December 2018

  1. By the Numbers (2018 Edition)

    As we close the door on 2018 and look ahead to 2019 it’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. If you’re anything like us, you feel like time is racing. But, every once in a while it’s good to reflect on everything that was accomplished over the course of a year.

    Every year GME Supply publishes a “By the Numbers”. It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on and celebrate being your Gear Experts® and it gives you a behind the scenes look at who we are. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

    1 // AD Member Ranking


     

    We were voted as Affiliated Distributors Member of the Year for 2018. The manufacturer members of AD stuffed the ballot box with our Gear Experts® name, putting us at the top of the list!

    3 // Number of Store Fronts Available


     

    This year we expanded again! Our Gear Experts® are now residents of the Lone Star State with our brand-new distribution center and storefront in Dallas, TX. 3 storefronts mean we can continue our commitment to timely service, but it also means we now have 3 places you can come to take in “The Safety Experience”. Stop by, chat with one of our Gear Experts®, and let us show you how we can keep your crews productive and safe.

    15 // Trade Shows Attended


     

     

    From NATE Unite and STAC, to Wireless West and AWEA, our Gear Experts® spent 2018 traveling across the country (and beyond) to meet you face to face and to preview the new innovative equipment coming to the industry. Next time you find yourself at a trade show, stop by our booth, say hi, and take a look at the latest and greatest gear for at-height workers.

    26 // Miles Gear Expert Michael O walked while on the phone with customers


     

    If you spend just a few minutes in our Columbia Corporate headquarters, you’ll see the perpetual pacing of our Southwest Regional Account Manager. Instead of writing the rest of this post, I should be shopping for treadmill desks.

    32 // Graphics Added to the Office


     

    An office is more than just a building. It is a representation of the company who owns it and the employees who work in it. Our graphic designers had a heyday creating a fun and energetic place to work with more than two dozen new images, designs, and graphics on the walls of our various facilities. Do you think you have what it takes to be a Gear Expert? Head over to gmesupply.com/careers for all currently available jobs.

    72 // % Growth in YouTube Subscribers


    Our YouTube channel is home to hundreds of hours of informational content, comparison videos, product overviews, how-tos, and unboxing videos – and people are eating them up like never before. Click here to see the latest from our production studio. Want to be first in line to know when new videos are available? Smash that bell to get notified each time we upload!

    141 // Pounds lost during GME Get Slim Challenge


     

    During the fall, a handful of our Gear Experts® banded together with the common goal to get slim. While the holiday season may not be the best time to drop some LBs, we should give them credit for losing a person’s worth of weight!

    2,240 // Ounces of salsa served during Lunch and Learns


     

    What makes learning so much easier? That’s right, salsa! And did we mention it’s free? While our Gear Experts® dropped some significant LBs, that doesn’t mean those that attended our Lunch and Learns in 2018 weren’t well fed.

    3,500 // Hours of Training


     

     

    Our Gear Experts® take training seriously. Luckily, our partnership with Safety LMS allows us to use any of their training facilities around the country for internal training or open to the public classes. Get your Competent Climber/Rescue Certification, NWSA TTT1/TTT2 Certification, or attend one of our Monthly Lunch and Learns. Can’t make it to a Lunch and Learn? That’s okay – we’ve got something planned for that. Keep an eye out for live streamed courses, coming in 2019!

    8,400 // Cups of Coffee


    It’s an understatement to say that we are a caffeinated bunch. With our rapid growth of the past year, we were required to upgrade our java production. We retired Mr. Coffee and brought on a larger rig to brew faster and keep multiple pots toasty. If we’re talking quickly on the phone, you know why.

    12,892 // Product SKUs added to our Inventory System


     

    We take the title of Gear Experts® as seriously as we take training. That’s why we are constantly pushing to expand our product offering to meet the needs of any and all our customers. From new manufacturers and product lines to new industries and categories, we can get nearly every piece of equipment for you. BOUNS: The net weight of all these new products? Over 186,912 pounds!

    50,000 // New Square Footage in Columbia, MO and Dallas, TX


     

    If it wasn’t for our customers, we wouldn’t be where we are. So, in order to serve our customers better and continue our commitment of keeping up with each of you, we’ve built more space! With expanded office and storage space in Columbia, and a brand-new location in Dallas, we’re guaranteeing we can keep up with the demands in the field to get you the gear you need when and where you need it. Fast.

    70,000+ // Amount of $$$ in Charitable Donations


     

    Community is an important part of GME Supply, both inside our company and outside in our communities. Our Gear Experts® take pride in giving back to the communities that they live in. With contributions to various foundations, time spent volunteering and purchasing gifts around the holidays we got our philanthropic fix this year. If you want to be a part of that, you can! We’ve still got some Limited Edition “Climb Higher” Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts from our #RealTowerClimbersWearPink initiative available on our website. 100% of the proceeds of these shirts are donated to our local Susan G. Komen foundation.

    123,191 // Calls Made and Received


    Luckily our state-of-the-art phone system doesn’t require an operator – if it did, we’d need another building just to handle phone calls. Our phones were ringing off the hook in 2018 as our Gear Experts® helped find solutions to your at-height problems. Got a question, or need help finding a unique solution? We’re Available from 7 am to 7 pm at 718-210-3913!

    950,864 // SKUs Scanned in our Warehouse


     

    Our scanner guns were smoking this year, chewing through almost a million barcodes! Our Gear Experts® have made a promise to help you get the gear you need when and where you need it. We ship until 7 pm EST and, order anything with the Quick Ship logo to have your item shipped same day (as long as it is ordered by 7 pm EST, that is).

    1,166,786 // Total Contest Entries


     

    2018 was a whirlwind year here at GME Supply. In addition to everything else we did, we launched our Gear Expert Giveaway promotion and woah was it popular. It was so popular that the amount of traffic it drew to gmesupply.com/win nearly broke our website. Luckily, our IT team are Gear Experts® also.

    1,170,898 // Video Views on YouTube


     

    We already mentioned the percentage of subscriber growth on our YouTube channel, but percentages don’t always show the real number. So, to put a number on it, our channel received more than 1 million views! Subscribe here to keep tabs on all of our videos, plus keep an eye out for some exciting new things coming in 2019!

    3,600,000 – Pages of Catalogs Distributed


    Our Climb Higher catalog is the go-to resource for the most popular gear. Updated quarterly, we make sure it’s well-curated, up-to-date, and relevant for every at-height worker. If you’d like to request a catalog, head on over to gmesupply.com/catalog and request your copy today!

    3,671,676 // Website Page Views


     

    “We have a sneaky suspicion we’ll cruise past 3 mil next year” - Us, 2017. This year we did slightly more than cruise past… we had almost 3.7 million eyeballs on our website. We’re thinking we should do it again next year, what do you say?

    4,746,155 // Emails Sent


     

    For the second year in a row, we communicated more than ever. Our Gear Experts’ outboxes were busy confirming shipments, sending quotes, processing returns, and keeping you up-to-date on industry news. Think we can set another record in 2019?

    2018 By the Numbers: 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® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 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 to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

    Get Social


     

    2019 is right around the corner and one of the best ways to keep up with everything GME Supply’s got going on is to follow us on social media.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

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  2. Fall Protection Rescue Kit Buying Guide

    It’s no secret that climbing towers for a living is a dangerous job. While we would all like to believe that accidents don’t happen, we know they do. Being prepared for emergency situations is not only important but also required by law. Finding and sourcing all the equipment needed for your rescue “kit” can take up too much of your time. Here at GME Supply, we know your time is valuable. That’s why we carry a full selection of pre-assembled rescue kits. In this blog post, our Gear Experts® are going to go over what things you need to look for in a rescue kit.

    Rescue Kits


     

    Rescue kits are fantastic because they include everything you need to perform a rescue. One important thing to point out is that not every rescue kit is going to be right for every rescue. Beyond that, there may be special circumstances that require additional equipment or highly specialized kits. We will cover that in more detail later. For now, let’s focus on standard rescue kits.

