Monday, 4 August 2014

How to Save Money with LED Ribbon Tape

LED Mood Lighting
The average homeowner is familiar with the trusty light bulb; however did you know that investing in LED lighting can actually save you money?

LED lighting such as the highly popular LED ribbon tape product has the potential to benefit your home and your bank account.

The initial expense of switching to LED ribbon tape lighting is one of the main reasons why people are initially put off but you have to look at the wider picture. Amazingly, 90% of energy is given off as heat and wasted in normal light bulbs, as they do not heat up directly. Simply by switching to LED lights such as the LED ribbon tape or even more complex products such as LED ceiling panels or LED lamps, that are 80% more efficient and have a 100,000 hour life span you can reduce your energy usage and save money by simply not having to buy replacement light bulbs.

LED lighting is currently establishing itself as a big player in the residential and commercial lighting market thanks to global LED lighting distributors LED Illuminations and their LED ribbon tape. You can be guaranteed that as they become more popular and widely known initial set up costs will be reduced for home owners too.

How does LED lighting differ from your average Light bulb?

A light bulb uses an in-built filament wire which is heated up and has an electric current pass through it until it glows. An LED light uses a light emitting diode (LED) as the main source of light which doesn't have to be heated up. LED light users get all the light energy and efficiency by using less power than a light bulb user. LED lights last longer than their light bulb counterparts and even though LED lights are more expensive LED lighting offers value for money to customers. There are a huge variety of high quality light products and lighting options available from LED lamps, ropes and LED ribbon tape. You can tailor your power supplies and controllers to suit your own home or design project.

LED Ribbon tape is a firm favourite in many modern homes, retail and exhibition lighting because, in addition to saving you money like all LED lights, it is incredibly easy to install. With its versatile format your can stock LED ribbon tape practically anyway making it perfect for overhead lighting or accent lighting. 

LED Ribbon and Strips

LED ribbon tape and LED strip lights are an energy efficient, funky alternative to the more traditional looking LED lamps. LED ribbon tape gives it a unique flexibility and as it is physically a lot smaller than LED rope lights or LED panels it can be concealed under shelves and in cupboards to give an atmospheric effect.

The LED ribbon tape can also be waterproof which makes it ideal for use in the kitchen or bathroom or even in your garden. If your project is a lot bigger than the size of the standard home a high performance LED ribbon tape can emit a massive 16.67 million different shades with a life expectancy of 100,000 hours. The application of strips and ribbons is very easy and safe as you simply back the tape and apply wherever you like. LED lights give a whole new definition to light quality, now that’s how you make a good impression!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Hose Connectors Offer a Superb Option

Far too often it can be the case that your equipment becomes unusable because you’ve not been properly looking after it, something that those who deal with industrial hoses will no doubt be familiar with.

Although by no means a definite assurance of longevity for your hoses, opting for something as simple as hose connectors can give it the added protection that it needs to operate at the same quality over time.

They’re available in many different forms and they depend on what they will be used for. Their mechanisms are quite simple, in that with a simple attachment, you can connect one or more hose safely and excellently. This is a huge benefit in terms of being able to make the most out of the hoses that you already have rather than having to buy a new, larger hose altogether.

Hose connectors are typically made of rubber as it’s one of the most versatile and resilient materials on today’s market. Fabric flexible connectors are another innovation in the field of hose connection and are suitable for lower-scale operations. Be sure to consult the experts on which might be best for you before you make a buy, otherwise you might be wasting time and resources.

In fact, you can combine different types of rubber to create the best possible product and there are companies out there that can assist you with this. Buckley Industrial, a highly-respected Flintshire business, have been excelling with their hose connectors range for years and have the experts on-hand to compliment it.

As well as hose connectors, Buckley have a proven track record of providing the utmost in industrial hoses themselves, couplings and expansion joints. In addition to this, their superb testing facilities have been providing customers with the opportunity to ensure that their equipment is in top working condition and give advice on how to proceed from there if not.

Buckley are able to provide you a wide range of hose connectors to suit your needs. If you don’t find something from their extensive range, they are also known to build custom hose connectors. Be sure to call them at 01244 544080 or email for more info.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

All About Wind Energy

Wind Energy is energy that is created by using the wind to generate power normally by means of windmills or wind turbines. This useful form of energy makes electricity.

Wind energy is a clean, abundant renewable source of energy and also the fastest growing source of electricity generation in the world today.

Wind Energy is not a modern technology but in fact it has been around for over 4000 years. The Babylonians and Chinese were using wind power to pump water for irrigating crops 4000 years ago and before that sailing boats had long been around. It was also used in the Middle Ages in Europe to grind corn which is where the term "windmill" originated from.

Wind Turbines
Wind turbines produce electricity by using the natural power of the wind to drive a generator.
How this works is all to do with the way the sun heats our atmosphere. Our atmosphere is uneven which means some patches become warmer than others. The warmer patches of air rise and other air blows to replace them which creates a wind blowing.

The energy in the wind can be used to generate electricity. This is done by building a tall tower with a large propeller on the top known as a wind turbine, the wind blows the propeller around which then creates electricity. There are normally many Wind Turbines built close together to make a wind farm (see below) which produces more electricity. The more Wind Turbines, the more electricity can be made.

The development of wind energy technology is developing fast, and turbines are becoming cheaper and more powerful, which in turn is bringing the cost down of renewable generated electricity.

Wind Turbines are the most modern of wind machines and can be useful for charging batteries, pumping water and powering homes.

How do Wind Turbines Work?
A Wind Turbine converts kinetic energy in the wind to electrical energy and distributes it around the country.

1. The wind blows onto the wind turbine blades which makes them turn and catches the wind
2. The blades turn a shaft inside the nacelle (this is a box at the top of the turbine)
3. The shaft inside the gearbox increases the rotation’s speed
4. The generator uses magnetic fields to convert rotational energy into electrical energy. (Similar to those found in normal power stations)
5. The power output then goes into a transformer to convert the outgoing electricity at around 700 Volts to the correct voltage for distribution system, typically 33,000 Volts.
6. The national grid then transmits the power around the country
7. The stronger the wind, the more electricity is produced

Wind Farms
Wind power plants more commonly known as Wind Farms; consist of large groups of Wind Turbines that use a common power provider to produce electricity. They are all interconnected and are all controlled and operated by computerised monitoring systems.
Wind Farms are best located where the wind is strong; you will normally find Wind Farms in coastal areas, open plains, tops of rounded plains and gaps in mountains
There has been a large increase of Wind Farm Contractors UK in recent years.

The need for clean Energy
The more conventional methods of generating electricity consist of burning fuel to provide energy to drive generators. These technologies use fossil fuels, coal, oil, gas or nuclear fuel. Fossil fuels create pollution which contributes to global climate change.

Although this source of electricity generation dominates the energy needs for Europe, renewable energy sources currently provide 5.4% of the European Unions primary energy needs, but it has the potential to provide much more.

Wind Energy in the UK
40% of all the wind energy in Europe blows over the UK, making it an ideal country for further development into wind power.

There has been a huge increase in the construction of wind energy schemes UK in recent years, and with its many benefits of more conventional energy sources this should continue to grow well into the future.

Cost of Wind Turbines
The effective cost of wind turbines continues to drop; the cost per kilowatt-hour has dropped, for big US wind farms, from $1 per kilowatt-hour to $0.25 per kilowatt-hour. It is very difficult to compare wind farms to natural gas driven wind farms.

It is also difficult to compare the capacity of large wind farms to the capacity of fossil fuel power plants, as wind energy is dependent on how much wind there is. This can be affected by many different factors, such as location and the time of year.

Wind turbines are manufactured in a range of vertical and horizontal axis types. Small turbines are used for applications such as battery charging or auxiliary power on sailing boats. Large grid connected arrays of turbines are becoming an increasingly used source of power in the commercial sector.
There are some concerns over the efficiency of wind turbines, but their ability to produce green power has seen the development of the technology to be very successful.

Types of Wind Turbines
There are two types of wind turbine, Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines (HAWT) and Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT).

Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines have the main rotor shaft and electrical generator at the top of the tower and must be directed into the wind. Most HAWTs have a gearbox which turns the slow rotation of the blades into a quick rotation that is more suitable to drive an electrical generator.

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines have the main rotor shaft situated vertically. Key advantages of the design are that the turbine does not need to be pointed directly into the wind to be effective; this is an advantage where the direct of the wind is variable day to day. These types of wind turbines can be favourable when mounting onto buildings.

VAWTs are less efficient as they have a low rotational speed, resulting in higher torque. With a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine the generator and gearbox can be placed near the ground, using a direct drive from the rotor assembly to the ground based gearbox, improving access for maintenance.

Wind Turbines Today
The modern Wind Turbines of today have a maximum capacity of around 2 megawatts (2000 kilowatts), based on per hour at full capacity of electrical production.

A 2 megawatt wind device generates enough power for around 1100 homes, working only at around 30% capacity. Most wind turbines based on coastal areas run at least 80 percent of the time, but not at full capacity. Currently new studies are being done by many universities, with new developments in turbine blade design and more efficient generator designs, the effectiveness increases. New designs are also being developed for horizontal and new vortex type wind generators.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Innovative Manufacturing Technology

Mona Precast Concrete Building Blocks
Mona Precast Concrete Block Manufacturers are not only experts in transforming precast concrete into a wide range of building blocks and products, they are also an innovative company that invest in creating modern manufacturing methods.

This local North Wales company stands out from other concrete block manufacturing specialists because they have taken a keen interest in developing methods to reduce their impact on the environment. To make a smaller carbon footprint, Mona Precast utilise over 70% recycled aggregates but they have also invested in creating a fantastic new piece of technology, which is their very own solar powered curing building.

This means that the company can create a wide range of concrete building products, which are cured using only the power of the sun. This significantly reduces the amount of CO2 created in the manufacture of their products.    

It is creative and dynamic business ideas such as this that have helped Mona Precast become so well known for a high standard of product. The business delivers their concrete building blocks, concrete lego blocks and concrete paviours across the UK with their very own transport fleet.

Mona Precast is a family run business that has a long history in the construction industry before they went into manufacturing concrete. This gives them a great insight into their clients and their industry enabling them to deliver the best product and customer service possible. Mona Precast have developed their very own, individual and unique ranges of concrete lego blocks known and Mona Mega Blocks, several ranges of paviours including MonaPave and an impressively comprehensive collection of architectural masonry and architectural blocks including split faced textured blocks, kerbing blocks and more.

Increasingly, construction companies must consider environmentally friendly methods in their projects. It is an expectation of consumers and often of the government that companies do all they can to limit their impact on the environment. That means it should make a big difference to construction companies and builder’s merchants who they buy from. Construction companies dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint should aim to utilise environmentally friendly methods at every stage in the creation of a structure and that includes the buildings products used. Choosing Mona Precast products ensures construction works are starting out with the right, high quality, environmentally friendly manufactured products for their project.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

How Hose Reels Can Aid Health and Safety

If you work in an industrial environment where there are potential hazards everywhere, one small step you can take to lower the risks is to invest in hose reels to keep your hoses in a contained space.

Studies show that 50% of all workplace injuries occur down to tripping or falling with many of them being attributed to either wet floors or outstretched items that can only be noticed when it’s too late. These are two difficulties that can often be posed when it comes to working with industrial hoses.

Luckily, a simple solution is at hand as with a high quality hose reel, you can store your hosing away in an easily identifiable location. This will help to store your hoses in one easy room (as an example) making it far easier for you to keep organised without a mass of hoses tangling around each other without reeling.

The forms that your hose reel can come in vary depending on the size of your hose and the size of your operations. Should you be working within a small, independent firm, you will more likely than not require a straightforward manual rewind hose reel. With a simple crank mechanism, you can optimise the length of hose you want to use for your process.

However, you should always in fact look to something like a spring retractable hose reel for your work as they are the most commonly used variety of reel and for good reason. Thanks to their adaptability when it comes to suitability for different hose lengths and straightforward mechanisms, they are typically the go-to for anyone who wants to keep their hoses secure and safe when not in use.

In addition, you can also look into procuring power rewind reels for yourself and your business. However, they are only really applicable for use in heavy duty processes as they excel within processes of motor functions and are built for extremely long hoses, like those you would come across on a building site.

For any further information, be sure to consult a premier supplier of hose reels like Buckley Industrial who can help you with any queries you may have.

Friday, 21 March 2014

The Benefits of Linear Lengths of LED Rope Lights

LED Rope Lights
When you need the best lighting solutions for commercial use LED rope lights present one of the best options if you need continuous lengths of light.

LED lighting provides the perfect lighting atmospheres for a variety of commercial needs. With their great varieties in colour tones, their clear, bright lighting, their long life and energy efficiency they are the ideal option for commercial lighting.

There are other options in LED lighting such as attaching shorter pieces of LED ribbon tape together. This is good for a variety of needs in lighting different areas, for example going around corners and small areas in the home but when you need long linear lengths of light then LED rope lights are always the best solution. For your convenience LED rope lights are available in lengths up to 25 metres with absolutely no breaks. This makes them far more efficient for installation in large lighting projects.

