Expediting the Buying Process for Industrial Supplies

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When you order the industrial equipment and supplies for your business, are you getting the best prices for the best products? Do you shop around to find the best deal on what you need? Do you simply purchase everything from one supplier to expedite the buying process? There are several ways that you can expedite the buying process without paying too much for the things that you need for your company to operate each day. Visit my blog to learn a few tricks to getting your supplies easily and at the best possible price. Hopefully, your time and financial savings will be obvious from the start.

Supply Room Storage Solutions: Choosing The Right Bins For The Job

Operating a supply room in a manufacturing plant involves structuring the space so that parts of all sizes and types can be found with ease. When a department head or other authorized personnel requisitions a specific part, being able to verify that it is in the inventory and fill that requisition helps to prevent placing new orders that only serve to drive up the inventory expense. With the use of the right type of heavy-duty storage bins, organizing the space effectively will be much easier. Here are a few qualities that those bins must provide. Durability One of the key elements in choosing any type of bulk bins for a supply room is durability. The last thing you need is having to replace those bins every couple of years. Opt for materials that are sturdy enough to bear the weight of the items they will hold. From bins designed to store large quantities of screws to bins that will only hold one or two large gears, make sure the bins will not buckle under the load.  Layout Possibilities The layout for the supply room must be efficient. That means being able to get to parts needed right now. Many managers choose to structure their supply rooms so that the parts most often requested are closer to the front of the rooms. In light of the fact that 6% of items stocked in a typical manufacturing plant supply room account for around 80% of the room activity, it does make sense to invest in heavy-duty storage bins that will hold those most popular items. One possible solution is to go...

How to Choose the Tools You Need to Make Stone Sculptures

If you are an artist who is ready to branch out into the classical art of stone carving, you are likely overwhelmed by the options and tools available to you. Getting started as a stone carver shouldn’t mean buying every tool when you really only need a few to start practicing and developing your new skills. Start with the right air compressor and a couple of multipurpose attachments to transform your garage or art studio into a stone carving workshop. Choosing an Air Compressor You can’t put the power of compressed air to good use until you have a heavy-duty machine in your workshop. Don’t just pick an air compressor based on the horsepower rating if you’re planning to carve stone; look at the cubic feet per minute (CFM) rating of the equipment instead. Higher ratings mean more air is moving through the hose and into your tool attachments, and you need to match the attachments to the CFM rating for best results and safety. Small units producing up to three CFM will only work for very small engraving and sanding tasks. Most larger scale stone carving and sculpting projects will require about 10 to 20 CFM in total, since you’ll be running a few different tools that all require some of the air flow. If you have specific attachments in mind, you can purchase them first and reverse engineer the CFM rating you need to run them by adding up their requirements. You can also invest in a big professional compressor with adjustable flow to use both the low- and high-end tools with the same machine instead of...

Need To Sell Your Home And Relocate Quickly? Why Renting A Storage Trailer Should Be A Top Priority

Have you decided to relocate, and want to be settling into a new home as soon as possible?  If so, renting a portable storage trailer or container should be at the top of your to-do list. A portable storage unit offers an inexpensive solution when staging your house for a quick sale, and secure transportation of your belongings to your new home when it comes time to move. Read on to learn just how a storage trailer can help you make a smooth transition from one home to another. Spend Less Staging Your Home For A Fast Sale If you want to sell your home quickly, you need to stage it to sell. Sure, you could hire a professional house stager to make your home aesthetically appealing to potential buyers. You should know, though, that the initial cost of the consultation will run about $150 and you can expect to pay up to $6000 for the actual service.  What do you get for this money? The professional home stager will come into your home, likely remove up to half of your belongings and put them in storage, and then give your house a good cleaning and maybe tidy up your yard with a few bags of mulch. If you rent a storage unit yourself, you’ll spend roughly $175 to use a 10 foot by 30 foot container for a month. The only additional costs in prepping your house will be some elbow grease and a small amount of money for mulch and cleaning supplies. You’ll end up with the same result as if you were to hire a professional...

4 Beginner’s Tips To Help You Through Your First Alloy 20 Pipe Weld

Although you may be an experienced welder, you may be faced with your first welding project involving alloy 20 pipes. Because these are constructed of highly durable nickel-based metal, welding them can present some challenges. Below are four tips that will help you get through your first time. Use A Mixture Of Argon And Helium Gases Because you will be using gas tungsten arc welding, or GTAW, when working on the pipes, your primary gas should be argon. However, since nickel alloy is a low conductor of heat, argon alone may not be hot enough to melt or cut the material.  In order to turn up the heat, use a combination of argon and helium gases. Helium is more combustible than argon, so it will increase the temperature. This enables you to heat up the pipes faster, increasing your chances of having a cleaner weld point. Use A Large Gas Lens While welding the nickel alloy, use a large gas lens to ensure a smoother, more even distribution of gas while you are working. Using the largest cup available that fits above your weld point creates a stable envelope of gas around the metal. It also creates an even, steady flow of your shielding gas. Using a large gas lens decreases the risk of having a rough weld point. Also, having a stable flow of gas decreases the chances of contaminants, making your weld purer and keeping air pockets out of it. The purer the weld, the less likely it will break when exposed to changes in temperature and moisture, such as sudden cold snaps or ice storms. Take Your Time...

Five Considerations That Will Help You Obtain An Accurate Analysis Of Post-Combustion Gases In Boilers

Operating a boiler efficiently requires establishing a delicate balance between too little and too much combustion air. While an experienced operator may develop a feel for the proper amount of combustion air that should be introduced into the burners, that is no substitute for objective analysis of the combustion process. One means of determining the efficiency of a boiler’s air/fuel mix is by analyzing the post-combustion gases through the use of one or more specialized instruments. Known as flue analysis, these measurements provide important readings useful for adjusting combustion air input. However, the uninformed use of flue analysis can lead to inaccurate readings and cause more harm than good. That’s why you should keep in mind the following five considerations that will help you obtain accurate measurements: Match gas analysis instruments with fuel type The type of fuel being used makes a difference on the specific kinds of gases output as well as concentrations. Many gas analyzers permit users to adjust settings to match the fuel source, so be sure to take advantage of this capability if your analyzer possesses it. If your analyzer doesn’t have adjustable gas settings, obtain an analyzer that matches the specific fuel type used in your boiler. Analyzers are available for monitoring natural gas, propane, heating oil, wood and other forms of energy sources. Use reliable sampling techniques Combustion gas readings should be taken from the gas flow stream at predetermined points. Avoid taking readings near joints or bends in vent stacks, and be sure that probes are inserted fully into the access point to prevent outside air from contaminating the readings on your...

3 Natural Cleaning Products That Will Not Damage Your Septic System

When you live in a home hooked to a septic system, you must remain mindful of the cleaning products you use to straighten up your work space. Cleaning products with harsh detergents, such as lye or bleach, will immediately kill the helpful bacteria that process waste in the septic tank. Furthermore, the caustic chemicals can damage the rubber and plastic components in the tank as the liquids run through the lines and into the leech field. Thankfully, you can use the additional info about the following three natural substances to clean and disinfect your workplace without putting your septic system at risk. Vinegar White vinegar contains mildly acidic compounds commonly used for cleaning in automotive and industrial applications. Although the acetic acids thoroughly clean residue off surfaces, the compounds do not have a negative effect on rubber, plastic or metal materials. Vinegar cleans off hard water stains and grease without scrubbing. Just let it sit on the surface for five to ten minutes before rinsing down the drain. Although direct application of vinegar does act as an antibacterial agent, dilution with water as it goes down the drain mitigates that effect. Therefore, if you run plenty of rinse water down the drain with the vinegar, the solution will not kill the bacteria in the septic tank. Borax Borax is a salt compound that comes directly from boric acid. Therefore, you can use borax to clean surfaces that need a mildly abrasive, lightly acidic cleanser. The anti-fungal properties will keep the surfaces from growing mold well into the future.  You will need to scrub borax onto the surface with a damp...

How To Minimize Compressed Air Leaks By Installing Press Fittings At Air Line Joints

It is estimated that around one-fourth of the compressed air in an average system is lost to leaks. This is a costly waste of energy, given the expense of operating compressors, and it is something that can be prevented in most situations. Most compressed air loss occurs at the joints between pipes, and it is often due to inadequate threaded connections or other failing connectors. The relatively-recent innovation of pressed fittings are a solution for leaky joints between air pipes, and below is how to install them in your system: Tools and materials needed Pressing tool with matching jaws – there are several manufacturers of pressing tools, and they are powered by variety of energy sources: alternating current, battery direct current, and compressed air. In addition, press jaws that match various diameters and pipe materials are also available. It’s important that you use a tool with jaws that will adequately compress the fitting; check with tool and fitting manufacturers to determine the particular specifications that will match your needs. Press fittings – as with any air fitting, press fittings come as elbows, 45 degree connectors, couplings, tees and other configurations. However, press fittings contain flared ends that contain an internally-mounted seal made of plastic, rubber or other materials. When choosing fittings, it is important to find a match with your compressed air pipe. Matching by material, size, and shape must all be considered during the decision-making process. Compressed air pipe – you can utilize existing pipe if it is in sound condition, or you can replace pipe with new sections. Pipe cutter or saw Deburring tool Silicone lubricant Black...