• Manufacturing Assembly - Full Time

    by Linda Kleineberg | Feb 24, 2016

    Are you mechanically inclined? Does your definition of work ethic include always being on time and present every day? Are you passionate about building high quality products that are 100% Made in the USA? Do you love to innovate and create new ways of doing things?

    If you answered, "Yes!", then we want to meet you. We are a world class manufacturer of industrial and construction equipment and we have an immediate opening for a new manufacturing assembly team member.

    You will help us to ensure that we fulfill our promise to our customers to deliver the highest quality products that they want, exactly when they want them, at a price that's fair. You will seek ways to improve your process and will communicate your ideas to your internal customers and suppliers. You will use effective problem solving skills to increase the value we provide so we can consistently create "WOW!" experiences for our external customers .

    No specific experience is required, but you must be comfortable using hand tools and measuring tools, and have a basic to intermediate understanding of how mechanical devices operate.


    Apply in person at VIBCO - 75 Stilson Road, Wyoming, RI. No phone calls, please.

  • Digital Marketing Manager

    by Linda Kleineberg | Feb 24, 2016

    About the Job

    If you live and breathe digital marketing, we want to talk to you. We are looking for a B2B Digital Marketing Manager to develop, implement, track and optimize our digital marketing campaigns and to support the full range of our Marketing projects and activities.

    Responsibilities
    Plan and execute all web, SEO/SEM, marketing database, email, social media and display advertising campaigns
    Design, build and maintain our social media presence
    Measure and report performance of all digital marketing campaigns, and assess against goals
    Identify trends and insights, and optimize spend and performance based on the insights
    Brainstorm new and creative growth strategies
    Plan, execute, and measure experiments and conversion tests
    Evaluate emerging technologies. Provide thought leadership and perspective for adoption where appropriate


    Requirements
    Bachelor's degree in marketing or a related field
    Demonstrable knowledge of manufacturing and industrial distribution channels, B2B marketing preferred
    Familiarity/Understanding of Lean Manufacturing concepts preferred
    Proven working experience in digital marketing
    Demonstrable experience leading and managing SEO/SEM, marketing database, email, social media and/or display advertising campaigns
    Experience with A/B and multivariate experiments
    Solid knowledge of website analytics tools (e.g., Google Analytics)
    Experience in setting up and optimising Google Adwords campaigns
    Strong analytical skills and data-driven thinking
    Up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in online marketing and measurement

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  • CNC Machine Shop Supervisor

    by Linda Kleineberg | Feb 24, 2016

    About the Job

    Do you live and breathe CNC Machining? Are you looking for Full-Time supervisory position with a growing manufacturer where you can use your coaching skills to lead a team of 15 machine operators, you will share your knowledge of CNC machining, innovate to achieve highest levels of Lean Manufacturing / SMED, and collaborate across all departments to produce to customer demand?

    If yes, then we want to talk to you!

    As the CNC Machine Shop Supervisor, you will:
    Setup and operate conventional lathe and mill
    Setup and operate CNC 3 & 4 axis lathes with live tools (Okuma)
    Setup and operate CNC 3 + 1 axis Mills (Chiron)
    Change speeds and feeds per tooling and material requirements
    Work with engineering, production, executive team, and the customer service team to collaborate for problem-solving and customer demand
    Train and motivate machine operators on CNC machines

    Qualifications
    Deep knowledge of CNC Machining 
    Confident coach, trainer and supervisor
    Knowledge of OKUMA OSP and FANUC OM Controls
    Knowledge of conventional G-Code programming
    Experience in Fixture Design and Development
    Experience leading Kaizen Events, and everyday Lean Manufacturing Improvement


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  • Machining: CNC Mill, Lathe - Full Time

    by Linda Kleineberg | Feb 24, 2016


    Are you mechanically inclined? Does your definition of work ethic include always being on time and present every day? Are you passionate about building high quality products that are 100% Made in the USA? Do you love to innovate and create new ways of doing things?

    If you answered yes, then we want to meet you. We are a world class manufacturer of industrial and construction equipment and we have an immediate opening for a new Machining team member.

    You will help us to ensure that we fulfill our promise to our customers to deliver the highest quality products that they want, exactly when they want them, at a price that's fair. You will seek ways to improve your process and will communicate your ideas to your internal customers and suppliers. You will use effective problem solving skills to increase the value we provide so we can consistently create "WOW!" experiences for our external customers .

    No specific experience is required, but you must have basic to intermediate knowledge of measuring tools, machine fixtures, machining principles, and mathematics.

    Apply in person at VIBCO, 75 Stilson Road, Wyoming, RI 02898. No phone calls, please.

  • RIP Vincent A. 'Buddy' Cianci Jr., 1941-2016

    by [user not found] | Jan 28, 2016


    It was a average Thursday morning here at Vibco before news broke that Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci, the two-time Providence mayor and icon of the state of Rhode Island passed away.

    For many of us it was the end of an era. Many of us at Vibco remember the first time Mr. Cianci ran for and won mayor of Providence and witnessed the changes he brought to the city and his second mayoral bid and victory almost a decade later. For many of us here, Buddy was Rhode Island; he was Providence.

    Karl Wadensten, Vibco's president and CEO, was a frequent guest on The Buddy Cianci Show, Mr. Cianci's radio show he began in the late '80s and early '90s and started up again in 2007. The two would discuss Rhode Island's important, recurring issues including taxation, infrastructure and roads in addition to current events and immediately pressing topics. 

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cianci family.

    Read the Providence Journal's full 7-page piece on the legacy of Buddy Cianci

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  • The Nation’s First Strengths-Based State: How Rhode Island Uses Clifton Strengths Finder to Improve a Disengaged Workforce

    by [user not found] | Jan 04, 2016


    Earlier in December, Gallup ran a story titled “Rhode Island Wants to Be the First "Strengths-Based State". The story outlined that in an effort to reverse Rhode Island’s actively disengaged workforce - one of the highest in the nation - using the Clifton Strengths Finder assessment. The Strengths Finder is a test meant to help the test taker understand what their unique strengths are. By extension, how these strengths fit into their job and to the company they are a part of.


    We at VIBCO have been using Strengths Finder for many years with tremendous success in our workplace. Recently, other companies in Rhode Island including Gilbane Construction and Leadership RI and governor Gina Raimondo’s office and cabinet have begun exploring experimenting with Strengths Finder and working into their organization structure. The results, so far, have been encouraging and leading more organizations in the state to try using Strengths Finder.


    Read Gallup’s full piece on strengths in Rhode Island here

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  • Visit VIBCO at World of Concrete 2016 This February

    by [user not found] | Jan 04, 2016


    World of Concrete kicks off today in Las Vegas, Nevada and VIBCO will be showing off our best concrete vibration solutions from February 2nd to the 5th.

    This year VIBCO's indoor booth is C7578

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    We'll be featuring the:

    VIBCO will be holding daily demonstrations of the US-900 vibrator with Del Zotto Products - details to come!

    For more information on this year's World of Concrete event, visit the World of Concrete's event page. For more information on VIBCO's featured products and supplemental information visit our World of Concrete product page.

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  • VIBCO Christmas Carols

    by Linda Kleineberg | Dec 22, 2015

    Decorations are up, there is a chill in the air, and the first flakes of snow have fallen. That means it's VIBCO Christmas Carol time!

    Break out the egg nog, gather your coworkers around your desk, and take a few minutes to celebrate the holiday season... VIBCO style.

    And just so you know... the lyrics to all of these songs were written by the amazing, talented and very funny VIBCO Team during the 2011 VIBCO Christmas Party...  

    Listen Now!

     We're Shakin Up Your Concrete

     The VIBCO Team

     Let it Shake! Let it Shake! Let it Shake!

     It's VIBCO! It's VIBCO! It's VIBCO!

     Frosty the Millwright

      VIBCO Vibration Nation


    ©VIBCO Vibrators 2011
    All VIBCO Xmas Carol Lyrics written onsite by VIBCO Employees, Recorded by Ron Hayden, Warwick, RI  

    All rights reserved. 

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  • Pothole Kaizen: How Fort Dodge Used Kaizen in an Unexpected Area

    by [user not found] | Nov 20, 2015


    Kaizen is most commonly associated with Lean manufacturing and has since expanded to other industries including education, leadership and many more in recent years.

    But potholes, road work and city management operations?

    One city in Iowa figured out a way to apply Lean thinking to pothole repair and lay the foundation for a sustainable, efficient solution to fixing the city’s pothole repair and response time.

    The city of Fort Dodge, Iowa recently conducted a kaizen on the city’s pothole patching efforts. Naturally, once the kaizen was completed, the city manager and his staff found that there were many opportunities to improve a process that often goes overlooked. The final report and synopsis found that some areas from a resident education standpoint and others from a process oriented.

    At this past Iowa Lean Consortium, the city manager of Fort Dodge met up with our management team from VIBCO at the event and eagerly shared with us their presentation, data and findings for this particular series of improvements.

    Here’s how Fort Dodge, Iowa worked to solve their pothole problem with Kaizen and Lean ideas.

    Kaizen and Pothole Repair: Finding What Needs to Be Changed

    The Fort Dodge city manager and his team developed two objectives. Each objective was aimed at improving the pothole repair process from the resident’s end all the way through to the team tasked with fixing the pothole. The first was to develop a process which potholes can be patched in 24 hours of the citizen reporting it. The second goal was to provide a simple and effective way to track the progress of their pothole repair statuses.

    Both issues are things that citizens in all towns and cities across the country grapple with and both, as it turns out, can be solved. The team concluded that the voice of the customer (or resident in this case) broke down as follows:

    • Get the potholes filled quickly
    • Make the potholes durable and lasting
    • Minimize the traffic disruptions in the process of repair
    • Make pothole repair easy to report

    With regards to the city employee:

    • They must remain safe during the repair process
    • Make reporting potholes easy for residents
    • Make it easy for citizens to track the status of pothole repair

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    Identifying Waste in the Process of Pothole Repair

    There is waste in everything if you look hard enough and pothole repair is no exception.

