Choosing new industrial equipment for your business

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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Mass Laundry Service Made Easy: How Your Laundry Business Can Pick Up And Drop Off Large Orders

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mass Laundry Service Made Easy: How Your Laundry Business Can Pick Up And Drop Off Large Orders

At one point in history, hospitals had rooms in the basement where laundry workers washed, dried and folded all of the laundry in-house. Some medical hospitals and county health hospitals still have in-house laundry, but the rest rely on laundry services like yours. If you want to get, keep and maintain services for large facilities such as these, you need the following equipment. Box Delivery Trucks These fixed axle delivery trucks are standard for most laundry services that offer pick up and drop off services. If you are just beginning to offer pick up/drop off services, you will need these trucks, equipped with racks for hanging garments and rolling carts for linens and towels. These trucks are ideal and can be modified to suit the demands of your growing laundry business. Rolling Carts These massive bins can haul away heavy loads of laundry from some of your most important and biggest clients. You can choose between cloth-sided carts or heavy duty plastic carts. With the cloth carts, you can remove the cloth bins and wash them regularly before putting the cloth bins back on the metal rod frames and filling them with dirty laundry again. This is especially ideal if you have to deal with lice, bed bugs, or linens with blood and other body fluids. The plastic carts can be washed, sanitized and disinfected, but your employees would have to turn them on their side or get in them to clean them. Loading Ramps Your drivers will be loading several hundreds of pounds of dirty linens and towels in rolling carts every day. Since the cargo portion of each truck is a few feet off the ground, you will have to include loading ramps in each truck to make it easier to get the carts into the truck. It is an important piece of equipment when the large loads your drivers pick up will not be loaded from a receiving dock, but from the ground. Additionally, if your laundry business does not have a receiving dock, then the loading ramps will help your drivers unload their trucks and bring the carts in through the back or side doors. Buying Your Delivery Equipment You can buy trucks and ramps from almost any commercial truck dealer, but the rolling carts you will have to get from an industrial supply manufacturer or store like Garland’s Inc. For a beginning to blossoming laundry service, a dozen to two dozen carts is ideal, but it depends on how many carts can fit in your back room when they are not in use and how many can fit on the truck or trucks you have purchased. You can always buy more as your business expands and succeeds, but this is a good starter kit for a laundry delivery service that wants to take large...

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3 Tips To Keep Industrial Trailers In Good Condition

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Keep Industrial Trailers In Good Condition

In your factory, you probably use industrial trailers on a regular basis to transport supplies, equipment, and stock quickly and easily. However, since these trailers probably undergo a lot of heavy use, they can start showing the signs of wear and tear very quickly. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your trailers in good condition, even if they are already old and showing the signs of wear and tear. 1. Keep Them Clean and Dry First of all, you should make an effort to keep your trailers as clean and dry as possible. Dirt and debris can get in the way of the moving parts, and water can cause rust and corrosion that can cause your trailers to wear out more quickly than usual. Make it a part of the daily routine in your factory to spray off trailers and put them in an area where they can dry quickly. Also, make an effort to store your trailers indoors or under a shelter so that they are not exposed to the elements. 2. Get Rid of Rust Immediately As soon as you start to see rust on your trailers, you should do something about it. If you ignore the rust, the problem will only get worse, and there’s a good chance that the trailer will wear out completely over time. Luckily, you can use a piece of sandpaper to get rid of small amounts of rust, or you can use a sanding machine if you have a bigger job to tackle. 3. Paint Them as Needed Make sure that you keep your trailers painted. Painting them won’t just make them look nice, but it will also help prevent rusty spots from getting worse and will help make the trailer more resistant so that there is less of a chance of rust and corrosion appearing in the first place. Make sure that you use a water resistant paint that can help protect your trailers from the elements, and add a new coat of paint any time that you notice that the old paint is starting to chip. Your industrial trailers probably put in a lot of work for your factory, so it’s important to keep them in good condition. Luckily, you can keep your industrial trailers in good shape for a long time to come if you follow these three tips. This will help prevent you from having to replace your trailers regularly and will help ensure that you always have industrial trailers that you can count on. To learn more, contact a company like Arrow Trailer & Equipment...

