rope LockCapstan hoists are a staple in the lifting and rigging industry. They're lightweight, versatile, and strong tools that make the day a little bit easier. This week our Gear Experts® are spotlighting the AB Chance Capstan Rope Lock and reissuing our break down on how to properly mount a capstan hoist to a swivel mount.

    AB Chance Capstan Hoist Rope Lock


     

    The AB Chance Capstan Hoist Rope Lock device was designed to give you greater control while using your capstan hoist. The rope lock automatically supports the load when the fall line is released until the operator resumes hoisting. The release lanyard permits lowering or lifting loads with precise control over speed and distance.

    The Rope Lock was designed for AB Chance Series 90 - 1,000 lb capacity capstan hoists. It accepts 1/2'', 5/8'', and 3/4'' rope.

     

    Swivel Brackets


     

    A swivel bracket can only be used with the 1,000 Pound Capstan Hoist. If you need to mount your 3,000 Pound Capstan Hoist, click here to check out our blog post on how to use the chain mount bracket.

     

    Assembling the Bracket


    The first part of mounting the capstan hoist requires assembling the bracket and attaching it to the truck.

    Step 1: Attaching the Swivel Plate to the Hitch

    Insert the swivel mount plate into a 2-inch hitch mount. The plate does not come with a key or pin to secure the plate onto the hitch. You will need to get a pin/key that fits the hitch you are using. **Do not use the setup until the plate is secured to the hitch with a pin/key.

    Step 2: Attaching the Swivel to the Plate

    The swivel bracket comes with four Grade 5 Bolts. Line the bracket up with the holes on the plate and secure the bracket into place with the included bolts. The bolts should be attached with the threads facing down. Ensure that you have tightened the bolts securely to hold the bracket in place.

    Step 3: Attaching the C-Bracket

    There is a pin on the back of the swivel mount bracket. This pin fits into the bottom of the C-Bracket to ensure that it is positioned correctly. Using a ½ inch Allen wrench secure the C-Bracket with the 4 provided screws.

    Step 4: Attaching the Capstan Hoist to the C-Bracket

    The C-Bracket has a pin on the back of it. This pin ensures that you will install the capstan hoist on the bracket correctly. The drum of the capstan hoist should be positioned directly above the center bolt of the swivel bracket. To correctly position the drum, make sure that the safety bar is on the backside of the load. Then, using the 6 screws that came with the C-Bracket, attach the capstan to the bracket.

    If you’ve got any questions about our selection of capstan hoists, mounts, accessories, or how to attach the hoist to a mount, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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    Click here to see our full selection of capstans and accessories

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Mounting the Capstan: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

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    *Much of the information provided in this blog was sourced from Hubbell Power Systems.

  3. 3M 5G Meets 5 Free Sweepstakes

    3M 5G Meets 5 Free Giveaway

    3M is giving away telecom safety gear kits designed specifically for 5G challenges. Enter here for a chance to win your choice of a Tower Climber Kit or a Small Cell Installer Kit!

    The 5G evolution is happening now and 3M can keep your team protected and productive with protective solutions designed for the way workers work today. From head, eye, and hearing protection to fall protection systems, 3M has the gear you need to thrive in a 5G world.

     

    Choose a Kit


    Tower Climber Kit includes:

    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® ExoFit NEX™ Plus ComfortStyle Tower Climbing Harness
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Rope Adjustable Positioning
      Lanyard, Trigger
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® ShockWave™ 2 100% TieOff Shock Absorbing Lanyard
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Saflok™ Carabiner
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Saflok™ Carabiner, Yellow Zinc

    3M Tower Climber Kit

    Small Cell Installer Kit includes:

    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® ExoFit NEX™ Vest- Style Harness
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ Self Retracting Lifeline, Web
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Suspension Trauma Safety Straps
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Safe Bucket 100 lb. Load Rated Hook and Loop Canvas

    3M Small Cell Installer Kit

    Both Kits Include:

    • 3M™ SecureFit™ Safety Helmet
    • 3M™ Smart Lens Protective Eyewear Photochromatic Lens, Black Frame
    • 3M™ PELTOR™ Hard Hat Attached Electrically
      Insulated Earmuffs
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Parts Pouch, Canvas Black
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® 5 lb. Tool Retractor
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Adjustable Radio/Cell Phone Holster
    • 3M™ DBI-SALA® Equipment Carrying and Storage Bag

    3M 5G Safety Kits

     

    Enter the giveaway here. Good luck!

