Category: Abrasives

10 Products to Win This Winter

While the first day of fall has just passed, it is never too soon to start preparing for what’s to come next. With winter right around the corner, many of our customers will soon be experiencing sub-zero temperatures, blizzards, and ice conditions across the country. We specialize in seasonal products such as FireSnake, switch brooms,…

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The Innovation the Railroad Takes

Technology

The railway industry is one that takes dedicated employees and the latest technology to succeed. According to the Association of American Railroads, there are more than 28,000 locomotives, 1.6 million rail cars, and enough rail to circle the earth eight times in the United States alone. Without the newest technology and equipment, it would be…

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Your Product Testing Checklist

    Recently, the IRS teamed up with our supplier Norton Abrasives to perform continuous improvement testing on saw blades in our Elmhurst, IL headquarters. Tests like this one are not only necessary for safety, but also ensure products are up to top standards. While the process does change depending on the product, here are…

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12 Steps for Handle Installation

handle removal

Handles take a real beating. With constant usage, exposure to the elements, and the tough jobs being performed, track tool handles become loose or can break.  Keep your tools safe, comfortable, and performing their best by replacing the handles regularly. Follow these 12 easy steps to have your tools back up and working as quickly…

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Blotter Size vs. Flange Size- What’s the Rule?

rail saw

The proper use of blotters can aid in preventing wheel breakages. Blotters, by definition, are compressible washers that must be placed between an abrasive wheel and a mounting flange. These blotters are more than just cardboard or paper, but are designed to strict standards for material type, thickness, coefficient of friction, and compressibility. Use only…

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The Do’s and Don’ts for Handling, Storage, and Inspection of Grinding Wheels

Grinding wheel on track

Handle all grinding wheels with care. Remember there is no such thing as an “unbreakable” grinding wheel. Be safe and follow the attached Do’s and Don’ts for handling, storage and inspection of grinding wheels. Do’s Do check all shipments of grinding wheels for possible damage in transit. Do report any damaged containers or pallets. Do…

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Fire Prevention and Safety

spark shield

 The majority of railroad fires are caused from grinding or welding on the rail. Grinding and welding rail can produce sparks, which is why it is important to follow proper fire risk assessment and mitigation procedures before starting the job. There are several factors involved in assessing the risks for fire prevention. Here’s a few…

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Staying Hydrated in Extreme Temperatures

 In the midst of summer, temperatures are at a scorching high with extreme humidity, especially for us in the Chicagoland area. It’s important to work safe in these types of conditions especially if you’re outside. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. The amount…

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