Electric power metering
Continental Control Systems' WattNode BACnet meter offers cost-effective energy and power metering for all of the major building automation communications protocols.
Continental Control Systems has announced that its new WattNode BACnet meter (MS/TP) offers cost-effective energy and power metering for all of the major building automation communications protocols. The new BACnet WattNode meter complements the company's Modbus and LonWorks meters, giving almost any BAS seamless accessibility to electrical system measurements including power, energy, voltage, current, and power factor. Designed to be a compact and cost-effective networked energy meter, all WattNode meters provide line-powered single- and three-phase, wye, or delta configurations up to 600 Vac and 6000 amps. The WattNode BACnet meter offers more than 50 electric power-related measurements, 64 addresses, and selectable baud rates up to 76.8 K, including an auto-baud setting.
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.