At a glance
Problem : Checking liquid levels and sight gauges is not always easy because of location or lighting problems. How can a gauge be made easier to read?
Solution : Use automotive pin striping to mark high/low or max/min locations on the indicator. A glance shows if the equipment is operating within acceptable parameters.
This tip was originally published in January, 1998.
Problem : Piping that has been in place for a long time can be difficult to remove. How can the pipes and fittings be easily dismantled?
Solution : Strike the fitting with a hammer while holding a second, larger hammer underneath for support. The fitting should now be easy to remove.
This tip was originally published in September of 1997
Problem : Often, when doing a lot of filing, the file clogs up and is difficult to clean. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?
Solution : Rub welders soap stone (chalk) on the file before using it. The few metal chips that do cling are easily removed.
This tip was originally published in September 1997.
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