New products for power quality and reliability
Power cable fault locator, uninterrupted power supply systems, programmable direct-current power supplies, and power quality analyzers and data loggers.
Power cable fault locator delivers energy surge of 1500 Joules at 16 kV, which allows the user to tackle a wide range of cables, test longer cable, and test more capacitive cables. An onboard inverter provides a choice of standard 120 or 240 V AC or 12 V DC. It is also ruggedly constructed and weatherproof to IP54 specifications. For more about the PFL20M from Megger, click here .
Uninterruptible power supply is available in a new 6-kVA version that is designed specifically for 208 V applications. Configurable as a tower or rack-mount model, the compact here .
Programmable DC power supplies offer 850 W of power and are said to have the highest power density for any 1U, half-rack form-factor power supply on the market.
The series is available in 12 models ranging in power of 6 to 600 V. For more information about the XG series from Xantrex, click here .
Portable power quality analyzer and data logger with cell modem capabilities is a 3-phase multifunction power unit to measure, display, record, log, and analyze power. It is said to provide accurate, true root mean square electrical measurements, minimum/maximum values, demands, revenue class energies, pre/post fault and here .
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.