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    3M Fall Protection Videos


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  4. Petzl Headlamps

    Petzl Headlamps

    Headlamps are an unmatched form of work lighting in terms of versatility and mobility for handsfree work. The operating life and brightness of these handy tools have come a long way in the past decade.

    Petzl consistently offers improvements to headlamp designs, features, brightness, and durability with each new design. This week, we're taking a look at some of the more exciting features of the newest TACKTICKKA, DUO, and PIXA models.

    TACKTIKKA


    The TACKTIKKA is Petzl's compact professional headlamp built to be light and adaptable to a number of situations. They provide 300 lumens for the base model, 350 lumens for plus models, and 450 lumens for the rechargeable TACKTIKKA CORE model. Every TACKTIKKA is a HYBRID CONCEPT designed for compatibly with alkaline, lithium, or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries.

    Along with the standard lighting mode, each model features a red light for stealth and the TACTIKKA + RGB model features green and blue lighting modes to suit different situations.

    While all TACKTIKKA models can use rechargeable batteries, the TACKTIKKA CORE is built to utilize the CORE battery to its full potential - pumping out 100 more lumens than the TACKTIKKA +.

    PIXA


    The Petzl PIXA is a rugged headlamp built for use in explosive environments as noted in ATEX or HAZLOC zone requirements. Those specific requirements aren't necessarily followed in the U.S., but those designations say a lot about how durable these PIXA headlamps are built.

    Every PIXA features "Constant Lighting" technology, meaning the brightness does not decrease gradually as the batteries are drained like typical headlamps. Instead, the headlamps automatically switch to a reserve mode that uses a blinking light to signal you to change the battery.

    The PIXA also features a rotating knob, rather than a button, that allows you to easily switch between lighting modes while wearing gloves. These also feature added water-tightness to the IP67 standard.

    DUO


    The DUO models are Petzl's high-performance models with the higher brightness outputs and added features for groups of workers.

    Like the other models we've mentioned, the DUO has a hybrid design to give you the ability to use standard and rechargeable batteries. And, like the PIXA, the DUO also features the easy-to-handle knob to switch lighting modes.

    On top of that, the DUO features a BOOST lighting mode and FACE2FACE function. The BOOST mode allows you to temporarily access maximum battery power to increase your lumen output. The FACE2FACE function automatically dims your light output when you are facing another DUO - that way you can stop blinding coworkers when you are looking at each other.

    If you are needing some intense light output from a headlamp, try the DUO S. The DUO S offers an astounding 1,100 maximum lumen output and includes a 110/240 V charger with your purchase.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Petzl Headlamp Video


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  5. Anritsu Company Test and Measurement Equipment

    Anritsu Test an Measurement Equipment

    Here at GME Supply, we couldn’t be more excited to stock Anritsu Company's test and measurement equipment. We’re determined to decrease lead times for these important devices and make sure you’re fully supported. Our Gear Experts are here to help you select the proper equipment, get you the right training, and keep you supplied with all the necessary accessories. Let's dive into what makes these devices so exciting.

    Cable and Antenna Analysis


    The Anritsu Site Master is a trusted industry standard for cable and antenna analysis. There are several configurations available. To choose the right configuration, you will need to know the various frequencies you will be working with. One of our Gear Experts can help you out if you’re unsure.

    What is PIM?