    What the city of Fort Dodge found was that, concerning waste, there are things that can be fixed within 5 of the 7 major wastes.

    In processing, the team found that cold patch mix exposed to the elements requires a lot of extra work to make it easy for road repair teams to move out of the truck and to the hole. Defects in the process include the wrong location of the potholes and incorrect information initially. Transportation waste, the waste incurred from the movement of resources from one place to another, means that it often takes teams longer to get to the pothole site then to repair the pothole. Information processing, a subdivision of processing as a whole, meant that the information chain of how the city finds out about a pothole was lengthy and convoluted with many places for information to get lost or misunderstood.

    Motion waste, waste caused by the physical movement of completing a process, was the largest area of waste. Wasted motion in the pothole repair process included:

    • Setting the delineators
    • Cleaning the pothole
    • Adding material to the pothole
    • Tamping the material down
    • And picking up the delineators

    Current State and Future State

    Mapped out, here is the current state of the pothole repair process:

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    Here is the future state map the city developed:

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    Breakthroughs and Developments

    With any kaizen, there are breakthroughs and revelations about the process and what can be changed for the better. Among the city’s changes and breakthroughs were:

    • Implementing an Action center for pothole reports
    • Having pothole repair teams flex based on demand and
    • Protection UPM from elements to achieve a quality, lasting patch

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    Additional Improvements and Changes, Action Plan

    Not only did this kaizen help to achieve the two major objectives for the city’s pothole repair efforts, but many other improvements came about as well. Some of the improvements include:

    • An email published to all Fort Dodge employees encouraging them to report potholes and take input calls from citizens directly to the newly minted Action Center
    • An article written and submitted to The Messenger, a news publication covering the Fort Dodge area introducing

    pothole kaizen other improvements

    Metrics and Success Measurement

    The city manager and team decided that success would be measured by the following parameters:

    • The number of potholes patched
    • Response time from report to completed state
    • And percentage of potholes patched within 24 hours

    Wrap Up

    New applications of Lean principles are always exciting to hear about and this one is no exception. It's no secret that we at VIBCO have been very active in Rhode Island's pothole hole repair efforts so to learn about another organization and group tackling potholes in a different way is phenomenally exciting to hear about. We're extremely grateful that the city manager of Fort Dodge shared his experience with us and we're very excited to share it with everyone.

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  • On the Job: External Vibration and Tight Rebar in Massachusetts (2013)

    by [user not found] | Nov 09, 2015


    Having been in business over 50 years, we've accrued a lot visits to job sites all around the United States. While digging through the VIBCO archives, we came across a short video detailing a job site visit from back in 2013 in Massachusetts involving our Stik It mount , an SVT SVRLS high frequency pneumatic vibrator and some tight rebar. 

    Read the full piece below.

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    Back in February 2013, our VIBCO field technicians were called to a job site to demonstrate the unique attachment and ability of our Stik It mount and an SVT SVRLS pneumatic vibrator.

    The job: Pouring concrete for bridge pier footing.

    The problem: The crew was using internal vibrators to flow the concrete through tight rebar and having problems getting a smooth, even consolidation all the way through the concrete. Also, the internal vibrator was getting damaged trying to consolidate the concrete in between the tight rebar.

    This particular job site visit was uncharacteristically difficult because the air compressors used to power the vibrators were not working properly. The compressor they purchased did not start and we were delayed from using the SI until. Over an hour into the pour, a second compressor arrived and we were able to hook up our equipment and begin our demonstration on concrete that already began to cake.

    The solution: VIBCO's pneumatic external vibrator and a Stik It mount. This particular company had never used external vibration before and were quite surprised that we were still able to move the mix even as the mix was settling and caking.

    For this job site visit, we took some video and overdubbed the a short synopsis of what happened. Watch and see for yourself the resulting consolidation of the mix:


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  • On the Job: Pothole Repair in Northern Rhode Island

    by [user not found] | Oct 29, 2015


    For many years, VIBCO has been very active in empowering Rhode Island cities and towns to take the right steps to repair their roads and this morning in northern Rhode Island was another instance of VIBCO taking to the streets (literally) to assist the Department of Public Works of this town to take the proper steps to repair their town's potholes. 

    Year after year, Rhode Island ranks among the states with the worst roads in the nation. Rhode Island's roads have been called "structurally deficient"and in generally "poor condition" and almost half of the state's roads are unsuitable to drive on.

    A Big Job For A Small Roller

    The town we visited in northern Rhode Island was like many of the towns in Rhode Island: intimate, working and, unfortunately, suffering from crumbling roads.

    Our job in this town this morning was to help the town's DPW team with their pothole repair technique*. Upon arriving in Johnston, we were introduced to the town's fhighway department foreman and his assistant before heading to the site of the pothole.

    Here was the pothole we were repairing today:

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    That's a pretty big pothole and one that the DPW's foreman had doubts that the VIBCO GR-1600H 'Pothole Patcher', their main pothole patching tool could tackle.

    Potholes can range in size and depth but most tend to be on the smaller size, usually about a foot in diameter. This pothole was considerably larger and developed on an incline and mid-sized swale. The pothole was deeper and more developed on  on side than the other, the side that incoming trucks would turn into before getting into the driveway.

    The main concern of the foreman was whether or not the pothole could even handle the project. The foreman was skeptical that the GR-1600H had the power and ability to fix (and keep fixed) a pothole this size and whether or not a a double-wheel ride on roller was needed instead. 

    We were prepared to show that our pothole patcher could tackle the job.

    Preparing and Filling the Pothole

    We're very big on teaching and practicing proper pothole patching procedure here at VIBCO and today was no different. We began by using shovels and hoes to clear out the debris from the pothole and defining the edges. Next, we used a leaf blower to clear out the fine material from the pothole and further define the edges of the pothole. 

    johnston-rhode-island-pothole-repair-vibco-2Next came the patch material, a fine grain asphalt mix. We started loading in the patch material in to the pothole making sure to add more than was needed to move around and fill in areas that were going to need it. The material was spread around using a lute, making sure to evenly cover the entire pothole.

    Then the GR-1600H was brought in. As the GR-1600H was turning on, a little bit of lubricant was released from the container (what is the proper name) onto the drum of the roller. The lubricant helps the roller drum move smoothly across the patch material without pulling up loose material onto the drum. 

    The patch material was static rolled first before the vibration was activated. The proper way to roll patch, whether hot, cold or otherwise, is from the hardest surface to the softest surface, making sure to work from the outside of the pothole inward and pulling back in a slow, controlled way.

    Wrapping Up The Job

    When the equipment was turned off and put away, here was the final result:

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    Not only was the GR-1600H able to tackle the size of the pothole, it was able to do so in only a few minutes and leave behind a tightly packed pothole seal.

    Read more about our GR-1600H Pothole Patcher here and our Pothole Free RI initiative here.

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  • The Leanest Little State: Rhode Island's Lean Leadership Conference Convenes

    by [user not found] | Oct 27, 2015


    Late last week was a big moment for the Lean in Rhode Island government initiative.

    On Friday, October 23rd Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and her cabinet along with VIBCO's own President Karl Wadensten, Gilbane Construction's Vice President and Rhode Island District Operations Manager Steve Duvel, Leadership RI's Executive Director Mike Ritz, and the Center for Lean Business Management's Bob Emiliani convened at Taco Comfort Solutions headquarters in Cranston, Rhode Island for the first Rhode Island Lean Leadership Conference. 

    A first for the state, the gathering was an opportunity for state agency leaders to provide a status update on their current and future projects since the Lean in Rhode Island government initiative was signed and codified by Governor Raimondo this past April at VIBCO's headquarters in Wyoming, RI. The results were overwhelmingly positive.

    The day began with each agency sharing their improvements they've made since beginning with Lean and each agency had a massive success to share and road map for forth coming projects. The Department of Environmental Management's senior sanitary engineer Louis Maccarone shared that by changing the way the agency processed applications for licenses, the agency was able to process 460 applications in just 24 hours. Donna Costantino, the chief of health professions regulation at the state Department of Health, shared that the Department of Health, an agency tasked with handling and processing thousands of nursing licenses for the state of Rhode Island, has also made magnificent strides towards improving the processing time application to application and streamlining the flow of paperwork throughout the agency. As more and more agency heads took to the podium to share their accomplishments, 

    In tandem with the state's efforts to improve processes and reduce waste using Lean concepts and ideas was the the Gallup Strengths Finder and how identifying a person's strengths can build a stronger workplace. Each person attending the conference wore a lanyard with a laminated card listing five strengths output from completing the Gallup test. These results were to serve as a guideline as what your individual strengths are and how they might combine and mix with colleagues with similar or complementary strengths. During Mr. Ritz's presentation, he shared how useful strengths have been to the board of Leadership RI as well as to those participating in the organization. Gilbane's Steve Duvel agreed, citing a noticeable shift in collaborative efforts and enthusiasm at work since implementing strengths.

    The intersection of Gallup Strengths and their effect on group dynamics came out during an impromptu group activity orchestrated by Mr. Duvel. Mr. Duvel challenged groups of four-to-six people to build a bridge out of paper and tape in 10 minutes. The bridge had to hold up the weight of Mr. Duvel's hardhat and high enough off the ground that the hardhat could slide underneath it. All the groups succeeded. 

    When the challenge was over, the room was polled to see if leadership took charge in the pinch and if so what kinds of qualities those people had and what didn't they have. Moreover, what roles did you observe the other people in the group take and how did those relate to their strengths.

    The day concluded with a short tour of Taco's shop floor, another facility that has implemented Lean to improve it's manufacturing processes. Discussions of additional Lean summits and making Rhode Island a model for Lean government and elevating this conference to a national level were among the ideas floated around the room.

    At this early stage, the elements of Lean seem to be bearing fruit in the Rhode Island government. Although it's still a young project, the conference instilled a strong feeling of promise for Lean in Rhode Island and reason to be optimistic and eagerness to see what else can be achieved in the months and years to come.

    Here are some photos from the day's event:

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    Read More About the Weekend's Events in the Press:

    Advice to R.I.: Focus on strengths, not weaknesses via Providence Journal

    State leaders review their efforts to convert departments to Lean business strategy via Providence Journal

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  • [INFOGRAPHIC] How to Properly Fill a Pothole

    by [user not found] | Sep 25, 2015


    Potholes are a massive problem in the world. In the United Kingdom, a car is injured by a pothole every 11 minutes and in India potholes can become so massive they can ruin entire cars, buses and hurt pedestrians. Here in the United States as of 2014 pothole repair costs exceed 6.4 billion dollars annually.

    In other words, potholes are a massive problem both for the towns that need to fix them and the drivers and motorists that have to endure them.

    VIBCO has been very active in pothole repair in recent years and restoring America's roads. In our home state of Rhode Island, a state whose roads rank 49th out of 50th in terms of road quality, we began the Pothole Free RI and Pothole Free USA initiatives aimed at fixing Rhode Island's pothole problems. The initiative donated to fourteen GR-1600H Pothole Patchers to fourteen Rhode Island cities and provided additional training in proper pothole repair and how to fix a pothole.

    Getting the world's roads fixed - and keeping them fixed - is something we really care about and are very invested in. Check out the infographic below detailing how to properly fill a pothole:

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    How to Properly Fill a Pothole

    1. Clean Out the Pothole

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    Begin by blowing any loose debris and/or water out of the pothole and towards the edge of the road. Aim the blower directly down into the pothole for the best result.

    Next, undercut the edges of the pothole to remove any loose material clinging to the inside of the pothole. Doing so will allow the pothole patch to cling better to the whole pothole and lead to a better patch later.

    Finish preparing the pothole for filling by blowing it out one more time.

    2. Load the Pothole

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    Pile your patch material into the pothole and use a lute rake to define the edges of the pothole. 

    Be sure to overfill the pothole by about 2-2.5 inches to allow yourself more material to work with.

    It’s important to make sure that the undercut areas are filled as correctly as the non-undercut areas.

    3. Begin Static Rolling

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    With a single drum vibratory roller, roll out the patch working from hard pavement to soft patch. The roller should remain idle throughout the process.

    4. Activate Your Roller

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    Turn on your vibratory roller and begin rolling out the patch working from hard pavement to soft patch. Work across the patch from right to left, proceeding from compacted to non compacted.

    Start at one edge of the patch and work from hard pavement to soft patch. When one section is complete, pull the machine backwards using the screed bar to shave off any lumps or uneven spots. Continue to work the patch material from hard to soft. Compact the repair so it is plane with the road. Be sure to match the road grade.

    5. Refine Your Edge

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    Turn on your vibratory roller and begin rolling out the patch working from hard pavement to soft patch. Work across the patch from right to left, proceeding from compacted to non compacted.

    6. Clean Up

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    Using a broom or a leaf blower, move the patch crumble out of the lane of travel and move on to the next pothole.

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  • American-Made and Proud Of It: Watch VIBCO's Newest Short, "We Are VIBCO"

    by [user not found] | Sep 25, 2015
    It's no surprise that we take immense pride in our American-made and American-sourced vibration

    products. There aren't any robots out in our factory assembling the vibrators we ship around the world. There are people building those vibrators every single day, putting their hands and their mind to work to build a quality product.

    For the first time at VIBCO, we captured that spirit on film in a new short video called 'We Are VIBCO'. Watch it below:

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  • [INFOGRAPHIC] 8 Amazing Facts About Concrete

    by [user not found] | Sep 18, 2015


    Concrete is one of the world's most used building materials and the history of concrete is a decorated one. Here are 8 amazing facts about concrete:

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    1. Reinforced Concrete Was "Laughed Down" At First

    Ernest L. Ransome, an English engineer, is credited as the inventor of rebar and the idea of structurally reinforced concrete. 

    While seen as a necessity in construction today, in Ransome’s 1912 book, “Reinforced Concrete Buildings,” Ransome makes note of how his idea was “laughed down” by the Technical Society of California. 

    Soon after implementing his idea on the Alvord Lake Bridge, he left to the east coast feeling his idea would be better appreciated on the east coast.

