March 2018

  1. Tower Climbing Kit Buying Guide

    One of the worst things about shopping for your crew or the new person that is starting next week is having to flip through the pages of a catalog or thousands of web pages to find the gear they need to get the job done. Our Gear Experts® have created tower climbing kits that save you cash and make your job of buying a range of equipment faster and easier. Apart from saving you cash and time, these kits have a lot more to offer.

    What’s the benefit?


     

    Kits allow your gear to be consistent from climber to climber and crew to crew. If all the tower crews in your company are using the same gear it makes working easier. There is no confusion about how one piece of gear may differ from another. For example, if all your rescue kits were the same from one crew to the next, it would completely reduce the risk of someone getting confused during high-stress events, like a rescue.

    What kind of kits are available?


     

    We have a wide range of tower climbing kits that 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 kitssolar industry kits, PPE kits, tool kits, and even lifting & rigging kits.

    What do 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. Our 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.

    What if I need a custom kit?


     

    If our available kits don’t meet your needs don’t worry, they are fully customizable. Simply contact one of our Gear Experts® and we can help you build exactly what you need. Our state of the art account management system allows us to create custom kits, built specifically to suit your needs. The benefit of this type of system is that next time you call in; you have the same pricing and the same products every time. You don’t have to go through countless emails and talk to 5 different people to make sure that you are getting the exact same kit you got last time because we do that for you.

    Have more questions about kits, or need to customize the perfect kit for your team? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    →Click here to see our selection of tower climbing kits

    →Click here to see our full selection of kits

    Custom Tower Climbing Kits


     

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  2. Finding the Perfect Respirator

    Finding the Perfect Respirator

    When working in hazardous environments or with hazardous materials taking every precaution to protect yourself and your body is probably one of your top priorities. Respirators are an important part of protecting yourself in those environments. This week our Gear Experts® have put together a guide to help you find the perfect respirator.

    Step 1: What are the Hazards


     

    It’s important to know what hazards you are going to face when looking for a respirator. Not all respirators are created equal and each type has certain hazards that it is better suited to handle. The first step is to identify what the hazard form will be – this means particles, gas/vapors, or both. You also need to know what hazards you will encounter. Some common hazards are:

    →Particulates – Silica, Hazardous Dust, Fibers
    →Welfume – Stainless steel & Galvanized
    →Lead
    →Asbestos/Mold
    →Bleach/Ammonia – General cleaning products
    →Pesticides & Insecticides
    →Solvents – Water-based latex
    →Chemicals – Sulfur Dioxide, Chlorine, and Ammonia

    While this isn’t a complete guide for every hazard you might come into contact with, it is a good base to start with. We cannot stress enough how important it is for you to know the hazards of the next job site. If you’re not sure what category your hazard would fall into click here to reach out to one of our Gear Experts®.

    Step 2: Assess the Situation


     

    Once you know what potential hazards you will encounter and what form they will be in (particles, gas/vapor, or both) you then need to determine whether respirators are needed and if so, what kind. The job site should be assessed for employee exposure to harmful substances. These results are most commonly measured in ppm (parts per million) or mg/m3 (milligrams per cubic meter of air) OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134 outlines the requirements for respiratory protection on a job site. As a rule of thumb, if the measurements are hard to read, or you are right on the cusp of needing respiratory protection, then it’s best to use it.

    Step 3: Level of Protection


     

    You now know that you need a respirator, but what kind do you actually need? There are 3 main styles of respirators available: disposable, half mask, and full face. Disposable respirators are the most basic form and provide short-term protection for certain types of hazards. Keep in mind that disposable respirators may not be suitable for all hazards. Half mask and full face respirators are generally reusable and provide higher levels of protection. They also provide the added convenience of offering the ability to switch out filters based on specific needs.

    Filters


     

    Each respirator will have an area for a filter – this is what actually removes the hazards from the air. Disposable respirators come with filters built in but most half and full face respirators have filters that can be changed. Filters can have one of 3 letter class ratings:

    →Class N – Not oil resistant
    →Class R – Resistant to oil
    →Class P – Oil proof

    Respirators will also have one of 3 number class ratings

    →95 – filters 95% of all particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger in diameter
    →99 – filters 99% of all particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger in diameter
    →100 – filters 99.7% of all particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger in diameter (this filter is typically an HE or HEPA quality filter)

    You will generally see a filter class rating in this form: N95 or P100.

    Standards


     

    OSHA will only allow respirators that have been approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to be used in a workplace.

    OSHA recently implemented the 29 CFR 1926.1153 regulation which outlines new standards on silica dust exposure for contractors.

    Please refer to OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standards for more information on respirator requirements.

    **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 respiratory protection equipment is used.

    Need help finding the right respirator? Our Gear Experts® are here to help.

    Click here to see our full selection of respirators and filters

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  3. 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool Buying Guide

    Proper antenna alignment is vitally important when performing antenna maintenance. For years the only way to perform antenna alignment was to use a compass, GPS, and a range finder. This method was time consuming and, most of the time, not as accurate as it needed to be. The 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool changes that. In this weeks blog post our Gear Experts® break down the aligner in a complete buying guide.

    The Antenna Aligner


     

    The 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool is an effective and reliable aligner that helps installers ensure that they are meeting the RF design specifications on each job site. This tool helps prevent coverage gaps, network performance gradation, and loss of revenue. This tool can not only align an antenna, but it can also show you where it is pointing with the built in HD Camera.

     

    Jam Packed with Features


     

    The 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool is packed with a range of features. This device offers guaranteed field installation and RF design match and it is mechanically aligned with the HD camera. The weather resistant and rugged design ensures that the device can handle the josite and the display is impact resistant for added durability. It also features a 5 inch touchscreen display, embedded augmented reality, and multiple frequency technology.

    The 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner has features that extend beyond the device itself. Because of the accuracy, using the device to align antennas reduces churn and operating expenses. It also improves data user throughput & KPIs and maximizes voice quality & data traffic.

    What’s Included?


     

    This tool comes with a range of accessories. It comes in a durable case for protection and easy transportation from job site to job site. The case has two latches and padding both on the top and bottom of the case to keep the RF aligner protected. The foam in the bottom is custom molded to fit everything in the kit.

    The kit includes a charging cord. This charges the lithium-ion battery that powers the device. The power charger also comes with worldwide adapters so no matter where in the world the job takes you, you’re covered. There is also a monopod included which is used for ground measurements. This monopod expands with quick release levers and has a standard ¼ inch, 20 thread mount.

    The kit also includes a universal clamp. The universal clamp uses an adjustment pin to slide the clamp arms into position, then a threaded tightening knob to secure the compression pad to the antenna. This clamp is extremely versatile and allows you to attach the tool to nearly every antenna.

    Lastly, is the aligner. It comes in a tough carrying case that features a strap for easy transport up and down the tower or around the job site. For a full unboxing of the aligner check out this video from our YouTube channel

    Can I Get Additional Accessories?


     

    Yes. 3Z has a range of additional accessories you can get to use in conjunction with the 3Z Antenna Alignment Tool. These accessories include a strap clamp, torque wrench, data collector, antenna WASP sensor, and AIR32 mount bracket. Not sure what accessories you need? Don’t worry our Gear Experts® are here to help.

    Camera License, Protection Plan, and Financing


     

    The camera is an awesome feature of this alignment tool, but to use the embedded augmented reality feature (which allows you to see all of the data provided on the screen laid over the real world) you have to purchase the camera license. The camera license is cheaper if purchased at the same time as the device itself. You also have the option to do a 30 day trial of the camera license. However, if you do the 30 day trial you do not get the discounted license rate.

    The 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool comes with a standard 1 year manufacturer warranty. This warranty covers manufacturer defects, but doesn’t include anything else. The damage protection plan, on the other hand, covers everything the standard warranty does not. For more information on the Damage Protection Plan click here.

