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Energy Management September 26, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: September 19-25, 2022

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered batteries, the metaverse, predictive maintenance, digital transformation tools and artificial intelligence. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Christina Miller
Energy Management September 16, 2022

Utilizing electrochemical reactions to develop sustainable technologies

An MIT researcher utilizes electrochemical reactions to develop new sustainable technologies, including systems that capture carbon dioxide emissions and produce higher-energy rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

By Michaela Jarvis
Energy Management August 30, 2022

Optimizing pump systems to reduce energy consumption

Control optimization projects can have in helping the manufacturing industry reduce energy consumption.

By Andy O’Rourke
Energy Management August 21, 2022

Study conceptualizes energy efficient, wireless charging roads

Wireless charging roads equipped with energy storage systems are promising electric vehicle solutions by virtue of their strong advantages.

By Patrick Gillespie
Energy Management August 18, 2022

Digital transformation tools improve plant sustainability and maintenance

It’s in a facility’s best interest to prevent issues before they arise

By Amit Patel
Energy Management August 8, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: August 1-7, 2022

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week control cabinet construction, hydraulic cylinders, digital transformation, lubrication and robots. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Christina Miller
Energy Management August 3, 2022

EAF steelmakers produce less GHG emissions

As the electrical power grid in the U.S. continues to decarbonize through the efforts of utilities and individual companies, the carbon intensity of electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking will drop to even lower levels.

By The Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) and CRU Group
Energy Management June 30, 2022

Approach developed to reduce EV battery testing time

University of Michigan researchers have developed a system for electric vehicle (EV) batteries designed to save time and money.

By Jim Lynch
Energy Management June 15, 2022

The opportunities and drawbacks of demand management using battery-solar solutions

The rebound effect has negative implications on demand efficiency — but a smarter battery charging system (SCS) can be the solution.

By Dr. Michael Wrinch
Energy Management June 13, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: June 6-12, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered hot water heating efficiency, Product of the Year winners, EAM systems, power factor and predictive maintenance. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Management June 1, 2022

Technology developed to reduce hydrogen fuel costs

Researchers have developed a technique for extracting hydrogen gas from liquid carriers which is faster, cheaper and more energy efficient.

By Matt Shipman
Energy Management May 7, 2022

Partnership for science, engineering research announced

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy are continuing their partnership for collaboration on scientific and engineering research to bolster national energy policy.

By National Science Foundation (NSF)
Energy Management May 2, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 25 to May 1, 2022

Articles about Product of the Year winners, RNG benefits, remote monitoring, air compressor lubricants and predicting process events were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 25 to May 1, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Management April 19, 2022

Improving the efficiency of steam traps

A look at how a facility in suburban Chicago improved energy efficiency and reduced natural gas costs by identifying several energy saving potentials.

By Gas Technology
Energy Management April 18, 2022

Reducing building carbon emissions

Cities such as New York are forcing buildings to reduce CO2 emissions, which has allowed some entrepreneurs to develop building decarbonization solutions to reduce emissions in a smart, efficient way. See video.

By Gas Technology
Energy Management April 17, 2022

Improving industrial equipment efficiency

Industrial equipment manufacturers (IEMs) build a specific type of industrial equipment repeatedly without much customization. Improvements can be challenging, but it can result in major savings and better efficiency for companies.

By Gas Technology
Energy Management April 16, 2022

Improving hot water heating efficiency at hotel resort

Tankless water heaters were used at the Pan Pacific Hotel in British Columbia to improve overall hot water heating efficiency and reduce maintenance needs.

By Gas Technology
Energy Management April 15, 2022

VRF natural gas heat pumps chosen for charter school system

Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) natural gas heat pumps are used in two campuses at a charter school system in Georgia.

By Gas Technology
Energy Management April 13, 2022

Securing energy infrastructure from cyber threats

Energy infrastructure is evolving in many ways and these changes are making them more vulnerable to cyber attacks.

By Sourabh Suman
Energy Management April 4, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 28 to April 3, 2022

Articles about geothermal heat-pump wells, Industry 4.0, machine monitoring equipment, industrial robots and industrial network security were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 28 to April 3, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Management April 1, 2022

Method developed to separate gases, reduce carbon emissions

A new membrane material could make purification of gases significantly more efficient, potentially helping to reduce carbon emissions.

By David L. Chandler
Energy Management March 23, 2022

Geothermal heat-pump well innovations support building electrification

Building electrification is becoming a major tool in fighting climate change and reducing emissions and the Convection Enhanced Geothermal Heat Pump (CEGH) can be a key tool.

By Dean Azzam
Energy Management March 7, 2022

Additive manufacturing, machine learning used to create advanced burner

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will collaborate with the University of Michigan to use additive manufacturing and machine learning to create an advanced burner designed to eliminate almost all the methane encountered during oil production.

By Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
Energy Management February 7, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Jan. 31- Feb. 6, 2022

Articles about CHP gaining momentum in the industrial sector, laser-guided vehicles, compressor filtration best practices, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Jan. 31- Feb. 6, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Energy Management January 31, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Jan. 24-30, 2022

Articles about CHP gaining momentum in the industrial sector, laser-guided vehicles, EP and AW additive in rolling bearing lubrication, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Jan. 24-30, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Energy Management January 12, 2022

CHP gains momentum in the industrial sector

At a time when utilities and independent power producers are struggling to bring new combined cycle power plants online, combined heat and power (CHP) represents an area of relative success

By Archie Robb
Energy Management December 20, 2021

Industrial oil filtration

Using and maintaining the right filter for an application pays off by reducing wear and waste and by promoting energy efficiency.

By Nancy McGuire
Energy Management December 10, 2021

Factors for retrofitting an existing space for cold storage

Cold storage warehouses require unique specifications for the structure’s thermal envelope to avoid costly problems with facility performance

By Robert Brodsky
Energy Management December 2, 2021

Understanding material metallization could improve battery efficiency

Northwestern researchers observed a classical system that exhibits a transition between insulating and conducting states.

By Brian Sandalow
Energy Management November 15, 2021

Biomass process developed for renewable butyric acid

Scientists have developed an energy-efficient and cost-effective process to produce butyric acid from biomass.

By National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Energy Management November 4, 2021

Energy price surge shows the need to accelerate clean energy transitions

Investments in sustainable energy infrastructure and the creation of green jobs should increase rather than in fossil fuels

By OECD and IEA
Energy Management October 20, 2021

Researchers building a greener future with clean hydrogen

West Virginia University researchers are trying to connect renewable energy to the power grid by “greenifying” the production of hydrogen.

By West Virginia University
Energy Management October 13, 2021

A new era of thermowell-free temperature measurement

In oil, gas and chemical processing applications, accurate and reliable temperature measurement is crucial, and is traditionally achieved using thermowells, which have been known to be problematic

By Guruprasad Sosale
Energy Management September 30, 2021

LDC Focus: Spotlight on Black Hills Energy

Black Hills Energy is ready to make tomorrow even better than today

By Gas Technology
Energy Management September 29, 2021

Digitally control and improve fluctuating energy processes

how the application of digital capabilities can push the energy and resource transition.

By Martina Walzer
Energy Management September 21, 2021

Ensure gas distribution is safe and efficient

Streamline systems to drive down costs

By Karim Mahraz
Energy Management August 9, 2021

Carbon can help decarbonize global economy

Rice University researchers believe splitting hydrocarbon molecules could help decarbonize the global economy.

By Jade Boyd
Energy Management August 4, 2021

Hydrogen production capacity to rise 20-fold by 2030

With green hydrogen increasing, emissions are being reduced in the sectors involving refining and chemicals

By GlobalData
Energy Management July 25, 2021

Going green with obsolete equipment for manufacturers

Each manufactured product has some impact on the environment and produces carbon emissions. Manufacturers are using obsolete equipment can reduce that impact.

By Claudia Jarrett
Energy Management July 24, 2021

Energy center and manufacturer partner to reduce carbon emission

Agreement between Cricket Valley Energy Center and GE will launch project to convert upstate New York natural gas plant to zero carbon emission green hydrogen

By General Electric (GE)
Energy Management July 17, 2021

Advancing research on environmentally friendly, hydrogen-enriched fuel

Texas A&M researchers are continuing to develop solutions to reduce carbon emissions using hydrogen-enriched fuel as hybrid and electric vehicles become more common.

By Michelle Revels
Energy Management July 16, 2021

Nanotech OLED could cut power consumption

An electrode that could free up 20% more light from organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) could help extend the battery life of smartphones and laptops and other devices, making them more energy efficient.

By Kate McAlpine
Energy Management July 13, 2021

Propane council launches national brand

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) launched a new identity for propane that signals a seismic change in how to view this reliable energy source.

By Propane Education & Research Council
Energy Management July 12, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 5-11, 2021

Articles about lithium battery developments, the maintenance function rapidly changing environment, supply chain model built to support the hydrogen economy, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 5-11, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Energy Management July 5, 2021

Researchers developing more efficient hydrogen-powered cars

Researchers at CU Boulder are addressing one aspect of that roadblock by developing new computational tools and models needed to better understand and manage the conversion process for hydrogen-powered vehicles.

By Josh Rhoten
Energy Management June 10, 2021

Supply chain model built to support the hydrogen economy

MIT researchers have found using trucks as storage and means of energy transmission reduces hydrogen supply chain costs and encourages green hydrogen production from variable renewable energy.

By Kathryn M. O'Neill
Energy Management June 7, 2021

Maintaining profit through strategic facility decisions

High-performing facilities require equipment and systems to operate at their peak to minimize energy costs, increase resource conservation and reduce environmental impact.

By Dave Camden
Energy Management May 12, 2021

Turning toxic sewage sludge into renewable energy

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) received a nearly $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create renewable fuel from sewage sludge, a byproduct of wastewater treatment that creates greenhouse gases and water pollution when dumped into landfills.

By Sharon Gaudin
Energy Management April 26, 2021

Managing cybersecurity for renewable energy resources

Renewable energy systems are connected to the wider energy grid, which increases the risk of a cybersecurity attack.

By Steve Kardon
Energy Management April 20, 2021

Energy management for industrial networks

Automation components consume a large amount of energy during production and can strain industrial networks' ability to run properly.

By Nelly Ayllon
Energy Management April 3, 2021

LDC Focus: Spotlight on Dominion Energy

Dominion Energy is developing cleaner forms of natural gas to help its customers reduce their carbon footprint

By Gas Technology
Energy Management April 2, 2021

How to improve energy efficiency in the baking industry

Energy efficiency improvement opportunities are applicable at the component, process, facility and organizational levels

By Gas Technology
Energy Management March 22, 2021

How to incorporate flammable refrigerants

Incorporating flammable refrigerants can help improve energy efficiency and costs, but there are many aspects that need to be considered.

By Craig Grider
Energy Management February 15, 2021

Three changes for renewables, distributed energy resources for 2021

The energy and utilities sector has gone through some profound changes, but there is optimism for the future.

By Colin Beaney
Energy Management February 1, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 25-31, 2021

Articles about Product of the Year finalists, hydrogen benefits, robots and COVID-19, the factory of the future and improving the supply chain were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 25-31, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Management January 27, 2021

Boosting carbon capture and conversion system efficiency

A recent design could speed reaction rates in electrochemical systems for pulling carbon out of power plant emissions, which could improve conversion system efficiency.

By David L. Chandler
Energy Management January 15, 2021

Funding announced for advanced manufacturing projects

The Department of Energy is providing funding for $123.6 million in funding for 46 projects in 23 states.

By Department of Energy
Energy Management December 22, 2020

Lithium batteries developed to survive extreme cold temperatures

Tadiran has developed bobbin-type lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOCl2) batteries that have been specially modified for use in the cold chain, which is required for transporting the COVID-19 vaccine.

By Tadiran Batteries
Energy Management November 24, 2020

Has hydrogen’s time finally come?

Hydrogen could offer a greener future for us all, but harnessing its full potential requires a degree of technical understanding

By Todd Ellerton
Energy Management November 23, 2020

Improve air quality with high-volume, low-speed fans

HVLS fans move large volumes of air with reduced energy consumption

By Mark D’Agostino
Energy Management October 29, 2020

Predictive model reveals function of energy harvester device

An energy harvesting device that can transform subtle mechanical vibrations into electrical energy could be used to power wireless sensors and actuators.

By Torie Wells
Energy Management October 19, 2020

Your questions answered: Improve industrial facility energy management: a process-based approach

Presenters from the Oct. 13, 2020 webcast “Improve industrial facility energy management: a process-based approach” addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Ram Kaushik
Energy Management October 15, 2020

Energy harvester improves wearable electronics potential

An energy harvester has been developed that could make manufacturing embedded wearable electronics a viable reality.

By Gregory Hale
Energy Management October 9, 2020

Propane storage capacity increased through rail-supplied terminals

Rail terminals save money by minimizing distances and time

By Crystelle Markley
Energy Management September 29, 2020

LDC Focus: Spotlight on DTE Energy

DTE Gas is taking a unique, holistic approach to achieving its net zero goal by including suppliers and customers on the journey

By Gas Technology
Energy Management September 28, 2020

Designing a microgrid system: Li-ion versus gas generator

Battle of the backup: Evaluating a 1 MW solar PV/natural gas microgrid for firm on-peak power and resiliency

By James Leidel
Energy Management September 25, 2020

Bridging the gap between electrical infrastructure and renewables

While renewable energy sources like wind and solar photovoltaics may be the future of a low carbon electric grid, they there is a need for reliable and resilient dispatchable generation along with energy storage

By Gas Technology
Energy Management August 26, 2020

Ethanol-based hand sanitizer developed to prevent COVID-19

An ethanol-based hand sanitizer for use during the COVID-19 pandemic has been developed by University of Missouri researchers.

By Eric Stann
Energy Management August 5, 2020

How to utilize energy efficiency as a service after COVID-19

Alternative financial solutions such as energy as a service (EaaS) can help impacted entities grapple with their situation after the COVID-19 pandemic cools down.

By Art Thompson
Energy Management July 29, 2020

Control approach helps campuses minimize energy costs

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers designed a new stochastic model predictive control system for central utility plants, which could help universities and manufacturing facilities that generate a lot of energy.

By Jason Daley
Energy Management July 17, 2020

Carbon-loving materials designed to reduce industrial emissions

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are advancing gas membrane materials to expand practical technology options for reducing industrial carbon emissions produced by fossil fuel industries.

By Ashley C. Huff
Energy Management July 6, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 29 to July 5, 2020

Articles about energy assessment tips, Product of the Year winners, industrial lubrication applications, the manufacturing index and process control and safety systems were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 29 to July 5, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Management June 25, 2020

Electron energy distribution measured for improved storage, conversion

Researchers at the University of Michigan, Purdue University, and the University of Liverpool in the UK have figured out a way to measure how many hot charge carrier are present in a metal nanostructure for improved energy storage and conversion.

By Kate McAlpine
Energy Management June 9, 2020

Three strategy tips for optimizing your next energy assessment

Better energy assessments improve a plant's overall optimization and provides better data insights.

By Eric Hopkins
Energy Management April 6, 2020

Digital twins drive innovation in the energy sector

Representations also serve as interfaces to further information

By Anne-Marie Walters
Energy Management March 31, 2020

Steam system thermal cycle efficiency

There are many chances for companies to improve overall efficiency with their steam system with a thorough analysis; learn how

By Kelly Paffel
Energy Management February 14, 2020

Energy efficiency, renewable energy drove U.S. energy transformation in 2010s

The U.S. posted 10 straight years of economic growth, while cutting power-sector CO2 emissions and consumer energy costs to their lowest levels in a generation.

By BloombergNEF (BNEF)
Energy Management February 13, 2020

Three energy meter selection tips

Energy saving designs: Consider how long energy data collection is needed, how many phases and accuracy, and how the data should be collected.

By Drew Knobloch
Energy Management December 12, 2019

Detours can improve batteries for electronics, solar energy storage

Scientists at Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering have discovered that placing specific defects could improve how lithium ions travel in batteries.

By Mike Williams
Energy Management December 9, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 2-8

Articles about Product of the Year, the price of nitrogen, data acquisition, industrial internet terms, and HMIs and maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Management November 8, 2019

Understand the PRICE of nitrogen

Generating your own may be the best way to go

By Brett Maiorano
Energy Management October 11, 2019

Energy management’s strategic role shifting for manufacturers

Reliable energy efficiency policies are being given a new lease on life by the introduction of better technology solutions.

By Vincent de Rul
Energy Management September 25, 2019

Producing RNG through power-to-gas technology

Power-to-gas (P2G) technology can help produce renewable natural gas (RNG) without creating greenhouse gas emissions, but there are questions about how to make P2G work, mostly related to system optimization and electric grid integration; projects in the field and university research are working to answer those questions.

By Gas Technology
Energy Management September 1, 2019

Silver-Series Insulators by BriskHeat

Silver-Series Insulators are a configurable system of cloth insulators that feature durable high-temperature cloth and hook and loop closures for easy installation and removal.

By BriskHeat
Energy Management August 12, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 5-11

Articles about managing an engineering career, burner management, lubrication and bearings, collaborative robot benefits, and lubrication aesthetics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 5-11. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Management August 2, 2019

For better burner management, focus on the flame

Five-step guidance for safer and more efficient combustion equipment performance.

