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Schwarze Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce it has been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 Management System certificate by the SRI Quality System Registrar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ISO certification is based on quality management principles including strong customer focus, motivation and implication of top management, the process approach, and continual improvement and review. The goal is to ensure customers receive consistently high-quality products and services. Being ISO certified means our customers can have confidence that Schwarze is committed to quality and outstanding customer service. “We are extremely proud of our team …

In today’s online world, contractors can search for used sweepers with a click of a button. And while locating the exact sweeper you want may not be a very time-consuming anymore, you still need to spend some time carefully examining the company you’re buying it from. Asking the right questions will make sure you’re doing business with a used equipment seller that you can trust and will help you get a better sense of the company. And if you don’t like the answers, simply look somewhere else. Here are 5 …

A chip seal is a thin protective wearing surface that is applied to the pavement. A chip seal offers preventive maintenance from the effects of sun and water, both of which may deteriorate the pavement structure, and also makes it more difficult for water to enter the base material and prevents freeze-thaw damage for those locations with below freezing temperatures. Chip sealing also increases the friction of the pavement, due to the addition of the cover aggregate. This makes the pavement less slippery and easier to stop on, particularly on …

Many of us have made some resolutions for 2018; some personal and some work-related. While your personal resolutions may have been to hit the gym or lay off the burgers, work resolutions can be goal-oriented to help your company be safer and more prosperous than the year before. And if you haven’t made any work-related resolutions this year, it’s not too late. You can start right now. If you have made work-related resolutions this year, it’s a good time to check and see where you stand. Don’t wait until the …

One of the big concerns owning a sweeper is maximizing your sweeper’s uptime. What do you do when it’s time for repairs or maintenance? Do you order parts from the manufacturer or one of its dealers? Or do you scour aftermarket and will-fit vendors to find the cheapest option available? What are Aftermarket and OEM Parts? Quite simply, aftermarket parts are those that have been made by a different part manufacturer to the original maker of the part as specified by the sweeper manufacturer. During the design of your sweeper, …

“It is better to be careful 100 times than to get killed once.” – Mark Twain The definition of the word “accident” derives from the Latin word “cadere,” which means “to fall.” An accident implies an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury. An important part of preventing accidents is to understand how accidents happen in the first place and learn from the mistakes of others, rather than making your own. Here are 5 causes of accidents in the sweeping industry: 1. Poor training …

“I have used non-OEM brand filters for years and never had any issues,” we often hear customers say, and when you’re talking about older fuel systems, this is not a surprising response. However, as demands for lower emissions, improved performance, and reduced fuel consumption have intensified, fuel injection system designs have changed. The most prominent change in design is the steady increase in maximum injection pressure in newer diesel engines. Where 10 years ago injection pressures were only in the sub 10,000 PSI range; today they are exceeding 30,000 PSI. …

Schwarze Industries is proud to announce our recent recognition by Better Business Bureau serving North Alabama. Schwarze was selected as a finalist for BBB’s Torch Award for Ethics in the large business category. “We take tremendous pride in being honored by the BBB. We are proud of our company and our staff for their community involvement and for upholding the high standards set forth by Schwarze Industries. It is our goal to continue to improve as an organization and find more ways to enhance the lives of our customers, our …

Diesel engines are tough and today’s engines are no less durable than before. But due to changes in exhaust emissions technology, they require extremely clean fuel and air to function properly. Today’s Tier 4 engines turbocharge high volumes of air to help with emissions control. These turbochargers are precision components, and failure can present you with some expensive repair bills. Schwarze sweepers have a two-stage filter system. A smaller or inner element that’s called the safety element. It protects the engine in case of a catastrophic breach of the second …

WD-40 is a handy product to have in your sweeper truck. There is very little this wonder product can’t do! WD-40 was invented in 1953 by 3 individuals working for Rocket Chemical Company setting out to create a rust prevention/degreaser solvent for the aerospace industry. The product was perfected on the 40th attempt and the WD stands for “water displacement”. So even though the name isn’t rocket science, the product certainly was. First used to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion. There are lots …