SPRI Safety Guide is a comprehensive manual that provides information on how to avoid common safety problems on rooftops and in construction areas. The waterproof, pocket- sized manual covers such items as clothing and equipment, ground check and roof check, climbing safety, environmental conditions, and more. Single copies are $10. SPRI spri.org Write 319 on PE card
Steel joist design
Technical Digest #6, Design of Steel Joist Roofs To Resist Uplift Loads, is a 26-p guide containing information on the effects of vertical wind forces (uplift) on open web steel roof joists and the method of design to resist them. The guide examines both K-Series and LH-Series joists. Price is $15. Steel Joist Institute steeljoist.org Write 320 on PE card
Rooms to go
Fully assembled building units are highly adaptable to inplant environments where work space reconfiguration is a common occurrence. Delivered as stand-alone units or in components for immediate erection, units can be moved by a forklift to a site, plugged into an electrical source, and be ready for use in minutes. Later, they can be disconnected, moved, and reinstalled just as easily. Porta-King Building Systems portaking.com Write 321 on PE card
Epoxy looks like carpet
Decorpoxy is a decorative epoxy floor resurfacer that provides the beauty of deep-pile carpeting with a nonskid, easy-to-clean, industrial-grade epoxy surface that is impervious to dirt and bacteria as well as resistant to heat, abrasion, shock, acid, and solvents. The 100% solids formula requires no special tools or skills for application. Material is available in 25 colors. Garon Products, Inc. garonproducts.com Write 322 on PE card
Barrier Rail guard rails now offer a lift-out rail feature to permit easy access to machinery or areas that need protection from traffic hazards. Installed along aisleways, around inplant offices, and within storage areas, the rails provide maximum protection while offering flexibility in access to areas that are normally off limits. Posts are 6-in. by 6-in. structural steel tube with W.A. Schmidt, Inc. waschmidt.com Write 323 on PE card
Cool Zone white thermoplastic PVC single-ply roofing system is recognized by the Energy Star Roof Products Program for its ability to retain more than 86% reflectivity after 3 yr of weathering. This level of performance enables building owners to reduce energy costs as much as 40%. System can be installed over most substrates without tear-offs. Duro-Last duro-last.com Write 324 on PE 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