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July 14, 2017 - Morgan & Company, Inc.
Rail Ryder Designs
One-of-a-Kind Automobile Trailer Loading System
Collectible and exotic car owners are nothing
short of inspired by Dale Hofius’ ingenious trailer loading system.
Dale’s Rail Ryder systems operate with precision and mechanical
simplicity anything else in the industry.
A motorsports trailer user himself, Dale had grown tired of the
typical frustrations that occur while attempting to load a sport car
into its trailer. The loading angles were too steep, the ramp could
shift, and crawling out the driver’s side window was both a danger and
a hassle. By combining his extensive professional background in the
manufacturing industry with his passion for the automotive world, Dale
began to develop a product that would revolutionize the trailer
loading process for users with even the most unique and difficult
Dale officially founded Rail Ryder in 2009 when
he designed and manufactured the company’s first trailer loading
system out of his garage. After years of explosive growth, Rail Ryder
has grown into its very own manufacturing shop nestled in the
countryside of northwestern Pennsylvania. The Rail Ryder product
confronts problems that have plagued trailer owners for years and
solves those problems with some of the most inventive engineering in
the trailer industry.
Rail Ryder is the only one-man trailer loading
system on the market. What distinguishes Rail Ryder is the low 4
degree loading angle, lightweight aluminum extrusions, and the fact
that you can tie down quickly and easily outside the trailer with
simple one-person loading. Rail Ryder will haul anything from a GT40
to a pickup truck. It is the only car loading tie down system for any
track width and any wheelbase. Our system handles and secures vehicles
with over-the-wheel straps, eliminating inconsistencies in chassis
suspension. By securing the automobile by its wheels, Rail Ryder has
made all cars equal. Rail Ryder’s significantly gentler incline allows
the system to seamlessly handle low, wide, or otherwise challenging
Donald S, a Rail Ryder customer from Texas, is
all too familiar with the difficulties of loading a low-riding car
into a trailer. Rail Ryder has flawlessly solved that problem for
Donald. “I have a Ford GT that I use for track day events. With the
full belly pan on the car it was difficult to tie down. With the long,
low overhang on the front of the GT, I was always carrying a
collection of boards to stack and build ramps so the nose wouldn’t
drag. The low loading angle is so beneficial for this type of exotic,”
Rail Ryder trailer loading system is a true product of American
Ingenuity. Dale Hofius turned his passion into a vision, then used his
skills to bring that vision to life, delivering an incredible solution
for the typical loading system difficulties in the sport and exotic
And the best part? With a Rail Ryder-equipped
trailer, you will never have to crawl out of a window again!
Dale@RailRyder.com or visit
http://www.railryder.com/ for more information.
July 14, 2017 - Morgan & Company, Inc.
How Metal Finishing Companies Can Achieve Deep Consistent Finishes for
Zinc and Zinc Nickel Plating
Guest post by Zinc Plating Company Great Lakes Metal Finishing,
If you’ve ever received a shipment of fasteners, car parts, rods, or
any other product that needed black trivalent zinc plating and had it
come back with spots, uneven thickness, or a variance in color, it’s
because some metal finishing manufacturers have difficulty getting a
consistent finish. To achieve dependable results, it’s imperative that
electroplaters have meticulous quality control and utilize an arsenal
of tools to ensure desired results every time.
Manufacturers Need X-Ray Vision
Metal finishers should be using energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence
analysis (ED-XRFA) throughout their quality control process. This
method of measuring coating thickness shows manufacturers both
qualitative and quantitative data regarding the elemental composition
of materials. Moreover, this process provides valuable metrics
regarding the chemical composition of homogeneous materials, meaning
metal finishers can ensure uniform composition.
One of the biggest benefits of using an x-ray for quality control is
its ability to deliver information without damaging the coating. It’s
also a more environmentally friendly option, as it circumvents the use
of chemicals as a way to measure thickness and composition.
As technically precise as automation can be, you still need an
experienced staff to ensure quality. Premium metal finishing companies
have specialized knowledge, years of experience, and a trained eye for
high quality material.
While the best the manufacturers always have a highly skilled and
experienced team working in the facility, the implementation of
automated lines is crucial for consistent results. By utilizing this
technology, metal finishing companies are able to remove human error
from their process.
Automated lines allow manufacturers to tailor the plating to a
customer’s specifications and requirements with software that measures
and controls the entire process. Barrel and rack plating equipment
generally have in-tank monitoring, variable rotation speed, weight
measurement, and many other metrics to produce consistent results.
Look for ZinKlad Certification
When searching for quality zinc plating, or zinc nickel coatings,
ensure your manufacturer has quality certifications. ZinKlad is a
quality assurance program that ensures exceptional results for
automotive coatings. MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions only
certifies metal finishing companies that meet a comprehensive list of
specifications. Automotive manufacturers can feel confident in their
finished product while also achieving superior results to that of
antiquated hexavalent chromium-based coating solutions.
Test Parts in an On-site Laboratory
Premium metal finishing companies typically have an on-site laboratory
for quality testing. With an in-house lab, process solutions can be
analyzed regularly (it’s a good sign when solutions are measured
daily!), Micrometers, calipers, thread gauges, and the like should
also be in good working order to ensure consistent results.
Industry Standard Salt Spray Test
The salt spray test is one of the most popular corrosion test methods.
Originally published in 1939, the ASTM B117 was the first
internationally recognized salt spray standard. When metal finishing
companies have an in-house salt spray test chamber, customers can rest
assured that the company has a consistent working process for
electroplating, pre-treatments, etc.
Cleaning and Surface Preparation
One of the most critical steps in the electroplating process is
surface preparation. For a clean surface, manufacturers should use a
combination of electrolysis, acid baths, chemical soaks, and other
methods of cleaning parts.
Cleanliness is next to godliness—and also high quality metal
finishing. The presence of grease, oil, dirt, or any extraneous
material affects the adherence, consistency, and corrosion resistance
of zinc coating. Inquire about your metal finishing company’s
pretreatment to ensure they’re plating a clean surface.
Adhesion Testing is incredible useful for ensuring the highest quality
products. Failure to pass even one of server adhesion tests is grounds
for considering a finish unsatisfactory. Premier metal finishing
companies, will meet strict specifications, such as the ASTM B 571 to
guarantee their electroplating quality.
This specification includes:
1. Bend Test- Part is bent over a mandrel until the two legs are
parallel. Part is then examined for coating flaking or peeling from
2. Heat Quench Test- Heating of the part to a specific temperature for
sufficient time in a bake oven. After part has been baked it is then
quenched in room temperature water. Part is then examined for coating
flaking, peeling or blisters from substrate.
3. Peel Test- Clear tape is applied to part surface then removed in a
quick manner. Tape is observed for any coating removal.
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