Spring is in the air! The days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting warmer and summer is on the way! It also means changes are taking place. Some facilities are removing ice for the off-season, others are taking the next few weeks to regroup before the next season starts and others are shutting down for renovations.
As you prepare for the next couple of months, it is important to press the reset button for yourself and perhaps more importantly, for your staff. It’s always a good idea to take some time off and get away from the rink! As you plan for that however, it’s a great opportunity to reflect, rethink some things and hold a debriefing meeting with staff.
In fact, I just hit the road on the Harley for some much-needed wind therapy and headed to Daytona, Florida for Bike Week. But before I fired up the big two-wheeler, loaded up Bob Seger on the stereo and “Rolled Me Away” on the iron horse, I thought about the past several months. I evaluated some things, jotted down a task and contact list, and considered the things I’d ponder on the open road. And then once I had my thoughts collected, I rolled clean out of sight.
We all may want to just run and hide after the winter skating season, but it is always a great idea to regroup, and based on the season, get a direction to head in while the thoughts are fresh in our minds and staff is still in one place.
This review and plan doesn’t have to be a ten page document. It can be as simple as a reminder to resolve the problems with your resurfacer that never got addressed during the busy season, or removing the band-aide and actually addressing some mechanical issues.
As that great Bob Seger song says “I could go east, I could go west
It was all up to me to decide…”
And it is all up to you to decide! But before you do, make that list, review the season with your staff and get the house in order with the proper planning and preparation.
Because if you do, “next time . . . you’ll get it right!!”
Repair, eat, sleep and repeat seems to be the norm during the winter for skating facilities.
Things break, we fix them.
They break again and we fix them again.
And again. And again. And again.
STOP! This is not Groundhogs Day and you are not Bill Murray.
Failure analysis should be part of every repair that is performed on operating equipment in your facility. I am speaking from experience. Recent experience. Like two weeks ago experience! Yes, I do some very dumb things, but I try to learn from them. Even after the third time! (Hey, I never said I was a fast learner).
To make a long story short, a hydraulic pump kept burning up and every time I changed it the negative terminal was loose. I chalked it up to me not installing it correctly, but the last time I used red lock tight (for those who don’t know, you need high heat in order to break it loose) when I installed the power on the terminal. It was not coming loose, ever.
Well, guess what, it did not come loose but the motor armature burnt up again. Now I knew something was wrong, so after this third motor was installed I FINALLY tested the power draw from the motor. Well dip me in honey, cover me in sugar and call me honey! Somehow, someway, the pressures on the reliefs in the hydraulics were way out of the factory setting.
The amperage draw was double what the motor was rated for! After adjusting the relief valves the amperage draw fell within the specs of the motor, and guess what, I did not even have to use red lock tight!
So what did I learn? Always do a failure analysis, regardless of what presents itself when completing a repair!
If you need help in any situation, we are just a phone call away. Learn from my experience and yes, my mistakes because if you don’t, you might as well be cast in Groundhogs Day with Bill Murray!
The holiday season is upon us and so is the busy season. It’s go time and it’s Busy! Busy! Busy!
But don’t forget that when it comes to projects and your daily routine, it’s always safety first! While we all get consumed with the busy rink life and tend to plow through our daily routines, we have to keep in mind that accidents happen when you least expect or need it!
To make sure that you and your staff are operating in the safest manner (we want to see you at your rink the next time we visit with all of your fingers and toes) please use all suggested personal protective equipment (PPE).
While PPE is a large part of operational tasks around the rink so is patience. Take time to walk and not run. Some examples: Proper ladder safety (3-points of contact), hands out of your pockets while on the ice, take the key out of the resurfacer, and for those in the north, shovel that snow with your body rather than your back!
Taking time to walk also includes the end of the day fumbles. If a project isn’t coming together at the end of the day and it’s not urgent, oftentimes it is best to walk away and come back at it fresh for tomorrow. We all get tired and just want to get it done but exhaustion clouds the mind and thought process and effects the safety and integrity of a project for yourself as well as others.
