Low voltage switchgear
The AKD-20 Low-Voltage switchgear from General Electric Consumer & Industrial provides an optimized footprint that uses smaller section sizes when possible. Operators are protected from hot ionized gases during an arc flash incident because of a sealed breaker compartment door. The unit also offers optional safety shutters to protect against accidental contact with live conductors when the breaker is withdrawn. Easy access to equipment compartments simplifies maintenance of the breaker cubicle and control circuit elements.
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.