Belt check on the run
Problem: Belts should periodically be inspected. However, many times the equipment can't be shut down or your schedule keeps you away when the equipment is not running. How can belts be inspected while the equipment is running?
Solution: Find an area where the belt can be viewed through the guard. If the guard is solid, make a viewing window covered with a mesh screen. Use a stroboscope with a range that covers the speed of the equipment. Adjust the output of the strobe light to visually inspect the complete length of the belt.
Contributor: Dave Dyke, Maintenance Group Leader, Salinas, KS
Removing broken plastic pipe
Problem: PVC pipe often breaks off inside a coupling or tank connection. How can the broken-off piece be easily removed without damaging the threaded connector?
Solution: For an example, assume a 2 in. PVC pipe has broken off. A 1
Contributor: Kevin Ingram, Facilities Mechanic, Sumitomo Sitix Silicon, Inc., Maineville, OH
Lubricate buried parts
Problem: Lubricating with spray lubricants parts that are buried within machinery can be difficult if not impossible without disassembly. Is there an easy way to lubricate difficult-to-reach critical parts?
Solution: Push a length of plastic tubing onto the spray lubricant's existing tube to extend its effective reach. The inside diameter of 1/8-in. tubing provides the best fit for most spray tubes. A spray can will push lubricant several feet through tubing. If you can't get a snug fit, use adhesive in the existing tube. Tape a piece of welding rod to the tubing for rigidity.
Contributor: Robert Herklotz, Mechanical Technologist, Saturn Corp., GMC, Spring Hill, TN
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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