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How Stainless Steel is Made

What we call stainless steel is actually a blanket term for a family of metals selected for engineering because of their resistance to heat and corrosion. Stainless steels are all iron-based alloys, or mixtures of iron and other metals, made up of at least 10.5% chromium. This chromium content reacts with oxygen and moisture in the air to form a very thin, yet very effective protective film that adheres to the surface of the metal. Though this boundary layer is only 2-3 nanometres thick, it covers the entire surface of the material. When scratched or abraded in any way, it self repairs as the chromium reacts with oxygen and moisture to reform the oxide layer. Increasing the chromium content beyond this 10.5% minimum gives the material even greater corrosion resistance properties.

Different kinds of steel piping

Other metals can be added to the alloy as well, each changing the properties of the resulting stainless steel composition in particular ways. Nickel is a common stainless steel alloy, and the addition of 8% or more can improve corrosion resistance as well as provide a range of other properties. Molybdenum provides further corrosion resistance as well, and nitrogen increases strength and resistance. The addition of other elements in different ratios can add or subtract from corrosion resistance, hardness, strength, or toughness.

How Is Stainless Steel Made?

Here’s how stainless steel is made:

  1. A mixture of iron and other metals, made up of at least 10.5% chromium, is melted together to make stainless steel, exposed to heat for 8-12 hours in a furnace.
  2. The chromium content reacts with oxygen and moisture in the air to form a thin, protective layer while making the stainless steel.
  3. The stainless steel is then made and cast into different shapes according to its purpose.

Different Kinds of Steel

The different kinds of stainless steels can be classified based on the other metals they are alloyed with. The four basic stainless steel families are ferritic, martensitic, austenitic, and duplex. Within these family groups, there is a range of grades based on the range of their composition and defined by standards that vary by country.

Ferritic Steels

Ferritic SteelFerritic steels, for example, have a body-centered-cubic structure, like iron at room temperature, and are mainly alloyed with chromium. Not only is ferritic steel not hardenable by heat treatment, there is also a very low carbon content, together resulting in steel with limited strength. This strength limitation renders it a poor weld steel when welded in thick sections compared to other stainless families. It is also unacceptable for sub-zero temperatures, as it becomes brittle. Despite its comparatively low strength, ferritic steel’s ferromagnetic properties make it useful for other applications. It also has superior corrosion resisance to martensitic stainless steels.

Martensitic Steels

Martensitic steels have a body-centered tetragonal lattice similar to ferritic steels, and their principal alloyed element is also chromium, at a similar rate. Unlike ferritic steels, martensitic stainless steels contain carbon, and can therefore be hardened and strengthened with heat treatment. Increasing the content of carbon in martensitic steels increases its resistance to scratching but decreases its toughness, or ability to absorb impact energy. With added nitrogen and nickel, and lowered carbon, martensitic steels have improved toughness, weldability, and corrosion resistance.


Austenitic Stainless Steels


Austenitic Stainless SteelAustenitic stainless steels are perhaps the most common kind of steel, as they are even more corrosion-resistant than ferritic and martensitic stainless steels. Austenitic stainless steel, like ferritic and martensitic steels, consists of chromium and iron, as well as nickel, and sometimes other alloying elemnets like molybdenum. Surgical steel, for example, or “SAE 304 stainless steel,” is the most familiar of this family, containing 18–20% chromium and 8–10% nickel. Austenitic grade stainless steels have superior corrosion resistance to both ferric and martensitic stainless steels. They do not exhibit a yield point, are extremely formable, and tough in extemely cold temperatures. They do not conduct heat well, and are nonmagnetic.

Duplex Stainless Steels

Duplex stainless steels are alloys of chromium, nickel, molybdenum, copper, and iron. Their microstructure consists of austenite and ferrite, matching the corrosion resistance of austenitic steels with the strength of ferritic steels. It is possible to weld duplex steels, but a balance of austenite and ferrite must be maintained, and forming duplex steels is possible but requires greater force than for austenitic stainless steels.

How Is it Made?

Melting

To make stainless steels, the raw materials must be melted together in extremely intense heat in an electric furnace, usually for 8 to 12 hours. After the materials are melted, the molten steel is cast into various forms, depending on what the steel will ultimately be used for. These forms might be rectangular-shaped “blooms”, small round or square “billets”, slabs, rods, or tube rounds.

Melting Steels

Casting and Forming

Once the steel is melted and cast, it must be formed into its final shape. In order to do so, it goes through a process called being “hot rolled,” or heated again and rolled through huge rollers. If the molten steel has been cast into blooms or into billets, it will then be formed into 0.5 inch steel wire, or 0.25 inch (.63 cm) steel bar, available in a variety of shapes like rounds, squares, octagons, or hexagons. 3 Slabs of molten steel will be formed into plate, strip and sheet steel, all of which are classified by size. Plate steel is .47cm thick, and over 25cm wide. Strip is less than .47 cm thick, and less than 61cm wide. Sheet is less than .47cm thick, and more than 61cm wide.

Annealing

AnnealingOnce the stainless steel has been formed into its final shape, it usually must be annealed. Annealing steel involves heating it and subsequently cooling it, which relieves internal stresses and softens the steel. It is possible to age harden, or heat treat, steel in order to give it greater strength, but this can be quite difficult to do, as any small changes can dramatically affect the properties of the finished product. Lower temperatures can cause higher strength and lower fracture toughness (i.e. cause the steel to be more brittle than ductile), and higher temperatures do the opposite, causing the steel to be tougher but of lower strength (i.e. more ductile than brittle).

Heat Treating

The steel can be heated at any rate to reach the temperature required to age harden it, which is 900 to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit or 482 to 537 degrees Celsius,3 but the cooling rate must be carefully controlled. If the steel is rapidly cooled by quenching it in cold water immediately, the toughness can increase without losing strength. One example of this quenching process involves dipping the hot steel in a near-freezing ice-water bath for at least two hours. Different types of steels need to be treated in different ways. Austenitic steels need to be heated to a temperature greater than 1900 degrees Farenheit, and then quenched in water for thick sections or in air for thin sections. The steel has to be cooled relatively quickly to keep it clean.

Heat Treating SteelAnnealing, or the heat treatment, can cause a precipitate known as scale to build up on the steel. This scale can be removed in several ways, most commonly with a method known as pickling: a nitric-hydrofluoric acid bath. Another method of descaling is known as electrocleaning, which involves the application of an electric current to the surface of the steel using a cathode and phosphoric acid.3 Either of these methods can remove the scale from the steel. Descaling and annealing can be introduced to the steel at different stages in the process, depending on the type of steel being created. Sheet and strip steel, for example, are annealed and descaled immediately after they are hot rolled. They are then cold rolled, or passed through rolls at a much lower temperature to reduce thickness, before being annealed and descaled again. Bar and wire forms have to go through extra steps known as forging and extruding.

Cutting

After the steel is melted, cast, formed, heat treated, annealed, and then pickled or electrocleaned, it must be cut into its desired shape and size. It can be cut mechanically, using guillotine knives for straight shearing or circular knives for circle shearing. Nibbling involves cuting a series of overlapping holes, and blanking involves metal punches and dies to punch the shape out by shearing it.4 Stainless steel can also be flame cut, involving an oxygen, propane, and iron powder flame, or cut using the plasma jet cutting method, where an ionized gas column melts and cuts the metal.

Different Surface FinishesSurface Finishing

The final step in the manufacturing of stainless steel is the surface finish, which is necessary to give stainless steel the smooth, reflective surface that it is associated with. Surface finishing also provides further corrosion resistance, and makes the stainless steel easier to clean. Different finishes are applied based on the intended application of the stainless steel. Dull finishes are produced by the hot rolling, annealing, and descaling process. A bright, reflective finish can be produced using cold rolling and annealing, or by grinding or buffing using abrasives. To achieve a mirror finish, the steel must be polished with extremely fine abrasives using grinding wheels or an abrasive belt, and then buffed extensively with cloth wheels and cutting compounds made of very fine abrasive particles.

The Many Uses of Stainless

There is an extremely wide variety of applications for every variety and grade of stainless steel that is manufactured. We use stainless steel in the restaurant and hospitality industry, in the chemical industry, in the hospital and health care industries, and in manufacturing. The great number of uses that stainless steel has will only continue to expand, as its corrosion resistance remains important and new mechanical characteristics are recognized.

Kitchenware and Cutlery

Kitchenware made in stainlessStainless steels are perhaps best known for their use in kitchenware and cutlery. Fine cutlery like knives use grade 410 and 420, or martensitic steel, which can be hardened and tempered to take and hold a sharp blade. This grade of steel is magnetic, which allows for the use of magnetic knife racks that are seen in some kitchens. Cutlery like forks and spoons are typically grade 304 stainless steel, which is a basic austenitic steel alloy of 18% chromium and 8% nickel. The 18/8 steel can tarnish, but it is ductile and resistant to corrosion, rusting and oxidizing acids. Type 304 stainless steel is perhaps the most common stainless steel and has uses in nearly every industry.

Type 304 is used extensively, along with type 316, in the food production and service industries. Stainless steel delivers no taste to food, making it of great use in kitchens everywhere. And though its anti-corrosive properties are useful, the popularity of stainless steel in the food industry is rather because stainless steel—especially type 316—is so quickly and efficiently cleaned. Type 316 is designed to hold up under tough anti-bacterial treatments.5 The medical industry uses stainless steel for similar reasons, employing stainless steel as standard for many kinds of hospital equipments because it is so easy to clean.

Industrial Uses

Stainless Steel Industrial TanksStainless steel is used extensively in pipes, tanks, pumps, and valves in the chemical, processing, and oil and gas industries because of its non reactivity. One of the first uses for type 304 stainless steel was in the storage of dilute nitric acid, because even in thinner sections it did not corrode.5 Since then, different grades and types of stainless steel have been developed to be resistant to corrosion at very hot and very cold temperatures, making stainless steel an important metal for desalination and sewage plants as well as offshore oil rigs, harbor supports, and ship propellers.

The power generation industry has great use for stainless steel and other corrosion resistant alloys. Nickel alloys are particularly useful in the power industry for its high temperature strength and resistance to oxidation by fossil fuels. Even the nuclear power industry uses stainless steel extensively. Low-cobalt stainless steel is especially useful here.

Engineering and Automotive Industry

Stainless steel is used increasingly in building and construction as well as plumbing, as it is low-maintenance to upkeep and difficult to vandalize. And because it will not rust, even expensive stainless steel reinforcing bar can be used with concrete, and costs less over a life cycle because it does not have to be replaced or repaired.5 Stainless steel is used in the automotive industry for similar reasons, for exhaust systems and catalytic converters mostly, but also for general structure.

Stainless steel is an incredible material whose uses we continue to uncover. As we grow more concerned with the environment, and as our manufacturing industries expand, our uses for stainless steel continue to grow. Our ability to manufacture steel with properties that match the need lends itself to every industry, and our uses for stainless steel will likely only grow as we discover more of its properties.

Sources

1. http://www.bssa.org.uk/topics.php?article=20

2. http://www.worldstainless.org/Files/issf/non-image-files/PDF/TheStainlessSteelFamily.pdf

3. http://www.madehow.com/Volume-1/Stainless-Steel.html

4. https://sciencestruck.com/process-to-make-stainless-steel

5. http://www.stainless-steel-world.net/basicfacts/overview-of-typical-applications-for-stainless-
steels.html

6. https://www.assda.asn.au/

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Building a Budget-Friendly Commercial Kitchen

If your commercial kitchen is older than the 21st century, you should probably be considering remodeling. Most people worry about the costs they’ll incur during the renovation, especially when most of the appliances need to be replaced. However, careful shopping alongside creative money-saving strategies will help you update your kitchen at a budget-friendly cost. 

Remodeling Your Kitchen Within Your Budget

You need to have a plan, work with trustworthy individuals and start early when doing the kitchen remodeling so as to save on cost and time. Here are some of the tips that will help reduce cost on your kitchen project without sacrificing the quality.

How Much Does A Commercial Kitchen Cost?

Here’s how much it costs to build a commercial kitchen:

  • A commercial kitchen may cost $10,000 to $50,000 or more
  • Cost depends on the extent of your commercial kitchen upgrade
  • Cost depends on the size of your commercial kitchen
  • A simple design will help save on kitchen costs

Consider your needs

Corner Stainless Steel Hand BasinYou need to keep in mind your lifestyle and culinary needs when purchasing your kitchen appliances to save on cash. Avoid impulse buying due to attraction by appearance. It is also necessary to consider buying quality such as commercial stainless steel sinks that will guarantee durability.

Start with the design of your interest

You should develop your plan and layout early since some of the appliances may require weeks to be delivered. A simple commercial kitchen design will also be helpful in keeping the cost of remodeling down. Relocation of some items such as gas cylinders and the sink may add some pressure to your budget since they require additional plumbing work and therefore should be avoided if they can be.

Do some research online. Look at what others have done well and what they have said they like and don’t like about their new kitchens. There’s lots of information available online that can help you decide on what you should be looking for in your new commercial kitchen design.

Detail the scope of work

Soon after you have a good idea of the layout that you want, you need to sit down and identify the task that has to be completed. Avoid complexity in highlighting the things you want to be done by the contractor. Having the to-do list will help in comparing bids and the elimination of guesswork by some contractors.

Avoid selecting cabinets and countertops based on brand names

Quality Plywood Kitchen CabinetsCabinets present an enormous expense with most differing largely in cost due to their designs and manufacturers. You can save several dollars by shopping for your big-ticket items. Other than focusing on the brand name, you should ensure that the boxes of the cabinets are made of furniture-grade plywood. You also need to ascertain that the door and drawer fronts have a solid wood frame that surrounds a panel. 

Try to make the choice of materials yourself

You can end up paying much more if you leave it to the contractor to purchase big-tickets materials such as cabinets, countertops, flooring and other appliances. Visit the manufacturer yourself to inspect the quality and buy the items at the market price to avoid additional costs.

Perform proper research in identifying the right contractor

You can begin to get and compare the bids from contractors once you have prepared the rough design draft and purchased the main items required. It is often a challenging task to deal with the contractor, and therefore you need to have performed thorough homework on every material, labor, and other related costs. Be careful with too cheap or too expensive bids.

It is also necessary to avoid making too many changes to avoid delays. Having knowledge of the work that you need to be performed is key to ensuring a budget-friendly and efficient kitchen renovation project.

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Why Stainless Steel is Ideal for use in Plumbing

Proper plumbing is a critical process when establishing our facilities as it serves to provide access to water, movement of other liquids and gases, and the draining of sewage among other things. Stainless steel offers a broad range of benefits to designers and architects of plumbing systems due to its low corrosion rate in water, ability to withstand high flow rates and easy installation as the pipes are reduced in size due to their strength. 

Why Use Stainless Steel in Plumbing

Although the initial cost of stainless steel apparatuses such as sinks, pipes, bathtubs, taps and other drain system products may seem high, a stainless steel project is almost always the best option due to its guaranteed durability. This article highlights some of the key advantages of stainless steel integration in the plumbing system.

Ease of installation

Stainless Steel Plumbing ProductsCombining the high strength and the corrosion resistance of stainless steel allows a reduction of diameter in pipes and taps, wall thickness and weight such as in bathtubs, laundry tubs, and sinks, therefore making it easy to install. It is also ductile and can easily bend or cut when you are using appropriate tooling. The stainless steel press fittings are very efficient to use in joints and suitable for installation where space or access is limited or where the use of heat is a challenge.

Corrosion protection

Low-alloyed grades of steel provide resistance to corrosion in pure water environments while the high-alloyed grades will resist corrosion in the high alkaline solutions, acids, and conditions bearing chlorine.

Low maintenance

Stainless steel systems can have a lifetime of over 50 years which is far longer than its competing materials. Less or no maintenance is required after installation. Therefore, the system downtime is reduced. Moreover, it requires no additional coating, and so the overall maintenance cost is reduced. The initial cost may seem higher than competing materials but the economic value of stainless steel increases over time.

Hygienic

The installation of stainless steel is clean and does not contaminate the system if performed properly. This is most important in the case of pipes and taps that serve people with clean water for drinking and other household purposes.

Longevity

Plumbing MaterialsThe long lifetime of stainless steel is the result of the alloying composition. It offers a long-term value and therefore the least expensive option where considering installation of plumbing systems such as pipes, sinks and several other household items related to plumbing.

Aesthetic value

The blending of stainless steel installations with the modern interior and architecture design is perfect. The look of stainless steel is also appealing and therefore can be left visible without painting.

A wise consumer will always choose materials that are not only in perfect performance condition but also have a long service life. When considering longevity and cost-effectiveness, stainless steel will always be your option in any plumbing system installation. Using stainless will help you avoid many common problems in you commercial kitchen or bathroom. Its aesthetic benefit is also an added advantage coupled with environmentally friendly features such as the ability to be fully recycled and free from contamination when correctly installed.

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Linear Drainage Vs Traditional Drainage

Traditional Drain vs Linear Drain

Linear drainage is an advanced drainage system, which delivers level-plane or zero-stepdown drainage, for both outdoor and indoor applications. It is specifically designed to eliminate the mobility and access challenges of traditional drainage systems. Linear drainage systems have since become the preferred choice by many homeowners and property managers, due to the following reasons.

Meeting the Grade

Traditional drainage systems require extensive 4-way grading, in order to maintain sufficient water egression and drainage flow. On the other hand, linear drainage systems are designed to only work with a single gradient fall. This helps to eliminate dangerous trip hazards while offering simple installation possibilities. Linear drains work perfectly in threshold locations, such as pool or deck edging as they blend easily with the flow of your design. check out our previous post on threshold drainage and how it works for more info.

Superior Drainage

Traditional DrainageWith traditional drainage, there is always the issue of undrained water pools, which are a serious health hazard. It also provides a fertile breeding ground for pests and mould. With the extension of the drainage area and utilising large format tiles, this drainage system promotes consistent drainage flow, while reducing incidences of ponding. Furthermore, centralised taps are prone to clogging from various materials such as hair, clothes, towels, and bandages, among others. However, with the extended length of this drainage system, it is able to resist trapped water pools and potential blockages.

Universal

Shower hobs are an important feature when it comes to centralized drainage systems. When they are not present, water can breach the drainage area easily and then leak to interior living spaces. However, with the elevated step-down design, the hob creates a major accessibility barrier. On the other hand, level-plane linear drainage systems, which straddle the floor surface, provide a natural water barrier, while eliminating the necessity of the raised shower hob. It provides an excellent drainage possibility, around the drainage area thus eliminating ponding. This allows self-sufficient and seamless access to all users, especially those on walkers, frames and wheelchairs.

Open Plan Designs

Linear Balcony DrainLinear drainage systems are specifically designed to remove traditional barriers such as hobs, doors and water protective barriers. They also expand the drainage area, minimising the need for the carer to help entry. This gives residents a personalised and smooth access to the shower space. Furthermore, this design helps with cleaning while providing greater accessibility when needed.

Seamless Integration

Thanks to their modular design, channel grating systems can be customised to suit any environment, whether it is indoors or outdoors. This is achieved with little or no modification to the drainage area. This reduces construction times and costs significantly. It also provides smooth integration into vinyl floors, which are common in modern care settings.

Aesthetic Appeal

There is also the benefit of beauty and aesthetics. A linear drainage solution is a stunning visual statement. This ultra-modern and chic look, can improve the visual appeal of drainage spaces in different settings.

For a more in-depth look at our linear drain solutions be sure to visit the following pages:

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Back In Black

3monkeez now has coloured shower grates available.

To match the modern bathroom 3monkeez In2Gr8 is now available in a range of colours. So in addition to the 5 widths available off the shelf and the simplicity and flexibility of the 3monkeez stainless strip drain system you can now match your bathroom grate to your basins, taps and accessories.

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Mike North Sales

3monkeez has recently partnered with Mike North Agencies and we now have stock and warehouse facilities in Braeside Victoria. The team at 3monkeez is very pleased to be working with Mike and his team to service the plumbing merchant stores in Victoria and to be able to provide improved Stock availability for all our catering customers. Mike’s experience within the industry will deliver real value to all our plumbing customers and we look forward to further improving our service and knowledge base in Victoria.

So for all your commercial stainless steel and tapware requirements please fell free to give us a call.

Mike North Sales

P: 03 9586 3700

Mike North

P: 0408 364 925

E: sales@3monkeez.com.au

3monkeez

P: 03 9357 6562

Ross Fichera – VIC/TAS State Manager

P: 0419 035 077

E: ross@3monkeez.com.au

 

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3monkeez Now in Townsville

3monkeez is pleased to announce that we now have a stock and support staff in Townsville.

We have partnered with Coastal Sales and Matt, Tony and the team will be servicing all our customers in Far North Queensland from; Mackay in the South to Port Douglas in the North including Atherton – Mareeba and out to Mt Isa, Moranbah and Mackay.

So for all your commercial stainless steel and tapware requirements please fell free to give us a call

Coastal Sales

P: 07 4775 6956

Matt Lindsay

P: 0417 427 274

E: orders@coastalsales.net.au

3monkeez

P: 07 3881 0322

Steve Andrews – QLD State Manager

P: 0434 540 587

E: sales@3monkeez.com.au

 

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2016 Upcoming Trade Shows

FinefoodQLD2Come and visit us at the upcoming Plumbers Supplies Co-Op trade shows at the Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney on the 14th of July, Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne on the 24th of August and Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast on the 7th of October.

We are looking forward to providing all attendees with the expert stainless steel knowledge our clients and friends have come to except from the 3monkeez team. If you have any questions about the trade show or would like to arrange an appointment time to speak with our team during the trade show you can contact us here.

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BIGA+ Trade Show

BIGA+ Trade Show Event

3monkeez would like to thank the BIGA+ Group for inviting us to attend their recent tradeshow on the Gold Coast and we would also like to offer a special thank you to Steve Andrews and Craig Young for representing us there.

By all accounts the show was a tremendous success and well received by all. 3monkeez are glad to receive such fantastic support from all of the BIGA+ Members and we will always strive to offer the same support in return.

3monkeez stainless steel trade show

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Helping the Underprivileged Children of Cambodia

The 3monkeez team is helping the children of Cambodia! Over the past year we have been working with an NGO in the Roka Village, north of Siem Reap to help bring free electricity to a local school.

The New Hope of Children School was started by Dara Seam (Mr. Prosh) in his own home before he was able to buy a small parcel of land to expand upon. The school provides education to around 300 children from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds.

The main objective of NHCA is to offer free English, dancing, and painting classes to local children, while also offering free food those living in extreme poverty. You can find out more about the New Hope of Children Association and their mission here.

Purchasing electricity to power the school is quite expensive, as due to lack of infrastructure in Cambodia it has to be purchased from Thailand. To reduce this burden 3monkeez has donated solar panels to power the school, and arranged for their delivery and installation.

Despite some challenges faced during the solar system installation, including regular interruptions from heavy rains, the panels are now fully functioning and powering the school. This has alleviated a monthly financial burden of over US$100 a month, which may not sound like much, but in an area where the average school teacher makes less than US$80 a month it makes a big difference!

3monkeez are happy to be able to help advance the education and livelihoods of the children and community of Roka Village, and will continue to support the school and the NHCA in the future.

If you would like to support the children of Cambodia in person, feel free to get in touch with the NHCA or contact our team.

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Some of they lovely and super friendly children from The New Hope of Children School posing under their new school powering solar panels.

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The Solar panel installation complete on the roof of one of the school buildings.

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First 3monkeez Catalogue Delivered

3monkeez launches their new product specifier catalogue.

3monkeez now has available a comprehensive catalogue featuring all the products in the range.

The new catalogue is an easily used reference with all product dimensions, colour pictures and schematics, making it the perfect companion when you are trying to work a job out with your customer.

If you haven’t already had one dropped off to you, give us a call and we will get one out to you.

3monkeez “another great idea”

The boys from Reece orange receive the 1st 3monkeez catalogue.

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The advantage of using stainless steel equipment for the catering industry

The catering industry is about providing the conveniences of a restaurant at a remote location for the benefit of a client. Usually the client wants catering services to satisfy the hunger requirements of guests at certain celebrations or scenes. Common events include weddings, business conventions and banquets for occasions like birthdays, wedding anniversaries and funerals. Catering companies provide foodstuffs and sometimes professional food preparation at a specified time and place for a price. Most catering companies only bring food that has already been prepared and serve it to the guests.

Catering companies are usually focused on providing the highest-quality meal services that they can. To that end, the catering industry abides by the highest standards of hygiene and food preparation. These standards are comprehensive and cover everything from the proper attire of their staff to the type of cookware they use to serve and/or prepare the meals.

The entire point of a catering business is to provide their clients with good food and possibly entertainment, depending on the purpose for which the business is hired. Therefore, the question to be answered is; what is the best cookware to use that keeps the food uncontaminated and pure? The catering industry answers with a resounding affirmative in favour of stainless steel products. Stainless steel is an alloy of pure steel and chromium, which gives stainless steel its characteristic luster. Stainless steel differs from regular carbon steel because stainless steel does not rust as easily.

Stainless steel cookware, basins, glass racks and other common items used by the catering industry have an advantage over other materials because stainless steel is very resistant to corrosion. This resistance comes in handy when dealing with materials that can easily make it rust such as food products. Carbon steel is notorious for rusting quickly upon coming into contact with food. Carbon steel cookware can work well with food but it needs to be seasoned or treated properly before it can be successfully used.

In terms of style, stainless steel offers a modernistic look that complements many different themes. In the kitchen, it brings an air of professionalism and makes everything look spiffy. In particular, stainless steel ice wells look especially modern, making them a great addition to any caterer’s arsenal. Using stainless steel products is great for bringing a sense of class to a catering business, no matter the clientele. 

Stainless steel is also easy to clean. A major operating expense in catering is cleaning up after an event. Stainless steel helps mitigate this expense because it is easy to clean steel that does not rust easily. If used properly, cleaning up dishes can take a matter of minutes. Stainless steel products such as adjustable glass racks, ice wells, inset bowls, etc. offer class and style to a catering outfit, making it easy to impress both current and future clients.

 

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3monkeez now have Wedge Wire for Screen Applications Available

3monkeez now have Wedge Wire for Screen Applications Available

Wedge wire is a versatile material for drainage and screening applications and is now available from the 3monkeez.
As the name suggests wedge wire is unique in nature as by design it reduces the possibility of clogging or blocking due to the inherent characteristics of the wedge shape of the wire and the surface area differential between the upper and lower sides of the wire
Wedge wire grating also has high flow characteristics making it ideal for drainage and wash-down applications as it provides a substantial clear opening in ratio to the overall surface area of the grate.
In addition wedge wire is aesthetically pleasing when used in grating and drainage applications and will complement most environments.

As with most stainless steel products 3monkeez wedge wire is resistant to the elements and provides a long lasting solution to drainage and screening.

 

Profiles Available

 

WW-G100 Wire Size = 2.25mmWx3.5mmH gap 5.00mm
Support Bars = 3.00mmWx6.25mmD gap 16mm
WW-G200 Wire Size = 3.05mmWx4.25mmH gap 3.55mm
Support Bars = 3.00mmWx6.25mmD gap 23mm
WW-G300 Wire Size = 5.00mmWx5.00mmH gap 5.00mm
Support bars = 3.00mmWx12.00mmD gap 22.00mm

So if you’re in the business of supplying quality drainage or screening solutions, contact the 3monkeez to discuss your wedge wire requirements.

 

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3monkeez 2010 Christmas Party

The 3monkeez Christmas Party was held on 11/12/2010. It was an afternoon and night full of laughter and fun.

First event of the day was Go Kart Racing at the Butterfly Farm in Wilberforce where we were split into 2 groups. There were a few crashes and break downs but no major injuries. See below for a fe photos of the Go Kart racing.

 


REBECCA


ANDREW

 


BRAD

 


DANIEL AND DAVID W

DAVID S


DEBBIE

ALICIA

The night came and we all then went to Vault 146 at Windsor for dinner and drinks. A few of these photos are shown below.

DAVID W AND ANDREW

BARRY FROM REPFORCE1

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIEL!

DAVID W

TABLE SHOT

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3monkeez February 2011 Conference

“Clarity and Direction”

The team at 3monkeez held a Conference weekend on 19-20 February 2011. The conference was held at the Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury Valley.

Day one consisted of an early start, then a full day of discussions regarding the business overview, history, company vision, business direction, our values, business objectives, structure and how we will get there.

ANDREW

REBECCA, ANTHONY and DAVID S

DAVID W and BRAD

Then came the night time… We were each asked to bring a significant object to share during dinner. This object had to be important to you and had an effect on your life in some way (excluding family).

Each person was chosen randomly throughout the night and had to stand up and speak about their object and why it was significant to them. It is quite interesting what you learn about fellow employees that you did not expect.

DAVID W

REBECCA, SHANTELL, DAVID S, DANIEL, DEBBIE, BRAD, ANTHONY and ANDREW

DEBBIE, ANDREW, ANTHONY, DANIEL, DAVID S, BRAD, ALICIA, REBECCA, DAVID W and SHANTELL

Another early morning to begin day 2. Day 2 consisted of an overview of day 1 and discussions regarding communication and implementation. This was completed before lunchtime which then meant it was home time for everyone.

ANDREW

DANIEL

The weekend has concluded.

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3monkeez In Queensland

Well Queensland, you asked and we provided. 3monkeez are now on the ground and running in the Sunshine State.

With product readily available from our Queensland office, your orders will be delivered promptly to you.

Our new State Sales Manager, Steve Andrews will be in contact with you to discuss how we can help you. As you would be aware starting in a new state can be a lengthy process, why not speed the process up? Contact us and Steve can help you with your requirements.

Steve has many years experience in the stainless steel industry, sales and management and will be able to help you with all your needs.

Want to know more about Steve? Click here to read more.

3monkeez Queensland Office:

State Sales Manager: Steve Andrews

Phone: 07 3881 0322

Fax: 07 3881 0455

enquiries@3monkeez.com.au

Address: Unit 3/5 Percy Drive Brendale Queensland 4500

 

 

 

 

Loaded and ready to leave for QLD

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3monkeez Donates to the Mens Shed in Tasmania

3monkeez has just donated to the 28th Mens Shed in Tasmania. The products that were donated are a Urinette with Spreader and Domed Grate, a Flushpipe, a Sparge Adaptor and a Pull Chain Cistern. These products will be used in the making of the new shed.

3monkeez takes great pride in being able to help out with this project. We would also like to share with you the responses we received when we advised the Mens Shed of our decision to donate the items:

“Good morning Alicia,
Thank you so much for your generosity and please extend these thoughts to the 3Monkeez, if in fact, there are three. Peter Shelley, the chairman for the Mens Shed committee, will be in touch with you to express appreciation, I have asked that he thank you in particular.
An experience like this is quite amazing and a treasure to keep. I made a call for information and was passed to you, no face, just a name and the sound of a voice. What impressed me most, was your interest in what I was asking about.
I have been most fortunate in what I have learned and been able to do in my life. There have been a number of firsts before I left New Zealand, then a number of firsts here in Australia. If you travel across the Sydney harbour bridge in what was the express lane, the mechanism that accepted payment, at that time, was something that I constructed. The Australian heart pacemaker was another of the things that I made.
Today, besides the plumbing, I do Aluminium and Stainless Steel fabrication, albiet in a small way (when I saw the Urinette, I was tempted to make it myself, but the pressing for the outlet would have caused me a problem, as well as the rolled edge. On that subject, I must congratulate 3Monkeez on the design of that unit, it is so simple, so practical, it is perfect for it’s application.)  I also started rotational moulding of polyethylene in Tasmania, moulding marine buoys in particular. We, that is my beautiful wife of forty six years, and I, have been lucky enough to export, in a very small way, to places like Singapore, Hong Kong, Thursday Island and Antarctica.
The reason I mention this, is very few people take the time to show any interest in what other people do. You were different and because of that, a magical thing has happened, for me and the Mens Shed and because of that, many people will benefit, I am sure.
Thank you again!
Best wishes and regards, Dennis”

 

“Dear Alicia,  

The Channel Men’s Shed Inc committee is very grateful for your donation to us of the Urinette and cistern as arranged with one of our members, Mr Dennis O’Donnell.
Your support for our community based “Men’s Shed” will assist us greatly with our project.
So far we have received fantastic support from local individuals and businesses keen to see this community project become reality as soon as possible.   Our committee first met in June 2011 to discuss the idea of a “Men’s Shed” in our community. Local council has provided us with the land, we have had a building of 40m x 13 m donated to us together with concreting, electrical etc.
Thanks to companies like yours, our project should be operational by July this year.
We aim to recognise all donors on our website when it is constructed so you will be able to keep in touch with our progress.
Thank you again for your wonderful support.
Yours sincerely,
Peter Shelley
Founding Chair
Channel Men’s Shed Inc.”

 

Dennis, we appreciate the heartfelt and touching email, we also thank you for giving us the opportunity to contribute to this project and wish the Mens Shed well for the future and appreciate what you do for the community and look forward to seeing it continuing well into the future.

Peter, thank you for the letter and email. We are grateful and thankful to have been given the opportunity to help the Men’s Shed and were more than happy to donate those items to you. We very much appreciate the letter of thanks and wish the Men’s Shed well for the future, for the current one in building and for all others. You will have to keep in contact with us and let us know how the project is going and also when it is up and running. It is a great thing you and other volunteers do for the boys/men in the community and all others who are in any way helped by you. Thank you again.

 

If you wish to read more on the Mens Sheds in Tasmania, please visit their website:

TASMENSSHED

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Andrew In The Spotlight

Here at 3monkeez we thought we would do something a little different for you. That is to teach you a little more about the team at 3monkeez.
Each employee has filled out a questionnaire. Each month you can read up on a different person.
To start off, let’s start with:

3monkeez CEO, Andrew Russell

Name? Andrew Russell

When did you start at 3monkeez? At the beginning

What is your role at 3monkeez? I look after the importing and development for 3monkeez and also a bit of CEO work

What is your favourite thing about your role? Everything, I would not be doing any other job

Do you have a pet/pets? I did have, and I will again. Only dogs and chickens

If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be? A dragon that shoots fire from it’s mouth. Similar to the Avatar dragons that you can ride

Do you have any hobbies? Learning Asian cultures and I will get some nice toys one day. A Norton motorcycle when they finally get released here

What is your favourite colour? Monkeez Green

What is your favourite food? Asian of all types

What is your favourite TV show? Kevin McClouds “Grand Designs”

What is your favourite movie? I.P Man and I.P Man 2 (Chinese movies)

Who is your favourite singer/band? I do not really have one, I just listen to the radio

What is your favourite song at the moment? I don’t have one. I’m still listening to Christmas CD’s

Who is your favourite NRL team? North Sydney Bears

What radio station do you listen to? I flicker from MMM to ABC

What country do you most want to travel to and why? Somewhere in Asia still, somewhere wild, so I may get the real cultural experience

Which season do you like the most? Summer

What is one thing you have done for the first time in the past year? Driven a Maserati full throttle in China

What is one thing you want to do but have not done yet? Do the same in with a Ferrari

Now you know more about Andrew Russell. Next time you speak to him maybe you should ask him what it was like driving a Maserati full throttle in China!

