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  • What Is the ‘Reach Out’ of a Magnet?

    What Is the ‘Reach Out’ of a Magnet?

    • October 23, 2020

    Magnets are a vital tool for countless businesses. Manufacturing companies, for instance, use them to remove metal waste from workpieces, machines and the surrounding workspaces. A high-powered magnet will attract metal waste, making cleanup a breeze. Magnets can also be used for material handling purposes. Depending on the type, some high-powered magnets are capable of

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  • What are the Different Types of Steel

    What are the Different Types of Steel

    • October 21, 2020

    The Four Types of Steel Steel is a combination of two elements, iron and carbon. Steel are broken is broken into four types and then in those types steel is broken down into grades. There are four main types of steel, Carbon Steels, Alloy Steels, Stainless Steels, Tool Steels. Each different type of steels has

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  • Short History of Magnets

    • October 21, 2020

    Magnets are right up there with casters, hinges, and Latches as something we use every day without noticing. Like those items the magnet is likely older than Humankinds ability to write about them. The Magnet of today is a direct descendant of the naturally occurring Mineral Lodestone. This naturally magnetic ore was not formerly called

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  • What Is an Allen Key?

    What Is an Allen Key?

    • October 21, 2020

    Not all fasteners require the use of a traditional screwdriver or wrench to install. Some of them are designed with a socketed head that fits an Allen key. Allen keys are small handheld and manually operated tools used for the installation or removal of these special fasteners. If supported, you can install or remove a

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  • Flat vs Lock Washers: What You Should Know

    Flat vs Lock Washers: What You Should Know

    • October 20, 2020

    Consisting of a disc-shaped piece of material with a hole in the middle, washers are often used with bolts. They are typically used to distribute a bolt’s load more evenly to protect the joined workpiece from damage. Prior to driving a bolt into a workpiece, a washer is placed at the top of the bolt’s

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  • An Introduction to Gaskets and How They Work

    An Introduction to Gaskets and How They Work

    • October 14, 2020

    Not all machines consist of a single part. Many machines have dozens or even hundreds of parts. To prevent leaks around the surfaces where these parts meet, gaskets are used. Gaskets create a sealed mating surface between two or more parts. Once installed, they seal the parts together so that any gases or fluids flowing

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