Finally, just a quick update with the happenings at our headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Resurfacer maintenance and ice painting is what you see on a daily basis via social media, but thanks to your business we have been reinvesting and purchasing equipment to help provide the best customers in the world with better service. This past month we installed a 14,000 lb. four post lift just in time to rebuild the 2003 Millennium (pictured). The Taylor Dunn B2-54 (also pictured) was purchased to be our new paint rig. Progress for both projects can be followed the links below.
From our ‘ice sports’ family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to working with you in 2019!
Skating season is upon us! And with the new season comes a fresh, newly painted skating surface! It is exciting at this time of year to see everyone showing off their hard work from the past few months. It is great entertainment to see what the operations staff’s have done with their red lines, logos, how many logos, painted or synthetic, etc. It is all wonderful to watch it develop and watch everyone 'borrow’ ideas from other facilities and incorporate them into their own Michelangelo!
Everyone has been busy painting and we have been busy getting the ice resurfacers ready for the season. Watching industry colleagues display their works of art on the ice helps motivate us to go that extra mile when servicing your ice resurfacer, because we want our talent of getting your machine ready to roll to show as great as your ice surface itself!
There are many factors that go into the resurfacer creating a great sheet of ice and one that comes to mind after a service call last week is the blade. While servicing a resurfacer last week we were prepared to install a newly sharpened blade, as pictured here.
Well . . . uh . . . no sir! Couldn't do it!
We understand that most skating facilities are limited on the number of vendors available to sharpen their resurfacing blades, and this makes it all the more important for you as a knowledgeable facility leader to take the time to talk and even instruct your blade sharpener about the importance of the sharpening!
The blade is to be ground to the manufacturers recommended angle and the most important part of the sharpening process is that the blade must be hand honed. Hand what? Follow this link to listen to the grandfather of ice resurfacers, Don Schlupp Sr., explain how a blade is to be sharpened. Now follow this link to watch what the hand honing process includes.
Remember, ice is the second hardest thing to cut after a diamond, so make sure your blades are sharp! If you are having issues with your resurfacer blades give us a call! We would be happy to discuss the ins and outs of the blade and provide the help you need to show off your work of art!
I was recently talking with a friend who had a car issue, and it made me think of our industry and this time of year - end of summer already! - when resurfacer maintenance should be top of mind.
This friend was driving his truck around town for weeks with a squealing noise coming from underneath the hood. He'd "squeal" into the parking lot to meet me and I'd ask him if he had it looked at. He'd squeal out of the lot later on and down the road he'd go. "No big deal" he kept saying.
Until last weekend.
That's when he called me and said 'Dang it Brandon, I should have listened to you'. That was my opening for one of my favorite lines, "I told you so".
Turns out he was making a product run and right at the most inopportune time, about as far as he could get between one town and the next, the belt blew and there he was. Just him and the road, and an understanding of what was causing the squealing noise. Two hours later a tow truck showed up. Six hours later he was back on the road having spent way more money than the simple belt replacement would have been, plus lost time, a product undelivered and an unhappy client. Oh, and one friend with a big grin because I told him so.
This season I don't want to be the one to tell you that I told you so. Ice resurfacer maintenance is something that should be a priority on your list heading into the season. Having a tech pick through your machine can catch issues that, like my buddy, will cause you all sort of headaches, lost time and potentially a ton of money.
Auger bearings, pins, bushings, conditioner work; there are dozens of issues that can be caught and corrected.
We are currently scheduling fall maintenance and would love to talk with you about how we can keep your machine on the ice, your budget in tact, and your customer and bosses happy!
Knowledge and Education, It Happens Every Day!
We recently attended the North American Rink Conference and Expo (NARCE) and while it has come and gone, the knowledge gained will last a career. Knowledge is the key that unlocks all the doors. Without knowledge, one simply can not be successful at life or a career.
To grow in one’s career, gaining as much knowledge as possible is important. How do we do this? Simple, educate yourself! Attending continuing education conferences such as NARCE, or taking equipment specific training seminars are key to development and attaining proficiency and skill in the field in which we want to excel and build a career.
Just by taking the simple step of calling Complete Ice Arena Services to ask a question for example, is a step in educating yourself. And if we don't have the answer, we in turn do research until will do. Amazing how this knowledge thing works!
We encourage you to educate yourself, regardless of what stage of your career that you are in. Read your equipment operation manuals, watch industry specific YouTube videos, seek professional advice/training and above all, use your network of professional colleagues to ask questions. These are all excellent and relatively easy ways to gain the industry best practices to improve knowledge.
The more knowledgeable you have, the better you are equipped to manage the processes that create success. More than anything, knowledge must be put to good use, and CIAS is here to assist you!
Thanks for reading! Please feel free to reach out to us for any summer maintenance needs or other assistance as we head into the 'off-season' (if there is such a thing anymore)!
Planned or Reactive Maintenance…what is the difference?
Planned maintenance, also called preventive or scheduled maintenance, is when maintenance and inspections of your equipment are scheduled at regular intervals. This ensures that equipment is operating correctly and will reduce unwanted and unexpected downtime that could cost you thousands of dollars.
Plain and simple, this is breakdown maintenance. It could be called corrective maintenance, but it is a reactive style maintenance where repairs are completed at the time when the equipment fails. This style of maintenance is costly due to unplanned downtime, damaged equipment, and emergency service fees. Typically this style of maintenance is only taken on with equipment that is inexpensive and easy to replace.
Balancing Planned and Reactive Maintenance
Planning out what equipment can be categorized as planned versus reactive maintenance will definitely help create reliability in your facility for staff and customers, and it will also reduce the extended ownership costs.
Usually businesses strive for 25% reactive and 75% planned.
Pros of Planned Maintenance
• Extends equipment life
• Less capital expense over time
• Efficient equipment/less operating costs
• Lower overtime costs
• Compliant with industry laws
• Improved budget control
• Decreased large scale repairs
• Decreased interrupted activity scheduling
• Increased customer satisfaction
• Easier scheduling of planned maintenance
Planning and Scheduling Maintenance
Now that planned and reactive maintenance is defined, what are the keys to planning out your equipment maintenance during the approaching off-season? That is easy, contact Complete Ice Arena Services to help you develop a custom service plan! All that is needed is your manufacture’s operation manual and time to plan, we make it easy-peasy!
Day 71, The Final Post
One week has past since USA and Canada punched their ticket to the Paralympics Gold Medal Game for the 2018 Paralympic Games. A game that with just over one minute left saw Team Canada ring the puck off of an empty net, only to have Team USA score with 37 seconds left in the game.
After a 15:00 minute intermission I was lucky enough to be on the right end of the rink to see USA score quickly in the first five minutes of the first overtime. Three Paralympic Gold Medals, what an historical event to see!
And, what a historical event to be involved with! The 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sitting on the first flight of a 30 plus hour journey home, I definitely have time to think and reflect on what took place over the past 71 days.
A lot took place over 71 days. Four sheets of Olympic Ice Hockey FoP’s were installed. Japan, North American, and Korean resurfacer drivers came together to provide a quality Olympic skating surface.
North Korea and South Korea Women’s Hockey teams were combined to form Team Korea. USA Women’s Team won Olympic Gold. Germany won its first silver Olympic medal. Russian Athletes did not compete under the Russian flag and won a gold medal. Team Korea won its first medal in Paralympic Sled Hockey by defeating Italy in the bronze medal game. USA Men won their third Paralympic Gold Medal over Canada.
The list is endless of what took place since my departure January 9th, 2018, but the thought that keeps occurring time and time again is that I had the opportunity to be involved with a Winter Olympics in a capacity that very few every get.
It was an event that gave me the opportunity to work for, with, and beside some great people to both learn and share ideas.
In closing...Thank you. Thank you to everyone (peers, customers, friends, family) who made the Olympic experience possible because it has been one amazing ride, with no regrets!
3-14-18 - Paralympic Games
It has been and exciting week and a half. We have watched some exciting hockey ending with various shoot outs deciding who gets the win.
Our very own USA Men’s sled hockey team is 3-0, with Canada mirroring their record. Tomorrow night USA and Canada will play separately in the semi-final game to punch their ticket to the gold medal game.
We have been busy with three games per day. The days start with the ice crew edging, hand scraping the players benches and penalty boxes (they are ice now), sweeping the players benches and penalty boxes, using water cans to “flood” the benches and penalty boxes and then some ice maintenance with the ice resurfacers to get the FoP in shape for the day to come. This process is then repeated after each game to prepare for the next.
