Bolts in tight spots
Problem: A bolt must be installed, but tight working space makes it impossible to both hold the bolt and use a wrench. Solution: First, grind a few threads off at the end of the bolt to make starting easy.
Problem: A bolt must be installed, but tight working space makes it impossible to both hold the bolt and use a wrench.
Solution: First, grind a few threads off at the end of the bolt to make starting easy. Second, punch a deep dimple in the head of the bolt. Third, grind a point on a welding rod and bend the end 90 deg. To install the bolt, start it in the hole and insert the welding rod point into the dimple to hold the bolt while wrenching it down.
Contributor: Harry Lane, Project Mgr., Manager Corp., Salt Lake City, UT
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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