Power Transmission

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Machine guard fits many applications

Orange Peel rotating shaft guards replace the need for custom engineered solutions, saving drawing and manufacturing time. The guards are hinged and swing open for convenient coupling lubrication, inspection, and maintenance. They are ideal for new applications and for retrofitting existing installations to meet safety compliance. Orange Peel, LLC; www.opguards.com


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Cam followers resist corrosion

Cres Camrol bearings utilize components made from 400 series stainless steel. Lubri-Disc+ seals offer up to five times more protection against liquid contamination on sizes 1-in. OD and larger. Zone hardened raceways increase load capacity and a ductile stem absorbs shock. Bearings match industry standard cam followers in popular sizes. Emerson Power Transmission, McGill Mfg. Div.; www.emerson-ept.com


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Speed reducer fits all servomotors

ServoFit SMS planetary, modular speed reducers have a flexible motor mounting system, which allows them to fit any servomotor. They can be back driven, enabling the motor to adapt to the actual load inertia and avoid damaging the motor. Ratios range from 2:1 to 252:1. The triple-split, low-inertia, backlash-free coupling system can be mounted without special tools. Stober Drives, Inc., www.stober.com


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Gear drives reduce inventory

Drive One family of medium-torque gear drives provides six-sided mounting capabilities for use as a parallel, right-angle, or shaft-mounted unit. The drives feature 60% fewer parts than traditional designs, with components interchangeable across styles and sizes. This interchangeability can ultimately reduce spare parts inventory up to 40%. The Falk Corp.; www.falkcorp.com


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Tension gauge mounts on belt

TensionRite is an adhesive-backed plastic gauge that adheres to V-belts during installation and allows accurate tensioning while reducing installation time and complex measurements. The gauge indicates, within 7% tolerance, when correct tension is reached. An easy-to-follow chart indicates proper tension settings to achieve optimum performance for various drives. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; www.tensionrite.com


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Seal protects bearings

VBXX-D bearing isolator provides protection for bearings from contaminants. The XX interface significantly outperforms any other interface for contaminant exclusion and can run submerged for short periods of time. The D Groove provides superior oil retention. The vapor blocking O-ring provides a positive barrier to humidity transfer through labyrinth seals. Inpro/Seal Co.; www.inpro-seal.com


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The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Doubling down on digital manufacturing; Data driving predictive maintenance; Electric motors and generators; Rewarding operational improvement
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Research team developing Tesla coil designs; Implementing wireless process sensing
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

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

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