Get to Know the Different Types of Partitions

A partition, or bulkhead, is one of the most practical upfit accessories available for your work van. A partition is a divider between the cab and cargo area, which keeps the driver and passengers safe from shifting equipment. On top of that, a partition helps to distinguish a specific area for all of your tools and equipment, which will keep your van more organized. And when you add accessories to the partition, the organizational benefits can really add up! Because the partition acts as a barrier between the driver and the equipment, it can provide significant noise reduction and easier climate control in the cab area.

So now that you know why you should get a partition for your work van, you may need a little help deciding what type of partition is best for you. There are many different types of partitions on the market and deciding which one is right for you can be overwhelming. This blog will walk you through the different types of partitions and their features.

Partition Styles

There are four main partition styles: solid, perforated, hinged, and wire mesh. Most full-size vans require three panels of partitions, so to craft a partition that works best for you, you can mix and match many of the styles. Here’s a closer look at each of the different types of partitions:

  • solid and perforated partitionsSolid – A solid partition is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a solid steel door (fixed or hinged) that is placed behind the driver and passenger seats. Many work van owners choose to install a solid panel directly behind the driver’s seat and use perforated panels for the remaining areas.
  • Perforated – Solid on the bottom and perforated on the top, a perforated partition is ideal to install for the middle and passenger-side panels. The holes on the top of the partition allow for the driver to see the cargo in the back of the van and properly use the mirrors while driving.
  • Hinged – If it’s important for you to be able to easily access your cargo from the front of the van, a hinged partition is for you. A hinged partition acts just like a lockable door to allow pass through access to the cargo area.
  • wire mesh partitionWire Mesh – A wire mesh partition provides maximum visibility, yet still protects the passengers from shifting cargo. Low profile and lightweight, a wire partition is an economical option for your work van.

Find a Partition For You!

We’ve walked you through the different types of partitions, and now you’re itching to get one installed in your work van! That’s great! Visit the Adrian Steel website to find a partition that is designed for your vehicle. Once you’ve decided, connect with a distributor near you for a professional installation! If you need any help or guidance during the partition shopping process, don’t hesitate to give Adrian Steel a call at (800) 677-2726. Our customer service representatives are happy to further explain the different types of partitions to find the perfect one for you.

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Why You Need Floor Drawers in Your Work Van

Stow-All Full Wide Deep Floor DrawerIf your work van is already equipped with an upfit, but you’re still in need of additional storage, floor drawers are a great option for you! Available in varying widths and depths, this convenient drawer can be placed on the floor of your cargo area and only takes up 12 inches of height in your van! Adrian Steel’s floor drawers are designed with the following benefits in mind:

  • Extra Storage – Sometimes professionals just have a lot of equipment! If your existing upfit doesn’t provide quite the amount of storage that you need to store your tools, a floor drawer is a great add-on. Floor drawers can provide a significant amount of storage without greatly impacting the “crowdedness” of your cargo area.
  • Organization – Instead of having your excess equipment spill over onto the floor, causing a mess, floor drawers provide that extra space where you can store your stuff out of sight. A neat, organized work van is much more efficient than a cluttered one.
  • Convenience – Floor drawers are designed to be easily accessible through your van’s rear or side doors. Additionally, floor drawers are stackable to allow for the greatest amount of customization.

 Types of Adrian Steel Floor Drawers

Here’s a look at all of Adrian Steel’s floor drawers and floor drawer accessories.

  • Stow-All – Constructed of 14 Gauge steel and powder-coated to last for years, Stow-All floor drawers are designed to withstand high levels of wear and tear. Stow-All floor drawers and designed with top channel cross support members and a double sidewall to prevent bowing. The full width recessed conveyor roller, hardened steel roller bearings, and anti-slam latch allow for easy opening and closing and the push button lock helps to ensure that your equipment is safe and secure in the drawers.
  • Aluminum – Adrian Steel’s, light-weight yet heavy-duty aluminum floor drawers are the only aluminum drawers on the market with anti-slam latch technology. These easy-to-use aluminum floor drawers are equipped with heavy duty handles and ball bearing slides. An automotive grade lock adds an extra level of security to your valuable tools.
  • Accessories – Several accessories are available to make floor drawers even more effective. The Traction Kit includes 4-inch strips of traction tape to apply to the tops of drawers that are installed across the entire floor of the van. The Traction Kit allows professionals to safely walk on top of the drawers without the risk of slipping. Dividers are also available to insert into the drawers to increase customizability and organization for those smaller tools and parts.

