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Problem : Wood screws in hinges and other hardware work loose and strip out holes. Is there a quick and easy way to repair the damaged holes in doors and other wood pieces?
Solution : Remove the loose screw. Drive a wooden golf tee into the stripped out frame. Score and break off the protruding tee head. Drill a pilot hole, if necessary, and reinstall the screw.
Contributor : Dave Powers, Product Engineer, Buckhorn Rubber Products, Inc., Hannibal, MO.
Problem : When checking oil levels in equipment it is sometimes hard to see where the oil is on the dipstick. Is there a way to tell where the oil level is, especially in dimly lit areas?
Solution : When the dipstick is removed, lay it on a paper towel and roll it over halfway. Oil will be deposited on the paper towel, making it easy to see the level.
Contributor : Jim Schwaller, Maintenance Supervisor, Sporlan Valve Co., Washington, MO.
Problem : Installing and aligning electrical bus duct can be a problem. Is there a way to do this without a lot of manpower and tools?
Solution : Cut four pieces of angle iron and drill holes to match the duct and holes for threaded rod. Attach the angles to both sides of the duct. The threaded rod and nuts can be used to adjust the duct.
Contributor : Chris Renner, Minn-Dak Farmers Coop, Wahpeton, ND.
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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