Uninterruptible power supply
The Symmetra PX three-phase UPS from American Power Conversion Corp. is a modular UPS system that can scale up to 500kW. The unit offers 25kW double conversion online inverter power modules, extended life hot-swap batteries, a side-mounted maintenance bypass panel, and a touch-screen user interface. The entire system can fit in the same row as IT equipment or against a wall to save floor space in a data center. Automated, predictive diagnostic capabilities, increased overload capacity, and fast firmware upgrades help increase the reliability of the data center.
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.