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Why Your Fabrication Shop Should Have a CNC Folding Machine

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Your Fabrication Shop Should Have a CNC Folding Machine

Inexperienced metal fabricators who are planning to start their own fabrication shops may sometimes find it hard to select the best equipment that they should acquire from the huge variety of fabrication equipment available on the market. This article discusses some of the key benefits of having a CNC folding machine in a fabrication shop. Use this information to make an informed decision about whether you should include this equipment on your priority list when you go shopping for metal fabrication equipment for your new fabrication shop. Employee Safety CNC folding machines have a mechanism (the back-gauging system) that handles a work-piece during the folding process. This eliminates the need for a machine operator to handle or support the material as the machine is folding it. Consequently, the operator will face a lower risk of being injured accidentally by the equipment. Similarly, that operator will not be as fatigued at the end of his or her shift in the same way that another operator can be if he or she used another piece of equipment that required that operator to support the material as it was being fabricated. Chances of suffering from lower back pain will also be low since the material requires minimal handling on the part of the operator. Protection of Material Integrity Another key benefit of having a CNC folding machine in your fabrication shop is that you can comfortably fabricate materials whose surface has already been finished or pre-treated. For instance, the CNC folding machine can work on sheet metal that has been pre-painted. This surface protection is possible because the material hardly moves as the CNC machine is folding it. Instead, sections of the folding equipment move in order to perform different folding operations on the material. This limited movement of the material helps to reduce the likelihood that the surface of that material will be adversely affected during the fabrication process. Easy Set Up Many CNC folding machines have a touch-screen onto which a library of different shapes and folding parameters can be displayed. This feature enables the operator to tweak the available shapes so that the machine can be programmed quickly to start working on the material that has been loaded onto its work surface. This ease of operation enables inexperienced operators to produce high quality work after a brief orientation session on how to use the CNC folding machine. As you can see, a CNC folding machine can be a valuable addition to your new fabrication shop. However, you may need to talk to an expert so that you can be guided on what type of jobs are best suited for processing using the folding machine. It will then be possible for you to decide on the best time to acquire the CNC folding machine as your fabrication shop...

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Preparing Fine Resin Models

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing Fine Resin Models

Creating a finely painted and modelled tabletop army requires patience and time. Many of the leading modelling companies have moved from metal to plastic to resin miniatures, as resin tend to cost less and had better detail. Injection molding is becoming more popular and is now one of the leading methods of manufacture. Injection molding consists of injecting resin into a finely crafted mold and allowing it to set. However resin requires more than just a bit of glue in order to prepare it for painting. This quick guide will tell you how to clean the model and remove unwanted excess mold lubricant and ‘flashing’ and how to begin the early stages of painting. When you first get your resin models, they’ll probably be attached to a sprue, which holds the individual parts together in one place. Using a sharp pair of modelling clippers, or a blade, remove the individual components from the sprue. Due to the nature of injection molding, there is often waste resin known as ‘flashing’ which forms at the point where the liquid is poured into the mould. Sometimes, you may also find wafer thin excess resin too, which surrounds the model. Using your clippers, remove this byproduct and clean it up as well as you can. Any holes can easily be filled in later with modelling putty. Now take a fine modelling file or a moldline remover and file/scape off any mould lines that have formed. These will look like ridges that run along the outside of the model and show where the mold fits together. You now have a miniature that has been cleaned of excess resin and is ready for cleaning. To help remove the models from the casts they are covered in, a special type of lubricant that can interfere with your painting and make it difficult for the base coat to stick. Take your components and put them into a bowl of warm soapy water and gently scrub each part with a very soft toothbrush. This will remove the residue that often makes the model look glossy, so you’ll know the model is clean when it dries with a slightly matt finish. In the water, you can gently reposition any part of the model that is bent too, just my holding it in place and letting it cool. Now you’re ready to glue. Use a good superglue once the model is dry, followed by a coat of primer spray paint to allow the base coat to adhere to the...

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Some Questions You Might Have About a Metal Panel Fence for Your Home

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Questions You Might Have About a Metal Panel Fence for Your Home

A metal panel fence can be a very unique choice for any yard; the panels offer privacy and a nice backdrop for landscaping features, and can be a very unique look in a neighborhood with standard chain link fences or wood fences. If you enjoy a more modern look to your fence or just want something very visually appealing and easy to maintain, a metal panel fence can be the right choice. If you’re thinking of such a fence for your home, note a few questions you might have and then discuss these with a fencing or metal contractor so you get a fence you’ll love for years to come. Do metal fences rust? Aluminum itself doesn’t rust although it might suffer other forms of corrosion that result in white spots along the surface. Steel might rust over time, and the risk of a rusted fence will increase according to your standard climate; a home in the tropics will mean more moisture in the air that collects along the fence. Installing your fence right along the ground can also mean staying in contact with the moisture on the ground so that the fence panels might get a rusted bottom. You can protect the metal from potential rust by applying a metal sealant to them, or ensuring that they’re powder coated. Powder coating is a paint color that goes on as a powder and which is adhered with an electrical charge. This covers the metal and keeps it protected from moisture and eventual corrosion. Are metal fences loud? A thin sheet of metal on a shed roof might be somewhat loud when the rain hits it, but note that metal panels used for fencing are usually thicker and not as likely to vibrate every time they’re hit with a raindrop or when the wind blows. If you’re concerned about the noise of a metal fence, ask your contractor for powder coating that is thicker and which insulated the metal, to keep the panels quieter. Won’t a metal fences seem too industrial? The powder coating process mentioned above can tone down the look of the metal itself; you can choose a white color for a more traditional look to your fence, or something in a green or brown tone that also looks more like wood than metal. You might also break up the look of the metal panels by adding wood posts between them, or at the top of the panels to create a framed...

