Fuse flags failure
Global Pro is a fuse and holder system with remote blown-fuse indication capability. The compact touch-safe system connects to a PLC or automation system and remotely alerts maintenance people that a fuse requires replacement. Other indication methods include status light, red flag, and a popup indicator pin that protrudes out of the top of the fuse.
Littelfuse, Inc.; POWR-GARD Products : littelfuse.com TO VOTE, WRITE 95 ON BALLOT For more information, write 95 on card
Fuse protects motor controllers
Amp-Trap high-speed Class J (HJH) fuses are UL 248-8 listed and combine the overload capacity and dimensions of a standard Class J fuse with the performance of a semiconductor fuse to provide protection for electronic motor controllers as well as branch circuits as required by NEC. Fuse features very low I2t and capability of clearing loads down to 135% of rating.
Ferraz Shawmut, Inc. : ferrazshawmut.com TO VOTE, WRITE 280 ON BALLOT For more information, write 280 on card
Breakers reduce wiring costs
Powerpact H and J-frame molded case circuit breakers offer lug or bus bar terminal options to reduce wiring and installation costs. H-frame comes in standard ratings of 15-150 A; J-frame comes in standard ratings of 150-250 A. Breakers feature field-installable trip units and snap-in terminals. Configurations include cradle, plug-in base, I-line, and rear-connection.
Schneider Electric : us.squared.com TO VOTE, WRITE 131 ON BALLOT For more information, write 131 on card
Tools lift and separate
EYS Tool Kit allows the safe and reliable preparation of explosion-proof sealing fittings. The kit's five 2-sided tools, which are provided in a handy canvas bag, allow you to separate the electrical conductors without abrading insulation — a critical step in packing the fiber dams in explosion-proof sealing fittings. Plastic tools include hook, wedge, mirror, and three packing tools.
Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Inc. : crouse-hinds.com TO VOTE, WRITE 123 ON BALLOT For more information, write 123 on card
Converter powers sensors
Python Power is a power and output conversion accessory that allows a dc sensor to be installed in locations where only ac power is available. It consists of a universal inline ac/dc power supply and triac that senses sinking or sourcing output requirements and switches on or off accordingly. Unit can be stored in a 1-in. straight conduit and accepts voltages from 85 to 265 Vac.
Hyde Park Electronics LLC : hpsensors.com TO VOTE, WRITE 65 ON BALLOT For more information, write 65 on card
System reduces demand charges
Power Trend Management (PTM) system monitors and regulates electrical load to reduce energy costs and demand surcharges. The software-based integrated system monitors load, voltage, and current data from each major load in the plant as well as the main panel. These data are used to prevent main panel overloads and manage duty cycles by staggering startups of selected loads.
Olson Power Trend Management, Inc. : olsonptm.com TO VOTE, WRITE 113 ON BALLOT For more information, write 113 on card
Software profiles loads
ION EEM enterprise energy management software provides energy analytics for cost allocation of a plant's energy bill by process; load profiling to reduce energy costs; and reliability analysis to reduce maintenance and equipment costs and to help avoid downtime. Software's browser-based dashboard displays real-time and historical data on key performance indicators (KPIs).
Power Measurement, Inc. : pwrm.com TO VOTE, WRITE 101 ON BALLOT For more information, write 101 on card
Program streamlines inventory
MROplus program analyzes fuse inventories to optimize inventory and lower operational costs. Program uses a large database of competitive fuse part numbers and characteristics to analyze inventories and identify duplicate items, unnecessary inventory, and obsolete or unsafe products. The program provides several recommendations and detailed reports that quantify savings.
Littelfuse, Inc. : littelfuse.com TO VOTE, WRITE 97 ON BALLOT For more information, write 97 on card
Decontactor eliminates electrical exposure
DS 100C plug/receptacle and disconnect switch is UL switch-rated, horsepower-rated, and has a dead-front construction that prevents exposure to live parts while meeting NFPA 70E safe workplace requirements. Switch actuation disengages contacts before plug can be removed from the receptacle. Shutter mechanism ensures that no electrical contacts are exposed upon plug removal.
Meltric Corp. : meltric.com TO VOTE, WRITE 30 ON BALLOT For more information, write 30 on card
Power monitor classifies events
PowerXplorer PX5 handheld, 3-phase power monitor features color touch screen, automated setups, and instant classification of events. Functions include power quality and diagnostics, transient capture, load distortion and imbalance, flicker, compliance monitoring, and harmonics. Selectable displays include phasors, waveforms, meters, and harmonic spectrums.
Dranetz-BMI : dranetz-bmi.com TO VOTE, WRITE 57 ON BALLOT For more information, write 57 on card
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey