"Wear It's At"
Volume 1 Issue 6
Friday, Sept. 10, 1999
In This Issue
1. Welcome and Thanks
2. Wear Technology
3. Y2K Glitch
1. Welcome and Thanks
Just want to welcome all the new arrivals to "Wear Its AT". I have been
working hard at listing my website on a number of lists and search engines and apparently
its paying off. The newsletter list is growing daily. A warm welcome to all who
decided to join us.
2. Wear Technology - Hardfacing as a way of life?
Sounds crazy, I know. Most people havent even heard the word
"Hardfacing", let alone how it affects our every day life. Lets face it,
its not a household word, but I assure you, that practically everything you come
into contact with in daily life is affected by hardfacing.
Lets see what hardfacing is NOT. It is not a degenerative disease associated with
a hardening of the arteries in the facial area of the body. It is not a beauty treatment
akin to mudpacks. It is not an architectural wall covering used to project a feeling of
What is Hardfacing?
Hardfacing is a metallic protection or cladding applied to materials that would
otherwise wear away prematurely. It is generally applied by a welding technique.
Now that we know what Hardfacing is, one might ask;
"So where is it used?"
Yes, Everywhere and in just about Every Industry.
Lets take a closer look. As you look around the room, pick out a few objects. Jot
them on a piece of paper. Now think about what they are made of. You may have picked your
computer screen. Good, because it is made of glass and plastic. Glass is silica, and is a
highly popular item to recycle. Recycled glass is very abrasive. Chutes, conveyors, and
crushing equipment must all be hardfaced to protect it against excessive wear. The plastic
housing of the monitor is made of plastic, which is usually an extruded product. Plastic
is a polymer, and quite abrasive. In the processing of many objects, the polymer is
extruded into a mold under tremendous pressures and heat, all of which contribute to the
excessive wear of the extrusion machine. Hardfacing with Cobalt alloys is a common method
to increase the life of the extrusion press.
Perhaps you chose a piece of paper, or a pencil. Both of these items are products of
the Pulp and Paper industry. Practically every facet of the process of bringing the tree
to the pulping process involves the handling of abrasive materials. Bark is loaded with
sand from dragging the trees through the forest. It also contains nails and fencing. Wood
chips moving at high speed cut through ordinary steel plates like hot knife through
butter. Acids are used in the pulping process. All of these processes rely on hardfacing
materials to protect them from the ravages of wear.
Perhaps you chose your car while looking out the window. Steel is mined from Iron ore.
Iron ore is highly abrasive and practically every aspect of the mining operation requires
that equipment be protected from abrasion and impact. Truck beds, shovels, chutes,
hoppers, conveyors, crushers, and classifiers are all targets for excessive wear. Only
hardfacing products can economically be used to salvage the costly wear that occurs.
Turning ore into steel requires tremendous heat. Process equipment would not last very
long if it werent for hardfacing. Stamping, forming, bending, and punching require
the use of tooling. This tooling is under the constant siege of wear. Hardfacing materials
prolong its useful life and make it economically possible for us to afford so many items.
Think we are done with the car and steel? Not hardly, because your car will eventually see
the junk yard. Car shedders depend upon hardfacing materials to function properly.
How about the light you are reading by. Did you choose a light bulb as your item to jot
down? Well, chances are that you electricity is a result of fossil fuel burning or hydro
power. Each of these industries depends heavily upon hardfacing to prolong process
I could go on and on. I could site example after example, of items that you use daily
that depend upon hardfacing for their existence. Aluminum cans, bricks, concrete, cement,
food products, cartons, highways, and yes, even diapers. Hardfacing is a part of everyday
life, but of course we dont think of it as such. I doubt it will ever be a household
word, at least outside of those of us who make a living with it, but it hope it will be a
little more clear about its use and applications. Please visit my web site http://www.cladtechnologies.com and check out
the Article section. I have a new article that deals with this subject in more graphic
3. WARNING: Y2K glitch might render your computer useless.
January 1st is only 115 days away. When it comes, will your computer crash?
A few weeks ago, a subscriber alerted me to a potentially momentous Y2K computer glitch.
Sure enough, after a quick test, I found that my PC might have failed to run just after
midnight on January 1st.
It could happen to you, too.
If your PC uses a Windows operating system (Windows 95, Windows 98, etc.), take this
1) Double-click on the "My Computer" icon.
2) Double-click on "Control Panel."
3) Double-click on "Regional
Settings" (NOT "Date/Time").
4) Click on the "Date" tab at the top.
5) Where it says "Short Date Sample," see if it shows a 2-digit year.
A 2-digit year might not roll over to the year 2000! Thats because the computer
might think its the year 1900!
Heres the good news: Theres a simple way to prevent this problem!
Just try this quick and easy 2-step fix:
1) Click on the arrow to the right of
"Short Date Style." Select the option
that shows the following format:
MM/dd/yyyy (be sure to select 4 "ys",
not 2 "ys")
2) Click "Apply" and "OK."
There may be millions of Windows computers worldwide that are set to fail the Y2K
rollover. Thats why its important for us to let the world know. Forward this
tip to as many people as you can think of. Youll be doing them the biggest favor-and
youll probably become their hero! This problem will only affect PCs using a Windows
operating system. If youre a Mac user, this gives you one more reason to feel smug!
Forward this tip to your friends who use PCs. Theyll probably envy you for not
having to worry about this!
If you dont make this simple fix, will your computer crash on January 1st?
I dont know. But Im not taking any chances.
Well, its almost closing time here and I do want to get
this off before the weekend, so I will sign off for now. Please send me your comments,
questions and suggestions. New products, tricks and techniques, or just plain old good
common sense; all will be welcome.
Have a great weekend. Will be talking with you all very soon.