Detect hot spots
Problem: IR thermoscans help to spot developing electrical problems, but what if an unseen trouble spot develops between thermography sessions?
Solution: Install inexpensive self adhesive temperature indicating strips on the fronts of dead-front electrical disconnects that are much used or heavily loaded. Potential problems can be spotted at a glance.
Contributor: Wayne A. Madsen, Terry Farms Inc., Princeton, IL; 815-875-4436
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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