Theme ideas for a kid’s playground

Modern-day parenting is a little different from past centuries. In some communities, kids were to be seen but not heard, while others treated them like miniature adults with their own set of responsibilities. Some cultures see their children as an investment. These kids are expected to live out the failed aspirations and expectations of their parents. And when these parents get older, their kids will take care of them, both physically and financially.

In such families, the eldest child is often seen as a third parent to their siblings, so they might not get a chance to just be kids. Conversely, modern-day parenting sees children as individuals with their own tastes and ambitions. Their parents and teachers try to find out what these kids want for themselves, and to help them achieve these desires.

Some of the ways a child’s individuality is explored include hobbies, personal tastes, and even fashion choices. As we get to know these children, we provide opportunities for them to dig into their areas of interest and develop them in a healthy, positive way. Outdoor playsets are an easy way to do this organically, so when you’re selecting one for your kids, you could consider a themed playground that ticks off their selected touchpoints.

 

The athlete

A recent episode of Little Big Shots (the American version) features a six-year-old girl named Lylah who’s an expert in the American Ninja Warrior game show. She’s so good that it gave her 15 minutes of fame on TV. For a child like that, building a playset that mimics the official adult version is a piece of paradise. The child can practice every day, giving them a sense of achievement and exhausting them enough to minimise bedtime tantrums.

Suppose the child is an aspiring gymnast. As they get older, they’ll probably get an official coach and spend hours at the gym. But in the early days – or even during their downtime – you could erect a home gym in the form of an outdoor playset. It could include trampolines and play spaces that mimic balance beams, rings, horizontal bars, parallel bars, and uneven bars. A well-built jungle gym can include all this and more.

On the other hand, you can take a more serious approach, erecting a ‘playset’ for ‘older kids’ and adults. They can use this outdoor gym to get the exercise they need without the pressure, especially for high schoolers and college kids on a professional track. Outdoor units like Cage Fit or UrbanFit Body units offer a full workout that’s quite specific.

 

The misfit

Some children seem more drawn to the role of villain. You might worry that this pre-sages a life of crime, but sometimes, it’s okay to let them release these ‘negative’ urges in a healthy way. Besides, in every game of cops and robbers, somebody has to be the burglar.  And even as adults, we are charmed by love-able rogues like Jack Sparrow. So why not let your child explore their inner pirate?

Entertain your child with sea-faring playsets that include boats, platoons, submarines, or even the Galleon, a fully equipped pirate ship. Indulge their inner warlock, princess, or dragon hunter. Set them up with a castle playset or a jungle village complete with painted trees and carved wildlife. They could decide to be Tarzan or a game ranger. You might even let them be a hunter, though they hopefully won’t grow into a poacher. Let their form of play open up their world and offer opportunities to develop their ethics and moral campus.

 

The worker

On the other hand, if they’re urban minded speed demons, get them a playset they can drive. Options include fire trucks, lorries, ice cream vans, aeroplanes, rockets, and trains. Up the reality factor with accessories like traffic lights and street signs. Transportation playsets can be stand-alones or they can be part of a more elaborate set-up.

Some playsets are designed to look like towns, complete with restaurants, post offices, banks, and hospitals. It’s a whole new level of playing house, inviting them to create storylines, explore grown-up roles, and make sense of the world around them. You can learn a lot about your kids by watching them in this setting, but remember to ne subtle and unobtrusive, otherwise they’ll stop.

Contemporary playsets can also follow practical vocations, like animal husbandry. There are playsets built to mimic a veterinary centre, sheep shearing station, chicken farm, military base, or space centre. Follow your child’s passions and support their career ambitions by allowing them to dream every time they play.

Products for Super Oily Hair

The Best Products for Super Oily Hair

Oily hair can be so frustrating especially after washing and conditioning your hair the night before and you wake up to a greasy mess. It’s so annoying. Where does the oil come from and what does it want? Does it want to make every day a bad hair day, or does it come in peace? In this post, we will take a look at the cause and how you can combat the grease.

First, let’s take a look some basic science behind why we get greasy hair.

