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Hollow shaft mounting eliminates keys
TorqLOC is a compact, keyless, hollow shaft mounting system for speed reducers. Shaft clamping forces are located outside the gearbox, eliminating bearing preload. The gearbox does not slide axially since all forces are radial. Since the clamping collar is on one side, the gearbox can be mounted close to the machine. The clamping assembly is available in corrosion-resistant steel. SEW-Eurodrive, Inc. ; seweurodrive.com TO VOTE, WRITE 132 ON BALLOT For more information, write 132 on card
Seal and bushing enhance gearbox
Barrier seal system combines a V-ring face seal, grease-filled labyrinth, and rotating outer flinger to provide triple protection against contamination and oil seal damage. TorqTaper Plus tapered reducer shaft mounting is reversible, it can be mounted from either side of the gearbox. A stabilizer ring minimizes wobble and resists fretting corrosion. Emerson Power Transmission-EPT Gearing ; emerson-ept.com TO VOTE, WRITE 92 ON BALLOT For more information, write 92 on card
Coupling guard trims to fit
Type MCG guards are designed for coupling-connected electric motor and gearmotor applications requiring a stationary safety guard. The guards are sized based on motor frame size or key dimensions and simply trimmed to length. They replace custom fabricated guards, are available from stock, and offer cost savings up to 80%. Orange Peel-Rotating Shaft Guards ; opguards.com TO VOTE, WRITE 70 ON BALLOT For more information, write 70 on card
Drive has remote pitch control
Z-control on Amacoil/Uhring RG rolling ring linear drive assemblies permits remote, infinite pitch control without changing drive motor speed. This also reduces the risk of injury because adjustments can be made without going near the traversing assembly. The only maintenance required is periodic light lubrication of the shaft and reversal mechanism. Amacoil, Inc. ; amacoil.com TO VOTE, WRITE 17 ON BALLOT For more information, write 17 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