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    The dump bins at my work are always interesting sources of materials. A couple objects that are screaming for ideas are pictured below. Welcoming input from the creative powers here.

    The sliding apparatus in 31 inches when extended and made of 3/16" steel - qty 4

    The Metal piece with 3 cutout sections is 31 inches and made of 3/16" steel - qty 4

    The other mount is a single unit about 5 inches tall. Nicely milled aluminum


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  • #2
    The white hinged thing is a heavy duty VESA mount for various industrial control panels (HMI). I have that exact piece holding a GPS panel in a tractor. I believe the mounting holes are 75mm apart. The part that has screws in it hits into a slotted bracket.
    Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison


    • #3
      When I worked in the compressor industry (at one time the largest compressor manufacturing plant in the world), there'd be all kinds of stuff in the dumpsters place around the shops. Used to almost make me sick to see what they'd throw away, and yet.... no employee was allowed to touch it. You get caught and you could well be fired. I remember one time seeing a dumpster full of electric motor. They were small, maybe only four or five inches in diameter, with sealed housings... and every single power cable was purposely cut off right at the enclosure. There must have been at least a hundred motors filling the dumpster and all had been destroyed (I saw no way of opening those housings) and all were headed to the scrap yard.

      One time, shortly after a systems manager was layed off, they had a dumpster full of computer software manuals. They caught my eye because I had been pushing the guy to provide manuals to employees and this particular program was one that I had taught. Now, they were all waste!

      The plant wouldn't even allow broken pallets to go to the employees for scrap. Such is the way things go too often.

      Think it Through Before You Do!


      • #4
        CWS - my (former) company is the same way: trash was trash and not to be touched/taken by other employees. Much went to recycling centers so employees taking stuff would reduce recycling income slightly I guess. Or maybe they feared employees taking hazardous waste home? Of proprietary information/parts getting out in the public? Or employees marking parts as "bad" or "broken" or whatever - not usable and thus trash - because they could use those parts themselves? Like the motors CWS mentioned... Many manufacturing centers require employees to provide their own tools as a way to prevent employees from stealing company-provided screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.



        • #5
          Sometimes equipment is written off as a tax deduction (loss) when scrapped. As a condition for writing off the equipment must be rendered useless so that it couldn't be sold as surplus and then the money pocketed at government expense twice.
          Keeping employees from taking it home prevents fraud where an employee says some "broken" expensive item is irreparable and then picking it up from the dumpster on the way out - fraud against the company.
          Last edited by LCHIEN; 09-07-2020, 03:49 AM.
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