Construction spending rises 0.4% in November! Tower Sign and Signal Still Selling Portable Traffic Signal Equipment!

January 10, 2011  |  Blog  |  Comments Off on Construction spending rises 0.4% in November! Tower Sign and Signal Still Selling Portable Traffic Signal Equipment!

For all of our readers who are in the construction industry (see: everyone) – there is more great news!

This great article (click here) from Road and Bridges explains that construction spending is up .4% from the previous month. More great news that our sickly economy is getting out of the crapper! Tower Sign and Signal, Inc is continually moving product as well as researching and developing more products to further help our incredible customers.

If you have any questions or need a quote for portable traffic signals – look no further! Tower Sign and Signal, Inc is your answer for portable traffic signals, portable traffic lights and portable traffic equipment!

Portable Traffic Signals – Product is moving!

January 4, 2011  |  Blog  |  Comments Off on Portable Traffic Signals – Product is moving!

This time of year is full of planning for us here at Tower Sign and Signal, Inc. However, sales are still happening and we are moving product every week! We are buttoning up our plans for the ATSSA Show, as well as increasing our products with new changes and features for the brand new year.

Hope everyone had a very safe and exciting New Year – best of luck in 2011!

Do not hesitate to call or email us in regards to your portable traffic control needs!

Have a great day!

Willie Urish

NEMA Portable Traffic Signal Specification Press Release

December 2, 2010  |  Blog  |  Comments Off on NEMA Portable Traffic Signal Specification Press Release

Tower Sign and Signal, Inc is joining with NEMA and other traffic control manufactures to create a effective and efficient portable traffic control specification. NEMA (National Electrical Manufactures Association) is leading the way and providing a platform to get the word out and broadcast the usefulness of this specification.

A couple of days ago, NEMA came out with the Press Release and I wanted to share it with the readers. Again, Tower Sign and Signal Inc is on the Committee that helped produce both this Portable Traffic Signal Specification and the Press Release. Please see below for a look at the Portable Traffic Signal Technical Committee Press Release:

NEMA Members Begin New Portable Traffic Signal Specification

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

1300 N. 17th St., Suite 1847-T

Rosslyn, VA, 22209, USA

Press release date: November 29, 2010

ROSSLYN, Va.-The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 3-TS Transportation Section has formed a technical committee that will plan and draft a new performance standard specification for portable traffic signal systems.

NEMA TS 5 will adapt time-tested specifications in NEMA TS 2 Traffic Controller Assemblies with NTCIP Requirements and NEMA TS 4 Hardware Standards for DMS with NTCIP Requirements.

According to Portable Traffic Signal Technical Committee (PTS TC) Chair Scott Heydt of Horizon Signal Technologies, portable traffic signals are widely used across the United States and Canada for temporary traffic control situations, such as work zones and intersection control.

The most common applications are one-lane work zones in which traffic may flow only in one direction at any given time. Traditionally, flaggers are used in these scenarios; however, these devices increase safety in work zones by removing flaggers from the dangerous job of traffic control.

Portable traffic signals use the latest technologies to further increase safety and efficiency in work zones. Bright LED signal indications allow for greater visibility than traditional flaggers, especially at night. Wireless radio communication allows the signals to remain synchronized and connected at all times for full conflict monitoring. Notification systems can even monitor the operation of the signals and report the status of the system to the appropriate individuals.

Some jobs require these signals for several months or even a period of years. As the use of portable signals has increased in recent years, several manufacturers became aware that a standards specification was needed, and joined NEMA to start the effort.

“The flourishing portable traffic signal industry lacks a standard specification that would ensure the use of quality portable signal systems on roadways across North America. The new NEMA TS 5 specification for temporary, portable traffic signal devices and applications will borrow from and build on NEMA TS 2 and NEMA TS 4. Through the collaboration of portable signal manufacturers and other product providers, this project will satisfy a growing need for an effective portable traffic signal specification,” said Heydt.

“The new specification will satisfy the urgent need for a clear and effective portable traffic signal specification through input from manufactures of electronic traffic controllers and other related product providers,” said Bryan Mulligan, president of Intelligent Devices, Inc.

“NEMA is committed to contributing to a safer, more efficient and environmental friendly surface transportation network. The work of the technical committee on portable traffic signals is part of this commitment, and we look forward to safer and more effective work zone management, with increased use of portable traffic signals, as a result of this new standards effort,” Mulligan said.

NEMA 3-TS Transportation Section is one of 45 product sections within NEMA, and has 16 member companies. Those actively participating in the Portable Traffic Signal Technical Committee include Horizon Signal Technologies; North America Traffic, Inc.; Tower Sign and Signal, Inc.; and Ver-Mac, Inc.

For more information contact John R. Miller, NEMA Industry Director, 703-841-3202, or john.miller@nema.org.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

NEMA. Setting Standards for Excellence Visit our website at www.nema.org

Happy Turkey Day from Tower Sign and Signal – The Leading Portable Traffic Signal Manufacture in North America!

November 24, 2010  |  Blog  |  Comments Off on Happy Turkey Day from Tower Sign and Signal – The Leading Portable Traffic Signal Manufacture in North America!

From everyone at Tower Sign and Signal, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

We will be out of the office on both Thursday (Thanksgiving) and Friday of this week. Any emails or voicemails will be returned this coming Monday.

PLEASE travel safe and use extra caution when traveling on the busy roads and through work zones!

TSS – STILL ahead of the curve with portable traffic signals!

October 12, 2010  |  Blog  |  Comments Off on TSS – STILL ahead of the curve with portable traffic signals!

This interesting and well-written article by Claire Cain Miller from the NY Times is proof yet again that Tower Sign and Signal, Inc is ahead of the competition in regards to staying on top of the newest technology.

Our six” (6) touchscreen  control panel is incredibly simple to use with (literally) just the tip of your finger. Change light times, increase your rush hour times, or see the current status of all the signal systems from one central location. Order your portable traffic signal system or temporary traffic signals today!

Another Flagger Killed – USE Portable Traffic Signals and Portable Traffic Lights!!!

September 27, 2010  |  Blog  |  Comments Off on Another Flagger Killed – USE Portable Traffic Signals and Portable Traffic Lights!!!

Another sad article about a helpless flagger being killed in the work zone (click here). Construction workers – the technology is out there to stop these horrific accidents. Take a look at our product line that will take flaggers off of the road and INCREASE safety in construction zones. Portable traffic signals and portable traffic lights are an economical answer to bringing construction crews home safely to their families.

Everyone drive safe and pay attention when construction crews are on the road.

Safer Work Zones. Smarter Spending.

TSS Portable Traffic Signals Get Some Ink!

August 30, 2010  |  Blog  |  Comments Off on TSS Portable Traffic Signals Get Some Ink!

Tower Sign and Signal was lucky enough to have Pam Broviak stop by the booth in Boston, MA at the APWA Show, and she was nice enough to do a blog on our portable traffic signal products and company. We sure appreciate it, Pam!

Here at TSS Headquarters we are still slaving away filling orders – we’re BUSY! Keep contacting us regarding any of your portable traffic signals and portable traffic light needs!

To check out the link and take a look around Pam’s awesome website click here.

Portable Traffic Signal Systems in Boston, MA!

August 16, 2010  |  Blog  |  Comments Off on Portable Traffic Signal Systems in Boston, MA!

Just a quick update on how the show is going! In a word, great! Many, many folks have stopped by and inquired about our products -and they see the benefits of how TSS can help them achieve the affordable traffic control they are after! Many great vendors are here in Boston to show the public works sector what they can do for our cities in the greatest country on earth!

Here are a couple of pictures taken before the show!

This goofball had fun touching and playing around on our SX75 portable traffic light! Cute little dude!

Just one day left at the APWA show – stop by and see our portable traffic lights and portable traffic signals!
Drive safe!

TSS heads to Boston to show off our Portable Traffic Signal Products!

August 4, 2010  |  Blog, portable traffic signal products, TSS Shows  |  Comments Off on TSS heads to Boston to show off our Portable Traffic Signal Products!

In the midst of a BUSY summer here at TSS headquarters we are “hitting the road” en route to Boston for the National Public Works Show put on by APWA. It will be fantastic to visit with more Public Works Professionals and keep spreading the word about our dependable AND affordable products. Stop by booth 1340 and say hello…might as well ask about our Show Pricing too!

Our new website – www.portabletrafficsignalstss.com is off to a great start!

Traffic Control and Traffic Signal Collector “Signalfan” Enjoys Unique Pursuit

July 27, 2010  |  Blog  |  Comments Off on Traffic Control and Traffic Signal Collector “Signalfan” Enjoys Unique Pursuit

Tower Sign and Signal, Inc caught up with John AKA – SignalFan. John is a collector of traffic signals and traffic control equipment. John resides in Iowa and has been collecting traffic equipment for almost 30 years. His website is www.signalfan.com. This Q and A session is one of many more to come. Interested in being interviewed or have questions about TSS –Contact Us.

TSS John, the obvious question to someone who has such an extensive collection of traffic signals and traffic signs is….What one is your favorite? Why?

JohnI actually have two favorites, my first is my Wiley signal from San Francisco. I love how the messages rotate with the “clunk” of the mechanical bell. My second is my Crouse-Hinds “Type D” 4-way signal with worded “command-style” lenses. I really enjoy thinking back to that earlier time when written messages, as well as color were used to convey the aspect of the signal.

TSS – What does your family think about your hobby/collection?

JohnBoth my parents and my wife are very supportive of my hobby. My parents witnessed the evolution of my hobby from a single signal to about 5 dozen in the garage and backyard. My wife has seen it grow to it’s present size of 101. She even has been so supportive, that I have been able to take over the entire 1,700 square foot basement to showcase the entire collection, “museum-style”.

TSS – Do you have any experiences with portable traffic signals? Do you happen to have any in your collection?

JohnNo, as a matter of fact I don’t at the present time. Are you interested in donating one? (laughing)

TSS – What do you think about the way traffic signal technology has evolved over since the beginning? Read More

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