Well, it’s all about the sebaceous glands that can be found all over the body where hair follicles are found. Sebaceous glands produce natural oils to revive and protect your hair. There on your body to help you and not harm or make your life a nightmare when it comes to hair. So these ever so helpful glands are great for the hair unless of course your sebaceous glands over a little too overactive and this will cause your hair to be oily. Well, at least you know they are working. Just a little too well.

There are a number of products on the market that will help you control your oily hair problem. Some natural methods are out there but the ones I will list now have been proven to work and I recommend them after my extensive quest to relieve myself of my oily hair problem.

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

Yes, you heard me right. Believe it or not, baby shampoo works a treat for oily hair. Not only does it help to wash the grease out, the gentle action of the shampoo doesn’t put as much stress on the hair, therefore, Sebaceous gland doesn’t release as much oil. When under stress the sebaceous gland will release more fluid because it’s the bodies reaction to the attack.

Your Diet

The saying you are what you eat has some truth in it when it comes to oily. If you look at the problem holistically and keep a food diary you will probably notice that whenever your hair is at its oiliest coincides with junk food you’ve been eating. If you want happy healthy hair its important to eat a clean balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients and watch your hair spring to life full of vibrancy and colour.

Dry Shampoo

This is a favourite for most girls who suffer from the affliction of having an overactive sebaceous gland. The dry shampoo soaks up the help and helps give your hair that freshly washed look. It will also add some bounce and volume to hair. It’s easy to apply and will save you the time of washing your hair while achieving the desired look.

Give Your Hair a Break

If you’re doing your hair every day for using products and dyes on a regular basis it might be time to give your hair a break. Go a few weeks without using any products at all apart from washing and conditioner and observe if that makes a difference in the oil department. Then one by reintroducing your products until you eliminate the perpetrating offender. Often people have reactions to certain types of products and this can be the sole cause of the greasy locks.

Redkin Hair Cleansing Cream

The Redkin hair cleansing cream will turn your oily hair into clean and lively locks. It’s a once a week application that will remove the oil build up from the hair follicles and leave your hair feeling soft and beautiful.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Is there anything this marvel of nature cannot do. It can be used as medicine, salad dressing and now you can use it on your hair to remove the oil. Dab it onto the roots after washing your hair leave it a few minutes then rinse it out thoroughly. Do this three times a week and hopefully, after the first week or two, you should notice a difference.

Argan Oil

You make think applying oil to an already oily area to remove oil is crazy. Well reading back on that sentence it sounds really crazy. But applying argan oil to your hair will actually help get rid of your oil problem. This will lubricate the hair and scalp so your sebaceous gland won’t have to after time it will start secreting less oil.

So greasers and oil slicks no you have no excuse to be cruising around with oily hair. These tips and tricks should be enough for you out of trouble. Remember to start from the inside and improve your diet then start using some of the products to help your hair along the way. Happy and healthy hair coincides with a happy healthy body and mind. And experiment with different products until you find something that will work for you.

Eyebrows

The Latest Eye-Brow Look

Brows are the fluffy clouds that frame the windows to your soul and this year’s hottest eyebrow looks are swinging towards a more textured look with natural contours and natural lines. The textured brow is a technique that builds body and dimension and is more focused on the variations in the contour of the way the brow sits naturally.

The Textured Brow Method

So to achieve the illustrious textured brow you’re going to want to create varying depths of volume. This done by taking your fine tipped brow pencil and doing small strokes while applying even pressure. This will give the brows some lift and they will begin to take shape naturally. This technique is also known as micro feathering and is used by makeup artists around the world.

Next, you take some brow gel and apply a little to medium brow brush and brush against the grain. This will give your brows lift and enhance the volume somewhat.

If you’re blessed already with a fine set forehead bushes. I mean thick eyebrows. You won’t have to do as much to get the volume needed for a textured brow. Also if you do have a thick set of brows go easy on the product. Dousing yourself with eyebrow gel will only make your brow look heavy and shiny.

The Soft Smooth and Full

Some smooth full, well groomed, naturally full eyebrows are gracing the pages of magazines adorned by the celebs and models that wear them so well. The understated smooth look is in as everybody is looking for more natural shapes with volume and texture.

