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The Advantages of Induction Bending Over Any Other Process

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Induction or heat bending is a commonly used process for bending metal pipes and other shapes and is often used in production and repair facilities. If you have such a facility and need to invest in the right equipment for bending metal, you need to carefully consider your options, including cold bends and roll form bending versus induction or heat bending. Each type of process may have its own advantages, but there are reasons why induction bending remains so popular. Note a few of its advantages here. 1. Smaller equipment Roll form bending involves passing pipes or sheets of metal through a long piece of equipment that will bend it at certain intervals. Each stand or set of bends is done in increments, and this means large and bulky equipment that might work for longer pipes and metal pieces, but which can also mean large equipment that is not needed for precise work. With induction bending, heat is applied to the area to be bent itself and smaller rollers or other forms may be used, but the metal itself doesn’t need to be passed through these rollers. This can mean great space savings for your facility even when working with long pipes and pieces.  2. Energy efficiency Because induction bending is very precise, it is also very energy efficient. With cold or roll form bending, large amounts of energy are needed to press and roll the metal to a desired shape and much of that energy is used to pass the metal through the roll forms repeatedly until it is pliable and shaped. With induction or heat bending, energy is applied only to the area to be bent and, in turn, the bending process is much more efficient. 3. Less warping and thinning Any type of cold bending will result in thinning of the metal as it is pressed and squeezed or pulled into shape. This can make it less tolerant of heat and weaker overall. With induction or heat bending, the metal is simply heated until it becomes pliable and then shaped. It is not thinned or pulled in order to be bent. This can keep it stronger and also ensure less warping of the material itself. Bends may be cleaner and more precise with induction bending. Since there are no welded joints with induction bending, edges will be cleaner and metal pieces will not need finishing such as sanding once the bend is completed. Considering these things, it is easy to see how induction bending can be beneficial, so click here for more info about induction bending and how it can work for...

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Four Things to Do With Old Trophies That Are Collecting Dust

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If you are a parent of busy kids or an adult who had an award-filled childhood, you likely have lots of old trophies lying around. Instead of letting them collect dust, consider turning them into something new. Take a look at these ideas: Decorative Wine Stoppers If you have trophies with athletes, cheerleaders or other human figures on them, remove those figures and turn them into wine stoppers. Most of the figures have a flat bottom with room to accommodate a screw, and in many cases, they have a metal lip around their base. Buy rubber wine corks and use super glue to connect the corks to the base of the figurines. Now, you have decorative wine stoppers, perfect for keeping air out of wine bottles. Coat Rack Another fun project that involves the figurines from the top of a trophy is to make a coat rack. Find several trophy toppers and a long piece of wood. Stain or paint the wood the colour of your choice. Then, drill holes in the wood where you want the figurines to go. Use a bolt, a washer and a nut to hold the figurines to the board. Finish by adding holes to the wood so you can hang it with screws on your wall. The figurines act as the hooks on your coat rack. Tiered Dessert Platters You can turn a number of trophies into fun dessert platters. To start, take apart several trophies. Also, have some pie tins or scalloped edge platters on hand. Combine various trophy pedestals and your platters to create the number of levels you want. The trophy parts have screws and washers that make them easy to put together. So that your platters or pie tins can be slotted in, drill holes in the middle of them. Add your figurine on the very top. To add variety, spray paint the pedestals and other elements of your tiered platter to make it a fun pink or shiny silver colour. Accolades Frame If you aren’t ready to give up your trophies, you may not want to recycle them into something new. Instead, consider making an accolades frame. Basically, you mount old ribbons and medals on a piece of matting. Then, you remove the plaques from your old trophies and add them as well. Finally, you frame everything. This project creates a way to honour your achievements without taking up as much room as a collection of trophies. If you like these ideas and you don’t have any trophies, consider ordering trophies online from online stores, like Full Colour Badges & Trophies, and then repurposing...

