Variable speed drives
Schneider Electric announces Altivar 32, variable speed drive, which provides high degree of performance, connectivity.
Schneider Electric has announced a variable speed drive, the Altivar 32, which provides a high degree of performance and connectivity by reducing panel space, improving uptime, and maximizing machine performance. With its ultra-slim, book-style design and the ability to directly attach a self-protected disconnect, the Altivar 32 can be mounted side-by-side and integrated into tight spaces. The drive can operate as the heart of a simple control system and perform functions usually managed by a PLC, which allows users to use Boolean and arithmetical operations, timers, counters, comparators, and short automated sequences to customize the drive to specific machine applications and save on installation components.
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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.