Panel wiring system
The SmartWire-DT panel from Eaton can reduce panel wiring complexity and space.
Eaton Corp. introduced the SmartWire-DT panel wiring solution to the North American market. The system reduces panel wiring complexity, improves system reliability, saves installation time, and reduces panel space. It replaces the wires found in the control circuit with a single cable, connecting motor control components to programmable logic controllers. The product can speed the start-up commissioning process and provide extensive run-time diagnostics. It links standard motor control components within the panel, separates distribution panels or remote control stations, and creates communications-enabled devices. The system also safeguards the control panel from unauthorized wiring changes.
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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.