The now notorious Coronavirus disease 2019 (or COVID-19) is a dangerous, sometimes fatal respiratory illness caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. By now—thanks to exposure to TV, magazine, and newspaper reports—everyone in America must be something of an expert on the Covid-19 coronavirus: what it is, disease symptoms, how it is transmitted, and ways to minimize the spread of infection. These include:
Wearing of face masks
Thorough and frequent handwashing
Keeping a 6-foot distance from other people
Avoidance of crowded, enclosed spaces
Use of personal protective equipment, where appropriate
OSHA defines personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as “PPE,” as equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests, and full body suits. It can also include equipment that is not worn yet still protects individuals from disease hazards. One good example is the humble sneeze guard. Continue reading “Sneeze Guards: A Front-line PPE for Multiple Industries”
Congratulations! After months of feverishly mulling it over, you have finally decided to dive head-first into the fun and rewarding hobby of Serious Aquarist. No little ornamental fish bowl for you, but a decent-sized, grown-up aquarium: not just something small and pretty to look at (and then ignore), but a full-fledged, complex, living ecosystem. Now all you need to do is take the leap. Continue reading “Aluminum Aquarium Stand Selection Guide [Infographic]”
Last month we spotlighted the recent 12,000 sq. ft. expansion of our manufacturing facility in Rochester New York. A big part of the reason for this major expansion was to meet the growing demand of customers for our high-quality, made-in-America T-slot aluminum solutions.
Besides doubling our Shipping-and-Receiving Department—and generating new jobs in the process!—we used the opportunity of this significant growth spurt to move our panel-cutting and other fabrication stations out of the old space (yes, it was getting crowded in there) and into the new space. Relocating our welding and grinding centers into the new space will also promote a better, more efficient workflow overall.
Most exciting of all, we could now create a dedicated work area for our recently acquired waterjet cutter machine: a WARDJet Model E-1530. Among its many capabilities, this new, powerful precision cutting tool will allow us to meet many of the panel-fabrication needs of our customers. Whereas previously this work often had to be outsourced to third-party vendors, it can now be done cheaper, better, and faster in-house. Continue reading “Jetting into the Future…with the WARDJet E-1530 Waterjet”