By Jacob Swafford
Energy Management May 6, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 29 to May 5

Articles about the barriers to energy project savings, Product of the Year winners, monitoring assets, using lean methods, and why things break were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 29 to May 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Management April 12, 2019

Hurdle the barriers to energy project savings

Having a good partner can overcome financing, confidence issues.

By Robert Kelley
Energy Management April 8, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 1-7

Articles about energy monitoring, packaged boilers, maintenance survey findings, NGV trucking, and working with the cloud were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Management March 31, 2019

Portland generating renewable natural gas

Renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in Portland, Ore. announced its first RNG-to-vehicle fueling station.

By Gas Technology
Energy Management March 30, 2019

Spotlight on National Fuel

For 115 years, National Fuel has been operating safely and responsibly in Western New York, Northwest Pennsylvania.

By Gas Technology
Energy Management March 30, 2019

Duke Energy issues second green bond

Duke Energy Progress completed its first issuance of $600 million in green bonds that will finance eligible green energy projects, including the development, construction, and procurement of solar generation in the Carolinas.

By Gas Technology
Energy Management March 26, 2019

Integrating renewable natural gas

Renewable natural gas (RNG) can be used in any existing infrastructure or process that currently uses conventional natural gas.

By Gas Technology
Energy Management January 31, 2019

Evaporate steam leak losses

The right components and strategies will conserve energy and money.

By Kelly Paffel
Energy Management January 14, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 7-13

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, regenerative solutions, predictive maintenance growth, the PMI's December drop, and IIoT risks and rewards were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 7-13. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Management January 7, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 31 to January 6

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, regenerative solutions, NFPA70E standard changes, the Top Plant winner, and the skills gap were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 31, 2018, to January 6, 2019. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Management January 2, 2019

Regenerative solutions

Make the right choice to drive electrical efficiency.

By Christopher Jaszczolt
Energy Management November 2, 2018

Mechanical lift

Presto’s Lift Stick compact design distributes the load evenly over four oversized casters that roll easily over thresholds and uneven floors. Lift is achieved by a powered, continuous chain in the Lift Stik’s single mast. A hand-held push-button remote allows the operator to lift or lower the platform from any side of the unit and at dual speeds for safe, efficient control.

By Staff
Energy Management November 2, 2018

Temperature datalogger

The OM-CP-TEMP1000FP is a rugged, waterproof, portable, battery powered, stand-alone high temperature recorder and is easy to use. This all-in-one compact device records up to 32,767 measurements at -40° to 150°C (-40° to 302°F) temperature range. The datalogger is ideal for use in harsh environments.

By Staff
Energy Management November 2, 2018

40-A power supplies

QUINT 40-A power supplies have an operating temperature range of –25 to 70 degrees C. They offer adjustable output voltage between 22.5 Vdc and 29.5 Vdc and Phoenix Contact’s Power Boost technology providing permanent power reserve for heavy inductive loads. In case of supply failures, full output power is available for more than 20 ms, to provide uninterrupted operation even in uns...

By Staff
Energy Management November 2, 2018

Test terminal blocks

Weidmuller’s test terminal blocks provide companies in the process industry the ability to bring “common” circuits together to perform measurement and testing for quick failure detection. The WTR terminals feature screw connection technology and are available in WTR 4/ZR-Branch, or WTR 4/ZZ-dual connections on both sides.

By Staff
Energy Management November 2, 2018

Germicidal lamp

The Eliminator 14/24 Series are germicidal lamp and ballast for surface and air purification. The 14-inch lamp operates on 24-volts from inside the air conditioning unit to purify the air conditioning coil, and air stream, reducing the potential of airborne and surface bacteria, mold and other microorganisms in residential and commercial environments.

By Staff
Energy Management May 17, 2018

Industrial gas humidification

Gas humidification systems are becoming increasingly popular across North America due to the relatively low cost of natural gas.

By Gas Technology
Energy Management April 9, 2018

Technology, people converge at Hannover Messe 2018

Event’s focus is integrated industry and supply chain.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Energy Management September 13, 2017

Ten tips to save money on pumping systems

As pumping systems are responsible for significant energy usage in the industrial sector, it is beneficial to reduce energy usage, therefore costs, as much as possible.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Energy Management September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Margaruette Finney, 30

Reliability Engineer Certified Fluid Power Specialist, Advanced Technology Services, Peoria, Ill.

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Energy Management September 17, 2015

2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: David Ziskind, PE, 33

Automation Engineer, The Dennis Group LLC; Duluth, Ga.; BS Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

By Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager and Director of Research
Energy Management September 17, 2015

2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Daniel Ackmann, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, 28

Project Manager, Energy Engineer, Enviro-Management & Research Inc.; Springfield, Va.; BS Civil Engineering, Purdue University

By Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager and Director of Research
Energy Management September 25, 2014

Time to take a chance on this next generation

The concept of planned obsolescence has been part of the American manufacturing discussion since the 1920s. In the consumer-driven years of the 1950s and 1960s, it seemed every product, every year was “new and improved.” From cars to detergent to electronics, we want the latest and greatest, the most cutting edge technology we can get. Except when it comes to people. Unless they can throw a football or dunk a basketball, we don’t take chance on young people, especially in manufacturing. We don’t train the next generation the way we used to, and we don’t pay for potential the way we should.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management September 15, 2014

Schneider Electric moves corporate HQ to Massachusetts

Boston One campus in Andover will house new R&D center

By Bob Vavra Content Manager, CFE Media
Energy Management September 15, 2014

2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Hassan Ahmed

Utility Manager; GlaxoSmithKline; Karachi, Pakistan

By CFE Media
Energy Management September 15, 2014

2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jared Higgins

Corporate Associate; Parkhill, Smith and Cooper Inc.; Lubbock, Texas

By CFE Media
Energy Management September 15, 2014

2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Brian Pack

Sr. Electrical Engineer I; Raytheon; El Paso, Texas

By CFE Media
Energy Management September 15, 2014

2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jason Stefanski

Director, Software and Controls; RedViking; Plymouth, Mich.

By CFE Media
Energy Management May 7, 2014

Energy Efficiency for Small, Mid-Sized Manufacturers is Webcast focus

On May 15, manufacturers can learn about programs to help measure, manage plant energy usage

Energy Management May 5, 2014

Look beyond the data, and beyond our fingertips

Look at the litle things to find the real savings on your plant floor

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Energy Management February 24, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Feb. 17-23, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 17-23, 2014, including articles about PLC programming, CFE Media’s 2013 Salary Survey, NEMA Premium motors, SCADA and energy management, and process demand waste.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, Jordan Schultz
Energy Management January 6, 2014

Optimize refrigeration systems energy usage

Maintenance and monitoring are just two of the six ways.

By Luke Facemyer
Energy Management July 2, 2013

How is steam efficiently used?

While steam is the most efficient way of distributing and transferring heat energy, the equipment used must be designed and maintained properly to realize the benefits of that efficiency.

Energy Management June 27, 2013

Instant knowledge: The boiler house

This information is intended to give a brief, non-technical overview of the steam plant. It offers an overall explanation of how the different parts of the steam plant relate to each other — and represents useful reading for anyone who is unfamiliar with the topic, prior to progressing to the next level, or indeed, before taking any form of detailed study of steam theory of steam plant equipment.

Energy Management June 20, 2013

Energy Resource Center offers knowledge to plug energy waste

Fluke launches Website to provide solutions for plant, operations managers

Energy Management June 18, 2013

Load interrupting switchgear

The metal-enclosed load interrupter switchgear with a narrow design reduces the footprint of electrical distribution systems

Energy Management June 6, 2013

Maintenance professionals to hear from military, manufacturing experts

SMRP annual conference is Oct. 14-16 in Indianapolis

Energy Management May 21, 2013

PV storage market set to explode to $19 billion in 2017; Germany leads again

The worldwide market for PV storage is forecast to grow rapidly to reach $19 billion in 2017.

By IHS Inc.
Energy Management May 20, 2013

JA Solar, Flextronics enjoy booming solar module growth, defying tough market conditions in 2012

JA Solar nearly doubled its PV module production in 2012, with its module production rising to 950 MW in 2012.

By IHS Inc.
Energy Management May 20, 2013

Assess your facility’s energy upgrade potential

Indoor air quality: There are plenty of resources available, including sources from utility companies and equipment manufacturers, to help with energy efficiency upgrades

By Dan Anderson, Rite-Hite Fans
Energy Management May 8, 2013

Ultraviolet LED light

The LEDLB-24E-UV-365NM ultraviolet LED light for curing applications and is designed to provide operators a cost effective alternative to 400 watt UV bulbs used for curing coatings and primer

Energy Management May 2, 2013

Veterans to get boost from jobs initiative

Initiative looks to translate military skills to manufacturing, private sector jobs

Energy Management April 19, 2013

Hygiene sensor

The W4S-3 Hygiene Photoelectric Sensor is IP 69K-rated and has a stainless steel housing, making it ideal for harsh washdown environments

Energy Management April 15, 2013

Identifying the causes and fixes for robotic welding troubles

Five common issues and solutions to save time and money

By Lloyd Steed
Energy Management April 15, 2013

Measuring success: How GM scores on energy

GM shows how they earned the Energy Star Challenge from the Environmental Protection Agency

Energy Management April 15, 2013

A ‘triple win’ on energy management

GM's energy reduction effort delivers profits and cuts costs while helping the environment

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Energy Management April 11, 2013

Simplified tax code helps small manufacturers

NTMA member Sam Griffith testifies before House committee looking at tax system overhaul

Energy Management April 8, 2013

Global PV installations to exceed 35 GW in 2013; Asia, Americas more than compensate for ailing Europe

Global PV installations surpassed 30 GW in 2012, with a final analysis showing that installations grew 14% to reach 31.4 GW last year.

By IHS Inc.
Energy Management April 1, 2013

Manufacturing forecast: Executive summary

An executive summary of the new report commissioned by MAPI and The Aspen Institute on how policy changes could affect manufacturing in the coming decade.

By The Aspen Institute and MAPI
Energy Management March 8, 2013

Air cleaner

LG Electronics USA introduces the Dynamic V8 VL Series Air Cleaner.

Energy Management February 27, 2013

ARC study: Additive manufacturing creates ‘powerful incentive’

As system speed increases, so will the pace of adoption, study concludes

Energy Management February 25, 2013

White Paper: Fluke: Energy losses in commercial buildings

This White Paper talks about where to look for energy losses in commercial buildings and how to minimize or eliminate those losses.

Energy Management February 20, 2013

Machine-mountable remote display

The Machine-Mountable Remote Display features industrious metal housing to shield the display from electrical noise, while its cabled connector provides a secure, dependable connection—further enhancing the device’s electrical noise immunity.

Energy Management February 20, 2013

Yokogawa expands energy management offering

Company announces joint partnership, capital investment with Soteica Visual MESA. Video: Satoru Kurosu and Oscar Santollani explain the new relationship.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management February 18, 2013

Industry Voices: Dr. Helmuth Ludwig

As president of both a major North American manufacturing supplier and a major North American manufacturer, Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of Siemens Industry Sector, North America, shares a dual perspective of the state of manufacturing.

Energy Management February 18, 2013

Industry Voices: Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell, senior manufacturing director of North America for Kimberly-Clark Professional, discussed his manufacturing challenges with Plant Engineering.

Energy Management February 18, 2013

Industry Voices: Larry Turner

Larry Turner is President and CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, Inc., which provides access and tools that accelerate sales and market penetration through Hannover Fairs International‘s porfolio of global events. He talked about his company’s domestic and global vision with Plant Engineering.

Energy Management February 18, 2013

Industry Voices: Scot Webster

Scot Webster, Senior Vice President, CAS engineering and laboratory operations at Underwriters Laboratories, discusses the company’s latest global manufacturing and marketing report, The Product Mindset, with Plant Engineering.

Energy Management February 14, 2013

Track down the facts to analyze systematic failures

Looking at the clues of any mechanical breakdown can lead to improvement, not just repair.

By Ronald L. Hughes
Energy Management February 8, 2013

Offshore energy development lab

There is now a research facility that could help bring the U.S. closer to generating power from the winds and waters along America’s coasts and help alleviate a major hurdle for offshore wind and ocean power development.

By Greg Hale
Energy Management February 4, 2013

Benchmark your manufacturing performance

Manufacturing leaders need to provide and deliver effective procedures and improvement programs that will allow workers to meet the demands of a global environment.

By Becky Partida, APQC
Energy Management January 29, 2013

AHR gets off to a hot start in Dallas

More than 30,000 attend opening day events; data systems, energy management the key topics

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management January 23, 2013

Digital power market forecast to quadruple in five years

The market for digital power supplies is projected to grow to almost $12.5 billion in 2017 and the digital power IC market is forecast to be worth over $2.5 billion.

By IHS Inc.
Energy Management January 14, 2013

Cart-mounted power distribution system

The MGL25-8C-480-120V-GFI Temporary Power Distribution System is safeguarded by fused and integral GFI breaker protection while providing a three phase 480V current for operators

Energy Management January 11, 2013

Connector system for OEMs, manufacturers

The EXTreme EnergetiC High-Current Connector System provides a high current of up to 100.0A for OEMs and power supply manufacturers.

Energy Management January 3, 2013

Soil pipe cutter

A lightweight and compact tool designed to make it easier to quickly cut soil pipe in hard-to-reach spaces.

Energy Management December 7, 2012

Natural gas vehicles on the rise

Infrastructure Developing to Meet Demand

Energy Management November 30, 2012

Concentrated photovoltaic technological advances set to ignite market development

Whilst only 90 MW are estimated to be installed in 2012, installations are predicted to increase rapidly over the next four years.

By Source: IMS Research (acquired by IHS)
Energy Management November 29, 2012

Lithium ion replacing lead-acid in 12 V boardnet

IMS Research estimates there could be more than 15 million 12 V lithium-ion batteries produced in 2022.

By Source: IMS Research (acquired by IHS)
Energy Management November 28, 2012

Emerging markets predicted to bring stability to solar industry

The IHS Solar Emerging Markets Study is the first report to provide an in-depth analysis into the growth potential of emerging markets in Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle-East, Africa and ‘emerging Europe.’

By Source: IMS Research (acquired by IHS)
Energy Management November 28, 2012

Raytheon opens missile plant in Alabama

New Huntsville facility features laser-guided robotic transport to workstations.

Energy Management November 26, 2012

Don’t forget the human element, says project management expert

UK expert offers 10 tips to ensure project success

Energy Management November 19, 2012

Carbon tax floated as manufacturers ponder post-election future

FABTECH panelists: A 'modest tax' might provide a Congressional bridge for the fiscal cliff

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Energy Management November 19, 2012

Bentley honors its 2012 Be Inspired winners

Bentley Systems honored 20 winners iat the Innovations in Infrastructure in Amsterdam.

Energy Management November 19, 2012

2012 POY Finalists: Automation and Controls

Finalists in the Automation and Controls category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.

By Brittany Merchut
Energy Management November 19, 2012

2012 POY Finalists: Environmental Health

Finalists in the Environmental Health category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.

By Brittany Merchut
Energy Management November 19, 2012

2012 POY Finalists: HVAC

Finalists in the HVAC category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.

By Brittany Merchut
Energy Management November 19, 2012

2012 POY Finalists: Lighting

Finalists in the Lighting category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.

By Brittany Merchut
Energy Management November 19, 2012

2012 POY Finalists: Maintenance Tools and Equipment

Finalists in the Maintenance Tools and Equipment category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.

By Brittany Merchut
Energy Management October 29, 2012

White Paper: SPX: Energy Consumption: How it Relates to Performance in Refrigerated Compressed Air Dryers

This paper will address power consumption, and how it relates to a refrigerated dryer’s ability to remove moisture. It will explain how a potential buyer can determine if the stated performance is possible with the power consumption that is published in the manufacturer’s literature. Click here to download the white paper.

Energy Management October 25, 2012

SME gets funding for student energy audit funding program

Industrial Assessment Centers will use college students to conduct energy audits.

Energy Management October 25, 2012

Execs on FABTECH panel see strong growth in 2013

Five CEOs will address convention Nov. 12

Energy Management October 22, 2012

Tying plant design and construction to Lean principles

Plant Engineering talked with Simon Bennett from AVEVA about the best ways to adopt Lean working practices in engineering, design and construction.

By Plant Engineering
Energy Management October 1, 2012

Calculating control benefits

A verifiable approach to calculations will result in greater project success.

By Merle Likins, Principal Consultant, Yokogawa
Energy Management October 1, 2012

The 2012 Election: Where do Romney, Obama stand on manufacturing issues?

A closer look at some of the plans President Barack Obama and Presidential nominee Mitt Romney have in mind for the manufacturing sector.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Energy Management September 20, 2012

Students get hands-on look at manufacturing at IMTS

NIMS Student Skills Center attracts more than 9,000 young people

By IMTS
Energy Management September 19, 2012

Pulling uranium from seawater

A new material in development may make fueling nuclear reactors with uranium harvested from the ocean more feasible.

By Greg Hale
Energy Management September 17, 2012

IMTS tops 100,000 attendees at week-long show

Attendance up almost 20%; IANA partnership renewed.

By IMTS
Energy Management September 11, 2012

2012 Leader Under 40: Wesley Beecroft, 35

Manufacturing Support Team Leader, Climax Portable Machining and Welding Systems, Newberg, Ore.

By Plant Engineering
Energy Management September 11, 2012

2012 Leader Under 40: Emily Fritts, 38

Plant Operations Manager, Schneider Electric, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

By Plant Engineering
Energy Management September 1, 2012

Taylor: Empower your staff with information, goals

Billy Ray Taylor, the Director of Commercial Manufacturing for Goodyear, spoke with CFE Media about his management style and the challenges and opportunities for plant managers.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management August 31, 2012

Fuel Cells – An onsite power generation option

Manufacturers have developed an array of products, mostly fueled by natural gas, that are accumulating hundreds of thousands of hours of successful operation in a wide range of applications. The technology is beginning to blossom.

By Source: Energy Solutions Center
Energy Management August 31, 2012

Oil-fired boiler users converting to natural gas

Price advantage, availability of fuel seen as incentives increase.

By Source: Energy Solutions Center
Energy Management August 29, 2012

Design for reliability – Part 3 of 6

What does the word performance mean to your organization? When I hear the word performance I envision a Formula Race Car at the head of the pack or an Olympic athlete crossing the finish line.

By Jennifer Bell
Energy Management August 29, 2012

On Chicago’s October show calendar: AME, PACK EXPO

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence conference will be held from Oct. 15-19 and the 2012 PACK EXPO will be held from Oct. 28-31 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

Energy Management August 29, 2012

Russian Federation to be partner nation at 2013 Hannover Messe

The Russian Federation has been named the upcoming Partner Country for Hannover Messe 2013.

By Source: Deutsche Messe
Energy Management August 29, 2012

Electrical equipment manufacturer goes to renewable energy for Chicago camps

Purchasing 40 kWh of renewable energy cuts S&C Electric's carbon footprint by 63 million pounds of CO2.

By Source: S+C Electric Co.
Energy Management August 17, 2012

Making a $200 million bet on the semiconductor business

Vivek Jain, senior vice president of manufacturing operations for Maxim Integrated Products, talks about the company's decision to expand its plants.

By Plant Engineering
Energy Management August 13, 2012

Remove the pollutant and keep the energy

Understanding the system’s needs can optimize airflow, energy consumption, and reliability

By Energy Solutions Center
Energy Management August 13, 2012

Pressure sensors: The top 10 things not to do

Elden Tolman, design engineer of the Automation Products Group and his team have heard and seen just about everything when it comes to level sensors and pressure transducers. They’ve detailed the top 10 things not to do with a pressure sensor. The order of this list was determined based on two factors: frequency of the mistake, and the seriousness of the offense.

By Elden Tolman
Energy Management August 13, 2012

Pipe and Fitting Insulation

Saving Energy and Improving the Factory Environment

By Energy Solutions Center
Energy Management August 10, 2012

Evaluate compressed air system demands to find savings

Understanding the system’s needs can optimize airflow, energy consumption, and reliability.

By Vipul Mistry
Energy Management August 7, 2012

Using 3D to deliver a new view of manufacturing

Chrysler expands use of technology to help deliver products faster, better.

By Chrysler Group LLC
Energy Management August 7, 2012

FANUC America expands Website

FANUC FA America has launched a new website with enhanced resources, and content: www.fanucfa.com.  The newly upgraded website features detailed information on FANUC CNCs, drive systems, laser systems and service and support. The expanded Industries section allows customers to focus in on a CNC solution to meet their specific requirements. These industries include: aerospace, agriculture and construction, automotive, energy, job shop, medical, metal fabrication, metalforming, mold and die, and woodworking. The Service and Support section details ways to increase functionality and productivity, increase up-time and minimize maintenance costs with FANUC's CNC parts, options, technical help-line, field service, service contracts, custom services and training. FANUC also will be exhibiting at IMTS 2012, Sept 10-15, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago at Booth S-8919.

By FANUC FA America
Energy Management August 1, 2012

Slow road from classic Bluetooth to Bluetooth Smart in consumer medical devices

Transition from Classic Bluetooth to Bluetooth Smart in consumer medical devices will be slow, predicts IMS Research.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management August 1, 2012

Chinese government comes to the rescue of its domestic PV manufacturers

China’s photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing base saw a major setback in the first and second quarters of 2012.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management July 30, 2012

First IANA conference sells out space

Debuts alongside IMTS in Chicago Sept. 10-15, 2012

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management July 30, 2012

Global PV inverter market to return to growth in 2012 and exceed $7 billion

The global photovoltaic (PV) inverter market is predicted to grow by 23% in 2012 and hit almost 32 GW.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management July 27, 2012

Daily Insight for July 27, 2012

Engineering and manufacturing remain lucrative potential careers, though finding jobs and remaining profitable remain a challenge.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Energy Management July 17, 2012

Where is the rotary UPS market going?

After covering the UPS market for over 7 years now, IMS Research has watched the market for large UPS over 800 kVA grow nearly 150% since 2006.

By Lori Lewis, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management July 12, 2012

Daily Insight for July 12, 2012

Daily Insight: Searching for the ‘Real Men of Maintenance’

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Energy Management July 9, 2012

Power quality investment leads growing North American distribution automation market

The global market for distribution automation equipment generated more than $11 billion in revenue during 2011.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management July 9, 2012

Government in the power business

Pleas came from manufacturers and developers in the U.S. wind power industry requesting that the U.S. Government extend the PTC.

By Greg Johnson, Analyst, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management July 2, 2012

Are dedicated sports and fitness monitors still in the running?

Study found that 62.3% of respondents with a smartphone interested in sports and fitness applications and who exercised at least once week, were prepared to purchase sensors to monitor performance and enhance the sports and fitness application on their smartphone.

By Lisa Arrowsmith, Senior Analyst, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management July 1, 2012

Top industry leaders to keynote industrial automation summit

Beckhoff and Molex to sponsor two-day IANA conference

By Plant Engineering
Energy Management June 29, 2012

Power semiconductor market keeps growing despite challenging business climate

The power semiconductor discrete and module market grew by a more modest 9% in 2011.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management June 29, 2012

Mazak growth in machine tools leads to plant expansion

Company will add 200,000 sq. ft. in Florence, Ky. to meet increased demand

By Source: Mazak Corporation
Energy Management June 29, 2012

VPX successfully re-invents VME standard

VITA standards “VME” and “VPX” will reach a market size of $600 million by 2016, according to an upcoming IMS Research report.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management June 28, 2012

Bluetooth’s domination of the car – Is it still coming?

Back when I started looking at Bluetooth in-car applications, Bluetooth seemed the best thing since sliced bread.

By Filomena Berardi, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management June 27, 2012

Rack PDU 1Q12 revenues: “Don’t be fooled by appearances”

Global revenues for rack power distribution units (rack PDUs) grew 6.2% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period last year.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management June 21, 2012

New technology adoption, changing regulatory environment drive record global heat meter market

Global billing heat meter market revenues surged in 2011 to roughly $730 million, a growth of almost 15% over 2010 levels, according to a recent study.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management June 21, 2012

1Q12 UPS service revenues down 1% year-over-year

Revenues from the sale of UPS services in the first quarter of 2012 are roughly 1% less than in the same period last year.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management June 19, 2012

LED lamps to provide global savings of $100 billion over 5 years

The widespread adoption of retrofit LED lamps will create global energy savings worth $100 billion over the next five years, according to a recent report.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management June 14, 2012

Leading-edge technologies reshaping perimeter protection

Selection of the best electronic perimeter security equipment is formidable and demanding.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS)
Energy Management June 14, 2012

Industrial efficiency: Debunking the myths

Where to begin? By ignoring these myths on energy use, the necessary equipment, and the economy's impact on your investments.

By Greg Bodenhamer, Schneider Electric
Energy Management May 30, 2012

The outlook for wind power in China

As part of the Machinery Production Yearbook program, IMS Research produces a specific yearbook on China’s machinery production.

By Jay Tang, Analyst, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management May 30, 2012

U.S. manufacturing ‘renaissance’ earns global praise

Energy, data management, and effective maintenance were three overarching themes from the 2012 Hannover Messe in Germany April 23-27.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Energy Management May 30, 2012

Graphics processing instrumental in automotive semiconductor growth

Dedicated GPUs are forecast to become increasingly prevalent in automotive instrument clusters and infotainment systems, according to IMS Research.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management May 25, 2012

Manufacturing, by design

A true team concept lets Fluke Corporation put “life” into product lifecycle management.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management May 24, 2012

Silicon Labs buys leading ZigBee IC supplier, Ember

Texas-based wireless IC and module provider Silicon Labs has announced it is purchasing Ember Corporation for a sum of around $72 million

By Phillip Maddocks, Market Analyst, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management May 22, 2012

American manufacturing building on its momentum

The big message that came out of our conversations with global manufacturing this week: American manufacturing is the envy of the world.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management May 11, 2012

Exploding manufacturing’s myths

MIT conference explores the complex state of an industry showing signs of revival.

By Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office
Energy Management May 10, 2012

Renault-Nissan to build engine plant in Tennessee

Facility to deliver 400 jobs and 4-cylinder engines for Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz

By Renault-Nissan Alliance
Energy Management May 10, 2012

No new wires technology set to ship 100 million ICs in 2013

While TV remains the preferred medium for entertaining viewing, a variety of no new wires technologies are looking to expand and enhance the experience.

By Heath Lockett, Market Analyst, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management May 7, 2012

Growth in EMEA EV charging station market will shake-up supplier base

Revenues in the EMEA market are expected to increase to over $10 billion by 2021 thanks to charging standards and utility companies playing a large role, particularly in Europe.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management May 3, 2012

Metal oxides vital to green energy

Harnessing the energy of sunlight can be as simple as tuning the optical and electronic properties of metal oxides at the atomic level by making an artificial crystal or super-lattice “sandwich.”

By Source: ISS Source
Energy Management May 2, 2012

Gas Technology: Tankless solution saves money

The solutions to reducing commercial and industrial energy bills are not always obvious, but with work and some help from your utility you can find them.

Energy Management May 2, 2012

Gas Technology: Green Globes for achievement

A building design and performance scoring program called Green Globes is increasing in awareness and approval among both architects and owners of commercial and industrial buildings.

By Plant Engineering
Energy Management May 2, 2012

Gas Technology: Oxy-Gas firing grows in popularity

Industrial furnaces that fire natural gas can combine the benefits of natural gas with the further advantages of oxy-fuel firing. The combination gives them even lower emissions, increased energy input from existing furnace spaces, lower flue gas volumes, and fuel savings ranging from 10% to 50%. This solution is worth considering.

Energy Management April 26, 2012

IANA brings the world of automation to Chicago

The 2012 IANA show on Sept. 10-15 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, which will feature a two-day Industrial Automation Summit presented by CFE Media and Hannover Messe and sponsored by Beckhoff and Molex on Sept. 12-13.

By Plant Engineering
Energy Management April 20, 2012

Report: Manufacturing migrates back to U.S.

Labor costs, quality issues drive manufacturers to take a fresh look at reshoring

By The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Energy Management April 20, 2012

Dow puts a big bet on ethylene manufacturing

‘Threshold of an American manufacturing resurgence’ tied to natural gas growth

By Dow Chemical Company
Energy Management April 20, 2012

Chinese machinery production will continue to grow steadily and relatively fast from 2012 to 2016

According to a recent IMS Research study, The China Machinery Production Yearbook - 2012 Edition, after growing rapidly 28.2% in 2010, the annual growth rate of production of industrial machinery in China will fall to 17.6% in 2011, to reach more than $335 billion. Revenues are forecast to reach more than $627 billion in 2016, with an average annual growth rate of more than 13% from 2012 to 2016.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management April 16, 2012

The world market for smart home energy management systems – What does this mean for connectivity suppliers?

400 million smart home energy management devices will be shipped globally in five years. IMS Research analyzes the impact this will have connectivity suppliers.

By Lisa Arrowsmith, Senior Market Analyst, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management April 16, 2012

Double digit growth for building automation institutional user markets

IMS Research forecasts the market for building automation equipment in institutional users, such as education and hospitals, will see double digit growth over the coming three years.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management April 11, 2012

New arrivals to the PV inverter market

The PV inverter market has slowed down from 2011, but several companies could make a positive impact, particularly in markets like China, India, and the United States where growth is still likely.

By Ash Sharma, Senior Research Director, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management April 10, 2012

ISC West 2012, cloud is the key theme

Cloud. A word, when discussed in the context of physical security, that is often met with a multitude of mixed emotions including wonderment, fear and loathing. However the buzz from showfloor regarding the cloud and physical security suggests the industry is being to (cautiously) embrace the concept.

By Gary Wong, Senior Analyst, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management April 2, 2012

Does LED lighting have a tipping point?

If there is such a thing as a tipping point for LED lighting, it certainly won’t arrive in 2012.

By Jamie Fox, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Energy Management March 28, 2012

Lithium-ion battery energy storage system to be used by U.S. Army

Saft will supply its Li-ion energy storage system technology for the U.S. Army's Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program.

By Source: Saft
Energy Management March 28, 2012

Richardson, TRU reach distribution agreement

Richardson RFPD and TRU Corporation have agreed to merge their products together, allowing Richardson to expand in the RF market using TRU's High Power cable assemblies with their own products.

By Source: Richardson RFPD, Inc.
Energy Management March 16, 2012

U.S. to lead strong 2012 for Industrial Automation Equipment

The market for industrial automation electronics equipment had a strong year in 2011, growing revenues by 12.1%

By Sarah Sultan, Market Analyst, Motor Controls & Switchgear, IMS Research
Energy Management March 14, 2012

Developing the next generation of workers

There are several persistent myths about manufacturing that simply don't do justice to a sector that remains the backbone of the US economy.

By Raj Batra, President, Industry Automation Division, Siemens Industry Inc.
Energy Management March 14, 2012

IBM study: Cloud computing adoption expected to double

A study by IBM and Economist Intelligence Unit suggests that businesses using cloud for their day-to-day operations will more than double in the next three years.

By IBM
Energy Management March 14, 2012

Monitoring tool

Power Xpert Reporting version 3.0

By Eaton Corporation 
Energy Management March 12, 2012

Rolls-Royce to invest $42 million in Indiana jet engine plant

Rolls-Royce is building a manufacturing facility in Indianapolis that will produce components for jet engines. The facility is expected to be fully operational in 2014.

Energy Management March 12, 2012

China starts LED lighting subsidies; still very few details available

China's central government will subsidize the qualified LED lighting companies in order to lower the selling price, which will eventually benefit the end-users. It seems to be a good sign for LED companies in China, however it continues to be a long wait for any more specific details

By Alice Tao, IMS Research
Energy Management March 6, 2012

Getting competitive: Georgia Tech conference focuses on manufacturing future

Panel sees need for boosts in innovation, transportation

By Georgia Tech
Energy Management March 2, 2012

White paper: Hormann Flexon: Speed-Guardian 4000 U high performance door enhances energy efficiency, security

With energy costs on the rise, more companies are paying closer attention to using high speed roll up doors to improve the overall energy efficiency of their operation.

By Hormann Flexon
Energy Management March 2, 2012

Aixtron regains Q4 LED lead

Aixtron had a clear lead in 2010 with well over 50% market share however Q3 2011 saw Veeco surge ahead. Veeco benefited in Q3’11 from the successful introduction and delayed recognition of its multi-chamber Maxbright tool.

By Jamie Fox, IMS Research
Energy Management February 27, 2012

Final count is in: there are 108 LED manufacturers: majority in greater China

We’ve visited LED manufacturers that have no website, or have a half completed factory and are unheard of outside China, investigated the progress of start-ups in various regions, and expanded our knowledge of top players.

By Jamie Fox, Lighting and LEDs Research Director, IMS Research
Energy Management February 10, 2012

IO-Link contrast sensors

The DK12-11-IO series contrast sensors detect differences in two colors of media with a three-color light source.

Energy Management February 9, 2012

Someone should buy Boxee before they spoil the soup

Boxee and its partner Hauppauge have been making a lot of noise recently about the pending petition before the FCC to allow the encryption of the basic cable tier. As I monitor all things related to All-Vid and CableCARD, I have been watching the interchange with amusement for the last few weeks. However, I was surprised today to see the trade press covering this shouting match.

By Stephen Froehlich, Senior Analyst, IMS Research
Energy Management February 8, 2012

Mary Ramsey to head Schneider Electric U.S. Industry Business

Ramsey will replace Senior Vice President Andy Gravitt, who announced his retirement effective Feb. 1, 2012.

By Schneider Electric
Energy Management February 8, 2012

Generac to expand Wisconsin plant

Company plans $10 million expansion for manufacturing, technical center

By Generac Power Systems
Energy Management February 3, 2012

Boiler MACT rule now in effect

A Federal appeals court has ruled that the compliance date for the Boiler MACT rule for facilities is March 21, 2012.

By Cleaver Brooks
Energy Management January 31, 2012

China’s demand for raw materials is increasing the medium voltage motor drives market in Latin America

China's growing demand for raw materials in South America has had a positive impact in the medium voltage market there, particularly in Brazil. Chile and Peru are also projected to be among the fastest growing markets by 2015.

