manufacturing day resources

3 Fascinating Manufacturing Day Resources You Have to See

Friday is the national Manufacturing Day — a day set to address common misconceptions about manufacturing impacts by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is, and what it isn’t.

Created by Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International in 2012, MFG DAY is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

Read more

manufacturing day

4 Ways You Can Participate in Manufacturing Day

Friday is National Manufacturing Day — a day set to address common misconceptions about manufacturing impacts by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is, and what it isn’t.

It’s a day to celebrate the achievements and impact the manufacturing industry has had, and continues to have, on the lifeblood of our country and our economy.

Read more

manufacturing

3 Big Ways Manufacturing Impacts Your Life [Infographic]

Friday marks the second annual Manufacturing Day — a day set to address common misconceptions about manufacturing impacts by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is, and what it isn’t.

Manufacturing impacts much more in your life than you likely think — even if you don’t work in the manufacturing industry. If you’ve ever purchased an item that made your life easier, manufacturing was behind it.

Read more

manufacturing infographics

2 Interesting Manufacturing Infographics

Friday is National Manufacturing (MFG) Day — a day devoted to giving manufacturers an opportunity to show the country what manufacturing is all about, and address some of the misperceptions about the manufacturing field.

Below you will find 2 interesting manufacturing infographics that give you a glimpse into manufacturing in America (no, everything isn’t made China), and how the manufacturing industry impacts the American economy.

Read more

manufacturing day 2015

5 Fun Ways to Participate in Manufacturing Day

Friday is National Manufacturing (MFG) Day — a day devoted to giving manufacturers an opportunity to show the country what manufacturing is all about, and address some of the misperceptions about the manufacturing field. It is a day designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and help their communities and future generations thrive.

It’s a day to celebrate the achievements and impact the manufacturing industry has had, and continues to have, on the lifeblood of our country and our economy.

Read more

reverse engineering

4 Reasons to Reverse Engineer Component Parts

Purchasing pre-made component parts for your agricultural equipment seems like the best route to go, especially for small to growing equipment manufacturers.

You get exactly what you need without putting in the work of designing or fabricating it yourself. You save time, money, and get your equipment out to the customer faster.  It’s a win-win for you. Or so it seems.

Pre-made component parts are great, but often those parts are highly overpriced and not always made to the highest of quality standards. They may seem like the best best in the short term, but in the long term — those parts may be costing you quite a bit in quality, reputation, and money.

The solution? Get those pre-made component parts reverse engineered.

Read more

5 Reasons Turnkey Manufacturing Benefits Your Project

Turnkey manufacturing is the smart choice for food processing expansions and equipment procurement projects.

Rather than doing everything in-house — design, layouts, manufacturing, installation, training, support — and somehow paying the staff to get it all done, many food processors are choosing to outsource part or all of the project to professional design and manufacturing companies.

Read more

Top 4 Benefits of Consistent Component Parts

Human error — when it comes to the quality of the agricultural equipment you’re manufacturing, you want to avoid it at all costs.

Fabricating the exact same shapes and measurements, getting quality cuts, utilizing raw material to it’s fullest, and guaranteeing consistent component parts is near impossible without the right machinery. You can try it on your own, and make adjustments as needed to make inconsistent component parts fit, but when you’re trying to grow your business and process more equipment orders, consistency is your friend.

Why Does Consistency Matter?

Why does component part consistency play such a big role in growing your business?

Simple. Part consistency makes it easier for you to process equipment orders and get them to your customers faster — giving you time to take on even more orders. The faster and easier it is to fill your orders, the more you can fill, and the larger your business grows.

Here are four other benefits to using consistent component parts:

Read more

outside fabrication company

5 Benefits of Hiring an Outside Fabrication Company

As a manufacturer of agricultural equipment, you know the pressures of increased demand for your product.

