Reporting from San Antonio…
It’s almost time again for Emerson Global Users Exchange, which is certainly among the largest, if not the largest, single process industry user group event. This year it returns to Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, September 27 through October 1.
Emerson Process Management is one of the more progressive companies in our industry when it comes to using social networking for marketing and building user communities. Jim Cahill has been the face of that effort through his blog, which has long since spread into other online media. Last year Twitter was the big thing at the exchange, and that will continue in 2010. The San Antonio event will also branch into new directions with organized efforts to produce video coverage on site for immediate posting to YouTube.
You can now visit the Control Engineering at EGUE channel on YouTube. This will be the place to see the new productions first each day of the week. After the event selected segments will be available in Control Engineering’s video section. I’ll be at the event through the week wielding the camera. If you attend, don’t be surprised if you see us talking to someone on site about the event and what challenges he or she is facing on the job. Maybe we'll talk to you. As Norma Desmond said, “All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.”
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.