Energy-efficient data center construction begins
The new facility will boast three layers of redundancy, with dual utility feeds, redundant UPS protection, and onsite generators.
Construction recently began on an innovative data center at Emerson’s corporate headquarters in St. Louis that will showcase a full suite of the leading, energy-efficient technologies from Emerson Network Power. The 35,000-sq-ft data center, set to open next summer as a technology showcase center for current and potential customers, will support the $22 billion company’s global network, including more than 250 worldwide manufacturing and engineering operations.concurrently maintainable physical infrastructure that can be remotely managed. The data center will have three layers of redundancy, with dual utility feeds, redundant UPS protection, and onsite generators. Additionally, the data center will be scalable, with redundant dual-bus power capacity starting at 1,350 kW and ultimate UPS systems scalability up to 4,050 kW across dual paths. Cooling capacity will be upwards of 300 W/sq ft.
Based on the data center architecture and technology infrastructure, Emerson anticipates receiving LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Emerson is one of the first companies to voluntarily participate in the process of earning data center-based green credits in the core areas of energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials, resources selection, sustainable site development, and water savings.
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.