Category: Biz Sanfrancisco

Boat Safety Equipment: Personal Flotation Devices

When thinking about boat safety equipment, the first item you probably purchase is the personal flotation device, also known as the PFD. The PFD is designed to give you buoyancy in the case of an emergency. However, when looking to purchase this piece of boat safety equipment, you might be surprised to learn there are several types to choose from and you need to know the differences.

First and foremost, know that most states require you by law to wear a PFD that has been approved by the United States Coast Guard. The device must be in good condition, properly fit the intended user, and be readily accessible. There are five types and we’ll go through the differences between each kind.

Type I: Offshore Life Jackets. These jackets are intended for use in open, rough or remote waters where it may take longer for rescue. They offer the most … Read More

The Power Of Spacing And Sealing: 6 Washers Materials Explained

Washers are an integral part of much of the equipment and appliances we use every day. The fasteners create a tough barrier and will reliably space and seal two surfaces. Washers prevent leaks, keep fastener assemblies tight, and allow an easy way to adjust parts if needed. 

Washers have an impressive number of applications. They can be found in piping, cars, electronics, medical equipment, furniture, home appliances, and many other settings. They come in an expansive range of shapes and sizes. Lots of people are aware of that, but few understand how much the material of the washer can affect an installation.

Factors To Consider When Choosing The Right Washer Materials

When choosing the best washer material for your purposes, it’s important to consider:

  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Media Compatibility 
  • Application
  • Lifecycle Costs

This is why you’ll want to be familiar with common washer materials, including many non-metal varieties.

Cork Washers

Cupped … Read More