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Tube Laser or Bundle Cut Sawing

Tube Laser or Bundle Cut Sawing – The Pros and Cons

When it comes to metal and steel fabrication, most contract manufacturing companies will provide you with two main options to choose from, namely tube laser cutting or bundle cut sawing. We give a brief outline of the pros and cons of each below. 

 

Tube Laser Cutting

 

Tube laser cutting is a great consideration if optimal precision is important to you. Tube laser cutting is one of the most precise options, always offering a smooth and clean result. Laser cutters are also designed to be used to cut various types of metal including stainless steel and titanium. Tube laser cutting is also often more eco-friendly (reduced waste in material movement) and more efficient than other cutting options out there, especially because it requires minimal set-up time. 

The only con to consider is that tube laser cutting is usually more expensive than bundle cut sawing. 

 

Bundle Cut Sawing

 

Bundle cut sawing is the more traditional method of cutting in steel fabrication and mechanical engineering applications. Once the bundle cut sawing equipment has been properly set up, the process is rather efficient. However, it definitely is not as efficient as tube laser cutting. 

Ultimately, whether you opt for tube laser cutting or bundle cut sawing will depend on your individual preferences and budget constraints. The secret is to choose the right contract manufacturing company that will be able to provide you with a mix of efficiency and affordability regardless of your selection!

For information about both different cutting techniques, as well as details on mechanical engineering and steel fabrication at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co., please do not hesitate to contact our team. 

 

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Custom Metal Fabrication and Welding for the Food Service.

Custom metal fabrication and welding for the food service industry are about more than just boosting convenience, it is also about ensuring maximum food safety and quality. Here at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co., we specialize in creating products for the food service industry, including industrial ovens, food preparation surfaces and more. Basically, our expertise and experience enable us to fabricate alloy steel, carbon steel and even aluminum structures based on our clients’ specifications.

We Understand Food Service Industry Regulations

There are a number of regulations that contract manufacturing companies need to be well aware of when it comes to mechanical engineering, steel fabrication and custom metal fabrication for the food service industry. Here at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co., we understand that, for example, all food preparation surfaces need to be completely smooth and resistant to corrosion. If the former is not ensured, and the surface is full of grooves or craters, there is a much higher risk of bacteria growth and food contamination. 

Luckily, Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. is one of the contract manufacturing companies in Canada best known for its sanitary welding and ability to tailor all metal and steel fabrication to each clients’ requirements and expectations. Our welders go the extra mile to ensure that any unevenness of food preparation surfaces is minimized or completely eliminated. Our smooth, sanitary welding helps to facilitate easier, more efficient cleaning, as well as to prevent food particles from getting trapped and leading to a decrease in food safety.

For more information about custom metal fabrication and welding for the food service industry at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. be sure to contact us today.

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Metal Fabrication: Safety Protocols Boost ROI

The act of custom metal fabrication involves a number of safety concerns, especially if the right safety precautions are not taken. Did you know that not only will elaborate safety protocols help to protect your employees, but that they are also known to boost ROI? It is true! And, here is why.

It Improves Productivity

Ultimately, when an employee feels safe, he or she is likely to be in a better mood and, as a result, work more efficiently. This leads to an improvement in productivity which, in turn, boosts metal fabrication return on investment. Furthermore, most safety protocols call for better ‘housekeeping’ and cleanliness. This means that employees are less likely to have to spend time cleaning up before performing a task which, once again, improves productivity.

It Bolsters Your Metal and Steel Fabrication Company’s Reputation

Your stringent safety protocols are likely to get people talking and this will definitely give your company’s reputation a boost in the eyes of both your employees, potential employees and your customers. The end result is an improved ROI.

What to Include in Custom Metal Fabrication Safety Protocols? 

Along with regulation safety rules and training, it is also of the utmost importance to educate your workforce to ensure and enforce maximum workplace safety. For example, your employees must know when and how to report potentially dangerous situations, as well as to make absolutely certain that all of their protective gear is in good condition before performing a task. It is always worthwhile to host regular workplace safety training sessions and workshops to re-familiarize employees with these many life-saving details and processes. 

Here at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co., we take our custom metal fabrication and steel fabrication safety protocols very seriously indeed. For more information about our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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3 Methods for Custom metal fabrication

When it comes to custom metal fabrication and welding stainless steel, there are three main methods that promise optimal results. Below, we take a look at each of these methods and highlight their benefits as well as when they should be used.

Resistance Welding 

Resistance welding is one of the most common methods of welding used in custom metal fabrication, steel fabrication and mechanical engineering in general. It uses a low voltage to operate, and is an efficient welding method that can be completed with the simple push of a button. Resistance welding can be entirely automated and is therefore often considered to be the most cost-effective welding method. It is also known to produce fewer harmful fumes, making it the most eco-friendly choice too. 

MIG Welding 

MIG welding is also known as Metal Inert Gas welding. Its main advantage is that it is one of the fastest welding methods out of the three. And, therefore, it is ideal for use when welding thicker stainless steel. It also the welding method that is known for producing the least amount of splatter. 

TIG Welding 

When it comes to accuracy, you cannot go wrong with TIG welding, also known as Tungsten Inert Gas welding. It is the go-to welding method for thinner stainless steel and when minimal clean-up is required.  TIG also ensures minimal electrode wear and provides a concentrated heat source which results in a stable arc and extra precision control. 

As you can see, the three different methods of welding all have their own unique benefits and applications. Because of this, it is usually best to rely on contract manufacturing companies to decide on the best method for your project when it comes to custom metal fabrication. 

For more information about the welding and custom metal fabrication process in general, do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. 

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Differences between Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals

When it comes to mechanical engineering and steel fabrication, one of the most commonly asked questions from clients are ‘what is the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals?’ The experts at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co., one of the most trusted contract manufacturing companies in Ontario, provide an explanation below. 

Ferrous Metals 

The main difference between ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals is the fact that ferrous metals contain iron and non-ferrous metals do not. Because of this, each type of metal has a number of specific applications to which they are better suited. Many ferrous metals, for example, provide superior durability and tensile strength, with the most common ferrous metals being alloy steel, carbon steel, cast iron and wrought iron. Ferrous metals are also magnetic. 

They are most commonly used in the construction industry and are also employed in the manufacture of things like cars, railroad tracks and more. The only down-side to ferrous metals is that they are quite vulnerable to corrosion due to their high carbon content (with the exception of stainless steel and wrought iron which are both rust-resistant). 

Non-Ferrous Metals

Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron and are usually corrosion resistant and more malleable than ferrous metals. Gold, silver, tin, aluminum, copper, lead and zinc are all non-ferrous metals. 

Non-ferrous metals are not magnetic and are often employed in the manufacture of electronics and wiring because of this. These types of metals are also often used to produce things like gutters, roofing, signage and liquid pipes. 

For more information about the different types of metals used by contract manufacturing companies, do not hesitate to get in touch with Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. 

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