Supplies to Prevent and Treat Industrial Injuries

Keeping the Dumpster in Good Condition: 3 Tips to Preventing Your Dumpster from Rusting

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping the Dumpster in Good Condition: 3 Tips to Preventing Your Dumpster from Rusting

Regardless of whether you are renting a dumpster for residential or commercial purposes, you are responsible for maintaining the condition of the dumpster as you received it. Your contract will normally state that you will be fined or charged for any damages that the dumpster sustained when in your hands. One of the most common damages that you need to look out for is rusting. The bottom edges and corners of the dumpster is particularly vulnerable to rusting. If rust forms, these areas tend to wear down and form holes and cracks, which then allow rodents and other pests to enter the dumpster easily. Here are 3 tips for keeping rust at bay. Keep the Dumpster Off of the Floor Rust forms wherever the metal of the dumpster comes in contact with water for extended and prolonged periods of time. As stated above, the bottom edges of the dumpster is particularly vulnerable, as it is most commonly the only place that is in contact with water for extended periods of time. To prevent water from pooling in these areas, keep the dumpster off of the floor by raising it and placing it on a platform. You can even rent a dumpster with wheels on the bottom for the same effect. It’s also a good idea to place the dumpster on concrete or asphalt rather than in direct contact with soil. Soil will basically act as a sponge and absorb water without allowing it to properly drain away. Place the Dumpster in a Shaded Area Away from Rain and Snow If you live in a rainy area, it’s also important that you consider where the best place to put the dumpster may be. In general, a shaded area that is tucked away from the elements, like rain and snow, will be best. If you can move the dumpster manually, place it in your garage during rainy days. Take it outside only when the sun is shining. In the event that you can’t find a shaded area to place the dumpster, you might want to consider creating your own shaded area. You can place a tarp over the dumpster or even install a pop-up canopy. Make sure that the side of the dumpster is properly shielded from the elements. Ensure the Lid Is Always on Top Not only is the outside of the dumpster vulnerable to rusting, but so is the inside walls of the dumpster. This is especially true since you probably won’t be ventilating the inside of the dumpster much, and you also won’t be manually drying it off whenever it gets wet since it’s probably filled with waste already. It’s easy for water to pool at the bottom of the dumpster, and especially at the corners and the edges. Over time, the water will cause those parts of the dumpster to form rust. The best solution for preventing this from happening is to ensure that the lid always on top of the dumpster. Look for a lid that will allow the dumpster to ventilate, but will also tightly seal onto the dumpster to prevent water from entering. If the lid doesn’t offer any ventilation at all, prop the lid up on a sunny day to ventilate the inside of the dumpster, and to allow any moisture that is...

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Permanent Changes To Make When Renting Temporary Boilers To Meet Seasonal Demands Of Manufacturing

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Permanent Changes To Make When Renting Temporary Boilers To Meet Seasonal Demands Of Manufacturing

If you own or manage a manufacturing facility you probably see an increase in demand leading up to the holiday gift giving season. To accommodate this increase, you may hire more employees or offer your current employees additional overtime. However, your employees aren’t the only ones that need to keep up with the increased demand; your mechanical systems need to meet the demand as well. One of the most crucial mechanical systems of most manufacturing facilities is the boiler. Boilers are used to produce steam power and provide heat and hot water for various aspects and processes within a manufacturing facility. However, boilers may not be able to meet an increase in demand without some sort of supplementation. Enter – temporary boiler rentals. Instead of replacing your entire boiler system to meet the increase in demand that you see for a short period of time, rent temporary boilers on an annual basis. To do this, it’s important to prepare your facility to accommodate a temporary boiler. Here’s what needs to be done. Choose the location The location for the temporary boiler should be in very close proximity to the current mechanical components of your permanent boiler. Typically, facilities that rent temporary boilers frequently or annually will place the temporary boilers on the exterior of the facility directly outside of the permanent boiler. That way, all the necessary mechanical components that need to be connected to the temporary boiler are already nearby, such as water pipes, fuel lines and power sources. Decide on the temporary boiler size Of course, you’ll need to know the weight and dimensions of the temporary boiler your facility will rent. Your mechanical engineer will need to determine how much demand the temporary boiler needs to meet, and discuss those figures with the temporary boiler rental company you choose. You’ll need to know the size of the boiler in order to make preparations for its delivery and usage. Prepare the ground Once the ideal location is determined and the boiler size is known, it’s important to stabilize the ground for the heavy weight of the temporary boiler. It is highly recommended to install a concrete pad that is large enough for a temporary boiler to sit on. Alternatively, asphalt can be used. If you are unable to install a concrete pad or place asphalt in that location, at bare minimum the ground should have good drainage and be compacted to support the weight of the temporary boiler. If the boiler will be placed on the ground, the boiler will need to be placed directly onto wood timbers or concrete blocks for support. Also, be sure there is a suitable path for the delivery of the temporary boiler. In most cases, this pathway needs to be large enough to accommodate a semi truck or a large forklift. Protect from weather If your facility is located in an area that is subjected to freezing temperatures or adverse winter weather conditions, it’s important to protect the temporary boiler from these elements. Without protection from winter elements, the temporary boiler may not work effectively. Construct a shelter to house the temporary boiler. This structure will keep snow and ice from accumulating directly on the boiler. Keep in mind that boilers are delivered on skids or in trailers. Therefore, the shelter...

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Why You Should Consider Aluminum Seals For Your Manufacturing Facility

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Consider Aluminum Seals For Your Manufacturing Facility

When you are building a manufacturing facility, you’re going to find that your equipment often faces heavy demand. One of the most important components you’ll invest in for your equipment is the right seals. After all, seals are a vital part of how your compressors and other machines operate. In order to have sufficient pressure in your compressors and manufacturing machines, you’ll need seals that are strong enough to stand up to the demand you put on them without cracking, drying or otherwise failing. If you’re looking for seals that are going to be able to hold up under even your most extreme production deadlines, aluminum seals may be the best way to go. Here’s a look at what you should know about the seals you may need and why aluminum is a great option. Types of Seals Labyrinth: These seals are graduated, creating a series of steps along the sealed area. They’re made to allow for higher differential pressure in the system, which can be particularly important for manufacturing machines with piston components. They’re also beneficial for preventing leaks of air, nitrogen or similar gases. Liquid Film Shaft: These seals feature a set of rings mounted on the ends of the shafts to prevent leakage. These rings are free-floating, so they move as needed to prevent leaks. They are particularly valuable for compressors and similar parts where it’s vital that there be no leaks. Dry Gas: Dry gas seals prevent contamination in the machine’s cycles. They feature a stationary ring and a rotating ring. The rotating ring creates a force that drives the stationary ring away, creating a gap. These seals can be used without lubricating oil because gas provides the lubrication. If you have a compressor or manufacturing machine that uses carbon dioxide, this is a good seal to use. Mechanical Oil: These seals require lubrication. They feature carbon rings that are continuously in contact with a rotating collar. This constant motion is why the lubrication is necessary. When you need secure, consistent shaft seals, these are typically the way to go. Reasons for Aluminum When it comes to choosing seals for any manufacturing environment, aluminum is one of the most common materials. The core features of aluminum seals make them an ideal choice for many of these applications. This metal has many advantages that other metals just can’t offer, so it makes it a versatile choice that’s also cost-effective. Here are some of the reasons to consider aluminum for your industrial seals. Lightweight Material – Aluminum is a lightweight material, and it’s lighter than most of the other metals out there. Since it’s so lightweight, you can use it in almost any environment, including aerospace and other manufacturing operations. Not only does its weight make it a versatile choice, but it also makes it more affordable to ship. Durable Metal – One of the things that makes aluminum really unique is the durability that it retains despite its lightweight nature. It not only holds up to a lot of wear and tear, but it isn’t susceptible to damage from extreme temperatures. Unlike some metals that can become brittle or weak when the temperatures drop below freezing, aluminum will still stand strong. Rust Resistant – Aluminum is resistant to rust and corrosion. If your manufacturing facility includes...

