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The Kane crew is all smiles in this vintage group shot taken in 1988. At the time this image was captured, Kane Innovations - known then as Kane Manufacturing Corporation - had already been in business for 98 years! Some familiar faces still employed with Kane today are Tom Hemdal, Corporate Sales...

Security Screens vs. the Alternative(s)

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Whether you're purchasing security screens for a K-12 school, a university campus, a public housing facility or a hospital, one fact holds true - your investment in window protection must be beneficial to the look and function of your building, and the safety of those inside. In rounds one, two and...
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With the prevalence of violent attacks on many of America's primary and secondary school campuses, district officials must do everything in their power to ensure the safety of students. Superintendents and security directors typically have a number of concerns when considering the purchase and...

Aluminum vs. Steel

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A common question asked within the architecture, engineering and construction field is: "Why should we use aluminum railings on this project in lieu of another metal, such as steel?" There are several reasons why aluminum is superior, for both new and retrofit projects. Below are four key facts...

A Visual BIM Overview Created by HITT Contracting

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In this excellent infographic created by HITT Contracting, Inc , you'll learn how the virtual construction practice has changed the way their teams work together - from faster project turnaround times, to more effortless communication overall. If you are having trouble viewing the image below,...

Testing + Certification Overview

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The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in conjunction with the Screen Manufacturers Association (SMA) has developed a testing and certification program to ensure security screens meet certain minimum performance standards. The certification program defines three levels of screens...

How "Lean Thinking" Improves Productivity

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Lean Manufacturing. You've heard about it. You probably even know someone who's taken a corporate-sponsored course at some point in his or her career. Or, maybe you’re one of the few who view it only as an overused term in the AEC industry. Whatever your experience with Lean, one indisputable fact...
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The architectural railing has been designed, professional engineering calculations have been performed, and the system has been fabricated. Now comes the next, final and most crucial step of the process - the installation. Below are 6 things every general contractor should expect from their railing...
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Inmate escape prevention is the number one concern of detention facility personnel. No matter how vigilant a guard might be, the chances of a prisoner fleeing increase exponentially if faulty equipment is being used. This is why careful inspection of existing equipment is so important. Below are...
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In many cases, a manufacturer's standard railing design has the ability to look almost identical to the system a particular project requires. However, despite the similarity in appearance, making even minor tweaks to the standard system's components or structural members, can increase or decrease...
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In a recent article published by The Construction Specifier , author Mahmod Samman discusses the importance of ensuring that balcony railings meet wind loading requirements for the comfort (and safety) of guests and/or residents. Samman also analyzes the wind- induced, noisy rattling of certain...
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Break-ins. They can occur any time of day and can be executed swiftly and quietly by intruders using tools like crowbars, small hammers, pliers... even rocks and bricks. Break-in statistics: The highest percentage of window break-ins/burglaries occur during the summer months. Over 95% of break-ins...