When should you attempt the repair yourself?
If the scratch looks to be white, then the chances are that it hasn't penetrated through the clear coat of paint on top of your colour, this is relatively easy to fix, other problems are more difficult and should be determined by your confidence. You also need to ensure that you have the right environment in which to make the scratch repair. Indoors is best and you need a reasonably warm temperature, 70 to 85 degrees F is ideal and being away from wind or sun is a must. You don’t want to be working in an environment where condensation is produced as moisture on the car can affect the paint finish.
What tools will you need?
Depending on the depth of your car scratch, you will need all or some of the following products, a good car shampoo, polish, 1,500 grit sandpaper, primer, paint (colour can be checked in the owners manual to ensure you use the correct paint code) and wax.
How to correct the problem
Clean the surrounding surface first to remove any dirt, ensure this is thoroughly dry before you move on. Using the sandpaper, carefully begin to sand the damaged area, only press lightly to ensure you have good control. If the scratch is up to the primer, apply a fresh coat of primer to the area and allow to dry overnight. When it comes to applying the paint, be sure to shake well first and follow the manufacturers instructions, which can vary slightly. When doing this, be careful to ensure that the new coat is level with the rest of the car. Again, allow this to dry, preferably overnight and apply the clear coat of paint to the top. Once the paint has completely settled, wet sand the area to make sure that it blends with the rest of the car and apply a polish. A wax finish will add extra protection to the new paintwork if required.
When attempting to fix a car scratch yourself, the key is to be patient, the drying in between stages can feel unnecessary but will ultimately produce the best finish. Don’t be tempted to leave a scratch unattended, as this can lead to rust and a bigger problem for yourself in the future.
This guest post was contributed by Dave James on behalf of Howard Basford Accident Repairs Wirral.
Here are a few top tips to ensure the safe operation of a forklift truck:
•Only allow trained people to operate the machinery
•Inspect truck on a regular basis to ensure it is all working, clean and safe
•When carrying objects that obscure your visibility, do not drive forward, use the reverse gear
•Keep arms and legs within the truck when driving
•Slow down when making turns to avoid the truck from tipping over
•Slow down when driving over rough terrain
•Do not travel with a raised load
•Do not pick up an off centre load as this can cause your truck to loose balance and tip over
•Do not allow anyone to walk under a lifted load
Heavy machinery such as forklift trucks are important to get work done that manual labour either can’t or speed up the process, but they require regular maintenance. To avoid any accidents, ensure those who operate the equipment are fully trained and have the correct environment in which to work.
This guest post was contributed by Dave James on behalf of Bluetruck, suppliers of pallet trucks and experts in warehouse operations.]]>
There are endless safety considerations in the scrap metal demolition industry, from pinching points to respiratory hazards to machine guarding. Industrial demolition contractors set up demolition work zones to keep the public safe, but of equal importance is the safety of the demolition workers. In addition to training excavator drivers about safe operating standards and best practices, you can do a lot to keep an operator safe by installing a cab guard.
Roll over protection structure (ROPS). An ROPS guard is a popular safety addition to excavator cabs to keep the operator safe if the machine overturns. These work most effectively when the driver wears a seatbelt.
Falling object protective structure (FOPS). An FOPS guard protects the operator and cab from debris and larger falling objects. The heavy walled tubing offers protection against impacts.
Lexan screens. Lexan screens add protection from small debris. You can add one to a FOPS guard to maximize safety.
Wire screens. Wire screens offer similar protection as Lexan screens but can better withstand the impact of larger objects.
The safest excavator cabs are those that scrap metal demolition contractors have custom-built to protect the internal workings of the machine as well as the operator. The benefits of custom-made guards over ROPS guards include:
Improved visibility. At Elder Demolition, we use tailor-made flat stock louvers and 3/8 square tube steel. The louvers offer more strength and visibility than simple wire screens, while the square tube serves as the structural framing base. We reinforce the louvers with 1-inch solid stock in areas that have an original equipment manufacturers (OEM) blind spot. To minimize the blind spot and add safety, the louvers are 3/8 inch thick, 2.5 to 3 inches tall and spaced vertically so they can withstand greater force while giving the operator plenty of space to see. Furthermore, the position in which the guard is mounted is far enough away from the cab’s OEM components that it’s simple to clean the cab, including its windows.
Operator protection. When a contractor installs an ROPS guard on some excavator cab models, the weight of the guard can make it impossible to open or close the cab door when the machine is on an incline. Consequently, the operator is at a greater safety risk if the machine rolls over because he may be thrown from the machine if the door cannot close, or he may not be able to escape if the door cannot open. When you build a custom cab guard with no moving parts, the guard’s weight doesn’t pose such a risk.
Light protection. When industrial demolition contractors build custom excavator cab guards, they usually build a component that protects the OEM lights. The guarding mount gets reinforced to increase its effectiveness.
Side protection. To increase the safety of a cab’s sides, Elder Demolition adds an 8-inch rolled catwalk that’s 3/8 inch thick from one side of the counterweight to the other. This addition protects the operator and lower part of the machine from side impacts.
Protection for internal components. We replace the OEM paneling with 3/8-inch steel plating that’s cut to match the mounting points and stock sight lines, and we use ¼-inch steel to reinforce the mounting points. To handle the increase in weight, our technicians reinforce the hinges and brackets or replace them with heavy-duty components. The new plating circles the machine, protecting the hydraulic tank, radiators and motor compartment.
The purchasing of safety equipment for an excavator cab is a worthwhile investment in an industrial demolition company’s assets. While the extra armor of a cab guard increases the excavator’s weight, the addition prevents future down time and expenses due to damaged equipment. More importantly, the protection of an excavator driver makes the installing of premium or custom-made safety components well worth the extra expense.
Elder Demolition is located in Portland, Oregon and is a fully licensed and insured demolition company that has broad experience with industrial and scrap metal demolition, scrap metal recycling, and LEED-certified green demolitions.]]>
Tarpaulins or tarps have many uses. One of them is to protect whatever is wrapped within it. These features and ability to last long makes it a one time purchase for many of us and we use it regularly to protect our goods and to ensure that they do not get damaged in any circumstances. Lumber tarps are one of the most recommended products in the world of transportation business. Here are few unique uses of the product which make it an incredible product.
These tarps are also called flatbed tarps and due to the myriad properties and features, they are extremely popular without transportation community. They not only use it to protect lumber but use to protect every kind of goods that they are carrying. It is indeed a very smart move to use tarpaulins to protect your goods even when they are not lumber.]]>
While the process of steel investment casting is relatively simple, manufacturers often use it to create complicated and intricate parts in order to realize the following benefits:
Investment casting allows you to make steel items that weigh anything from a few ounces to nearly 700 pounds. Designs can be as simple, detailed or complex as needed. Furthermore, the use of coring systems while creating the pattern allows you to create a product that is internally complex, which is useful for making parts where internal machining may is not possible.
Savings on Raw Materials
Machined castings, especially those with deep cavities, waste much of the steel used to cast the part. Investment casting produces almost no scrap or machining tailings.
Complicated Forms with Near-Net Configurations
Investment casting manufacturers can create complicated parts that include details like undercuts, holes, threads, serrations, lettering, bevels and slots. Consequently, the casting process produces net shaped parts t in the as-cast state.
When you remove steel from an investment casting mold, you’ll find that it has a smooth finish and no flash or parting line. This is because the mold has minimal surface defects and a micro-finish of up to 125 RMS. You’ll also notice fewer chips and shavings.
Steel investment casting has a consistent tolerance of about ±0.005 per inch or better. The tight linear tolerances reduce the need for after-cast straightening or dealing with draft angles.
Lower Production Costs
When you hire investment casting manufacturers, you don’t have to worry about the overhead costs associated with the purchase of new machinery and tools. And because the finished product has a smooth finish as soon as it’s out of the casting mold, there’s less waste.
Reduced Assembly Requirements
Since investment casting allows you to make a complicated part with a single fabrication process, there’s less need to assemble it with fasteners or welding methods. This reduces the parts count and simplifies inventory control. Minimizing the number of components improves quality because there are fewer potential failure modes. In addition to reducing the cost of the manufacturing and assembly processes, investment casting also lowers costs related to handling and inspection.
Markets that Benefit from Steel Investment Casting
While ancient civilizations used steel investment casting, the practice died down as new technologies emerged. In the 1980s, however, the technique picked up speed thanks to the aerospace, power generation and defense industries. Since the mid-1990s, general commercial demands have given rise to the popularity of investment casting.
Energy companies, for example, look to investment casting to produce wind turbine blades with cooling systems or complex shapes. Firearm manufacturers use the process to make low-cost precision parts like hammer, triggers and receivers.
From handheld tools to gearbox parts, engineers in a wide range of industries often look to steel to create wear-resistant parts. Such industries include those in the petrochemical, textile, automotive, valve and pump, and food fields.
To learn more about creating custom parts for your enterprise, talk to an investment casting manufacturer.
Sinotech offers custom engineered mechanical products such as investment castings, stampings, forgings, and metal and electromechanical components to a variety of industries.]]>
Note that the tarps themselves have to be securely fastened by ratchet straps or bungee cords. If that is not secure then the application of the lumber tarps are futile. There are several tarps that are available depending on the size of the load. It’s never a bad idea to have a number of tarps available just to be sure. Unfortunately just having straps isn’t enough. Seasoned truckers will tell you that driving in the elements present several challenges with heightened exposure to the dark. Open and exposed lumber is a dangerous thing even if you are driving only a few miles away.
Fortunately not many accidents have occurred in recent years regarding lumber transportation accidents. Some lumber providers drive a few miles while others drive a few states away. The risk is far greater not having adequate logistics involved.
Every trucker has a particular arsenal with them at all times like bungee cords and an extra ratchet set. Lumber tarps should be included with that. They don’t have to be used for only lumber purposes either. It is very multidimensional as far as use goes and you just never know when you will need it.
BLDC Motor Uses
Brushless DC motor manufacturers create the motors to efficiently run machinery. Today, BLDC motors are ideally suited for many applications, including CD players, DVD players and computer hard drives. Additional uses of the brushless DC motor include:
Instrumentation: In manufacturing, BLDC motors are ideal for positioning, actuation or motion-control systems because of their efficiency, low maintenance needs, good speed-torque characteristics and high power density.
Medical applications: BLDC motors in medical equipment last 10 times longer than their brushed counterparts (10,000 hours versus 500 to 1,000 hours). Brushless DC motor manufacturers provide an alternative to stepper motors, as the top speeds of BLDC motors aren’t limited by the number of poles. An example of a brushless DC motor in the medical industry is the Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) respirator, a device that aids in the treatment of sleep apnea. Medical analyzers that test different bodily fluids also use BLDC motors.
Appliances: Some refrigeration and HVAC units use brushless DC motors instead of AC motors because they don’t require as much power to operate and have longer lives than the induction motors they replace. Furthermore, the microprocessor used on the BLDC motor controller allows users to program the appliance and have better control over its airflow.
Factory automation equipment: Factories may use BLDC motors in assembly robots that position parts or to drive linear actuators. Fans and pumps in factory equipment may also use the motors.
Aerospace applications: Space vehicles use brushless DC motors to rotate solar arrays so they stay aligned with the sun as the vehicle orbits a planet.
Military applications: The BLDC motor is ideal for remote-controlled and radio-controlled devices. Since military applications require low noise, high reliability and reduced weight, the BLDC motor is the perfect solution.
Automotive applications: BLDC motors allow rechargeable batteries to last longer, making them ideal for electric and hybrid vehicles.
BLDC Motor Benefits over Brush DC Motors
Most BLDC applications require custom design of both the motor and the controller. In fact, the motor designer and the controller designer should work together on the overall design.
Sinotech offers a wide range of high quality electric AC and DC motors as well as custom electric motors built to your design requirements. We also provide custom engineered mechanical products, metal and plastic components and magnets to a variety of industries. Sinotech has over 20 years of experience in the industry with engineers personally supervising all tooling and production to ensure quality control.
I did, on two fingers the other day, I was putting in a clutch pack with another mechanic, something I rarely do, I usually do it by myself, but on this day I was helping someone else, and gotten my fingers pinched between the pack and the bell housing. You don't realize how heavy they are until you have 150 lbs pinching your fingers between metal. OUCH! Anyway after getting my fingers out, I had the most ridiculous pain I've ever experienced in my finger tips, they were not bleeding externally, but I could see the blood filling underneath my finger nails. I left it alone, and considered going to the hospital, but didn't. Two days passed, and these two fingers, looked like water balloons, and still throbbed with every beat of my heart. A co worker of mine, saw them and said, "Get a hot pin, and relieve the blood. This sounded kind of barbaric and painful, but he was right, I needed to relieve the pressure, so thinking about it, and what would be less painful, I decided a 1/16 th drill bit. (PURCHASED NEW FOR THE OCCASSION) Rubbing alcohol, to clean this drill bit, and then slowly but surely just twisting the drill bit over the dark red, blood spot, I successfully allowed the blood to drain out from under my finger nails. My fingers, are a little sore, but relatively doing much better. I can type again. I can properly hold a pen too. So I would consider this minor operation a success. I'm not sure doctor's agree with me, however, doctor's at the hospital would have much better things to do then remove the blood from under my fingernails.
As for keeping out infection, I've just been using polysporin and bandaids. Maybe this may help someone out there who wishes for the same relief..]]>
When buying industrial parts, it can be quite helpful to start off with some pre-shopping research. Here are acquisition tips to aid you in finding the best surplus gear reducers for your plant.
1. Sourcing Obsolete Parts
Due to the constant changes of industrial technology, plant managers can find themselves needing a part that is no longer in production. For example, the paper and pulp industry uses technology that changes especially quickly. The gear reducer that used to be mainstream a few years ago might not be widely available currently.
There are two options if you find yourself in this predicament: You can rebuild the surrounding machinery (cost-prohibitive) or you can buy a surplus replacement part. For the latter route, here are a few important questions to consider:
Can the surplus gear reducer provide the performance and power that you require?
Will the surplus gear reducer connect smoothly with surrounding parts?
Will the surplus gear reducer fit in the physical space of the gearbox envelope?
