POY Finalist: Pump drive
Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
The P9 is an adjustable speed drive for the pump industry. The ARRA-compliant drive is designed to dramatically reduce pressure buildup and energy consumption, thereby maximizing efficiency, energy savings, and the life of pumping equipment.
It's features include linearizing traditional nonlinear pump curves, providing precise variable pumping control. The P9 self-calibrates and eliminates common pump anomalies, and can protect against dead head, loss of suction pressure, cavitation, and thrust bearing. The P9 is also able to load balance multiple pumps, which eliminates the need for PID tuning.
Toshiba America, Inc.
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.