Standards groups move toward cooperation
IEEE and IEC leaders announce plans to improve cooperation between the two groups, with the ultimate goal of co-developing international standards.
In a joint statement , the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) declared their intention to work together to get international standards in sync. The move broadens an existing cooperation agreement, which lays out procedures for submitting and approving existing IEEE standards to IEC, to include a procedure permitting joint, parallel development of a project in both organizations leading to an IEC/IEEE International Standard.
The agreement is an addendum to the original IEC-IEEE Dual Logo Agreement, signed in October 2002; the first standard completed under the IEC/IEEE agreement was published in May 2004.
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.