Party and event
By Canadian Rental Association
Anchor’s new F3 frame tent promises to make a big difference for tent rental operators.
By Canadian Rental Association
Game-changing tent tech
Anchor’s new F3 frame tent promises to make a big difference for tent rental operators. The F3 is designed to deliver simplicity, strength, elegance and value as key benefits. The F3 has 65 per cent fewer parts than comparable frames and has unique push-stop button connections. The absence of interior braces or cabling makes for a modern, clean attractive look. The system is engineered for winds 50 miles per hour and currently comes in 20- and 30-foot lengths and 10- and 15-foot mid-sections. Standard eave height is eight feet with ground levelling adjustability. Catenary tensioning provides a smooth, tight fit. The F3 features durable, field-proven fluted framing for increased strength. The track system allows for speedy installation, easily built on the ground and raised. Walking and relocating the frame is easy.
Creates a modern look
National Event Supply has introduced a new line of spandex linens offering a modern, contemporary esthetic for any event. Each cover is 100 per cent wrinkle-resistant and designed with leg boots to ensure table covers are protected from damage and dirt. These table covers are available at competitive wholesale prices and ideal for party rental companies, hotels, weddings, and more. Available sizes and colours include six-foot and eight-foot rectangle spandex table covers in ivory, black, and white; or spandex cocktail table covers in ivory, black, white, burgundy, royal blue, orange, champagne and red.
Adds value to each rental
Twister Display helps rental companies ask “Would you like fries with that?” with games and toys perfect for upselling. A typical, small party rental company which rents bouncy houses for $150 and books 100 rentals a summer can add six games to its inventory at a cost of $600 each. If it still books 100 events but includes 65 game upsells, that is an extra $100 each, or $6,500 in additional revenue from a one-time investment of $3,600. An extra $6,500 in revenue with no additional bookings – that is the power of the upsell. For 25 years, Twister Display has been a leading source of dunk tanks and games for all ages. Twister Display’s games are low-liability, compact, and easy to set up and use. Twister Display is introducing seven exciting and fun new games this year.
Should have been invented years ago
The Tank-Away safety gizmo from Line-Safety is designed to save rental operators and customers time and money. “Our Tank Away propane hose-tidy is cheap and simple, and should have been invented years ago,’’ says Karen Swift, owner. ‘’We took the outlet of a propane tank and we simply patterned it as a hose-tidy in impact-resistant nylon. It fixes to where the propane tank normally sits, and when the tank’s away it shields the hose coupling from contamination and saves the hose from drag, snag, and strain damage. Besides the obvious extra life on fittings, it aids a perfect reconnect, every time.” The new Tank-Away can improve on the drop-and-forget attitude that some customers have towards fittings, helping to ensure that the connector is good when they reach for it. The low cost for the OEM Tank-Away makes it an economical way to add security and safety to your propane tank fleet. For stores with retail opportunities, Line-Safety offers versions with enhanced safety features in attractive POS blister packs.
Portable Hand Sink
Crown Verity has introduced a new line of economy hand sinks. The new sink provides more than 300 hand washes. It offers an extra large washbasin, soap and paper towel dispenser and hands-free foot pump operation. The sink is simple to service thanks to easy-flow drainage, roll-and-go wheels and a slim storage profile. It is also available with warm water wash. The Crown Verity hand sink achieves nearly 300 uses on a single, 17-gallon fill up. A drain hose is included for a hassle-free quick cleanout. The extra large basin allows for full forearm immersion, compliant with occupational health and safety regulations.
Family golf fun
My Mini Golf from Starting Time is designed to be entertaining and rewarding for people of any age. It is available in a full 19-piece set, a Front Nine set and a Back Nine set, with other configurations available. My Mini Golf delivers family fun both indoors or outdoors and on any smooth surface. Manufactured in Germany, the product is durable, lightweight and portable. Since it can be played on any smooth surface, ranging from natural grass to carpet to wood flooring, customers can just open the game up and users will find a fun, interactive game that livens up any party or corporate event.
You’ll shoot your eye out
For all those adults in arrested development, finally a rapid-fire rubber band machine gun kit is available. Established engineering and manufacturing team XYZbot has developed the fully automatic, battery-powered RBMG that fires 64 rubber bands continuously. The RBMG kit can be assembled in about 30 minutes and contains laser-cut wood parts. Requiring only a screwdriver and pliers, the kit provides an opportunity to learn about electric motors and simple machines cleverly disguised as a fun toy. The RBMG offers rapid-fire technology for less than $100. As a tiny startup company, XYZbot runs on small-scale garage manufacturing, having fun making quality products. “We maintain high product quality and low prices by keeping a lean company of talented, creative people,” said owner Kerwin Lumpkins.
Innovation in staging
New StageTek staging from Wenger delivers improved handling, flexibility and strength. After more than 50 years of stage design, Wenger has improved handling with fast, intuitive and instruction-free setup that maximizes labour efficiency. StageTek staging assembles quickly without tools, folding frames or other cumbersome understructure. The innovative decks are 20 per cent lighter than comparably sized Wenger Versalite decks and feature integrated hand grips that require 40 per cent less grip strength to handle. Standard deck sizes range from three feet by three feet to four feet by eight feet. Custom deck sizes are also available. Because StageTek legs store compactly inside the decks, the storage footprint is up to 50 per cent less than conventional staging and carts. Enhanced flexibility comes from StageTek staging’s round plug-and-play legs – both fixed-height and adjustable – that reduce assembly time by 20 per cent compared to Z-frame systems. For creative options, StageTek staging provides versatility for all events, from complex multi-level stages for concerts to simple platforms for ceremonies and other activities. A variety of deck surface options are available. Wenger’s engineering advances ensure that StageTek staging can safely support heavier loads while satisfying three critical load requirements: uniform, point and dynamic. The leg-and-deck design of StageTek staging provides 70 per cent more open storage space underneath than with typical Z-frame systems. StageTek staging features field-reparable components and a 10-year warranty (patents are pending).
Classy and affordable
National Event Supply’s line of Serenity crystal stemware will add a sparkle to any table. Serenity is an attractively priced line of stemware designed for the hospitality sector. It is lead-free and dishwasher safe for easy use and cleaning in a high-volume commercial environment. With wine glasses available in four sizes, rental operators can pick a glass that suits the market. NES also has champagne flutes and martini glasses for those events where a nice Bordeaux or Chardonnay is not the only thing on the drinks menu. Available in multiples of six, Serenity crystal stemware is a great value and available to purchase at a fraction of the price of many leading brand names. With crystal this affordable, operators can provide a high-end look to customers while keeping costs reasonable and helping improve return on investment.
Schaefer Ventilation Equipment, manufacturer of ventilation and thermal comfort products, offers a three-in-one Tripod Package with interchangeable heater head, fan head and misting system. Designed for efficient transportation and storage, this multi-function product can be used all year long. Use the fan and misters for summer rentals, and the heater for fall/winter rentals as an electric patio heater. After initial assembly, no tools are required to set up and take down. Made in the U.S.A., the package includes one tripod, one heater head, one fan head and one mist kit.
10,000 dishes per hour
Meiko’s revolutionary M-iQ improves on virtually every facet of dishwasher engineering and construction, for improved washing results and economical operation. The M-iQ series of rack conveyors are among the most efficient dishwashers in the world, with a water consumption as low as 0.15 gallons per rack. That low water consumption also dramatically reduces heating energy, detergent, and rinse aid consumption. Advanced engineering features take these advantages even further. A standard, integrated blower dryer works with the airflow management system and improves drying results. The M-Filter system actively and continuously removes food soil from the wash water to improve soil removal from the ware, and further reduce detergent consumption by up to 50 per cent. An innovative airflow management system re-directs heat inside the machine to a single ventilation connection. The warm waste air is then used to preheat the incoming rinse water, reducing energy costs and cooling the exhaust air. Exhaust emissions are also reduced in volume, by as much as 90 per cent. An active tank management system continually monitors and adjusts water levels in the machine automatically for optimum level control and soil distribution. The higher-pressure wash system has modeled water flow using computational fluid dynamics for optimum washing results. Even cleaning is simplified; M-iQ includes an automatic self-cleaning mode, and colour-coded areas indicate components that need manual cleaning to save time at the end of the shift. M-iQ rack conveyors are available in a variety of models and sizes to suit most applications.