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Three Reasons Not To Overlook Stainless Steel Stair Railing

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When it’s time to upgrade the stair railing in a home, wood and wrought iron are the options most homeowners consider. Don’t overlook stainless steel. Stainless steel doesn’t just offer a modern appeal; it also comes with a number of different benefits that you don’t want to overlook. Durability Stainless steel is a highly durable material. If you have a large family, this can come in handy. For example, when your little ones are dragging their toys up and down the stairs, you don’t have to worry about the surface of the railing getting scratched, which isn’t the case when it comes to wood or iron. In addition to being more scratch resistant, the tensile strength of stainless steel is also greater than options like wood. If you have little ones that frequently lean on the railings, you will have greater confidence that the steel won’t break under tension, keeping your family safer. Maintenance In terms of maintenance, stainless steel railings offer a number of advantages. First, stainless steel has a naturally glossy finish. Even if it isn’t clean, the glossy finish helps mask this and keeps it looking good. Secondly, when it comes to cleaning stainless steel, the process is as simple as using a stainless steel wipe to gently clean the surface. When cleaning a surface like wrought iron, the process is far more involved. Iron is basically a dust magnet, which will require you to thoroughly dust the wrought even before you can deep clean it. With all the demands of your personal and professional life, keeping things as simple as possible is key.   Versatility Stainless steel railings can also offer a great deal of versatility. Although they are most often associated with modern home design, steel railings can be constructed in a variety of different designs to match just about any home style. If you prefer a more traditional look, stainless steel railings can be designed in a newel post and picket style. If you want a railing that really stands out, you can have a railing designed with abstract shapes and patterns. Whatever your needs, stainless steel can be designed to suit your design goals. When you’re ready to update the stair railings in your home, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Make sure you aren’t overlooking the benefits that a stainless steel design can bring to your home. An installation expert can help...

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Choosing A Dynamometer Based On Power Dissipation

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In order to measure torque and RPMs from a motor, a dynamometer has to absorb all the energy generated by the machine whose power it is measuring. The dynamometer first converts this energy to heat, which then has to be dealt with. You will have three options, each of which will have its strengths and weaknesses.  Air-Dissipation The first option is also the simplest option. By using a fan, you can push air over your dyno to keep it cool. The cool air moving over the fan will absorb heat and then dissipate that heat into the surrounding air. While this method should work for cooling the machinery utilized by your dyno, the heat can make a room muggy. Thus, if you have a large space or are using your dyno outside, air dissipating should work just fine, but if you have to work in an enclosed area, you should consider other options.  Liquid Dissipation In the case of a liquid dissipation system, the heat from your machine is transferred to water and then this water dissipates the heat into the surrounding air. As is the case with a liquid-cooled engine, liquid dissipation is a more efficient way of handling the heat generated by a dynamometer. Moreover, you should not have to contend with a hot, muggy working environment.  Regenerative Dynamometers The guiding principle behind the dissipation systems designed above is that heat poses a risk to the various components of a dynamometer, and thus, it must be dealt with.  A regenerative dynamometer recognizes the risk posed by heat as a potential positive. By harnessing the heat, you can use your dynamometer to generate electricity, which you can then either store for use around your shop or sell back to the power grid. While the amount of electricity you are able to generate in this way will depend on how much you use your dynamometer, any amount of electricity you are able to store will decrease your dependence on the grid and save money, and any electricity you sell back to the power company will help to defray operating costs. In either case, a regenerative dynamometer can help you increase your profits.  When you choose a dynamometer for your shop, you need to consider the space available in your shop and whether it is feasible to use a regenerative dynamometer for your purposes. The dissipation system utilized by your dynamometer is as important as choosing a dyno that will be able to handle the power produced by the machines you will be testing.   For a dyno, click on this link or do an online...

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Important Safety Tips When Using An Overhead Crane

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Overhead cranes are often used in warehouses and industrial applications, providing precision when moving materials through the space. It is important that you and your employees know the right safety precautions for using this machine. Avoid Overloading the Crane As with any type of warehouse equipment, you need to make sure you are not overloading it. The overhead crane you are using should have a limited load capacity, which is the total amount of weight it can handle. Make sure you are very careful to not overload it by weighing all items before they go on the crane. If you have too much weight or too many items on the crane at one time, it can cause failure of the crane and an incident that may cause property damage or injury to the crane operator. Also pay close attention to the overall shape of the load, making sure the boom can handle the radius required to move that type of load. The operator should move the crane slowly, making sure it does not seem to be struggling with the amount of items being lifted with the crane at this time. Provide Adequate Training to Employees An overhead crane is a complicated piece of equipment that can potentially do damage to items in the warehouse, and to the employees using them. It is essential that only trained employees use the crane. However, even those who will not be operating it need to be trained on procedures when it is in use. They need to make sure they are not in the way of the crane. The operator will be trained to look around them continuously and use sounds to alert others that the crane is in use, but they do have some blind spots. People on the ground should also be aware of the crane when it is moving, making sure they stay out of the way and alert the operator if they are standing nearby. Have the Crane Inspected Regularly All equipment used in your warehouse or industrial business should be inspected on a routine basis, including the overhead crane. By doing so, you ensure that it is working properly and will not cause an incident or injury to the operator or others that are in the proximity of the crane. These regular inspections should not only be done by a professional on a routine basis, but the operator should do a quick visual inspection before they use the equipment. Contact a supplier, like American Equipment Inc, for more...

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Bearings: Types And Uses In Industrial Applications

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Bearings are used in all kinds of situations from vehicle use to heavy industrial equipment. A bearing is basically a device that helps enable movement while reducing excess friction and stress on other moving parts. These devices allow other moving items to roll smoothly and keep the level of friction to a minimum, thus prolonging the life of equipment and improving overall efficiency. Here is some information about how bearings work and the different types you generally find in an industrial application. How They Work  Bearings are essentially an item with a smooth metal surface designed to help something roll. The bearing carries the force and the weight of the load, which is why they have earned their name since they bear the brunt of the pressure from the load. Depending on the type of load, the bearing can handle different levels of tension. With a radial load like a pulley, the weight is placed on the bearing to help the pulley move more easily. With a thrust load, there is much more force applied onto the bearing. In some cases, bearings have to be able to handle both types of loads simultaneously. Think of it like a tire that must be able to roll straight in one direction as well as turn sharply and still function properly Bearing Types There are several different types of bearings used in machinery that can handle either radial or thrust load, or handle a combination of both. Industrial applications may need to use a variety of these types of bearings depending on the weight and specifics of the individual load. Here are some examples of commonly used bearings and how they differ: Traditional ball bearings: These kinds of bearings are commonly used in lighter load applications. They can be found in almost everything manufactured from hard drives to roller blades, and can withstand some weight but can suffer from becoming warped if they get too overloaded. Roller bearings: A roller bearing can handle much heavier loads. A good example of a roller bearing is a cylinder that can handle weight distributed evenly over a large surface area. A needle bearing can also be used, which is a smaller and thinner version designed to fit in smaller environments. Ball thrust: This type of bearing can handle heavier loads in a lower speed scenario. A good example of a ball thrust bearing in an everyday application are bar stools, which use these type of bearings to support the weight of someone sitting in the seat. Roller thrust: A roller thrust bearing can handle heavier loads than the ball thrust version. These types of bearings are usually found in vehicle transmissions to support large gears. These are just some examples of the most commonly used bearings that can be found in a factory setting as well as in the products people use every day. Without them, finding the needed support to help things operate smoothly would be much more...

