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A commitment to preventive maintenance is crucial for your sweeper. We have compiled 10 of the most common maintenance mistakes that sweeper owners make. The most common maintenance mistakes are: 1. Ignoring engine lights or warning indicators that show up on the console. The longer you wait, the higher the repair costs could become. 2. Neglecting fluid checks. Brake fluid, transmission fluid, oil, engine coolant and power steering fluid should all be checked and serviced according to manufacturer recommendations. 3. Not using filters as recommended by the manufacturer. Clean filters …

With an ever-present focus on safety, working toward the elimination of incidents in your company is a top priority. One of the best ways to make progress toward the elimination of injuries on the job is by creating a culture of safe operators. A safety culture is defined by OSHA as the “attitude, beliefs, perceptions, and values that employees share about safety in the workplace.” Here are three tips to help you work on creating a strong safety culture. Evaluation What issues do you currently face and what is your …

Scranton’s annual street sweeping program began last week and will run through Aug. 24. Scranton, the sixth-largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has been sweeping streets since the 1960s and used to run two street sweepers years ago, but each was smaller and older than the current Schwarze A7 Tornado. The A7 Tornado does a great job, but the people do not know to move their cars off the street, so the roads are not always getting adequately cleaned. The hopper holds about 2,500 pounds of dirt and a …

Client testimonials are invaluable, no question. Good or bad, they can help you evaluate and improve your business. But these testimonials don’t just land in your inbox on their own. If you want your clients to give a testimonial for your product or services, you’ve got to ask them for it. Testimonials are good for highlighting the competitive advantages you have in the sweeping industry or showing potential clients you have other satisfied customers. The best way to get quality testimonials from clients is to present them with a questionnaire …

Rain can put a damper on many of your activities. But during the rainy season, a lot of people make the mistake of canceling their regular sweeping services, and this does more harm than good, not only for your parking lot but also the environment. Parking lots are covered with waste, whether you see it or not. There is a lot of chemical waste on your parking lot too. Oil, fuel, grease, metals and other chemicals. And when it rains, this waste is washed away by rainwater down the storm …

  Sweeper engines have gone through some big changes in the last ten years. And each change has brought additional costs, unfamiliar technology, and new maintenance requirements. One of those changes is the development of Tier 4 Final engines that require diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). What is Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)? Diesel Exhaust Fluid is injected into the exhaust stream of the Tier 4 Final engine and this clear, colorless liquid in the presence of catalysts, turns smog-inducing Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) into harmless oxygen, water, and nitrogen. DEF is stored …

Schwarze Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce and welcome David Heigl as Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, and Product Management. David comes to Schwarze with 23 years of Sales and Marketing experience and has extensive expertise in global market analysis, product positioning, and understanding the needs of a customer base. His strong winning attitude and personality are assets that will complement and enhance Schwarze’s ability to meet the needs of our customers as we continue to provide quality, innovative products to the marketplace. David attended Auburn University and …

Let’s face it. Nobody likes to receive bills, and your customers are no exception. But with some extra invoicing techniques, you can both highlight your company’s value and make the process of paying bills more convenient for your clients. 1. Tailor Your Invoices. The way you communicate can make all the difference. Provide customers with plenty of information to reduce conflict and questions. While these tips don’t apply so much if you only do stipulated sum billing, if you bill for additional services or expenses, they can still be helpful. …

Schwarze Industries, Inc. recently donated $3,000 to Still Serving Veterans. The funds were raised through the efforts of Schwarze’s annual Christmas party where the Schwarze team selects an organization to donate to. Schwarze has partnered with Still Serving Veterans for the past three years. Too often, we find that veterans returning from combat find it difficult to secure jobs or access necessary services. We believe our veterans deserve more – they deserve access to services they have earned and programs that help them to transition from military service to civilian …

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 …