Posts by Jared Elliot

4 Features That Medical Castors Should Have

Are you looking for a way to procure castors that will last in your new medical facility? Read on and discover some crucial features that you should think about when you are asking a supplier to deliver specially made castors for your medical facility.

High-Temperature Tolerance

You should request for castors designed to withstand high temperatures. This is because medical facilities often sterilise medical equipment and other materials using steam. Additionally, a highly contagious infection, such as Ebola, may break out. Such outbreaks may necessitate the use of extremely high temperatures to sterilise all materials that go in and out of treatment rooms. You should therefore specify castors whose heat-resistance is much higher than your normal requirements so that you are ready for any condition to which those castors will be exposed.

Brakes

Your facility may also need castors that have been equipped with brakes so that wheeled devices, such as IV equipment, can be locked into place when the need arises. Select a braking mechanism that is very easy to engage or disengage so that personnel can quickly use the castors as they go about their work of taking care of patients. Ask the supplier to show you how the different brakes work so that you can choose the easiest to operate.

Swivel

Medical equipment often needs to be moved quickly from one place to another. Such equipment therefore needs to be able to change direction in an instant so that it can be taken where it is needed. Select castors that have great swivel so that it will be easy for equipment to be moved in and out of treatment rooms.

Materials

Medical castors are usually made from a variety of materials, such as neoprene, stainless steel, chrome or nylon. Consider your needs before you select a specific material. For instance, stainless steel castors would be very good for moving heavy equipment. However, such a material may not be suitable for floors that can easily be marked. Read the product information on each of the materials so that you select the one that will be a good match for the operating conditions at your medical facility.

Specialised castors can be designed to address the tiniest detail regarding the conditions at your facility. It is therefore necessary for you to have a comprehensive discussion with the manufacturer so that he or she makes castors that will be able to work in those conditions for a long time.

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Why You Should Consider Adjustable Shocks

The beauty of Australia is in its diversity. This is very well illustrated in the different types of road that you’re likely to encounter when you go on a long-distance trip. You may start off on smooth, shiny asphalt, but you don’t have to venture too far before “getting onto the loose.” Your vehicle needs to be able to adapt in these situations, especially when it comes to its ride, and you need to know what type of shock absorber is best for you if you like taking a trip to the wild side occasionally.

How Shock Absorbers Work

Shock absorbers are the most critical elements of a suspension system, and these hydraulic dampers have a big role to play in smoothing out your ride. These units absorb energy whenever a certain load is placed on the vehicle’s springs. The job of the shock absorber is to resist the energy in that sudden movement. Without the shock absorber, the vehicle would simply continue to bounce up and down until the energy was eventually dissipated.

Why Average May Be No Good

One of the problems with a standard shock absorber is the fact that it is only designed for a “typical” type of action. Within the absorber is a piston contained in a tube filled with oil. When the suspension is activated, the oil will be forced into the piston through a small hole and the movement will be based on the size of the hole itself. In other words, if the hole is bigger, the action of the shock absorber will be more limited and vice versa.

About the Adjustable Shock

While this may be fine for conventional driving, it’s not as good when it comes to unpredictable surfaces. This is why adjustable shocks were invented. These have two independent knobs that allow you to independently set the amount of rebound in those pistons as well as the level of compression. Now, it is possible to set different performance rates for each shock absorber on each corner of the car, and you can do this independently or selectively. These “double-adjustable” shock absorbers offer you a level of flexibility that’s more difficult to achieve with the conventional, stiffer shock absorbers or by trying to adjust your vehicle’s spring rates.

This means that you can set your adjustable shocks at one level for your “normal” driving in the city, but then you can change them according to your specification before you head into the outback at the weekend.

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How to Make Your Car Last Longer and Pass the Next Inspection

Unless you’ve got something exotic or rare in your garage, the value of your car will depreciate with time. While on the road, they suffer wear and tear thus making repairs and maintenance necessary to run smoothly. You shouldn’t ignore the warning signs. Staying on top of maintenance increases your car’s lifespan.

The following tips will not only make the car last longer but also increase the chances of passing the upcoming inspection:

Repair Any Body Damage

Small dings and dents are prone to corrosion and rust. Some states don’t allow vehicles with rust holes on their body to pass a registration inspection. Depending on your car’s rust extent, you may fix it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.

Keep the Car Clean at All Times

Washing your car frequently removes grime that damages the paint. You shouldn’t forget the underbody. Your car’s underside is exposed to debris, road salt, mud and moisture. Utilize a pressure washer to effectively clean the area beneath.

Carpets should be dry and clean always. Damp carpets seep water to the frame resulting to corrosion and rust. Do you live in a wet environment? Rubber floor mats can be an incredible investment.

