This paper attempts to identify some of the specifics of the process used to obtain approval for use of plastic pallets as equivalent to wood pallets for use in warehouse storage. This paper is written to look at the issue in general and is not intended to cover all storage situations. Your specific situation should be evaluated by a fire protection specialist. Most plastic pallets are molded out of polyolefin materials such as high density polyethylene or polypropylene. These materials are more flammable than the wood used to make pallets. Over the years the industry has argued with the fire protection establishment that plastic pallets, while they burn hotter than wood, are much more difficult to ignite. Fire protection people counter with the fact that most warehouse fires are arson and if an arsonist wants to start a fire they will do what ever they need to do to get a fire started.
Laser welding is an effective method for joining small parts with tight tolerances. In the future, it will compete with traditional methods of welding or replace assembly/joining technologies benefiting industries that have never used laser welding before. Using light in the form of laser radiation as the energy source is a process used to achieve a balance between the process of thermal fusion and metallurgical effects. Functionally, the laser generates infrared or visible light (usually with the use of Nd-YAG lasers or frequency-doubled ‘green’ lasers for reflective metals) which is delivered through an optical fiber and focusing lens onto the workpiece. Welding is the process that occurs when laser radiation is absorbed by the workpiece and turned into heat raising the temperature in the localized area above the melting point…
Deschner Corporation Offers the ‘Skipchek®’ Speed Regulator to Dramatically Improve Tube Drilling Operations
Santa Ana, California, March, 2009 — The latest speed regulator from the Deschner line of products– the SKIPCHEK® model Kinechek – is being offered by Deschner Corporation, headquartered in Santa Ana, California. According to Frank Solis, President, the Skipchek was developed to meet customer requests that their popular Kinechek® speed regulators be configured for tube or clevis drilling to deliver a controlled feed, followed by a fast ‘skip’ then returning to a controlled feed. No more drilling air! The skip distance is non adjustable and is engineered to meet each customers application and can be configured to drill through more than two walls.
A lot of people have a tendency to think of their packaging products as commodities. Sure, things like packaging peanuts, bubble, Polyethylene wrapping foam and corrugated cartons might sound like commodity products, but have you really looked at the purpose and value of your packaging requirements?
Trends and Opportunities in the U.S. Automotive Component Markets: Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) and Aftermarket
The major emphasis of this review paper is on the trends of automotive components in the U.S. markets – OEM and aftermarket. However, since much of the business is now global, world-wide automotive component market trends are also discussed…