Steam web site

SpiraxSarco.com/us is an extensive knowledge and reference resource for steam system design, optimization, and maintenance. The web site helps personnel charged with optimizing boiler control, steam distribution, and condensate loops. Information includes: system solutions, a technical library, steam tables, a learning center, training schedule, and product overviews.

Spirax Sarco, Inc. spiraxsarco.com/us Write 328 on PE card

Steam systems

Courses are designed to help students become more effective in the operation and use of steam systems. Graduates will be able to optimize systems, improve steam quality, increase production, and save energy. A benefit is the awareness of safety issues in regards to different systems. All training programs are certified to ICSI standards.

Plant Support & Evaluations, Inc. plantsupport.com/training Write 329 on PE card

Cool in less space

Plateflow heat exchangers are designed to provide close temperature control of fluids for heat recovery applications where space is a prime consideration. The compact plate-and-frame design offers an attractive alternative to shell-and-tube exchangers. Countercurrent flow yields heat transfer coefficients three to five times greater than other types of exchangers.

ITT Standard Div. ITT Industries ittstandard.com Write 330 on PE card


Smart flowmeters with HART Protocol can be used for gas, steam, and liquid applications. They are microprocessor controlled to compensate for pressure, temperature, and viscosity. Features include: flow range as low as 9.4 cfm, digital detection of missing pulses, 70:1 dynamic range, drift-free performance, and no moving parts.

J-TEC Associates, Inc. j-tecassociates.com Write 331 on PE card

Flue gas monitor

GreenLine Model 8000 incorporates advanced electrochemical technologies with NDIR to monitor combustion efficiency, safety, and environmental emissions in combustion process applications. A handheld remote-control unit communicates with the main gas-sampling unit at a distance up to 2500 ft.

E Instruments Group LLC einstrumentsgroup.com Write 332 on PE card

Rope gaskets

A line of Zetex twisted ropes have been expanded to include three new diameters: 11/2, 13/4, and 2 in. The ropes, made from highly texturized, amorphous silica yarns, feature the hardest density and firmness to provide a strong seal for gaskets and seals. They can withstand temperatures from -100 F to 1100 F. The ropes can be coated with ZetexPlus to withstand temperatures up to 2000 F.

Newtex Industries newtex.com Write 333 on PE card

Evaporators and condensers

"Evaporators and Condensers in a New Dimension — the AlfaVap and AlfaCond" is a 16-p, 4-color brochure about a rising-film evaporator and a purpose-built plate condenser. They offer lower capital costs, space savings, easy maintenance, and flexibility to adjust capacity. Units can be used as replacements in existing plants.

Alfa Laval, Inc. alfalaval.com Write 334 on PE card

Insulation spec sheet

A 4-p spec sheet in CSI format discusses FlameChek Plus2 duct insulation, a nonceramic, high-temperature insulation blanket that provides a 2-hr fire rating in a single-layer application. The blanket is a tested alternative fire protection enclosure in lieu of a traditional shaft wall enclosure.

Certainteed Corp., Insulation Group certainteed.com Write 335 on PE card

Boiler controls

A 12-p "Commercial and Industrial Boiler Controls Application Guide" (MM-837) assists engineers in the selection of appropriate boiler controls for specific applications. Mechanical and electronic controls are discussed.

McDonnell & Miller mcdonnellmiller.com Write 336 on PE card

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
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2017 Top Plant winner, Best practices, Plant Engineering at 70, Top 10 stories of 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Setting internal automation standards
Knowing how and when to use parallel generators
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

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

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