NFL’s Vikings call upon Snow Dragon
In preparation for their Monday night game against the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings have called upon Wickliffe, Ohio-based Snow Dragon to remove snow from the TCF Bank Stadium, according to MyFox Twin Cities.
The biodiesel-powered snow melter is capable of removing up to 30 tons of snow per hour, according to the article.
This will mark the first home game the Vikings are holding at the University of Minnesota campus since the collapse of the Metrodome’s roof last week.
X-Rite introduces Capsure for paint matching
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based X-Rite introduced a handheld instrument called Capsure, designed to help contractors and do-it-yourselfers to match colors.
The cameral-like tool retails for about $650.
It measures a color, records the date and time of the measurement, image, text, and voice dictation. Like a huge fan deck, the product suggests a specific color to match the sample and can also recommend colors that harmonize with the sample. Capsure can be recharged through a USB port, and the instrument can hold up to 100 measurements.
It was developed to handle a wide range of material types, textures and colors, even hard-to-measure surfaces such as textured walls and facades, magazine illustrations, carpets, fabrics with small patterns and open-weave textiles that can confound other instruments because of their textural complexity.
New at Trex, power to customize curves
Winchester, Va.-based Trex Co. entered into a licensing agreement with Colorado-based CurveIt to develop and market a solution for heating and bending Trex products on the job site.
The Trex CustomCurve Heating and Bending Solution offers a new tool for the creation of customized outdoor living spaces.
“Through this partnership, we’re providing decking contractors with the most accessible and economical bending solution on the marketplace,” said Ron Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. “Homeowners are requesting outdoor living spaces in a variety of shapes, sizes and levels, and CustomCurve gives professionals an effective way to meet demand."
The company says the Trex CustomCurve operates at a fraction of the time and cost of existing bending methods and is capable of bending Trex decking, railing and trim products in an hour or less.