CUSTOMER: "How much will it cost to do this job?"
CONTRACTOR: "$2,800 Dollars."
CUSTOMER: "That's WAY too expensive for this job!!"
CONTRACTOR: "How much do YOU think it would cost?"
CUSTOMER: "No more than $800 Dollars - MAX!! It's a simple job!"
CONTRACTOR: "I can't prioritize my time for so little."
CUSTOMER: "People in your line of work are so greedy."
CONTRACTOR: "Sorry you feel that way. Why not do it yourself?"
CUSTOMER: "But... but... I don't know how to do any of this."
CONTRACTOR: "For $900 Dollars, I'll teach you EXACTLY how to get this job done. Then you can spend $800 to do the job and you'll still be saving $1,100 Dollars - PLUS... you'll get the knowledge and experience for the next time you want to do a job yourself."
CUSTOMER: "Deal!! Let's do it."
CONTRACTOR: To get started you'll need tools. So you'll have to buy a welder, a grinder, a chop saw, a drill press, a welding hood, gloves and a few other things."
CUSTOMER: "But I don't have all this equipment and I can't buy all of these for one job."
CONTRACTOR: "Well then for another $300 more I'll let you rent my tools... and you'll still be saving $800 Dollars."
CUSTOMER: "That's cutting into my savings. But I'll rent your tools."
CONTRACTOR: "Okay! I'll be back on Saturday and we can start."
CUSTOMER: "Wait. I can't on Saturday. I only have time today."
CONTRACTOR: "Sorry, I only give lessons on Saturday, because I have to prioritize my time and my tools have to be at other jobs with other customers all week long.
CUSTOMER: "Okay!! I'll sacrifice my family plans on Saturday."
CONTRACTOR: "Yeah... me too. Oh... and I forgot... to do your job yourself, you also have to pay for the materials. Everything is in high demand right now, so your best bet is to get your truck and load up at 6AM before everyone else gets there."
CUSTOMER: "SIX AM??? On a Saturday??? That's way to early for me. And also... I don't have a truck."
"CONTRACTOR: "I guess you'll have to rent one. Do you have a couple of strong men to help you load and unload everything?"
CUSTOMER: "Ummm... ya know... I've been thinking. It's probably best if YOU get this job done. I'd rather pay someone to get it done correctly than go through all the hassle.
CONTRACTOR: "Smart move, sign this and please get out of the way so I can work."
THE REALITY IS THIS...
When you pay for a job, especially handcrafted, you pay not only for the material used, but you are also paying for:
- Safety and Security
- Payment of tax obligations
No one should denigrate a professional's work by judging prices - ESPECIALLY when they don't know all the elements or costs necessary for the production of such work.
This is a repost, hope you enjoyed it !
Are you an executive in the Interior Design, Manufacturing or Building market?
Are you interested in hearing market forecasts as it pertains to our industry?
In this Quarterly article, I will compile financial docs that may pertain to our industry. You may unsubscribe at any time however as fellow executives in the Design/Build space I hope you stay connected.
As a member of Vistage, the nation's largest CEO group for small business's I was pleased to have a guest speaker from a financial modeling and economic forecasting company. Due to the confidentiality of their report, I will instead refer to the Congressional Budget Office.
This report presents the baseline economic forecast that the Congressional Budget Office is using as the basis for updating its budget projections for 2020 to 2030. The agency currently plans to release those budget projections later this summer.
This economic forecast provides CBO’s first complete set of economic projections through 2030 since January and incorporates information available as of June 26.1 The baseline forecast is being published now, rather than later with the budget projections, to provide the Congress with CBO’s current assessment of the economic outlook in a rapidly evolving environment. This economic forecast updates the interim forecast that CBO published in May, which focused on 2020 and 2021.2 It is similar to the May forecast for those two years, except that the projection of growth in the second half of 2020 has been revised downward.
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has brought about widespread economic disruption. To mitigate the contagion, governments, businesses, and households in the United States and around the world have taken measures to limit in-person interactions. Collectively referred to as social distancing, those measures include reducing social activities and travel, curtailing the activity of schools and business, and working from home. In the first quarter of 2020, the pandemic and associated social distancing ended the longest economic expansion and triggered the deepest downturn in output and employment since World War II.
CBO projects that if current laws governing federal taxes and spending generally remain in place, the economy will grow rapidly during the third quarter of this year.
