2011 Product of the Year awards
The 2011 Product of the Year gold, silver, and bronze award winners are honored below and in the April 2012 print edition of Plant Engineering magazine.
Plant Engineering's 2011 Product of the Year program consisted of 14 categories with 46 winners (3 ties for Bronze awards and 1 Grand award). The awards were presented to the winners at the 2012 Engineering Awards in Manufacturing dinner hosted by both Plant Engineering and Control Engineering.
To enter into the 2012 Product of the Year program, visit the Events and Awards page to check for the announcement on when the program starts and how to submit your products.
Thank you to all of this year's participants and finalists, and congratulations to the 2011 award winners!
2011 Grand Award winner
ePAC from EPAC Software Technologies, Inc.
ePAC Maintenance Performance Index is an exclusive feature of EAM/CMMS that enables each organization to prioritize its maintenance metrics consistent with its goals and objectives. The index is comprised of general performance categories such as reliability, workforce productivity, materials management, customer service, and financial performance. Within each category, several common metrics have been defined for which the organization may identify its target value. Through a series of calculations, a composite MPI is calculated that can range from zero to 100, for exceptional achievement.
Automation and Controls
The backbone of most manufacturing plants today is a robust, reliable and efficient automation control system. Beyond control, these systems now deliver increased efficiency and productivity in innovative ways. Here are this year’s winners in Automation and Control…
Harmony XB5R from Schneider Electric
The Harmony XB5R is a battery-less push button that offers freedom and mobility for plant personnel by eliminating wires. This functionality becomes invaluable in industrial environments where personnel and equipment rarely stay stationary, such as conveyance machines in automotive, mining, and logistics applications and palletizers. Features include wireless signals that can be passed through doors, walls, and floors. The operator can remotely control machines at a distance of up to 25 m. Equipment operators have the added option to send a one-time radio message to one or multiple receivers, or sync up to 32 push buttons with one receiver.
Totally Integrated Automation Portal from Siemens Industry, Inc.
The Totally Integrated Automation Portal is a software engineering framework that enables users to develop and commission automation systems quickly and intuitively, eliminating traditional time-consuming and costly integration of separate software packages. The TIA Portal is suitable for both first-time users and experienced users. The design of TIA Portal is based on advanced object-oriented software architecture and centralized data management, providing data consistency by automatically avoiding data entry errors. Users can find data and program blocks across the entire automation project using a project-wide cross-reference system, which reduces the time to troubleshoot and debug a typical software project.
Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 6 from Rockwell Automation, Inc.
The Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 6 human machine interface terminal was designed for large-scale applications where there is a need to monitor, control and display information graphically, and quickly understand that information. This version of the HMI features several new features including more memory for significantly faster refresh rates and more on-device storage. The HMI includes the latest FactoryTalk View Machine Edition and FactoryTalk ViewPoint software running on the Windows CE 6.0 operating system, which provides new time-saving design enhancements, including a new extensive graphics library, enhanced color animation capability and access to a multi-language font library.
Levalign Expert from Ludeca, Inc.
Levalign Expert is designed to measure the flatness and straightness of machine bases and foundations, split machine casings, as well as flatness and parallelism of circular, rectangular, and odd-shaped flanges. The system consists of a self-leveling motorized rotating laser and a sensor that interfaces wirelessly with a geometric measurement computer. The surface of the measured component is displayed in full color 3-D graphics for accurate evaluation. Features like InfiniSplice allow measurement files to be merged and let the rotating laser reposition to another location during measurement to overcome obstructions.
It’s the fourth utility, and one of the areas in a plant that can provide dramatic savings in costs and in productivity. The products this year help plant managers do just that. Here are this year’s winners in Compressed Air:
GoldAtto Super Air Nozzle from EXAIR Corp.
The Model 1108 SS Atto Super Air Nozzle has been engineered for precise blowoff with efficient, high-volume, high-velocity airflow. The nozzle measures only 0.5-in. with a diameter of only 0.16-in., permitting installation in tight spaces. High amplification of airflow and a strong blowing force of 2.0 oz are achieved with minimal air consumption of 2.5 SCFM at 80 PSIG. The airflow cannot be blocked, which meets the OSHA standard for dead-end pressure, 29 CFR 1910.242(b). Sound level is low at 58 dBA, which meets OSHA noise requirement 29 CFR 1910.95(a) and is CE compliant.
