Choosing new industrial equipment for your business

3 Signs Of Grain Air Dryer Problems Every Agricultural Business Owner Must Know

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Signs Of Grain Air Dryer Problems Every Agricultural Business Owner Must Know

When your farm is located in an area where grain, whether it is corn or wheat, is not available through every season, the process of drying grain becomes a highly important aspect of your business. Drying the grain allows you to remove the moisture content so the grain can be better kept for longer periods without rotting. This process of drying grain will almost always involve the use of an industrial air drying system that is installed in your grain bins. The only problem with this is, if the air dryer has problems, you can easily lose a lot of grain before you realize something is amiss. Take a look at these indicators that can tell you that your grain dryer is not functioning properly.  Your grain comes out of the bin with far too much moisture.  This is probably the most common problem that will show up when the grain dryer is having issues. It is natural for the occasional kernel of corn or grain of wheat to have a slightly higher moisture content than usual, but this should never be an excessive problem. If you capture a bucket of grain from the outlet and it all feels too moist, you need to have the grain drying system checked out promptly. In some cases, the problem will be relative to a lack of heat, which can simply be caused by poor fuel flow to the system, so make sure to check this out before calling a tech out to take a look.  Your grain comes out of the bin way too hot for storage.  Grain drying is a two-step process. First, the moisture is removed through a heated dehydration process, and then, cool air is forced up through the grain bin from the bottom to bring the temperature of the grain down. If the grain is too hot when expelled from the bin, it can cause it to deteriorate at a rapid rate. If your grain is hot coming out of the bin, the air circulation system is probably failing.  Your grain’s moisture level is good immediately after removal, but rebounds a day or two later.  In some situations, this is caused by moisture content in the environment, which you have no control over. What you can do is adjust the grain drying system so that it zaps a little more moisture from the grain through the process. If you are still experiencing moisture rebound after an adjustment, it may mean that the air drying system is not reaching an adequate temperature during operation.   No matter what, it’s important to talk to someone specializing in air dryer repair so that you don’t lose too much...

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Keys To Installing Mechanical Flange Spreaders In Your Industrial Plumbing

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keys To Installing Mechanical Flange Spreaders In Your Industrial Plumbing

As an industrial company, you need to constantly upgrade your infrastructure in a way that lets you best conduct work. For instance, upgrading your piping will better allow your building to facilitate liquids and gases to where they need to go. One such way to go about this is through the installation of mechanical flange spreaders. These flange spreaders create connections that more efficiently route materials through the pipes. If this is the type of service that you are looking to take advantage of, you need to take inventory of your needs, hire a professional industrial plumber and go through the best steps for receiving this service. The points below will help you in that regard.  #1: Taking Inventory Of Your Needs If you are considering mechanical flange spreaders, you should call up a professional who can inspect your work space and help you figure out exactly what you need. The type of flange spreader should be the first area of consideration that you and a contractor look into. For instance, you can purchase a wedge type spreader, screw type spreader, L-shaped spreader or bolt-hole spreader. Each serves various needs in your industrial business, so the expertise of a professional can help you decide which is best for your company. Most professionals will offer you a free initial consultation to learn the pros and cons of each, to match you up with the best tool for the job. This is why it is so critical to choose a contractor whose professional opinion you can trust.  #2: Hire The Right Contractor For The Installation As you go through the preliminary steps toward installing mechanical flange spreaders, the most important step is finding the right contractor. First, ensure that they come highly recommended by speaking to local plumber’s associations and getting referrals from others who have hired them. Next, you should both set aside a budget for the work and see what your insurance will cover. Plumbing hourly rates typically hover between $45 per hour and $150 per hour. Finally, get any agreements in writing so that you can protect yourself and know what to expect in terms of finished results.  #3: Maintain The Mechanical Flange Spreaders Once Installed Once you have the mechanical flange spreaders installed, you must constantly maintain them in order to route the liquid or gas properly. In most situations, industrial plumbers will advise against using harsh chemicals in the system, as they can be detrimental. You should instead call in a professional to get rid of the clogs, so that you protect your system. You can also protect the work itself by purchasing a warranty at the time of service, which will cover it for a certain number of years.  Follow these points so that you can get the most of your industrial plumbing. For more information, talk to a professional like SMP Specialty Maintenance...

