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.

 

Are you looking for a custom metal fabrication company to assist you with professional metal and steel fabrication? Look no further than Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. Contact us today for more information regarding our services.

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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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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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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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A Guide to Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals

As a company specializing in machining tools, more than one client has asked about the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals over the years. Broadly defined, non-ferrous metals do not contain iron while ferrous metals do.

Ferrous metals, such as cast iron, stainless steel and carbon steel, have magnetic properties which make them ideal for a variety of uses in vehicle engines. This type of metal is also renowned for its durability and strength, which is why it is used in the construction of everything from tall buildings and cars to rail lines. Some lightweight steels, such as nickel, titanium and chromium, are added to ferrous metals to strengthen the material and create what is known as alloy steels.

According to statista.com, ferrous metallurgy represents approximately 90% of worldwide production of metal, with steel being the ferrous alloy that is most used in transportation, construction and industry. Steel has very strong mechanical properties but it is also quite labour-intensive to cast well.

One consideration to keep in mind is that ferrous metals can rust more easily than non-ferrous metals due to the fact that they have higher carbon content. However, there are ferrous metals that are the exception to the rule, such as stainless steel for example.

Non-ferrous metals have been used since the dawn of time. These types of metals aren’t as prone to rust as ferrous metals because they don’t contain iron. Non-ferrous metals are commonly used in electrical applications, roofing and piping. Some examples of non-ferrous metals include tin, brass, zinc, gold, copper, aluminium, silver and lead.

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. is a leading source for machining, and we know that placing an order for top quality metal fabrication goods for manufacturing companies is not as simple as filling in an order form. If you are looking for a production team that can work with you during all parts of the steel fabrication manufacturing process, then get in touch with our team 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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Mechanical engineering

5 Ways Our Mechanical Engineers Add Value to Your Solutions

Mechanical Engineering is one of the hardest disciplines that one can study. The long hours, large workload and difficult subjects act like a crucible which produces fantastic problem solvers. Our mechanical engineers don’t just do stress calculations; they solve problems creatively and organically. Here are 5 ways that mechanical engineering adds value to a custom metal fabrication problem in Oshawa, Ontario:

  1. Manufacturing Is Kept In Mind
    When you commission a steel fabrication job from us; we understand that that steel is part of a larger project. With a strong background in mechanical engineering, our experts ask the right questions and get the right knowledge to tailor this custom metal fabrication job to suit your needs. The larger scale and the finished product are always kept in mind to ensure easy and functional assembly.
  2. Unparalleled Knowledge
    Engineers have a ‘cradle to grave’ understanding of projects. Their knowledge of the refining, forging and manufacturing processes in steel manufacturing means that they have encountered problems all along the line before, and know how to solve them.
  3. Marriage of Needs to Services
    When you come to us with a custom job, there is a process that needs to happen from the steel stock we have to the finished item you need. Mechanical engineers “marry” our services to the solutions you need, and create a process that gives you the finished product you have been looking for.
  4. Professionalism
    Mechanical Engineering is the discipline of professionals. With mechanical engineers on our team, you can be assured that every item is to the correct spec. No corners have been cut and no cost-saving measures have compromised the integrity of your item. Every process will be communicated to you and the final piece will perform as intended.
  5. Life Long Learning
    Mechanical engineers keep up to date on the technological and scientific improvements of the industry, meaning every process we employ is state of the art. No outdated and inefficient operations will be allowed to persist.

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. 

For over 45 years Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. has been employing the highest quality experts in the field of mechanical engineering. No matter how large or the small the job, we can get it done. For more information about metal fabrication, machining or mechanical engineering, contact us today.

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Metal fabrication

Metal Fabrication Insights: How Laser Cutting Works

Laser cutting is an extremely efficient and accurate method of custom steel manufacture.  While glorified in the media, lasers and laser cutting is actually an extremely scientific and methodical industrial procedure used to minimise man-hours and maximize quality.

Laser cutting is used right here in Ontario in both steel fabrication and custom metal fabrication. At Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co., we are professionals at using laser cutting to ensure our metal fabrication is perfect. As such we have written a short informative guide to how laser cutting works:

Laser Cutting 

What is a laser? A laser is a highly focused beam of light. It is comprised of a single wavelength (or colour). “LASER” is actually an acronym which stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”.

In metal fabrication plants, the laser cutters in use are Infra-Red lasers, making them invisible to the human eye. These lasers are guided in the machine by any number of mirrors, before being focused through a specially designed focusing lens. The beam is originally only ¾ of an inch wide, but the focusing lens reduces it even further to a pinpoint size. This has the exact same effect as focussing sunlight through a magnifying glass – only hundreds of times more powerful.

The ‘focal point’ of the laser is the point at which the laser beam is most narrowed and most intense. This point is aimed at the cutting surface, producing heat that is intense enough to instantly melt and in some cases, vaporise the work material instantly.

This laser head is controlled by a CNC machine, ensuring that every cut is perfect and no human lives are placed in unnecessary danger.

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. 

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. is a machinist company that has been in the business for over 45 years. We specialize in manufacturing for the oil, steel, cement and mining industries, but we are able to do any kind of metal fabrication. For more information about metal fabrication, machining or mechanical engineering, contact us today.

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