    GME Supply offers financing options for this aligner. For more information on our financing process please click here or contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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  4. WestFall Pro PSK Kernmantle Rope

    When working in at-height industries, rope is one of the most important parts of your kit. It is literally your lifeline and the versatility of rope is unmatched by most other pieces of equipment. At GME Supply we strive to provide the best rope we can find and in this weeks blog post our Gear Experts® are proud to announce that we now carry the WestFall Pro PSK Kernmantle Rope.

    The WestFall Pro PSK Kernmantle Rope comes in two different size options (1/2 and 7/16 inch). The rope has a 100% polyester, kernmantle construction and is certified to NFPA 1983. Due to the low elongation of the polyester fiber and customized fiber processing, the WestFall Pro PSK has very low stretch and bounce. It is compatible with common equipment like the Petzl ASAP and ASAP Lock, the ISC D4 and D5, and the WestFall Pro Descenders.

    PSK is made in the USA and is available in 5 colors: blue, green, orange, red, and white. It is also available in a range of lengths. Both sizes of rope come in 300, 600, and 1,200 foot options and the 300 and 600 foot options come with a metal eye in one end. For added durability, the WestFall Pro PSK Kernmantle Rope has a firm smooth sheath to mitigate debris penetration. The 7/16” rope has an MBS of 6,750 lbs and the ½” has an MBS of 9,000 lbs.

    What are the Benefits of Kernmantle Rope?


     

    Kernmantle rope is ideal for use in rescue kits, vertical lifelines, and ascent/descent rope access work. The rope consists of twisted parallel fibers (the kern) surrounded by a tightly braided sheath (the mantle). The core fibers provide the majority (about 70%) of the rope’s strength and the sheath is tightly braided providing significantly higher abrasion resistance. For more information about kernmantle rope you can click here to visit our Knowledge Base.

    Rope Care and Inspection


     

    Taking care of your rope can significantly increase its usable life and it keeps you safe. The smooth sheath on the WestFall Pro PSK may help keep out debris, but the rope should still be cared for properly. Cleaning the rope with rope wash can help prevent damage to the rope and proper inspections should be performed prior to each use. For more information on rope inspection click here to check out a previous blog post.

    Rope inspections are a lot easier to track when you have a rope inspection log to write down your inspection. We offer a free rope inspection log in our Knowledge Base. Click here to download your log today!

    Have more questions about WestFall Pro PSK Kernmantle Rope? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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    WestFall Pro PSK Kernmantle Rope


     

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  5. Digital vs. Analog: Kenwood Two Way Radios

    The digital age has arrived and almost everything is digital. Your two way radios are no different.  So, should you go digital? Is there any real difference between digital and analog? In this week’s blog post our Gear Experts® are going to compare the difference between digital and analog radios.

    The difference.


     

    What’s the difference?

    Clarity: The biggest, and perhaps the most important, difference is clarity. The digital radios are much clearer than their analog counterparts. What makes the digital radios so much clearer? It is because they feature built-in error correction. This correction removes random chatter, extra background noise, and static interference. It also helps clean up distorted voices.

    Coverage: Digital radios have a 20 percent increase in coverage over analog radios.

    Battery Power: Digital radios consume less energy. This means that your battery lasts longer.

    Privacy: Digital radios provide added privacy. This is due to the way that digital signals are transmitted and received.

    Is there Compatibility?


     

    Yes! There is no reason to get rid of all of your analog radios. Our selection of digital Kenwood radios have two compatible zones. This allows the digital radios to pick up the analog channel. The nice thing about this is that you don’t have to upgrade all of your radios at once. As they need to be replaced you can get digital radios. Then, once you’ve replaced all of your old analog radios you can just switch over to the digital frequency.

    Warranties


     

    Worried about going to a digital radio? Well, worry no more. The digital radios from Kenwood come with a 3 year warranty. That’s longer than most standard radio warranties and longer than the 2 year warranty on the analog Kenwood radios.

    Need help finding the perfect radio, or have questions about our two way radio selection? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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    Digital vs. Analog Two Way Radio Comparison Video


     

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