    What’s Included


     

    Most rescue kits are going to come with a standard set of equipment. However, it is important that you check and make sure the kit has the equipment you need and that it meets your specifications. The standard items that will come in nearly every kit are a rope, a rope bag, a descender, carabiners, a pick-off strap (or haul system), and a sling.

    What to Look For


     

    What you need in your kit will be dependent on the situations you encounter the most. No two rescues are the same and that makes a kit that can cover every situation impossible to build. But, with a little help from our Gear Experts® we can have you in compliance and ready to go with a safety plan.

    When looking for rescue kits there are many things to consider. Let’s break down some of the key points that you need to consider before you purchase.

    Rope: When looking at the rope (lifeline) that the kit comes with some key things to look at are rope diameter, length, and color. For more about how to find the perfect rope, click here to check out our blog post all about rope.

    Rope Bag: Your rope bag helps you transport and protect your rope. Some things to consider about the rope bag are material, weather resistance, size, and color. We've got a blog post that covers rope bags, too. Click here to check it out!

    Descender: A descender is a convenient and intricate part of any rescue system. Some things to look for are features like anti-panic, rope compatibility, weight, and certifications.

    Carabiners: Carabiners are a versatile tool and have a range of functions. Things to look for in your rescue kit carabiners are gate style, size, certifications, and load ratings.

    Pick-Off Strap: Pick-off straps help you transfer a load during rescue situations. The most important things to consider for a pick-off strap is adjustable length and MBS.

    Haul System: A haul system can help prevent difficulties when performing a rescue. And when someone’s life is on the line ease of use can make all the difference. Some things to consider when looking at a haul system include ease of use, mechanical advantage, and details about the equipment utilized in the system.

    Specialty and Custom Rescue Kits


     

    Sometimes the jobs you perform are uncommon and require a specialty kit. We feature a selection of different rescue kits that are specialized for certain situations like self-rescues, wind rescue, and crane tech rescues.  If you have a specific type of kit that you need built – we’ve got you covered there too.

    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.

    Would you like to build your custom kit, looking to get some advice on which kit is best for your situation, or simply have questions? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    **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 fall protection equipment is used.

    Click here to see our full selection of Fall Protection Rescue Kits

    Fall Protection Rescue Kits: 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® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 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 to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

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  3. ANSI Standard for Descent Devices

    Few devices in your gear bag are as versatile as your descender. Whether you need to descend quickly, slowly over time, or perform a rescue, this device can do it all and keep you safe in the process. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the ANSI Standards for descent devices.

    ANSI Z359.4-2013


     

    ANSI Z359.4-2013 outlines the safety requirements for assisted-rescue and self-rescue systems, subsystems and components. I know what you’re thinking: that title doesn’t say anything about descent devices. But, in the scope of the standard, it does mention descent control devices. An important clarification for you to know is that this standard is for rescue, not work positioning. We will cover more about that later.

    Section 3.2.7: Descent Devices


     

    The ANSI Z359.4-2013 standard is further broken down by sections. Section 3.2.7 specifically covers descent devices and is broken down into additional subsections for additional clarification.

    Section 3.2.7.1

    Section 3.2.7.1 covers descent energy and capacity for both single-use and multiple use devices.

    Section 3.2.7.2

    This section looks at descent speed – setting requirements for the maximum distance that you can lower yourself. For devices like the Petzl I’D Small Self-Braking Rope Descender or WestFall Pro D4 Descender for 7/16” Rope the maximum descent speed is 6.6 feet per second.

    Section 3.2.7.3

    This section covers static strength. Static strength is defined as a singular force being put on the device. Think of this a constant rate of force – similar to holding and maintaining a load.

    Section 3.2.7.4

    Section 3.2.7.4 covers dynamic strength. Dynamic strength is defined as a peak force being put on the device. Think of this as a sudden shock of force – similar to the force that is exerted in the event of a fall.

