Some Brief Insight on the Different Kinds of Industrial Brakes

If you put your foot down on the brake pedal, the car slows down until it stops. If the brakes don’t work, you are facing a major disaster. Many of the car accidents recorded by authorities are a result of failed brakes because the car owner did not see to its maintenance or forgot to replenish the brake fluid. If there is no enough brake fluid in the cylinders, the brake will not function. Leaks can make the brakes fail and if there is a major leak, the first time you put your foot on the brake pedal, the brakes will have complete failure. These are the brakes used for wheeled vehicles but there are also industrial brakes for a wide range of markets like mining, machinery, manufacturing, steel mills, food and paper industries.

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Many industrial applications are concerned with rotary motion that must slow down and rest at a specific time using the industrial brake. Suppliers are continuously improving designs to provide the technical solutions to suit the requirements of industries that have a requirement for industrial brakes.

Functions of industrial brakes

  • As a parking brake to regulate or stop an unintended start of a stationary shaft
  • For bringing a rotating shaft to a standstill in short time usually in connection with an unanticipated power failure or an emergency stop
  • As a control brake to maintain a specific tension in the material

The types of industrial disk brakes

  • Manual  brakes that are used for stopping, holding and tension duties when there is no air supply available
  • Hydraulic brakes are advanced products with excellent performance and functionality. Due to the advanced functions that are applied to them like the automatic shoe clearance balancing and wear-self-compensation device, they are definitely considered as maintenance friendly. This industrial brake fits well for decelerating, stopping/braking modern machines used in large scale industries where there is loading and unloading of machines, lifting and transporting heavy machinery, metallurgy and mining equipment. 
  • Pneumatic brakes have high torque capacity which when applied stops the application of industrial equipment. It uses an actuator in between two caliper arms that allows the brake to have a compact physical size in relation to the torque capacity. Pneumatic brakes are used in many large scale industries that use wind turbines, conveyors, textile machinery, test rigs, bulk material handling equipment and mines special purpose machine including industries like nuclear power plants and tire industries.
  • Electromagnetic brakes are designed for high consistent applications from copy machines to conveyors. Other applications include packaging machinery, printing machinery, food processing machinery and factory automation. These industrial brakes operate through an electric actuation but transmit torque mechanically. Once voltage or current is applied, the coil becomes energized creating a magnetic field. This turns the coil into an electromagnet that develops magnetic lines of flux that attracts the armature to the face of the brake. In most designs, springs hold the armature away from the surface of the brake when power is released to create an air gap.

Enhancing every Facet of Manufacturing with CNC Machining

Precision machining has managed to make itself indispensable to many industries especially those that have a direct effect to everyday life. Regardless of the industries on which these product parts are made, they require the schematics and designs through various software applications in almost every step of the manufacturing processes. If you are working in manufacturing it is very likely that you have dealt with cnc machining which is a very good example of a precision machining tool. CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control used in custom creation of many items from home decorations to car parts that require precision machining, fabrication and welding.

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Manufacturing before CNC

CNC significantly replaces some of the existing manufacturing processes and reduces the need for manual intervention. For example in the manufacturing process of drilling holes without using cnc machining, an employee places a drill in the drill chuck which is secured in the spindle of the drill press. Afterwards, the employee selects the desired speed for rotation commonly done by switching belt pulleys and activates the spindle; after which he manually pulls on the quill lever to drive the drill into the work piece being machined. As you can see, manual intervention is a must before the drill press starts to drill holes but while this is possible in small manufacturing companies, this is not considered efficient in large scale manufacturing. 

Manufacturing after CNC

As the quantity of drill holes increase, the employee will likely suffer from fatigue due to the tediousness of the operation which will also increase the possibility for errors and scrap. There are also machines that require a higher level of skill and experience for the more complicated machining operations. With cnc machining, the process is programmed and done in an automatic fashion and everything that is done manually is handled by the machine. Manual intervention is reduced since several machines can be watched by a single employee who is not even required to be a skilled engineer. Once the machine is setup and running, the operator has nothing to do during the lengthy production process.

The specific programmable functions of CNC machining

  • Motion control – which is shared by almost all CNC machines. They have two or more of the programmable directions of motion called axes required for the purpose of causing the motion necessary in the manufacturing process. The complexity of the CNC is determined by how many axes it has, meaning the more axes the more complicated is the machine.
  • Programmable accessories – although cnc machining is programmable in several ways, each specific machine type has a lot to do with programmable accessories
  • CNC program – the instruction which is written in a special series of CNC words used to communicate what the machine must do. When the words are placed in a logical manner, it resembles a sentence that commands the machine
  • CNC control – interprets the CNC program and activates the series of commands into a sequential order so that the machine can follow the instructions given in the program. There will only be about 40 to 50 words used on a regular basis which is not difficult to remember.
By valariearthur

Tips to Keep Your Air Compressor Running

A quincy air compressor is essential for home or on-the-job site applications due to the numerous functions it offers. This powerful tool can help you achieve your business targets in terms of production or even help you in doing basic chores at home such as inflating your tires or ensuring that your air conditioning system continually emits fresh and clean air. To provide the numerous functions expected from an air compressor, make sure that they are well maintained and you know exactly how to keep the equipment up and running.

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Read Operations Manual

Whether you have a brand new quincy air compressor or a used one, it is important that you read its operations manual. Even if you have previously owned an air compressor, you should still take time to read the operations manual because brands differ from one another. They also have different maintenance schedules and requirements which is why you should be familiar with how your equipment is operated. Damages due to mishandling of the equipment could affect your service and product warranty.

Ensure Regular Maintenance Check

A regular unit check is important to keep your air compressor running smoothly and to prevent further damage of the equipment if there is an issue with the unit. If what you have is a second hand air compressor unit and you do not know when its last maintenance check was conducted, take a look at its log book because it is where past service details are indicated. If the log book is no longer available, check the oil levels as it will tell you a few things. If the oil level is still high, it means that the equipment was serviced recently while a low level of oil means the unit needs immediate servicing. If you know how to do it, clean air filters on your own to save money on the maintenance. However, it would still be better if you call a qualified technician to do the task.

Additional Users Tips

  • The recommended maintenance check differs from one brand to another. To be sure, refer to the operations manual but generally, the recommended service check for a quincy air compressor is twice a year or a check up with six months interval.
  • Check the head bolts and tension it according to the recommendations of the operator’s manual. Follow the operations manual to prevent damages on the head gaskets. Otherwise, your warranty would be void due to neglect.
  • To minimize the risk of moisture build up, drain the air receiver daily or when necessary. Without draining the air receiver, moisture could eventually weaken your air receiver resulting to erosion.
  • When the unit is not in use, drain your air receiver from air pressure. As a result, the strain of pressure will be eased on the air receiver. Fluctuating temperature affects the metal causing it to contract and dilate.
  • To keep the air compression running efficiently, do not overuse the unit or use it inappropriately. Heavy duty use of a unit designed for minimal or light usage could ruin the equipment.

 

By valariearthur

The power of air!

At its heart, the humble industrial air compressor is really a very simple machine. Often, you have a reinforced metal (usually steel) storage tank that has air pushed into it using a high-powered motor. The delivery device, a hose or pipe, is used to power pneumatic tools by releasing the compressed air from the tank. It’s that simple! And yet their use is almost ubiquitous – from manufacturing computer memory chips, to filling car tires with air, to power-washing asphalt and buildings. You’ll find they are used everywhere.

So what makes an industrial air compressor so attractive over any other form of power? Well, it’s the power of air that often tips the balance in favor of a compressed air-powered device. It’s clean for one. That’s because the pneumatically-driven tools or equipment won’t generate any harmful emissions. It’s also safe to use, especially in areas where there might be a risk of electrocution – such as outdoor use. And that too illustrates the power of air! But most of all, thanks to today’s miniaturization of technology, these devices are compact and easy to install, store and maintain, unlike the gigantic installations of yore!