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Some Training Aids and Accessories to Go With Your New Goal Posts

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Training Aids and Accessories to Go With Your New Goal Posts

If you’re responsible for setting up a playing field at a school or elsewhere, you need to ensure you have the right goal posts for your sport and for the age group that will be playing. You also want to think about some accessories you may need to go with the goal posts. If you’re in the market for new goal posts because the old ones are rusty or otherwise weathered and worn, it might be good to take stock of all the other pieces on the field and see what else might need replacing. Note a few suggestions so you know your team or school will always be ready for practice or play on the field. Kicking tees How are the kicking tees your players might use to start play or for lining up a shot? These can last for years but it doesn’t mean they won’t get chipped, nicked, or simply worn down so that they cannot hold the ball in its proper position. Take stock of these tees and note if you need some new ones that are in proper shape. Portable soccer goals Portable soccer goals are for much more than just playing soccer; they can be put on the sidelines during any other game and used by players to get warmed up and practice their kicking. The net catches the ball for safety and the portability means you can move them around as the players migrate from one end of the field to another. Keeping them on hand means your players are always ready to hit the field no matter how long they’ve been on the sidelines. Flutter flags Many goalposts will have flutter flags on the top of the posts, to tell kickers and players the direction and strength of the wind. These are good for both practice and play, but flutter flags can get torn and shredded when exposed to all that high wind. Check them every season or as often as necessary to ensure they’re in good condition or if they need to be replaced so they’re easy to see from the field. Linesman flags and markers Your linesmen, referees, and other such persons on the field will usually need a good supply of flags, markers, and the like. These too can wear out quickly and get torn and tattered, so be sure you have a good supply of new flags and markers in good condition on hand. For more information, contact a company like Adda Flagpoles Pty...

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3 Beginner’s Welding Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Beginner’s Welding Mistakes to Avoid

Persons who use welding for making their own car repairs and fabricating parts, or as part of their production or repair business, will usually take classes to learn how to weld properly. Welding equipment is also very dangerous when used incorrectly and the right training will ensure a welder’s safety. However, this doesn’t mean that a welder will automatically know everything there is to know about welding and will never make mistakes, especially when just starting out. An instructor or class can’t possibly envision every scenario where you might use welding for fabrication, so note a few common beginner’s mistakes when it comes to welding so you can avoid these yourself. 1. Using low-hydrogen rods that have been exposed to moisture Welding often involves using rods that are welded to two pieces of metal. Low-hydrogen rods are very popular to use for welding but because of their low hydrogen count, they are very susceptible to moisture. If these rods should get wet or moist in any way before or during the weld process, they will often bubble. It’s good to keep them in a sealed container before use and if they have been exposed to moisture of any sort, heat them before using them to drain or dry away that moisture. 2. Trying to weld worn out metals Metal is tough and durable but it can only take so much fabrication and corrosion before its overall composition is changed so severely that it cannot be welded without being cut right through, or before it becomes weak. If you note that a metal piece has been welded before or has been pounded, bent, cut, rusted, or otherwise is very worn, you may need to reinforce the metal before you weld it. This might involve riveting a second sheet underneath it or ensuring you use rods during the weld rather than trying to simply weld two pieces together. Otherwise, the worn metal will create a very weak welding point and may not hold up during the welding process itself. 3. Not welding fast enough When welding, you need to ensure you use the right technique for your metal but many beginners fail to weld fast enough, as the rod or metal pieces need to soften to be welded together. Allowing them to get too soft and not using the right speed for your pass will mean a pool of weld metal that deposits onto the piece, and a poor quality weld...

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Making the most of the growing demand for steel fabrication services

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making the most of the growing demand for steel fabrication services

