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Benefits of Good Material Handling Equipment

Good Material Handling Equipment

Fabricators of that operate high volume establishments are aware that good quality equipment plays a large role in the shop’s success. Not only that, keeping your equipment in good working order is also imperative. For that reason, we thought we would take a few minutes to go over some of the key benefits of good material handling equipment.

In this post, we will take a quick look at four key benefits to using quality material handling gear. These advantages include:

  • Profitability
  • Product Care
  • Worker Safety
  • Efficient Processing

These advantages somewhat work together to yield a profitable work environment, so don’t be surprised if you notice a little bit of overlap across the four points. The first benefit we will discuss is profitability.

Profiting From Good Material Handling

This is so obvious that it can be easy to overlook. The better your material handling machines are, the more profitable your shop can become. Just think about all the ways that material handling impacts your bottom line:

  • Fewer Workman’s Comp Incidents
  • Productivity Boosts
  • Reduced Equipment Expenses
  • Better Quality Work
  • Workload Efficiency

Each of those items in that list can directly contribute to your bottom line. Either through generating more sales, or by reducing costs. Both of those avenues translate into higher profit margins. So keep reading if you are in the market for some increased profitability.

Good & Safe Equipment

These two types of equipment are often found together. In fact, many stone professionals would even say that good material handling equipment has to also be safe. After all, how good is a piece of equipment that is dangerous or unsafe to operate? In turn, the fewer the accidents, the more profitable the business. Additionally, you can safe cash on outgoing costs if you do not have to replace your material handling equipment as often as the next fabrication shop.

One feature of some equipment that helps reduce repurchasing is A Frames that utilize replacement rubber. Being able to replace rubber on A Frames reduces spending in a couple of ways. First, it allows the fabrication shop to continue using an A Frame that they might otherwise be looking to replace. Second, it can help protect the stone when transporting it to the saw. Just like there are a variety of diamond blades, there are also a number of kinds of material handling machines. Each kind will no doubt be available in a range of quality levels.

Material Handling Equipment & Shop Safety

Another benefit that comes from having and maintaining good material handling equipment is the safety of the workers. After all, injuries on the job can really drive up the cost of running a fabrication shop. Having well-maintained equipment ensures that slabs stay on the handling equipment. But the condition of the machines is only one aspect that produces benefits.

A second way fabrication pros benefit is by being able to work more efficiently. Utilizing safety equipment that is in good condition makes it possible to work a bit quicker that is possible if the handlers are wrestling the material as they transport it around the shop. Good equipment that fits the material well makes working fast easier.

Production Efficiency Yields Profits

It all boils down to the fact that efficiency is directly related to the profitability of the shop. And the formula is pretty simple. The more you can get done in a given time frame, the more money your shop takes in. And the less money you spend to do that amount of work, the more of the income the shop gets to keep. It’s as simple as that!

So, in conclusion, why not take some time to examine your workflow and the quality of your material handling equipment. If there are ways that you can increase productivity and boost shop safety while ramping up the quality of production, seize those opportunities and experience the benefits that come from good material handling equipment.

Diamond Blade Basics

What You Need to Know About Diamond Blades

45 Degree Blade Cutting

The topic “what you need to know about diamond blades” is vast and could be explored to virtually infinite depth. In this post, we will explore three basic things you need to know about diamond blades that can affect your day-to-day usage.

At some point, good fabricators develop an appreciation for high quality tools and equipment. That is not to say that every situation or production method must use the highest performing equipment. The cost of the tool and consumables for that tool play a role in the bottom line of the profit of the business. However, there are other times when the higher price for a long lasting tool is well worth the expense. One piece of equipment where this is the case is diamond blades.

High quality diamond blades can be costly. Since this is true, it makes sense to understand some basic concepts regarding diamond blades. Having a basic understanding will help fabrication workers not only select the proper blade for the job, but also enable the fabricator to get the best results and longevity from a given blade.

