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Problem: Over the years, breaker panel documentation has not been kept up-to-date. Consequently, it takes a great deal of time to find the correct breaker in order to de-energize a wall outlet.
Problem: Over the years, breaker panel documentation has not been kept up-to-date. Consequently, it takes a great deal of time to find the correct breaker in order to de-energize a wall outlet. This problem is magnified if the breaker panel is located in a remote area or in another building. Is there a way to locate the right remote breaker?
Solution: Purchase an inexpensive (less than $10) doorbell. Put one person at the wall outlet with the doorbell pushbutton and a light or digital multimeter used to test the outlet for power. Position a second employee with the chimes at the breaker panel. The second employee begins flipping the switches. When the correct breaker is found, the first employee rings the doorbell to signal success.
Contributor: Ralph Dewey, Solvay Polymers Corp., Deer Park, TX
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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