Promotional Maglites (Maglights is a common misspelling) will display your company logo for a very long time. But did you know that their famous lifetime limited warranty was just reduced to 10 years? I wouldn’t worry about the quality of this famous flashlight. I think that the company is just streamlining its cost of production and maintenance, to keep up with the competition. If a Maglite used to last a lifetime, it will probably continue to do so.
Here is part of the text from the Maglite website today:
What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done? For a lot of us, that might be something as minute as killing that large spider in the corner of your bathroom. Or maybe you are a brave woman who has gone through childbirth (or you are the brave husband who stood beside her). Bravery has many faces. For a very special group of Americans, the bravest thing they’ve done is protect and defend our country in times of war.
Today is Veterans Day, a very special day in which Americans celebrate and honor all military veterans. The holiday originated as Armistice Day in 1919, as it honored the ending of WWI on the 11th hour of 11th day of 11th month in 1918. But in 1954, after the end of WWII, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in order to honor American veterans of all wars, not just those who fought in WWI.
What better way to celebrate and thank our veterans than with an American flag mini Maglite flashlight. Handing them out at your company or town’s Veterans Day celebration will brighten up everyone’s day.
Your pipe diameter tape measure is probably the most valuable and simplest tool in your toolbox. It will tell you the outside diameter of a pipeline (or your arm) when you wrap it around the circumference. What if you lost your pipe tape? How would you measure the diameter of a pipe or any round object?
Use a regular tape measure, if it is flexible enough to wrap around the pipe. A carpenter’s tape is made to stay stiff, so it won’t work in this case. Since the end hook won’t let you lay the zero mark against the pipe, you would have to start at the 1 or 2 inch mark. Read the circumference and divide by 3.14159. That’s a lot of trouble.
Use an expensive caliper, transfer the reading to a measuring tape, perhaps, then divide by pi. That’s a clumsy way of doing it.
Get a real expensive micrometer. Since they have a narrow range of measuring (1 inch), it would have to be a certain size to begin with. Then measure the diameter directly. Reading the markings on a micrometer is not the easiest thing to do. You have to read the shaft measurement, then add the tumbler measurement to it.
The diameter tape measure easily figures the diameter of a pipe or pipeline. All you have to do is wrap it around the pipe, and read off the diameter. Here are its mysteries..
Why is the “zero” mark not at the beginning of the tape? It is a couple inches away from the beginning of the tape.
Why does the end of the tape have a “loop” instead of a “hook”?
Why are some calibrated in 100ths of an inch, and some in 64ths of an inch, and some in millimeters?
By having the zero mark away from the beginning of the tape, you can easily line up the other part of the tape to the zero mark.
Since zero is not at the end of the tape, there is no need to have a hook there. What is helpful, is to have a metal loop to hold onto, when wrapping the tape around the pipe.
Different strokes for different folks. Automotive repair people prefer the 64ths of an inch calibration. Oilfield people prefer the 100ths of an inch version. And of course, some people use the metric system of measurement.
Have you given any thought to your Halloween costume yet? Maybe something scary or funny, or maybe (like some of us) this isn’t your favorite holiday and you prefer to just leave it to the kids to dress up.
Either way, you’ll need to prepare for a night of trick-or-treating, and the most important accessory for that is a Maglite flashlight.
Pipe Tally Books are normally used by workers in oilfields. They keep track of the
exact time that a section of pipe is attached to the drilling rig. Also they record the length and diameter of the pipe. These drilling workers need a heavy duty book that can easily fit into their pocket. That’s a short history of tally books. But here are some things you might not have known about these special books:
Anyone who works outdoors and needs to keep records, can use a tally book. Other users are foresters, wind energy inspectors, handymen, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and waterworks people.
The pages are sewn in, for durability. A little ring binder wouldn’t be as durable.
A new option for the pages is the sewn water-resistant Stone Pad. If you try to tear a sheet, it just stretches a little. You can’t tear it.
The cover is made of high grade vinyl, which comes in colors to coordinate with your company logo. This gives the book a high resistance to rain and abrasion.
Got a favorite pen or pencil? Since these books are custom made, they can have a pen loop built into them.
Golfers nationwide will be celebrating second chances today on National Mulligan Day. In golf, a mulligan happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a shot that went wrong. Don’t we all need that in our daily lives?
This week when you’re on the fairway with your customers, think about how you can advertise with golf gifts with your logo. Need matching golf shirts for an upcoming tournament? What about a custom golf ball set? Your customers will appreciate any golf gift with your logo you can think of.
No do-overs needed.
Good luck out there on the golf course- Here’s to more birdies and less bogeys!
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a month where people nationwide spread awareness about the disease.
Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, but thankfully today’s technology and medical innovations have provided many more treatment options than in the past.
Your company, no matter the size, can help:
-Share an employee’s story
-Hold a company fundraiser and give out pink engraved flashlights
-Change your website’s color to pink
-Volunteer time at a race, while carrying an engraved flashlight
-Have a “Wear Pink” day at your office
Early detection is key, so please talk to your doctor about the best plan for you.
It comes as no surprise that the most successful companies are those with the best customer service. How can you improve the efficiency, quality, and reliability of yours this week? After all, it is National Customer Service Week.
First, you need to define how you can transform your customer service from just “meh” to “ah-may-zing!”.
Always answer the phone
Listen to your employees; happy employees will lead to better service
Take constructive criticism- complaints can become opportunities
Hire & train employees properly
The next question, once you’ve attracted your customers, is how can you keep them coming back? What incentives or gifts with your logo can you give them?
If you are a business owner, here are powerful ways to present a Maglite engraved with your logo. Don’t ever give a quality gift in a casual manner.
Present the Maglites® at the annual business banquet.
Give them as safety awards at your yearly safety meeting.
Give them one at a time, as each recipient walks up to the podium beside you.
Take a group picture of all the employee recipients, and include it in the press release you give to the newspapers.
When visiting your best customers, present the Maglite® to them as soon as you greet them. That is the sole purpose of your visit. Even so, they might use the opportunity to buy your product or services.
Following this advice will make your investment give you many rewards.