Get Floor Drawers Today!

Contact an Adrian Steel distributor near you to get floor drawers installed into your work van. All Adrian Steel products are covered by a three-year or 36,000 mile warranty. Questions? Give us a call at (800) 677-2726 or send us an email at info@adriansteel.com.

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Adrian Steel’s Top Tips to Save Fuel

tips to save gasHere at Adrian Steel, our goal is to provide customers with the most innovative upfits that maximize van efficiency. We maximize van efficiency by producing high quality, useful storage solutions that will save you time and money in the long run. But, we realize that another important aspect of van efficiency is fuel efficiency. Below, we’ve compiled a list of our top tips to save fuel while on the job.

  1. Track fuel data – The only way to truly know if your van is running efficiently, you need to carefully keep track of your fuel consumption and mpg. It may also be helpful to record idle time, average speed, and incidents of hard braking to compare the data over time. You may notice trends that affect your fuel efficiency, and when these trends are identified, you can adjust your habits to maximize gas mileage.
  2. Consider buying a new work van – If you currently drive a gas-guzzler, it may be beneficial to do a little math. Take the fuel data that you’ve collected over time and compare the numbers with the cost of buying a new van. A new vehicle with better gas mileage can end up saving you more money in the long run. New vans, like the 2014 Transit Connect, have much better fuel efficiency than the dinosaur that you may be holding onto.
  3. Map your route effectively – Instead on relying on your GPS to get you to your destination in the most efficient way possible, take a minute to draw up a route before you leave. When planning a route, take into account the number of stops, speed limit, and number of left turns on each road. Surprisingly, it can often be more fuel efficient to drive a few hundred feet out of the way in order to avoid making a difficult left turn! If a highway is an option, always opt for that route because the fewer stops, the better gas mileage you will get. Use a GPS on-the-go to monitor traffic backups and re-route if necessary.
  4. Be mindful of your driving habits – This tip to save fuel may be a no-brainer, but it’s important to remember that driving the speed limit doesn’t just keep you and other drivers safer, it also increases your van’s fuel efficiency. Additionally, instead of slamming on the breaks when you approach a stop, use your van’s existing kinetic energy to coast to a stop. Also avoid idling at all costs to save money. According to the U.S Department of Transportation, medium-duty trucks waste 6.7% of their fuel while idling each year, adding up to a total of 2.5 billion gallons of fuel!

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Trending: Top Mobile Apps for Service Professionals

mobile apps for small businesses and service professionalsAs a service professional, you are constantly on the go. Whether you’re at a customer’s home, on the road, or at the office, it can certainly be beneficial to have a mobile device that can go with you from place to place.

 

With more and more people jumping on the mobile device bandwagon, the number of companies utilizing mobile apps for business has steadily increased. According to recode.net, in the first quarter of 2014, “enterprise app activations were up 54% percent from the prior quarter.”

 

Adrian Steel understands the importance of organization on the job and we know that in order for you to be successful, you have to be able to provide the best service in the market. Below, we’ve compiled a few of the top mobile apps for small businesses and service professionals. These apps will help you stay organized, efficient, and ultimately help make you more money in the long run.

  • Square – A Square Reader is a tiny credit card scanner that can be plugged into your Apple or Android mobile device to allow for credit card payments on the spot. The reader works with a free app that allows you to accept payments (even without an internet connection), send receipts via email or text, and more. Square is especially convenient for service professionals because they’re able to collect payment at the time of service, instead of dealing with invoices and billing. You can pick up a Square Reader at many popular retail stores for around $10.
  • Evernote – Evernote is an organization app that can sync across all devices. The app allows you to write notes, store photos, develop to-do lists, and record voice reminders. As an added bonus, all notes are searchable within the app to allow for easier recall. A free version is available with up to 60MB of usage per month and more comprehensive packages are available for $5 and $10 per month.
  • Automatic Smart Driving Assistant – Automatic is a small device that plugs into your vehicle’s computer. The device syncs with your smartphone to collect data on your driving habits, monitors your vehicle’s engine, and more. How will this benefit you? As a service professional, you likely spend a lot of time traveling in your vehicle. This device and correlating app will teach you how to adjust your driving habits to increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. It also can detect if you’ve been in a car accident, and will notify the authorities if you’re not able. The app is also able to help diagnose engine problems when the “check engine” light pops on. The Automatic device rings in at about $100.

These apps for small businesses can increase on-the-job productivity, just as Adrian Steel’s upfits do. To learn about how an upfit can benefit you and your business, contact us today! Give us a call, toll free, at (800) 677-2726 or send us an email info@adriansteel.com. Our goal is to provide our customers with the highest quality products to make your job easier.

 

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Plumbing, Heating, and A/C Repair Package for Cargo Trailers

phvac cargo trailer shelvingDo you struggle to keep your plumbing, heating, or A/C equipment organized in your cargo trailer? While cargo trailers certainly provide a lot of cargo space for all of your tools and parts, the large storage area can sometimes be overwhelming when not organized properly. Keep everything tidy with Adrian Steel’s Plumbing, Heating, and A/C Repair Package.

 

This cargo trailer shelving upfit is designed to keep your equipment off of the floor and stored away safely and securely.

 

Here’s a look at some of the features of the cargo trailer shelving for PHVAC professionals:

 

  • Adjustable Shelving – Adjustable shelving for cargo trailers measures in at 60” high, 12” deep, and varying widths. Customize your shelving by adding drawer units and locking door kits to keep equipment contained and out of sight. Hook accessories are also available to increase your storage capabilities. Adrian Steel’s heavy duty adjustable shelving is sure to securely store your tools and stand the test of time.
  • Lock ‘N Latch Drawer Units – Ideal for storing small tools and parts, Lock ‘N Latch drawers are a great way to keep your equipment safe and secure during transportation. These durable, heavy duty drawers are able to lock in a closed, open, or locked-closed position. Because of their snug fit, Lock ‘N Latch drawers dramatically reduce the rattling noise often associated with drawer units.
  • Locking Cabinets – Locking cabinets keep unsightly equipment out of view. Use cabinets to store bigger items that need to be stored safely behind locked doors. Not only will locking cabinets keep your cargo trailer looking neat and your equipment safe from theft, but they will also prevent your tools from shifting and rolling around in the trailer during transportation.
  • Tank Racks – Tank racks are a convenient way to transport those tough-to-store refrigeration tanks. The cargo trailer shelving package for PHVAC professionals includes three tank ranks to ensure that you have plenty of space to securely store your tanks. Tank racks are composed of 140gauge tubular steel frames, sloped cradles, and nylon straps.

 

Adrian Steel also recommends adding a Ladder Keeper to your cargo trailer to keep your ladder dry inside, secure, and off the floor of your trailer.

 

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Contact Adrian Steel today to learn more about our upfits designed specifically for professionals in the PHVAC industry. Built to last and designed with you in mind, Adrian Steel’s products will help you stay organized and efficient on the job. Give us a call at (800) 677-2726, send us an email at info@adriansteel.com, or visit our website at http://www.adriansteel.com.

 

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How to Design a Van Wrap that’s Perfect for Your Business

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A van wrap is one of the most effective ways to make your business stand out in the crowd. In fact, 91 percent of people notice words and graphics on commercial vehicles! That’s a lot of eyeballs on your brand! However, it can often be difficult for technically-trained service professionals to delve into their creative side to design an eye-catching van wrap. Here we’ve put together some helpful tips to aid you in the creation of a van wrap that will wow your customers, help bring in new business, and ultimately make you more money!

  • Competitor Research – Take a look at your competitors’ vehicle wraps. If they’re non-existent, then research van wraps in your industry and put together a list of similarities between designs. Do your fellow plumbers tend to use the same color scheme or text layout? Take note of these trends and use them to make your van wrap better than the competition. You want your wrap to be unique enough to stand out, but not too far from industry trends to confuse potential customers.

  • Be Careful about what you Promote
    – If you have a lot of expensive equipment in your vehicle, be sure not to advertise so on your wrap. For example, many security professionals carry a lot of high-tech equipment in their vans like cameras, touch-screen applications, and more. When potential criminals see these images of pricy equipment, they’re much more likely to target your van for theft.
  • Match your Overall Brand – When designing a van wrap, it’s critical to take a step back and evaluate your entire brand as a whole. Who is your target audience? What is your current marketing strategy? Are there specific colors associated with your brand? Design your van wrap in a way that is cohesive with your existing branding. Be sure to use the exact same business information, such as name and phone number, across all of your marketing platforms for consistency.
  • Keep it Simple – While you will want to design a van wrap that stands out, you want to be careful not to go overboard. Too many colors and too much text can overwhelm potential customers, causing them to not pay attention to your van at all. We recommend you stick with two basic colors. Also, since van wraps are made to last, avoid including any information that could potentially change over the next few years, such as current promotions, business hours, etc.

Design Your Custom Van Wrap Today!

Ready to get started? Check out Adrian Steel’s Commercial Curb Appeal program. The online design tool makes it easy for anyone to create professional-looking van wraps in a snap. Your design will be printed on the highest quality film with a state-of-the-art digital printer and professionally installed by one of Adrian Steel’s trusted distributors. Please don’t hesitate to contact Adrian Steel at (800) 677-2726 or info@adriansteel.com if you have any questions along the way!

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Customize your Truck with Adrian Steel’s Trade Packages

Are you interested in upfitting your pickup truck, but don’t know where to start? If you’re a general contractor, security professional, or commercial repair technician, then you’re in luck! Adrian Steel has put together commercial truck trade packages designed specifically for your professional needs. And, if you’re not in these three specific industries, Adrian Steel has a storage shelf package that is sure to be a great starting point for any truck-owner’s upfitting needs.

 

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Adrian Steel’s commercial truck trade packages help you turn your pickup into a mobile workshop. Shelving and drawer units in commercial truck trade packages are installed snuggly against the bed sides to make it easy for you to access your tools and equipment from the side and rear doors. Climbing into the bed of your truck every time you need something can be tiresome and time-consuming. With a commercial truck trade package, you can simply open up the windows of your truck cap, grab what you need, and go! Additionally, this setup allows for more center aisle space within the truck bed.

 

Truck Packages

 

General Contractor Package for 6′-8′ Pickup Bed – Easily access drawers from the outside of your truck.

Security/Alarm Package for 6′-8′ Pickup Bed – Keep your frequently used tools and equipment safe and secure in special side compartments.

Commercial Repair Package for 8′ Pickup Bed – Store your parts in easily accessible shelving, drawers, and cabinets.

Storage Shelf Package for 7′-8′ Pickup Bed – A great base package to get professionals in any industry started. Add drawers, cabinets, and other accessories to customize your upfit exactly how you want it.

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For more information on Adrian Steel’s commercial truck trade packages, give us a call at (800) 677-2726 or send us an email at info@adriansteel.com. Ready to get your upfit installed? View our network of distributers to find one near you!

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Work Van Driving Safety Tips

work van driving tipsThe new work vans on the market allow for high levels of maneuverability, however it can still be a challenge to drive in heavy traffic. Adrian Steel has put together a few quick driving safety tips to help ensure that you and your vehicle get to and from your destination safely.

Avoid Causing a Traffic Jam

No one likes to be stuck in traffic. But, did you know that there are a few ways that you can help to avoid contributing to a traffic jam? It’s all about consistency:

  • Pay attention – watch for indications of slowing traffic ahead and gently slow down as soon as you see brake lights
  • Don’t slow down more than necessary – every time you hit your brakes, you perpetuate the chain reaction of slowing down through the entire line of traffic
  • When possible, try to avoid coming to a complete stop on the highway
  • Drive consistently – in lighter traffic, be sure to maintain a consistent speed to avoid causing other drivers to brake unnecessarily

 

Share the Road

You have probably noticed that driving a work van requires a little bit more effort than driving a compact car. Because of the size of your van, it’s critical to pay special attention while on the road. While it can sometimes be frustrating to share the road with other drivers, there are a few driving safety tips to take into consideration for safe travels:

  • Don’t follow too closely behind semi-trucks – if you can’t see the driver’s mirrors, then he or she can’t see you!
  • Change lanes safely – you know the drill: check mirrors and blind spots, use your turn signal, and ensure that you don’t cut off other drivers
  • Be conscientious when parking – work vans are bigger than the typical car, so when in more populated areas, make sure to park as close to the curb as possible or near the back of the parking lot

Adrian Steel is not responsible for any accidents or incidents that could happen while on the road.

 

About Adrian Steel

Adrian Steel is committed to providing you with the most innovative, high-quality upfits for your work van on the market. With our upfits, you can be re-assured that your valuable cargo will be stored safely and securely. To learn more about Adrian Steel products, visit our website, give us a call at (800) 677-2726, or send us an email at info@adriansteel.com.

 

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ADseries Adjustable Shelving Units

adseries adjustable shelvingHave you ever invested in a piece of equipment just to find out that it didn’t work for your needs? It can be really frustrating! Often times, product manufacturers take the liberty to decide what they think will work best for you and offer a “one-size-fit-all” option. Here at Adrian Steel, we know that in reality “one-size” does not fit all. We strive to provide you with a wide array of customizable options, like our ADseries Adjustable Shelving Units, a unique product that allows you to have the freedom to decide exactly how your upfit shelving should be organized.

 

With Adrian Steel’s exclusive ADseries Adjustable Shelving Units, you are able to easily customize the Plug and Play shelves to fit your specific needs. Tools and equipment come in all shapes and sizes and ADseries shelving allows you to easily accommodate your uniquely shaped cargo items.

 

How it works

Quickly and easily adjust your shelving by unscrewing two bolts from the speed nut clips that come with the shelf with a Phillips screwdriver. Tilt the shelf upwards and simply move it to your desired location, insert the rear shelf studs, and screw the bolts back in!

 

ADseries Adjustable shelving features durable stamped steel end panels and shelves and a six inch knock out at the bottom to provide floor space. Plug and Play shelves come pre-punched with holes and can be adjusted on one inch increments.

 

Bonus Products: ADseries dividers snap into place, drawer units easily bolt in, and door kits can be installed to add a lockable cabinet to your shelving. Many Adrian Steel accessories can be added to the ADseries with the rail adapter kits and end panel brackets.

 

View our video about ADseries Adjustable Shelving Units.

 

About Adrian Steel

Adrian Steel is a leading manufacturer of van shelving solutions. In addition to adjustable shelving units, Adrian Steel also offers welded van shelving units. Contact Adrian Steel today to learn more about all of our cargo management solutions!

 

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Check out Adrian Steel at the CEDIA Expo!

Home technologyThis weekend Adrian Steel is in Denver, Colorado for the CEDIA Expo! Hosted by the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, the expo explores home technology trends of today and the future. CEDIA is a global authority in the home technology industry and represents 3,500 member companies in the security, audio/visual, energy management, entertainment, home health, and automation fields.

 

Attendees can find Adrian Steel at Booth 1222 where we will demonstrate how a vehicle upfit can benefit your business. We can walk you through the upfit process and help you make choices that are right for you.

 

Here’s a quick look at some of Adrian Steel’s products that may be of interest to professionals in the home technology industry:

 

Ladder Racks & Keepers – Many home technology professionals require a ladder on the job; however, ladders aren’t always the easiest piece of equipment to tote to and from a jobsite. Adrian Steel understands this challenge and offers several options to help you transport your ladder. The Grip-Lock Ladder Rack mounts on your van roof and firmly grips your ladder to prevent movement during transportation. The EZ Load Ladder Rack lowers your ladder six inches towards you to make the loading process quick and easy. The LoadsRite Drop-Down Ladder Rack allows you to easily raise and lower your ladder in a diagonal position, relieving back strain and preventing injury. Ladder Keepers are available to store your ladder inside your van, but out of the way on the ceiling.

 

Blue Bin System – If you find yourself returning to your vehicle often to grab forgotten small tools, the Blue Bin System may be of interest to you. Adrian Steel’s exclusive blue bins snap onto shelving units to securely store small tools and parts during transportation. Blue bins can be easily removed and stacked to carry to and from a job.

 

Toolboxes – Not everyone who works in the home technology industry drives a work van, many drive trucks too! Adrian Steel offers high-quality, durable aluminum toolboxes to help professionals safely store their equipment in their pickups. Toolboxes extend across the width of your truck bed, offering plenty of storage and are designed to mount to your truck with no-drill brackets.

 

About Adrian Steel

For more than 60 years, Adrian Steel has been a leading manufacturer of cargo management solutions. Adrian Steel is committed to providing customers with the most innovative and durable products on the market. To learn more about Adrian Steel’s products, call (800) 677-2726, email info@adriansteel.com, or visit www.adriansteel.com.

 

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