3M Xtract sanding system

At Elevated Industrial Solutions, we’re proud to offer the most effective, reliable tools, components, and accessories for a wide variety of industries. We offer leading brands, including 3M, which provides an innovative abrasive system – the Xtract TM sanding platform. 3M calls it “clean sanding.”

Why is that part of their tagline? This system provides superior dust extraction and clean sanding for a wide variety of applications, all while maintaining excellent performance from an effective orbital sander. 

Xtract creates cleaner work environments

The most impressive aspect of this sanding system is the ability to extract dust particles, removing them from the atmosphere while creating a cleaner, healthier work environment. Using an innovative system that places extraction holes near every single particle of dust, the sander pulls a staggering 99% of all dust, almost creating dust-free sanding. This means a cleaner work environment, less exposure to dust and fine particles, greater productivity, longer disc life, less cleaning, and fewer dust particles on the final product. This all improves the final results while making workers happier.

The system utilizes multiple features to create this impressive dust extraction. It uses a premium net disc that allows dust to pass through, while the unique hole pattern on the film disc allows dust to move from the environment into the sander with ease. No matter where a particle of dust is located, it will be near a hole for quick extraction.

The advanced extraction starts with an open-weave net structure, which ensures every particle is near a dust-extraction hole. As a user sands a material, almost all dust is sucked through the netting and into a fitted backup pad. Then it exists through the vacuum exhaust, where it can be deposited into a filter bag or dust extraction unit. 

It delivers the best dust extraction on the market, without requiring the user to line up holes in the sanding unit. All of these features result in faster implementation, less time cleaning, greater productivity, and (most importantly) a safer working environment for you and your team!

Xtract has advanced performance for multiple substrates 

Manufacturers of virtually all types can take advantage of the superior performance, cut rate, and dust extraction, as this system is designed for a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and composite.

The net discs from 3M perform well on multiple substrates, and they come in various grades to ensure superb performance no matter what your specific needs. There are coarser grades, which are ideal for tough surfaces, leveling filler and putty, or even the removal of stubborn coatings. People using this abrasive can also select finer grades, which can be used on final finishes or soft substrates like paint or wood.

A cut rate that sets a higher standard

3M provided this chart to demonstrate the cut rate for the Xtract

Before we continue it’s important to cover what cut rate is. Cut rate is the rate at which an abrasive removes material from a surface (wood, metal, etc.); the cut rate is sometimes called the material removal rate (MRR). Cut rates are influenced by particle size, with larger and coarser particles conventionally believed to exhibit faster material removal rates – or high cut rates. Regardless of dust extraction and performance versatility, if a sander can’t complete the job efficiently, it’s not much use, especially on a large industrial scale. The Xtract system delivers one of the best cut rates on the market. 

xtract disc

With a new line of abrasives from 3M, the system has a superior cut rate and a longer life. On a solid surface, the 710W features 3M’s proprietary Cubitron II precision-shaped abrasive grain. Cubitron II starts with a cut-rate that is 32% higher than the leading competitor. Not only does it start stronger, but this abrasive also finishes stronger.  Cubitron II features a grain that as it wears continually fractures into a sharp point, ending with a 25% higher cut rate through the life of the disc. This all results in better sanding, quicker work, and better productivity. These features make the 3M Xtract sanding system one of the best abrasives and one of the most important tools in your operation. 

Xtract features to improve sanding efficiency

Available in the 3M Xtract Electric Random Orbital Sander and the 3M Xtract Pneumatic Random Orbital Sander, this sanding system could add greater productivity and performance to your sanding operations. You can also add the portable dust extractor, filter bags, and a variety of sanding discs with a range of grit sizes.

Elevated can help your woodworking needs

We have recommendations for whatever your operation is, with expertise in abrasives and sanding. Our company has been helping people like you – in the industrial, manufacturing, and construction industry – for more than 60 years. (We can’t believe we started in the 50s.)

Contact Elevated to get a demo or order the 3M Xtract sanding system and other clean sanding solutions for your manufacturing facility.

DAP sealants and caulks

At Elevated Industrial Solutions, we take pride in supplying businesses, contractors, countertop fabricators, installers, remodelers, and builders with top-of-the-line products. We carry brands that experienced professionals rely on for a variety of jobs. And we’re proud that we have premier suppliers that can get items on time and on budget. 

DAP Inc. is one of the most trusted companies for countertop fabrication and installation. This company, which has been “on the job since 1865,” is known for creating reliable adhesives, caulks, sealants, insulating foams, spackling, and more.

Why DAP products?

When it comes to industrial products, a company’s reputation is critical. People who purchase caulks, sealants, and adhesives don’t buy them just once: they find something that meets their high demands and “stick” with it.

DAP has a reputation for quality, serving installation professionals and fabrication experts since 1865. No company can survive that long, let alone maintain its industry reputation, without creating reliable, effective products. Their caulking and sealants are trusted by professionals who order DAP products regularly for countertops, backsplashes, tile installations, and more.

But this innovative company is not just trusted for countertop fabrication and installation; they are also relied on by professionals who work with windows and doors, siding, subfloors, drywall, and more. DAP has created numerous first-to-market products, and they have the first full line of sealants and adhesives made to meet the specs of virtually every industry or fabrication niche.

Apex Plus

Although we like to say we’re product agnostic, offering customers good, better, and best options within their timelines and budgets, we do have products we love. One of the most popular products from DAP — and a perfect example of their world-class sealants — is Apex Plus. This caulk is an all-purpose acrylic latex with silicone that, once applied, can be painted over in just 30 minutes. It can be used as a multi-surface adhesive for a variety of materials, including stone, is mold- and mildew-resistant, and comes with an industry-leading 40-year warranty! It’s even easy to clean up. And it’s low odor. That’s what makes Alex Plus ideal for any kitchen contractor, builder, remodeler, or installer. It’s perfect for backsplashes!

We currently offer DAP Apex Plus in 12-tube packages. With roughly 2,000 tubes in warehouses scattered across the country, we can typically ship your order within two business days. We carry two colors – clear and white. Plus, we have pre-paid freight options for 50 cases.

Contact us for your kitchen and bathroom needs

Our team of industrial supply experts is dedicated to serving your needs. We’re not just your product supplier; we are committed to being your partner, supporting your business and employees through creative solutions that improve your quality, reduce cost, and save time. With our five-star service, consistent delivery, and a fully-stocked inventory in warehouses across the country, we have everything you need to succeed.

In addition to world-class DAP caulks and adhesives, we also have state-of-the-art tools from companies like Alpha, the makers of durable and effective polishers for countertop manufacturing as well as Integra Adhesives from IPS.

Contact us today for more information on high-quality tools for countertop fabrication.

Why and how to consolidate vendors

Manufacturing, construction, mill working, cabinetry, metal fabrication, and other industrial businesses need a variety of vendors to get products made and delivered – on-time and on-budget.  

vendor management process

But sometimes managing many different vendors can be inconvenient as well as hurt a company’s bottom line. There’s the vendor selection process, which can be cumbersome. Even after a new vendor is secured, they need to be entered into your systems and processes, including funneling into your accounting systems to ensure they get paid. Someone typically manages those relationships, aware of contract specifications. These same vendor managers know how to order goods from each vendor while working with the production managers on how often supplies are needed. Production and project managers are coordinating schedules to ensure products are created accurately and speedily. Then there’s storing and maintaining those goods, keeping on top of which products may expire.  

It’s no easy task. And the more vendors you manage, the more difficult everything involved in vendor management is.  

That’s why many businesses choose to consolidate vendors. Consolidating is easier than people think, has the benefit of convenience, can reduce costs, and even gain efficiencies that promote revenue growth. 

Why Consolidate Vendors 

If you find the right vendor, you can save time and money while making your workforce more productive.  

Convenience and time savings 

When you have fewer vendors to manage, the process is just simpler. That means fewer people to negotiate with, enter into your myriad systems, pay, order from, ensure accuracy of fulfillment, etc. In addition, when new employees join your company, there’s less to train on.  

The trick is ensuring there’s accuracy, speed, and variety from the vendors you have.  

Save money while gaining efficiencies  

When your employees are spending less time updating records and handling payments, onboarding suppliers, and managing those suppliers, you’re saving money. You’re also saving money through volume discounts and relationships. Often, the more you order from one vendor, the better pricing structures you can receive.  

