Hi, my name is Trevor Hamblin and I have written this blog about industrial equipment and supplies. It's very important that business owners keep the necessary supplies and equipment on hand to run their operation efficiently. I became interested in industrial equipment and supplies after talking with my neighbor who owns his own business. I never realized how many different supplies were needed to run a business until he explained it to me. After we spoke, I started doing some research on my own and found out a lot more information. Since I believe this is important advice that every business owner should know, I wanted to write a blog about it. I hope that after learning about the industrial equipment and supplies that are needed, you'll also have a better understanding of all that's required.
If your factory has started using cold rolled steel to fabricate equipment and products, you may wonder about the ideal way to store it. If you want to store the cold rolled steel so it is clean and ready to use when you need it, use the following tips for keeping it from rusting while in storage.
Select the Storage Area Carefully
Before you get the steel ready for storage, you should first select the area in which you will place it. When making the selection process, make sure you do so carefully, as the environment in which you store the cold rolled steel can greatly impact whether or not it rusts.
While looking at the different areas inside your factory, look for empty spaces in places that have climate control. The temperature inside the storage area should remain consistent. If not, the varying temperatures can lead to condensation around the steel. This moisture could then lead to oxidation and rust formation.
Also, make sure there are no open doors or windows in the area. Even if there are climate controls, the openings to the outside will drastically affect the temperature around the steel.
Once you have ensured that there are no openings and the area has a consistent temperature, look at the surrounding equipment. If there are any machines that let off steam, choose another location for the steel. The steam can increase the humidity of the air around the steel, exposing it to constant moisture.
Avoid Removing the Packaging until You Need It
After selecting a dry, climate-controlled location for storage, the next thing you need to do is prepare the cold rolled steel itself. If the steel is still wrapped in its original packaging, do not remove it right away. Most wrappings are designed to keep moisture away.
However, if the packaging has been opened and the steel is already exposed to air, you will need to treat it before storing it. Also, if you find that the brand's packaging is only brown paper or does not completely enclose the steel, this too will need to be treated. Go on to the next section to find out more about treating the steel.
Coat the Steel with Machine Oil
When you have exposed cold rolled steel in a package that is either not fully protective or has been opened, the steel should be coated with oil before you store it. The oil will help keep the surface lubricated. This lubrication can help keep water from building up and coming into contact with the steel's surface.
Unless the manufacturer has an oil they specifically recommend, you can use the same machine oil that you apply to the factory's other machinery. After donning a pair of rubber gloves, use your hand to coat the steel.
If you still have the original packaging and it wraps around most of the steel, place the steel inside of the wrapping and cover as much of it as you can. This can give the steel an extra layer of protection against moisture. However, if you do not still have the packaging, wrap the oiled steel in plastic. This will keep the oil from wiping off.
Using the above tips can help keep your plant's cold rolled steel from rusting. However, if you have found that the steel is covered in rust or shows signs of other damage, you may want to contact your industrial supplier to seek their guidance on whether the steel can be cleaned and repair or if it needs to be replaced.
Contact a company like A & C Metals - Sawing to find out more about handling cold rolled steel.Share
26 September 2017