We recently had a customer out in Winter Haven who needed their kitchen remodeled. This job was then promptly introduced to a local installer who orders their doors from one of Dackor's local press customers in Florida.
The cabinetry needed to be laminated to a cream white color to match the walls. They had an island and lower cabinets that needed to be laminated in a navy blue color to match the aesthetic. Not to mention, there were many different new kitchen appliance installations that would affect the laminate application process. When all was said and done however, the results were night and day!
The Perfect Touch Snow White cabinetry matched the walls of the house nicely to maintain a clean look. The Perfect Touch Mysterious color on the island and lower cabinets complimented the aesthetic of the kitchen nicely in a way that didn't take away from the granite countertops. And all of this was done seamlessly to make room for a whole new set of appliances to compliment the fresh new look.
Let us know what you think !
A coating applied to a base sheet (usually bonded) so it very strongly resists separation.
Technique of keeping a material for a period of time at a temperature short of melting, to relieve internal stresses; the application of heat to a formed or oriented plastic article to relieve stress resulting from the forming or orientation process.
The name for a treatment applied to plastic film surfaces to keep them from sticking together or “blocking” when they are tightly rolled up on a mandrel.
A substance that prevents or reduces oxidation of the material by air or oxygen.
Free from septic matter or disease-producing bacteria. In food processing and packaging, this is an adjective that describes the system used to package food in a sterile fashion.
A flat bag with a crimp-seal bottom (no fold-over), usually heat-sealed using serrated dies. Not a particularly strong type of bag (see: Flat Bag).
A bag constructed of two plies of material, generally spot-sealed to each other, especially at the mouth.
Simplest form. A web of material folded into a flat tube with side or center seam, then cut off and sealed at one end. Has only two dimensions: length and flat width. Flat bags may have a crimped seal or a fold-over seal, in which a short section is turned back and sealed in place by heat, adhesives or a combination of both.
Bag having bellows-like folds on each side that expand outward when bag is filled.
In cellophane, a dark-colored circumferential ring in a slit roll, caused by a slightly heavier moisture content, or very slight variations in base-sheet thickness.
A defect in a roll of film; a slack lane or a baggy section which shows up when film is unwound and pulled taut.
A thickened section at the edge of a roll of film. In cellophane slit rolls usually caused by moisture absorption into the cellulose base sheet.
Consists of two facing elements, one emitting and one detecting beta radiation. The device accurately measures density or thickness when mounted above and below the web.
A process for orienting a plastic film in both the transverse and the machine directions.
Diffusion, especially of inks, into areas adjacent to those that were intended to be printed.
Package formed from semi-rigid thermoplastic material so that the sheet forms a transparent dome over the package item.
Undesired adhesion of two or more plies of material in roll or sheet form. May be caused in cellophane by exposure to excessive heat, pressure or humidity; in printed film, occasionally caused by improper or insufficient drying of inks, resulting in printed areas sticking together.
Hazy or foggy appearance occasionally noted in coated films.
Biaxially Oriented Nylon.
Passage of gases into or out of a package. Certain films are designed to permit it.
Transparent film made from regenerated cellulose, a fibrous material occurring in plants.
Cellulose that has been chemically treated, then regenerated as a transparent film.
In the adhesive sense, a substance bonding two materials by chemical or solvent action.
Discs used at each end of paper or rolls of film to prevent “telescoping” of material.
Freedom from haze; transparency.
Adhesion of packaging films to machine surfaces: “drag.” Often caused by tackiness or static electricity charges in plastic films.
A coating applied to provide protective, decorative, pressure-sensitive, waterproof or heat-sealable qualities to the base sheet.
A coating, applied to a base sheet, which may be activated by heat to permit the fusion or seal of one section of the film to another.
Simultaneous extrusion of more than one polymer layer into a film.
Coefficient of Friction.
The tendency of a mass to hold together by primary or secondary valence forces (intermolecular attraction).
In cellophane, slit roll edge may display variation in color or shade; off-color film is not usually defective, will almost always perform on machines.
Package formed of semi-rigid material, usually by shaping a heated sheet by pressure or vacuum so that it follows the contours of the packaged item very closely.
Equipment which processes raw packaging stock such as cellophane, foil, etc. into a more advanced state, generally by forming, printing, gluing, laminating, etc.
Inside diameter of the core.
Subjecting a polymer film to an electrical discharge to alter its surface characteristics.
Thin or bare spots in a film that appear as pockmarks.
Network of fine lines in or on a coating or transparent surface: “spider web” or “dried mud” pattern.
Seal produced in cellophane or other material by means of elements having corrugated surfaces; lends mechanical rigidity to seal areas as well as ensuring maximum area contact of film surfaces.
Smudging or rubbing-off of ink after printing.
In packaging films, distortion frequently caused by the absorption, or loss, of moisture at an uneven rate from one side of a sheet; curl may also be caused by uneven physical stresses, as in the case of laminations or coated materials.
Length of sheet fed by automatic wrapping machine during operation.
Test program in which items are exposed alternately to two or more test conditions.
Fold in packaging material which will remain in place without sealing, as in the case of folds made in soft lead foil or aluminum foil.
The absence of dimensional change of a material when subjected to changes in temperature, humidity, heat or aging.
Scrapers that regulate the thickness of adhesives, or inks, on a feed roller.
Use a thinner film than had been previously used.
Thinning in gauge or narrowing in width, especially of extruded materials, as a result of windup rate exceeding speed of extrusion, stretching.
A measurement unit of force (centimeter-gram-second) traditionally used to quantify the energy on the surface of a film as an indicator of its ability to accept inks or coatings.
Sealing of surfaces in contact with one another by high frequency current, e.g., sealing vinyl sheet. Heat is generated within the film by high-frequency agitation of the sheet’s molecular structure.
A non-separating dispersion or suspension of a solid in a liquid.
A process for joining two webs by feeding them through a machine that extrudes a thin layer of plastic between them to act as an adhesive.
A film manufactured by forcing base material through rolls of a calendering machine, making it smooth and glossy.
(1) Film made by pouring or metering material onto a highly polished moving drum or endless belt, or (2) film produced by extruding into a solution, as in the case of cellophane.
The ratio of the weight of a body to the weight of an equal volume of water at some specified temperature (same as SPECIFIC GRAVITY).
Film produced by the extrusion method.
Film that does not become cloudy from condensation of moisture caused by temperature drops or humidity changes.
Film in which the molecular structure is aligned mechanically in one or more directions, thus giving the film more strength while introducing shrinkage characteristics.
Seal that results when edges of two superimposed sheets are bonded, resulting in a pouch having fin-like protuberances.
Particles of undissolved extraneous material in a film or coating.
A method of heat sealing thermoplastic films with a flat bar surface.
Cracking in a film produced by repeated flexing.
The ability of a sheet or film to withstand breakage by folding. Measured by a test to determine the number of folds required to cause failure.
Interior packaging of individually wrapped units so that unused portions will be protected after outside package has been opened. Usually used for biscuits, crackers and ready-to-eat cereals.
Weld of thermoplastic materials by heating to point just above that at which they soften.
Packaging in a gas-tight container in which air has been replaced by a gas such as carbon dioxide or nitrogen.
The movement of gas, air, oxygen, etc., through a film material. The gas transmission property (permeability) of a film is measured in terms of the volume of gas (at standard temperature and pressure) transmitted through a given area of film of a given thickness, within a given time.
(1) Development of gas in a sealed package. (2) Removing air from a filled package and replacing it with another gas such as carbon dioxide or nitrogen.
Thickness expressed in decimals of an inch or in millimeters.
A general term used to describe a defect consisting of insoluble polymer causing a visible discontinuity in a film.
Reproduction, very faint, of printed design without actual ink transfer.
Smooth, dense-structured super-calendered paper, translucent or opaque, made from heavily beaten fibrillated chemical wood pulp. Grease-resistant, tough, pliable.
The coating types available include hot-melt-applied paraffin waxes and derivatives, as well as solvent-applied types made from cellulose nitrate, vinyl polymers and other synthetic or natural rubber polymers.
Glassine laminated to itself, or other paper, films and foils, to obtain added strength and made-to-order protective water-vapor properties.
Abbreviation for high density polyethylene.
A method of bonding two or more surfaces by fusing thermoplastic or thermosetting coatings of films under controlled conditions of temperature, pressure and time (dwell).
A seal that will exclude air and be leak-proof.
Marking machine that applies a code mark or date on a package or a wrapper with a heated stamp.
The property of an adhesive or seal layer to resist forces that would pull the seal apart while it is still hot.