SilverFinite T-Series from Parker Hannifin Corp.
The Finite T-Series top-loading compressed air filters are designed to remove solid and liquid contaminants up to 99.995%, which allows for easy element replacement. The filter housings have been designed to make element replacement faster, reducing downtime and increasing production volumes. The loading filters are designed to protect internal components of a refrigerated dryer by removing compressor oil carryover, which can compromise a dryer’s operation. The Finite T-series meets OEM requirements and is ideal for usage in limited spaces and for mounting inside cabinets.
BronzeTNX Series from The Titus Co.
The TNX Series of on-site nitrogen generators offers a revolutionary solution to the problem of increasing nitrogen production without having to make large upfront capital equipment expenditures. The expandable TNS Series gives companies the flexibility to buy the capacity they need today and easily increase that capacity as their nitrogen needs grow. The TNX Series has been designed with features that provide a combination of innovation and practicality, including a small footprint that maximizes efficiency while minimizing space needs and a high visibility control panel that allows for easy and clear system monitoring.
BronzeVic-Press from Victaulic Co.
Vic-Press, a flame-free press system, is an industrial-grade solution for joining small-diameter piping systems. Vic-Press has pressure tolerance of up to 500 PSI and is ANSI/NSF 61 certified for potable water up to 180 F. The Vic-Press system is available for 0.5-in to 2-in Type 304/304L and Type 316/316L pipe. Vic-Press products feature Grade “H” HNBR gaskets, suitable for services up to 210 F. Alternative materials, including EPDM, fluoroelastomer, and silicone, are available for services up to 250 F. Vic-Press is designed for a number of wet and dry industrial and commercial applications and general chemical services.
Electric Motors, Drives and Controls
It’s about efficiency. It’s about safety. It’s about delivering productivity through every machine in your plant. There’s nothing new about electricity. As this category proves, there are a lot of new ways to use it. Here are this year’s Product of the Year winners in Electric Power.
X$D Ultra 841 IEC from GE Energy
X$D Ultra 841 IEC motors meet or exceed the intent of the IEEE 841-2009 Standard and are designed and rated for Zone 2 and Division 2 hazardous applications with a T3 temperature code. Another feature includes corrosion protection. The motor frame, fan cover, endshield, and conduit box are cast iron for severe duty. Rotor surfaces are coated to resist interior rust to help maintain performance. The Ultra 841 IEC motor is available for voltages of 200 V to 690 V. The motors are available at variable speed or at 50 Hz to 60 Hz.
Allen-Bradley NEMA Centerline MCCs with EtherNet/IP from Rockwell Automation, Inc.
The Centerline motor control centers feature an integrated EtherNet/IP network, giving manufacturers remote access to production information. Leveraging a single, standard network simplifies communication for the entire enterprise and provides users with the flexibility to control, configure, and collect data from any point in the system. This allows personnel to safely monitor, troubleshoot, and diagnose the MCC without exposing the user to potentially dangerous conditions and power equipment. Centerline low-voltage MCCs offer a rugged, high-performance packaging solution.
Sirius 3RB24 from Siemens Industry, Inc.
The Sirius 3RB24 electronic overload relays feature IO-Link for enhanced communication. Contactors, connected to the Sirius 3RB24, provide integrated motor protection and superior communication advantages, including readout of motor current and diagnostics. Rotary switches allow for easy setting of the device’s motor current and the required trip class. A consortium made up of the leading suppliers of automation products has come together to support the new concept in all areas of sensors, actuators, and control technology. IO-Link represents an open, standardized, and manufacturer-independent system for the uniform connection of sensors and switching devices to the control level.
