Taking down lamps
Problem : Large high-pressure sodium lamps and other lamps are hard to grasp. Is there an easy way to grab them for removal?
Solution : Take an old leather welding sleeve, remove the metal snaps and buckles, and slip it over the lamp. The sleeve provides a good grip for removal and minimizes the chance for injury if the lamp breaks.
This tip was originally published in September 1997.
Problem : You have installed a new ventilation blower and forgotten to check it for rotation. There is no visual access. How can the blower rotation be easily checked?
Solution : Don't hold a strip of tissue near the duct outlet. It will flutter because a centrifugal blower moves air even when it's rotating backwards. Instead, use a clamp-on ammeter. A blower rotating in the wrong direction draws only a fraction of its rated current.
This tip was originally published in 1999.
Problem : The metal hose fitting at the point of attachment to an air-operated tool often cuts the rubber hose causing leaks. Is there a quick and easy way to make a repair?
Solution : Place rubber shrink wrap over the leak in the hose. Use a heat gun to bond the wrap to the hose. The hose will be stiffer and reduce the metal cutting problem:
This tip was originally published in September 1998.
In all cases, even if not specifically mentioned in the writeups, verify that the tip does not violate any relevant code, standard, or practice. Always use the appropriate safety equipment and procedures when applying the maintenance tips.
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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