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    How Does An In-Motion Monorail Scale Work

    October 13, 2019


    For over 20 years, we have been manufacturing
    and designing our own NTEP approved, high accuracy in-motion monorail scales for slaughter
    plants. Our monorail scales incorporate a state-of–the-art
    weight indicator and data collection that will take your plant to the next level! Our monorail is designed to withstand the
    highly abusive and corrosive environment of your slaughter plant. The monorail is constructed from 304 stainless
    steel to prevent rust and corrosion. Parts such as dogs, chains, drive shafts,
    drive sprockets, and chain supports, are made of stainless steel or durable plastics. We use counter-sunk bolts to minimize potential
    trolley snagging on the entrance rail, live rail, and exit dead rail. On the transition rail, we use button-headed
    bolts to allow the rail to pivot. The monorail scale is mounted directly into
    your plant’s overhead rail and trolley system. A carcass-laden trolley is propelled by the
    plant’s overhead chain until it reaches the scale, where the scale’s propulsion-chain
    then advances the trolley faster than the overhead chain, weighs the carcass, and is
    picked up again by the overhead chain once it exits the scale. Here’s a simulation of how the process works:
    As a carcass-laden trolley approaches the scale, it is being propelled by the plant’s
    overhead push-dog onto the scale’s multiple rail sections, starting with the dead rail. The dead rail has no effect on the weighment
    of the trolley, but helps tie the scale into your rail system. The trolley then advances from the dead rail
    to the transition rail, where the scale’s propulsion chain engages the trolley and advances
    it onto the live rail and slightly ahead of the overhead chain. At this point, it is essential that the scale
    propulsion chain pulls the trolley away from and ahead of the overhead chain in order to
    eliminate interference of the overhead chain on the weighment process. The transition rail gradually applies the
    weight to the load cell supported live rail, preventing an instant shock loading & minimizing
    weight oscillation. This is a simulation of our monorail vs. a
    competitor’s monorail: Due to their construction and design, our competitor’s monorails typically
    experience significant shock loading of the load cells that affect weighments. Our monorail permits a smooth trolley transition
    by gradually applying weight to the live rail portion of our scale, significantly reducing
    weight oscillations of the load cells. Start and stop photo-eyes are mounted on an
    adjustable slide bracket across from the scale rail and facing a reflective strip. The trolley is ahead of the plant’s push-dog
    once it reaches the start photo-eye that is mounted across from it towards the beginning
    of the live rail. At this point, a signal is sent to our SDS
    weight indicator telling it to start the weighing cycle. A stop photo-eye is mounted across from the
    end of the live rail. As the trolley passes, a signal is sent to
    the SDS weight indicator telling it to end the weighment cycle. The SDS weight indicator displays the average
    weight and transmits the weight information to the database. After the trolley is finished being weighed,
    it enters the slightly downhill-sloped dead rail and is gravity-propelled away from the
    scale until it is again picked up by the plant’s overhead rail and trolley system. This SDS weight indicator calculates the net
    weighment and transmits that weight to the appropriate receiving system. This information can be sent via RS-232 or
    Ethernet. SDS firmware advantages are easy calibration,
    via an easily accessible configuration display including audit trail log information to aid
    users and inspectors alike. With the SDS weight indicator, you have the
    advantages of upgrading without the constant worry of obsolescence. We also have remote troubleshooting where
    our technical team can access your system remotely, ensuring you have the support you
    need. A significant advantage of our SDS weight
    indicator is its high resolution trolley tares. This allows storage of an individual trolley
    weight to the nearest thousandth decimal place or finer if you desire. Contact us today to learn more about how our
    monorail solution can take your monorail weighing and data collection to the next level! Be sure to subscribe to our channel to see
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    Wolfpack Wood Recycling:  From Crisis to Clean-up at the Oroville Dam (Morbark Owner)
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    Wolfpack Wood Recycling: From Crisis to Clean-up at the Oroville Dam (Morbark Owner)

    August 15, 2019


    My name is Tim Dempewolf and I own Wolfpack Wood Recycling I’m working on a site here in the
    foothills out of Oroville California. I’m under Syblon and Reid company and
    they’re working under Department of Water Resources. It was kind of a hurry up emergency to
    get people in here to get the trees out. They were worried at the time that if
    the water come over the spillway that it would wash all the trees down into the
    river and they didn’t want that to happen. When they said it was gonna come
    over the spillway the next morning it was … “Get my stuff out first!” It was a lot of people trying to move pretty quick, getting everybody out of harm’s way. Now it’s just trying to get everything in order to so they can start fixing the dam. At this point I started out clearing, like I said, under the emergency overflow. Then I went down and was chipping trees and brush where they were taken to make room to put stockpiles for the dirt they were taken out of the river. Now at this point I’m clearing under power lines that they had to move and reposition. I started my business in 2007. Most of the time I do subdivisions and orchard removals by myself, or my wife and I have. I have Buck and Hunter. They’re my little buddies. I’m trying to teach them how to run the grinder and excavator. My equipment — I’ve got a 320 CAT
    excavator and a Morbark 4600XL on tracks. I’ll be honest with you. I wouldn’t buy
    a grinder unless it was on tracks. A lot of the work that I do is on hills
    and steep ground. I purchased the Morbark equipment because they’ve always had a pretty good name, and I’ve had nothing but good luck with
    Morbark grinders. At one point when I started grinding I
    would get my wear parts from a different company because of pricing but now Morbark is getting their prices more comparable and their tips are getting better. At this point I think I am going to stick with Morbark parts. I was doing a project last summer out of Auburn California on a railroad job, and I hit some parts that come out of the
    railroad tracks. I’ve tore up some stuff hitting steel, but I never really have completely damaged the machine. When I hear the words “Morbark Strong” it means to me that you’re gonna have something that’s dependable and will hold up. It’s quite a project here. A few people, if I go into a restaurant or something they’ll see me dirty and ask me what I’m doing, I’ll tell them I’m working on the Oroville dam. They’re pretty appreciative of everyone doing their job up here.

    Planting a Vegetable Garden for Spring : Tilling Spring Vegetable Garden
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    Planting a Vegetable Garden for Spring : Tilling Spring Vegetable Garden

    August 14, 2019


    Hello everybody I am David Rodriquez, horticulturist
    with Texas Agri-life Extension service on behalf of Expert Village and we are going
    to show you some gardening steps in preparing your vegetable garden for the spring planting.
    For many years using a tiller was conventional for the home gardener. If you are very fortunate
    like me to be having a master gardener helping you all the time you might be able to use
    a tiller once in a while, but since we are bringing in good garden mix into our raised
    beds a minimum amount of tillage is needed. Usually an old fashioned grubbing hoe is all
    you need to get those, to chop those weeds, to get that soil in good shape and you can
    even plant your little plants after you fertilize and get going to town there. So try not to
    use a roto-tiller as much as we used to many years ago because it typically brings a lot
    of seed weeds up and it takes a lot of the structure out and breaks it up so try to use
    a grubbing hoe as much as possible.

    Building A Raised Bed Garden – Family Plot
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    Building A Raised Bed Garden – Family Plot

    August 13, 2019


    – Alright, so we have Peter right here today,
    good to see you. – Well thanks. – Well look, these
    raised beds have been out here, what? About two or three years? – Just about three years yeah. – Okay, they’ve really
    served a good purpose for us too for our
    gardening demonstrations. So a lot of people are
    interested in raised beds and they’re interested in
    building raised beds of course. So how did you go about building the raised bed here? – Well these are
    actually the second set of raised beds I built. I built a set for home. – [Chris] Okay. – And we used the
    same pattern here. Basically what it is is
    it’s just what you see. – [Peter] It’s just
    landscape timbers that are nailed
    together and you have to make sure that you
    get some good drainage so that you don’t
    rot your timbers but other than that I
    find that these beds last about 10 years. With the landscape
    timers if you build them, there’s a couple
    of different kinds of raised beds you can build. One is you can just
    take dimensional lumber, so a 2 x 10 or a 2 x
    12, set it on edge, connect the corners
    and fill it with dirt. But those will tend
    to rot out faster because it has direct
    contact with the dirt. The other extreme,
    you can build them out of concrete block or stone. – [Chris] I’ve seen those. – And those will last forever.
    – [Chris] Forever. – Right but these will
    last about 10 years before the wood rots out and
    you have to replace them. – All right so, in order
    to get this ready though didn’t you have to kill some of the Bermuda that we have here. – Yep, we went
    through and Mister D actually did a demonstration. – [Chris] (laughs) He did. – [Peter] We killed
    the Bermuda underneath where we are going
    to put the beds. Once the Bermuda
    was dead we started to do the construction. What we did is we dug
    a trench below the wall – [Peter] where it
    was going to be. We dug a trench down, it’s
    about six to eight inches deep about eight inches wide. I tend to use the
    width of my shovel because that’s an
    easy way to get the same width all
    the way around. Anyway, you do the
    trench and then when you’re done with that,
    you take landscaping fabric and line the trench
    with landscape fabric. You don’t want to
    cut it narrower so it just lines the
    trench, you want to have all the extra and put
    the extra to the inside, you’re going to use that later. And then you take
    the landscape fabric, that trench with
    landscape fabric in it, you put gravel on top of that, about four inches of
    gravel and the purpose of the gravel throughout
    the bed is to just to keep the water
    away from the wood because wet wood rots. – [Chris] Yes. – So if you can
    keep your wood dry then it’ll last a lot longer. – That’s half the battle
    is keeping the wood dry. – Yep. – Okay. – So anyway, you put
    that gravel down, you tap it down so
    it’s compact and flat. That’s one of the purposes
    of landscape fabric is to keep you from just packing
    the gravel into the dirt. – [Chris] Okay. – [Wes] Anyway, once
    you have that done, you go ahead and
    layout your bottom row of timbers which the
    top of the bottom row of timbers is going to be
    just about at ground level. – [Chris] Okay. – [Wes] So you do one
    row that’s below ground. Then you drive rebar
    in every eight feet this kind of acts as
    a big nail to hold the timber to the ground
    and then, from there, you just start stacking up
    for timbers. – [Chris] Just
    get a good start from the top. – [Wes] And every row of timber you want to have set
    back about 1/4 of an inch because the dirt that
    you’re holding back has a lot of force
    and especially if you have a really
    long, a wall like in a longer bed,
    you’re going to have a problem with, the
    dirt will actually bow the wall out over time. Especially when it’s
    wet it’s extremely heavy and produces a lot of
    force against that wall. So one of the things
    you want to do if you have a longer
    wall is you need to anchor that wall in
    the middle some how. – [Wes] And with our
    larger bed, we actually tie the two walls together. We have a timber that
    runs under the ground from one side to the
    other on the second row of timbers and so that will
    keep it from bowing out. And when you are
    nailing it together, you need to use a spike. Just regular nails won’t do it. You want to use galvanized
    hardware all throughout because otherwise
    it’ll rust and you want your spike to be long
    enough that it has to be able to go
    through the board that you’re nailing,
    through the next board and into the board
    underneath that. So, we used, I can’t
    remember, it’s somewhere around eight inch
    spikes and a spike every two to four feet
    depending on what you have. And you just keep
    building it up. I like to keep, as I’m
    going through the wood – [Wes] and picking the wood
    for the next course of timbers, I always look, if I find a
    really nice piece of wood, I set it aside and then
    I use that for the top to make it look the best. – [Chris] Let me
    ask you this though. So somebody’s probably thinking that’s a lot of
    hard work isn’t it? – It is yeah. (Chris laughs) To build the three
    beds that we did, there were three
    of us working on it and we probably had a
    couple of hours a day that we could work
    between our other responsibilities
    here at the station but it took us probably
    two weeks to build them. – [Chris] Wow, okay,
    about two weeks. – About two weeks yeah. – Now before you dig
    a trench, of course, you have to call 811 right? You want folks to do that. – Yes, we did that here
    and the 811 guy came out. – [Wes] Because of
    where we are here, there’s a lot of high
    voltage electrical and just television
    signal cables that are running around under
    the ground here and we just wanted to
    know where they all were because the worst
    thing that could happen is we’re driving
    that rebar four feet into the ground and we
    hit a high voltage line and that’s very dangerous. Other things, if we
    went through a TV cable. It’s not deadly but it
    could knock us off the air and that wouldn’t
    be good either. – That’s not good, we want
    folks to see The Family Plot. So we don’t want that
    to happen, of course. How’s the drainage here? – The drainage in
    the garden itself? – Yeah in the garden. – It drains really fast. – Really fast, okay. – But something that
    we did is as we’re filling the beds with dirt– – [Chris] Okay and what
    kind of soil mixture did you use to fill the beds? – We actually use 1/2
    of just green soil, that’s what it’s called
    which is just clay and just whatever they dug up. – [Chris] Okay. – And then the other
    1/2 we used a garden mix which has a lot of additives. It has bark and
    things like that. – [Chris] Okay. – Which it’s
    interesting to note, when you do that, the garden mix is going to eventually break
    down and be great soil. But it’s going to
    take it a year or so to actually break down. So the first year if you
    have really poor results in your raised bed, don’t
    worry, it’ll get better. But what we did is as
    we were adding the soil, that’s were all the actual
    landscape fabric comes in handy. – [Chris] Okay. – Is what you do is you
    take the landscape fabric, you fold it up
    against the timbers and then you put maybe
    an inch or two of gravel – [Peter] just inside the
    timbers and then you have the landscape fabric and
    then you have all your soil. – [Chris] Okay. – And so the landscape
    fabric keeps the soil from getting into the gravel. The gravel just lets
    it all drain and so, once again, you’re just
    trying to keep the wood dry. – Okay so that’s what
    we’re seeing back here? – Yeah, right there. – Okay wow, that’s
    a lot of work. – Yeah. – But you know raised
    beds are good too because you get
    it off the ground and instead of having
    to actually plant in the soil itself. – [Wes] Right. – You can make
    these as high as you want to make them too right? – Well I like the fact that you
    can sit on them, like we are– – And I was about to miss
    it, we can just sit here. – Yeah I can sit here
    and work in the garden. – Yeah I like that. – I don’t have to
    be down on my knees. – I think this makes
    it a lot easier for you to get down here
    and weed, of course. Anything else we need to
    know about the raised beds? From your perspective? – Not really. It’s a fun project. It’s going to take awhile to do. My raised bed in
    my garden at home is about seven years old now. – [Chris] Okay. – And it starting
    to show some rot. – [Chris] Okay. Now is it the same size? – No it’s a little bigger. – [Chris] It’s a little bigger? – But I’m starting to see
    some rot in the timbers especially the
    top row of timbers because the soil
    actually touches the timbers there so
    probably next year, I’ll have to go in and replace
    the top row of timbers. – [Chris] Okay. – But it’s been very stable. It works really good. – All right Peter, we
    appreciate you being here. – Well thanks.

    Celebrating South Farm at The Morton Arboretum
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    Celebrating South Farm at The Morton Arboretum

    August 12, 2019


    -Welcome to the new South Farm at The
    Morton Arboretum. The name South Farm tells part of the story of this special place. What was once a farm, in the south
    section of the estate of Arboretum founder Joy Morton, is now the very heart
    of operations for the 1,700 acres that are the living laboratory of The Morton Arboretum. The champion of trees. South Farm, finally updated to meet the needs of modern times, is home to the arborists, horticulturists, and other workers who care for the Arboretum every day through all four seasons of the year. We need these people and the facilities to sustain and grow
    the magnificent plant collections, including rare and endangered species
    from around the world, support the research of Arboretum scientists and an environment of learning, and provide the retreat that connects visitors more deeply with trees and nature. We need South Farm to keep the Arboretum vibrant
    and beautiful for future generations. We need South Farm for The Morton
    Arboretum to move successfully into the future. -There’s certainly more to do here
    than there is time. The Arboretum now consists of nearly 222,000 trees and shrubs collected from all over the world, many of which are species of conservation concern. With the new South Farm we now have the space and resources to care for these trees, and protect them
    for now and future generations. -South Farm makes collaboration possible. -It will help us do our job better than before. -Our collections give people, whether it’s families or children, an opportunity to explore and grow a deeper respect for
    nature. -Illinois once had 22 million acres of tallgrass prairie. Now there are less than two thousand acres. That’s about one hundredth of one percent of the original ecosystem that remains now. South Farm helps us to restore
    ecosystems like this, like we’re standing in right now. -I support the Arboretum because of its scientific research and collection of
    woody plants from around the world. The Growing Brilliantly campaign will
    enable the scientific research of The Morton Arboretum to get much more into the community, and be much more effective. -We provide support today for dozens,
    actually hundreds, of other communities. South Farm is the operations center for
    the Arboretum, and will really expand the opportunities for our people to do work
    on a global basis. -How should we measure the importance and impact of South Farm? In its plantings or its people? In conservation or discovery? In the roots of experience or the branches of possibility? The answer is a resounding
    “yes” in every way. With your support of the campaign, The Morton Arboretum is indeed Growing Brilliantly.

    Planting a Vegetable Garden for Spring : Railroad Ties for Vegetable Garden
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    Planting a Vegetable Garden for Spring : Railroad Ties for Vegetable Garden

    August 9, 2019


    Hello everybody I am David Rodriquez, horticulturist
    with Texas Agri-life Extension service on behalf of Expert Village and we are going
    to show you some gardening steps in preparing your vegetable garden for the spring planting.
    A lot of people as mentioned, we like to go to raised beds as we have raised beds such
    as this nice strawberry bed here. A lot of people like to use railroad ties for instance,
    they are a little bit heavier, but they are more durable and they hold quite a bit of
    good soil as these strawberries are very happy in these beds they will be producing in April
    or May, beautiful white flowers on the strawberries. Railroad ties like this, you would fill it
    up with a lot of rural enriched premium garden mix and then that is it. Every so often when
    you do a new fall or spring planting and you change your vegetables out or herbs then you
    just incorporate another little bit of compost. Compost is a good key of successful gardening
    here.