A Time of Tradition and Thanks

November 22, 2017 / in by Mindy Kruggel

Even before George Washington declared the first nationwide celebration of the holiday, Thanksgiving was a day rich with tradition and history.[1] From its origins as a harvest festival at Plymouth Rock, to the dining room tables creaking under the weight of all those mashed potatoes in America today, Thanksgiving is a time of year to take a moment and be grateful for the people in your life. As a company that relies on, and values, its many employees, Transhield wants to take a moment to reflect on the bountiful traditions Thanksgiving brings, and give thanks for the men and women that work every day to make us industry leaders.

In a time when many Americans feel distant from fellow citizens, Thanksgiving is a timely and wonderful reminder of how close our roots are. Harvest festivals have been celebrations in nearly every major human civilization for thousands of years.[2] So in a way, to celebrate Thanksgiving, or any harvest festival, is to be human.

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Protecting Your Business as Natural Disasters Increase

November 08, 2017 / in by Mindy Kruggel

In today’s business world, randomness and uncertainty due to traumatic weather phenomena are playing ever increasing roles in the success or failure of businesses. Weather disasters rank among some of the most difficult situations for businesses to carry on through. This is because, aside from the long term destruction following a natural disaster, they are virtually impossible to prepare for. Preparation to the best possible level is paramount for a business to survive the next hurricane or wildfire, and sometimes something as simple as a cover can save the valuable equipment necessary to keep a company up and running.

In addition to the stresses and rigors of just running a business, it is more important than ever before to have a plan for natural disasters. The impact of any natural disaster can be huge, even devastating, and can be fatal for many establishments. In fact, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, roughly one-fourth of companies do not reopen after a major disaster.

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A Healthy Office is a Happy Office

November 01, 2017 / in by Mindy Kruggel

A productive, energetic company is one in which employees never feel as if they just show up, put in their time, and go home. Instead, the companies that succeed in building a team environment are those who take a vested interest in improving the lives of their workforce. While company-wide events and happy hours are certainly good ways to boost morale temporarily, offering opportunities for engaging health initiatives is one of the best long-term investments a business can make in their employees.

A healthier workforce produces a wide range of benefits for all parties involved. Not only does good physical health lead to fewer absences and a reduction in health insurance costs, but it also results in better mental health. Healthy employees have been shown to be happier than comparative groups without health initiatives in place. If you’ve ever gone running in the hour before work, you know this is true. Living an active and energetic lifestyle allows you to show the same presence and interest at work.

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Customers Continue to Choose Transhield for Outstanding Customer Service

October 12, 2017 / in by Mindy Kruggel

In a recent blog post, Transhield searched for the reason why customers value their B2B relationships. The results showed that customers are more likely to refer a product or service to their peers when they receive great customer service. Heinz Marketing reported that nearly 84% of B2B buyers begin their process with a referral, so the connection between providing great customer service and increased business is clear.

Keeping these comments and statistics in mind, we decided to interview Mazak Corp. to gain even more insight into why customers keep referring. Working with advanced CNC machining solutions that include multi-tasking, 5-axis, milling, and both CNC controls and automation, Mazak has earned its sterling industry reputation with a global workforce topping 8,000.

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Keeping You Covered: Military Covers Effective for Longer Equipment Life

October 02, 2017 / in by Mindy Kruggel

You cannot drive just anything on the dangerous roads of Iraq and Afghanistan—and the cost of military personnel transportation is hardly inexpensive. While the Humvee, the military’s former workhorse, was $70,000, the modified, “up-armored,” version costs from $160,000 to $220,000. And since "This modern Up-Armored HMMWV (UAH), however, still does not fully meet the evolving mobility or protection requirements of our soldiers," according to a report, released by the Army, we can only expect the cost of such vehicles to increase.

The military invests in each vehicle with the assumption that it will last 20 years. It is expected that they will be well-maintained throughout that period, and covering them should be a part of that maintenance routine.

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Reduce Vehicle Damage During Transportation with Transhield

September 21, 2017 / in by Mindy Kruggel

It’s sometimes hard to imagine everything a vehicle must go through to make it from the factory floor to the dealership. Dealers order specific vehicles from each production plant, and the correct vehicles must be properly routed through multiple channels for a timely and damage-free delivery. At the very least, vehicles will have to be transported by truck, probably by train as well, and perhaps even by ship. This puts vehicles at risk for damage due to outdoor elements and road hazards such as rocks, salt, dirt, and bugs.

To avoid harm to vehicles, it is common practice to cover them to protect their exterior from becoming dirty, dented, or scratched. These protective coverings have been applied since the early 1990’s as protection against acid rain. While covering is better than doing nothing, it is also important that the cover itself does not cause damage. Shrink film alone can leave etch marks and oils that must be cleaned at the dealer level. In addition, it does not always protect against flying rock chips or other road debris. 

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Outstanding Customer Service is the Number One Reason Customers Choose Transhield

August 30, 2017 / in by Mindy Kruggel

According to Yahoo Small Business, 30-40% of B2B customers offer referrals, but only if their experience was a pleasant one. Potential customers look to their peers for input on upcoming major purchases, taking their advice very seriously. That makes referrals a great way to educate prospective customers and route them your way. If the experience with your company is a positive one, that prospective buyer will become more than just a satisfied customer, but a repeat buyer who then refers you to others. At Transhield, we are very proud to say that our sales and customer service is the top reason customers not only choose us, but choose to refer us.

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A Case for Protective Covers in the Military

August 22, 2017 / in Corrosion Prevention, Protective Covers / by Jeff Vold

As one who served in the military for 30 years in a very maintenance intensive field (Artillery), and as someone who has also been involved in providing protective cover solutions for the military for over a decade, it was very gratifying to review the U.S. Army’s comprehensive business case analysis on the use of equipment covers for Army ground systems.

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Topics: Corrosion Prevention, Protective Covers

Keep Corrosion—and the FAA—at Bay

August 10, 2017 / in Corrosion Prevention / by Mindy Kruggel

Operators of CFM-56-3, -3B, and -3C variable stator vane (VSV) bores have until August 2018 to start an inspection process to help detect corrosion. This mandate was recently issued by the federal aviation administration (FAA); now the aviation industry is even more attentive than usual to this enemy of aircraft. As MRO-Network reports:

"Corrosion has been found on the inside of the high-pressure compressor (HPC) case around the VSV bores resulting in binding, sticking, and seizure of the VSVs during engine operation,” CFM Int'l explains in the service bulletin, issued in April 2016 and updated in November, that FAA used to craft its directive. "The VSV system actuation check will aid operators in the early detection of excessive corrosion build-up on the inside of the compressor case and around the VSV bores.”

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Topics: Corrosion Prevention

To Cover Is Human: To Cover Expertly Is Divine

July 20, 2017 / in by Mindy Kruggel

Human beings are intuitively protective. Our survival as a species demands it. One manifestation of our protective urges is the habit of covering items that we perceive as “at risk for exposure.” Think umbrellas, hard hats, car ports, and baby bonnets. We want to care for ourselves and our belongings; we cover things because we’re human, and wearing clothes is an exclusively human quality.

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Transhield is the maker of custom protective coverings for the industrial, marine, military, automotive, and wind energy markets. Our corporate offices are located in Elkhart, Indiana where we design and render custom covers as well as engineer and test new fabric formulas in our state-of-the-art laboratory.

 

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