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6 Benefits of Using Steel for Structural Construction

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Structural steel can be used in the structure of any type of building and provides a number of different benefits. No matter your building or business, if you are constructing a new building or even adding onto an existing building, using steel may the best option.

In this blog, we discuss six of the top benefits of steel structural construction.

1. Speed

Steel structures take little time to erect since most components are engineered at the manufacturing facility. Because of this, even large-scale projects can be put together in just a short period of time. Since steel is pre-engineered, the chances of human error go down significantly, also reducing time needed to fix mistakes.

2. Cost-Effective

While steel itself has dropped in price dramatically due to advancements in how it’s made and engineered, using steel is also cost effective for a variety of other reasons. Since construction takes less time than other traditional materials, you save money. Steel also requires little maintenance so you spend less on upkeep.

3. Durability

Steel has an incredibly long life, especially when compared to other materials, such as wood. This durability means you spend less on maintenance. It also allows for the wide open spaces needed in buildings, such as airplane hangars and indoor arenas, as well as the incredible heights of skyscrapers.

The durability of steel also extends to how well it holds up under various weather conditions. Earthquakes, strong winds, heavy snow, and hurricanes all have minimal effect on well-built steel structures. Unlike wood, steel faces negligible danger from fungi, termites, mildew, mold, bugs, and fire.

Additionally, if you ever need to expand a steel structure, the material’s durability means that you don’t have to replace aging or worn sections to give the addition structural integrity. You can simply build onto the existing structure.

4. Light Weight

While steel is heavier than wood when comparing a 2×4 of steel and a 2×4 of wood, this is only due to steel’s density. When using steel as framework, however, a steel l-beam’s design means it’s lighter than not only wood, but also a number of other framing materials. To stay structurally sound, a wood beam must be completely solid, while many steel beams are hollow or filled with a lightweight material that decreases the beam’s overall weight.

This light weight means less labor is needed during construction and shipping costs go down. The building’s foundation and structural support systems can also be significantly simplified because you don’t need as much framing to hold up individual beams.

5. Versatility and Beauty

Steel can be cut and shaped into an incredible variety of shapes and sizes, and the steel will not buckle, warp, distort, or splinter. You may notice, if you ever go to a contemporary art museum, how many sculptures are made out of steel, thanks to its ability to shape practically any way the designer wishes.

Buildings with steel structural components can be eye-catching and unique with an extra artistic flair. Steel can also be designed to mimic other materials and textures such as shingles and wood siding so you don’t need to sacrifice certain visual appeal.

6. Eco-Friendly

Tens of millions of tons of steel are recycled on a yearly basis. Most steel is made completely of recycled material and will be completely recycled again. Due to its low weight, steel uses much less fuel to transport from place to place.

Steel buildings can also be energy efficient. Since parts are pre-engineered, they are able to fit more exactly, so when they’re combined with proper insulation, a building is completely airtight. Steel roofing panels can also be primed to prevent solar rays from heating a building.

 

Talk to your contractor today about the advantages of steel and how your building can benefit from them.

7 Warning Signs That Your Boiler Needs Repairs

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Whether your facility exists to manufacture new automotive parts or serve as a learning space for elementary school-age children, you must keep the building hospitable for your purposes. Both commercial and industrial properties rely on numerous mechanical systems to maintain proper interior conditions, including boilers.

When it works properly, your boiler heats your property. But when the boiler goes on the fritz, it can lead to discomfort, delays, or even unsafe conditions.

In this blog, we list seven warning signs that your boiler needs repairs so you can have issues addressed as early as possible.

1. Abnormal Smells

Boiler damage can lead to a number of leakages. If your boiler has a gas or oil leak, you may notice a metallic or eggy smell. Though carbon monoxide is odorless, gas suppliers add a sulfur smell to make gas leaks more detectable.

Gas leaks pose a serious health and safety hazard. When you notice any new smells around your boiler, have a professional inspect the unit immediately.

2. Advanced Age

Like any mechanical equipment, boilers will wear over time and need repairs. Most boilers can have new tubes installed and steel sections replaced as needed to restore them to original condition.

A good boiler can have a service life of up to 100 years with a few upgrades and repairs along the way. Always consult a Boiler repair shop before replacing a boiler.

3. Faulty Power

If your boiler fails to run after you turn it on, there may be a problem with the power supply. Check for any blown fuses that may need replacement.

If fuse troubleshooting doesn’t fix the issue, have a technician test the internal power supply system.

4. Heating Delays

When your unit functions properly, you should notice heat production soon after switching the boiler on. If it takes a long time for your unit to produce heat, you may have a circulation issue. You may also notice that your unit shuts off frequently and without warning to avoid overheating.

Sometimes this issue responds to a single repair, but it may also indicate the need for a newer, more efficient model.

5. Inadequate Heat

If your boiler produces heat, but your building never seems to reach the set temperature, it may indicate a heat delivery issue. These issues can stem from a number of sources, including buildup in the tank or short circuits in the thermostat.

Check your thermostat settings when you run your boiler. If your property doesn’t reach the desired temperature, call out for repairs.

6. Leaking Water

If you notice moisture or puddles around your unit, have a technician evaluate the unit as soon as possible. Standing or dripping water can cause serious property damage.

Additionally, leaky boilers use significantly more energy and have a much higher risk of bursting than their watertight counterparts.

7. Unusual Noises

One of the earliest detectable signs of boiler damage comes in the form of odd noises. You may hear clunking, thumping, whirring, or even whistling sounds.

These noises may indicate a broken heat pump, damaged heat exchanger, inefficient fan, or blocked system due to sediment buildup.

 

Pay attention to the way your boiler runs. Even small changes can indicate a mechanical issues, especially in older models. Taking care of these issues early protects you, your property, and the people who use your building from winter temperatures and boiler-related safety issues alike.

If you notice any combination of these warning signs, contact Moorhead Machinery & Boiler Co. Our team has experience with most types of commercial and industrial boiler systems. We can perform any needed repairs and make recommendations to head off any future issues.

Welding in Space and Other Modern Practices in the Welding Industry

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Welding has been around for a long time—since the Bronze and Iron ages, in fact. In the past, welders used rudimentary techniques such as pounding heated metal together.

But over the years, welding has undergone a revolution. Welders began using electrical power, gas, or lasers to create a powerful welding bond.

Today, unique technological advancements allow welders to work just about anywhere. They’ve also sped up the welding process and made it more accurate and more cost-efficient. For more information about modern welding techniques, read on.

1. Welding in Space

In 1969, Russian cosmonauts first performed welding experiments in space. Since then, other astronauts have conducted welding experiments, using many different welding methods. Although astronauts find that welding in space can produce similar results as welding on Earth, they also realize how dangerous welding is in an unpredictable environment.

The depressurized atmosphere in outer space leads to some unique problems. As the weld forms, the materials may distribute differently than they do on Earth. Plus, certain methods of welding don’t work well in space. The atmospheric pressure makes it difficult for welders to form an arc. Any welding process that uses gas becomes complicated, since gas acts differently in zero gravity.

A new tool—the variable power handheld laser torch—allows astronauts to weld more accurately without safety problems. It doesn’t require gasses or a vacuum like other welding methods. Its accuracy, maneuverability, and ease of use have made it astronauts’ choice to repair any spacecraft since 1989.

2. Welding Underwater

What happens when underwater ships, pipelines, and platforms need repair? Companies look for welders that are trained in scuba diving as well as welding. Just like in many above-ground environments, these welders use shielded metal arc welding. To create the weld, they use a waterproof electrode. This electrode creates a gaseous bubble that shields and protects the weld.

One of the biggest challenges with underwater welding is that it produces lots of bubbles, making it difficult to see the weld. Underwater welders learn to work in this low-visibility environment.

Companies can also choose hyperbaric (dry) welding. In this method, welders work from the protection of a habitat. To prevent toxic buildup, the surface team pumps air into the habitat while the habitat expels its air through fans and pipes. Large habitats are more high-cost and are used for larger projects such as ships and oil rigs.

