Sensor cable line expanded
AutomationDirect has expanded its line of M12 cables, receptacles, connectors, and bulkhead receptacles with expanded lengths and increased pole-shielded versions.
AutomationDirect has expanded its sensor cable offering to include additional M12 cables, receptacles, field-wireable connectors, and bulkhead receptacles. Four-pole M12 cables are now available in two, seven, 10 and 15-meter lengths; the cables feature a polyurethane jacket for dependable use in oily and direct sunlight applications. Additional cables include 5, 8 and 12-pole unshielded version in 3, 5, and 10-meter lengths; 4, 5 and 8-pole shielded versions in 5 and 10-meter lengths are also available. Also added are 4, 5 and 8-pole M12 receptacles in male and female versions. Receptacles are available in 0.5 and 1-meter lengths and the mounting nut is included. Additional field-wireable connectors include 5-pole and 8-pole connectors; 8-pole connectors are available in shielded and unshielded versions.
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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.