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February 25, 2017

Moving Strategies: How Will You Load Your Things in the Truck

Whether you are relocating just across town or to an entirely different area, preparing your belongings, packing them, and moving them on your own could be the cheapest option for you. With a well-planned DIY move, you could rent a UTE, van or truck as well as loan and unload your stuff wit help for your family and friends.

Here are some practical hacks for loading your hired vehicle:

  • Start as early as you could. Park the vehicle as close to the most strategic door as possible. Get a loading ramp and then position it on a cemented area or the highest step.
  • Don’t forget to make a clear list of all your items and boxes as you’re loading it on the vehicle. Make sure to number everything with a marker for easy identification.
  • Load your stuff one corner at a time and make certain to pack it solid and tight from floor to ceiling, if you’re using a van or truck, and tie off every quarter with durable rope to the UTE or truck’s side rails.
  • Ensure that the bulkiest, heaviest, and durable items are at the bottom, with the lightest and fragile ones on top.
  • Utilise your pillows, clothes, towels, linens, and curtains for padding your boxes and awkward spaces in the truck bed.
  • Place all flat and huge items such as padded mirrors, tabletops, box springs, and mattresses upright against the sides and secure them with rope.
  • Slide all rolled up carpets and rugs lengthwise in the centre space or side spaces.
  • Never lift something if you’re not confident about lifting it by yourself. Always ask for help, especially with bigger items.

Once your truck, van or UTE is loaded up, it’s time to drive away. If your hired vehicle doesn’t come with a driver, and you’re driving the vehicle yourself, note that driving a bigger vehicle is very different from driving a car. Adjust the right and left rear-view mirrors to your liking, as well as the steering wheel and seat. Make sure that all doors are locked.

Pay close attention overhead as trucks and vans are taller than average cars. They’re likewise wider and longer so be alert when turning. Bigger vehicles also need more braking distance so be careful when you change lanes and turn.

November 4, 2016

A Few Interesting Facts About Nitrogen

When you hear about nitrogen, it’s almost always the liquid form. People use it to freeze literally anything they can get their hands on. They take flowers, bananas, and other soft items and watch them freeze solid before their eyes. But liquid nitrogen is only one form of the gas, and it’s not the one that’s widely used in industrial settings.

Companies such as AirEnergy.com.au use the gas. And unbeknownst to most, nitrogen is perhaps one of the most useful gases for industrial applications. Medicine manufacturing makes heavy use of nitrogen. It’s also used for destroying harmful liquids and fumes while creating industrial tools. Other uses include oxidation, bleaching, and even rocket fuel. It’s basically one of the most useful and essential gases around.

Nitrogen As A Life Giver

You may think that what you breathe in is pure oxygen. It’s not. The earth’s atmosphere is 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen, and 0.93 percent argon. Nitrogen is essential to life as it’s a component of all proteins, which are necessary for living organisms to survive. You don’t notice it because it’s odourless, colourless, and inert (it barely reacts with other substances).

If nitrogen didn’t comprise so much of the earth’s atmosphere, it would be very difficult for us. For instance, breathing in pure oxygen is dangerous. The human body can only transport and safely bind a small amount of oxygen via the blood. If there is an excess of oxygen, the blood will be overwhelmed and oxygen poisoning can occur.

Nitrogen As A Wonder Of Nature

The Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights of the northern hemisphere, is partially caused by nitrogen gas. These lights are created when the sun emits gusts of charged particles, which eventually make their way to earth. The particles react with atoms in the atmosphere. The atoms get “excited,” which makes them emit particles of light or photons. Nitrogen and oxygen are what gives colour to the Aurora Borealis. Nitrogen produces blue or red colours, while oxygen produces green.

Nitrogen may seem unassuming to some, but its inherent attributes are anything but.

August 31, 2016

What You Must Know about the Sheet Metal Pressing Process

Metal does not come to manufacturing companies in sheets and ready for cutting. Once the raw materials are on hand, it still has to undergo various processes before it can be used by companies from different industries. This process is known as metal forming, and typically involves a number of steps – bending, roll forming, spinning, deep drawing and stretch forming. Once the sheet has been formed, it would undergo stamping or metal pressing.

What Is Metal Pressing?

First things first. According to Winward Engineering LTD, there are two types of metal materials that are rolled out and formed into coils – sheet metal and plate metal. Between the two, it is the sheet metal that has found use in almost all types of industries, with plate metal typically being used only for boilers, turbines, bridges, and ships.

The process of sheet metal pressing is part of what is known as the shearing or cutting operations. It typically calls for the use of two stamping die, with the top one more commonly known as the punch. The process typically makes use of cold working of parts. While most people think of metal pressing as just one method, that is not the case. In fact, sheet metal pressing can involve punching a shape into the metal, punching a certain shape out of the metal, shaving and trimming the edges of the metal sheet and perforating.

Factors to Consider

The sheet metal pressing process is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Certain factors are taken into consideration when determining how it should be done. Some of these factors would include the kind of materials being used, its tensile strength, and the design that would be done. By taking all of these into consideration, workers can determine which pressing method would best suit the case in hand. Testing methods and standard tests are typically carried out first before starting mass production.

June 22, 2016

Machines of Success

Putting up a machining service business in the prosperous land of Perth is a great idea. But it is certainly easier said than done. There are many factors to consider. Even after saving up the necessary capital for it, money isn’t exactly going to come easy after setting up a shop.

Many business owners make the mistake of not paying enough attention to the little details that have a big impact in the long run. Eventually, they end up losing business faster than they saved up to gain it and either have to break even just to make their money back or suffer the loss altogether. But that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case if you come up with an effective business plan.

Establish your target market

Acknowledging your target market should always be considered first before anything else. While it is good to be diverse and flexible when it comes to providing services you should still have a main target market. It is ideal to establish this first before getting the necessary equipment for your shop.

Decide the location and partners

Establishing your market should also go hand in hand with picking the right spot to set up shop. Preferably, it makes good sense to set up your operations where the demand for the services you offer is high and where potential business partners are close by. As they say: business partners are just as important as your clients.

Get the right equipment

After you have the first two things down, you’ll want to set up shop with the right equipment. Ideally, you’ll want equipment that helps you give quality services for your target market. So you will be looking not only at the quality of the equipment, but also how long it will last before you’ll have to replace it, says Engineered Precision Machining. Get equipment that is built to last, but you should always be open-minded to newer more efficient technology to invest in as well.

Setting up a machine shop for business is definitely not an easy task. However, it is worth your investment if you play it smart and follow these simple steps.

February 24, 2016

Want to Extend Your Car’s Life? Do Not Do These Then

Australian Car in Motion Although automobiles have become more affordable and accessible even to regular consumers, you should not skip on maintenance, thinking you can always replace your existing car with a new one. Not only is this impractical; it also hurts the environment.

Aside from carrying out proper maintenance, you also need to know the don’ts of car use. This way, you will not make the mistake of doing them, and instead, enjoy a longer-lasting, optimally-performing ride.

Beat up your engine

Never floor your engine right after you fire it up. Doing this has no positive warming effect whatsoever. When you leave your car unused (not running) for more than five hours, all of its moving engine parts no longer have enough oil to keep them friction-free. Besides, it just takes as little as a few seconds to lubricate these components. Wait for at least half a minute and ensure you only have it set to the minimum rpm.

Treat your automobile like a storage room

You probably have seen it on TV. In fact, you may know several people who treat their vehicles like a storage room: keep things they do not need in it. Yes, the design of automobiles allow them to carry loads as heavy as four people, but it does not mean they take weight lightly.

The combined weight of all the junk in your ride places a lot of stress on many of its components. In fact, these unnecessary loads affect not only handling and driving but also mileage as well as braking distance among several others.

Delaying needed part replacement

When you know you need to let go of your certain parts of your ride, such as its engine, do not allow your sentiments to take over your logic and delay their replacement. This will just result in further damage. Cost should not be a problem since you will now find Perth shops supplying top notch reconditioned engines – machines that make cars perform like they just came out of the factory.

 

February 19, 2016

Safety First: Why Enrol in a Boom Lift Course Before Operating

Operating a Boom LiftWhether or not you're a contractor, you know that safety is important in the workplace. Nobody would want to encounter accidents that may result to injuries or even death. This is true if you're working in the construction, manufacturing and warehousing industry.

Why You Need Proper Training?

The operation of lifts — boom, scissor and spider — may appear to be simple, but it requires the necessary expertise. If you are a contractor or a construction worker that needs to operate boom lifts on a regular basis, for instance, it's best that you attend a boom lift course for training. Here, you will not only learn how to operate them, but also the safety standards you need to follow.

Should You Buy or Rent?

If you are an established contractor, you may have the dilemma of deciding whether you should buy or rent a boom lift. Here's a comparison to help you out:

  • Accessibility – Having your own lift means that you do not have to wait for a rental company to supply you, and you can use it whenever you see fit.
     
  • Budget – If you buy a boom lift, you will have to rent a warehouse where you can keep the lift. This can cost you money, especially if you're not using the lift often.
     
  • Maintenance – Boom lifts need regular maintenance, so that they function properly. If you rent a lift, you don't have to pay anything for maintenance, which can save you costs.

While some say that renting a boom lift is better than buying, it's still up to you to make the decision. It's your operations after all. Nevertheless, you have to be aware of all safety precautions and standard operating procedures regarding boom lifts.

Tyres June 25, 2015

Knowing the Different Tread Patterns in Tyres

More than just being stylish, treads in tyres provide better grip to keep you safe on the road. Tyre treads work as your tyre’s drain, expelling water to provide you a better grip when manoeuvring in wet roads. So the next time you buy tyres, take a closer look at the tyre tread pattern if it fits your day by day driving needs.

To know what tyres to buy, especially in Belmont, here are the different tread patterns and their functions.

Asymmetric Tread

These treads have bigger tread blocks, and simpler, straighter grooves. Tyres with this pattern do not just provide perfect grip on dry roads; they are also known for good ice traction and water dispersal. These and more make this pattern a perfect choice for those driving in wet or snowy conditions. Apart from better grip, this type of tread also improves braking and handling, and can also wear out evenly.

