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Device helps protect lone workers

Blackline Safety Corp. has made available Loner® M6, a monitoring device designed to help protect workers in the field. The device attaches to a worker's clothing and features a combination of automatic and manual safety triggers that initiate an emergency response process when needed. Loner M6's SOS latch is bright red and reportedly is easy to open, ensuring a worker in distress can quickly trigger an alert. The device can be placed in silent alert mode if a lone worker is facing a risk of physical assault. A blue LiveResponse light is activated when the live monitoring team has received an alert and initiated an emergency response. Loner M6's True Fall Detection® feature reportedly senses worker falls and nonmovement, triggering an alert if necessary. With traditional GPS technology and Blackline Safety's Location Beacon indoor location technology installed in the device, emergency responders can be directed to a lone worker's precise location.

Portable speaker wirelessly streams music

DEWALT® has added the 12V/20V MAX Jobsite Bluetooth® Speaker to its line of 20V MAX products. Featuring dual 3-inch subwoofers, the portable speaker is said to deliver premium sound while wirelessly streaming music and podcasts from a Bluetooth-equipped mobile device from a distance up to 100 feet. The impact-resistant speaker also features a carrying handle that can be used as a mobile phone stand, a storage tray under the handle and an integrated USB charging port for mobile devices. The 12V/20V MAX Jobsite Bluetooth Speaker can be powered with DEWALT 12V MAX, 20V MAX or FLEXVOLT® batteries or plugged into a 120-volt wall outlet using the speaker's standard detachable power cord.

Roof coatings are durable

SOPREMA® Inc. has introduced ALSAN Coating AC 401, a water-based, acrylic elastomeric roof coating, and ALSAN Coating SIL 402, a high-solids, single-component silicone roof coating. ALSAN Coating AC 401 is said to be a highly reflective, flexible coating that can be applied over existing single-ply, polymer-modified bitumen, built-up roofing and metal roof systems to enhance weather resistance. ALSAN Coating SIL 402 reportedly is a durable, low-volatile organic compound coating that provides protection from ultraviolet rays and resists standing water. ALSAN Coating AC 401 and ALSAN Coating SIL 402 are available in white and custom colors.

Coatings extend lives of roof systems

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. has added A-300 Base and A-300 Base TPO to its line of acrylic coatings. When top-coated with A-300 Finish, the base coatings are said to extend the lives of existing roof systems. A-300 Base is tinted gray and A-300 Base TPO is tinted light blue so users easily can differentiate between base- and top-coated roof areas. A-300 Base can be applied to metal, asphaltic built-up roof systems, polymer-modified bitumen, concrete, PVC, polyurethane foam and EPDM. A-300 Base TPO can be applied to weathered TPO membrane roof systems. The durable base coatings' rubber-like elasticities reportedly allow the coatings to remain flexible in low temperatures and withstand building movement from settling and seismic activity, and the coatings' resistance to ultraviolet light enables their use in sunny environments. A-300 Base and A-300 Base TPO can be applied with a brush, roller or airless spray rig, and the coatings are available in 5-gallon pails, 55-gallon drums and 275-gallon totes.

Knee pads are abrasion-resistant

Ergodyne has introduced ProFlex® 230LTR Leather Knee Pads designed to help protect workers from common knee injuries. Made with soft leather, the knee pads are said to resist heat, slips, punctures and abrasions. Nitrile rubber foam padding inside the knee pads reportedly holds its shape over time, and the inner fabric is protected by an anti-odor treatment. Built wider and longer than traditional knee pads for enhanced comfort and knee protection, ProFlex 230 LTR Leather Knee Pads also feature dual nonslip straps that can be adjusted for most leg sizes and buckle closures that keep the knee pads in place without restricting circulation.

Pneumatic nailer is lightweight

PORTER-CABLE® has introduced the 15-Degree Pneumatic Coil Roofing Nailer. Designed to drive 3/4-inch to 1 3/4-inch nails, the nailer reportedly sets nails properly during a variety of roofing applications. The lightweight nailer features a new engine design and feedback system for enhanced performance and durability, a new grip design for better handling, a dual-door magazine for quick loading and a steel contact safety with carbide inserts said to minimize wear.


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