Problem Solved: Glass Washing

For decades, glass manufacturers have cleaned their glass the same way: with a series of fast-spinning brushes. This basic practice continues to this day because it is simple and it works.

Of course, the brushes eventually wear out and need replacement. When this happens, glass makers must remove the brushes and their shafts from their washing machines and ship them to a brush company for re-wrapping a new brush onto their shafts.

While this process does work, it is not without problems:
– High shipping costs to send large, heavy shafts back and forth to the brush companies
– High manpower costs to keep track of the shafts and their replacements
– Wasteful machine downtime waiting for rewrapped shafts
– Risk of handling and shipping damage to costly shafts

staple-2Sealeze’s modular glass washing brush system solves these problems. You simply slide the worn brush segments off your shaft, slide replacements on, and get right back to work. Your shafts never leave your workshop. They stay right at your glass washing workstation. That’s right: NO MORE SHIPPING SHAFTS BACK AND FORTH!!!

Our modular brush system improves efficiency:
– Reduces shipping cost
– Reduces handling cost
– Reduces downtime
– Reduces risk of damage

Want to learn more about the Sealeze Modular Brush System? Call (800) 787-7325, extension 213; email dsmith@sealeze.com; or visit http://www.sealeze.com/products/staple-set.

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Tradeshow Recap: MINExpo 2016 – International Mining Technology Show

img_0173 img_0174 img_0175The 2016 MINExpo show was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV on September 26-28th.  This year’s event, drew in a record breaking 43,000 registered guests from all over the world.  The convention centers North, Central and South Hall’s totaling more than 840,000 sq. ft. was shared by 1,900 exhibitors over the three-day event.

The Sealeze team of Richmond, Virginia presented their brush products for sealing and cleaning, belts and auger’s.  We also had on display, our unlimited capabilities with coiling and shaping the strip brush product into seals for shafts and cabinet pass-through’s.  We had a wide variety of shapes and styles using metal filament in both strip and staple set designs.  Also, one of our newer motorized display’s showing the installation of our “Auger – Flight” brushes used to improve efficiency of material handling augers.

Sealeze was the single representative in the show of a brush manufacturer.  We had a great response from the visitors, many of which were genuinely interested in how brush can help them in the mining industry.  We learned what the mining industry is looking for in brush technology, while sharing some of our technology and creative solutions to customer problems.  It was a great opportunity to spread the word of brush to another booming industry.

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Trade Show Recap: IMTS 2016

International Manufacturing Technology Show

The 2016 IMTS show was held at McCormick Place – Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL. On September 12-17th. This event, in its 31st edition, is the premier manufacturing technology show in North America. The 1.3 million (net) square foot McCormick center housed over 2,000 exhibiting companies and attracts more than 114,000 buyers and sellers from over 112 countries.  20160927_122018_resized img_0172 img_0174
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Manufacturing professionals from around the world attend IMTS to see what’s new in machine tools, software and systems to improve their efficiency.

The Sealeze team of Richmond, Virginia exhibited their custom crafted, strip and staple set brush capabilities at the show from the 12th-17th.  We had inverted and external spirals, lever seals, flex brush as well as brushes with XtraSeal technology. For staple set, we had a roller display to illustrate a variety of tufting patterns on cylinder type brushes. We unveiled a new design for Staple Set that incorporates our XtraSeal membrane between (2) staple set – strip type brushes. This design offers another option for our customers who require the functionality of a staple set product with the sealing capabilities of an XtraSeal, strip brush.

It was a good show for Sealeze, we received many requests for information and amazed all of our visitors with the capabilities of brush and how it can solve problems in the manufacturing industry. The most common response from our visitors: “I never knew you could do this with a brush.” We have learned that educating our customers with the advantages and capabilities of brush, is an ongoing and rewarding part of our business. Attending the 2016 IMTS show was a great opportunity to learn how brush can better serve the manufacturing industry.

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Meet the Team: Eliz

This month we want to introduce you to Eliz. She works in our weather seal department and loves helping customers everyday!eliz

What is your position with Sealeze?
I started working for Sealeze fourteen years ago.  I started as a temp in the Accounting Department and was hired on full time after 6 weeks as the Marketing and Trade Show Coordinator.  I held that position for 8 years then moved to our Weather Seal Department as a Sales Support/Customer Service Representative for the last 6 years.

What is your career/school background?
I went to Washington Business School and received a 4 year degree in Business.  While going to High School and then Business School I worked at my grandparent’s restaurant in DC.  After I graduated from Washington Business School I kept working at the restaurant and also got a job at George Washington University in the Smith Center.

I did Accounts Payable and Receivable for around 20 years and Payroll and HR for 11 years.

Tell us something you have learned since working at Sealeze.
At Sealeze I have learned to be versatile in my daily responsibilities.  I have many day to day obligations to fulfill and also answer the phones to help customers maneuver the website and ensure a pleasant experience ordering with us. I also assist two very busy Sales Associates, that change the course of my day on a minute by minute basis.

Tell us a time you helped a customer solve a problem.
Customers are the reason that Sealeze exists.  I help customers every day.  No one situation sticks out in my mind, but I enjoy helping customers decide which product will best suit their needs and most of all hearing them smile through the phone when we find a solution.

What you like to do outside of work?
I have a 12 year old son that is going into the 7th grade.  I love spending time with him. We enjoy church softball games, shopping and traveling to see family and friends.  He is so caring and helpful. I am truly blessed to be his mom.

I have been raising Golden Retrievers for over 20 years.  Some of the owners have trained them as service dogs and I have 3 that are currently at MCV Hospital in Richmond, VA and several that are used in retirement homes and adult special needs homes.  It is a lot of work and very rewarding.

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Meet the Team: Yolanda

 

Today we want to introduce you Yolanda, our awesome purchasing assistant.

What is your Position at Sealeze?IMG_0241

I have worked at Sealeze for 16 years.  When I started, I was assigned to the Industrial Department working on manufacturing our coils. I then moved to the Shipping Department, working on kits and weather seal orders as well as shipping orders via UPS and FedEx.  After seven years of working in the plant, I moved to the office and took the position as a Purchasing Assistant.  I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to work in several different departments at Sealeze.  I have learned so much throughout the past 16 years.

What is your school/career background?

I graduated high school in Honduras, then took two years of classes in graphic design. After finishing the second year I started working for a printing company as a graphic designer. I then went to work for IBM in Honduras as an administrative assistant.  I moved to the United States in 1998, and worked for a factory in downtown Richmond, Virginia in the Inventory Department for one year then received a position at Sealeze.

Tell us about a time when you help a customer solve a problem: 

My customers are internal and vendors.  I receive and post the material promptly to ensure the customer will receive their manufactured product on time.  I make sure the office supplies are readily on hand, so that copiers, printers, label makers etc. are always working properly. I am also fluent in Spanish and English and assist Spanish speaking customers when placing an order.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I have 3 wonderful children, one son and two daughters. My son is the oldest and lives in New Jersey with his wife and they have given me two beautiful grandsons. My daughter is 20 and lives close to me and I enjoy every moment that I spend with her. My youngest daughter is nine and she keeps me very busy with summer camps, soccer, swimming and basketball teams.

My husband and I have a place at the Wicomico River. I enjoy being there on the weekends and spending time with my husband and youngest daughter and many friends and family. We enjoy fishing, crabbing and going out in the boat.  I also enjoy watching classic western movies and dancing.

 

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Are you having issues keeping pests where they belong?

 

Pests and bugs only belong one place – outside! With the heat index rising, these creatures want to cool off in your air conditioned space. Our weather seal brush can help you seal gaps that allow pests to make their way into your business.door_sweep

Sealeze high-density pest control brush is made from thousands of nylon filaments that form a dense barrier. It is made to be installed around all types of entry, overhead and commercial doors to reduce light, sound and odors that attract pests. Our brush will also keep the cold air in, which will lower your cost to run your air conditioner on these hot days.

Sealeze pest control brush is tough. When properly installed, our brush products last for years in many applications. Even in temperatures ranging from –30°F to +150°F, where other seals would likely break down and fail, Sealeze pest control brush remains flexible and effective.

From entry doors to overhead and commercial doors, we offer different filaments and holders depending on your needs.

Visit www.sealeze.com/weatherseal-products today to learn more.

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Meet the Team: Steve

This week on the blog meet Steve, one of our awesome machine operators and Navy vet.Steve

What is your position with Sealeze?

I have worked for Sealeze for 4 years as a machine operator.

What is your career/school background?

I graduated from Marshall Walker High School in Richmond, VA. After high school, I went into the Navy and served my country for 7 years. It was a great experience and I am appreciative for the capabilities and skills learned during those years.

After the Navy, I worked for O&K Escalator’s manufacturing escalators and elevators.  Then I enrolled in ECPI and upon graduating went to work for Thomas & Betts building data switches.

What has Sealeze taught you during your time here?

Since working at Sealeze I have learned the skill of running a coil machine. I take pride in my work and make sure every order I fulfill is made to exact specifications and great quality to ensure customer satisfaction.

What you like to do outside of work?

I have an Art Studio set up in my home.  I draw, sketch and paint. I design logo’s for businesses and tattoos. I am also an avid body builder and consistently spend time in the gym. Most importantly, I have been blessed with one beautiful, amazing, kind, hard-working and talented daughter. I am so proud to be her father.

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