Solid old-fashioned values have propelled WEIMA America, Inc. into one of the most popular arenas of modern society, recycling. WEIMA is a company devoted to the designing and manufacturing of shredders and briquettes, both machines that transform waste materials into useable goods or alternative forms of energy. Constantly seeking new applications for our equipment to further the recycling phenomenon within the industrial and commercial contexts, we are also concerned with providing precise and efficient production machines and services. In the last 25 years, we have been providing the North American market with eco-friendly and cost-efficient technologies that we strive to improve on a daily basis.
It’s a consequence of the fact that I’ve never participated in a trade or craft that I see the words “tube bending machine” and feel a bit nonplussed. Tube bending machine? Why not just make the tubes bent instead of making them straight and then bending them? I realize that this is the kind of question that someone who has never taken a shop class would ask (shop wasn’t even offered at my high school, as far as I know). Maybe there are machines that exist that can produce bent tubes right from the start. But the fact that there are so many different kinds of tube forming machines on the market, added to the fact that the market for these machines seems quite large, indicates to me that tube fabrication and formation is a counter-intuitively complicated process.
As a thriving leader in the development of boiler technology, as well as a long standing community figure in Coolidge, Georgia, Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., Inc. is a company of great ideals. Since 1967, they have been manufacturing, designing, engineering and servicing gas, oil, coal, solid waste, biomass and hybrid fuel-fired steam and hot water boilers. However, providing the quality product line they work tirelessly to maintain is not the only objective of this forward thinking company. Hurst Boiler aspires to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling a socially responsible and healthy environment that improves the quality of life for everyone involved. Their mission is to improve the compatibility of their operations and products with the environment.
If you start researching the topic of metal etching, one common application of this process is prevalent in the results – jewelry etching. It may play strongly into the stereotype of what it means to be female, but I unashamedly like pretty things – jewelry being one of them. Now, I work for an industrially focused company, am surrounded all day by industrial terms and topics, and I spend a good portion of my time writing about industrial processes (which, more often than not, are anything but pretty). So, if there is a way to incorporate something like jewelry into that world, I will attempt to do it. It is widely accepted that there are different ways in which people learn, but I think a commonality in the effective grasping of an idea or a new piece of knowledge is being interested in that idea or knowledge in the first place. I for one would far rather learn about the processes of acid etching, chemical machining or metal engraving by applying those methods to something that already interests me, such as jewelry. I do realize that an at-home jewelry maker experimenting with various chemicals and achieving amateur results is vastly different in both technique and precision to a high-technology state-of-the-art chemical milling process producing a semi-conductor chip. The principle steps of the methods, however, are similar enough to be connected.
In today’s highly competitive marketplace two of the most important characteristics one looks for in a successful company are innovation and a solid reputation. With more than 30 years of cutting edge technology and superior ultrasonic cleaning and electropolishing products, ESMA, Inc. offers these and so much more to the dental, medical, aerospace and defense markets among others. Our team at ESMA has a deep understanding of the market place and continually evolves products to better suit the variable needs of each customer and the current economic environment.
Giant Finishing, Inc. is proudly an American owned company that believes not in maintaining the status quo, but in surpassing it. In a world of ever evolving technology, Giant is committed to providing only the best finishing equipment, medias, chemicals, and completed systems for their clients ensuring that the machines they build today are better than the ones they built yesterday and that tomorrow’s will be even better. With more than 100 standard models and the ability to custom engineer systems to exact specifications allow them to do just that. Looking at the total picture from media to processing and chemical diagnostics, Giant offers the best finishing staying true to their motto, ‘We Finish What You Start,’ whether for dental apparatus or firearms, marine vessels, aircraft, or automotives.
For the last twenty-five years, WEIMA has been making the world a cleaner and greener place to live. Specializing in intelligent shredding technologies, the company is focused on providing shredding and briquetting services around the world, supporting recycling and waste reduction efforts. Originally founded in Germany in 1986, WEIMA America was created in 1999 to better serve its North American customers. WEIMA works with traditional recycling markets for plastic, wood, paper and biomass, as well as with the shredder industry. With constant improvement and development, WEIMA has been able to broaden the areas in which their equipment is used, and is well prepared to meet the growing need for E-scrap handling, hard drive destruction and packaging material reclaim.
Shred-Tech® is a leading manufacturer of technologies for the shredding and reduction of almost any sort of material imaginable. During our nearly forty years of shredding experience, we have helped customers reduce everything from tires to office paper – recently implementing a new hard-drive destruction unit. Started in Ontario with a small team of employees, we began growing and have not looked back since.
Cleaning Technologies Group, L.L.C. is more than a quality manufacturer of aqueous parts washers, though it is in fact an industry leader in that capacity. More than this, however, CTG is a pioneer of innovative product development in parts cleaning equipment. Comprised of three unique industry powerhouses, the group is founded on the expectation of exceeding expectations. A highly skilled corps of professionals does just that by working closely with clients to anticipate and prevent any potential challenges to productivity and identify the best suited configuration. If such a system does not yet exist, CTG engineers will create one offering custom designs from modest mechanical modifications to complete parts cleaning systems. Such ingenuity results in an ever more efficient and economic product line evidenced by the continual expansion and diversification of the Cleaning Technologies Group.
Having in the past worked at a number of galleries and museums, I noticed a common characteristic of such locations. From the gallery floor to the offices and even deep within the recesses of storage, the air is crisp, cool and clean. The importance of this, as I was told in every position, is paramount to the preservation of the prints, textiles and virtually all other items that may be found on display or in storage. Environmental quality is of utmost importance as excessive or deficient humidity, high or low temperatures, high levels of light and air pollution or fluctuations in any of the above can wreak havoc on artifacts. To ensure the maintenance of these levels, one of the many tasks assigned to me, the lowly intern, was to check and record the light level, temperature and humidity readings for storage and display areas. Taking information from the data loggers and converting it into usable and digitized records was a highly important albeit somewhat mundane task. Fortunately for interns everywhere, most modern facilities use data acquisition systems for recording, organizing and analyzing data of this nature.
David Weisman, L.L.C. was founded with the goal of offering their keen heat processing skills and services to a broader industrial sector. More than 10 years later the Connecticut based company has steadily grown to provide ovens, dryers, heaters and more to both North American and International markets. Just as the company expanded its geographical boundaries, it expands the possibilities of the industry. Where others offer only standard stock, David Weisman, L.L.C. provides customers with modified or completely customized components to ensure all of their heat processing and equipment needs are met with the expertise and efficiency upon which the company has built a solid reputation.
Only August and already daylight in the northern hemisphere is beginning to wane. As the final weeks of summer approach, Michiganders flock to the beach hoping to soak up that last bit of sun. While science warns that there is no such thing as a healthy tan, many cling to a warm summer ‘glow.’ As even the darkest of sun tans will fade by winters end, however, some are already calling to book appointments with the nearest tanning salon. Though some still prefer to broil in a box, spray tanning which offers a slightly healthier glow is growing in popularity. With advancing technology tans are just a spray away as the tools of beauty salons begin to sound more and more like those of the local auto-body shop. From airbrushes to spray booths, the plethora of paint finishing equipment allows for quick and easy aesthetic improvements or embellishments far beyond the elusive sun-kissed glow.
In industrial settings the old adage of all things in moderation is a cliche that often falls on deaf ears. Big industry often means big facilities, big machines and, to be fair, big payoffs. In some areas of industry, however, balance beats out big every time. One such area is that of boilers. While industrial boilers are massive pieces of equipment that sometimes take up an entire room or several, the point of balance comes into play in the efficient operation of these heating giants. Excess air, deposits, blow down and pressure list just a few of the considerations for boilers that should be present only in moderation. Such features are not limited to industrial uses for boilers, but are critical to commercial and domestic air and water heating applications as well.
In a world of ever advancing technology it seems that even something as routine as a trip to the dentist yields the discovery of new and improved instrumentation. Bi-annual check-ups for teeth seem also to mean bi-annual updates on dentistry. In recent years one of the most exciting new pieces of equipment has been the ultrasonic cleaner used to clean, protect and inspect teeth. Though relatively simple in design, these devices not only promote the health and safety of patients, but that of the dentists and hygienists that use them as they allow for the fast and efficient cleaning of both teeth and instruments. Far from a dental phenomenon, however, this technology has actually been around since the early 1950’s and has proven useful in a number of different industrial, commercial and even residential applications.
