Certified data connector
Cooper Power Systems' SMP 4/DP
Cooper Power Systems’ new SMP 4/DP Distribution Processor has been awarded the highly respected Wurldtech Achilles Communications Certification, a functional cyber security standard designed to improve the resilience of global critical infrastructure. The SMP 4/DP Distribution Processor is a powerful and rugged platform, providing utilities with secure and reliable data acquisition and management. It has essential communication and data concentration features for automation and integration applications, both inside and outside the substation fence. With more than 100 protocols supported, including IEC 61850 and IEEE C37.118-2005 (synchrophasor), SMP 4/DP is a vendor-agnostic solution. It also has been designed to operate over a broad temperature range including harsh environments.
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.