    2. The World’s First Concrete Bridge is Still Standing

    Alvord Lake Bridge was built in 1889 in San Francisco, CA. This bridge was the first - and oldest - reinforced concrete bridge, and it still exists today, over one hundred years after it was built. The bridge is also one of the earliest uses of rebar to reinforce structures

    3. Portland Cement Isn’t Named After Portland, OR

    In 1824, Englishman Joseph Aspdin was awarded the patent for a substance he called Portland Cement. He called it such because it resembled the “oolithic limestone” - or Portland stone - of Portland, England.

    4. Thomas Edison Designed The First Concrete Homes

    In 1908, Thomas Edison designed and built the first concrete homes in Union, New Jersey.

    Edison’s idea was to make a house out of a single pour of concrete. He believed given the right mold, “stairs, mantels, ornamental ceilings and other interior decorations and fixtures” would form formed from the same pour.

    While the goal was efficiency in home building, the reality wasn’t. Historian Adam Goodheart wrote that “a builder had to buy at least $175,000 worth of material before pouring a single home.” Adjusted to 2015 dollars, that’s over 4 million dollars!

    5. The Ready Made Concrete Industry Is Massive

    As of 2015, the total sum value of all the ready mixed concrete that is produced by the concrete industry is estimated at $25 billion USD.

    6. Were The Giza Pyramids Built From Concrete?

    Scientists have debated whether the stones that created the Giza Pyramids were carved from stone or cast from a limestone and water mixture and hardened.

    In the 1980s French chemical engineer Joseph Davidovits argued that ancient Giza builders used pulverized limestone mixed with water and hardened the material in natural forms. In 2006, Drexel University researcher Michel Barsoum found a “small but significant” portion of the Giza blocks were cast from limestone.

    7. Before There Was Portland Cement, There Was Roman Concrete

    The Romans are credited as the first developed society to manufacture and construct buildings out of concrete. The Roman concrete was made from lime, volcanic sand and volcanic rocks.

    Scientists later found a ‘secret ingredient’ within the Roman concrete: stratlingite crystals. These crystals formed as a result of volcanic sand binding with limestone. The result was a material that prevented cracking by reinforcing interfacial zones.

    8. The Oldest Piece Of Concrete Was Found in Israel

    The earliest documented finding of concrete dates back to 12,000,000 B.C. in Israel. Israeli geologists in the 1960s unearthed and dated reactions between limestone and oil shale during a spontaneous combustion sometime in history.

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  • Don't Get Left In The Cold: VIBCO DC Vibrators Are Gearing Up For The Winter Season

    by [user not found] | Sep 08, 2015
    While we may just be entering September, it's not too early to get a jump start on preparing for the winter sales opportunities.

    Remember Last Winter?

    Last winter was a tough one across the country, particularly in New England and the Midwest. Cities and towns were unprepared and didn't allocate nearly enough money to their snow removal budgets to remove the tremendous amounts of snow and repair towns after down trees and power outages. 

    Massive amounts of snow fell in many cities all across the nation and some cities saw record breaking snowfall totals. Boston, Massachusetts set a new city snowfall record at which received 108.6 inches of snow over the course of winter 2015.

    Town snow removal workers and independent contractors were working well beyond 12 hour shifts with minimal sleep. Moreover, imagine if you were working 12 hours straight for multiple days on end.

    Would you want to deal with the hassle of fixing your equipment on the job? Would you want to get out of your truck during a blizzard with a shovel and manually figure out what is stopping up your sand spreader?

    Probably not.

    But that was the situation last year more often than not and experts are predicting a similar winter as last year across the country.

    That means a new opportunity to sell a DC vibrator for a tailgate spreader hopper and V-box to:
    • snow removal teams towns, cities and municipalities
    • independent snow removal contractors and landscaping companies
    • anyone expressing problems with material flow on winter snow removal and/or ice control equipment
    Here's what VIBCO has for dealers and their sales representatives:

    Winter Is Coming And Here's What We Have Ready For VIBCO Product Dealers


    In light of the forthcoming winter and the likelihood of expanded town and city budgets because of last year's tremendous winter, it's not too early to be on the lookout for opportunities to sell a VIBCO vibrator.


    1. A Brand New Landing Page Focused Exclusively On VIBCO DC Vibrators


    For the winter 2015-16 season, we've put together a brand new landing page showcasing our DC vibrators for:

    • Tailgate spreaders
    • V-boxes
    • Dump bodies and other winter equipment hoppers, spreaders and containers.
    The page currently features:
    • Product application photos
    • Detailed copy showcasing the value that equipping a VIBCO DC vibrator to your buyers' spreader or hopper can provide
    • Demonstration videos and more.
    We wanted to put together a one-stop-shop for demonstrations and information, technical and otherwise, regarding our DC vibrator line.


    We're also planning to update this page with new photos and new videos as we progress closer to and into the season - so stay tuned!



    Below are bundles of sales literature to forward and share with your outside and inside sales team plus a brand new landing page contaning all kinds of useful information, product application photos, video demos and more for VIBCO's DC vibrator line:

    2. Our VIBCO's Sandbuster™ And DC Vibrator Catalog And Mounting Guide

    The VIBCO Sandbuster and DC Vibrator catalog provides sales teams and dealers with everything they would ever need to know about VIBCO's DC line. This catalog piece contains:

    • Customer testimonials
    • Sizing charts
    • A comprehensive list of brands of spreaders and hoppers that VIBCO DC vibrators are compatible with (and it's a long list) and much more
    Our mounting guide is a must-have resource when selling VIBCO vibrators. Proper sizing and mounting to suit the application at hand are non-negotiable points when selling vibrators. After all, vibration is a powerful force and should be used correctly. 


    We Also Have A Physical Sales Literature Bundle



    We are also preparing physical sales literature packets for those who reply to this email or inquire through another email entirely. The physical sales literature packet will include the following: 


    • A VIBCO Sandbuster and DC Vibrator Catalog 
    • A VIBCO Big Bertha Dumpbody Vibrators Catalog 
    • A dumpbody sizing and data inquiry sheet 
    • A tailgate and V-box spreader sizing and data inquiry sheet 
    • A VIBCO free trial sheet and 
    • A VIBCO Industrial Catalogs request form 
    As the season for DC vibrators begins to roll out, we'll be providing more information regarding how to keep your sales staff informed on the latest VIBCO product releases and updates.

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  • Administrative Assistant - Engineering and Export Sales - Full Time

    by Linda Kleineberg | Aug 28, 2015
    Do you love manufacturing? Do you get excited and curious when you encounter problems and opportunities for improvement?
    We have an immediate opening for a full-time Administrative Assistant to support our Engineering and Export Sales functions. 

    You will help our Application Engineers provide unmatched service to our dealers and end users. To be successful, you must be patient yet persistent. You must love organizing and bringing structure to complex work. You must be compassionate, responsible, energetic and curious.

    You will support Engineering and Production Control to manage returned goods by receiving and documenting returns, providing information to Production Control to schedule repairs, and coordinating with Shipping. You must have exceptional organizational skills, enjoy problem-solving, and be comfortable and confident when speaking with all stakeholders.

    You will help our Customer Service and Sales Team to manage export sales to our partners around the globe by preparing export documentation, clearly communicating with export customers to ensure accuracy and speedy delivery, and preparing freight quotes and other export-related administrative duties.

    This is a demanding, fast-paced role that is ideal for someone who loves problem-solving, has manufacturing experience, and understands how to balance competing priorities and has excellent follow-through. Intermediate business computing skills including the MS Office Suite are required, and you must have a quick and confident keyboard pace. Basic mechanical knowledge is a big plus!


    Apply  in person or email cover letter and resume

  • Watch VIBCO's Karl Wadensten on Dan Yorke's State of Mind

    by [user not found] | Aug 20, 2015

    On Tuesday August 18th, VIBCO president Karl Wadensten appeared on Dan Yorke's State of Mind on WPRI12 in Rhode Island.

    Dan and Karl discussed in-depth Karl's latest piece with the Providence Business News, 'Keep Your Ego In Check', as part of the Providence Business News' ongoing series, One Last Thing, leadership in Rhode Island and Governor Raimondo's new initiative to implement Lean principles in government.

    On how the Providence Business News' One Last Thing series began: 

    "We're always talking about lack of leadership in Rhode Island and I'm sick of it", Karl explained. "We have pockets of leadership all over the state but we just don't bring them up."

    "I sent an email to Mark [Murphy] and said, 'Hey, you have this Providence Business News - let's use it as a vehicle for different leaders and positions all throughout the state and call it One Last Thing.'"

    On Karl's piece, 'Keep Your Ego In Check':

    "My article, 'Keep Your Ego In Check', is that as you look at all these newscasts, you're analyzing news and talking to people all the time and you have to take pause and say, 'wasn't there one time when you wanted to stop and ask someone else's opinion?", Karl explained, "or stop and say I don't have all the answers - maybe I better check with somebody? Or don't come in here telling me you know everything because it's so complex".

    Watch the whole segment below:



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  • Ego, Lean and the Workplace: Keep Your Ego in Check

    by [user not found] | Aug 18, 2015

    Late last week, the Providence Business News released an article titled, "Keep Your Ego In Check" by VIBCO president Karl Wadensten.

    The theme of the piece is ego and the workplace. The speed of business is becoming faster and faster with no sign of slowing down any time soon. Businesses are expected to be nimble and be ready to pivot should a major change disrupt the status quo.

     VIBCO's approach to weathering the ever-shifting business landscape was our embracing of Lean manufacturing and Lean principles. Lean's facts-first, critical thinking and problem solving approach to manufacturing, waste cutting and management decision making has been VIBCO's key business compass since the early 2000s.

    While it's one thing to adopt Lean as a company's main, we found Lean can only truly thrive if there is a non-judgmental, idea driven workplace. In other words, leaving your ego aside at the workplace.

    You can read the whole piece here on the Providence Business Journal's site or read the whole piece below.