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How to Keep Your Pallet Wrapping Machines Operating in Peak Condition

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Just like other mechanized or automated wrapping systems, pallet wrapping machines help to alleviate the hassle of performing packaging tasks in production applications such as large factories. Here’re some things you should know to help keep your pallet wrapping machines running for long, and thus reduce downtime: Operate a planned service program Providing regular service is essential if you want to keep your pallet wrapping machines in top notch working condition. When you procure these machines from original manufacturers, make sure you obtain a service contract that requires them to provide scheduled maintenance and is supported with a normal warranty. Otherwise, you should make arrangements to have the machines either serviced by an in-house team of technicians or look for an independent mechanical contractor to do the job. However, you must note that there are specific benefits and disadvantages associated with each maintenance or service option. For instance, the original manufacturer of your pallet wrapping machines will be best-placed to provide manufacturer-recommended service although they may charge a premium for their services. Likewise, an in-house team of technicians will provide readily available expertise at all times even though they may struggle to obtain much needed spare parts in good time. Therefore, you should carefully weigh your options when it comes to providing regular service to your pallet wrapping machines. Have trustworthy technicians at your disposal when repairs are needed Unfortunately, breakdowns are inevitable, regardless of how efficient your pallet wrapping machines are. Even with routine service, these machines will eventually break down at some point due to normal or emergency conditions, which may be caused by the failure of a single component, a few components or a complete shutdown of the entire system. When this happens, you should have someone reliable on standby to do the necessary repairs. The most effective way to do so is to test the capabilities of your preferred repairers before you encounter a serious problem with your pallet machines. For example, you should gauge the efficiency of your in-house technicians to detect and correct minor frictional wear that has the potential to result in costly breakdowns. Be in a position to acquire replacement parts as and when required It’s nearly impossible to do repair work on your pallet wrapping machines without having the right spare parts because you’ll need to use them in many cases. When your machines abruptly stop working, it is most likely that one, two or multiple components are faulty or worn out and will need to be replaced. Car repairs are a good case example; if you own a car, you’ve probably become accustomed to the practice of buying new or reclaimed spare components every time you make a visit to the auto repair shop. Pallet wrapping machines are no different; you should be able to keep stock of the necessary replacement parts or at least acquire them easily immediately they’re needed. Contact a company such as W.A. Bag Closing Equipment to learn...

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Why Steel Gates Are Better Than The Rest

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Once you have finished constructing buildings in your farm, you may need to install the right gates for security and durability. Steel gates are the best option as they are internationally known for their strength and durability. Most people who own farms use steel gates for these reasons. Knowing the benefits of steel gates can assist with your decision making process: Security Security is an obvious consideration as this will be the main reason you choose a gate that is strong and durable. Steel is a difficult to penetrate and unbreakable material. Their stability is one of the reasons why they do not break under stress from burglars and harsh weather conditions. Steel farm gates are ideal especially if you have a lot of animals and other farm items to protect on your farm. Cost effectiveness Even though steel products are costly when you initially purchase them, they are cheaper in the long run. This is because they do not require repair and maintenance you would normally do on gates made from plastic or wood. Once you install a steel gate, all you will need is lubrication and cleaning of the same. For gates made from other types of materials, you will need regular repair and maintenance resulting from wear and tear of the same.  Aesthetics It is common knowledge that steel is not particularly attractive. However, there are hundreds of designs from which you can choose from. One of the designs is likely to suit your stylistic tastes. The options include unpainted and painted gates; modern and rustic gates; plain and fancy gates. It will be up to you to make a decision on the style that will suit you best. Just because the gate is made out of steel does not mean it has to be ugly. As a farmer, you may own several cattle crushes. These stalls are important as they protect your animals. Since most crushes are built sturdily, it would only be prudent to install a steel gate on your crush. The gate will prevent the animals from leaving the crush even when they are anxious or they are startled. Gates made from other materials like wood are easy to break. When you are looking for a gate for your farm or property, you should consider one made from steel. You can easily find an online dealer that offers various options for you to choose from. Your decision should be based more on the benefits than aesthetics and cost. Contact a company like Super Steel Australia Pty Ltd with any questions or concerns you...