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Family Bike Trips: Benefits Of A Trailer Rather Than A Bike Rack

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Family Bike Trips: Benefits Of A Trailer Rather Than A Bike Rack

Taking the bikes out for a family trip comes with a lot of opportunities to ride trails, explore official bike paths, and get a lot of exercise. As you plan family trips, you need to think of the best ways to transport multiple bikes on the back of a vehicle. While a bike rack may seem like an obvious choice, there are other options that you can explore for your adventures. For example, you have the option of purchasing a hitch for your vehicle and towing the bikes on small trailer. Choosing this options comes with several advantages. As you plan your next family bike trip, you can see these benefits and choose the best option for your family’s needs. Quick Bike Removal When using a bike rack, there is often some type of modification that must be made to the bike. This includes the removal of one or both of the tires. When storing bikes on a trailer, you can strap them in without having to remove parts. Once you arrive at your destination, it’s easy to unload the bikes and get going. No need to attach tires, pump up wheels, or adjust accessories. Side Trips A trailer hitch makes it easy to attach a trailer or remove it from a vehicle. When your family is on vacation, the trailer hitch can easily be detached so that you make a quick trip to a store or some type of vacation destination. Bike racks may be screwed onto a trunk or the roof of a vehicle. This can make it a hassle to travel with the bikes constantly riding on the vehicle. Bike Heights & Road Trip Access If you’re using a rooftop rack, then the height of the bikes may make it challenging to transport to specific areas. For example, the vehicle may not make it under covered bridges or through drive-thru gas stations. A trailer hitch will help keep your bikes at the same level as the car. This allows you to access nearly any location without putting a damper on your travels. Trunk Access Accessing your trunk can be a pain with a bike rack attached. It can make it hard to lift the trunk open if the bikes are still attached. Packing and organizing for your family trip is made a lot easier with the extra trunk access. A trailer hitch is installed on the bottom of the car, leaving the whole trunk opening easy to access. Then you can store items in the trunk like bike helmets, pumps, and other accessories. A trailer hitch can be fitted and installed on your vehicle by professionals. Getting it done before the trip will help make planning go a lot more...

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Running Wiring For A DIY Project? Why You Need To Consider Rubber Grommets

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Running Wiring For A DIY Project? Why You Need To Consider Rubber Grommets

Whether you need to run some wires for your home network or put new wires in the car, you are going to have to pass the wires through some holes. If the holes are in wooden or metal products, the wires can easily fray as they move around. To best protect the wires, you need to put some type of grommet in the holes. If you want the best protection, you may want to consider rubber grommets over other alternatives. In addition to reducing the likelihood of fraying on rough edges, here are a few other reasons to insist on rubber grommets. Water, Weather, and Chemical Resistance Rubber grommets can help keep water from getting through from one area to another. If you are putting some wiring up the side of a building, they will keep any rain from coming into the walls. If you are running the wires under the hood of your car, they will prevent corrosive chemicals from passing through the holes. Rubber can withstand higher and lower temperatures than other types of grommets and can act as insulation. This will keep the wires passing through from overheating or freezing. Electrical Insulation In addition to insulating against extreme temperatures, rubber is a great electrical insulator. Considering that wires are used to carry electricity, this added insulation will keep any metal the wires pass through from becoming electrified and/or shorting out the wires and damaging electronic components. Keeping Wires in Place Having wires pulled can disconnect them or break them. Rubber grommets will grip the wires as they pass through the hole, keeping them in place. It might even be a good idea to create a few extra holes for these grommets: one close to the origin and one close to what the wire is connecting to in order to keep it snug and in place. Dampening Vibrations Along with gripping the wires to hold them in place, rubber will reduce the vibrations to the wires. This will not only help keep them in place, but will also keep them from rubbing against each other when more than a single wire is going through the grommet. You won’t have to worry about any wire coating being rubbed off and having wires touch that shouldn’t. Grommets, in general, will keep you from having to replace wires as they fray or break. Although you can often us metal or plastic grommets, using rubber ones has definite advantages. Consider what the wires are being used for and how you need to protect...

