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3 Reasons Sheet Metal Is Incredibly Useful If You Heat With A Wood Stove

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If you are looking for a sustainable home heating source that will not drive up your household energy consumption, wood heat is no doubt the better option. Even though heating with a wood stove is a great way to save money through the winter, there are a lot of homeowners who disregard wood heat completely. Heating with a wood stove does come along with some challenges that make it a little less attractive for some, but with some pitfalls of this heating source, all you need is sheet metal to rectify the situation. Here are three reasons sheet metal is incredibly useful if you plan to heat with a wood stove.  Sheet metal can be used to encourage more even heating with a wood stove.  One of the bigger complaints people tend to have with a wood stove is that heat distribution is not even throughout the house. You can help fix this problem by installing thin sheets of aluminum sheet metal in behind the stove itself. These sheets of metal can be stamped or surface treated so they fit better in with the design of your home, so don’t be concerned about having plain fabricated sheets of metal hanging around the house. The aluminum will help to deflect heat outward into the room, making it easier to see a more consistent temperature throughout. The same idea can be used to help deflect heat downward that has risen from the ceiling by installing sheet metal overhead. Sheet metal makes the perfect protective platform for a wood stove.  There is no need to be concerned that sparks and embers from burning wood will be damaging to your flooring surfaces. Sheet metal barriers make the perfect protective layer to install between your wood stove and the floor of your home. Steel is the usual material used for protective wood stove trays, but in a pinch, you can use just about any piece of sheet metal you have around to ward off concerns.  Sheet metal can be used to construct attractive wood containers.  One thing that comes along with heating with wood is the inconvenience of having to keep your fuel source (wood) nearby, on-hand, or even in the house. Keep your wood contained in metal boxes created from fabricated sheet metal and you won’t have to be so concerned with the mess of having wood hanging around or in the house. Metal, such as stainless steel, makes the perfect material for a wood container because it is aesthetically appealing and sturdy enough to withstand the weight. Contact a business, such as J&E Metal Fabricators, for more...

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How Your Shipping Department Can Help Increase Your Brand’s Awareness

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Marketing is one of the most important aspects of your business. Without effective marketing plans, your level of success could suffer. One way to get the most out of advertising is to take advantage of every opportunity for implementing it. Find out how you can turn your shipping processes into powerful marketing tactics. Not Your Ordinary, Plain Brown Box You should always make sure your company logo is in plain view on every box you ship to your customers. In this way, people involved in shipping, like the postal service, will see it. For this reason, making sure your logo expresses what you do and sell is important, especially when it may be seen by lots of people as it is shipped to a customer. Make sure to have contact information for your company on the outside of the boxes you ship as well, so people seeing your logo can contact you if they are interested in your products or services. Enhancing Your Customers’ ‘Unboxing’ Experience When one of your customers opens the shipment he or she receives from you, making sure it is a cool and unique experience can seal that customer’s loyalty to your product. For example, if your boxes open up into a cool display box for the packaged product or if you have special messages printed on the underside of the lid, your customers will have a more memorable experience than if they opened a boring, taped-up brown box. Remember to add a coupon or free gift for making the experience even better. Consider how you could make an impact on your customers’ unboxing experience with ideas related to the kind of product you are shipping to them. Making The Most Of Odd-Shaped Products When you sell products that are large or shaped irregularly, sticking them into a square box could be the wrong choice. If you are thinking about ways to enhance your marketing schemes while also providing your customers with a unique experience upon receiving your products, think about packing your product in shipping packaging that fits its unusual shape. For example, shipping a violin in a box that looks like a violin, with screen-printed strings and other details, could be the best way to impact your customer. The box you send to your customers may become a keepsake along with the product you ship. If you worry about the shape of the box giving away an expensive item and attracting dishonest people, you can add tamper-proof barriers or RFID tagging to deter them. The time and money you invest in getting the most brand exposure during your shipping processes is well worth it. Contact a company like Northwest Paper Box MFRS INC for more...

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Staying Safe In A Sheet Metal Fabrication Shop