These efficiencies mean more productivity for your team, especially with vendors who can manage stock (including safety stock). That means you’re not wasting time on doing the basics – your supplier is handling that process for you. In other words, some suppliers are like an extended part of your team – understanding your business and looking to help eliminate unnecessary costs.  

The right supplier can even recommend products and processes to save your company time and money.  

Manage the supply chain effectively to keep production moving 

These days, businesses are facing a big problem: supply chain. Weather issues, shipping issues, tariffs, production problems – these can all impact your business if companies can’t get the needed abrasives, adhesives, tapes, saw blades, and other equipment to you. Just looking at 2021, ice storms in Texas have prevented chemicals from being produced, including those used for adhesives and cleaning supplies. 

Wholesale distribution companies have many relationships with a variety of vendors to make up for shortfalls. For example, if they can’t get a product from one vendor, they’ll get it from another. That relationship management ensures you’re getting what you need so you can make and build on schedule, too with the same quality you’re known for. 

Keeping supply and demand, saving money, reducing time, and making it easy are the primary reasons so many midsized manufacturing and construction companies turn to industrial suppliers.  

How to Consolidate Vendors 

vendor consolidation

Consolidating vendors is easier than you may think, but it does take some planning and considerations. Here are a few questions to start asking to begin the consolidation process. Which vendors … 

  • Meet current guidelines and timelines? 
  • Provide great customer service? 
  • Have a variety of supplies available and can leverage relationships to get more supplies? 
  • Are giving price breaks for quantity or based on your existing relationship? 
  • Can help manage inventory, recommend products, and provide ideas about processes, saving your business time and money? 
  • Do you like doing business with? 
  • Can handle whatever expansion you have planned? 
  • Have expertise in your industry and the supplies you need? 
  • Help manage the supply chain? 

Some vendors get a “yes” to all the questions above. Those are the vendors to keep and possibly expand a relationship with.  

By deciding which vendors can help you the most (and which vendors you like doing business with), you can determine which vendors you want.  

Elevated can help you consolidate vendors 

At Elevated Industrial Solutions, formerly known as Lane Supply Company, we can help you with a variety of your needs. Not only do we carry manufacturing and construction specialty items, but we also leverage our relationships to get all the products your facility needs. We can help you manage your inventory and even manage your safety stock.  

There’s a reason we’ve been in business 60+ years.  

Safety stock and inventory management

You have a facility or warehouse where you keep items needed to run your business. It’s where you keep abrasives, adhesives, sealants, tools, and more. Imagine running out of those items, one that’s critical to what you make or build. Your business may grind to a halt, waiting until you can source that needed inventory.  

That’s the problem safety stock is meant to address. But safety stock alone won’t completely help your business. You need to successfully manage inventory to keep production going. 

What is safety stock? 

Safety stock is that extra group of supplies needed to prevent running out of products so you can continue to make and build things for customers. As Accounting Coach called it, it’s a buffer in case the sales of an item are greater than planned and/or the company’s supplier is unable to deliver additional units at the expected time. 

Advantages of safety stock 

Safety stock has its advantages. But the bottom line is – it enables you to handle supply and demand. When there’s more demand, you have enough of what you need to continue to satisfy customers.  

stock and streamlining supply chain

One real-life example in our industry is a manufacturing company that needed a specific filter for its spray booth. When that specific filter wasn’t available from one supplier, the company nearly stopped making products. After calling Elevated Industrial Solutions, formerly known as Lane Supply Company, filters arrived and their stock was replenished. 

Let’s use another example outside of industrial supplies – computers. There’s been a shortage. During COVID-19, everyone has been going online – students, employees, and individuals. Many computer stores and computer resellers didn’t have enough safety stock to supply computers to students at every school district in the U.S. They also didn’t have enough stock for everyone hoping to upgrade antiquated computer equipment. 

Disadvantages of safety stock 

When there’s not enough customer demand, products can languish in your inventory. Sometimes, better products or technology comes along too, making your current supplies unusable. New and improved discs, adhesives, safety gear, and more are released regularly.  

