No more rusty tools
Problem: Many toolboxes, especially metal ones, develop condensation or allow moisture to enter. When this happens the tools inside rust. How can tool rust be prevented?
Solution: To help absorb moisture and prevent tools from rusting, place a briquette of charcoal in the toolbox. the charcoal will absorb the moisture and prolong tool life. Periodically replace the charcoal briquette.
Contributor: Ralph Dewey, BP Solvay Polyethyulene North America, Der Park, TX
Working in a wire raceway
Problem: Some raceways are difficult to reach into for tightening conduit nuts. The hammer and screwdriver method risks damaging wiring when the screwdriver slips. How can conduit nuts be safely tightened?
Solution: Use a basin wrench (designed for easy tightening/loosening nuts connecting faucets in sinks to water supply lines). The wrench grips the conduit nut firmly and greatly reduces the risk of damaging wire insulation. The long handle allows easy access to nuts deep within the raceway.
Contributor: Chet White, Liebert Corp., Columbus, OH
How to clean up fast
Problem: When using a dustpan and brush, usually half the job is finding one or the other before beginning to clean up. How can both items be easily found?
Solution: Tie the dustpan and brush together with 5-ft of light rope. Now they will always be together, are easy to use, and can be hung in a convenient location for ready retrieval.
Contributor: Pete Gallant, Electrician, Aerovox, New Bedford, MA
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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