Winners: Process and Advanced Control
Offered as an add-on option to RSLogix Version 16, the RS Logix 5000 Fuzzy Designer allows users to create fuzzy logic algorithms for use in any of the Logix PACs. FuzzyDesigner offers a fuzzy logic design environment, which helps create advanced control capabilities through a rule-based decision making process, eliminating the usual detailed programming process. This reduces development time, improves maintainability and eases fuzzy logic control setup. The Logix control platform consists of seamlessly integrated control, network and visualization components designed to service a broad range of applications with a focus on scalability, ease-of-use, and lowest cost of ownership.
Process & batch control:
Siemens Energy & Automation
PCS 7 Box combines the best of both PLC and DCS capabilities in one compact industrial PC to create a system that is ideal for small-scale, hybrid process applications. Its small form factor and industrial packaging allows the PCS 7 Box to be used in areas where DCS could not typically be used (like mounted on skids). Since it uses the same software and hardware as a “full-blown” PCS 7 system, it is easy to share hardware, software, personnel, and intellectual property among different sized applications within a manufacturing enterprise. This scalability ensures smooth technology transfer and quicker time to market as new products move from the lab to pilot plant to production.
Advanced PID Designer and PID Tuning Reports simplify and improve the decision-making process associated with controller tuning and process optimization.
Process & batch control:
The Fisher LCP100 local control panel initiates partial stroke tests locally with the push of a button, while providing visual indicators of the valve status.
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Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.