Coupling for fire protection piping systems
Victaulic’s FireLock EZ Style 009N Rigid Coupling upgrades on the Style 009H Rigid Coupling.
Victaulic’s FireLock EZ Style 009N Rigid Coupling upgrades on the Style 009H Rigid Coupling, reducing installation efforts by 50% and improving impact wrench battery efficiency by 100%. Other benefits include an improved housing design to reduce installation effort and a nylon-patched fastener design, which eliminates the need to disassemble housings during installation. The 009N has a full vacuum service for wet and dry applications and metal-to-metal bolt pad connection. It is used with pipe sizes 1¼ to 4 in. up to 365 psi/25 bar and will replace the 009H as the standard as inventory reduces.
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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.