Doctoring the problem
Problem : A very small amount of adhesive or sealant must be applied to a precise spot. Is there an easy way to do this?
Solution : Become a doctor. Get a syringe for accurate placement. Several needle sizes are available. Be sure to clean up the adhesive before storing the syringe.
This tip was originally published in September 1997.
Catching the dust
Problem: Drilling holes in drywall, concrete, or other wall materials makes a mess. How can the dust generated be caught to cut cleanup time?
Solution : After marking the hole location, take a 3 X 5 in. self-stick note and fold it lengthwise into a trough shape, with the sticky side out. Attach it to the wall. After drilling, pinch the ends, remove, and discard (or reuse).
This tip was originally published in September 1998.
Lip seals: Which way?
Problem: You've just replaced a bearing and are now installing a lip seal. You don't remember the orientation of the seal, and it can be installed either way. Which way should it be installed?
Solution : The answer depends on the type of lubricant used. For oil, the lip should face inward to hold in the oil. For grease, the lip usually faces outward to allow the grease to purge.
This tip was originally published in September 1999.
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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