New products for electrical systems
Compact variable-frequency drives, industrial lead-acid batteries, Web-enabled Ethernet for power meters.
Variable frequency drive offers system integrators a compact and slim motor drive alternative. The small-horsepower model is being launched with a rating of 0.25 to 3 hp. The drive is intended for various applications, including pumps, fans, powered roof ventilators, and heat exchangers. For more information about the ACS55 from ABB, click here .
Industrial batteries are lead-acid type, available in more than 75 models, with outputs of 4-, 6-, 12-, and 24-V in capacities ranging of 1.2 to 230 amp-hours. Available in six different terminal types, batteries also are offered with flame-retardant cases as well as high-power options on select models that provide 15% more capacity than their standard counterparts. For more about batteries from GC, click here .
Web-enabled Ethernet communications card option for power meters, designed to optimize the monitoring of electrical installations in industrial, commercial, or critical power environments, offers fast access to a meter’s three-phase energy and power quality data using a standard Web browser, e-mail, or power and energy-management software. Facility and operations personnel can use the power meters to help reduce energy-related costs and avoid power disturbances or other conditions that put equipment and productivity at risk. For more about PowerLogic from Schneider Electric, click here .
Medium-voltage adjustable frequency drive is the company’s smallest model for up to 5,000-hp motors. The unit is an air-cooled design for use with induction or synchronous motors at 2,400 to 4,160 V. For more about Ampgard SC 9000 from Eaton, click here .
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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