Although it’s helpful to have safety stock available, it can be costly and wasteful. It’s also difficult to keep up with and plan, especially if you’re not an enterprise-sized business. 

Suppliers can manage safety stock and inventory 

Someone else, such as a supplier like Elevated, managing your inventory takes care of many of the safety stock issues. In fact, it can help streamline your business. Using suppliers to manage your inventory and safety stock does the following:  

  • Depending on the supplier agreement, you can keep unneeded supplies off your books, paying for what you need when you need them – reducing costs and eliminating waste.  
  • Reduces liability if demand suddenly drops. If something does happen and supplies aren’t needed, it’s not your issue – it’s your supplier’s, such as Elevated. That saves you money. 
  • Enables you to receive recommendations for better products that save you time and money or improve the quality of your products. These recommendations could equal more revenue. 
  • Provides advanced notice of pricing changes or supply shortfalls so you can adjust your budgeting, manufacturing, and delivery promises. Suppliers, because of relationships, understand what’s happening so you’re never surprised. (Surprises in manufacturing can be expensive!) 
  • Saves money and time on personnel and warehouse space to maintain and control supplies you may not need for a while.  
  • Optimizes your facility or plant so you can focus on what you do best – making great products.  

A magical combination  

inventory management and safety stock

Safety stock and inventory management together are a magical combination. When suppliers help with both, you have a team handling vendor relationships, providing space, managing inventory, and ensuring you have the supplies you need … without paying for that entire team. Your supply chain is streamlined. Safety stock and inventory management, when put together, take the worry out of keeping your company and projects moving. Best of all, with that extra team behind you, you can compete like your company is larger than it is.  

Saving money, reducing waste, improving products, and increasing revenue are all good reasons to invest in suppliers that can handle your inventory.  

Trusting suppliers with many years in the business, a wide variety of products, and relationships that span the supply spectrum ensure you’re getting the right vendor.  

Finding the right supplier

There are traits that some vendors have that make them better than others. Here are just a few of the characteristics you should be looking for:

  • Provide expertise to save you time and money while improving the quality of your products or service
  • Have great customer service, taking the time to answer questions
  • Use a wide variety of vendors with fantastic relationships, where getting those specialty items is easy
  • Fast shipping to get what you need when you need it
  • Do the right thing for you and your company, caring about you and your business

Elevated is the right supplier

Elevated has been in business for more than half a century. We have employees who’ve been in the supply business for nearly as long, recommending products to save time and money. And we have established relationships with vendors who provide the supplies you love, including those specialty items, that save you time and money while improving your products.  

Door and window installations

Door and window installations are the bread and butter for construction companies and general contractors. New construction and replacing windows and doors can be lucrative. But the industry is highly competitive. How can you differentiate your business from your competition to get those good-paying jobs? And how can you keep installation for your windows and doors low?  

Flashing and sealants help give your customers the value and quality installation they expect, propelling you above your competition. Plus, these products are cost-conscious, especially when it comes to eliminating the need to do a project over.  

At Elevated Industrial Solutions (Elevated) we list our favorite door and window installation products for flashing and sealing … as well as why you may need one versus another.  

Flashing solutions  

You probably know this, but it merits revisiting. The first line of defense for air and water intrusion is a good seal on the full untrimmed opening for a window or door (also known as the rough opening). When flashing is installed and sealed correctly, water is directed away from the window to keep a home dry and eliminate rot, mold, and mildew. But not all rough openings are created equal (different materials, sizes, shapes, etc.).  

Flashing typically comes in three varieties with these advantages and disadvantages: 

  • Metal flashing is durable, but not as flexible 
  • Vinyl flashing is flexible, but not as durable 
  • Tape flashing is easy to install, but often not as durable in hotter areas  
  • Liquid flashing is a newer innovation in flashing 

Find the right flashing for your project from two top brands known for durability and quality. Both Protecto Wrap and OSI products meet local code requirements and national building standards while providing long-lasting performance your customers can count on that won’t break the bank. When they’re used, your jobs will be known as high quality … while reducing long-term liabilities from failure. 

Some of the products below may even surprise you! 

