The United States manufacturing industry has seen some uncertainty in recent years. Production levels have plateaued, exports are down, the dollar is too strong for foreign buyers to stomach, and the low price of oil has thrown a once-lucrative industry into a tailspin (Meckstroth, 2016). Even so, US manufacturing is resilient and tales of its demise are greatly exaggerated. Some forecasters predict a nearly 5% growth over the next two years thanks to strong demand for automobiles and industrial equipment. That’s good news for one of the mainstays of the American manufacturing sector: welders.
Fall has arrived, and with it comes a bittersweet farewell to the hot summer months that we leave behind. However, we can’t be too quick to dismiss some of the dangers that come with hot weather. Heat stress can occur no matter what the temperature is outside and we have a firsthand example to prove it.
When I was in high school, I purchased a tuxedo for my senior prom. The thought was, because I would surely attend many formal occasions in the future that would require a tuxedo, I'd save money by choosing to buy instead of rent. As it turns out, my vision of a black tie future was quite exaggerated. This same dilemma pops up when thinking about industrial instrumentation, such as gas detection equipment or demand flow regulators. Should you make the investment up front and buy or will renting be more financially wise in the long run?
As the dog days of summer arrive, we are at the height of sunscreen, popsicle, and watersport season. Everyone has a different way to cool off from the August sun, but jumping into a body of water may be the most tempting escape from the heat and humidity. Despite the refreshment that a cannon-ball into cool water promises, there can be a danger lurking beneath the surface of these waters that is unseen and often unpredictable.