Stainless steel finish

Three Important Uses for a Stainless Steel Grained Finish

So, you’ve decided that you’re going to opt for a durable, versatile stainless steel finish for your metal fabrication project. The question now is what type of finish is best suited to the purpose of the project? Here are three instances when choosing a stainless steel grained finish is almost certain to be the number one option:

Commercial Machinery

A grained finish is used in many commercial and residential applications, but it is most common when it comes to the manufacture of machinery that requires added strength and durability. It is easy to clean and is certain to stand the test of time. Plus, when it comes to machinery and equipment, the most important thing is that it is able to fulfill its function – aesthetic appeal is not required.

Industrial Applications

If something is going to be used regularly, the potential for damage is high. This is why a sturdy stainless steel finish is essential. A grained finish also will not show scratches or scuff marks as much as a shiny finish would. This is the main reason why a grained finish is almost always the go-to choice for all industrial applications and high traffic areas.

Protective Panels 

Protective panels, particularly in the food, beverage and chemical manufacturing industry, will often feature a grained stainless steel finish. This is due to the fact that it offers a strong, durable surface that will protect employees while they work – especially if they are working with chemicals.

 

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Your Guide to Stainless Steel Finishes

Think versatility and strength, and you will understand why countless business owners opt for stainless steel finishes when it comes to professional steel fabrication. The question is, if you are also considering stainless steel finishes, what are the options available to you? Just how much will you be able to tailor that end result to suit the purpose of your project? We have the facts for you below:

  • Why Stainless Steel?

As already mentioned, stainless steel promises versatility and strength. It is guaranteed to stand the test of time. In addition, it offers incredible value for money. The great news is that you can create a shiny, glamorous finish or a matte, minimalist finish using the stainless steel in your steel fabrication.

  • Hot Rolled or Cold Rolled

The result will depend on whether you have opted for hot rolled or cold rolled stainless steel. Stainless steel that comes straight from the mill will traditionally be hot rolled. Hot rolled stainless steel has a very basic aesthetic to it. It is generally matte and unpolished and a wonderful choice for welding projects of all types.

Cold rolled stainless steel is often a lot cheaper and has a grainier look to it. It can look dull, but is extremely durable; making it a great choice for projects that require stainless steel for added strength as opposed to creating an effect that is pleasing to the eye.

If a glossier look is what you are looking for in terms of steel fabrication, it is very easy to achieve using hot rolled steel. In these instances, it will simply be sent to a polisher before being incorporated into your project. It will have a shiny, mirror finish – the extent to which you will have full control over, too.

 

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Metal fabrication

The Difference between Ironwork and Sheet Metal Fabrication

Contrary to popular belief, there is a big difference between ironwork and sheet metal fabrication. As leading specialists in metal fabrication in Oshawa, Ontario, we look at the main differences between the two below:

 

  • Sheet Metal Fabrication 

Sheet metal fabrication is all about working with metals in order to ensure peak functionality in terms of the final product. Many metals can be used in metal fabrication including stainless steel, copper, zinc and aluminum to name a few. Generally, sheet metal fabrication focuses on the creation of products that serve a purpose, such as car parts, gutters and roofs.

 

  • Ironwork 

The realm of ironwork focuses on the structural elements of a finished product, and is a little more complex. There are three types of ironwork, namely:

 

  1. Reinforcing Ironwork

In reinforcing ironwork, the focus is on strengthening structures.

 

  1. Ornamental Ironwork

In ornamental ironwork, the focus is on creating metal that can be used for architectural purposes.

 

  • Structural Ironwork

In structural ironwork, the focus is on creating sturdy frameworks.

