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How Does Building New Oil Pipelines Affect The Price Of Heating Oil?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Does Building New Oil Pipelines Affect The Price Of Heating Oil?

There has been much controversy about the proposed construction of new pipelines to bring oil from the newly accessible deposits in the Northern regions of the United States and Canada to the refineries of the Southern and Eastern regions. While the construction is delayed, oil form these regions must be shipped by rail, which is much slower and more expensive than transporting the oil by pipeline. If proposed pipelines are built, the cost of transporting oil will be reduced, resulting in lower prices for heating oil. The construction of two major pipelines, the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access, have been successfully curtailed by the Obama administration because of environmental concerns. However, President Trump recently signed orders to revive these projects, so they may be built over the objection of those who believe they are harmful and disrespectful of the people over whose lands they will travel. The case against new pipelines Both of the previously mentioned proposed pipelines have received virulent opposition from environmentalists and some Native American groups who are worried about water contamination and proximity to sacred lands. Environmentalists are concerned both about possible breaches of the pipelines and the propagation in the use of fossil fuels that the pipelines will offer. The same environmentalists are vehemently against hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”,  because it has created an abundance of domestic oil, lowering prices, and subsequently increasing the use of oil fuels.  They are also concerned about the use of chemicals and water that are pumped with great force into shale rock deposits to reach huge reserves of oil and natural gas beneath the shale. Pipelines allow this procedure to be more profitable, resulting in lower prices for heating oil and gasoline. The case for new pipelines Decreases in the costs of heating oil and gasoline because of pipeline transport may appear shortsighted to environmentalists, but can be a blessing to those with limited incomes, who need to heat their homes and get to work. Pipeline builders have offered to reroute pipelines that were originally planned to travel over sites that are sacred to Native American groups. If the pipelines are eventually built, mediation  and/or litigation will likely be necessary to finalize an agreement that can satisfy all parties involved. Although the possibilities exist for sabotage or a technical failure that could cause a pipeline breach and oil spill, transporting fracked oil by rail poses an even greater threat to both inhabitants and the surrounding environment. Fracked oil is naturally mixed with gas and other substances, which are removed through refining. This mixture can turn a rail tanker into a potential bomb if a derailment occurs. This has already happened in a small town in Canada, when several tank cars derailed and destroyed the town. Until the United States can realistically move away from fossil fuels with a viable alternative that the average American can afford, pipelines, built with safety precautions and sensitivity, are the best choice for safe and efficient transport of new sources of...

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Minimize Dust From A Gravel Entryway And Line The Sides Of The Gravel Surface With Flowering Bushes

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Minimize Dust From A Gravel Entryway And Line The Sides Of The Gravel Surface With Flowering Bushes

If you recently had a new gravel entryway installed on your company’s property, minimize the amount of dust that blows around while you, employees, and clients drive over it. Once finished, line the gravel entryway’s sides with rows of flowering bushes to give the new addition a well-defined and attractive appearance.  Materials ​bag of zinc chloride or calcium chloride garden gloves rake measuring tape flowering bushes small shovel bags of topsoil tamping tool water hose colorful mulch solar-operated light stakes speed limit sign Minimize Dust With Salt That Is Soluble Zinc chloride or calcium chloride are two types of salt that are soluble. Once applied to the gravel surface, either one will attract and absorb moisture before disintegrating, which will help the entryway’s surface retain moisture. As a result, dust will not be likely to become an issue. Put on a pair of garden gloves before applying a layer of salt to the gravel surface. Use a rake to spread the salt out as evenly as possible. Add more salt to the entryway if you notice dust levels increasing considerably in the future. The salt that was added will also assist with preventing the entryway from becoming icy during the winter when the temperatures are below freezing. Plant Flowering Bushes And Install Lighting Use a small shovel to dig holes along each side of the entryway that are wide and deep enough for each bush’s root system to fit into. Use a measuring tape to assist with spacing the holes apart evenly. Plant the flowering bushes and fill in the holes with topsoil. Use a tamping tool to flatten the surface of the soil. Water the bushes and apply a thin layer of colorful mulch around the base of each bush to enhance the beauty of all of them. Insert light stakes that are solar-powered at random areas alongside the entryway. The light stakes will absorb photons that the sun emits during the daytime. As a result, the lights will turn on at night and provide plenty of visibility for anyone who will be driving onto your company’s property. Install A Speed Limit Sign Although the salt will help protect dust from becoming an issue, installing a speed limit near the beginning of the gravel entryway will direct individuals to drive slowly, which could be helpful. As a result of driving slow, gravel pieces won’t shift a lot, which could lead to less dust blowing. Insert a light stake near the speed limit sign so that people can see it clearly when it is dark out.  For more help controlling road dust, contact a company like GMCO...

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The Benefits Of Upgrading Your Laser Cutting Capabilities To Fiber

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Benefits Of Upgrading Your Laser Cutting Capabilities To Fiber

In many precision metal fabrication shops today, laser cutting technology is leading the way in parts and protocol manufacturing. Lots of fab shops today employ CO2 laser cutters, an advanced laser cutter that can produce several parts fast and does so with high-tech precision. You may have a CO2 laser cutter in your fab shop that helps to increase your profits due to its capabilities of fast production. However, you have another, more advanced option today for laser cutting that may be faster and more efficient than CO2 cutters. Check out the benefits your fab shop can enjoy by using the latest in fiber laser cutting machinery. Save Money On Maintenance And Overhead Utility Costs The cost of running a fiber laser cutting machine is more affordable than other laser cutters because it has no moving parts or reflecting mirrors where the light is generated. The disk laser or CO2 resonator in a traditional CO2 laser cutter can be more expensive because it requires greater amounts of electricity to operate. Fiber laser cutters have a much longer diode life than other cutters, offering between 50,000 to 100,000 hours. Because a fiber laser cutter has fewer moving parts, you have fewer hours to spend on maintenance, another way this type of machine will save you money. Fiber lasers produce light through collective diode banks that is filtered through fiber optic cables. The focusing lens for direction of fiber produced laser light is built into the cutting head, thus allowing you the benefit of never having to deal with the replacement of costly optical mirrors. No Back Reflections Equals More Options For Your Customers If you have endured damage to your CO2 laser cutter because the back reflection created when cutting materials like brass or copper, you know well the high cost of repairs and down time. You may have had to turn down customers that had orders for parts manufactured out of reflective materials like copper and brass due to your inability to cut them properly. With a fiber laser cutter, you never have to worry about back reflections causing damage, so bringing in new customer orders using reflective metals is not a problem. You also do not have the stress of worrying about down time due to reflective damages. Taking steps to maintain your metal fabrication production is an essential aspect of operating a successful business. By learning more about the latest in laser cutting technology, you are more informed about the ways you can surpass your competitors and provide your customers with cutting edge technology. For more information, contact a company like Moorhead Machinery & Boiler...

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About a Problematic Liquid-Ring Vacuum Pump

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on About a Problematic Liquid-Ring Vacuum Pump

Has the liquid-ring vacuum pump used at your plant been malfunctioning a lot? It is possible that the pump has become worn out and needs to be replaced. However, sometimes a problematic vacuum pump will only need to be repaired. Take a look at this article to learn about the possible problems that can cause an industrial vacuum pump to malfunction. 1. The Pump Consumes a Lot of Power Consumption of a lot of power is a sign that the coupling is in need of being realigned. However, the problem can also stem from there being an excessive amount of seal liquid in the pump. You can get the seal flow rate adjusted to bring the liquid under control. A liquid-ring vacuum pump might also consume a lot of power it if it mounted on an uneven surface. 2. The Pump Always Overheats If your pump has been continuously overheating, there are a few things that could be causing the problem. For instance, the seal liquid inside of the pump might be hotter than usual. You might want to get the cooler fouler inspected, as well as the cool flow rate in case it needs to be increased. A defective bearing can also cause overheating, but it can easily be replaced by a contractor. Getting the coupling realigned might fix a problem with overheating as well. 3. Seal Water Leaks Out Seal water can leak from various areas of a liquid-ring vacuum pump. A contractor can observe where the water is leaking from and pinpoint the type of repair that is necessary. Water might be leaking from the body gasket on the pump, which can sometimes be repaired by making sure the bolts are even. If water leaks from the castings, it is possible that corrosion is the cause due to the pump being old. 4. There Is Excessive Vibrating from the Pump Improper mounting can lead to a liquid-ring vacuum pump vibrating in an excessive manner. It is possible that the bearings are not in good shape and need to be replaced. Excessive vibrating can also occur when the coupling or V-belt is misaligned. If you are dealing with a vacuum pump that has numerous problems, it might simply be old and about to stop working altogether. If you find out that your vacuum pump is too old for repairs, talk to a professional such as JMI to get a new...

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3 Tips For Saving Money On Factory Heating This Winter

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Saving Money On Factory Heating This Winter

Keeping your factory at a reasonably warm temperature during the winter months is probably important to you. Your equipment or supplies might be damaged by overly cold temperatures, and you probably want to ensure that your employees are as comfortable as possible, too. However, the cost of keeping a large factory heated during the cold winter months can be expensive, and you might not be looking forward to this added expense. Luckily, following these helpful tips can allow you to save money on factory heating this winter while keeping your equipment, supplies and employees at the right temperature. 1. Keep Overhead Doors Shut  One common cause of heat loss—and therefore a common cause of added heating bills during the winter—is when overhead doors that are used for loading and unloading are left open all day long. When the weather is mild, it might make sense for your employees to leave these doors open so that they can get their job done without having to constantly open and close the doors. When the temperatures drop, however, it is important to keep these doors closed whenever they are not in use if you don’t want to lose out on a lot of the heat within your factory. 2. Buying Heating Oil in Bulk Even homeowners can benefit from purchasing their heating oil in bulk, since many heating oil companies offer lower pricing for those who purchase more at one time, and since you can save on delivery fees by buying large quantities of heating oil at once. However, these savings can be multiplied in a factory, which is generally much larger and requires the use of a whole lot more heating oil. Consider talking to your heating oil delivery company about buying a large tank full of heating oil at the beginning of the season. 3. Use Your Industrial Fans You might have thought that you were finished using your large industrial fans—whether they are overhead, large industrial box fans or a combination of the two—once the temperature cooled down. However, using these fans is a good way to circulate heat throughout the factory, including both the heat from your industrial heating unit and heat that might be generated by your machinery and equipment. As you can see, if you are concerned about the cost of heating your factory this winter, there are ways that you can cut costs. Give these tips a try to make a difference. For more information, contact companies like Fox Fuel...

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Caring For Your Sifting Screens

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Caring For Your Sifting Screens

If you have just started using sifting screens to sort rocks, granite, pulp and other materials, you may have already noticed how useful they are. Torn and damaged screens can cause delays, so it’s important to do the following things in order to ensure that the screens are well taken care of.  Perform Frequent Inspections Throughout the Day If you are sorting granite and rocks from soil, the soil can sometimes become wet due to rain and other factors. As a result, your sifting screens can become occluded by clumping soil that has to be brushed away with a wire bush. Instead of waiting until the screen is completely clogged and work has to stop, perform frequent inspections and remove clumps so there is not a break in workflow. Multiple daily inspections are even more important when you’re sorting materials like pulp that are regularly wet. Clumping is even more likely to happen as the day goes along. Materials might need to be dislodged in order for the screens to function effectively. Enlist the help of employees so that inspections can happen in a timely fashion. Check and Clean Them at Night When work is done for the day, you may think you can just leave the screens until the next day, especially if you’ve been keeping an eye on them all day long. However, to preserve them, it is smart to clean them one last time each night and look for signs of damage. As you clean, look for signs of small holes and tears, especially along the edges of the screens. You should also be looking for signs of rust. If you do see signs of a problem, you can take steps to repair or replace the mesh. Ensure that the screens are left to air dry completely before using them again or pat them dry with clean cloths. After you’re done cleaning and looking at the screens themselves, take a moment to check out the frames to ensure they’re intact. If your sifter screen frames are wood, look for signs of rotting or splitting. If the frames are metal, look for rust. Make any necessary replacements of frame pieces as soon as you can. By doing these easy activities, you can preserve the sifting screens you use on your work sites. Be sure to talk to your employees and managers about how they too can care for the screens over...

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Two Cosmetic Additives To Avoid In Your Products

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Cosmetic Additives To Avoid In Your Products

If you have been thinking about expanding your business by offering customers cosmetics, then you can work with a private label cosmetics company. This type of business will produce the cosmetics for you and place your name and label on the packaging. If you decide to do this, then you will have some control over the types of ingredients that go into the products. If you want the cosmetics to be healthy for your consumers, then there are a few ingredients you will want your cosmetics manufacturer to avoid. BHA Most cosmetics will need to contain preservatives to ensure a long shelf life. However, certain preservatives can be harmful to your consumers. This is true of butylated hydroxyanisole or BHA. This preservative is typically placed in cosmetics and food items that contain fats and oils to stop them from turning rancid over time. The BHA works as an antioxidant to help reduce spoiling. Unfortunately, the chemical is not like healthy antioxidants like vitamin C and E. Instead of helping to reduce cancer concerns, BHA may actually cause cancer. Specifically, BHA disrupts normal hormone and endocrine functions in the body, and this can cause cancerous tumors to form. BHA can also cause allergic reactions in some people. Instead of including the potentially harmful preservative in your cosmetics, opt for a healthier option like glycerin, copper salt, salicylic acid, sorbic acid, or alcohol.  Triclosan If you decide to offer facial cleansers or acne-reducing creams, then you may think that it is a good idea to place a strong antibiotic like triclosan in the products. While triclosan is a powerful antibiotic agent that can be found in toothpaste and mouthwash, it should not be included in your cosmetics. Triclosan can actually cause a bacterial resistance issue. If used in a cream or face wash, the antibiotic will kill the majority of the microorganisms on the face. However, the most powerful and resistant ones will be left behind. The bacteria can then go on to clog pores and infect open cuts in the skin. This can lead to a serious infection problem. Instead of using a strong antibiotic in your facial products, consider using a mild natural ingredient that has antibacterial properties. This will help to eliminate some bacteria without completely killing all the harmless microorganisms on the skin. This will help to keep the harmful and antibiotic resistant bacteria from thriving and forming clusters on your face. In other words, the natural ingredients will not kill so many bacteria that there will be open areas on the skin where nasty bacteria can grow completely unchecked.  Tea tree, peppermint, lemongrass, and eucalyptus essential oils all have mild antibacterial properties and can be used in private label cosmetics. Tea tree oil is  good additive, because it will create a pleasant tingling sensation when placed on the skin. To learn more, contact a company like FASTFILL...

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Liability Issues With Locating Utilities

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Liability Issues With Locating Utilities

When you do any digging in your yard, you should call to have utility lines in your yard located. You might think that there are no utilities in your yard, but if you dig and hit a utility line, you could hurt yourself and/or be on the hook for the damages to the line. If you want to protect yourself, call to have utility lines located before you start digging.  Dangers of Buried Utilities The dangers of hitting a utility line depend on the type of line you hit: 1. If you hit a water line, you can cause extensive damage to your property. The water gushing out of the line can carry off topsoil and undermine sidewalks and driveway. It can also flood your house, or cause damage to a neighbor’s property.  2. If you hit an electrical line, the biggest risk is, of course, electrocution.  3. If you hit a telephone, cable, or internet line, you will lose the signal for the line you hit. This means you may miss out on important calls or online transactions.  4. If you hit a gas line, you can cause explosions in your yard and in other yards in the same area. Cost Associated with Hitting Utility Lines You might think that the only cost associated with hitting a utility line is the cost of replacement parts. The truth is that you have to pay for parts, processing fees, filing fees, office fees, labor, etc. It is not uncommon have a bill of several hundred or a thousand dollars to repair a utility line. You also have to pay for any damages done to your property, injuries you sustained or other people sustained as a result of your actions, as well as damages to other people’s property.  Benefits of Locating When you call to have your utility lines located you get a few different benefits. For one, you should know exactly where lines are, so you can work around them and avoid damage. For another, if the locater does not locate the line properly, you are no longer liable for the damage done by hitting the line. To make sure you are not held liable in the case of an erroneous location, save documentation such as bills and notices given by the utility locating agency.  It may seem like an extra hassle and delay to call to have someone come out to your property to search for utility lines, but you should not skip this step. Even if you have to pay a fee for the location services, the protection you gain is well worth the cost. A simple phone call can save you a lot of...

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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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