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Are Your Machining Cords Constantly In Danger? Three Ways You Can Keep Industrial Cords From Damage

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are Your Machining Cords Constantly In Danger? Three Ways You Can Keep Industrial Cords From Damage

Large machines in processing and manufacturing plants have one major thing in common–the cords. All of these electrically powered machines have big, thick power cords and cables that supply them with the electricity they need to keep doing the jobs you expect these machines to do. The problem is, the cords are often in the way and frequently in danger of being cut, sliced, jammed up inside the machines, and tripped over by workers. To keep the cords safe, you might have to resort to one of the following protective devices or measures. Electrical Tape Big, fat rolls of industrial-strength electrical tape are probably your cheapest solution. Not only do these kinds of tape wrap individual cords and cables to keep them safe, but they also can help you bundle several cords and cables together and then adhere them to a vertical surface where nothing can cut them or trip over them. Your maintenance technicians may spend several hours getting all of the cords taped up this way, but at least the cords and cables would be safe for some time. Spiral Guards If you have some cords or cables in your plant that simply cannot be taped up to another surface to keep them safe, then you might want to consider this option. Spiral guards resemble cords themselves, having very thick, insulated coils that wrap around power cords themselves. These thick spiral coils are the first line of defense against sharp cutting instruments in your factory, and they often receive the brunt of the damage when they are accidentally caught up inside machinery. You can order them in several lengths and colors to suit your needs. Cord and Cable Protection Pipes Another option, and one which works best for any length of cord or cable that has to remain on the floor, is the cord/cable protection pipe. These specially designed pipes can be bolted to the floor and out of the way of workers’ feet. Your maintenance technicians thread the cords and/or cables through these pipes before bolting the pipes to the floor. Besides keeping the cords out of the way, it also keeps the cords completely dry, thereby avoiding any employee accidents involving electric shock and liquid spills. If your plant also works with corrosive liquids, then the pipes will keep these low cords and cables safe from accidental chemical spills as well. If you would prefer, these pipes may be installed vertically against a wall...

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Designing Custom Server Storage Solutions

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Designing Custom Server Storage Solutions

Computer standards aren’t so standard anymore. With new technology startups bringing amazing services to the table, there may be a few devices that don’t fit the mold of the standard server room. To get some of these devices inside sturdy, secure racks, you’ll either need to buy a bunch of proprietary racks or somehow force the fit. Instead of risking your devices and wasting valuable space, consider a few ways that sheet metal fabricators could help you design a more custom fit. Why Not Throw Everything Into A Rack? Standard server and network storage systems, such as the 19-inch server rack, are known for their modular and convenient setup. For most devices, it’s simple enough to place a device next to stabilizing screws and bolts or on a shelf with the same security screws ready to keep the device in place.  A secure fit means having at least two opposing sides of the device connected to the server rack. If the device doesn’t fit the server rack standards, one or more sides of the device may hang lower due to gravity, and may break the casing. The device may split open and fall to the floor after a while, or dust and debris may have an easier chance getting inside the device. Cooling is also less controlled due to the sealed nature of a computer system being ruined as the seams split. If the server rack has shelves, the device will be stable most of the time. Unfortunately, if someone walks too closely to the device or the cables, they may pull the whole thing to the ground. You could add some mounting screws to the sides of the device and the shelf, but it makes replacing and moving the device harder. One option is to get a new rack for every new shape and standard of device, but you may end up with multiple racks that aren’t fully utilized. Floor space becomes scarce as more sparsely populated racks and equipment storage units fill the server room. Sheet Metal Fabrication Can Help To combat the issue of too many racks or poor fitting, a sheet metal fabrication team can design server racks, equipment storage cabinets and shelving to fit the storage needs of most if not all of your devices. Where standard racks fail, a custom system can step in my adjusting to the device’s needs. One technique would be to build cages for the device. A rear slot for cables can be put in place for easy access, while the front can allow easy manipulation of any buttons or screens. If you need to replace, remove or work on the device, it’s as simple as opening up the cage. If getting fingers into cages are a bit difficult, adjustable walls can be used to close around the sides of the devices like a clamp. You’ll be able to work with the device without a cage in the way, but there might be a slight risk that a big enough pull could snatch the device from the vice-like grip of the shelving. Contact a sheet metal fabrication team, such as J&E Metal Fabricators, to discuss different designs and solutions for computer equipment...

