Suction diffuser line expanded
Taco has expanded its suction diffuser line, which provide maximum flow efficiency at the suction inlet of the pump while at the same time reducing space and fitting requirements.
Taco has expanded its suction diffuser line with three new sizes: 4x2.5-in., 5x3-in., and 8x5-in.. Taco's suction diffusers incorporate numerous features into one device to provide maximum flow efficiency at the suction inlet of the pump while at the same time reducing space and fitting requirements. They also eliminate the need for an equivalent length of 10 pipe diameters of straight run on the suction side of the pump. The integral cast straightening vanes ensure uniform flow to the suction inlet of the pump while the oversized body cylinder ensures minimal pressure drop. The suction diffuser's metering port allows for the monitoring of system conditions. The devices are available for 125 or 250 psi working pressures, with either flanged or grooved-flange connections.
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.