The 2012 AHR Expo took place Jan. 23-25, 2012 in Chicago. Among the new products introduced at the show were:
The RIDGID micro CA-300 inspection camera offers an easy way to diagnose and document job site problems. The unit records still images and videos, and integrates audio with a built-in microphone and speaker, providing the ability to record insights and playback problems in hard-to-reach areas.
The micro CA-300 features user-adjustable image rotation and digital zoom to get the perfect view. The unit comes equipped with a rugged, anodized aluminum camera head with four bright LEDs to provide improved lighting. The camera is powered by a rechargeable 3.7V Li-Ion battery that is compatible with the microEXPLORER inspection camera or the unit can be plugged directly into the wall with a dc plugin for an alternate power supply.
The micro CA-300 includes a 4GB SD card that is pre-formatted with an application that provides for easy upload to RIDGIDConnect, an online business tool that allows users to store and share data. The camera also includes a USB port for direct connection to a computer.
“The durable, purpose-built micro CA-300 inspection camera was designed to make a contractor’s job easier and more efficient,” said Sarah Golish, director of inspection systems and diagnostics at RIDGID. “Users can offer in-field validation by showing their customer exactly what and where the problem is.”
The micro CA-300 offers insight into any situation inside or outside a pipe due to the interchangeability with RIDGID SeeSnake reels. It allows the user to interchange the reels for short- or long-reach accessibility depending on the user’s situation or problem. The user can access anything close with just the camera or go as long as 100 ft with the microReel.
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Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.