Assess your facility's energy upgrade potential
Indoor air quality: There are plenty of resources available, including sources from utility companies and equipment manufacturers, to help with energy efficiency upgrades
Facility managers considering energy-efficiency upgrades don’t have to do their ROI calculations in a vacuum. There are plenty of resources available, including sources from utility companies and equipment manufacturers. For example, Rite-Hite offers several different customized energy-saving assessment programs, including calculations focused on loading dock areas, interior doors, and HVLS fans. All use standard industry procedures; in the case of fans, Rite-Hite’s ROI Analysis Calculator incorporates ASHRAE fundamentals, national weather data, and building-specific variables to calculate potential energy (and cost) savings.
While potential savings vary from facility to facility, they can be quite significant. For example, upgrades to dock equipment (such as shelters or leveler seals) can save a company as much as $1,000 annually, while interior and exterior door upgrades can generate annual savings up to $10,000. HVLS fan installations can help companies reduce heating and cooling costs as much as 20%-30% annually, depending on the climate.
Annual Salary Survey
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.