Benefits of Using Laser Cutting in the Production of Metal Components

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Metal manufacturers and fabricators these days are constantly looking for ways of delivering high-quality products to users of metal products. Since cutting metal material into the desired shapes and sizes is part of their normal operations, it is important that metal manufacturers and fabricators find efficient ways of doing the job. Laser cutting machines have been hailed for many of the successes that have been realised in the metal production industry. The following points will help to explain why many metal manufacturers and fabricators have opted for laser cutting as a way of meeting their metal cutting requirements: Higher level of precision Precision is perhaps the greatest benefit laser cutting machines can offer. These machines will allow for a remarkable level of positional accuracy and provide you with smoother, clean-cut edges that are without dust formation due to their automatic recording capabilities. The best part about laser cutting is that high-quality precision cuts can be achieved over and over again to provide consistent results. So how is the much talked about precision achieved? A laser cutting machine will trace the outline of a metal component, melt the metal, and then cut out the molten metal part. Provided that the material can be melted, a laser cutting machine can cut any metal precisely according to the required configurations. More materials savings The precision cuts provided by laser beams normally gives leads to yet another economic advantage; minimal material wastage. With laser cutting, material deterioration is minimal since the heat-affected section is normally small and material close to kerf rarely gets affected. This leaves you with less quantities of scrap material to recycle, as recycling increases your overall cost of operation. Greater safety The safety of machine operators working in metal production facilities or plants has always be a matter of topmost priority to metal manufacturers and fabricators. The cutting blade used in a traditional blanking press, for example, normally moves up and down as it cuts through metal, but the machine isn’t necessarily designed with safety features to block a hand from getting stuck in it. This type of cutting machine exposes people to serious safety risks. Besides being automated as mentioned earlier, the laser beam used to cut through metal is usually confined to a light tight box so that the machine can require limited human intervention when it is cutting. Hence, no protective cover will be required as is the case when using a blanking...

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Combining Beauty With Practicality: Timber Staircases

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you first think of staircases, you might not think about the aesthetic appeal. Instead, your main priority could be having a regular staircase to walk on and one which is sturdy enough to hold a large amount of weight. You might think about steel, concrete or metal stairs, but these materials don’t give your home or office an appealing look. That’s where timber staircases might be perfect. The beauty of timber is that the wood itself is incredibly sturdy in its natural form, so it is very much capable of handling harsh weather and weight. Because of this durability, it is a great material for building staircases. To add to this, timber itself can be shaped and glossed to provide a modern and appealing look. When it is formed into a staircase, it can give your property a fresh look. Here are some of the benefits of choosing a timber staircase: 1. Timber reflects and absorbs light Timber wood, particularly when used to build an indoor staircase, provides a light shine to your home. If the timber is glossed over, it will help make your home a warm and welcoming environment. 2. Timber species are flexible in strength One of the huge benefits of timber is that there are a number of different species which have differing levels of hardness. This is great because it gives you the added flexibility to choose the right level of strength for your staircase. For example, an American Oak species has a rating of 6.0 while a Grey Ironbark species has a rating of 14. An American Oak staircase would provide your home with a lighter touch while the Grey Ironbark will give it more of a traditional and darker appearance. This flexibility is great because it allows you to find the right color tone for your home while deciding on the appropriate strength that you need. 3. Low shrinkage for the outdoors You might be worried that a timber staircase may absorb a high percentage of water. However, unseasoned timber only has a shrinkage percentage of 6%, which effectively means that it will only absorb 6 mm from every 100 mm of rain. So if you are interested in having an outdoor timber staircase, you can rest easy knowing it will only absorb a small percentage of rain. If you are looking to install a staircase, a timber staircase will provide great durability while also giving your property a fresh...

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