You put in the hard work of developing a new piece of equipment, spent months marketing it to increase demand, sold a few units, got your name out there, and now the hard work is paying off — more people want to buy your equipment.

A Good Problem

Congrats! It’s a good place to be. Your business is growing, you’re making more money, and people love your product.

However, at some point, the increased demand for your equipment will create a problem – you won’t be able to manufacture your equipment fast enough to keep up with the demand. Fall too far behind, and you’ll end up losing sales, clients, and ultimately, money.

The Best Solution

So how do you keep up with increased demand for your agriculture equipment? How do you get all the parts and pieces fabricated, assembled, finished, and out the door on time? How do you take on more orders for your equipment and not eat away your profits by having to hire more staff?

Simple. Hire an outside fabrication company to do some of the work for you.

Read more

stainless steel finishes

The Best 5 Stainless Steel Finishes in Food Processing

Stainless steel finishes are an important aspect in sanitary food processing equipment, as finishing options alter more than just the appearance of the metal.

A variety of methods are used to achieve stainless steel finishes — hot and cold rolling, grinding with abrasives, buffing with cloth wheels, tumbling, dry etching, sandblasting, acid solutions, bead blasting, and more — each one affecting the surface smoothness in varying degrees.

According to the International Association for Food Protection, surface roughness has been generally related to cleanability of stainless steel, with smoother surfaces often considered more cleanable.

In a sanitary application, such as food processing, stainless steel needs a smooth, scratch-free, and non-corrosive finish to prevent the harboring and growth of bacteria.

Know the Terms

In choosing the type of finish needed for your application, it is important to understand the terms and definitions used for stainless steel finishes.

Surface Texture
The surface of the material including irregularities and deviations, including roughness and grain.

Grit
Grit is defined as the size of the abrasive used in the polishing process. Typically coarse, lower grit numbers are associated with grinding and higher grit numbers are associated with polishing. Grit size however does not fully define the surface.

RA (Roughness Average)
A standard for an average of the peaks and valleys of the metal’s surface, measured in microinches or micrometers. A profilometer is used to determine RA values.

RMS (Root Mean Square)
A machining standard used to diagnose machine operations and surface finish.

Stainless Steel Finishes for Food Processing

When it comes to applying stainless steel finishes in the food processing industry, we have found customers prefer these five finishes the most.

Mill Finish2B FinishNo. 4 FinishNo. 4A FinishBead Blast
2bfinish
DescriptionUnfinished steel in basic supply condition.Achieved by cold-rolling, heat-treating, and pickling. A final light rolling pass gives the surface a smooth, reflective gray sheen. It is the standard finish for 304, 304L, and 316 stainless steel.Consistent straight grain finish. It is produced by polishing with a 180-240 grit belt.Fine polishing grit lines that are uniform and directional in appearance. It is produced by polishing with a 180-240 grit belt.Uniform, non-directional, low-reflective surfaces that contrast well with high polished finishes. It is accomplished by applying fine glass beads at a high pressure without damaging the surface.
ApplicationsStructuralMaterial handling, processing, direct food contactClean rooms, food processing equipmentClean rooms, food processing equipment, Pharmaceutical, 3A Dairy StandardsStructural, material handling, food handling
Sanitation EnvironmentNot used in food contact areasSuitable for sanitary wash down proceduresSuitable for sanitary wash down proceduresSuitable for sanitary wash down proceduresSuitable for sanitary wash down procedures
RA>10036 (7 gauge) 15 (16 gauge)29-4018-3145

*The images in this post are a portrayal of the finish and are not completely accurate representations. Screen resolution, picture size, and photo quality all affect the look of the finish in the picture.

The Best Finish

Stainless steel resists corrosion, maintain strength at high temperatures, and is easily maintained — making it ideal for the food processing and pharmaceutical industries. Top it off with one of the 4 finishes above (not mill, unless the application is only structural in a non-food area!) and you’ll have an easy to clean surface that keeps your food product safe.