Pouring into tight spots
Problem: Getting lubricants and other liquids into just the right spot to do their jobs is often close to impossible because of obstructions and limited access.
Problem: Getting lubricants and other liquids into just the right spot to do their jobs is often close to impossible because of obstructions and limited access. How can I reach that hard-to-reach spot?
Solution: Cut the bottom out of a plastic 1-qt motor oil bottle, and cut an inexpensive garden hose with the correct length to reach the machine reservoir. Screw the female hose connector on the mail threads on the bottle cap. Pour the liquid into the newly created bottle/funnel and the hard-to-reach problem is solved.
Contributor: David C. Torbett, PE, Manager-Corporate Mfg. Services, McKee Foods Corp., Collegedale, TN; 423-238-7111 x3501
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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