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FABTECH 2010

Tools USA and Paint-Booths will be attending FABTECH 2010.  FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing and welding event with over 1,000 exhibiting companies.

FABTECH
FABTECH Location

FABTECH 2010
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, Georgia
November 2-4, 2010
www.fabtechexpo.com

Going “GREEN” – Our History and Getting Started in Your Shop

Have you every built a deck, a table or a fence only to find out that you wasted 30, 40, or even 50% of the material purchased due to poor planning and design?

Standard Tools and Equipment Co. has been making collision repair equipment, spray booths and dust collectors since 1979. We have refined our processes and equipment to result in a waste level of only 7%.  Scrap steel is sent back to the mill to be processed into new steel; scrap wood is ground up by a recycler for use in chipboard products; and hazardous wastes are processed by federal government-approved waste handlers.
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Autobody Equipment Financing

Tools USA now offers financing on a paint booth, frame machine or multi item purchases!  To take advantage of our new program, please call 800-451-2425.

To be approved for the financing, qualified customers must meet the following criteria:  1. located in EST zone, 2. acceptable credit, 3. agree to ACH monthly drafts,  4. minimum of 40% down payment, and 5. must finance $3000 which would require an order of $5000.

Financing rates will be between 10-14% with 24, 36, and 48 month lease options with a $1 buy-out.

Customer Feedback

In response to new materials, processes and requirements, Standard Tools & Equipment is constantly working on new products including: spray booths, frame machines, dust collectors, and all types of accessories.  We are a lean, direct supplier with the ability to respond quickly to new demands and we always welcome any type of input from our product users.

At Standard Tools & Equipment our business is based on fulfilling the needs of our customers.  Our customers work hands-on in the world of collision repair, painting, powder coating, and other industries.  They are some of the most creative and knowledgeable people in their fields.  Everyday they experience new materials, processes, and challenges.

If you are in need of a special product or have any suggestions, please contact our sales or engineering staff.  Standard Tools & Equipment greatly appreciates your input and we look forward to exceeding your expectations.

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Dust Collection Safety

A recent posting by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) stated that the 2006 Combustible Dust Hazard Safety publication reported 281 major dust explosions with a total of 119 deaths and 718 injuries from 1980 to 2003.  These incidents were due to the combustion of accumulated dust, unsafe dust mixtures, and other similar causes.  Following this report there have been at least two explosions involving casualties.  One explosion occurred at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Georgia, and another at a plastic molding plant in Kinston, North Carolina.  To help prevent such industrial disasters, the NFPA is currently revising their combustible dust safety standards including NFPA-654 and NFPA-664.  The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that combustibility information on all dusts encountered in a workplace be accessible to employees.

It is the employer’s responsibility to determine and apply the best methods to ensure safety in the workplace.  These methods should include informing employees of the different types of dust materials present and how they are controlled.  Standard Tools & Equipment provides products to aid in the management of powder coating, sanding/prepping, and woodworking.  Our spray booths can be used for collecting sanding/prepping wastes and powder coat overspray.  We also manufacture cyclone dust collectors that can be used to control dust, chips, and shavings created in woodworking operations.  The cyclone dust collectors are best suited for small-to-medium shops, or for a limited number of machines in a larger shop.  Using small collectors in a large shop reduces noise and energy consumption, as well as allowing more flexibility in shop layout.

For more information regarding combustible dust and workplace requirements contact OSHA.
Please contact Standard Tools & Equipment Co. at 1-800-451-2425 for pricing or product information.

Going Green in 2010

Today there is an increased awareness of protecting our environment from hazardous emissions and waste.  Everyone is ‘Going Green’ to reduce these environmental pollutants.  All types of companies are expected to address this matter, including firms operating spray booths.  Spray booth operations can reduce waste in one of two manners: a dramatic overhaul of the entire process or incremental improvements.

Dramatic overhauls are expensive because they typically require intensive planning and resources. By focusing on the materials and equipment companies also bypass an opportunity to improve their employees and business processes. Production is almost always impacted during a change of this type and often afterwards.  Even with an overhaul companies should not assume that all wastes will be eliminated.

Incremental improvements can be made in a manner that does not upset the production of a shop.  These improvements can be started immediately and scheduled with available resources, government incentives, and production requirements taken into account.  This is the process recommended by the Tools USA specialists.

Example of an Incremental Plan:

  • Benchmark current operations: material types and volumes used, liquid and solid hazardous waste recorded, gaseous emissions calculated, hazardous operations noted, and level of operator knowledge
  • Identify materials used to eliminate the most hazardous; many paint and solvent manufacturers now offer low-VOC options
  • Evaluate solid and liquid waste by identifying waste source, retraining employees, mixing precise materials for jobs,  and eliminating storage of excess material
  • Understand gaseous wastes and new filter options
  • Evaluate storage and spray guns

These steps require only a small investment and create a good foundation for future conversion to powder coating or waterborne paints and equipment.  A shop that understands and addresses existing issues with incremental improvements will recover investments for major changes more quickly than a shop that makes only a dramatic change.

Please contact Kelly Goudy or the technical staff at Tools USA if you have questions about ‘Going Green’ with your spray booth operation.

Tools USA In-House Financing!

Tools USA has a new in-house leasing program for spray booths, frame machines, or multiple item purchases.  To qualify, a prospect must meet the following criteria:

  1. Acceptable personal credit.
  2. Minimum 40% down payment.
  3. Located in eastern or central time zones.
  4. Agree to ACH monthly payment drafts.

Customers will be able to choose 24, 36, or 48 month lease options.  Tools USA rates will run between 10 and 14%.  All leases will be $1 buy-out financing leases.

The minimum financed after down payment is $3,000 (original price of item or items will be $5000).

An application can be requested by calling 1-800-451-2425.

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When Should Spray Booth Filters be Changed?

Filters are often overlooked when evaluating the performance of a spray booth.  A filter is a relatively inexpensive component of a spray booth and should be changed when necessary.  Changing filters will help in avoiding poor finish jobs and unsafe conditions caused by inhibited air flow which can build toxic and combustible fumes.

Intake – Change filters when they fill with dust and dirt.  Many auto body shops will change filters every two to four weeks if the booth is used daily.

Exhaust – Paint arrestor filters need to be changed under the following conditions:

  • When the material being sprayed may react with something that has already been sprayed with these filters so as to create a toxic or spontaneous event.
  • The static pressure differential is 0.5” or greater.  This differential is measured on the manometer and is based on an empty booth with clean filters.  Once the static pressure is above the basis line (0.5”), the exhaust filters need to be changed.
  • Powder coat filters can be vacuumed many times and usually last 500-1000 hours.

Please contact Tools USA for information on spray booth filters or to order replacement filters.

The Joys of a Used Spray Booth

In today’s economy, there seems to be an excess of used spray booths available due to the number of shops that have closed.  We have all seen these used spray booths on E-Bay and web-based clearing houses.  It seems like buying a used spray booth would be a smart and conservative decision.  A spray booth purchase and installation is likely an infrequent occurrence for most companies.

Standard Tools lives in this industry every day and offers the following thoughts:
• The owner of the spray booth likely went out of business, possibly due in part to having a wrong or bad spray booth that was poorly  designed and/or improperly installed.  This costs the owner significant money in delayed production and poor quality every day that it is used.
• A used spray booth may not be complete with installation and maintenance manuals or other items that were omitted during the installation.
• Many spray booth manufacturers have either gone out of business or have significantly changed their designs over the years.  Obtaining replacement  parts or information on the spray booth may be difficult, if not impossible.
• Older paint booths may be obsolete and may not meet current building and fire codes.
• A used spray booth may have been altered or repaired by an owner that was not experienced in spray booth design and codes.
• Electrical items may not meet your available power.
• Taking a spray booth down and re-installing it is more than twice the effort required to install a new booth.  This is due to tracking of parts, repackaging for transport, and replacing/repairing damaged or missing parts.
• There is no warranty.  Buying a used spray booth is a gamble; buying new provides a guarantee from the manufacturer.

Most auto body shops charge $100-$200 per hour for painting, and many industrial shops charge more.  The initial savings made by buying a used spray booth can quickly vanish if days or weeks are required to solve any of the problems listed above.  Worse yet, there are instances in our experience where the buyer ended up throwing out the used booth and purchasing a new one.

Standard Tools recommendation is to buy a new spray booth built to your specifications and current codes.  Installing an auto shop sized spray booth usually takes 2-3 men a few days to install, plus electrical and ducting work.  Installing a new booth is the best way to ensure quality and throughput in your shop.

Call Standard Tools at 800.451.2425 for more information on spray booths, powder coating, and auto body equipment.

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Free Freight Fallacy

The old saying, “There is no such thing as a free lunch”, supports the concept that you cannot get “something for nothing.”  Many internet businesses advertise “free freight” so consumers will believe they are getting a great deal.  Merchants are actually just hiding freight and shipping costs by marking up the price of the product.  Freight and shipping providers expect to be paid for their services which include packing, palletizing, loading, documentation, transporting, unloading, and insurance.  These services can account for up to 50% of a product’s cost and it is you, the consumer, who pays for this whether it is included in the product price or added separately.

Tools USA chooses to itemize these charges to be upfront with our customers.  We will do everything we can to offer the best freight pricing without lowering our standards.  Our shipping department makes every effort to ship your paint booth or frame machine in a manner that allows for easy offloading, which includes arranging a carrier and extending the discounts provided to us by our shipping partners.  When possible, a flatbed is used to transport larger automotive body shop equipment.

At Tools USA our product knowledge is superior because we manufacture many of our products. This enables us to provide “great customer service” which includes accessibility, support, and innovation.  So, when you are shopping for a spray booth, frame rackpowdercoat system, or other auto body tools and equipment, make sure you do your research.  Free freight may seem like a bargain at first, but in the end products with free freight may not provide the value anticipated by consumers.

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