POY Finalist: Measuring system
Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Levalign Expert is designed to measure the flatness and straightness of machine bases and foundations, split machine casings, as well as flatness and parallelism of circular, rectangular, and odd-shaped flanges. The system consists of a self-leveling motorized rotating laser and a sensor that interfaces wirelessly with a geometric measurement computer. The surface of the measured component is displayed in full color 3-D graphics for accurate evaluation. Features like InfiniSplice allow measurement files to be merged and let the rotating laser reposition to another location during measurement to overcome obstructions.
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.