Mass notification system
OnAlert created by Inova Solutions provides an economical Ethernet-powered LED display for emergency notification. The unit allows for e-mail messages composed in emergency situations to be simultaneously displayed on LED signs throughout any facility. The wallboards default to a display of time and date when there is no emergency. The system can be plugged directly into an Ethernet jack and can receive both time updates as well as power from the connection.
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.