Remembering the right order
Problem: Repair of the flowmeter (or any other item with numerous small parts) is complete, and its time to reassemble the package. Staring at the pile of pieces might seem like a puzzle that has to be put together.
Problem: Repair of the flowmeter (or any other item with numerous small parts) is complete, and its time to reassemble the package. Staring at the pile of pieces might seem like a puzzle that has to be put together. Is there a routine for easy reassembly of the product?
Solution: Purchase a calendar with large squares. As the parts are initially removed, spot them on succeeding numbers. Reversing the order easily gets the product back together.
Contributor: George Patrelakis, Weirton Steel Corp., Weirton, WV
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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.
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