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Wind Turbine Talk

March 04, 2019

Wind Turbine Talk

Last week we were exhibiting at AWEA O&M in Coronado. This is a special event where we have the unique opportunity to sit with the folks that use our products, learn from their experience, and come back to set some revision strategy ahead. A common theme we hear constantly is that we need to increase the longevity of the products in the field.I do not disagree. In fact, I applaud this concern as responsible and the right direction for us all. 

During the show, we illustrated some key features on our products for future builds that will allow for a lifespan increase on the products. How are we doing this? Technology... To date, most bags are made from vinyl or canvas, two excellent fabrics that work well enough and hold their own. The problem is that in the environments we are asking them to work in they can fail too often. Not their fault, rather ours for not pushing the envelope in higher grades of material. Over the last 8 months we have been working with Honeywell on developing a fabric based on the Spectra UHMWPE material that is highly puncture and abrasion resistant, while being incredibly light and "10x stronger than steel." That last part might be hyperbole, but not really. This material is incredibly strong and provides significant challenge in the manufacturing process, yet added into a heavy haul lift bag we see dramatically improved performance and longevity in the field. Couple that with bases and waterproof liners that that can be replaced when worn or damaged, and the incremental cost to keep in the field over time is significantly lower than replacing the whole bag.

Yes, it comes at a price! Due to the cost of raw materials and labor, these new products will be a bit elevated over today's offering, yet the ROI on this is so obvious anyone will realize the benefit. We are excited to be launching this shortly and look forward to seeing you put it to work in the field...

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Absent without leave!

February 14, 2019

Absent without leave!

Wow, been a while yet again. I used to be so diligent about posting here, now not so much. I am working to be more punctual and attentive, however...

New things have been happening at LUSB. We continue to develop a new ERP system to help the back end, have a new plant manager in Greg Pokvitis,and the front has some new faces as well in Grizel Esquivel. Overall, we are expanding our resources rapidly to meet new demands and also develop our own product to better serve the industrial market and consumers. We'll be at AWEA O&M in February 26-28th, and then at various shows through spring and summer, including Overland Expo, NWOR, ORNGA, Boy Scouts Annual Meeting, etc. Lots happening with many new products to speak of, but never enough time to get the word out properly... That needs to change!

Maisy is almost 9 months old now and settling down a bit. For those who didn't know, we brought on a shop dog to make life more hectic and it worked to perfection. She barks at the most annoying pitch ever and can't help herself when someone new comes by, or someone familiar for that matter, or when a bird flies by, or a pile of snow is next to her, or... You get the picture. Puppies are a lot of work...

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NWOR 2018

July 10, 2018

NWOR 2018

Special thanks to all of those that visited us at NWOR in beautiful Plain, WA. As expected, we met a lot of great folks, reconnected with many from last year, and developed some new partnerships that will be launching in the coming months. I wanted to personally say that the crowd this year was as friendly and kind as ever, and I appreciated getting to know some of you in more depth. People like Alex & Barb, Casey, Lauren, Curtis, Dade, Bob, Karin, Hans, Cec, Christina, Keith, Dan, Jackson, Mercedes, Colin, John, Jeff... and many others that I cannot remember off the top of my head. A special thanks to Nate and Rachel of Selway for entertaining us, Matt with Dragonfly for putting up with us, and Adam from Step 22 for being a brother in thread...Cannot wait for next year! Next up: Big Sky Overland Rally on August 3rd - Looking forward to this event, Josh - thanks for organizing!

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