Wind Industry

  1. Product Spotlight: Ergodyne Wind Technician Tool Tethering Kit

     

    2019 brought a lot of new changes across many at-height industries. And, we saw an industry-wide emphasis on tool tethering and drop prevention standards. That buzz isn’t going away anytime soon as more companies create innovative solutions to make tool tethering easier and more convenient for workers in the field. This week, our Gear Experts® are going to break down the Wind Technician Tool Tethering Kit from Ergodyne.

     

    Ergodyne


     

    Ergodyne is no stranger to the tool tethering game. The long-standing line of Squids tool tethering accessories has included everything from lanyards to tool cases and individual parts for making any tool tetherable. In fact, Ergodyne was providing tethering solutions before it was “cool”.

     

    Industry-Specific Kits


     

    Ergodyne has stepped up their game with industry-specific tool tethering kits. These kits are designed to outfit yourself or your whole crew with a variety of tool tethering solutions to keep you safe and compliant. They’ve covered a range of industries from scaffolders and concrete masons to carpenters.

     

    GME + Ergodyne = Wind Technician Tool Tethering Kit


     

    In a special collaboration with our Gear Experts®, Ergodyne has created a kit specifically designed for Wind Technicians. The kit combines the high-quality equipment that Ergodyne is known for with the knowledge and expertise that our Gear Experts are known for to create a perfectly tailored tethering kit.

     

    Designed with You in Mind


     

    This kit is designed for compatibility with both large and small hand tools and includes accessories to make tools without built-in lanyard connections tetherable. Let’s run through all the tethering solutions included in this kit.

     

    Tethering Solutions


     

    And that’s the Wind Technician Tethering kit from Ergodyne. We worked with Ergodyne to develop this kit based on the feedback we received from actual field technicians, so you can be sure it has exactly what you need.

    If you need additional items for your team that aren’t included in this kit, more industry-specific tool tethering kits, or any other tool tethering solution contact our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the Ergodyne Wind Technician Tool Tethering Kit

    Click here to see our full selection of Ergodyne tethering equipment

    Click here to see our full selection of tethering solutions

    Click here or use the player below to listen to our podcast episode all about tool tethering

     

     

    **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.

     

    Ergodyne Wind Technician Tool Tethering Kit: 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle 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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  2. 3M - Stop Use Advisory To The Wind Energy Industry

    STOP USE ADVISORY TO THE WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY

    3M Stop Use Advisory to the Wind Energy Industry PDF

    COMPATIBILITY OF POWERED CLIMB ASSIST SYSTEMS WITH CLIMBING LADDER FALL ARREST SYSTEMS

    In the interests of worker safety, 3M Fall Protection (“3M”) hereby notifies the industry that 3M does not permit powered climb assist systems (PCAs) to be used in conjunction with 3M’s Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems (CLFAS)*, unless such PCAs are verified by 3M as being compatible with 3M’s CLFAS. Absent such verification, 3M urges you to discontinue use of PCAs in conjunction with 3M’s CLFAS systems. PCAs are accessory systems and are not fall arrest systems.

    3M previously alerted the industry in April 2019 to its concerns about compatibility based upon reports of incidents in the field and the concern identified in the ANSI/ASSE Z359.16-2016 standard for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems (CLFAS):

    A2.1 Climb Assist Systems. Because of possible compatibility concerns, the competent person should consult the manufacturer of both the climb assist system and the CLFAS to determine if the systems are compatible. Considerations include connections to the user’s harness, spacing between systems on the climbing ladder, assist level settings, number of users and test records.

    In order to protect workers from the risk of serious injury or death due to incompatible systems, 3M has attempted to work with manufacturers and customers in the wind energy industry to reach agreement over compatibility testing. To date, the development of an appropriate testing protocol and the subsequent testing have not been completed. 3M will continue working with manufacturers and customers willing to participate in efforts to establish a protocol for compatibility testing and will cooperate and assist with such testing in an ISO certified laboratory (which includes ANSI Z359.16 in its scope of certification) covering all foreseeable use scenarios of PCAs when used in conjunction with CLFAS systems.

    In the interests of worker safety, unless a PCA system has been verified by 3M as being compatible with 3M’s CLFAS systems, 3M directs you to immediately discontinue use of such PCA system with 3M’s CLFAS. Note that manufacturers and owners of wind towers are responsible to verify compatibility between their PCA and CLFAS systems.

    User inquiries about equipment compatibility should be directed to 3M Technical Service at 3MFallProtectionTech@mmm.com.

    *Specifically, this Stop Use Advisory applies to 3M’s DBI-SALA® Lad-SafTM and CablocTM vertical lifeline fall arrest systems (including Lad-Saf, Lad-Saf X2, Lad-Saf X3, Lad-Saf X3+ and Cabloc/Cabloc Pro sleeves, as well any DBI-SALA, Protecta or Uniline branded climbing fall arrest system).  - 3M Fall Protection 6 December, 2019

  3. Benefits of Using Two-Way Radios

    In the digital age where being connected to the world through cell phones is not only common but an integrated part of everyone’s life, most people don’t have two-way radios at top of mind. However, when it comes to industrial applications and working on the job site, radios can provide benefits that even modern cell phones can’t. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the benefits of using radios.

    One-to-Many and One-to-One


     

    Most people are aware of at least one part of this benefit: one-to-many. Being able to talk to an entire crew or facility with the touch of a single button is pretty nifty. It doesn’t require taking a device out of your pocket, unlocking it, and setting up a conference call as a cell phone would. Radio accessories make it easy to initiate conversation with a mic attached to your shoulder and you don’t have to do anything else to talk to everyone at once.

    Many-to-one is something that isn’t as well-known but solves a problem that some people have with radios. While most of the time when using radios, you will want to talk to everyone at once, sometimes there are situations that warrant one-to-one conversation. Radios can provide that, too. Modern radios, like the Kenwood PKT-23 ProTalk Pocket Sized Portable Radio, have the ability to take a conversation private between two parties.

    Signal Doesn’t Matter


     

    When working on a job site, having a cell phone signal isn’t always possible. A cell phone without a signal is just a personal computer without access to the internet. Radios, on the other hand, don’t need a connection apart from being within range of the person you are talking to. That means that no matter where the job takes you, a radio will keep your crew connected at all times.

    Weak cell phone signal may mean that the device works, but it doesn’t mean it works well. Trying to talk to your crew on a cell phone that is experiencing poor signal quality can be a real downer, add unnecessary stress to the job, and make situations more dangerous. When it comes to radios, as long as you are within range, the clarity of the radio will be perfect every time. And with new digital solutions like the Kenwood NX-240V16P ProTalk Digital 5 Watt VHF Portable Radio, your clarity will be better than ever.

    Durability & Cost


     

    New cell phones, smartphones, in particular, aren't exactly known for their durability. With big glass screens and thin plastic or aluminum bodies, a 3-foot drop can spell doom for a modern cell phone. How about a 10-foot drop?  Forget about it – that phone is toast. While there are cases, tetherable cell phone holders, and a range of other equipment to hold and protect your phone, it’s much easier to just not have to worry. Radios are built tough and with equipment that is IP54, IP55, and IP67 compliant like the NX-P500 2 Watt Radio from Kenwood, you can rest assured that your radio can handle the toughest job sites.

    Cost is possibly one of the biggest benefits. While a good quality radio isn’t exactly “cheap”, it is cheaper than most smartphones. That, coupled with the fact that no monthly payment is required and the durability factor means that your overall cost of purchasing and using a radio is significantly lower than purchasing and replacing cell phones.

    What Radio is the right Radio?


     

    So, you’ve decided you want all of the benefits provided by radios, but now you need to find the right radio for your situation. We’ve got a series of blog posts that can help you make the right choice when it comes to radios. Find out if you need a digital or analog radio in this blog post and in this blog post we talk all about radio accessories.

    If you’ve got more questions about radios or accessories, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

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    Radios: The Playlist


     

    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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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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