Maintenance Tools & Equipment

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Welder automatically adjusts voltage

Power MIG 300 is a synergic power source that offers an integral wire feeder allowing welding operators to perform many GWAW, FCAW, and DC functions from one machine. The unit automatically adjusts the voltage based on wire feed speed and constantly monitors and adapts to changing arc characteristics. Custom welding programs can be downloaded from a laptop. The Lincoln Electric Co.;


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Cannon eliminates static, cleans

Ion Air Cannon eliminates static electricity and cleans at distances up to 15-ft, with no moving parts. The rugged design incorporates an air amplifier that minimizes compressed air use. The airflow can eliminate static charges in less than a half second. Air volume and velocity are infinitely adjustable from a breeze to a blast to gently wipe or forcefully blow away contaminants. Exair Corp.;


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Plasma cutter handles voltage variations

Powermax 1250 G3 Series is a portable, hand, plasma cutting system that incorporates breakthrough power-supply technologies for improved performance. Auto-voltage input sensing allows the operator to run on voltages from 200 to 600 V, one or three phase, without manual linking. Power supply uses a Boost Conditioner circuit that compensates for any voltage variation. Hypertherm, Inc.;


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Lube delivery system cuts downtime

Orsco 170 precision lubrication system handles up to 16 lubrication points, delivering a precise amount of lubricant on a continuous and controlled basis. The system utilizes patented delivery nozzles, and the delivery rate can be adjusted to help manage lubricant and reduce costs. A three-piece reservoir design makes fluid levels readily visible and easy to maintain. Lincoln Industrial Corp.;


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Pliers have cushioned grip

Journeyman line of premium pliers offers contoured, cushioned handles and high-quality design details. Two handle materials combine to give the user a better, more comfortable grip as well as handle strength and durability. The pliers also feature a contoured thumb area and flared thumb rest, improving the feel and grip. The line features hot-riveted joints and hardened knives. Klein Tools;


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Cutter preps copper tube and fittings

Ridgid Model 122 Copper Cutting & Prep Machine is a versatile unit designed to cut and prepare copper tubing. It cuts, cleans, and reams 1/2-2- in. tubing. In addition, an optional, quick-change fitting brush system and storage rack allows the preparation of 1/2-2-in. copper fittings for soldering. The cutter wheel has been tested to over 10,000 cuts on type K copper. Ridge Tool Co.;


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Anchor cuts prep time

HIT-TZ anchor with HIT HY 150 adhesive saves time and money because users do not have to be precise in cleaning the anchor hole. Holes may be uncleaned, waterfilled, or both. The anchor's performance remains the same as if it were installed in a clean, dry hole with a threaded rod. It has a flexible and simple setting procedure like an injection anchor, but easier. Hilti, Inc., Anchoring Div.;


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Package simplifies vibration analysis

Ascent is an easy-to-use vibration analysis package that builds on the vb Series vibration analyzers with new hardware and software features. It is a unique all-in-one tool that is suitable for every level of vibration analyst. Dual-channel analyzer and analysis software features alarm generation, advanced analysis tools, and customized reporting. National Electrical Carbon Products, Inc., Commtest Instruments;


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Laser aligns turbines quickly

Fixturlaser Turbine 300 provides alignment results in minutes instead of hours. A laser beam replaces a tight wire stretched through the turbine centerline. The measuring principle is the same as the tightwire method, making it easy to learn. No calculation or interpretation is required of the operator. Results are repeatable, even in harsh environments and can be documented in a PC. Fixturlaser AB, Westergyllen Group;


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Parts washer uses safe liquid

SmartWasher Model SW-100 has a load capacity of 500 lb and inside dimensions of 6 in. x 26 in. x 12 in. The unit uses SW-LF aqueous-based, low foaming degreasing solution that is nonhazardous, pH neutral, and contains no VOCs or HAPs. The unit has a 3/4 gpm pump with on/off control, adjustable timer, cleaning brush, and microbial filter and pump. ChemFree Corp.;


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Ultrasonic detector intrinsically safe

CTRL UL101 is an intrinsically safe ultrasound detector that can be used in highly volatile, explosive environments. Applications include detecting potentially hazardous gas leaks in refineries, chemical plants, and restricted areas in utility plants. The unit weighs 11.3 oz, including battery. It can detect a gas leak through 0.004 in. diameter hole with 15 psi pressure at 50 ft. CTRL Systems, Inc.;


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Drill makes anchor holes in rebar

DD EC-1 diamond drilling system with Top Spin technology is designed to spin the core bit with a slight eccentric circular motion. This selectively transfers maximum pressure to a part of the diamond segment ring. The motion, at 8000 rpm, allows drilling through concrete with rebar. DD-REC1 water recycling unit filters used water and cuts consumption by two-thirds. , Hilti, Inc., Diamond Coring & Cutting Div.;


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The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
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The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Power system design for high-performance buildings; mitigating arc flash hazards
VFDs improving motion control applications; Powering automation and IIoT wirelessly; Connecting the dots
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

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

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