Friday, December 6, 2013

Demolition Excavators

Moving, sorting, loading, and processing demolition debris demands machinery that is exceptionally sturdy. There are many excavators and interchangeable attachments available today that are specifically designed for use in the demolition and dismantling industry.


Demolition excavators are built to withstand the stresses and strains placed on the machinery during deconstruction of various structures. High-reach excavators feature longer booms that can reach upper parts of tall structures, as high as 160 feet or more. Booms are usually interchangeable and allow the machinery to be converted to a standard demolition excavator. Many feature hydraulically-tilting cabins which gives the operator greater visibility and helps reduce fatigue. Modern demolition and dismantling excavators are extremely high tech.

Multiple attachments, capable of pulverizing, cracking, crushing, pinching, scooping, lifting, and cutting concrete, rebar, and other materials, are used to demolish and dismantle concrete buildings, structures, roads, bridge abutments, etc., and to process debris for recycling or disposal. Attachments can operate hydraulically or mechanically. “Teeth” and other components can usually be replaced when they become worn. Demolition excavators can be fitted with dust suppression systems that spray high-pressure water mist to trap dust before it can escape into the environment. Interchangeability of booms and attachments allow contractors like R. Baker & Son to customize excavators to meet the varying demands of different demolition and dismantling projects.

About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery.

Demolition, wrecking and razing, rigging, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business / SDVOSB, salvage, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and machinery moving, building demolition, riggers, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, interior demolition, investment and asset recovery.

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Court
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Web: http://www.rbaker.com/

Monday, November 11, 2013

Five Common Control Valve Problems


Some control valve problems can be relatively easy to detect, but others are more difficult to identify without performing specific tests.  Before attempting to tune a control loop to improve loop performance, here are five of the most common control valve problems to look for:  

Deadband, sometimes known as hysteresis, can be caused by backlash between the control output and actual valve position.  It can also be due to mechanical friction or looseness.  This can cause oscillations under PI or PID control.  

Stiction is static friction that can cause a valve to stick in position.  When enough pressure builds to force the valve to break free, the excess pressure will often cause the valve to overshoot its target position.  When valve movement stops, it sticks in the new position.  Common causes of stiction are over-tightened valve stem seal, sticky valve internals, undersized actuator, or sticky positioner.  

Positioner overshoot often results when a valve positioner is defective or tuned too aggressively, and changes in controller output can cause the valve to overshoot its target position.  

Oversize control valves can lead to poor control performance. Full flow should be obtained at 70-90% depending on conditions, and if valves are sized too large for the flow rate, small changes can significantly affect flow.  If other valve positioning problems exist, oversize valves will further amplify the negative effects.  

Finally, nonlinearity is another issue that can lead to tuning problems.  If a control valve’s flow characteristic is nonlinear, control loops tend to become sluggish or unstable when the valve position moves away from its operating point.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ruby Baker and the History of R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker and Son All Industrial Services was founded by Roger “Ruby” Baker in the New York City area in 1935.  Today, under the helm of Ruby’s son, Walter, and his grandsons, David and Mark, R. Baker & Son is widely recognized as the premier contractor in rigging, demolition, dismantling, and plant and equipment relocation in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  

Ruby Baker started his business during the Great Depression, a time when jobs were scarce, and competition among industrial contractors was fierce.  But, early on, Ruby and his employees worked hard establishing their exceptional reputation in their industry, taking on challenging projects that other contractors could not.  As R. Baker & Son rapidly grew, Ruby Baker stressed the value of delivering premier customer service and developing and cultivating solid, long-term client/contractor relationships, which, according to company president David Baker, are still “the core of this company”.  As testament, some present day customers can be traced back to relationships that were established more than forty years ago.  

R. Baker and Son has long fostered Ruby Baker’s steadfast philosophy of dedication to excellence, integrity, and unparalleled expertise, and as a result we continue to thrive and grow for nearly 80 years.



About R. Baker and Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker and Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery.

Demolition, wrecking and razing, rigging, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business / SDVOSB, salvage, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and machinery moving, building demolition, riggers, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, interior demolition, investment and asset recovery.

R. Baker and Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Web: rbaker.com
Fax: 732-450-0311 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Demolition.Rigging

Monday, October 7, 2013

Wooden Rooftop Water Tanks: Familiar Fixtures of NYC Skyline

Wooden rooftop water tanks are common features of the New York City skyline.  The barrel-like, cone-roofed structures first appeared on city rooftops in the late 19th century, and have been an integral part of New York’s water system ever since.
 
After the Civil War, New York flourished and tall buildings began to crop up around the city.  Because New York is built on shallow bedrock, natural water pressure was too low to raise water to the upper stories of these buildings, so rooftop tanks were introduced.  Nowadays, electric pumps that are commonly used in U.S. cities are impractical with New York’s aged infrastructure, and rooftop tanks still provide the ideal solution to the city’s water needs.  

The first rooftop water tanks were constructed by barrel makers, and even today about 99% are still made of wood.  Steel tanks can cost up to four times more, require far more maintenance, and can impart a metallic taste to the water.  Wood has natural insulating properties, keeping water cool in summer and preventing freezing in winter.  

There are only two companies that currently build water tanks in New York.  These “tankmen”, as they’re known, can construct the body of a tank in as little as two hours, setting boards in place using only a hammer and a rope.  Tank walls, made from either cedar or California redwood and held together by cables or “hoops”, leak when first filled.  As the wood becomes soaked, it swells and the tank becomes impermeable.  No sealant is necessary.  



The average rooftop water tank is about 10-12 feet high and stores 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of water.  As water is used and levels drop, a pump is triggered and the tank is refilled.  Water used for drinking and bathing is siphoned from the top of the water.  Water in the lower half, where sediment settles, is reserved to fight fires.
 
Tank maintenance is a straightforward process that takes about six hours and causes little inconvenience to building residents.  Water is drained and the interior is scrubbed with a chlorine solution.  The tank is refilled, a second chlorine solution is added, allowed to soak, then flushed out.  Switches are lubricated, holes are caulked, and hoops are tightened.  The supporting structure also requires maintenance – mostly scraping and painting – on a regular basis.  Rooftop water tanks have an average lifespan of 20 to 25 years, and when particularly well-maintained tanks can last as much as 30% longer.  

Though rooftop water tank technology was developed more than 150 years ago, New York’s reliance on them is not expected to change any time soon.  The method is simple, inexpensive, effective, and well-suited to existing city infrastructure.  R. Baker & Son has been involved in a number of renovation and demolition projects in which rooftop water tanks have been relocated or dismantled.  Though they look like relics of the past, rooftop tanks will undoubtedly remain a customary fixture of the New York cityscape for many years to come.  

About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services



R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery.



Demolition, wrecking and razing, rigging, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business / SDVOSB, salvage, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and machinery moving, building demolition, riggers, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, interior demolition, investment and asset recovery.



R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

1 Globe Court
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Phone: 732-222-3553

Fax: 732-450-0311
Web: http://www.rbaker.com
http://www.rbaker.com/demolition-contractors-new-york.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Demolition.Rigging

Saturday, September 28, 2013

R. Baker & Son Power Plant Decommissioning

U.S. nuclear power plants are aging.  According to the Department of Energy, the average age of the 5,800 power plants in operation is about 40 years, and many them are outdated, environmentally unfriendly, costly to operate and maintain, and unprofitable.  Though nuclear power is inexpensive to produce and emits no greenhouse gases, and nuclear facilities account for about 20% of the power generated in the U.S., there is increasing pressure to make relicensing requirements more stringent and to shut down aging nuclear reactors. Also, the EPA and state agencies are imposing tougher regulations, and many of these facilities would require expensive retrofits to come into compliance.   As a result, many operators are deciding that extending the life of near-obsolete nuclear power plants no longer makes good business sense, and are opting to decommission, dismantle and/or demolish their facilities. 

Though decommissioning can be a complex and expensive task, the cost can be comparatively small compared to retrofit, and recovered scrap and salvage can offset a good portion of these costs.  Some states have established objectives shifting toward green alternatives such as wind, solar, geothermal and biofuel, and plant operators are exploring ways to convert existing facilities to renewable sources following decommissioning.  

R. Baker and Son is a seasoned contractor offering total power plant decommissioning services, from consultation to decommissioning plan development, and we have numerous safe, successful decommissioning projects under our belts.  We provide complete demolition, selective dismantling, and rigging and removal of power plant equipment, as well as asset recovery and used equipment sales.  Power plant decommissioning is strictly regulated, particularly so in nuclear facilities, and R. Baker and Son operates in strict 100% compliance.  

To find out more about our power plant decommissioning services, please contact R. Baker and Son at 732-222-3553.  

About R. Baker and Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker and Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery.


Demolition, wrecking and razing, rigging, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business / SDVOSB, salvage, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and machinery moving, building demolition, riggers, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, interior demolition, investment and asset recovery.


R. Baker and Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Court
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311


Website: http://www.rbaker.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Demolition.Rigging

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Demolition Vibrations Used to Study Earthquakes


When a 13-story building on the California State East Bay campus was declared seismically unsafe, university officials considered their options. Retrofit was deemed too expensive, and the most economically sensible solution was demolition by implosion, then rebuild.  As the demolition date approached, a Cal State geology professor approached US Geological Survey officials with an idea:  why not study the vibrations from the implosion to learn about the area’s seismic vulnerabilities?  So when the building was demolished on August 17, 2013, more than 600 miniature seismographs in the area collected data that will help earthquake scientists better understand one the most dangerous fault zones in the U.S. 
 
According to the USGS, there is a 63 percent chance of a major earthquake in the San Francisco Bay area in the next 30 years.  The 13-story Warren Hall, built in 1971, stood a mere 2,000 feet from the Hayward Fault, which is considered the area’s most likely to shift.  Vibration recordings from the demolition will help scientists develop a seismic map of the area to locate trace fault lines that split off from the main fault, and determine where and how the ground might move when a large quake occurs.  The data will also help cities plan future development. 


 About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery..

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R. Baker & Son All Industrial and Demolition Services
1 Globe Court
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Demolition.Rigging

Friday, August 23, 2013

R. Baker & Son: Are These Innovative New Techniques the Future of High-Rise Demolition in NYC?

Like New York, Tokyo, Japan is a highly-populated, densely-packed city.  Many of Tokyo’s mid-20th century high-rise buildings are becoming obsolete and must be demolished.  Japanese companies have developed two groundbreaking techniques for dismantling skyscrapers, referred to by some as “stealth” demolition, that could be utilized in New York City in the near future.  One demolition method entails buildings being dismantled from the top down, with all of the work hidden under a moving scaffold, and the other, remarkably, has structures being dismantled from the ground up.

Only a handful of New York skyscrapers have been demolished during the last 50 years (most recently the Deutsche Bank building in lower Manhattan), but like Tokyo, many are in need of renovation or demolition.  Many aging high-rises have low ceilings, limited floor space, single-pane glass, and outdated heating and cooling systems, but overhaul is oftentimes economically unfeasible, so the best option may be to demolish and rebuild.  Implosion and wrecking balls are not permitted in NYC, so the conventional method of high-rise demolition entails contractors erecting scaffolding all the way up and around the building, and dismantling it floor by floor.  The work is noisy, dirty, and creates an eyesore for New Yorkers. 
With the top-down demolition method, an enclosed scaffold “cap” that resembles the building’s fa├žade is constructed over the roof on temporary columns supported by hydraulic jacks.  Workers demolish the building two floors at a time, and the columns are lowered into new positions.  Because all work takes place under the cap, noise levels are 20 decibels lower than tradition methods and 90% more dust is contained.   The work is hidden from passersby, and many people are not even aware that buildings are being demolished until late stages of the demolition. 



 The reverse of the above demolition method is a bottom-up approach in which steel columns are cut at ground level and the entire building is lowered in 30-inch increments on huge hydraulic jacks as each floor is dismantled.  This eliminates the need to have work crews and heavy equipment at the top of the building and is safer than traditional methods. 

Other benefits to these new demolition techniques include more efficient abatement of hazardous materials like asbestos, and easier sorting of recyclables such as steel, aluminum, copper and concrete. 
Though the Japanese demolition techniques have not yet been used in the U.S ., there will come a time in the very near future when more and more outdated Manhattan high-rise buildings will need to be demolished, and there is a good chance that New York City area contractors will be adopting these innovative methods. 

About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery..

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R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Court
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Web: http://www.rbaker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Demolition.Rigging

Monday, August 5, 2013

Riggers and Millwrights

Top rigging, dismantling and demolition contractors like R. Baker & Son rely on the extensive knowledge, skill, and experience of riggers and millwrights. So what, exactly, are millwrights and riggers, and what do they do?
 
Millwright:
A millwright is a tradesperson who installs, maintains and repairs stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment by interpreting blueprints and schematics, constructing foundations, performing layouts, and assembling parts to perfect working order. Millwrights must possess a combination of skills and knowledge that includes steel fabrication, welding, machining, electronics, and fluid mechanics. They are trained through apprenticeship programs that combine classroom education with on-the-job training.  Most apprenticeships last four years and may include an Associate degree. 

Rigger:
A journeyman rigger is a tradesperson who specializes in lifting, moving, and placing extremely large or heavy loads, machinery, and objects using specialized equipment.  Riggers are responsible for staging loads and determining their sizes and weights; building or assembling jibs, derricks, cranes, booms, and other components; setting up rigging gear, cables, pulleys, and other tackle; erecting structural steel and concrete panels, etc.; and maintaining rigging equipment.  Rigging is learned through apprenticeship. 



About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery..

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R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Web: http://www.rbaker.com/demolition-contractors-new-york.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Demolition.Rigging

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Plant Relocation: Working with a Multi-Phased Master Plan

Relocation of a plant is an extremely demanding task, but a large portion of the work is done in the planning. All plant relocation projects must be handled through a master plan with multiple phases and sub-phases.  There are many different segments to every operation – employees, machinery, IT, packaging, shipping and receiving, etc.  In plant relocation projects, it is important for the contractor to understand the client’s profit centers within the company prior to planning and phasing a project.

Early phases of a plant relocation project always require installation of a “backbone” of utilities and IT network.  This can include electrical substations and distribution, IT racks and switches, building automation systems, and process control systems.  These early phases require larger expenditures because the investments will support all of the future swing-over phases.  To ensure a seamless transition, minimizing expenses and downtime are key.





Logistics are highly important in any plant relocation project, and in addition to moving equipment, a project may also involve purchasing new equipment and/or upgrading or repairing existing equipment.  The complexities unique to every plant relocation project require detailed user requirement specifications and the input of multiple disciplines to make sure the multi-phased approach works.

The basis of every plant relocation project is to ensure that the backbone is properly set in place so that the rest can follow.  R. Baker & Son has vast experience in partnering with plant relocation clients to help develop a comprehensive, multi-phased project plan.  To find out more about plant relocation and how R. Baker & Son can help plan your next project, please contact us at 732-222-3553.

About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery..

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R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Court
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
http://www.rbaker.com/demolition-contractors-new-york.php

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Demolition.Rigging

Monday, June 3, 2013

R. Baker & Son: Demolition, History and Wrecking Balls

Many of us can recall seeing wrecking balls being used to demolish buildings in old cartoons and black and white films.  But the huge steel spheres that were predominantly used from the 1930s to the 1970s are rarely seen in modern demolition, having largely been replaced by long reach excavators. 

Wrecking balls are made from forged steel and commonly weigh between 1,000 and 12,000 lbs.  No one knows for sure who invented it, though several wrecking companies claim to have done so, but one of the earliest documented uses took place in England in 1888. Unlike their spherical predecessors, modern wrecking balls are pear-shaped with a flat top, which allows them to be pulled back through a roof or slab more easily.


To demolish roofs and slabs, a wrecking ball is suspended from a crane boom by a steel chain and allowed to free-fall onto the structure.  Walls can be demolished by two methods, either by repeatedly pulling the wrecking ball toward the crane cab and allowing it to swing free like a pendulum to strike the structure, or by pivoting the crane boom to accelerate the ball toward its target. 

Though effective, wrecking ball demolition is rather rudimentary and difficult to control, and often caused collateral damage.  Long reach excavators, with their high-tech attachments such as metal cutting shears, concrete processors, and grapples, are much safer and offer far better precision and efficiency.  Nowadays wrecking balls are sometimes used on brick and concrete structures, in quarries, and for breaking up concrete roads and runways.  

About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery.

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R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Court
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Web: http://www.rbaker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Demolition.Rigging

Thursday, May 30, 2013

R. Baker & Son the Clear Choice for NYC Demolition

New York is an extraordinary city, and NYC demolition projects pose very unique challenges.  Clients should always select a qualified, licensed and registered firm with extensive experience in NYC demolition and thorough knowledge of city codes and regulations. 

R. Baker & Son got its start in NYC and the tri-state area almost 80 years ago, and each year we are ranked among the top demolition contractors in the New York tri-state area, which includes New York State, the five boroughs of New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  R. Baker & Son performs numerous large-scale demolition projects in New York City each year and serve as the preferred rigging and demolition contractor for NYC national landmarks and historic sites such as the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Statue of Liberty, and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.  R. Baker & Son is fully licensed and registered in New York City, and our standards of safety and performance consistently exceed government and industry standards. 


About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery..

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R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Court
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Web: http://www.rbaker.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Demolition.Rigging

Thursday, May 2, 2013

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services - proud member of the National Demolition Association. 

Representing more than 1,000 U.S. and Canadian companies, the National Demolition Association has been educating members on the latest advances in equipment and services, as well as educational programs and tools regarding regulatory and safety matters, for over 40 years.  Additionally, the NDA keeps regulators informed about industry issues and increases public awareness of the economic and community benefits of demolition.  To learn more about the National Demolition Association, visit their website at http://www.demolitionassociation.com






About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards).  R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million.  Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery..

Demolition, wrecking and razing, rigging, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business  / SDVOSB, salvage, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and machinery moving, building demolition, riggers, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, interior demolition, investment and asset recovery.

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
http://www.rbaker.com

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services is a member of the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association.  An international trade association with nearly 1,300 members in 43 nations, SC&RA helps members run safely and efficiently by providing all industry related information needed to safely, legally, and profitably transport, lift and erect oversize and overweight items.  SC&RA monitors and affects pending legislation and regulatory policies, researches and reports on safety concerns and best business practices, and provides four forums annually to discuss these and other issues.  To learn more about the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, visit their website at http://www.scranet.org/



About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards).  R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million.  Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery..

Demolition, wrecking and razing, rigging, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business  / SDVOSB, salvage, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and machinery moving, building demolition, riggers, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, interior demolition, investment and asset recovery.

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Web: www.rbaker.com

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Skilled Trade Workers in High Demand

The construction industry is showing signs of recovery, but there is some bad news: growth is being held back by a severe labor shortage.  After so many construction jobs were shed when the recession hit, one would think there would be plenty of skilled workers clamoring for the many positions that are currently vacant, but the fact is there are not.  Contractors are struggling to fill jobs, and the situation is only expected to get worse, for a number of reasons.

When the economic downturn occurred, hundreds of thousands of construction workers were laid off. Many found it necessary to change career paths or retire.  To further exacerbate the situation, fewer and fewer high school graduates are pursuing careers in construction.  Parents and school systems overwhelmingly push students to attend four-year colleges and technical schools rather than skilled trade apprenticeships and training programs.  As a result, construction jobs have earned a false and undeserved stigma as a “lowly” pursuit.  And as workers of the baby boom generation continue to retire in high numbers (construction is dominated by workers over the age of 40), there are not enough young workers to fill the vacancies. 

With so many satisfying, challenging, interesting, financially-rewarding construction jobs available and an ever-increasing demand for workers, why do school systems continue to steer students away from skilled trades?  While interest in construction declines and the industry goes begging for workers, the job market is becoming oversaturated with college graduates who have little hope of obtaining a job in their career of choice.  It is time for parents, students, and schools to expand their thinking and recognize the rewards of pursuing a career in the construction industry. 

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services is a premier specialized contractor, and over the last 78 years we have employed hundreds of highly skilled riggers, millwrights, crane operators, heavy equipment operators and demolition workers who would attest to satisfaction in their chosen careers. Apprenticeship programs combine classroom learning and hands-on instruction with on-the-job training at a fraction of the cost of a four year college program.  Many of today’s trades call for high-tech skills and training and demand higher pay.  In today’s job market, a skilled trade career offers increased job security and can be highly fulfilling, both personally and financially. 


About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery.

Demolition, wrecking and razing, rigging, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business / SDVOSB, salvage, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and machinery moving, building demolition, riggers, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, interior demolition, investment and asset recovery.

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Web: http://www.rbaker.com

Thursday, March 14, 2013

79th Investment Recovery Seminar & Trade Show

Join R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services at the 79th Investment Recovery Seminar & Trade Show, March 24-27, 2013, in Memphis, Tennessee.
 
R. Baker & Son will be an exhibitor on March 24, 25 and 26.  The four-day educational and networking event will feature almost two dozen seminars, workshops, and industry working groups, plus two days of extended networking opportunities in the investment recovery industry’s only trade show.  Register now – deadline is Monday, 3/18/13, at 5:30 p.m.

About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in four sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards).  R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million.  Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery..

Demolition, wrecking and razing, rigging, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business  / SDVOSB, salvage, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and machinery moving, building demolition, riggers, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, interior demolition, investment and asset recovery.

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Web: http://www.rbaker.com

Monday, February 4, 2013

OSHA Safeguarding Workers for Over Forty Years

On December 29, 1970, President Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law, and OSHA was created.  OSHA’s mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities through enforcement of their standards for workplace safety and health. 

At first, OSHA standards were viewed as burdensome and regulators were met with considerable resistance.  But with time, OSHA has greatly improved, and today most businesses are readily compliant.  In the 42 years since OSHA was established, vast improvements have been made in workplace safety.  While U.S. employment has doubled from 56 million workers to 115 million workers since 1971, workplace fatalities have been reduced by 62%, and occupational injuries and illnesses have dropped 40%.

 

At R. Baker & Son, workplace safety is our number one priority and we are 100% compliant with OSHA standards at all times.  All of our personnel, from top management through field staff, are thoroughly and continuously trained in safety procedures and regulations.  As a result, our safety performance continually far-exceeds requirements and industry averages.  R. Baker & Son maintains an award winning team of in-house full time safety and project managers, all of whom have a minimum of 20 years industry experience. Project managers, foremen and field personnel are 40 to 60-hours OSHA and Hazmat trained and certified. Additional training and certifications include but are not limited to; aerial lift, fork lift, crane, heavy equipment, confined space entry, respiratory protection, emergency response, first aid and CPR.

About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services is the premier specialized contractor in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) has been in business since 1935, has over 100 employees, an exemplary safety record (We have been directly involved in four (4) sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards) and is financially strong (bonding capabilities over $10 Million).  Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery & plant moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, wrecking, selective demolition , demolition contractors in NJ and warehousing.

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Web: http://www.rbaker.com/home.php

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

R. Baker & Son: Oxy –Acetylene Cutting Torch Fundamentals

Oxy-fuel cutting is a process in which a combination of fuel gases and oxygen is used to cut metals with a torch.  While there are a number of fuels that can be used for torch cutting in combination with oxygen, including propane, gasoline, and propylene, the most common is acetylene.  The oxy-acetylene torch is a tool that is frequently used for selective demolition by R. Baker & Son.

