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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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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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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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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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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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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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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