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Making Your Exterior Home Improvement Project A Success With Scaffolding

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making Your Exterior Home Improvement Project A Success With Scaffolding

Whether you are replacing a lot of things on your home’s exterior, or you’re just repairing a few cosmetic issues, it’s always good to be prepared for your next big project. Having a plan that includes all of the tools and materials you’ll need should be a priority.  In order to make everything a success, don’t forget to rent the proper equipment that will assist you in making your job easier. Here are some common home improvement tasks that require additional tools and equipment to complete the project. Roof Repairs If you’re planning on replacing your roof, safety should be a number one priority. While a solid ladder is important when it comes to gaining access to your roof area, you may need more assistance to reach the sides of your roof and the gables. A scaffolding structure allows you to easily gain access to the sides of your home and your roofing area, while providing you and other workers more stability. This is a viable solution when you have a lot of heavy tools to operate and there is a steep angle or pitch to parts of your home’s roofing area. Check with commercial tool businesses that sell scaffolding, or if you feel you’ll only use it once, you can also rent various sizes and types of scaffolding based on your budget. New Siding When adding new siding, you’ll have to make sure you have all of the tools to ensure that project turns out well. Some common tools to have on hand include: An aluminum bending brake tool for bending aluminum trim Proper level and measuring tools A table saw for a precise cutting of siding material Air nail gun Hammer In addition to basic construction items, you’ll want to have a sturdy ladder on hand. If you’re not comfortable with a ladder or you need additional support while working several feet in the air, scaffolding may be the best option. Looking for scaffolding for rent that is affordable and in good condition can help make your siding project turn out exactly the way that you predicted it would. Adding Insulation If you’re revamping your home with a new roof and siding, don’t forget to replace any lost insulation. While there are many ways to insulate you home, there are three main types of insulation for exterior installation: Blown-in cellulose insulation Rolled batt insulation Spray foam insulation Homes that are one level, can be easily accessible without having to use a ladder. If you have a large second story home, it may be easier to use scaffolding to gain easier access to the high areas of the structure. This allows you to safely place an insulation blower on a sturdy surface. An industrial equipment and supply company will generally offer reasonable scaffolding sales and scaffold for rent that meets your project needs. Cleaning And Fixing Gutters Don’t forget about your gutters, eaves trough and soffits when you’re giving your home a facelift. Dirt or overfilled gutters can easily place unwanted pressure on your roofing trim and your siding. Scaffolding will allow you to easily remove debris or power wash your gutters to reduce their overall weight on your home. No matter how complex your home improvement project is, scaffolding can help provide a sturdy and reliable surface...

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Three Reasons Why Plastic Seals Are Better Than Aluminum Seals

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons Why Plastic Seals Are Better Than Aluminum Seals

If you are in the food and beverage packaging business and are considering different types of product seals, you may be thinking about plastic seals and aluminum seals. Does it really matter which one you use? Is one kind of seal really better than another? The answer to both these questions is “yes.” There are at least three reasons why plastic seals are better than aluminum ones. Plastic Seals Can Be Various Thicknesses Most aluminum seals that you see on packaged goods are often so thin you are left wondering if they are effective. Plastic seals can be made to absolutely any thickness, from a few millimeters to a few inches, if that is what the customer wants. Additionally, the plastic seals can be made as inserts or external wrapping seals. As “inserts,” the plastic seals are inserted, like wine corks, into the body of the container, thereby preventing the flow or escape of its contents. As external wrapping seals, the seals encase the package and grip the outer edges tightly. Plastic Seals Are Recyclable AND Washable Although both aluminum and plastic seals are recyclable, aluminum ones are more frequently placed in the trash because most of the food or drink behind them sticks to the seal. Most consumers do not take the time to thoroughly wash an aluminum seal just to place in recyclable materials bins. However, plastic seals wash and release liquids and foods quickly and easily, and can be placed in the same recycling bin after they have been rinsed. Then the plastic seals, bottles, plastic lids, and other plastic packaging is all melted down together and is reused to create more plastic seals and packaging. This makes plastic the more “green” option of the two.  Many Plastic Seals Are Hermetically Sealed and Heat-Crimped Aluminum seals are often stretched over package tops, crimped and cut. They manage to keep some air out, but they are not hermetically sealed. Plastic seals do very well with hermetic sealing because absolutely no air gets past the plastic seal once it is in place. In addition to the hermetic sealing of plastic, this type of seal may also be heat-crimped, meaning that it is “melted” and crimped tightly over the tops of bottles and around the ends of other packaging. It is a very tight seal that requires some force to break open but virtually guarantees that the food or beverage within is healthy and safe. For plastic seals, contact a company such as Seal...

