Unfortunately, there are none in stock anywhere. Lufkin doesn’t even have any.
They have continually moved back their ship date since January 2022. At this point, I won’t be happy until they tell us that they shipped us some tapes.
I don’t know whether it is a raw material shortage, labor shortage, or otherwise. This problem has existed for 12 months now. I can’t imagine what the problem might be with Lufkin/Apex.
Yes. Definitely. The Pi-Cobra tapes are an excellent substitute. The T217-6654 measures pipe diameters up to 38 inches, in 100ths of an inch. Your imprint can even be put on both sides of the case, at an extra charge. It is also available in metric scale (T217-6657).
Budget. How much do you want to spend on each customer? Better yet, what is the lifetime value of each customer? Do they spend $1,000 a year? Over 20 years, they would spend $20,000. Would you be willing to spend $50 on an advertising gift for that customer? Remember, this type of gift will last a lifetime.
Size. Maglites come as small as one AAA battery. The largest one uses 4 D batteries. There are many in between those two sizes.
Style. There are rechargeable ones, incandescent ones, and LED ones. Which style is more suited to your client base?
Color. Your corporate logo might be in color, and you may want to continue that color in all your advertising. Maglites come in several colors, depending on the model.
Quantity. Do you want to do this project for all your customers, or just the big spenders? That’s up to you.
Tally Books got their origin as compact, water resistant, pocket sized notebooks that oilfield workers use. They keep constant records of when they add a section of pipe when drilling a well. They also need to record the size of the pipe and other parameters associated with the event.
The water resistant feature, and the compact size, have made tally books great for everyone else that works outdoors, and needs to keep frequent records. Who needs tally books? Here are some ideas, and some of them might be a little far fetched. A little humor never hurts. LOL
In 2021 and still in 2022, there are widespread supply chain issues worldwide. Many products that are made in China have had 2 problems making it to the United States. First of all, is their labor problem. Covid 19 outbreaks have closed down Chinese factories at least twice since 2019. Secondly, transportation issues have been another major issue. The price of shipping has increased drastically, and the port of Los Angeles had a bottleneck issue several months ago.
All these issues have contributed to the dramatic slowdown of raw materials and
finished products. Pipe diameter tape measures are no exception. Lufkin makes the most popular one, and has shipped only a small amount of inventory in the last 12 months to its distributors. At this point, August 2022, the future of more shipments is uncertain. An alternative diameter tape is made in China, the Pi-Cobra Diameter Tape. Shipments are due in the United States shortly, but maybe not soon enough or big enough to satisfy the need of customers.
A Pipe Diameter Tape Measure is used by oil companies and Water utility companies. The oil companies are doing very well right now, due to the profitability of oil drilling. So their need for these tapes is higher than the supply. This is driving up the price of the Pi-Cobra tapes. Hopefully, this supply chain problem will soon come to an end.