Many production facilities will send out pieces to be cut, as it's often cheaper and easier to have a machine shop or specialty shop cut metal, plastic, and other materials than it is to invest in the ownership of certain cutting machines. Along with the cost of ownership, there is the cost of maintaining those machines and keeping a qualified operator on staff that needs to be considered. A laser cutting shop can be a good choice for a number of products and processes, but note what to look for from such a shop before you decide to work with them to get your materials cut. [Read More]
Laboratory Balances Need Special Care -- Does Your Lab Weigh Up?
Does your lab have a best practice policy for the use of balances? Do all the personnel know how to care for and maintain them in perfect condition? Weighing is likely to be the most common task performed in your laboratory and plays an important role in its overall efficiency. Technological advances have ensured that today's laboratory balances operate with much greater precision than their predecessors and are much simpler to use. [Read More]
Why Curing Is Critical When Making Concrete
Many construction projects rely extensively on concrete. This material has excellent hardened properties, and is effective in situations where you need something that's durable, strong and resistant to harsh environments (like salty or humid air). Concrete gets these properties from a process known as curing. Learn more about curing, and find out how this process helps create the most durable, long-lasting concrete. Concrete composition Concrete is essentially a mixture of air, Portland cement, various crushed rocks (aggregate) and water. [Read More]
Two Steps To Turn Your Garage Into The Perfect Man Cave
There are not many rooms that the male of the house can claim as their own, and this is where the idea of the man cave came from. According to the Official Man Cave site, the first man cave was discovered in 1992. Your garage is the perfect area to be turned into a man cave if you do not have a basement available for conversion. However, before you can head out there and claim this spot as your private sanctuary, you need to make a few improvements so that you can lounge in comfort. [Read More]