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What to Look For in a Laser Cutting Shop

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What to Look For in a Laser Cutting Shop

Many production facilities will send out pieces to be cut, as it’s often cheaper and easier to have a machine shop or specialty shop cut metal, plastic, and other materials than it is to invest in the ownership of certain cutting machines. Along with the cost of ownership, there is the cost of maintaining those machines and keeping a qualified operator on staff that needs to be considered. A laser cutting shop can be a good choice for a number of products and processes, but note what to look for from such a shop before you decide to work with them to get your materials cut. Note if they can accept your particular drawings or specs Many shops work from CAD drawings and such specs, but your drawings may have been made in a program that is not typically used by cutting shops and facilities. Your drawings may also have text on them or symbols that your business uses in particular and which might not be recognized by the programs used by the laser cutting service. Always ask about this if you use a program that is proprietary to your company or that might not be compatible with a cutting company’s programs for any reason. Ask if they can offer 3D cutting If you will need rounded materials cut, you want to note if the laser cutting company can offer 3D cutting. Some laser machines only cut on a flat surface and may not be able to turn your materials or rotate the laser to reach all sides with one cut. In turn, this may result in a longer cutting time and the need to change the program in order to provide beveled edges, grooves on one side of the piece, and so on. To ensure you get your rounded or double-sided materials cut quickly, ask about 3D cutting or other similar methods they may offer. Note if they can engrave your product as well If you need to send your pieces out to an engraver after it has been laser cut, this is an added step that takes more time to get the piece finished. Not all laser cutting machines will be able to actually engrave a piece, depending on their programming and the type of laser used. However, if you can use a shop that provides this where needed, your cutting will be done more quickly and possibly even more precisely, as a laser engraving is typically much more precise than a metal stamp or other such...

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Industrial Fittings: Selecting the Ideal Hydraulic Hose Couplings

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Industrial Fittings: Selecting the Ideal Hydraulic Hose Couplings

The hose couplings in your hydraulic industrial machinery will determine the efficiency of the equipment. If these fittings are weak or do not match the system, you will experience significant leaks. This could lead to unexpected failure and expensive repairs. Therefore, it is important to choose your couplings carefully when buying replacements during maintenance and repair. Here are simple considerations to help you identify the ideal hydraulic hose couplings for your industrial application. Material Choice The right coupling material for your hydraulic machinery is important in determining the durability, performance and general suitability of your fittings. Therefore, you should be diligent in evaluating and comparing different materials before choosing the perfect match. Steel is an ideal choice for general hose coupling application. The material is strong and durable, and you can choose the stainless steel alternative if you are concerned about rust and corrosion. Brass is also a hardwearing material, so it is suitable for long-term usage in harsh industrial settings. It also has antimicrobial properties due to copper content, so it is a perfect choice where germs are an important factor. In addition, the material has low friction characteristics; this means that sparks cannot be produced during operation. If you are looking for lightweight fittings with resistance to corrosion and rust, consider selecting aluminium or plastic couplings. Application Conditions The material is an important factor in determining the suitability of a coupling for a specific application. However, the fabrication materials are not consistent in worth or performance. So, you must consider the ratings for each product in relation to the conditions in the application. Pressure is important in hydraulic systems because the fluid is in closed circulation. Therefore, ensure that the coupling can handle the pressure level and stress in your machinery. If your machinery handles hydraulic fluid at extreme temperature, a corresponding heat or freeze resistant coupling is critical. This will ensure that the fitting does not fail due to stress. You should also inquire about the compatibility of the fluid in terms of viscosity and chemical resistance. In addition, consider the environment and potential for abrasion, impact and accidental exposure to electricity before purchase. Coupling Design Finally, the design will determine the compatibility of the couplings with the hydraulic hoses. Basically, this refers to the connection method between the hose and connector. The most common design is the threaded coupling which joins male and female configurations. Mated angle couplings are joined mechanically by through pressure while O-ring connectors have an elastomeric gasket which forms a tight...

