Fire alarm control panels
Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell has modernized two of its addressable fire alarm control panels.
Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell has modernized two of its addressable fire alarm control panels with installer-requested features to reduce installation/maintenance time and enhance the systems' capabilities and life span. Version 3 of the MS-9200UDLS and MS-9050UD panels support more notification and ancillary devices while allowing for longer wire runs using most styles of wire. With fire alarm voice evacuation becoming more prevalent in the U.S. market, the number of speakers and strobes required has increased dramatically, creating a need for higher-capacity systems. On both panels, the addition of a second annunciator circuit, commonly used to tie in remote annunciators, printers, and more, allows for double the number of ancillary devices and double wire lengths that can be run in different directions using nearly any type of wire. A quick-remove chassis on both panels allows electronics to be removed from the backbox during the initial construction phase.
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.