Hydronic system creation software
The FloPro Team services by Taco is a free program that offers heat loss design suites and builds and specify components for water heating and HVAC applications.
Taco’s FloPro Team services are an enhanced design software package designed to be as intuitive as a sketchpad. The free-of-charge program and heat loss design suite enable designers to define building exterior and interior spaces, and external influences, and to build and specify components for a host of hydronic, radiant heat, water heating, and HVAC applications. With every change, the program dynamically changes calculations and their impact on other components within the system. With FloPro Designer, the user simply draws the floor plan, drops in windows and doors, and has accurate heating and cooling loads. The program also performs system design for baseboard loops and radiant manifolds, sizes pipe of all types and variety, and specifies boiler, expansion tank, and circulator models.
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.