LCD Enclosure & Computer enclosure – Various Unique Purposes.

Electronic out-of-doors marketing to manufacturing facility data systems, the electronic equipment demands protecting from the hazardous, unprotected climate they are put into. Hopefully this article will help in guiding you all through the likely purposes they can be used in.

LCD enclosure.
As the title suggests these are for Monitor TVs, but they will also accommodate plasma and LED screens, primary in the digital out-of-doors signage industry. These units have been developed over a stage of 5 years, as part of their central part business the PC enclosure, we will come on to that later.

The LCD enclosure lets installers to put standard non commercial TVs in locations thought to be unsafe, this could be owing to the climate, too much rain, snow, sleet or very high temperatures, or just a very high menace of damage from vandals. Due to the robust nature of the unit, these will withstand to the most resolute physical assault.

Offered in NEMA 4 and NEMA 4X they are also to be had in painted steel and stainless steel for Ip65, still the high raw material costs make stainless a very exclusive item, with only a few companies deploying them, the most affordable solution is the mild steel material unit that is fully welded and powder coated with an epoxy coating making them durable to knocks and bangs. Some units have been covered with a special rubber coating to prevent vandalism from spray paint to baseball bats.

Computer enclosure.
These are used in the installation of data systems on a factory or process facility, here dangers such as dust, dirt, grease and fluid will quickly terminate the existence of a PC.

This is why there is a call for for Computer enclosures; these protect the computers, screens and keyboards by keeping them in a micro climate inside the enclosure by way of special thermostatic filtered cooling systems. With more and more makers wanting to have the latest in technology to update order status to their clients, they are investing very heavily into various Computer enclosure. They are available in IP56 and IP65 for the French market, with NEMA 4 and NEMA 4X for the America and Canadian markets.

The reason for the increased popularity is these protective cases is that if a production line in a manufacturing unit stops due to a PC failure the cost of lost production to the manufacturer is enormous, in some cases lost production is costed at US$50,000 per hour! So it is a wise management team who invest in safeguarding the electronic hardware.

The same can be said for dynamic outdoor advertising, if any of the equipment fails from hardware malfunction or vandalism the business who have rolled out the solution will have to replace the electronics, not forgetting the lost income from businesses.

Any standard PC or screen solution can be harmed with corrosive compounds in the air for illustration in a steel facility and if these get on to the circuit boards, this over a brief period of time will make the hardware ineffectual and fail, these protective housings are one of the most affordable and strong solutions for safeguarding computer systems deployed in manufacturing unit information systems as well as LCD TVs used for dynamic outside advertising.

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Graham is the leading manufacturer a range of LCD enclosures, these outdoor digital signage enclosures offer all the protection needed for outdoor use.

Forklift ramps

Portable Forklift Ramps

We supply the North American market with high quality portable yard ramps and forklift ramps and have been manufacturing these products for several years. With our innovative design and proven manufacturing process we are able to offer our customers both the strongest and least expensive fork lift ramp solution on the market today.
Portable Loading Docks

If you require steel portable ramps or loading dock equipment – our two main products are designed just for these uses. The deck has adjustable legs from 42 inches to 58 inches for loading and unloading all types of trailers and all mobile ramps are rated for 30,000 lbs. The different ramp configurations allow the use of various sized lift trucks.

We will customize our products to meet your needs; we have supplied over 400 different and unique configurations to our customers. Our cost effective manufacturing process coupled with the ease and flexibility to make changes ensures you will receive what you need at a price you can afford. Our truck ramps are offered in several standard non-fade colors (signal red, signal green, safety orange, safety yellow, Royal Blue & Black) but can be custom painted to match your corporate needs. All ramp parts are buffed and primed to remove any surface rust prior to paint application. We control the delivery of most of our products by using our own highway transport trucks – the added benefit is a competitive delivery cost and having our staff assist with the off-loading and installation.

Please review our site to see our basic ramp products, and then when you have a better idea of your exact needs, fill out and submit our online quote form. You will be contacted shortly thereafter from someone from our customer service department.