Water vapor in air. Absolute humidity is the weight of water vapor contained in a unit of air. Relative humidity = percentage of actual humidity to the maximum humidity which air can retain without precipitation at a given temperature and pressure.
An instrument for measuring the moisture of relative humidity in the atmosphere.
Having the property of absorbing moisture readily from the atmosphere.
Resistance of a material or product to shock, such as from dropping and hard blows.
Saturation of a material with another substance.
Pigment dissolved or dispersed in a vehicle made from resins and solvents; very fast drying.
Ink specially designed to be used with a marking device.
Ink formulated to be stable under normal humidity conditions, but to set up or harden when exposed to very high humidity.
Ink formulated to be stable and free from tack at ordinary temperature but to set up quickly at elevated temperatures.
IRREGULAR WINDING (Projecting film)
Peaks or ridges in a slit roll that extend out more than 1/32” from edge of main body of roll.
IRREGULAR WINDING (Lateral weave)
A defect whereby a difficulty shows up as failure of film to feed in straight line during use.
LLABEL, HEAT SEAL
A label coated on one side with a heat-seal coating; usually a thermoplastic resin.
(noun) A structure made by bonding together two or more layers of material or materials. (verb) Action of combining finished films to produce the laminate.
Combination of two or more films or sheets made to improve overall characteristics.
Any seal made between two overlapping films. Used in contrast to a “fin seal”.
Abbreviation for low density polyethylene.
That part of the tube of a flat or square bag, or pouch, extending beyond the face of the bag.
Printing process using etched metal plates. Ink adheres to etched area, is transferred to rubber printing blanket, from there to paper to be printed.
Abbreviation for linear low density polyethylene.
In printing, preparation of press for a run; especially, making all printing surfaces uniform in height.
The large roll of film wound during a film formation process, which is normally slit into smaller rolls for later processing or shipment.
Abbreviation for machine direction.
The process of applying an extremely thin metal coating to a non-metallic substrate.
One thousandth of an inch.
In packaging, used to denote the degree to which a film or sheet resists stretching before it reaches its elastic limit when an external force or stress is applied.
Abbreviation for a thousand square inches, a common unit for pricing laminated films.
Abbreviation for moisture vapor transmission rate.
Any ester of nitric acid and cellulose.
Edges of film split or torn.
NON-FLAMMABLE or NON-INFLAMMABLE
Will not support combustion.
Accidental transfer of printing inks or coating from surface of a sheet to back of another sheet.
Resistance of material to transmission of light.
A measure of opacity of a metallized film layer. It is the log of the ratio of the intensity of transmitted light to incident light.
Change in appearance of object when viewed through a transparent material having certain defects, such as waviness of surface, etc.
The result of printing one layer over another, such as one layer of ink printed over another one to form color combinations.
Reaction of any substance with oxygen.
Packaging involving the use of such flexible material as foils, films, paper, etc. to form the container.
The breaking down of a unit package into two or more sub-units, with the objective of protection of the sub-units.
Kraft paper, a chemical wood pulp paper (the strongest pulp paper made from wood).
Any type of paper made from pulp produced by the sulfite chemical process. Used in packaging applications where appearance and printability are of primary importance.
PAPER, WAX or WAXED
All papers that have been impregnated, coated or otherwise treated with waxes or waxlike materials.
A heavyweight thick sheet of paper, usually a thickness of 0.06” or over.
Certain greaseproof papers made by wholly physical means, but having no natural wet strength; resembles vegetable parchment.
A vegetable-base paper having no taste or odor, consisting only of pure cellulose. Highly greaseproof, and outstanding in wet strength.
Abbreviation for polyethylene. Used when someone wants to avoid being specific, but is usually synonymous with low density polyethylene.
A package seal made using an adhesive that can readily be peeled open.
A type of bond that occurs when two adhered surfaces may be pulled apart without tearing the fibers.
Ability to be permeated by gases or liquids; a measure of the freedom with which gases or liquids can diffuse through a material.
Numerical representation of acidity or alkalinity. Neutral is pH 7, pH 1 is extremely acidic and pH 14 extremely alkaline.
P1 TEST PROCEDURES
A large body of standard test methods developed or recommended by Technical Committees of Packaging Institute to provide uniform and reliable tests.
A spreading device where the revolving roll for picking up the adhesive runs in a reservoir of liquid adhesive.
An agent or compound that is added to plastic materials to impart softness or flexibility.
Movement of plasticizer to the surface of a plastic, or from one plastic to another, or from a plasticized substance into the atmosphere; causes embrittlement.
(noun) Curved or cylindrical shape carrying printing impression, for use on a printing press.
A compound formed by the linking of simple and identical molecules having functional groups that permit their combination to proceed to higher molecular weights under suitable conditions.
A synthetic thermoplastic material of high molecular weight resulting from polymerization of propylene gas under pressure and heat, plus catalysts.
A thermoplastic material derived from the polymerization of styrene monomers.
Of sufficiently loose texture to permit passage of liquid or gases through pores.
A folded pouch having gussets.
A finish for plastic sheet stock, produced by contact under heat and pressure with a very smooth metal, which gives the plastic very high sheen.
The act of putting a thin coating on a substrate so that it will be more receptive to printing inks or adhesives.
A mark printed at regular intervals on the film which actuates a photoelectric cell on the bag machine or wrapping machine to insure the perfect register of copy on a bag or package.
Formerly called aniline printing. A method of rotary letterpress printing that employs flexible rubber plates and rapid-drying inks.
A rotary printing process employing minute engraved “wells” in an etched metal cylinder. Deeply etched wells carry more ink than shallower ones, hence print darker values. A doctor blade wipes excess ink from the printing cylinder. Stock is web-fed from roll.
A hygrometer for measuring water vapor in the atmosphere.
No puckers or banded lanes showing when film is stretched.
A cellulose hydrate. The term is used to designate films made from a cellulose base.
The process in which a transparent film is printed backwards so that when it is flipped over, the printing appears right side up. When used in a package, reverse printed film will always have the printing ink on the inside where it is protected from scuffing and abrasion.
To wind again; especially the winding of a roll of film after printing, slitting, etc.
A general term denoting qualitatively how evenly, smoothly, and regularly film is wound on a roll.
Saw-toothed. Describes the configuration used on heat-sealing equipment for obtaining a crimp seal.
A measure of coefficient of friction (COF). High slip means low COF.
To cut a roll of stock to narrower widths.
A machine to cut a roll of stock in the long direction.
A method of adhering packaging materials which uses small amounts of volatile liquids to soften the coating of the material so it will bond. Examples: cellosolve ethyl lactate, etc.
The ratio of the weight of a body to the weight of an equal volume of water at some specified temperature (same as FILM DENSITY).
To unite or join the ends of roll materials by mechanical or electrical means, or by an adhesive.
Charges of electricity sometimes generated during handling or in machine operations; may cause undesired attraction of film to roller, flat surfaces, etc.
A closure for bacteria-free medical supplies that must maintain sterility.
The ability to withstand contact with steam (moist heat) at 30 lb. pressure for 30 minutes, or contact with dry heat (circulating hot air) at 200°C for 15 minutes.
Small articles packaged individually or in multiples in continuous strips, divided in segments or pockets that permit easy tearing off or cutting off.
A film to which subsequent layers or coatings are added.
Printing on the outside surface of a package as opposed to one of the inside surfaces (see “reverse printing”).
A method of winding film on rolls in which the winding force is provided by the driven roll in contact with the surface of the winding roll.
Dupont’s trademark for its line of ionomer resins. Films produced with this resin have excellent seal characteristics such as lower sealing temperatures and excellent hot tack.
TTAPE, CELLULOSE ACETATE
A translucent, pressure-sensitive adhesive tape of cellulose acetate laminated to strong tissue.
Abbreviation for transverse direction — the direction perpendicular to the machine direction.
The force required to propagate a tear already initiated by a cut on the edge.
A narrow ribbon of film, usually incorporated in the wrapper or overwrap during the wrapping operation, to facilitate opening of the package.
Side-slipping of layers of a coiled material so that the edges no longer form a plane surface.
Resistance of a material to longitudinal tension.
TEST, CELLOPHANE TAPE
A simple test for determining the permanency of printing on plastic film. A length of pressure sensitive cellophane tape is pressed on a section of printing and then pulled off in one motion to see whether or not the ink lifts with it. The angle and speed of the pulls are important.
A package durability test. Filled containers are dropped from controlled heights. A special device insures uniformity of drops.
Rough-handling test for filled container, inside a revolving hexagonal drum.
TEST, ELMENDORF TEAR
A method of testing film for resistance to tearing. The weight required to tear one of several layers of notched film is measured.
TEST, FOLDING ENDURANCE
A test to evaluate the endurance of films to folding, frequently done on a Schopper machine.
The Mullen is widely used on film packaging materials to determine the relative bursting strength.
A bimetallic device to measure temperature electrically.
Capable of being repeatedly softened by heat and hardened by cooling.
An automatic device for regulating temperature; uses bimetallic strip to make and break contacts of electrical circuit.
Plastic that is heat set.
To weld together two or more surfaces of a thermoplastic film material by means of heat.
The common term for a coextrudable adhesive.
A film that follows a desired path on a packaging machine without constant adjustment is said to “track” well.
Permitting passage of light, but diffusing it to such a degree that objects cannot be seen clearly; something short of transparent.
Transmitting rays of light so that objects can be clearly seen through the material.
To fold wrapping material in such a manner that the end folds are turned under the bottom of the package, then sealed to the underside.
The passage of vapor (usually water vapor) through a material.
Abbreviation for vertical form-fill-seal.
A viscous orange-colored liquid obtained by treating cellulose with caustic alkali solution, then with carbon disulfide.
That property of a liquid material that tends to resist flow.
Passing from a liquid into a gaseous state.
The rate of evaporation of a solvent.
WWATER VAPOR PERMEABILITY
The ability of a material to permit transmission of water vapor.
WATER VAPOR TRANSMISSION RATE
Measure of permeability of a material, often stated in terms of grams of water passing through 100 square inches of material in 24 hours at 100°F and 90 percent relative humidity.
A petroleum wax of high molecular weight, characterized by minute crystals and distinguished by its solid wax-like appearance at room temperature.
A term to denote a long film somewhere in the processing stage, frequently being drawn off a large roll. For example, a “printed web” would be a large roll of printed film.
Channel-like delamination pattern in adhesive-laminated materials.
Wrapping with packaging material gathered on the underside of package in somewhat irregular manner.
Abbreviation for water vapor transmission rate.
Area per unit of weight, usually expressed as square inches per pound.
There are two popular ways to tell if a thermofoil component is manufactured well. The first is the appearance and the second is the adhesion on the edges.
- Telegraphing of the mdf through the film
- visible wrinkles, shadowing, defects
- overstretched corners or whitened corners
- clear bite of the film to the edge of the component. You can tell by a pull test
- adhesion down in raised panel profiles, no bridging
For the sake of this post, I'd like to discuss why and when to do a pull test. Firstly when the heat is activated well the film will stick well to the sides of the components. Examples are below:
Good times to do a fiber pull test are:
- When lowering temps significantly
- When changing film thicknesses more than .1mm
- When adding working with a new vendor
- When adding a protective film
In conclusion, pull tests are great way for manufacturers to spot check their components to better ensure good adhesion on the sides of the components and can be an integral part of QC.
Most designers who went to school were taught that PVC was somehow bad and harmed the environment. Most of this is stemmed by either inferior plastics or by old information that is not up to par with how plastics are made today.
According to the Tarnell Company Recycler survey, One Billion pounds of vinyl is recycled annually within North America, with over 150 million pounds of post-consumer materials, a 40% increase since 2014. In the U.S. most of the 10 billion pounds of vinyl resin produced annually goes into durable goods—approximately 5 billion pounds goes into water infrastructure (large pvc pipes) that is buried underground and has a service life in excess of 100 years—so it doesn’t go into the recycling stream. In addition, less than 3% of all plastics sent to US landfills is PVC
Elimination of Lead and Cadmium:
In the early 1980’s the U.S. and Canadian vinyl industry began a stewardship program aimed at implementing alternative stabilization technology to eliminated the need for stabilizers that contain metals, such as lead or cadmium. This effort was complete for cadmium around the year 2000 and for lead around the year 2006.
28% decrease in dioxin emissions since 2009, which amounts to 3.3% of all government regulated sources . Chlor-vinyl industry dioxin ambient emissions amount to 3.3% of all 2015 regulated sources such as metals, cement, paper, power, wood, oil and chemicals. It should also be noted that most materials including carpet, drapes and even natural wood can release dioxin emissions when on fire.