Regularly Change Fluids

Various fluids in your car facilitate its running. Consult the manual to check what fluid maintenance levels should be. Always change oil on time. While different cars might have distinct oil change levels, the general range is normally 3,000 – 5,000 miles. Going beyond the range simply means that the engine will face a greater risk of overheating. It might also increase wear on the internal components. Your car’s coolant must also be properly mixed and clean. Finally, yet importantly, the brake fluid must always be fresh.

Be Well Timed on Vehicle Repairs

Particular car parts boast finite life spans. It’s best to conduct regular checks on such parts to ensure they’re in excellent shape. If they aren’t in great shape, you should replace them soon. Postponing repairs results to higher bills. Consumable parts such as suspension, filters, tires, belts, horses, hoses, rotors and brake pads wear down or stop functioning with time. Maintain a long on their status to establish when they are due for replacement.

Never Forget Documents

When attending an inspection, you must carry a few particulars. Primarily, you should have your driver’s license or a valid photo id. A copy of liability insurance card may also be needed.

By doing the above, your car will surely last longer and/or even pass the next inspection.

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4 Signs Your Transmission Pump Isn’t Working Properly

A car’s transmission system is one of its most vital parts, and automatic systems use a pump to push transmission fluid through the valve body and into the gears. If that pump isn’t working properly, the transmission isn’t going to work properly either, and that can seriously impair the health of your vehicle. Automatic transmissions are both complex and expensive, so repairs and replacements really need to be avoided. You want to be able to know as quickly as possible whether there is something wrong with the pump, so here are four main issues to keep an eye out for.

1. Overheating

Unlike your engine, your transmission doesn’t have its own cooling system; instead, it relies entirely on transmission fluid in order to remain at a stable operating temperature. When the transmission pump begins to fail, that fluid will not be properly circulated and the system will begin to overheat. This may cause the overheating light on your dash to turn on, and you might notice a burning smell emanating from beneath the hood.

2. Loud and Jerky Shifting

Transmission fluid is cooled in order to maintain a steady temperature, but it also helps prevent overheating by lubricating all the gears in your transmission. If those gears are not properly lubricated, they won’t be able to work as smoothly. You may notice that your automatic system starts jerking or faltering when a shift is made, which will often be accompanied by a grinding noise.

3. Whirring Noise

Grinding isn’t the only noise that can reveal a problem with the pump. Your transmission pump is connected directly to the motor, and the motor needs to turn for the pump to operate efficiently. If any parts of the pump or the belts that connect it to the motor become worn or move out of alignment, you’re likely to hear an odd whirring sound when the car is running, even when you’re in neutral.

4. Transmission Fluid Leak

Your transmission pump propels fluid into the transmission system. If there are any cracks along its body, transmission fluid is going to leak out. This is unfortunately quite hard to spot just by looking at the ground beneath your vehicle, but you can always check the transmission fluid level manually if you suspect that something is wrong.

If you have reason to believe that your transmission pump isn’t working properly, make sure you take your vehicle to a professional as soon as possible.

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What Might Be Wrong With Your Car’s Brakes

When your car’s brakes are acting up, you want to repair them as soon as possible; otherwise, you may risk having the brakes fail altogether while on the road. If you put off brake repairs because you assume they’ll be too expensive, remember that your safety is at risk when you drive with bad brakes and that putting off repairs can result in more expensive fixes the longer you wait. Note a few things that might be wrong with your car’s brakes so you can know what you might expect by way of those eventual repair bills.

Shuddering or uneven stopping

If you apply the brake pedal and it seems to shudder and shake under your foot or you feel a shimmy from the wheels, this might actually mean that your car’s tyres need an alignment and balancing. If the wheels are not aligned, the brakes don’t grip them evenly and they shudder and shake. However, shuddering and uneven stopping can also be the fault of air in the brake lines. Air in the lines interrupts the flow of brake fluid, and brake fluid builds up pressure in the brakes. When fluid doesn’t flow evenly, that pressure is uneven; the wheels then shimmy slightly and the brake pedal may shudder. A mechanic can usually bleed the brake lines and refill them to address this.

Grinding and squealing

Grinding and squealing are common when your brake pads are worn down and need replacing, as you may hear metal-to-metal contact of the pads against the rotors. However, when the rotors are worn down, the pads need to squeeze too tight to grip that thin material and this causes them to squeal; the pads may be fine but the rotors need changing in this case. Also, when the car is low on brake fluid, the pads are not being lubricated and they may overheat as they squeeze the rotors, and this causes them to grind or squeal. 

Soft pedal 

A soft pedal means that you need to virtually stand on the brake pedal for it to “catch” and stop the car. This may be a problem with the pedal itself, but it might also mean that the car is low on brake fluid and not enough pressure is being built up in the brake lines, as mentioned above. Try pumping the pedal and note if it seems firmer; this forces more fluid into the lines and if this causes the brakes to “catch,” then you know the problem is not the pedal but more likely a leak in the brake lines.

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