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Tips For Teaching Your Shipping Crew To Manually Wrap Pallets

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Investing in pallet wrapping equipment is a great way to ensure that your shipments arrive at their destinations intact. Wrapping machines can save you a significant amount of time in your warehouse by automating the wrapping process. Unfortunately, all machines eventually need service and maintenance. If your warehouse crew has only ever used automatic wrapping tools, they may not know how to do the wrapping by hand when the machine is down. Here are some tips to teach them how to do it manually. Match The Pallet To The Boxes This should be standard practice even for the wrapping machine, but, especially if your machine supports mismatched sizing, you’ll want to stress the importance of choosing a pallet that’s sized to match the boxes. You don’t want boxes to overhang the edges of the pallet, because that could ultimately lead to product damage when the box corners get smashed. You also don’t want to have the pallet be larger than the products because the wrap may catch on the sharp pallet edges. Stack The Shipping Boxes Tightly This step isn’t as much of a concern when using mechanical wrapping equipment because the wrapper will push the boxes in together as tightly as it can. However, when wrapping them manually, your crew will need to understand the importance of packing all of the boxes together as tight as possible. This ensures that the boxes can’t shift around inside the pallet wrapping and cause damage. Load The Manual Wrapper Choose the right stretch wrap option for the shipment. The stretch wrap roll should be attached to the manual wrapper so that it is secure. Make sure the retention plate is in place and the locking screw is tight so that the roll doesn’t slip. Discourage your staff from trying to wrap the pallet without the manual wrapper wand, though. It’s difficult to maneuver the plastic wrap roll without it, so it can lead to loose wrapping and the potential for back injuries. Wrap The Pallet In order to get a secure wrap on the pallet by hand, you need to start the stretch wrap at the bottom of the pallet. Roll the end of the plastic wrap into a small rope, then wrap that rope around the pallet corner. Pull it tight so that the plastic rope sticks to the wrap on the other side. Wrap from the bottom of the pallet, pulling the plastic wrap down the side until it is as tight as you can get it. Then, wrap the plastic around that spot two or three more times to be sure that it’s reinforced and secure. Gradually work your way up the pallet in the same manner, ensuring several layers of wrap in each spot. Make sure that every layer is as tight to the boxes on the pallet as you can get them. Reinforce The Wrapping Once the entire pallet is wrapped, check the stability of the package. If it isn’t as secure as you’d like it, you can add more support by working your way back down the pallet. Pull it as tight as possible as you go for extra strength in the layer. Then, cut the plastic wrap and tuck the end under an edge on the pallet to keep it from unraveling. When your...

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How Lubricant Issues Can Affect Pump Bearing Life

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When it comes to your company’s refinery operations, there’s little to no time for downtime. This especially holds true for one of the most critical pieces of equipment inside the typical refinery: the centrifugal pump. With predictive maintenance and monitoring, it’s possible to achieve average mean times between failures (MTBFs) of 2.5 to 10 years, depending on the type and role of centrifugal pump. Bearing lubrication plays an important role in ensuring long pump life, and the condition of the lubricant itself will determine the working life of the pump, as well as the type of maintenance that’s required. As you manage your refinery operations, you can use the following as a reference guide for understanding how different lubricant states affect pump operation over the long run. Using the Incorrect Quantity Using the incorrect amount of lubricant in centrifugal pump operation can also have a remarkable effect on overall performance and longevity. The correct quantity of oil required for a particular pump depends on its original lubrication method and the application of the pump itself. These lubrication methods include oil splash lubrication and pure/purge oil mist. Lubricant starvation often leads to surface contact due to a lack of lubricant film strength. This, in turn, leads to a thermal runaway condition where the thermal expansion of bearing materials creates increased metal-on-metal contact, which further exacerbates thermal conditions. This eventually eventually leads to catastrophic failure of the pump. Using too much lubricant could lead to excess churning, allowing air entrainment to take place and accelerate oxidation issues. Excessive lubricant levels can also interfere with oil splash lubrication. For instance, the flinger discs would no longer be able to splash lubricant if the ring itself becomes submerged in oil. Maintaining optimal lubricant levels is essential for ensuring the longevity of the lubricant itself as well as that of the equipment being lubricated. These levels are normally determined by the equipment manufacturer specifications and preferred practices. Lubricant Contamination Most premature bearing failures can be linked to lubricant contamination of some sort, whether through moisture, particulates or air entrainment. Each type of contamination has its own set of effects on the lubricant and internal pump components: Particulate contamination can cause lubricants to become abrasive to mating surfaces and fatigue other components through localized pressure. Water contamination can lead to corrosion and destroy the lubricant’s ability to form a lubricating film for metal surfaces, resulting in excessive wear and tear of components. Air entrainment often leads to a loss in film strength and interferes with heat transfer. It also leads to poor oil compressibility, cavitation and oxidation. Particulate contamination usually occurs when certain components made of soft metals, such as brass oil rings, wear and create particle debris that’s later introduced into the bearings. Meanwhile, pressure differentials could lead to the introduction of water or air into the pump’s oil sump via vents and seals. Lubricant contamination could even occur during maintenance and rebuild periods due to improper handling of pump components or preexisting contamination of oils during storage or dispensing. Using the Wrong Lubricant The main problem with using the wrong lubricant involves disparities in viscosity and how they can negatively impact bearing life and operation. Proper and long-lasting bearing function often depends on the correct lubricant thickness, ensuring that the roller elements and other contact...

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Why Renting Oilfield Equipment Simply Makes Sense

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As the global demand for energy grows, so does the oilfield equipment rental industry. According to recent statistics from Oil & Gas Financial Journal, the oilfield equipment market environment is set to grow from $26.8 billion as of 2014 to a staggering $53.7 billion in 2019. While many companies choose to purchase their oilfield equipment outright, a large number of firms rent or lease their equipment. There are several reasons why rentals and leases offer a more attractive choice for both small and large-scale oilfield firms. Firms Always Have Access to the Equipment They Need Most Having the right equipment for the right job can make or break an oilfield firm. For many companies, making a major investment in a piece of equipment that quickly becomes unnecessary or unwanted can be a tremendous and costly misstep. Instead of making a purchase that could potentially become a burden on the bottom line, companies can rent their equipment based on their immediate needs. Changing conditions and locations could prompt a swift change in the type of equipment needed. As an example, soil variations can make equipment that excels in one particular region next to useless in another. Certain equipment that works well dealing with Canadian soil might not be up to the task of dealing with the different soil conditions in Texas or North Dakota. For this reason alone, renting your equipment gives you an opportunity to quickly swap out what you don’t need for more appropriate equipment. It’s also worth noting that equipment rental companies constantly rotate aging equipment out of their fleets on a regular basis. This ensures that not only do firms have access to the latest equipment, but that there’s little to no fear of it failing due to neglect or poor maintenance. It Allows Upstarts to Gain Traction While the big boys are likely to have considerable capital investments in drilling and transportation equipment, start-ups are less likely to have the capital needed to outright purchase their equipment. This can leave some smaller companies out in the cold unless they have access to rental equipment. By renting or leasing instead of purchasing oilfield equipment outright, these companies are able to enter the marketplace and compete without having to invest hard-earned capital into equipment purchases. It also helps start-up firms with limited capital avoid the pitfalls of equipment ownership, such as maintaining favorable utilization rates and dealing with equipment downtime. The Rental Company Handles the Asset Management Equipment maintenance costs play a sizable role in an oilfield company’s overall profitability. A company that owns its own equipment must deal with all of the costs that come from maintenance and repairs, in addition to inspections, storage and transportation to and from the job site. For this reason, the company has to maximize its utilization rate if it wants a chance to successfully amortize its capital investment. Consider the following when it comes to equipment rental vs. ownership: The average rental company usually replaces its core construction equipment every 5 to 6 years, generating an average of 800 hours of use each year. Companies that own their own equipment tend to retain them for as long as it’s economically viable to do so. These machines typically see 1,500 or more hours of work annually. The older the equipment gets,...