The smooth look can be achieved by using the highlighter and lowlighted to create texture and volume. Then brush the eyebrows with a fine brow brush in the direction of the hair follicles.

High and Defined

Another trend that is in right now is the high arch defined brow particularly in the urban community These ladies have been laying it down bold, big, beautiful in the eyebrow department.

To get this the actual length of the hair follicle has to be trimmed short and then taper to even shorter on the ends. Some girls have been getting shaped edges and some micro textures. The high and defined look works well when you want to make an impact and strut your stuff.

Soft Opaque Round

The soft, Opaque and round look is in right now. This is achieved by cutting the eyebrows and using a fine light eyebrow pencil to shade it very subtly. This look is a bit tamer than the others and requires less maintenance. It ideal if your girl on the go and you don’t have half an hour on your eyebrows every day.

Using multiple shades of brow pencil has become quite popular as people are gravitating toward the trend because it looks and cool and it’s an easy way to get more height and definition.

The rise in Instagram models has seen the rise of the heavily treated and more dramatic looking brows. It’s like we are caught between two polar opposites when it comes to brow grooming. You either have soft naturally textured brows or big, bold and beautiful. Either way, go with your instincts and find the right look that matches the beautiful contours of your face.

Everybody has been blessed with a beautiful face although some are different to others, so some brow styles will look better on certain faces. Experiment with a style that will suit your face and accentuate some of those sassy features. If you can’t decide opt for a more natural look with some slight texturing.

Why I Love My Roller Shutters

Why I Love My Roller Shutters

For a long time, roller shutters were seen as a preserve of industrial complexes and commercial buildings. This was mainly because they came in bulky and unattractive designs; with the only things they were good for being the increased security. Nowadays, different people install roller shutters in their homes or places of work for different reasons. The shutter designs have vastly improved and evolved to incorporate more style and practicality. This has transformed roller shutters into something that can be added to home without compromising on the looks and interior decorating in your home.

This transformation is what led me to experimenting with roller shutters on my windows. I shopped around looking at all the options available, which were surprisingly varied, until I found one that I liked. I started with one window to see how they would look and when I was satisfied, I expanded to the rest of the house. Since then, I have never looked back. Here are a few reasons why I love my roller shutters:

 

Peace and quiet

I happen to live near a school which makes every morning a cacophony of sounds as people try to get their children to school on time. This used to make my mornings terrible since I generally prefer peace and quiet when having breakfast. It becomes worse when I have just come from the night shift and all I want to do is get some rest. Since I installed shutters however, the noise has not been as bad. In fact, some noise levels are completely blocked out. The shutters also help drown out the noise from my house when I am having people over for my monthly meets, so that I don’t disturb the neighbours. Roller shutters also give you complete control over who gets to see into your home. Some have a variety of options to how wide you want them to be, letting you choose just how much people can see into your home, while maintaining good clear lighting all through.

 

Security

My mind is at ease with roller shutters installed. Although the current installations are made from lighter material than the steel sheets that were previously used, they still serve the same purpose. The newer designs incorporate lighter metals such as aluminium with the smaller components being made from steel. They offer an extra measure of security against both vandalism and burglary, since it is very hard to gain access to my house through the windows. It would take a very determined person to cut through the shutters, and even then, the time taken ensures that someone will see something and raise the alarm.

 

Easy to use

Back in the day, roller shutters took all the strength in the world to open and close. This was because, as I may have mentioned several times, they were bulky and not really made with ease of use in mind. In fact, after sometime, they became impossible to move and repairing them was quite a hustle. These days however, even manual roller shutters glide smoothly and with no effort. I have no issues with mine, which up to date still function like a dream. If you are for one reason or another opposed to the manual ones, there is a motorised variation that lets you use a remote control to raise or lower them.

 

Surprisingly versatile

Something to note with roller shutters is how versatile they are. When I installed mine for the first time, I only thought of them as an option for my windows. Since then, I have come to learn that you can install them in various other places.  For instance, I have installed a shutter door that connects the patio to the rest of the house. It marries practicality and security. Some people also use roller shutters as room dividers to get more out of certain rooms in their home.

