E-Clipse Bypass from ABB Drives
E-Clipse Bypass from ABB Drives actor bypass features both a service switch that disconnects the drive for service, and a main disconnect switch or circuit breaker. The dual switch eliminates downtime, as the motor/load never needs to go offline. Included in every bypass shipped are Modbus RTU, Johnson Controls N2, Siemens FLN, and BACnet communications protocols. Other protocols, such as LonWorks, Profibus-DP, Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP, DeviceNet, and CANopen, are available as plug-in option cards.
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.