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Production Automation Sensors Keep an Eye on Manufacturing Processes

Any time you have moving parts or equipment that does work without the intervention of human effort it is necessary for some type of sensing or verification of the process. Production automation sensors do the job of keeping an eye on production tasks that run unattended. These tasks that are performed can vary quite a bit. Production automation sensors make sure that humans are aware of the accuracy or inaccuracy of the tasks that automation performs in manufacturing. There are three basic types of production automation sensors, contact sensors, process monitoring sensors, and no-contact sensors. Each of these types has its own unique set of sensing applications in the manufacturing process. The tasks that are done by each of these types is either monitoring a process, detecting conditions, analyzing a process, or calibrating a part or the process.

As monitors production automation sensors assess the quality, consistency, and conformity of parts on the production line. This monitoring function would also include the review of assembly operations which encompasses the identification and location of parts used in assembly, and the proper positioning of parts relevant to the assembly process. When performing the detecting function production automation sensors determine if there is imminent danger for the production equipment, the product being manufactured, or the workers near the work cell. This task would also include the detection of malfunctions or breakdowns in the process. An example of this type of sensing occurs when a sensor is installed to monitor a conveyor belt. As products move down the belt there is a small space between each product that has a set time duration. If there is no time duration during which the light beam is broken that is equal to the size of the product, the sensor will shutdown the conveyor because the conveyor is blocked for some reason. This protects the products, automation equipment and the workers near the conveyor. Production automation sensors are valuable for analysis of parts and the process so that problems in the production process can be deterred automatically.

The contact sensor, as its name implies, requires that the end-effector of a robotic device actually touch the part that is under scrutiny. This sensor can be very simple usually incorporating the use of a limit switch. The limit switch is an open loop, non-servo device which means it does not give feed back to the system about information that it gathers and it runs until the limit switch is turned off. These sensing devices are used mostly to detect motion or movement of parts in the work cell where they are located. More sophisticated contact sensors are closed loop, servo devices that provide feedback to the controller once a contact has been made to a part or surface. The feedback can include such information as shape, size, position, orientation, and other factors about the object encountered. The contact sensor is often used in product processing to determine if a product has arrived at the inspection station. As the product moves down the line it encounters the contact sensor which turns on the inspection operation for that product.

Process monitoring sensors are technically not sensors, but do give important feedback to the manufacturing system about the state of conditions in the manufacturing process itself. This kind of information will keep the processes running smoothly by notifying operators of any corrective action that needs to be taken to keep things going.

The no-contact sensors make up a large group of the newest, and growing technologies. These sensors do not touch the parts, products, or environment that they are scrutinizing, but do return valuable information to the controlling system. These devices include those sensors that handle proximity, photo-optic, and vision functions.

Proximity sensors determine the presence of an object using electromagnetic or electrostatic fields. There is a large range in the degree of sensibility of these devices. Some can detect objects at greater distances than others. The sensitivity of any given proximity device is dependent on the application with which it works. There is also a great range of different sizes and shapes of proximity sensors that can be used to do this type of job. These sensors can detect both metallic and non-metallic parts. Metal parts are typically detected with an electromagnetic field by the proximity sensor. Usually the sensor will determine the presence of a non-metallic part using high frequency electrostatic capacitance. A good example of the application of a proximity sensor in manufacturing occurs when a sensor is set up to determine if a bit has been broken during a high speed drilling operation. The sensor is positioned to “see” the end of the bit. If the end of the bit is present then the drilling operation can continue. If the end of the bit is not present, then the operation is automatically shutdown, so the bit can be replaced. In another similar proximity application the sensor determines if there is a bit is in the chuck so that drilling can start. Both of these sensors use electromagnetic sensing to perform their tasks.

A combination of production automation sensors can be used on a production line where products are being placed in open cans. After the cans are filled on a manufacturing line, automation places a lid on each can. Before cans are pulled off the line for packaging by automation, one sensor determines if there is a can on the line below the current checkpoint. If there is a can at the location, then another sensor, located above the line at the checkpoint, determines if there is a lid on the can below it using metal detection. If the there is no lid then the can is diverted before being sent into the packaging work cell.

About the Author

John Mitchell, the author of this article, is President of Provision, Inc, an online publisher of information about the uses of automation in manufacturing. The company website, http://www.provinc.net, allows companies to evaluate automation components to make manufacturing more efficient. Requests for quotations can be submitted to automation specialists.

Aspects of Efficient Materials Handling

If you are in charge of running any sort of industrial or commercial warehouse, one of your biggest challenges is finding the most efficient materials handling system for your needs. While you need to handle each application as it arises, it is often helpful to stand back and look at your operation as a whole and then separate it into its individual components.

