2010 POY Finalists: Software
Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Software category.
Plant design software
Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2011 is a software suite from Autodesk for plant designers who need powerful plant design and whole-project review capabilities in a single integrated package. Beyond the value of an integrated solution, the Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2011 leverages new capabilities and features of the latest 2011 Autodesk product releases. Autodesk Plant Design Suite combines AutoCAD 2011, AutoCAD P+ID 2011, AutoCAD Plant 3D 2011, and Autodesk Navisworks 2011 software to provide a powerful and accessible plant design solution. These components share common data structures and file formats to provide for smoother user experience and data exchange.
Online information tool
RIDGIDConnect is a subscription-based online business tool designed for service professionals and contractors who create or use digital information. It provides the ability to share and store digital assets such as diagnostic job site photos and videos, job reports and histories, maintenance records, customer lists, and other business files. The "simplify" aspect of RIDGIDConnect eliminates the need to burn DVDs, lessens the back-and-forth explanation between clients and coworkers, provides around-the-clock access to record from any location, and utilizes RIDGIDConnect mobile to conduct business in the field via a smartphone.
Energy management application
The Wonderware Corporate Energy Management Application from Invensys Operations Management enables manufacturing and industrial automation customers to easily and quickly implement an energy management program and achieve sustainability goals. The application allows users to monitor energy, detect energy inefficiencies, and notify personnel of those inefficiencies. It connects directly to meters on a network, through industrial controllers, and accepts manual entry via the company's Wonderware InTouch HMI and IntelaTrac mobile solutions. Application functionality includes recording consumption and demand at main and submeters for a wide range of energy types.
Generac Power Systems' Power Design Pro software is a complete generator sizing and system design tool supporting both electrical and mechanical design. The software incorporates algorithms to accurately model the load's true characteristics. The modeling includes full harmonic and transient analysis to ensure complete generator-to-load compatibility. Power Design Pro is a one-stop solution center for the consulting engineer and other specification sheets; installation drawings; emission information; sound data and calculator; gas and exhaust pipe sizing; decrement and damage curves; and a specification text library with full inclusive design notes.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey