Environment, Safety, & Health
Trash bin lid activated by motion
Ultra-SmartBin features a motion-activated lid that opens automatically so that hands stay safe from biohazards and other wastes, as infrared sensors detect motion and provide touchless opening. Lid closes 3 sec after hand/object is removed from the area. Liner-bag holder keeps liners from falling in and prevents them from sticking out under the lid.
UltraTech International : getsmartbin.com TO VOTE, WRITE 10 ON BALLOT For more information, write 10 on card
Reverse air filter allows for simple operation
RAF-IS is a special design reverse air filter using a simple, effective cleaning mechanism to sweep the filter bag plate. Media is designed for highly combustible dust and high-temperature applications. Cleaning system recycles the filtered air so no outside air is introduced. Proprietary Form-lock bag and cage design ensure positive grounded cages per NFPA 77 code. Built-in deluge nozzles are per NFPA 15 codes, and explosion venting is per latest NFPA 68-2002 codes.
Mikropul : mikropul.com TO VOTE, WRITE 12 ON BALLOT For more information, write 12 on card
Rail exceeds OSHA regulations
ParaRail is a nonpenetrating, self-supporting system that allows workers full access to a leading edge on a flat roof or the roof's parapet. It provides fall protection for a variety of tasks, including maintenance for security cameras, antennas, lights, drain cleaning, and hoisting of tools and materials. System exceeds OSHA regulations for guardrail (29 CFR 1910.23 and 1923.502).
Blue Water Manufacturing : bluewater-mfg.com TO VOTE, WRITE 17 ON BALLOT For more information, write 17 on card
System uses clean agent to fight fire
Sapphire is a fire suppression technology utilizing a chemical agent that looks exactly like water, but fights fire without causing water damage to electronics, tapes, and other critical assets. The fire protection fluid will quickly evaporate, safeguarding these items and leaving them unaffected. System detects fire at invisible levels, identifying particles of combustion before they turn into damaging flames.
Tyco Fire & Security : tycofireandsecurity.com TO VOTE, WRITE 18 ON BALLOT For more information, write 18 on card
Device puts control into permitting
Safety in Your Hand is a handheld computer with preinstalled safety software for lockout/tagout, confined spaces, and hot work permitting. Benefits include increased accident prevention, reduced risk management costs, ease of administration for matching work orders to safety records, elimination of costs for filing and manual record keeping after each safety activity, and traceability for regulatory enforcement audits.
QMS Consulting : shecentral.net TO VOTE, WRITE 48 ON BALLOT For more information, write 48 on card
Monitor warns when sound levels exceeded
Sound level monitor model SL120 assures occupational safety and protection by providing a warning when sound levels exceed the programmable set point. The set point is adjustable between 30 and 130 dB. Large LCD display (easily seen from more than 30 feet away) shows set point along with the over-limit indicator. Monitor exceeds ANSI and IEC Type 2 sound level meter standards.
Extech Instruments : extech.com TO VOTE, WRITE 71 ON BALLOT For more information, write 71 on card
Program increases electrical safety
Safety plus is a program designed to provide educational tools and training aids that will increase plant safety. A PowerPoint presentation is included, as well as a safety brochure, technical articles, arc flash hazard calculators, warning labels, and the latest edition of NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace .
Littelfuse, Inc. : littelfuse.com TO VOTE, WRITE 98 ON BALLOT For more information, write 98 on card
Coating helps speed evacuation
GlowGRIP is a cost-effective photoluminescent, nonskid coating that can be painted on virtually any surface, including floors, ramps, and stairs, to provide slip resistance and illumination without electricity. Emergency illumination lasts up to 18 hr and remains visible in smoke-filled conditions, enhancing the speed and safety of the evacuation.
KanKote Corp. : kankote.com TO VOTE, WRITE 156 ON BALLOT For more information, write 156 on card
Modular shower sets up quickly
De-Con Pac instant modular decontamination shower sets up in 2 min. by one or two people and can be used as a single unit or as a staged, modular, multistation decontamination system. There is no need for air inflation, electricity, piping, or plumbing. Shower can be used anywhere, regardless of temperature or altitude, at one location or multiple locations as needed.
Andax Environmental Corp. : andax.com TO VOTE, WRITE 152 ON BALLOT For more information, write 152 on card
Device prevents suspension trauma
Relief Step safety device helps a worker suspended in a full-body harness avoid the effects of orthostatic intolerance, also known as suspension trauma. Relief Step deploys when the worker activates a clearly marked tab. The worker inserts one foot into the web loop-step, enabling the individual to alternate between standing and hanging while awaiting rescue.
Miller Fall Protection : bacou-dalloz.com TO VOTE, WRITE 135 ON BALLOT For more information, write 135 on card
Mat offers comfort and support
BubbleZorb antifatigue mat absorbs most nonaggressive liquids while providing cushioned support for feet, legs, and back. Nonpermeable bottom layer features durable polyethylene-nylon air bubbles capable of withstanding more than 2000 lb/sq ft to supply lasting support. Mat is easy to move, and in most applications, can be used for months before it needs to be replaced.
New Pig Corp. : newpig.com TO VOTE, WRITE 115 ON BALLOT For more information, write 115 on card
Dust collector is compact, versatile
BDC Series compact media dust collector is an economical and highly versatile system that is customizable and provides up to 99.9% filtration efficiency. This self-cleaning, continuous-duty system is available in eight sizes and uses a unique tool-free design for quick access and filter removal from outside the collector that reduces service time and maximizes worker safety.
United Air Specialists, Inc. : uasinc.com TO VOTE, WRITE 145 ON BALLOT For more information, write 145 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