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Why is Lead One of the Best Materials for Radiation Protection?

If you have x-rays or radiation treatment for illness, you need prevent the harmful rays produced by the equipment from spilling out into the surrounding hallways and rooms. Some materials prevent penetration of dangerous rays better than others. In fact, lead shields for radiology applications are one of the best protections you can use and there are many reasons why. Density When you see or touch a solid material, it might look like impenetrable. In reality, tiny things pass right through the human body and brick walls with little to no resistance. That’s because atoms (which make up matter) are not completely solid and their arrangement (density) can vary a great deal. It’s not easy for radiation to penetrate dense ...

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Radiation Shielding Options

One of the advantages of specializing in lead products for over 30 years is the ability to work closely with various industries. At Mayco Industries, we continue to interact with a wide variety of clients, which allows us to respond to demand with specific materials, construction components, and radiation shielding products for use in everything from nuclear facilities to medical and dental X-ray labs and rooms. To provide an overview of our radiation shielding materials, here are some of our most popular products. The specific choice of product, alloy, and thickness can always be customized to your needs. Our team is able to work with you to create the custom materials required for any specific construction or shielding project. Drywall ...

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How to Choose X-Ray Lead Shields

Working in any type of industry where there is the potential risk of exposure to x-rays or gamma rays is always a risk. By ensuring you have the right type of x-ray lead shields in your protective clothing you can have the confidence in knowing you are protected fully by the smock, garment, or shield. It is important to realize that not everyone will need the same level of protection. Knowing the level of radiation you will be exposed to will be critical in choosing x-ray lead shields. While there is no harm in having a higher level of protection than necessary, the weight of the more protective shields is higher than that of the shielding materials designed for lower ...

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Radiation Shielding Material Options

Planning the correct types and levels of protection in medical, dental or research and testing facilities to protect against radiation contamination is an essential part of any project. At Mayco Industries, our team of engineers and design consultants is here to assist your team in any type of project that requires radiation shielding. It is essential in many applications to rely on more than one type of radiation shielding. Some shielding is used to protect individuals, both patients, and technicians, while other materials are required to prevent radiation from leaving a specific area and contaminating surrounding areas. Bricks Lead bricks are often used in construction or testing applications. They can be designed to the given thickness required to provide the ...

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Why Choose Mayco for Custom Lead Casting?

If you have a need for lead-based materials like bridge counterweights, nuclear transport containers, or other parts made from lead, Mayco Industries is here to help. We are the primary business to consult for your lead needs, especially for services like custom lead casting, because we are a fully integrated foundry and fabricator. Full-Service Casting Department When you’re building a transport cask for nuclear materials, you need to make sure it’s done right the first time. Our full-service casting department can pour custom casks from 1 lb to 100,000 lb in a single pour. Our heat-controlled pours use ceramic heating elements to precisely control temperature and lead solidification. Afterwards, we can provide third-party gamma scans to document a void-free pour. ...

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The Importance of Industrial Lead Counterweights

A lift truck pulls up to a pallet of heavy iron. As the operator inserts and then lifts the forks, he notices the back wheels coming off the ground. The smart operator sets the load back down and doesn’t lift it. Let’s look closer at what is happening in this scenario, to help you understand how lead counterweights work and why they are so important. What is a Counterweight? A counterweight is the stabilizing part of a balancing system for a lifting mechanism or machine. They are used in lift trucks, draw bridges, elevators, cranes, and any machine that lifts a lot of weight. A balance system has a main support or fulcrum. This is the tipping point, and by ...

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Choosing Lead Wire Spool Options

One of the products we offer at Mayco Industries is lead wire spool. Our lead wire ranges from the smallest standard diameter of just 0.093 inches to up to 0.750 inches in diameter. For easy handling, we can provide the wire in cut lengths, but most of our customers choose to order the wire on a drum or spool. The lead wire spool typically contains a length of the wire equal to approximately 10 feet. We have a variety of spool sizes from 50 lb to 250 lb. Alternatively, we can coil it into drums for larger orders, if requested. Uses of Lead Wire We work with many different industries and many different businesses and manufacturers using lead wire spool. ...

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