Posts Tagged ‘Anti Fatigue Mats’
Posted on: March 8th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Remember rubbing your feet on the carpet then poking one of your siblings for a satisfying “ouch” from them? That little spark that goes from your finger to their face is the result of static electricity. I’m sure many of us did this constantly as we imagined ourselves a super hero or villain. Elecro-Boy, El Shocko, Electric Cedric… whatever. That tiny spark of electricity is the result of static charge and build up. Without getting into the science of it all, it goes something like this. Your body conducts electricity and has a particular amount of charge, when you rub your feet wearing just socks you are building up electric charge on your body. That electric charge needs somewhere to go and the favorite places for electricity to go is other ‘conductors’ of electricity. Generally, other people (fun!) or metals.In high end tech industries, be it “I.T.” with it’s hallways o server racks, power plants with low voltage operating panels, or say even your computer at home, static charges can be a death sentence if enough of it is built up and you happen to touch the wrong part of the equipment! It actually happens rarely in my experience but when it does, it’s VERY costly. This is why more power plants have floor mats
known asÂ switchboard matting
to protect employees from being shocked by high voltage equipment.Â Info-servers and just about anywhere with sensitive equipment requires some form of static dissipative flooring
where the operators stand. This helps to take the charge out of the body, before it can make contact with any of the equipment.Â Many employers have anti fatigue mats
for their employees who stand on their feet for long periods of time as well.
Recently, I acquired a pair of VERY expensive, VERY loud, and VERY discontinued speakers. They are made with a particular type of Beryllium drivers which makes them a) illegal to manufacture now but b) gives them an extremely detailed and rich sonic character. Basically, right after new years, I set these puppies up after having been in storage for about 2 years. After all the wiring was finished, I fired them up for a test run. Big, rich, beautiful sound. I was in Nirvana. Then, like an ass, I decided I wanted to literally TOUCH the metal grille of the tweeter when I see a tiny spark, POP, and suddenly, the right speaker sounds muffled and dark… I blew out the tweeter. For those of you not privy to audio, the tweeter is the smallest speaker which handles all the high end. With it blown and discontinued, I decided to get a grounding from MatsMatsMats.com to put from a metal frame on my desk to ground. Now before I touch ANYTHING in my room that is plugged into a wall, I make sure to touch the desk first to dissipate the static charge.
On a side note, I still feel like a super hero every time I shock someone.
Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Thereâ€™s nothing more fun than laughing at someone that hurt themselves, especially if it happened in a funny way. But as entertaining as it may be, slips are no laughing matter. As a kid growing up in the restaurant industry I spent lots of weekends pretending to be a cook or waiter, probably annoying the actual cooks and servers, and I witnessed a fall or two.
My dad was always very particular about the safety of his employees. Whether it was escorting his servers to their cars after hours, making sure they have a safe ride home, or providing them with necessary non-slip shoes and non slip mats – safety was number one. The funny, semi ironic, part is my dad would neglect his own safety. He would opt for dress shoes, figuring as the owner of the business he should stand out and look nicer. Problem is Iâ€™ve witnessed my dad fall AT LEAST 5 times in my life, once putting him in the hospital. Thankfully none of his employees have ever injured themselves because workmans comp claims can be outrageous. Unluckily for him, I didnâ€™t work at MatsMatsMats.com at the time and couldnâ€™t let him know how easily and affordable he could have prevented an injuryâ€¦.or 5 in his case.
According to my research there were almost 11,000 serious work injuries caused by slipping or tripping last year and many claims for compensation. They are the most common cause of major injuries at work.
One of the most common causes is because of inadequate flooring or the cleaning of floors. A simple solution would be nonslip anti fatigue mats with drainage holes. The surface will keep your employees from slipping and the drainage holes will help keep debris and spills from staying on the surface. The floor in a workplace has to be suitable for the type of work activity needed. Workers should be able to walk on a floor without fearing that they might slip and any cleaning of it has to be properly notified to the workforce by notices or warnings. The employer is under a duty to maintain flooring to ensure that there are no trip hazards such as tears or holes and if there are changes of level then they should be highlighted. Regrettably people who work with us are often responsible for slipping accidents, they fail to deal with spillages, leaving it for someone else to clean up or they abandon wrappers on floors causing a hazard to others.
My point is if you have the correct matting, whether it be safety mats or anti fatigue mats or both, you can potentially save yourself a lot of hassle and money. In 2010 the average lost-work claim was about $65,000, according to the Workersâ€™ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. For a small fraction of that cost you could easily equip your entire space with one of many many many matsmatsmats!
Posted on: December 14th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
The hardest thing I deal with, working in sales, is selling people stuff! I loathe nothing more than somebody trying to talk me into something. When you do that, it makes me feel like youâ€™re just trying to make a buck. Every once in a while I see an opportunity where I really want to help someone, but the only way to do that is to sell them one of our products and I donâ€™t know how to bring it up. This is my current dilemma :
Â My best friend is a Pastry Chef and sheâ€™s complaining about her feet and back and also almost tripping at work. I immediately am thinking, oh she needs anti fatigue kitchen mats.Â Turns out they have carpet runners all over the kitchen, which is horrible! Not even basic anti fatigue mats?Â I grew up in the restaurant industry and I know how wet slippery and gross the kitchen floors can get, so I understand why they have runners everywhere (Technically all employees should have â€˜non-slipâ€™ shoes, but realistically they donâ€™t).Â If youâ€™re a chef and youâ€™re on your feet, in the same spot, for 8-12 hours a day, you need more support than just a Â¼â€ piece of carpet.Â Plus carpet just soaks up gook and Iâ€™m sure smell like grease.Â Â Â
Â I really want to hook up my friendâ€™s restaurant with a good drainage mat, which will not only reduce slipping hazards but will also help the joints of all people involved but I donâ€™t know how to bring it up! Especially since sheâ€™s not the deciding party. Matsmatsmats offers a largeÂ selection of quality anti-fatigue mats.Â Â I have no doubt that we haveÂ the right non-slip floorÂ matsÂ that best suits herÂ needs and her bosses budget. What I should really do is gift her one and hopefully her bosses will see it, like it, ask her where she got it, and call me themselves. Yay product placement!
Posted on: November 28th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
This is a very busy time of year all around.Â At home there are dinners to plan, decorations to put up and gifts to buy.Â At work we have been making sure there are people on the phones to answer your calls, stock in the warehouse and ensuring things go out on time. Iâ€™m mentally prepared for high volume of calls, figuring Iâ€™d be selling a lot of our in stock folding mats or a balance beam, but Iâ€™m talking to more people about Anti Fatigue mats and Carpet mats than any of our more typical holiday items. I donâ€™t quite get it. I know most of the country is being rained or snowed on, and Iâ€™m sure keeping floors clean is probably a big concern, but I might be upset if I received and Anti Fatigue mat for Christmas. Not that it isnâ€™t a great product, but I would only buy somebody something so practical if it was expensive and our mats so arenâ€™t!
The Carpet logo mats I kind of understand.Â Theyâ€™re very practical for keeping your floors clean and dry but theyâ€™re customizable so you can create a unique one of a kind gift for someone. One of my co-workers actually bought one for her husband for his garage. Now he has something cool to look at and she knows all the garage crud wonâ€™t be tracked in on his shoes into their house.
Speaking of the garage!! And this is totally off subject, but I just had a customer put Tuff-n-Easy tiles in his garage and I want to now! We advertise that theyâ€™re meant for gym or garage flooring, but I personally have never had somebody use them in the garage. According to my customer the tiles have a very professional clean look and protects his cement. I wouldnâ€™t think the garage floor is something youâ€™d be concerned with â€œprotectingâ€, but I guess over time oil and whatever else can make it look pretty gross. Also, if you have weights or heavy equipment you can be sure if you drop them they wonâ€™t crack the floor or me damaged by it.