    PIM, or passive intermodulation is interference generated "when two or more signals transit through a passive device with nonlinear properties (Analog Dialogue)." PIM can arise in a number of ways: bad or improperly tightened connectors, rusty brackets or other metals, and more. No matter the cause, you’ll need to find the issue and fix it because that frequency interference will potentially result in a carrier losing customers or incurring fines.

    The PIM Master can analyze a system and provide a Distance-to-PIM reading. The Distance-to-PIM reading will help you narrow in on what is causing any interference, and you can get to work on fixing the issue.

    Fiber Optics


    Historically, antenna equipment was supported through COAX cable. With 4G and beyond, a good portion of this COAX cable is being replaced with fiber optic cable to remove interference and increase signal strength. By relying on light rather than electrical charges through COAX, there are fewer variables to interfere with signal strength.

    That said, there’s still interference in fiber and you’ll need to keep a few things in mind as you purchase equipment to service fiber optic systems.

    First, the actual glass fiber in a Singlemode fiber cable is only 62.5 microns wide - about the diameter of a human hair. At such a small size, small particles on connectors or tiny fractures in the glass can cause interference in the strand and weaken its signal strength. The majority of the bulk in a fiber optic cable is protective cladding.

    As light travels through the fiber, it’s constantly hitting impurities that make the light scatter or reflect back. This reflectance decreases the overall strength of the light at its destination. That’s why testing and identifying the impurities, scattering, etc., is such an important step to fixing loss within a fiber optic system.

    The typical measurements tested for these super-thin strands are distance measurements, loss measurements, and reflectance measurements.

    Anritsu has several tools to help test, inspect, and measure fiber. The Video Inspection Probe, is a fiber microscope that allows you to visually inspect connectors.

    Light Sources allow you to beam light from one end of a fiber optic cable for a quick light test. With these devices, you can run a fairly simple pass/fail test. If you want to figure out where along the fiber you have a failure, you’ll need an OTDR device.

    An OTDR, or Optical Time Delay and Reflectometer, allows you to generate the pulses of light to the other end to verify and locate any reflectance. The OTDR ACCESS Master is Anritsu’s standalone OTDR solution. Not only do Anritsu OTDR find and locate reflectance, but they also offer recommendations and advice for solutions to fix any reflectance in the fiber.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Anritsu Video


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    *Much of the information provided in this blog was sourced from Anritsu Company, The Fiber Optic Association, Inc., and Analog Dialogue.

  6. Tower Consumables from Petrilla Technologies

    High Quality Components

    At GME Supply our mission is to keep you safe and productive on the job. We also pride ourselves in having the know-how and capabilities to provide you with all of the equipment to perform your job not only safely, but effectively. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about our full selection of tower consumables.

    Petrilla Technologies


    GME Supply has teamed up with Petrilla Technologies to provide tower consumables. Petrilla Technologies is a certified Service Disabled Verteran Owned Small Business backed by the National Association of Tower Erectors as a top-quality manufacturer of telecom components.

    Tower Consumables


    As we mentioned before, we’ve made a promise to help keep you safe and productive on the job. Part of that promise includes the equipment that you need to do the job once you reach the top of the tower. 

    We offer a huge variety of load cells, dust caps, and other components and accessories for the telecom industry from Petrilla Technologies.

     

    In Stock & Ready to Ship



    We understand that when it comes to tower consumables, you don’t always know what you need until a few days before you start the job. That’s why we keep most consumables in stock and ready to ship the same day. Simply look for this Quick Ship Label to know if we’ve got the consumables you need in stock. For more details about what Quick Ship means and more information on our shipping policies, click here.

    If you’ve got any questions about our selection of tower consumables, or if you’re looking for something specific, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our selection of tower consumables.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Petrilla Tower Consumables: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

     

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  7. Tenacious Work Gear from Ergodyne

    Ergodyne Be Seen Stay Safe

    Ergodyne has been developing products to make the workplace better since 1983. This week we highlight our growing selection of newer tools and PPE from Ergodyne offered here at GME Supply including tool tethers, safety glasses, gloves, and more. 

     

    Tool Tethers


    The ISEA/ANSI 121 Dropped Objects Prevention Standard outlines the safety standards and requirements for testing at-height tool tethering equipment in order to increase safety. While there are not currently any OSHA requirements specific to general or construction industries, many contractors and employers have begun implementing mandates within their companies or job sites for required 100% tie-off for all drop hazards.

    Tool tethers have been around for quite a few years. However, traditionally they were referred to as tool lanyards. The industry has adopted the name tool tethers to prevent confusion between tool drop prevention equipment and shock-absorbing lanyards. Tool tethers, like most equipment in the at-height industry, come in a range of shapes and sizes.

    We offer a huge selection of Ergodyne Tool Tether solutions for many tool types and sizes. If you need a tool tether with a larger capacity click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.



    Ergodyne Glasses


    When it comes to compliance, Ergodyne goes above and beyond with their Skullerz® Safety Glasses. That way, every time you wear Skullerz® Safety Glasses you can be sure of some important aspects: 

    First, Skullerz® Safety Glasses are third-party tested for ANSI Z87.1+ High Velocity Impact protection and optical performance and also third-party tested for MIL-PRF-32432 Ballistic Impact Fragmentation - Class 1. Other safety glasses aren't tested for compliance at those levels and often don’t hold up under the same scrutiny.

    Every pair of Skullerz® Safety Glasses also feature anti-scratch lenses with 99.9% UVA, UVB, and UVC protection. You get a number of frame patterns to suit your style and 

     

    Ergodyne Gloves


    Ergodyne stands out in quality, design, and style with everything they manufacture and their gloves are no exception. And, as the temperature starts to drop this season, Ergodyne’s thermal hand protection can keep your hands safe from work hazards and the frigid weather. 

    It’s important to choose a glove that can provide wind and water-resistance alongside your typical search for performance measures like impact, puncture, and tear resistance. We have quite a few different styles of thermal gloves from Ergodyne that will meet your comfort performance needs and make working in the cold more bearable.

     

    Ergodyne Video:


    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. The manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Looking for more information about tool tethers? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of Tool Tethers

    Click here to see our full selection of Tools

    Gear Up with Gear Experts Podcast Episode 9 - Tool Tethering

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  8. Winter is Near - Warm Gear for Working in the Cold

    The effects of cold stress can be just as damaging to your body as heat stress. Cold stress occurs when your body can no longer maintain its normal temperature.

    To maintain your vital organs, the body reroutes blood away from your extremities in an effort to keep your core temperature up. This blood flow change can cause serious complications or even death.

    Be sure to keep watch for early symptoms of hypothermia, such as shivering, fatigue, lack of coordination, and confusion.

    Do your best to combat these complications by wearing the proper attire. We have a number of solutions for thermal layers, heated gear, proper boots, and traction devices.

    Layers and Warming Apparel


    Wearing the proper types of layers is an important step for maintaining your body temperature in the cold. The right gear can block those frigid wind gusts while keeping you dry in sleet and snow.

    Start with a base layer that can pull moisture away from your body. We have options like long and short sleeves, all-climate materials, and thermals to cover your legs and torso.

    Next, a good mid-layer selection will hang comfortably and should be easy to clean. It’s preferable that this layer isn’t bulky. You have work to do and your clothes shouldn’t get in the way.

    Now we’re on to the outer layer. As your first line of defense against the cold, you should look for tough and water-resistant materials that offer reinforcement in areas like the knee that are prone to tears.

    For your outer layer, we offer thermal bibs, jackets, balaclavas, gloves, and more. You lose heat from any exposed part of your skin. So, if you’re working in cold, freezing, or below freezing temperatures, be sure to cover it all up.

    If you want to turn it up a notch, we also have heated gear.

     

    Heated Gear


    If you are looking for more heat or trying to stay warm with a little less bulk, our heated gear options are your next step.

