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CNC Machining and Related Fields of Application

Posted by Mark Brown on Sep 9, 2014

CNC machining is not entirely a new concept in production. This revolutionary method of manufacturing began in the early 1970s. CNC machining has, over the years, overtaken the use of several machinery and processes in manufacturing. A CNC machine...

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Update the Look of Your Concrete Garage Floor with Epoxy Paint

Posted by Mark Brown on Sep 8, 2014

If you notice that your concrete garage floor is starting to lack a bit of lustre, you do not have to get the entire floor replaced to give it an updated look. Painting the floor will give it a new look for a fraction of what you would pay if you...

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3 Common Home Water Treatment Methods

Posted by Mark Brown on Aug 25, 2014

The water that you drink at your home is filled with chemicals, and you may be considering ways to treat that water to make it safer and better tasting for you and your family. So if this is your first experience with water treatment for your home,...

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Advantages of Mini Skip Bins over Regular Size Skip Bins

Posted by Mark Brown on Aug 20, 2014

Skip bins are big, open-top waste containers for management of bulky waste products. While regular skip bins may have a capacity of up to 12m3, making them enormous, there are smaller sizes having capacities as low as 2m3; these are known as...

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Precast Concrete- Why You Should Use It

Posted by Mark Brown on Aug 18, 2014

Precast concrete is concrete cast at a different place from where it is actually used. This is mostly done in a factory through a method called wet-casting. Precast concrete can be custom-made to suit your exact taste. The following are reasons why...

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Challenges and Solutions for Bitumen Tank Cleaning

Posted by Mark Brown on Aug 12, 2014

A common problem with cleaning bitumen tanks is removing the coke build-up. Since bitumen is stored at varying temperatures, coke can accumulate on the heating coils and on the top. Over the years, the tank can develop a thick crusty carbonised...

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Recent Posts

  • CNC Machining and Related Fields of Appl...

    September 9th, 2014

    CNC machining is not entirely a new concept in production. This revolutionary method of manufacturing began in the early 1970s. CNC machining has, over the years, overtaken the use of [...]

  • Update the Look of Your Concrete Garage ...

    September 8th, 2014

    If you notice that your concrete garage floor is starting to lack a bit of lustre, you do not have to get the entire floor replaced to give it an [...]

  • 3 Common Home Water Treatment Methods

    August 25th, 2014

    The water that you drink at your home is filled with chemicals, and you may be considering ways to treat that water to make it safer and better tasting for [...]

  • Advantages of Mini Skip Bins over Regula...

    August 20th, 2014

    Skip bins are big, open-top waste containers for management of bulky waste products. While regular skip bins may have a capacity of up to 12m3, making them enormous, there are smaller [...]

  • Precast Concrete- Why You Should Use It

    August 18th, 2014

    Precast concrete is concrete cast at a different place from where it is actually used. This is mostly done in a factory through a method called wet-casting. Precast concrete can [...]

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CNC machining is not entirely a new concept in production. This revolutionary method of manufacturing began in the early 1970s. CNC machining has, over the years, overtaken the use of several machinery and processes in manufacturing. A CNC machine is a device that can be programmed using a computer to make imprints on materials such as metal, wood and even plastics. CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. As the name suggest, this form of manufacturing uses programmable numerical commands to direct the cutting mechanism on what types of cuts and drills to make.

CNC machining is applicable in many fields. In today’s world, you are bound to come across CNC machining in almost every manufacturing plant. The following is a rundown of some of the industries that commonly employ the use of CNC machines for effective and rapid production.

In metal industry

CNC machining has been widely taken up in both the metal removal and metal fabrication fields. In metal removal, CNC machining has been implemented for activities such as drilling, boring, reaming, face milling, counter boring and counter milling. Most machines that were earlier used to carry out these functions are now being replaced by CNC machines or supplemented by the latter.

Grinding processes are also being done using specialized CNC machining devices. Both outside grinding and internal grinding as well as specialized contour grinding can now be done with CNC machines.

In metal fabrication, CNC machining is incorporated in the shearing, bending and punching of appropriately sized holes in thin metal sheets.

In electrical industry

EDM or electrical discharge machining is a CNC machining electrical process of removing metal from a surface using electrical sparks. This CNC machining function is one of the less known operations of CNC machines. EDM uses either the vertical discharge machining or wire discharge machining concept to achieve metal removal. In vertical EDM, an electrode in the shape of the desired product is used as the base mold upon which the CNC machine will act to make exact imprints.

Woodwork industry

Much like in the metal industry, CNC machining can be employed in the removal of wood to result in desired shapes and features on wood. CNC machining is used in this industry to carry out processes such as routing and drilling.

Other applications of CNC machines

Aside from the above industries, CNC machining has been incorporated in several other industries. Engraving is one such industry where the machine is used to create impressions on metallic, ceramic and even glass items. The machines are also employed in water jet machining for metals, plate creation and even soldering.

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If you notice that your concrete garage floor is starting to lack a bit of lustre, you do not have to get the entire floor replaced to give it an updated look. Painting the floor will give it a new look for a fraction of what you would pay if you had it completely replaced. Below is a guide to painting your garage floor in just one day.

Supplies Needed

Prepare the Garage

Remove everything from the garage, and then use the vacuum to get up any dirt or debris that is left on the floor.

Edge the Floor

Use the paintbrush to carefully paint the edges of the floor. You want to get as close to the wall as possible without actually getting paint on it. If you feel that you do not have a steady enough hand to avoid painting on the wall, you can use painters tape to tape off the bottoms of the wall to protect them before painting.

Paint the Floor

Screw the paint roller onto the extension pole. Pourable paint will have a spout built into the lid of the paint. Pour a small amount of paint onto the floor and use the paint roller to spread the paint over a small portion of the floor. The paint dries quickly, and you need to add the coloured paint flecks before the paint dries. Doing one metre by one metre at a time allows you enough time to spread the flecks before the paint starts to dry.

Sprinkle the Coloured Paint Flecks

The container holding the paint flecks will have one side that has small holes in it that allow you to sprinkle a few flecks at a time and another side that has a large opening that allows a lot of the flecks to come out all at once. Open the side that has the holes in it, and sprinkle the flecks over the wet paint. Sprinkle the flecks evenly so they look as though they came in the paint itself

Finish Painting the Floor

Repeat the painting and sprinkling process until the entire floor is covered with the paint and the paint flecks. Shut the garage door until it is almost completely closed. A small opening is left to ensure air is able to circulate in the space so the paint can dry fully. Allow it to dry overnight before attempting to walk on the floor or place anything on it.

The epoxy paint, like with Nu Look Floors, is designed to stand up to the wear and tear that a garage floor is often subjected to otherwise. Light will bounce off the coloured paint flecks to give the floor more dimension and make it look even better than it would if you choose to use the paint alone.

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The water that you drink at your home is filled with chemicals, and you may be considering ways to treat that water to make it safer and better tasting for you and your family. So if this is your first experience with water treatment for your home, here are three of the most common methods you can use to achieve your goal.

Boiling

Boiling your drinking water is probably the easiest and most cost-effective home water treatment method. You can kill most common types of bacteria by boiling water for a minimum of five minutes, and you’ll get more heat if you keep a lid on the water. Most pathogens will not survive water that exceeds 60 centigrade, which is achievable by boiling water for just three minutes. One disadvantage about boiling water, however, is that it’s inconvenient and requires a lot of discipline to remain faithful to the process.

Distillation

You can also treat your water at home by buying a water distiller system. Distillation is a system in which you pour water into the machine, which heats it to boiling, then uses evaporation to rid the water of harmful metals and contaminants, after which, the water flows through a carbon filter and is deposited into a container for use. Distiller systems come in various sizes, but for a normal family of four, you probably need a tank that can hold about 45 litres of water. The key to optimal water treatment is to make sure that the filters in the distiller are changed once a week. Distillation, however, is a time-consuming process that can take as long as four or five hours to produce one litre of water. However, you won’t have to monitor the system, as it’s all automated.

Water Filtration

Many kinds of water filtration devices, like those made available by PMT Water Engineering,  are on the market for home water treatment use. The most inexpensive are portable ones that have top filters through which you pour the water and wait as the filtration system treats the water, which flows into a container. There are also what are known as whole house water filters, which remove dirt and minerals from the water in your house, whether it comes from the kitchen or bathroom. These filters also reduce the acid in your drinking and bathing water and are more expensive than portable filters. Whole house filters are fixed to a designated spot and are not removable.

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Skip bins are big, open-top waste containers for management of bulky waste products. While regular skip bins may have a capacity of up to 12m3, making them enormous, there are smaller sizes having capacities as low as 2m3; these are known as mini skip bins. This difference in size translates into the minis having numerous advantages over the regular-sized, as explained below.

Require Less Space

This is the most significant advantage that mini skip bins possess over regular size skip bins. As noted above, a regular bin is six times the size of a mini, which signifies that one regular size bin requires as much space as would be occupied by six mini bins. As such, it easier to find space for minis than it is for regular skip bins. For instance, mini bins can easily fit in the backyards of almost every home, while ordinary skip bins are usually kept on the roadside where there is adequate space.

Low Initial Cost

There are two aspects of cost that make mini skip bins preferable over regular size skip bins. The first aspect is the cost of acquiring the skip bin. Regardless of whether the acquisition of the skip bin is through lease or purchase, regular sizes are costlier than mini sizes. Secondly, there is the aspect of transportation of the bins for waste disposal. Ordinary skip bins require transportation by trucks as well as loading using specialised equipment, since their weight usually exceeds 200kg; this makes the process very costly. Contrary to this, mini-sized skip bins weigh much less, making them cheaper to load and transport.

More Hygienic in Residents Producing Little Waste

Regular size skip bins are preferable in areas that produce tremendous volumes of waste; for instance, manufacturing industries. However, a homestead usually produces significantly less waste. Consequently, it takes a long time for the homestead to fill an ordinary size skip bin. This means that trash stays around the compound for a considerably long time before it is disposed of, which is arguably unhygienic. In contrast to this, mini skip bins fill up sooner; which leads to frequent disposal of the waste and thus improved hygiene.

Reduced Misuse

It is extremely difficult to restrict access to regular skip bins since most of them are put by the roadside. This subjects them to misuse; for instance, unauthorised people placing their waste in them. On the other hand, mini skip bins are safe from misuse and unauthorised access; given that they are located inside homesteads.

To order your skip bin, contact a company like Takeaway Bins.

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Precast concrete is concrete cast at a different place from where it is actually used. This is mostly done in a factory through a method called wet-casting. Precast concrete can be custom-made to suit your exact taste. The following are reasons why you should consider using precast concrete for your business premise.  

Energy Efficiency

Precast concrete has a natural thermal mass characteristic which makes it energy efficient. It is thus able to reduce cooling and heating loads, thus requiring less expensive mechanical units. This concrete has an insulation layer between the internal and external skins. With this insulation layer, the need to insulate the interior walls of your building will be eliminated. Commercial buildings need enhanced energy performance which is why concrete with thermal mass characteristics is needed.

Resistance to Elements

Structures made of precast concrete offer more resistance to fires, insects, mold and natural disasters. For fires, both the inner and outer surfaces of the concrete have zero flammability characteristics; after all, concrete does not burn. To keep pests away, precast concrete is made using stainless steel mesh woven within the concrete. The mesh is put across insulation layer within the precast concrete making it impossible for vermin to go through.  Pests, especially termites, can be very destructive and precast concrete is one material that keeps them from destroying property.

Eco-Friendliness

Precast concrete is naturally resistant to mold, thereby reducing health risks from off gassing and Volatile Organic Compounds. In addition, structures made of precast concrete can be recycled, thereby reducing their impact on the environment. Careful design of precast structures makes it easy to renovate them internally without destroying the outer layers; this helps to reduce landfill and waste. Careful design also makes dis-assembly easy to facilitate recycling and reuse. Precast concrete can also be crashed easily to make new concrete or road bases. With these eco-friendly benefits, precast concrete meets the rising demand for sustainable construction and design.

Durability and Maintenance

Concrete lasts for ages. It is used to build structures which have to be preserved for many years. The effective design of precast concrete helps it withstand harsh weather conditions and other natural disasters like floods.  For maintenance, precast concrete does not need to be painted on the outside to offer protection to its elements. If you choose to paint it, repainting will not be needed for many years. The interiors of precast structures can just be washed to retain their beauty.For more information, contact a company like Specialty Precast Pty Ltd.

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A common problem with cleaning bitumen tanks is removing the coke build-up. Since bitumen is stored at varying temperatures, coke can accumulate on the heating coils and on the top. Over the years, the tank can develop a thick crusty carbonised later that is pretty deep. Typically, the tanks level sensors indicate incorrect reading. This is usually the first red flag that there is a problem. In the past, cleaning operators entered the tank and used pneumatic chisels to cut away the coke. It was a highly dangerous procedure, since the coke could be dislodged by drill vibration and cause a dangerous situation for the cleaning operator. With today’s innovations in bitumen tank cleaning, the procedures for tank cleaning are both safe and effective.

The Latest Innovations for Bitumen Tank Cleaning in NSW

Today, bitumen tank cleaning services in NSW use a high-pressured jet cleaning method. Ultra-high pressure water blasting units up to 20,000 psi are used to de-coke bitumen tanks and pipework. This innovative method has proven to be both effective and safe for large and small bitumen tanks.

Some bitumen tank cleaning services use an emulsifying heavy duty solvent cleaners to remove bitumen built-up. These solvent cleaners are a mix of cationic detergents, non-ionic detergents and chlorinated hydrocarbons. There are many advantages to using this type of cleaner. It’s an economic cleaner and leaves no carbon residue on the cleaned surfaces. Product contamination easily sinks to the bottom because it’s heavier than water. It’s also IMO-approved.

Soda blasting is another fast and safe method for cleaning bitumen from tanks. It’s non-toxic and highly effective.

The Need for Bitumen Cleaning

There are different situations when the need for bitumen tank cleaning may arise. Converting a tank from carrying bitumen to gas oil requires a tank cleaning. It’s a complex process with two effective methods. The bitumen can be chilled to -5 degrees and then chipped out, or it can be heated to 140 degrees to liquefy and then removed with specialised vacuums. Once the tank is cleaned, the internal coils must be pressure tested.

Tank build-up is another major problem that requires a cleaning. Not only do the sensors become unstable, the tank itself becomes dangerous. Often, a remote cleaning unit is used for safety. High pressure jets are used, and workers can manually clean the gunk at the bottom.

Bitumen tanks are available in a wide array of configurations, including vertical, horizontal, stationary and mobile. Many of them have wall doors to ensure easy access for cleaning and maintenance.

For more information, contact Wottablast Services today!

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One of the main advantages of having a custom home built by a home building company is the fact that you can create the home of your choice. You can choose not only the home’s exterior style and number of bedrooms, bathrooms and other rooms but also the building materials used. This gives you the opportunity to pick eco-friendly materials that are both good looking and high quality. Following are some recommended materials for your consideration.

Precast Concrete

Precast concrete has a lot going for it. It is durable, versatile, comfortable and affordable. It is also very environmentally friendly, as it is made from plentiful natural materials such as stones, gravels, sand and cement. Additionally, precast concrete in Melbourne is fully recyclable, no matter how it is used. You can use this concrete for the foundation, flooring, interior and exterior walls, etc.

Composite Wood

Composite wood looks just like genuine hardwood; however, it is made using reclaimed sawdust and recycled plastic. Using this form of wood helps to preserve the forests and reduces the carbon footprint inevitably left by wood manufacturing companies.

Composite hardwood is ideal for use outside the home. It can be used for a patio or deck as it is resistant to mold and common forms of water-related damage. It is also a good option for kitchen cupboards and shelves.

Recycled Glass

Recycled glass is made by mixing broken pieces of glass with epoxy resin. The result is a lovely yet durable material that is ideal for kitchen counter tops and floors. There are numerous design and col or options to pick from, making it easy to decorate the home as you see fit without breaking your budget.

Recycled Steel

If your home builder uses steel reinforcement bars in the concrete, ask him or her about the possibility of using recycled steel. It is not only durable but also greatly reduces energy consumption. Recycled steel is also great for those who want a sleek, modern looking kitchen. It can be used for counter tops and cabinets and is not only resistant to water damage but also very easy to clean.

Eco-Friendly Paint

While most forms of paint are made using harmful chemicals, there are eco-friendly paints made from natural materials that do not harm the environment. These paints can be used both inside and outside the home and often do not cost more than regular paint.

While building an environmentally friendly home may take a bit of extra time and research, it is well worth it. You will not only gain satisfaction from helping sustain the planet but also benefit from the many advantages that eco-friendly materials have to offer.

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When you are walking through a hardware store, you might notice all of the plumbing fittings. You might not know what these fittings are called or what they are used for in the home. The basic purpose for fittings Canning Vale sells at Hose Mania is connecting pieces of tubing or pipes together. They can also be used to connect different shapes and sizes together.

Elbow Fittings

This is one of the common types of joints that you will find. They are often used to change the direction in which the water flows through the pipe. Water can flow in either a 45 or 90 degree angle as it drains. Elbow fittings can increase the speed of which the water flows through the pipes before it reaches the septic area. Larger elbows are used under bathtubs. Installation of the fittings is done in various ways. They are often socketed but can be welded or threaded. One of the common uses for elbow fittings is the piece that extends from the shower wall to that of the shower head.

Tee Fittings

As the name implies, this joint is in the shape of a T. It is normally used to combine water flow or to separate the flow of water. The ends of the joint are roughly the same size. This makes it easier to use the joints with other types of fittings. There are some tee fittings that have inlets and outlets of various sizes, but they aren’t commonly used in plumbing. The joints can be used on computer connections.

Coupling Fitting

A basic fitting that is easy to use is the coupling. They are also called unions. The basic function of these is to connect two pipes together. They are often short in size because they don’t have a large function on the pipe. However, you need to make sure the coupling fits securely so that the pipes stay together. Couplings are more permanent than unions as couplings are usually welded into place. If you plan on installing new plumbing in the home, unions would be your best option.

All the Rest

There are other fittings that are not used as often but that are important to keeping pipes together. A cap goes over the end of a pipe so that no water escapes. A plug will do the same thing, but it’s inserted into the end of the pipe. Compression fittings are those usually seen in bathrooms as pressure is used to keep the fitting tight.

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While driving in and around Melbourne, have you ever witnessed a road construction crew using a large cylindrical device to cut a deep hole into the asphalt and concrete?

This process of drilling a circular hole into the pavement is called core drilling. Core drilling allows for the installation, inspection and maintenance of underground utility lines as well as the creation of manholes. Sometimes a plug of roadbed material is also extracted and removed during the core drilling process. Core drilling is often used on sidewalks and driveways, too, to allow for the installation and maintenance of lighting systems.

Other Core Drilling in Melbourne

As you travel around Melbourne, you will spot other applications of core drilling aside from road maintenance.

For example, the building and construction trades often use core drilling to install plumbing, electrical and telecommunications lines. The mining industry in Melbourne also uses core drilling to extract rock and soil samples for examination while hunting for valuable oil, ore and minerals.

Using a hard diamond-bit drill, holes are quickly bored into concrete structures or straight into the earth. Holes can be drilled horizontally, vertically or at an angle and hole size and depth varies greatly, from just a few centimetres to a meter or more in width. For example, core drilling was used in a recent Melbourne area dam project to insert dozens of horizontal drainage holes into the main concrete dam structure; each hole was about two meters wide.

Residential Core Drilling Options

Core drilling is not just used commercially and in government sponsored projects; it is also a handy service for private homeowners. If you are not on a municipal water system, for example, you might require a core drilling specialist to dig a new well for you. Or, alternatively, if you want to erect a sturdy fence around your property, you might need a core drilling service to dig your post holes for you to ensure they are at the proper depth. Sometimes core drilling is also used during the installation of clothes lines, swing sets and other vertical structures.

How to Find Core Drilling Services in Melbourne

If you need a core drilling service for your commercial or residential project, contact concrete cutting and drilling companies for price quotes. These are specialised contractors who possess industrial-grade equipment for cutting and drilling, equipment that general construction companies will not have. Be prepared to discuss the specifications of your project including the type of surface to be drilled and the desired size and depth of the bore hole or holes.

Contact A Access Piling & Rock Drilling to learn more today.

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In an ideal world, the materials you manufacture sell at a good clip. Not so fast that popular items are back ordered, and not so slow that stock sits on the shelves. When you do find yourself with excess inventory, or when a batch is made incorrectly or damaged, there are ways to earn revenue from the items anyway.

Next time you find yourself with excess materials on your hand, consider these strategies.

What to do with excess inventory

If you have too much of something, you can either hold onto it and sell it at the asking price (albeit slowly) or accept less money per item to move it.

If you are short on storage space, selling it at a reduced price is often the better option. Hold an overstock sale to move the inventory.

You may also partner with a local charity and donate the materials. Habitat for Humanity accepts all manner of building supplies. A Brisbane organisations sends building materials to a Yangon orphanage every year. By donating, you can receive a tax deduction and solve your inventory problem.

If you just want to get rid of the inventory quickly, consider giving it away via Free-cycle or taking it to a building materials reuse store. You may not receive a tax deductible receipt for these actions, but you will make space for new inventory.

What to do with damaged inventory

Since damaged inventory cannot be used as is, there are fewer options for earning money from it.

If you can melt down the item and remake it, you can solve your inventory problems and sell the item at full cost. If you can disassemble the item and reuse parts of it that are not damaged, you’ll recover some of the cost. However, these strategies are time intensive and not always realistic.

If the items are lightly damaged but still usable, consider offering them to longtime customers at a discount. Advertise the materials in your newsletter or via direct email. Fully disclose the item condition to avoid problems down the road.

A scrap metal merchant in Sefton will buy up scrap pieces of metal, even if the item itself is damaged. Prices vary by ingredient, with copper and brass fetching high prices and aluminium fetching the lowest price.

Hopefully, some of these strategies will prove useful for turning excess or damaged inventory into profits. If you find overstock a common situation, consider using an inventory system to better manage work-flow and production.

For more information, visit a scrap metal merchant in Sefton.

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