The industrial practice of metal marking finished metal products is commonplace in the manufacture of goods globally. Whether for inventory, quality control, regulatory, or any number of reasons, metal marking machines permanently mark items for identification purposes with a range of densities. Marks can be embedded on to a metal surface or part through a number of methods without damage. When completed, the mark’s imprint leaves the surface with a variety of characters and symbols in all shapes and sizes. (more…)
How Long Should Bar Pulls Be? The Experts Weigh In
Installing new bar pulls are a creative way to energize the look of older kitchen cabinets and refresh the overall look of your entire kitchen. Swapping out cabinet hardware is also less costly than an entire kitchen remodel. Considering how long should bar pulls be is central in determining what the new look of your kitchen will be. Fortunately, there are many shapes, styles, and sizes to choose from, and once you make your decision you will be well on your way to having a new look and feel throughout the kitchen. The new look just may inspire you to swap out the hardware on dressers, vanities, hutches, and sideboards throughout your home.
NPT vs BSP Threads
The difference between NPT vs. BSP threads has more to do with where you live than their applications. Both NPT and BSP are pipe thread standards for screw threads used on pipes and pipe fittings to seal pipes.
BSP – UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa (most countries worldwide)
NPT – United States, Canada
Both threads have the same pitch and the familiar shaped peaks and valleys. However, the designs of the threads differ in two fundamental ways. With NPT, the peaks and valleys of the threads are flat. In BSP, they are rounded. Secondly, the NPT angle of the thread is 60 degrees and the BSP angle is 55 degrees. (more…)
How to Choose the Right Type of Float Switch
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
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
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
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 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
Do 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?
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…)