Those who are in the business of warehouse supplies look at the full spectrum of the industry, from manufacturing, to distribution and finally to retail sales. The needs of the workers in manufacturing plants differ from those at the large distribution centers. When goods reach the retail outlets, their materials handling needs are different, too.

Take a manufacturer of small appliances, for instance. Every toaster is made up of a number of small parts, each of which must be stored, moved and assembled. These small materials require an intricate materials handling system in order to ensure the smooth and efficient working of the factory. As a toaster moves down an assembly line, the supply of components must be constant and virtually effortless. Some of these materials are put together manually, while other operations are automated.

When the toaster reaches the end of the conveyor, it is then put into its individual box. These boxes are then put into larger boxes. Those boxes in turn are loaded onto pallets, which are then passed on to the bulk shipping vehicle.

The pallets of toasters are sent to large distribution warehouses whose job it is to send the toasters to individual retail outlets. These large warehouses will be comprised of rows of pallet racks and throughout any given day, the pallets will be moved from the pallet racks to delivery vehicles. The forklifts will be in operation constantly, moving new stock in and shipping orders out.

At the retail outlet, a smaller number of toasters will be needed. In some cases, only a handful of toasters will be ordered. In other cases, a large cardboard box containing dozens of toasters will be delivered. The retail outlet will have its own specific materials handling system. This may be smaller in scale to that of the large distribution center, but may not be smaller in complexity.

While the large distribution center relies on its forklifts and pallet trucks for moving materials, the smaller retail outlet relies on human power and smaller moving equipment like hand trucks. They also often have limited storage space, so every available inch must be used as efficiently as possible. Because of the wide range of items on display in the store, the staff must be able to easily find replacement stock and just as easily be able to access and move it.

When you look at the importance of proper materials handling as it applies right through the supply chain, you can see just how important your warehousing supplies are. As customers, we just see a toaster sitting there on display, but those in the warehouse supply industry see the whole complex chain of events that were required to get that toaster on the shelf.

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The industry is constantly changing and it has always been Bahrns.com’s goal to supply customers with the most recent equipment in Materials Handling industry has to offer. Bahrns Equipment has a wide selection of Materials Handling Equipmentt to help maintain efficiency within your business.

Heat Treatment In The Manufacture Of All Metals

One and a third billion tons of steel are produced every year in the world and for this reason alone it is hardly surprising that some of the world’s richest people are steel moguls just as the others are mainly involved in oil, the internet and telecommunications.

The importance to mankind of metals is reflected in the fact that we even call whole eras of history by metals. The Bronze Age followed the Stone Age and this in turn is followed by the Iron Age. The discovery of all the elements in the world covers a vast number of years and even today it is probable that there are still some more to be found. There are 118 recognised elementsand the metals are nearly all used in some way to benefit humankind with iron being the most abundant.

Fire is the most important part of turning these metals from lumps of earth and rock into the finished article. Very few metals are pure enough straight fromground to even resemble the colour they will become after heat treatment and removal of impurities.

Steel is produced in four or five main types depending upon the intended usages. It is highly flexible and can be as malleable as a thin sword is or as hard and rigid as a girder. It can be heavy plates of shell proof armour and it can be a tiny fine medical needle.

Some years ago a manufacturer of steel needles sent the smallest thinnest needle they could manufacture to a rival needle company. This second company sent the needle back with a note saying, ‘herewith your needle; you will find ours inside it.’ The first company has never bragged about their progress again any time since.

Even after steel has been produced and is in a company’s stock supply it can have its properties changed with heat treatment. From induction hardening to stress relieving and tempering all of these methods include the simple process of heating the metal and cooling it. This fine tuning of metals is nowhere more pronounced than with aluminium a highly versatile lightweight metal which has many applications with very different grades and sometimes the addition of other metals like zinc. Aircraft have to have a particular type of aluminium for the obvious lightness and also of a type which is going to be resistant to fire.

Catalytic converters on all cars use as the catalyst the precious metals of platinum, palladium and Rhodium all on a substrate of Aluminium Oxide.

The alchemists looking to make gold from base metals all realised how a metal changed its usefulness and appearance with the application of hot and cold and dreamt of finding a metal that would turn to gold with that mix of fire and water.

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At http://www.heat-treat.co.uk you can read all about the different methods and uses of heat treatment and get a fuller understanding of the subtle changes in materials that are treated in this way.

