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A Guide to the Environmental Product Declaration for Cold-Formed Steel

Environmental impact has now become a critical design cornerstone in mechanical engineering. Ensuring that a design has the smallest possible environmental impact, that it has supply chain transparency and that the entire system has a mapped out ‘cradle-to-grave’ life cycle, is the responsibility of contract manufacturing companies and the purpose of an environmental product declaration.

 

What Is An Environmental Product Declaration?

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a standardized way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product or system.  It accounts for the entire life cycle of the product and how each phase of its life affects the environment. The declarations in the Environmental Product Declaration include:

  • Environmental impact of the raw material acquisition
  • Energy use and efficiency
  • Content of material
  • Soil, air and water emissions
  • Waste generation
  • Product and Company information

With this information, a full profile of environmental impact can be generated for every product that contract manufacturing companies produce.

 

When to use EPDs?

Environmental Product Declarations are product specific – meaning each product will have its own standardised way of declaring its environmental impact. This means that a process such as steel fabrication won’t have an EPD, but will be a point in the declaration for a specific product such as a cold-formed stud.

 

Why are EPDs Important?

There has been a steadily growing emphasis on green building transparency. Contract manufacturing companies can help to contribute to green credits in many building systems (especially in Europe). Having an EPD for your product provides the building contractors with metrics to compare the eco-sustainability of the various contract manufacturing companies.

 

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co.

With over 45 years in the industry, Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. is the number one source for machining tools in Oshawa. As a contract manufacturing company serving most sectors of heavy industry, you can always expect the best quality in fabrication and machining from Rider Tool. For more information, contact us today.

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Partner with Leading Mechanical Engineering and Custom Metal Fabrication Specialists

With over 50 years of experience in the metal fabrication industry, the Szakasci family has been providing top quality custom metal fabrication and mechanical engineering solutions to the oil, gas, mining, cement and steel sectors in Oshawa, Ontario. By operating Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co., we have been able to provide our services on both small and large projects, and have handled everything in an efficient and effective manner.

  • Capability
    When it comes to contract manufacturing companies, you need to ensure that you are choosing the right company to handle your project. Not all mechanical engineering firms have the resources or experience necessary to handle all jobs. At Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co., we have both the experience and the resources, which allows us to say that there is no job too large or too small for us.
  • Customer Service
    At Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co., mechanical engineering isn’t just our job, it is our passion. We aim to ensure that the specifications you require are filled completely. As such, we focus on understanding your needs and keep in constant communication with you to ensure that our work is up to standard.
  • Value For Money
    Our team of highly trained engineers always aim to give you your best return on investment. Our prices are fair and our service is superb. You can rest assured that any job you hire us to do will be well worth the money.
  • Central Location
    Custom metal fabrication is heavy, and heavy beams of steel cost a lot of money to be transported. Our central location allows us to deliver all across Oshawa at a cost-effective rate, reducing the expenditure of your project.

With over 45 years in the business, Rider Tool and Manufacture Co. has the capability and experience to ensure you receive the best price and service in Oshawa, Ontario. For more information about metal fabrication, machining or mechanical engineering, contact us today.

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The Biggest Trends in the Metal Fabrication Industry for 2019

It’s been a great last few years in the metal fabrication industry. Even with the Trump administration raising tariffs and causing the price of aluminum in the USA to spike, there was steady growth in 2018 in the custom metal fabrication sector. However, at Rider Tool we’re always looking forward. These are the trends to keep an eye on in 2019:

  • Automation
    Robotics is getting more and more advanced. As AI and Deep Learning starts to become more commonplace, we may see robotics take up larger and more complex roles in the aluminum, iron and steel fabrication industries.
  • Emerging Markets
    The previous years have seen a surge in the emerging market sector. 2019 seems set to be a record high in the African and Asian markets, and metal fabrication will be at the forefront of these developing countries.
  • 3D Printing
    While 3D printing is no longer as novel as it once was, the technology behind it keeps advancing, making 3D printing an ever more viable and cost-efficient method of metal fabrication.
  • Research and Development
    Science and technology are constantly advancing, and fabricators are starting to see the value in investing in research and development. With new markets opening up, the metal fabrication industry is only going to get more competitive, so new ideas and innovative problem-solving techniques are what are going to keep companies ahead of the game.

