When worries over airborne viruses abound, nothing can clear a room faster than a sneeze. From your own experience, you know how powerful a sneeze is. Science backs you up as a sneeze travels at 100 mph while carrying 100,000 droplets of moisture. This is a concern with COVID-19, as well as during the cold and flu season.
The question then arises, “How does a business protect its customers and employees when face-to-face services are necessary?” The answer is with an old favorite – sneeze guards. These protective devices have been around since the late 1950s. Their first use was to protect food at smorgasbords and ice cream parlors. But these same guards protect people with jobs that demand face-to-face contact.
Think of people in businesses, such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and hotels. With a Plexiglass sneeze guard in place, the risk of infection from airborne viruses is reduced dramatically as this surface blocks viruses and germs. Such a measure is a small price to pay so companies can remain open while protecting people from illness and disease. These days, you’ll find sneeze guards providing safety barriers on school desks, around office cubicles, and at drive-through windows.
These days, a sneeze is more than just a sneeze. It’s a threat to other people’s health. A sneeze projects viruses and germs into the air and onto unsuspecting people nearby. Don’t expose your employees and customers to airborne illness. It’s affordable, convenient, and easy to protect your staff – as well as your customers – with acrylic sneeze guards.
Made of acrylic, plastic, or glass, these sneeze guards are too dense to allow airborne droplets to pass through. Thus, they serve as effective shields, stopping viruses from reaching someone in their path. You can install them on countertops, tables, desks, and food bars – anyplace you would like to safeguard the contents from viruses and germs.
First Used for Smorgasbords
The sneeze guard’s creation goes back many years to 1958 when restauranteur Johnny Garneau installed the first sneeze guard in Pennsylvania to protect food in a smorgasbord from contamination. The first ones were made of glass and used in restaurants, but you see them everywhere these days in any space where you want to protect people and food from germs. An acrylic sneeze guard is a cost-effective and practical way to look after people’s health and well-being.
- Increase Market Share
This bullet is customer driven. The concept is to increase the sales of your product to target consumers, thus, increasing overall market share for your product. (Investors will welcome this anytime they can).
For example, if you operate a Business-To-Business company, your overall goal should be to contact more company heads or HR departments. If you operate a smaller business that focuses on building computers, you’ll want more of the local population to come to your for your services.
- Increase Community Outreach
No year in recent history has impacted smaller & locally owned businesses quite like 2020.
In September of 2020, Yelp released a projection that 60% of US businesses that closed due to COVID-19 won’t re-open.
Becoming a member of local chamber-of-commerce’s is a fantastic way to connect with other businesses in your area and ties directly into Goal #1.
Community outreach is an excellent goal for new or established organizations as new contacts are created and “word-of-mouth” marketing begins to spread.
- Maintain Profits:
Stable finances are, by far, one of the most useful objectives you can have. By nature, a business cannot afford to stay in operation without steady income, or margins.
Maintaining profits (as opposed to increasing revenue) calls for a equilibrium between investments and profitability. Most business owners will agree that investments are necessary to test out changes in the market while expanding business. By establishing a balanced goal, you can figure how much money can go into growth strategies and new projects/equipment/marketing campaigns while still reaching a desired profit goal.
- Reduce Energy/Decrease Tools Necessary for Operation
This bullet is a “dual-edged sword”. If you’re providing a product or service that requires being physically, cutting back on that energy to save money means you could potentially put that money to better use on things that are more useful and/or productive.
This step can be as minimal as cutting down on electricity or unplugging unused equipment on evenings and weekends.
- Grow Shareholder Value
Positive changes in shareholder value is an extension of increasing profits for consumers of your publicly traded entity. Increasing the overall value of your company or organization can increase reputation, profits, or any other classification of “value”. The key aspect of this goal is to define what that value is and structure your key results, projects, and other prospects around this goal.
- Increase Percentage of Sales Made With New Products/Product Features:
When any company introduces a new products, more times than not, research and development went into the “birth” or creation of that specific product or feature.
When brainstorming these new ideas, promoting them by means of marketing should be at the top of your priorities.
Allocating a little more money for marketing of a new item may be the difference between a successful launch or a product flop.
Remember, your overall goal for this bullet is to INCREASE the percentage of sales made and may require different approaches depending on your business structure and offered services.
- Invest in a Quality Control Program
TQM, or Total Quality Management is a program that any company can adopt and is all about continuing to reduce errors made in manufacturing and streamlining a supply chain where physical products are sold.
It equally applies to both when handling with improving customer experiences and training staff. Generally speaking, improving quality across a wide array of areas is a great company level goal that’s easily align able since each team or department can be held accountable for their own work (and mistakes).
- Focus on Leadership Skills for Key Team Members:
Training employees is one thing, Re-Training employees is a whole process of its own.
Making them comfortable so they can speak for themselves, or those under them and engaging creative, out-of-the-box style behavior is imperative.
If your business wants more feedback from lower levels, this is an important focus point to consider.
- Balance Budget for X Period:
If you business if a non-profit organization, balancing a budget is a great top-level attribute to keep up with.
Likewise, this goal is great for teams or departments who may get a set amount to invest in campaigns or projects on a quarterly or annual basis.
- Maintain, or if possible decrease debt.
Understandably across businesses as a whole, debt falls under finances. Maintaining a certain amount of financial debt is actually important…especially for businesses that are just getting started and may not have the profits to cover all debt costs.
- Calculate and Create the Best Value of Product for Cost:
This is a better team goal for sales and marketing. The idea is to focus on selling customers that they are getting the best deal. Whether you’re selling something that is top of the line for higher cost or a cheap, low-cost alternative that doesn’t have the polish of a different brand.
- Make Your Product More Reliable
Unless you have some dubious morality and ethics issues in your business and want to scam them, then making your product more reliable is an ideal way to gain new customers and repeat purchasers.
- Cross-Sell to Long Term Customers
If you already have a loyal customer base, a good goal for 2021 is to sell them on more products. This also builds brand loyalty and ties into bullet 6.
- Providing the Absolute Best Customer Service:
Let’s combine what we’ve learned from bullets 2,6,7,11,12 and 13. Offering the best customer service means that consumers are happier with the overall experience of buying or using your products & services.
- Team Building/Diversity Training Goals:
This is a classic in HR teams. Team building and diversity training brings employee satisfaction to the spotlight to prevent turnover and allow positive environments where everyone is comfortable enough to share their ideas, whether they’re constructive or critical.
At one time, classrooms were crowded and busy places, but that’s not the case now. Social distancing, protective masks, and barriers are the norm. Some of the younger children may be uncertain about the purpose behind sneeze guards in the classroom, and that’s understandable. At Plastic Welding and Fabrication, LTD, we’re well versed with guards and are offering tips for understanding their purpose.
Students should be told about sneeze guards to let them know they’re not meant as a punishment that keeps students away from each other or their teachers. It’s imperative to stress that guards are installed for protection.
Rather than telling students how they work, it’s best to demonstrate how the sneeze guards work to stop the spread of germs. A simulated sneeze will do the trick. Here’s how you do that. Put some colored water in a mist spray bottle and squirt it at the guard. When the fine droplets strike the guard and don’t pass through, it delivers a practical lesson on how the guards work to make classrooms safe.
Of course, this will likely raise questions about the size of germs and the impermeability of materials, but what better place to ask and answer questions than in a classroom?
They are not new. In fact, they’ve been part of our salad bar and dessert buffet experience for many years. But most of us never really gave plastic sneeze guards a second thought, until now. We know all about them at Plastic Welding and Fabrication LTD, and we’ll give you a crash course here.
The practice and execution are simple. It’s erecting an impermeable barrier that works to protect people or products on either side of the shield. A clear plastic sneeze guard does just as the name implies. It guards against the spread of germs that can be transmitted through a sneeze or cough. Initially, they were installed at buffet restaurants and cafeteria serving lines. They protected the food from germs and the diners from food that might have been contaminated by someone’s coughing or sneezing. These guards can be quickly and easily cleaned to maintain a sanitary surface.
Now, plastic sneeze guards are a common sight in nearly all retail and commercial locations as well. They still serve the same purpose, one of protection. Rather than covering a steam tray full of egg rolls, however, they provide safety for the cashier at the grocery store and you while you’re purchasing supplies at the hardware store. You can think of them as a larger equivalent of a face mask.
