Bull Metal Products attended the STAFDA Show (Specialty Tool and Fastener Distributors Association) in Atlanta on 7 & 8 Nov. As a manufacturer of custom tool boxes and industrial storage cabinets and bins, we attend the STAFDA show to see what is new in the market. Staying on top of market trends, new tools, and new concepts is important to Bull Metal Products.
Because we fabricate custom, proprietary tool boxes, industrial storage cabinets, and retail point of purchase displays, many of our customers are STAFDA members exhibiting at the show. The show affords us the opportunity to visit with our customers and see our products displayed as marketed by our customers with the tools, fasteners, etc in the boxes and cabinets, or on a retail display.
The show was well attended with a lot of activity. Many new products were being presented. It has always been a very well run convention and show.
Bull Metal & Display Products were once again represented well at the 2016 SEMA /AAPEX trade shows recently held in Las Vegas. Thank you to all our loyal customers for using our custom designed merchandising cabinets and displays to proudly represent their products at the show and in the marketplace. These shows are a great opportunity to meet with our current customers and see first hand the many products we design and manufacture in operation and displayed in our customers show booths. Bull Metal Products staff has been attending national and regional trade shows for the industries we serve for most of the 62 years we have been in business. These trade shows are a great vehicle for us to not only see our products in use but to observe industry trends first hand, ask questions and to better understand how the products we design and manufacture will be used as well as what’s important to the end user.
Please contact us if you will be displaying or attending a future trade show. We would be very interested in learning about your company and discussing how Bull Metal & Display Products can help in the development and manufacturing of all your fabricated sheet metal needs.
At the request of our good customer GARD Specialists (www.gardspecialist.com) in Eagle River, WI, Bull Metal Products designed and developed a unique, compact and very functional proprietary 29- piece drill index. We were no strangers to developing other projects with GARD, including a number of other specialty drill, tap, and end mill indexes.
Although this concept had been brought to light by GARD many years ago, it had been dormant for quite a while. The project came alive this past spring. GARD re-engaged with us to develop an index that had some very specific requirements that other indexes on the market did not meet.
The index had to;
- Allow the end user visibility of all the drill bits at one-time (not flipping through smaller sections of indexed bits).
- Allow unimpeded access to the individual bits so they can be easily removed and returned to the index.
- Be capable of standing upright on a work bench to allow the end-user to see and select bits easily in a shop situation.
- Fold up compactly and securely for mobile use in a tool box or tool apron.
- Have bit sizes clearly marked and easily readable.
- Be unique to the market if possible – bringing brand recognition to GARD Specialists Company.
Since we have designed and manufactured other indexes for GARD in the past, the immediate thought was in trying to carry a similar look and function forward to the larger 29-piece size. GARD liked that idea, as having a consistent look and function seemed like a natural way to expand the family of indexes while further building brand recognition.
Upon receiving a complete set of GARD’s drill bits and the above noted requirements, Bull Metal Products went to work designing and engineering the new index. We made an initial sample that GARD reviewed and provided feedback noting some desired additions, and modifications. Bull Metal then incorporated the changes into another sample submitted to GARD for final approval.
The initial production run was shipped early this fall. In a recent meeting with Dave Everett, president of GARD Specialist Co. (www.gardspecialist.com), Dave emphatically stated that everyone at Gard is extremely pleased with the new index, and that they have great expectations of it being embraced by GARD’s customers.
This is a great example of two small to moderate sized American companies working closely together to bring a new version of an old product to market. Do you have an idea that requires a dynamic sheet metal design and manufacturing team to help you get it moving forward?? Give Bull Metal Products a call.
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