Lighting for comprehensive energy management
Schneider Electric introduces LPS Standalone relay panel
Schneider Electric’s LPS Standalone panel is the base offering in a line of lighting control relay panels. Its time scheduler reduces energy consumption by automatically shutting off lights in response to a scheduled event, and its multigroup relay assignment capabilities and multiple input combinations offer highly flexible lighting sequences. The LPB BACnet panel is designed to provide control and compatibility with existing building management systems utilizing the BACnet protocol. Leveraging the BACnet open protocol, the panel creates a standardized communication solution, allowing facility and operational managers to manage all functions from one system. The LPL LonWorks panel solution offers a facility or operational manager maximum flexibility necessary to optimize and manage the full scale of lighting controls inside their buildings. It offers control of other facility devices for medium and large feature-rich building applications, specifically seeking to control energy costs with an open standard building management system.
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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.