The Truth about Abrasive Blasting

Abrasive blasting is a method of cleaning, smoothing and shaping up a solid surface through forcing at high speeds the hard particles over the surface. By history, the material utilized for this process is sand filtered to an equal size for the process. This procedure used for cleansing the areas is called sandblasting.

Several methods today are developed in the U.K. for this purpose including Bead blasting, high-pressured steam cleaning, hydro blasting, wheel blasting, automated blasting, dry ice blasting and the micro-abrasive blasting.

Every machine is high-powered machine gear ranging from huge scale equipments up to small portable machines and is utilized to spread out rough materials at the object’s surface. This specific material is kept under high pressure in the course of the blasting procedure. The device used for high pressure can involve sand, pressurized air, water or even fine glass particles that will rely mainly upon the usage procedures. Organic or natural components like baking soda can be used as an environmental friendly abrasive blasting device.

The procedure may be utilized for various kinds of applications. By means of initiating small particles of it on an area using high-speed process, all flaws are trashed loose as well as may then be wash out easily. Several professional services about it had been working all over the U.K. to offer their machines and accessories in order to aid their clients using their industrial planning, painting and cleaning necessities, residential or eve apartment renovations.

Dry docks typically make use of this machine to clean up the hull of the ship. This process may eliminate the wall writing, removing car paint, polishing, finishing surfaces or dirt and mold cleansing from some areas. The services are utilized widely in United Kingdom for cleaning swimming pools also. One of the local data and online business directory in the U.K. is the SearchMe4, which offers contact numbers of the abrasive blasting machine firms providing their blasting equipment and services.

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Steps in Risk Assessment

Having finished hazard identification or hazard recognition work, the next step we shall do is to perform risk assessment. According to hse.co.uk, a risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm.

Risk assessment is used for determining priorities in risk control. It means that high risk work or situation will be addressed first and those with low risk level will be considered afterwards.

Now we are going to talk about steps in risk assessment. Follow these steps one by one and finish step 1 before going down to the next step.

Step 1
Perform Hazard Identification or Hazard Recognition

You may have finished your hazard identification. All potential hazards have already been recognized and recorded for each work area. But, if you have not done yet, you should start by now. Please refer to my previous post on how to do hazard identification.

Step 2
Determine Associated Risk with These Identified Hazards

Each hazard could harm workers, guests, temporary employees, contractor members or equipments. Determine exactly risks that are possible to happen, for instances skin irritation, cut, falling, trips, slip, hearing problem, respiratory system irritation, eye burn, property damage or even death. One specific hazard may introduce several risks. Just write down what are the possibilities.

Step 3
Write Down Hazard Controls that Are Already in Place

Just write down hazard controls that we have already prepared in the workplace to control the risks. Don’t write what we’re planning or what we are going to implement. As an example, to avoid chemical hazard during loading operation we prepare a procedure and instruct the workers to use personnel protective equipment.

Step 4
Evaluate the Risks

At this time, we should be able to examine the risk level for each associated hazard. Risk level examination can be done by making risk analysis matrix. Risk analysis matrix is done by considering its exposure, probability and possible consequences. Risk level is then related to risk score, which is calculated from exposure, possibility and consequence. Click here to see an example.

Or alternatively, we can compare existing hazard controls with good practices, standards or applicable government regulations (legal). Record any findings or deficiencies we find.

After passing the step 4, we should be able to know our priorities, which hazards require immediate precautions and more work to reduce the risks or even to eliminate them.

Step 5
Make Programs for Improvement and Implementation

In the last step we will make programs for improvement of existing risk control based on the priorities that we have made in the step 4 above. If the improvements take times to be implemented, then temporary or additional risk controls shall be provided otherwise these risk will cause harm.

Don’t Forget To Update

Risk assessment is same as hazard identification. They are ongoing processes that shall be updated regularly and or after any implementation of changes in procedure, plant layout, processes and etc. Make sure our risk assessments stay up to date.

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Chemical plant is a workplace where many hazards exist. Learn more about safety in chemical plant, visit the author’s blog workplace safety

Make better use of space with portable racking.

Storage in any environment always seem to become a problem. Stuff just seems to mushroom and multiply and there’s no more room to put anything on the shelves. The shelves themselves take up loads of room and once you’ve put something away, on a high shelf, it’s hard to retrieve it. If you can even remember where you put it in the first place. Once you’ve installed shelving units, you are stuck with them. It’s not like they are flexible and can be moved around.

