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.

 

Keen to learn more about the experts specializing in steel fabrication and mechanical engineering? Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. is the contract manufacturing company you can count on.

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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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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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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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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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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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Go Green with Sustainable Steel

Many of our clients – as well as our client’s clients – are more concerned about the environment than ever before. The rise of the green movement and an increasing awareness of our carbon footprint mean that an increasing number of organizations are looking for sustainable building materials, production methods, machines and products.

Steel is an essential part of our economy. It is used in everything from kitchen magnets to vehicle engines, appliance manufacturing, architecture, railways, bridges and infrastructure. The steel industry as a whole has made huge strides in lowering its environmental impact as well. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the steel sector has achieved the highest overall reduction in emissions of any major industry, with the market being able to reduce its emissions by 47% from 1990 to 2005.

“Sustainable steel” can mean different things, depending on your location, industry and needs. One reason why designers and architects choose steel for their building designs is that of its versatility and durability. If a building material is able to last many years without needing to be replaced, then it is automatically considered a sustainable option. Many sectors are also recycling steel. Recycling of materials means that waste is being minimized and reused. This also contributes to its sustainability.

Galvanized steel poles are also being used to replace wood utility poles across North America. The reason for this is that the steel poles will have less of an impact on:

  1. The animal environment,
  2. Lower aerosol emissions, and
  3. Reduced hazardous waste.

In the transportation sector, steel is still used in many engines and in a variety of automotive components. Thanks to advances in the manufacturing sector, these components are more lightweight than ever before, which can lead to increased efficiency and lower fuel consumption in cars.

Are you looking for sustainable machining solutions? Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. strongly emphasizes client relationships as an integral part of our business model. Our staff will be happy to get to know you and your individual machining needs and will use that knowledge to make sure you get exactly what you want. Contact us for more information about our contract manufacturing company in Oshawa, Ontario today.

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Consider 5 Things Before Partnering With A Metal Fabrication Company

Metal fabrication is an expensive endeavour. When partnering with contract manufacturing companies, you need to be assured that the quality of work you receive is up to standard. Your company’s profits, operational expenses and even the health and safety of your employees depend on the quality of work you receive from your custom metal fabrication company. To this end, Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. has created this list which should aid you in choosing a metal fabrication company that gives you the best value for money for every job.

  1. The Capability Of The Company
    You need to know that the company you are outsourcing your job to is actually capable of doing it. Many metal fabrication companies will take on jobs they are unable to properly complete. This will lead to delays, unexpected expenses and ultimately a shoddy final product. At Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co., no matter how large or small the job, we have the equipment and experience to take it on and to complete it to specifications.
  2. Customer Service
    Customer service is an all-important make or breaks factor for any company. The company’s ability to understand and deliver on the job assigned to them is what results in a happy, satisfied customer.
  3. Price
    When setting out on any business endeavour, the price is a very important factor. Every business seeks to minimize costs. Caution is advised when looking at quotes, however, as the age-old adage often rings true: “If it sounds too good to be true, it is”. Ensure that you get what you pay for without compromising on quality.
  4. Experience
    A company that has been doing steel fabrication and mechanical engineering for decades will likely be better at it than a new startup – with age comes experience. Experience means they have dealt with almost all the processing problems that may arise and know how to handle them. This untimely results in a more cost-efficient, on-schedule and better quality final product.
  5. Location
    Having a company close to your place of operation to handle your metal fabrication makes sense. Steel is heavy and bulky, meaning it costs a lot to transport. Reducing transportation costs is another cut in expense that will aid your business.

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. 

With over 45 years in the business, Rider Tool and Manufacturing 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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Custom Metal Fabrication Applications in the Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and gas is the cornerstone of modern civilization. Mankind’s ability to generate power, create electricity and fuel our lifestyle stems in no small part from the success of our mining and refining endeavours. Such specialized industries benefit greatly from custom metal fabrication. Contract manufacturing companies, like Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co., enable these marvels of mechanical engineering to function at peak efficiency. Here in Oshawa, Ontario, steel fabrication provides a vital role in the further development of these oil and gas mining and refining plants. But what exactly is the role of custom metal fabrication in the industry?

  1. Infrastructure
    Oil and gas mining and refining is a complex process and thus requires a large infrastructure to support it. This includes pipes, holding tanks, work areas structural supports and sometimes even the housing of a workforce. Custom metal fabrication makes all of this a reality.
  2. Equipment
    The backbone of any mechanical engineering endeavour is the ability to transfer ideas and drawings into reality. To that end, one needs specialized equipment. And if you need specialized equipment, you need custom metal fabrication.

Almost all equipment in the oil and gas industry is made from structural steel, and Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. specialize in structural steel fabrication. Whether you need pipes, supports mounts or pressure vessels, no job is too large or too small. At Rider Tool we also have the ability to fabricate oil and gas separators which are vital in the refining process.

  1. Safety
    Heavy industry is dangerous. Large machinery, tough working conditions and volatile materials all combine to create a hazardous working environment. As such, a major priority is the mitigation of risk. Surprisingly enough, custom metal fabrication can assist in that. When developing infrastructure and machinery, certain safety factors like handrails, for non-slip and safety cover purposes, can be designed into the plans to ensure a safer working environment.

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. 

For over 45 years, Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. has been servicing the oil and gas industry. This has given us the experience and expertise to take on any custom metal fabrication and give you the best possible quality in return. For more information about metal fabrication, machining or mechanical engineering, contact us today.

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