In any winery worth its salt, you will find an extensive system in place that trains the vines to grow straight up a trellis to seek out the sun.
If the grape vines are left to their own devices, they will simply grow out and over the top of each other, meaning that the lower leaves and fruit don’t see enough sunlight. This in turns means they do not grow and ripen as they should, and it leaves them vulnerable to disease and rot.
Not good news for the winemakers!
The type of trellising used in a vineyard depends largely on the climate of the area. In an area where it’ sunny and not too windy, the trellising can be spread wide distances apart, to allow the vines a good ‘leaf to fruit’ ratio. If it’s a windy area, or the conditions can become harsh, the trellising will be built in a much tighter formation, so as to protect the fruit from being blown off by the wind, or damaged by the weather.
For this reason, the Ex 2 System has been picked up by several wineries to replace their old vineyard wire, which was snapping and leaving plants hanging on the ground for days before someone saw it. The Ex 2 is very durable, and resistant to rust and weather damage, so it will never snap or erode.
It’s also a very malleable cable, which can be twisted and doubled up and wrapped over and over, so it can be used in every type of trellising without having any troubles.
The Ex 2 System was originally designed with massage tables in mind. Massage and the associated practices – such as spa treatments like facials, body wraps, hot stone treatments, reflexology and manicures and pedicures – are only expanding.
Beyond the spa therapies, there are so many different types of massage – reiki and holistic massage, sports therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic. Even tattoo parlours are using massage beds these days.
So clearly, there’s a big market when it comes to these comfy couches. After talking with an old friend who runs Massage World, I realised that the only problem the massage table industry was seeing was that the supports on the tables were routinely breaking – compromising the therapist’s confidence in each treatment, and often leaving clients hurt or embarrassed after a table collapsed under them.
Which was kind of a big problem.
See, the old supports were either made of wood or a sub-standard wire. This meant that too much tension, or too much pressure in the wrong place, could snap the support, and the whole table would go down.
So the Ex 2 System was designed to be an extremely strong cable system that would never snap, regardless of how much downward or unevenly distributed pressure was applied to it. Ever since the tables at Massage World and other suppliers started being produced with the Ex 2 System, these breakages stopped altogether. Which means happier customers, which means a healthier business and a better deal for everyone.
Lately we’ve been seeing some incredibly creative uses of the Ex 2 System. First among these innovations is the fellow who has been building gorgeous furniture, relying solely on the wires for their tension and strength.
This guy, Robby, from San Francisco, uses the cables in a surprisingly beautiful way to create a balance between the polished wood pieces and the industrial feel the cables bring to each piece.
I love seeing this intersection of design and functionality. I love the philosophy behind his work, too:
“Every piece of furniture in this gallery represents an exploration of how tension and opposing forces can be used to create a stable system. With wood and steel cable as the primary materials, each work combines different shapes with different cabling patterns to arrive at a carefully balanced, sturdy state.”
There’s just a tantalising hint of something defiant, something counter in that attitude and I think it’s the perfect use of our cables.
Of particular interest to me are the shelves he’s constructed, so reminiscent of the Golden Gate Bridge. And the single little chairs, with their industrial looking practicality balanced with the warmth of the wood.
If you know of other innovative uses of the Ex 2 System cables, I’d love to hear about it. Make sure you jump over to the contact page and drop me a line so I can see what those little babies are doing out in the world!
When it comes to electrical work, getting your cables right can be a matter of life and death. While I don’t want to make too big a deal out of it — if you’re in the electrical business you know the risks — but it can be a dangerous game.
That’s why you want to choose cables for your projects that are not only going to play the support role you need them too, but that will also insulate you against any nasty shocks that would burn your day. Sorry, sorry, I’ll stop with the puns now :p
This is why we created the Ex 2 System. It’s a durable cable that can be used in all kinds of electrical work, whether it be industrial, residential, outdoor or even underwater. It’s an insulated cable that can take immense amounts of pressure while effectively conducting the electrical energy you need it to.
The Ex 2 System is rated very highly on the standardisation scale for all the essentials: circuit voltage, temperature, and the range of environmental conditions they can be used in.
For flexible cabling, the Ex 2 System is wrapped in the brown casing that signifies approval for use in the European Union, South Africa and Australia. In the United States it is in the approved black casing.
For use in fixed situations, again the brown casing means it’s been approved for use in the EU, Australia, Canada and the black casing for the United States.