Maintenance Tools and Equipment

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Tool does multiple coring

DD 130 Diamond Coring System combines the best qualities of multiple coring tools into one mobile and efficient workhorse. The tool cores holes up to 6-in. diameter in masonry and reinforced concrete quickly and neatly, combining versatility, innovative quick-switch technology, and reliable power. Convenient side-handle water flow aids wet coring. Hilti, Inc. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 114 ON BALLOT For more information, write 114 on card

Machine monitor uses acoustics

Acoustic Machinery Monitor evaluates sounds produced by rotating machinery, non-rotating equipment, and processes to detect problems as they develop, before they result in failure. It has the analysis capabilities of an instrument-grade acoustic spectrum analyzer in an economical and industrial-grade package. Ninety-six frequency bands learn machine sounds. Intonix Corp. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 21 ON BALLOT For more information, write 21 on card

Welder handles TIG and stick

Invertec V205-T AC/DC is a full-featured ac and dc polarity TIG welder capable of stick welding. Its variable ac frequency allows the user to focus the arc for precise control on thin materials or tight joint configurations. The machine simplifies set-up by automatically sensing and configuring itself for the proper input voltage. The Lincoln Electric Co. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 89 ON BALLOT For more information, write 89 on card

Vibration monitor is versatile

Watchman DCX Convertible can be used for walk-around vibration data collection, online machine monitoring, accurate automated diagnostics, and comprehensive vibration analysis. The instrument can be removed from the docking station at any time for portable diagnostic data collection, then returned where the DCX Online Engine software is easily restarted. DLI Engineering ; TO VOTE, WRITE 24 ON BALLOT For more information, write 24 on card

Welding helmet has built-in filter

Speedglas with Adflo powered air-purifying respirator creates a positive atmosphere of filtered air within a welding helmet that is 25 times cleaner than air outside the helmet. A stackable filter configuration allows the user to adapt to changing welding conditions. Smart electronics provide a nominal airflow of 6+ cfm at all times regardless of battery or filter condition. Hornell, Inc. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 8 ON BALLOT For more information, write 8 on card

Device aids in proper bearing lubrication

Ultraprobe 201 Grease Caddy senses lubrication conditions in bearings. Users can tell when to lubricate, when not to lubricate, and when to stop lubricating. Easily attached to most grease guns, the portable device senses high-frequency emissions produced by bearings and translates them into the audible range where they are heard and seen on a meter. UE Systems, Inc. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 54 ON BALLOT For more information, write 54 on card

Cordless driver is ergonomic

Power Grip is an ergonomic, compact cordless driver suitable for many nut and screw driving applications. It provides greater access to difficult-to-reach places without sacrificing power. The ergonomically designed shell houses a heavy-duty, 4.8-volt reversing motor with 44 in.-lb of torque, adjustable to 20 levels. The magnetic bit holder can be switched with a drill chuck. Metabo Corp. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 166 ON BALLOT For more information, write 166 on card

Coating doesn't need primer

Bond-Plex WB Acrylic is a single component. 100% waterborne, acrylic resin coating suitable for interior or exterior pre-finished metal siding. It eliminates the need for a primer. The low-VOC coating has low odor and dries quickly to a mar-resistant finish. Its early moisture resistance, gloss retention, and weathering characteristics improve long-term appearance. The Sherwin-Williams Co. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 116 ON BALLOT For more information, write 116 on card

Lube system for 2-bearing equipment

2 Point Memolub System is especially designed for the economical grease lubrication of a two-bearing shaft system that exists in motors, fans, and pumps. The Splitter Memo evenly divides the volume of grease at each ejection cycle. 350 psi output pressure permits the lubricator to be mounted a considerable distance from the lubrication points, out of harms way. MEMOLUB ; TO VOTE, WRITE 172 ON BALLOT For more information, write 172 on card

Vertical lift is driveable

Model 20DVL Axxessor driveable, vertical personnel lift is designed for all types of overhead work. The lift has a 19-ft 6-in. platform height, 350-lb platform capacity, and is only 29.5-in. wide so it can be driven through standard doors. In a stowed configuration, the lift can be driven at 2.5 mph, while elevated it can be driven at 0.6 mph. It can climb 20% grades. JLG Industries, Inc. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 150 ON BALLOT For more information, write 150 on card

Pipe wrench has no adjustments

Rapidgrip is an innovative, heavy-duty, self-adjusting pipe wrench designed for one-handed operation with a rapid ratcheting action. The spring-loaded jaw adjusts to any size pipe, from 3/8 in. to 2 in. A thumb trigger allows easy application and removal. The V-groove hook design enables the ratcheting action to be performed quickly and easily. Ridge Tool Co. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 193 ON BALLOT For more information, write 193 on card

Tool aligns machinery for running conditions

Fixturlaser OL2R fixtures are easy-to-use and solve a major alignment problem by measuring true dynamic movement of rotating machinery as it goes from offline to operating conditions, aid in alignment, and document results. It provides the necessary information to intentionally misalign machinery and ensuring an aligned condition when running. VibrAlign, Inc. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 91 ON BALLOT For more information, write 91 on card

Spline wrench provides high torque

Wright Spline is a wrench that provides higher strength, greater torque, and more tool-to-fastener contact than any other design. It fits and turns all four styles of fastener heads, 6- and 12-pt. hexes, and old- and new-style splines. It does so without any increase in wrench head diameter. The extra torque capability allows the use of higher strength bolts and easier bolt removal. Wright Tool Co. ; TO VOTE, WRITE 194 ON BALLOT For more information, write 194 on card

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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

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