Paper Mills and The Steel Building Components They Require
Paper Mills are still in full effect in this technologically driven world. The way paper is made is driven by countless outlets of technology. These facilities are packed wall-to-wall with equipment that all serve different purposes. That is especially true depending on the type of mill, location and functionality. In order for these mills to operate efficiently, they need the proper tools and components. That is where Design Components, Inc. can help you and your paper mill find the right Steel Building Components to ensure optimal operation.
METALWALK® is the One of the First Beneficial Steel Building Components
These mills are covered in endless ventilation components due to the nature of what lies inside the mills: the smell, dust, high temperatures, etc. Being able to access these roofs and the technology atop it is a must. That’s where Design Components recommends our METALWALK® Rooftop Walkway System. Our METALWALK® Rooftop Walkway System simultaneously protects your roof from foot traffic damage and protects your employees from slips, trips and falls by giving them a sturdy way to access your rooftop equipment. In conjunction with our Safety Handrail System, the METALWALK® Rooftop Walkway System does not penetrate any standing seam metal roof panels and is fully tested to be OSHA compliant (Meets or exceeds OSHA and IBC code requirements). This is why our METALWALK® Rooftop Walkway System is one of our most popular and beneficial Steel Building Components.
Ventilation Steel Building Components
While rooftop safety and access is important, ventilation is another crucial factor in a paper mill’s operation. Paper Mills tend to be known for their “unique” smells. This is due to the mills using a process that softens up pulp in order for it to be made into paper. While not being a forgiving smell is an issue, noxious fumes and the need for good ventilation can be an even more important factor to consider. This is why we recommend our ventilation products for your ventilation needs. Our fans keep your paper mills cool and the air circulated to keep a safe, comfortable environment.
- Wall Fans – Our typical metal building wall fans feature heavy galvanized steel and “x-wing” automatic belt tension systems. These fans come in 36“ diameter propeller (40” x 40” frame) and 48” diameter propeller (52” x 52” frame) models. These steel building components help push interior smells, dust and pollutants out and away from the workers with ease.
- Roof Fans – These fans are roof-mounted and constructed of either galvanized steel or aluminum material. They use the vertical discharge design and have dampers that protect against rain and snow, even when the fan is in operation. This is ideal due to the nature of paper mills needing to remain free of any elements.
- Vents – These Steel Building Components allow that Paper Mill odor to disperse with ease. Design Components, Inc. offers roof mounted gravity vents as simple yet effective options for ventilating your building. Often referred to as “Natural Ventilation” roof mounted gravity vents work on the principle that hot air rises. As the inside of your mill heats up during the day that excess heat is released naturally through the vents. Our gravity vents come with a number of options, such as Galvanized Steel, Galvalume steel or Aluminum construction with optional painted finishes along with manual or motor operation.
- Canopies – Our metal building canopies provide coverage from the elements, as well as serve as architectural components to your paper mill. These canopies can be installed over standard doors to over-sized bay doors, and can extend up to five feet from a wall. To assure they meet your entry’s unique needs they are fitted to any length required. In order to save time and cut down on labor costs, these canopies are rod hung and come pre-assembled. This allows for efficient installation with very little downtime. Another helpful benefit of these metal building canopies is that they are wind rated up to 180-mph and can sustain 26psf to 100sf of snow. With that information in mind, let’s take a look at how these canopies are constructed.
Paper Mill History
Throughout human history, there have been many alternatives to paper. However, paper has become the world’s most widely used material for communicating and writing. The history of paper dates back all the way to China AD 105. During that time, they primarily used rags and di-fibred bamboo. Since then, there have been countless shifts and improvements on this material. It wasn’t until the 19th Century that paper-making became industrialized. The first paper mill entered the United States in 1690. The Rittenhouse Philadelphia Paper Mill was established around that time and was later utilized by Benjamin Franklin. His stance of course pushed printing and Freedom of Speech into the forefront and is in part how our country functions in modern day. Fast forward to the 20th and 21st Century where the paper mill industry has become fully industrialized and focused on environmental efficiency.
OSHA Compliant Steel Building Components
“[Paper Mills] shall be safely and adequately ventilated, and every precaution shall be taken to guard against dust explosion hazards and fires, in accordance with American National Standards.” That is one of our major priorities is ensuring our products are OSHA compliant as well as allow you and your mill to remain that way with our Steel Building Components.
Design Components and Your Steel Building Components Needs
Since 1978, Design Components, Inc. has been an industry leader and is the gold standard for steel building components. With those accessories in mind, we focus on providing you with the highest quality steel building accessories. Our cost-efficient, long-life products are the best choice for your company, plans and budget. To find out more information on our products and how they can help with your oil manufacturing facility, Contact Us or call us at (800) 868-9910.