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New Year, New Safety

Have you ever taken a look around your warehouse facility?  Specifically the areas where your employees work or the traffic areas they walk in?  Are the products that you store secure in your racks?  Are your fork truck drivers able to safely place and remove product without causing it to go off the back side of the racks?

rackprodRackGuard Safety Netting from Industrial Netting can help you protect your people and your products by forming a durable, vertical wall to contain the boxes, pallets and other products stored in your racking systems.

The integral joint structure of this mesh creates a barrier that will not sag or stretch; it will not unravel if a strand is cut.  It is an economical way for you to improve safety, prevent falls between back-to-back racks and protect traffic areas and workstations.

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Plastic Netting 101

Square MeshThe Extrusion Process

Extrusion is a continuous process, in which plastic resin pellets are melted and pushed through a die in “meat-grinder” fashion.   Strands are formed as resin exits the die.  The hot matrix is then drawn over a mandrel and into a water bath to cool the netting.

Types of Plastic Netting

There are fundamentally two different kinds of extruded plastic netting differentiated by strand structure and the hole configuration formed by those strands: diamond netting and square netting.  Each is created through unique processes that result in distinct product characteristics.   Both types of products are produced in a wide range of configurations, ranging from fine “filtration-grade” netting that would resemble a woven product, to more course extrusion typical of plastic construction fence.

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Replacing Metal with Plastic Mesh Yields Many Advantages

Mesh Cores & Cages for Filter ElementsA hallmark of any successful manufacturing company is the constant pursuit of advantages and efficiencies in its processes and products. Buzzwords like “streamlining” or “continuous improvement” can sometimes be dismissed as business jargon, but meaningful changes that can favorably impact efficiency, productivity and, ultimately, costs are constantly at a premium. Those that can effectively impact these areas differentiate themselves from their competition and are more profitable.

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How to get fresh fruits and vegetables all winter long

Dehydrating foods inhibits the growth of bacteria, yeasts and mold through the removal of water.  Many foods can be dehydrated – meats, vegetables, fruits, seeds and herbs.  The process of drying these foods can be done with electrical dehydrators or sun drying.DehydratorFrameMesh

Industrial Netting has a wide variety of mesh products that can be used for your dehydration applications.  These products are made from FDA compliant resins and form an ideal tray or rack liner.  We have a wide variety of mesh sizes and thicknesses that can be selected to provide the best air circulation.

Many small scale dehydrators do not require vast amounts of material for their use.  For this reason Industrial Netting is pleased to advise that our minimum order is small enough to accommodate a home processor.  If your application requires higher volume processing we can arrange to precision slit or die cut our products in advance of shipment to meet your exact end use configurations.

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Protect Trees & Shrubs from Foraging Animals

Tree protectorsYoung trees and ornamental gardens add beauty and value to any property – but they can also be a magnet for foraging animals during our long winters.  Gnaw marks, scrapes and nicks become ugly scars that expose trees and shrubs to disease, insects and other pests.

Now there is an easy, inexpensive way to fight back!  Plastic netting can be used to create a lightweight, environmentally-friendly deterrent to protect shrubs, gardens and decorative plants from foraging wildlife like deer, rabbits, and other “critters”.  Breathable plastic mesh lets water and light reach plants while allowing plenty of air circulation.  And it’s easy to install using nylon zip ties.

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Industrial Netting joins AAMP

Minneapolis, MN – Industrial Netting joined the American Association of Meat Processors.  AAMP was founded in 1939 to provide quality service, knowledge through education and regulatory representation for North American meat processors. Industrial Netting provides plastic netting and injection molded dehydration trays made from
FDA-approved resins.  Those reusable trays are easy to clean and less expensive than traditional stainless steel dehydration trays.  The plastic liners are sold in rolls or die cut to fit either molded or stainless steel trays.  The unique edge tab of the molded plastic tray allows for easy installation and replacement of worn netting.

New Die Cutting Capabilities

Minneapolis, MN – Industrial Netting expanded its custom fabrication offering with the addition of a 110 ton Freeman Schwabe high speed beam press.  This model FM100M can die cut custom netting shapes up to 60 inches wide and 47 inches long.

The versatility of this machine was a key consideration to Plant Manager, Mike Rog.  In the first month of production his team processed orders using polypropylene netting as thin as 0.020-inches (0.5mm) and weighing only 3 pounds per one thousand square feet, then shifted to polyethylene mesh over 0.100-inches (2.5mm) thick and weighing over 110 pounds per one thousand square feet.

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ProMat Safety Seminar

Pallet Rack Safety NettingChicago, IL – As a founding member of ProGMA Industrial Netting’s David Brentz helped present “Protect Your People… And Your Wallet: Safety and Guarding Solutions for the Industrial Facility” at ProMat 2015.

That seminar explored proven safeguarding solutions to protect personnel, products, and facilities while maintaining operational efficiency.   Protective Guarding Manufacturing Association (ProGMA) members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of fixed protective guarding products designed to protect personnel, equipment, and inventory in industrial facilities.

View or download that presentation for tips to make your warehouse safer.

High Temperature Netting

Minneapolis, MN  –  Industrial Netting has broadened its offering of nettings suitable for high temperatures with the addition of Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) mesh. These new extruded meshes join an array of Nylon, Polyester and Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) products.

Polypropylene netting remains the most cost effective choice for ambient temperature applications but the heat deflection temperature occurs at just 90°C (194°F). Polypropylene softens at 152°C (305°F) and melts at 161°C (323°F).

PBT and Nylon meshes boast significantly higher heat deflection temperatures; 154°C (310°F) and 175°C (347°F) respectively. PTFE mesh is suitable for continuous use temperatures up to 260°C (500°F). PTEF meshes also have very low friction, are certified to meet FDA regulations for food contact, and can be used in many highly caustic applications.

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Scrap Metal Transportation Netting

Plastic Safety NettingLocator Magazine – March, 2011:  The United States Department of Transportation changed safety rules for transporting cargo nearly a decade ago in 2002. The rules affected how Industrial Netting – a company that manufactured nets for a variety of unique industrial applications – did business.

The new rule, which was updated again in 2006, specified that “Vehicles used to transport flattened or crushed vehicles must be equipped to prevent loose parts from falling from all four sides of a vehicle . . .

To read the full article on transportation safety netting