Tach in time
Problem : A critical motor tachometer coupling has failed and a replacement is not immediately available. How can the tachometer be put back in service until proper repairs can be made?
Solution : Find a piece of rubber hose with the same ID as the tachometer and motor shafts. Use hose clamps to fasten the hose to both shafts. This should hold until a coupling is available.
Contributor : Ken Fleming, Maintenance Technician, Sealed Air Corp., Hodgkins, IL.
Problem : Cans of paint, lubricant, and solvent must be carried to a job in a toolbox. How can the cans and tools be transported without everything falling over and getting mixed up?
Solution : Rig a toolbox with a #10 ga. wire curled at the ends and fastened to both ends of the toolbox. This provides a retainer for the cans and keeps them separate from tools.
Contributor : John F. Rosencrans, Fort Wayne, IN.
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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