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How to Choose Goalposts for Your Facility’s Field

Posted by on November 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Choose Goalposts for Your Facility’s Field

Goalposts are going to be needed for just about any school or athletic field, even if the field is only used for team practice. You cannot properly train a team if they cannot use the same equipment they will use during play, and this includes posts and markers. If you’re responsible for providing equipment for any school or other facility’s field and need to replace or purchase new goalposts, note a few things to consider so you’re sure you get the right choice. AFL, NFL, and other sports Keep in mind that many teams and competitions today are widening out their area of play, and especially in schools. It’s not unusual to see American NFL football being played in Australian schools, while Australian soccer and rugby both are also becoming very popular in the United States. When choosing goalposts, opt for those that are interchangeable between as many sports as possible so you can accommodate this variety; this might include a crossbar for the NFL uprights and a net for soccer, as well as the staggered sizes needed for AFL games. You may even want posts with drilled holes at certain levels that accommodate a basketball backboard and net. Material Lightweight aluminium can be very durable, but when choosing goalposts for AFL or soccer in particular, keep in mind that this might mean an added risk of a player running into the goalposts, not something that often happens with NFL games. PVC can be a better and safer option especially for schools, where inexperienced players may forget to watch for the posts and nets. The softer plastic of the PVC may absorb more impact from a player, reducing their risk of injury. Backyard versus professional Be very cautious about opting for what are called backyard posts, as these are exactly as they sound; lightweight posts that are used by casual players. They may be set up in a city park or other area that doesn’t see regular play, but they may not be durable enough to withstand constant use in a school or a field for a professional team. Lightweight backyard posts may also have very poor-quality connectors that are meant for easily disassembling the posts when they need to be stored. These connectors might cause some swaying when the posts are assembled. For a school or professional facility, always opt for professional quality goalposts so you know they’ll be rugged enough to last for years. For more information, talk to a professional like Adda Flagpoles Pty...

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Important Accessories You Should Think About Before You Buy a Water Jet Cutter

Posted by on October 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Accessories You Should Think About Before You Buy a Water Jet Cutter

Some inexperienced fabricators make the mistake of neglecting to consider the cost of needed accessories when they purchase a water-jet cutting machine. Such accessories can have a profound effect on your profitability if you don’t factor their cost into the cost of making each product. This article discusses some of those important accessories that you should think about as you plan to buy a water jet cutter. Water Treatment Equipment As you already know, a water jet cutter uses a stream of pressurised water mixed with an abrasive to cut materials. The water used should meet the water purity standards set by the manufacturer of that cutting machine. However, it may be hard for you to have water from the municipality that meets those purity standards. You may therefore have to acquire water treatment equipment in order to improve the purity of the water that you use. For instance, you may need to install a water softening system in order to reduce the quantity of the dissolved minerals in the water that you use. The cost of acquiring and maintaining that water treatment equipment should be added to the total cost of buying and operating the water jet cutter. Abrasive Handling Accessories Productive time can be lost if you have to shovel an abrasive, such as garnet, manually into your water-jet cutting equipment. It is advisable for busy fabrication shops to invest in abrasive handling equipment, such as a garnet feeder and a garnet remover. Those two basic accessories will ensure that your cutting machine remains working without any forced breaks due to a shortage of abrasive or an accumulation of spent abrasives in its tank. Consider the cost of different handling systems and select the one that will suit the dimensions of the cutter that you wish to buy. Nozzles and Piercing Accessories Water jet cutters come with standard nozzles that are designed to take full advantage of the total capacity of the cutter. However, you may need smaller nozzles in order to conserve abrasives as you cut thinner materials. Similarly, you may need piercing accessories in case your shop will be handling delicate materials, such as glass, that can shatter as the water jet tries to pierce them before the cutting process begins. These nozzles and piercing accessories wear out and have to be replaced periodically. Factor their cost into your budget before you go shopping for a water jet cutter. Consult a water-jet cutting expert for a detailed breakdown of all the costs that you are likely to incur as you use that cutting equipment. That discussion will enable you to make an informed decision about the suitability of acquiring that equipment for your new fabrication...

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