Food Service Supplies and Equipment: Buying, Cleaning and Repairing

Understanding Truck Bed Height and Its Importance in Appropriate Liftgate Specification

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Date: July 30th 2015


A liftgate also known as liftback is arguably the best suited option for stacking and hauling weighty consignment from the ground section onto the back of a fleet truck. Essentially, a liftgate is an access platform that raises and lowers from the rear side of the fleet truck through an automatic hydraulic system. Note that each lugging application demands for the appropriate liftgate specification. In fact, this is where the problem often crops up in respect to choosing the ideal liftgate for each application. Of course, no fleet manager aspires to grapple with challenges and expenses traced back to an incorrect liftgate specification. This article addresses a common judgment error that fleet truck managers and supervisors should avoid if the appropriate picking of a liftgate for a specific application is to be realised. Incompatibility with the truck bed height This type of problematic situation happens when you select a liftgate and attempt to dangle it beneath a truck only to discover the truck lacks sufficient load bed height clearance to allow for the installation and effective functionality of the liftback. Here are two typical examples of the consequences that may come with a liftgate that is incompatible with the truck bed height. To begin with, the liftgate platform may fall short of lowering down to the floor surface, dangling four inches above the ground surface, making it impossible to roll a pallet jack onto the platform, which in effect makes the platform useless. Secondly, the dangled liftgate may surprisingly function without a hitch when the fleet truck is empty or unloaded; however, it may rest particularly low underneath the platform when the truck is fully loaded, thus impeding the gate mechanism from perfectly lowering down and opening out. Understanding laden and unladen concepts In respect to truck bed height and liftback installation, fleet truck owners and managers must try acquaint themselves with these two critical terms: Laden Unladen Laden represents the bed height when the fleet truck is fully loaded or occupied, resulting in the chassis’ rear suspension dropping down, indicating the nadir the fleet truck should go down. On the other hand, unladen refers to when the fleet truck is completely empty, indicating the zenith the framework should rest. Choosing the appropriate liftgate When choosing a liftgate, you should consider the nadir or lowest point, which specifies the least clearance prerequisites. Additionally, take into account the crest, or highest […]

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Frequently Asked Electric Motor Repair Questions

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Date: July 7th 2015


When you own a plant or manufacturing facility, proper operation of your machinery is the key to maintaining an efficient work schedule. But when your machinery or equipment fails, you will need to contract with an electric motor repair shop to get you back up to speed. To help you better understand some of the common services they provide, here are the answers to some frequently asked motor repair questions. What Is Predictive Maintenance?  — Predictive maintenance is a term used by electric motor repair technicians that describes a process in which a repair is made to a motor issue, followed by an assessment of the motor structure to determine the likelihood of the next major repair. So for example, a repair technician who fixes an electrical short in the wiring of your motor would then examine the entire motor system to see which components are showing signs of future breakdown. This is a valuable service because it helps you calculate the potential costs of future electric motor repairs, and it allows you to replace motor components before they completely break down and cost you much more money in repairs. Predictive maintenance measures standards such as structural integrity, visible defects and the amount of dirt in motor bearings. What is Vibration Analysis? — When your machinery or equipment begins operating at a slower rate than usual, an electric motor repair technician can utilise vibration analysis to help determine where the problem is within the motors. The level of vibration in a motor is indicative of how efficiently the motor is working, and the more a motor vibrates, the more likely that it will experience failure in the near future. As motors age, their components tend to wear down, which makes the motor shake. Using vibration analysers, electric motor repair personnel can measure vibration frequencies and recommend repairs that can restore your motor to its peak efficiency. What is Field Balancing? — Field-balancing is a service in which an electric motor repair contractor will come to your work site with a balancing device that is used to repair motor issues related to blowers, belt pulleys, ventilators and fans. Motor components go out of balance because of cracks, rust and incorrect mounting during motor manufacturing. When these components break down, they lose their ability to remain balanced, and a balancer can restore the equilibrium of these components without the need to disassemble […]

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Choosing Vibrating Tables: Flat Deck vs. Grid Deck

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Date: June 24th 2015


Industrial vibrating tables have a variety of applications in the commercial market. The right type and model for your business will depend on your specific requirements. In addition, you can order a ready-made vibrating table or choose to purchase a custom-engineered one. The common applications of this type of equipment include settling and compaction of powdered products in drums and boxes, removing bubbles in sealed liquid containers and removing air from concrete moulds. There are no limitations in terms of industrial fields; therefore, you are guaranteed to find ideal equipment for your potential needs. There are two primary types of vibrating tables: flat deck and grid deck. Both are advantageous in their own ways, so choosing between the two can be challenging. Here is a brief comparison to help you make a good decision. Flat Deck Table The flat deck vibrating tables are designed to carry out the industrial functions through consistent up and down movement. This vibration action is typically linear, so it will provide uniform densification and compaction of your products. You can choose electric or pneumatic vibrating tables depending on your power availability and preference. The vibration intensity can be varied in both machines by either regulating the flow of air into the pneumatic table or adjusting the motor in electric equipment. You can use the flat deck vibrating table for compacting your commercial products in bulk bags, packing boxes and even drums. They are also ideal for use in removing air in concrete and foundry moulds in the construction and metalworking industry respectively. Grid Deck Table Generally, grid deck tables are electric powered and custom engineered according to your specifications. They are used in tandem with roller conveyor systems; therefore, they must conform to the design of the structure. This arrangement is beneficial because it eliminates the necessity to initiate vibration in the actual roller system. The motion can speed up the wear of the conveyor components. These machines are popularly used in the packaging and material handling commercial industries. They will provide your business with an efficient and fast way to fill containers such as boxes and drums with products to their maximum potential. You can install a grid deck vibrating table in pack-out lines which are manual, automated or semi-automatic. The Verdict The choice between flat and grid deck vibrating tables will depend on factors such as current packaging set-up, budget and requirements. The […]