The importance of environmental protection has never been more important to manufacturing. Keeping your employees’ environment safe and productive is the goal of the products in this category. Here are the 2011 Product of the Year winners in Environmental Health:
Gold Series Dust Collector from Camfil Farr APC
The Gold Series cartridge dust collector, with an optional feature for integrated HEPA safety monitoring filter, is designed to prevent collected dust from re-entering the workspace if there is a leak in the primary filtering system. Each module incorporates two HEPA filters capable of handling 2,500 cfm of air per filter and rated to remove 99.97% of airborne particles of 0.3 micron in diameter and larger. The Gold Series’ integrated design maintains the after-filter at negative pressure, preventing contaminated air from escaping. The design allows access to the HEPA filters and easy change-out through the platform used to access the primary filters.
Ultra-Drain Seal from UltraTech International, Inc.
The Ultra-Drain Seal is a transparent drain protector that allows responders to see stoppage of spills. The clear material provides an unobstructed view of the covered drains, enabling responders to quickly see if spills are entering the drain through cracks in the surface, imperfections in the grating, or other irregularities that can break the seal. The reinforcing mesh is “sandwiched” between layers of polyurethane that increase durability and resistance to tearing. The unique, urethane construction allows the pad to deform and seal off most drains, temporarily sealing to any smooth surface.
SCW Wash-down Curtain Wall from Zoneworks
The SCW Wash-down Curtain Wall is constructed of durable and cleanable, 18-oz white vinyl fabric and is designed for use in operations where compliance with federal food regulations is paramount. To eliminate the potential for bacteria to accumulate, the fabric curtain is manufactured without stitched seams. No Velcro is used to connect the curtain wall panels. All components and fasteners used to suspend the SCW Wash-down Curtain Wall are made of stainless steel. Additionally, it holds up to wet and harsh conditions that occur when production equipment is cleaned as part of HACCP best practices.
By their physical nature, fluids flow through every plant system. Keeping things flowing smoothly is the goal of every plant manager. Products in this category are designed to make that process as smooth as possible. Here are the 2011 Product of the Year winners in Fluid Handling:
TVA Target Variable Area flowmeter from Spirax Sarco, Inc.
The Target Variable Area flowmeter for use on saturated steam is ideal for applications where there are large variations in flow rates. The integral electronics unit removes the need for a differential pressure transmitter, impulse lines, and additional equipment. A built-in temperature sensor provides full density compensation and enables power, energy, flow, total flow, pressure, and temperature to be displayed on the on-board LCD display. All flow parameters are fully configured on an integral keypad so no additional tools or configurations are required for setup and commissioning.
MegaSys from Gates Corp.
The MegaSys constant-pressure hydraulic hoses are easy to handle and can be routed in tight, confined spaces during installation. The spiral-wire hoses can be bent up to one-half and wire-braid hoses up to two-thirds the SAE specification, thereby saving overall hose assembly length and cost by as much as 64%. MegaSys hoses can handle biodegradable hydraulic fluids like polyester, polyglycol, and vegetable oil, as well as standard petroleum-based fluids. These hoses are found on machine tools, injection molding and die cast equipment, hydrostatic conveyor drives, and plant floor mobile equipment.
PIG Latching Lid for Poly Drums from New Pig Corp.
The PIG Latching Lid for Poly Drums has been designed specifically to fit open-head poly drums. This lid opens and closes easily with one hand—no need to remove and reattach the drum ring, lid, or bolt to access drum contents. The lid also features a 3-in.-wide EVA gasket and locking mechanism that not only completely seals the lid to help keep drum contents dry and pure, but also helps prevent vapor emissions. Two sets of interchangeable drum spacers and extra wide-wide gasket design allow the lid to fit the five most common poly drum designs.
What’s hot and what’s cool in our next category? That depends on how effectively you use all of these products. From keeping air flowing to delivering a comfortable workplace, these products always get a warm reception when they operate efficiently. Here are the Product of the Year winners in HVAC:
Yellow Jacket from Big Ass Fans Company
The Yellow Jacket is a portable fan that takes abuse and stays in use. This fan is designed for incredible flexibility and quiet operation, as well as durability. Features include: heavy-gauge steel carriage engineered to withstand harsh environments; Powerfoil-inspired blades for maximum efficiency and airflow coverage; acoustically designed fan, motor, and carriage for quiet operation; oversized wheels and ergonomic handle for superior maneuverability; multiple speeds and an easily operated locking position mechanism; high-efficiency design to cut energy use by over 50%; and optional ceiling, wall, or multiple floor mounts.
CITY MULTI VRF Dedicated Outdoor Air System from Mitsubishi Electric Heating and Cooling
The CITY MULTI VRF Dedicated Outdoor Air System is designed to supply outdoor ventilation air to a building independent of the HVAC air distribution or conditioning system. The DOAS preconditions air for introduction into downstream HVAC units, lessening the load on HVAC systems. The DOAS connects to a VRF outdoor unit with INVERTER-driven technology to provide energy-efficient outside air by utilizing waste heat from cooling cycles to provide reheat capability without needing an additional or supplemental energy source. The DOAS also reduces utility costs when used in conjunction with HVAC systems.
RedLINK from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating
With RedLINK technology, this wall-mounted wireless remote controller communicates through radio frequency, meaning that the wireless controller can be placed in a different room than the indoor units and that no wires need to be run through the walls. The Portable Central Controller allows users the freedom of climate control of up to 16 zones and adjustable fan speed vane positioning from anywhere in the facility. The wall-mounted controller features a traditional wall-mounted thermostat appearance and an easy-to-read backlit display with intuitive operational functions.
After decades of using light just to make things brighter, suppliers in this category are now making things more efficient, smarter and more flexible. The ability to put lighting in new places and for new purposes has brightened not just the plant, but also the bottom line. Here are this year’s winners in Lighting:
LED Vaporite fixtures from Hubbell Industrial Lighting
The high-efficiency, low-maintenance LED Vaportite luminaires are designed for maximum versatility and are available in multiple mounting configurations including pendant, ceiling, wall outlet, and stanchion mount. The fixtures deliver high-quality, superior light over incandescent luminaires traditionally used in applications such as manufacturing plants; chemical and petrochemical processing facilities; sewage treatment plants; offshore and dockside installations; and agricultural, commercial, industrial, mining, and marine facilities. Additional features include an LED life of up to 50,000 hours, a 120 V power supply, and crisp white 5,000 K color.
Invue Vision Flood Small LED Luminaire from Cooper Lighting
The Invue Vision Flood Small LED Luminaire combines the energy savings of LED solutions with the precise optical control of HID floodlighting luminaires in a traditional roundback form. When used as a replacement solution for traditional HID floodlights, the luminaire creates energy-savings opportunities in excess of 50%. The fixture features bi-level switching or entire fixture dimming options in late night and early morning hours. With seven unique distributions, from a 10-deg tight spot to an 80-deg by 98-deg vertical floor, the fixture is optimized to meet the demanding specifications of floodlighting applications with standard 4,000 K correlated color temperature.
Metalux from Cooper Lighting
The series of four contractor-friendly Metalux fluorescent retrofit kits are designed to meet and exceed energy needs and guidelines while improving light quality. The Metalux Commercial, OpticaHP, Architectural, and Cruze retrofit kits consist of architecturally inspired designs that update a building’s look and value, while offering a wide range of features and benefits that save energy, time, and money. The retrofit kits include unique construction features, such as one-piece tool-less reflectors with “squeeze and fit” mounting capability, Ready-Set captive and secure self-tapping screws, and prewired ballast and assembly for fast installation.
Maintenance managers are the offensive lineman of manufacturing. They are absolutely essential to any effective manufacturing team, but you only shout their name when something goes wrong. Putting the right products in their hands keeps that from happening. Here are the 2011 Product of the Year winners in Maintenance Products:
PROACTOnDemand from Reliability Center, Inc.
PROACTOnDemand is a Software-as-a-Service version of the PROACT RCA Software application. With PROACTOnDemand the user has instant access to PROACT RCA application and templates for immediate analysis. The application accommodates most common root cause analysis methods and does not require lawyers, IT departments, or other software. PROACTOnDemand allows users to collaborate and produce unlimited RCA logic trees in real time rendering and enables customers to immediately gain the benefit of PROACT RCA software without significant start-up costs and training. PROACTOnDemand can be accessed anytime with standard Web browsing using IE 6+ or MAC PC Boot Camp.
Tango Mobile from 24/7 Systems, Inc.
Tango Mobile is software for smartphones that allows plant personnel and managers to retrieve information about plant equipment stored through Tango Reliability Information Management. Tango QR codes can be installed on equipment by plant personnel, contractors, or repair vendors, and then quickly scanned with Tango Mobile to instantly view condition monitoring history, equipment repair history, equipment design details, and linked documents. Authorized users may also connect to the plant’s Tango database, triggering several actions to enter condition status information, search for replacements in the inventory, and enter condition information.
LUBE-IT from Generation Systems, Inc.
LUBE-IT provides a clear and easy-to-use interface giving maintenance personnel a comprehensive view of all lubrication activities, schedules, and workloads. By simplifying a typically cumbersome process, LUBE-IT streamlines the creation of optimum lubrication routes and schedules. Each week, the software generates a dynamic list of pertinent tasks for each route so lubrication responsibilities of individuals are always clear and known. These lists can be printed or synchronized to mobile devices and contain complete details about each lube point, including precise location and the quantity and type of lubricant to be applied.
Maintenance Tools and Equipment
Little things mean a lot. The right wrench, the right meter, the right gadget that makes everything right has to be available right away. The tools of the trade get a little smarter and a little cooler every year. Like Batman’s utility belt, the right tool can make the maintenance manager a super hero. Here are the Product of the Year winners in Maintenance Tools and Equipment:
P3 Series Thermal Imagers from Fluke Corporation
The P3 Series of thermal imagers include the Ti32 and TiR32 models, plus the Ti27 and Ti29 models for industrial, electrical, mechanical, and process applications; and TiR27 and TiR29 models for building inspection, energy audit, weatherization, and building maintenance applications. All models are specifically designed to work in even the harshest environments and provide superior image quality with one-handed easy-to-use interfaces. The imagers measure temperature from -20 C to 600 C and feature a high-temperature color alarm on the industrial models and low-temperature or dewpoint color alarm on the building models.
E60 Wi-Fi Infrared Camera from FLIR Systems, Inc.
The FLIR E60 is an E-Series line of compact thermal imaging cameras that offer superior infrared diagnostic capabilities coupled with innovations like Wi-Fi connectivity to mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. These thermal imagers introduce a mix of powerful thermal imaging capabilities such as 76,800 pixels IR resolution coupled with 2% accuracy, <0.05 C thermal sensitivity, 4x digital zoom, and 60 Hz refresh rate, as well as MeterLink Bluetooth connectivity to Extech meters, 3 MP digital camera, and a wide, 3.5-in full-view touchscreen with intuitive interface.
iPad Vibration Analyzer from GTI Spindle Technology
The iPad Vibration Analyzer, ideal for FFT analysis of vibration frequencies, allows iPad users to take and email readings for real time analysis in a single touch. The SpindleScope software application features full FFT signature graphs from 0 kHz to 20 kHz, measurements of acceleration or velocity, a full listing of the top ten frequencies in order of the highest amplitude, a data save function, setting functions for axis scales, cursors, spectrum data, and background color, an internal/external accelerometer switch, wireless transmission of data captured, and a range of spectrum options.
Manual Material Handling
Effectively moving materials around your plant takes a great floor plan, and a great game plan, and great equipment. Here are the 2011 winners in Manual Material Handling:
Aluminum Gantry Crane from Gorbel Inc.
The lightweight Aluminum Gantry Crane is the solution when you want to keep your employees safe from heavy lifting without adding a costly permanent crane. Its portability makes it a cost-effective solution for areas where lifting equipment is needed on an infrequent basis. The Aluminum Gantry Crane can handle loads from 250 lbs to 2 tons, features an adjustable standard span of up to 20 ft, and has an adjustable height under boom of 7 to 12 ft. The crane also collapses easily when not in use, saving valuable floor space.
Safe-Bump Forklift Bumper from Liftow Limited
Safe-Bump is a bumper that attaches to any forklift via magnets and very strong 3M VHB tape. Originally designed to be placed on the forks to prevent product damage, it was also found to be effective in preventing costly damage to the truck and facilities when attached to the counterweight. These PVC plastic bumpers attach easily and have a long service life. The Safe-Bump’s unique design allows it to bend 90 degrees to it can fit around counterweights. All the required materials are included to attach the Safe-Bump anywhere on the forklift.
