Large-diameter PP-R pipe
Aquatherm's PP-R pipe has been extended to Greenpipe lines up to 18 in. diameter and Climatherm lines up to 24 in. diameter
Aquatherm Inc.’s polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe has been extended to Greenpipe lines up to 18 in. diameter, and the Climatherm lines up to 24 in. diameter. Designed for HVAC applications, Aquatherm Climatherm SDR 17.6 is now available in sizes ranging from 6- to 24-in. diameter, and Greenpipe, which is specifically engineered for potable water, is available in SDR 11 from ½- to 18-in. diameter. SDR refers to standard dimension ratio, which is the ratio of pipe-diameter-to-wall-thickness, and these larger pipe offerings have reduced SDRs in order to keep weight and costs down. Aquatherm PP-R pipe systems are connected via heat fusion – which turns the pipe and fitting into a single material – creating monolithic connections that last a lifetime and eliminating toxic materials, glues and resins, and open flames from piping installations.
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.