US and Canadian raw material manufacturers for vinyl resin produce their own chlorine at or near their facilities resulting in minimizing risks associated with chemical transportation, leaks from loading and unloading operations and reducing the industry’s carbon foot print. The US vinyl chloride producers no longer rely on chlorine derived from mercury-cell technology to manufacture PVC resin.
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Recently we were deciding whether or not to add a new perfect touch solid color that matches Arauco to our line. A team mate asked "Well why don't we add 3 colors instead of just one to enhance our chances". Below was my response.
There are 5 criteria I'd add to deciding on a new color.
1. Board matching. When we match boards it is tapping into an existing market created by having the edgebanding, board and thermofoil all in coordination. We look at the distribution strength of that board company as well as the quality of the match.
2. Cross pollination. For a solid color there may be already matches in the market , however, if there are other matches it won't necessarily hurt our sales. In reality the more people out pushing a color the more likely demand for that color will rise. In addition, some door makers may prefer to deal with Dackor and some may prefer to deal with a competitor.
3. Cash flow. If we invested into 3 colors it may be better to do one right. The reason is that we can fully commit to that color and unlike many competitors, we are less likely to discontinue an item. In addition we are not spreading out the investment across more colors to see what sticks but instead on good matches when we can that are in demand, especially for board matching stock colors.
4. Operations. When we add a new color it involves warehouse management, samples, marketing , sales management and other operational people. Lots of people get tapped whenever we add a new color .
5. Sales. The more colors we have the more our efforts are spread over those items so it can become a distraction to push an item that does not have the overall marketing legs.
This email is about the Dackor culture, how we came into existence and what I believe is the right attitude.
Before I created Dackor, I worked in various jobs and went above and beyond with websites, brochures, came in early, left late, worked on the weekends, helped co-workers, studied at night, read books to sharpen my knowledge and generally just went all out. My employers benefitted from having a hard working employee that went above and beyond and I benefited because I learned valuable skills that built both myself AND contributed to success. As my success grew, so too did my confidence. What I learned was to add value for the sake of adding value and striving to improve rather than simply demanding instant payment in a transactional mentality. I did not become resentful that other employees did not contribute the same level of effort because I know that in order to stand out you have to be willing to go above and beyond. When you go above and beyond it stands to reason that not everyone else will. But "Your attitude will determine YOUR latitude."
When we opened Dackor in the US in 2003, I wanted to create an environment where people could grow, a place that attracts people with good attitudes but also a place where we reward exceptional results. Not everyone on our team will go above and beyond however, I believe that Dackor rewards people who create exception results. Whether it is rewarded by overtime, salary increase or commission, we are looking to create an environment where the cream rises to the top, but not an environment of tit for tat where every action is rewarded as if the company does not pay a base salary.
Sometimes it takes time to see results. When you are on a mission for growth there are times you will head down the wrong path. Working extra hard may not always generate exceptional results that will immediately lead to rewards. What I have learned is that hard work instead gives me the opportunity to figure out where to invest my time. Through trial and error you will learn what the best use of your time is and how to create phenomenal results with the best leverage of your time. It takes time to figure this out and in some case years. Most seemingly overnight successes are never done overnight.
I hope as I share the above you know it comes from a place of personal experience but also it can be a new attitude for some. Since you are an adult, can you say you've always done your best? Have you always given 110% to your work? I will tell you that it's never too late to start.
Below are examples of having the right attitude versus the wrong attitude.
1. That's not my job
2. Am I going to be paid extra for that
3. That's not fair that I am doing all the work
4. Why aren't others contributing the same as I am
1. That is my job, if it helps grow the business or helps my co-workers
2. I am going to contribute with the best use of my time because I know it will pay off eventually in increased sales and/or recognition.
3. I am the best person to do it because I go the extra mile. I'm not going to gear down to match someone else's attitude.
4. I realize that not everyone will go above and beyond but I do because that's a winning attitude !
The above is not being written for any one specific person, it's written FOR YOU. Part of a winning attitude is to take personal responsibility for yourself. And as I always say "We don't have control of others....we only have control of ourself and our actions."
This article will discuss the process which Peelstix is sold to multi family apartments .
As we know, when apartments and cabinets are installed they use new cabinetry. The cabinets can be made local or off shore and then imported. Within new construction of cabinetry our product may be used for the doors however for the cabinets its more common that paper or melamine board be used for the cabinet sides. The reason is due to cost and secondly Peelstix main benefit is that it is used to refurbish cabinet boxes, hotel doors, etc. Peelstix saves money when remodeling however in new cabinet construction typically is not cost beneficial in multi-family.
