How to Choose the Right Type of Float Switch

Choose Float Switch Type

What is a Float Switch?

A float switch is a sensor used to monitor a circuit within a tank as the level of a liquid rises or falls.  Types of float switches vary, but their general purpose is to activate pump control panels and any alarms if needed. The device has proven to be one of the most effective and reliable technologies to monitor liquid levels, and today float switches are utilized in a variety of industrial processes that require the monitoring of liquid levels stored within various types of chambers and tanks. (more…)

Choosing Hardware for White Kitchen Cabinets

Choose Hardware for White Cabinets

The color white, and more specifically, white colored cabinets, have never been more popular in today’s kitchens. White is always in style, regardless if you have a slick modern kitchen or relaxed country style. With their relaxed style and design flexibility, it’s no secret as to why white cabinets are a constant crowd pleaser. The color white can make a room look larger and timeless in one broad stroke. With white cabinets, hardware is the most crucial detail, as it is more than just an accent, Hardware completes the room and adds overall value to your kitchen. With all of the available options, selecting the perfect hardware for your white cabinets can be a frustrating exercise. Below we discuss what to consider when selecting hardware for white kitchen cabinets. (more…)

How Magnetic Float Level Switches Work

Magnetic Float Switch Working Principle

The working principle behind magnetic float level switches is to utilize a magnetic field to open or close a circuit as the level of a liquid within the chamber rises or falls. The stainless steel float within operates on the basic buoyancy principle that the force on a buoyant object is equal to the mass of liquid displaced by the object. Partially submerged within the liquid surface, the float moves within the chamber when the liquid level moves, thereby accurately tracking the liquid surface motion. (more…)

How to Properly Clean & Care For Stainless Steel

How to Clean Stainless Steel

There is a good chance that the appliances in your kitchen are stainless steel. In the appliance and hardware world, stainless steel is the most popular finish these days by a landslide. Gone are the days where white and bisque colors ruled the kitchen. Stainless steel can give a kitchen a fresh, clean and commercial style feel that adds overall value to your home. One of the few downfalls to stainless steel is that it can be a pain to keep clean, as stains and fingerprints can be highly visible. Today we discuss how to clean stainless steel, and also share some tips on products and methods to avoid. Whether you’re caring for appliances or stainless kitchen hardware, here are a few tips on cleaning stainless steel. (more…)

Steam Trap Testing & Troubleshooting Guide

Steam Trap Troubleshooting

Steam trap troubleshooting is a necessary step in diagnosing problems that will arise at some point in the life cycle of your steam system. Therefore, it’s important to schedule routine testing of your steam traps. Steam trap failure is caused by improper removal of the condensate. When the steam trap shows signs it can no longer remove condensate from the steam system efficiently, it’s a sign the traps are failing. Increased inefficiency means wasted fuel and an overall increase in production costs. (more…)

How to Update Cabinet Hardware for a Timeless Style

Update Cabinet Hardware

Outdated Cabinet HardwareDo you find yourself sitting around your kitchen and instantly feeling like you are stuck back in the 80’s? Sick of staring at those paltry plastic knobs on your cabinets? Or perhaps you have little wooden dowels that double as your cabinet hardware? It’s time to fast forward your kitchen into the 21st century. Below we share some tips on transforming your kitchen into the modern era by updating cabinet hardware. (more…)

How Does a Steam Trap Work?

How Steam Traps Work

The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century introduced the use of steam as a means of generating power, performing work and delivering heat to industrial process systems. Today, in industrial and commercial facilities and plants, as well as the marine industry, steam is still used commonly as a source of energy—for heating, processing, and power. Steam traps are used anywhere there is a steam-powered system to discharge condensate, that is, the liquid that builds up in the pipelines, along with other non-condensable gases, to relieve the pressure in the lines and regulate the flow of steam within in it. To do this effectively, steam traps are placed at intervals along the pipelines. But what exactly is a steam trap and how does it work? (more…)

How to Choose Cabinet Hardware That Won’t Go Out of Style

How to Choose Cabinet Hardware Style

When you are building a new home, or remodeling your current kitchen, choosing your kitchen cabinets is a crucial step in the overall look and feel of your home. You invest a good amount of time on deciding the color and style of your kitchen cabinets, but sometimes the hardware decision is rushed and made without regard to the look and style quality cabinet hardware can add to your kitchen. Below we will discuss choosing cabinet hardware, and cover a few different styles available today. (more…)

How to Measure Drawer Slides for a Seamless Installation

How to Measure Drawer Slides

When your drawers stick, bind, won’t move at all or make unpleasant noises, the chances are you need to replace the drawer slides. Whether you are installing replacement drawers or replacing slider hardware on existing drawers, knowing how to measure drawer slides is integral to the use and longevity of your drawers.
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Stainless Steel vs Plastic Float Balls

Stainless Steel vs Plastic Floats

Float balls are used for much more than the plastic float balls found in toilets. Float balls are ideal for boiler systems, oil fields, water management and refrigeration. Nearly every industry that requires liquid level controls, measurements, and control switches has a need for float balls, and having the correct float balls can mean the difference between success and dangerous equipment failure.

Float balls are typically made of either metal or plastic and each have their own benefits. Though there are times when either plastic or metal float balls can be used, most scenarios call for either one or the other. Read on to learn more about the differences between stainless steel vs plastic floats! (more…)