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A Winning Formula For Alloyed Raised Access Flooring

Posted by Adam Tarr on May 17, 2017 1:37:46 PM

The Benefits of SB Tech's New ECO Al-Mg Raised Access Flooring

The industrial world uses large amounts of Aluminum (Al) and Magnesium (Mg) alloys because of their relative abundance, good strength-to-weight ratios, and in the case of Aluminum, corrosion resistance. Magnesium, however, has a disadvantage that when molten, such as when it is cast into products, it will oxidize (burn) on contact with the air. To combat this, manufacturers typically use some type of ‘melt protection’, such as a gas or liquid to isolate the molten surface of the magnesium from ambient air conditions.

Unfortunately, the gas that has become the standard for molten magnesium processing (SF6) has significant environmental disadvantages. While exploring a new environmentally friendly gas-free processing method for molten magnesium, SB Tech developed a new aluminum-magnesium alloy that brings substantial benefits to raised access flooring applications.

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Topics: NEHP, SB Tech, ECO Al-Mg, Raised Access Flooring

Always Factor This Into Your Clean Room Design

Posted by Adam Tarr on May 3, 2017 4:07:04 PM

Proper Clean Room Design Is Essential To Our Current Quality Of Life

You'd be surprised at all of the aspects of your day to day life that are impacted by our ability to create ultra-clean processing environments, aka Clean Rooms. Most people are familiar with the concept of clean rooms from seeing pictures or video of people in 'bunny suits' manufacturing semiconductors. However, clean room technologies impact our lives in so may other ways. For instance, most patients do not question how sterile the needle is as they get vaccinated, or if the medical instruments used in an emergency room were made in a clean room atmosphere. We as a society take these services for granted. Most of us do not fully realize the effort it takes to manufacture a dozen identical flu shots, or understand the impacts if these become contaminated during development, because clean rooms are a standard practice in the 21st century.

For engineers in research laboratories, food processing, life sciences, biotechnology or medical device manufacturing, understanding and applying the right clean room standards can make all the difference in getting to the right solution for product quality while balancing production efficiency and life cycle costs.

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Topics: NEHP, Clean Room Design, Clean Room Standards, Raised Floor

How Raised Floor Technology Will "Carry" The Future

Posted by Adam Tarr on May 3, 2017 3:48:56 PM

A Case For Raised Floor Technology In Commercial And Manufacturing Facilities

"Harvard Business Professor Dr Michael Porter is the founder of the modern strategy field and one of the world’s most influential thinkers on management and competitiveness. The author of 19 books and over 125 articles, he is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School and the director of the school’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. He has influenced more executives - and more nations - than any other business professor on earth." So when he speaks, we pay attention. According to Dr. Porter, we are now in the third wave of the Internet of Things. From here on, humanity will continue to develop a rapidly diversifying portfolio of smart connected products.

Business owners and manufacturers who recognize this trend also recognize that their facilities will need to be properly outfitted to accommodate an exponentially advancing technological system. Never before have we needed to have unprecedented flexibility designed into our manufacturing processes and environments.  

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Topics: NEHP, Raised Floor Technology

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