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Happy Chinese New Year

Here at 3monkeez we celebrated by having 2 lion dancers and fireworks on January 30th at 1pm. It was an exciting day and an experience for many who had not ever seen anything like it before. This is the first time 3monkeez has had this event, which now will be an annual event.

The lion dance has been part of the Chinese culture for thousands of years and is performed on auspicious occasions such as weddings, store openings, and various festivals and celebrations. The lion, a symbol of power, wisdom, and good fortune, chases away evil spirits and brings happiness, longevity, and good luck. The lion dance is also performed at many business locations during the Chinese New Year’s Celebration for the lion brings prosperity and good luck to the business for the upcoming year.

 

Do you know what animal you are?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3monkeez at Fine Food Queensland

3monkeez Exhibiting at Fine Food Queensland

11 March 2012 to 13 March 2012
10am – 5pm

Stand A8

3monkeez is exhibiting at Fine Food Queensland. Come and have a look at our extensive range of product. You can also look at Global Tapwares range of commercial tapware in which 3monkeez is the national distributor for.

Fine Food Queensland is Queensland’s largest food, drink, catering and hospitality trade event for the retail, foodservice and hospitality industries.

Fine Food Queensland is held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – Corner Merivale St and Glenelg St South Bank QLD.

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CEO Andrew Russell to take part in annual Vinnies CEO Sleep Out

There is no better return on investment than the one you make in someone’s future.

On the 21st June 2012 3monkeez CEO Andrew Russell will be participating in the St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Sleep Out and he needs your help to reach his donation goal of $20,000.  

Please sponsor Andrew by clicking here

Each year business and community leaders come together to experience one night of what is a daily reality for 105,000 homeless Australians. By sleeping out Andrew will make a social investment that has the power to change lives.

In the past 12 months at the Ozanam Learning Centre:
80 people experiencing homelessness have gained a TAFE qualification onsite
1000 people experiencing homelessness have taken part in computer learning courses
2500 homeless people have participated in music classes and recording sessions
3000 homeless people have got involved in the OLC art therapy and art classes program
5000 occasions of homeless people taking part in fitness, living skills and recovery programs

Participating CEOs have begun to understand that homeless people aren’t all that different from anyone else and have given them the chance to work and positively contribute to their businesses. One homeless client has just been accepted to study law. Another volunteered to rebuild QLD after the floods. And yet another has opened a Natural Healing practice and is now helping others. These are stories of hope and opportunity. Stories of investing in people’s potential.

Even a small investment changes lives:
$70 will provide a homeless person with a living skills program
$300 will provide five homeless people with a cooking course
$800 will provide a TAFE course in computer skills or employment preparation for ten people
$3000 provide 100 homeless people with a bed for a night

When asked why he was more than willing to participate in this event he stated
“This is a great cause that can make a significant difference. I am pleased to be part of it, and I look forward to your support in achieving my donation target.”

Click to see a snapshot of the night and understand what you can expect from the event in 2012 and here to see how we allocate funds generated to invest in people’s lives.

I look forward to Rising to the Challenge of homelessness in 2012.

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Pauline In The Spotlight

Here at 3monkeez we thought we would do something a little different for you. That is to teach you a little more about the team at 3monkeez.
Each employee has filled out a questionnaire. Each month you can read up on a different person.
This Month is:

3monkeez Internal Sales, Pauline Morris

Name?  Pauline Morris

When did you start at 3monkeez? Febuary 2012

What is your role at 3monkeez? Sales

What is your favourite thing about your role? Taking phone calls and making our customers feel loved.

Do you have a pet/pets?  No

If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be? A penquin

Do you have any hobbies? I love spending time with my 4 boys and watching them play their chosen sports.

What is your favourite colour? Blue

What is your favourite food? Mexican

What is your favourite TV show? Grey’s Anatomy

What is your favourite movie? Gotta love the girly flicks

Who is your favourite singer/band? Nickleback

What is your favourite song at the moment? I enjoy all music from 80’s to todays music.

Who is your favourite NRL team? Bulldogs – doggies

What radio station do you listen to? 106.5

What country do you most want to travel to and why? Thialand .So I can do a mountain of shopping.

Which season do you like the most? Winter

What is one thing you have done for the first time in the past year? Can’t think of anything

What is one thing you want to do but have not done yet? Travel  overseas

 

Now you know more about Pauline Morris. Next time you speak to her maybe you should ask her what’s happening on Greys Anatomy!