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Four Common Reasons Mechanical Failure Occurs In Hydraulic Cylinders

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Common Reasons Mechanical Failure Occurs In Hydraulic Cylinders

It’s important for those who work with hydraulic equipment to understand that hydraulic cylinder failure could be costing their industrial operation a great deal of money. Hydraulic cylinders are one of the most important components of hydraulic equipment. As such, they are responsible for a great deal of the repair costs that are seen in industrial operations involving hydraulic equipment. You can minimize the financial toll that cylinder failure is taking on your operation by making sure that your company’s cylinders don’t have any of the following deficiencies: Inadequate bearing surface area There needs to be enough bearing surface in hydraulic equipment to allow for the adequate transfer of side thrust to the cylinder. If the bearing area is inadequate, there will be too much stress on the seals. Seals will therefore be more likely to deform over time, and deformed seals will eventually fail if the underlying cause of inadequate bearing surface is not addressed.  Rods that are susceptible to bending If cylinder rods begin to bend, they will deform that loan that is put on the equipment’s rod-seal. This means that leakage will be more common in hydraulic equipment and can eventually cause a hydraulic seal to completely fail.  The most common causes of bent cylinder rods include a rod diameter that is too small or the improper mounting of the cylinder.  An excessively smooth or rough rod finish The finish on a cylinder rod should feature a certain level of roughness that prevents premature seal failure due to poor lubrication of the cylinder. However, if the finish is too rough, it is possible for contaminants to ingress and leakage to occur that compromises the integrity of the seal.  You should consider that the rod finish of your hydraulic cylinders is a wear-surface that needs to be properly lubricated to function well. Often, nickel-chrome plating of the rod and seals can extend their life and alleviate any mechanical problems caused by rod finish.  Tubes that are susceptible to ballooning If the wall of a hydraulic cylinder tube is not thick enough, the tube could be susceptible to ballooning. Another possible cause of ballooning in the cylinder tube is weak material strength that cannot stand up to the equipment’s operating stress. A tube that balloons will create an inadequate or nonexistent tolerance that will let fluid get through the hydraulic seal. Over time, the seal will erode and overheat as this fluid repeatedly gets through. Eventually, the seal will completely fail and require...

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Three Uses for Cold Rolled Steel and How to Spot Them In Your Home

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Uses for Cold Rolled Steel and How to Spot Them In Your Home

A lot of the products people use everyday are generally taken for granted. No one stops to think where the metal for forks or the pottery for bowls and plates comes from. Everybody just uses these items and replaces them as needed. You have probably never stopped to look at all the parts of your furnace or your roof, either, nor considered how these items are made. Would it surprise you to learn that many things in your home are made from steel of one variant or another? Cold rolled steel in particular is found in many household items. Here are three uses for this type of steel and how you can spot them in your home. Ventilation Shafts Nothing depicts the appearance of cold rolled steel in your home quite like ventilation shafts. All of your home’s ductwork is made of cold rolled steel. It has that certain rigidity and mottled appearance the steel gets from the cold rolling and annealing process. Any time you have to repair or replace some of your home’s ductwork, a steel worker is earning a living. (Rustic) Cold Rolled Steel Roofing The recent trend in steel roofing is to apply bare cold rolled steel to the roof of your home, barn, or other outlying structure and then let it weatherize naturally to a particular patina. If you have metal roofing or have recently opted to install metal roofing, chances are it is made of cold rolled steel. If you opted for a colored metal roof, then the steel was left unoiled in the rolling process so that metal paint could be applied (either by a heat process or with cold spray paint) prior to it being shaped for metal roofing panels. Steel-Paneled Appliances Refrigerators, oven ranges, and dishwashers all come with the option of steel paneling. You can tell it is cold rolled steel by the hue of the metal and by the matte finish which is common to this type of steel. Some consumers really enjoy the steel look in their kitchens, but often mistakenly refer to it as “chrome.” If you have such appliances in your kitchen, you can check the manuals that came with them to see how much steel was used to create your appliances and what steel parts may be replaced in the event that they are damaged. (However, cold rolled steel is well-known for being twenty percent stronger and more durable than hot rolled steel, so you will probably never have to replace any of the exterior steel panels on your appliances.) If you have more questions about cold rolled steel or need any parts made of this durable material, contact a company like A & C Metals –...

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Paint Booth Safety For A Small Paint Shop

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Paint Booth Safety For A Small Paint Shop

Managing dust and fumes in a custom paint shop requires the right tools – simply opening a window isn’t going to cut it. Not only will the right system keep down dust so your finished paint jobs look better, it also will keep your employees healthy. Read on to discover what you need to do to ensure proper ventilation. The Basic Paint Booth The type of paint booth you need depends on what you are painting. If you primarily paint smaller items, such as metal furnishing or even smaller pieces of metal artwork, then you need a smaller booth. There are even tabletop booths available for the smallest object. Car painting, of course, require a full-size booth that sits inside your warehouse. The point of the booth isn’t just to keep down the overspray, it’s also to make sure dust and dirt doesn’t adhere to that new paint job. Don’t think you can simply set aside a room just for painting. Paint booths are made to house a duct systems that ensures it’s a low-dust environment. The Ductwork The ductwork, or ventilation system, uses a series of filters on both the intake and the exhaust. The intake filters prevent dust, excess moisture, and dirt from getting into the clean paint booth. The exhaust filters capture the fumes and chemicals in the air after painting. A clamp together system, a Nordfab ducting product, works especially well since you can quickly configure it to fit your space. This can be especially helpful with smaller booths that are occasionally moved to new locations or different workshops. Personal Safety Your painters also need the right gear when they are working in the paint shop. Paint is usually highly combustible, so it’s important to make sure there are no open flames inside the booth. For example, if you paint cars, you won’t turn on the engine and move the vehicle until the ventilation system has removed the fumes from the air. Solvents and paint thinners can also be a fire hazard, so these are not generally mixed or stored inside the paint booth. Employees should be wearing a respirator or breathable air system at all times within the paint booth, since the air inside can be thick with fumes until the ventilation system finishes fume removal. Eye protection is also a must, to avoid irritation and eye damage. Employees should also check the filters before each paint booth session, to ensure they are not clogged. The frequency for changing the filters depends on the manufacturer and the application of the system, but it should be posted clearly on the paint...

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Tips For Maintaining Your Janitorial Business’ New Floor Scrubber

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Maintaining Your Janitorial Business’ New Floor Scrubber

If your small janitorial business recently purchased your first new floor scrubbing machine, then it is important that you know how to properly maintain it. By performing regular basic maintenance on your floor scrubber, you can keep it working well for many years to come. This protects your investment and reduces costly downtime for the machine. Follow these tips to keep your floor scrubber working well: Tip #1: Maintain the Water Level in Your Floor Scrubber’s Battery Most industrial floor scrubbers today are powered by an acid cell battery. Acid cell batteries require a steady supply of distilled water in order to keep their internal reaction active and extend their useful life. Keep an eye on the water level in your scrubber’s battery, and when it drop below the “full” line, add distilled water to bring it back to full. Tip #2: Maintain the Floor Scrubber’s Squeegee Since the rubber squeegee on your new floor scrubber is continually in contact with water and detergents, it can become brittle and crack or tear. This is a problem because a cracked squeegee will not properly remove the excess water from floors after you have scrubbed them. Check the scrubber’s squeegee regularly. If you see any signs of wear, then you should have it replaced as soon as possible. Tip #3: Maintain the Floor Scrubber’s Brushes Your company’s new floor scrubber has parallel cylindrical brushes that are prone to becoming tangled by string and hair from the floor’s surface. Small objects such as paper clips and push pins can also become entangled within the brushes. Each time you use the machine, check the brushes for anything trapped in them or wrapped around them, and remove anything that you find. This will prevent against any floor scrubber repairs in the future.  Tip #4: Maintain a Professional Business Image To help keep your floor scrubber clean and looking professional, have your staff wipe down the exterior of the machine each time they finish using it. This helps keep dust and dirt out of your machine, and it helps your business project a professional image to your clients and people who walk by why your staff are cleaning onsite in your client’s buildings. Conclusion By following these tips, you can ensure that your janitorial business’ new floor scrubbing machine will last for years. If you have additional question about the maintenance or repair of your floor scrubber, then you should speak with a technician at a local industrial cleaning machine...

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