Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Why are LED strip lights becoming so popular?

LED lighting has become an incredibly popular form of lighting, thanks to their characteristics that make them extremely durable, long lasting, bright and environmentally & economically friendly. This type of lighting used is considered to be rather expensive, but thanks to technological advancements, you can now pick them up relatively cheap, coming in a wide range perfect for many different applications.Here we offer some guidance on the fantastic LED strip lights.

As the name would suggest, these lighting products are basically a strip of led’s that are wired together with double sided tape on one side, which can be cut at intervals to solder your own wires on – meaning they are highly customisable. There are plenty of different types of LED’s used in the strip lighting, so make sure that you are getting something bright enough for your intended use. You should always remember that if you are hoping to have several metres of LED strip lighting, then you will be using a good amount of power (worth considering). Applications using strip lighting range from outdoor and indoor lighting, inside canopies, boat cabins, automobiles, headlights on vehicles, decorations and much more.

You can use led strip lighting for whatever you want, as they are so easy to customise. With just a bit of wire and some basic skill in soldering, you can literally use these great lights for anything you like. Some people use alligator clips to power the circuit on odd occasions, whereas others run them straight from a power source that leaves them permanently connected. You can even incorporate switches to turn the lights on and off when you please!

These lights look absolutely amazing when used in cool places, so check out the lighting range at LED illuminations for some great products. From strips, rope lights, ribbon lights reflectors and flood lights, to lamps, down lights and waterproof lighting, there is something for everyone!

Friday, 15 February 2013

What type of Hose Testing is available?

Hose testing is an important process to have carried out on applications that use hose assemblies, as they can not only disrupt important processes, but can also put at risk the environment, along with the personal health and safety of the people who work with and around the application.

When hose assemblies become broken, leaking or disrupted, there will be usually what’s know as an ‘outage’, which can result in down time to processes that can result in lost time, money, resources and cause disaster that could have been prevented with a simple hose test. A professional and experienced hose inspection and testing firm will offer preventative testing that will virtually eliminate unpleasant unforeseen surprises, allowing both employees and customers to get on with their duties and plans comfortably and safely.

Buckley Industrial are a firm that specilise in the testing of hose assemblies, through an inspection and practical test process that allows them to pick out any potential risks to your hose assemblies, expansion joints, couplings and much more. Depending on the application and process undertaken will determine which type of hose testing will be required.

The different types of hose testing include:

Hydrostatic Testing:

Hydrostatic testing involves filling a hose assembly with water, taking it to around 1.5 times the maximum working pressure and holding it for a period of time that will ensure the hose could deal with unexpected pressure increase. Whilst under this pressure, the hose will be monitored close to ensure that the pressure is held and that the hoses integrity is maintained.

Nitrogen Testing:

The nitrogen testing process consists of a hose assembly becoming filled with nitrogen, whilst submerged under water and bringing it to a specified test pressure. Any leaks will be detected through emanating bubbles. If a pressure drops, then it is registered on highly sensitive tracking equipment. This type of testing can also be done with different gases if necessary, so it may be wise to speak to the firm you are dealing with to find out more details.

Vacuum Testing:

The vacuum testing process is usually employed to test hose assemblies in suction applications which will ensure that they stay completely rigid during their service. Facilities usually enable hose testing firms to subject hose assemblies to any negative pressure reading down to a total state (-29.92inHg – inches of mercury).

Electric Continuity Testing:

This type of testing is perfect for certain applications that require an electrical bond between the end fittings of a hose assembly to avoid creating a static build up within the length of the hose. The testing facility will achieve this through incorporating a conductive material within the hose bonded to the end fittings. Continuity is ascertained by measuring the resistance between two ends of an assembly with the use of a multimeter.

Depending on your application, you may need testing and inspection of one type and not the other. Certain applications can be tested properly with one or two of the test methods, so it is always worth undertaking a little research before approaching a firm. Buckley Industrial offer their hose testing and inspection service to anyone that feels they should have their assemblies, expansion joints, couplings etc tested to avoid devastation that can disrupt important processes.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Custom Cable: Get your hands on them quickly and easily

If you are after a custom cables for the project or application you are working on, be mindful that you should ensure you use a reputable company that manufactures the quality cables you need to a successful outcome. There are various forms in which cables can come in, from lightweight everyday office cables, to heavyweight industrial cables. Depending on your application, you will require certain types, lengths and capabilities of cables.

Certain cables do not come pre-made and can be difficult to get a hold of.
You will need certain types of cable depending on the application that you are trying to get working effectively. The environment must be considered with custom cable selection, as certain applications require the cables to be placed and operate within different types of environment. If you are using a cable outdoors, you should consider waterproof shielding, whilst if it is indoor, may not need any protection. Some heavy duty cable may even require armour, depending on what they are used for. It is always recommended to invest in good quality custom cables, as it will ensure that you do not experience problems shortly after having them fitted. Problems at an early stage are extremely annoying and can result in you purchasing higher quality custom cables anyway, so don’t take the risk with low quality, cheap cables.

To ensure your cables are of a high quality, you should use a reputable cable supplier/manufacturer.  Companies such as Lapp UK are well prepared to process your custom cable order in a quick fashion, ensuring you have the cable you need quickly and accurately. You need to know that when ordering custom cables, a professional firm can undertake the process to the requirements you have stated, so you do not have to worry about someone with inexperience and not qualified creating your cable.

For more information on Lapp's custom cables, please visit: http://lapplimited.lappgroup.com/our-services/customised-cable-solutions.html

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Vacuum Testing - Ensure equipment works!

Vacuum testing is used to find faults in applications that must be able to operate reliably. Suction applications must be tested through vacuum testing methods to ensure that they will stay rigid during service, to avoid cut outs, power failure and production halts that can be both costly and hazardous. A firm using this type of equipment should ensure that they have their equipment checked regularly by professional firms with the experience, knowledge and equipment to give them peace of mind in regards to the reliability of their equipment.

Buckley Industrial is a firm that can conduct all types of hose testing, including vacuum testing to ensure your applications run smoothly. Vacuum testing is an advanced form of testing which requires exceptional knowledge and equipment to give a thorough test and reach a conclusion upon each hose or application.
The process can be undertaken by Buckley Industrial at their vacuum testing facilities, enabling them to subject hose assemblies to any negative pressure reading down a total vacuum state (29.92 – inches of mercury).

Each and every hose is put through its paces to make sure it is thoroughly tested and can cope with the applications requirements. The ability to have it replaced is always available, and always recommended if the people testing the equipment suggest so. This will allow you to avoid accidents, hold ups and other issues that can cost time and money.

For more information on the comprehensive service that the firm offers to all clients, please see the Buckley Industrial website, which is clearly set out to allow the quick and efficient search for the service you need. From on site to offsite testing facilities, you can make arrangements that suit you, your business, budge, time and level of importance and urgency.