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What To Consider When Choosing Industrial Valves

The selection of valves for an industrial retrofit or new system installation is an often challenging choice. Most contractors will simply choose the type of industrial valves they are most familiar with, but this may not provide the ideal flow control based on the system. To get the best information on the new options for industrial valves and to ensure the selection is suited for the application, work with a reputable valve distributor that can provide insight, suggestions, and information on valve options. Valve Requirements Different valves are designed for a variety of different applications. While some valves are universal in their use, others are better for flow control, eliminating the risk of backflow or for simple on and off control. Knowing what the valve will be required to do within the system and if it will be manual or automatic control is necessary prior to selection. System Specifications All industrial valves are designed to handle a specific type of media. This may be steam, gas, liquid or slurry materials. Some valves may be used for multiple types of media, but using the incorrect valve in the system will result in early valve failure or leaks. The corrosive or hazardous nature of the media is another important factor to consider. The pressure of the system will be an essential consideration. Valves are designed for low or high-pressure applications and choosing the wrong type of valve or rating for the valve will impact performance and potentially pose a hazard. Reputation of the Manufacturer There are a lot of cheap valves on the market. These valves, while they may shave a bit off the project budget, pose a risk of failure and leaks as well as challenges with the installation. To avoid these types of problems, work with a supplier that is an approved vendor by the top valve manufacturers. This ensures quality components that the manufacturer will stand...

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How Perforated Metal Panels Help the Building Industry

Metal is an excellent building material. It’s strong, durable, and easy to work with. When you perforate metal, you create important building tools and materials which give the building industry many benefits. Here are some of the good things that perforated metal panels do for the construction industry. History More than a century ago, coal mine workers perforated steel sheets by punching holes in them. This helped to separate large pieces of coal from smaller ones, and it eventually led to machine processes which were more exact. Today, perforation techniques are high-tech and serve many purposes. Uses Perforating panels creates effective sound insulation as the holes absorb noise. In fact, they are sometimes used in ceilings of concert halls. In commercial and industrial facilities perforated metal panels make good sound resistant enclosures for loud machinery. Commercial Applications Punched metal makes effective filtration and separation systems. The chemical industry uses centrifuges and gas screens with special perforations. Storage facilities often need ventilation features in the form of perforated materials. Benefits Today, many commercial buildings use perforation for aesthetic value. Perforation lets in natural light and reduces the need for artificial lighting. By perforating metal, one can create many different patterns and shapes for a unique appearance. Perforated fencing lets people enjoy an exterior view while maintaining some privacy. Strength Perforated metal panels add strength to many structures. For example, walls, barriers, and fences are highly resistant to strong winds, because they let some air through. This prevents the full force of winds from pushing on the structure. Energy Efficiency By perforating enclosures, you can control heat while still offering ventilation. For example, HVAC condenser units are outdoors, and the perforated panels shield them from the sun while allowing for a free air-flow. This lets them release heat more efficiently. Also, because these panels are recyclable, they are an eco-friendly...

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Industrial Distributors: Going Green

Renewable energy is a growing market segment. Industrial distributors are helping these green energy producers to meet their targets by being there to provide them with the equipment, tools, and supplies they need. Those who are producing energy through solar, wind turbine, hydro, biomass and geothermal require others to ensure they have the pipes and fittings they need to ensure their products and services are functional, viable and accessible from start to finish. The Role of Copper and Other Metals Climate change and a genuine interest in reducing the problems caused by energy production have increased the search for environmentally friendly solutions. While new green energy solutions are viewed as a positive move, they do exist within an industrial context. To remain a viable concern, green energy resources must utilize service and other industries to help them equip their devices with the means of producing, storing, transporting and delivering the clean energy. Thermal solar plants and turbines need pipes, valves, and fittings to operate smoothly. Depending upon the requirements, the metal and type of piping will vary. However, industrial distributors find copper piping to play an important role in these renewable green energy systems. However, stainless steel and other metals may also play a role. In the case of superheated steam, copper is not always the best choice. Instead, companies turn to high-chromium alloy pipes and valves. Another choice for gas supplies, including those who use methane as a biofuel may be HDPE pipes. Other types of green energy production will turn to the traditional pipe and fitting material – stainless steel. Industrial Distributors In addressing the requirements of green energy production, companies will turn to industrial distributors for suitable and efficient pipes and fittings. While copper has its use, some will turn to other materials. These will include various metal alloys as well as HDPE and, of course, stainless...

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Punched Metal Sheets Make Excellent Fencing

Do you need fencing for your commercial or industrial property? There are many different designs, styles, and materials in which to choose. When you go with metal you will realize a number of important benefits and by choosing punched metal sheets (perforated panels) you receive several more benefits. Here are some of the good things perforated metal fencing can do for you. Why Choose Perforated Panels? Perforated panels can give you an attractive design and also increase visibility. You can choose aluminum, steel, and many other kinds of metal fencing, and they provide a clean and professional appearance. In addition, you enjoy a considerable amount of privacy. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Easy to Work With Suppose you would like to have aluminum fencing for your company. Cost is an important factor and since aluminum is not difficult to form or perforate, labor costs are kept down and this helps to lower your fabrication costs. Finished Surfaces Shiny metal makes for attractive fencing but you also can choose from a wide range of colors if you like. Aluminum punched metal sheets can easily be painted or finished to give you a custom and personal look to your property. In addition, if you wish to save on costs, you can choose steel fencing and it can either be painted or zinc plated. Zinc plating is a great way to increase the corrosion resistance of steel because zinc acts as a “sacrificial anode” providing exceptional corrosion and rust protection. Simple Installation Metal fencing is not too difficult to install. In fact, once the punched metal sheets have been fabricated it will not take very long to install your new fencing. This helps you save on labor costs. Custom Perforations Metal can be perforated or punched in a number of ways. It’s possible to create all kinds of patterns and designs if you like. This can give you “one of a kind” metal fencing which can make your commercial property distinctive and unique, and it will stay in the minds of visitors and customers. Durability How long will punched metal sheets last, once they have been properly fabricated and installed? It could be many years before you even think about maintenance. For example, aluminum or stainless steel will not rust or corrode so there is no need for resurfacing or painting. Insects cannot attack your metal fencing and years of moisture accumulation will not rot or weaken the structure. Fences like these are very durable and long lasting once properly...

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