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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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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