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Why is Machine Guarding Important for Your Company?

Posted by Mark Howe

Jun 23, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Every workplace has some level of hazard.  For industrial and assembly workplaces there are particularly dangerous machines that could seriously injure, maim, or kill a person.  Plant workers, managers, and even casual passersby must adhere to very strict safety regulations in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. OSHA has a mountain of regulations for workplace safety. Machine guarding is one particular area that can be very helpful for workplace safety while also helping to improve overall productivity.

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Topics: aluminum extrusion, Machine Guarding

8020 Extrusion Catalog Navigation Tips

Posted by Mark Howe

Sep 12, 2013 3:15:00 PM

The current 80/20 Aluminum extrusion catalog is over 2" thick! There is an enormous amount of information packed in over 1200 pages. Finding what you need doesn't have to be a challenge. We are going to step through some tips and tricks on how to navigate the 80/20 Catalog.

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Topics: aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, t-slotted extrusion, knotts company

Which 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Fastening Method is Best for You?

Posted by Mark Howe

Sep 12, 2012 9:04:00 AM

Open up the catalog (section 3 to be exact) and you will see over 20 different pages of t-nuts, screws and fasteners. Then hop over one more section and you will see a few dozen joining plates and brackets. Little overwhelming if it your first time parousing the catalog.

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Topics: aluminum extrusion, t-slotted extrusion

80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Assembly Tips & Tricks

Posted by Mark Howe

Feb 21, 2012 10:42:00 AM

Here is a brief list with some assembly tips and tricks for 80/20 T-slotted Aluminum extrusion. Please share any tips we missed!

Panel Gasket

  • Automotive vinyl protectant applied to rubber panel gasket makes installation easier.
  • Cut rubber panel gasket 2-3" longer than the opening to make the corners stay tight
  • When installing rubber gasket, start by tucking each end in, then work from the middle out

End Fasteners

  • When working with end fasteners, pre-assemble the bolt to snug, then back off a 1/4 turn to easily slide the fastener into the T-slot.

Linear Bearings

  • If your linear bearings are not sliding properly, try tapping them with a soft face mallet to align the pads with the T-slot.

Panels

  • Leave the protective film on the panels to protect them during installation; just roll up the edges until your project is fully assembled.

Joining Plates

  • When using joining plates or gussets, leave the bolts loose and clamp the bars to ensure a square fit before you tighten the bolts completely.

End caps

  • Tired of end caps popping off? Tap the end of the extrusion. The threads will prevent the plastic plug from popping out.

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Topics: aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, t-slotted extrusion

Top 5 Industrial Automation and Motion Control Blog Posts of 2011

Posted by Mark Howe

Dec 21, 2011 1:50:00 PM

2011 is quickly coming to an end so here is a look back at our Top 5 Blog posts for the year.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, aluminum extrusion, knotts company

3 Different 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Applications

Posted by Mark Howe

Oct 17, 2011 10:32:00 AM

80/20 Aluminum Extrusion can be applied just about anywhere. It really is only limited by your imagination. This post is going to cover three applications that we have been involved with in the past 20 years.

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Topics: aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, t-slotted extrusion, knotts company, welded steel frame, Machine Guarding

Machine Guarding (Aluminum Extrusion) is Serious for Plant Safety

Posted by Mark Howe

Sep 30, 2011 2:00:00 PM

Plant managers and engineers know the importance of safety. OSHA regulations are always at the forefront of safety related decisions, but there are additional precautions that help not only with OSHA compliance but with overall plant and production line safety.

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Topics: manufacturing, industrial automation nj/ny, aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, machine guard, Machine Guarding

A Real Life Experience with the 80/20 Extrusion Mobile Showcase

Posted by Mark Howe

Jun 28, 2011 2:18:00 PM

Recently a Knott's customer contacted us and arranged a visit from our 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Demo Van to see some of the latest products being offered.  Our account manager Jerry pulled the van right up to the shipping bay to set up shop.  The 80/20 Demo Van contains a fully loaded gurney that shows all the extrusion profiles as well as hands on demos.  Jerry pulled the gurney out and set up shop before the customer's engineers arrived on scene.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, resource, aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, t-slotted extrusion, knotts company

Part 2: Designing an 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Machine Guard

Posted by Mark Howe

Jun 7, 2011 2:46:00 PM

On May 23, we started designing a t-slotted aluminum safety enclosure for a specified work envelope. (If you need a quick refresher, head over to Part One)

Now that the overall structure has been designed, we can move to the next step. We will now go through the process of adding the doors and additional hardware that is required.

Designing the Doors.

As stated in the job requirements, we need two doors on opposite sides.  Doors help give maintenance access without requiring disassembly. 

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Topics: cost savings, cost effective, aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, t-slotted extrusion, knotts company, machine guard, assembly

Part 1: Designing an 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Machine Guard

Posted by Mark Howe

May 23, 2011 10:01:00 AM

Having a safe work environment is extremely important today. Machines have always posed a hazard to the workers due to fast moving parts and possible pinch/crush points. 

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Topics: cost effective, industrial automation nj/ny, aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, t-slotted extrusion, machine guard, assembly