When I was younger, I had mixed feelings about Saturday mornings. Despite the appeal of cartoons and pancakes, I also knew there would be a list of chores waiting for me. And on that list would be my least favorite task: vacuuming. I always put it off until the very end and then went about it with a half-hearted effort. We had a number of vacuum cleaners that we used for different parts of the house and for different reasons. Thankfully, all of our vacuums were residential vacuums which are relatively lightweight, quiet and efficient as compared to commercial vacuums that are used by professionals. I think an industrial vacuum cleaner would have been overkill because that kind of vacuum can suction up everything from sawdust to oil spills.
When I’m in the self check-out line at the grocery store, I can’t help but feel a little bitter. In school, I worked part time as a cashier, and here we have this machine that has completely replaced my fine skills. It remembers all the vegetable PLUs, always gives correct change, and even tells me to have a good day. Someday, the cashier may become obsolete, being completely replaced by automation equipment. On one hand, that’s a lot of lost jobs-cashier is the most common occupation in the United States, and if they all become automated, there will no longer be a need for humans. On the other hand, though, the grocery store doesn’t have to pay workers, the machines never make mistakes, and the line moves much faster.
Look around you for a moment: chances are, many items on your desk have a design, logo or text made by marking machinery. Thousands of common, everyday products are marked for identification or decorative purposes. Bar codes, packaging or expiration dates, graphics and labels are found on just about every product or packaging these days. Embossing machines, a unique kind of marking system that produces 3-D raised text and designs on any malleable material, has many different uses. The embossing process is simple-material is fed through rollers with a patterned surface, pressure and heat are applied, and the material conforms to the pattern; no ink is needed, but it is often used on paper and plastic. Patterns in leather products and designs on greeting cards are embossed, adding detail and decoration. Embossing is a common post-forming process in steel service centers, where products like garage doors, refrigerator housings and metal coils are marked with a logo, text or texture. However, there are more important uses for this product-did you know that embossing machines also help prevent identity theft and aid in communication of the disabled?
The full range of today’s hydraulic presses is some of the most powerful and versatile manufacturing equipment. Achieving the highest compressive force of all the power presses, these machines are crucial for the forming and molding of a wide spectrum of materials: metals, plastics and composites, rubber, wood, and laminates. From deep drawing essential parts, such as tanks and fenders, for the production of motorcycles to creating 2,640 plastic credit cards per hour, the manufacturing realm would be lost without hydraulic presses. The scrap metal processing industry also relies on shear hydraulic press force to smash discarded cars and such into compact, manageable squares of reusable material for pop cans, paper clips, etc.
You can almost hear the grinding and crushing as you say the word pulverizer – the consonants and vowels combine to create hard sounds as you enunciate through the syllables. I enjoy deepening my voice to emphasize the harshness of the word. You try… it’s like a ‘grr’ from the back of your throat. Now, while saying it (and making pounding motions with your fists if you really want to get into it), imagine what it would take to smash stones into powder. The bulk material handling and process industries, including mining, waste recycling, plastics, food & pharmaceuticals, rely on this kind of de-agglomeration controlled at various intensities within pulverizing machines, making materials more useful or reusable. It’s destruction with a purpose; breaking down to make better. Pulverizers take the idea of mortar and pestle to the extreme.
When it comes to drying large amounts of raw material, there are a number of options for manufacturers to choose from, depending on their budget, space and properties of the material being dried. Industrial dryers are often used to remove moisture from materials such as powders, foods and chemicals for the pharmaceutical, paper, pollution control, food and agricultural industries. If your company is in the market for a new industrial dryer, there are 5 main types for different applications, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Dryers that pass material through a large, revolving metal drum and heated by gas, liquid or solid fuel are commonly used in the chemical, food and mineral industries. Rotary dryers have low maintenance costs and allow vast amounts of material with differing particle sizes to dry at one time. However, because these dryers are powered by gas, moisture control is difficult and they often create fire hazards as a result of drying flammable materials. Because the drum is often quite large, these dryers often require a lot of space.