metal fabrication

What Is Intumescent Coating?

Intumescent coatings (also known as intumescent paint, fireproofing and fire stopping) is the next big fire safety technology in the world of custom metal fabrication. This coating gets applied directly to the metal in the steel fabrication process, and acts as an extremely effective insulator in the event of a fire.

While it is definitely a feat of mechanical engineering, what exactly is an intumescent coating, how does it work and why should it be used by contract manufacturing companies?

Intumescent Coating 

The intumescent coating is essentially a slew of chemicals held together in a binder. This slew gets applied to the outside of the workspace in the final stages of the custom metal fabrication process. These chemicals do not affect the strength of the workpiece in any way and lie dormant until a fire breaks out.

In the event of a fire, the heat will melt away the binder and expose the chemicals. These chemicals will react with the heat of the fire and expand to form thick, fireproof foam to protect the metal piece. Some intumescent products can expand to more than 100 times the original thickness. As the product expands it becomes much less dense, which makes it act as in insulator that keeps the high temperatures away from structural members or protected openings.

Rider Tool And Manufacturing Co.

With over 45 years of experience in custom metal fabrication, the Szakasci family is passionate about delivering the best quality products to Oshawa. Whether it is mechanical engineering, steel fabrication or the application of new technologies like intumescent coatings, the Szakasci Family is determined to be the industry leaders. For more information, contact us today.

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Quality Custom Metal Fabrication Is About Craftsmanship

When it comes to custom metal fabrication, most contract manufacturing companies are eager to tout their new and latest technology, which will give you a better, cheaper product. The advancement of technology has undoubtedly made custom metal fabrication a lot faster and more accurate, but this is only when the technology is properly applied and checked by the trained eye of a professional craftsman. Companies that hope to cut costs in their steel fabrication process by replacing experienced craftsmen with technology will find that their final produced work is sub-par.

 

The Role of Craftsmen in Metal Fabrication and Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering and metal fabrication go hand in hand. Mechanical engineering supplies the theory, simulation and mathematics to ensure that the final product fabricated by the custom metal fabrication process will be able to support the load intended for it.

While the physical fabrication process can be largely automated, it is up to the experience of the mechanical engineers and craftsman to ensure that the final product is of acceptable quality. The engineers will design the process and do the math to make sure the fabricated steel will be to spec, and the craftsman will check every produced item, streamline the system and ensure that the quality of the final product is up to standard. Without experienced craftsmen overseeing the process, there is a possibility for defects and errors to go unnoticed. Having a trained eye on a lot ensures that catastrophic failures do not happen later on.

 

Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co.

With over 45 years’ experience in custom metal fabrication and machining, Rider Tool And Manufacturing Co. has the advantage of having some of the most experienced craftsmen aided by cutting edge technology to ensure that your order is delivered to spec. For more information, contact us today.

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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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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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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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