Smart battery isolator
The Smart Battery Isolator 48525 and 48530 from Cole Hersee Co. prevents loads on the auxiliary battery from draining the starting battery. The product is not specific to an alternator type. Additionally, the battery isolator is smaller, lighter, and generates less heat than competitive products. Because the product reduces charging system workload by not connecting to the auxiliary battery until the primary battery is charged to 13.2 V, there is lower strain on expensive charging components, extending the product life. No diode efficiency losses occur, and it also allows bi-directional charging from alternator or from other power chargers/converters. Easy to install, the smart battery isolator also features an LED status indicator and operational start assist. The product is available in 85 A and 200 A versions.
Cole Hersee Co.
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.