EtherNet/IP feature real-time I/O control
Mayfield Heights, O. -Expanding the EtherNet/IP suite, ControlLogix, Flex I/O, and PanelView products are reported to be the first Ethernet-for-automation tools with the capacity to handle real-time control. ControlLogix provides multiple types of control by performing sequential, process, drive, or motion control in any combination. Flex I/O is a modular I/O system for distributed applications. Its components provide the functionality of larger, rack-based I/O devices, but save costly hardware, installation, and space. PanelView Standard graphic terminals offer operator interface solutions with multiple operator input capabilities, monochrome or color displays, high performance functions, and flexible communication options.
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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.