Custom metal fabrication

3 Methods for Custom metal fabrication

When it comes to custom metal fabrication and welding stainless steel, there are three main methods that promise optimal results. Below, we take a look at each of these methods and highlight their benefits as well as when they should be used.

Resistance Welding 

Resistance welding is one of the most common methods of welding used in custom metal fabrication, steel fabrication and mechanical engineering in general. It uses a low voltage to operate, and is an efficient welding method that can be completed with the simple push of a button. Resistance welding can be entirely automated and is therefore often considered to be the most cost-effective welding method. It is also known to produce fewer harmful fumes, making it the most eco-friendly choice too. 

MIG Welding 

MIG welding is also known as Metal Inert Gas welding. Its main advantage is that it is one of the fastest welding methods out of the three. And, therefore, it is ideal for use when welding thicker stainless steel. It also the welding method that is known for producing the least amount of splatter. 

TIG Welding 

When it comes to accuracy, you cannot go wrong with TIG welding, also known as Tungsten Inert Gas welding. It is the go-to welding method for thinner stainless steel and when minimal clean-up is required.  TIG also ensures minimal electrode wear and provides a concentrated heat source which results in a stable arc and extra precision control. 

As you can see, the three different methods of welding all have their own unique benefits and applications. Because of this, it is usually best to rely on contract manufacturing companies to decide on the best method for your project when it comes to custom metal fabrication. 

For more information about the welding and custom metal fabrication process in general, do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. 

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Differences between Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals

When it comes to mechanical engineering and steel fabrication, one of the most commonly asked questions from clients are ‘what is the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals?’ The experts at Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co., one of the most trusted contract manufacturing companies in Ontario, provide an explanation below. 

Ferrous Metals 

The main difference between ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals is the fact that ferrous metals contain iron and non-ferrous metals do not. Because of this, each type of metal has a number of specific applications to which they are better suited. Many ferrous metals, for example, provide superior durability and tensile strength, with the most common ferrous metals being alloy steel, carbon steel, cast iron and wrought iron. Ferrous metals are also magnetic. 

They are most commonly used in the construction industry and are also employed in the manufacture of things like cars, railroad tracks and more. The only down-side to ferrous metals is that they are quite vulnerable to corrosion due to their high carbon content (with the exception of stainless steel and wrought iron which are both rust-resistant). 

Non-Ferrous Metals

Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron and are usually corrosion resistant and more malleable than ferrous metals. Gold, silver, tin, aluminum, copper, lead and zinc are all non-ferrous metals. 

Non-ferrous metals are not magnetic and are often employed in the manufacture of electronics and wiring because of this. These types of metals are also often used to produce things like gutters, roofing, signage and liquid pipes. 

For more information about the different types of metals used by contract manufacturing companies, do not hesitate to get in touch with Rider Tool & Manufacturing Co. 

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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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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 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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