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Stick to the Steps

In past blogs I’ve talked a lot about safety issues with floor grates and ways to prevent accidents and grate failures. I’ve talked about the importance of inspection, maintenance, and grate replacement. And today I’d like to discuss proper procedure when removing grates during these activities. Specific procedure steps may differ across companies, and though most of these steps may seem obvious, it is important to adhere to your company’s policy when dealing with the removal of industrial floor grates.

Avoid Disaster: Pre-Plan, Inspect, and Replace

Floor gratings can often go unnoticed, but should never be forgotten. It is important to inspect these regularly to make sure they are fitting properly and have not corroded in any way. Inspection should be done for grates in all environments, whether in sidewalks or in industrial settings, to ensure they can withstand the weight of pedestrians and various vehicles. Neglecting to do this can lead to disaster.

Get the Grate

There is a world beneath our feet, a maze of sewers and drainage systems. This world is out of sight, out of mind. It’s easy to forget it even exists sometimes… unless you’re a plumber or a ninja turtle. And though these systems may not be at the forefront of our minds, having adequate drainage is crucial to the success of any industrial facility. Facilities are always subject to inspection and drain issues are often the main cause for a poor grade, which can halt production or even mean acquiring a fine. Something as small as having the right grate for a drain can help avoid drainage issues and/or failures during an inspection.

The Galvanized Options

Grating can be found in all sorts of industries and applications. What it is, is a type of covering with a textured surface created by small openings made from a grid pattern of formed bars. They can be found in buildings, production plants, sidewalks and a variety of other instances. Because they can be found in such an array of instances, important aspects of grates are their diversity. Grates can be found in a variety of materials, designs, sizes, finishes and more. They are used for various applications such as drainage, support, filtration, partition and enclosure formations. Each use is slightly different than another, making it important to have slightly different materials and finishes to function as efficiently as possible with each application. One finish that can be helpful in certain situations is galvanizing.

Architects and Gratings

When it comes to architecture, grating can be a vital part. Architectural grates are made of metal or fiberglass reinforced plastic lattice that is incorporated into buildings. This are installed to provide not only functional purposes, but aesthetic ones as well. They are also constructed with texture that is able to provide additional traction. One easy example that most have experienced are the stairs that are used on the outside of apartment buildings. These stairs are constructed with structural steel bar grating in most cases.

The Advantages of Stainless Steel

We are constantly hearing how beneficial using stainless steel can be in industries. It is strong, durable, corrosion, stain and rust resistant. It offers countless benefits to the applications in which it is employed. So what exactly is this magical metal? Stainless steel is also known as inox steel. The main ingredients are iron and varying amounts of carbon. But, the most important factor is that it is a steel alloy composed of at least 10.5 to 11 percent chromium content by mass. But from here, there are numerous grades and finishes to allow the metal to best suit its future application.

Marine Industries and Gratings

At times, it seems as if aluminum can do anything. This metal is malleable, corrosion resistant, ductile, strong and thermally and electrically conductive. In addition to these characteristics you can add lightweight, non-toxic, non magnetic, resistant to cold temperatures and hygienic. While many other materials may be able to offer some of these properties, most are not able to offer all of them, making aluminum a go to metal for many applications. All of these characteristics make it a very valuable product for industries that can include food and chemical processing, architecture, waste water treatment, paper milling and marine superstructure.

Waste Water and other Grating Industries

As recycling and finding ways to be more environmentally friendly become an even larger part of our lives, more efficient ways of taking care of the planet are presenting themselves and being developed. One major part of this is waste water management. Water is a precious resource, and while many may take it for granted that it is easily available for us, for many this is not the case. To recycle water and place safe, clean water back into the environment, waste water treatment is necessary, and a big part of these processes is grating.

Fiberglass and Plastics

I have known about fiberglass since I was very young. My dad thought it was necessary for me to understand almost everything about boats from the moment I could walk. Not that I am arguing, I would love to live on the sea if I could, so I love anything I can learn about it. I am getting off topic, where I was going is fiberglass is often used for the siding of boats. This is because it is water resistant, durable, strong and able to provide numerous other benefits. Yet, this is not its only use. Fiberglass is an excellent material to use for various gratings.

Nature Walks and Metal Paths

In the fairly recent past, at parks, zoos, walking trails, bridges, platforms and other outdoor scenic areas, typically guests would find that these walkways were constructed of wood. In many situations more recently however, these products have been occasionally replaced with metal counterparts. While some might argue that metal does not look as natural as wood, and may take away from feeling as if you are in the woods or marsh, in numerous ways it can provide a better solution. Metal options can be less slippery, wear less, are more corrosion resistant, stronger and able to provide several additional benefits.

