Instruments & Controls
Quint Buffer and Quint DC-UPS uninterruptible power supplies ensure continuous operation of 24 Vdc control devices at the control panel during power interruptions. For power interruptions lasting up to 4 sec, the buffer module supplies the required current from electrolytic capacitors.
Phoenix Contact, Inc. phoenixcon.com Write 324 on PE card
Ethernet link to PC-based control
T1H-EBC100 module provides an Ethernet link between the company's Terminator I/O products and PC-based control software. Module supports TCP/IP, UDP/IP, and IPX at 10/100 Mbps.
AutomationDirect automationdirect.com Write 325 on PE card
IR video upgrade
Omegascope OS530 series handheld infrared (IR) thermometer has been upgraded with a digital video camera and distance measuring options. Unit is a still camera as well as a video camcorder with built in microphone and speaker. Camera has 2M pixel resolution, 1.4 in. color LCD, USB port, slot for a memory card, and a free 32 MB Compact Flash memory card. Unit features adjustable emissivity, backlit dual LCD, 1 mV per deg analog output, and audible and visual high alarm.
Omega Engineering, Inc. omega.com Write 326 on PE card
Checker 101 is an economical vision sensor that can detect the presence of items during the manufacturing process and help users solve problems that could not be solved using photoelectric sensors. Designed to be easy to install, setup, and use, single purpose vision sensor operates with more rapid response time than multipurpose vision sensors.
Cognex Corp. cognex.com Write 327 on PE card
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey