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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
Stainless steel can be finished using a variety of techniques. When talking about brushed stainless steel and satin stainless steel, these two finishes have a lot in common, and many consumers use the terms synonymously. This leads to a lot of confusion when making a finish selection. Let’s examine the similarities, differences, pros and cons of choosing brushed vs satin finish stainless steel. (more…)
Did you know that 304 and 316 are the most popular and widely used types of stainless steel? From the naked eye, it can be extremely difficult to tell the difference between grades of stainless steel. 304 and 316, in particular, look almost identical and the differences between the two are easy to miss. So what are the differences between 304 vs 316 stainless steel? Below we answer that question and discuss different applications where the grades are used. (more…)
Stainless steels are mainly used when corrosion or oxidation is an issue, as the function that they perform can’t be duplicated by other materials for their cost. Over 100 years ago, it was discovered that a minimum of 12% chromium would impart corrosion and oxidation resistance to steel; hence the name “stainless steel”. Several different types of grades of stainless steel have been developed. Below are the different stainless steel grades explained. (more…)
Your kitchen is the central hub of your home. Most people consider the kitchen to be the most important room of the house. You most likely start your day in the kitchen with a cup of coffee or a quick bite to eat with your family. Everyone gravitates toward the kitchen to socialize, and it’s where you prepare meals and eat together. Kitchens are a main bonding area of the home. A highly functioning and aesthetically pleasing kitchen is an investment in your family’s health and happiness. All the little details matter, especially choosing your modern kitchen cabinet hardware. Below we discuss the three main types of kitchen cabinet hardware that can help improve the functionality of your kitchen, while providing a modern facelift. (more…)
Remodeling and customizing your kitchen can be a big project. After planning and designing on the large scale it might be tempting to coast through choosing the cabinet hardware, but high-traffic rooms such as kitchens deserve detailed attention. Choosing the right hardware size requires a balance of style and function. Sacrifice one for the other, and you probably won’t be happy. You’ll be frustrated every time you try to pull open a drawer, or you’ll be disappointed every time you walk into the room.
Don’t fret; finding the perfect cabinet hardware to integrate into your kitchen style can be easy with a little direction. Follow the 5 steps below to learn how to choose cabinet hardware size and you’ll be well on your way to the perfect cabinet accessories! (more…)
A vertical float switch is a mechanical device used to detect the level of liquid within a tank, and trigger an event, such as a refill or discharge, when the liquid reaches one or more predetermined levels. A vertical float switch comprises a magnet contained within a thru tube float, as well as a magnetic reed switch contained within a fixed housing. The movement of the float, due to the changing liquid level, will cause the reed switch to close or open at a particular level. This tried and trusted technology is based on a relatively simple design that offers long term reliability without the need for the user to operate the switch. Below we discuss five common ways the vertical float switch is used.
- Harvesting Rainwater – Harvesting rainwater is becoming increasingly more important, especially in areas of drought. Climate change is affecting water supplies everywhere with long dry spells. Numerous states are in a major water deficit, and the need to collect, store, and treat rainwater is necessary. The storage tanks used to collect the rainwater require vertical float switches to indicate the level in the tank and control pumps and valves. Not having these controls can lead to costly water loss, and property or equipment damage.