Two new DeviceNet gateways come in K20 housing styles, are available in single- or dual-channel versions and connect AS-Interface to upper-level controllers.
Two new DeviceNet gateways come in K20 housing styles, are available in single- or dual-channel versions and connect AS-Interface to upper-level controllers. cUL-listed to simplify panel construction, the gateways provide diagnostic capabilities while supporting polled I/O and change-of-state operations. They handle complete data transfer, cyclically polling all participants connected to the wiring system, and can be placed anywhere in the AS-Interface segment. Additional features include a detected slave display, visual fault diagnostics, support for analog I/O, and the ability to network safety devices such as e-stops and light curtains up to Category 4.
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.