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Injection Molded Vs. Machined Plastic Parts

Injection Molded Vs. Machined Plastic Parts
Plastics offer many advantages over metal parts today. Although they will never completely replace metal, plastics are cheaper, stronger, and more durable than metal. They can be used in a wide range of industrial and commercial applications in Washington. When it comes to parts, you have two main choices. You can go with injection molded or machined plastic parts. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of each method to help you decide. Injection Molding To injection mold, you need molds, raw materials, and heat. Here is how a typical process may work. Plastic pellets are melted and forced or injected into metal molds. Once the molten plastic cools, it hardens. The molds open and release the new part. Freshly molded parts usually have flashing on them, and this needs to be cleaned up. They can be sanded or run through a special cleaning process. Machined Plastic Parts Washington plastic machine shops are not that different from metal shops. For example, a plastic blank is placed into a CNC machine, and it can bore, mill, or cut it into specific shapes and sizes. Thanks to high-tech plastics and computerized machining methods, plastic parts can be precision machined. This makes them perfect for industries producing medical devices, automotive, and aerospace technology. Which to Choose? Injection molded parts are cheap to produce in Washington. However, the equipment is not cheap. Injection molds can only be used for one part. If you need something with a different size port or outlet, you’ll need to invest in a new set of molds. Machined plastic parts have no real downside. There is no flashing to remove, and once the part is machined, it’s ready to use. You don’t have to use many types of molds for different size parts. You only have to change the setting on the machine. Be the first to like. Like...
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Clean Up with a Tramp Oil Separator

Clean Up with a Tramp Oil Separator
Keeping your shop clean can be a chore when you run a busy metalworking shop. The dirty fluid creates a bad smell with fumes that can potentially make employees use more sick days. Keeping the fluids in your shop clean is really important. A tramp oil separator can help you keep your fluids clean, your shop clean, and your employees healthy. In addition, this simple product can help you save money, too. The tramp oil separator removes dirty oil off the top of the cleaning fluid, separating it from the fluid that is still usable. This increases the life of the fluid and increases the machine’s efficiency. It also makes your shop smell cleaner, removing that dirty oil smell. It’s simple to add a tramp oil separator to each of your fluid machines, keeping everything in your shop running more smoothly and ensuring your shop is a healthier place for employees. These products are compact and space saving. For the most money saving option, combine a tramp oil separator with a coolant recycling system. A coolant recycling system thoroughly clean your fluids so that these can be reused multiple times before disposal. The tramp oil separator helps keep the fluid clean on a daily basis, so it’s easy to reuse it through the recycling systems. Recycling your coolant can save you up to 80% on your coolant costs, compared to not recycling. Not only will you buy less coolant throughout the year, but you’ll also save on coolant disposal costs. A clean shop makes employees feel better and keeps them healthier. Clean fluid helps machines run more efficiently, and recycling helps you save money. Installing tramp oil separators are a simple step you can take to a cleaner and more efficient shop overall. Be the first to like. Like...
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4 Signs It’s Time to Shop for New Industrial Mixers

4 Signs It’s Time to Shop for New Industrial Mixers
Production results don’t just rely on team performance but on having the right tools and equipment. Here’s why you might need to scout around for new industrial mixers sooner rather than later: Age of the machine If your equipment is more than 10 years old and is already outdated or obsolete, then buying a replacement unit is already long overdue. By investing in new equipment, you should see a marked growth in production performance and results. Frequent repairs Repairs are normal and to be expected. However, if you find yourself making a call to repair specialists too many times to count, that might point to more serious problems. Parts and components degrade and wear out over time. If there are too many repairs, your equipment parts and components are already breaking down on you. If you find yourself in this situation, consider buying new equipment instead. Too many delays Production delays caused by faulty parts undermine your operational efficiency. This can lead to discontent and dissatisfaction in your clients. Too much of that can send them running to your competition. An easy fix to prevent production delays is to ensure your equipment is in tip-top shape with regular maintenance and inspection checks. These will help catch and correct minor problems so they won’t turn into bigger ones. Irreparable damage Proper maintenance and care can help, says Civil Eng. But in case there’s irreparable damage to the equipment and repairs become nothing more than a stop-gap measure to provide your system with temporary relief, don’t wait around until you end up with bigger problems on your hands. Look for industrial mixers to replace your equipment as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more you expose your system to possible lasting damage and the more you put your production schedule behind. Be the first to like. Like...
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Why Choose Welded Hydraulic Cylinders?

Why Choose Welded Hydraulic Cylinders?
Hydraulic cylinders come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and types. The options vary widely. Selection must be made based on such factors as: Environment Purpose Size Mount When choosing, some OEMs prefer one type to the other. For them, the ideal may be a tie-rod hydraulic cylinder; for others, the only sensible option will be welded hydraulic cylinders. The Welded Hydraulic Cylinder Hydraulic cylinders are mechanical actuators. Using a linear stroke, they produce linear force. All consist of the following major components: Barrel Caps Head Piston Piston rod There are also several other minor components A welded hydraulic cylinder is a specific type of actuator. Unlike the other major category – tie-rod cylinders, the welded version does not have tie rods. Instead, it features weld with the cylinder barrel and end caps directly welded together while the ports, in turn, are welded to the cylinder barrel. The cylinder barrel is also home to a threaded or bolted front rod gland. Why Choose A Welded Hydraulic Cylinder? A hydraulic cylinder of this type offers several advantages over the tie rod option. Welded hydraulic cylinders: Are more versatile, adapting easily to customization and specialization. This contrasts with the standardized tie rod cylinders Offer durability because of their construction and design, of enduring harsh and contaminated environments Possess superior seal packages, therefore increasing the longevity of the cylinder Can fit into smaller, more narrow spaces making them suitable for applications where space is at a premium Easier to disassemble or remove for repairs Some even praise the aesthetic lines of welded hydraulic cylinders. With a lower profile, these devices can more easily blend into the machinery. Welded Hydraulic Cylinders Hydraulic cylinders come in various sizes, shapes, and types. If your company is looking for options that are durable, modifiable and versatile, consider welded hydraulic cylinders. While more expensive than other options, they perform well under harsh circumstances, delivering what a company expects of them. Be the first to like. Like...
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Why Use Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration Systems?

Why Use Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration Systems?
In many large facilities today, industrial ammonia refrigeration systems are common. You won’t see these systems in residential use and small commercial applications. Why is ammonia (R717) the preferred choice for large food processing companies, dairy, and cold storage services? Let’s look closer at the process to see. History R717 was one of the first refrigerants used. In the early days, even residential refrigerators used ammonia. It is one of the most efficient and effective refrigerants, but there is one main problem, especially with residential applications. If you have a leak in an R717 system, the gas can be toxic. Fumes can burn the eyes, lungs, and skin, so refrigerants like R22 were developed. Although they weren’t as efficient, the fumes were far less toxic. Yet, because R717 is so efficient, it’s still used in large industrial ammonia refrigeration systems. Good Things about R717 There are several benefits to using large ammonia cooling systems. Efficiency is important for large operations, and you can receive as much as ten percent more overall efficiency with an R717 system. Here are some more benefits: Cost – it’s cheaper to purchase R717 than halocarbon type refrigerants. Also, due to CFC concerns, R22 will no longer be available, and it’s being phased out. Replacements for R22 can be very expensive, and this makes the cost or R717 even more affordable and attractive to businesses. Higher heat transfer – this provides greater efficiency Smaller piping needed – this can save space and money on installation costs. Easy leak detection – strong fumes are easy to detect. Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration and the Environment If your business has environmental concerns, ammonia refrigerant is one of the best choices you can make. It breaks down in the atmosphere, and unlike CFC materials, it does no harm to the ozone layer. Be the first to like. Like...
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