Schneider to light up Times Square
Schneider Electric’s Square D Powerlink 3000 level, Web-enabled lighting control system was installed to control the new, Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball.
Schneider Electric’s Square D Powerlink 3000 level, Web-enabled lighting control system was installed to control the new, Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. Descending at 11:59 PM EST Dec. 31, the control system will provide power to the LED power supplies used in each segment of the ball. Fed from 13 two-pole, 30A circuit breakers, the power supplies are controllable from several floors below the roof of 1 Times Square, over a video DMX network.
Unveiled Nov. 11, 2008, the 12-ft, geodesic sphere, which is the double the size previous New Year’s Eve balls, weighs 11,875 lbs. The ball is covered in 2,668 Waterford Crystals and powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs. The New Year’s Even Ball will now be capable to create a palete of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns atop 1 Times Square. Displayed year-round, the ball will display advertisements periodically.
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.