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Choosing The Right Type Of Rolled Steel For Your Projects

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing The Right Type Of Rolled Steel For Your Projects

Choosing the right type of rolled steel for metal fabrication, whether for machine shop output or a residential construction project, can impact the quality and appearance of your final product. Even though both cold rolled and hot rolled steel offer versatility, sustainability and durability, other characteristics of the two kinds of steel should determine which one you use for a specific project. If you need a primer on the differences between the two, the following guide provides with you the basics of what you need to know. Creation Steel is an iron alloy that contains small amounts of carbon and other minerals. However, end products made from steel have different properties depending on how the metal is processed at steel mills. Hot rolled steel is processed at a very high temperature, hence the name, causing the grains of the material to re-form as the steel cools down. Cold rolled steel is processed at near room temperature. Both types of steel are passed or drawn through rollers during the production process until the desired flatness and shape is achieved. While it is easier to flatten heated steel, the material will shrink during the rolling process. As a result, the final shape of hot rolled steel will be less predictable than cold rolled products. Characteristics and Benefits When you need steel for projects that require the material to be cut with extreme precision, you should choose cold rolled steel. Because it does not shrink and has fewer imperfections than hot rolled steel, it can be formed and cut to more specific dimensions. It is also more ductile and durable but less flexible than hot rolled steel. On the other hand, you can purchase larger sized sheets of hot rolled steel. In addition, you can order galvanized hot rolled steel that is corrosion resistant. Overall, when you’re choosing steel sheets, you should take into account how easy it is to form and weld the material into the shape you need. Appearance and Finish If you are working on a project that requires aesthetically pleasing steel, your choice between cold or hot rolled metal will be easy. Cold rolled steel looks better than hot rolled steel because it has a smoother finish. It is also easier to modify the finish of cold rolled steel because it is not scaly and can be processed to have a matte finish to make it easier to paint, lacquer or enamel. In addition, you can add surface treatments to cold rolled steel to make the material resistant to rust. The rougher, carbon scale finish of hot rolled steel makes it less amenable to paint and other aesthetic treatments. Since hot rolled steel has a scaly, gray finish, it is more useful for projects where the final product is out of sight or aesthetics are not a priority. Uses and Price Cold and hot rolled steel are commonly used for a variety of construction, home improvement, industrial and utility projects. Since cold rolled steel has a more uniform finish and precise shape, it is commonly used for: Appliances Car parts Plumbing fixtures Industrial tubing Electrical motor parts Sleek countertops Steel furniture and doors Shelving Typical uses of hot rolled steel include: Construction beams Railroad tracks Massive round, square and rectangular bars for building projects Steel plates When it...

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Accessories Everyone Should Have For Their Air Compressor

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Accessories Everyone Should Have For Their Air Compressor

Air compressor accessories allow you to use your air compressor for many different jobs. You don’t want to have a large, cool tool for your home and only have one use for it. Here are different types of air compressor accessories that can create different uses or just make using your air compressor easier. Hoses Your air compressor has one hose, so why do you need more? The hoses become worn out over time. They won’t last as long as your air compressor will. If you begin to get small holes or kinks in your hose, the proper air pressure won’t flow through it. Even worse, the hose can fly off. Under the type of pressure that your air compressor creates, any part flying off of it is dangerous to anyone in the vicinity. Ensure that you have extra hoses on hand, so you aren’t using a damaged hose until you can get a new one. Hose reel A hose reel is an attachment for your air compressor. It’s like the hose reels that you can install above outside faucets on the side of your home to wrap your garden hose around. You can buy an air compressor hose reel to wrap the hose around. You don’t want the hose lying around the garage and getting run over when you pull your car in and out of the garage. It’s also a tripping hazard. You can find hose reels that attach to the air compressor and some that attach to the wall behind it. Roll cage Roll cages are made to keep air compressors safe. If you air compressor gets a dent or a puncture, it’s an expensive item to replace. You don’t want to take a chance of something happening to it when you drag it around to use it. The roll cage has a thick plate underneath so it can be dragged around without harm. Some roll cages have wheels on the back so you can lift up the font and roll it around. Air compressor dryer An air compressor dryer or a dehumidifier is important for the space where you are using your air compressor. While an air compressor runs, the high air pressure, combined with the air pressure in the room, creates moisture. The moisture can build up inside of the air compressor over time, causing mold, mildew, and rust and causing water to spray out of the hose. When humidity is high, the moisture builds up even faster. Use an air compressor dryer every time you use it to keep the moisture from building up. If you don’t have an air compressor dryer, or can’t find one, you can run a dehumidifier in the room. If you already have some moisture build up, you can build a moisture trap that redirects the build up from your air compressor. Air tools You can buy power tools that are powered by your air compressor. You can buy nail guns, paint guns, ratchets, hammers, and other power tools that you never have to charge, plug in, or gas up. You simply attach it to the end of your air compressor hose and get to work. You can buy the tools separately as you need them or even an entire air tool kit. Attachments Attachments for the air...

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Dental Micro Tool Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dental Micro Tool Maintenance Tips

Micro tools play a huge role in the dental industry. These small instruments are extremely useful, but only when they are functioning well and in good condition. Daily use can lead to serious wear and tear of your medical micro tools, so it’s important to practice regular maintenance on them to keep them operating at their peak performance. Here are some dental micro tool maintenance tips to help keep your tools in great shape. Be careful with sterilization methods It’s a given that all medical and dental tools need to be properly sterilized between uses, but not all sterilization techniques are equal. For small power tools, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions before attempting any sterilization method. The tools should be rinsed and cleaned before sterilizing, and a pH neutral detergent should be used because a low pH one can break down the stainless steel coating and lead to black staining on the tools. High pH detergent residue can cause a brown stain and impede the operation of the tool. When sterilizing micro drills and bits, be sure to avoid letting the pieces touch, especially when using an ultrasonic sterilizer. Not only can this impede sterilization, it can also dull or damage the drill bits and make them less effective.  Lubricate tools as recommended Drill manufacturers should include instructions on the frequency and method of lubricating micro tools. Be sure to follow these recommendations to keep the mechanisms inside the drill casing moving smoothly. Spray oil is a good choice because it forces the oil to the bearings, where it is needed most. If you do choose to use a dropper, be sure to flush the oil through until it comes out of the head of the drill. This will ensure that the bearings are lubricated thoroughly. Run the drill for a short time to make sure that the oil has been distributed properly so it won’t pool up and coagulate during sterilization. Don’t leave dental burs in drills during autoclave sterilization Autoclaving is a common and useful method of sterilizing dental micro tools, including drills. The bur must be removed from the drill before sterilizing in an autoclave to prevent damaging the springs that hold the bur in place. Because the springs are under tension while the bur is installed, the heat from the autoclave could damage them and make it unsafe to use. Remove the bur and clean it separately to protect the drill. Keep airline pressure in the right range If you force too much air through the line and into the drill, it can wear out the bearings inside the drill much faster. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the correct air pressure, and keep the bearings lubricated to avoid damage.  Don’t use a drill that feels “off” Familiarize yourself with the way your drill performs when it’s fully functional and optimally lubricated. Listen for grinding that could indicate the bearings are under stress. If the drill doesn’t feel or sound the way it should, don’t use it. Forcing it to function when something is wrong can seriously damage the hand tool.  Skip the DIY tool repairs Many micro tools require specialized tools for repairs. They may also have small parts that can easily be lost or damaged when you open up the drill casing. Take your tools to a professional...

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Seven Practical Uses For Rolling Utility Carts

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Seven Practical Uses For Rolling Utility Carts

Rolling utility carts may be used in the home, outdoors, or in a retail or food service environment. You might utilize a rolling utility cart to transport equipment, or in the laundry room, workshop or garage. You may also find it useful for outdoor excursions. If you need further inspiration, here are seven practical uses for a rolling utility cart: 1. Transport Your Retail or Trade Show Load If you need to effortlessly move a piece of equipment in your retail business, warehouse or office, a rolling utility cart may provide the solution. It is also good for hauling items to trade shows. For transporting a heavy item, such as audio or video equipment or a stove top range, choose a heavy duty commercial-grade utility cart constructed of zinc-plated steel to resist corrosion. Check the weight capacity, as some are able to haul several hundred pounds. For hauling lightweight loads, such as restaurant food containers to be moved into a cooler, you may prefer a rolling two or three-tier tub cart with deep shelves. 2. Take It Camping and Fishing For fishing and camping trips, a multi-purpose rolling utility cart can be a convenient aid. For your outdoor excursions, choose a utility cart with a removable insulated cooler for holding beverages. The cooler may be carried separately with an included shoulder strap. This rolling utility cart should feature all-terrain wheels for moving over rocky or uneven surfaces. 3. Tote Your Laundry or Groceries A utility cart on wheels is a practical solution for toting laundry to the laundromat or hauling groceries from the store. To negotiate tight turns, be sure the wheels rotate to a full 360 degrees. The cart should have a steel frame and fold flat for easy storage. 4. Organize Your Workshop or Garage For a neatly organized workshop or garage, buy a rolling utility cart with drawers. Drawers will keep your hand tools accessible and protected, plus you can move the wheeled cart as you work. This is a good idea for those who work on cars and need the mobility of a tool trolley. In addition to tools, you might store other items on the cart such as paintbrushes, rags, bolts and nails. 5. Stay Organized at Preschool Rolling utility carts are great for preschool and daycare projects. Do you need to transport craft supplies, books and lightweight equipment in the classroom? A wheeled utility cart is a teacher’s friend. Keep finger paints, puzzles, clay, markers and crayons in drawers. Move the cart around the classroom or from desk to desk as needed. 6. Keep Pet Supplies Within Reach A rolling utility cart with shelves can keep your dog, cat or bird supplies within easy reach. Besides holding pet food, you might store your pet’s toys, leashes and collars in the utility cart drawers. It’s also a good idea to store pet licenses and permits, so everything for your pets will be in one place and easily located when you need them. 7. House Your Microwave and Accessories A microwave is a necessity for most households, although these convenient appliances tend to be counter-top space “hogs”. To free up your counter-top space, consider purchasing a rolling microwave utility cart. Not only are these carts functional, they are aesthetically appealing and complement most kitchen and...

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Troubleshooting Guide For Dealing With Clogged Vibratory Screeners

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting Guide For Dealing With Clogged Vibratory Screeners

If the factory you work for uses vibratory screeners to sift materials, you may come across a time when they become clogged up with debris. If so, use the following troubleshooting guide for determining the cause and cleaning the screens. Determine The Cause Of The Clog Before you begin cleaning out a clogged screen, the cause of the clog should be determined. Whether or not the debris is solid particulates or fibrous lint materials will determine how you go about removing them. First. look at the screens. Sometimes, visualizing the clogs will tell you what type of material is clogging them up. For example, you may see strings hanging out of the openings if fibers are the culprit. However, if you see tiny balls lodged in the screens, this would indicate solids. Second, if you are unable to see what is causing the blockages, put on a plastic, disposable glove. Then, rake your hand over the top of the screen. Look at the material on your hands to see the type of material, based on the examples in the previous paragraph. If you discover fibrous materials, go on to the next section. However, if you find solid particulates, proceed to the third section. Use A Rotary Brush To Remove Fibrous Material After discovering your vibratory screeners are clogged up with fibrous materials, a rotary brush can be used to pull the lint and fibers out of the holes. When the bristles of the brush hook onto the strings, they gently pull the clog away from the screen. They then wrap around and stick to the brush. After turning on the brush, slowly and carefully pass it over the top of the screen. Do not use too much pressure because this could damage the screen. Also, do not go too fast because you may miss tiny fibers caught in the screen’s material. While using the brush, make sure you stop and clean it before the bristles become full. This helps prevent clogging up the brush, as well as reintroducing the fibrous material into the screener’s openings. Once you have passed over the top of the screen, clean the brush thoroughly. Then, repeat the process from underneath. This will ensure you catch any fibers hanging from the bottom. Use A Pressurized Water Sprayer With A Stationary Nozzle For Solid Particulates If you have found out that the screener is clogged up with solid particulates, use a water sprayer to remove them. The pressure from the water will force the plugs out. Since no cleaner is needed, you will not contaminate your production materials with chemicals. A stationary nozzle is used for this job because it gives you better control of water’s direction. While using a rotary nozzle might eliminate some of the clogs, it would not give you enough control to push them out completely. While spraying the screen, start at one corner. Slowly work from side to side, repeating each row in both directions. This will increase the likelihood that you will remove solids that have hardened. Once you have completed your first sweep of the entire screen, repeat the process one more time. This will remove any residual film around the mesh that could catch materials during future use, possibly causing the screener to clog up faster. After going...

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