Directional Tread

This type of tread has a pattern that should be mounted to roll in only one direction. This means you can only rotate directional tyres between front and back axles. It has a pattern that resembles an arrow head, which provides not only excellent water dispersal, but also good directional stability.

Multidirectional Tread

Such type of treads has smaller grooves and blocks designed symmetrically over the tread. Unlike directional tread which should be rotated from front axle to rear axle, multidirectional tread can be mounted from left to right.

All-Terrain Treads

All-terrain treads have bigger grooves to allow dispersal of water, mud, and loose dirt. Tyres with this pattern are used for SUVs, all-terrain vehicles, and light trucks. A type of all-terrain tyres, called mud tyres, should only be used in dirt roads.

Always remember that when rotating tyres; never mix two tread patterns across one axle. Doing so would make your tyres more prone to uneven wear-outs, and could also compromise the tyre’s grip and directional abilities.

Woman Handing Keys of Sold Car January 23, 2015

4 Secrets Car Owners Must Know Before Selling Their Vehicle

There will come a time when you have to part ways with your trusty vehicle. Whether it is because you are buying a new car or need the money for something else, selling your vehicle is a likely option. Nevertheless, there are steps you have to take when putting your car up for sale.

In Western Australia, selling a pre-owned car might seem like quite the challenge, but it really doesn’t have to be as difficult as most people make it out to be. You can sell your car for top dollar if you move with precision. Here’s a quick guide on steps you can take to find a buyer in no time:

 Replace broken parts

No one will buy a vehicle that is not roadworthy, regardless of its make. Make sure to fix any performance issues your ride might have. Fortunately, it is easier to find replacement parts these days. For instance, if you own a Honda vehicle, you can find excellent Honda car parts in Perth. This is also a great time to upgrade some of your car’s older components.

 Determine a competitive price

If you are unsure where to peg the price tag for your vehicle, look at how much others are selling the same model. Make sure to take into account the cost of repair prior to selling, so you will not get short changed. Online listings can give you a picture of the current demand for specific markets. Check state laws about title transfer to be sure.

 Ready the documents

This might seem like a basic idea, but others tend to delay preparing the necessary documents, which can cause problems in the end. Get the vehicle history report and prepare the title. Get details regarding vehicle’s service history together and provide thorough details for any major work done on your car.

Selling a pre-owned car should not be the difficult process most people make it out to be. Get it done the right way so you can make the most of the sale and get top dollar.

March 19, 2014

Toyota Halts Production In Two India Factories Amid Labor Dispute

Toyota Motor Corporations announced Sunday, March 16, that it is halting production at two of its factories in India amid a labor dispute regarding wages.

Factory Lockout

In a statement, the world’s largest car manufacturer said it was left “with no other option but to declare a lockout of the premises to ensure the safety of its workers and management personnel.”

The two factories, located outside Bangalore, produce around 700 cars a day.

The lockout will affect 6,400 workers.

Wage Issues

Toyota said that for the past 25 days, “certain sections of the employees have resorted to deliberate stoppages of the production line, abuse and threatening of supervisors thereby continuously disrupting business.”

Negotiations over a wage increase have been in the works for the past 10 months but no definite progress or compromise has been made.

The Japanese manufacturer’s sales in India accounts to about 1.6% of the carmaker’s total sales volume last year.

The production stoppage in India came just one week after Toyota announced its biggest wage hike in 21 years for its Japanese staff.

The average Toyota employee will earn 2,700 yen more ($26), a 0.8% increase from the year before. The increase was announced in conjunction with other large Japanese companies as part of a coordinated effort by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to hike wages ahead of a planned tax increase set to take effect this April.

January 15, 2014

Toyota Plans To Build More Than 10 Million Vehicles In 2014

To keep its spot as the world’s largest auto manufacturer, Toyota Motor Corp. is planning to produce more than 10 million vehicles worldwide this 2014, a bullish target that could boost other industries in Japan, a report said Saturday, January 11.

An Ambitious Plan

The plan, which includes vehicles assembled by subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor Co. and Hino Motors Ltd., is expected to be formally decided in late January. The company is confident that the consumption tax hike in spring will have a limited impact on domestic sales, sources tell The Asahi Shimbun.

The world’s number 1 automaker expects production to fall temporarily after the consumption tax rate increases from the current 5 percent to 8 percent in April, but believes it will rebound in autumn.

A Bullish Stance

“Toyota’s bullish stance could cause ripple effects to other industries,” the Asahi said.

Toyota is Japan’s largest car manufacturer. Its health could affect steelmakers and parts suppliers of all kinds, as well as the economy of the central Japan, where the company is based.

In 2013, the carmaker aimed to produce a record 10.12 million vehicles, after it overtook General Motors in 2012 to regain the title of world’s largest automaker.

The company built 9.3 million vehicles between January and November, with Japanese media saying it was on target to become the first automaker in the world to build more than 10 million units in a year.