POY Finalist: Energy storage system
Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
The Hybrid VDC XEB is an environmentally friendly energy storage system that combines flywheel technology with batteries in one patent-pending integrated system. With the combination of batteries, users who need more backup time can utilize the reliability and green aspects of the flywheel system with minutes of extra runtime from the batteries.
Compatible with all major brands of three-phase uninterruptible power systems, the Hybrid VDC XEB connects to the dc bus of a UPS. Receiving charging current from the UPS, the VDC XEB provides clean dc power to the UPS during discharge.
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.