On January 27th, the Turbo team drove from Buena Park, California to Las Vegas, Nevada in order to prepare for one of our favorite events of the year - Surfaces. If you want more information on Surfaces, you can check out their website here: https://www.surfaces.com/This was actually my first time attending (although Leo and the rest of the Turbo team have been attending for many years) and it was an honor to be a part of such a great event.
But before getting to that, I want to talk about how extensive the set-up process was. We had a 10x30 booth this year and it required a ton of hard work to put together. 5 tables, almost all of our Turbo tools, 9 Turbo banners, a bunch of sample sheet floors, our laptop, our camera, etc. etc. All of that needed to be carried from the van and put together to make a good-looking booth.Fortunately, I think we succeeded! [caption id="attachment_1742" align="aligncenter" width="614"] After hours of work, this is what our booth looked like at Surfaces.[/caption]
After the set up, the fun part began. We had the chance to meet so many awesome people and demonstrate our tools. It was a really cool experience. Having the chance to talk to people from all sectors of the flooring industry was such a learning experience. Basically, people would come to our booth and we’d chat about what kind of work they were into. If they worked with sheet flooring and welding, we’d take them step by step through the entire process. Grooving, welding, and skiving and all of our tools associated with each process.[caption id="attachment_1743" align="aligncenter" width="614"] This is a nice visual that shows what our set up looked like. Leo is demonstrating the Chiquita here.[/caption] Each section of our booth had different demonstrations going on so we could talk to as many people as possible.
1. Our first table showed off our Detail Nozzle and how it worked when welding corners, toe kicks, flash coving.
2. Our second table showed off our Turbo Master Groover and our Marmo Groovers. We would change our sample sheet floor depending on what the installer wanted to see or we would show them both.
3. Right next to that, we demonstrated how our Groovers can groove circles and designs with ease and the possible real world uses of the product.[caption id="attachment_1766" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Luis demonstrating how to groove designs and circles using our Turbo Groover.[/caption]
4. In the middle, we had our fully automated welding machine, The Chiquita being demonstrated by Leo Martinez. More on this later.5. We had a section set up that allowed people to give us their business cards and/or sign up for our mailing list.
The highlight of our Surfaces adventure was definitely showing off our new product, the Chiquita, and talking to people about it. I won’t get into the specifics - you can check out our video and product page for that but it’s an awesome machine. It’s the type of technology that would attract people from different sections of the flooring industry - even if welding wasn’t their interest or expertise - they would stop and watch the demo. The response was overwhelmingly positive.The people are always what make this event fun. We were so eager to show off our new product and the whole team was pleased at how people reacted. Surfaces 2014 was great and all I can say is - I can’t wait for Surfaces 2015! [caption id="attachment_1745" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Luis demonstrating for the guys at Home Owners Design. Great group.[/caption]