Variable speed drives
Schneider Electric announces Altivar 32, variable speed drive, which provides high degree of performance, connectivity.
Schneider Electric has announced a variable speed drive, the Altivar 32, which provides a high degree of performance and connectivity by reducing panel space, improving uptime, and maximizing machine performance. With its ultra-slim, book-style design and the ability to directly attach a self-protected disconnect, the Altivar 32 can be mounted side-by-side and integrated into tight spaces. The drive can operate as the heart of a simple control system and perform functions usually managed by a PLC, which allows users to use Boolean and arithmetical operations, timers, counters, comparators, and short automated sequences to customize the drive to specific machine applications and save on installation components.
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.