 

Heat insulation

One thing I found out is that roller shutters are excellent insulators. This is a very useful feature during both summer and winter. I found that during the summer, closing the shutters kept the UV rays of the sun at bay and kept my living room cooler wen the day was hot outside. During winter, closing the shutters helped retain the heat in the house. This meant that I ended up using less fuel on my indoor heater, and that inadvertently saved me money.

 

Protects against fire

This is one of the things you learn after already purchasing something. Before I had my roller shutters installed, I did not know that they are great at fire protection. In fire prone areas, roller shutters are even mandated by law. It is important to note that not all shutters are fire retardant. Be on the lookout for those that are tested for a fire rating, with the best having achieved a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL40) when fully closed. If you live in an area prone to having bushfires, then roller shutters are definitely the way to go.

 

Stylish

I realised that the one thing that had been holding me back when it came to roller shutters was whether they would clash with, or complement my interior style. I quickly found out that it was the latter. This is because they have minimal impact on the style and can be painted to blend into the background. Simple roller shutters work well with ornate window designs, since they do not take away from the frame designs. In fact, you can play around with looks and bold drapes and even sliding panels, which a simple neutral coloured roller shutter installation will work with perfectly.

Why Everyone should Try A Park And Fly Service

When you are travelling, especially internationally, not only is the trip more tiring, there are more chances of delays, missing a connecting flight can be a nightmare. This is where it can be difficult to make affordable and safe parking decisions.

Park and fly type services are one of the most cost-effective ways to be able to have the use of the car before a trip and upon return. Depending on where you live transport to the airport might be difficult, or just not feasible – you may be needing to travel late at night or early in the morning, or you have a lot of baggage, or kids, so hopping on a bus or train just isn’t the right solution for you. When you park and fly, you use your own car to get to the airport, no worries about other transport which may be unreliable – a late bus or train, a friend who has slept in….

Park and fly services are streamlined, travellers are often stressed enough without adding getting to, and parking at an airport to their list of worries. These services have been designed to take away some of the stress, there is no problem finding a parking spot, and no having to wait for hire cars, taxis or friends at the end of a long and exhausting flight.

One of the main benefits you gain from taking advantage of a park and fly service is that you don’t need to rely on family or friends, especially if you fly a lot, you don’t want to be constantly asking people to drop you off or pick you up. Having to wait around on someone can be annoying, are they late, did they forget? Did they sleep in? It’s a lot easier to make the drive yourself so you can do everything you want to do or need to do in a time frame that suits you.

Those who offer park and fly services have taken a lot of steps to ensure your car is parked and secure – it will be there when you get back. This may include a good security camera network or even security guards who walk around. This way you know there is very limited opportunity for your car to be damaged, stolen or broken into.

When you choose a park and fly service, you know exactly what it will cost you, you have a single rate and you know what that rate will be from the start to the end, so there are no surprises at the end of your journey and your return home.

Once you drop your car with the park and fly service you can relax and enjoy a shuttle bus that takes you right to the doors of the airport, with plenty of time to get checked in. When you return home, simply jump on the shuttle bus back to your car, load your luggage, and you’re on your way.

 

More great reasons to use a park and fly service

  • You know your car is safe, parked in an access restricted, fully gated parking facility that has security patrols 24/7, excellent lighting and security cameras all throughout the facility.
  • If you have chosen to park under cover all you need do is drive up to the drop-off bay. With a valet service you have staff ready to assist with your luggage, and they will even park the car for you.
  • Many park and fly services run a shuttle bus that goes back and forth at scheduled times, other park and fly services operate up to 10 shuttles constantly going back and forth, so you can be sure that there will be a shuttle bus ready to go when you need one.
  • You are always guaranteed a friendly service. Staff are there to assist you and help – where they can – with whatever you need. There is nothing better than returning home to a smiling face, happy to help you get on your way.
  • If you travel a lot why not ask about a frequent parker programme – you’ll get discounts on parking and car care the more you use them, think of it as frequent flyer points, but for your car.
  • If you are going to be away for a few weeks, many services also offer a car washing service, from outside to inside, imagine returning home to a sparkling clean car. You’re on holidays – why not treat your car to a wash and polish while you’re gone.
Professional cleaners

Some Common Winter Cleaning

During winter we tend to spend a lot more time indoors than during the other seasons. And this means a lot more dust, dirt and grime and everyone goes about their day.

