October 2019

  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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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.

  3. 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®.

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    **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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  4. 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.

     

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    **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®.

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    Gear Up with Gear Experts Podcast Episode 9 - Tool Tethering

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  5. 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!

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    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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