A great example of this are our trash receptacles. Normally, receptacles are made from numerous vertical and horizontal metal slats that are welded together, beginning with a partial or “tack” weld. When overlapping two pieces of metal gaps between them can be created. Those gaps can be a large problem when coating the piece. The powder coating will not be able to get inside the gaps and provide a weather resistant seal. Without that seal, water can then enter the gaps between the two metal pieces and begin to eat at the metal which will create rust streaks later ruining the aesthetics of the receptacle or bench.
The choice of not using the tack weld and instead using a full weld means that there is a smaller chance of potential corrosion points. We use a CNC laser to cut the main components out of a single sheet of steel for our receptacles and benches instead of cutting and welding numerous vertical and horizontal slats together.
While it is the site furnishing industry’s standard to use partial or “tack” welds, we find that a full weld is better in preventing corrosion. Tack welds are small welds that have small spaces in between along two pieces of metal. The more partial welds you have in a piece of metal furniture the greater of a chance that corrosion will appear. These partial welds will have a pocket or a gap that weather resistant coating will not be able to get into these gaps in the finishing process. With these gaps and lack of weather resistant powder coating, water can attach the metal and compromise the aesthetics of benches, receptacles, or any other metal furniture.
To prevent the need of tack welds, we use a CNC laser to cut our benches and receptacles out of a single sheet of steel. After it has been laser cut, we use a CNC press brake to bend them into a desired shape. With not using multiple strips of metal to weld, we eliminate several feet of welding, making the piece stronger and with fewer gaps. Some of our products do have welding, but the welds that are included, they are fully welded with no gaps, cracks, or voids in the furniture. With a full weld, we can powder coat the surface completely without leaving any metal exposed to the elements.
We make our feet with stainless steel so that our benches and receptacles will not rust from the bottom up. The stainless steel contact points will prevent that corrosion even if the contact points are scuffed or scraped during installation.
A typical receptacle is mounted or attached to a substrate (usually concrete) with three or four lag bolts that are used to anchor the receptacle into place. For other designs, these lag bolts can be very difficult to install and even harder to remove from the receptacle when you need to clean or perform maintenance.
Our patent-pending pivot-lock systems make it easier to bolt the stainless steel mounting collar to the substrate and then lock the receptacle in place for the installer. This is easy to remove for maintenance crews to clean underneath. To eliminate unauthorized removal of the receptacle a security bolt and nut or lock can be employed.
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