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!