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February 2016   
Upcoming Events
Chapter/regional event information subject to change without notice; please check with your local chapter to verify dates, times, locations and content.
March 4, 2016
AFA Carolinas Chapter
Weekend event
Dinner 5:30 p.m.
Charleston Crab House
James Island
March 7-10, 2016
CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo
Mirage Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Common Ground Alliance events and meetings are open to all stakeholders and visitors.
March 10, 2016
Western PA/West Virginia Chapter Meeting
Lunch 11 a.m.
CPR training 12 p.m.
Conley Resort
Butler, PA
March 11-12, 2016
TFA Meeting
Dinner and general meeting, March 11
Golf tournament and group dinner, March 12
La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa
Montgomery, Texas
March 12, 2016
AFA Michigan Chapter
28th Annual Tabletop Show
Holiday Inn, Livonia
Details to come. Call Dick Fromm at 800-783-1331.
March 16-19, 2016
The National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association
Hyatt Regency Greenville
Greenville, NC
March 18-19, 2016
AFA Greater Chicago Chapter
Annual Tabletop Show
Vendor appreciation dinner, March 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Tabletop show, March 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Blue Chip Casino & Hotel
Michigan City, IN
April 2, 2016
Gulf South Chapter Event
Sporting clay competition
Kearney Park Farms
Contact Jennifer Palmer for more information at or (601) 932-4445 ext. 112.
Wheatland Tube
Naylor Association Solutions
AFA's Education Foundation
On Jan. 27, 2016, the industry lost a pioneer, leader and friend, Max Krake. Always the problem solver, Max played a pivotal role in the development and success of HySecurity, as well as several other components and facets in the industry.
Lockey Systems
Association News

Welcome to the relaunch of the American Fence Association's Across the Fence newsletter. This will be the monthly companion piece to our print publication Fencepost. Whether on the road or in the office, Across the Fence allows you to stay informed about timely topics and association news. Delivered on the 20th of each month, the eNewsletter will include business tips, member and chapter news, industry events, and much more. As always, we appreciate your feedback. If you have story ideas or wish to contribute content, please contact Jeanie Clapp, editor-in-chief, at or 352-333-3453.


Music City was the place to be Jan. 12-15, 2016, for fence professionals interested in the latest and greatest industry products and eager to improve their business’ bottom line. AFA's premier event, FENCETECH, was a fun-filled, fast-paced program from start to finish. Members attended top-shelf educational sessions, cruised a busy and active trade show floor, and enjoyed a dose of good music and food to boot.
AFA members should keep an eye on their mailboxes for the January/February issue of Fencepost magazine, which is scheduled to arrive soon. Fencepost has a new look and fresh content to help you stay informed on the latest association news and industry information. You will be able to read Fencepost on your desktops, tablets or smart phones and stay in the know! The digital edition contains the same articles, images and ads as the printed copy in a convenient format that mimics the print version. Access the digital version and take advantage of these features:
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  • Bookmark any page for future reference
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  • Browse the archives for past issues and features
We're excited to bring you this improved version of Fencepost and would like to hear your feedback. Contact the magazine's editor-in-chief at
Member News
Chamberlain Group, Inc. (CGI), announced recently the acquisition of two Antech Guardian affiliates, based in Tucson, Arizona. The affiliates, Guardian Traffic Systems (GTS) and Guardian Gate Hinges (GGH), are both part of Antech’s perimeter access solutions offerings.
Companies interested in products like installation photos, specifications, descriptions and anything else contractors might need when looking for information on high-performance gate hardware can get instant access with D&D Technologies' latest catalog.
HySecurity’s HydraWedge™ SM50 and StrongArm M30™ made a huge splash among the 30,000 ASIS security show attendees at the Anaheim Convention Center in September. "ASIS is a very important place for HySecurity to show its latest and greatest high security products," says Pete Hakio, HySecurity VP of sales. "There were few moments when our sales and engineering staff weren’t demonstrating HydraWedge and StrongArm M30 for government, military or industrial security professionals. ASIS is always an important HySecurity show, but this year we hit a home run exhibiting two unique and impressive crash vehicle barriers."
The IRB-MON is a monitored, weather-proof, thru-beam infrared photo eye solution providing entrapment protection for doors, gates and barriers. The IRB-MON Safety Photo Beam is UL325 compliant, and housed in a rugged NEMA 4X enclosure. It is designed to meet the upcoming 2016 UL325 regulation.
The universal design of the IRBMON allows it to be used with operator types that require a frequency (heartbeat) for monitored operation or those that require relay connections. Monitored output is achieved by using the "heartbeat" output from the IRBMON to assure that the connections to the photo eye are intact and that the photo eye is operational. Monitored output may also be achieved using the relay contacts, cycling power of the transmitter and verifying the contact closure at the receiver before the actuation of the operator. Non-monitored output is provided by a set of form C relay contacts. The IRB-MON addresses a wide variety of external entrapment protection needs due to its long range, thru beam detection technology and selectable frequency feature.
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