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.

Charge Vehicle Batteries Automatically

Stanley 8 Amp High Frequency Battery Charger

Stanley 8 Amp High Frequency Battery Charger

The new Stanley 8 Amp High Frequency Battery Charger offers fully automatic charging. Just set it and forget it™.

Vehicle won’t start? Battery needs maintenance? Just connect the new Stanley 8 amp battery charger clamps to the battery terminal and press charge. The battery charger automatically does the rest for optimum performance. With fast, high frequency technology, it delivers multistage charging, automatically switching from fast charge, to top-off, to trickle charge. If the cables are connected to the wrong terminal the charger will alert you with an LED indicator. No spark, just simple & easy.

Apps Are Made More User-friendly

TAMKO's Shingle Style App

TAMKO’s Shingle Style App

New updates have been implemented to the TAMKO Decking and Shingle Style Apps. The changes to both apps make them more user friendly and offer updated information about TAMKO’s products.

Updates to the Shingle Style App include a setting that enables users to select a region (NE, SE, SW, WS and CN) for the colors offered in their area or users can select “all shingles” if they want to view all of TAMKO’s shingle color options. In addition, multiple regional settings have been implemented under the navigation tab. When first opening the app, a regional map will pop-up which enables users to select their specific region. They can also adjust this setting from the navigation bar by clicking on the “Region” tab. Regional availability will be applied to the product lines that are not distributed nationally.

The Longest Up-front Protection Warranty section within the app has also been expanded. Now information can be viewed in a slideshow which enables users to easily navigate through content. Other updates included:

• Residential and Multi-family Warranty calculator.
• Content related to the “Find a Pro Page”.
• Addition of Heritage IR shingles and photo gallery colors.

The Decking Styles App now includes TAMKO’s EverGrain Deck Board Challenge. The challenge includes a side-by-side comparison of EverGrain Envision compression molded decking versus a competitor’s extruded decking product. Several new photos have been added to the photo gallery as well. Some of the new photos include TAMKO’s Marquee Railing systems which are available in the deck viewer and the photo gallery.

These apps are available for free download from the App Store on iPad on iTunes. They can be found by searching for TAMKO in the store search bar or under the Lifestyle category.

Accelerate Cash Flow By Collecting Payments in the Field

NetSecure Payments Inc.'s TradeRoute

NetSecure Payments Inc.’s TradeRoute

NetSecure Payments Inc., a provider of mobile payment processing services, has launched its TradeRoute payment acceptance service designed to accelerate cash flow for contractors and service professionals.

Unlike other solution providers that provide a fixed and limited set of payment services targeted at a general market, TradeRoute provides a comprehensive suite of services tailored to the workflows of service professionals. Including unique features like remote check deposit; mobile PIN debit; and online tools for pre-payments, deposits, recurring payments, and online invoice payments, TradeRoute stands apart from the pack.

TradeRoute’s key advantage is that it runs on the smartphones and tablets that service professionals already have in their pockets. No additional hardware is required, keeping upfront costs to a minimum. Transactions are fully secured and encrypted, so employees can safely collect payment while out in the field. Check payments are also fully guaranteed, reducing the headache of collecting on bounced checks.

The developers understand the need for accelerated payment options, especially in businesses where service is provided before payment. TradeRoute promises to dramatically reduce the time spent chasing receivables, so business owners can focus more on growing their business and less on managing cash flow.

TradeRoute also has a private label program and a developer SDK, allowing third parties to quickly leverage TradeRoute payments into their existing payment ecosystem. TradeRoute supports iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry environments.

Solar Solution For Ponding Water

The Sentinel Solar Roof Pump

The Sentinel Solar Roof Pump

The Sentinel Solar Roof Pump was developed by a licensed roofing contractor and solar engineer to be a cost-effective solution for ponding water on flat roofs. Rather than re-pitching, re-decking and reroofing or installing new in-roof drains, the roof pump features smart chip technology and a proprietary solar panel to remove water from roofs continuously. The fully portable pump includes a battery backup, allowing it to pump any time of day and in any weather all year long.