In multi-family, the owners typically hire a design firm although some developers do design in house. Dackor raw 3D and 2D films may be specified in new construction however it then goes out to bid by a cabinet company to win the job. In this case the Kitchen cabinet company may contact Dackor to find a door maker if this Kitchen manufacturer does not have a membrane or vacuum press in house.
MULTI FAMILY REMODELING:
When apartments wish to remodel, the property manager may seek out approval from corporate to do new cabinetry. In this case the firm could use a designer however often the property manager will decide to get bids from cabinet companies to rip out and install new cabinets, countertops, etc.
With Peelstix, the idea is to educate the property manager on the benefits of refacing instead of having a traditional kitchen company bid out the remodel.
The benefits are:
- Less down time as a kitchen can be done in one day for an apartment
- Less dust and debris since not tearing out the existing boxes
- No smell or harmful VOCs that can be incurred by painting.
- Less cost since the existing boxes can be reused, possibly the countertop can be kept in place
- Less cost due to less dumpster fees, no electrician needed, no plumber needed and no drywall repair or tile repair needed that would normally be associated with a complete tear out
We mentioned above that cabinets may be replaced but that it takes more time, has more dust but also costs more. One other option is to paint the cabinets. Painting has different levels of quality however the biggest complaint in painting is that its often a temporary solution. Painting the doors that are handled by the tenants can sometimes not hold up. In a residential a more quality paint job could be done however usually this level of painting is not cost effective for multi family.
It should be noted that some companies when wanting to do white may opt to spray the boxes white and then simply buy new doors that will more hold up to the rigors of having tenants. Some challenges may be:
- Having to deal with both a painter AND a company to hang the new doors
- The smell created by painting as well as the time to set up to tape off the area
The main purpose of Peelstix films, accent planks and Natura Stone are to resurface existing surfaces. The nature of Peelstix is that it adds value by going over existing surfaces. Refacing is a cost effective solution that has the quickest turn around and causes less disruption for the tenants.
by Matt Arriola
Does it drive you crazy when you go to order a thermofoil color from a vendor only to find out it has been discontinued and now requires a large custom order? Often these custom orders can be 3,000 or even 5,000 meters. Although we cannot guarantee to not discontinue an item, Dackor is the leading company on maintaining stock.
But aside from our 250 plus stock items that we maintain for our clients, Dackor has a great custom program to enable you to switch more and more colors over to our company.
You can go to www.Dackor.com/colors and look for a very close or close match first or contact your Account Managers at 407-654-5013 to do the searching for you. In addition you can visit https://www.dackor.com/custom and input your image right on our site.
What if you need to color match?
STEP 1: INQUIRE > Fill out this form and we will let you know within 2 business days or less if we are capable of your required match quality. Please note that if we have the tooling our MOQ is 600 linear yards for melamine matches (in distribution) or leathers or 1200 yards for all others.
STEP 2: MATCH? Within 2 business days we will confirm match capabilities. You can then issue a PO for $500 color match deposit which is fully credited upon order. Matches take 4 to 6 weeks and you will receive a lab sample.
STEP 3: EVALUATE ! After you receive the match and approve simply issue a PO for the agreed quantity and await 10 to 12 weeks for the material to be available , FOB, Orlando. This can be expedited 4 to 6 weeks by air for an additional fee. We will typically produce 2,000 to 3,000 yards at our discretion for back up inventory. After the initial PO and MOQ you may order from remaining stock as needed.
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Examples of Recently discontinued 3D Laminate colors in the marketplace.
Ebony Ash, Light Maple, Black Haircell, Antique Whitewash, Russian Maple, Soprano, Sugarloaf Maple, Matte Black, Matte Malachite, Matte White, Oxidized Pewter, Platino Granite Sand, Platino Granite Tanin, Pompeii Marble Espresso, Pompeii Marble Gray, Rift Oak Brown, Rift Oak Gray, Carbon Fibers Silver, Fibers Concrete, Cashmere, Fusion Maple, Imperial Smoke, Rift Oak Natural, Slate Gray, Smokehouse Oak, Stratus White, Tin Ceiling and Venus Silver.
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