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Steps To Take When Something Really Heavy Smashes Your Industrial Plant’s Concrete Floor

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When you suspend really heavy objects overhead and pass them along the assembly line suspended by chains, at some point something will eventually drop. When these exceptionally heavy objects drop from on high and come crashing into the concrete floor of your plant, it leaves an indelible mark, like an asteriod in the earth’s crust. Hopefully no one gets hurt when that event occurs, but then you will have a very large and very dangerous hole in your concrete floor. Here are some steps to take to remedy the situation quickly. Document the Accident in Pictures Before You Remove the Object  Unless the object actually fell on someone, leave it where it is. Document the accident in pictures as well as words. Your company’s insurance company will want to see this for themselves, but you cannot leave the object where it is nor can you shut down the plant until the insurance company can send someone to take a look. Then get a crew together to formulate a plan of action. Formulating a Plan and Carrying It Out The object will need to be picked up and moved to the warehouse so that the insurance company can examine it before it is taken apart. If it is about the size of an automobile transmission, a forklift may be enough to remove it, otherwise find a small crane to lift it out of the crater it created in the floor. Anything larger or heavier than that and you will need a crane to remove it (either an overhead crane or a compact crane with an extending boom). Then start making calls for a concrete contractor. Getting Estimates for the Concrete Repair and Hiring a Contractor Get a few estimates for the repair work your plant’s floor is definitely going to need. You may have to run the quotes by your insurance provider before you hire a contractor. Then hire the contractor who can remove the smashed chunks of concrete from  the floor and complete the job the fastest and with the least amount of time lost to the company. Part or all of the surrounding floor may need to be removed before an entire new slab can be poured in its place, and then the slab will have to dry and cure. This could take a few weeks, but your employees could probably walk on the new floor the next day if a contractor is willing to repair and replace the damaged concrete...

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How To Make A Metal Chimney Cap To Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Chimney During The Winter

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A chimney cap can stop squirrels from entering your chimney and building a nest in it to keep warm over the winter. A nest can impede the flow of smoke and dangerous gases from exiting the stack when you start a fire in your fireplace, and can cause the smoke and gases to flow back into your house. The best way to stop squirrels from getting into your chimney is to put a cap on it. Here is how you can fabricate your own cap to put on your chimney.  You Will Need: Sheet Metal Metal Shears Metal Mesh Angle Iron Vice Pliers Hard Rubber Mallet Heavy Gloves Bolts J-Bolts Roll of Wire Drill Screws Plastic Anchors Step One: Measure Concrete Cap You need to measure width and length of the concrete cap that covers the bricks on the chimney (this cap prevents rain water and snow melt from damaging the brick and mortar on the chimney) to determine how long the strips of sheet metal have to be to form the base around the opening in the chimney. Also, measure how far the flue sticks out of the chimney to determine how long the posts have to be to fit the cap over the flue. The flue is typically made of ceramic tile and rises above the center of the concrete cap. Step Two: Create Base Cut strips of sheet metal about four to five inches wide to match the length of the dimensions of four sides of the concrete cap. You also need to cut four strips to serve as posts between the base and top of the cap – the length of the posts need to be higher than the flue. All the strips have to be bent in half lengthwise. The easiest way to bend the sheet metal is to put a length of angle iron that is longer than the strips of sheet metal you cut in a vice. Place the sheet metal strip next to the angle iron so one side is halfway above the flat surface of the angle iron that curves over the top of the vice when you put the straight edge side down into the vice. Tighten the vice down hard so nothing moves. Use pliers to start the bending the sheet metal. Then take a hard rubber mallet to pound down the sheet metal until it rests flat against the angle iron’s surface. Step Three: Create Top Cut a solid piece of sheet metal a couple of inches wider than the base. Drill two holes in the top where the posts will be placed. Step Four: Install Posts Clamp the posts to the corners of the base and drill a hole on each side through the base and the post. Insert a bolt through each and tighten with a nut. Drill holes on both sides of each post at the top. Insert a J-bolt into the holes and slide the long part of the bolt up through the holes you drilled in the top. Tighten both ends of the J-bolt with nuts. Step Five: Install Metal Cap Set the cap over the chimney opening and drill holes through the bottom of the base and into the concrete cap. Insert plastic anchors into the holes. Screw the base to...