Protecto Wrap 

Protecto Wrap has waterproof membranes that provide high-quality waterproofing. They’re even easy to install. Plus, they have durability and staying power – a preference for construction workers and general contractors since 1952. Here are a few of the products we think are some of their finest: 

BT20XL butyl  

protecto wrap butyl

This 20mil peel–and–stick, self-adhering butyl (the adhesive component) laminated on a polyethylene film provides a tough, durable, easy–to–apply membrane. The product sticks to most common building materials to provide a tight seal while still enabling joint movement. Best of all, it’s compatible with all types of window construction substrates including wood, wood clad, aluminum, fiberglass and vinyl windows and doors, and PVC.   

A 120–day UV resistance aids in weather protection during delays in siding or cladding installation.   

Super stick building tape  

protecto wrap

This tape is a primer-less flashing tape for window and door installations. Easy to apply in all temperatures, great for cold climate installations. The tape has the same benefits of butyl or asphalt-based flashing without the primer or the gassing, VOCs, CFCs, and HFCCs. That’s why construction workers and contractors use this so often – it’s a  faster turn-around time and fewer customer complaints when replacing windows. 

12-month UV exposure is great for new construction where timelines and exposure times can be longer than expected.   

Sill pan flash  

This one-piece, continuous sill flashing requires no cuts or “butterfly” corner guards. That means, your installation jobs are faster. Also, most people can install these, reducing the need (and expense) for experts to do the cutting or installation. It even has lower product waste. It’s a great option for those 90-degree corners without adding substantial material to the rough opening dimension. 


OSI products are also highly flexible as well as innovative. These products handle some of the tougher and more irregular jobs you may have with windows and doors. 

Quad flash 

Quad flash is a liquid–apply flashing membrane that can be spread and conformed to irregular surfaces and openings.  It’s revolutionary, making sealing and installing windows and doors much easier. In egress and below-grade installations, it‘s the go-to product for creating that initial seal to concrete and other masonry substrates.  

Compatible with most all other flashing products used above and below grade, this product can also be applied in all weather conditions, even during rain or snow because of its moisture-curing properties.  This can reduce costs because it can eliminate weather delays.


Okay, the flashing is done. You’re not out of the woods yet. You may need a sealant to protect your window or door. When it comes to sealants there are lots of options. A few of these products stand out – handling even the toughest climates and jobs.  


Outside of flashing, OSI has a few sealant products that can handle tough jobs with ease. OSI is approved and recommended by many of the top manufacturers because of its durability.  

Quad Max  

It’s called “Tougher than the Elements” for a reason. This is the premier sealant can handle the toughest climates.  Specifically designed for durability, colorfast, and flexibility, this sealant offers a variety of features, including color matching. OSI’s lab has created exact color matches for all the most popular window and siding manufacturers.  

Although some construction workers and general contractors have issues with color matching, that shouldn’t stop you. We stock 30+ options, including the most popular colors in use today. And because we’ve been in business since 1955, we can help select the perfect match for whichever window or siding you’re installing.    

Quad Foam  

This product is insulating foam for windows and doors.  Quad Foam accurately and completely fill voids around windows and doors without stressing or racking.  Using an applicator, you can get pinpoint precision to create a tight seal around these irregular rough openings.  


According to BOSS’s website, their line of products is engineered to the highest quality to ensure maximum performance for the industrial, construction, pool and spa, HVAC/R, manufacturing housing, and RV markets.  

399 Silicones  

boss silicone

BOSS 399 is your go-to where a neutral cure glazing silicone is needed.  BOSS is top-notch for window manufacturing and installation with high performance that stays flexible over time.   

363 Acrylic Latex  

BOSS 363 is the go-to paintable acrylic latex caulking. Low shrink, non-yellowing, and paintable are all characteristics that will keep callbacks to a minimum.  It’s versatile caulking that puts the finishing touch on interior trim while making an airtight seal.  

Elevated is on the job with you 

Construction workers or general contractors, we have tools and equipment to help you finish your projects on time and on budget. Regardless of whether you love BOSS, OSI, Protecto Wrap, or a different brand, Elevated is with you. We have a variety of brands and products to help you solve your specific window and door installation challenges. Our team has the expertise to get you the right supply or equipment every time. 

Talk to our experts today to see how we can help you finish your jobs on time and under budget.

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