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3 Issues to Consider When Designing a Dust Collection System for Fabrication Shops

Posted by on December 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Issues to Consider When Designing a Dust Collection System for Fabrication Shops

Health and safety concerns require fabricators to install a dust collection system so that the fine dust particles that are generated during CNC laser cutting processes can be taken away before they contaminate the air within the fabrication shop. This article discusses some of the considerations that you should discuss with the designer of your dust collection system. Fabrication Automation You should pay attention to the magnitude of automation at your fabrication shop during the design of a dust collection system. This is because automation places a heavier demand on dust collection systems because the fabrication equipment, such as CNC laser cutters, is constantly working. That nonstop work does not allow the dust collector to work at a slower pace as would be possible if some operations weren’t automated. For instance, a slow dust collection system can mop up excess dust during the downtime when employees are removing a work piece in order to replace it with another on the laser cutter. Thus, semi-automation of processes imposes a lower demand on dust collection systems than full automation does. Heat Load Different fabrication processes generate different amounts of heat. For instance, a fabrication shop that has an oxyfuel cutter in addition to a laser cutter will generate hotter dust due to the heat of the oxyfuel cutter. The dust collection system should have components that can withstand the heat generated during the cutting processes. Alternatively, the system can be designed to have cooler air channeled through it so that the hot dust is cooled to acceptable levels that the collection system can tolerate. Dust Load The dust load refers to the volume of dust that is generated by the laser cutter during its operation. Higher dust loads require more efficient dust collection systems than lower dust loads do. Secondly, the particle size of the dust also affects dust collection systems. For instance, smaller particles require a greater suction force so that they don’t cake on the surface of the filters within the collection system. A system must therefore be created to blow an appropriate amount of air over the work piece so that all the dust can be sucked through the filters. As you can see, a dust collection system for laser cutting equipment must be customised for each fabrication shop. You should therefore avoid ordering a collection system that you saw somewhere without considering whether the operating conditions at that shop are identical to the operating conditions in your fabrication shop. Seek for expert help during the shopping process for a dust collection system for your CNC laser...

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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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