2012 POY Finalists: HVAC
Finalists in the HVAC category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
Airfoil fan system
Big Ass Fans’ Powerfoil X2.0 system combines patented airfoils and winglets with AirFence technology to increase the overall coverage. The winglet improves airfoil effectiveness through the elimination of turbulence at the tip, while the AirFence is able to capture air that would have slipped off the end of the airfoil. The Powerfoil X2.0 offering a 28% increase in coverage area is available in 8 ft to 24 ft diameters.
Modulation infrared heater
The MP Series of modulation infrared heaters allow users to select a desired operation for their specific needs through the incorporation of three performance curves, as well as a Blast Mode. The Blast Mode allows users to temporarily lock the heater into its highest input with an extra 5,000 BTU for extreme environmental demands. The models available in the MP Series range from 80,000 BTU to 200,000 BTU. The MP Series features full gas modulation with corresponding airflow modulation to allow for optimal fuel utilization.
Portable and adjustable fan
The Renegade series of HVLS fans are designed for improving air circulation in areas with overhead obstructions or limited ceiling access with a floor-mounted configuration. The HVLS fans are portable and can be moved when necessary and are also adjustable from 10 ft to 15 ft in height. The Renegade fans are designed with Rite-Hite’s Propell-Aire custom aluminum blades with a single unit circulating air covering up to 7,850 sq ft. The fans are available in 8 ft, 12 ft, and 16 ft diameters with optional SureStop Safety Barriers to protect against accidental contact.
Steam system software
Steam DesignPro was designed to meet the demands of mechanical engineers, designers, and contractors in the HVAC market. The software was created as a visual design tool through an easy, drag-and-drop method for designing and modeling HVAC steam systems. The Windows-based software allows for easy modeling of steam generation, steam distribution, steam utilization, and condensate-handling systems. Steam DesignPro supports compiling of equipment schedules based on the Spirax Sarco catalog. Additional features include the ability to select relief valves, flowmeters for steam and hydronic applications, and control valves.
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.