POY Finalist: MCC Solution
Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
SmartStart is a plug-and-play smart motor control center solution that offers quick and easy start-up and commissioning. MCCs with the SmartStart option include a preconfigured PLC and HMI combination that is factory-installed and tested.
With no programming needed and self-configuration of the PLC, SmartStart reduces integration, installation, commissioning, implementation, and maintenance time. The SmartStart feature integrates pre-engineered, pre-configured, and pre-programmed automation hardware to offer a standardized solution for automation and communications in the tiastar Smart Motor Control Center.
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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.