at our CA office to learn about all the new tools available in the window cleaning industry and leave with knowledge on possible business add-ons or refresh your expertise on services you already offer.
8:00-8:30am Cameron Riddell open share a few Marketing Tips -Whats new At Bird Barrier
(Free Training Classes)
8:30-8:45am Tim Screen Magic
-Tim from Screen Magic
8:45-9:30am Kevin Mullins; IPC Eagle
Introduce–Indoor WFP –Hydro Station
9:45-10:15am Paul Offutt; Unger Introduce -New nLite Brush and Ninja Washer Sleeve
10:00-10:30am Jeff Flint
-Hard Water Stain Removal Kit
10:30-11:30am Rob Fairfield –Stone Pro
-Introduce Glass Cleaner & Granite
11:30-12:00pm Alan Noah – Titan Labs
“Adding services to your window cleaning business”
Water flow from Pencil Jets is a personal preference and depends a lot on how much water volume and pressure you have available.
Most water-fed poles pencil jets are rather small about 5/64in or 2mm in size.
The small sizes allows for water conservation and is ideal systems that produce a small amounts of water flow like back packs and tap water pressure RO/DI.
This is important in the UK where they carry their water.
In the US where water is easily accessible and made on demand many window cleaners elect to use larger pencil jets for a faster rinse with less splash-back.
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A larger orifice slows the water down and allows a larger rinse pattern and allows you to clean more glass per hour. Larger Pencil jets are especially useful on hydrophobic glass.
Here we are using two different size pencil jets for the nLite brushes from Unger.
In the illustration above the left picture Pencil Jet is 5/64inch and the right 1/8in, notice the rinse area is larger for the 1/8in jet (right) on this hydrophobic glass.
Both jets are operating at the same distance and same pressure.
The 1/8in jets will make the rinsing easier.
Smaller jets are great for those with back pack (small pump) sprayers or low water pressure and those that need to or want to conserve water.
Larger Jets are slow the water down and allow and easier and quicker rinse.
The water consumption difference in jets sizes small to medium is very small, maybe 0.2 gallon per minute, that represents a lot when you only have 4 gallons available.
But is not very noticeable to a person with a good RO/DI unit
This is a table of Pencil Jets sizes as we know them.
Pencil jets have been easy to change in some manufactures brushes.
(Tucker and nLite) For others changing to a medium size jet is a simple as running a the right size drill bit through the pencil jets in the brush they already have. If you are interested the table above will help you decide the size for you. I suggest USA Medium as a good start, it has proven to be a favorite of many of US window cleaners
The 16th Window Cleaning Network Picnic took place last weekend in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
The Picnic is a unique networking event focused more on “natural” networking than seminars. Three days of activities are planned; ¾ of attendees spend more than one day here.
There were 88 attendees in all from 19 states who by all accounts had a great time.
Activities began Friday with lift training, then the Don Chute Memorial Golf charity golf (sponsored by IPC Eagle), an AUWC membership meeting, and the DSC reception in the hotel lounge. Unfortunately the Friday fireworks show was cancelled by the city because of the drought. We kept the bar open longer and Unger picked up the bar tab – it worked.
There were 3 seminars. Dave Webb of International Equipment taught an aerial lift safety class and hands on certification tests. Jeff Scott spoke about – and stressed – high rise training and rooftop safety. These two topics actually mesh together well. Half of Picnic attendees do high rise, and most route/residential window cleaners get high rise leads from time to time.
Gary Mauer discussed his goal of attending Glass Performance Days 2013 in Finland as a continuation of the effort to promote tempered glass quality to the glass industry.
On Saturday we were outside by the JRC Picnic tent by 11:15; weather was perfect all afternoon. John Becker of Ettore prepared an awesome meal – Santa Maria steaks, sweet corn, baked potatoes, salads, watermelon – and cake.
