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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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.