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A Few Things to Remember When Choosing Custom Made Boxes

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Things to Remember When Choosing Custom Made Boxes

Custom made boxes can make shipping your items much easier for you, as they can cut down on the amount of filler material needed. They can also help to create brand awareness with your customers as well. When you’re ready to order custom made boxes for your product, note a few important tips to remember. This will ensure you get the right boxes and take advantage of the many features they offer. 1. Weight adds up The weight of your boxes will matter because most shipping companies charge according to weight, not just size. You need durable boxes that will provide support for your items, but if they’re thicker than what’s needed, you’re simply adding unnecessary weight to your shipments. You may not think much about this but consider that there are sixteen ounces in a pound; for every sixteen boxes you ship out that are an ounce heavier than you need, that’s an extra pound added to your shipping charges. For every sixteen hundred boxes that are an ounce heavier, that’s a hundred extra pounds you’re being charged for shipping, just for your boxes alone! If your company ships hundreds of boxes every day or every week, these charges will add up, so make sure to choose the lightest box that will be strong enough to hold your materials. 2. Create brand awareness You may think that customers who get their items shipped to them have already made their purchasing decision so you don’t need to create awareness of your product, but this is very shortsighted. The more often customers see your logo, trademark and the like, the more readily they will remember it for future purchases. Be sure your box creates brand awareness by having your logo or another associated symbol stamped inside or out, and use distinctive colors that are associated with your company where possible. 3. Leave some room While you want to get shipping boxes that fit your product in particular, you also want to leave some room in the box rather than choosing something too snug. Then you can add protective filler when needed and also add in a bill of lading, packing slip, assembly instructions, return instructions and the like. It can be good to actually wrap your items in the best packing material and then add whatever other materials are needed, such as that booklet that tells them how to assemble the item, and then measure these dimensions before buying boxes and trying to force your items...

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Flex versus rigid ductwork for the HVAC system in your home

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Flex versus rigid ductwork for the HVAC system in your home

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) refers to the technology used to create indoor comfort within the house. The objective of a good HVAC system is to ensure that there is thermal comfort in the house, as well as quality air. The technology employs heating components, air conditioners, and ductwork to facilitate the flow of air from one point to another. The ductwork is as important as the other HVAC equipment, which makes it elemental for you to have an appropriate one installed. Here are some details on both flex and rigid ductwork to help you make the right choice regarding the ductwork for your HVAC system: Flex ductwork Flex ductwork for an HVAC system is made from thin aluminium foil or plastic. A long coil of wire or metal strap is used to support the whole cross section of the ductwork. During installation, wires or cotton straps are used to support the ducts against poles to hold them in position. Preferably, wide straps should be used to support the ductwork because thin wires increase the constrictions along the ductwork. These constrictions can interfere with the flow of air in the ducts, limiting the efficiency of ventilation and thermal regulation. Flex ductwork is cheaper than rigid metallic ductwork. Its installation also takes a shorter time, which costs you less in terms of labour. Moreover, the flexible nature of the material used to make flex duct enables it to pass through tight spaces and make sharp turns. This is often difficult when using rigid ductwork. On the downside, the material used to make flex ductwork is not as durable as that used in rigid ductwork. For instance, the material can be easily punctured by rodents or become brittle and collapsible after being used for many years. Rigid ductwork Rigid duct for your HVAC system is made using thin metallic sheets of aluminium. The interior of these ducts is smooth, which facilitates the flow of air between the heating or ventilating component and the room. Unlike flex ductwork, the rigid alternative has no constrictions at the points of support, which improves the flow of air.  Insulating the outer side of the rigid ducts ensures that no fibres make their way into the air stream, which helps to keep the air pure. The insulation also helps to protect the ductwork against harmful ultra-violet rays and damage by rodents. However, rigid ductwork is hard to work with in tight spaces and around bends. It is also more expensive than flex ductwork because of its durability and improved efficiency in terms of air...