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Increasing The Efficiency Of Your Industrial Air Compressor

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If you run an industrial business, chances are you utilize an air compressor. These incredible tools are useful for providing your facility’s tools with the focused blasts of air they need to operate properly. However, there’s a good chance your air compressor isn’t running as efficiently as it could. Utilize these simple techniques to greatly increase its efficiency.  Adjusting Direct Air Compressor Costs The direct cost of pressure is directly related to the pounds per square inch gauge (PSIG) produced by the air compressor. According to, an increase of 10 PSIG causes a power use increase of about 5%. The example they used indicated that an air compressor delivering 110 PSIG needs 100 horsepower (HP), while one operating at 100 PSIG requires 95 HP. They estimate this will save 10 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). Their estimated savings of this decrease? $7,025 per year. Keeping this in mind, try to find tools that require less power to utilize, yet which still provide you with adequate power. For example, let’s say you’ve been using an air hammer with 110 PSIG to drive in bolts during your industrial process. But you have been overpowering your air hammer by 10 PSIG to ensure that the bolts stay in place. Try decreasing the power by 5-10 PSIG to increase air efficiency, while allowing your tool to operate properly. Buy a Compressor That Provides Proper Air Flow Too many industrial facilities have overpowered air compressors. The thought here is that it’s better to have too much power than too little. While that is an understandable position, it’s simply wasteful to use too much power to operate a tool. Take a look at the air power needs of your tools and buy a compressor that provides the right amount of power. For example, discusses the fact that a half-inch wrench utilizes five cubic feet per minute (CFM) at 90 pounds per square inch (PSI). Your air compressor should provide at least 30 percent more CFM than is required for the tool. So, your half-wrench will require a minimum of 6.5 CFM. Calculate the air power needs of the rest of the tools in your shop utilizing this method and use the tool with the highest need as the top end power of your air compressor. This ensures your tools operate properly, without decreasing the efficiency of your compressor. Reclaiming Heat To Power Other Processes When in use, air compressors generate a large amount of heat. The amount varies, depending on the horsepower generated by the air compressor when in use. The general rate can be understood as 2,545 BTU of heat energy getting produced with each horsepower every hour. A typical 100-horsepower compressor, when other operations are taken into account (such as the running of the motor), produces 280,000 BTU of heat energy every hour. That’s a lot of excess heat energy, too much of which is usually just dumped by most industrial facilities. However, if you install heat transfer systems to your air compressor, you can take that heat energy and reuse it throughout your facility. Common ways to reuse this heat energy include: Space heating Operating a water heater Process heating Utilizing these methods can help increase the efficiency of not only your air compressor, but of the rest of your...

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Are You Ready To Meet The Machining Needs Of Your Customers?

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Running a machine that produces only the highest quality parts can be a lot of work and a lot of stress. Meeting the needs of your customers is your number one priority, so ensuring you know what steps to take for always doing so is essential to your success. Check out these tips for helping provide diversified products and services for your customers. Reverse Engineering Can Provide Huge Benefits For Your Customers When you guarantee your machinist can produce a new part for an older machine or tool without a blueprint, you can bet on getting a lot of business. Creating parts without prints is called reverse engineering. Also, knowing you can provide your customers with accurate blueprints of certain parts is certainly a profitable service. If your machine shop is equipped with a CAD/CAM system, you can provide reverse engineering services easily. Offering Design Services Can Set You Apart from The Rest If a customer comes to you and desires a design for a part, can you provide it? Could you also provide a working prototype of the part you design? Adding designing to your machine shop’s list of services can help you stand out from your competitors while also providing you with a greater profit. When a customer needs an older machine upgraded, you could provide the design for parts that will make it possible. This type of service can help to save your customers a great deal of money while helping you to make more.  Offering Line Bore Repairs Can Mean More Customers When you can repair forklift mast bores, crane booms and other types of heavy equipment using experienced line bore repairs, you can greatly increase your customer base. By offering line bore repairs, you can target construction crews and other companies that use big machinery on a daily basis. Line bore repair services can allow you to repair any machine that utilizes bushings or bearings. Customized Services For Dies And Fixtures Being able to make custom dies and fixtures can equal you having more customers that need them. Ensuring you can meet the needs of your customers that need dies and fixtures for hydraulics, air and electric machinery is important for you to run a well-balanced machining shop. Planning ahead for your machine shop services can help you make the right choices. Stop to consider the specific needs of your current customers and think about the ones you need for gaining new ones.By doing so, you can choose the best services to offer the customers you already have while also deciding which services to create for attracting new...

