Cold Storage Rentals

Cold storage rentals have huge benefits for many industries. By renting a temperature-controlled storage unit, you have the advantage of ongoing maintenance and an accurate view of operating costs.

Why You Should Consider Cold Storage Rentals

  • Cold storage rentals have a fixed monthly cost, so you have a predictable monthly cash flow
  • By renting a cold room you a commit to costs for a shorting time frame – giving you the option to review the business needs at the end of the lease to decide what to do next
  • A single point of contact for all services – meaning you have no hassle or searching for different kinds of services
  • They usually come with a 24 hour dedicated emergency repair service
  • Option to have customisable sizes and settings – bespoke units can be created to fit with the correct refrigerant system for your needs
  • Helps your business save money. Having products continue to spoil because they’re not stored adequately happens commonly without cold storage rentals. Storing properly usually extends the shelf life of the product too.
  • Cold storage rentals are more energy-efficient than having many standard fridges and freezers saving you money on monthly bills
  • Much needed floor space and shelving to store many goods on-site at once

Cold Storage Rentals

 

 

 

Lock Out Tag Out

Firstly, you may be wondering what does Lock out tag out actually mean? Well, Lock Out Tag out refers to certain procedures and practices that will protect employees in the workplace from an unexpected start-up of a machine or equipment. It can also stop the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance processes. Lock out will basically hold devices in a safe position.

Certain employees will have the authority to use the lock out tag out process, this is essential to keep your place of work safe and compliant.

Many accidents happen due to carelessness or procedures not being followed properly, so a good lock out tag out product is important and needs to be carefully thought out.

Many steps must be followed, these include:

Detailed procedures for starting/opening equipment

Shut down equipment properly

Make sure all employees are notified and aware

Disconnect all energy sources

Verify the lockout

During shift changes make sure employees are keeping procedures in place

Turn equipment back on

A lock out tags out product should have a lock, blank flanges, and bolted slip blinds and the whole procedure must ensure that continuity of service is essential, the shutdown and start-up of the equipment must be practical and documented procedures are followed, the employee that is operating the lock out tag out system must be provided with special protective equipment.

Lock Out tag Out

Lock out tag out (also know as LOTO) is a very serious safety practice that enables employees to be protected when starting up or shutting down equipment or machinery. It is a crucial system for employees and their visitors to keep everyone safe.

The LOTO standard confirms the employer’s responsibility to protect workers from hazardous risks, The OSHA standard for the control of hazardous energy (29 CFR 1910.147) for general industry outlines the measures required for controlling various types of hazardous energy.

 

 

 

 

Forging

Forging is a type of manufacturing process where a certain type of metal is pounded, pressed, or squeezed into the desired shape, using great pressure the process is normally performed on hot metal (this makes it easier to mould into shape)

Forging provides a better mechanical property, the process directs the grain flow depending on the shape, most metals can be forged, ferrous, and non-ferrous including alloy, carbon, stainless and superalloy.

When using the forging process to shape the metals, many tools need to be used to be able to carry out the procedure. These tools are called an anvil, fuller, tong, chisel, press, die, flatter, swage block, clamping vice, and a furnace. There are many others but those are your main ones that would be needed.

There are many advantages to forging, such as greater reliability, reduction in rejections, easy manufacturing process and custom-manufactured pieces.

There are not many disadvantages, however, the initial cost can be high, and the size may be limited depending on a company press size and what you need.

Another type of forging is called cold forging, this is a manufacturing process the deformation or molding happens at room temperature and changes the shape and the size of the metal you want and the shape the die produces.

There are advantages and disadvantages if you compare hot and cold forging, the main advantage with hot forging is the heat allows the highest level of deformation and increased ductility, but this can come at an expensive cost. With cold forging, the advantage is the metal will harden and increase the strength at room temperature, and cold forging may be a lot cheaper.

We recommend doing your research and asking a forging expert as to which one is the better procedure that will suit you and your needs.

Forging

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All about a glossmeter- In detail

Glossmeter

What is a Glossmeter?

glossmeter (also gloss meter) is an instrument which is used to measure the specular reflection (gloss) of a surface.  Gloss is determined by projecting a beam of light at a fixed intensity and angle onto a surface and measuring the amount of reflected light at an equal but opposite angle.

There are a number of different geometries available for gloss measurement, each being dependent on the type of surface to be measured.  For non-metals such as coatings and plastics the amount of reflected light increases with a greater angle of illumination, as some of the light penetrates the surface material and is absorbed into it or diffusely scattered from it depending on its colour.  Metals have a much higher reflection and are therefore less angularly dependent.

Many international technical standards are available that define the method of use and specifications for different types of glossmeter used on various types of materials including paint, ceramics, paper, metals and plastics.  Many industries use glossmeters in their quality control to measure the gloss of products to ensure consistency in their manufacturing processes.  The automotive industry is a major user of the glossmeter, with applications extending from the factory floor to the repair shop.

History of a Glossmeter

Of the many internationally recorded publications relating to gloss measurement, the earliest recorded studies (perceived and instrumental) are attributed to Ingersoll1 who in 1914 developed a means to measure the glare of paper.  The Ingersoll “Glarimeter”, the earliest known instrument developed for gloss measurement, was based on the principle that light is polarised in specular reflection.  The instrument employed incident and viewing angles of 57.5° and used a contrast method to subtract the specular component from the total reflection using a polarising element.  Ingersoll successfully applied for and patented this instrument a few years later in 1917.

In 1922 Jones2, during his study of gloss of photographic papers using goniophotometry, developed a glossmeter based on his research, which provided closer correlation to gloss ratings assigned by visual evaluation.  Jones’ glossmeter used a geometric configuration of 45°/0°/45° whereby the surface was illuminated at 45° and two incident reflective angles measured and compared at 0° (diffuse reflectance) and 45° (diffuse plus specular reflectance).  Jones was the first to emphasize the importance of using goniophotometric measurements in studies of gloss.

Early work in 1925 by Pfund3 led to the development of a variable angle “glossimeter” to measure specular gloss which was later patented in 1932.  Pfund’s instrument, allowed the angle of measurement to be varied, but maintained the angle of view to the angle of illumination. Reflected light was measured using a pyrometer lamp as a photometer.  The ‘glossimeter’ was the first to use black glass standards as a basis for reflectance setting.  As the angle was variable this instrument could also be used for the measurement of sheen or specular gloss at near grazing angles.

During this time, growing interest in this field resulted in a number of similar studies by other individuals each having their own method for gloss measurement, most of which published as technical articles in scientific journals of that time.  A few of these also resulted in patents.

In 1937 Hunter, as part of a research project for the US National Bureau of Standards, produced a paper on the methods of determining gloss. In this paper he discussed instruments that were available at the time (including the ones mentioned previously) in relation to the classification of six different types of gloss.  In this paper Hunter also detailed the general requirements for a standardised glossmeter.

Standardisation in gloss measurement was led by Hunter and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) who produced ASTM D523 Standard test method for specular gloss in 1939.  This incorporated a method for measuring gloss at a specular angle of 60°. Later editions of the Standard (1951) included methods for measuring at 20° (high gloss) and 85° (matt, or low, gloss).  ASTM has a number of other gloss-related standards designed for application in specific industries.

In the paint industry, measurements of specular gloss are made according to International Standard ISO 2813.  This standard is nominally the same as ASTM D523 although differently drafted.  BS 3900, Part 5, UK; DIN 67530, Germany; NFT 30-064, France; AS 1580, Australia; JIS Z8741, Japan, are also equivalent.