Industrial Ethernet unmanaged switches
AutomationDirect's Stride Ethernet product line includes unmanaged Ethernet switches and have an ST-type fiber optic connection.
AutomationDirect’s line of Stride Ethernet products includes industrial-grade unmanaged Ethernet switches and media converters. All models feature multiple 10/100BaseT RJ45 Ethernet ports, while several also include an ST type fiber optic connection. Recently added are units with an SC fiber optic connector. Plastic case models are designed for standard temperature range (-10 to +60 °C) while aluminum case models are designed for wider temperature range (-40 to +85 °C). These DIN rail-mountable true plug-and-play devices automatically determine and remember devices connected to each port and only route messages through the appropriate ports, increasing speed and bandwidth.
- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com
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.