Diamond Blade Construction

The first area to get an understanding of is blade construction. Having insight into what components make up a diamond blade and the roles they play in the blade’s performance lays the foundation for using the blade properly and getting the best results from your diamond blades. Here, we will discuss two main components:

  • Core
  • Segments

The Diamond Blade Core

The first primary component of a diamond blade that we will consider is the diamond blade core. The core of a diamond blade is the round disc used to support the segments (we will discuss these shortly). The core of a diamond blade can play a large part in the results you receive from the blade. Some characteristics that affect the blade’s performance include:

  • Thickness
  • Hardness
  • Precision
  • Tension

The thickness of the core and its hardness contribute to how well it works and the precision with which the blade is made affect the results too. Diamond blade cores are also “tensioned”. A blade that is properly “tensioned” will be flexible to a certain degree – bending slightly under pressure – and snapping back into place when the pressure is removed. This characteristic of a diamond blade’s core allows it to flex with the cutting pressure that comes from proper blade use.

Diamond Blade Segments

In addition to the core of the blade are its segments (although there are continuous rim diamond blades which do not have segments). These segments are another part of the diamond blade’s construction that contribute to its results. Let’s take a look at diamond blade segments and how they are structured.

Diamond segments are composed of to parts. First, the metal bond. Second, the diamonds. Let’s take a high level look at each of these.

The blade’s bond is what hold the diamonds and is composed of metal powders. These various powders are mixed together; producing varying hardness and wear rates. Manufacturers formulate bonds that wear at precisely the proper rate for the type of cutting for which the blade is designed to be used. Coordinating the wear of the bond with the wear and fracturing of the diamonds.

As for the diamonds, they are typically not the naturally produced diamonds found in the earth. Rather, these are synthetic (produced or manufactured) diamonds that can be created with specific characteristics that make them just right for use on particular materials and in particular bonds. Other configurable properties that play a role in the segment design are as follows:

  • Diamond Quality
  • Quantity of Diamonds
  • Diamond Size

All of these factors contribute to the performance of a given blade. As mentioned earlier, a blade’s thickness, hardness, and tension being made with high precision will affect the performance of the blade. So the core and the segments work together to contribute to the blade’s performance. Let’s consider some significant performance factors of diamond blades.

Diamond Blade Performance Factors

When it comes to the factors that contribute to the effectiveness of a diamond blade, we need to consider the dynamics of how the blade’s core and segments work together to produce results. How the segments are fastened or attached to the core will affect the blade’s ability to perform in various scenarios. The main methods for attaching the segments to the core of diamond blades are:

  • Vacuum Brazed
  • Sintered
  • Laser Welded

Each of these attachment methods offers a degree of durability. Yet they are also come at various prices. Depending on what material you are cutting, what horse power your saw is, and whether the environment is wet or dry, your choice of the above attachment methods will vary.

Laser welded segments cost more as a general rule and produce the strongest bond to the core. This strong bond contributes to amount of heat the blade can withstand. Additionally, the strength of the core and its tension (the ability to flex and not lose its shape) also play a large role in performance.

The dynamics involved in the wearing of the diamonds and the matrix (or bond) that holds the diamonds also make for a high performance blade. The bond and the diamonds need to breakdown in a particular manner and at a rate that is complimentary. The better this wear process is coordinated, the better the results will be. Conversely though, if any of the aforementioned components or dynamics is even slightly out of line, the results will not be optimal. In fact, many factors can even cause a blade to break.

How to Prevent Diamond Blade Breakage

As we have considered there are many details that go into what you need to know about diamond blades. One of the important ones from a fabricator’s perspective is how can I prevent breaking blades? As you will see, there are a number of factors, including environmental factors, usage factors, and even operating factors that can contribute to sub-par performance and even breakage.

Cutting stoneĀ at a high speed, under intense heat, at various pressures and force is a sensitive process. Right there in that sentence is a clue to preventing blade breakage. So, you should endeavor to use the proper blade in the proper manner with the right equipment. Hence, thisĀ  affords you the best opportunity for increasing the longevity of the blade. Ultimately, you want the blade to wear out and not break.

One underlying cause of blades breaking involves heat. In fact, if the blade gets too hot from improper use or from friction, it can cause the blade to break or to lose segments. So we have included a list of specific things that can hinder the performance of a diamond blade and which can result in a blade breaking or throwing segments:

  • Using dry diamond blades improperly.
  • Using wet diamond blades with too little water.
  • Machines in need of maintenance.

Each of the above situations can cause blade breakage or segments being thrown. Let’s look at each one and see how it contributes to what you need to know about diamond blades.

Improper Blade Use

Diamond blades must be kept cool while they are being used to cut stone. Some blades are designed to be used dry and others are designed to be used in wet environments. One of the primary differences between these blades is how they are cooled.

In the case of a dry diamond blade, air is used to cool the blade while it cuts. This is achieved by allowing air to circulate around the segments (and even through the blade in some cases). This fact implies a proper use of these kinds of diamond blades.

When using a dry diamond blade, be sure to allow enough air to interact with the blade by keeping your sawing mode shallow. This approach allows air to flow around or through the gaps and holes in the blade. Deep, continuous cutting can create a situation where the blade is damaged due to overheating which affects the core and the segments.

If you are using a wet diamond blade, the danger of heat-related damage can occur if there is insufficient water produced to cool the stone. Therefore, it is important that your environment provides a sufficient amount of water on both side of the blade. Additionally, never use a wet diamond blade without water.

Finally, you can prevent blade breakage by keeping your machines well-maintained and in good working order. Loose nuts, bots or other fasteners can cause the blade to wobble or flutter. Also, worn out shafts and bearings create play in what would otherwise be a straight, smooth line. Anything that can cause the blade to be out of balance can cause even more damage. Be sure to regularly check and service your stone cutting equipment. It will pay off in the long run.

What to Take Away

As you can see, what you need to know about diamond blades involves understanding basic principles and being familiar with how blades work in various situations and environments. Knowing this, prevents fabricators from arbitrarily using diamond blades in ways they were not intended. And from neglecting machinery to the point that it becomes a detriment to the shop’s operation.

How to Fill Holes In Travertine

Fill Holes In Travertine

Filling Travertine Holes

Lovers of the natural stone travertine have no doubt been drawn to this marvelous, relatively soft, stone. Yet, when travertine ages, the need can arise for some repairs or restoration to be made keeping it in the nest condition.

Since travertine naturally has holes in it, the factory fills the tiles when they are processed. However, as floor tiles or backsplash tiles age, the filler used at the factory comes out; revealing the original holes that were naturally there. When this occurs, home owners or maintenance professionals look for ways to repair or fill holes in travertine.

Travertine Fillers

Various materials are used to fill travertine. A couple of materials that are commonly used for this purpose. First, grout or a grout-like filler is used to fill in travertine holes. In fact, this kind of filler is what is often times used in the factory when travertine is first processed. But remember, this kind of filler can come out. As a result, the holes need to be filled back in. Which leads us to the second material that can be used to restore travertine backsplash tiles or fill travertine floor tiles.

Durable Travertine filler

Another filler that can be used to restore travertine is a semi-solid polyester glue that is designed to compliment the original color of the travertine tile. One such filler can be purchased from Lustro Italiano. The following instructions are for that product:

How to Fill Holes In Travertine

  1. Clean the Stone – cleaning the area of the travertine tile you are going to fill is important. There are a few products that work well for this purpose. However, one product that is often used is denatured alcohol.
  2. Adjust the Color if Necessary – Although this product comes in four visual variations, it is available in others. If you are adding coloring paste to one of the three base colors you need to add it before you begin mixing the glue with the catalyst.
  3. Mix the Filler – Combining the catalyst with the glue is what causes the material to begin hardening. You need to mix the catalyst into the glue at a ratio of 2-3 parts catalyst per 100 parts of glue (2-3% – 2-3:100). Stir together thoroughly.
  4. Apply the Filler – Apply the filler to the area you are filling. When you add the filler to the holes use a flat tool to scrape the filler over the hole and then press out any air pockets that might be inside the hole being filled. Also, use a slight excess of filler in the hole you are filling to allow for shrinkage.
  5. Scrape Excess Filler From the Tile – During the application step (step 4), you may get some of the filler on the tile. Use a straight edge to scrape any excess filler from the areas of the travertine that are not being filled.
  6. Allow to Dry – Give the filler plenty of time to dry completely.
  7. Clean Up the Residual Filler – First, scrape of any residue from the filler with a razor blade, then use denatured alcohol to remove any trace amounts of filler on the travertine.

Keep Your Travertine Looking Its Best

As mentioned before, travertine is a beautiful material that naturally contains air pockets. By using this method to fill holes in travertine, you have stone that looks nice and is as strong as it needs to be. Finally, since this kind of travertine filler is permanent, you won’t need to fill it repeatedly.