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The blog material handling and safety equipment end users read.

We work with a number of experienced writers and bloggers; they share exclusive articles that guide, educate and entertain our customers and site visitors.

The FADE blog is non-commercial, meaning that articles are not written to promote a specific product or service, but more to offer guidance on relevant subject matter. In some instances, a blog might support a product selection or buying process within the site, while other articles will provide expert opinion on a wider issue. In writing and commissioning blogs, we are mindful of the likelihood that readers have a primary interest in lifting, material handling, safety, signage and load monitoring products, but have a variety of different types of operation and business to run. As with the store itself, our specialist team continually monitor the relevant markets and trends, and maintain constant dialog with industry contacts, to ensure that our blogs are as current, valuable and relevant as possible.

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  • Crosby Straightpoint Radiolink plus load cell
    May 5, 2021

    Why is Environmental Protection Important to Load Cells?

    Why is Environmental Protection Important to Load Cells? IP67 means the product is dust-tight and immersible up to 3 ft. 3 in. in depth. Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) number, meanwhile, is typically used in North America. NEMA6 equates to IP67.

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  • Crosby: Meet the Family
    May 4, 2021

    Crosby: Meet the Family

    At the heart of FAD Equipment Store’s catalog is The Crosby Group’s expansive portfolio of lifting, rigging and load securement hardware and technology. This article introduces the industry’s most famous brand to newcomers to the market, and updates anyone else...

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  • What is Load Cell Calibration and Why is it Important?
    March 31, 2021

    What is Load Cell Calibration and Why is it Important?

    Calibration is a crucial component of force measurement, but its necessity is often underrated or misunderstood, writes David Ayling, former owner of load cell manufacturer Straightpoint, and president of FAD Equipment Store. Load monitoring products are increasingly popular and necessary...

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  • Proof Load Test: What is it and Why is it Important?
    March 30, 2021

    Proof Load Test: What is it and Why is it Important?

    There’s nobody better to ask than David Ayling, president at FAD Equipment Store, and former owner of load monitoring equipment manufacturer Straightpoint, now part of The Crosby Group.  A proof load test involves applying a load to a structure or...

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  • Best Ever Material Handling Product
    March 8, 2021

    Best Ever Material Handling Product

    Entering awards can be great PR for your company. But, whether you’re a provider or user of material handling equipment, beware the lure of silverware. You don’t have to win an award for it to be worthwhile entering. Even being...

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