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3 Types of Parking Barrier Systems to Consider for Your Office Parking Lot

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If you own an office building and want to ensure there are always enough parking spaces in your lot for your employees and clients, you might be considering a parking barrier system of some kind. A good barrier system keeps out those you don’t want to enter your building, but for best results, it’s important to know about the different kinds of systems you can get. Here are a few barrier systems to consider. Swing Arm A swing arm barrier system is one where a metal or wooden arm rises and lowers down to restrict access to your parking lot. Sometimes a parking lot attendant booth is set up near the swing arm, so that an attendant can check credentials and identification before allowing people in and out of the lot. If no such booth exists, an electronic system can be set up so that people can press a button and reach someone indoors who can remotely raise or lower the arm. An electronic stand can also be installed to issue tickets, if you choose. One disadvantage of such a system is that someone can accelerate the speed of their vehicle and break the arm that is place. If you do decide to use a swing arm system, be sure to only use a thick metal arm that cannot break apart. Bollards When you use a bollard as your parking barrier system, it can be very difficult for an unauthorized person to enter your parking lot. Bollards are strong, thick columns that span the length of any entrance to your lot. To lower the bollards and allow people in, you may opt for a remote intercom system. Bollards may offer more protection than a single arm system, as they are more difficult to drive through. Gates Rolling gates can be a suitable parking barrier system for your office building. It is more difficult to drive through than a single arm system, and anyone who wants to walk into your parking lot who doesn’t belong is unable to, or more likely to be seen, as they must take time climbing the gate. Rolling gates can be remotely opened through use of an intercom at the gate, or you can have a manned booth nearby. A gate can be as aesthetically pleasing as you choose and can be constructed from wrought iron, aluminum and other metals. For additional security, you may decide to install barbed wire across the top of your gate. Now that you know some of the types of parking barrier systems you can get for your office building, talk with a local contractor like Eastco; Mfg Corp about what kind of system will work best for your parking lot and your budget. With a good system in place, you can better control who comes in and out of your lot and your...

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Using Propane Safely In Your Small Business

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If you are starting a small business that requires the use of propane to fuel commercial appliances and factory equipment, you need to provide your employees with a safe environment to avoid leaks, fires or explosions. Before you begin using propane, familiarize yourself with the following guidelines for propane safety in the workplace in order to avoid a catastrophic accident and damage to your valuable equipment. Transport and Refill Safety One of the first steps in administering your propane safety program is to hire a qualified transport operator to deliver the fuel safely and efficiently to your workplace. Licensed propane dealers will have the proper equipment to safely load the fuel into your storage tanks. When you need to adjust the settings of propane-fueled equipment or change propane cylinders, make sure that you and your employees wear protective gloves. Propane can cause burns that are similar to frostbite and, in high concentrations, can also cause asphyxiation. You can purchase safety gloves specifically designed for handling propane containers. The gloves come with a chain to hang them on cylinder overhead guards. Make sure to post a material safety data sheet about propane in a visible area in your workplace to remind employees of the risks associated with handling the fuel. Equipment Inspection Depending on the type of equipment you use, you may be required by law to schedule periodic inspections of propane equipment such as underground tanks. However, even if you are not mandated to conduct inspections, you should do so anyway to avoid operating defective equipment and putting your safety at risk. Some propane dealers will inspect your pumps, gas detectors and meters for you. For propane-powered equipment like forklifts, contact an authorized mechanic to conduct an inspection. If you have heating equipment that uses propane, make sure to have the devices inspected before the onset of cold weather. Safety Procedures When Something Goes Wrong If you have an airtight propane safety plan in place, you can still be vulnerable to human error and equipment failure. Typical scenarios that require immediate action include the following: Underground tank leaks Cylinder overfill Burning cylinders on propane-fueled forklifts Fire near an exposed tank Damaged underground tanks due to construction or landscaping work Even if you are able to contain an accident on your own without contacting the fire department, you should never attempt to use any of your propane-powered devices or turn on the gas without obtaining an inspection from your propane supplier or a licensed propane service...

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