Jim Patterson, President of Static Clean & Bob Fraser, Managing Director of Fraser Anti-Static shook hands on a deal that gives each company broader coverage and depth of products in static neutralization, static generating and particulate control in their respective markets.
Both companies have a long history of manufacturing its own products for the static industry. Static Clean has also been manufacturing one of the Fraser 24vdc static bars in the US for more than a year and the plan is to expand into manufacturing other Fraser products in the first quarter of 2019. The plan also includes Static Clean becoming Fraser’s major distributor in the Americas for its 24vdc ionizers. The Fraser products helps Static Clean gain a strong position in the Plastics and Converting markets.
Over the past 15 years, Static Clean has developed a unique line of static eliminating, particle source-capturing systems for the Medical Device sector. With medical device manufacturing growing in Europe and beyond, Fraser Anti-Static Techniques looks to include Static Clean products to serve these emerging market opp
Let’s face it, the Medical Device Manufacturers have come under scrutiny, not only from their customers, but also from the FDA in an effort to create a manufacturing environment that has less particulate which can impact quality. Static Clean International manufactures static control and particle source-capturing products that aid in this effort by reducing particles at critical points in the process. Three of the most critical areas in the process are at the molding, assembly, and packaging stages of these medical devices. Packaging is the primary source of foreign particles in the process. Remember, these packages are going to house a medical device that eventually ends up at a hospital or a clinic for use on patients where “clean” is critical.
Medical Clean Room Test Environment
Customers ask us how well our Medical Cleaning Systems work and to what level our “Clean and Pack” system helps to reduce contaminants. In an effort to guarantee success, Static Clean International recently installed a brand new ISO Class 7 Clean Room that is fully equipped with products that are designed to reduce particles, lower rejects and improve yields. Customers are invited to visit our facility, bring their trays or devices into our clean room, and learn first-hand the value that Static Clean and its products bring to the Medical Industry.
The Summer Olympics are in full swing and the elite athletes are always trying to find ways to achieve peak performance. Sometimes the difference between winning a gold or silver medal is decided on a tiny margin and can depend on achieving the smallest advantage. This year the 2016 Summer Olympics are being held in Brazil and temperatures are slated to be in the mid 80’s during the day with high humidity. Manufacturers of sporting apparel spend huge sums of money on the research and development of clothing and other products that work with the human body. Athletic shoes have been engineered to be lighter with better foot protection, and clothing has been made to feel so minimal it’s like wearing nothing at all. The integration of Lycra® fabric is one of the most common innovations in achieving comfort, fit and performance.
How Lycra® Moves Us
Lycra® is a registered brand name for a polyurethane-based synthetic fiber that’s also called spandex or elastane. The DuPont Company® first developed Lycra® in 1958 to replace latex rubber as a stretching agent in clothing. Lycra® is prized for its strength and durability, and is almost always mixed with either cotton or polyester. Although Lycra® accounts for only a small percentage of the final fabric, it is key in retaining the look and feel of the other fibers. An estimated 80% of clothing sold in the United States contained spandex in 2010. Because of its ability to mold to the body, Lycra® is ideal for use in swimwear and sportswear. It was once thought 100% cotton was best for sportswear because of its ability to breathe. Science has actually shown us that 100% cotton can raise body temperature, making it difficult to move at a high levels of performance.
The Buzz About Lycra®
The buzz word today is to look for clothing that will wick sweat away from an athlete’s skin. How does this help someone towards a competitive advantage, and how does it work? For the sake of discussion, let’s focus on swimming. According to Aqua Sport West, high performance athletes care more about reducing suit drag, skin friction and water absorption. Lycra® along with other fabrics containing Lycra® offer the best performance and value. It is actually hard to find any cotton in good swimwear these days. Reducing drag is probably the most important factor. As the material or a body moves, the lower the frictional impact of a material against air, wind or water, the more a body can lower its resistance. This is very similar to static electricity when the lowest coefficient of friction will lower the static on a body or material.
Lycra® is a highly static material, but when intimate to the human body, the level of static is lowered. That is why you see swimmers use bathing suits like Speedo® that are tight fitting. The same can be said for those who wear tight clothes when racing bicycles.
The Static Eliminator
At Static Clean International we work with some of the world’s largest manufacturers of Lycra®, Polyester and other well accepted athletic materials. During the weaving process of these materials, the static levels are very high and many of the defects found in these materials are due to static during the processing. A little static cling can cause high defect rates, especially when running high speed clothing manufacturing equipment. Our products eliminate static during the manufacturing process. However, once the finished product is on the human body, the static is collapsed by being intimate to the body and static is no longer an issue. We have a keen understanding of how frictional forces during a race or a swim meet are reduced because the material of choice has a lower coefficient of friction that allows the clothing to have less resistance in motion. From our position, we can feel good about the fact that we have helped those who compete by improving the quality of what they wear.
On Daddy-Daughter Day, it gives dads everywhere a chance to evaluate the job they’ve done in raising their daughters. It has been said that Dads have a tremendous impact on their daughter’s self-esteem and confidence.
A Positive Force…
Many times you read about the friction between daughters and their dads. In my case, especially with my daughter Jules, friction is a positive force. We make a living working closely together at Static Clean International fixing problems for companies that are impacted by the friction forces that create static electricity. For many of the factories that process plastic products, static means downtime. We’ve become experts at handling friction in our personal and professional lives. We would like to wish all dads and daughters a great day today and may the force be with you, especially if it is the positive force that bonds families.
On Sunday May 1st, 2016 one of Static Cleans’ own participated in the once 20-mile, now 10-mile Walk for Hunger put on by Project Bread. She walked alongside nearly 40,000 people at the 48th Annual Walk for Hunger in Boston, MA. As she was walking – she said her mind was racing. Sounds crazy, right? How can you walk and race at the same time? Seems nearly impossible, doesn’t it? As you start to walk – your minds racing so naturally you want to walk faster to reach the finish line… or at least run to keep up with your thoughts. But that’s impossible to do when as you are walking along the path you read signs that include statistics of the poverty stricken community.
Some of the thoughts that went through her head: There are 9.6% of households in Massachusetts with some level of food insecurity. Of that 9.6%, 5.5% have a low food security and 4.1% have a very low food security. All households with children make up 19.2%. This means that half the population of households in Massachusetts that have children are not food secure. Half of them! How is that possible? How can we stop this? What can we do to help? In 2013, 10.6% of households in Massachusetts (nearly 700,000 adults and children) were food insecure. From the years of 2003 to 2013 – the food insecurity rate has gone up by 71%… and hasn’t moved since!
There are numerous outreach programs available to help the food insecure community. Some of them include CNOP (Child Nutrition Outreach Program); Community Garden – where the community helps to garden land that provides crops; Farmer’s Markets are on the rise; Food Rescue – where fresh food is collected from restaurants and super markets and delivered to community organizations where it’s cooked & distributed; and Gleaning – which is where leftover crops from farmer’s fields can be used as they are not economically profitable to harvest. There are programs in place, but it’s up to us to bring awareness.
As she was walking alongside the nearly 40,000 people – one gentleman, a dad and his son stuck out in particular. How do you explain hunger to a child that barely understands what it means to be hungry because his belly is filled with food; his family is food secure. Well, this father explained that as much as our feet hurt from walking the 10 miles – the bellies of our brothers and sisters hurt, from hunger. Our feet hurt for the 10 miles and maybe the day after, but these men, women and children have hungry (or hurting) bellies every single day. It doesn’t go away.
How to Help
Support comes in many different shapes and sizes. Consider donating to the Walk for Hunger: Every little bit helps. $25.00 provides a hot meal for fifteen people at a community supper program! (See if your company will match your donation!) Maybe you can’t provide financial support, but you can donate your time to a local shelter to help serve or prepare the food. Or maybe, just maybe you are a large corporation in the food industry that can help donate the food to a local shelter or even to next year’s Walk for Hunger! What better way to help others, support your community and get your name out there at the same time! Let’s walk for Hope… hope that things will be different in the future.
Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War to honor the war dead on both sides of the war. Originally established on May 5th, the date was moved to May 30th in 1868.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and the first event was held at Arlington National Cemetery where 5,000 people laid flowers on 20,000 graves.
In 1915, inspired by the poem, “In Flanders Fields”, Moina Michael was an American professor and humanitarian who conceived the idea of using poppies as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in World War I replied with her own poem, which goes as follows:
“We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on the fields where valor led
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies”.
Ms. Michael started wearing poppies as a personal tribute.
In 1922 the VFW (Veteran’s of Foreign Wars) became the first veteran’s organization to sell poppies nationally.
In 1948, the US Post Office issued a red, 3 cent stamp with the likeness of Ms. Michael for establishing the National Poppy movement.
Since 1971, it is recognized as a National Holiday that is celebrated on the last Monday in May.
In 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed. It was a voluntary, informal moment, where at 3:00 we observe a moment of silence or listen to TAPS.
Info gathered from works by Joshua Claybourn 2014 entitled, Memorial Day.
Land of the Free Because of the Brave…
Two weeks ago, I attended “Night of Blues” fundraiser for Vietnam Veterans and was the winning bidder on a beautiful patriotic, handmade blanket. I am proud to own such a treasure as a reminder of the liberty our country offers and the sacrifice that our heroes have given to keep us free. I was in a wine store last week and I came across a bottle of wine that was called “Purple Heart”. Below you can see the images of both the wine and the blanket. If you are sitting on a blanket, enjoying a good glass of wine anytime soon, please remember those who made it possible for us to enjoy such freedoms.
Moina Belle Michael (August 15, 1869-May 10, 1944) who was mentioned in the blog was an American professor and humanitarian who conceived the idea of using poppies as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in World War I.