    Section 3.2.7.5

    This final section covers the general function of the device. This is where features like anti-panic come into play. If excessive force is applied or if you let go of the device completely, the device should halt the descent within 6 inches.

    Work Positioning


     

    Earlier we mentioned that the ANSI Z359.4-2013 standard is for rescue and not work positioning. In fact, at the time of this writing, there is no ANSI Standard that covers the use of descent devices for work positioning. This doesn’t make them unsafe or mean they are not suitable for work positioning. It just means that no official standard has been released for specifications and requirements. Devices like the Petzl I’D or WestFall Pro D4 are great devices for descending down to work in suspension in a range of situations like on a tower, painting, or cleaning windows. Of course, you still need to have proper fall arrest in place like a rope grab on a backup lifeline or an SRL.

    **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 fall protection equipment is used.

    Not sure which descender is right for you or have questions about the ANSI Z359.4-2013 Standard? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the Petzl I’D Small Self-Braking Rope Descender

    Click here to see the WestFall Pro D4 Descender

    Click here to see our full selection of Descenders

    ANSI Standard for Descent Devices: 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® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 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 to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

    Get social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

  4. Product Spotlight: TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder

    Bob just spent most of his day 200 feet up a tower installing new equipment. He finally got everything hooked up and positioned perfectly. Now it’s time for Bob to pack up his equipment and move to the next job site. Once he got back to the ground Bob found out that some of his measurements were off and the equipment is not where it needs to be. Bob now has to spend the rest of the day fixing that error and pushing his entire schedule back. Mistakes can be costly in the form of lost time, lost wages, and unsatisfied customers. If only Bob had used a laser rangefinder to ensure his measurements were accurate and the job was done right the first time. In an effort to make sure you’re not like Bob, our Gear Experts® are going to break down the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder.

    The TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder


     

    This nifty little handheld device provides extremely accurate measurements that you can trust. And, because of the Bluetooth connectivity and serial port features, it pairs perfectly with antenna aligners like the MultiWave SmartAligner. The 200 Laser Rangefinder has been around for quite some time, but this isn’t your grandpa’s rangefinder. Laser Technologies recently revamped the 200 model. It now takes 50% more accurate ratings than before - with a distance accuracy of ± 8 inches and an inclination accuracy of ± 0.25°. It also features improved target acquisition and higher range resolution. All of this is achieved by using TruPulse’s proprietary TruTargeting Technology.

    More than Meets the Eye


     

     

    The TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder does far more than just measure distance and angles. It also has the ability to measure slope and distance plus inclination in degrees or percentages with the simple click of a button. The rangefinder then uses those measurements to internally calculate a three-shot height routine and a 2-d line routine. This is used to calculate slope determinations and changes in elevation. The maximum range for reflective targets is 2,000 meters while non-reflective targets have a max range of 1,000 meters (that’s around 6,561 and 3,280 feet, respectively). The high-quality optics jam-packed into this device magnify your field of view by up to 7X!

     

     

    Target Modes


     

    The 200 Laser Rangefinder also has five target modes so you can select or eliminate multiple targets. Those target modes are:

    → STD. (Single Shot)

    → CON. (Continuous)

    → CLO. (Closest)

    → FAR. (Farthest)

    → FLT. (Filter)

    Connected


     

    As mentioned above, this device is Bluetooth compatible with Windows and Android devices. It also includes an RS-232 serial com-port making it a perfect tool to pair with an antenna aligner to measure AGL

    All these features make this rangefinder ideal for the telecom, wind-energy, and construction industries.

    Got questions about the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder

    Click here to see the MultiWave SmartAligner Antenna Alignment Tool

    TruPulse 200 Laser Rangefinder: 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® will be coming to your ears in early 2019 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 to get alerted when our first episode drops, head on over to gearexperts.com. There's a trailer there too, so you can get a sneak peek of the show.

    Get Social


     

    Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with everything GME Supply has going on.

    Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Twitter | LinkedIn

    We’re Also on Snapchat


     

    Simply snap or screenshot this image ↓ to follow GME Supply!

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