Infrastructure for hydronic heating, cooling
Taco’s LoadMatch is an advanced infrastructure that enables efficient hydronic heating and cooling.
Taco’s LoadMatch is an advanced infrastructure that enables efficient hydronic heating and cooling while delivering better comfort and reduced energy consumption. A LoadMatch system also reduces design, start-up, and commissioning time. LoadMatch is the marriage of two old ideas—single-pipe distribution and primary-second pumping—wrapped around a new technology. The technology consists of maintenance-free, wet rotor circulators. The primary distribution system is a single-pipe loop; the secondary distribution system is a decoupled secondary piping loop for each terminal unit with flow delivered by a dedicated circulator. A LoadMatch single pipe uses small, low kW circulators that deliver water, on demand, to terminal units. The simplicity of LoadMatch permits the use of one size of pipe for large portions of the system. In single-loop installations, there is no limit to the number of terminal units that can be installed.
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.