metal fabrication

3 Differences Between Stainless Steel and Carbon Steel

At Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co., we specialize in metal fabrication, machining and mechanical engineering. While we now provide services to several industries, our work started in the steel industry. Despite expanding in the past 45 years, the steel industry still holds a special place in our hearts.

Today, our metal fabrication services involve the fabrication of various types of steel. One of the most common questions we get asked is, “What is the difference between stainless steel and carbon steel?” There are several main differences, which include the following:

Corrosion Resistance

Carbon steel and stainless steel are made out of different elements, but one element that they both have in common is iron. Iron oxidizes quickly, which can cause rust. However, stainless steel also contains chromium, which acts as a barrier to corrosion. This makes stainless steel more resistant to corrosion than carbon steel.

Appearance

If you are looking for an attractive metal, you may want to opt for stainless steel. Because stainless steel is more resistant to corrosion, it tends to stay shinier. Carbon steel, on the other hand, requires a coat of paint after polishing to remain aesthetically pleasing and rust-free.

Price

In general, carbon steel is less expensive than stainless steel. However, different grades cost different amounts.

If you are having to decide between using stainless or carbon steel, be sure to read the differences carefully. While neither metal is better than the other, they are very different. 

Are you in need of custom metal fabrication services? Contact Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. today to learn more about our steel fabrication services.

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How to weld aluminium

A lightweight, thin metal, aluminium is commonly used in welding workshops. Welding aluminium needs to be done at low temperatures. A reactive material, this metal forms an oxide layer when exposed which could be tricky as this results in porous welds. 

Welding any material can be a challenging process, especially lightweight materials. This requires the utmost precision to ensure a strong bond. In order to successfully weld aluminium, you need to assemble the right tools, exercise caution and patience and, gain experience. 

Assemble your tools

You will need:

  • A Tungsten Inert Gas welder with AC capability (not only DC). This type of welder uses a tungsten electrode and an inert gas to shield the welding area. 
  • An aluminium filler rod. This tool is needed to bond the two pieces. Make sure that the rod is free of rust or dirt as this may lead to a weaker weld.
  • A canister of argon gas. The gas’s purpose in the welding process is to shield.
  • Protective clothing. Opt for a 100% cotton long sleeve shirt and long pants with no cuffs. 
  • Use safety equipment. You’ll need a heavy welding helmet, a thick pair of gloves and a respirator. 

Get your workspace ready

  • Clean away the aluminium oxide. Aluminium forms a thin coat of aluminium oxide on its exterior over time. This melts at a much higher temperature. You’ll need to do this mechanically by using a wire-brush, a grinder or filing away the oxides.  
  • Clean the filler rod. Use an abrasive cleaning pad with acetone to ensure the rod is free from contaminants. 
  • Clamp your workpieces together as tightly as possible
  • Preheat the aluminium workpiece. You can heat your workpiece by placing it directly into an oven or by using a propane torch. Benchmark a temperature between 300 degrees Fahrenheit and 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure that your workspace is ventilated and a cool environment.

  • Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand. 

Get welding!

  • Set your welder’s amperage. Aim for 1 amp per 0.001 inch of your workspace’s thickness. It is recommended to set the welder’s amperage to a higher notch than you expect to need and then to tone the current back down with your foot pedal. 
  • Place your tools and workspace into position. Extend the tungsten electrode by no more than diameter of your torch’s nozzle. Press the button on the torch and use the foot pedal.
  • Create the puddle. Begin melting the workpiece until you create an adequately sized puddle no wider than the diameter of your filler. Add the filler rod to fill in the joint and then move onto the next portion of the weld. Complete this process until the weld is complete. 

For more information on welding, contact us today! 

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5 Benefits of Quality Control in Metal Fabrication

Quality control is a non-negotiable element in all manufacturing processes. We can’t speak for other industries, but as a business in the field of metal fabrication, we understand the particular importance of quality control. From our point of view, quality control brings the following five primary benefits, which creates a win-win situation for us and all our clients and their stakeholders.

First and Foremost – Safety!

The main outcome of excellent quality control is increased safety – both in the manufacturing process and the final product itself. If our workmanship is good, and if the materials are impeccable, resulting in a final product that is made to exacting standards, it will translate into many years of safe use for the customer.

Quality control over the fabrication and installation processes also secures the safety of our engineers, technicians and operators, as well as our clients.

Ensuring Strength and Good Functionality

The metal industry has more variables than many may believe. Steel is never just steel; there are many varieties of different alloy compositions, strengths and qualities. Our quality control standards begin at the selection of materials, guiding our acquisition of only the best steel from trusted suppliers. This means high quality and strength in the end product.

Quality control also dictates the process of building a particular piece of equipment commissioned by the client. We need to ensure that it is made to exact specifications and that the finished tool will do exactly what is required both effectively and efficiently. This involves a series of careful checks, inspections and tests throughout the job’s duration.

Consistency

It doesn’t do us or our clients any good to do one excellent job followed by others that are mediocre or poor, or simply of differing quality. Materials and processes must be standardized to ensure that everyone benefits from exactly the same high level of workmanship and materials, regardless of the specifics of the job. A steady quality control protocol ensures this ongoing consistency.

Repeat Business and Good Customer Relationships

It’s simple: satisfied customers will keep coming back and/or they will recommend you to others. The more consistently satisfactory work you deliver, the more likely you are to bring those clients back. The more you work with them, the more familiar you will become with their needs, and the more able you will be to meet them.  

Reduced Maintenance Costs

Quality control leads to the production of well-made products that will operate effectively for years to come, requiring fewer repairs and maintenance. During the fabrication process, it is worth taking the time and care to smooth out any wrinkles, so as to ensure that you won’t have to patch up any faults later.

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. takes quality control very seriously. Are you looking for quality, custom-made, fabricated metal products? Contact us and see what we can do for you.

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A Guide to Powder Coating and Wet Coating in Metal Fabrication

It is important to coat metals in order to make them durable. The coating reduces the chances of rusting and the day-to-day wear-and-tear of the metals. Most metal fabrication companies use either powder or wet coating for metals.

Metal Coating and the Environment

Metal coating practices have now become more-friendly to the environment than before. Today, the chemicals used in wet coating by either contract manufacturing companies or the manufacturing companies are fast drying – hence less pollution. Emissions from powder coating are not as high and can also be recycled and this makes them very friendly to the environment right here in Oshawa, Ontario.

The Difference between Powder and Wet Coating

Coating generally means painting. 

Wet Coating

In wet coating, liquid paint is applied on the metal by the use of a pressurized vessel or a spray gun. This coating is recommended for metals that cannot undergo any form of heating or metals that require a specific colour. 

Powder Coating

Powder coating, on the other hand, refers to the electrostatic application of dry powder on the metal. Unlike wet coating, powder coating does not require a carrier. Once the powder has been applied to the metals, they are baked in an oven at 450 degrees. The heat transforms the powder into a liquid and then a solid form resulting in a thick and solid coating that is much more durable than wet coating.

For more information about metal fabrication and coating in Ontario, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.

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When Is the Right Time to Replace a Pressure Vessel?

Pressure vessels are essential to companies in all industries. They need to be kept up to date and up to code for both a company’s optimal operations and its employees’ safety. However, how do we know when a pressure vessel has run its course? We have the answers to your pressure vessel and metal fabrication questions!

Signs That You Need to Replace Your Pressure Vessel:

When a pressure vessel is leaking, its bladder has failed or it has become waterlogged, you may notice some issues which may include the following:

    • Reduced water pressure, especially at fixtures on the second floor
    • Unstable water pressure as the pump cycles on and off
    • A pump that runs less than a minute in order to pressurize the tank
    • A vessel that cycles on and off frequently
    • A vessel that remains running
    • Water leaks at the pressure vessel
    • Visible corrosion on the exterior of the vessel
    • Excessive air in the plumbing system as faucets and fixtures are used
    • Low pressure at the pressure gauge

What to Do If Your Pressure Vessel Needs to be Replaced:

If you notice any of these problems with your steel fabrication and pressure vessel, it may need to be replaced. Have a professional inspect it as soon as possible to avoid causing damage to the pump or premature failure. It can be expensive to replace, especially submersible models, so it’s important that you get it fixed or replace it before more damage is done and the extra cost is incurred.

Questions to Ask a Professional When Replacing Your Pressure Vessel:

    • Was it designed, custom fabricated and constructed according to the ASME Code or other applicable code? Does the vessel code label or stamp prove this?
    • Is the operating pressure and size of the vessel known and clearly displayed?
    • Is the vessel inspected periodically? What are the criteria for inspection frequency? When was it last inspected externally? When was it last inspected internally?
    • Did the inspection discover thinning of walls due to corrosion, holes, leaks, stress corrosion cracking, embrittlement or any other defects?
    • Have the pressure relieving devices been tested regularly? When was the last time?
    • If the vessel was repaired, did the changes in operating conditions alter relief device settings?

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. for Metal Fabrication

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. Thanks to our years of experience serving a varied clientele, we have the expertise to optimize and fully implement the best solutions for the diverse needs of all kinds of manufacturing companies. Whatever your facility needs, our team can make it happen.

For more information on replacing pressure vessels for custom metal fabrication and steel fabrication,  contact us today.

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These are The Benefits of Galvanized Steel

Are you thinking of investing in galvanized steel? However, you are unsure about whether it is the best choice? Corrosion is one of the biggest expenses in the construction industry. Investing in metal fabrication that includes galvanization can help to effectively prevent the corrosion of steel. Here are some of the benefits of galvanized steel:

Will Save You a Lot of Money

Steel fabrication involving galvanization is comparatively cheaper than applying protective paints or using stainless steel. In addition, galvanized steel requires little to no maintenance. You will not only save on the initial costs of the project but also in the long run.

Is Environmentally Sustainable

Galvanization involves the application of a zinc coating on the steel. Zinc is a naturally occurring element. It naturally occurs in the soil. The process does not involve the use of solvents and the products can be completely recycled. All these factors make galvanized steel an environmentally friendly option.

Is Tough

The galvanization process increases the strength of the steel. It also makes it more resistant to abrasions, scratches and heat.

Is Long Lasting

The steel will withstand the test of time. Your project will last for a long time to come. Galvanized steel will also retain its glow even after 100 years without succumbing to corrosion.

Requires Little Maintenance

Once you’ve installed the steel you won’t have to worry about maintenance for a long time. You can rest assured that your structure will withstand exposure to the elements even without maintenance.

If you’re looking for high-quality galvanized steel you can rely on the metal fabrication team at Rider Tool Manufacturing Co. For more information, contact us today.

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Corrosion In Large Diameter Pipes – What You Need To Know

One of the most prominent problems relating to large diameter pipes? Corrosion! Not only does corrosion limit the functionality of these types of pipes, but it can also result in safety concerns, especially if left unchecked for long periods of time. Here is everything that you need to know about metal fabrication, large diameter pipes and corrosion, as well as how to prevent it and ensure improved longevity going forward.

 

  • What Are Large Diameter Pipes Used For? 

 

Large diameter pipes have many different uses and can be found in a variety of different industries. Water treatment plants are the most common places in which you’ll find large diameter pipes, although they are also regularly seen in the energy industry and other utilities. Generally, this type of piping is expensive to purchase and install, so any problems that present themselves can lead to massive financial hardship. This is particularly true when it comes to corrosion as it is usually impossible to repair, leaving experts with only the option of replacing the piping in its entirety.

 

  • Protecting Large Diameter Pipes

 

While corrosion is a big concern when it comes to metal fabrication and large diameter pipes, it can be effectively prevented with the help of experienced mechanical engineering teams. Metal fabrication specialists and contract manufacturing companies know all too well that the secret to protecting large diameter pipes from corrosion and rust lies in using the right treatments, coatings and alloys to prevent any reaction between water, oxygen and the pipe’s metal components. Luckily, the Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. can assist with this.

For more information about custom metal fabrication and large diameter pipes, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.

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A Guide To Non-destructive Testing (NDT)

Here at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co, we specialize in mechanical engineering, custom metal fabrication and non-destructive testing, also commonly referred to as NDT. This type of testing is essentially responsible for maintaining a uniform level of quality, as well as product reliability when it comes to specific metals. There are many different types of non-destructive testing and all of these tests can be conducted on various materials without damaging them or rendering them unserviceable.  

Types of Non-Destructive Testing

At Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co, we focus our attention on nine different types of non-destructive testing when it comes to mechanical engineering. These tests include the following:

  • The Brinell Hardness Test:

This test determines the hardness of aluminum, iron and steel forgings and castings.

  • The Charpy Impact Test:

This test can determine how much energy is absorbed by a material during fracture.

  • The Dye And Liquid Penetrate Test:

This test is conducted only on non-porous materials and can detect surface faults and defects.

  • The Dry-Film Thickness Test:

Once coating layers have been applied to materials and have subsequently dried, the dry-film thickness test can measure the exact level of thickness and, therefore, the potential longevity, of these coatings.

  • Hydro / Pressure tests:

In these tests, water is used to determine whether a pipe or vessel is leaking or damaged.

  • Radiography:

This mode of testing can aid in flagging hidden flaws in an array of different types of materials with the help of penetrating short wavelength electromagnetic radiation.

Other non-destructive testing methods that we specialize in include the following:

  • Magnetic particle testing,
  • Ultrasonic testing, and
  • Vacuum testing, to name a few.

For more information about mechanical engineering and steel fabrication in Ontario, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.

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What’s Trending In The World Of Metal Fabrication?

Metal fabrication is a science that is constantly evolving. New and more efficient methods of mechanical engineering are always being discovered and fine-tuned. And, for a contract manufacturing company to stay at the forefront of steel fabrication, they need to keep up with these advances in metal fabrication science. Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. prides itself on being an industry leader, and as such, here we offer a few metal fabrication trends to keep your eye on:

  • Tube Laser Technology 

    What are tube lasers? And why are they important? Tube laser technology is the next step in CNC machining, allowing you to cut any kind of hole on a tube section. This new process eliminated all traditional sawing, deburring, drilling, lining-up and removal operations carried out on conventional machines, meaning that you can process a lot more metal – faster and more accurately.

  • Additive Fabrication 

    3D printing is no longer a new “flash in the pan” technology. It has proved its value to the metal fabrication and is here to stay. With a strong balance of customization, waste efficiency and speed, 3D printing is tech that you would be wise to incorporate into your business.

  • Reshoring 

    The trade wars continue to be waged, meaning that more and more steel fabrication is taking place in North America. This reshoring of metal fabrication is driving growth in the industry, so a good year can be expected.  

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. 

With over 45 years’ experience in the custom metal fabrication industry, Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. is the industry leaders when it comes to being at the cutting edge of mechanical engineering, custom metal machining and steel fabrication technology. 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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