Updated protective devices guide
Cooper Bussmann has expanded and updated its SPD (selecting protective devices) guide to reflect changes to codes and standards, including NEC 2008 and NFPA 70E 2009 requirements. Additions include detailed explanations of selective coordination, industrial control panel short-circuit current rating and marking requirements, and safety considerations. The SPD is available online.
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.