We have been using an odd procedure after each game to prepare the FoP for the next game because we only have 45 minutes between each game. For those of you that are not familiar with the game, the players have pics on the butt end of their sticks and use these to move around the FoP. These pics make 1,000 divots in the ice and would take forever and a day to patch with slush. So we first towel flood the FoP to fill the pic marks, and yes, the ice sheet is rough because of the snow left on the ice but once it freezes we then go out and complete a regular resurface creating the desired product of an Olympic athlete.
Well, Czechoslovakia just beat Sweden in a shoot out so time to prep the ice for Japan vs Norway and if you are wondering, yes, this has been the opportunity of a lifetime, but I am also very excited to get home and get back to attending to our very patient customers.
Have a fantastic day!
Day 19, 20, and 21
The past two days have been very typical of daily rink operations that we are all familiar with:
- building ice with the spray boom
- Towel floods with the ice resurfacer
- Ice depths
- Washing and waxing the ice resurfacer
- Blade changes
The one task that was out of the ordinary was making ice in the players benches and penalty boxes for the Paralympics. We are limited on time with the dasher board conversion wrapping up yesterday and practices starting today, so we use an ancient ice makers secret! Not really.
Some of you have made a rink in your back yard during the winter, and what did you do if you had snow already? You pack it down, water it, let it freeze, add more water, let it freeze and continue repeating again and again. Then you skate! So we did exactly that to get the benches up to the height of the ice. We shaved snow from the rink, shoveled it in the players benches and penalty boxes....packed it down...added water and boom! We have ice the same thickness as the ice sheet, and its white!
It’s Magic! Not really, but it is a quick and dirty way to get a lot of ice in a short amount of time. I would not recommend using this method for ice that will be played on, but for ice that will be used for transitioning players it will be perfect.
So today we are using the edger in the players benches and penalty boxes to smooth out the rough spots, and then we use watering cans to apply water to them so we don’t have to keep dragging out the hose and then putting it back on the hose reel every day.
Other tasks on the list today will be edging both rinks and completing some ice maintenance to get them ready for practices tonight, as the teams move into their locker rooms today.
Until next time, thanks for reading!
Day 17 and 18
After a day off and some relaxation it was back to Gangnueng Hockey Center (GHC) or better known as hockey one.
When we left hockey one after the gold medal game we raised the set points to -3C to have the floor at a warmer temperature for today to not waist time waiting for the floor to warm up before cutting the ice down to change the Olympic logos to the Paralympic Logos.
Day 17 was was spent cutting the ice down on both the competition rink and the practice rink over the Olympic logos that were being changed. The edger was used to create troughs for the conditioner runners to travel in to get the ice lower in specific spots so we did not have to shave the entire sheet down creating more work than what we have time for.
Today we spent the morning whiting out logos on the practice rink, sealing in the white paint and then installing the Paralympic Rings and center ice logo. The same was repeated on the competition rink while the day was capped off with several wand floods on the practice rink to build ice.
This task was able to be completed in only two days due to the fact that all of the logos are in-lay logos. If the logos were to be painted we would be putting in some very long hours to get the ice to a skiable depth by Saturday’s Korean Para Practice.
We will welcome the next two days as they will be very simple as we use the spray wand and the ice resurfacers to build ice back to a skating depth suitable for the Paralympics.
By now you have seen the replay of the Men’s Gold Medal Game and what a finish it was. 4-3 win in overtime! Another exciting Olympic Hockey Game.
There is not much to report from the pregame duties. It was the same drill; however, the post game duties were interesting. We quickly removed the goal nets during the celebration to cut the nets and skirts off from the frame so they could be preserved into the Olympic Hall of Fame along with the Gold Medal pucks from all seven goals.
After the medal presentations the resurfacer driver crew left to pack for their flight tomorrow, and then we headed to dinner to celebrate a job well done at a one of the best Korean BBQ places yet!
Today was a day off for me, Don and Mike Diersen who is staying with us throughout the Paralympics, so I took the opportunity to catch up on my CIAS duties.
The coming week is a break in between the Olympics and Paralympics to allow the dasher board company to convert the dashers to accommodate the sleds. Our team will switch out all of the Olympic ice logos to Paralympic ice logos, so stay tuned in for some great pictures!