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Waterjet Cutting FAQ

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As the owner of a factory or manufacturing facility that utilises cut material in your daily production, the speed at which your material is cut and ready for processing can make the difference between success and failure. That’s why you may want to consider the benefits of using waterjet cutting for your business, and to help you out, here are the answers to some common questions about this process: What is Waterjet Cutting? — Unlike mechanical cutting, a waterjet cutter uses a pressurised jet of water that flows through a pump and is mixed with abrasives to form a powerful cutting tool. A waterjet cutting machine also features a hopper for the abrasive, an articulated cutting head, a computerised controller, an abrasive waterjet nozzle and a catcher tank. Most waterjet cutting machines also feature a motion control system that predicts how the water stream will cut, and adjusts the shape of the cut so that the cut is straight and doesn’t bend. What Materials Can a Waterjet Machine Cut? — Waterjet cutters can cut through pretty much the same material as laser cutters, plasma cutters and mechanical cutters. This includes, plastic, steel, aluminum, titanium, fibreglass, glass, wood, copper, brass, stone, concrete, ceramic and rubber. What Advantages Does Waterjet Cutting Offer? — Unlike laser cutting, waterjet cutting doesn’t utilise heat, so the chances of warping, damaging or burning material such as glass, metal and plastic is greatly reduced. Another advantage is that waterjet cutting doesn’t create toxic gases when it cuts into plastic, because no heat is used. Waterjet cutting is also faster than mechanical cutting, because there is no need to change tools. In addition, the lack of cutting tools means that breakdowns are less frequent with waterjet cutters than with traditional modes of cutting. In addition, you don’t lose any precision when you are cutting thin or softer pieces of material, because waterjet cutting can be customised to cut without the use of abrasives, which prevents thin material from being damaged. Non-abrasive cutting is best utilised on material such as soft plastic, foam and rubber. Abrasive cutting is ideal when cutting stone, granite, glass, galvanised steel, brass, copper, titanium and aluminum. What Abrasives Are Used In a Waterjet Cutting Machine? — The most common type of abrasive used in a waterjet cutter is a gemstone known as garnet, which retains hardness even when broken into smaller pieces. Garnet also has edges that are very sharp when it breaks into pieces, ideal for the kind of texture required for cutting hard material such as...

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Dog Owners: Tips for Turning Your Shed into a Comfortable Dog House

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If you have an old shed in your yard, that can be the perfect place for your dog to live. It’s easy to modify an old or new shed into a dog house. Before you start your project, however, here are some of the tips you should consider: 1. Let in some light Dogs need natural light. Like humans, dogs respond to natural light in that it helps regulate their sleep patterns and their moods. If possible, put a window in your shed so you dog can have natural light. 2. Connect the shed to the outside Ideally, your dog’s shed should have access to the outside. The shed can lead to a fenced-in backyard, or if you prefer to keep your dog a bit more contained than that, consider attaching your shed to a enclosed outdoor dog run. Alternatively, many people build screen porches for their dogs. These shed extensions keep your dog kenneled while letting them enjoy the great outdoors. 3. Add a doggy door Obviously so that your dog can access the outside, he needs to have a doorway. You can prop open the existing door of your shed, but this carries a few innate risks. Namely, if the door closes and your dog cannot get it open, he may be stuck in the shed. So that this doesn’t happen, consider building a small doggy door in your shed. 4. Keep the temps pleasant in your shed You don’t want your dog to get too hot in the shed in the summer, and if your dog is living in the shed all year long, you also don’t want him to get too cold in the winter. You can add mini-HVAC systems to your shed that cool and heat it. To power these systems, you simply need to run an extension cord to your home or invest in a special battery. Alternatively, if you live in a relatively temperate climate, you may be able to mitigate temperature swings just by adding an extra layer of insulation to your shed. 5. Make the shed comfortable for your dog Temperatures aren’t the only thing you need to consider when making your shed comfortable for your dog. Ideally, your dog also needs a comfortable cushion to sleep on and a spot for his food and water bowls. Keep in mind that as the food bowls are not in your house in your regular line of vision you may overlook refilling them. For that reason, consider getting food and water bowls that refill automatically for your shed. For more tips on making this space livable for your dog, talk to garage and shed...

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Wrapping it Up in a Gift Box: 3 Ways to Add Your Own Personal Touch

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If you’re not the best at wrapping gifts, gift boxes are heaven’s gift to you. Simply put your gifts inside the gift boxes of a similar size and you’re done! If you don’t want to spend the money to design and make customised gift boxes, here are 3 ways that you can spruce up the design of regular gift boxes that can be purchased in stores and add your own personal touch. Wrap Over the Gift Boxes with Wrapping Paper If you have an oddly shaped present, wrapping over the present can be difficult. You might end up with lumps all over the place. However, wrapping sturdy gift boxes is a completely different story. You can personalize gift boxes by wrapping them with wrapping paper of your choice. Consider gluing the wrapping paper overtop the boxes to completely conceal the original design. Decorate the Outside of the Boxes with Glitter and Stickers Although you can choose from gift boxes that have a plain exterior to ones that have cute designs on them, it is never too much to add a personal touch with glitter and stickers. You can find both of these materials at your local dollar store for cheap. Simply stick the stickers in place. If you find glitter pens, you can easily draw the patterns and designs onto the boxes. If not, purchase loose glitter. Place the gift boxes on newspaper and draw designs onto the box using liquid glue. Sprinkle the loose glitter overtop while the glue is still wet, and allow the design to dry. Shake off the excess sprinkles onto the newspaper and discard the newspaper once you are done. Work on one side at of the gift boxes a time to prevent making a mess. Drape an Elegant Satin Sash on Top If you want to add a splash of elegance to the gift boxes, simply purchase a satin sash that is long enough to be wrapped around the box two or three times. Wrap the satin sash around the box once, and tie the remaining sash into a bow for a more elegant and sophisticated look. The sash will also hold the lids and the boxes in place. There are many additional ways that you can personalize gift boxes. There are many templates available online, and you can even make your own if you have sturdy cardstock, premium paper or cardboard boxes lying around at home. For more tips or assistance, consult companies like Box Biz Pty...

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Fun and Clever Ideas for Leftover Pallets

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A pallet from a place like 1/2 Price Pallets may seem like a simple piece of shipping and storage equipment, but in truth they’re made with very strong and durable wood. Once they’re done being used for shipping, you may want to consider some fun and clever ideas for them to use around the house. This will keep the wood from being wasted and winding up in a landfill. Using discarded pallets is also a good way to get the building materials you need for home projects without paying for lumber. Note a few ideas here. 1. A simple coffee table To make a simple and rustic coffee table from pallets, first paint or stain the pallet your desired color or finish and be sure it’s completely dry. If you prefer a rustic look without paint or stain, it’s good to go over the pallet wood with a fine grit sandpaper to remove any splinters or rough edges. Next, attach casters or wheels to the four corners on the bottom of the pallet. You can then use the table as is, although it might be very low. If you prefer a taller table, use a second pallet painted or stained in the same way. Add wood glue to the slats on one side and stack this on top of the first pallet. Use c-clamps on each side to keep the two pieces attached as you allow the wood glue to dry. You’ll now have a table that is closer to the standard height of a coffee table. You can then add a piece of glass or Lucite to the top of your table, or add a coat of polyurethane to protect the wood and the finish. 2. A simple but higher table You can make a breakfast table or simple patio table with a pallet in the same way you make a coffee table; this table simply needs to be higher. To make a table with legs, you’ll need four pieces of a stud cut to the needed height; for a pub table this will be higher but for a standard patio table, choose something that will fit with standard chairs. You’ll also need four scrap pieces of plywood to help attach the legs; these pieces should be slightly larger than the width of the legs. Cut the four studs and paint or stain them along with the pallet. Once all pieces are dry, nail each leg to a piece of the scrap plywood. Then, nail the scrap plywood to the underside of the pallet itself. You now have a simple table you can use indoors or...

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Why Recycle Scrap Metal?

