Considerations When Choosing Metal Fabrication Services

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Metal fabrication refers to the process of cutting, shaping and molding metal material into a final product. This process consists of various stages that are very crucial in determining the precision and quality of the final product. One of the most important decisions involved in metal fabrication is choosing a good fabricator. The type of equipment and techniques used by a metal fabrication company contribute greatly to the quality of the metal product. When selecting a metal fabricator, it is important to understand your project requirements. This ensures that you get a fabricator that will be able to handle your project needs and objectives. The following are some of the important considerations when choosing metal fabrication services. Design services Among the most important types of pre-fabrication services are design services. Manufacturing a metal product requires prior design and planning of a prototype that will serve as the guide to producing the final product. Failure to plan and design may result in production of a structurally weak metal product with inaccurate dimensions and other unpleasant qualities that may compromise the desired quality. Design services in metal fabrication can be categorized as concept formulation, computer aided design (CAD) and tools and equipment design. Concept formulation. This is a planning stage that entails determining the desired attributes in the final metal product. These could be qualities such as the strength of the metal, versatility, aesthetics and shape. These services help in generating a detailed idea of the product that can be actualized. Computer-aided design (CAD). CAD refers to computer programs that are used in the generation of 3-dimension drawings and representations of products. CAD enables creation of an all-sided representation of the final product, enabling determination of accurate dimensions. This helps to curb any structural weaknesses that could result from using 2-dimensional representations. Tools and equipment design. These services involve design of metal tools and equipment that are used across various production and manufacturing industries. Quality vs. cost of metal There are different types of metal which are available in different qualities. Steel is one of the most commonly used metals in fabrication processes. There are different qualities of steel metal, the choice of which is determined by the desired quality of the final product. High quality steel is expensive; therefore, when deciding on the type of metal, the cost and quality are a major factor to consider. However, quality should not be compromised over cost as this will greatly affect the value of the final product. Metal fabrication equipment Advancement in technology has led to the production of high precision fabrication equipment. When choosing metal fabrication services, ensure that the equipment used are modern and make use of modern technology equipment....

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Creating bone implants via precision engineering

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Precision engineering is a multi-disciplinary field that is applied to solve real life problems. It is based in high-level accuracy and ensures anything that is a product of precision engineering has low tolerances and produces quality results consistently. In medicine, precision engineering has been used to create state of the art medical prototypes that can be used to bring ideas into reality. For example, precision engineering can be applied in manufacturing bone implants. Breaking a bone due to accidents or otherwise can ruin livelihoods and impede progress of economic activities. How precision engineering is used to craft bone implants Implant surfaces can be created by manufacturing techniques.  Using computer aided design systems, casting, grinding, and polishing is possible. With new technology, the surface texture and topography of bone implants is characterized. Characterization is necessary to ensure that the response by the body can be predicted. Developments in precision engineering have also led to the treatment of surface layers through surface engineering. Roughness is introduced on bone implants. The roughness added is normally aimed at increasing compatibility with the body and also enhance performance. Benefits of crafting bone implants using this technology A natural bone surface has features that have a role to play in bone growth. Precision engineering can be used to solve this problem where miniature features are introduced onto bone implant surfaces. If the artificial bone implant were to be left smooth, it causes the body to react and reject the implant.  A smooth surface can cause the production of fibrous tissue that will only cover the artificial implant surface. The objective is not to create fibrous tissue but to ensure that the implant is accepted by the body and stimulates the growth of bone. A fibrous tissue layer also reduces bone implant contact that can result in loosening of the implant and make inflammation worse. Using precision engineering, engineers can introduce features on the implant and drastically reduce chances of rejection. The surfaces can be created by etching, moving material, embossing, casting and electron beam lithographies among others. These techniques introduce pores that reduce chances of wear and tear, improve corrosion resistance, enhance functionality, and improve biocompatibility. Moreover, the features introduced can stimulate bone growth of the developing bone. This type of engineering can also be used to create coatings to cover implants. These coatings facilitate in-bone growth and promote hardness of the bone and wear resistance. The coatings also prevent infections and make the devices implanted in the body visible via...

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Questions First Timers Ask About Scrap Metal Recycling

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Scrap metal recycling has grown increasingly popular as a way for people to make extra money. If you are thinking about entering this industry, there are some things you must know to help you maximize your efforts. So with that in mind, here are the answers to some common questions people often ask about scrap metal recycling. Where Can One Go To Find Legitimate Scrap Metal Buyers? — Selling scrap metal for recycling can be a dicey proposition if you don’t deal with a reputable buyer, because you may get short-changed or outright cheated by buyers who don’t follow the prevailing rate for scrap metal. That’s why it’s imperative that you visit the Australian Metal Recycling Industry Association website to use as a resource before you choose a scrap metal buyer. The AMRIA has a list of scrap metal buyers located in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. The AMRIA lists both high volume commercial scrap metal recyclers and scrap metal buyers who buy in smaller volumes. What is the Difference Between Ferrous and Non-ferrous Scrap Metal? — Ferrous scrap metal is any metal that contains iron. These types of scrap metal are usually heavier and harder and are often used in commercial recycling. Because of their size and weight, ferrous scrap metal is less sought after than non-ferrous scrap metals, which are any metals that do not have any iron. Some common examples of non-ferrous scrap metals are nickel, tin, brass, copper, zinc and aluminium. Scrap metal buyers prefer non-ferrous metals, because they are lighter and easier to reshape than ferrous metals. Non-ferrous metals also don’t rust as quickly as ferrous metals, because they don’t contain iron, which is a main source of corrosion. Are Cars a Good Source of Scrap Metal? — Yes, old vehicles are an outstanding source of scrap metal, because they contain aluminum and copper in great amounts. Copper is a sought-after scrap metal, and the starter, alternator, radiator and electrical connections in your vehicle contain copper and are sellable to scrap metal buyers. You can also sell aluminium components of your car, such as the wheel rims, front and rear bumpers and pistons. The body panels on your vehicle also contain a good amount of aluminium, which is a metal that is lightweight enough to be easily reshaped and remade into other products, and therefore loved by many scrap metal dealers. For more information and tips, you can contact a local scrap metal recycling...

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Common Types of Plasterboard For First Time Users

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Plasterboard, also known as drywall in some places, is a material made from gypsum that is glued with two sheets of paper. It is most commonly used to put up new walls. If you’re thinking about using plasterboard in a DIY project around your house for the first time, there are some basic things you need to know about the common types of plasterboard that will help you maximise your success. Standard Plasterboard — Standard sheets of plasterboard are available from plasterboard suppliers as double wide sheets or single sheets, which have width/length dimensions of 10 mm by 1200mm, 10mm by 1350mm, 13mm by 1200mm and 13mm by 1350mm. The most common plasterboard is sold with an edge that is squared, but you can also buy plasterboard with a bevelled edge, tapered edge and recessed edge based on what kind of design you want in your home. You can customise your plasterboard for unusual spaces, but that will cost you more money. Plasterboard sheets are bonded to the frame of your wall and then nailed or drilled into the wall studs. Fire Retardant Plasterboard — Fire retardant plasterboard is ideal if you want to provide additional fire protection for your home. It is made with glass fibres that are inserted into the board and mixed with calcium silicate, a material that is fire-resistant. Although fire retardant plasterboard is more often installed in commercial buildings, it is also applicable in homes that may have a higher risk of fire such as those built in brush areas. Fire retardant plasterboards are sold based on the Australian Standard for fire resistant construction material, and must have the ASN label somewhere on the board. Moisture Resistant Plasterboard — Moisture resistant plasterboard also known as vapour barrier plasterboard is filled with a metal or aluminium lining that absorbs excess moisture and prevent it from compromising the core of the board. It is often used in areas of your home or office that experience high levels of humidity or moisture such as a kitchen or bathroom. Sound Reduction Plasterboard — Sound reduction plasterboard is ideal if you are building a study or an office in your house. It features wool or polyurethane insulation that helps to dampen and disperse sound throughout the board so that less noise enters a room. Unlike standard plasterboard measurements, sound reduction plasterboard is thicker in width so that there is more surface area through which the sound must penetrate to reach a room. When building in a commercial structure such as a nightclub or a recording studio, experts recommend that you use a 16mm plasterboard width for the best...

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How to Choose the Right Type of Weighbridge for Your Company

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A weighbridge is often needed for any type of transport company, warehouse, production facility, or business that needs to know the exact weight of trucks as they enter or leave the yard. They may be weighed to ensure they are not over a legal limit or are putting excess weight on the truck’s axles, or the price of certain items in the truck may be figured by weight. No matter the use, it’s good to invest in quality weighbridges so you can handle this weighing on your own rather than having trucks stop at public weigh stations while on the road. Note a few factors to consider: 1. Material Often a built-in weighbridge can be made with a concrete or steel deck. The steel may be more expensive but it may also be stronger, not just against the weight of heavy trucks but also against vibration. Excess vibration may tend to cause concrete to eventually crumble and break away.  Remember that weighbridges are exposed to vibration from the truck engines but also from production facilities. If you want to install a weighbridge in the yard of a manufacturing or production facility, you may do well to invest in steel. A warehouse may not cause much excess vibration but the heavy equipment and machinery used in production facilities may eventually break down concrete weighbridges. 2. Configurations A weighbridge may work for the entire truck length or by axle. You’ll need to choose according to the reason for weighing trucks. If it’s to ensure they’re not over a legal limit, this limit is often dictated according to the axles of a truck. However, if trucks are weighed to charge for loads such as with cement mixers or liquid tanks, you would do well to invest in one that simply weighs the entire truck at once. 3. Portable versus built-in Portable weighbridges can be useful when a truck needs to be weighed after each deliver or pickup. This can be necessary if a truck unloads their cargo at various customers or jobsites throughout the day. That liquid tank transport truck may need to unload only a part of their cargo at one customer or jobsite, and very often weighing the truck as it’s being unloaded is the easiest way to determine the amount being emptied. When choosing weighbridges, note if having portable scales can make it easier to ensure your trucks are picking up or dropping off proper load amounts, and opt for these rather than built-in...

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