 

And whilst this seems to be a common tribulation there are a few things you can do to keep your house clean without having a breakdown, especially when the kids are home.

 

Here a few counter attacks when the winter cleaning tribulations set in:

Windows

Cleaning the windows isn’t just a summer and spring job when the weather is beautiful and you can work your way around the house sipping on a cold drink. During the winter we are indoors more often and with the cold, the windows can become dirty and grimy from the condensation. Equal parts water and rubbing alcohol will clean your windows in no time. Once every two-three weeks is enough.

 

Dusting

With the cold air and everyone indoors more than outdoors this can become a daily issue. When dusting your home to it from top to bottom so the dust from the top that filters down can also be cleaned. Once every few days is more than enough.

 

The Floors

The cold doesn’t bother the kids so they’ll spend time outdoors and then bring all that dirt indoors when they come home. Making sure the kids attend a winter sport so they get in the needed exercise and also to give your floors and carpets a break. When you have the house to yourself you can mop and then sweep the floors, and vacuum the carpets. That way your home stay cleaner a little longer.

 

The Flu

The flu virus is spread through contact and if the kids are still in school they’re bound to come into contact with and sometimes even bring it home without realising. Use a disinfectant spray and cloth to wipe down counter, light switches and doorknobs to stop the spread of germs and thus helping that no-one gets sick on your watch.

 

Winter Bedding

When using winter bedding a good tip is to have them washed during the warmer months so they’re ready for the winter. A few weeks leading up to winter you can wash all the blankets, duvets and pillowcases so you don’t have to worry about it not drying in the cold months, or using the dryer and wasting energy.

 

The Fireplace (if you have one)

Make sure to have it checked out for safety before that first freezing cold evening that you will want to use. You can also make sure that it is clean and ready for use and chop or buy wood to place close by. When it’s in use during the winter clean it and sweep around it every few days depending on how much you use it.

 

Deep Clean

Once in a while, we all get the urge to deep clean everything, the rugs, couches everything. And when you don’t have the time this can weigh heavily on your mind as you sit in your office and think of Goober laying on your beautiful beige couch drooling away. The best way to combat this tribulation is to get in the professionals. They have the equipment, skills and know-how to deal with all the issues that you’re thinking of when sitting at work.

You can have them come in once for the deep-cleaning and then even consider having them come once a week to do a normal cleaning routine. There will be no worrying that you’ll come to a house that looks like a tornado hit it after the kids came home from sport.

We hope these tips help you keep the winter blues away so you can enjoy quality time with your family before the warmer months roll around again.

Early Indicators that a client may be in financial trouble

Early Indicators That A Client may be in Financial Trouble

Let’s face it, along with the rewards that come with doing business; there may come a time when an enterprise runs into financial trouble in its various hues and shades. Your clients may fall prey to this harsh reality, and this may lead to them incurring heavy losses which may prove to be taxing on your part as well.

When such problems begin to crop up, your client may not disclose any word of them to you, but this need not be printed in black and white for you to see the signs. Here are some early warning signs that your client may be facing some tough times. They will help enable you to take a proactive stance with your client and become a problem solver and save both parties from impending doom.

 

Irregular and untimely payments

This is one of the first signs of financial difficulties. Payments become later and later. To notice this from the onset one should keep a close eye on your credit control records. Sometimes, you may only receive a part payment of your invoices or lump sums in round figures.

This could be a sign of cash flow problems and that your client is paying you only when and how much they can. It is imperative to talk to your customers about these issues and if necessary work out a payment plan so you can recover your outstanding invoices as quickly as possible.

 

Falling Profits

This is another tell-tale sign. Although it is difficult to ascertain short-term profits for your clients, if you’re working with other businesses or if you live in a small community, you may read about or hear about a decline in their profitability. Maybe they’re not getting as many sales or maybe their costs have increased.

Falling profits could be due to decreasing sales or increasing costs. Therefore, try to work out what the profit margin of a business is likely to be and then look for other evidence of what might be happening to profits.

 

Low levels of morale among the staff

Poor morale is a sure sign of trouble. If people fear for their jobs, or benefits are being cut, or they are overworked, you’re going to hear complaints, so listen out for them.

Staff morale is a good indicator of a company’s financial health. If you have a good working relationship with a company, talk to the staff and get a general feel for what is happening.

 

Contentious attitude

It seems like your normally reasonable client goes out of their way to find problems with the service that they received. Sometimes when people are short on funds, they will be seen nit-picking the service they’ve received (regardless of whether their complaints are relevant or unfounded) to get a discount or to at least delay the payment of the bill.

Take a tough stance with these people. They will have more than enough on their plate so won’t want to get involved with disputes they cannot win.

 

Declining reputation

Sometimes, long-established businesses struggle to adapt to a changing marketplace. You can get a good feel for people’s public approval of a company by watching the press, social media and listening to how people talk about the company. Look out for things like comparisons with other companies and complaint. They should point out that the business is losing touch with what its customers want.

A few other signs include abrupt selling of large assets and payment by credit card where the debit card and cash featured.

When you notice that your client is behaving in a manner that is markedly different, check in and find out if things are going okay. Let them know that you are here to help. Your client may weather the storm or may hit the ground, all that matters is that if you see something be proactive and act quickly to help remedy the situation.

Why A Healthy Mouth Is Good For Your Body

Why A Healthy Mouth Is Good For Your Body

To a lot of Australians, it is unknown that a healthy mouth is closely linked to general health and overall well-being. By showing off a beautiful smile, pearly white teeth are not only a sign of good dental care but a healthy body overall, as keeping oral bacteria under control makes the body more resistant to inflammations and infections. Practising dental care will not only prevent bad breath but tooth decay and gum disease, which are the common oral problems in this country.

But the impact insufficient dental hygiene has on the whole body is quite severe. Oral infections have lately been linked to arthritis and numerous cardiovascular diseases, as bacteria can get into the gaps around the gums and cause an inflammation. These germs may then enter the blood and clog the coronary arteries, a condition that can eventually lead to stroke.

Research also suggests that gum disease might be the cause of premature birth and low weight newborns since bacteria can travel from the mouth and cause infections on in other parts of the body, thus practising good dental care is even more crucial for pregnant women. Furthermore, people suffering from diabetes are more vulnerable to gum disease since the chronic condition reduces the body’s resistance to fight infection and inflammation due to the weakened immune system. As the mouth is the pathway for many diseases, oral health professionals assume that 90% of diseases can be detected early through a saliva test and give clues on the bodies overall condition about nutritional deficiencies and infections. The health experts have also likened oral inflammation to Osteoporosis and Alzheimer ‘s disease and once again emphasise how important a healthy mouth is.

Without proper dental care, bacteria might get into the gaps and in-between the teeth and gums which can cause inflammation commonly known as gum disease or periodontitis. It is therefore crucial to practise oral hygiene by brushing teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily to prevent remaining food stuck between the teeth. Dentists advise that if there is no toothbrush at hand after meals to brush the teeth, one should rinse the mouth with water as in a lot of Australian states fluoride is added to tap water to keep the rising number of tooth decay down. Having a healthy mouth also means producing enough saliva. The saliva not only washes away toxins but contains antibodies which reduce inflammation and therefore prevent gum disease. Saliva also dissolves food and helps to neutralize acids that build up plaque and cause tooth decay. Sugar-free chewing gum will also help to neutralize bacteria in the mouth after meals as it stimulates saliva production and prevents tooth decay.

But of course, one of the key elements of maintaining a healthy body is taking in a well-balanced diet as the right choice of food will influence the health of gums and teeth. Consuming lots of sugary snacks and drinks such as sodas, fruit juice and even muesli bars, which are held in shape by sugars, will contribute to tooth decay. A healthy diet should be low in sugar and high in whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and lean meat such as beef, poultry and fish.

Tooth decay and gum disease are preventable diseases and it is recommended to see a dentist at least once a year for a regular checkup of oral related problems. If these are identified early by an oral health professional, bigger issues can be prevented and tooth decay or gum disease immediately treated before they become a serious problem.

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What are Industrial Centrifuges Made from and for?

A lot of us are familiar with laboratory centrifuges, but industrial ones are a lot less common. They function on the same principle, in the sense that they spin at high speeds as a mechanism to separate liquids and solids. This is mainly applicable for filtering wastewater, though individual scenarios differ broadly.

For example, you can use a centrifuge to recycle water that was used to wash fruits and vegetables before and after peeling and slicing. Before peeling, the water is full of soil, stones, and any chemicals that the food was exposed to in the garden. After cutting, the main contaminant is starch. This type of centrifugal filtration is a crucial process in jam making, canneries, or potato crisp factories, for example.

 

Cleansing fruits and vegetables

Another popular use is separating fruit pulp from extracted liquids in the manufacture of wine, beer, syrups, or fruit juice. In both cases, fruit pulp and vegetable starch are organic, food grade products, so they can be re-used in subsequent manufacturing processes, or packaged and sold as separate products.

In the food industry, the focus is usually on harvesting recyclable water, while the target in other industries is extracting toxins so that the water can safely go down sewers and the solid can be dumped in a land fill. For this reason, industrial waste is drier than food waste, and the centrifugal tools and processes are different.

 

Past the water and into the oil

Oil Centrifuges can also be used to filter petroleum products, fuel and oil, removing water and ‘bio bugs’. Another popular use is pushing air or water at high speeds and pressures, as seen in vacuum cleaners, washing machines, pumps, rudders, propellers, and similar machinery. In filtration devices, they are sometimes used to create vacuum chambers.

The material used to make centrifugal equipment depends on its function. They generally need to be resistant to corrosion and rust. They have to be lightweight, to avoid dragging down the machine and impeding speed and motion. It helps if they are easy to clean, and can withstand heavy usage, because these are high rotation machines. Let’s look at some of the constituent materials for centrifugal equipment.

 

Heavy duty cast alloy

This mix of metals is used to build the casing of the centrifuge. It’s strong enough to encase the other parts of the machine and to keep all those moving parts safely contained, despite the potential bangs and dings of extreme speed spinning. It can also withstand the high temperatures generated when the machine is in operation, and it can handle the temperature differentials of any coolants or cold fluid that may pass through the machine for filtration.

 

Heavy Duty 304 Stainless Steel

This glossy material is used to mould the bowl or drum of the centrifuge. This is the portion of the machine that contains the liquid to be separated, and it works by spinning on a rotor at nearly 4,000 rpm. 304 stainless steel can handle all sorts of liquids from greasy cutting fluids to murky water filled with glass shards and metal fibres. It’s resistant to abrasion, so the foreign particles in wastewater can’t harms its gleaming surface, and it’s resistant to acid and rust, as well as mechanical damage if the drum bumps the sides of the machine. The drive shaft of a centrifuge is also built using 304 stainless steel.

 

316 Stainless Steel

For discharge tubes, this steel variant is preferred. The difference between 304 and 316 is in the constituent metals that form the alloy. 316 has more nickel and less chromium, as well as 2% of added molybdenum. This extra ingredient makes your 316 steel better at resisting heat, chemicals, and chloride corrosion. This makes 316 steel better for external parts that receive more exposure to the elements (or in this case, to oxygenated liquids) while 304 works better for relatively protected internal parts like rotary drums. The tubes are coated with tungsten carbide for additional protection.

 

Digital screens

Centrifugal equipment may seem like industrial machines that populate dingy factory floors, but they also contain a high level of technology. They are fitted with touchscreens that make them easier to operate. Machine operators can calibrate pressure gauges, inlet volumes, rotational speeds and much more. Touchscreens also allow them to monitor any potential mishaps in the equipment, reducing downtime, avoiding accidents, preventing damage, and extending the lifespan of your centrifugal equipment. Touchscreens work in collusion with audible alarms, motion sensors, and warning systems that trigger ‘sirens and flashing lights’.