Guzzler Launches GuzzlerGrip Nozzles to Reduce Worker Fatigue and Increse Productivity
LOUISVILLE (Feb. 25, 2009) – At the 2009 International Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo, Guzzler Manufacturing – the world leader in industrial vacuum loaders – today launched its new line of GuzzlerGripTM nozzles for industrial cleaning applications. The new nozzle line, on display at the company's booth (#1076), includes specially designed easy-lift, backbone, shovel, flat shovel, long-reach and pit cleaning nozzles made to fit four- and six-inch hoses.
Tony Fuller, director of sales, indicated that the new GuzzlerGrip nozzles come with carefully designed handles, harnesses and nozzle ends that together help reduce worker fatigue by making handling of the vacuum hoses easier and more efficient. "Most of the nozzles are fabricated out of lightweight aluminum. A few, including the long-reach configuration, also incorporate steel for extra durability, especially in highly abrasive materials," he said.
Philip Harbin, president of Harbin Services and one of a select group of cleaning contractors who tested the new nozzles said, "Until now, the industry standard for lifting and directing hoses has been broom handles and duct tape. We all know that industrial cleaning is a dirty business, but the people who do it and do it well are hard-working professionals. Because good operators are hard to come by, anything we can do to make their jobs easier is a benefit."
Harbin noted that the new GuzzlerGripTM nozzles are good for the operator because they’re easier to handle, which means less fatigue and less likelihood of injury. "Because the new nozzles and handles are made of lightweight aluminum built for the application, we are less likely to see the kind of breakage common with broom handles and duct tape," he said. "More than that, we appreciate that these new nozzles allow us to appear more professional on the job. And that increases the perceived value of the work we do for our customers."
Fuller said, "We used input from customers like Harbin Services to improve the GuzzlerGrip nozzle offerings prior to production. One example of a change we made is in the easy-lift nozzle. We adjusted the positioning of the handles and the harnesses based on customer feedback. The goal of the GuzzlerGrip Nozzle line is to make life better for the person on the end of the hose, and we’ve done that."
Harbin said he was sure his team would be using the GuzzlerGrip easy-lift nozzles. "Between the harness and the handles and the special angling of the hose, we know we’ll be able to get more done and do it with greater ease than before."
The new line of GuzzlerGrip nozzles is available through FS Solutions locations across North America and online via www.fssolutionsgroup.com. For more information about these or other Guzzler products, visit www.guzzler.com or call 1/800-627-3171.
Guzzler Manufacturing is the world’s leader in industrial vacuum loaders for use in cleaning up industrial waste and recovering and recycling valuable raw materials. With the widest range of offloading options available, Guzzler products are designed to vacuum a full spectrum of materials – from solids and dry bulk powders, to liquids, slurries, and thick sludge – in such industrial areas as cement plants, steel mills, railroads, oil refineries, chemical plants, foundries and power-generating stations. Guzzler Manufacturing is a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation’s (NYSE:FSS) Environmental Solutions Group, which also includes Elgin Sweeper, Jetstream of Houston and Vactor Manufacturing. For more information, visit www.guzzler.com or call 1/800-627-3171.
Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) is a leader in advancing security and well-being for communities and workplaces around the world. The company designs and manufactures a suite of products and integrated solutions for municipal, governmental, industrial and airport customers. Federal Signal's portfolio of trusted, high-priority products include Bronto aerial devices, Elgin and Ravo street sweepers, Federal Signal safety and security systems, Guzzler industrial vacuums, Jetstream waterblasters and Vactor sewer cleaners and vacuum excavators. Federal Signal was founded in 1901 and is based in Oak Brook, Ill. For more information, visit www.federalsignal.com.