    Battery-operated heated gear has been around for some time. If you tried heated apparel in the past, you may have been less than impressed by the early generations. The battery power was limited, the technology was somewhat expensive, and the durability was often lacking.

    Despite those early setbacks, a few companies have pushed on and advanced the technology.

    Every winter, we offer a selection of heated gear from trusted companies like Milwaukee. We offer a number of Milwaukee heated jackets, heated vests, heated gloves, and heated hand warmers. These are all battery-operated and developed for outdoor work.

    Milwaukee designs their heated gear to use the same type of rechargeable battery that powers an entire line of their battery-operated tools. That way you can charge and swap batteries without hassle. 

    The max operating times vary between devices and settings but most of these items can run continuously for 6-8 hours before you need to recharge the battery.

    Boots and Traction Devices


    If you’ve read this far, you’re probably working in some pretty extreme weather conditions. We salute you. When you’re exposed to freezing conditions, chances are you’re dealing with slippery surfaces, falling objects, climbing hazards, and a whole bunch of other awfulness. 

    Hopefully, you realize how important proper footwear can be under these conditions. If your feet aren’t properly covered, no amount of thermals or heated gear will keep you comfortable. So, let’s talk about boots.

    When choosing a winter workboot, the important things to look for are water-resistance, traction, insulation, and durability. We have work boots from Carolina, Oliver, and more.

    If you like the coverage your work boots offer but could use a little extra traction, you might want to look through our traction devices to help keep you on your feet. We offer models from Ergodyne, YakTrax, ICEtrekkers, Tingley and more.

    Stay covered, stay dry, stay warm, and Climb Higher!

    Workwear Playlist


    Warming Gear Podcast Episode


     

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

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  9. Kask Helmets: Zenith vs. Super Plasma HD

    Kask Plasma and Zenith Helmets

    Hazards are everywhere on the job site and protecting your noggin from falling objects, or from getting bumped and bruised while walking and climbing is an intricate part of job site safety. This week our Gear Experts® are going to compare two premium helmets from our friends over at Kask.

    Similarities


    The two helmets we are going to compare are the Kask Zenith Helmet and the Kask Super Plasma HD. Both of these helmets are extremely popular and for good reason. They both set the bar in comfort and protection for at-height workers. We are going to start this comparison with some things the helmets have in common.

     

    Features


    The outer shells are constructed of a high strength ABS plastic that provides excellent protection from falls or impacts. Underneath the outer shell is an HD polystyrene internal shell that increases impact protection. Both of these helmets feature universal adjustable suspension systems that utilize a simple adjustment wheel to attain a precise fit. The comfort doesn’t stop there, though. They also feature a soft eco-leather chin strap that is machine washable and prevents uncomfortable irritation of the skin. Last, but not least, both helmets can be purchased in 6 different color options – allowing you to express yourself while still maintaining excellent protection. Those colors are black, blue, red, white, yellow, and orange.

     

    Differences


    Now it’s time to discuss the differences. Both helmets have a range of features that promote comfortability while maintaining a secure fit. But, depending on the requirements of your job site, and compatibility with accessories, you may find yourself choosing one helmet over the other.

     

    Kask Super Plasma HD

    This helmet is perfect for tower climbers and rope access professionals because of its 10-vent air intake system. This system provides enhanced breathability and each intake features anti-intrusion grills to prevent dust and debris from entering the helmet. The headband is made of a fast-drying fabric that pulls moisture away from your skin and disperses it to the outside of the band for quicker evaporation. In fact, the super plasma HD is so comfortable, that the general construction industry is adopting it as a more comfortable and safer alternative to traditional hard hats – this is in large part to the chin strap that prevents the helmet from falling off.

    This helmet is compatible with all of Kask’s visors, earmuffs, and accessories. Keep in mind that some visors and other accessories may require an adapter to properly and safely attach the equipment to the helmet. The Kask Super Plasma HD is a Type 1 Class C helmet which means it meets all of the necessary ANSI and CSA standards for head protection. We covered ANSI helmet classes in more detail in our Safety Helmets 101 blog post. You can also find a free downloadable Safety Helmets 101 poster by visiting our Knowledge Base.