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Four Kitchen Design Elements That Will Make You Feel Like You’re A Top Chef

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The right kitchen design can make cooking an absolute joy. If you want to feel like a real professional when you slice, dice, and cook for your family, consider including these chef-inspired design elements in your kitchen. A Built-in Cutting Board with a Garbage Hole It’s hard to feel like a chef if you have to dig a cutting board out from the cupboard and carry your scraps across the kitchen to the trashcan every time you want to slice some veggies. A built-in cutting board makes this process a lot smoother. If you can arrange your lower cupboards so that there is space for a trash can under the cutting board, this is even better. Including a small hole in the cutting board design allows you to push your scraps right through the hole and into the trash. Since a built-in cutting board is harder to replace than a loose one, you’ll need to make sure you choose one that’s durable and high-quality. Some of the best woods to choose are maple, walnut and cherry. These woods are very tight-grained, which allows them to stand up to plenty of knife work, and they’re not overly porous, so they’re easy to clean. A Hanging Pot Rack If you watch chefs cook on television, you’ll often see them grab a pot or pan off of a hanging rack near the stove. They never dig their pans out from drawers! There are two main styles of pot racks to consider for your kitchen. One mounts to the ceiling and allows you to hang pots and pans from dangling hooks. This is a good choice if you have tall ceilings that allow you enough space so you don’t hit your head on the pots. The other variety mounts to the wall; if you have low ceilings, this is the better choice. A Pot Filling Sprayer at Your Stove Lugging a big pot of pasta water from the sink to the stove is no fun at all. A wall-mounted sprayer nozzle makes it easy to fill pots directly on the stove. Keep in mind that your plumbing may have to be reworked if you want to have this type of attachment installed. Depending on the current arrangement of your kitchen and the locations of your pipes, this may be a simple task, or it may be a time-consuming and costly one. A good alternative, if you cannot easily run a tap to your stove, is to make one of your sinks a deep pot sink. At least, then, you can easily fit pots in the sink without having to tip them. A Bar-Height Kitchen Island With A Cooktop Nothing makes you feel like a professional chef more than cooking for an audience. Even if you don’t plan on doing all of your cooking on an island, including a kitchen island with a small cooktop in your design gives you a space to cook and entertain at the same time. A nice way to arrange this design is with a cooktop and granite counter on one side of the island, and a finished wooden bartop on the other side of the island. Add some under-counter refrigeration to your island if you really want to go over the top. You can also ensure the seating...

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Leaks In Your Home? It May Be Your Skylight

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Skylights are relatively inexpensive, and they can make your home look far more opulent than originally imagined. In addition, skylights are the perfect way to let light into areas of your home that do not normally receive that much light. Although skylights are usually quite airtight, like all windows, they are subject to damage. If you’re experiencing a leak in your home, there is a chance that it could be your skylight. Throughout this brief article, you’ll learn the signs of a problem skylight, possible causes of the leak, and when you should repair versus when you should replace your damaged skylight. Signs Of A Problem Skylight There are numerous ways you can identify a problem skylight. The first way to identify a problem skylight is the most blatant. From the ground floor, can you tell that the leak has obviously originated from the skylight? Sometimes the leak can be quite obvious, with water simply pouring from the skylight into your home. Likewise, if, from where you’re standing, you can see obvious cracks in the skylight’s glass pane, chances are, the source of your leak has originated from the skylight. If the skylight does not appear to be cracked but you have damp ceilings, strong drafts, discoloration near the skylight or if your skylight collects condensation that never seems to clear up, it is most likely due to a problem with your skylight. Possible Causes Of A Leak There is an entire litany of possible causes of a skylight related leak, but here are a few of them. Obviously, the most common form of skylight leakage is direct, cracked glass. If your skylight has a crack or has spiderwebbed, which means the crack has expanded and spread to the point where it looks like a spiderweb, then this is most likely a definitive cause of leakage. The source of the skylight leak may be less obvious. If the glass on your skylight isn’t cracked, the next step is to check all of the sealed off areas of your skylight. Get out your ladder and climb onto your roof to examine the exterior of the skylight. You should check to make sure that the glass has not detached from the moulding or windowpane. This is a common problem among older skylights and if this is the case, chances are, this might be the cause of your leak. You should also examine the flashing around the skylight, looking for areas where it has started to peel from the roof or cracked. When To Repair VS When To Replace After identifying a skylight as the source of a leak, the next question on your mind will most likely be: what do I do next? Well, there are essentially two answers to that question. You can either repair or replace the skylight. Under the best conditions, a simple repair job will do. If it is the case that you have open joints in the flashing, or an open seam, this is most definitely an easy repair. Simply caulk the offending areas thoroughly and efficiently and wait for the next rain; if you’re not experiencing a leak: voila! You did it. The offending area is repaired. However, if you are experiencing extensive leakage, or you have a cracked or spiderwebbed pane, it is most...

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Oh, Poo – Scraper System Choices To Deal With Livestock Waste

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If you’ve invested in your first ranch and decided you’re ready to bring in some cattle, you’ll want to make sure that you are fully prepared. Before you bring the animals in, make sure that you have space for both shelter and grazing. You also need to consider your waste management methods, because livestock waste can spread disease, not just between animals but also in people. An accumulation of livestock waste can also threaten the integrity of your well water, causing a high concentration of nitrates in the water. Here’s a look at the basics of waste scrapers to keep your property clean. Why Waste Scraping Matters The right manure scrapers are valuable tools when you have livestock or other animals. Scrapers will clean up animal waste throughout the grazing and barn areas, which will reduce the spread of waste and bacteria in the hooves and claws of the animals. Most commercial farming operations rely on large, automated scrapers that are programmable and can operate completely autonomously. For smaller farms, though, these elaborate system structures are financially out of reach. If this is the case for your property, you’ll want to explore other options, including both hand-controlled and adjustable units. Adjustable Manure Scraping Systems Adjustable manure scrapers are a versatile tool for cleaning up a variety of areas. In fact, most adjustable scrapers have at least three different widths that you can set to cover a variety of paths. You can change the width to fit a wider walkway, path or barn aisle, or possibly narrow it down to fit into a tighter space. These scrapers attach to the tractor, which gives you a bit of power behind the operation. By making the tractor do the heavy work, you can reduce your risk of potential injuries from slipping in areas that are covered in animal waste. The mechanical structure of these scrapers allows for more force behind the edge than you could apply manually. This is important, because it ensures that the surface you’re scraping is as clean as possible. Another benefit to using a scraper that connects to the tractor is that it reduces the manual labor required. This means you can focus your manpower on other tasks. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective way to get things clean, this is the way to go. Manual Manure Scraping Systems Despite the convenience of tractor-driven scrapers, sometimes there is no substitute for getting the job done by hand. In those situations, a manual manure scraper is the solution. In fact, manual scrapers have a few distinct advantages in smaller business operations. Manual manure scrapers are a more affordable investment when you’re just getting started. You can purchase these scrapers for much less than is required for the elaborate equipment. You’ll also be able to use a manual scraping system right away when you get it – there’s no concerns about elaborate installation or alignments. Manual scrapers have to be operated by hand, so you have to get in on the dirty work. The biggest advantage to these systems, though, is the ability to get into much smaller spaces than you can with scrapers that mount to the tractor. In fact, if you have a pathway that is difficult to access by tractor, you can get to them and...

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Five Benefits Of Getting Your Boat’s Windshield Professionally Tinted

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You’ve had your car windows tinted and love the advantages. Now you’re thinking of tinting the windows on your boat. The following includes information on marine window tinting and the benefits of the practice, along with an explanation on why you should let a professional do the work. Benefits of Window Tinting Blocks UV Radiation You’re already out on the water, which increases the amount of UV radiation you are subjected to. The surface of a lake, river or calm ocean acts like a giant mirror, giving you a double dose of sunlight. If you’ve ever been out on the water on a cloudy day and still come back with a painful sunburn, it’s because of that reflective property. Blocking UV radiation helps protects your skin and eyes. Reduces Fatigue and Glare If you’ve ever piloted a boat, you probably know how tired your eyes feel after staring at the water for extended periods, even with sunglasses. Window tinting reduces the glare off the water and lessens eye fatigue. Your passengers, whether they are on deck or in the cabin, will also notice the difference. Strengthens the Glass Boat windshields are often made of high-impact acrylic plastic, just like that on motorcycles. Newer models may have laminated safety glass, like you find on most cars. Both can still shatter if hit by rocks or other objects, particularly if you are caught out in a storm.. The tinted window film puts another layer of protection over the windshield and the other windows on your boat. It helps to hold the window together in case of breakage, keeping water out of the cabin.   Reduces Interior Temperatures Window tinting also reduces the amount of heat that gets into your boat’s cabin. This means if you have air conditioning you’ll run it less often. Even on a smaller craft, your passengers will be more comfortable. Unlike with a car, sometimes cracking a window on a boat isn’t an option. The film also protects your interior furnishings from sun damage. Your upholstery, floor coverings and window treatments won’t fade or dry out as quickly. Even a water-friendly furniture covering such as vinyl tends to dry out and crack when exposed to sunlight. Provides Security Tinting you windows also keeps passersby from looking into your boat while docked. The saying “out of sight, out of mind” says it all. Don’t tempt the criminals by displaying your wares, and you’re less likely to get robbed. Even if you have a determined thief, the window film makes it nearly impossible to break into your boat. Alarm systems may deter some, but not being able to gain access makes most crooks look for an easier target. Why You Should Leave Window Tinting to the Professionals It takes skill to install window tinting properly. Think back to when you put decals on your favourite bicycle or wagon. Wasn’t it annoying when the decal didn’t go on smoothly and had little air bubbles stuck underneath it? You had to try and rip it off and do it again or just live with the bubbles. Now, imagine you have one giant decal that you want to install on a piece of glass. Without the proper technique and equipment, you’ll have even more bubbles to deal with. Remember how difficult it...

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Submerged Arc Welding: 3 Technique Variations That Can Change Results

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Originally developed by the Linde-Union Carbide Company, submerged arc welding has gained a considerable amount of popularity in welding heavy machinery and equipment like tractors and multi-head rigs. Submerged arc welding can meet numerous industry standards, as it can offer over 150 combinations of welding flux and wire designs. This article will explore what submerged arc welding is and 3 technique variations that can be implemented to change the results. The Basics of Submerged Arc Welding Unlike other welding processes, submerged arc welding is completed underneath a protective blanket of flux, which eliminates any exposed arc radiation and the need for welding screens. The arc during this welding process is held flat throughout and is also maintained by being placed at the end of a bare wire electrode and the weld. In the meantime, the electrode is constantly being fed into the arc. The trick to submerged arc welding is to feed the wire into the arc at the same rate at which the electrode is melting. Submerged arc welding can be competed with either a fully automatic or a semi-automatic.   Submerged arc welding is beneficial as it creates strong and sound welds that will last a lifetime while emitting minimal amounts of fumes. There is less distortion in this welding process as well, and high deposition rates are possible. Deep weld penetration is also possible. Technique Variations That Can Affect Results One of the top benefits of a submerged arc welding process is the fact that it can be used in a variety of different ways to achieve different results based on the needs and expectations of the project. 3 different technique variations are quite common in the industry. They include: Using multi-wire systems. Multi-wire systems are actually extremely advantageous in submerged arc welding because they allow for more electrodes to be used. This will help increase and improve deposition rates and travel speeds. Depending on the project, multi-wire systems can be accomplished by using a single power source or by using a separate power source for each wire.  Using multiple power sources. Multiple power sources allow for both alternating current and direct current to be used at the same time. Generally speaking, alternating current is typically used when three wires are in tandem with one another. Using multiple power sources will also be beneficial for three-phase power systems and for working on high-speed longitudinal seams on large pipes. Using strip electrodes during the surfacing process. This helps welders to save a considerable amount of money on the project. This is because the strip electrodes will create a corrosion-resistant overlay on a less expensive base that is typically made from materials like stainless steel. The strip electrode will create a smooth overlay surface. Adding different chemical elements to the flux. Most welders will incorporate iron powder into the flux. Iron powder is particularly useful as it is able to improve the deposition rates of the welding while not affecting the properties of the welded metal. There are additional variations that are constantly being incorporated into submerged arc welding for different finishes, results and effects. Most of these techniques are able to help welders save a considerable amount of time and money on the work that they are doing. Conclusion Submerged arc welding is definitely a great technique and process to...

