Stainless Steel

Need to know more about stainless steel?  Below is an introduction to stainless steel.

Traditionally, stainless steel is an alloy containing at least 10.5% chromium by mass.  It is resistant to corrosion and stains.  Stainless steel is available in various grades and surface finishes.  Which grade and surface finish will be preferred is dependent upon the environment and type of use the alloy will be subjected to.

There are 5 most common types of stainless steel which are austenitic, ferritic, martensitic, duplex steel and precipitation-hardening martensitic.  Austenitic is by far the most common type and comprises about 70% of all stainless steel production. 

304 is the most widely used austenitic stainless steel.  It is known as A2 stainless and also as 18/8 stainless because it contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel.  316 is the second most widely used stainless steel.  It is known as A4 stainless and also as marine grade stainless because it is often used in marine type applications.  Many of the products we offer are available in stainless steel.  Some of the products are 304 stainless steel and some are 316 stainless steel.

Stainless steel finishes can be confusing, as there are a many finishes and the lines are blurred between the different types.  A generalization of the finishes is as follows.  Mill finished stainless steel is a basic supply condition and is not shiny like the stainless steel flatware you eat with.  Polished finished stainless steel is shiny and is what you often see on the stainless steel flatware you eat with.  Brushed finished stainless steel is quite common and is often seen on home appliances.  Bead blasted finished stainless steel provides a somewhat uniform finish and is a bit more attractive than a mill finish, but it is not as attractive as polished finished or brush finished.  There are also other stainless steel finishes other than the four described above, but they are not nearly as common.

Contact us today and let one of our experts help you select the stainless steel ladder or platform that will best meet your needs. 

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Crossovers

Confused by crossovers?  Below is a guide to crossovers which will help you get started.

Crossovers are designed to allow one to safely and efficiently avoid an obstacle and get from point A to point B.  The obstacle could be could be nothing more than a trip hazard, but more often than not, is an obstacle too large to cross over and/or walk around.

Under clearance of the crossover must be considered when making a selection.  Both the under clearance height and the under clearance length must be considered.  When measuring the under clearance height, take your measurement from the floor to the highest elevation the crossover will need to clear.  When measuring the under clearance length, measure the widest area that the crossover will span.

In addition to under clearance measurements, one must also measure the floor space where the crossover will be placed.  Be sure to allow space to enter and exit the crossover when selecting the crossover for your application.  If space is inadequate for a traditional crossover, consider the purchase of a space saver crossover which has a steeper ladder on each end.  The steeper ladders may save enough space in order for the unit to work in your space

If your space does not work well with a regular unit or a space saver unit, possibly a “U” shaped or an “S” shaped or a “Z” shaped unit may be the answer.

Crossovers are available in painted steel, aluminum and stainless steel.  Painted steel is the least cost option.  Aluminum is great for outdoor applications.  Stainless steel may be required for food service areas.

Tread surface also should be considered.  If the crossover will be used where conditions may be wet or slippery, an aggressive tread should be selected.  If the crossover will be over a conveyor system, a tread free from holes may be required.

We would be happy to build a custom crossover to your needs and specifications.

Contact us today and let one of our experts help you select the crossover that will best meet your needs. 

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Hoppers

Hoppers are available in many different shapes and sizes.  Selecting the appropriate model should provide the end user with many years of useful service.  Where does one start when purchasing a hopper?  Some of the considerations when answering this question are:

        Will the hopper be moved only by a forklift?

        What is the minimum clearance where the hopper is utilized?

        How heavy will be the load within the hopper?

        Do I need a self dumping hopper or a chute hopper?

        Should I buy a hopper with a motorized drive?

        What options are available on hoppers?

Will the hopper be moved only by a forklift?  If not, consider the purchase of a Portable Steel Hopper.

What is the minimum clearance where the hopper is utilized?  Before selecting a hopper, measure the minimum clearance where the hopper will be utilized or stored.  Then consider only models that are low enough for your area.

How heavy will be the load within the hopper?  Hoppers have different load capacities.  Be sure to buy one with a capacity heavy enough for it's intended use.  Avoid buying a hopper with more load capacity than needed to avoid unnecssary expense.

