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Pump packing lowers maintenance costs
SuperSet is an engineered leakage control solution consisting of selected packing styles used in a three-ring configuration along with the SpiralTrac environmental controller that removes solids, provides an effective flush distribution, and controlled stuffing box depth. Benefits include significant reductions in flush, lower maintenance and operating costs, and longer packing life. A. W. Chesterton Co. ; chesterton.com TO VOTE, WRITE 138 ON BALLOT For more information, write 138 on card
Pump package handles varying conditions
AnySpeed high-pressure pump system incorporates a simple/single-stage centrifugal pump, state-of-the-art, high-frequency, liquid-cooled motor and power electronics, and an intelligent fluid process controller in an environmentally-quiet, compact enclosure. The system meets varying flow conditions by controlling motor speed. Sundyne Corp. ; sundyne.com/anyspeed TO VOTE, WRITE 57 ON BALLOT For more information, write 57 on card
Steam trap drains high-pressure lines
FS5H QuickTrap is a free-float design steam trap for draining condensate from superheated or high-pressure steam mains, equipment, and turbines up to 650 psig. The two-bolt, universal connector trap has three-point seating to ensure a steam-tight seal even under no-load conditions. A thermostatic air vent ensures fast start-up. TLV Corp. ; tlv.com TO VOTE, WRITE 140 ON BALLOT For more information, write 140 on card
Drum pump controls flow
GoatThroat hand-operated drum transfer pump is small, versatile, and safe for use with more than 600 liquids including the most commonly used industrial chemicals and lubricants. A few strokes of the plunger pressurizes any container from 1-5 psi to produce a flow rate of about 5 gpm. A two-way, drip-proof faucet allows dispensing small amounts of liquid or a steady flow. Westcott Distribution, Inc. ; goatthroat.com TO VOTE, WRITE 20 ON BALLOT For more information, write 20 on card
Reactor handles grease and odors
Bio Ox grease and odor reactor systems feature an in-ground reactor, five-chamber separator and 10 technologies to physically, biologically, and chemically break down grease into long chain food sources for traditional sewer treatment system digestion. A photohydroionization advanced oxidation cell also controls odor and airborne bacteria. RGF Environmental Group, Inc. ; rgf.com TO VOTE, WRITE 108 ON BALLOT For more information, write 108 on card
Refrigerant hose holds shape
Titeflex Refrigeration Loop (TRL) is a lightweight, low effusion, low pressure, hand formable transfer hose assembly for refrigerants, natural gas, and hazardous fluids. A unique technology permanently bonds a metallic layer of foil to Teflon. Braze adapters are supplied with the tubing for field installation. Once installed, the tube may be replaced with wrenches. Titeflex Corp. ; titeflex.com TO VOTE, WRITE 11 ON BALLOT For more information, write 11 on card
Funnel prevents drum overfill
Drum Overfill Preventer simply screws onto the threads of a funnel which then threads into the bung opening of a drum. The design creates a 2 3/4-in. deep airspace inside the drum, causing liquid to fill the funnel, indicating the drum is full. When the preventer assembly is loosened, the liquid in the funnel flows into the drum, filling it with no spillage. New Pig Corp. ; newpig.com TO VOTE, WRITE 164 ON BALLOT For more in formation, write 164 on card
Pump control saves energy
PumpSmart Model PS 200 is a microprocessor-based, variable speed drive programmed specifically for centrifugal pumps up to 700 hp. Accurate control of virtually any process parameter is obtained by continuously monitoring and reacting to pump conditions and system demands. Energy savings of 30-70% are obtained by reducing motor speed due to lower system requirements. Goulds Pumps, ITT Industries ; gouldspumps.com TO VOTE, WRITE 35 ON BALLOT For more information, write 35 on card
Flowmeter uses FOUNDATION Fieldbus protocol
Prosonic Flow 93 is the first ultrasonic flow measuring system available with FOUNDATION Fieldbus protocol. It is ideal for bi-directional measurement while simplifying installation and lowering costs. The system is designed for volume flow measurement of liquids, operating on the principle of transit time difference. In addition, the instrument recognizes HART and PROFIBUS-PA protocols. Endress+Hauser, Inc. ; us.endress.com TO VOTE, WRITE 189 ON BALLOT For more information, write 189 on card
Accurate flowmeter clamps on pipe
System 1010GC is a non-intrusive, clamp-on, ultrasonic gas flowmeter that minimizes installation time and maintenance expense on pipes from 2 in. to 48 in. diameter. The meter provides certified gas flow rate accuracy of 0.5% or better on calibrated spools in accordance with AGA-9 requirements. It measures true mass as well as energy content. Controlotron Corp. ; controlotron.com TO VOTE, WRITE 64 ON BALLOT For more information, write 64 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