Pick up chips
Problem: After drilling and tapping a blind hole, chips are left in the bottom of the hole. Is there an easy way to remove the chips short of trying to blow them out?
Solution: Hold an allen wrench with a bar magnet. Lower the long end of the wrench into the blind hole. The chips are attracted to the wrench and easily removed from the blind hole.
Problem: While working on a piece of machinery that runs hot and needs gasket replacement, the gasket often sticks and must be scraped off. Is there a way to prevent the gasket from sticking?
Solution: Before placing the gasket, lightly coat it with some grease. Future removal should not require any scraping.
Problem: Many times there is a need for compressed air, but there is no source. How can you have a portable source of compressed air in remote locations?
Solution: Take a used propane tank and deodorize it. Remove the fittings and attach a tee, quick disconnect, and a tire valve stem. Use the stem to charge the tank and connect a hose with the quick disconnect for a source of compressed air.
Contributor: Ralph Bauer, JM Originals, Ellenville, NY.Safety First...
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.
Contributor: Jeff Jennings, West Point Stevens Graphics, West Point, GA.Tank of air
Contributor: Ken Fleming, Sealed Air Corp., Hodgkins, IL.Stuck gasket
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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