3. Welding with Robots

Welding is both complicated and dangerous. Typically, it’s performed by trained professionals. However, in the 1980s, many companies began using welding robots to lower labor costs. In 2005, the North American industry used about 120,000 robots—and they used half of those robots for welding.

These automated devices most commonly perform spot welding. In spot welding, the robots use electrodes to bind overlapping metal sheets. In the automotive industry, a robot can create thousands of spot welds on just one car.

Recently, manufacturers have begun using arc welding robots as well. These robots use either pre-programmed movements or machine vision to perform nearly every step of the welding process. Along with saving companies money, these robots can produce very precise, accurate welding.

 

From the Iron Age to our age, welding has formed an important part of our culture. Look around you, and you’ll see many modern conveniences that required welding, including buildings, bridges, machines, cars, and airplanes. Over the years, advanced welding technology has made it possible to weld in nearly any environment. It will be interesting to see where industrial progress takes us next.

If you need welding for your business, count on the certified welders at Moorhead Machinery & Boiler Company. We perform many different types of welding procedures to help your business succeed.

Six Things You Didn’t Know About Steel

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It’s on buildings, bridges, and bulldozers. It’s on cars, trains, and roads. Steel is all around us.

People who work in the manufacturing industry already know how important steel is to our daily lives. But steel plays an even more important role than most people realize. Here are six things we should all know about steel.

1. People Have Produced Steel for About 4,000 Years

Steel has been around for a long time. In Anatolia, archeologists discovered steel ironware dated at 1800 BC.

While ancient steel manufacturing processes differed, they laid the foundation for today’s steelwork. In Sri Lanka, workers produced steel via wind-powered furnaces. As early as 500 BC, ancient peoples used crucibles and carbon sources to create steel.

2. Steel Is a Sign of a Strong Economy

Steel is used to build many parts of a functioning city, from ships to skyscrapers. Thus, if the steel industry is doing well, it’s a good sign that the economy is booming. For example, demand for steel greatly increased in the early 2000s. On the other hand, a struggling steel industry indicates a struggling economy. That’s why demand for steel lowered during the recession.

3. Steel Is One of the Most Recycled Materials

Most people don’t think of steel as environmentally friendly, but over 80% of steel is recycled worldwide. In fact, about two thirds of new steel comes from old steel. According to steel.org, it is the most recycled material on the planet! Much of this recycled steel comes from cars, appliances, and steel packaging.

4. Everyone Has Steel in Their Homes

Most people know about steel’s industrial applications, but they don’t realize how much they rely on steel at home as well. Steel makes up many household applications, such as:

  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Washing machines
  • Furniture
  • Tools
  • Utensils

People rely on the strength of steel every day as they eat, wash clothes, and perform other daily tasks.

5. Steel’s Reputation for Strength Has Reached Popular Culture

Steel can withstand winds at 170 mph. A small piece of steel won’t bend until hit with 40,000 lbs. of force. This amazing amount of strength has given steel a powerful reputation.

For example, the latest Superman movie was called Man of Steel. Writer and producer David S. Goyer stated that the name was a metaphor for Superman’s superhuman capabilities. Having come from another planet, Superman was made from much stronger stuff than the average human.

Steel is mentioned in other movies as well. For example, the movie Steel Magnolias uses steel as a metaphor to describe the inner toughness of the characters.

Steel is also used in popular music. In the song, Wanted, Bon Jovi sings: “I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride.” The song speaks of the difficult life of being a rock star, with the “steel horse” representing the tour bus.

6. Many Famous Structures Are Made of Steel

Some world-famous structures you know and love are made from steel. These include:

  • The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri
  • The Chrysler Building in New York
  • The United States Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia
  • The Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • The Helix Bridge in Singapore

Steel adds both strength and beauty to buildings and other structures. Stainless steel is particularly popular because it does not stain, corrode, or rust after water exposure. It can also be molded into many different shapes.

 

Whether you need material for a construction project or a manufacturing application, you can count on steel’s durability and longevity. At Moorhead Machinery & Boiler Co., we offer custom steel fabrication, welding, and material processing. We can even handle specialty jobs. Call us today for all your steel needs.

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