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How to Choose the Right Precision Engineering Company

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Choose the Right Precision Engineering Company

If you are in the position to hire a precision engineer, you might be wondering what specific factors to look for during your search for the ideal candidate. What is more important—education, work experience, their portfolio, or a balanced combination? Considering the complex nature of a precision engineer’s job, it is understandable to be confused about the most important characteristics of a profession in this industry, so the following list should help you become more familiar with choosing your next employee or contractor. It’s All About the Team When looking for a precision engineer, it’s actually best to look for a full-fledged company that prides itself on teamwork and a quality product. While there are plenty of individual contractors available, a single mind can’t offer the diverse perspectives, expertise, and experience that a larger team can, and in engineering, these three qualities are of the utmost importance when designing stellar products. Larger companies can also offer consulting services with those who aren’t solely precision engineers to ensure your finished product is perfect all-around. Location Although you may be tempted to hire a highly regarded company regardless of their location, you should consider this factor into your decision. Because your contractor will be completing heavy-duty work that will likely need your constant oversight and approval, long-distance relationships can complicate the work process and be an inconvenience if you’re constantly travelling back and forth. The completed machine will also need to be transported, and in the end, the closer the better. Portfolio Although education and years in the industry are important aspects to consider, by far the most influential factor on your choice of precision engineer should be that engineer’s “portfolio” or past work. Machines they have created for past clients will speak volumes towards their ability to follow directions and deliver an effective product. Finding a client from five to ten years ago can also be beneficial in determining their work’s lifespan and durability. Cost Industry standards vary, so you will most likely run across various pricing structures— from entire payment upfront, to hourly contracts, to monthly installments. Companies that offer a fair (but not exuberant) estimate from the beginning and stick to it should be valued over those that want you to “pay as you go” without setting boundaries beforehand. Don’t be afraid to shop around since all precision engineering companies will have different work processes and therefore different costs....

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Choosing Frame Material For Residential Carports

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Frame Material For Residential Carports

The decision to invest in a residential carport is definitely a wise one; however, bringing this decision into reality requires the homeowner to choose between different carport frame materials, among other important decisions. The choice of frame material has a significant impact on the physical appearance of the carport as well as its longevity. This article discusses some of the materials commonly used to make carport frames for the benefit of those looking to invest in a residential carport. PVC Carport frames made of PVC are among the most commonly used in the residential setting. PVC-framed carports are preferred for a number of reasons including the fact that they are among the most affordable carport options. This stems from the fact that production of PVC frames is relatively cheap and can be done in bulk. PVC-framed carports are also preferred for their low-maintenance nature. PVC frames are rust- and corrosion-free, and they often don’t need to be painted or stained once they’ve been installed. A potential drawback of PVC frames for residential carports is that this material is known to expand and contract when exposed to excess sunlight for extended periods of time. As such, incorrectly installed PVC-framed carports can easily develop roof leakages as a result of frame expansion and contraction. Aluminium-Framed Residential Carports Aluminium-framed carports are also a popular choice for a large number of homeowners. Aluminium is preferred for the fabrication of carports for its 100 percent recyclability, among other reasons. This creates less ongoing demand for new raw materials used in frame fabrication. Aluminium-framed carports are therefore an eco-friendly choice. The durability of aluminium-framed carports also explains their wide popularity. Timber-Framed Residential Carports Residential carports that come with timber frames are often preferred for their aesthetic value. These carports have a high aesthetic appeal thanks to the natural appearance of the frame material; however, timber-framed carports are not ideal for use in areas that receive high amounts of precipitation and moisture. This is because the carport frames will rot upon exposure to excess moisture, thereby affecting the structural integrity of the carport. Homeowners who choose timber-framed carports need to ensure that the structure’s roof significantly overhangs its sides, front and back. This will help to reduce the likelihood of rain water running down and accumulating on the timber frames. The right choice of carport frame material will ensure that homeowners get the most out of their investment. Contact a company like Alpha Industries for more information on installing a...

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Why Choose Plastic Joiners

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Choose Plastic Joiners

Building projects of all sizes require some form of connector to link different pieces. When it comes to connectors, the two main alternatives are plastic and metal. Metal may appear to be the sturdier option. However, plastic connectors provide a great deal of support. They are widely used in both residential and commercial building. Whether you are building something out of a box or from scratch, these little pieces help to adjust and secure edges, making the finished project complete.  Advantages of Plastic Joiners Traditional construction has relied on metal joiners. However, the use of plastic joiners is increasing. When a joiner is made from a strong grade of plastic, it can support a weight that is comparable to a joiner made from metal. Plastic joiners also offer the benefit of being flexible which makes them easier to install. In addition, plastic joiners are more lightweight than joiners made from metal. This makes them easier to work with and adjust. It also makes them easier and cheaper to transport. This is reflected in the cost, making plastic joiners less expensive than metal joiners. Finally, plastic joiners meet industry standards for construction. They are sturdy enough to withstand harsh conditions without cracking or breaking. Choosing the Correct Plastic Joiner There are hundreds of types of plastic joiners to choose from. They differ in size, shape and color. Each type of plastic joiner is designed for a specific function. The one you choose will depend on the type of connection you need to create. For example, plastic caps are used in the construction of items such as shelves. These caps are flat pieces of plastic that can attach onto an edge or cover a screw, giving the connections of your project a rounded and finished look. Corner joiners are used to snap two or more pieces together. Plastic joiners can attach anywhere from 2 to 5 pieces together to create corners. This provides a sturdy base for your project that can withstand pressure.  Finally, tube connectors are round pieces of plastic that can be used to join cables or tubing. Tube connectors made from plastic are strong enough to maintain a connection but lightweight enough that they do not hinder flow through the tubing. Overall, plastic joiners have a lot to recommend them. They are comparable in function to metal joiners, but are lighter weight and less expensive. They are also easy to use for both industrial and home...

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Mobile Crane Safety: Operational Checklist for Proper Critical Lift Planning

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mobile Crane Safety: Operational Checklist for Proper Critical Lift Planning

Mobile cranes are extremely useful for a variety of construction applications, particularly when compared with tower/other stationary cranes. They use up little space, are easier to manoeuvre in limited space, have multiple turning axles giving them more hoisting power and they require minimal assembly time. However, just like all cranes, there are inherent dangers associated with mobile crane operation, hence the need for careful planning prior to operation to prevent incidents that may result in property damage and injuries and fatalities within the construction site. The following are important points to be considered during critical lift planning: Critical lift definitions All crane lifts demand intimate knowledge of the load weight, including all other components that contribute to this weight among other factors. However, critical lifts require more detailed planning and surveillance by qualified persons. Critical lifts are defined as lifts which: require two or more cranes working together hoist loads exceeding 75% of any crane’s rated capacity include lifting of personnel involve lifting directly above on-site personnel on moving exit the direct view of the operator at any point include irreplaceable, irreparable or otherwise valuable loads include loads that could potential damage other utilities or equipment are potentially unstable during lifts occur in congested areas among many obstacles, e.g. power lines, pipelines and permanent structures involve flips, turns, shock loading or side loading manoeuvres occur in poor/unknown soil/ground conditions Critical lift plan drafting points It is advisable to draw up a formalized lift plan for all critical lifts, which must be approved by a qualified manager before every lift operation. The plan may span just two or several pages depending on what information is considered necessary. It must evaluate the mobile crane’s configuration, precise rigging and loading details and rated capacity. In addition, it should evaluate any other components which may contribute to structural or stability failures while the crane is in operation e.g. the hoist line or rigging. The following are the most important details to be included in the lift plan: Lift description, including drawings Mobile crane configuration – details such as: counterweights used, erected or stowed jib, lifts from main hoist or jib, offset angle and length of jib, load line part numbers, load line size, boom length, maximum load radius, boom-point elevation, load/boom clearance distance, boom length, origin angle and destination angle etc. Crane rated capacity: over-the-side, over-the-front and 360 degree rotation Load weights including: empty load mass main block spreader/lifting bar headache ball shackles and slings jib effective weight auxiliary line weight hoist line weight any other items specified as part of load weight by crane manufacturer Rigging capacity, with slings and load attachments Load percentage of crane’s rated capacity Any factors affecting crane’s rated capacity From this information, a qualified manager should assess whether or not it is safe to use the crane for the intended...

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The importance of PVC strip doors in the food industry

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The importance of PVC strip doors in the food industry

When eating in a restaurant, people don’t want to be shivering with the cold because of the restaurant’s refrigeration system. The owner has to keep all of the produce fresh and well within the food safety standards at the same time as keeping the customers happy. While you can install different types of doors on the refrigeration area, this can quickly become very laborious for the workers who constantly need to be getting fresh produce from the area. If you have a door in place, the workers will have to constantly be picking up and putting down the produce when opening the door. A much more efficient (and cheaper) solution is to use PVC rolls from a company like M.T.I.-Qualos Pty Ltd to create a PVC strip door. These are commonly seen in restaurants and butchers as well as food factories. Here are a few of the many benefits of having a PVC strip door. Save money When there is no barrier in place between the refrigeration area and the rest of the building, you will need to turn up the heating in areas where customers are while using more energy to keep the produce cold. PVC strip doors provide a very effective seal between the two areas. This means that the refrigeration area can remain at the necessary temperature without extra energy being used. The heating will not have to be used as often in the customer area as the cool temperature is contained within one area.  The PVC rolls are easy to clean and are resistant to chemicals. They can even protect the produce from being affected by interior lighting. It won’t be long before you have recouped your initial investment. More convenient As highlighted in the opening paragraph, having a PVC strip door instead of a solid door will be much more convenient for the staff. There will be less time wasted on meaningless activities such as picking up and putting down boxes while also decreasing the risk of injury. Workers will be happier and not as tired so they will be able to perform for longer at a higher level. The PVC doors also reduce noise levels so the customer areas will not be as aware of any loud activities that are taking place such as deliveries. This will improve the atmosphere. Easy to install, maintain and replace PVC rolls are very durable. They will last a long time and can be easily replaced if some of the strips have become detached. There are a variety of colours to choose from. The PVC also contains fire resistant properties. This is a useful feature to have, especially if the door is near the...

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How to Choose the Right Metal Fabricator

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Choose the Right Metal Fabricator

Metal fabrication and assembly is an incredibly important aspect of many construction and manufacturing businesses. It is not an easy DIY project due to the type of equipment and technology required in the various processes such as cutting, welding and finishing. If you do not have a reliable source of metal, it is important to research and choose a professional metal fabrication company, such as A.J.C. Electrical Service Pty Ltd. With the many fabricating companies around, the process of settling for one can be a daunting one. However, with the following tips and tricks, you will be able to land the best company for your metal fabrication needs. Company’s fabrication capabilities The capabilities and versatility of your potential metal fabricator is very vital in ensuring a successful deal. Choosing a metal fabrication company with many years experience in different fabrication techniques allows you to get all the supplies from the one supplier and facilitates more efficient purchasing. Determine the following factors when assessing a company’s capabilities. Which metals does the company work with? Some of the commonly fabricated metals are steel and aluminium. Ensure that they are able to deal with your chosen metal and in the desired size and thickness. Does the company offer customized stocking programs, value-added assembly of metal products and is up to date with technology in the industry? They should also be able to control costs and lead times allowing their clients to pay less for more metal products. Which equipment techniques are used in the various processes including metal cutting, forming, welding, fastening and finishing? Ensure that the company is able to offer different services such as stamping, pressing, laser cutting and CNC machining among others. Fabrication quality Quality of fabrication differs according to the expertise applied and the type of equipment used. You can ask to visit their shop and have a look at the equipment used and previous works in order to assess the quality of metal fabricated. The process of fabrication also requires inspection in the various stages before assembly of the final product. Assess whether their inspection and qualification policies are up to standard. Location of the fabricator’s business The location of the metal fabrication company is very relevant since it affects transportation, fuel and storage costs. A fabricator whose shop is within close proximity to your industry or warehouse is preferable and more suitable for your business. The more the down on costs you are able to cut during the fabrication process the better for your business. How much are you paying? Finally, it is important to consider the cost of fabrication charged by various fabricators. Get various quotes from different companies for comparison, making sure that the quotation is itemised and the quality of metal is the same. Some companies charge lower prices, but use lower quality metal or fabricating equipment; therefore, you should be careful of cheaper quotations. Remember, your main aim is to get high quality metal fabrication services for a reasonable...

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