Exploring The World of Forklifts

Can (And Should) You Burn Diesel Fuel In Your Oil Furnace?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can (And Should) You Burn Diesel Fuel In Your Oil Furnace?

If you’ve cycled heating oil through your home’s furnace for years, you may have become accustomed to the fluctuations in price tied to the local and regional supply of crude-based products. While the current per-gallon price for heating oil hovers around $2.13, only around half its peak price in 2012 through 2014, diesel fuel still remains slightly cheaper at around $2.00 per gallon. Is it worthwhile to begin running diesel fuel in your oil-burning furnace? Read on to learn more about the practical differences between fuel oil and diesel to determine whether making the switch is a good option.    Can you use diesel fuel in an oil furnace? Diesel fuel and oil are similar in structure and fairly interchangeable in your home’s heating system. Both substances are derived from crude oil; however, diesel fuel is sometimes mixed with additional additives to improve combustion or decrease the amount of soot generated through the heating process. In many cases, homeowners can even brew their own biodiesel by mixing vegetable or animal fats with a solvent like methanol. While diesel or biodiesel should be able to seamlessly integrate into your existing fuel supply, it can be much more drying to rubber and plastic hoses and seals than traditional heating oil. As a result, it’s often a good idea to slowly mix in a small amount of diesel while keeping a watchful eye on your seals to ensure they remain intact. If you begin to notice a seal cracking, peeling, or pitting, you may want to dial back the amount of diesel you’re using in your fuel mixture until you’re able to replace this component. Should you switch from oil to diesel in your furnace?  The decision to switch should largely depend on pricing trends in your region and the age and efficiency of your furnace. Using diesel (or a mixture with high diesel content) in an older furnace accustomed to burning fuel oil can actually help clean out soot and sediment that may have built up inside the furnace and fuel holding tank. Even if you decide to stick with heating oil, it can sometimes be beneficial to run a cycle or two of diesel fuel to help keep your furnace in good shape. On the other hand, there are parts of the country in which diesel prices tend to be much higher than the price of fuel oil, despite their similar origins. If you live in such a region, switching to diesel may not make much financial sense — especially if you find yourself replacing seals, hoses, and other plastic or rubber components shortly after the conversion takes place.  For further assistance, contact a local outlet, such as Ferrell Fuel Co...

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Three Ways You Can Maintain A Steel Pallet Rack System In A Warehouse

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways You Can Maintain A Steel Pallet Rack System In A Warehouse

Like many companies, your warehouse may be outfitted with a pallet racking system made of steel. The racking system is in place to help your company with organization, and it is easy to forget about it, focusing instead on transporting and storing your products. Use the following advice to help you keep the pallet racking system in good condition so that it can help you take care of your products. Respect Weight Limits Because your pallet racks are constructed from steel, you might assume that you can load as many pallets as you want. However, too many pallets can cause the racks to buckle. All of your racks should have a plaque that displays how much weight each rack can handle. Remind your forklift operators often to respect the load limits to keep the racks from collapsing. If you expect more products and pallets, consider adding additional racks. You might even want to keep extra racks on hand in case you need to set up new racks to keep up with increasing inventory. Keep Aisles Wide Enough for Forklifts Keeping your aisles wide enough for forklifts to get in and out of them is important. Keep about 12 feet between each aisle so that the forklifts are able to retrieve and drop pallets. If you need to make your aisles smaller so that you can store more items in the warehouse, enlist the help of pickers and other equipment to ensure that it is still easy to get to your products when you need them. Protect the Racks Themselves One thing that is often overlooked is that you can protect your racks from damage due to wear and tear and being bumped by forklifts all day long. However, you may not know that there are some things you can do to protect your racks. For instance, you can install post protectors to prevent your forklifts from ramming into the racks. You can also inspect the racks frequently to notice any problems with the steel before there is a breakdown of the racking system. Bad welds, corrosion, dings and cracks need to be addressed right away so that the racking system stays strong. Encourage your employees to monitor the racks as well. With the pointers in this article, you can maintain your pallet racking system so that everything continues to run smoothly in your warehouse. For more information, contact Commercial Hardware or a similar company....

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Recycling In Your Office Building? Do These Two Things

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Recycling In Your Office Building? Do These Two Things

If you oversee a business and have decided to a implement a recycling program, it can be a challenge to get started and get everyone on the same page. That’s why it’s important to focus on a few things at first, so that everyone can get used to a new way of doing things. Here are two things you can do. Find a Nonprofit E-Waste Recycling Center Over time, you are likely to replace computers and other electronic devices. Now that you are putting a recycling program in place, you might want to recycle them. Once you have wiped the devices of sensitive business information, you will have to locate an e-waste recycling center to take them. Some e-waste recycling centers operate as nonprofit organizations, and it may be beneficial to your company to donate your items with one such center. That’s because you may be able to claim those items as charitable donations and in turn be able to save money on your business taxes at the end of the tax year. Be sure to consult your business accountant to find out if donating to particular recycling centers can help you. Recycle Properly in the Employee Break Room You might think that many of your employees are recycling in their own homes and know how to recycle items such as cans, bottles and soiled food containers, but that may not be the case. Be sure to post proper procedures and labels that tell them what kinds of items should go in each recycling container.  It may also be a good idea to have a short training session or post flyers about the procedures to be used. For instance, you may want to explain that cans must be emptied and rinsed out before they are tossed into the recycling bin so that beverages don’t become sticky over time, as that can gunk up the machines at the recycling center. You might also want to mention that soiled cardboard could have an adverse effect on sorting machines at the center, so employees should attempt to recycle clean parts of the cardboard instead. After office parties, encourage them to put only the top of pizza boxes into the recycling bin, not the bottom part that is saturated with oil and has cheese still stuck to it. If you keep the above information in your mind as you start to implement your company’s recycling program, you can be friendlier to the environment while doing the right things for your business. Talk to recycling centers in your town to find out more...

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Keeping Heating Costs Low In Loading Dock Settings

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Heating Costs Low In Loading Dock Settings

When your store or facility has a shipping and receiving dock, the winter months can be brutal when it comes to your heating costs. You have no choice but to have a massive and gaping door opened in the area most parts of the day to allow shipping and receiving activity to take place. This often creates an atmosphere in your building that has to be heated constantly and still may not stay a comfortable temperature because of all of the cold air that is flowing in and the heat that is being lost. If you want to lower the commercial heating costs that you face because of this, there are a few simple things that you can do to help. 1. Keep Insulative Plastic Flaps In Good Condition – Most loading dock doors have long plastic or rubber strips that hang in front of the door when it is opened to keep as much cold air out as possible. It is not uncommon for employees to push these out of the way by tucking the flaps over to the side of the door to make traveling to and from a truck trailer easier to accomplish. Make sure that these insulative flaps not only stay in a downward position, but also in a good condition. Every little tear or missing strip allows the cold air to enter the building and your heated air to travel out. 2. Encourage Vendors to Use Regular Entry Doors When Possible – Just about every loading dock has a single entry door off to the side for entry and exit. However, the truck drivers that arrive at your facility likely just use the large door they are used to when traveling in and out. Encourage vendors to use the single entry door instead of the unless they are in the process of  loading and unloading. This eliminated the need to open and close the massively sized overhead door and keeps the insulative flaps closed. 3. Install a Cold-Deterring Blower System – If you have ever walked into the automatic doors at a retail store where traffic flow is heavy, you have probably noticed a quick burst of warm air right when you walk in the door. This blower system actually serves the purpose of deterring cold air entry every time the door opens. Plus, the quick burst of warm air where cold air is trying to enter helps to prevent the already heated air from escaping. To save on heating costs, it is a good idea to have a cold-deterring blower system installed over top of the loading dock door in your facility. For more information, visit sites...

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How To Make The Staircase Handrail In Your Factory Safer

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make The Staircase Handrail In Your Factory Safer

The handrail that runs along the staircase in your factory is required by law to keep your employees safe while they are at work. Simply having a handrail in place is not enough to protect people from tripping and falling while they are walking up the stairs, particularly on a busy day when there are a lot of employees rushing up and down the stairs or on a wet day when the steps are slippery. Ensuring that your steps are even and flat is a good start, but there are other precautions that you should take as well. For example, you should ensure that your handrail is in good shape. These are a few ways to do so. Opt for a Metal Handrail If you currently have a wooden handrail or other type of handrail that is not metal, you might want to swap it out for one that is made of metal. A metal handrail that is well-secured with screws and brackets will be much stronger, sturdier and less likely to fail. You can have one made by a metal fabrication company; then, you can have it made in the size that you need for your staircase. Have Your Handrail Welded in Place If your handrail is not already welded in place, you should consider hiring a portable welder to come out and do the job for you. Even if you already have a metal handrail in place, it can be smart to have it welded every few years to ensure that it’s held firmly in place. Keep it Painted It is a good idea to have your handrail painted regularly. Doing so will help prevent rust, which can cause the handrail to fail and break. Plus, if you keep your handrail sanded down and painted smoothly, it will be easier for everyone to grab onto. You can also choose a bright color, which will make it more easily visible; this will be easier for people to see the handrail and will help encourage employees to grab it when they are walking up and down the stairs. Keeping your employees safe while they are at work is important. One important step toward doing so is ensuring that your handrail is in good condition; this is true since people can fall down the steps quite easily in a factory setting. Luckily, following these tips will help make the handrail in your staircase a lot safer for all of your...

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Features You Should Consider When Buying A New Sewing Machine

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Features You Should Consider When Buying A New Sewing Machine

When it is not worth fixing your old sewing machine, it is time to buy a new one. However, if you have not looked at the newer models, you may be surprised by all of the features that some sewing machines have. By taking the time to look through these features, you will have an easier time picking the right machine for your sewing needs. Stitching Options The first feature you need to look into is the stitching options for each model. All sewing machines can do a basic line stitch, but not all of them can handle the type or amount of work you need to complete. For example, a basic sewing machine can do straight and zigzag stitches in different widths. These machines are lightweight and compact, and they are best suited for smaller projects such as hemming pants or creating small clothing items. The more advanced sewing machines give you the ability to complete projects that require different types of stitches. These models can generally do straight, zigzag, buttonhole, decorative and stretch stitches in a wide range of widths. If you sew your own clothing or work as a tailor, then this model type would be the best choice for your needs.   Threading Option For many people, the task of getting the very thin string through a very small hole is a big challenge. Luckily, several companies are taking away this difficult task by changing the way you thread the needle with their machines. Many of the newer models are coming equipped with a thread assistance tool. This is an automatic needle-threading tool that guides the thread through the eye of the needle for you. This tool is usually a small hook located behind the needle that you use to pull the thread into place. However, it is important to note that many of the basic models and less expensive models do not have this feature. For this reason, you should look for models that have an automatic needle threading system in their description. Embroidery Settings One last feature to consider is whether you can use the sewing machine to recreate a specific pattern on fabric. Some models have settings that allow you to embroider a pattern to create images such as flowers, initials or cartoon characters onto any type of fabric. This feature is an easy and fast way to make customized embroidery items for any reason you may have. Since each model type will have different embroidery options, you will need to look to see how they are programmed. Some models come with preloaded images, while others allow you to connect them to a computer to download a specific image. When it is time to get rid of your old sewing machine, you need to know what model types are out there before you buy a new one. By understanding the different features, it will be easier to choose a sewing machine that meets your specific...

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Stocking Up on Batteries: 3 Tips for Proper Storage

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Stocking Up on Batteries: 3 Tips for Proper Storage

Many of the devices and equipment used in industrial settings rely on batteries for power. If your business burns through batteries quickly, you likely buy them in bulk when they go on sale. In order to maximize the amount of power a battery can provide, proper storage is essential. Here are three tips you can use to make sure you are storing your extra batteries the right way. 1. Set up a system that ensures you use the oldest batteries in your storage supply first. Many people are surprised to discover that batteries can lose their efficiency over time. As a battery sits unused on the shelf, lead sulfate begins to form on the negative plates. This process is referred to as sulfation, and can affect the batteries ability to accept a charge and transfer electricity. To prevent sulfation from affecting your battery cache, set up a system that ensures your batteries are only stored for 3 to 6 months before use. 2. Store your extra batteries at room temperature. The environment in which extra batteries are stored can influence their efficiency in the future. While some people may believe that storing batteries in a freezer will extend battery life, extreme heat or cold can have the opposite effect. In order to get the maximum performance from your batteries, be sure that you keep your extra batteries stored in a location that maintains a constant temperature between 68 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also beneficial to ensure that the humidity levels where your batteries are stored stay between 35% and 65%. 3. If you have rechargeable batteries in your cache, don’t store them without a charge. Rechargeable batteries can reduce your battery expenses by allowing you to use the same battery several times. Once the battery loses its original charge, you can recharge it several more times before it must be discarded. If you are keeping rechargeable batteries in your battery cache, it’s important that you don’t store these batteries without a charge. By storing your rechargeable batteries at a 40% state-of-charge, you can minimize the charge capacity loss that is associated with aging batteries. Keeping a fresh supply of batteries available is a simple way to ensure your business is able to power industrial equipment and electronics. To ensure the batteries you buy in bulk remain viable, be sure that you use the oldest batteries first, store your batteries at room temperature, and keep rechargeable batteries charged during storage. To pick up more batteries, visit a battery store like Shelton Battery,...

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Guaranteeing Efficient And Long Lasting Equipment – Advantages Of Utilizing 310 Stainless Steel

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Guaranteeing Efficient And Long Lasting Equipment – Advantages Of Utilizing 310 Stainless Steel

Whether you’re looking to erect an important industrial structure, upgrade your storage and transport materials, or simply enhance the efficiency of your manufacturing operation, selecting the right material for your project is essential. While there are nearly countless options on the market which may provide some of the advantages you desire, one material remains the superlative choice for a wide variety of industrial contexts. Below, you’ll find a guide to some of the advantages of using 310 stainless steel to upgrade the strength and durability of your setup. Committing to this highly impressive and strong material will guarantee that you’re in a position to be satisfied by your project and maintain an efficient operation for many years to come. Corrosion Resistance In any environment, the threat of corrosion can play havoc with your metal components. Even breathing air contains enough water vapor and other gases to risk damage over time, so in environments with more toxic fumes, the risk of damage increases. Installing 310 stainless steel means embracing the advantages that come with a corrosion-resistant finish. The high chromium content in the steel allows it to retain its original properties in nearly all temperature environments, meaning that it will resist corrosion even when other metals may be likely to be seriously damaged. Temperature Resistance As mentioned above, 310 stainless steel from a place like Tiger Metals Inc is designed to retain its strength in high temperature environments. This means that not only will its appearance and finish stay consistent, but its structural integrity will remain strong and capable of carrying the loads it was originally designed for. This temperature resistance makes 310 stainless steel an ideal material for heavy industrial contexts where extremely high temperatures are in play. 310 stainless steel should remain strong even after repeated exposure to open flame, guaranteeing that it can be used in foundries, metal fabrication plants, and a variety of other intense industrial settings. Easy Fabrication While 310 stainless steel is incredibly strong and resilient, it also is surprisingly easy to work with in the fabrication process. It can be both shaped into supporting structures as well as rolled out flat and used as industrial plating and covering, giving you flexibility in its application. This flexibility guarantees that you can design your equipment and vessels to your specific needs without worrying about the ability of the material to adapt, guaranteeing that your new 310 stainless steel equipment will meet every need you...

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3 Benefit Of Aspheric Lenses In Your Industry

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Benefit Of Aspheric Lenses In Your Industry

If you are looking for ways to take great care of your eyes as you work in research and development, proof of concept, defense, or medical field, aspheric lenses are a great way to go. Aspheric lens eyewear is crafted in a way that allows light to come in at angles that are most suitable for the type of work that you provide. For that reason, you should consider the benefits below, as you reach out to a company that manufactures the best eyewear for your particular industry.  Benefit #1: The Eyewear Is Slim And Lightweight When you work in industrial industries, chances are high that you will be wearing protective eyewear for an extended period of time. Because of this, you owe it to yourself to invest in aspheric lenses, as these lenses provide you with a relaxing and easy to wear solution that does not weigh you down or make your face hot. This will allow you to maneuver in a way that lets you get work done as you need to.  Benefit #2: The Eyewear Has Much Greater Peripheral Vision People with corrective eyewear that also provides industrial protection typically complain about a lack of peripheral vision. This is not the case with aspheric lenses, since the curve allows you the ability to see to your left and right, in addition to above and beneath you with greater clarity. This is especially critical in industrial settings, since the possibility of injury and accident is always there. This will make your entire workplace much safer, allowing you and those who work with you, to have greater vision and more control over their environment.  Benefit #3: People With Poor Vision Have More Options If you have ever seen military or industrial eyewear worn by people with incredibly poor vision, you have likely noticed that these options are typically very thick and bulky. In the case of aspheric lenses, you won’t have to worry about this, because the type of lens allows people to have eyewear that is more fashionable and easier to wear. This will allow people to be more comfortable in their work environment, while also allowing them to enjoy their appearance, without the need for bulky protective eyewear.  Keep these three benefits in mind, and use them by purchasing the best aspheric lenses for your particular industry. To that end, reach out to a quality eyewear provider who can assist you. For more information, contact a professional like R. Mathews Optical Works,...

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Why Fluid Handling Equipment Is Beneficial To Multiple Industries

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Fluid Handling Equipment Is Beneficial To Multiple Industries

Fluid handling equipment is designed to assist in the cleaning and sanitizing of manufacturing plants. Many industries benefit from this type of equipment, and rely on these systems to help control chemical output during the cleaning process. This article explains just what fluid handling equipment is, why it is essential to many manufacturers, and which industries are most likely to use this type of system: What is fluid handling equipment? The goal of this kind of system is to help control water output for cleaning and sanitizing purposes. Fluid handling equipment is used to help mix chemicals to a proper strength for cleaning conveyor belts, machinery, and flooring. It also can be used for applying temperature-controlled steam for sanitizing equipment used in food processing and manufacturing. Special water filters are also used in this system to help dispose of waste and keep pure water from being contaminated during the manufacturing process. Why is fluid handling equipment important? Many industries have to meet quality standards when using chemicals to process or manufacture their goods. Those in the food industry have to ensure that the products they put into production are free of bacteria and other contaminants. When cleaning solvents and chemicals must be used, fluid handling systems aid in ensuring the proper dilution of supplies so equipment and other surfaces are not affected. Fluid handling equipment also allows for safe steam-cleaning methods by allowing industries to control the heat levels and pressure of the steam they use to sanitize sensitive or often-used equipment. Water filtration systems help keep chemically-laden fluids from contaminating safe water sources as well. Which industries use fluid handling equipment? There are many industries that rely on safe cleaning and sanitizing methods for proper production. These industries include a variety of different industries: paper production mills food processing plants car and truck wash companies cement and asphalt production manufacturers Industries that use chemicals and cleaning solvents on a regular basis, such as truck wash companies and cement producers, especially rely on fluid handling equipment. These industries incorporate these systems into their production process to properly clean their equipment and filter out contaminated water as they complete their daily practices. To enable a safe working environment and safely sanitize and clean as part of manufacturing, many industries use fluid handling equipment every day. In being able to carefully monitor chemical and steam output, companies can work safely and meet industry cleanliness standards every...

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