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Establishing A Recycling Program For Your Small Manufacturing Business

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Adhering to mandatory municipal recycling guidelines helps to decrease the amount of waste that ends up in local landfills. However, if you own a small business that uses raw materials such as sheet metal to manufacture goods, you can minimize the impact your business has on the environment even further by implementing a recycling program. The following guide provides the basic steps on how to increase your recycling efforts in the workplace. Designate a Recycling Team When your business has more than a few employees, you should designate a leader to coordinate your recycling efforts. If you have several departments, you can recruit someone from each section to participate in a recycling team initiative. The team will devise, implement and monitor your company-wide recycling program. It is important to provide the team with managerial support, adequate resources and encouragement so they can be successful in their efforts. Perform an Audit of Waste One of the first tasks the recycling team should perform is conducting an audit of the amount of waste generated by your company. This includes determining how much materials you throw away during the manufacturing process. You may be surprised to find out how much valuable metals are discarded and what can be salvaged. Metals that you should recycle include: Aluminum Brass Copper Nickel Platinum Stainless steel Zinc With the information gathered from the audit, you can uncover wasteful practices and identify ways to improve company-wide recycling. Educate Employees Even though you designated a team to oversee waste reduction efforts, you should reach out to all employees to educate them on how to improve workplace recycling. You can hold a company meeting, send out informational emails and hang up posters that remind employees on how to handle and dispose of materials such as scrap metal, old pallets and plastics. In addition, encourage employees to submit their waste reduction ideas and feedback to the recycling team. You can also reiterate your commitment to recycling and waste reduction by including a statement about company efforts in the corporate policy manual. Establish a Relationship With a Recycling Firm If you generate large amounts of manufacturing waste, you should establish a relationship with a reputable recycling firm, like Federal Metals Inc, that can provide regular pickups of odd-shaped and large items such as large metal pipes. Recycling companies provide bins and roll-off containers in various sizes for collecting manufacturing waste. You do not have to worry about sorting through mounds of metal, plastics and other materials. The recycling firm will organize the waste, separating the different types of materials for processing. Once the materials reach the recycling facility, the metals and other products are shredded, melted and purified for reuse. If you typically generate a large amount of metal waste, recycling firms will pay you for the scrap metal based on current market prices. In addition, if you are moving to another facility, you can hire a recycling firm to pick up the materials that you leave behind including old equipment, appliances, electronics and metals. Purchase Recycled Raw Materials Many suppliers of raw materials provide recycled products to customers. Some recycled metals, especially steel, provide the same quality as newly mined raw materials. The recycling firm that picks up your waste may also sell recycled metal and industrial surplus metals. Furthermore, many...

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