Day Fourteen and Fifteen
I made my way back to Hockey Two yesterday to clean the ice up for a group from Coca-Cola who are touring the rink to see the "ins and outs" of what goes in to the back of the house operations for the Olympics. I was actually quite taken back as I walked through the building.
Everything, I mean everything! was gone except the ice, dasher boards and some trash left in piles waiting to be removed from the building. Not even 48 hours have passed and the building was empty. It was amazing and heartbreaking at the same time. An event of this magnitude that you have been working on for two years; gone in a matter of hours!
At the same time however, it was peaceful to resurface the ice alone with no one in the building and think about what took place over the last two months.
After the tour I made my way back to Hockey One to catch the second semifinal game between Canada and Russia, and WOW! am glad I did not miss that historical German win over Canada. What a game it was with Canada fighting back to a 4-3 score and Germany holding out for the win. A Germany vs. Russia Gold Medal Game was never even a thought, but yet, here we are!
Today started slow with nothing much happening during the day, so we shaved down the practice rink at Hockey One to get it prepared to change the logos out on Monday for the upcoming Paralympics. Then we switched gears and prepped the competition rink after the last practice for the Bronze Medal Game that starts in just under one hour.
Got to go, chat with everyone tomorrow after I visit Hockey Two for one last time to prep it for Visa, and before the Gold Medal Game.
2-22-18 (Day Twelve and Thirteen)
Wow!!! Just Wow!!! The last two days have been some exciting hockey. Finland women won the bronze over Russia, Germany men downed Sweden in a 3-2 upset overtime and today USA Women took the gold!
The rinks operations are on cruise control but the past two days have been spent completing edging, ice maintenance, shielding cleaning and ice depths during the mornings to get the FoP’s in tip top condition for the medal games.
Some may have noticed that the lines and logos were not as bright a day or two ago; however, today during the Women’s Gold Medal Game they shined bright! We have weathered the storm of three games a day, and now we can get the ice to 2-2.5 cm with just the two men’s semi-final games, men’s bronze medal game, and the men’s gold medal game remaining.
Feather edging, zone figure eights, and long figure eights, have been used the last two days to get the skating surface flat to create some of the best Olympic ice and is the secret to our success.
Well, got to go and close the rink up for the night. Thanks for reading!
Day Eight thru Eleven (2-20-18)
It is hard to believe that six weeks have come and gone! We have been going strong with three games a day for the last several days so it was nice to have only one game yesterday. The days are pretty much routine now that we have a feel for temperature settings by time of day and also what game to be at.
It makes for a fun day (not that it wasn’t fun before), but everyone now knows the drill and is more relaxed, creating a great atmosphere that consists of ice resurfacer drivers from Japan, Korea and North America.
It is also fun to see people from the USA come down by the resurfacing gates to say hi and chat about our adventures here in South Korea.
Day eight and nine contained the same daily routine as mentioned in the previous journal entry, but both days ended with two action-packed men's games. Slovania vs. Slovakia ended in a shoot out, which was preceeded by the Minnesota Wild’s own Dave Hanson and Japan’s Nori cutting a perfect 90 second flat shoot out pattern to allow Slovania to win the shoot out.
Day nine ended in what could be a potential medal game with Finland facing Sweden. Finland’s 6’7” goalie fought hard, however, Sweden ended up on top 2-1.
Day ten was slow at Hockey Two with practices taking place, so I went to assist Don over at Hockey One for two great women’s games. USA topped Finland and Canada beat Russia to put USA and Canada up for a rematch from several days ago, but with the gold medal on the line this time!
The ice is holding up well with only two towel floods at the end of the night. We started the tournament at 3.5 cm of ice and we are losing slowly, and are currently at 3.0 cm of ice on our way to the target of 2.5 cm for the bronze medal game tomorrow between Finland and Russia.
Everyone have a great Tuesday and be sure to stay up late or get up early (2:00 A.M. EST) to watch the bronze medal game with Finland vs. Russia.
2-16-18 (Day Six and Seven):
Speechless…what a day for hockey yesterday…Canada and the USA Women faced off at 4:30 with Canada edging USA. The game was physical and included penalty shots and a last minute ring off the post by the US Women; however, Team Canada came out on top. What an opportunity this was to watch rink side and to be able to possibly watch two gold medal games in one Olympics.
Then the day wrapped up with the OAR Women’s team loosing to Finland and then the Canadian Men’s team took it to Switzerland 5-1.
Three games all under one roof, back to back to back in one day, but the ice held strong. Below is the secret to Hockey Two’s three games a day ice recipe to keep the ice a consistent -6C and the players on top of the ice. We have found is that the FoP responds well to a consistent resurfacing to keep the refrigeration operating, which allows it to react when needed and keep it in good condition from period to period and game to game.
Heavy resurface two hours prior to game
Ice depths and edging while ice temps recover
Final pre-game resurface 30 minutes before warm up
Heavy resurface after warm up
Resurface after 1st and 2nd adjusting water and cut depth to ice conditions
Heavy resurface after game
Decrease set point to accommodate second two games
Build ice at end of the night if needed to return to ice depths at days start
Today is a vacation day (not really). Pactices all day with Germany facing Sweden at 21:00 so we are taking this opportunity to build ice. We set the refrigeration a tad lower than normal to be able to lay full water and shave very little between practices to build ice and keep the staff from staying late and build ice after the game tonight.
Well, it is getting close to pregame duties so time to get at it. Everyone have a fantastic Friday and enjoy the games!
Well…not quite the outcome that I was expecting after preparing the FoP for the first men's game, but it was still a fantastic game and night for hockey. Game one between Switzerland and Sweden ended with Switzerland edging Sweden 3-1 and Korea scored its first goal of the tournament in front of a sold out crowd, but ended up with a 5-0 loss to Japan.
Then the grand finale was all set to go after working the ice all day to get a perfect -6C surface temperature; however, the USA Olympic team took a 3-2 loss in overtime to Slovenia.
On the plus side, the FoP withstood the three games and is ready for tomorrow with some ice maintenance completed into the early hours of Thursday. Tomorrow "hockey two" plays host to Canada vs. USA women, and then the Canadian men for the 9:00 P.M. night cap. Good night from South Korea!
What a day of hockey! The Canadian Women won 4-1 over Finland and our talented US Women’s team downed OAR 5-0 with an astounding 50 shots on goal. The ice was perfect, but only from the hard work of the crew at hockey two who spins into action before each game to check ice depths, clean acrylic, edge, cut, shine the resurfacers and stand rink side to attend to any last minute needs.
The ice is at a solid 1.25 inches above the logos and holding a consistent -6C surface temp as we constantly work it before the games shaving and adding water to keep the refrigeration system where we want it to react when we need it but keep the skating surface where the players want it.
The beating of three games per day for the next five days that starts tomorrow with the USA men capping the night off as they play Slovakia and we are excited and both confident that the following days will be filled with action packed hockey on a fantastic skating surface.
Thanks for reading, another update tomorrow!
The Opening Ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games have came and gone, and now the events are in full swing!
We have been here since January 9th prepping and installing the field of play for the two competition and practice rinks for ice hockey.
It has been a whirlwind of a month. The first three weeks were spent installing both Gangnueng Ice Hockey Center and Kwangdong Hockey Center Competition skating surfaces along with their practice facilities. All four venues were painted and built with a spray wand to ensure that the athletes will experience some of the best ice ever at these Olympics.
The women kicked off ice hockey with practices that started the first of February. Sweden and Japan played the first ice hockey game at Kwandong Hockey Center (hockey 2) on Saturday, February 10th, with Sweden winning 3-1.
Since the kick off, Switzerland defeated Korea 8-0, USA defeated Finland 3-1, Canada downed OAR 5-0 and tonight Switzerland won over Japan, and Korea lost to Sweden in front of a capacity crowd.
We have been getting many comments via social media and personal texts about how wonderful everything looks as everyone watches the late game early in the morning. The encouragement is greatly appreciated as we are about to put our ice making abilities to the test with three games a day on the same skating surface!
In just one day (two for everyone in the U.S.) the men’s ice hockey kicks off with the USA men playing the late game at Kwangdong Hockey Center, and the test game is initiated at Gangnueng Hockey Center before the men get into full swing at Hockey One.