2. New vs. Refurbished Surplus Gear Reducers
When looking for a surplus part, you will notice the several different usage levels offered for surplus gear reducers out there. They include:
“New” surplus. New surplus gear reducers were previously bought, but were not put into service. It can be possible to save up to 70 percent over normal prices by choosing these new surplus gear reducers.
Refurbished, guaranteed surplus. This kind of surplus gear reducer has a warranty that shows that the supplier has improved the part to good working condition. These parts can derive from plants that were closing for economic or other reasons, but the gear reducers were still working well at the time production stopped.
Though it is possible, it is not recommended to purchase surplus gear reducers without a warranty. The ideal thing to do is work with a dealer who offers the options listed above.
3. Customer Service of Surplus Gear Reducer Dealer
A surplus gear reducer supplier should ideally be friendly and helpful and should provide fast and convenient delivery. They should be established enough to pull from a global network of suppliers so that you don’t have to do any of your own sourcing work. Lastly, make sure to check your supplier will provide thorough information regarding repairs and installation for your engineers.
4. Wide Selection of Surplus Gear Reducers
The supplier of your surplus gear reducers should provide you with an extensive collection of parts for you to choose from. This is a good indicator that you will have an easier time finding a replacement in the future.
5. Easy Lubrication Testing
Lubrication samples are the best way to test out your gear reducer operation performance. Regular lubrication sampling is very important and will help prevent failure and will minimize replacement costs. You should look for a surplus gear reducer that will facilitate easy oil sampling.
6. Dealer Certification
The last thing you should consider is asking each potential surplus gear reducer supplier whether or not they are certified by manufacturers, such as Falk, to repair broken parts. If yes, you will have more luck dealing with failed parts. This is also a good indication that your supplier is properly trained and can rebuild the surrounding gearbox to fit a more modernized gear reducer.
Keep these 6 tips in mind as you shop for surplus gear reducers and you will achieve a more positive and superior purchasing experience and overall outcome.
Agricultural machinery and buildings that can benefit from professional pressure washing services include:
Challenges Involved with Heavy Equipment Washing
Delaying heavy equipment washing can cause built-up silt, dirt and mud on machinery to harden, which can corrode your equipment. Keeping your equipment clean can help make maintenance and repairs simpler and keep machinery looking like new. However, while simply buying a pressure washer and using in-house labor may seem easier than hiring a professional service, consider that DIY heavy equipment washing without using the correct nozzles or the right cleaning techniques can damage equipment. Such an event can slow down productivity and be expensive to repair.
Other reasons to hire professional pressure washing services for your heavy equipment cleaning needs:
Pollutants. Without proper heavy equipment washing, the chemicals in fertilizers and manure can corrode farm machinery, making it unsafe to operate. Unfortunately, these same pollutants make do-it-yourself cleaning a challenge, as failure to safely get rid of the wastewater produced can compromise the health of your goods and employees.
Health and sanitation. Failure to properly clean livestock living quarters can promote the spread of dangerous bacteria and invite a pest infestation. Heavy equipment cleaning can help maintain the sanitary conditions of your livestock, which is essential if you are involved in dairy goods, cattle ranching, poultry farming, sheep shearing for wool, meat production or the manufacturing of leather goods. Professional pressure washing services can effectively clean animal living quarters so they are free of dirt, stains and pests.
Pest infestations. Failure to use professional power washing services to clean silos between fills can result in a pest infestation. Pests can compromise the sanitary conditions you work so hard to maintain, and they can cause a loss of revenue if your goods become contaminated.
Why Using a Professional Power Washing Service is the Best Solution
With barely enough hours in the day to complete normal day-to-day operations, it can be hard to gather the funds to purchase the specialized pressure washing tools needed for heavy equipment washing – not to mention hiring certified workers who are familiar with the machinery. Reputable heavy equipment cleaning services use a variety of specialized equipment and products that meet USDA standards, including steam pressure washers, hot and cold pressure waters, portable pressure washers and trailer-mounted pressure washers. These devices are specifically manufactured to clean heavy-duty machinery, which makes them more reliable, durable and efficient than most commercially available power washing equipment.
Professional pressure washing equipment is designed to address specific challenges. For example, steam pressure washers and hot pressure washers are perfect for fast, deep cleaning and the removal of petrochemicals, oil, sludge spots, grease, mud buildup and mire blemishes. These pressure washers are also ideal for cleaning the fatty acids, stearic acids from animals, and other fats off plastic machine parts and rubber tires. Furthermore, the experts who perform professional power washing services are trained to handle environmental issues such as pesticide residue and suspended solids, so your land, livestock and employees stay safe.
When you have a busy agricultural organization, professional power washing services can help your machinery and buildings stay clean without the need to purchase and store specialized equipment. Schedule regular cleaning sessions so you never have to worry about this aspect of your operation again.