Posted on: November 13th, 2012 by Stag
Anti Fatigue Mats are everywhere.Â You pass by them each and every day without even knowing it.Â Â Almost every profession that requires a large amount of standing will have some type of anti fatigue mat.Â Everyone from your neighborhood grocery market cashier to the teller at your local bank use Anti Fatigue Mats.Â Â As you get your hair cut, your beloved barber is standing on our Marble Anti Fatigue Mats.Â If you have ever worked in a restaurant you would have been standing frequently on our Non-Slip and Drainage Anti Fatigue Mats.Â The people creating our processors in our home computers use the Anti Static Fatigue mats. Â
Â They serve so many purposes and are not just for work.Â They are used in the home as well.Â When cooking those Thanksgiving Dinners and of course, cleaning up afterwards.Â You may find, or need a â€œGel-Likeâ€ Comfort Chef KitchenÂ Mat.Â For any purpose, home or work; if you need it weâ€™ve got it.Â
So the next time youâ€™re out and about, take a glance behind the counter, and look around.Â I guarantee you will find one of many of our Antifatigue Floor Mats.Â As always, have a great weekend and if you need to work on your feet, donâ€™t wear yourself out, get an Anti Fatigue Mat.
Posted on: November 6th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I was going through all the wonderful comments you guys make on our website and I was pleased to see how many of you decided to go with our company because a product was Made in America. I knew our Gymnastics Equipment as well as our Dance Equipment and many of our other products, are made in America.Â Whenever I hear â€œBuy Americanâ€ I usually see it as a marketing ploy. I canâ€™t stand salesmen or ploys to trick me into buying something (which will make me the most honest salesman ever). I went online to look up actual reasons to buy USA made products and Iâ€™m going share with you my favorite:
-Foreign labor standards allow unsafe worker conditions in many countries. When you buy American you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.
-US manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries; many brands sold here are produced in countries using dangerous, heavily polluting processes. When you purchase American-made product, you know that you’re helping to keep the world a little cleaner for your children.
-The growing lack of USA ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound. When you seek out American-made goods, you foster American independence.
- Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.
- As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage
-Shipping anything from overseas can take a long time and be pricey when you consider duties and fees that have to be paid. Even if you donâ€™t order directly from another country, if the company you do order from gets their products from overseas- they most likely pass those extra fees onto you
I was going to list all our products that are made in the good olâ€™ U S of A, but then I discovered itâ€™s too many. Â From Gymnastics to Dance, you can be sure itâ€™s made here- even most ofÂ our Anti Fatigue Mats.Â In fact, the things you wonâ€™t find are made here are the Soft Floor Tiles (trade show flooring) and our Yoga Mat.Â But I guess you canâ€™t win them all.
Posted on: September 18th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
OMG! You guys actually read these things?! I didnâ€™t believe it until Mr. Mats himself told us he can see number of people that visit the blogs. Thatâ€™s great.Â Now, I donâ€™t feel like Iâ€™m talking to nobody! Not to show my age or anything, but the internet or social media is amazing and has come such a long way from the AOL discs we received in the mail to â€œtryâ€ the internet.Â You can literally say anything you want to nobody in particular and somebody interested can seek out the information.Â It gives anybody an outlet to discuss or rant about anything they desire.
Iâ€™ve had some friends read my blogs and they all seemed less than thrilled. It really took away my motivation. Then I stopped and realized that they have no interest in Gymnastics Mats, or Tradeshow Flooring, or Anti Fatigue Mats so of course theyâ€™re not going to find my writings interesting. You guys, however, sought out this information and are probably more entertained/benefited by these. Now that I know I have an audience I think I can be a little more creative. I know we carry a ton of different products, but youâ€™d be surprised how hard it is to talk about them- to myself essentially. I really wish you could comment, Iâ€™d love some interaction. You can always call me if you want to talk about the blogs or maybe I sparked a question about something, then maybe I can write a blog inspired by you! Stay tuned, I’mÂ going to start brainstorming ideas to make these blog articles more informative and entertaining.Â I should do a youtube channel, where I answer questions! Would you watch?Â Iâ€™m kidding- kind of.
Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
During the last few years of working at MatsMatsMats.com, I have had the good fortune of talking to more than a few interesting customers.Â I was contacted by KeithÂ Â Pickens of Percussion Design LLC this week to talk about ourÂ rolled rubber
Â (which has many uses, most notably as gym flooring
).Â Their company is designing a new type of electronic drum that circumvents triggers and instead uses the natural acoustic resonance of the shell and a rubber head to create a natural sound that also triggers an electrical signal into an amplifier or sound module.Â In other words, where traditional electric drums essentially work like a play button that when struck triggers a drum sound via a module, this drum creates it’s own electric-acoustic signal that can be directly plugged into an amplifier.
Since they are working on prototypes, they were looking at our 1/8″ thick recycled rubber
product (or possibly one of our anti fatigue mats
) Â to use as part of the head of the drum which is the part that the drum strikes directly. This is very exciting as I’ve personally been to the NAMM
(National Association of Music Merchants
) show several times and have gotten to see all kinds of new, cutting edge, and sometimes very strangeÂ musical instruments. For more information on their work over at Percussion Design LLC, feel free to visit www.percussiondesign.com
Stay tuned next week for a follow up on the prototype.
Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by Alex Miller
There is a huge selection of anti fatigue mats on the market today.Â In this article, IÂ would like to focus on one in particular, the The Armor Fatigue Mats.Â Is this the best anti fatigue mat?Â Well, that would depend on your need and how you intend on using the mat.Â
The Armor FatigueÂ has a great balance of anti-fatigue properties, while alsoÂ providing a durable top surface. The various pure foam anti fatigueÂ mats on the market are great for situations where people may be standing for long periodsÂ and simply need for pure comfort.Â However,Â when working with products that if dropped can damage a softer foam a mat with a more durable top surface, like the Armor Fatigue, is a great option… and it’s more cost effective than some of the more industrial mats.
As a sales representative for a mat company, I suggest the Armor FatigueÂ Mat to many customers who are price sensitive and want/need something relatively inexpensive withÂ a bit of extra strength on the top of their anti fatigue mat. The denser layer of foam on top of the softer bottom layer is what gives it the perfect balance.
If you are on your feet all day and need some relief, an anti fatigue mat might do the trick.
Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
I got a very interesting telephone call from a customer regarding a high-end lenses repair operation he just started. These are repairs for lenses from microscopes to telescopes… out of his detached garage! Shocked andÂ alarmed,Â (I’ve tried disassembling a camera lenses before in less than perfect conditions and ended up with A LOT of dust caught in the camera, which resulted in a useless camera) the first borderline-annoyed questionÂ on my mind was “how can you work on, let alone repair, lenses in a garage?? Is it a finished garage? Is it a workshop? Really, that’s three questions, but youÂ see, lenses require manufacture and serviceÂ in fairly clean, sterile, dust free environments.Â Any particle of dust that gets caught in the chambers of a telescope, microscope, or camera lenses can cause some serious headaches for the observer using it.Â A trip to the Griffith Park Observatory (or any observatory really) would serve everyone well to understand just how precise, delicate, and magnificent these instruments are.
Our customer is a professional, however, and was calling us to see if we could provideÂ a foam material with anti-fatigue qualities for himself and his staff that does not shed any of it’s particles from use.Â When workingÂ they tend to stand for long periods of time and they wanted to be more comfortable.Â Â With ease, we decided on any of the hard-topped anti-fatigue mats
as opposed to the ones that are just pure foam. These being (to name a few) our Diamond anti-fatigue mat
, Invigorator, and the K-marble anti-fatigue mat
.Â I strayed away from the Marble fatigue mat
since I understand to be more prone to chemical wear than our vinyl.