With over 50 years of experience in machining, the Szakasci family are the leaders in fabrication, machining and mechanical engineering. Through us, Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. has become the trusted name for manufacturing services in the mining, oil, gas and steel sectors. For more information on what we can do for your business, contact us today.

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A Guide to Quality Control in Custom Metal Fabrication

Keeping up with high standards and quality control procedures are a crucial part of the metal fabrication process. It is sometimes challenging to meet a customer’s expectations and having the right documented quality control procedures can ensure that you use the correct procedures and guidelines to meet the customer’s expectations both promptly and effectively. We have compiled a guide to quality control in the custom metal fabrication process:

  • The Quality Standard Process

Quality standards include the quality standards and inspections policies for all of the following:

  • Drawings,
  • Specifications,
  • Welding procedures and welder qualifications,
  • Materials,
  • Welding inspections, and
  • Handling, storage and shipping.

It involves the following:

  • Drawings

Drawings take place to ensure that specifications are based on quality and regulatory standards.

  • Specifications

After the drawing procedure is complete, markings on materials must be verified to ensure that it includes the manufacturer or trade name, material thickness and ASTM specifications.

  • Welding procedures and Welder Qualifications

When this process is complete, welding occurs. It should be undertaken by a certified welder and accordingly adjusted to meet the Welding Procedure Specifications.

  • Welding Inspections and Handling, Storage and Shipping

Once welding is completed, the fabrication should be properly marked and identified. Keep in mind, materials must always be securely stored to prevent any damage during shipping.

A quality control manager is responsible for implementing quality control procedures and often reports to the CEO and owners of the company during custom metal or steel fabrication.

  • Choosing The Professionals For Best Quality Control

Choosing professionals is important in order to manufacture and deliver machined products with high-quality standards. High-quality objectives are to exceed customers’ expectations, needs and requirements, while continuously improving custom fabrication services. Choosing qualified welders, engineers and machinists are extremely important to ensure that objectives are met on each project.

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. uses professional mechanical engineers who are licensed by the province of Ontario, and they have the necessary experience, legal system and technical knowledge to practice engineering at a professional level.

Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. is machinists who have been in business for over 45 years and are the number one source for machining tools. Whether our clients have a small project or a larger project that needs to be done, we can handle it in an effective and efficient manner. Contact us today for your custom metal fabrication project needs!

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Inside the Custom Metal Fabrication Project Process

Custom metal fabrication can be a complex process involving many types of different professionals. In order for the process to occur, a precision sheet metal fabrication is needed that allows for little errors. It is important for you to know the steps involved in the metal fabrication process, so that you can begin to customize your project. We look at the steps involved in custom metal fabrication:

The Steps during Custom Metal Fabrication:

There are generally 3 steps involved in the custom metal fabrication process, namely the design, the build finishing and assembly.

  1. The Design Process:

The design process takes into consideration the size, appearance and dimensions needed for the project goal. Whether you are building a shelf or a bookcase, this is an important first step, as designs have to be accurate to avoid mistakes on large custom metal fabrication projects, which can be expensive to correct. The customer should review and approve drawings of designs before any metal is cut.

  1. The Build Finishing:

This phase involves mechanical engineering, cutting up and forming involved in the project. Heavy-duty equipment is needed to handle the thick amount of steel involved in bigger custom projects.

Welding is done after the cutting of material, which is brought together according to the design. To design a custom metal fabrication, an expert such as an experienced welder should be consulted – especially one with working knowledge of certified welding procedures. This is important as welding codes have to be followed and the project has to be inspected before the finishing and final assembly.

  1. The Assembly Process:

This involves the preparation of the fabrication by use of a protective finishing, which prevents rusting. After preparing and assembling, the item is painted or primed. Taking fabricated metal products back to white metal is more work; however, it often ensures the best finish. With larger custom metal fabrication projects, it is best to transport projects to the installation site and assemble there.

Custom metal fabrication takes detailed planning and coordination. When choosing a custom metal fabricator, it is important to choose accordingly as he/she has to handle all three phases.

Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. is machinists who have been in business for over 45 years. We are the number one source for machining tools. Whether our clients have a small project or a larger project that needs to be done, we can handle it in an effective and efficient manner. Contact us today for your custom metal fabrication project needs!

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