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More light; fewer watts
875 W metal halide lamp and ballast system features a 100,600 lumen output, providing more light than standard 1000 W lamps. The lamp produces 115 lumens per watt and provides more than 1200 hr. of operation. It can be used for applications such as area, parking site, flood and sign lighting, and other industrial applications. Venture Lighting International ; venturelighting.com TO VOTE, WRITE 49 ON BALLOT For more information, write 49 on card
Contactor switches lighting loads
Lighting Contactor is used for switching lighting loads. It easily converts from electrically-held to mechanically-held form. The poles can be converted from normally-open to normally-closed configurations in the field. Auxiliary contacts can be added, enabling it to handle 2- and 3-wire control. Side access is provided for convenient field wiring. General Electric Co. , Industrial Systems Div.; GEindustrial.com TO VOTE, WRITE 52 ON BALLOT For more information, write 52 on card
Lamp environmentally responsible
ALTO Plus Slimline T8 is a slim line fluorescent lamp that delivers up to 30,000 hr. rated life — 60% more than standard 8-ft. T8 lamps. It contains 70% less mercury than the 2001 industry average for fluorescent lamps and features 95% lumen maintenance, reduced lamp-end blackening, reduced lamp maintenance, and lower disposal costs. Philips Lighting Co. ; lighting.philips.com/nam TO VOTE, WRITE 88 ON BALLOT For more information, write 88 on card
Hand lamp sheds more light
Pro-Yellow 100 W Incandescent Hand Lamp offers more light at the job site with 100 W of light output; rugged nylon housing that minimizes breakage; self-storing guard; and nonconductive construction. The ergonomic elastomer grip enhances worker safety. Daniel Woodhead Co. ; danielwoodhead.com TO VOTE, WRITE 120 ON BALLOT For more information, write 120 on 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