Real-time application platform
PlantState Suite 5.0 for real-time profit improvement in the process industries now includes a number of embedded capabilities, previously available only as separate products.
PlantState Suite 5.0 for real-time profit improvement in the process industries now includes a number of embedded capabilities, previously available only as separate products. Included are an event historian; OPC server; APC studio for developing real-time calculations or advanced control strategies; and APC online to provide real-time I/O connections from PlantState Suite applications to various distributed control systems, PLCs, and other plant-floor devices. Package supports advanced process control of linear and non-linear systems, alarm management for a wide range of process control systems, control-loop monitoring and controller tuning of field-control devices, and key performance indicator (KPI) calculation and reporting.
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.