Construction, Buildings & Grounds

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High-speed roll door has diagnostic control

The Pharma-Seal high-speed, stainless steel roll door for nonwashdown applications features removable stainless steel side columns and a diagnostic control box in a NEMA 12 enclosure. The door opens at 42 in./sec and closes at 21 in./sec. It is designed for high-cycle applications. Anodized aluminum wind ribs provide resistance to negative pressure while allowing easy panel replacement. Rytec Corp.;


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Sectional door withstands harsh environments

Workhorse 1000 sectional door addresses ergonomic concerns, minimizes maintenance and energy costs, and reduces exposure to unsafe situations created by conventional sectional door damage. It offers consistent ergonomic operation without troublesome springs. It features a unique breakaway system and quick-fix design to help minimize maintenance and downtime. Its simple, rugged construction withstands harsh loading dock environments. Rite-Hite Doors, Inc.;


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Elastomeric coating repairs roof membranes

WiteBrite elastomeric coating is a blend of synthetic rubbers enhanced with chemical tacifiers to maximize adhesion and elongation. Coating provides a white elastomeric film over nearly any roof. It has been formulated to rejuvenate and restore single-ply roofing system membranes that previously were not repairable or restorable. The system is designed to recoat, rejuvinate, and restore membranes at a fraction of the cost of replacement. Simon Roofing;


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Fabric door maintains seal

Supercompact high-speed, roll-up fabric door is an affordable solution for a tight seal to separate rooms, while enabling rapid doorway access. The door is soft for increased safety and makes rapid room access economical for plants with foot traffic, push carts, pallet jacks, and light forklifts. Design is crash forgiving and automatically self-repairing for a continuous seal when the door is not in use. Opening speed is 42 in./sec; closing, 24 in./sec. Dynaco USA, Inc.;


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Knock out dock door panel resets itself

Knock & Lock replacement panels for sectional dock doors feature a 10-yr puncture-proof warranty, self-resetting knockout panel, and security. They eliminate costly damage to bottom sections of dock doors. When impacted, there is no damage to panel, rollers, or track; no resetting required; and no impact energy transferred to upper panels. Albany International;


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Door system eliminates drift

The Door Deputy door system comprises both Hold-Open antisag and Lock-Down security features. The hold-open system helps prevent manual sectional doors from drifting into the door opening, helping to minimize door maintenance costs. The lock-down system automatically locks a sectional door as it travels to its fully closed position, helping to prevent intruders from entering the plant. Devices retrofit to existing manual sectional doors. Rite-Hite Aftermarket Corp.;


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Strip door resists abrasion

Scratch Guard strip door is made of fire-resistant, self-extinguishing PVC strip material. Designed for prolonged clarity, it has formed-in bumpers on both sides of the strip to absorb impact of objects passing through. The bumpers reduce scratching and abrasions from heavy use. It is also effective in controlling the loss of heated or cooled air and provides a noise and dust barrier. Strip material is also available to retrofit existing doors. ALECO;


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The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Doubling down on digital manufacturing; Data driving predictive maintenance; Electric motors and generators; Rewarding operational improvement
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Research team developing Tesla coil designs; Implementing wireless process sensing
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

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

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