Problem: When replacing a screw that protrudes from inside a machine, and the space does not allow you to insert a hand or tool, the only option seems to be disassembly of the machine.
Problem: When replacing a screw that protrudes from inside a machine, and the space does not allow you to insert a hand or tool, the only option seems to be disassembly of the machine. But is it?
Solution: Push a long piece of waxed dental floss through from the outside of the hole, grab the floss from the inside with tweezers or needle nose pliers, and pull it through far enough to tie a noose around the last thread of the screw. Carefully drawing the floss back through the hole pulls the screw into the desired location from the inside out.
In addition, you may be able to slide the nut over the dental floss from the outside and capture the screw so that it does not fall back into the machine before the nut is put on.
Contributor: Perry Pattiz, Senior Project Engineer, Sunline Brands, St. Louis, MO; 314-638-5770 x 271; e-mail Perry.Pattiz@Sunmark.Nestle. com
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.