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How To Make Your Forklift Use More Eco-Friendly

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Your Forklift Use More Eco-Friendly

Making your company truly eco-friendly is going to be a process that will demand that you examine every level of your business. Forklifts may not be the first place you’d look to make more efficient, but businesses that require forklifts often have them running all day. New innovations are making forklifts more efficient across the board and they are often worth checking. Hydrogen-cell Forklifts Many different approaches have been used for quite some time to try and break dependency on foreign oil for powering vehicles. One of the early solutions as long as 10 years ago was to use hydrogen-fuel cells instead. This never panned out for vehicles like cars at large, but the technology is now making its way to forklifts. Companies are already offering power forklifts that use this type of fuel, including providing fueling stations on-site for companies that want to use them. Hydrogen-cell fuel is particularly well suited for forklifts because the only real problem with it is that there are no fuel stations already in place. Forklifts operate inside warehouses, however. This means that it’s a closed system and you don’t have to worry about forklifts moving away from their fuel source. Both fuel source and forklift can be sold or rented together. Those who use this approach instead of gasoline will be going a long way toward avoiding carbon pollution. Eco-friendly Forklift Paint Alternatives Another way to be eco-friendly with your forklift use is to avoid using any forklifts that are coated with paint that has VOCs in it. Volatile Organic Compounds are found in many paints used to protect forklift exteriors, and they are known to be bad for the environment both because they are toxic inherently and also because they often use non-renewable resources like oil. One alternative for finding forklifts that promote more eco-friendly practices is to look to buy or rent forklifts that are protected with powder coating instead. This process stays clear of VOCs by melting protective powder over metal frames such as those on forklifts. This process is entirely dry and doesn’t burn any volatile compounds into the air. In addition, powder coating often takes less energy to create than metal protective paint, according to the Powder Coating Institute.  By using forklifts that are more eco-friendly, you will not only often save on costs from energy and cheaper paint, but you’ll also be able to announce your eco-friendly practices as a selling...

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Understanding The Use And Care Of Septic Tank Systems

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding The Use And Care Of Septic Tank Systems

While close to 12 million people living in smaller cities and towns utilize standard, connected plumbing systems, many people, especially in rural areas, use septic tank systems for their plumbing. When you own a septic tank system, you will need to be more careful about how you maintain it and compile some valuable tips that will allow you to take good care of this system. Whether you have a private septic tank system for your business or have a residential septic system, these pieces of advice are very crucial to the success and lasting power of the system. With this in mind, read this guide to best care for and maintain your septic system.  Do I need to get my septic tank pumped by a professional? Since your septic system is sensitive and important to your home, you should be sure that you leave the work of pumping the tank to licensed and insured professionals. It is important to get the tank cleaned and pumped, because your sewage will either settle, leaving you susceptible to clogs, or will float and form a layer of debris at the top of the tank. Keeping your septic tank in clean condition will allow you to keep your septic tank system in order, so that it works, without setbacks.  Should I get septic tank system inspections? When you need to catch any issues ahead of time, it’s best to be proactive by getting your septic tank inspected. Experts suggest that you have your septic system inspected every 3 years or so, to be sure that there are no glaring issues. Doing this will prevent you from allowing your system to degrade due to frequent use.  What are the ecological and durability implications of septic tanks? If you own a septic system, or are thinking about making the switch, it is critical that you understand the advantages. For instance, septic systems last long term, between 20 and 40 years, they are green friendly and non pollutant, are cost effective and allow you a greater deal of control over your system. You’ll be able to get your money’s worth out of such a system and will enjoy the fact that your plumbing system is durable and useful to you, for as long as you own your property.  Follow along with this information, so that you are able to best take advantage of your septic system and keep it in great condition.  To learn more abut septic tank cleaning, visit a company like Southern Sanitary Systems...