Thanks for all of the compliments and well wishes. Be sure to continue to follow along to get a first-hand look at the method behind the madness (hint: we are a day ahead) and the preparations of an ice maker for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games!
IN-ICE LOGOS ARE A BIG PART OF THE PLAYOFFS! What a great time of year to be involved in ice sports and hockey, and as March draws near it can only mean one thing, playoff time! Sure, it is only January, but facilities are gearing up to host tournaments of all sizes from peewees to prep, college and pro's.
Part of this preparation and planning may include in-ice logo installation. Get the puck out of here you might say . . . no, get the paint in here!
In-ice logo installation doesn't have to be intimidating and a painstaking process. After all, it's tournament time soon so lets get excited and make magic on the ice happen . . . make things disappear, and other things appear with the help of Complete Ice Arena Services.
* Know the current depth of your white paint and in-ice logos
* Only shave down as far as you need to
* Get the surface temp of the ice to about 28 degrees (time this out so it is 28 when you are ready to shave ice)
When cutting out the ice above an existing logo or white paint:
* Measure the ice depth and keep taking ice depths so you know when to stop
* Shave out the ice at the locations of the logos,making sure to measure and cut once. Be sure to shave a wide enough path to blend in the white
* After several passes, get the edger out and edge a pass on each side of the spot that you are shaving (only on each side)
* Then make a pass down one side, then come back on the other side, then go down the middle (repeat the resurfacer passes several times and then edge again)
* Try not to shave over the red and blue lines, which will create patterns of bright lines and dull lines
* When done shaving, leave enough ice on top of the white paint or current logo to cut out new logo without cutting into white paint or logo
TIP: During the shaving process, make sure you turn your refrigeration set point back down so you can get the surface temp to 16 degrees so you can paint the white when ready!
New Logo Installation:
* Get the surface smooth before painting
* Mix the paint as you did when you installed the ice to match white paint
* Keep spraying white over the logos (spray, let freeze, spray, let freeze, 4-5 times)
* Seal in the white with 2-3 seal coats
* Install logos and build ice
It's an exciting time of year, and we are prepared to assist with any of your needs. Get in touch with Brandon today and talk about tourney time!
It’s that time of year again. The New Year is upon us and you have twelve new chapters and 365 new chances!
As a skating facility professional, you likely spend much of your day putting out fires, seeing projects through to completion, and ensuring you have armed yourself and your workforce with the necessary tools for a healthy, productive environment. Even if your facility is running smoothly, there is always room for improvement. There is no better time to examine policies and standard operating procedures and make professional resolutions for the coming year.
To identify areas that might need attention, begin by creating a list of organizational priorities. What is the current budget status? Have you reached goals set in 2017? What are the new long and short-term goals? Are there any immediate concerns carried over from last year?
After brainstorming and answering of some tough questions, we can create a realistic list of New Year’s resolutions. The following areas are a great place to start, and are areas that Complete Ice Arena Services can assist with.
Reduce costs. Obviously, cutting costs and increasing revenue is always a goal. But examining organizational maintenance procedures can reveal options that might not have been thought of. Not adhering to a regular maintenance program, whether in-house or contracted, maintenance on equipment can quickly increase costs. Put a pen to paper and you will realize the benefit to creating a maintenance schedule for all facility equipment. That old adage “you have to spend money to make money” comes to mind here. Along with the money saved in replacement of damaged equipment, organizations save on less downtime and productivity lost when equipment fails.
Educate your staff and provide them the tools and time they need to do so. We are in a constant state of change. Those who wish to be successful must consistently seek out new knowledge. Give your team the training and education needed to achieve individual and team goals. Remember, the greatest of leaders lead by example, so be sure to continually educate yourself as well.
Create standard reporting procedures. Document, document, document! Developing and adopting a clear, simple and easy standard for reporting provides you valuable insight into past, present and future operating procedures. This will allow you to shift focus where needed and help you ensure your 2018 goals are managed, tracked, and achieved.
Regardless of what you resolve to accomplish this year, make a point to follow through. Write your goals down and keep the list handy as a reminder. If you start early and remain diligent, you stand to deliver results that you and your staff can celebrate!