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
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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