POY Finalist: 3D laser scanner
Finalist in Material Handling Systems in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
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.
FARO Technologies Inc.
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.