Types of air compressors

There are a number of varieties of air compressors available, but the basic principle they work under is similar – if not identical: Forcing air through a smaller and more confined space causes an increase in pressure, with this pressure then driving motion. However, it is the mechanical process of implementing this simple concept that distinguishes the complexity in design, and ultimately the cost of an industrial air compressor.

The type of air compressor that you would choose depends on the application you want to use them for, and the general environment in which you wish to operate them in. Basically, there are four types of air compressors:

  1. Reciprocating or Piston compressors: These types of devices, known as positive displacement units, use piston-based pumps to compress the air into a cylinder. And within these reciprocating types, depending on the pressure requirements of your application or trade, you could opt for:
    • A direct drive compressor: delivering up to 15cfm and achieving pressures of nearly 10 bar
    • A belt drive compressor: Which is more powerful in its pressure output, delivering up to 40cfm and achieving pressures of nearly 40 bar
  2. Rotary Screw Compressors: These too are positive displacement units. In these types of devices, a pair of interlocking rotors (helical matted screws) is used to compress air. Often favored for fixed-installation applications, such devices can deliver over 1,000cfm at nearly 13 bar.
  3. Rotary Sliding Vane Compressors: Another positive displacement unit, these devices use 8 blades, a stator and an eccentrically arranged slotted rotor to enable air compression.
  4. Centrifugal Compressors: Unlike the previous three items on this list, this type of industrial air compressor is not a positive displacement unit, and it uses a process known as dynamic compression which relies on velocity to raise air pressure. These devices accelerate air using impellers that are made to spin at high speeds (up to 60000 RPM), and then the air is decelerated using diffusers.
By valariearthur

How to Avoid Air Compressor Repair

The efficiency of your air compressor only depends on several factors. One of these factors is the brand of the equipment. Buying second rate air compressors most often necessitates immediate product or quincy air compressor repair. Overusing the unit or using it inappropriately also contributes to the unit’s early deterioration. Low maintenance and check up could also worsen its condition. To avoid calling for a technician for unnecessary checkups that would cost you dollars, consider these helpful tips:

•    Check for leaks. If you see signs of wear or creases, there is a good chance that your air compressor hose is leaking. To avoid this scenario, check for signs of leaks on your air compressor regularly. Having a leak on your hose means you would potentially lose compressed air and depending on the damage, you would lose up to $2,000 a year or even more. If you are working in a noisy environment which makes you difficult to detect leaks, you can use ultrasonic detector to easily detect leaks.

•    Avoid inappropriate air compressor usage. One way to avoid quincy air compressor repair is to use the unit properly. Do not overuse it and check if the unit is already too hot. Not only will you save your air compressor, you will also save money for the energy or fuel. To save money with air compressor, avoid using it if possible. Substitute air compressor with electric fans or air conditioning system to cool your area. You can also use blowers to inflate packages instead of utilizing your air compressor. For blowing guns and air lances, you can use low pressure air instead of the air compressor unit. When not in use, disconnect any equipment which is connected to the air compressor.

•    Unclog inlet air filters. Dust and dirt accumulated on inlet air filters could cause pressure to drop since airflow from air compressor is restricted. Before you call an air compressor repairman to check the unit, clean the inlet air filters first and test the unit. If the pressure does not revert to its original level, that would be the time for you to call a quincy air compressor repair expert.

•    Check v-belts. A slack air compressor v-belt reduces the unit’s efficiency. To maintain the equipment’s optimum functions, make time to regularly check the air compressor’s v-belt and see if its tightness is appropriate for the unit’s proper functioning. If you are not familiar how to tighten the v-belt, you can refer to the operator’s manual for instructions. If you are not confident to do it, do not proceed with it because it just might do damage instead of properly setting the v-belt’s tightness. Call a friend who may be handy in such tasks or better yet, call an expert technician to safely do the job for you.

•    Hire qualified technicians. To avoid making unnecessary expenses for repairs and air compressor parts replacement, only hire reliable technicians. Look for license and registrations to ensure that they are qualified to deliver the tasks needed to perform.

How much air do you need?

If you are like the “average entrepreneur”, looking to address the needs for an industrial air compressor in Toronto, you will likely not know where to start. All the talk about Axial flow, Double-action, Vane, Rotary compressors, Reciprocating compressors and such, will probably have you confused. So when it comes to determining the air compressor that’s right for you, you may feel lost at sea.

Well fear not! In the next few paragraphs we hope to provide you sufficient information that will at least get you started in determining how to estimate your needs. And if you’re still unsure what to do after that, we’ll also tell you how to get help!

Two very important elements, when starting out to determine what type of industrial air compressor you need in Toronto, are often found on the tools, equipment or machinery that you will power through your compression devices.  The labels or documentation of your devices should specify:

1)       An air flow rating: This is often listed in terms of Cubic feet per minute (cfm), or as Liters per minute (LTR/min.)

2)      An air pressure rating: Which, depending upon where your equipment was manufactured, can be stated  as Pounds per square inch (psi), or as BAR (or number of atmospheres)

There are a number of other considerations too, when determining which industrial air conditioner is a perfect fit for you – for example the type of power source, whether you want a fixed or portable device etc. – but knowing these two factors will help you to right-size your industrial air compressor. And here’s how to go about doing that:

STEP 1: Make an inventory of all the equipment and tools that you need powered by your industrial air compressor, recording all of their ltr/min or cfm ratings.

STEP 2: Next, break that list down and segregate all the items that are likely to be used concurrently

STEP 3: Add up all of the cfm or ltr/min ratings for the concurrently used devices, and this will provide you with a fairly accurate air flow capacity, at minimum, that you need to run all of your devices together.

STEP 4: Next, go through the list and review the PSI ratings of each device, and identify the piece of tool or equipment with the highest pressure requirement.  That is the minimum BAR rating that you need your industrial air compressor in Toronto to have.

When producing the list, make sure you consider near and long-term expansion plans for your operation. For instance, if you currently plan on using 5 pneumatic drills, think about 6 months or a year down the line – is that number expected to grow? Once you’ve arrived at your concurrent utilization, and highest air-pressure requirements, you may also need to give future expansions a second thought, and perhaps increase your numbers slightly.
 

Seeking help

It’s not always easy or advisable to go it alone when making decisions around purchasing the right industrial appliances and equipment. Luckily, you can consult a qualified industrial air compressor dealer from Toronto and get expert advice on which device will best meet your needs. After all, you don’t want to pay too much for a largely oversized air compressor, nor pay too little for a grossly undersized one.

The experts will use their tools-in trade, their knowledge and experience to understand your needs and right size the perfect air compressor for you!

By valariearthur

The Importance of Horizontal Boring Equipment in Installing Infrastructure

The invention and development of machines have been spurred by the need for men to have machine tools that will greatly improve the quality and speed of manufacturing a product. The concept of the boring machine started from men’s need to have guns and artillery. Machine tools were required to create holes with more accuracy and precision. Lathes and boring machines have paved for the development of more modern technology in manufacturing metal parts to be used by different industries from firearms, textile, steam engines and various forms of transportation. Lately, industries have the horizontal boring equipment that can create precise and deep holes with speed.  

Horizontal boring equipment for underground boring

Horizontal boring equipment is indispensable in today’s installation of underground pipes, conduits and cables.  The machine tool is used when excavations and trenching are not possible due to hard rock and uneven surfaces. Different soil conditions require the practicality of boring equipment wherein other methods are either impractical or totally impossible. There are also environmentally sensitive areas where using other methods can be costlier. There are also conditions where excavations can seriously affect traffic flow and would require the work to be performed in time periods where traffic disruption can be minimized. For a more accurate and safer work execution, industries make use of horizontal boring equipment.

Technique in horizontal boring

To satisfy the needs for technology, telecommunications have to install infrastructure, communities require underground pipelines for water and sewerage and gas companies need gas lines. All these requirements for the convenience of communities cannot be possible without highly precise and accurate machine tools that will ensure horizontal boring without negative effects to the immediate environment. Horizontal boring is a technique crucial in urban planning for the development of utilities without any dangerous open and wide trenches. Not only will there be a shorter completion time but it reduces the need for too much manpower. It is only important to study and analyze the existing utilities in the area before boring in order to prevent any destruction and damage to the existing underground utilities.

