Lift You High, Higher, Highest: Three Warehouse Lifts That Help You Reach Your Theater’s Rafters

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Working in a theater, you spend a lot of time on set up, stage building, lighting and sound direction. If a show also has some special effects, then you have to rig up the effects too. That means reaching up high, higher and highest of all to get to the ramparts, catwalks and light hangers up above. If your theater does not own any of these already, here are three warehouse lifts (click here for more info) that can make your stagehand job so much easier. Skid Steer with a Forklift Attachment A skid steer with a forklift attachment can help you reach several feet over your own head, and it can fit on the stage with little difficulty. If your theater cannot afford this piece of equipment, you are in luck. It can be rented from most construction rental stores or from hardware stores that rent large pieces of equipment and machinery.   Vertical Hydraulic Lifts These lifts have a single platform with a control panel. The controls activate the hydraulic system that can lift you anywhere from two to four times higher than your forklift option (depending on the size of vertical lift). They are more compact than the skid steer and forklift, but they are much more expensive and usually cannot be rented. The height abilities of some vertical hydraulic lifts could allow you to make adjustments to the theater’s sound system and lower light hangers. With the vertical hydraulic lifts that can reach much higher up, you may even be able to move from lift to lower catwalk, depending on how your theater’s stage is constructed. Scissors Lifts A scissors lift is named for the scissors action in the criss-cross support bars underneath the platform. As the platform is lifted and lowered. these bars fold and unfold like an opening and closing scissors. The large platform on a scissors lift will allow you to carry lots of heavy theatrical lamps, fog machines, cords and equipment into the upper reaches of the stage’s ceiling. Some of the best scissors lifts can hoist you and your theatrical equipment a few feet more beyond that of a vertical hydraulic lift, and the scissors lifts are often more easily maneuverable than the vertical hydraulic lifts. Overall, if your theater could only afford to purchase a single piece of warehouse equipment to make stage work easier, safer and faster, then the scissors lift would probably be ideal. It lifts the highest, carries the most stuff on the platform, can be driven like a forklift and be stored in less space than it takes to store a stack of auditorium...

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How To Encourage Your Employees To Recycle In Your Manufacturing Plant

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many offices are putting a focus on recycling nowadays, but a manufacturing plant — which often has more employees than your average office — can actually have even more of an impact on the environment. Encouraging your employees to recycle can be a positive step to take, but you might be unsure of how to start. Luckily, following these tips can help. Change Your Policies First of all, you should take a look around and determine if there are any changes that you can make to the way that things are done in regards to manufacturing. For example, taking steps to recycle wasted metal can have a big impact on the environment, but it can have another added benefit as well — getting your employees to think about recycling and showing them that your company is serious about reducing waste. This can help encourage employees to look at other ways that they can do the same thing. Make Recycling Easy The easier it is for your employees to recycle, the more likely they will be to do it. Place recycling cans for metal, paper and plastics in every area where there is a garbage can. In addition to having garbage dumpsters on-site, have large outdoor recycling containers where recycled items can be stored until they are picked up. Check out a site like http://parksandsons.com to get in touch with a company that offers dumpster rental services. Track Progress Some people don’t realize just how much of a personal impact they can have on the environment by recycling. However, if you are able to keep track of how much recycling increases once new recycling containers are placed throughout the factory, you can prove to your employees just how much of a difference it makes when a focus is put on recycling. You can provide this information to your employees each month. Once they see that others are participating and that it’s truly adding up, they may be more inclined to participate as well. You may even want to consider offering some sort of incentive, such as by providing a free catered lunch for your employees if they achieve a certain recycling goal. Cutting down on waste in your factory can have a big difference when it comes to your company’s impact on the environment. Consider following these tips to encourage your employees to begin recycling, and you’re sure to see an...

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The Safety Rules Of Using An Overhead Bridge Crane As A Work Platform

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The tall stature of the overhead bridge crane makes it ideal for use as a work platform in some situations. If you are in the middle of a construction project where an overhead bridge crane is involved, you may be tempted to just have your employees go ahead and use the top frame of the crane to reach necessary heights during certain aspects of the project. While this is allowed by OSHA in some settings, there are specific conditions that must be met and rules that are to be followed if you plan to use your overhead bridge crane as a work platform during construction. 1. Work is only allowed to be performed from the bridge of the crane itself. At no time should an employee be allowed to use any other part of the crane to reach a certain height other than the stationary part of the crane itself. You should never allow employees to climb on the crane’s hoist, from a load suspended on the crane, or any other component because this could cause a safety concern. A platform can be added to the bridge only, along with safety rails for protection from falls. 2. All of the same rules apply when using a crane bridge as a work platform. Before an employee is allowed to traverse to the top of the crane bridge via a ladder or lift, they should be adequately fitted with the proper safety gear to prevent them from falling. This should include a four-point harness that attaches to the crane bridge via a standard safety hook. Your employees should be trained on how to use the harness system to secure themselves to the platform before they begin working at all. 3. Implement safety notifications to use when an employee will be working from the bridge of the crane. It is not safe for the crane to be in operation while it is being used as a reach platform on a work site. Therefore, it is imperative that you make sure you have a standard system in place to alert crane operators when the bridge of the crane is being use for platform purposes so they know not to start operation until they are certain the employee on the bridge is out of the way of any danger. Additionally, any other crane operators of other cranes within the vicinity should also be alerted to employees being on the bridge of a crane that is not currently in operation. To learn more about the proper use of cranes as platforms, it may be helpful to speak to a company like American Equipment...

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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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