Have you ever tried to read an OSHA regulation, only to find that it's completely undecipherable? That's the conclusion James Stanley, former deputy assistant secretary of OSHA, has reached.
Cooking oil controversyI am writing regarding the ReaderForum submission, "Consider the codes" (PE, January 2001, p 7).In the part about using cooking oil to stop evaporation of water in traps, the letter's author makes a fundamental logic error in interpreting the plumbing code. I do not have a copy of that code so I am assuming that he quoted all relevant sections accurately in making his de...
Rack design reduces forklift damageThe Defender rack frame can be applied to new and existing installations to resist and reduce forklift damage. The front column is moved back 9-in. from the aisle to reduce forklift contact. The bottom front column is made of tubular steel with a 3/16-in. thick wall to take more abuse than other racks.
The Mainman Crane & Hoist inspection is a multi-point visual inspection of overhead lifting equipment. Inspection results alert customers of maintenance problems and points out areas that are not in compliance to OSHA standards. The results are delivered in a detailed report that can be hand delivered or accessed through the Internet.
The L97 mini-magnet laser level can project a beam of light more than 80 yards to help align objects. The level makes a variety of applications easier for electrical contractors and plumbers. Tasks such as bending conduit, aligning an electrical panel box or plumbing metal cabinets can be done faster with this level.
Today's plant engineer is transcending the longstanding stereotype. The plant engineering function is no longer just nuts and bolts. Today's plant engineer is mature, educated, and tends to stay in his or her job. And the job requires an increasing amount of software.Software is a fact of life on the plant floor of today and tomorrow.
Key conceptsShort-term errors or long-term practices can cause boiler failures.Low-water trip switches should be checked regularly and never bypassed.Poor feedwater quality can cause corrosion and contamination.HVAC/SafetyRegard for personnel safety is an item that is first and foremost in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of industrial manufacturing facilities.
Plant engineers continue to demand efficient, affordable, and well supported software. And software suppliers are keeping up with plant engineers' demands. Here's a sampling of recent software offerings plant engineers should find useful.Software tracks employees' timeEmployee Proj Clock software is an employee project time tracking tool.