Platinum Tools rolls out the Cyclops 2
Camarillo, Calif.-based Platinum Tools is rolling out the new Cyclops 2 Cable Jacket Stripper.
With an MSRP of $29.95, the Cyclops 2 is designed for data, voice, video, audio, security and other applications.
“The Cyclops 2 takes the guesswork out of removing the cable jackets from many types of twisted pair UTP/STP, multicore (shielded and unshielded), and fiber optic cables,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools product manager. “The tool self-adjusts to automatically cut PVC, plenum, and others without damaging the braids, foils, or conductors. The one piece design is ready-to-use right out of the package.”
The Cyclops 2 accepts cable diameters to 0.43 in. (11 mm).
UGL launches Drylok Concrete Toner
Scranton, Pa.-based United Gilsonite Laboratories launched a new concrete toner under the Drylok brand.
UGL’s new Drylok Concrete Tone is designed as a concrete tone coat to even out discolorations, stains and blotches. The company says the product penetrates at an even ratio, eliminating uneven color.
Just like wood decks, concrete slabs that had color added to the mix can fade and dull with age, hence the need for the new product.
The product is available in three colors and a tint base for custom coloring.
Consumer confidence makes a comeback
After two months of decline in the wake of the partial government shutdown, consumer confidence has bounced back to its highest level since September, according to The Conference Board.
December’s index came in at 78.1, up from an upwardly revised figure of 72.0 in November and 72.4 in October.
“Consumer confidence rebounded in December and is now close to pre-government shutdown levels (September 2013, 80.2)," said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators. "Sentiment regarding current conditions increased to a 5 ½ year high (April 2008, 81.9), with consumers attributing the improvement to more favorable economic and labor market conditions. Looking ahead, consumers expressed a greater degree of confidence in future economic and job prospects, but were moderately more pessimistic about their earning prospects. Despite the many challenges throughout 2013, consumers are in better spirits today than when the year began.”
As Franco acknowledged, the Present Situation Index increased to 76.2 from 73.5. This was predicated on a decrease in those claiming business conditions are "good," but an even larger decrease in those claiming they were "bad." Consumers were also more optimistic about the availability of jobs.
Looking ahead, the Expectations Index was up at 79.4, compared to 71.1 last month. More consumers expect business conditions to improve over the next six months, and the number of those expecting them to worsen was down by nearly 2 percentage points.
The greatest gain was in the labor market outlook, with those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead increasing from 13.1% to 17.1%. However, fewer consumers expected their incomes to increase in the short-term.
Overall consumer confidence reached a peak in June 2013, when it stood at 82.1.