Know the drill: Three tips offer a 'bit’ of help
The 1994 edition of Plant Engineering’s Tips & Tricks featured a number of questions about drilling, including tips on drilling through metal without shavings falling into equipment. Here are three good drilling tips from that issue.
The 1994 edition of Plant Engineering ’s Tips & Tricks featured a number of questions about drilling, including tips on drilling through metal without shavings falling into equipment.
Here are three good drilling tips from that issue:
Tip 1 . Place a donut-shaped speaker magnet inside the electrical enclosure. Center the magnet on the spot where the drill should come through. The magnet attracts the shavings.
Tip 2 . Another tip, especially useful when dealing with stainless steel, is to put a foam or plastic cup over the drill bit to catch shavings.
Tip 3 . When trying to enlarge pilot holes in any metal, it’s hard to keep the drill from jumping. One tip that can help is to place a piece of scrap cardboard over the pilot hole and saturate it with cutting oil before drilling.
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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