Boiler with control system
Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Lochinvar’s Smart System user interface is now standard on the company’s Knight XL commercial boiler. The user interface now features a larger display screen, color-coding, soft keys, and two selectable cascade options to allow the user to fine-tune the sequencing of multiple-unit installations. The boiler features 94.6% thermal efficiency, low nitrogen oxide emissions, and a fully modulating burner with 5:1 turndown. It is available in five configurations ranging from 399,000 to 800,000 Btuh inputs. The system now controls up to three individual setpoint temperatures, offers domestic hot water night setback, and enables two-way communication through Modbus protocol.
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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.