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Problem: Drums of chemicals often have to be fitted into non-accessible spaces that require large amounts of manhandling to get the drum in place. Is there a way to place these drums easily?
Solution: Weld three pieces of
Problem: Odd-shaped tools present a problem in storage. They end up in a pile. Is there a way to neatly store them and still have them accessible?
Solution: Save the rack from an old dishwasher and turn it into a tool holder that can hold odd shapes neatly.
Problem: Work crews on flat roofs often leave behind nails, screws, flashing, and other debris that is hard to see among the ballast rocks. Is there a way to remove this debris before it punctures the roof?
Solution: Use a rolling magnet to push/pull on the roof while walking on it. This will pick up most of the debris and prevent roof leaks.
Contributor: Kevin Willer, Oakwood Mall, Eau Claire, WISafety First...
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Contributor: Larry Lueder, Mantua, NJClean roof
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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