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July 14, 2017 - Morgan & Company, Inc.
Guest Post:

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 vehicles.


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 vehicles.


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,” says Donald.


The 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 automobile industry.


And the best part? With a Rail Ryder-equipped trailer, you will never have to crawl out of a window again!


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July 14, 2017 - Morgan & Company, Inc.
Guest Post:

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.
Experienced Staff

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.
Automated Lines

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
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 substrate.

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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