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Working with sheet metal is inherently dangerous, primarily because of the risks associated with handling large pieces of thin metal with razor-sharp edges. However, cuts are not the only injuries sustained in working with sheet metal. Dangerous machinery and flying projectiles are among many other risk factors. You can minimize the dangers involved in sheet metal fabrication if you follow the following safety tips. Handling sheets of metal One of the most important rules of handling sheet metal is: never try to catch falling metal. Even if the product is finished, it may still have sharp edges. If it starts to fall, get out of the way. The same rule applies when lowering a sheet of metal to the floor. Don’t let the edge of the metal slide between your fingers and thumb to control its descent. An uneven edge or a burr can cut through both gloves and fingers When sliding sheets of metal on or off a table, pull them rather than push them. When you pull, you can lift the end of the sheet to avoid striking minor obstructions, such as dried sealant. Pushing a sheet of metal and hitting an obstruction can cause fingers to be seriously injured, even while wearing gloves.Lifting a sheet of metal while you are sliding it also lessens friction between the metal and the table, resulting in less strain on your back muscles. Fabricating sheet metal When you run a sheet of metal through powered fabrication machinery, you must be concerned with two possible outcomes. One of your body parts can become entangled and be pulled into a machine, or you (or a coworker) can be struck by the piece of metal as it exits the machine. Feeding sheets of metal into fabrication machinery As you feed metal into a machine such as a power roller or lock former, you should first be certain that you have no loose clothing, hair, or jewelry that can be caught on a notch or cut in the metal and pull you in with the metal. Wedding rings can be the cause of lost or crushed fingers as they are snagged by an irregularity in a piece of metal. Safety glasses should always be worn when feeding metal, especially if the metal has been previously burned by a plasma cutter and the resulting slag (deposits left by burning metal) hasn’t been removed with a grinder. Pieces of slag become projectiles as they are crushed by rollers and thrown at high speed in many directions. Before you attempt to feed metal into a machine, check the area from which the material will exit for possible obstructions or inattentive coworkers. If you are following and holding the metal in place to ensure that it remains straight against the guides inside the machine, you must be certain that nothing is behind you that would trap you against the metal as it exits. Always have an escape plan if things go awry when feeding sheet metal into machinery. For more information, contact a professional like those at Waters Brothers Contractors,...

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How To Get Ahead Of The New Biodiesel Blend Requirements

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In recent years, the EPA has been slowly and gradually instating standards as to how much of your fuel has to be made from renewable resources. While these regulations have begun in full force in the private sector via gasoline blending requirements, the transition in the industrial sector has been much slower. However, if the current trend is any indication of what’s to come, it’s in the best interests of any business to preempt these regulations, both to save money and to ensure compliance when the regulations come down from the EPA for your sector.  What Will the EPA Require? Currently, the EPA requires transportation fuel, including diesel fuel used for trucks, to have a certain percentage of renewably-sourced material in order to reduce greenhouse gases and national reliance on fossil fuels in general. This percentage changes year-to-year and has been increasing over the past few years. These trends indicate that the move to the industrial sector is imminent, and that there is no end in sight for the growth of the use of biodiesel in American energy.  Is It Economical? The surprising answer to this question is yes, converting to a biodiesel blend can do wonders for your bottom line. Not only will you save yourself the pressure and money associated with converting to blended biodiesel at the last minute before the regulations kick in, but the fuel itself is actually cheaper than conventional fuel. In fact, a Navy-owned steam plant in Virginia was projected to save around $30,000 over the course of a heating season when they switched to an 80/20 diesel/biodiesel blend in 2013.  How Do I Get Started? Thankfully, in anticipation of these regulations, many fuel providers have begun to distribute biodiesel blended fuel. 80/20 is the most commonly distributed blended biodiesel used today, and according to the US Department of Energy, this ratio will run in your current generator or engine without modification. All you have to do is ask for a biodiesel blend the next time you schedule a diesel delivery.  While the recent progress in eco-friendly fuel initiatives has been relatively slow as far as social programs go, the movement is still gaining steam. This means that in the years and decades to come, more and more environmental stewardship will be expected of the nation’s most competitive industries. In order to gain an easy advantage over any competitors, consider making the switch to biodiesel blended fuel early, as it could save you money and time now and when the new EPA regulations come...

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Three Ways That Metal Roofs Save You Money

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If you’re in the market for a new roof, it’s highly likely that you’ve considered metal for your next roofing material.  However, the price associated with installing a metal roof may have made you pause in your tracks.  Although you appreciate the beauty and durability of metal roofs, you may believe that it’s just not financially feasible to install a roof with such an expensive price tag attached to it.  Rather than look at how much the roof will cost, use this information to learn more about how a metal roof can save you money in the long run. You Can Save On Homeowner’s Insurance One little-known way that a metal roof can save you money concerns the cost of your homeowner’s insurance premium.  Many insurance companies offer a discount to policyholders who have metal roofs because the material is naturally fire-resistant.  This is especially true if you live in an area that is known for wildfires, or where there is a great deal of natural shrubbery that can easily conduct flames if they are spreading. Installing a metal roof lets your insurer know that you are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep your property intact.  You may be pleasantly surprised at the money that you save on homeowner’s insurance after your metal roof is in place. Your Energy Bills May Decrease Another way that a metal roof actually saves you money is through decreased energy bills.  Asphalt roofs, which are very common all across the country, do little to assist with controlling energy costs because they naturally radiate some of the heat from the sun into your home.  It also doesn’t help that most asphalt roofs are black, since black is a color that absorbs heat. Your metal roof will naturally deflect the rays of the sun so that less heat will enter your home.  Your air conditioning unit will not have to work so hard to maintain your indoor temperature, allowing you to maintain a steadier rate of energy usage so that your monthly energy bills can go down. You Won’t Have To Worry About Replacing A Metal Roof The primary way that a metal roof will save you money is because it will most likely last a lifetime.  While roofs that are constructed with other materials will deteriorate and need to be replaced, you can expect your metal roof to last for at least as long as the house itself is still standing.  You won’t have to spend your money replacing the roof once you’ve installed metal roofing materials. The benefits that you’ll derive from having a metal roof make it the perfect choice for your next roofing renovation.  Install a metal roof as soon as possible so you can realize these savings and many...

