Automatic transfer switches
Russelectric RTS Series 30- and 3-cycle rated automatic transfer switches
Russelectric RTS Series 30-cycle-rated and 3-cycle-rated automatic transfer switches (ATS) now come equipped with the company’s RPTCS microprocessor automatic transfer switch system. In addition to standard features, each system is programmed to include customer-specified options. The intuitive, interactive menu guides the user through controller setup and the entering of configuration data, including communications and timing setpoints, adjustable control parameters (interlocks, alarms, and security), and event logging. The RPTCS can also monitor power quality with waveform capture and historical trending. The controller senses the voltages of both power sources and indicates switch position and source availability. Through the menu, users can review operational data and configuration settings. The controller also automatically displays the status of monitored conditions (faults, alarms) and conveys other messages at the top of the screen. The RPTCS controller supports standard Modbus RTU or available Modbus TCP/IP via 10/100 Base-T Ethernet.
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.