ADLINK unveils serial communications
Chicago, Ill. -ADLINK (Irvine, Calif.) showed National Manufacturing Week attendees an I/O bus technology based on RS-422. Its implementation uses Cat5 standard cable to connect modules. Called 'High Speed Link, ' the network is designed for full duplex, multidrop implementation. Using master/slave topology, slave units may be located up to 200 m from the PC. Transmission speeds of 6 Mbs allow scanning of up to 1,000 I/O points per msec.
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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.