Construction, Buildings, and Grounds
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Adhesive bonds insulation to roof decks
SR Insulation Adhesive is a two-component modified coal tar epoxy designed exclusively for adhering a wide range of approved insulating materials to concrete or metallic roof deck assemblies. Use of the adhesive reduces costs associated with fasteners and their installation as well as fastener penetrations. The 100% solids adhesive will not shrink or crack and requires no flames or hot kettles for installation. SR Products ; simonroofing.com TO VOTE, WRITE 19 ON BALLOT For more information, write 19 on card
Grinding system minimizes dust
DG 150 grinding system for grinding concrete and removing paint, adhesives, and epoxy coatings effectively extracts 95% of airborne particles. The system comprises four components: DG 150 grinder, DPC 20 power conditioner, VCD 50 vacuum cleaner, and a specially designed diamond cup wheel. A brushless motor increases grinder life by up to 30 times. The diamond cup wheel allows debris to pass through without loading the wheel. The vacuum features automatic self cleaning. Hilti, Inc. ; us.hilti.com TO VOTE, WRITE 115 ON BALLOT For more information, write 115 on card
High-speed door insulates cold storage
Arctec sliding door is insulated to an R-value of 12 to combine the qualities of rigid cold storage doors with the benefits of high-speed doors. A pivoting carriage assembly and UHMW retention blocks allow the door to break away if hit by a forklift. Other features include panels made of closed cell foam that won't wick moisture, full-perimeter seal, heated jamb seals, dual interlocking center seal, and sizes to 12-ft wide by 16-ft high. Door opens at 7 fps and closes at 3.5 fps. Rytec Corp. ; rytecdoors.com TO VOTE, WRITE 59 ON BALLOT For more information, write 59 on card
Program streamlines payments
PrimeContract enables general contractors to save time by approving and consolidating multiple subcontractor payments into one, automatic, auditable, and accurate application for payment. The program provides the ability to send, negotiate, approve, and certify all types of invoice payments. Data is entered only once and is reused as the invoice moves from the subcontractor through the construction manager to the owner. Primavera Systems, Inc. ; primavera.com TO VOTE, WRITE 160 ON BALLOT For more information, write 160 on card
Roof system saves energy
StressPly EUV Mineral high-performance modified bitumen membrane has a mineral surface with a reflectivity rating double that of standard minerals. The new mineral significantly lowers ambient roof temperatures and provides superior long-term UV weathering resistance. The combination fiberglass and polyester reinforcement provides superior tensile and tear strength for optimum life-cycle performance. The Garland Co., Inc. ; garlandco.com TO VOTE, WRITE 96 ON BALLOT For more information, write 96 on card
Door panels retrofit to existing doors
Universal GX-4000 Replacement Panels minimize maintenance costs and door repairs by directly replacing damaged panels in existing doors. Made from extruded vinyl, the panels have an interlocking modular design that allows for configuring different sectional door panel heights. Panels are available in lengths to 12 ft, 2 in. The integral support system allows the panels to withstand common bumps and forklift impacts. Damaged slats in panels can be replaced individually. Rite-Hite Aftermarket Corp. ; ritehite.com TO VOTE, WRITE 144 ON BALLOT For more information, write 144 on card
Door opener has high speed, cycle life
Air Force automatic door openers are rated for 10 million cycles and can operate 1000 times a day with virtually no maintenance. Opening speeds are adjustable from 1.5 to 5 sec. Pneumatic system delivers an opening force of 200 lb and has only four moving parts. Doors can be up to 600 lb and 60 in. wide. Plant maintenance personnel can install, and control box can be remote mounted for avoiding explosion hazards. Erich Industries, Inc. ; CleanRoomDoors.com TO VOTE, WRITE 136 ON BALLOT For more information, write 136 on card
Guard keeps materials from sewers
Ultra-CurbGuard, Insert Style mounts flush into curb-style storm drain openings to filter out sediments, trash, and hydrocarbons. Guard fits easily into most drain openings between 22 and 60 in. wide using adjustable tension rods to hold the top and bottom edges in and place. X-Tex fabric material filters out up to 75% of sediments and hydrocarbons as well as retaining trash and debris. A bypass feature prevents flooding. UltraTech International, Inc. ; spillcontainment.com TO VOTE, WRITE 202 ON BALLOT For more information, write 202 on card
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Annual Salary Survey
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.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey