Panel wiring system
Eaton’s SmartWire-DT panel wiring system replaces numerous wires used to connect motor control components with a single cable.
Eaton’s SmartWire-DT panel wiring system replaces numerous wires used to connect motor control components with a single cable. The SmartWire-DT system is available with Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP, in addition to PROFIBUS-DP and CANopen. This added flexibility allows the SmartWire-DT system to more easily integrate with original OEMs’ preferred industrial network. The SmartWire-DT panel wiring solution uses an eight-conductor, flat cable to connect motor starters, pushbutton actuators, and indicator lights. The SmartWire-DT gateway establishes the connection to standard PLC fieldbuses that now includes Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP, as well as PROFIBUS-DP and CANopen.
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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.