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    Keep Your Ego In Check by Karl Wadensten

    Check your ego at the door. That's easier said than done. You have to accept that you, as a leader, do not have all the answers. You can't.

    The speed of business, and the volume and complexity of information we receive every day guarantee that we can't, by ourselves, ever grasp the full scope of a problem. Our key leadership challenge is to develop an organization that can help us to identify and solve those problems – one with critical-thinking skills, that collaborates in nonjudgmental, fact-based ways, and that has good problem-solving structures in place.

    At VIBCO Vibrators, I answered that key leadership challenge when I made a strategic and heartfelt decision to embrace the principles of lean manufacturing. One Lean tool we use every single day is to ask, "Why?" That gives you a starting point for real discovery and digging into a problem.

    Remember that "check your ego" thing? This is where it matters most.

    Listening to others, recognizing that they have true value and likely have a deeper understanding of all the issues than you do, and then going to the place where the work is actually done to see for yourself – those are pathways to getting sustainable, impactful improvements.

    Can you imagine if Rhode Island started behaving this way? We could make profound change happen so rapidly if all of our leaders would simply check their egos and commit to fostering a true spirit of collaboration. And in the process, create a higher standard of living, working and quality of life for all. 
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  • On the Job: Tappan Zee Bridge, New York

    by [user not found] | Aug 14, 2015

    vibco vibrators Tappan-Zee bridge project header image

    The Tappan Zee Bridge is in the middle of a massive reconstruction project and VIBCO is part of the job.

    A Short History of the Tappan Zee Bridge

    The first Tappan Zee Bridge was built from 1951 to 1953. The project cost approximately $8 million (about $61 million in today’s dollars) and was seen as an ambitious project to connect north New Jersey to New York City. Once completed, the new influx of commuter traffic that could easily travel from New York to New Jersey and vice versa spurred businesses and real estate developers to set up company branches and housing, providing commuters with ample new job opportunities.

    The newness of the Tappan Zee was short lived. By 1960, not even a decade after its completion, reports and studies on the bridge revealed that officials and contractor companies had cut corners. The bridge’s finish was beginning to deteriorate, other parts of the bridge were built well below acceptable building standard. Moreover, the original Tappan Zee was designed to be nonredundant, meaning that there was little to no support built into the bridge to help stabilize and secure it should a massive shot hit the bridge jeopardizing it’s structural integrity. For comparison, a suspension bridge’s cable supports are a form of redundancy in engineering.

    Since 2013, a brand new Tappan Zee Bridge has been under construction. Discussions about the project began back in 1999 and spanned almost a decade before any actions were taken. Almost “$88 million in taxpayer dollars was spent, 430 meetings were held, 150 concepts were considered” according to the project overview section of the Tappan Zee Bridge’s website. The project was stuck in a decade-long limbo.

    It wouldn’t be until 2011 when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo with help of President Obama’s newly passed Design-Build legislation was the project finally able to leave the discussion room and finally begin construction.

    According to the Tappan Zee Bridge’s website, the project is:

    • Designed to last 100 years without major structural maintenance
    • Projected to cost 3.1 billion dollars over 5 years (April 2018 is the projected unveiling date)
    • Expected to meet or exceed environmental standards

    On the Job: VIBCO and the New Tappan Zee Bridge

    VIBCO began working with the Tappan Zee Bridge contracting company back in 2014. The Tappan Zee contractors contacted VIBCO to explore the idea of using external vibrators on the bridge's pillar and pylon construction.

    Prior to contacting VIBCO, the Tappan Zee Bridge contractors were using internal vibrators to consolidate their concrete pours and experienced a myriad of problems with the internal vibrators they were using. Among the recurring problems were:

    • Inconsistencies in consolidation from pour to pour
    • Voids and rock pockets
    • Unable to get in between the structure’s heavy rebar structure without getting damaged
    • Achieving a substandard finish

    Moreover, the internals weren’t long enough to reach the full length of the climbing forms.

    VIBCO supplied the Tappan Zee workers with our external electric vibrators on the bridge's 16 North and South Main Span Towers and for their pylon pours. The bridge was using OM Engineering climbing concrete forms.

    After the first use, all the problems mentioned above were no more. The vibrators mounted effortlessly onto the bridge’s climbing forms and once activated delivered the smooth, professional finish the contractors were looking for as well as the consistency from concrete pour to concrete pour.

    Earlier this month, we paid a visit at the request of the Tappan Zee contractors to the job site for some additional consultation.

    Here are some photos from the day's activities as well as some photos of our vibrators at work on the climbing forms.

    tappan zee -51 vibco vibrators crane shot


    tappan zee -109 vibco vibrators rebar shot


    tappan zee bridge rebuilding project vibco vibrators rebar shot 2


    tappan zee bridge rebuilding project vibco vibrators rebar shot 2


    tappan zee bridge rebuilding project vibco vibrators team shot


    Check out more VIBCO case studies, field stories and product applications under our On the Job section.

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