Do I need a self dumping hopper or a chute hopper?  Even though self dumping hoppers are the most popular, chute hoppers are better for smaller areas.  The front door of the chute hopper opens to release the load.

Should I buy a hopper with a motorized drive?  Hoppers with a motorized drive are great if they will be moved often by people instead of fork trucks.

What options are available on hoppers?  The most commonly purchased options on hoppers are different colors, casters, a lifting lug on each corner, a lid or threaded drain plug.

Contact us today and let one of our experts help you select a hopper that will work best for your application. 

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Cranes and Hoists

Need a crane with a hoist but don’t know where to begin?  Below is a beginner’s guide to cranes and hoists which will help you get started.

A material lifting system is composed of two or three basic parts, depending upon one’s application.  The two basic parts in all lifting systems are the crane and the hoist.  A third basic part that is occasionally present is a trolley.

Material lifting system cranes are available in many sizes and configurations.  Some of them are movable and some are designed to remain in one place.  Gantry cranes are popular lifting systems and are easily recognizable because they look like swing sets.  Jib cranes are also popular and these cranes have an arm which often is designed to move in an arc.  Portable cranes are ideal for moving heavy items short distances.

Material lifting system hoists are also available in many sizes and configurations.  Some hoists are operated using a hand chain.  Other hoists are operated using a lever.  If the hoist is going to be used often, one may want to consider a hoist that has an electric motor.

Material lifting system trolleys, like cranes and hoists, are also available in many sizes and configurations.  A trolley is used to move the hoist along the support beam of the crane.

The cranes, hoists and trolleys shown on our website is only a fraction of the material lifting system items we have available for purchase.

Contact us today and let one of our experts help you select the crane, hoist and trolley that will work best for your application. 

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Cafeteria Furniture

Cafeteria furniture is available in styles that must be attached to the floor, as well as, styles that can be moved.  Styles that must be attached to the floor are generally considered more informal and usually easier to clean.  Styles that are movable are generally considered more upscale, but are still cleaned quite easily.

Cafeteria furniture that must be attached to the floor can be somewhat daunting to select because of the large number of seat types, frame types and possible colors that are available.  The usual starting point with this type of furniture is the decision between individual seats or bench seats.  The next consideration is usually what mix of frames types best meets your space and customer requirements.  Lastly, color selection is required to complete your layout.

Cafeteria furniture that is movable is normally more familiar to our potential customers because it resembles the furniture in their home.  Nonetheless, considerable thought is required when selecting chair types, table tops and colors in order to make selections that will have long lasting appeal to both you and your customers.

In addition to our tables and chairs, we also offer matching trash receptacles to complete your furniture purchase for you restaurant or cafeteria.

Contact us today and let one of our experts help you select the cafeteria furniture that will work best for your application. 

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Cantilever Rack Basics

Cantilever racks can be assembled easily in different configurations with an assortment of components.  If one does not select the right configuration and components, additional capital will be required to further improve the rack system.  Some of the questions that must be considered when designing and ordering the cantilever rack system are:

        Will some or all of the the system be located against a wall or other obstruction?

        Will some or all of the the system be accessible from both sides?

        Do I need level arms for the rack?

        Do I need slanted arms for the rack?

        How heavy will be load on the rack?

Will some or all of the the system be located against a wall or other obstruction?  When the rack system is located against a wall or other obstruction, a single sided cantilever upright is usually employed.  These types of uprights are "L" shaped and are employ arms on only one side.

Will some or all of the the system be accessible from both sides? When the rack system is located where access is available from 2 sides, a double sided cantilever upright is often employed.  These types of uprights are shaped like an upside down "T" and can employ arms on two sides.

Do I need level arms for the rack?  Level arms are often used when the stored product will not roll or move easily.

Do I need slanted arms for the rack?  Level arms are often used when the stored product will roll or move easily.

How heavy will be load on the rack?  Ladders are usually made of painted steel, but some models are available in aluminum and stainless steel.  Painted steel ladders are less expensive, but must be protected from the elements.  Aluminum and stainless steel ladders are more expensive, but are rust resistant.

Contact us today and let one of our experts help you design a cantilever rack system that will work best for your application. 

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