Optimizing compressor selection
Designing Your Compressed Air System is a guide that takes you through the process of selecting and determining a compressed air system. Five elements are considered: demand, supply requirements, storage, distribution system, and layout considerations. References include a compressed air glossary and conversion formulas. Kaeser Compressors kaeser.com Write 313 on PE card
Buy compressed air
OptimAir Service is a unique contract commodity air service specifically designed to meet dynamic compressed air needs. A unit is delivered to a facility via a highly sophisticated, modular, self-contained compressed air power plant. Each unit is installed, owned, and operated by OptimAir, Inc. You pay only for the air you use. OptimAir, Inc. 800-531-1135 Write 314 on PE card
Direct drive compressor
These 300-hp and 350-hp air compressors provide positive alignment and operating efficiency by being directly connected to the motor. An updraft cooler, mounted directly on the frame, allows for a smaller footprint than current models. Remote cooler packages are an option. Sullivan-Palatek palatek.com Write 315 on PE card
Nozzle cuts air use
Super Air Nozzle provides a high-thrust, concentrated stream of high-velocity air. The sound level is extremely low at 74 dBA when supplied with an 80-psig compressed air supply. The nozzle is ideal for reducing air consumption and noise levels for blowoff, cooling, drying, and part ejection applications. Exair Corp. exair.com Write 316 on PE card
Air flow meter
Model 10A compressed air flow meter is ideal for compressed air flow measurement because it has a very wide turndown and measures directly in standard cubic feet per minute without pressure or temperature compensation. The sensor is constructed of 316 stainless steel and is welded to ensure reliability. Calibration is traceable to NIST standards. Fox Thermal Instruments, Inc. foxthermalinstruments.com Write 317 on PE card
Use of compressed air as a source of breathable air for hazardous and toxic environments is well established. Breathing Air Filtration wall-mounted panels incorporate 2-stage filtration with a water separator system. A pop-up indicator shows when to change filter elements. A carbon monoxide monitor comes as standard. The units can be used with any air supply. domnick hunter, inc. domnickhunter.com Write 318 on PE card
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey