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Get to Know SMITH in 5

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Get to know SMITH in 5

Get to Know SMITH in 5

SMITH can help you better prepare your concrete and asphalt surfaces so they become safer and sustainable. The answers to these 5 most commonly asked customer questions will help you get to know SMITH.


1.) What is SMITH Equipment used for?
Every day, a SMITH is used to successfully:

  • Remove failed coatings, contaminants, coverings, or overlays
  • Prepare surfaces with the correct profiles (SP1 – 10) to promote mechanical bond strength
  • Erase striping without grooves or undulations on the final surface
  • Groove-inlay surfaces to recess markings below the surface for longer life
  • Level and smooth down sidewalk or walkway tripping hazards fast
  • Shave down surfaces to prevent micro-cracking for new coatings, overlays, or polishing concrete
  • Reduce high spots that trap water
  • SMITH any existing hard surface correctly for the next required step
 
 
2.) Does SMITH make every equipment size and style? 
SMITH makes a gas, electric, pneumatic, or hydraulic-powered machine to fit every size job and budget.  
From the handheld FS050 Scarifiers and FS150 Rotary Erasers, to the walk-behind, self-propelled, ride-on, and skid-attachment FS and SPS Surfacers, to the no-groove X-Series Rotary Power Erasers. All machines, with the proper cutter tools, will help you achieve all 10 surface profiles on concrete or asphalt. All SMITH machines are also equipped with dust-free vacuum ports to attach to SMITH or other HEPA vacuums.
 
 
3.) How can SMITH help me if I already own a grinder, planer, scarifier, crack router, diamond shaver, or traffic-line remover?
SMITH ultra-premium-life cutters, drums, and wear components fit all popular machines. Using SMITH components will help you remove faster and more cost-effectively with less downtime. We can also provide you with details on how to achieve better surface profile finishes with our SMITHing process.
 
 
4.) What is the SMITHing process?
SMITHing is the highest quality method of the concrete or asphalt surface-preparation process. Proper surface preparation by SMITHing will decontaminate the top surface layer, then create the right surface profile without micro-cracks. SMITHing to the correct SP 1 – SP10 profile pattern assures that whatever is applied on top of the prepared surface will mechanically bond deep into the surface to permanently hold the new binder, coating, overlay, or repair material.
 
 
5.) What if I don’t own a machine and want to do the work myself, or hire a licensed contractor?
SMITH can assist you with specifications to help best meet your job expectations. If you want to do the work yourself, SMITH can help you locate a rental company. Looking to hire a quality contractor experienced in surface preparation? SMITH can help you find a contractor to fit your budget.
 
Should you have other questions and would like to know how SMITH can help you, please contact a SMITH Representative today.
 
SMITH builds fast, easy-to-use surface-preparation equipment and ultra-premium life cutter tools for hard-working contractors since 1990. SMITH equipment and the SMITHing process helps contractors prepare roads, bridges, airfields, factories and walkways to be safer and sustainable.
 
 

Your Surface-Prep Briefing for October 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Remove Faster News Briefing

Your October Surface-Prep Briefing

for Safer, Sustainable Surfaces

If you haven’t visited Remove Faster News lately, here are some things you may have missed!

Stripers Can Help Save Hector Davila, Road Marks Puerto Rico 

We were hit by Irma on 9/6, and it was not particularly bad except for electric power (no lights since at my home). Then Maria. We were really devastated, but family and (12) dogs are well.

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Seven Surface-Prep Essentials That Belong in Every Striper’s Toolbox

It’s not always easy to figure out what type of surface-prep equipment tools to own. Even for an experienced pavement marking contractor, putting together the right mix of prep-before-marking removal equipment takes thought, time, and inevitably, money.

As a striping professional, you want to make sure the investment you’re making in surface-prep tools is a good one, especially if you are aiming for quality products where costs can quickly add up.

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OSHA Silica-Dust Rule Enforcement Delayed

Even though OSHA’s rule concerning silica dust began on September 23, 2017, it will be another 30 days before any enforcement will happen. The rule is meant to counteract the over 900 cases of silicosis that happen every year.

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The SMITH FS050 Winner Is Announced!

Congratulations go out to Muna Edward, Airport Operations Superintendent at A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam. He is the lucky winner of a brand new SMITH FS050 handheld surfacer! Congrats again, Edward!


Drum and Rotary-Style Eradicators vs. Shot and Water Blasters

Water, shot, or sand blasting are common surface-prep methods. When selecting the right machine for surface-prep work, contractors and agencies are considering rotary and drum style preparators because of lower operational and environmental costs.

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No Shadow Stripe Removal

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

No Shadow Stripe Removal at AMS 

On August 16, 2016, SMITH demonstrated San Fransisco Airfield Maintenance Operations X3 Rotary Eraser removing paint markings on the airfield. When the markings were removed, no residual markings were present, not even discoloration or shadowing. Since no water was used, the surface was dry, clean, sound and properly profiled for new markings.

The day prior, we participated in the Airfield Marking Symposium “Speed Dating Event.” The following is the program’s transcript.

Good afternoon, Airfield Marking Professionals. Welcome to the Airfield Markings Symposium’s main event, “Speed Dating.” My name is Steven Smith. Over the next eight minutes, you will have the information to help you get the perfect prep, assuring your airfield surfaces are safer and sustainable.

In your hands is the most remarkable catalogue, containing the proven SMITH surface-prep solution. Towards the end of our time together, you will be playing the amazing SMITH & Win game.

Are you Ready to SMITH? Lets all open the book and turn to page 2, “My Story.”

I was a former striping contractor working for my father who founded the USA durable marking industry, a thermoplastic material and equipment manufacturer called Perma-Line and Pave-Mark.

I became its President after inventing a product called Hot Tape, a flame applied durable marking that never failed in heavy traffic conditions provided the surface was properly prepared.

In 1990 I took my “making-markings-last-longer experiences” to the next level when I started SMITH Manufacturing with the goal to design, build and deliver the very best tools in the USA to help make the prep-before-stripe experience faster and easier for professionals like you.

On page 5, you will find the answer to the perfect prep. In short, it’s selecting the right tools and cutters, along with the right process that can be achieved in four steps.

On pages 4, 6, and 7, you will find guides in print and also available online that break down the hard work of surface prep so it becomes more manageable.

Now turn to page 19, to the X3 No-groove Eraser, the most amazing pavement-marking remover that you will ever see. Tomorrow, you will witness this machine removing the most toughest pavement markings with a diagonal epoxy seam underneath the stripe. The machine will completely remove the stripe without damaging the seam or the underlying surface. The secret to the X-series removal is the rotation.

Using the X3, you will achieve the perfect prep for an immediate new application of any markings including Airmark which can be installed immediately. You will notice that the surface will be clean, dry, profiled, and sound. But more importantly, if markings were not to be applied in the same location, the surface would appear exactly like the outlying areas, with no ghost-lines, undulations, shadows or moisture.

The SMITH X3 Rotary Eraser equipment is owned by SFO Maintenance Operations. They purchased this machine the year prior because it was the one tool they did not own that can remove thick markings without damaging asphalt. Plus, it removes like a waterblaster, but without water and with better depth of cut precision.

If you have time, you can also read how Will Kirk, a professional contractor who selected the SMITH X3 because it was the most reliable and cost-effective tool he found to remove airfield markings on one of the most remote airfields on earth.

When you turn to page 22, you will see a list of all 7 surface-prep essentials to determine if your operations, like SFO, owns one or all 7 tools.

 

Lastly, In a foldout in the back of the catalog is the 10 surface profile inspection tool. These photos and these pads are actual representations of profiles created on asphalt or concrete with rotary and drum style prep tools listed on the flip side. Use this tool to confirm the surface profile conditions before and after your surface prep work.

If we don’t have any questions, lets review the rules for the SMITH & WIN game.

You spin and land on any profile number you win a reflective slap band ruler and a chance to be the grand prize winner announced soon. If you land on profile #9, you lose – and so does your asphalt surface by selecting water blasting for stripe removal.

Let’s now spin the profile wheel and play SMITH & WIN.

To learn more about how to successfully rotary erase pavement markings on airfields, roadways and parking decks, click here.

The grand prize winner is Mr. Edward Muna, Airport Operations Superintendent with A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority in Guam. Please click here within 2 weeks for details on claiming your prize.

 
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