Online learning events: Automation Summit, pump efficiency, fieldbus, industrial Ethernet
Multiple online learning events are available through CFE Media publications, including industrial Ethernet installation optimization, the Manufacturing/Automation Summit, webcast on pump and process efficiency, and fieldbus, among others. See more information and links to register, below.
Multiple online learning events are available through CFE Media publications, including the Manufacturing/Automation Summit, webcast on pump and process efficiency, fieldbus, and industrial Ethernet, among others. See more information and links to register, below.
Industrial Ethernet: Application Optimization
Friday, October 7, 2011, and now available on demand.
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What do you need to consider to optimize your next industrial Ethernet implementation? Depending on project scope and needs, you may be able to do this without relying on IT experts. This Control Engineering Webcast, sponsored by Beckhoff Automation, Moxa, and Phoenix Contact, will look at several important topics of consideration:
• Why was Ethernet chosen instead of another industrial network?
• What Ethernet protocol do you need and why?
• What are the Ethernet security considerations involved?
• Are multiple protocols used on the same Ethernet physical layer?
• What hardware architecture and topologies are needed and why?
• What should be included in your return on investment calculation?
• Should you use fiber or copper?
• What other networks are connected, how, and for what use?
• Joey Stubbs, PE, PMP, EtherCAT Technology Group North America
• Dan Schaffer, Network & Security Specialist, Phoenix Contact
• Jim Toepper, Product Marketing Manager, Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure, Moxa
• Mark Hoske, Content Manager & Moderator, CFE Media
Sponsored by: Beckhoff Automation, Moxa, and Phoenix Contact
Virtual/ Manufacturing Automation Summit
September 8, 2011, 9:00 a.m. CST (and archived afterward for on-demand viewing)
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Join Plant Engineering and Control Engineering for CFE’s 2nd annual Manufacturing/Automation Summit, a live virtual event with a focus on maintenance, systems management and safety. The 2011 Manufacturing/Automation Summit highlights content-rich agenda delivered by manufacturing’s top experts from companies such as General Motors and DuPont. This event is hosted by the editorial teams of both Control Engineering and Plant Engineering and offers a unique learning opportunity for manufacturing professionals by providing unprecedented access to some of the industry’s most forward thinking executives.
The Summit takes on some of manufacturing’s biggest challenges and delivers must-have how-to information on the key issues they face daily:
- Energy and Sustainability
- Maintenance as a cost center
- Automation integration
- Global strategies for manufacturers
- Presentation of the latest study, The Changing World of the Plant Engineer
Unthrottle Your Profits: Tips for Boosting Pump Efficiency, Reliability and Process Control
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 at 2 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. CDT/11 a.m. PDT
All registrants are qualified to receive 1 professional development hour (PDH) or .1 continuing education unit (CEU) after passing a short exam.
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As electricity costs rise, many industrial plants are implementing energy management software and efficiency programs to reduce costs. But managing energy use is only part of the equation for improving efficiency. Process pumps are the biggest consumers of energy in most plants -- and every watt of power wasted by oversized or over-throttled pumps is converted to heat and vibration that reduce equipment reliability. This Webcast will teach the basics of optimizing pump performance to achieve a triple benefit – lower energy costs, lower maintenance costs, and improved process control.
Plant Engineering Content Manager Bob Vavra will be joined by ITT experts on energy efficiency and equipment reliability, including Mike Pemberton, a member of the Hydraulic Institute who has edited industry guidebooks and led education efforts on pump optimization.
Supported by case studies from a variety of industries, Mike and his fellow presenters will give attendees practical, how-to advice for applying the efficiency formula to improve pump performance and bottom-line results, while benefiting the environment.
Mike Pemberton, Manager of Energy Performance Services for ITT Goulds Pumps
Bob Vavra, Content Manager and Moderator, Plant Engineering
Who Should Attend:
• Plant Managers
• Engineering/Maintenance Managers
• Production/Maintenance Supervisors
• Maintenance/Reliability Engineers
• Purchasing/Accounting/Finance Managers
• Selecting the right-sized pump -- and why many are oversized
• The physical relationship between pump efficiency and reliability, and how that translates to maintenance costs
• Mechanical and digital options for improving pump efficiency, and how to determine which one works best
• Essential steps for improving process control
Designing Your First FOUNDATION Fieldbus Installation
Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT
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You’ve decided to implement FOUNDATION Fieldbus, but how should you plan your first project? Chances are you aren’t going to retrofit an entire plant, but selected areas of your plant. We’ll lead viewers through the process and tell you where to get further information, training, and resources. We’ll cover the following:
• Choosing an appropriate application
• Segment design tools and best practices
• How fieldbus changes device commissioning
• Ancillary equipment (power supplies, terminators, grounding)
• Training, education, and online resources
Larry O’Brien, Global Marketing Manager, Fieldbus Foundation
David Lancaster, PE, Certified Fieldbus Instructor
Peter Welander, Control Engineering Content Manager, CFE Media
Case Study Database
Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.
These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.
Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.
Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.