Thermal Spraying Vs. Hard Chrome Plating

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Hard chrome plating is a solution for reclamation. It can be used for corrosion resistance, erosion, dimensional reclamation and wear. Thermal spraying is another option. Here they are compared: Cost Thermal spraying is generally expected to be more expensive than chrome plating. Chrome plating, on the other hand, has been around the industry for a while and this has allowed costs to go down over time. It also costs more capital to build the facility for thermal spraying. The space needed for chrome plating is slightly larger for chrome plating though. The energy cost of thermal spraying is higher. Availability Because thermal spraying is so new, it is often difficult to find the equipment or materials to perform it. However, chrome plating does not experience this issue. Disposing of Waste Excess byproduct are left behind from thermal spraying. There is hazardous dust and waste that needs special permits to dispose of to meet regulations. Chrome plating disposal must also meet regulations, but its materials do not vaporize. Instead, chrome can be recycled and used for a number of other exciting applications in the future. Versatility Chromium (chrome plating) is diverse. It can be melded into a variety of shapes and used for different industries. This is also true for thermal spray, which is very adaptable.  Durability Because hard chrome plating goes through so many quality checks on its way to being approved for use, it is highly durable and reliable. Thermal spray is made of chemicals that do not always hold as long as chrome plating. It may be quicker to produce thermal spray but the durability is not as good as chrome. Industry Acceptance Many customers of yours might not be familiar with thermal spraying. This could lead them to be wary of the materials used and the reliability of it. If you want to play it safe, it might be better to stick with hard chrome plating. It has been the industry standard for reclamation for years, and there is a reason why — it does the job exactly as it needs to. Choosing what material to use for your reclamation project can be a difficult task. However, you don’t need to be overwhelmed with the choice between hard chrome plating and thermal spraying. Thermal spraying offers some initial time benefits, but it appears that hard chrome plating is the choice if durability and industry reputation matter to...

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How To Use A Top Loading Balance

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you need to measure a selection of product, samples, or dried compounds using a top loading balance, take care to be certain that you are doing it correctly. If you don’t use the top loading balance correctly, you risk not getting the correct weight and having the products that you manufacture or the tests that you run not being up to exact standards. Here are some tips for making sure that you are using the balance correctly. 1. Make Sure That the Balance is Zeroing Correctly Your first step is to be sure that the balance is zeroing correctly. To check this, you need to hit the rebalance button on the scale when there is nothing on the top of it. If the scale goes to zero without issue, then it is working correctly. If you have to hit the button a few times or if the scale never goes to zero, then you are not going to be able to get an accurate weight. You will then have to switch to a different balance. 2. Add the Container Next, add the container. Make the container as small as possible for the amount of goods that you need to balance in order to decrease the chances of you overwhelming the scale. For very small amounts of powder, a piece of paper is better than a container because the piece of paper can be used to simply brush the powder wherever it needs to go, as opposed to a container where you might measure something out and have some of the compound sticking to the sides. If you choose to use a sheet of paper, fold it once horizontally and vertically down the center to decrease the chances that your compound will spill out. 3. Zero the Balance Once the container is on the balance, zero it. You don’t want the container’s weight included in the weighing of your goods and zeroing the balance will get rid of that extra amount. This will allow you to get a very accurate reading. 4. Clean Up Every time you use the scale, make sure that you brush it off when you are done using a light touch in order to make sure that there is no leftover compound or other particles that might have gotten onto the scale. This will allow you to ensure accuracy for the next user. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in balances. For balances, contact a company such as Strack Scale...

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Welding With Alloy 20? Use These Pointers To Be Successful

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Alloy 20, primarily made up of nickel but containing iron, chromium, molybdenum and copper, is a metal that can be used for a variety of industrial purposes because of its ability to resist a number of acids. If you are welding with this metal, however, stay aware of the following pointers so that your weld turns out well. Add Helium Gas If you are like many welders and plan to use tungsten arc welding for your project, your first thought may be to tackle the weld with argon gas. However, it is important to note that, as a nickel alloy, Alloy 20 doesn’t conduct heat very well. Argon may be unable to cut through the alloy or may take much longer than other gases, such as helium, which heat up more quickly.  For better results, it’s a good idea to use a mixture of helium and argon gases to cut through the alloy. The combination will allow you to get a sharper weld point on the piece you’re working on. Avoid a Small Gas Lens It is a good idea to avoid small gas lenses while you work with this alloy. With a large lens, you will be better able to control the immediate environment around the weld point, ensuring that the gas will constantly flow, which can keep out contaminants and help you avoid air pockets. Because the weld is purer, you can worry less about how the weld will perform over time.  Keep Weld Current Low Even if you are using a helium/argon mix on your weld, because the alloy is so thick, you might be tempted to turn up the temperature to get through it quickly. However, if you do that, you run the risk of causing the entire pipe to weaken. That’s because as the metals melt and turn to liquid, heat that is too high may even cause some of the liquid metals to evaporate. Because in that case the pipe no longer has the same chemical makeup, it is weaker than other portions of pipe. As a result, the pipe might be more likely to rust or buckle. Instead, make a conscious decision to keep the tungsten temperature low as you weld. Patience will give you good results and preserve the integrity of the pipe.  With the pointers in this article, you can be more confident about welding with Alloy 20. If you need assistance, talk to an expert (such as one from Tiger Metals, Inc.) who can help you with your...

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Choosing A Blasting Medium For Your Abrasive Blaster

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

It was not so very long ago when abrasive blasting was simply known as sandblasting, as if the only choice of blasting medium was sand. Experimentation has shown that your choice of blasting medium can have an important impact on the results of your blasting job. For example, if you use sand to blast away paint coating a delicate instrument, the sand can pit the material the instrument is made from or otherwise damage it. Thus, you need to stock several different mediums to ensure you remove the paint that needs to be removed without damaging the object you are trying to reclaim.  Walnut Shells It might sound like a gimmick, but walnut shells have a place in your repair shop. If you use a highly abrasive blasting medium, you will strip away all of the coats of paint on an object. This then requires you to replace not only the topcoat but also the underlying coats. These undercoats can be just as expensive as the topcoat, and unlike the topcoat, they might not be in need of replacement. Using walnut shells, you can blast away the topcoat without damaging the undercoats. This will save you time and money in that you only have to apply a topcoat to get whatever object you are repairing back into its ideal condition.  Choosing Your Medium According to Your Purpose While blasting is an excellent way to strip away rust, damaged paint, stains, and other damage to an object that you are trying to restore, not every job requires stripping an item. In some cases, all you need to do is clean up an object. For example, if you have stuck-on grime such as tar or resins that you can’t remove with a pressure washer, you should be able to blast away the grime with the right blasting media. While abrasives such as aluminum oxide are ideal for your stripping tasks, they would be the wrong choice for cleaning. Instead, you should consider a softer medium such as corn cob.  Companies that manufacturer blasting abrasives are always experimenting with new materials that can be used to accomplish different tasks. Not only does this increase the demand for their blasting equipment, but it allows you to use your equipment in new ways. If you are in the business of making old, dirty, or otherwise damaged equipment look new, then a good stock of blasting abrasives is just what you need to expand your ability to take on new jobs.  Contact companies like Steel Coatings Inc for more...

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Why You Should Hire A Fabrication Company For Your Metal Fence

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are excited about welding your own metal fence to give it a unique look and add more character to your house, you might want to opt for professional assistance instead. You don’t have to do the welding on your own and risk getting injured, as a fabrication company can create a fence that is based on your design. Take a look at the list of reasons below to discover why hiring a fabrication company is the best route to take for customizing a metal fence. 1. You Can Avoid Buying Welding Equipment If you don’t have welding equipment already, it is wise to seek help from a fabrication company for your metal fence project. You will have to buy multiple pieces of equipment and safety supplies in order to accomplish the task on your own. Besides the arc for bonding metal pieces together, you might also need a downdraft table and exhaust fan to safely work on the project. You risk getting injured from manganese or welder’s flash if you don’t have the right safety equipment. Don’t end up having to spend a lot of money on equipment that you don’t intend on using on a regular basis. 2. The Fence Design Will Be More Precise The skills of professional fabricators can be helpful when you want a fence design that has a lot of curves and other shapes to achieve the unique look that you want. The fabricators will not only be able to cut each piece of metal with precision with a lathe machine, but computerized equipment can also be used to accomplish the task with the precise cutting of lasers. Even if you were to invest in your own lathe machine and computerized equipment, your cuts may not be precise if you don’t have the right kind of welding experience. 3. More Than Welding Can Be Done Hiring a fabrication company is ideal because they can make the finished metal fence look more appealing than you can. Rather than just painting the metal, professional fabricators can also give the fence a shiny look or make it look dull. The texture of the metal can have a big effect on how good the fence will look with paint on it. You can even opt for getting a powder coating on the fence to make the color last longer, as it will be baked into the metal. Contact a fabrication company, such as Suburban Welding & Steel LLC, and discuss your metal fence ideas so professionals can do the...

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