HVAC R&D center opens
Daikin and McQuay open $50 million Applied Development Center to develop sustainable HVAC solutions for markets worldwide.
Following its grand opening
innovative, high efficiency HVAC technologies that support the environment and
provide reliable solutions for customers worldwide. The purpose of the new
center is to develop and test advanced chiller, compressor, and other HVAC
technologies to reduce energy consumption and ultimately the carbon footprint
of the buildings where they will be used.
The 49,000-sq-ft research
center , located at McQuay world headquarters in Plymouth, Minn.,
is the world's most advanced facility for HVAC research and development,
according to McQuay. The facility includes six test cells, with space for two
additional cells in the future, that will facilitate the development of air-
and water-cooled chillers, compressors, and heat pumps as well as new air conditioning
systems. Included are a worldwide range of electrical
voltages/frequencies, capacities for testing up to 1,800-ton systems, and a
range of procedures for testing ambient conditions (temperature and
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.