Environment, Safety, and Health
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Curtain uses handheld programmer
Omron F3SN-A Type 4 safety light curtain uses a handheld programmer that provides ease of use by allowing setup of features through a simple copy and paste function. A sequential floating blanking keeps track of the order in which beams are broken, establishing a higher level of safety in a floating condition. OMRON Electronics LLC ; info.omron.com TO VOTE, WRITE 7 ON BALLOT For more information, write 7 on card
System protects decking crews
The Miller Edg e fall protection system features 100 % tie-off with overhead anchorage points for two workers and assembles quickly and easily. The unit reduces swing fall and tripping hazards associated with fixed cable lifeline systems and remains unaffected by surface obstacles such as nails, nuts, and bolts. It meets OSHA requirements and ANSI standards. Dalloz Fall Protection, a Bacou-Dalloz company ; bacou-dalloz.com TO VOTE, WRITE 165 ON BALLOT For more information, write 165 on card
Technology improves cartridge filter performance
Deep Pleat cartridges increase effective filter area over conventional pleated synthetic media. The patented MikroBoss media prevents collapsing under operating pressure, and the unique design uses staggered dimpling on the filter side, which provides unrestricted air flow and pulse cleaning at the extreme ends of the pleat. MikroPul ; mikropul.com TO VOTE, WRITE 43 ON BALLOT For more information, write 43 on card
Disposable glove helps prevent workplace maladies
N-DEX Free is a disposable nitrile glove free of accelerators - chemical additives used to compress the curing process in making disposable nitrile gloves that are linked to Type IV dermatitis. The latex-free option offers great grip, comfort, and dexterity. Best Manufacturing ; bestglove.com TO VOTE, WRITE 38 ON BALLOT For more information, write 38 on card
Guardrail systems can be set up in many configurations
SafetyRail 2000 roof hatch and floor door guardrail systems are independently tested and shown to meet and exceed OSHA fall protection regulations. The gate can be opened by the latch pole or by one of the latches, and the rails feature a quality powder coat finish. BlueWater Manufacturing, Inc. ; bluewater-mfg.com TO VOTE, WRITE 6 ON BALLOT For more information, write 6 on card
Spill kit easy to locate
PIG high-visibility spill kit comes in lime green, contains a variety of absorbents to ensure quick and effective response to large liquid spills of up to 61 gallons, and features tamperproof seals and a non-threaded pop-off lid. An instruction manual and emergency guide book and yellow caution disposal bags are included. New Pig Corporation ; newpig.com TO VOTE, WRITE 162 ON BALLOT For more information, write 162 on card
Towel contains sunscreen
SunBarrier SPF 30 sunscreen towel is designed for the outside worker, combining the protection of an SPF 30 sunscreen with the convenience of individually packaged towels, which fit easily into a tool belt, pocket, or glove compartment. SunBarrier is resistant to water and sweat, and the quick-drying, non-greasy formula will not make hands or tools slippery. LPS Laboratories ; lpslabs.com TO VOTE, WRITE 170 ON BALLOT For more information, write 170 on card
Dust collector provides low operating costs
The WetAer Wave removes dust from grinding, deburring, polishing, and sanding processes, reducing the risk of fire through the utilization of a wet filtration action. The unit, constructed of stainless steel with solid brass fittings, offers low operating and maintenance costs, and there are no expensive filters to buy or change. AERPRO Air Cleaning Solutions, Inc. ; aerproair.com TO VOTE, WRITE 34 ON BALLOT For more information, write 34 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