Tapping in tight places
Problem: You need to tap or chase a thread, but working space is very tight. Solution: Press a hex nut onto the square end of a standard tap, and then use a suitable wrench or ratchet setup to turn the tap.
Problem: You need to tap or chase a thread, but working space is very tight.
Solution: Press a hex nut onto the square end of a standard tap, and then use a suitable wrench or ratchet setup to turn the tap. Make up a set of taps this way for your toolbox.
Contributor: Carl Swanson, Rich Products Corp., Winchester, VA; 540-667-1955
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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