With recent growth in the global construction sector, businesses that supply steel fabrication services, as well as metal working technology and equipment, are facing increasing demand for their services. In recent years, the steel fabrication industry has been making more technological advances and the industry has become more competitive as a result. It is important that ensure your business stands out from the crowd and is efficiently run. Here is some advice on helping you do just that. Invest in quality equipment There are now so many options to choose from when it comes to welding equipment that it is hard to know where to start. It is difficult to keep up to date with all the latest technological developments in the industry. Due to the increased levels of competitiveness in the industry, it is vital that you choose equipment that is perfect for you specific needs. Otherwise, productivity levels will decrease and you may have to change and purchase additional equipment. You need to make sure you are making smart decisions in every part of your business, and having the correct equipment is the one area where you need to put in the research to find equipment that is durable and reliable. Capacity levels Demand for steel fabrication services tend to move in cycles. Certain times of the year will be quiet while other times will be so busy that you will need additional workers to meet all of the orders. In order to facilitate the large volumes of customers you can have at any particular moment in time, you need to have plenty of capacity at your facility. You also need to have the correct volume of equipment so that you can make the most of the capacity and not have to wait for a machine to finish a particular job. These days, steel fabricators are increasingly spending less on supplies and consumables and are instead focusing on increasing investment in machinery that will help meet the capacity demands. Don’t overreach While many leaders are constantly looking to increase capacity levels in order to facilitate unexpected levels of demand, there are often huge levels of demand variability with some times of year being very quiet. While experience helps you somewhat predict the demand levels that the future holds, you do not possess a crystal ball. While in recent years investment in equipment has been rising due to increasing demand levels, there is a danger that some of this investment will go too far and capacity will reach levels that will never be needed. Therefore, it is important not to overreach and to invest in additional equipment and premises if there is no logical prediction of demand ever reaching these...

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What to Consider When Buying Trophies for More Than a Sports Win

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What to Consider When Buying Trophies for More Than a Sports Win

Sports teams and players are not the only ones who may be worthy of a trophy; a salesperson on your staff may have made record numbers in the last year, or your neighborhood may have a contest every year for the best landscaping in the subdivision. Whatever your reasons for buying a trophy from a company like Full Colour Badges & Trophies other than for a sports win, note a few tips to consider and keep in mind so that it’s really appreciated by the recipient. 1. Opt for a fun figurine When trophies are handed out for a sports win, the figurine on the top usually reflects the sport somehow. This might include a soccer ball, a baseball player at bat, and so on. Why not do the same for a trophy you choose for another occasion? If you’re honoring that salesperson and his or her record numbers, choose a large dollar sign. For that landscaping win, choose a trophy with a flower or tree on the top. If yours is a production facility or new car center, choose a set of gears or a new car as the figurine. Whatever the occasion or reason for the win, opt for something as a figurine that reflects it rather than a plain figure or generic model. 2. Make it big If you really want a trophy to stand out, make it big. Smaller trophies can be good for more routine occasions, but if someone has worked hard all year to set a sales record at your facility, opt for something they’ll appreciate and that will reflect their efforts. A very tall trophy can be displayed in their office and will get noticed by others, or you might choose a large plaque or oversized cup trophy for that landscaping contest. The bigger the trophy, the more significance it has, so choose something big and bold for your trophy. 3. Get it engraved A trophy has more significance to someone if they actually have their name on it and their accomplishment as well. While you may think to have the trophy engraved with the person’s name or the name of the contest or event, note other information on the engraving as appropriate. This might be their actual sales numbers, how many years in a row they’ve won the landscaping contest, and so on. This makes a trophy personal and more than just a generic giveaway that has no significance for the...

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Why You Should Use Custom-Made Tilt Trays for Your Car Towing Trucks

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Use Custom-Made Tilt Trays for Your Car Towing Trucks

If you use trucks in your car towing business, you might need to acquire custom-made tilt trays for these vehicles. So, why is tilt-tray technology good for your business? Tilt trays come with an array of different features that can allow you to tailor trucks that will suit your specific business needs. Here are some vital benefits attributed to integrating tilt tray technology in your car towing trucks. Improved road safety There are several dangers associated with towing a car using the conventional hook-and-chain method. Car towing truck drivers will have to be extremely cautious while negotiating sharp corners, and they’ll also need to keep a watchful eye on approaching vehicles. It would be heartbreaking to cause yet another accident while they’re towing cars that have been involved in an accident! When an accident involves a number of cars and some are awkwardly damaged, normal tow trucks may not have the capability or specialty required to tow them safely. In contrast, tilt-tray tow trucks can provide plenty of space in the rear section to ensure that damaged cars are stored securely for safe towing on your trucks. Minimal damage to cars Another advantage of tilt tray technology is the increased safety of the towed car. The conventional method of towing cars usually does more damage than good to the cars. Typically, a car that is involved an accident is already in a subtle condition. Dragging it across the highways will probably intensify the extent of damage. Tilt tray trucks have movable platforms that can be extended to touch the ground so that a damaged vehicle can be loaded onto the flatbed. Cars that have suffered slight damage can be driven onto the flatbed, if they’re not incapacitated. If the cars are incapacitated, they can be conveniently winched onto the truck deck for damage-free delivery. This way, the cars can safely and securely loaded for transportation, hence preventing any damage that may occur when towing. Save on time, make more money Sometimes, when road accidents happen, a car may end up in tight spots like down a steep roadside. In such situations a regular tow truck may not be able to move the car without making adjustments that will probably take many hours. Since tilt tray trucks can be positioned in different angles, they ensure a car is taken out of areas that are difficult to access easily. This will allow you to realise significant time savings, especially if there are a lot of stranded people waiting to be served, and you’ll be able to make more...

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