Process of horizontal boring

Locating and guiding horizontal boring is necessary since in most cases the drilling head in not visible on the surface. If the boring operation is not guided, it might create substantial damages to other utilizes underground. This is eliminated with the different types of navigation systems to locate whatever is close to the bore head.

  • Walk-over locating system – in this process a transmitter is attached to the bore head to register location, angle, direction and temperature data. This information is transmitted from the ground to the surface
  • Wire-line locating system – or the Magnetic Guidance System that utilities wire grids laid on the ground surface with the capability of verifying location

  • Gyro-based locating system – one of the most accurate systems where sufficient diameter is available and long distances can be performed.

All these systems have their own capabilities and their use depends upon the requirements of the project as well the situation and conditions in the immediate environment where the job is to be performed.

By valariearthur

The Basic Processes of Boring Milling Machines

Boring milling machines are tools used in various industries for the purpose of drilling holes, enlarging an existing hole, removing bits and also to create something into different sizes, shapes and weights. At some point, you must have seen this machine at a small machine shop for jobs dealing with iron and steel parts; however, the boring machine is also indispensable equipment in large industrial projects. When used in machining, boring can be executed using different machine tools like the lathes or milling machines. When the machines are designed for boring as the major function, they are referred to as jig borers, boring milling machines or simply boring mills. Examples where boring is used are gun barrels or engine cylinders where the holes bored are uniformly and accurately the same. The boring machines also speed up the process of making the hole and eliminate any unwanted material.

The types

Basically, there are two types of boring milling machines that are different in design and how they are they are utilized. The horizontal milling machines are considered traditional since they have been in existence since the early 1800’s and the design remains to conform to the original models where the boring bar rotates around a horizontal axis. Another type is the vertical boring mills that rotate on a vertical axis while the boring head moves linearly. The boring machines also come in different sizes and styles to undertake operations in smaller jobs and the boring mills for the larger industrial operations. The new machines used in today’s industries have literally been innovated from the traditional vertical and horizontal types to meet the challenges of special tooling and techniques. Technologies have been developed in order to produce deeper holes with more accuracy.

The versatility

The machines can be equipped with a wide range of optional accessories that can precisely be customized to meet the customer’s needs for a specific project. The boring milling machine is an ideal component for the energy sector like wind power, gas and nuclear as well as for shipbuilding. The machines have rigid and stable design to provide the highest precision with all the combined machine elements made from cast iron. Due to its stability, the machine can be installed at floor level therefore improving machine operations and minimizing the needs for foundation construction costs. Many of these new boring machines are technically horizontal/vertical types but are now computer-operated making them more versatile for big industrial projects.

The advantages

An industrial concern will definitely enjoy improved productivity, reduced downtime and maximization of customer benefits. Furthermore, maintenance can easily be handled with other milling heads in use. With the wide range of available machine configurations, it enables simultaneous machining and work piece loading. They are useful tools to create and repair engine parts without having to scrap it. When metal parts have to be cut uniformly and evenly, this tool is indispensable. First developed to make holes on guns and cannons, the boring techniques are now crucial in today’s manufacturing and industry.

By valariearthur

Practical Tips to minimize repair problems on your Air Compressors

The Problem

Air compressors are valuable assets; they provide a lot of functions on various industrial settings.  Just like any other equipment and business devices, air compressors are also prone to encounter damages as a result of wear and tear or improper use and maintenance. When any of these things happen, your air compressor can simply stop functioning and may even pose health or safety hazard in the workplace.

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The Solutions

In order to minimize costly industrial air compressor repair, you need to learn the proper ways of caring, storing, and maintaining your air compressors.

  • Air compressors have safety valves that release air automatically whenever the pressure in the tank goes beyond the preset limit. This small component should function well all the time to prevent the tank from exploding as a result of high pressure. Weekly checking of the safety valve should be done to check if it releases air when pulled. It must also pop back in its place after it releases air. If these things don’t happen, the valve should immediately be replaced.

  • There are indicators that will show the oil level of air compressors. It is important to ensure that the level does not fall below the required minimum level. Change the oil every three months. To avoid industrial air compressor repair, you have to use the appropriate oil and not motor oil as this will likely cause blockage on the valves. Incompatible oil will reduce the useful life of your air compressor.

  • Industrial air compressors function smoothly with the help of air filters. Check your units if you already have one installed. Otherwise, it will be most prudent to buy one and install it on your unit. Then check this filter regularly. Simply remove the air filter housing cover and check if it’s already loaded with dirt. If so, it’s time to replace the filter to enjoy continuous smooth functioning of the air compressor.

  • Air compressors should be drained after each use. Otherwise, this will lead to formation of rust inside the compressor tank. Make sure that moisture is drained by unplugging the drain valve that can be found at the bottom of the tank.

  • Regular cleaning is a must for air compressors. During regular operations, the unit can easily obtain and retain debris on its motor, tank, flywheel, and cooling fins. Regular cleaning will prevent accumulation of dust and dirt on these parts. Just make sure that you unplug the unit first before you start cleaning your air compressor.

  • You might not be using your air compressor all the time; if this is the case, you have to keep your unit in a safe, cool, and dry place that is free from moisture. Make sure that the unit itself is drained of moisture. All pipes should be disconnected and should be hanged such that the open ends are facing downwards so that if there are leftover moisture, they can still be drained properly.

Following these simple tips in caring and maintaining your air compressors can go a long way in terms of keeping your unit operational and fully functional for a long period of time. Should you find the need to repair the unit, as you will most certainly encounter in the future, find reputable repair companies to help you.

By valariearthur

Finding the best deals in Air Compressor Rental

Air compressors are used not only by large industrial companies but by ordinary household owners as well. These devices are utilized to increase the volume of air in a particular area; this is done by employing several methods like pressurizing or compressing air through conversion of power and gases into kinetic energy. Air compression is made possible by various methods like negative displacement or positive displacement. The first method makes use of centrifugal force from a spinning impeller while the latter makes use of a chamber that is filled with air then reduced to start the compression process.

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Air compressors are very functional, that’s why industries of all sizes depend upon them in the performance of important operations. Those who cannot afford investing in these devices by buying them outright in cash can consider industrial air compressor rental.

Benefits of renting industrial air compressors

Massive air compressors can cost a great deal of money, and not every business owner can afford to buy one. Industrial air compressor rental will allow you to enjoy all the functionalities of the device without having to shell out a lot of cash. You can use these devices for your business like fill up different objects with air like vehicle tires, air mattresses, balls, rafts, and a lot more things that you use for your business operations. Smaller jobs would only require portable air compressors; but for larger industries engaged in operations like gas cylinders or tanks for scuba divers, equipment rental of bigger devices will be the most appropriate business decision to make. This equipment will also help you in operating your pneumatic tools like jackhammer, airbrush, and other sorts of tools found in the industrial setting that need compressed air to function.

Useful tips in renting industrial air compressors

Business owners know that every penny spent for business operations should generate good returns for the company. As such, every asset acquisition or even decisions to rent major equipment should deserve careful consideration. When it comes to industrial air compressor rental, the following tips can prove to be very useful:

  • First of all, you need to identify your needs like how long you will need the rented equipment and what type of machine would satisfy your business requirements. There is no single air compressor that can possibly function as all-around equipment. You have to know the exact type of machine to rent so you are sure to pay for something that will perform the job right.
  • Be diligent in performing your research. There are so many companies engaged in equipment rental including air compressors. Take your time in finding out the company’s history and track record in the business. Even if you are not purchasing the equipment, quality should never take a back seat. Companies that ensure proper maintenance of their products can guarantee the safety of their units. You will need this assurance to also ensure that you are not exposing your workplace to various types of hazards.
  • Find the best deal by comparing quotations from different companies. The first one that offers a good deal is not necessarily the best. Compare quotes, get in touch with the company representatives and ask relevant questions to help you make the right decision.