2011 Product of the Year Winners
Consulting-Specifying Engineer Readers have cast their votes for the 2011 Product of the Year; read about the winners.
Most Valuable Product
Fluke Corp., Thermal imaging scanner
Fluke’s TiS Thermal Imaging Scanner is designed for retrofit and new construction analysis done by engineers who use thermal imaging to detect flaws in construction, such as the common problems of air gaps from faulty insulation and window/door installs. By sensing minute differences in temperature and using color to create a thermal picture of those differences, a buildings expert can immediately detect structural flaws. The TiS has a large screen and features like manual focus that allow the user to capture multiple kinds of shots and angles. It provides complete thermal temperature data for every pixel on screen.
Gold: Schneider Electric, Unit substation
Silver: Cooper B-Line, Solar mounting system
Bronze: Eaton, Solar inverter
Emergency, On-site, Standby Power
Gold: Cummins Onan, Residential generator set
Silver: Eaton, Uninterruptible power system (UPS)
Bronze: Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Uninterruptible power system
Equipment Level Controls
Gold: Eaton, Electronic overload relays
Silver: Toshiba International Corp., Pump drive
Bronze: Littelfuse Inc., Motor protection relays
Fire, Life Safety, and Mass Notification
Gold: System Sensor, Early warning fire detector
Silver: Cooper Notification, Mass notification system
Bronze: SimplexGrinnell, Remote service technology
Gold: Baldor, VFD-controlled motor
Silver: AAON, Geothermal rooftop unit
Bronze: Danfoss, Variable-speed drive
Gold: Cooper Lighting, LED area luminaire
Silver: WattStopper, Lighting control system
Bronze: Leviton, Relay control panels
Networked BAS, EMS
Gold: Honeywell International Inc., Touchscreen display
Silver: Schneider Electric, Energy management system
Bronze: APC by Schneider Electric, Air economizer
Plumbing and Water Management
Gold: Moen Incorporated, Flush valve
Silver: Rheem, Water heater
Bronze: American Standard, Seated Shower
Software: design, modeling, analysis
Gold: Schneider Electric, Energy monitoring software
Silver: ESA, Power system software
Bronze: Design Master, HVAC software
Test-Instruments, meters, data-loggers
Gold: Fluke Corp., Thermal imaging scanner - The 2011 Product of the Year MVP
Silver: Bosch Tool Corporation, Laser distance measurer
Bronze: Fluke Corp., Vibration tester
Click on the categories below for a list of all 2011 Product of the Year Finalists
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Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.