 

Regardless of whether you are looking for a company that specializes in ironwork or sheet metal fabrication, you will need to find one that has many years of experience, along with the right equipment, to provide you with the results you are looking for. With over 40 years of experience and a specialization in custom metal fabrication and mechanical engineering, you can count on the team at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. For more information about why we are considered one of the best contract manufacturing companies in Ontario, do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

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Mechanical engineering

Why the Lowest Bid isn’t Always the Best Bid

There is no doubt that we all love a good deal. Unfortunately, you should not buy some things cheap. In the case of mechanical engineering and steel fabrication related services, this could not be truer! While you will almost certainly be able to find contract manufacturing companies who will quote you a low price, you can also be almost certain that the quality of service they will provide will leave a lot to be desired. Here is why the lowest bid is not always the best bid:

 

  • Lack of Experience 

Contract manufacturing companies who are new to the industry will need a good way in which to draw new customers to them. They cannot compete with other companies from an experience perspective, so they will offer potential clients much lower prices instead. Unfortunately, experience is always a good thing when it comes to steel fabrication and mechanical engineering; it often leads to a much better final product.

 

  • Shoddy Workmanship 

Contract manufacturing companies who quote low prices will usually get a lot of business. More often than not, they cannot cope with the influx. However, instead of turning new clients away, they will do everything in their power to keep improving their bottom line, and the result of this is generally shoddy, rushed workmanship.

 

Ultimately, as with so many other things in life, when it comes to contract manufacturing companies, you get what you pay for. Choose the right company for your project and be sure that it will be money well spent – choose Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. With over 40 years of experience, we are true specialists in mechanical engineering and custom metal fabrication. Contact us today to learn more.

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Contract manufacturing companies

Need Unique Material Handling Solutions? Custom Metal Fabrication makes it Possible

‘Material handling’. It sounds straightforward. And, it is something that many company owners do not think too much about. However, if not done correctly, it could be costing your business time and money. The chances of this are much higher if you have opted for a one-size-fits-all approach to material handling. With the help of custom metal fabrication, optimizing all aspects of material handling is easy and affordable.

 

  • Enhanced Productivity 

Custom material handling solutions will be tailored to your needs, making it easier for your employees and staff members to find what they need, when they need it – and get to it as quickly as possible. This is certain to increase company productivity in general.

 

  • Increased Protection

Material handling solutions will be specifically designed to house specific pieces of equipment. This also means that there is a reduced chance that any equipment will be damaged, lost or broken when it is not in use.

 

How Do You Source Custom Material Handling Solutions? 

 

The answer to finding the right company to provide you with custom material handling solutions is to look for a company that specializes in custom metal fabrication and mechanical engineering. The longer they have been in business and the more open they are to tailoring their services to suit your need and budget, the higher the chances that they’ll be able to offer you the quality, advanced solutions that you’re looking for.

 

Enter Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. With over 40 years of experience in the custom metal fabrication industry, we have what it takes to assist you. We are one of the contract manufacturing companies that you can count on. Contact us for more information today.

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Stainless Steel – Is it Worth the High Cost?

If you are considering custom metal fabrication, you are probably trying to decide which type of metal is the best choice for your project – stainless steel, copper, aluminum or carbon steel. Through your research, you will have likely found out that stainless steel offers a number of benefits. However, it is also the most costly option out there. The question is, is it really worth the high cost? We investigate below.

 

  • Durability 

From a durability perspective, stainless steel is undoubtedly the way to go. It will not fade, crack or peel and it can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. Stainless steel is also particularly shiny and will remain a consistent colour for a product’s lifespan. It is more durable than any other type of metal used in custom metal fabrication.

 

  • Simplicity 

Because stainless is steel is extremely lightweight, it is easy to transport and install. It is also self-heating, which means that there is no need for additional coating in order to protect it from harsh environments or to prevent corrosion. In short, it is highly resistant to things like rust and tarnishing.

 

  • The Downside? 

The only reason why you might want to consider another type of metal is that stainless steel is slightly less flexible and malleable than certain other metals that can be used for fabrication, such as aluminum.

 

Overall, if you are looking for a metal that is practically indestructible and that promises endurance, longevity, lustre and reliable corrosion resistance, then stainless steel is the best choice for you. Sometimes it is worth it to spend a little more to get the results you are hoping for.

 

In need of a steel fabrication company to assist you with custom metal fabrication? Look no further than Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. Contact us today to learn more about our range of services.

 

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Inside the Custom Metal Fabrications for the Food Service Industry

Do you operate in the food service industry? If so, you will be well aware of just how important high-quality equipment is when it comes to delivering only the best possible products and service to your customers and patrons. With this in mind, the right custom metal fabrication company can help to make your life endlessly easier. Here is what you need to know:

  • Safety First 

Working with food means that the health of your customers and patrons are in your hands. Unfortunately, the wrong welding and steel fabrication methods can pose health risks when using your equipment to work with food. Food-grade equipment is essential – and it is not always a given! Before hiring contract-manufacturing companies to take over your mechanical engineering and steel fabrication, it is important that you confirm that they are able to provide you with food-grade equipment with a sanitary finish. But, what does this mean? It means that:

  • All surfaces must be 100% welded. If they are not, there is a big risk of bacteria growth.
  • Surfaces need to be as smooth as possible, without the presence of any grooves, pits or holes.
  • Surfaces must be able to withstand any damage if they are exposed to corrosive cleaning aids.

In short, you’ll need a contract manufacturing company in your corner that has a wealth of experience when it comes to catering (no pun intended) for the foodservice industry in general.

Here at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co., we have almost 50 years of experience, making us the most qualified company to assist you with all your food-grade steel fabrication requirements. For more information about our range of custom metal fabrication services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.

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Tight Fabrication

Understanding Tight Fabrication Tolerances

Before hiring contract manufacturing companies or any specialist to handle your steel fabrication requirements, it is imperative that you understand tight fabrication tolerances and how they may affect the quality of what is delivered to you.

  • What Are Tight Fabrication Tolerances? 

Fabrication tolerances, otherwise often referred to as engineering tolerances, refers to the amount of variation that is allowed when it comes to the physical dimensions of items, for example, in the case of mechanical engineering, the space that exists between a bolt and a nut. If fabrication tolerances are tight, it means that there is very little room, if any at all, for any variation. In short, you will need a contract manufacturing company that will be able to promise you meticulous results. This type of meticulous work can only be undertaken for professionals who boast the right amount of experience and the right tools for the job.

  • When Tight Fabrication Tolerances Are Unnecessary 

In order to decide how tight your fabrication tolerances need to be, it is always advisable to consult with an experienced risk management team. They will be able to ascertain whether the same results are achievable with slightly more relaxed tolerances, or if extremely tight fabrication tolerances are essential if you are to maintain the integrity and quality of the finished product.

It is important to remember that tight fabrication tolerance, when unnecessary, may increase the cost of steel fabrication and increase the time that it takes in order to complete it. Optimizing fabrication tolerances to ensure the best quality final product, along with the lowest possible cost and turnaround times, is essential when hiring contract-manufacturing companies.

Here at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co., we specialize in steel fabrication and mechanical engineering, with a focus on sticking firmly to our clients’ tight fabrication tolerances. For more information about us and how we can help you, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.

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All the Advantages of Custom Equipment Design and Manufacture for Your Industry

There are several advantages to making use of top-quality mechanical engineering and machining to custom design and manufacture your production equipment, irrespective of whether similar off-the-shelf options exist. These include:

  • Lowered manufacturing costs,
  • Higher capacity, output, and productivity,
  • Better quality and quality control, and
  • Innovation (both in-house and with your expert team of mechanical engineers).

All the above is offered by one of Canada’s leading contract manufacturing, custom metal, and mechanical engineering companies, right here in Oshawa, Ontario.

Lower Manufacturing Costs 

Custom designed equipment may cost your business in the immediate to short-term, but your long-term costs will be significantly lower. This is thanks to the improved efficiency offered by using custom mechanically engineered equipment, in addition to the reduced maintenance costs and the potential downtime your business might experience by using ‘off-the-shelf’ equipment.

Improved Efficiency for Productivity Boost 

Equipment, mechanically engineered to meet 100% of your needs and specifications, will boost productivity from the outset. Not all off-the-shelf equipment can meet your requirements, and increased automation by incorporating custom-engineered equipment into your manufacturing process will boost productivity.