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How Businesses & Industries Can Improve Their Dumpster Rental Experience

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Businesses & Industries Can Improve Their Dumpster Rental Experience

No matter what business or industry you work in, it is sure to produce trash that requires convenient, economical disposal. In most cases, dumpster rentals provide the most convenient option and value for business and industrial use. While the dumpster rental service can help you choose the proper size dumpster that will work best for your needs and what materials are allowed to be placed inside, there are some additional steps that you, the business owner, can take to ensure that you will have the best possible experience when using it. Site Issues Choosing a good site for the location of your dumpster should include the following considerations:  the surface it sits upon should be a firmly packed level one, preferably made of packed gravel or an undamaged pad of concrete or asphalt  the location should be easy for the garbage truck driver to maneuver into without risking damage to surrounding property or injury to pedestrians  the area should be well-lit and away from public areas to discourage dumpster-diving activities and vandalism In addition to these considerations, the area should be checked each day by maintenance staff, who can pick up any loose debris that might blow away and make sure that the area is clean and neat.  Making the Most of Dumpster Size To avoid overflowing dumpsters between pickups and manage resources wisely, sort waste before placing it in the dumpster. Cardboard can be baled on site by your maintenance team for recycling, and paper can be shredded for composting. Items that have further use value, such as leftover office supplies and some raw materials and supplies, can be donated to community organizations or sold.  Bulky items, such as broken office chairs, will waste much of the capacity of your dumpster. To avoid this problem, have your maintenance staff dismantle large items before placing them into the dumpster.  Content Problems If your business or company is already recycling and being careful to dismantle bulky items, yet the dumpster continues to become too full between pickups, your employees may be bringing household trash to work to save on private trash pickup services at their home. To determine if this is an issue, consider adding a security camera to the area where the dumpster is located to monitor for any unapproved use.  To create employee awareness of the problem and discourage it from continuing, send out memos to all personnel advising that the dumpster area is now being monitored. Use the message to notify them of the disciplinary actions that will be levied against any employee discovered to be using the dumpster for private household trash.  For more information, contact TCM Sweeping and Disposal or a similar...

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Safety Tips For A Job Site Air Compressor

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Portable air compressors are a savior on a job site, whether you use them to power nail guns, pressure washers, or other tools. Just like any tool, air compressors require respect for proper use and safety. Take the time to train your crew on proper compressor use so you can avoid unnecessary injury and compressor damage. This article will offer some safety tips you’ll want to share with your workers.  Tip #1: Check the Energy Source Most portable compressors run on diesel fuel. Train your employees to check for fuel spills and leaks before turning on the compressor. If a spill is noticed, the employee must follow emergency spill cleanup protocol. Generally, this will require the use of a regulation spill kit, which will contain an absorbent material that soaks up the fuel. Make sure all employees are trained in the usage of this kit. Some smaller compressors may be electrically powered. In this case, make sure they are only plugged into grounded plugs of the proper voltage. Park the compressor in a dry area to minimize the chances of electric shock. Tip #2: Manage the Tools Before powering on the compressor, make sure the air supply is off. The supply must be off when changing tools, as well. Place any necessary tools onto the hose and hold the tool so it isn’t pointing toward any person or easily damaged surface. When selecting tools for your compressor, make sure they have a trigger or safety mechanism. This will help prevent accidents. While in use, tools should be aimed carefully at all times. The pressure per square inch applied by the compressor and tool attachment can cause major injury in a moment of carelessness. Tip #3: Insist on Proper Protection At the bare minimum, everyone working with or near compressed air requires eye protection. Depending on the job and tools in use, heavy gloves and a hard hat may also be necessary. This equipment isn’t just necessary for those using the compressor. For example, if the compressor is powering a nail gun, everyone in range of the nail gun must be wearing proper safety equipment. Tip #4: Maintain the Compressor Regular service will ensure that your compressor is performing safely. Pipes, hoses and fittings require regular inspection and replacement of worn parts. The safety shut-off valves must be in working condition and easily accessible. Check the hoses after each use, and wipe off any dirt or grease. After ending work for the day, make sure the compressor hoses are neatly coiled and not left lying around where they can easily be damaged. If you need more information about the proper use and care of your compressor, contact a local compressor supplier like Compressor-Pump & Service, Inc....

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