2011 POY Finalists: Environmental Health
Finalists in Environmental Health in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
The Gold Series cartridge dust collector, with an optional feature for integrated HEPA safety monitoring filter, is designed to prevent collected dust from re-entering the workspace if there is a leak in the primary filtering system. Each module incorporates two HEPA filters capable of handling 2,500 cfm of air per filter and rated to remove 99.97% of airborne particles of 0.3 micron in diameter and larger. The Gold Series’ integrated design maintains the after-filter at negative pressure, preventing contaminated air from escaping. The design allows access to the HEPA filters and easy change-out through the platform used to access the primary filters.
The Ultra-Drain Seal is a transparent drain protector that allows responders to see stoppage of spills. The clear material provides an unobstructed view of the covered drains, enabling responders to quickly see if spills are entering the drain through cracks in the surface, imperfections in the grating, or other irregularities that can break the seal. The reinforcing mesh is “sandwiched” between layers of polyurethane that increase durability and resistance to tearing. The unique, urethane construction allows the pad to deform and seal off most drains, temporarily sealing to any smooth surface.
The SCW Wash-down Curtain Wall is constructed of durable and cleanable, 18-oz white vinyl fabric and is designed for use in operations where compliance with federal food regulations is paramount. To eliminate the potential for bacteria to accumulate, the fabric curtain is manufactured without stitched seams. No Velcro is used to connect the curtain wall panels. All components and fasteners used to suspend the SCW Wash-down Curtain Wall are malde of stainless steel. Additionally, it holds up to wet and harsh conditions that occur when production equipment is cleaned as part of HACCP best practices.
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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.