FRC East workers to receive national recognition

Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 07:06 PM.

Thomas Mann watched as worker after worker at Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point was subject to heavy vibrations from riveting. He came up with a solution to lessen the blow, one he thought was too easy.

“The idea is so simple I can’t believe nobody thought of it before,” he said.

For his “simple” idea, Mann is to be honored with a patent award today at NAVAIR headquarters at Naval Air Station Patuxent in Maryland.

Daniel Capps, an engineer at FRC East, is to receive a patent award today as well for development of adjustable lockable pliers.

As for Mann, a machinist from New Bern, he came up with a recoilless bucking bar system that lessens the impact of vibrations on workers when they are using an air hammer to install rivets.

“When the ergonomics man came up to me seven years ago, he wanted to make something that would relieve the tension in artisans’ hands from bucking rivets because it was causing a lot of carpal tunnel and rigid finger, and it was costing the government a lot of money,” Mann said. “That’s from the shock to your hands all the time.”

Mann added a spring to the bucking bar that took a lot of the shock out of the receiving end of riveting.

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