Commander Series Coming to Chevrolet Dealership Near You

LINE-X Protective Coatings has announced the arrival of its all-new Commander Series Truck developed by Truck Gear by LINE-X.

LINE-X Protective Coatings has announced the arrival of its all-new Commander Series Truck developed by Truck Gear by LINE-X.

LINE-X Protective Coatings, a developer and provider of high performance protective coatings, has announced the arrival of its all-new Commander Series Truck developed by Truck Gear by LINE-X. Inspired by Duck Commander’s Willie Robertson and launched at the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500, the all-new Commander Series Truck will be available at participating Chevrolet Dealerships nationwide and will feature a variety of aftermarket accessories that will appeal to Duck Commander fans and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Commander Series Truck includes a variety of features that make it a standout. With exclusive aftermarket accessories from Truck Gear by LINE-X, the Commander Series features 3.5 inch round step bars and bedrails, each with a LINE-X finish, a performance efficient tonneau cover, custom floor liners with the Duck Commander logo and a polished SS exhaust tip. Inspired by the great outdoors, the Commander Series truck also includes Realtree MAX-5 Camo fender flares, exterior graphics and interior accents. Custom headrests and badging with the Duck Commander logo complete the package.

The Commander Series Truck package is available on 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab models and at participating Chevrolet dealerships in the United States. The theme for the all-new Commander Series Truck will resonate with LINE-X’s product application expansion and the diversification of the LINE-X Network outside of the traditional truck bedliner industry. The initial look of the exterior will set the truck apart from other vehicles on the road with graphics exclusive to the Duck Commander brand with camouflage and duck silhouettes.

Tubular Skylight Distributes Ambient Light Evenly

Solatube M74 DS Core

Solatube M74 DS Core

The Solatube M74 DS Core combines advanced dome and tube optics with a Prismatic Diffuser. It distributes ambient light evenly throughout an area, increases illumination on high wall and ceiling planes, and is ideal for floor to diffuser heights of 18 to 26 feet. The Solatube M74 DS with Amplifier pairs the core unit with the SkyVault Series Amplifier and Prismatic Diffuser. It delivers focused light across greater distances to visual task plane, reduces light high on walls and loss at the ceiling plane, and is ideal for floor to diffuser heights of 26 feet and up.

Jump 12-volt Batteries without Another Vehicle

CAT 2000 Peak Amp Professional Jump Starter

CAT 2000 Peak Amp Professional Jump Starter

The new CAT 2000 Peak Amp Professional Jump Starter delivers more power to start even the largest 12-volt vehicles. A hard-working tool for the hard-working professional, the CAT Jump Starter delivers 1000 instant starting amps to quickly power most 12-volt batteries –without the need for another vehicle.

The jump starter will start multiple vehicles on one charge and can recharge the internal battery up to four-times faster with the built-in 2-amp, high-frequency charger. The high-density 21aH AGM sealed non-spillable battery delivers professional grade power and allows you to safely store in any position.

No need to worry about using on the job site, the Cat Professional Jump Starter has tough plastic and rubber housing for ultimate durability.

Clothing Protects Workers from Insects

The Insect Shield assortment consists of work wear, professional apparel and including clothing that also offers sun protection, flame as well as additional protective items such as mosquito nets for use at home.

The Insect Shield assortment consists of work wear, professional apparel and including clothing that also offers sun protection, flame as well as additional protective items such as mosquito nets for use at home.

Insect-borne diseases are now one of the top risks for outdoor workers. Currently, U.S. industry spends billions of dollars every year in outfitting workers in FR clothing, but most organizations do little to nothing to protect workers from insect-borne disease.

Insect Shield work wear can be as essential to workplace safety as high-visibility and fire-resistant clothing. The Insect Shield assortment consists of work wear, professional apparel and including clothing that also offers sun protection, flame as well as additional protective items such as mosquito nets for use at home.

Studies show a 99 percent reduction in tick bites for outdoor workers wearing Insect Shield. Insect Shield’s EPA-registered technology converts work wear into effective and convenient insect protection that lasts through 70 launderings. Insect Shield apparel products repel ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) through 70 launderings. The technology is used by internationally recognized brands across a wide array of clothing and gear categories.

Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Insect Shield Repellent Gear are products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield apparel and gear is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps.

Ford Toughens the Leather Seats in the 2015 F-150

Ford tests its 2015 F-150's leather seats.

Ford tests its 2015 F-150’s leather seats.

When your “last name” is Tough, even the seats matter.

Ford engineers had a unique challenge as they sat down to design the 2015 F-150. Some of the older model pickups would show wear on the leather seats after 150,000 miles and 10 years. Routine testing techniques wouldn’t replicate the problem. So, they came up with something different. They hired some guys the size of offensive linemen and caked them in a special dirt from the Salt River Valley in Arizona. The “Arizona Dust”, as Ford engineers call it, had especially fine particles that broke down the leather over time. Day after day, these men had to wear the same caked in dirt jeans. Not only that, they had to smear even more dirt all over the leather seats. Each man had to get in and out of the truck 10,000 times. Finally, to accelerate testing and relieve the tired work crew, they designed a unique robot to get in and out of the new truck.

Based on their learnings, engineers came up with a new process for making the seats that strikes the right balance between being durable, but maintaining the soft and supple feel of the leather for comfort and looks. Check out the video to see what lengths Ford went to make its seats the most durable the company has ever made.

Glove Offers Cut Protection while Allowing for Dexterity

Superior Glove Works Ltd.'s 18-gauge ASTM cut-level 4 work glove

Superior Glove Works Ltd.’s 18-gauge ASTM cut-level 4 work glove

Superior Glove Works Ltd. has introduced its 18-gauge ASTM cut-level 4 work glove with 1617 grams of cut protection. The glove, which required two years of research and development, allows for dexterity while offering high-tactile sensitivity.

High-strength composite filament fiber (which boosts cut resistance) is incorporated in a way that it cannot come through to the hand for total comfort and extended glove life. All TenActiv gloves feature lint-free, continuous filament yarn that is stronger than steel on an equal-weight basis.

The black glove body and palm coating hide dirt and therefore allow the glove to maintain its sharp aesthetic. The foam nitrile coating offers the best combination of flexibility, wear, and wet grip. Don’t let the bare hand feel fool you, this is a serious piece of glove engineering with stellar performance numbers.

The glove also is touchscreen compatible.

Continuous Ridge Vent Can Be Attached with a Nail Gun

TAMKO's QuickVent

TAMKO’s QuickVent

TAMKO Building Products is introducing QuickVent, a nail gun-able continuous ridge vent designed to properly ventilate attic space when used in conjunction with soffit vents.

QuickVent is a classic style ridge vent made from nylon matrix technology. It comes with up to a 40-year Limited Warranty from TAMKO and installs with pneumatic roofing nail gun for quick and easy installation. Its innovative design provides effective shingle-over ventilation.

QuickVent is made from see-through material for easier centering over the ridge and it requires no baffles, metal connectors, end caps or special filters, simplifying the installation process. Its lightweight, easy-to-cut material eases installation and helps reduce labor and its compression-resistant design creates a stiffer nailing area.

Track Your Fleet, Driver Behavior and CO2 Emissions

Azuga, an instant-install cloud-based GPS fleet tracking and driver behavior solution, announced a new capability that provides a more accurate idling and carbon footprint report than legacy GPS systems in the market.

Azuga, an instant-install cloud-based GPS fleet tracking and driver behavior solution, announced a new capability that provides a more accurate idling and carbon footprint report than legacy GPS systems in the market.

Azuga, an instant-install cloud-based GPS fleet tracking and driver behavior solution, announced a new capability that provides a more accurate idling and carbon footprint report than legacy GPS systems in the market. Azuga customers have reported reducing their fleet’s CO2 emissions by at least 600 pounds per vehicle annually by using this capability.

According to World Resources Institute, fuel consumption from vehicle use generates 75 percent of a vehicle’s CO2 emissions over its life cycle. Furthermore, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that most vehicles run at maximum efficiency at 60 miles per hour, and every 5 mph over 60 decreases efficiency by 6 percent. These factors, coupled with excessive idling, delayed maintenance and inefficient routing can contribute to increasing a fleet’s total CO2 emissions.