No wonder then that more and more people are turning to mobile racking solutions instead. This type of shelving is more flexible for starters. You can move it around and change the set up and layout of a room or storage area because these units are portable. But the really great thing about mobile racking is that you can store more in the same amount of space. And when you need access to something, you can move it around to get to whatever it is you are looking for.

Any organisation that keeps books or paper records can benefit from portable racking. So if you run a library and you are running out of space or maybe if you work in a records office. At a police station say or a finance company. Then if space is at a premium and you are starting to wonder just how to cope as more books arrive or more records turn up, perhaps portable racking is the answer.

By feeing up much needed space, you won’t need new premises or too expand into other areas of the building. Instead you can better utilise the space you currently occupy by being smarter with your storage. Units are easy to set up and cost effective. No wonder it’s such a popular solution for a wide range of businesses and organisations.

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Cheap, Multifunctional Steel Available At Your Mild Steel Supplier

Looking for a relatively cheap steel product with a number of applications? Look no further than your favourite mild steel supplier, who would be able to fulfil your every need.

Mild steel is a type of low carbon steel with good strength that can be bent, worked or welded into an endless variety of shapes. As it is relatively cheap with material qualities that are acceptable for a number of different applications, it is the most common form of steel. If needed, surface hardness can be increased through carburizing. This is a heat treatment process that results in the surface having a higher carbon content than the inside of the steel product.

Mild steel is used in a number of different products, including cars and ships, building materials and even some pots and pans. It is also often used when large quantities of steel are needed, for example in construction.

As the carbon content of steel rises, the metal becomes harder and stronger, but also less ductile and more difficult to weld. Generally, steel with a higher carbon content also has a lower temperature resistance. If you need the steel to be workable, you have to buy a product with a lower carbon content.

As mild steel consist of a variety of low carbon steel products, mild steel suppliers; would be able to advise on the right product for your needs. The composition of the product – the percentage carbon, manganese and silicon – included in the steel has an effect on the strength and hardness of the product, which in turns have an impact on how it can be used.

Mild steel suppliers may also stock products with a lead or sulphur content, which leaves you with a free cutting mild steel that can easily be cut with automated machines.

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Lucky Mamome is a freelance journalist.

Safety awareness when carrying out lift maintenance

When conducting any sort of lift maintenance or lift repairs safety awareness is paramount at all times. Being familiar with all aspects of safety will make you aware of major hazards that are associated with this type of work and how to avoid them. Lift maintenance work can be dangerous and hazardous and can cause serious injury and even fatality to personnel involved.

The most common causes of serious accidents when carrying out lift maintenance include:

  • electrocution – any personnel working in the lift shat or lift machine room can be electrocuted
  • trapping hazards – personnel can become trapped between the lift shaft and soffit of the lift shaft whilst working or trapped between the ascending lift car and the door opening causing serious injury
  • falling – personnel can easily fall from the top of the lift car to the bottom of the lift pit causing serious injury. If working with doors open on the landing, personnel are prone to falling into the lift shaft
  • getting struck by falling objects – during lift repair hand tools or lift parts can fall from height into the lift shaft
  • accidents caused by fire – flammable substances and materials such as welding operations can cause fire

Safety precautions when carrying out lift repair and maintenance

Before any sort of lift maintenance or repair is carried out a full risk assessment of the workplace needs to be conducted. Safety measures must be put in place that cover all aspects of lifting and transporting machine parts, replacement components such as wires and procedures covering manual handling. It is essential that trained engineering personnel and competent supervisors to establish implementation of safety plans. Safe codes of practice should be adhered to at all times by lift personnel on site.

All engineering personnel should be provided with the correct information, training, instruction and supervision to enable them to work safely. All personnel should be familiar with the safe use of tools, equipment and safe codes of practise and fully understand all emergency procedures that should be followed.

Falls prevention

If working at height then suitable falls prevention methods should be implemented. This should be done in a number of ways:

  • warning notices should be placed at every landing place and the lift car doors and landing doors should remain closed at all times
  • if lift doors are to remain open then suitable barriers and warning notices should be placed
  • work personnel should be provided with a means of safe access to gain access to bottom of lift shaft
  • if working on top of the lift car then suitable railings should be fitted and the number of personnel working on top of the lift car should be restricted
    • More information on lift serviving can be found here

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