    Kask Zenith Helmet

    If you compare the Kask Zenith side by side to the Kask Super Plasma HD, you’ll immediately notice one big difference – the Zenith is lacking any vents. That helps this helmet achieve it’s Type 1 Class E rating meaning that it is electric shock protected. This helmet is also compatible with Kask Ear Muffs but, it is only compatible with Kask’s Zen line of accessories. Kask does have a wide variety of Zen accessories, though, so you finding the accessories you need shouldn’t be a problem.

    The biggest difference between these two helmets is the type and class rating. Not only is that the biggest difference, but it is also the most important difference.

    Click here to see the Kask Zenith Helmet

    Click here to see the Kask Super Plasma HD Helmet

    Click here to see the Zen line of visors and accessories

    Click here to see our full lineup of Kask accessories

    Click here to check out our Safety 101 blog post

    Click here to download your free copy of our Safety 101 poster

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Zenith vs. Super Plasma HD: The Video


     

     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

     

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  10. Custom Kitting with Gear Experts®

    GME Supply Custom Kits

    Having to flip through a handful of catalogs or thousands of web pages to find the gear you and your crew need can be time-consuming. That’s why our Gear Experts® have created tower climbing kits and can help you create custom kits that will save you time and make your job of buying a range of equipment easier and more cost-effective. These kits have a lot to offer.

     

    Custom Kits Save


    The custom kitting process is easy and typically takes only a few minutes to get a quote. First, you’ll start off by answering a few questions from one of our Gear Experts®. They have years of experience helping a variety of crews and they truly care about your business. They’re going to put in the effort to learn and understand your specific needs. 

    Attention to detail ensures your crew will be safe and fully compliant.

     

    Increased Safety

    Kitting allows you to train your crew on the same equipment. Training your crew on the same gear adds a higher level of safety for many reasons.

    Working with unfamiliar devices can add time to any task and can sometimes lead to accidents. It’s especially important for your whole team to understand how to handle another crew member’s gear in a rescue situation.

    If everyone is using the same gear there will be much less room for confusion. When your crew is properly trained and comfortable working with their equipment they’ll handle these difficult situations quickly and safely.

     

    Saving Time and Lowering Costs

    The benefits we’ve already mentioned are designed to lower the overhead cost of managing your crew. Buying components in a kit will also save you time when placing an order and when receiving a shipment.

    You don't have to wait on different shipping schedules for every single item when you buy a kit. Buying gear separately might not be a big issue on one or two items, but when you buy several things for multiple crew members those wait times can be a headache.

     

    Invoicing and Inventory Control

    If you plan on reordering your custom kit we can set up your kit with a custom part number. The part number can be invoiced as one line item to simplify the reordering process. This will save time during order review and payment. Your accounts payable team will thank you!

    We also forecast our stock around your ordering schedule to make sure you’re always covered when you need it.

     

    Branding

    On top of all that, we can also brand the items in your kit. We can help place your company logo on helmets, vests, harnesses, signs, and a lot more.

     

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    What kind of kits are already assembled?


    We have a wide range of tower climbing kits that are already assembled to include everything needed for a climber to work safely. The actual components of the kits vary depending on each kit and your preferences.

    We also have a range of other kits available. We offer rescue kits, wind energy kits, solar industry kits, PPE kits, tool kits, and even lifting & rigging kits.

     

    What do pre-assembled tower climbing kits come with?


    What the kits include depends on the kit you choose and if you want add-on or upgrade items. However, the tower climbing kits all come with the standard equipment needed for a climber to work safely. Pre-assembled tower climbing kits all include a harness, a lanyard, and carabiners. Many of our kits also come with bolt bags, gloves, spreader bars, safety glasses, helmets, and cable safety sleeves.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

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