Models 9300 and 9400 Sideloaders from The Raymond Corporation
Models 9300 and 9400 sideloaders are designed for handling long or bulky loads in narrow aisles. These sideloaders feature a high stacking capability and the versatility to be used for transport and rack storage. 9300 and 9400 sideloaders offer a high-voltage system powered by two 24-volt batteries, allowing for efficient and consistent travel speed. Maintenance is made easier because the sideloaders display diagnostics—including the drive axle position, hour meters, troubleshooting messages, and battery state of charge—via an information center monitor in the operator compartment.
Material Handling Systems
Point A to Point B. That’s where everything in your plant needs to go. It’s needs to get there just in time, in order, ready to go through your process and out the door. Getting everything in your plant from Point A to Point B more efficiently is the goal of the 2011 winners in Material Handling Systems:
8-Series 4-Wheel Electric AC Lift Truck from Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc.
An integrated scale is available on 4,000-5,000-lb. internal combustion, cushion tire lift truck models. The integrated scale enables operators to quickly view, record, or transfer legal-for-trade load weight information as the load is being transported through the facility. With the ability to weigh loads en route, this versatile cost-effective scale eliminates the repetitive, time-consuming process of transporting loads to and from floor scales. A built-in side shifter increases operator efficiency and allows for 4-in. movement each way without the operator having to leave his or her seat.
FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D from FARO Technologies Inc.
The Laser Scanner Focus3D is a high-performance 3D laser scanner for detailed measurement and documentation with intuitive touchscreen control that makes it easy to operate as a digital camera. Laser Scanner Focus3D offers 976,000 measurement points/second for 3D documentation of large environments, such as accident sites, factories, and process plants. The Focus3D is an entirely self-contained unit weighing only 11 lbs and measuring 9.5 x 8 x 4 in. The flexible interfaces of the included scan processing software enable connection to AutoCAD and other CAD applications such as Rhino, Microstation, Nemetschek, and ArchiCAD.
KEYTROLLER LCD601 from Keytroller, LLC
The LCD601 is a color LCD access and monitoring system for forklifts and equipment. The LCD601 maintains OSHA regulations by automating daily required pre-shift checklists and by scheduling driver recurrent training. Damage from reckless driving is dramatically reduced because the device tracks impact and speed-logging abuse, creating driver accountability. Maintenance scheduling on the device insures PMs are done by a date or hour meter reading. Wireless text messages shown on the LCD display can be sent to individual vehicles or the entire fleet, further improving the productivity of the handling operation.
Garlock SGi from Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC
The SGi Bearing Isolator incorporates shaft grounding technology to offer maintenance-free and reliable bearing protection by preventing bearing contamination, lubrication loss, and electrical damage. The SGi is a marriage of proven technology: The Guardian nonsparking, noncontact labyrinth seal and the Aegis shaft grounding ring. SGi bearing isolators are designed to easily replace both contact lip seals and traditional bearing isolators used to nearly every industrial application. The SGi is available for shaft sizes ranging from 0.875 in. to over 6 in., in flanges, flangeless, and custom configurations.
400 Series Profile Rail Linear Guides from Thomson Industries, Inc.
The 400 Series Profile Rail Linear Guides deliver linear motion in automation applications. The 400 Series is available in 4-meter lengths, in sizes from 15-45 mm in 5-mm increments, for extended joint-free rail transfer, even in smaller-sizes applications. Double-faced ball track bearing arrangements allow for compliance to simplify installation, and enable equal-load carrying capacity in all directions. The 400 Series is available with standard or ball cage carriages that use the same rail design. The 400 Series is rated to handle loads ranging from 9,800 N to 129,500 N.
Magnum Remote Racking Device (MRR1000) from Eaton
The MRR1000 remote racking device provides a means of remotely inserting or removing any drawout circuit breaker in the Magnum DS family of air circuit breakers (ACBs) to help mitigate arc flash exposure. The MRR1000 permits the operator to remotely open and close a breaker from up to 25 ft away during the rack-in or rack-out process, a distance well beyond the arc flash boundary for traditional LV switchgear. It also allows for manual operator of the breaker as well as racking.
Productivity Training Software
ArchestrA Workflow 1.1 Software from Invensys Operations Management
ArchestrA Workflow 1.1 software is an advanced workflow application that captures and enforces operational processes across multiple plant domains (operations, maintenance, quality, and engineering). The software synchronizes human and system activity by enforcing standard operating procedures, as well as standard responses to abnormal events, such as downtime, quality breaches, or yield decreases. ArchestrA Workflow software can be embedded in the overall automation system configuration, equipping users to configure the operational workflow activities of people, systems, and equipment. In addition, ArchestrA Workflow software can extend other manufacturing and business applications, enabling collaboration capabilities.
FactoryTalk Historian Site Edition (SE) from Rockwell Automation, Inc.
FactoryTalk Historian Site Edition (SE) application incorporates FactoryTalk VantagePoint software as its reporting client to aggregate historical, real-time alarms and events data, and provides users with consistent reporting tools. By utilizing FactoryTalk VantagePoint as the client, users can create reports using an advanced Trend Tool, XY Plotter, Excel Add-in, and dashboards and publish them easily via a Web-based portal. FactoryTalk VantagePoint leverages a unified production model to provide access to virtually all plant data sources, and produces Web-based reports such as dashboards, trends, and Microsoft Excel reports.
DeviceNet Basics from New Standard Institute
DeviceNet Basics provides a look at the operations of DeviceNet networks commonly used in industry to interconnect control devices designed for data exchange and monitoring. This computer-based training (CBT) program offers a basic framework to anyone working with a DeviceNet network. It covers problem analysis and troubleshooting and explains the different layers of the Control Area Network (CAN) in the DeviceNet system. DeviceNet Basics features training in dozens of items necessary to operate DeviceNet.
Safety is an absolute right for employees, and a core principle in great manufacturing operation. The products in this category promote and enhance that core principle by delivering productivity and safety in one package. Here are the winners in Safety:
FS60 from JLG Industries, Inc.
The LiftPod FS60 lifts provide an alternative to working on ladders and scaffolding. The LiftPod FS60 is ANSI A92.3-2006/CSA B354.1-04 compliant and promotes safety by combining lightweight portability with a secure work platform. It doesn’t require an OSHA-regulated two-man operation because one worker can complete tasks with a 360-degree range of motion in an enclosed platform. The FS60 weighs only 130 lbs—each of its three components weighs about 50 lbs—and can be assembled in less than 30 seconds.
PGR-8800 Arc Flash Relay from Littelfuse, Inc.
The PGR-8800 Arc-Flash Relay protects personnel, equipment, and reputation by rapidly detecting developing arc-flash incidents and tripping the circuit before significant damage occurs. The PGR-8800 can detect an arc flash in less than 1 ms, making it one of the fastest arc-flash relays on the market. It detects both current and light to minimize nuisance trips and provides overcurrent protection. With 24 photoelectric or fiber-optic sensors, the PGR-8800 offers complete coverage for your application—no matter how challenging the space.
Arc Vault Protection System from GE Consumer and Industrial
The Arc Vault system features an activation switch that can be used during routine maintenance to put the low-voltage equipment into a high-protection mode. When an arc flash event occurs, the system will send a signal to the arc containment device. At the same time the decision to divert the arc is made, the system will also make a decision to open an upstream circuit breaker. This will turn off the system in approximately three cycles, at which point the arc in the containment system will terminate.
Miller ShockFusion Permanent Horizontal Lifeline (HLL) Roof System from Miller Fall Protection
The ShockFusion Permanent Horizontal Lifeline (HLL) Roof System is a surface-mounted lifeline system that accommodates most industrial and commercial roof designs including standing seam, membrane, built-up, metal sheathing, concrete, and wood. In the event of a fall, the energy-absorbing, load distribution design ensures a secure connection to the roof while protecting the underlying structure. The continuous pass-through provides safe access to all areas of a roof for up to six workers per system. Energy-absorbing enc/corner posts manage system forces without tipping while minimizing lifeline deflection, which decreases the probability of a worker falling.