Azuga G2 technology actually “talks” to the engine every second versus traditional GPS systems that infer idling based on infrequent GPS signals and less accurate GPS speed and ignition sensing. Azuga gives fleet managers the most accurate and up-to-date information, which will reduce idling times, increase driver performance and ultimately reduce emissions.

The GPS fleet tracking solution’s technology reads vehicles’ engine and delivers emissions and idling reporting 60 times more often than traditional GPS systems. The information is sent to the cloud, giving fleet administrators real-time snapshots of vehicle health, fuel usage, carbon footprint and driver behavior.

With EPA fines ranging from approximately $52 to $32,000 in some states, fleet managers are scrambling to find solutions. Some of these solutions are costing up to three times more than our technology and delivering less-than-accurate reports. If idling is wrong, fleet manager’s carbon footprint calculations are wrong and drivers may be penalized unfairly.

Companies across the country are experiencing Azuga’s ability to address the unique needs of emission reduction for fleets with breakthrough pricing (70 cents per day/per vehicle), lifetime hardware warranties and no contracts.

Establish a Wireless Network in Locations where Wi-Fi and Cellular Networks Are Unavailable

OpenRoute offers OnSite Wi-Fi technology.

OpenRoute offers OnSite Wi-Fi technology.

OpenRoute offers OpenRoute OnSite Wi-Fi technology. Using the private broadband wireless network from OpenRoute, a construction firm is able to apply LEAN construction processes ­where the immediate access to rich data on the job site is paramount ­even in locations where traditional Wi-Fi and cellular networks are not available.

An OnSite Wi-Fi network is easily established by arranging several briefcase-sized boxes­ distinctly yellow and equipped with an enclosed antenna ­at strategic points around the job site. The network is arranged and deployed using the OpenRoute NetMeter app, which is compatible with most Android devices. NetMeter monitors network performance in real-time and supports users in positioning the OnSite Wi-Fi access point for optimum coverage. The NetMeter app also assists when access points need to be moved or repositioned as the job-site develops.

The network hardware is designed to be rugged and reliable ­ but through initial pilots OpenRoute learned the importance of keeping deployment simple and highly flexible. Through the NetMeter app, the network is essentially self-deployed and can be quickly adjusted as a building is erected or as a job site expands.

Clean, Quiet and Safe Glass

VELUX America has introduced “Clean, Quiet & Safe Glass” for its skylights.

VELUX America has introduced “Clean, Quiet & Safe Glass” for its skylights.

VELUX America has introduced “Clean, Quiet & Safe Glass” to the roofing industry. This laminated glass will keep ENERGY STAR-certified VELUX Solar Powered Fresh Air skylights cleaner, reduce outside noise, and take the guesswork out of interpreting local building codes for the type of glass required for out-of-reach applications.

Clean: A thin coating of titanium dioxide and silicone dioxide on the exterior surface of the laminated glass will smooth the glass and, with the help of the sun, destroy organic matter deposited on skylights over time. Then, the next time it rains, this organic matter is washed away keeping the skylight glass cleaner longer.

Quiet: Laminated glass reduces outside noise by up to 25 percent when compared to a standard double pane glass and up to 50 percent more when compared to a plastic skylight.

Safe: U.S. building codes require laminated glass be used in out-of-reach applications where any point of the glass is 12 feet above the floor of the room. VELUX Clean, Quiet & Safe glass meets or exceeds this important building code requirement nationwide and also carries a 10-year warranty against hail damage on the glass itself.

In addition to its water-shedding properties, the new glass option carries a 10-year hail warranty and is superior to regular tempered glass in U-Value, UV protection and fade protection. Beginning in 2014, it will be available on most VELUX skylights and will be the standard glass option for the VELUX Solar Powered Fresh Air skylights. The new glass option is also available in Impact, Miami-Dade, White laminated and Snowload models.

The Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight, now standard with Clean, Quiet & Safe glass, is also a No Leak Skylight and carries the VELUX 10-year installation warranty plus 20-years on glass, 10-years on product, and 5-years on blinds and controls. The units use standard VELUX engineered flashing and energy efficient LoE3 glass. VELUX solar powered skylights, along with solar powered blinds, as well as the installation costs, are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit.