Is it running?
Problem: A glance at the motor on the other side of the room can't really determine if it is running.
Problem: A glance at the motor on the other side of the room can't really determine if it is running. Is there a way to quickly see if a distant or inaccessible motor is actually operating?
Solution: Paint half of the pulley, sprocket, coupling, etc. white and the other half black. Even at a distance with poor lighting is it obvious whether the motor is running (it appears as solid gray).
Contributor: John Wheelock, PE, Carpenter Co., Russellville, KY
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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