Automation of tasks and processes can be taken to new levels with custom designed and manufactured equipment for your business. So, you will also go a long way toward eliminating human resource factors that can impact heavily on your business.

Precision Custom-Made Equipment for Best Quality Products

Specialized equipment design and custom-made equipment that is engineered for quality, durability, and precision according to your unique, competition and quality-driven specifications, will give you better quality production and enhanced quality control.

Any adjustments or alterations or enhancements that need to be made will be far easier quicker to do (and less costly) than it would be with off-the-shelf machinery. And, you will go a long way to eliminating one of the potential costly factors in any business – human error.

Increased Automation for Business Growth and Development

Increased automation, through the use of custom engineered equipment, need not lead to mass staff layoffs. In fact, it can boost your businesses operations while freeing up talent and human resources for business development, innovation and quality control and the expansion of operations.

Innovative Engineering Solutions 

The custom design and manufacturing of your equipment by highly qualified, skilled and innovative mechanical engineers can help you find innovative solutions to your production needs.

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co.

For over 45 years Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. have been employing the highest quality experts in the field of mechanical engineering and custom equipment manufacturer. For more information about metal fabrication, machining or mechanical engineering, contact us today.

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A Guide to Metal Alloys and Their Uses

Metal alloys are metals that are developed through the mixing of base metals with other metals or new elements. They then take on specific properties that those base metals don’t have. These properties include more strength, durability, and flexibility. Specific alloys are created to include one or a combination of these qualities, while still retaining their own beneficial base qualities. Custom metal fabrication is a core component of the services offered by the top contract manufacturing companies in machining in Oshawa, Ontario.

The most common alloys are steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, brass, and bronze.

  • Steel: An Alloy of Iron and Carbon 

Steel is created by mixing iron with carbon. This increases the strength and durability of the base metal iron. It also reduces the weight of the metal. Lighter, stronger and more durable than iron, steel is ideal as a building material – for everything from appliances to skyscrapers.

  • Stainless Steel: An Alloy of Steel 

Stainless Steel is created by mixing steel with chromium, aluminum, and other elements to create scratch, rust and corrosion resistant forms of steel. Highly versatile, durable and good-looking, stainless steel is used for everything from industrial equipment to bespoke cutlery.

  • Aluminum Alloys

A variety of aluminum alloys can be created by mixing the base metal with an assortment of other metals. This makes it the most versatile of the base metals. These alloys are characterized by being both lightweight and highly durable. They can be used for an almost endless array of architectural and industrial applications.

  • Titanium: The ultimate Alloy 

As strong as steel, lightweight, flexible and highly resistant to corrosion, titanium is renowned for its superior tensile strength and durability. Industrial applications have spurred innovation, particularly in the aerospace industry. And, its shine, durability, and resistance to extreme temperatures and all environmental conditions also make it a popular alloy for everything from supercar features to jewelry to dental implants.

  • Brass: An Alloy of Copper and Zinc 

Brass is resistant to corrosion and adds exceptional life-span to any application, making it ideal for pipes, valves, nuts, bolts and various other hardware applications.

  • Bronze: A Copper Alloy That Doesn’t Oxidize 

Bronze is far heavier than steel. But, it is strong, infinitely durable and has a very low melting point – making it ideal for coins and turbines. It can ‘discolour’ on the surface but does not oxidize further the way copper does.

Some alloys are less costly than the base metals they are made of, but they are all less costly in the long run thanks to their strength, durability, flexibility and targeted suitability for their varied and ideal applications. They also drive versatility and innovation, making it possible to machine just about anything and meet any design, manufacturing and application requirement.

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co.    

Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. has over 45 years of experience in the machining industry. As the number one source for machining tools, we specialize in custom metal fabrication, serving the industrial manufacturing needs for the oil and gas, mining, cement and steel sectors. For more information about metal fabrication, machining or mechanical engineering, contact us today.

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