When you are trying to purchase LED rope lights from distributors make sure you are getting the exact product that you want. Sometimes LED lights are advertised as LED rope lights when in reality they are only waterproof LED ribbon lights which will only run to a maximum of 10 metres. LED ribbons on longer rolls do not prove to be reliable for long linear lighting solutions in the same way that real LED rope lights are. LED rope light are of a high quality, they are waterproof, a strong design and have no breaks which make them perfect for large area lighting.

Even if you need shorter lighting than 25m you will find LED rope lights for commercial application will helpfully having cutting marks at various intervals meaning you can cut up your rope light to the appropriate length without damage or compromising performance. This product is therefore very versatile and perfect for applications such as office lighting, swimming pool lighting, club lighting, large sign lighting and a whole ensemble of other applications.  Be sure to choose a LED supplier who specialise in true LED rope lights in lengths up to 50 metre rolls.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Hydrostatic Testing

To ensure your hose assemblies are in correct working order, there are fewer techniques more efficient for this than hydrostatic testing.

Testing by eye can be a tricky procedure and can often result in less than accurate results, meaning there could be a disruption in the assembly which remains incognito and a threat in the long term. By undertaking hydrostatic testing on your assembly, you can be assured of highly accurate results.

At its simplest definition, hydrostatic testing involves filling your hose assembly with water until it achieves a pressure which is fifty percent over the standard regular working pressure. This enables testers to inspect whether or not the hose is able to withstand such an exertion as any leaks or imperfections will noticeable.

It is not advised however, that you undertake this procedure yourself and especially so if it’s your first time in inspection and testing. Specialist help is recommended as not only can they do the test to the finest degree but they can also provide you with the information that you may need.

In addition, opting for specialists has its benefits in that they will be able to undergo tests with the best in technology that will be able to provide highly accurate figures and results. This means that instead of relying purely on the naked eye, you can gauge any distinct dangers posed by excessive pressure.

The equipment available to you in specialised facilities is top of the range with many being customisable to very specific testing parameters. Once your tests begins, the testing pressure will be routinely monitored to see if there is a loss in quality over time in your assembly.

It’s vital to not undergo testing purely by eye as some leaks can go unnoticed and deteriorate further over time, leading to an unwelcome surprise when the minor drip becomes a major issue. Not only can this cause a problem to the workplace, it can also be an excess when it comes to the cost of replacement.

So, if you’re unsure of the longevity of your hose assemblies, be sure to consult specialists who will be able to guide you through the steps of hydrostatic testing.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Simple Reasons to Choose Flexible Hose Connectors

flexible hose connectors
Should you be in a working environment which requires optimum accuracy and effectiveness for all your applications, you may want to invest in flexible hose connectors.

As a relatively straightforward yet wholly innovative product, they are well-known for providing superb value for money over time and many more benefits when compared to regular hose connectors.

Here are just a few of the many reasons why flexible hose connectors for you and your business is a good idea:

Flexible Hose Connectors are versatile.

Though a glance at a flexible hose connector may make them appear simple and a little lightweight, this is not the case as they vary depending on the application which is most suitable for their use.

For instance, a flexible connector made of fabric can appear to be too insubstantial for heavy duty processes but it in fact, they have been proven to be a vital asset to many hoses and also pipework in terms of connectivity and ease of flow.

Value for Money

On the surface, it can be easy to baulk at purchasing something which you think you may not need for your business but actually, they are almost essential.

If the worst situation should happen and you have a leak on the head of your hose down to shoddy connectivity which degrades the product over time, it might cost you a surplus to buy a whole new hose or set of piping. However, with a hose connector you can be assured that it will stand up to many pressures; meaning you will be saving yourself some money in the long run.


The most obvious plus point for owning a flexible hose connector, the manoeuvrability of these hose accessories is what makes them so popular.

A rigid connector has a tendency to be stressed over time. This is because when trying to move a hose around your practical area, the base connection remains still and its connection is being tested as it’s pulled to and fro.

This is why flexibility is paramount as they work with you to achieve the most efficient results and are available in the previously mentioned fabric versions and also as bin activator seals and flexible rubber connectors.

Consult a professional hose supplier if you have any further queries.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Well Logging Plays Part in Oil Rush in North Dakota

North Dakota
A sleepy town in the United States of America has become embroiled in massive operations of well logging to unearth what’s believed to be huge deposits of crude oil in the area. Not too dissimilar to scenes from the Paul Thomas Anderson film There Will Be Blood, locals are clamouring to get in on the action with plenty of fierce competition.

The Great Western Plains of America had long been believed to be arid since the turn of the century with little to no precious minerals to be found in its vast expanse. However, in roughly 2005-2006, all kinds of discoveries were found to show that the land remains untapped and filled with potential.

The oil rush in the area is so immense that tens of thousands of people have packed up and moved to the region in the hope of claiming their own small fortune. The Bakken shale formation is the place believed to be the most rich rock formation in the state and there are some guesses by geologists that it may contain billions and billions of barrels worth of oil.

Already, the benefits are being felt throughout the region as there’s been an estimated $200 million gathered by the local government from the trend which will perhaps be put back into the community. Many people are also financially better off since the boom with the annual income being about $55000 per person.

Additionally, the population of Watford City in North Dakota has risen by 10000% since the big boom began, helping to place it on the map. All across the plains in the expanse of thewestern region of North Dakota, you will be able to see opportunities and progress in an area that was once lacking.

With the continued used of well logging and diligent mining, the north of Dakota should continue to be the capital of the United States for an oil boom.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

What are Cable Connectors?

Cable Connectors
An innovation which is vitally important for the inner workings of many different industrial working environments, cable connectors have been utilised for many different purposes thanks to their versatile nature.

To help you figure out if you may need these products for your business, we've compiled a short Q&A below for your interest.

Why do I need cable connectors?

As simple as it may sound to connect two cables together or to a port, it can often be a major misgiving that any product will do the job sufficiently. This simply is not the case because if you have a cumbersome means of connection (i.e. the wrong fitting entirely) then you’re less likely to achieve the practical results you need.

This is down to many reasons. If your processes lack fluidity, they will become much more stilted and therefore slower. Any sort of disruption in quality in your connections is likely to be a disruption in quality to your business’s manufacturing arm.

Where are cable connectors used?

In the automation realm, they're used to provide the smoothest and most responsive movement for the building of cars. Circular connectors are mainly used in this field as they offer lightweight yet robust solutions which allows for the finest movement, especially when it comes to usability of robotic arms which are constantly used for production.

The other form of connection comes from rectangular connectors. These are far more robust and are suitable across a range of different applications with its heavyweight properties lending itself kindly to longevity and durability. This makes them essential when it comes to dealing with electrical and mechanical characteristics.

What do they consist of?

When it comes to the build of connectors, there are many intricacies and utilities which need to be gauged.

For instance, a cable connector manufacturer will often consult with you based against your requirements. They will guide you through each different part of the connector and will provide any extra information on which particular component is suitable for differing applications.

Above are the three primary parts of a cable connector. With the help of your supplier, you can be guided step by step through each one.

Can I customise cable connectors?

The simple answer is yes! When you consult with experts of cable connections, they will be able to build a connector based against the guidelines you provide. If you have no real idea of what it is you need for a particular application, they can talk you through the main differences between a cable gland and a cable insert.

Additionally, any decent supplier will be able to provide thorough details of the build of your cable connector from initial concept drawings to 3D models.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Slim hole Logging for Your Industry

Are you looking to make a start in the gas and oil industry but need some background information before you take the plunge? Then it could be worthwhile reading up on some of the advantages of slim hole logging for all your operations.

As an instrument for logging which has been around for many decades, slimhole logging’s status as the premier in safe and efficient testing techniques remains undisputed. Since 1927, slimhole has excelled at providing excellence ever since the Schlumberger brothers first patented it.

Known as an ‘electrical survey’ back then, it has been modernised in terms of name over the years but the same initial functions still remain intact. Seen as one of the most revolutionary advancements in the logging industry, the Schlumbergers have been lauded as visionaries in their field because of their great work.

At its essence, slimhole logging works in a very simple way yet it still yields highly efficient and productive results. As you’d expect, a small hole is excavated in a test area before a probe is then lowered into aforementioned opening.

A probe will then be lowered into the region, which upon reaching its destination, will then be used as the conduit to test resistivity. Resistivity entails the measurement of the electrical current to determine whether the subject is sufficient enough to be logged.

In days gone by, it would be a case of guess work and plenty of human calculations, making it a far more drawn out and laborious process. However, after the innovation of items such as microloggers, it’s a less strenuous activity and one that is measured to the finest detail. Using acoustic and imaging formats, your surface software can remotely detect the contents of your logging area resulting in less necessity of manpower and time consumption.

In the event of a successful logging operation, you will no doubt be encumbered with precious materials and this is highly advantageous to those either in the industrial or scientific sectors.