Construction, Buildings & Grounds
The Spanguard safety barrier can stop up to 200 pounds of force with minimal deflection. Designed to separate and define work areas, the system features a 36-inch-tall curtain that stands 48 inches off the floor when in use. The system is engineered for easy installation and relocation; one person can operate it. Posts are equipped to accommodate two or more units per post. Curtains are available in 30- and 60-foot spans.
Rite-Hite Corp. : www.ritehite.com
Magnetic rack protection
Ultra-RackProtector Plus is designed to protect warehouse racking from damage from forklifts, pallet jacks and other equipment. Featuring a maintenance-free polyethylene construction, the guarding is equipped with heavy-duty magnets to hold it in place; no hardware is required. The units come in safety yellow and feature black warning stripes to provide visibility. Stackable for additional protection, the guarding works with racking up to 4 inches wide. Each 53/8x3
UltraTech International Inc. : www.facilityprotection.com
Under-leveler insulation kit
The Koozi under-leveler insulation kit is designed to stop the transfer of heat and cold through the deck plate of dock levelers. The 1-inch, closed-cell insulating foam features a vapor barrier and comes precut in 4-foot lengths that are 2 feet wide. It’s perforated at 1-inch intervals to facilitate installation; magnetic fasteners allow the material to be installed on most deck surfaces.
DL Manufacturing : www.dlmanufacturing.com
TZ insulated curtain walls come in three versions to support temperature separations of 15, 25 and 40 F. Custom engineered to ensure fit around corners and obstructions, the curtain walls suspend from ceiling joists or the roof deck. They include flexible Hypalon Superflex bottom sweep seals that seal against the floor to minimize energy loss and maintain temperature consistency. Curtain panels attach with Velcro. Options include fire-retardant fabric, vision panels and stainless-steel hardware, among others.
Zoneworks Flexible Industrial Barriers : www.zoneworks.com
Rolling grille door
The Spiral RG high-speed roll door features an opening speed of up to 100 inches per second. It offers top-to-bottom, full-width window slats, dual electric photo eyes and a reversing edge in the bottom bar, providing visibility and safety at the threshold. It’s engineered with no metal-to-metal contact for quiet operation, and it’s suitable for use in clean rooms and other controlled-access production environments.
Rytec Corp. : www.rytecdoors.com
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.