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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Mechanical engineering

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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Contract manufacturing companies

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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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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Tight Fabrication

Understanding Tight Fabrication Tolerances

Before hiring contract manufacturing companies or any specialist to handle your steel fabrication requirements, it is imperative that you understand tight fabrication tolerances and how they may affect the quality of what is delivered to you.

  • What Are Tight Fabrication Tolerances? 

Fabrication tolerances, otherwise often referred to as engineering tolerances, refers to the amount of variation that is allowed when it comes to the physical dimensions of items, for example, in the case of mechanical engineering, the space that exists between a bolt and a nut. If fabrication tolerances are tight, it means that there is very little room, if any at all, for any variation. In short, you will need a contract manufacturing company that will be able to promise you meticulous results. This type of meticulous work can only be undertaken for professionals who boast the right amount of experience and the right tools for the job.

  • When Tight Fabrication Tolerances Are Unnecessary 

In order to decide how tight your fabrication tolerances need to be, it is always advisable to consult with an experienced risk management team. They will be able to ascertain whether the same results are achievable with slightly more relaxed tolerances, or if extremely tight fabrication tolerances are essential if you are to maintain the integrity and quality of the finished product.

It is important to remember that tight fabrication tolerance, when unnecessary, may increase the cost of steel fabrication and increase the time that it takes in order to complete it. Optimizing fabrication tolerances to ensure the best quality final product, along with the lowest possible cost and turnaround times, is essential when hiring contract-manufacturing companies.

Here at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co., we specialize in steel fabrication and mechanical engineering, with a focus on sticking firmly to our clients’ tight fabrication tolerances. For more information about us and how we can help you, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.

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Metal fabrication

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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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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Custom metal fabrication

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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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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