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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Conveyor Wear and Flow- The Benefit of Controlled Flow

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Conveyor wear and flow can greatly effect production standards and longevity of the system. Controlled flow can easily help to maintain optimal production while it minimizes damage to the system itself. There are several benefits to ensuring a controlled flow that go beyond increased production and wear on the mechanics: Preventive Monitoring of Conveyor Belts Controlled flow depends on two things; the equipment and the preventive monitoring system that is used. System controls allow for the flow on the belt to be controlled. Preventive monitoring tools can easily offset any wear and tear that may be detrimental to the system. No matter what the belt is being used for whether it is product production, bulk waste management or even to move metals the right preventive control monitoring and the right system equipment can offset many of the issues that are experienced even under the guise of normal wear and tear. Down time is “no profit time”. Conventional systems just cannot hold up to rigors of today’s use. Controlled flow helps to ensure that conveyor wear and flow is even keeled and operational at all times. Noise Reduction Conveyor wear and flow that is controlled can display a marked decrease in the noise level of the machinery. Instead of clanging along you wind up with a conveyor system that hums along with a reduction in the noise level produced. This is of course a better environment for workers that can result in less absenteeism from work. Reduced Wear on the Belt A controlled flow mechanism can help to reduce wear on the belt. The belt takes a lot of abuse with a traditional system that can result in wear, broken belts and plenty of down time while the belt is being replaced. The right controlled flow system can greatly reduce the amount of down time from a broken belt. There are zero friction belt options that can easily help to control the flow and reduce the wear and tear on the belt. Of course less wear and tear equates less down time. Stability Controlled flow also means that every package, every product and every revolution remains exactly the same. It offers an opportunity when combined with flow monitoring to greatly increase reliable outcomes each and every time. Conveyor wear and flow that is uncontrolled can affect productivity, packaging and every other aspect of production and movement. There are good options that can upgrade your system to reduce all the risks of conveyor wear and tear. Contact a company such as Britrac (Aus) Pty Ltd to learn...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Automate Your Pallet Wrapping Process

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Pallet wrapping is a focal point of packaging during warehousing activities. The process ensures that products are bound tightly together to make one pallet load. This eases transportation and reduces the risk of goads toppling over while in transit. If you are still wrapping your pallets manually, there are a number of reasons you should consider automating the process. Read on to see what they are. Speed up the process First, pallet wrapping machines will speed up the wrapping process. Done manually, pallet wrapping can be a time-consuming and monotonous process. One has to go round the pallet in person, sometimes repeating the process altogether. With automated machines, each pallet can be wrapped in a very short time. With high speeds of up to 16 RPM, you can wrap tens on pallets each hour. Economize use of shrink wrap Another key aspect of pallet wrapping is the wrap material itself. It’s a high consumable that adds to the packaging costs. Using pallet wrapping machines, you can reduce these costs in several ways. One, automated machines are pre-programmed so no wastage will occur. Two, thanks to stretch technology, you pallet wrappers will extend your wrap material to wrap more pallets, thereby reducing your wrap budget. Improve wrapping efficiency As with any other automated process, pallet wrapping machines will improve the efficiency of the process. One, you can enjoy the consistency on knowing how many pallets you’ll have wrapped within a given time. Wrapping machines will also maintain quality consistency, by wrapping every pallet the same way, without making errors or using less wrap than needed. This will reduce pallet damage while in transit, ensuring you don’t get any faulty returns. Reduce human labor Pallet wrapping machines will also reduce your human labor needs. Semi-automatic wrappers need only one or two people – one for loading and one for managing the machine. Fully automated wrapping machines need one person at most as the machine doesn’t need constant operation. This will save you on costs in the long-term and allow you to concentrate your workforce in other areas. Use less work space Last but not least, pallet wrapping machines reduce the work area needed to prep your pallet loads. If you have a constrained work area, these machines will save you on space. You only need just enough space to install them, plus and extra allowance for loading and removal. Talk to a pallet wrapping machines supplier to find out the right machine for you. Remember to consider load capacity, wrapping speeds and the type of automation. Will the right machine, you can reduce errors, costs and processing time in the packaging...

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Everything you need to know about dental sealants

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

There are many forms of treatment for dental problems. However, you may not be aware that preventative treatment is available for various issues. In this case you could potentially avoid fillings, by using what is called a dental sealant: What are sealants? Fissure sealants, or more commonly dental sealants, is a treatment in which a plastic material is placed over fissures and pits. It is only applied to the back teeth, molars, and pre-molars. It works in that it blocks food and bacteria from performing dental caries, much like a protective shield. Dental caries? When your tooth’s surface either loses or gains minerals important for maintaining its health you are experiencing the process that leads to dental caries. Through a variety of different reasons, such as poor dental hygiene, we can create an imbalance in this process. It is the act of losing more minerals than gaining which causes tooth decay. What is the process of getting sealants? Sealants are a relatively quick and easy process. The tooth in question is first cleaned so that no plaque is underneath the sealant. After cleaning the tooth, the sealant liquid is then set into the tooth, which is then dried underneath a bright light, more often than not blue. Note, that unlike fillings, sealants possess absolutely zero pain, and will not feel uncomfortable after treatment. For parents, it would be a good idea to get sealants done as soon as your child’s adult teeth start coming into their own. The process can usually be started from 7 – 12, and then 14-17 respectively. Longevity and effectiveness Sealants can last for a long time, many years in fact. To increase the longevity of the treatment, make regular visits to your dentist, so he can replace any lost sealant, and check up on how effective it is at preventing your dental caries. Provided you maintain your normal dental hygiene routine, sealants will be very effective at preventing dental caries. Note that sealants make brushing much easier, as it is upon a smooth surface. Potential problems Sealants while effective can be to the contrary if you do not make annual visits to the dentist. This is because the sealant can eventually start trapping the bacteria and food under the sealant, thus causing more damage than originally intended. Conclusion Sealants are a great consideration for anyone wishing to further protect their teeth. They make cleaning your teeth much easier, and more effective, and can also protect you from more trips to the dentist for more...

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