Many workplaces have areas that are designated for both thoroughfare and restricted access at different times. An example would be a warehouse roller door – deliveries need to come in and stock needs to go out, but customers and visitors need to be made aware of ‘No Entry’ rules.
Traditionally, businesses have used traffic cones, bollards, wall mounted signage, free standing signs or a combination of these methods to deter customers, visitors or unauthorized staff. When access needs to be made available multiple times a day, bollards and similar barrier methods become cumbersome to move and are sometimes not put back in place by staff, and in the case with wall signage, are occasionally not seen at all.
ReCoila manufactures an easy solution for areas that are designated as both thoroughfare and restricted access – a wall mounted safety barrier reel, fitted with 15 metres of retractable barrier tape, in high visibility orange, pink or yellow. A model is also available fitted with yellow plastic chain.
When mounted on the side wall of a doorway or access way, the BAR Series reels allow staff to easily unwind up to fifteen metres of chain or tape and attach it to a hook on the opposite wall. The barrier is quickly and easily retracted when pedestrian or vehicular access is necessary.
The reels have a durable impact and UV resistant outer case coupled with a heavy duty spring mechanism, making them ideal for harsh industrial environments.
With over 30 years experience in designing and manufacturing hose reels and cable reels, ReCoila is well placed to offer custom a design and manufacturing facility for all types of applications.
Can we build it? Yes we can.
We build reels from polypropylene, steel, stainless steel and aluminium to suit all types of industries – mining, offshore oil and gas, petrochemical, marine, food processing, firefighting, pressure washing, electrical, manufacturing, industrial and more.
If you need a hose reel and those in our standard range don’t fit the bill, we can build one from scratch to suit your unique application.
So you know you need a hose reel. Before you get in contact with us, think about exactly what you want your reel to do. Sounds obvious, but there is a swag of options to choose from and our recommendations are guided by what you tell us, so the more information you can provide, the better.
This becomes more apparent if you’re contacting us on behalf of the engineer at your company who doesn’t like calling suppliers. “Call these guys and get some prices,” he says. But try and press him (or her) for specifics first – at a minimum, we’ll need the hose size, pressures, temperatures, bend radius of the hose (your hose supplier can provide this information), what the reel will be made from, the rewind method, and what will be flowing through the reel.
It also helps to ask where the hose reel will be positioned, who will be operating it, and what kind of hose will be put on the reel. (Whilst we usually quote custom reels without hose, the type and size of hose used will ultimately affect how we build the reel, so we need this info too).
To avoid any headaches down the track, take the time to confirm these specs, then later on, carefully review your quotation and the drawings and other information we provide to you. Alterations and fixes are easy on paper; not so easy in steel.
Contact us for a quote
To quote accurately, we do need quite a bit of info from you. The specs detailed above sound like a lot – but it enables us to recommend the best reel for your unique application.
To get the ball rolling, you can complete the detailed online quote request form (with help text to guide you through) and one of our technical sales staff will be in contact within a day or so.
Designing totally unique, custom made hose reels can be a tricky business. With so many different factors coming into play, rarely can we rely on our own experience alone. We’ve always consulted with customers and other industry experts as part of the quoting and subsequent manufacturing process, but a recent article over at Fast Company got me thinking more deeply about how we approach our design process and the benefits of a design born out of unbiased individual thought.
The article talked about the loss of uncorrelated wisdom in today’s hyper-connected world. The author wrote about how in our increasingly switched on and connected world, constant sharing of information can lead people to reshape their own opinions based on the opinions of others, resulting in a thinning of original ideas and diverse thinking – the very stuff that leads to innovation and creativity in problem solving.
Sharing everything you come across seems to have become the done thing of late – but fast-forward 10 or 20 years, and the increasing relatedness of everything and everybody might just be stamping out diversity, independent thought, and uncorrelated wisdom.
So what’s this got to do with hose reels?
A customer comes to us with a great depth of knowledge in his or her own field, and we come to the table with our vast experience in hose reels.
We gather the raw information from our customer and our technical guys retreat to their cave to design the best possible solution.
This is where the magic happens – of course consultation with our customers is always necessary at the outset, but the process that comes afterward, the quiet to think and sketch and gather unanticipated ideas is what really sets us apart when it comes to designing the ultimate solution for our customer.
So there remains an important place for independent thought within the over-arching team effort that is building a hose reel. And whilst we enjoy collaborating on projects – a little bit of independent thought at the heart of the process is how we ensure that we design the absolute best hose reels for our customers.
How does this affect you?
If you’re looking for a custom made hose reel, you can contact us here. But here’s a few things to keep in mind before you do:
Give us as much information as you possibly can at the outset. We’ve got an online form to help you out. The more info you can give us, the more accurately we can determine the best reel for your job.
Leave it with us. If it’s a unique job that we may not have tackled before, we’ll need cave time – we promise we’ll get back to you as soon as we’ve got a preliminary design and price for you.
Read through your quote carefully. To avoid any headaches down the track, take a good look at your quotation and the drawings and other information we provide to you. Alterations and fixes are easy on paper – not so easy in steel.
In a nutshell – the best path to getting the perfect reel combines both collaborative problem solving AND independent contemplation, to produce a strong, practical, beautifully designed product.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
- Benjamin Franklin
Aussie and Kiwi manufacturers are a pretty hardy bunch.
We’ve weathered plenty of stormy economic times and predictions about the demise of the sector both here and in NZ, but when loopholes are discovered that permit cheap imports to land on our shores, local manufacturers need to band together and support their own.
We all strive for a competitive edge, but there is a difference between those displaying ethical competitiveness and those that gain a head start from evasion and half-truths.
The frustration felt by many reputable manufacturers in Australia and New Zealand is expressed succinctly here by Steve Hart, Editor of New Zealand’s widely read DEMM Engineering and Manufacturing magazine.
"It appears the engineering and manufacturing industries – both here and abroad – are doing themselves no favours when buying cut-price goods. Whether they buy cheap imitations, or counterfeit parts that look great, but which can cause more financial damage than they are worth, some firms are essentially selling rubbish – crossing their fingers as their products leave the yard.
Competing on price, to undercut firms that stick to using quality parts and who employ skilled and qualified trades people, is a race to the bottom for the country. At some point the price-cutting has to stop and firms trading on quality, service, and that look after their clients’ interests, will forge ahead. That day can’t come soon enough.
It’s not just a counterfeit parts and sloppy service issue. It is a communications challenge for many business owners.
Customers need to understand how one firm can apparently provide a product for much less than their competitors. Those with good reputations, and who see a future for themselves in the industry, need to tell their story and explain why they may appear to be a bit more expensive than the joker down the road. You shouldn’t just shrug your shoulders and allow customers to walk away and buy over-priced rubbish. Whole life cost should play a major part in helping customers understand what they are paying for.
It seems that too many business owners or buyers are also looking at the bottom line price and not factoring in exactly what they are getting for their money. If something is too cheap to be true, then it is probably a knock-off that’s destined to fail – causing downtime, injury or death.
It is getting to the point that more time should be spent establishing that the items ordered are fit for purpose and are coming from a reliable and trusted source. If in doubt, contact main dealers directly and refuse to use counterfeit parts.
Trade on quality and reliability – not price."
Does this resonate with you? If so, we’ve got some tips for fair competitive manufacturing that we’ll share in the next few weeks.
Keep an eye out for an upcoming post from ReCoila’s Managing Director, Michael Pawson, on how to pinpoint imports that could be affecting your business.
This article originally appeared in DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing May 2013 issue. The full digital edition can be found here. Authored by Steve Hart. Reproduced with permission.
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