The art of forgingdates back to at least 4000BC aging the process to over 6000 years old! It is one of the oldest metalworking processes and involves the shaping of metal using compressive forces – usually a hammer (mainly a power hammer) or die (tool) is used. Forging is often categorised depending on the temperature used – there’s cold forging, warm forging and hot forging. For the warm and hot forging, the metal is heated in a forge.
There are several types of hot forging as well, which include Drop Forging, Upset Forging and Hand Forging.
The process of compressing the pre-heated material between two dies. Usually a hammer is raised and then ‘dropped’ onto a heated piece of metal to reshape it. There are two types of drop forging – open-die and closed-die. The advantages of drop forging consist of greater strength and improved microstructure.
one of the most commonly used methods and can also be known as ‘heading’. It is mainly used to form bolt heads and screw heads etc. However, some materials will then need to have drop forging to, for example, punch the hole out of an eyebolt.
Most forging is done manually, especially Hand Forging, also known as blacksmithing, where the work is performed by hand, by highly skilled staff. The metal is initially heated to red heat and then beaten into shape on a metal anvil. The end result are products that are stronger and much more durable.
Forgingcan be very dangerous and must be done with deep care and consideration. Some workers experience joint pain, risk to sight/hearing and burns.
Most forging companies are family run and have been in the family for generations, which many companies are extremely proud of.
In recent times, technological advances have led to potentially using computer-controlled hammers in the future.
by Alex·Comments Off on Personalised Workwear Benefits
The workwear clothing industry is rapidly increasing and consumers have numerous retailers to choose from. There are many benefits of workwear attire. One major factor being that all employees feel and look the same, this gives a sense of company involvement and less worry of peer pressure. When all members of staff are dressed the same there is no focus on importance of what that person looks like. Uniform helps staff bring a sense of identity within the company and the organization. It also achieves a sense of belonging. Wearing the same clothes would lead to a feeling of team spirit, and make the employees feel that they are a part of the company. If all staff are wearing the same attire this gives a professional outlook for all potential customers and clients.
Personalised workwear is also on the rise as a source of advertising and something which can set your brand apart from the crowd. Having your company logo clearly displayed on all employee uniform makes it easier to recognise. Potential customers will see your details wherever employees are out and about and may choose to get in touch. This is a source of free advertising. Your company name will become lodged in people’s minds even when they don’t realise it and in time you should see the benefits of more customer leads and business.
Personalised workwearisn’t necessarily something every business needs but there are many industries where it can make a huge difference. Whether you want to forge better team relationships or promote your brand whilst on the go, personalised workwear can make all the difference.
by Alex·Comments Off on Sublimation and UV printer options
There are a number of printing options available when considering printing on to different materials.
Sublimation printing is a common print process used to print on materials such as mugs, fridge notes, mouse mats, flags and phone cases. Sublimation ink converts from a solid to a gas without becoming a liquid with the use of heat and pressure.
When printing on ceramics, metals and cloth the items have to have a sublimation coating on them for the process to work. If printing on to 100% polyester such as a mouse pad or puzzle, no sublimation coating is needed.
UV Printing is another printing option that is still considered as one of the newer printing options available.
There is very little difference between the printing process for UV printing and conventional printing other than the inks and the drying process associated with those inks. However, the benefits of UV over conventional printers are plentiful.
Conventional printing uses solvent inks that often need additional spray powders to help with the drying process. Colours can become diluted and less bright as they are absorbed into the paper and can take a lot longer to dry. They are unable to print on materials such as plastic, acrylics or foil.
When using a UV printer the ink dries through a photomechanical process. The inks are exposed to ultra-violet lights as they are printed. This process turns the ink from a liquid to a solid with minimal evaporation of solvents and practically no absorption of the ink into the paper stock. Because of this process a UV printer enables you to print practically anything using UV inks.