Improve Operational Efficiencies!

In this months edition of Flooring Magazine, Makinex shared an article on how to improve operational efficiencies!

It’s all about efficiency!

Makinex are passionate about inventing and manufacturing products that increase productivity and provide faster, easier and safer ways to get difficult jobs done.

One such product is the Dual Pressure Washer, a hard surface pressure cleaner that combines a rotary and wand in the one machine.

To learn more, read the full article here.

From Floor Removal to Floor Finish!

Makinex offer a range of flooring products that help you get your job done to the highest standard possible.

The Makinex flooring range provides products that assist flooring contractors  achieve improved efficiencies and quality in:

  1. Flooring removal
  2. Floor preparation
  3. Floor filling and
  4. Floor leveling and finishing.

There is a product available to support you at every stage of your flooring job, be it laying a floating floor, working with exposed aggregate or applying epoxy, you will create a great result.

REMOVAL

With many flooring jobs there is often an element of removal before the job starts – no one wants to lay flooring onto a rough and uneven surface. Makinex’s flooring range helps you find an easier way to do your job.

Stop struggling or bending when handling heavy jackhammers with the Jackhammer Trolley. The trolley carries the majority of the jackhammers weight with you positioned behind it. It’s suitable for most 16kg Jackhammers and removes existing flooring or underlayment to begin preparation of the base.

The Vinyl Floor Stripper is an industrial machine designed to remove a variety of flooring materials. It’s a great addition to the Jackhammer to remove cementitious screed or flexible adhesive.

These products have been known to reduce fatigue, increase speed of removal and preparation and minimise damage to substrate.

PREPARATION

Once unwanted materials have been removed, it’s time to bring in your grinder and vac or scarifier, and these machines need power!

Makinex have a powerful range of Generators that supply dual single and three phase power. Our gennies are portable and compact so the power can go where you need it to. They allow you to simaltaneously run 15amp or 20/32amp equipment.

FILLING AND LEVELLING

We understand that you want to level the floor ready for the final application.

The Makinex Mixing Station is the ultimate mixing solution for self-levelling cements, compounds and epoxies, producing a perfect mix every time. The Makinex Mixing Station is extremely manoeuvrable and enables efficient hands-free mixing and fast precision pouring of materials. It also features a dust/splash reduction cover for safer use and less mess.

It can mix up to 100kg (220lbs) batches in 3 minutes!

For exposed agg type finish The Hose 2 Goa 14ltr constant pressure portable water supply unit that doesn’t require a battery or power, is great for spraying a mist when applying liquid densifiers for crack, airhole or displaced aggregate repairs. It can also be used for wash down and clean up.

APPLYING, POLISHING AND FINISHING

After grinding you may need to determine what sort of polish you want to finish with and as you know, concrete grinding creates dust. The Makinex Dual Pressure Washer is a rotary cleaner and wand pressure washer in the one machine which enables you to clean the floor surface, so you can determine what type of finish ready to polish.

Once you have taken the necessary steps to create an optimal floor surface, it’s ready to dress with your customers material of choice knowing you have done everything to achieve amazing results!

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Inside the construction industries substance abuse problem

Foundation House is helping tradies come to terms with mental health and addiction.

Last week VICE media published this interesting article about Foundation House Rehab centre in Sydney.

Tommy sits in a room full of tradies and tells them all about how he used to drink methylated spirits with Coke. The mixer was to stop him throwing up blood; he’d keep a schooner of the concoction next to his bed at his parents’ house, where he lived at the time. Tommy was almost 40 then, and had been in and out of the construction industry for half his life.

“I worked in construction, and I was a functioning addict from when I started when I was 18,” he explains. “At the start it was always pot. Ecstasy pills. Campbelltown coke. And then after that drinking came into it because it’s just part of the culture.

“It’s construction: if you can’t drink you can’t be trusted and be part of it.”

Tommy is a resident at the Foundation House rehabilitation centre, located in Sydney’s inner west. The 28-day residential program has been working with people like him for the past 18 years. A not-for-profit charity, Foundation House doesn’t get any government funding, but is instead supported by the construction industry itself. The centre receives a number of its referrals directly from the worksite via the Building Trade Group (BTG), through which they get most of their clientele.

Sitting here on a Wednesday night, it’s hard not to think there’s something wrong with Australia’s construction industry culture. There are close to 80 men in this room: some of them alcoholics, some of them drug addicts, some of them suicide survivors—but nearly all of them tradesmen.

“It’s the pressures that people are put under,” says Daniel, a therapist at Foundation House, when I ask him why this might be the case. “We’re talking 10 to 12 hour days six days a week, and no downtime.”

Such unforgiving hours are nothing new, and in recent years there’s been some significant headway towards raising awareness around issues of mental health on the worksite. Foundation House is an important next step. They don’t just want to shine a light on the underbelly of the construction industry: they want to offer the workers a way out of the dark.

“Foundation House was born because for all the education, for all the need for something to change there needed to be a place for some one to change,” the centre’s CEO, David Atkin, told me. “Our objective is on the wall: ‘To introduce a person to themselves in the hope that one day they become friends’.”

The 28 day residency is small when compared to the several-month stints of other rehab clinics—but that’s part of what makes it effective. David explains that people can take a few weeks off the job, come into rehab, and then get back to work.

“The workplace intervention doesn’t really work if it’s three months, six months, or 12 months because you’re not going to get the support of the employers,” he says. “But for four weeks, it works.”

Those four weeks are described by the staff at Foundation House as “intense”. After undergoing a detox and an assessment, the clients are stripped of their phones and admitted into a program that sees them meeting one-on-one with a councillor twice a week, and taking part in a rotating series of education groups, communication groups, and relationship-building groups.

Two weeks in, the residents get an opportunity to tell their story: to talk about their life, about what addiction was like for them, and become vulnerable around the other people in their group. It’s this part—this sense of connection and community—that so many of them point to as the thing they valued the most.

“The most important thing for me was coming in here and then meeting other people that have been through a similar thing,” says Alex—another, much younger, graduate of the program.

Alex started as an apprentice plasterer at the age of 18. By 19—and following constant recreational use of cannabis, ecstasy, LSD, ketamine, and cocaine—he was admitted to a psychiatric ward.

“Once I went there it was like Fuck, maybe I’m crazy. And I didn’t know how to talk about that to people at work,” he tells me. “I just wanted to fit in. Then I started to hear my story in other people at meetings, how this has helped their lives, and thought I’d give it a go. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”

A third ex-resident, Jim, agrees the construction culture has historically been one that encourages substance abuse while shunning open, serious conversations around issues of mental health.

“Every workplace I’ve ever worked in has started with the culture of bullying the apprentice and going to the pub,” he says. “Some of us would drink at work. Most of us, if not all of us, would drink after work. And definitely all of us would get drunk at night at home, and show up either still drunk or with a massive hangover. It was a competitive culture: who drank more.”

Jim and Daniel both have theories as to why there is such a substance abuse problem within the industry. Jim suggests that the high wages have something to do with it—the fact that “You get a 25-year-old kid earning $400 a day.” Daniel points to the intense working conditions—the 70 hour weeks—and suggests that substances are used as a way to cope with the demands of the job.

“It’s probably moved from alcohol to methamphetamine, too,” he says. “Because they’re working long hours they’re using cocaine and things that are going to be stimulating rather than depressants.”

This “work hard, play harder” culture has a lot to answer for when it comes to the industry’s mental health problem. Many people within construction describe it as a toxic environment that’s too lucrative too leave. The money’s good, and the demand for work is so high that anyone not willing to toe the line is cast aside and replaced within a day. Everyone is expendable, pressures are high, and using drugs and alcohol to blow off steam just is, and always has been, the done thing.

So how do you solve a problem like that?

Forcing people to open up and come to terms with their emotions is one part of it. But when I ask Daniel what it is specifically about Foundation House that these men and women find so effective, based on their feedback, he points to Wednesday nights.

The weekly relapse prevention meet-ups are an extension of the residential program, providing a forum where former and current residents can come together and speak openly with one another. Some are here for the very first time, while others have been coming back, week after week, for years.

“They’re beautiful, Wednesday nights,” Tommy tells me. “Everyone’s here helping each other.”

That’s certainly the energy in the room. One by one, the current and former residents of Foundation House—“Foundo”, as they call it—take turns yelling out their names, to rapturous applause, and talking through their feelings. Others nod, speaking words of encouragement and affirmation. Some of them cry, or laugh, or joke about how they’re only here for the free dinner. Mostly, though, they speak openly and honestly. And Daniel, the therapist, hardly says a thing.

“This place looks after itself sometimes,” he tells me. “We provide support and love, but at the end of the day it’s their community: it’s the ex-residents and the current residents coming together and saying: ‘These are the results’.

“Just having something that’s theirs. This is all they’ve got really.”

If you’d like to find out more about Foundation Hose head to their website

https://www.foundationhouse.net.au/

 

Makinex welcomes Michael Hilti

Everyone was thrilled to welcome Michael Hilti to Makinex Sydney Headquarters on Friday 19th Oct.

 

Michael Hilti and Rory Kennard spent time discussing new products and innovation within the construction industry.

 

Makinex have worked with Hilti for the last 7 years with the Jackhammer Trolley Hilti version and Hilti selling the Makinex Tile Smasher Heads.

 

Makinex and Hilti have a longstanding appreciation and passion for finding innovative ways to make the construction industry more efficient.

 

Hilti was established in 1941, and Makinex aspire to follow in their extremely successful footsteps, they have a business culture most companies admire being in the Top 25 places to work in the world, among many other awards and accolades.

 

Hilti also won Financial Review Top 100 Graduate employer award – which is an excellent opportunity for graduates wanting to enter the construction and design industry.

 

Makinex and Hilti align in many ways especially in the importance design plays in their products, with Hilti winning Red Dot Awards and both Makinex and Hilti winning Good Design Awards over the years.

 

Rory Kennards says “Design is imperative when producing high quality products and tools that will make a difference to the construction industry. Makinex believes there’s always a better way to do things, and is constantly striving to be the best it can be, working with companies such as Hilti drives us to design and produce excellent product that changes the way they work”

 

Having aligned qualities with other players in the construction industry is inspiring and shows that working together in order to build outstanding products and businesses to support to industry is possible.

 

Makinex hopes to continue its relationship with Hilti and learn from this powerhouse business, by continuing to offer outstanding quality and designed products for the construction industry.

“We have forgotten the lessons” from asbestos!

An article released by ABC News discusses how Silicosis is the biggest lung disease crisis since asbestos.

It features the story of two men who have been struck down with Silicosis and how it affects their day to day lives.

The article highlights what actions you need to take to prevent this disease from harming you.

Read the full story here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-10/stone-cutting-for-kitchen-benchtops-sparks-silicosis-crisis/10357342

Makinex giving back to the drought affected farmers

Over the years Makinex has donated to charities that do great work in our communities, and this year is no different. We felt it was important to support our rural friends that are experiencing a one in hundred year drought putting great pressure on them to deliver the produce we all enjoy.

We decided to support the Country Women’s Association branch in Gunnedah located in Northwest NSW area, as they have been hot hard by the drought.

Her small group of volunteers cooks cakes to sell at a weekly cake stall in town among other things raising money so they can directly offer support back to the local Gunnedah community.

With the money raised by Makinex, the CWA plan to spend the money on food and fuel vouchers, car registrations, school fees, and rural supplies, and helping to pay for chemist and electricity accounts for farmers doing it tough.

Joel Baker and Stuart Reynolds drove to Gunnedah last week to present a cheque and enjoyed the local countryside and freshly baked cakes.

 

Makinex Finalist in National Safety Awards

Last week (15th Oct 2018) Makinex become a finalist in Category 2A: Best solution of a WHS Risk (Small Business ) at the National Safety Awards of Excellence Gala Luncheon held last week.

It was attended by Paul Weaver (Managing Director) and Matthew Cape (Design Manager)

This was for the Powered Hand Truck, and amazing safety product helping people safely pick up products up to 140kg.

We have our fingers crossed for the finals being announced soon.

 

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Powered Hand Truck – Protecting work forces everywhere

They didn’t even break a sweat

Darren Tomlinson from LVB Electrical Engineers in the UK recently purchased a Makinex Powered Hand Truck to remove 230kgs of circuit breakers from their van into the substation.

This previously difficult, time consuming and dangerous job was undertaken easily and quickly, without any engineers breaking a sweat or hurting their backs.

“Great but of Kit , LVB investing in the welfare of our engineers”

To find out more check out PHT website page for more information 

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Most Innovative Product Awards

A few weeks ago Makinex exhibited at The World Of Concrete in Las Vegas.

We have just found out that Makinex won the Most Innovative Products Award for

Concrete Construction Equipment 

Industry Choice: Makinex Construction Products, Hose2Go

 General Construction Tools & Equipment

Industry Choice: Makinex Construction Products, Powered Hand Truck

Presented annually in conjunction with the World of Concrete, the MIP Award program showcases many products exhibited at the show. The MIP award program allows World of Concrete attendees and audiences of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, and THE CONCRETE PRODUCER an opportunity to vote for the products they judge as most innovative.

Winners are also selected by a panel of industry experts, many of whom serve on the World of Concrete Educational Advisory Board, as well as by the editors of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, MASONRY CONSTRUCTION, and THE CONCRETE PRODUCER. Winning products are chosen based on the innovation they bring to the industry.

Makinex on Sky News – Technology Behind Business

 

Recently Rory Kennard was asked to be on Sky News – Technology Behind Business program.

The show champions innovative businesses changing the status quo.

Rory speaks about what drives him and Makinex as a business and the way we are leading innovation within the construction industry.

Many of our products are lead by innovation and especially the Hose 2 Go and Powered Hand Truck really lead the construction equipment industry and solve with real problems that make working easier and more efficient.

 

 

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