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There is no question about the importance of scrap metal recycling services. Through these services, business and homeowners alike can safely dispose unwanted pieces of metal without causing much harm to the environment.   Apart from safe disposal of waste metal, there are several other benefits associated with scrap metal recycling services. The article below discusses some of the not-so-known benefits that business owner stands to enjoy by investing in scrap metal recycling. Lower Cost of Commercial Goods Having your scrap metal recycled is advantageous in the sense that it can help to bring down the cost of your commercial goods. Common examples of these products include canned fruits and food products and fizzy soft drinks whose packaging involves the use of metal cans and similar containers. There are several factors that can determine the cost of such goods. The cost of production is the most important of these factors. The cost of producing commercial products is largely determined by the cost of raw materials used. Scrap metal recycling helps to reduce the cost of obtaining metal raw materials for industrial processes. The reduced cost of raw materials translates into lower production costs and lower individual cost of finished products. Recycling Helps to Preserve Raw Material Deposits A business owner should not hesitate to hire the services of a scrap metal dealer for his or her own continuity. This is because recycling is an important activity for the preservation of metal deposits. In addition to being rather expensive, mining large quantities of metal also contributes to the depletion of the natural deposits. Scrap metal recycling helps to prevent the rate of mineral depletion by reducing the ongoing demand for new metal raw materials. In turn, this reduces the intensity with which metals are mined from their various deposits thereby allowing for sustainability in industrial and manufacturing processes. Recycling Helps To Conserve Energy Another little known advantage of scrap metal recycling services is that it helps to reduce the amount of energy used in to manufacture industrial goods. When compared, mining of new metals for use as raw materials requires a lot more energy than it does to produce a similar quantity of recycled metal. This is because mining involves high-energy applications such as metal ore drilling and refining of the metal. With scrap metal recycling services, the business owner is able to get metal raw materials without having to undertake the mentioned mining activities, thereby saving a lot of energy. Next time before you choose to damp waste metal in a landfill, use resources like to talk to a local scrap metal dealer about the possibility of...

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Benefits Of Stainless Steel To Food Processing

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Stainless steel has gained wide acceptance in a wide array of industries all around the globe. However, this material is most prominent in the food industry, and companies are continually using stainless steel to reach the standard guidelines. The food industry has strict regulations. The equipment needs to be clean and sterilised, and the food acids should not react with the material. So when you are starting a food business and you want to maintain the high standards, stainless steel would be your best option. Here’s why. Maintains hygiene Stainless steel has no cracks or pores in it, and this makes it harder for bacteria or dirt to hide on the metal surface. This property makes cleaning stainless steel a breeze. Any odours or oils are easily wiped away, and this keeps the odours from being transferred from one batch to the other. Flavour protection Stainless steel is a very non-reactive metal. When it comes into contact with foods and water, no reaction occurs between them, so no flavours go missing. Grade 304 and 316 are the main types when dealing with equipment that comes into contact with food. This is because they are naturally austenitic. Corrosion resistance Stainless steel has a high resistance to corrosion. This is especially important in the food industry because the equipment is going to be passed through a lot of food acid and moisture. Acids and water are the major agents of erosion, and stainless steel being resistant to these agents makes it a valuable metal for your food business. Durability Stainless steel is one of those materials with a very long lifespan, and this makes it a very good business option in the long run. It maintains a smooth surface even after decades of using the equipment due to its corrosion resistance qualities. Picking the ones with the smoothest finishes is more advantageous because they have a prolonged lifespan and improved resistance to corrosion. You are therefore going to experience less maintenance and repair costs. For a business, this translates to high profits. Aesthetic beauty As an added bonus, these metals are designed to look stunning. They have a bright, shiny surface that gives your equipment a modern look. This makes them an attractive option for anyone overly concerned about the looks of their equipment. Stainless steel is a powerful candidate when picking your materials, and you will come across it even in the ordinary kitchen utensils. So don’t hesitate to use this metal in your business; it may easily be the magic that keeps your business booming. For more information, contact a business such as Stainless Steel...

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