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Introduce Your Private Label Brand With Success In Mind

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Walk down any isle of your store and you probably can’t even begin to name the number of brands you see. If you’re a smart business owner, you’ve considered using the services of private label manufacturers as a way to get your own brand on the shelf. While private label manufacturing companies can assist you with this goal, the success of your products revolves around how you introduce them. Knowing how to introduce your private label brand will play an important role in your overall success. Study Your Customers If you’re looking to create a private label brand for your store and increase customer loyalty, you want to study your customers. Looking over your sale records is an easy way to start this process. Take some time to look at which products sell most frequently in your store, and make a list of these core items. Consider launching your private label brand with one of these popular items first. Over time, you can roll out other items. When customers see your product as an option, after trying a core item, they are more willing to try it out. Provided your brand is of high quality, customers will look to your private label brand as a go-to staple. In addition to increasing your private label sales, more customers in the door drives up your retail profits across the board. Promote, Promote, Promote When it comes to food selections, most people are very particular. Getting a customer to try something new can often be challenging. You have to offer them some type of incentive to entice them to try the product. This is where promotion becomes an especially helpful tool. When introducing your private label brand, your promoting should be a two-part process. First, start making your customers aware of the fact that you will be introducing a new brand a couple of months before the roll out. Banners, flyers and taste-tests are just a few of the ways to get the word out. Phase two involves offering promotional deals for your product. For example, consider rolling out with a “buy one, get one free” offer. Even if a customer is apprehensive, they are more willing to try out your product if they know they can get two for the price of one. When done correctly, private label manufacturing is a great way to increase your brand presence while also increasing your profits. Make certain you are taking the time to plan your brand’s introduction for the greatest chance of...

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Improving Safety Measures In Your Small Manufacturing Plant

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Creating a secure and productive environment for your employees is essential for on the job safety. If you own a small manufacturing plant or warehouse, you likely already have a safety plan in place for each department. Incorporating additional safety measures can help decrease the risk for injury and accidents even more. Here are some ways to improve safety measures in the workplace. Wrapping Pallets And Loose Boxes One cause of injury in the plant or workplace involves heavy items or objects falling from shelves or pallets. This could be due to operator error or simply because the merchandise is not being stacked per its specified weight limit. Many workers are also injured while lifting heavy objects. This can be eliminated by consolidating heavy objects and having them moved with heavy equipment. You can another blanket of safety to workers on your warehouse floor by wrapping pallets. Stretch wrap machines (such as those offered by SIAT S.p.A.) work by rotating the pallets or boxes while the machine applies the plastic wrap. Choose from an automatic machine, semi-automatic or a manual wrap with a turntable. Doing this reduces the risk of individual items falling out or shifting during storage or transport. Installing Physical Barriers With heavy equipment in use—specifically forklifts, it’s important to make sure that they operate in designated zones or areas. Installing physical barriers such as gates or fencing can help avert a possible accident. This makes employees aware of possible hazards in specific areas. Be aware of how high pallets and boxes are stacked. Make sure to leave adequate room for employees to safely inspect these areas if need be. In addition to physical barriers, you can also use bright colored tape or paint to designate loading areas or other locations where heavy or dangerous machinery may be in use. Revisit Employee Dress Codes Most companies have a standard dress code practice already in place in the employee handbook. While this sets a basic standard, some improvising may have to be done. Many clothing items can get caught inside working machines or areas that could lead to injury. Here are some considerations: Wearing bright colored safety vests Bright and recognizable head gear or safety hats No loose fitting or jewelry Steel-toed boots with a no-slip sole Be sure to review the safety guidelines periodically to coincide with new equipment and products. Clean Workspaces Making sure that work areas are clean and dry is essential for overall employee and visitor safety. It also helps prevent debris from blocking the pathway of forklifts and getting stuck in and around machines. Adding more trash and recycling receptacles can help reduce the amount of waste that ends up on the floor. Designate areas where trash and recyclable items can be safely discarded. Making your workplace a safer environment saves you time and money. Utilizing several techniques can help you achieve the best workplace for your...

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