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As a lean manufacturing company, we’re all about Continuous Improvement, also known as Kaizen. Part of our continuous improvement involves opening up our doors to others. This opens opportunity for engaging dialogue (the best way to learn is to teach) with great questions and fresh eyes like yours!

If you’re interested in touring our facility and learning more about lean manufacturing, we would love to have you visit.

Contact us at (800) 333-9953 or info@xylemdesign.com to schedule a tour. Just ask for Seth or Dallas.

Our Lighted Pedestal Bulb Standards: BEWARE

Bulb Standards
Dear Customers,
If you have one of our lighted pedestals (spotlight or ambient), please DO NOT USE AN INCANDESCENT BULB! Only use a CFL or LED bulb UP TO 25 WATTS. The wrong bulb could cause a fire.
 
A customer tried to use an incandescent bulb and it started to smoke! We have never had an issue with this in the ten years we’ve been building these lighted pedestals and we don’t plan to have one in the next ten. Click the video above for more info.
We love our customers and hate the idea of our product putting them and their homes in harms way. Thank you for trusting us with all of your display needs!

Custom Display for Calibur 11’s EA Battlefield 3 Cases

Battlefield Graphics

We build custom all the time. When Calibur 11 needed a trade show display to promote their Battlefield 3-inspired “Vault” cases for XBOX and Playstation gaming systems, they came to us to design a custom-lit display with a dust cover equipped with Security Torx. The ambient-lit top and custom logo wrap rounded out this sharp, simple display system. These are some of our favorite types of projects, getting to work with the customer to meet their custom needs and, hopefully, exceed their expectations regarding quality and painless design-process.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Sheen

What is Sheen?
Sheen means “a soft luster on a surface.” Synonyms are luster, shine, gloss, brilliance.

3 Black Finishes with Varying Sheen

Sheen Standards at Pedestal Source
Standard Laminates (Black/White) – Satin
Premium Laminates – Matte to Gloss
Lacquers (Clear/Opaque) – Matte & Satin
Acrylics – Frosted & Gloss

Note: While there are technical measurements for sheen, even those are relative to the calibrating surface. What’s more, these technical measurements don’t always align with popular usage. If you are concerned about whether our “matte” is your “matte” and you aren’t in a rush, we’re happy to send you a sample.

Getting Technical
Sheen is measured by an instrument called a Gardner 60 Gloss Meter, which measures the light emitted from the instrument at a specified incident angle, reflected from the surface of the dried coating being measured at the same angle, to a receiver. The instrument compares the emitted light to the received light and computes the difference to determine the amount directly reflected versus the light scattered or diffused by that surface. It compares the results to results of the same test performed on a calibrating surface, such as a highly polished black glass plate. The calibrating surface should register 100 on this scale.

  • Gloss- 90% sheen
  • Semi-gloss, between about 60% and 70% sheen
  • Satin- 50% sheen
  • Low satin- 30% to 40% sheen
  • Matte or flat- 10% sheen
(www.woodshopnews.com/columns-blogs/finishing/502077-shedding-light-on-getting-the-right-sheen)

 

Memorializing 9/11 – Custom Displays

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We recently had the opportunity to build custom pedestals for a display memorializing the 9/11 attacks. Fire Chief Russ Wood from Glendale Heights, Illinois called us to help him design displays to feature three special items he received from a fellow firefighter in New York City: soil from the crash site in Pennsylvania, a building block from the Pentagon, and a corroded steel rod from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers.

Along with the use of our overhead lighting and custom acrylic wedges, used to tilt the soil and building block toward the observer, we also engineered a system of magnets and metal supports for the corroded steel rod to expertly display these unique, meaningful artifacts.

The goal at Xylem is mind-blowing customer service, in this case meaning we do whatever necessary to find a solution that allows the artifacts displayed to shine, without the displays themselves getting in the way. This is particularly important with sensitive projects such as memorializing 9/11.

Beyond paying condolences to the lives lost, Russ told us the display also serves to remind the Glenside Fire Department of the necessary sacrifices they perform on a daily basis.

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Join us for a Conversation with Ritsuo Shingo in Fort Collins, CO

A Conversation with Ritsuo Shingo, Presented by Xylem Design

When:   May 12, 2015 @ 8:30 – 11:30 AM

Where:  Powerhouse Energy Institute

(430 N College, Fort Collins, CO 80524)

Space is limited!

Reserve your seats now by emailing seth@xylemdesign.com

 

Recommended For

Executive leaders

Owners of small to large companies

General Managers

Lean Leaders

HR and Culture Leads

Anyone curious about Lean Manufacturing

 

Objective

Gain insider-insight to Lean leadership and best practices for successful culture development from a sensei of Lean in an intimate setting. Come with your burning questions!

 

Included

Presentation by Ritsuo Shingo (2 hrs)

Q&A with Mr. Shingo (1 hrs)

 

Ritsuo Shingo Bio

With over 40 years’ experience in lean manufacturing, Ritsuo Shingo started working for Toyota in 1970 and later became the president of Toyota China and Hino Motors. Mr. Shingo currently heads the Institute of Management Improvement, a company started by his father, Dr. Shigeo Shingo, who was instrumental in the creation of the Toyota Production System. Mr. Ritsuo Shingo consults with high-level corporate executives worldwide on the subject of Lean leadership and has extended the commitment to Lean into the next generation of world-class organizations.