Making a substitute
Problem: If the appropriate size socket or nut driver isn't readily available, can a makeshift approach be used, rather than waiting for the right tool to arrive or taking time to run back to the storeroom to fetch it?
Solution: Create an impromptu substitute using the appropriate size socket head capscrew (SHCS). Lock a double nut on its threaded section for applying torque, and drive the bolt home.
Contributor: Roy Avery Machine Shop Supervisor, Kane Manufacturing Corp., Galeton, PA
Problem: Loose rolls of various types of electrical, duct, etc. tape are lying all over the storeroom or work place. Is there a way to organize this mess?
Solution: Hang them up. Take a piece of soft wire at least 4-ft long and add a hook or ring to each end. Hook one end to the wall, add the tape rolls, and hang up the string via the second hook on the other end of the wire. It's easy to remove a strip of tape or take off a whole roll, and simplifies inventory tracking.
Contributor: Craig Kennedy, Walnut Creek, CA
Problem: Is there an easy way to install aluminum conduit without damaging it in the process?
Solution: Simply brush a little floor wax on the threads. This approach maintains the integrity of the threads, and makes it easy to screw the pipes completely together.
Contributor: Dave White, Titan Intl., Inc., Quincy, IL
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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