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Some Inspiring Ways To Reuse Wooden Crates

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Date: June 23rd 2015


Coming up with new, stylish and practical ways to reuse old wooden crates is a popular activity for many homeowners. The crates are easy to get a hold of – or easy to make yourself with some old wood – and can be adapted in many ways, such as by repainting or adding an accessory. This article looks at some ways that may inspire you to try using wooden crates around your own home and garden: A Foot Rest An antique looking wooden crate, or simply a crate that you have painted yourself, can have a small pillow or cushion fixed to the top of the crate. The pillow you adorn the crate with can also be schemed to match your decor, giving you an elegant and practical indoor foot rest. Add small wheels to make a mobile foot rest. An Ever Changing Garden Decoration Fill a repainted wooden crate with some nice looking logs and some greenery, such as leafy plants or hanging flowers. Add some lights to the crate and you can create an attractive rustic garden decoration, which you can fix onto the fence. The display is also a practical one as it provides some lighting to the immediate environment. At Christmas time, you can add in holly and other festive decorations or you can add eery green lights and other creepy decorations for Halloween. This keeps your display fresh and relevant and you can have fun designing the display for different occasions. A Stylish Storage Ottoman For this DIY improvement, you will need to add two small hinges and a top to the crate. Once you have this, you can attach an attractive fabric or a hard cushion to the top of the hinged door of the crate; this gives you some space under the lid to store things. You can use the ottoman in your own bedroom for filling with clothes or other items, or you can use the ottoman in the main room as a storage area for kids toys or pet toys. It could also be used as a coffee table if it is big enough. Rustic Fruit Or Vegetable Holder With a simple frame, the crates can be positioned in a vertical row; ideal for holding fruit and vegetables in the kitchen or storage area. All you need is some spare pieces of timber to make a very simple frame, capable of […]

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Foam Fabrication: Cutting Methods in Case Insert Production

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Date: June 16th 2015


 If you are looking for a custom packaging product for delicate items, you should consider using foam case inserts. The custom inserts used to hold the packaged goods are cut into pre-designed shapes using different techniques. The best method for you will depend on factors such as foam type, desired results and the budget. Here are the main techniques used to cut the foam to create the ideal packaging inserts: Your Choices There are different packaging solutions in the market and the right choice for your company will depend on the specific requirements. These containment vessels are made of foam materials such as polystyrene, polyurethane and polyethylene. And you’ll have a few different choices for having them cut. The precision cutting machines utilised during the process are computer-controlled therefore the potential designs that can be created are virtually limitless. It is important for you to understand the different fabrication methods to ensure that your production decisions are well-informed. Water Jet Cut The water jet cutting machine is used to cut tough and durable packaging foam materials. The advantages of this method include the speed at which the cutting tasks are carries out and the accuracy of the design execution. Basically, the machine releases a thin jet of water which slices through the foam material. The smooth movement of the water will allow your intricate foam design to be cut precisely to create an ideal case insert. Knife Cut The knife cut machines are primarily used to create foam case inserts for prototype sample products. In addition, this technique can be used for creating packaging material for products that are sold in sets. For example, you can order foam case inserts for selling or storing construction tools. The knife cutter is computer-controlled so it is exacting when producing custom designs. It is ideal for serially cutting different shapes into a single block of packaging foam. The machine is also able to employ drilling techniques in case you require round case inserts. Wire Cut The wire cutting technique is the perfect choice for deep case inserts so the pertinent machines will create the best custom foam packaging for larger goods. For instance, if you are looking for case inserts for equipment and industrial components, inquire about wire cutting services from a licensed fabricator. The machine uses abrasive wires and the computer-aided designs can be input directly into the cutter. You can request for […]

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About Me

Hi, my name is Howie, and I have worked in restaurants since I was seventeen. Over the years, I have cleaned and serviced every type of food service equipment from meat slicers to potato peelers. I have helped my bosses buy equipment and figure out the best protocols for servicing, maintaining and repairing that equipment. If you have questions on food service equipment or other types of industrial equipment, you should be able to find the answers you need here. Please, get comfortable and explore these posts. I have loved my time in restaurants, and this blog takes me back to them in a virtual sense. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoy writing them.

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