Friday, March 30, 2012

When to wear a class 2 High Visibility Vest

So you've been browsing around the internet trying to figure out why and when you need to wear a class 2 vest. Let's talk about it.

Class 2 garments are intended for use in activities where greater visibility is necessary during inclement weather conditions or in work environments with risks that exceed those for Class 1. Garments in this class also cover workers who perform tasks that divert their attention from approaching traffic, or that put them in close proximity to passing vehicles traveling at 25 miles per hour or higher.

Here are some examples of workers who use Class 2 apparel include:
  • Forestry operations
  • Ship cargo loading operations
  • Roadway construction, utility and railway workers
  • Survey crews
  • School crossing guards
  • Delivery vehicle drivers
  • High-volume parking and/or toll gate personnel
  • Airport baggage handlers/ground crew
  • Emergency response and law enforcement personnel
  • Trash collection and recycling operations
  • Accident site investigators
  • Railroad inspection and maintenance crews

Let's also review federal regulation number 23CFR634 Worker Visibility.

634.3 Rule - All workers within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway who are exposed either to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) or to construction equipment within the work area shall wear high-visibility safety apparel

634.1 Purpose - The purpose of the regulations in this part is to decrease the likelihood of worker fatalities or injuries caused by motor vehicles and construction vehicles and equipment while working within the right-of-way on Federal-aid highways

So now that you have a better feel for why and when you need to wear your vest keep it on when you're suppose to, it could save your life.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Checking out the AFL CT-30 Fiber Optic Cleaver

One of our most popular fiber optic kits is the AFL Fast kit that allows you to terminate connectors in the field quickly and accurately. The most costly part of a fiber kit seems to be the cleaver so we cracked it open to get a better look.

The CT-30 is equally at home in a splicing van or in a bucket truck and is ideal for FTTx applications. Don't forget the 16-position blade yields 48,000 single-fiber cleaves, or 4,000 12-fiber ribbon cleaves before requiring replacement, and the built-in scrap collector conveniently stores fiber shards until they can be safely discarded.

The CT-30 Cleaver is packaged with three scrap collection options that allow the user to tailor it to their cleaving preferences. The CT30 is delivered with the SC-01 Side Cover installed for users that prefer not to use an automated scrap collection system. For those that prefer an automated scrap collection system, the FC-02 Fiber Collector and two scrap box options are included. The FDB-02 Scrap Box is a smaller bin for users seeking a compact profile. The FDB-03 Scrap Box is a larger bin with sweeping brush and static resistant surfaces for those users seeking to maximize scrap capacity. All scrap options are easily configured by the user.

Its also kinda sweet that the blade is replaceable and it's fairly inexpensive. I also like how it's compatible with the AFL Fujikura fusion splicer.

Considering this cleaver is also commonly used in industries such as Aerospace and Defense, Alternative Energy, Broadcast, Electric Utility, Fiber Optic Component and Equipment Manufacturing, Industrial Environments, Installers and Contractors, Medical, Mining, Oil and Gas, Security, Transportation and more helps to make this cleaver one of the most popular and reliable tools on the market.

For further questions you may contact:
Mercy Salinas at 888-797-3697 ex 232

Friday, March 2, 2012

Blast from the Past - April 4th 1928

Motion pictures transmitted over telephone wires became a reality today. Ten feet of motion picture film showing a close-up of Miss Vilma Banky, famous screen star, smiling, talking with clearly marked movements of the lips were flashed 1000 miles from Chicago to New York by the telephotograph process and five hours later an accurate duplicate of the film was available for showing to a New York audience at the Embassy Theatre.

Continuous experimentation with telephone motion picture films over a period of years by the engineers of American Telephone and Telegraph Company, together with the co-operation, during the last three months, of technical experts of the United Artists Corporation, the film company which transmitted today's experimental motion picture has made possible today's success.

Miss Banky was caught by a motion picture camera at 10:30 o'clock this morning in Chicago en route to Los Angeles. By noon the film was being telephotographed to New York where it was developed and turned over to the film company within two hours time - a speed five times faster than Colonel Lindberg could have transmitted the film eastward and ten times more rapidly than it could have come on the Twentieth Century Limited. The chief use of telephotograph motion pictures is expected to be in connection with motion picture news release. The cost of transmission is reiatively low when compared with other means such as special trains and airplanes, used when speed is considered essential. Telephone Company officals estimate thirty feet of film of an important news event could be transmitted by telephotograph so as to be available to all parts of the United States for about $1000.

Read article here Telephone Movie Cable