Pool Floors and Pool Grating

Throughout my entire high school career I was a swimmer, and as a swimmer I spent what seems like most of my teenage life in the pool. We were trained to know each one we would visit incredibly well. Not just how it looked and was set up, but how deep it was, how it drained, how the gutters were set up, the water temperature… for all of these types of characteristics could affect your times and as a result the entire meet. And my coach was there to win, so she made sure everything was engrained in us.

Storms and Extra Water

When it comes to grates, one of the first types to come to mind for many is drain grates. Not only can they be found on every street, often with little kids nearby tossing in rocks or sticks to see how deep they go. They are also seen in many parking lots and in the corners of some houses at the end of gutter pipes. The purpose of these products is to drain excess rain and ground water. Without them, roads could quickly become flooded in a mild rainstorm, making them impossible to drive on. Storm drains can come in many forms depending on exactly where they are located. Old drains might have just been criss-crossed pieces of metal attached to the ground. Today, the common type found in the United States is a grate attached along the side of the road, connecting to the curb while the drain itself is at the level of the road.

Running, Chasing and Grates

Chase scenes seem like a requirement of all movies these days. Whether it is one person chasing another or a car chasing another car, if the movie is going to end up on a commercial, there seems to need to be some sort of chase. A common location for these scenes seems to be in a giant scientific laboratory or construction site. There could be many reasons for this, they are intense work places or perhaps because the metal grating walkways that often reside within them are just loud enough to make the running and chasing scene even more intense.

Thermistors: An Overview

A thermistor is a tiny little temperature sensor that uses complicated math formulas to generate accurate temperature readings for various industrial uses. The a thermistor is used for temperature sensors, inrush current limiters, overcurrent protectors, and self-regulating heating elements.

New Probe Models for Temperature Sensors

Temperature sensors are necessary for the facilitation of many automotive, scientific, and industrial uses. However, few companies have come up with new design innovations that allow customization for each type of use. Recently, the company Variohm Eurosensor has come up with a new multi-design sensor that is ideal for measuring temperatures in industrial processes, home appliances, air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems. The sensors come with four different designs, including a cylinder probe, cylindrical design, plastic design, or screw design to suit a variety of needs. The probes come with 10K3 temperature sensors for a wide range of temperature monitoring.

Thermocouple Innovations: Self-Calibrating Sensors

A temperature sensor is an important part of many different industrial equipment pieces and products. Temperature sensors measure the temperature of industrial processes, machines, liquids, and other elements of the daily manufacturing process. If the sensors do not provide accurate readings, then a factory could face problems with production, safety, and a variety of other issues.

Monitoring Temperature with WiFi Technology

Temperature probes measure the temperature of a material inside a container. Temperature probes are a vital part of many manufacturing processes where the temperature of a material must maintain a particular temperature for the manufacturing process to work properly. A temperature probe is also used to monitor the temperature of materials in storage, such as the monitoring of dairy temperatures during the production of yogurt.

The Future of Temperature Control

Temperature control is a necessary part of everyday living in the industrial, commercial, and residential world. No factory, business, or home can operate without proper temperature regulation and control. Industrial factories use temperature control to maintain manufacturing processes and keep employees comfortable. Commercial buildings use temperature regulation to keep warehouses cool and prevent damage to products and shoppers.

Casing Metals for RTDs

A resistance temperature detector or RTD, is a sensor that can measure accurate temperatures by calculating the resistance of the unit with the temperature in the container. Most RTDs are made from thin wires wrapped around a ceramic core. To protect the unit, the resistance temperature detector is placed inside a core. The materials used to make the core vary, and have different strengths and weaknesses. The following five metals are used to make the outside core for RTDs:

When to Use RTDs

Resistance temperature detectors, or RTDs, are a type of thermocouple that senses and reads the temperature of a substance, usually liquid, inside a container. The RTD sensor can measure the entire temperature of a substance at once, rather than simply measure the temperature of the area near to the sensor itself. The ability of the unit to measure the temperature of a unit as a whole makes it uniquely important in the roll of industrial temperature measurement. RTD sensors are ideal for using in a variety of industries, and are often used to monitor the temperature of liquid refrigeration, food processing storage, air and liquid temperature measurement, micro electronics, stoves and grills, and plastics manufacturing. Since resistance temperature detectors are one of the many forms of temperature sensors available, it can be questionable to some factories whether they should use a RTD or another type of temperature detector. In most cases, an RTD is ideal for temperature monitoring and measuring in the following conditions:

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