2010 POY Finalists: Software
Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Software category.
Plant design software
Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2011 is a software suite from Autodesk for plant designers who need powerful plant design and whole-project review capabilities in a single integrated package. Beyond the value of an integrated solution, the Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2011 leverages new capabilities and features of the latest 2011 Autodesk product releases. Autodesk Plant Design Suite combines AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD P+ID 2011, AutoCAD Plant 3D 2011, and Autodesk Navisworks 2011 software to provide a powerful and accessible plant design solution. These components share common data structures and file formats to provide for smoother user experience and data exchange.
Online information tool
RIDGIDConnect is a subscription-based online business tool designed for service professionals and contractors who create or use digital information. It provides the ability to share and store digital assets such as diagnostic job site photos and videos, job reports and histories, maintenance records, customer lists, and other business files. The "simplify" aspect of RIDGIDConnect eliminates the need to burn DVDs, lessens the back-and-forth explanation between clients and coworkers, provides around-the-clock access to record from any location, and utilizes RIDGIDConnect mobile to conduct business in the field via a smartphone.
Energy management application
The Wonderware Corporate Energy Management Application from Invensys Operations Management enables manufacturing and industrial automation customers to easily and quickly implement an energy management program and achieve sustainability goals. The application allows users to monitor energy, detect energy inefficiencies, and notify personnel of those inefficiencies. It connects directly to meters on a network, through industrial controllers, and accepts manual entry via the company's Wonderware InTouch HMI and IntelaTrac mobile solutions. Application functionality includes recording consumption and demand at main and submeters for a wide range of energy types.
Generac Power Systems' Power Design Pro software is a complete generator sizing and system design tool supporting both electrical and mechanical design. The software incorporates algorithms to accurately model the load's true characteristics. The modeling includes full harmonic and transient analysis to ensure complete generator-to-load compatibility. Power Design Pro is a one-stop solution center for the consulting engineer and other specification sheets; installation drawings; emission information; sound data and calculator; gas and exhaust pipe sizing; decrement and damage curves; and a specification text library with full inclusive design notes.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.