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The Importance of Commercial Refrigeration Servicing & Maintenance

Commercial refrigeration is an important part of the retail food industry. Without it, there would be nothing to stop products from going bad. Food spoilage causes a lot of money wasted in food distribution because products are either not sold or discarded.

With this in mind, here are just a few of important reasons to arrange commercial refrigeration servicing and maintenance for your retail business to keep equipment running at peak efficiency.

Helps to Enhance and Prolong the Life of Your Equipment

Having your commercial refrigeration system serviced on a regular basis will help prolong the life of your equipment, diagnose any faults early on, and carry out essential maintenance before small problems become large ones. Additionally, regular checks and cleaning will save you money as it will improve the efficiency of the equipment, lower your running costs and make your equipment have a longer lifespan.

It can help minimise potential costly downtime as it is much easier and quicker to fix a machine when there is only a small problem. Moreover, if a machine is not maintained regularly, it’s far more likely to have mechanical breakdowns with a greater risk of damage.

Ensures Food Safety and Hygiene

Ensuring that your refrigeration is properly maintained, including cleaning the condensers, means that you can regulate the temperatures at which your products are stored. If the temperatures are not correctly regulated, then the chances of food poisoning are increased significantly.

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5 Things to Consider when Choosing Industrial Heating

When choosing an industrial heater for your warehouse, you need to ensure that you get the best. However, the process can be long and overwhelming because of how many heating system varieties exist in the market.

To get the best advice, experts from Battery Tech Solutions are here to help you identify the things to consider when choosing the best industrial heating system.

Type of the heater

Some common industrial heaters include oil, gas, electric, and radiant. Each type has pros and cons, so the choice depends on your heating needs. Radiant heaters, for example, are ideal if you want to heat a large space, while gas heaters are cheaper.

Energy efficiency is another thing to consider because it helps reduce energy usage and saves you money in the long run. Modern heaters are usually more efficient than older model ones. However, always look at the rating.

Size of the heater

The bigger the warehouse, the more powerful the heater required. You will need to ensure there is sufficient space to install it, so compact heaters or heaters suspended from the ceiling are the best option.

Suspended industrial heaters also have the advantage of leaving the whole warehouse floor free for employees.

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Ways to Improve Warehouse Productivity

Running and managing a warehouse can be chaotic. That’s why it’s important to look for new ways to ensure your operation run smoothly. We’ve come up with the following tips that can be incorporated into warehouses which are struggling with improving productivity.

Picking manifest

Picking manifest pulls multiple orders at once. This means orders in different sizes are pulled separately. For instance, large and small items are separated and ready for boxing.

Improve Employees comfort

Improving the comfortableness and atmosphere in the warehouse can help people increase their productivity. For example, you could get a sound system or a radio playing while they work as music is proven to improve the overall productivity in workplaces. Ensure you have a heater and a fan where workers can use them to control the temperature in the warehouse.

Leave bulky items till the end

Large and heavyweight items are difficult for picks. Ensure you leave them last for the final staging area. Also, bigger orders should always come from a pallet.Continue Reading

What is ferrous metal?

There are different recycled materials in the world and serves as a component for some products like home appliances, industrial machinery, cars, and construction material. A good number of these components are metals which are used in the manufacturing of several products. We have two types of metals: ferrous and non-ferrous metals. For the benefit of this post, the focus is on ferrous alloys only.

You’d get insights on ferrous metals and the reasons why it’s a useful element in the production process of manufacturing companies. The common forms of ferrous metals would be highlighted with details of their unique components. Furthermore, its peculiar properties in its different would be identified as well.

Definition of ferrous metal

Ferrous metals are elements with iron and magnetic properties which offer little contention to rust. Most ferrous metals are good conductors of electricity which makes it a suitable element in the manufacture of electronics. The metals are durable and possess malleable strength like cast iron and steel. The metal can be extracted from iron ore in the earth’s crust which contains compounds like iron oxide.

Ferrous metals are mainly composed of iron, and they are used in the manufacturing of commercial and domestic tools, shipping containers, industrial pipes, construction, rails, tools, nuts and bolts, machinery, aircraft, drills, and electrical appliances. Iron and steel remain the most common forms of ferrous metals.

Ferrous metals include the following:

  • Steel
  • Alloy steel
  • Carbon steel
  • Cast iron
  • Wrought iron

The features of carbon and alloy steel

Steel is a ferrous metal, and about 40% of steel production in the world is made from scrap because it’s cheaper to make use of recycled steel rather than to produce new steel through the mining process. Furthermore, recycling steel gulps less energy in comparison to forming steel from raw materials. The physical properties of steel aren’t lost during the recycling process so it can be used again. About 500 million tons of steel is formed from scrap materials and manufactured using different melting furnaces like electric-arc, induction, open-hearth, crucible, and Bessemer converter.Continue Reading

Marketing Strategies In The Manufacturing Industry

Within the manufacturing and engineering industry, the pressure of keeping up with demand can often lead to a situation where you’re producing just enough and working just hard enough to keep going at the same rate, but not taking advantage of opportunities to grow.

