Manufacturer & Converter of Non-Ferrous Metals Decreases Safety Claims and Maintenance Downtime

Pre-Solution Application 

The client, a manufacturer, and converter of non-ferrous metals was using pneumatic nailers to construct crates and secure pallets to the floor of a trailer for shipment.  This method was a safety concern due to the tripping hazard of the pneumatic hoses needed for their current nailers.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the applications, an R.V. Evans Fastening Sales Specialist determined the appropriate value-added solutions.  The recommendation: The Paslode® CF325XP Cordless Framing Nailer.

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Key Benefits of the Paslode® CF325XP Cordless Framing Nailer

  • Durable – 30 years or proven cordless performance in the toughest of job site conditions.
  • Reliable – Nail after nail confidence even in cold weather
  • Powerful – Improved engine produces power equal to a PMP at 113psi
  • Updated Battery – New high capacity Li-Ion battery gives up to 9,000 shots per charge
  • Drop-in Fuel System – Quick drop-in loading with no fuel valve metering
  • Tool Free Adjustable Depth Drive – On the fly adjustment to drive nails flush in any setup
  • Power to Drive Flush – Power equal to the PMP at 120psi mean fewer standing nails, even LVL
  • Non-Stop Even in the Cold – No warm up needed down to 14° Fahrenheit

 

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Measurable Savings Realized

The Paslode® CF325XP Cordless Framing Nailer has enabled the client to provide a safer work environment to their employees which have resulted in reducing their safety claims.  In addition, they’ve also realized a reduction in operating costs by being able to eliminate the use of compressed air.

To see the Paslode® Cordless Framing Nailer in action, check out this video on our YouTube channel.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Paslode® Cordless Framing Nailer or our other Fastening Solutions, please contact us to schedule your Site Needs Analysis with one of our Packaging Solutions Specialists.  To learn more about all of our Packaging and Fastening Solutions, visit us online at www.rvevans.com.

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Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® System Reduces Operator Fatigue and Increases Efficiency

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a manufacturer of electrical component enclosures, was constructing pallets for shipment of their products utilizing bulk screws and a battery-operated impact drill.  This method was extremely time consuming and labor intensive causing worker fatigue due to poor ergonomics.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solutions

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans Fastening Solutions Specialist determined the appropriate value added solutions.  The recommendation: The Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® PRO300S.

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Key Benefits of the Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® PRO300S

  • Expanded depth settings for high-density flooring materials
  • Reversible and replaceable non-skid teeth
  • Uniform toenailing and countersink on slick surfaces
  • Sure-grip guide tube increases stability for a broad range of screws
  • Decking nose clip positions the screw on the deck board and centers it on the joint for an easy, uniform installation from a standing position
  • The patented curved collation strips hold the screws up and away from the work surface, making moving and positioning the tools easier.  They are also pointed on the inserted end to simplify loading
  • Limited lifetime warranty on attachment and extensions, 1-year limited warranty on screw-driver motors

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Measurable Savings Realized

The Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® system has enabled the client to provide their employees with a system that greatly reduced the operator fatigue by providing improved ergonomics.  The efficiency of the system has allowed them to construct pallets to ensure they keep up with production requirements.  in addition, they eliminated the expense associated with purchasing new batteries for the battery-operated impact drill that frequently caused downtime while the batteries recharged, resulting in the inability to meet production requirements.

To see the Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® System in action, check out this video on our YouTube channel.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Quik Drive® System and which setup would best suit your needs, please contact us to schedule your Site Needs Analysis with one of our Fastening Solutions Specialists.  To learn more about our Fastening and Packaging Solutions visit us online at www.rvevans.com.

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FastenMaster FLEX Hot Melt Construction Adhesive Reduces Door Repair Time & Labor for Building Material Supplier

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Pre-Solution Application

The client, a building material supplier and mill work company, has a number of mill work applications in their plant including recycling and repairing doors.  In this application they cut the doors to length and used a liquid glue when inserting the bottom portion of the door that is parallel to the floor.  The process of using liquid glue and clamping totaled approximately two days.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans’ Fastening Sales Specialist determined the appropriate value added solution.  The recommendation: FastenMaster FLEX hot melt construction adhesive system including the HB220 Pro industrial grade glue gun and FastenMaster FLEX 180 hot melt construction adhesive to replace their current liquid glue and clamping process.

