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Urethane eliminates need for primer
Fast Clad DTM is a high-build, direct-to-metal, single-coat urethane that eliminates the need for an epoxy primer. In a single coat, it offers corrosion protection comparable to a conventional epoxy/urethane system and provides excellent weathering and corrosion protection. One coat provides film build of 5 to 9 mils. Paint also features low VOC emissions, conventional application methods, fast drying, and curing down to 35 deg F. The Sherwin-Williams Co. , Paint Stores Group; sherwin-williams.com TO VOTE, WRITE 117 ON BALLOT For more information, write 117 on card
LED flashlight increases battery life
Streamlight 4AA ProPolymer alkaline battery-powered, waterproof flashlight uses seven ultrabright white LEDs to provide run times up to 155 hr on four AA-size batteries. Lamp life is 100,000 hr. The 6.5-in., 6.3-oz, impact-resistant flashlight features a rubber face cap, unbreakable lens, and momentary blink or constant-on tailcap switch. Available in several colors, the light is UL listed for Class I, Div. 1; Class I and II, Div. 2; and Class III use. Streamlight, Inc. ; streamlight.com TO VOTE, WRITE 121 ON BALLOT For more information, write 121 on card
Cleaning fluid dissolves sludge on contact
Paratherm SC System Cleaning Liquid is formulated to break up the sludge and carbon lumps that can develop in hot-oil systems over time, thus compromising proper flow. The multicomponent, synergistic fluid restores flow of heat transfer fluid to peak performance in less than a day and is compatible with any mineral oil-based thermal fluid as well as many synthetics. Used fluid can be combined with common parts cleaners and disposed of conventionally. Paratherm Corp. ; paratherm.com TO VOTE, WRITE 149 ON BALLOT For more information, write 149 on card
Nonaerosol containers eliminate disposal concerns
New line of Sprayon Liqui-Sol maintenance products is packaged in nonaerosol containers to simplify disposal or recycling. Reusable spray triggers eliminate the need for pressurized propellants, so every can is filled with 100% useable product. The 24 products include a variety of lubricants, cleaners, solvents, degreasers, a belt dressing, and gasket and paint remover. Spray triggers are adjustable from fan spray to pin stream. Diversified Brands, a Div. of The Sherwin-Williams Co. ; sprayon.com TO VOTE, WRITE 174 ON BALLOT For more information, write 174 on card
Magnetic tip eases one-person measurements
Power-Return tape measure has rare earth magnetic tip to firmly hold tape in place. Unit is protected by a thick, impact-absorbing, rubber jacket for comfortable, nonslip handling. Embossed, nylon-coated, steel blade reduce wear and abrasion. Two-step lock button allows slow or fast retraction as well as secure holding of the blade. Rule is available in five sizes, including a metric/English model. Klein Tools ; kleintools.com TO VOTE, WRITE 192 ON BALLOT For more information, write 192 on card
Panel system organizes variety of workstations
Concept 2001 Wall Systems provide versatility and flexibility for organizing an ever-changing variety of workstations. Grooved panels accept numerous locking attachments such as hooks, brackets, shelves, gravity-feed containers, and bins. Structural foamed PVC panels are easily cut to size and mounted to walls, cabinets, and frames. Easily cleaned panels won't chip, break, warp, or rust, and resist abrasion and most chemicals. Walls + Forms Inc. ; wallsforms.com TO VOTE, WRITE 204 ON BALLOT For more information, write 204 on card
Acrylic speeds painting projects
Fast Clad HB Acrylic is a single-component, one-coat acrylic that cuts costs in new construction or maintenance projects by eliminating the need for two or three-coat systems. The coating offers 5 to 8 mils DFT in a single coat when applied over organic or inorganic zinc-rich primers. It can also be applied over a variety of other primers or directly to prepared steel. The paint offers early moisture resistance and dries in 1 hr at 77 F. The Sherwin-Williams Co., Industrial and Marine Coatings Group ; sherwin-williams.com TO VOTE, WRITE 118 ON BALLOT For more information, write 118 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