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Using a Thermocouple as a Candy Thermometer

A high temperature thermocouple is capable of measuring temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit or even hotter. While these units have such a wide temperature range, they are still inexpensive, and many people can use them at home for accurate temperature measuring for anything from the temperature of their engine to the temperature of the oven. One fun use for a high temperature thermocouple is as a modified candy thermometer. Using a thermocouple is often more accurate than real candy or kitchen thermometers, which will help you produce perfect candy every time.

4 Reasons to Use Walnut Shell Tumbling Media

With all the types of tumbling media available, it is surprising to see that walnut shells are still a popular choice for many different uses. It seems like other materials could perform better than walnut shells, but it really is a case of old-fashioned methods working best when it comes to tumbling media. Walnut shells continue to remain a popular form of cleaning and polishing media for the following reasons and more:

The History of Deburring

Deburring machines have been in use for hundreds, and maybe thousands, of years. The machines use an agitation process to bump different materials around with another material that smoothes and polishes the surface of the object, eliminating imperfections and giving the finished object a glossy shine. Original tumblers were used to polish rocks, shine jewelry, remove imperfections from ancient tools, and to shape and polish wood. Modern deburring machines are designed to remove the metal burrs and other imperfections from tools in the manufacturing process. Other machines clean the surface of parts, removing rust and contamination.

The Hydraulic Water Brake Dyno

A hydraulic dynamometer is a type of dynamometer that uses hydraulic power to test the engine of a machine. Many hydraulic dynamometers work in conjunction with other testing processes, such as the water brake dynamometer. The hydraulic part of the dyno machine applies the necessary load on the engine that helps create a true horsepower reading, and the water brake part of the dyno machine actually measures the horsepower of the engine.

Testing Oil Efficiency with an Engine Dyno

Motor oil is a necessary component of any healthy vehicle engine function. Motor oil acts as a lubrication for the engine, and can also act as a coolant for some engines, like many motorcycle engines. Clean, contaminant-free motor oil with a high viscosity and strength is key to increasing engine performance, longevity, and efficiency. But with so many different types of motor oil on the market, all claiming to offer the best engine enhancement, how can you really tell how beneficial each kind of oil is for an engine?

Three Types of Stainless Steel Vats

Stainless steel vats are a subcategory of stainless steel tanks, a type of storage, processing and sometimes transportation container that is meant to hold liquids, gases and/or solids such as grain and sugar. Vats in particular are utilized in a couple major industries. They are used for the fermentation process of wine and beer as well as dairy processes such as the making of cheese and ice cream. Always storing items that are either liquid or solids in fluid form, vats have three major styles that are available on the vat market today.

The Evolution of the Grizzly Screen

A grizzly screen provides a simple, initial sorting method for rough materials. Grizzle screens are mainly used in mining and other sorting industries where it is necessary to sort materials by size. Grizzly screens were first used several hundred years ago, when mining first became industrialized. Since the early invention of grizzly screens, the machine has changed several times to evolve into a machine that works with modern manufacturing and mining processes.

Chocolate and Conveyors: How Chocolate is Made

Chocolate is one of my favorite things in the world. I love nearly any kind of chocolate, from barely sweet to creamy white chocolate. Until recently, I never really thought about how chocolate arrives at my door. Even though I knew millions of chocolate pieces were made each day, I never thought about how it could happen. The trick to making large quantities of chocolate in any factory is, like many other factory process, conveyor belts. Without these conveyance systems, making chocolate and other candies would take much longer, and probably cost a lot more.

The History of Conveyor Belts

Surprisingly enough, conveyor belts have been in use for hundreds of years. In fact, even as far back as 1795, conveyor belts were used to transport grain for short distances. However, the conveyor belt of the past was nothing like the modern conveyor of today. Ancient conveyors were much simpler, and could not perform like today’s modern conveyors.

The Science behind Electro-Magnetic Cranes

I see it all the time in movies. The protagonists are in a junkyard and just got done running from a gigantic dog or what have you. Then everything is silent. All the sudden a colossal crane swoops in from ahead and manages to suck up the adventurers by latching onto something metal. The first movie that comes to mind is Toy Story 3, but it’s a well used scene. I’ve always wondered how the big crane arms work. I know it has something to do with magnets to sort the metal out of garbage, but how does it turn on and off? After a little researched I was surprised to know I knew the answer all along. I learned it in science class many years ago. Electro-magnetic cranes function very similarly to the makeshift nail magnets we made in class when learning about electromagnetism.

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