Key Benefits of the FastenMaster FLEX Hot Melt Construction Adhesive SystemFastenMaster HB220

  • The HB220 Pro industrial grade glue gun has a high adjustable temperature up to 428 degrees and a powerful 220 Watt heating element.
  • FastenMaster FLEX 180 hot melt construction adhesive facts:
    • Longer Open Time of 3 minutes = more time to work with materials
    • 8 minute cure = no more waiting for FLEX180glue to dry!
    • Bonds porous, some non-porous, and difficult substrates
    • Non-toxic and extremely low VOC content
    • Greater heat and cold resistance

Measurable Savings Realized

The transition from using liquid glue to the FastenMaster FLEX hot melt construction adhesive system has allowed this business partner to reduce overall application time from approximately two days to only 15 minutes!  The savings realized is a result of eliminating the need for clamping and waiting for the glue to dry.

If you are interested in an adhesive solution specific to your application, contact R.V. Evans Company by visiting www.rvevans.com or set up an on-site review of your process and schedule a Site Needs Analysis with one of our experienced solution specialists.  You may also find an R.V. Evans’ Construction Fastening Dealer near you to pick up your very own FastenMaster FLEX hot melt construction adhesive system.

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Lift Table “Elevates” Productivity for High Temperature Masonry Brick Manufacturer

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a manufacturer of high temperature masonry bricks, has a dedicated staging area in their facility to hand load bricks onto pallets for shipment.  They had to dedicate the use of a fork truck to elevate the pallets up to the proper loading height.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, R.V. Evans’ Packaging Sales Specialist determined the appropriate value added solution.  The recommendation: The Presto XL36-60 Scissor Lift.

Key Benefits of the Presto Scissor Lift Solution

  • Hand control pendant or foot control options
  • Heavy-duty hydraulic cylinders with chrome plated rams
  • Rugged 3/4″ steel plate scissor legs
  • Lifetime lubricated bearing on all rollers and pivot points

Measurable Savings Realized

The lift table frees up the forklift, is much safer, and provides improved ergonomics making it easier for the users to adjust the pallets up and down to the proper loading height.

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Safety and Savings

Making sure a workplace is meeting safety standards can be expensive, but a good safety program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested. By using this calculator from the OSHA website, one can estimate costs associated with workplace injuries and see just how much more revenue is needed to cover costs. When using this calculator, it’s important to realize that the extent to which the employer pays the direct costs depends on the nature of the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy, but the employer always pays the indirect costs. For example, if an employee were to sprain something, the direct cost would be approximately $28,866, whereas the indirect cost would be approximately $31,752. The employer would have to pay the indirect cost, and depending on their insurance policy, part or all of the direct cost. The estimates include the following kinds of indirect costs:

  • Any wages paid to injured workers for absences not covered by workers’ compensation;
  • The wage costs related to time lost through work stoppage associated with the worker injury;
  • The overtime costs necessitated by the injury;
  • Administrative time spent by supervisors, safety personnel, and clerical workers after an injury;
  • Training costs for a replacement worker;
  • Lost productivity related to work rescheduling, new employee learning curves, and accommodation of injured employees; and
  • Clean-up, repair, and replacement costs of damaged material, machinery, and property.

Some of the possible kinds of indirect costs not included in these estimates are:

  • The costs of OSHA fines and any associated legal action;
  • Third-party liability and legal costs;
  • Worker pain and suffering; and
  • Loss of good will from bad publicity.

To cover these costs, a company would need to make an additional $1,058,420 to cover just the indirect cost when the sprain could have been avoided with an effective safety and health program.

To create an effective safety and health program, a company must do the following:

  • Comply with OSHA rules
  • Create a plan that focuses on the workplace hazards
  • Train employees
  • Everyone has to work at safety and health

An effective safety and health program will reduce employee injuries, which in turn saves the company money, and increases productivity and employee morale.  R.V. Evans Company can give you the assistance you need to make your workplace safer by providing real value added solutions. Our professional team will help develop a plan for your company to make sure your packaging and fastening processes are ergonomically sound. For more information on how R.V. Evans Company can help you, read the article “Ergonomics and How We Can Help.”

If you are looking for some assistance with safety, contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and safety recommendations or visit us at www.rvevans.com.

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Selecting the Best Air Compressor & Air Hose for Your Fastening Job

When looking to purchase an air compressor for your construction company or for home use, there are many different aspects to consider before making your purchase.

  • Would you prefer a stationary, wheeled, or hand carried air compressor?
  • The next consideration is the CFM of the air compressor.  CFM stands for cubic feet per minute, and this measures how effective the air compressor will be when used in various applications.
  • And finally, will you go with a gas or electric-powered compressor?

Rolair produces some of the best air compressors for construction use, and all of Rolair’s compressors are made in the USA.  Rolair’s splash-lubricated air compressors have a much longer life expectancy.  If properly operated and maintained, you can expect your Rolair compressor to keep going strong for 6,000-8,000 working hours.  Compared to most homeowner oil less compressors that are built to provide 200-400 working hours of service – the choice is clear.

Most of Rolair’s compressors are built with S1 motors rated for continuous duty, unlike many high-speed oil less compressors that can only be subjected to 50% duty and must be operated 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off.  Rolair has a variety of air compressor and all have the features and durability that will fulfill any of your job site’s compressed air requirements.

Here are three of R.V. Evans’ top air compressor picks:

Rolair’s 4090HK17

  • Gas powered
  • Wheeled
  • 9.3 CFM
  • Great for framing, siding, and roofing applications

Rolair’s JC10

  • Gas powered
  • Hand carried
  • 5.3 CFM
  • Ideal for trim work applications

Rolair’s 5715K17

  • Electric powered
  • Wheeled
  • 10.1 CFM
  • Perfect for framing, siding, and roofing applications

Once you have selected the perfect air compressor it is important not to skimp on the quality of air hose you decide to use.  There are numerous air hoses on the market, but two of them set themselves apart from the rest.  First, is the Goodyear F5 and the second is the Pro Air Hose made by Flexzilla.  These are both excellent quality air hoses for a number of reasons.

The Goodyear F5

  • Made of hybrid thermoplastic elastomeric (TPE) cover and tubing (say that 10 times fast)
  • Better flexibility, 50% less force to bend than that of a PVC and rubber air hose
  • Up to 45% lighter than a PVC and rubber hose
  • The F5 provides all-weather performance, with a temperature rating of -40 degrees farenheit to 158 degrees farenheit
  • F5 matches industry leading levels of durability performance while also providing a non-marking surface
  • 300 PSI

The Pro Air Hose by Flexzilla

  • Made of a premium hybrid polymer material
  • Extreme all-weather flexibility, even in subzero temperatures
  • Lays flat, no memory
  • Superior bend radius
  • Kink resistant under pressure
  • 300 PSI
  • Includes bend restrictors to reduce wear and tear, prolonging the life of the hose

For more information on selecting the best air compressor and air hose for your particular application, contact R.V. Evans Company or visit us at www.rvevans.com.  Connect with R.V. Evans Company for new packaging and fastening system updates, tips, application solutions, and a little fun stuff too!

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The Benefits of Cap Nailers and Staplers

Cap Nailing and Stapling is a necessary part of any construction project. Some applications of this method of fastening include:

  • Felt
  • House Wrap
  • Thin Foam
  • Construction Fabrics
  • Foam Insulation
  • Sheathing
  • Insulation Board

Using a standard nailer or stapling gun for these applications can prove to be inadequate and lead to a lot of re-work, which is why cap nailers and staplers are completely essential to every construction job. The cost of labor hours and ergonomic issues brought about by not having a cap nailer or stapler on site is too much to handle. Speed, adjustments for any fastening situation, and control of staple depth are just a few of the many advantages to using cap nailers and staplers. Not to mention the cap covers more surface area ensuring the construction material being use is held in place and secure.

Contractors won’t have issues with pull through and finding their house wrap blowing in the wind along with the money spent to fasten the material again. Paslode’s cap stapler and Bostitch’s cap nailer and stapler have their own specific advantages that can help keep your job site running faster and more productively.


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Paslode has designed their CS150 Cap Stapler with useful features such as:

  • Quick clear nose – Jams won’t hold back productivity – get it fixed and get back to the job
  • Precision control of nail/staple depth – Ensure the nail or staple isn’t driven too shallow or too deep
  • Adjustable exhaust cap – Keep exhaust out of users eyes
  • Option to remove cap – Use the tool to drive fasteners with or without the cap on top

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Bostitch has the N66BC Cap Nailer, which boasts these features:

  • “Dial-a-Depth” adjustment – Set desired depth quickly and conveniently
  • Lightweight – Magnesium design adds durability
  • Quick-load magazine – Fast and easy loading of caps and nails
  • Adjustable exhaust – Keep exhaust away from user
  • Length – Cap nails are longer than staples

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Bostitch also has the SL1838BC 18 Gauge Cap Stapler, which has the following features:

  • Selectable trigger operation – Convert from sequential to contact operation easily
  • Internal air filter – Maximum reliability
  • Adjustable depth of drive – Staples can be set to desired depth quickly and conveniently

All three of these tools can be used to increase the success and productivity of any construction job. Visit our website to learn more, contact us, or schedule a site needs analysis to start improving your work today.

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