Testing for leaks
Problem: Is there a simple way to test for a leaky air or gas valve? Solution: With the valve closed and air pressure applied to the inlet side, put a wet paper towel over the outlet opening.
Problem: Is there a simple way to test for a leaky air or gas valve?
Solution: With the valve closed and air pressure applied to the inlet side, put a wet paper towel over the outlet opening. Moisture in the towel forms a water seal and adheres if there is no leakage. Any appreciable leakage prevents the towel from sealing. If there is no seal, the valve needs repair.
Contributor: Ralph Dewey, Solvay Polymers, Deer Park, TX; 713-307-3784
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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