If you want to impress your customers, and give them a useful gift with your corporate logo, give them Tally Books. These water resistant note-keepers are used every day, sometimes every hour, by workers in these fields:
Oil well drilling, offshore and on land
Windmill inspection and maintenance
Oil well inspection
Gas well drilling and inspection
Pipeline inspection and maintenance
Railroad inspection and maintenance
Field biology, zoology, and botany
Electrical power line installation, inspection, and maintenance
As a bonus idea, you can have your customer’s logo on the front, and your logo and contact information on the back.
Lufkin® has a world-wide reputation for making high quality tape measures. They used to make them in the USA, but they have shifted the production facilities to Mexico. Some of the tapes are made out of a cast case, which is highly polished and chrome plated, like the w906pd. Others, like the w606pd have a stamped case, which is shiny and chrome plated. A third type of case is black plastic, like the asw616pd. However, the tape blade inside is the same in all 3 types of cases. It is capable of measuring diameters up to 23 inches.
Pi-Cobra is a brand name for diameter tapes made with
a cast case which is chrome plated. It can hold a longer tape blade, capable of measuring diameters up to 38 inches. The case is very durable. These are manufactured in China.
Various other Chinese manufacturers make versatile OD tapes like the 416-04-024-P. The back side of the tape measures diameter up to 24″ in 100ths of an inch or 610 mm. The case is plastic, and has a key ring attached to it.
The UT-56675 is made in the USA. It is capable of
measuring pipes up to 45 inches in diameter. This is a belt tape, not a pocket tape. The calibrations are in tenths of an inch diameter.
Promotional Maglites® (some people spell it Promotional Maglights, but that is an incorrect spelling) are the most famous flashlights in the world. When you have your corporate logo laser engraved on them, you have just made the perfect gift for your customers.
They are USA-made.
They are durable and dependable.
They can be put into gift sets with Leatherman® tools or pocket knives.
Pi Day is March 14. This year you can help celebrate by answering the question at the bottom.
Pi is the constant ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, no matter what size the circle is. This is useful knowledge when you work with water pipes or oil or gas pipelines, and you need to replace part of it. You can measure the circumference and divide by pi. But there’s an easier way to do that.
Let a Lufkin Diameter tape measure do it for you. You just wrap it around the pipe, and read the diameter. Mathematicians call pi an irrational number, since it goes on for an infinite number of decimal places, but using a diameter tape is a very rational and easy way to find the diameter of a pipe. To see a little video on How to measure the diameter of a pipe, just click here.
A brief history of the Thermos® Bottle goes back to 1892. The glass vacuum flask was invented by Sir James Dewar of Scotland. It was intended to keep chemical experiments at a constant temperature. William B. Walker obtained the patent rights and founded The American Thermos Bottle Company in 1907. The first bottles in the Brooklyn NY factory were double-glass vacuum bottles and protected by a metal cylinder. Then in 1966, a new design was introduced. The Thermos bottles were made with a double wall of stainless steel. No glass was used. Now you could drop the bottle and not be disappointed with a broken glass insert.
Today, the latest design is a hi-end replacement for the Koozie® sleeve. It holds a soft drink can or a beer bottle, and keeps it cold for much longer.
This ruler will make your job easier, so you can obtain measurements off the drawing without having to convert from the drawing’s actual measurements. You can use the 12″ size in the office. Or, you can take the 6″ pocket version with you into the field. For larger drawings, you can use the retractable pocket architect tape. This will work either in the field, or the office.
This time, we won’t get into the geometry theory of pi that we had in high school. The magic of a pipe diameter tape measure is its simplicity of use. Here are the 3 steps to find the diameter of a pipeline:
Clean the pipe surface. Soil and any other contamination, of course, will make the pipe seem bigger than it really is.
Wrap the diameter tape around it, with the diameter scale visible to you.
Simply read off the tape. This will be the diameter, even though the tape is wrapped around the circumference. That’s all!
Some things to watch for…..Some OD tapes (diameter tapes) are marked in 100ths of an inch. Some are marked in 64ths of an inch. On the 64ths of an inch tape, 32/64 would be 1/2″. 16/64 would be 1/4″. 24/64 would be 3/8″. For convenience, you can use a magic marker to mark some of these common, but confusing measurements.