2013 Product of the Year finalists: Fluid Handling
Finalists in the Fluid Handling category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.
The XC Series cordless pumps offer performance capabilities of electric or pneumatic powered pumps with the convenient portability of a hand pump. These pumps provide a portable, cost-effective solution for remote locations and deliver the speed, power and longevity of a corded pump. The XC Series pumps are constructed of lightweight materials, are equipped with a powerful 0.5 hp motor, and feature 28-V Lithium-ion battery technology. With its bladder reservoir, the XC Series eliminate venting and offer leak-free operation in any orientation. The pumps deliver oil flow of 15 in3 per minute when operating at full pressure, up to 10,000 psi.
No-drip atomizing spray nozzles
The no-drip external mix atomizing nozzles from EXAIR have high flow rates and allow air and liquid flows to be adjusted independently. These nozzles are ideal where precise liquid flow is needed. External mix nozzles can be used on liquids with viscosity above 300 cp, and both air and liquid sides are pressure fed. The nozzles are constructed of stainless steel for durability and corrosion resistance. When a system’s compressed air supply is shut off, the no-drip nozzle positively seals off the flow of liquid, eliminating the possibility of drips. No separate air line is needed to control the no-drip mechanism.
The PIG Build-A-Berm Bladder Section helps facilities meet secondary containment regulations while minimizing the overall need to provide containment. When used with the PIG Build-A-Berm System, the Bladder Section provides an additional 55-gal sump capacity to the secondary containment area. Ideal for use in small rooms where current systems cannot be expanded, the Bladder Section remains out of the way and deploys only when needed to contain spills. The Bladder Section is a Best Management Practice for Stormwater regulations (40 CFR 122.26) and provides passive containment to aid in Spill Control and Countermeasure compliance (40 CFR 112.7).
New Pig Corporation
Mass thermal flowmeter
The MTI10 Insertion and MTL10 Inline Mass Thermal Flowmeter provides an accurate measurement of clean, dry gases and air using constant temperature sensing for fast response and low flow accuracy. The MTI10/MTL10 measures without the need for additional transmitters or flow computers, and is virtually immune to changes in temperature and pressure over a wide flow range. The MTI10/MTL10 View software allows for quick setup, monitoring, and data logging of the flowmeter using a PC. The Cal-V and Recalibration Verification allows users to perform in-situ testing of the meter’s accuracy by testing the functionality of the sensor and the processing circuitry.
The Style 171 flexible composite pipe coupling is an engineered composite coupling for use where corrosive conditions exist. Ideal for reverse osmosis skids in vertical and horizontal installations, the Style 171 coupling enables quick and simple installation and provides substantial gains in productivity. The Style 171 does not require disassembly prior to installation; the coupling is simply pushed onto the pipe end as a fully assembled unit and tightened using standard hand tools. The coupling’s design reduces labor hours to complete system installation, eliminates loose components that could be dropped or lost, and reduces installation clearance requirements.
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Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.