The installation of plastic sneeze guards is a proven way to limit the spread of germs and viruses. It is an ideal solution for schools, daycare centers, and related settings where children are in close proximity.
These transparent sneeze guards do their jobs very well by blocking the spread of bacteria, and other pathogens while being unobtrusive due to their clarity. They are not substantial menacing barriers that will intimidate anyone, just the opposite. Their presence will provide peace of mind to students and staff alike that steps are being taken to increase safety.
Plastic sneeze barriers are commonly made from acrylic, but they can also be made from polycarbonate sheet, impact-modified acrylic, or PETG sheets for greater durability.
Not only are these guards useful for protecting children and staff in a school, but they have also proven helpful in other locations. It’s not unusual to see them in pharmacies, grocery store checkouts, convenience stores, and a wide range of different businesses and organizations. Plastic sneeze guards are a simple and beneficial tool for decreasing the risk of the spread of airborne viruses. They are affordable, long-lasting, and easy to install and clean. They are a product that protects people on both sides at the same time.
There is an increased demand around the world for sanitation, protection, and cleaning products. As a result, supplier inventories have been running low, but there is an option. Going directly to the manufacturer is the most efficient way to get the items you need.
For example, if you’re looking for street sanitation tanks, you can place an order with a company such as Plastic Welding and Fabrication, LTD that offers custom plastic tank fabrication.
Plastic sanitation tanks can fill several roles from a cleaning standpoint. They can be used to hold cleaning solutions and chemicals, wastewater, and soiled materials, among other uses. Of course, they’re also ideal as a water storage tank as well. Custom plastic tanks can be made to your specifications to meet all of your sanitation needs.
When you are choosing a company to fill your order, make sure you pick one that is committed to the needs of businesses and the public by filling safety-related orders as a priority. Ideally, you will work with one that has a wide range of custom plastic tank options and a streamlined ordering system that allows you to get a free quote and move ahead with the process without delay.
As the upcoming 2020/2021 school year quickly approaches we’ve found that school districts and furniture manufacturers are rapidly sourcing and securing materials to ensure a safe start to the school year. Installing the recommended Sneeze Guards/Sneeze Barriers is a proven way to limit the spread of germs and viruses. It is an ideal solution for schools, daycare centers, and related settings where children are in close proximity to each other.
These transparent sneeze guards do their jobs very well by blocking the spread of bacteria, and other pathogens while being unobtrusive in a classroom setting due to their optically clear color. Plastic Welding & Fabrication, Ltd. (PWF) has considered all obstacles when designing a solution for the learning environment by adding slip-resistant rubber pieces (so barriers cannot easily slide off the desk), rounded and de-burred corners for additional safety measures (so students/staff cannot cut themselves), and 90 degree top fasteners to keep the shield in place.
Plastic sneeze barriers are commonly made from acrylic, but they can also be made using a polycarbonate sheet for greater durability. Not only are these guards useful for protecting children and staff in a school, but they have also proven helpful in other locations such as pharmacies, grocery store checkout counters, convenience stores, and a wide array of different businesses and organizations.
The presence of these barriers will provide peace of mind to students, parents, and staff alike that steps are being taken to increase safety and combat the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses, such as the flu. Contact one of our friendly sales representatives today for a free consultation and quote regarding your specific re-opening needs at 512-295-6412.
One way that you can enhance the capabilities of your metal fabrication shop is to install a Hot-Dip Galvanizing facility. These “Plants” consist of heavy-duty pieces of equipment and the products produced by Plastic Welding & Fabrication, LTD. (PWF) can go a long way in enhancing the strength and corrosion-resistance of such equipment. In this article, we will answer some commonly asked questions about the galvanizing tank specifically.
(Q) What Material Is Used?
(A) PWF will take into consideration all aspects of your operation when selecting the proper material to use for construction of the Galvanizing tank, or “Pickle Tanks”. (Chemical(s) to be used, desired operating temperature, climate for the facility location and any local codes that must be met). Generally, all tanks except the Quench or Caustic tank will be built using 1-1/2″ thick Copolymer Polypropylene (CPP) natural in color.
(Q) What is Copolymer Polypropylene?