Unfortunately for some firms, branding and business success has evolved significantly, becoming highly focused on digital marketing and new promotion channels like social media. The manufacturing industry has been criticised in the past for being too traditional and slow to adapt, which has cost many long-running firms dearly.

Here are four major ways you can develop your marketing strategy within your niche and make it work for you, so you can avoid falling behind.

1) Start with a plan

You need a cohesive strategy before you start trying to advertise your company and sell your products or services. Manufacturers have different aims, but generally speaking your objectives are likely to include increased leads, sales, repeat purchases and brand awareness.

Considering these goals plus any specific growth targets you have, a plan should be created that covers a specific time frame and is understood thoroughly by all relevant parties.

2) Pay attention to your website

A large proportion of manufacturers don’t consider their online presence a priority, and as a result they are left with an out-of-date website that isn’t really a part of their strategy.

Your website represents your brand when people take an interest in finding out more, so it needs to be optimised for conversions as well as for search engines (so you can be found organically in the first place). It needs to be professional, attractive, engaging and informative, plus it should be designed to work on mobile devices.Continue Reading

Technological Factors That Are Transforming Manufacturing

It’s important to always be looking to the future within this industry, and looking for ways your business can develop to stay ahead of the curve. Technology is a major part of this, as it can improve efficiency in almost every area of your business.

Of course, it’s not possible or wise to invest in every new technological innovation before it has proved itself. However, there is a knack to catching new trends at the perfect time, when you can safely bet they’re going to go mainstream but the market isn’t saturated yet. Here are a few prime examples for 2017.

3D Printing

Although the process has actually been around for decades, the last five years or so have seen 3D printing finally become commercially viable across a range of industries. In certain manufacturing niches, creating complex parts with high accuracy has been made much easier and more cost effective thanks to this advancement.

The main difference we are currently seeing in the market is that small firms can now afford to adopt the same printing techniques as the bigger companies. This is going to create a wider gap between the most cutting-edge firms and their rivals who are slow to adapt.Continue Reading

The Benefits of Sustainable Manufacturing

The term “sustainable” is used to describe many different techniques and trends, but in essence the word is self-explanatory. Being sustainable simply means you can keep your business going in the future. The alternative is that you run out of finite resources (whether that’s fuel, cash or customers) and go out of business. It’s worth remembering that sustainability is not really optional, it’s essential for the survival of your firm.

With this in mind, let’s consider some of the short term benefits of getting ahead of the curve when it comes to environmentally-friendly manufacturing.

Cut down on energy bills

Energy efficiency reduces your costs directly, although some initial investment may be required. On a monthly basis, changing your practices or infrastructure may cost more at first, but annual savings are likely to be significant. In a similar way, you can cut costs on supplies and materials by recycling more internally and wasting less.Continue Reading

Advantages of Hydroblasting

When most people think of demolition, the image of a building imploding through the use of explosives may come to mind. However, only 1% of demolition work is actually done through those techniques.

Several more modern and popular solutions are significantly easier to control and pose less of a hazard, a major option being hydrodemolition. This works by using a highly targeted hydroblast of pressurised water to cut through concrete, a concept that appears to defy logic, but works incredibly well. The key benefits of hydroblasting include the following.

HIGH-PRECISION HYDRODEMOLITION

Blasting through concrete using water is, surprisingly, one of the most effective methods for cutting highly accurate lines. Depending on the equipment used, settings can be controlled very precisely to get the desired result, and only a defined area will be affected.

REMOVES WEAKENED CONCRETE

Although hydroblast equipment will not damage concrete outside of the specified area, it does remove any weak or loose concrete in the direct firing line, which most demolition methods would fail to address. This leaves behind a rough but extremely strong surface.

NO CHEMICALS REQUIRED

Water is the only material required for hydrodemolition, and it is not necessary to use any potentially toxic or abrasive chemicals at any point in the process.

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Why do tools need to be calibrated?

Calibration is a process that’s required to ensure the accuracy of measuring instruments, which indicates not only whether the device is suitable for its intended purpose but also how much can be interpreted from any readings it provides. Some instruments may provide readings which are accurate enough for some applications but will not give enough information to analyse the result in more depth. Calibration determines all of this, so it’s a crucial step.

In general, the instrument being tested must be compared to one which is capable of providing data around 3-10 times more accurately. Instruments should be calibrated using their main measurement scale as a parameter for accuracy, and also tested for zero error by completely resetting them (this process will vary greatly depending on the actual device).

Of course, if you buy accurate measuring devices from well known brands such as GE Druck, Additel or Techne, you can expect them to be extremely accurate and to meet your requirements, whatever purpose you are using them for. The reason it is necessary to calibrate tools again in future is because in almost all cases, their accuracy will deteriorate as time goes on.Continue Reading

Misconceptions & Facts About Warm Air Heaters

Warm air heating systems have been around for a long time, so it’s not surprising that many people still hold the same beliefs they had decades ago about how these devices work. In fact, there are many common myths about them which are not necessarily true, and sometimes the opposite is actually the case.

Here we look at the science behind warm air heaters and the truth about their many applications today. This is especially relevant while it’s still cold, as many people are looking for heating systems at home or in the workplace and aren’t sure whether to even consider warm air systems as an option. Hopefully this summary will help.

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