Process and Advanced Control Award Winner
ABB’s AC 700F is a powerful, compact controller that bridges the price and performance gap between PLCs and larger process automation systems, making it an ideal solution for small process applications. The AC 700F offers all the benefits of tools integrated in ABB’s Freelance compact DCS system, including engineering tools and pre-engineered visualization components, extended troubleshooting capabilities, ready-made system communication, and other tools and features. The AC 700F provides powerful, scalable control options for smaller applications, where a full size DCS solution is too much and a PLC does not provide enough capability. It makes powerful control and productivity improvement affordable for a wider range of manufacturers. www.abb.com/controlsystems
SmartSignal PlantAPS is a full-service solution for power gen that provides the intelligence to detect, diagnose, and prioritize developing equipment and process problems well before they happen.
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.