Food Service Supplies and Equipment: Buying, Cleaning and Repairing

What to Consider When Buying a Shipping Container for Something Other Than Shipping

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Date: January 25th 2016


Shipping containers have become very popular in recent years for uses other than shipping; they can be used for storage, for an outside workroom, and even as a small home! Because shipping containers are so sturdy and durable, they can last for many years even after having traveled all over the world. Before you buy a shipping container for something other than shipping, you want to consider a few important features about the container itself and its use. Note the following. 1. As a small home If you love the idea of a small home that you make yourself from a reused shipping container, remember that your home still needs to be up to code when it comes to electrical, plumbing, and the like. Some shipping containers have electrical wires run through them so they can provide power to heaters and coolers or inside generators while in transit, but this type of electrical system is rarely the proper type used in a home. Remember that you will usually need to make many adjustments and modifications to your shipping container before you can legally live in it, so be prepared for that added expense. 2. As a workroom If you have a hobby for which you need some shelter but which cannot fit into your home’s garage such as metalworking or restoring cars, a shipping container can be a good choice for an outside workroom. However, you might want to add a window or two so you don’t feel so claustrophobic even if you leave the entry doors open. This can also help with air circulation so that you’re safe from fumes, heat, and the like. Typically you would need to cut out an area of the container and have windows installed, so be prepared for this work and expense. An insulated container can also help to keep you warmer or cooler during inclement weather, so this might be a good investment. 3. For storage Depending on what you plan on storing in the shipping container, consider an insulated container that can protect your goods during extreme weather conditions. Note that some older containers may have rust along the seams or connectors, so inspect these carefully before buying. This rust damage can allow in water, condensation, and even snow. If a container was used to transport furs or some type of chemical, the resultant smell might be absorbed by your stored […]

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The Dangers of DIY Welding

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Date: January 7th 2016


One of the most widely used materials in the world is metal and for most people it is the only thing they will use in their production process. There are so many products that can be made with metal, but there are many processes that will need to be done by professionals. In order to join multiple pieces of metal together, you will need to have them welded. Many people feel that they can save time and money by doing their own welding, but this is not the case at all. The only way that you can get the results that you are looking for is by letting a professional do the welding for you. The following are a few of the many dangers that come with DIY welding. Consider the Material Being Used There are some consumables and processes are better for welding specific materials and in some cases will require extra tools. For example, it is possible to weld aluminium material with the MIG process, but if you use a spool gun for feeding the consumable you will achieve better results. Take some time to evaluate what you will be welding to make choose the best technique. Modifications When Needed Another danger that you will run into when trying to do your own welding is that you will not have the knowledge needed to get the modifications that may be needed during the process. Not every weld will be by the book and when you have to make modifications, you want to make sure that you have a professional helping you. Neglecting to have this type of assistance will lead to less than stellar results from the welding jobs. The money that you pay a professional to get the welding done for your will be more than worth it in the end. The Turnaround that You Need Yet another reason that you need to hire a professional for your welding needs is that they will be able to get the job done fast. This means that you will be able to get the product that you need without having to wait a long period of time. Trying to do the welding on your own will be a very slow process and it will usually end with mixed results. Make sure that you talk with the company you are using to see how long it will take them. When […]

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Corded Power Tools- Why Mess With Success?

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Date: November 20th 2015


Forum to forum alike, the debate on corded versus cordless power tools is an endless one. On one side, cordless power tools fans are enthralled by the convenience and ease associated with using a cordless drill or impact tool. On the other side, a group of corded die-hards lavishly exclaim how they are satisfied by the constant power and strength of corded power tools. Whichever camp wins is a debate only solved by your personal need for a power tool, the type of tool and your scale of application. The following reasons, however, show that a corded power tool may, in some instances, be the best choice for power tools. Batteries Cordless power tools rely on the batteries for power. The battery pack is part of the device, and for starters, this creates more bulk. Wielding such a drill for hours would give your forearms the workout you quite didn’t intend for. Batteries also need charging from time to time. The prepared cordless user often needs a good number of alternative batteries beyond the standard issued two. It’s either this or you may need to stop constantly working on your project as you wait for your batteries to recharge. A cordless saw wouldn’t just “cut it” for such an instance.  Corded power tools constantly offer reliable power for completely uninterrupted jobs.  Cordless power tool makers are constantly upgrading. They are like computer makers. They are always creating the newer version with upgraded speeds, strengths and other features. Cordless battery packs suffer the same. In a few years, you may not be able to get the brand of batteries for your battery specific tool. Frequency of use How often are you going to use that grinder or nail gun? Are you a contractor, hobby DIYer, or operate a furniture store? Or are you simply getting these tools for home use on small scale projects? Cordless tools will require battery change from time to time. Some batteries fade-off with time and die. For contractors and such individuals requiring these tools constantly, a cordless tool is perhaps the best choice. If working at a location lacking outlets or electricity, for instance, a cordless tool will be handy. But, for an average homeowner seeking power tools for the occasional home projects, corded tools are the way to go. That circular saw, drill or impact hammer will last your lifetime probably.  You will not need […]

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What to Keep in Mind When Dealing with Conveyor Components

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Date: October 29th 2015


There are dozens of components that are needed to make up a conveyor belt. There are also hundreds of different suppliers for each of these components. It is safe to say that you are spoilt for choice when dealing with conveyor belts and solutions to their problems. However, it can become quite a daunting process trying to find the best components for your conveyor belt. All conveyor belt systems are subject to wear and tear. The main cause of this wear is friction. As the belt is running around the clock, this deterioration is expected. No matter how good a component is made or how durable it is, eventually it will wear out, which will result in unnecessary stoppages and additional expenses. There are a number of things you can do in order to minimise any down time that is associated with a worn conveyor belt component. Always choose high quality components There is no point buying cheap components, they will wear out a lot quicker than high performance versions. Certain components are prone to wear out quicker than others as they are exposed to more friction and activity. These include belt guides, wear strips, guide rails and corner tracks. In order to extend the life of these components, choose versions that are made of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWP) plastic as this will reduce maintenance costs. This type of plastic is many times stronger than the high density polyethylene that is usually used. Periodic conveyor system audits It is vital that regular audits of the conveyor system’s components are carried out. Everything should be documented in great detail in order to stay ahead of potential problems. Through the process of discovering small problems and resolving them before they turn into big problems, you will be better equipped to maintain and manage all of your components. Have spare parts in stock                           No matter the quality, all components will eventually wear down and need to be replaced. Therefore, you should always keep in storage a stock of those components that most regularly need to be replaced. This minimises the amount of downtime as you don’t have to order and wait for the delivery of replacement components. Having an adequate stock also encourages regular maintenance of the components and replacing them before they have fully worn out. Identify when you should repair and when you should replace If the team spends too […]

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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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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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