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How Analyzing Your Tasks Can Help Make Your Home Business More Efficient

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Analyzing Your Tasks Can Help Make Your Home Business More Efficient

One of the hallmarks of many large businesses is that they constantly strive to increase efficiency. An increase in efficiency means an increase in productivity and a decrease in costs. You would do well to learn how to make your home business more efficient for the same reasons. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.  Do What They Do; Analyze Your Processes Your home based business is a series of tasks. But have you ever took the time to break those tasks down and analyze them? If not, that’s one of the first steps towards streamlining your business and making it more efficient. This is the kind of thing that larger businesses do constantly. Write out tasks Look at each task Redesign tasks This is a simplistic representation of an efficiency flowchart. Even though it’s simple, there’s a lot you can do here. For example, consider a home business that consists of creating pieces of small, personalized artwork. You would write out each step you take from start to finish. Perhaps you have to: Gather the raw materials Set up your workspace in preparation Create the piece Box the piece up Ship it to the client You can likely break these processes down even further, but for this example, you can analyze each step as is. Write out how you accomplish each step. By writing the steps out, you can analyze them even more closely. You want to see: Which are taking too long Which you can speed up Which are costing you money Once you have it all down, you can start brainstorming ways to smooth out the steps to make them faster, less costly, and more efficient. For example, purchasing the raw materials in bulk can save you money. Setting up your workstation for the next job after you finish the previous one can save you time. Creating more in one sitting can save you time and keep you from repeating the first two steps constantly. Instead of taking the time out to box up each piece, you can invest in an automatic case sealer (such as those provided by SIAT S.p.A.). That will save you time and money. A case sealer will also help prevent damaging repetitive motions that can harm your hand and your artwork. You can apply these principles to anything you do. Improving efficiency saves you money, makes you more money, and keeps your home business going and growing. You’ll have to experiment a little, but even once you streamline your tasks, you should always periodically repeat the process to see if you can fine-tune them even...

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Three Benefits Of Metal Roofing

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Benefits Of Metal Roofing

When you choose roofing for your home, you need to look at more than a material’s ability to keep out the rain. The truth is that any well installed roofing should keep the weather out for several years, but that does not mean that all roofing is created equal. For example, some roofing will help to lower your cooling bills, other types will reflect your commitment to protecting earth’s resources, and still other choices will protect your home against the dangers that come with high levels of snow fall. Actually, if you want the benefits listed above, you can get them from just one type of roofing: metal. Lowering Cooling Costs Your roof is exposed daily to the brutal assault of the sun’s UV rays. If you have a roofing material that absorbs the sun’s rays, your roof will heat up and will then heat up your home. Even with adequate insulation in your attic, you pay more than you have to keep your home cool throughout the summer. Metal roofing will reflect the sun’s heat away from your home. By deflecting UV rays before they have a chance to heat up your home, a metal roof will help you to save up to 25 percent on cooling costs.  Protecting Mother Earth’s Resources A roof will eventually wear out. Thus, when you install a roof, you need to consider where it will go when you have to remove and replace it. Asphalt shingles, rubber roofing, and other roofing materials end up in a landfill. On the other hand, when you use a metal roof, you can recycle it when it reaches the end of its service life.  Snow Resiliency If you life in an area that receives a lot of snow, you should use a metal roof because it will allow snow to slough off. This is an impressive feature because other roofs, such as asphalt shingles, will not allow snow to slough, and you can end up with a build-up of snow so deep and heavy that it collapses your roof.  Considering how a metal roof will protect your budget against unnecessary costs, mother earth from unnecessary depletion of her resources, and your home against the ravaging effects of a roof collapse, it is easy to see why you should use metal roofing on your home. It might cost more to install metal panels on your roof, but you get more value for your money, so you should at least consider metal roofing when next you have to replace your roof....

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Eco-Friendly Ways To Lubricate Your Heavy Machinery In Manufacturing Plants

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Eco-Friendly Ways To Lubricate Your Heavy Machinery In Manufacturing Plants

Manufacturing processes that use heavy machinery such as canning often have the problem of needing to use lubricant to make sure that the machines are constantly operating at peak capacity. Unfortunately, this lubricant is sometimes less than beneficial for the environment. Fortunately, there are some methods you can use to make your heavy machinery lubricant more eco-friendly. Eco-friendly Can Seamer Oil for Food One common example of machines you have in a canning operation is something called a can seamer. This machine specifically takes the lid and seals it to the can’s body, creating a seal. One of the main issues with can seamers is that not only do they need lubricant, but this lubricant should be as non-toxic as possible, since otherwise toxins can end up in the cans. This is especially the case if your canning operation has anything involving food. In a world where it’s becoming easier and easier to run manufacturing processes like canning with increasingly smaller companies, it’s important to make sure something like the non-toxic nature of lubricant doesn’t fall by the wayside. Fortunately, there are non-toxic food grade options for seamer oil out these days. The key is to find lubricants that have the proper safety ratings. For example, if there’s any chance that there’s going to be contact between the food and lubricant, you need an H1 rated lubricant. This is usually called NSF-H1, and it’s a rating from the National Sanitary Foundation. Petroleum and Synthetic Lubricant Alternatives Another consideration when choosing lubricant for a canning operation is to try to avoid petroleum and synthetic lubricants which are bad for the environment. These traditional lubricants often contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which are toxic to the local water table and to local wildlife and human beings alike. According to Clean Technica, new types of biodegradable industrial lubricant have been shown to not only have a less toxic effect on the environment in general, but they are also even easier to manufacture than the traditional types of grease and lubricant. The lubricant alternatives are made of derivatives of cellulose. They are also nearly as effective when it comes to sheer lubricating ability as well as resistance to temperature. One problem that still needs to be figured out with the lubricants, however, is that they sometimes get ejected from machines at extremely high temperatures. Scientists are confident that they’ll be able to overcome this difficulty in time. In the end, the effort will be worth it for protecting the...

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Soil Testing – Important Step For Safe Oil Tank Removal

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Soil Testing – Important Step For Safe Oil Tank Removal

If you think your current oil tank has gone beyond it’s usefulness, or you have a tank that’s not in use sitting on your property, then you should learn about safe oil tank removal before you replace your tank. Many states and municipalities have rules and regulations regarding the removal of oil tanks. Before you begin the process of removing an oil tank from your property, notify your local fire department of your intentions. They oversee the process of removing oil tanks on behalf of your state’s environmental protection agency. They will make sure you follow the proper procedures to safely remove your oil tank, including helping you with soil testing. Keep reading to learn more about why oil testing is so important: It’s The Law Most states have laws surrounding oil tank abandonment and removal, and the majority of these laws have stipulations that depend on whether or not the oil tank is leaking. So, the first step in removing an old oil tank from your property involves testing the soil around the tank. Any water supplies, pipes, and delivery lines near the tank must also be tested for contamination: Checking the tank and all piping and delivery lines for holes Looking at and recording the condition of the oil tank, piping, delivery lines, and soil Documenting any visible oil stains and/or strong odors Taking composite soil samples and analyzing them for petroleum constituents Testing well water, local water supply, ponds, streams, and wetlands for contamination The Test Results If your tank isn’t leaking, you may be able to abandon the tank. This means you can fill it in with sand or concrete and just leave it in place. The reason why this option is appealing is that it’s much cheaper to abandon an old oil tank than it is to remove it. If the soil around the tank is contaminated, then you will have to spend a lot of money on proper cleaning and tank removal. In some cases, even if the soil tests come back negative, you may still want to remove the tank so you never have to think about it again. If you have any questions or would like more direction on contamination testing prior to removing the old oil tank on your property, contact your local fire department. You can also contact your state’s environmental protection agency. For example, in Massachusetts you would call the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) or the Department of Fire Services (DFS) to give you answers and/or advice. Contact a company like Small & Sons Oil Dist Co. to learn...

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