(A) Copolymer Polypropylene (CPP) is a thermoplastic that is classified under the Polyolefin group of materials. It has excellent resistance to acids, alkalis, and organic solvents. CPP is a little bit softer and more pliable than Homopolymer Polypropylene (HPP) with a much better impact strength to address the concern of cracking with HPP. This material can operate continuously up to 180 Degrees F, which makes it the ideal choice of construction for Hot-Dip Galvanizing Pretreatment Tanks.
(Q) How Do Galvanizing Tanks Get to The Workplace?
(A) All tanks are shipped on flatbed trailers by an 18 wheeler or suitable hot-shot. If required, the tanks may be loaded/unloaded by cranes.
(Q) Are The Tanks Supported?
(A) Years ago, pre-treatment tanks were constructed of “Acid Brick”. As the industry grew and industrialized Drop-In Liners (Un-Supported) were introduced to the market. A few years ago, Freestanding, Self-Supported & Open Top Tanks (Externally Supported W/ Encapsulations) became more popular as the “go-to” choice in the Galvanizing industry from a global aspect. PWF can build a liner that drops into your existing support system OR a complete Freestanding tank that requires only full bottom support.
(Q) Do you offer any warranty?
(A) All of our custom tanks and custom products are backed by a 2-year workmanship warranty. We include this at no additional charge because we feel that you deserve the peace of mind with your new investment.
When planning to purchase a new galvanizing tank, it is important to consult with an experienced company that places customer success and satisfaction at the top of their priorities. Plastic Welding & Fabrication, Ltd. is always standing by to help plan, construct, and install the highest quality products possible while keeping your bottom line at the utmost consideration. If you have more questions, please feel free to reach out and speak with a sales representative at +1 (512) 295-6412.
April 20th, 2016
Plastic Welding & Fabrication, Ltd. (PWF) began like most other small businesses, in a garage. Our Founder and Owner, Shaun Shoemake made repairs to plastic products and built small projects (As big as he could at the time). Eventually, a particular customer put their faith in us to build an entire hot-dip galvanizing plant, Since then, we have out-grown 2 buildings and occupy 2 large buildings just outside of Austin, Texas. In his days spent in the shop and field, Shaun combined his already vast knowledge of the industry with his notes taken during repairs of the competitions’ tanks and has been aiming to build the superior process tank on the market.
- All designs and welds are in accordance to the international plastic bonding and welding guidelines of the D.V.S. (German Welding System). Several years ago, the D.V.S. was translated into English and adopted by the A.W.S. (American Welding Society).
- All Tanks vertical corners and all butt welds are produced by our thermal corner and butt fusion welding machine with produces 100% strength welds of the parent materials. PWF has one of the newest Butt/Corner fusion welders in the United States for the best possible welds.
- All Encapsulations are thermally bent on our Fusion bender machine, which produces 100% strength welds of parent materials.
- All encapsulation corners are fusion welded on our plate welder for the strongest corner possible.
What’s Included on a Freestanding Tank?
- Tube-steel, sized for your specific tank, then fully encapsulated in 3/8″ Copolymer Polypropylene (CPP).
- Lift points, Four (4) which are located on the top rim flange.
- If required, doublers will be added for additional support from the base to the side-wall and wall to wall.
- Most tanks are built using 1-1/2″ CPP Natural, CPP has ten (10) times the impact resistance of Homo-Polymer Polypropylene. CPP easily handles operating temperatures up to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, CPP is chemically inert to most chemicals to include hydro-choleric acid, sulfuric acid, caustic rinse, and zinc-ammonium chloride (Pre-Flux).
- Additional options include walkway supports and toe kick plates, sand-blasting and coal tar epoxy coating of the tube-steel before encapsulation, end perforated protective panels for your heater, & More.
Buda, Texas 78610
2457 S. Loop 4 Bldg #4
Buda, TX 78610
All flanges are custom made and vary in sizes from 1″ all the way to 24″. If you don’t see what you need below, you can send us a drawing to provide a price quote. These fittings are 150# rated and are mainly constructed of PVC.
Interested in reaching out to us? give us a call at +1 (512) 295-6412 to speak with a representative or just initiate a chat on our website!