Exploring The Industrial World

As the only boy in a house of 7 girls, I knew more about baking and sewing than I ever knew about cars or sports. For many years I wished that I knew more about things such as auto repairs and home improvements. Last year, I finally decided to do something about it and enrolled in a welding class at my local adult education center. A few months ago, I finally received my certificate of completion and am now proud to say I am a qualified welder.

While I don’t think that welding is the right career choice for me, I am extremely proud of everything I have learned and plan on taking several more courses in my free time. It is my hope that this blog will allow you to take that journey with me as I continue to explore the industrial world and learn new skills.

3 Automatic Commercial Door Options

An automatic door is the perfect addition to your business. Automatic doors allow patrons to get in and out of your storefront with ease. There are many different types of automatic commercial doors for you to choose from. You should know some of your automatic door options in order to choose the best automatic door for your business. Bi-Parting Automatic Doors When you think of automatic sliding commercial doors, good chances are that bi-parting automatic doors are the type of doors that enter your mind. These type of automatic doors are commonly used for commercial buildings. They work by usually having the two pieces of the door each slide to the left and the right to open the door when the sensor detects that someone is near. These type of doors are commonly used due to the fact that they are very easy to maintain and don’t require a lot of upkeep. This type of door is available as a single door that slides one direction, or two side-by-side doors. This is a great option if you have a large storefront or you expect people to be leaving your commercial space with a large amount of merchandise, like at a grocery store.  Swinging Automatic Doors Swinging automatic doors are less common than bi-parting automatic doors and are found more often in smaller commercial spaces. These doors usually consist of two doors, with an entrance and an exit designated for each door. When someone approaches, the single door swings outward automatically to let the person pass through. They usually come with rails to ensure the door doesn’t swing too far,...

Three Ways To Move Or Keep Electrical Cords Out Of Sight And Out Of The Way In Your Plant

In a large factory, you always have a lot of equipment with many different cords and cables leading to the machines from power sources and outlets. A big part of electrical construction in industrial and manufacturing settings helps place these electrical cords and cables in areas where there is a path of least resistance for the electricity. However, that sometimes means that the cords, cables and wires are hanging out all over and in the way of workers on the work floors. Here are some ways in which your plant can move or keep electrical cords and cables out of sight and out of the way. Electrical Construction and Remodeling Invite an electrical contractor back into your plant to see if he or she can loop cables and cords through hidden spaces. This might include channels in the concrete floor that hide cords and cables, or running the cords and cables up the factory walls and securing them at intervals to the walls. Cords that are hanging down and hitting people in their heads and faces may be looped up over oversized u-bolts from the ceiling. The contractor can supply you with a few other remodeling ideas that can help. Covering the Cords and Cables with Things Already Present in the Plant If the cords and cables you have crisscrossing the floor cannot be stretched or placed under a concrete grate in the floor for everyone’s protection, then you may want to consider covering the cords and cables another way. On the walls, the cords and cables can be threaded through metal or plastic pipe, which (inside an industrial...

3 Reasons To Choose A Metal Fabrication Company That Uses Robotic Welding

If you need to have a welding job done for your business, you might be thinking about outsourcing the job to a metal fabrication company. Welding requires expensive equipment and a lot of know-how, so it’s something that is often best left to professionals rather than done in-house. When choosing sheet metal fabricators, however, there is one thing that you may want to look for — a company that uses robotic welding. These are the main reasons why. 1. Get the Job Done More Quickly In a metal fabrication shop where a welder has to do every job by hand, it can take quite some time for your project to be completed. This can cause a lot of problems in your business, particularly if you are having an essential part welded. If you have the job done at a shop that uses robotic welding, however, you can get your item back more quickly, allowing you to get back to business in a hurry. 2. Ensure Higher-Quality Work Another key difference that you might notice when having your items welded by a company that utilizes robotic welding is the level of quality of the job done. Even the best of welders can make mistakes, leaving behind visible seams and making other errors. A robotic welding machine, however, will often do a more “perfect” job. If the appearance of the item that you are having welded is important, or if you just want to ensure that the job is done as well as possible, choosing a metal fabrication company that uses robotic welding can be smart. 3. Save Money As with...

How To Improve The Efficiency Of Your Fridge

Residential refrigerators can soak up alot of electricity. Many people are understandably tempted to invest in an Energy Star unit that could save them up to $300 over its lifetime. However, a new fridge can cost over $1,000, so it is often not a plausible solution. If your refrigerator is running inefficiently, you might be able to fix the problem on your own. These simple maintenance steps will improve the efficiency of your refrigerator but also increase its lifespan. This article explains a simple repair that could greatly improve the electricity usage of your refrigerator. Clean the Condenser Coils The condenser coils are a vital part of a refrigerator cooling system. The coils transfer warm air from inside the unit, allowing the evaporator to cool the unit more effectively. The coils can get dirty and dusty, which will greatly reduce their productivity. Accessing the Coils Before you do anything, unplug your fridge. The first step is to locate the condenser. On most fridges the condenser coils will be at the front of the fridge along the bottom. Alternatively, they might be on the backside of the unit. Either way, they will be protected by grate. The plastic grate on front-mounted condensers usually snaps right off without any tools. This grate can get clogged, so give it a thorough cleaning before you reattach it. Cleaning the Coils Now that the condenser coils are exposed, you can clean them. You might need to get creative with the cleaning supplies that you use. For instance, a simple scrub brush might get the job done. Likewise, you can use a sponge or rag....

Pump It Up: 4 Signs Your Submersible Pump May Be About To Break

If your only source of water is a private well, you need to ensure that your submersible pump is working at all times. A breakdown can leave you without water until you can get it fixed. You might not realize this, but your pump can let you know when it’s about to experience problems that will require your attention. Don’t take chances with your water supply. Here are four signs that your submersible pump may be about to fail you. Your Water is Dirty The water that used to flow from your faucets was crystal clear. Lately, however, you’ve noticed that your water is cloudy or dirty. If the water coming from your well is suddenly contaminated with dirt, your pump may not be circulating the water properly. Try replacing the filter that’s in the pump. If that doesn’t fix the problem, you may need a new pump. Your Water Lines Are Making Loud Noises Your submersible pump should make a humming noise at the well. If you hear unusual noises coming from your pipes, your pump may be malfunctioning. This is particularly true if you’re hearing loud, clanging noises from the pipes.   You Have Air Spitting Out of Your Faucets When you turn the faucet on, your submersible pump should immediately start pumping water into your home. If your faucets spit air out for several seconds before the water starts flowing, there may be a problem with the pressurization in your pump. To test the pressurization, turn your faucets on several times a day to see if the spitting goes away. This is especially important if your...

Creative Uses For Air Compressors

Did you know that you can use an air compressor to complete numerous jobs around your house? If not, you aren’t alone. If your air compressor is sitting in your garage collecting dust, it’s time to put it to use. Check out these creative ways that you can use your air compressor. Cleaning Gutters To use your air compressor to clean your gutters, attach a blow-gun tool to the end of the air compressor. Because hand-operated blow-gun tools are small, you’ll still need to climb a ladder in order to reach your gutters. However, the cleaning process itself is a lot easier. Instead of scooping leaves and debris from your gutters by hand, aim the blow gun down at your gutters at an angle and blow the debris out. Not only do you not have to scoop the debris out of the gutter, you won’t have to move the ladder frequently because the force of the air cleans a larger stretch of your gutter. Remember to: Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris.  Cover the ground underneath your gutters with a tarp to make cleanup easy. Send blasts of air down each of your downspouts to remove any clogged debris. Removing Leaves From Your Yard If you have an air compressor, you don’t need to waste a lot of time raking leaves. Simply, attach a 50-foot hose to your compressor so that you don’t have to carry the heavy compressor with you, and then, point the nozzle at the leaves in your yard spraying blasts of air at them so that they move. The short bursts...

Dumpster Rental Safety Tips For First Time Users

If you have just rented a dumpster for the first time because you are doing a special project around your home or business and you need a little extra trash space, you need to know the following dumpster safety tips in order to make this rental a smooth and safe experience. Prepare An Area For The Dumpster The first thing you need to do in order to stay safe is prepare an area for the dumpster. You need an area that is large enough to accommodate the dumpster while giving you enough room on all sides to maneuver the waste material into the dumpster that you plan on filling it with. You need to make sure that you have clearance not just around your dumpster, but above it as well. Don’t park your dumpster under a tree with low lying limbs that you will hit while putting material into the dumpster. You also don’t want to hit any electrical wires while throwing material into the dumpster. Be sure to check the clearance above the area you select to put your dumpster in. You should avoid putting the dumpster on grass or soft soil; the dumpster could sink into the soil. This will make it difficult to remove the dumpster and could also make the dumpster uneven and unstable, presenting a safety hazard to all around it. Make Sure You Rent The Right Type Of Dumpster When you order your dumpster, make sure you tell the waste management company you rent it from what type of material you will be putting in the dumpster. That way, the waste management company...

What Is An Air Door?

Air doors, also known as air curtains, are an effective way to cut your commercial heating and air conditioning costs. In addition to the energy savings, air doors have many other advantages. The more you know about air doors, the better able you’ll be to decide whether or not an air door is right for your business. What is an air door? An air door is a device that seals air in a location without requiring the use of a physical barrier. Air doors use a stream of air to keep climate-controlled air inside and non-climate controlled air outside. How do air doors work? Air doors bring air in through the intake. The air is accelerated by a fan on the inside of the air door, and then it’s pushed back out through the nozzle. The air that exits the air door nozzle is distributed evenly across the doorway in an angled stream pointed at the ground. When the air hits the ground, it scatters, with the majority of the air flowing to a point on the air intake side of the door. What are the benefits of air doors? The primary goal of an air door is to prevent the escape of climate-controlled air from the inside of a business, and air doors do this quite well. Essentially, air doors help businesses save money and energy. In addition, air doors can have many benefits that go beyond this primary function. Some businesses find air doors to be so effective that they leave their physical doors open during business hours and rely on the air doors. Air doors are...

How To Dig Without Disrupting Utility Lines

When you are renovating your house or adding an extension, chances are good that you are going to need to dig. This seems simple but is actually a very complicated process because there are tons of utility lines running through most communities. In order to make sure that you are digging safely and are not exposing any utility lines to damage and endangering your community, you are going to want to make sure that you follow these steps. 1. Find Out Where the Utility Lines Are If you are renovating a house in the city or a suburb, there’s a very good chance that you have utility lines running beneath your property. The first step to avoiding these lines is figuring out where they are in the first place. You can do this by calling all of the utility companies that service your area and asking them for maps of their lines for your project, calling your local government and getting similar information from them, or by calling a third party company that specializes in locating utility lines (such as 1st Call Locating). All of these options will allow you to determine where the utility lines are on your property. Once you have this information, you will be able to mark where it’s safe to dig using paint or chalk. You can also find out the depth at which the utility lines are buried. 2. Dig Slowly If you absolutely have to dig on top of where utility lines are buried, you are going to need to take information about the depth of the lines and ensure that you...

Eco-Friendly Coloring For Attractive Metal Fences And Railings

Durable and strong, metals like steel and aluminum are popular materials for fencing and railings. But while some people may prefer the natural metal finish, it’s too industrial-looking for most residential designs. Instead, home fences and railings on porches and decks are usually painted to match the overall color scheme of a house. Ordinary solvent painting, however, is not the only option for coloring these metals. If you care about the environment, you’ll want to get the coloring on your fencing or railing done by powder coating, not traditional liquid paint. Just how eco-friendly is powder coating? Reduced Chemical Pollution Ordinary liquid paint involves suspending the pigment within a solvent chemical. This solvent is what makes the paint a liquid and allows the pigment to be applied to a surface. As paint dries, what you smell is that solvent being released into the air. This leaves behind a coating of pigment as dry paint; unfortunately, it leaves solvent chemicals like acetone or formaldehyde in the air. Powder coating works differently. It’s a completely dry method of “painting” a pigment onto metals such as steel or aluminum. The metal is electrostatically charged and the powder is blown onto it, clinging to the surface of the metal. This coating of powder is then heated and baked on, causing it to adhere to the metal as a smooth outer shell. No chemical solvents are needed. Low Waste When powder coating is blown onto a metal surface, there will always be some “overspray” or excess powder. Spray painting has a similar issue. However, overspray from regular spray painting must be cleaned up, often...