For decades, the most environmentally conscious among us touted the benefits of replacing our goods—and then recycling them. This sound plan has recently come to a somewhat screeching halt, however, as China has imposed new import restrictions impacting recyclers. As a result, those with an eye on both the health of the environment and on the bottom line are embracing a new approach: repairing materials and equipment instead of replacing it to save time and money.
Topics: Protective Covers
Machinery breakdowns can be a major expense. Some breakdowns are easily fixed with a spare part but others require hours or days to repair. The one type of damage that is most often overlooked yet easily prevented is environmental damage. UV rays cause degradation of exteriors which lead to corrosion. Dirt and dust cause sensitive components to malfunction. Environmental damage can take a machine out of commission and cause delays in production which increases the financial loss exponentially. In the case of the military, if an asset isn’t mission ready, it could mean a life or death situation. Watch below to learn more.
Equipment is often designed and manufactured for continuous use with minimal attention to downtime issues. Thus equipment owners must ensure that during planned or surprise downtime, surfaces stay protected from the elements. There are a number of factors to consider when preparing for downtime protection, and it’s important to avoid endangering the integrity of your valuable equipment.
Topics: Protective Covers
In various forms, concrete has been in use since the Bedouin traders of 6500 BC. The word concrete itself comes from the Latin word “concrescere”, which can be translated per syllable as “con” (together) and “crescere” (to grow).
Shipping, on the surface, seems like a straightforward task. However, it’s a task that comes with complex issues to consider, especially when it comes to fragile or expensive equipment.
World of Concrete (WOC) is the largest annual international event dedicated to concrete and masonry professionals. This year’s event, held from January 22 to January 26 in Las Vegas, will have 1,500 exhibitors, and Transhield is proud to be among them!
WOC was born in Houston, Texas, in 1975 with 1,550 attendees. More than 40 years later, the event continues to grow, hosting and supporting 55,000 concrete and masonry experts. With 150 education courses and more than 1,500 exhibitors, there will be countless opportunities to engage with like-minded professionals and learn about what’s happening in the industry.
Transporting heavy equipment is a uniquely intimidating task. Not only are the products you’re shipping extremely heavy, bulky, and often asymmetrical, they are most likely very valuable as well. And there are many challenges that can rapidly become overwhelming, including safety concerns and delay issues that can be frustrating for both you and the intended recipient. However, there are key preparation steps that can be taken to make the entire shipping process smoother, easier, and far less stressful.
Every minute of every day, there is a war occurring at a level not visible with a microscope. It’s a battle between vulnerable—and extremely valuable—equipment and the natural elements bent on destroying the equipment. It’s a battle between metal and the process of oxidation. Corrosion. It’s no joke. Rather, it’s a constant scourge that must be met with the best corrosion control technology available. Otherwise, equipment and vehicles degrade in years instead of decades, and your bottom line suffers. It’s one thing to talk in generalities. But let’s get more specific. What, exactly, is the economic impact of corrosion?
The residents of cities and towns across America depend on reliable public transportation to get them to and from work and school every day. Since municipal budgets are tighter than ever, railcars and busses need to last years, if not decades. Therefore, it’s important to protect these valuable assets from being damaged by the elements and vandalism. Equipment covers can make a huge difference in keeping these vehicles looking their best and operating reliably.
Most busses and railcars are designed and manufactured to withstand rain, ice, and snow by using protective finishes. However, gravel and rocks can pit and damage those coatings, allowing the underlying metal in the undercarriage, chassis, and bumpers to be exposed to the elements. This leaves the vehicles vulnerable to attack from pollution, salt, and other harsh de-icing compounds such as calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. The corrosion process doesn’t stop when vehicles are stored but continues unabated.
Even before George Washington declared the first nationwide celebration of the holiday, Thanksgiving was a day rich with tradition and history. From its origins as a harvest festival at Plymouth Rock, to the dining room tables creaking under the weight of all those mashed potatoes in America today, Thanksgiving is a time of year to take a moment and be grateful for the people in your life. As a company that relies on, and values, its many employees, Transhield wants to take a moment to reflect on the bountiful traditions Thanksgiving brings, and give thanks for the men and women that work every day to make us industry leaders.
In a time when many Americans feel distant from fellow citizens, Thanksgiving is a timely and wonderful reminder of how close our roots are. Harvest festivals have been celebrations in nearly every major human civilization for thousands of years. So in a way, to celebrate Thanksgiving, or any harvest festival, is to be human.