Problem: The metal fitting at the point of attachment between air-operated tools and the compressed air piping system often cuts the rubber hose, leading to countless, expensive leaks.
Problem: The metal fitting at the point of attachment between air-operated tools and the compressed air piping system often cuts the rubber hose, leading to countless, expensive leaks. How can this problem be minimized?
Solution: Place inexpensive rubber shrink wrap on each end of the hose where the fitting attaches. Use a heat gun to bond the wrap to the hose. Hoses become more rigid at the ends, which keeps them from flexing and greatly reduces the metal cutting problem. Thousands of dollars of previously wasted energy are saved.
Contributor: Monty Craddock, Piping Supervisor, Maintenance Dept., Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA; 757-380-2000
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.