Solar combiner box
Finalist in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Eaton’s line of solar combiner boxes can aggregate multiple dc source circuits in a photovoltaic system installation and convert sunlight into electricity. This allows for complete management of solar dc circuits. The boxes are available in source and array styles for 6- to 24-circuit configurations. Source combiners are located near the solar panels and have smaller input fuse holders and lower output currents than array combiners, which are found in larger installations. The boxes feature touch-safe fuse holders, 600 Vdc continuous duty ratings, poured-in-place gaskets for moisture resistance, and can be used for positive or negative grounded arrays.
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.