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Four Common Reasons Mechanical Failure Occurs In Hydraulic Cylinders

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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