Acetylene is a compound of hydrogen and carbon that has a burning temperature of 4,600 F.  When combined with oxygen, acetylene burns at 5,700-5,800 F.  Contrary to popular belief, oxygen itself is not flammable.  It is, rather, an accelerant; its presence causes materials to burn hotter and faster.  Another common misconception is that oxy-acetylene torches work by simply melting through steel. In fact, oxygen and acetylene are used to preheat the metal to its kindling temperature, at which point a stream of pure oxygen is introduced that burns the heated metal into oxide and blows it from the cut.  Oxy-acetylene torches are used for low-carbon, or mild, steel, which easily oxidize at oxy-acetylene’s burning temperature.  An oxy-acetylene torch can cut mild steel up to 12 inches thick.


An oxy-acetylene apparatus consists of two cylinders (oxygen and acetylene), each equipped with a regulator, pressure gauge, and a length of hose, and each hose is attached a torch. The angled cutting head is comprised of a central high-pressure oxygen jet surrounded by holes through which oxygen and acetylene pass to provide preheating flames.  The oxygen jet is controlled by a trigger or lever. 
To cut with an oxy-acetylene torch, the cutting head is held at a 90 degree angle to the cutting surface; using preheat jets only, the metal is heated to a dull cherry red.  Oxygen from the center jet is then triggered, instantly burning and oxidizing the iron.  As the torch is moved steadily along to produce the cut, a shower of sparks is ejected from the opposite side.  At this point, preheat jets are there purely to assist the oxidation process, and cutting proceeds at a surprisingly fast rate. 

There are numerous safety precautions that must be followed when working with an oxy-acetylene torch.  Gas cylinders must be handled properly, work areas must be properly prepared and safeguarded, and workers must be thoroughly trained.   Personal protective equipment must be worn at all times to prevent burn injuries, and special eyewear is particularly important to protect against glare and sparks while reducing the bright yellow-orange flare that oxy-acetylene cutting produces. 

Planning and preparation of the work area are important when cutting with an oxy-acetylene torch during select demolition.  Flammable materials should be removed when possible, surfaces should be shielded with welding blankets or other fire resistant guards or partitions, the area must be properly ventilated, fire extinguishing equipment should be readily available, and a fire watch must be established, among other appropriate safety procedures.  On demolition projects, careful planning is required to ensure that objects are structurally supported as cutting progresses, and sections can be removed and disposed of safely and without difficulty.

About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services is the premier specialized contractor in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) has been in business since 1935, has over 100 employees, an exemplary safety record (We have been directly involved in four (4) sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards) and is financially strong (bonding capabilities over $10 Million).  Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery & plant moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, wrecking, selective demolition , demolition contractors in NJ and warehousing.


R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Web: http://rbaker.com/home.php

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

R. Baker & Son: Air Casters Provide Simple Rigging Solutions

Air Casters Provide Simple Rigging Solutions

Air caster rigging systems, also known as air skates, use a continuously flowing thin layer of air to float heavy loads across smooth surfaces, similar to the operation of a hovercraft.  Unlike wheels, air casters are omni-directional and nearly frictionless, and just one to five pounds of force is required to move 1,000 lbs. of load.  This allows one person or a small crew to move thousands of pounds with minimal effort, complete control, and no floor damage.  Standard air caster rigging systems can handle loads weighing up to 100 tons.
 
R. Baker & Son frequently uses air casters for rigging large equipment where smooth, non-porous floors are present, such as in plant relocation projects.  Several low-profile modules are placed at strategic support points beneath a load to evenly distribute the weight.  Compressed air lifts the load and allows easy movement and precise positioning, even in confined spaces.  If floors are not completely smooth (cracks or expansion joints, etc.) or loads are being moved over transitional areas, overlay materials can be used to create an even surface. 

About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services is the premier specialized contractor in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) has been in business since 1935, has over 100 employees, an exemplary safety record (We have been directly involved in four (4) sites that received VPP OSHA Safety Awards) and is financially strong (bonding capabilities over $10 Million).  Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery & plant moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, wrecking, selective demolition, demolition contractors in NJ and warehousing.

R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: 732-222-3553
Fax: 732-450-0311
Website: http://www.rbaker.com/home.php