What do a watering can, a pack of mothballs, a gallon of milk, and a sun hat have in common? Nothing! Except that they may be travel companions on a conveyor belt at a Target or Walmart.
Automated conveyor systems have long been a familiar part of our commercial and industrialized landscape, transporting materials large and small, heavy and light—from coal and cars to diamonds and cigars. Some conveyor belts follow a circuitous path in assembly line operations, while others traverse an open expanse across many miles. And many simply move objects a distance of a few feet in a straight line.
We are proud to announce the introduction of a Framing Tech modular conveyor system for use in the U.S. market. Currently, we are offering flatbed belt conveyors, but plan to expand that offering soon as more interest develops.
Continue reading “Framing Tech in Motion: Introducing Our New Line of Modular Belt Conveyors”
Guest Blog by Frank Weaver
It is the most abundant metallic element in the Earth’s crust—and, as it happens, one of the most useful to humans in our industrial age. I am referring, or course, to aluminum. Most people in the United States come in contact with aluminum every day, in one form or another, most typically in the kitchen. But beyond cooking utensils and aluminum foil, this metal has been put to use in myriad applications outside the home. Indeed, it is estimated that each year every single person in the U.S. uses more than 3,600 pounds of bauxite ore (from which aluminum is extracted) in their daily lives.
Aluminum is everywhere. Of course, we at FramingTech deal with it all the time, in the form of our T-slot aluminum extrusions and related structural framing products. And yet ironically, because it has become so commonplace, many of us tend to take it for granted. Nevertheless, the more you learn about this ubiquitous and versatile metal, the more you will notice and be fascinated by it.
On a recent trip to Europe, I made a conscious effort to “notice” and document the many ways that aluminum is put to use, often in ways we are not even aware of. Continue reading “Everyday Aluminum: Europe Edition”
Introducing FramingTech’s Latest Equipment Acquisition
Last month we spotlighted the recent 12,000 sq. ft. expansion of our manufacturing facility in Rochester New York. A big part of the reason for this major expansion was to meet the growing demand of customers for our high-quality, made-in-America T-slot aluminum solutions.
Besides doubling our Shipping-and-Receiving Department—and generating new jobs in the process!—we used the opportunity of this significant growth spurt to move our panel-cutting and other fabrication stations out of the old space (yes, it was getting crowded in there) and into the new space. Relocating our welding and grinding centers into the new space will also promote a better, more efficient workflow overall.
Most exciting of all, we could now create a dedicated work area for our recently acquired waterjet cutter machine: a WARDJet Model E-1530. Among its many capabilities, this new, powerful precision cutting tool will allow us to meet many of the panel-fabrication needs of our customers. Whereas previously this work often had to be outsourced to third-party vendors, it can now be done cheaper, better, and faster in-house. Continue reading “Jetting into the Future…with the WARDJet E-1530 Waterjet”
In the past, we’ve talked about how Aluminum has shaped our lives and continues to be part of the cutting edge of future technology. However, it is also helping push green and sustainable technologies further. Here are a few products currently in research that could help replace the existing technologies with sustainable products. Continue reading “Aluminum: Helping Push Green Technologies Further”
Each year, there are number of accidents that result from using industrial equipment. Many of these accidents have serious or fatal outcomes and could have been avoided. When it comes to operating industrial equipment, safety is everything. Here are some tips to operating and maintaining industrial equipment properly: Continue reading “Safety Tips for Operating Industrial Equipment”