After lunch there were demos of lifts, waterfed pole systems, indoor systems, screen cleaning and pressure wash systems. New products from Unger and Ettore were introduced. The Picnic’s work truck show – where window cleaners park trucks on the lawn and show each other stuff – was a popular networking opportunity
The water balloon/dunk game helped kick off fundraising for another Gary Mauer fabricating debris scratch test seminar at GPD. The day ended with a huge door prize drawing with a ton of prizes from JRC, Ettore, Unger, Titan Labs and a host of other Window Cleaning Network Sponsors. Prizes included 4 waterfed poles, a Weber grill, GPS and Kindle Fire.
On day 3, Sunday, some of us went charter fishing on Lake Michigan – and caught 19 large lake trout and king salmon. Mike Dieltz’s trout is getting mounted. One group hit the giant German Fest in Milwaukee. Another went up to Slinger Speedway – billed as the world’s fastest quarter mile – for stock car racing.
Olympia Resort – site of the Picnic since 1997 – is a 250 room hotel with a spa, pools, golf course, restaurant and bars. A $1.3m renovation project is underway. Next year’s Window Cleaning Network Picnic will held here the weekend of July 27, 2013.
New to the Unger Ninja line are the ErgoTec Ninja T-Bar and Sleeve. The Advanced Ninja technology cleans faster! The washer sleeve features built-in rows of microfiber scrubbing bristles that provide extra cleaning power. The abrasive pads located on both ends for stubborn cleaning and the ergonomic T-bar handle rotates and locks to any angle.
We are now in stock! For those Ninja window cleaners out there, make sure to get your hands on these, because its a HOT item!
The highest professional cleaning standards are even easier to achieve with the Unger HiFlo nLite System thanks to its perfect balance between weight and rigidity. Not only are the Poles lighter than conventional versions, the use of cutting edge design and technology means that even when extensions are added rigidity is not compromised, and yet the weight and ergonomics of the system still make it a pleasure to use.
We wanted to share with you a little bit of the exciting products we saw and people we ran into at the ISSA Interclean convention in Amsterdam this past week.
Steve and Cameron spent the entire week at the show, meeting with our vendors and learning about all the up-and-coming products and techniques so that we could bring all this information back to our customers.
Take a look at all of the cool things surrounding Unger’s booth:
The traditional tools we have all come to know and love:
A new and exciting item released at the show: Unger Ninja Sleeves and T-Bars!
The sleeves are made up of part monsoon and part microfiber.
J. Racenstein should be seeing them roll into the US and our warehouses mid-June, so call us next month to get yours!
Also, check out these “trickster” window cleaners Unger had showing off the ease-of-use of their Ninja line:
Next, we stopped by the Ettore booth. It was very pristine, white (nice for a cleaning convention!) and well displayed.
Steve and John Becker from Ettore looking happy.
After Ettore we stopped by the IPC booth. They do a lot of manufacturing aside from window cleaning, therefore their booth was HUGE!
We stopped but the IPC Pulex section and found all of our old friends:
And a new one! We found a great new product for indoor cleaning:
Fill the jug at the bottom of the pole with pure water, and use the red lever on the side to spray the water onto the glass. The pad at the top of the pole is a replaceable microfiber pad. A pretty cool, light tool to clean those tough to reach indoor windows easily and efficiently. Coming soon to the US!
As we were walking through the show with Shawn Gavin, from RHG Products, we ran into our friends from Brodex WaterFed Poles!
And later met with the guys at Ionic:
Their cool booth:
And of course, their awesome new line of Water Purification systems:
All of these new and improved systems are in our new catalog. Ionic has put a lot of work into improving these systems. Call us today to learn about their exciting new features!
Also in their both, a demonstration of their Swift Poles cleaning Solar Panels:
AND, the amazing new 18 Meg Ultra Pure water purification system. Information about this new, extremely efficient system can be found in our new 2012 catalog (page 127)
And finally… some silly products, people and experiences we found while at the show:
First, we will start with this guy! He gets an A for dressing the part!
Shawn’s pick: an automatic show cover placement machine:
In goes the foot Out comes the foot, with the shoe cover on:
And lastly, check out these guys using their boat, that holds purified water, to clean yachts!!!!
Hope you enjoyed our recap of some of the cool new things we found at the ISSA convention!
If you ever have a chance to head to Amsterdam, take the opportunity! It is beautiful!