By Michelle Figgs, Analyst, IMS Research
Energy Management January 26, 2012

UK Government on solar back foot – Tariff confusion continues

With feed-in tariffs (FiT) declared illegal by the UK's High Court, the PV market is in a state of flux with one of its major assets no longer being a factor.

By Ash Sharma, Senior Research Director, IMS Research
Energy Management January 26, 2012

Metalforming business on the rise

PMA report shows an order spike is on the horizon.

Energy Management January 25, 2012

Light-field capture for video surveillance?

Whilst light-field (plenoptic) technology is not even a twinkle in most video surveillance manufacturers’ eyes, the future potential for this technology in video surveillance could prove to be a highly valuable asset. In short, this technology enables the end-user to refocus a still image to any point after the image has been captured.

By Gary Wong, Senior Analyst, Video Surveillance and VCA, IMS Research
Energy Management January 19, 2012

Bluetooth, NFC pairing together

Bluetooth joining with NFC technology will prove advantageous for both groups as they look to make greater strides in the phone market.

By Alex West, Director, Connectivity Group
Energy Management January 17, 2012

Is energy efficiency hurting the pneumatics market? Not a problem…yet!

While people are becoming more environmentally aware and conscious, this hasn't led to a transition away from the pneumatics sector. It is, however, having an effect on how pneumatics are designed.

By Robert Carter, Principal Analyst, IMS Research
Energy Management January 17, 2012

One step to a better maintenance plan

Before adopting a proactive maintenance culture, conduct an electrical system analysis

By Frank Waterer, Schneider Electric Engineering Services
Energy Management January 16, 2012

Kennametal exec: Manufacturers need to tell their own story

Report on state of manufacturing finds misconceptions about manufacturing's future, and its role in the economic recovery

By Kennametal Inc.
Energy Management January 16, 2012

Video: ‘We’ve been exporting from Day 1’

Enercon Engineering, an East Peoria, Ill. power generation manufacturer, talks about its global footprint and the importance of getting the right people in the right places to respond to global needs.

By Plant Engineering staff
Energy Management January 9, 2012

Nissan, Daimler to make engines in Tennessee plant

Facility will produce 4-cylinder engines for Mercedes and Infiniti as part of collaboration agreement.

Energy Management December 26, 2011

The Chinese markets for low, medium voltage motor drives are cooling down

A number of issues ranging from businesses going bankrupt to economic instability and concerns have slowed down the market after a rapid rise from 2007 to the first half of 2011.

By Wilmer Zhou, Market Analyst, IMS Research
Energy Management December 22, 2011

BP exit solar market as industry margins evaporate

BP Solar announced that it will end its activities in the PV market today, citing it being “Difficult to sustain long-term returns for the company."

By Sam Wilkinson, Senior Market Analyst, IMS Research
Energy Management December 20, 2011

Gas Technology: Infrared systems supply process heat – efficiently

New designs improve effectiveness

By Plant Engineering
Energy Management December 20, 2011

Gas Technology: Estimated gas resources keep growing

What it means for energy markets

By Plant Engineering
Energy Management December 19, 2011

Arc welding growth driven by needs in energy industry

Market growth is estimated to reach $19.29 billion by 2017, according to analysis from Frost and Sullivan.

By Source: Frost and Sullivan
Energy Management December 15, 2011

2011 Top Plant winner: NACCO Materials Handling Group

Hire and higher: Building a workforce helps NACCO Materials Handling Group build profits—and world-class lift trucks.

By Jack Smith, BIT Writing and Editing Services
Energy Management December 14, 2011

ABB acquisition brings new power to UPS market

IMS report: Purchase of Newave could turn growing UPS market into a four-way race

By IMS Research
Energy Management December 14, 2011

Empowered workers deliver value

In all of the best practices discussed throughout 2011, it is the practice of investigation and discovery that is at the core of all of them.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Energy Management December 14, 2011

New energy efficiency rules

The U.S. Dept. of Energy's energy efficiency legislation that goes into effect in 2012 will mandate that lighting manufacturers cease the production of non-efficiency lighting and related products.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Energy Management December 14, 2011

Delivering warehouse productivity

Optimizing a warehouse depends on finding the right solution tailored to a company's individual material handling needs.

By Simon Walker, Raymond Handling Solutions
Energy Management December 14, 2011

Super Wi-Fi, the solution for the broadband

Currently around 7 million households in the United States, representing about 14 million people, don’t have access to broadband that meets the “National Broadband Availability Target” of at least 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.

By Veronica Thayer, Analyst, Consumer Electronics Group, IMS Research
Energy Management December 12, 2011

Plugging the skills gap: Grant puts technology in hands of students

SME and Siemens team up for a $500K donation to a Florida high school.

By Plant Engineering staff
Energy Management December 9, 2011

ISM: Manufacturing index rises in November

Growth pace accelerates to highest level since June

By Institute for Supply Management
Energy Management December 1, 2011

Ultrasonic leak detector

Leak Detection and Repair Program

By Kaeser Compressors
Energy Management December 1, 2011

Rooftop energy unit

Rebel rooftop unit

By McQuay International
Energy Management December 1, 2011

HOC dryers

New line of heat-of-compression (HOC) dryers

By Ingersoll Rand
Energy Management December 1, 2011

8-channel data logger

Microlink 840 data logger

By Microlink Engineering Solutions
Energy Management November 29, 2011

Mersen to acquire Eldre

The two companies have agreed in principle to Mersen acquiring Eldre, which would take effect at the end of 2011.

Energy Management November 28, 2011

Thompson to focus on training in role as new PMA chairman

P.J. Thompson has been elected 2012 chairman of the Precision Metalforming Association board of directors.

By Source: PMA
Energy Management November 20, 2011

2011 Product of the Year Finalists

Read about the 2011 Product of the Year Finalists.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 20, 2011

Have you heard? U.S. manufacturing is back

The Boston Consulting Group has confirmed when the total cost of manufacturing is calculated, the U.S. is as attractive a place for manufacturing as anywhere in the world.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Energy Management November 15, 2011

Understand shaft alignment fundamentals

Friction can cause damage, but it also can be an energy hog.

By Plant Engineering staff
Energy Management November 15, 2011

Embedded vision in signage (DOOH)

When compared to factory automation, security, automotive and mobile tech, the consumer electronics and digital signage industries are nascent markets in terms of video analytics and gesture recognition.

By Shane Walker, Director, CE Group, IMS Research
Energy Management November 14, 2011

The end of 2011 brings rising servo motor prices

Dramatically rising prices of magnets from China are going to start cutting into the consumer's wallet by the start of 2012.

By Jenelea Howell, Research Manager, IMS Research
Energy Management November 8, 2011

Will China’s ban of incandescent lamps help the LED lamp market in the short term?

It would appear that investors think that the ban will have an immediate impact on the market for LED lamps, as Chinese consumers will be required to purchase more efficient replacements. This is a gross overreaction, as the timeline of this ban and the role CFLs have to play do not appear to have been taken into account.

By Philip Smallwood, lighting analyst, IMS Research
Energy Management November 7, 2011

WEG acquires GE Energy’s Electric Machinery unit

Second phase of Converteam acquisition focuses on custom-designed motors

By WEG
Energy Management November 7, 2011

Wireless power manufacturing seen as an emerging market

IMS Research finds infant technology could become a $4 billion industry by 2016 with cell phone application as the key

By IMS Research
Energy Management November 7, 2011

Moisture alarm testing on pipes shows promise

Mittel research finds value in testing, use of welded muff joints

By Mittel
Energy Management November 7, 2011

SME begins PRIME partnership to connect business, education, manufacturing

Six high schools will get grants to develop community-based approach to grow manufacturing

By SME
Energy Management November 6, 2011

Pursuing excellence, pursuing learning

AME Conference in Dallas off to a dynamic start as speakers tell stories of improving productivity and achieving operational excellence.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Panel wiring system

Finalist in Power Transmission in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Remote racking device

Finalist in Power Transmission in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Remote racking/breaker device

Finalist in Power Transmission in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Oil mist bearing isolator

Finalist in Power Transmission in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Gear drive

Finalist in Power Transmission in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: High-temperature gasketing material

Finalist in Power Transmission in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Arc flash system

Finalist in Safety in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Arc-flash relay

Finalist in Safety in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Energy monitoring platform

Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: OEM radio

Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Shaft voltage test kit

Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Vertical motor

Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: MCC Solution

Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Power control

Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Industrial UPS

Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Energy storage system

Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Portable fan

Finalist in HVAC in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Outdoor air system

Finalist in HVAC in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: LED luminaire

Finalist in Lighting in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Retrofit kits

Finalist in Lighting in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Outdoor LED luminaries

Finalist in Lighting in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: LED step lights

Finalist in Lighting in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Interruptible inverter

Finalist in Lighting in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: LED luminaries

Finalist in Lighting in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Area site lighting luminaire

Finalist in Lighting in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: VFD test

Finalist in Maintenance Tools and Equipment in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Energy Management November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Portable oscilloscopes

Finalist in Maintenance Tools and Equipment in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Energy Management October 31, 2011

2×2, or not to? That is the Wi-Fi in handset question

The wireless industry has a decision to make: Go down the route of MIMO 2x2 802.11n or skip ahead to MIMO 1x1 802.11ac.

By Filomena Berardi, Senior Market Research Analyst, IMS Research
Energy Management October 26, 2011

AME Manufacturing Excellence winners take many roads to improvement

Seven companies honored at annual conference in Dallas

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Energy Management October 17, 2011

China: The world’s largest and fastest growing AC induction motor market

Market revenues are projected to nearly triple by 2016 for the AC induction motor market in China, growing at an average rate of more than 17% per year.

By Alex Chausovsky; Wilmer Zhou, IMS Research
Energy Management October 11, 2011

Arc Flash Testing Video sponsored by Westex

Learn how arc flashes happen, why it’s critical to comply with industry standards, and how the right flame resistant fabrics can keep your workers safe.

By Plant Engineering
Energy Management September 27, 2011

Strong recovery after downturn – World PLC market in 2011 and future perspective

The PLC market is expected to surpass 2008 levels by the end of 2011, indicating a strong turnaround after the global recession in 2008 and 2009.

By Alex Hong, Analyst, IMS Research
Energy Management September 26, 2011

The Smart Grid doesn’t work – without energy measurement

It’s a well-known axiom that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. This applies equally to the smart grid, and in this context the point of measurement is electricity consumption. After all, what is the ultimate goal of a smart grid, if not to save energy?

By Tom Hackenberg, Semiconductors Research Director, IMS Research
Energy Management September 22, 2011

Growth in plant retrofit market a good sign for manufacturing

In launching its new Plant Design Suite 2012, Autodesk hopes to be able to tie all the parts of plant retrofit together from design stage to modeling to operation.

By CFE Media
Energy Management September 21, 2011

Five ways to ensure better power quality

Unscheduled equipment downtime can result in delayed shipment and lost sales for the business, and loss of sleep and credibility for the plant operations manager.

By Ani Dimusheva, Power Standards Lab
Energy Management September 19, 2011

Book excerpt: Overcome operational biases if you want true inventory optimization

Successful inventory management, and the achievement of true inventory optimization, requires a focus on people, policies, procedures, and, with that, behaviors.

By Phillip Slater
Energy Management September 15, 2011

Breaking News, GCL Exits LED Business

Former GCL LED employees have posted complaints on a Chinese clean energy web site stating that GCL has cancelled its LED project and no longer has aspirations to manufacture LEDs

By Ross Young, IMS Research
Energy Management September 12, 2011

Plugging the Skills Gap

From industry awareness to mentoring students, everyone has a role to play in workforce development.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Energy Management September 12, 2011

2011 Leader Under 40: Jeff Josselyn, 31

Lead Engine Builder, Yancey Enterprises

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 9, 2011

Turbine placement can boost power

Power output of wind farms can increase by up to ten times simply by optimizing the placement of turbines on a given plot of land.

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
Energy Management September 9, 2011

Safety System: Robots, workers can unite

Robots interact with humans every day in the manufacturing arena, but safety between the two remains an issue. However, a new projection and camera-based system is designed to prevent collisions between robots and humans working together.

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
Energy Management September 9, 2011

Hanford ‘Adverse to Safety’ according to Feds

The safety culture at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) waste treatment plant at the Hanford site in the state of Washington is “adverse to safety," according to a whistleblower

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
Energy Management September 9, 2011

In the LED lamp market, the early bird will definitely get the proverbial worm, but only if he’s vertically integrated

The introduction of LEDs has fundamentally altered several of the dynamics within the industry itself and the technology has been touted as the next best thing since sliced bread.

By Philip Smallwood
Energy Management September 8, 2011

Restart of nuke plants in Japan uncertain

Resuming operations at Japan’s 35 nuclear plants depends on safety "stress tests" sometime in the future.

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
Energy Management September 8, 2011

Smart grid security a top priority

Movement toward the smart grid continues to evolve with North American utilities, but security issues continue to keep executives up at night.

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
Energy Management September 6, 2011

IMS Research: PV market under heavy price, supply pressures

The PV market is undergoing changes and challenges, especially in the U.S., because of rapid growth potential globally

By CFE Media
Energy Management September 2, 2011

Trend to electric forces automative industry to collaborate

The development and evolution of the EV industry has forced several competing companies to begin working together and sharing their technology.

By Source: IMS Research
Energy Management August 29, 2011

MAPI forecasts slower manufacturing growth through 2012

While there remain pockets of positive areas in the U.S. economy, a host of concerns combine to temper the outlook. The Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 1.6% in 2011 and by 2.1% in 2012.

By MAPI
Energy Management August 26, 2011

Illinois Congressman present at groundbreaking ceremony

Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) was on-hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for Danfoss' new logistics facility in Loves Park, IL.

By Danfoss
Energy Management August 26, 2011

2011 European MESA Conference focuses on future opportunities

The 2011 conference is November 9-10 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

By Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
Energy Management August 26, 2011

Virtual Summit brings the world of manufacturing together

Sept. 8, 2011, live event to focus on energy, safety, automation, and maintenance.

By Bob Vavra, content manager
Energy Management August 25, 2011

ISO announces energy management standard

The new standard, ISO 50001, is expected to influence up to 60% of global energy use and set standards for the modern world in energy usage output going forward

By International Standards Organization (ISO)
Energy Management August 23, 2011

Sensirion moving into new building in Switzerland

Sensirion's new manufacturing building, in Stäfa, Switzerland, opened in July 2011, providing additional space for the sensor company and highly automated production.

Energy Management August 21, 2011

Successful owner-contractor relationship requires a balancing act

Best-in-class maintenance teams should have access to contract details such as contract start and end dates, labor, equipment and materials rates, straight/premium time pay rules, and contractor contact information.

By Bob Harrell, Track Software
Energy Management August 17, 2011

Hyundai-WIA opening new office

HWMA is expanding its operations into the Americas with the opening of a new 88,000+ sq ft office in Carlstadt, NJ.

By Source: Hyundai-Wia Machine America Corp.
Energy Management August 15, 2011

Compact modular fuse holders released

Cooper Bussman's CH series of modular fuse holders are reportedly designed for solar power installations and can be integrated with a PLC

By Cooper Bussman
Energy Management August 15, 2011

2011 Mid-Year Report: Question 6

Manufacturing leaders share their outlook for 2013.

By Bob Vavra, content manager
Energy Management August 15, 2011

2011 Mid-Year Report: Question 5

Manufacturing leaders share their near- and long-term goals for energy management.

By Bob Vavra, content manager
Energy Management August 15, 2011

2011 Mid-Year Report: Question 2

Manufacturing leaders share their views on the economy’s warning signs and what still needs to be done.

By Bob Vavra, content manager
Energy Management August 15, 2011

2011 Mid-Year Report: Question 1

Manufacturing leaders share the ways in which 2011 has met or exceeded their expectations.

By Bob Vavra, content manager
Energy Management August 15, 2011

In depth: 2011 so far, according to Hiram Urbina

Plant Engineering asked Hiram Urbina, plant manager for Eaton, about productivity, manufacturing recovery, and the challenges he’s faced at his plant in 2011.

By Bob Vavra, content manager
Energy Management August 15, 2011

In depth: 2011 so far, according to Bob Spence

Plant Engineering asked Bob Spence, plant manager/operations for Schneider Electric, about productivity, manufacturing recovery, and the challenges he’s faced at his plant in 2011.

By Bob Vavra, content manager
Energy Management August 15, 2011

In depth: 2011 so far, according to Jason Speer

Plant Engineering asked Jason Speer, vice president and general manager of Quality Float Works, about productivity, manufacturing recovery, and the challenges he’s faced at his plant in 2011.

By Bob Vavra, content manager
Energy Management August 13, 2011

New edition of National Electrical Safety code released

The 2012 edition released by IEEE clarifies standards and rules

By IEEE
Energy Management August 11, 2011

Solar farm generates heat, lights, knowledge

Schneider Electric invests $6.25 million in Tennessee site to advance solar power research.

By Bob Vavra, content manager, Plant Engineering
Energy Management August 11, 2011

System cabling strategy can deliver hidden profits

Cutting installation time can allow labor to be distributed to other resources.

By Jeremy Valentine, Phoenix Contact USA
Energy Management August 8, 2011

Rittal Corporation creating jobs in Central Ohio

Rittal is expanding operations in North America with 120 new positions in its Urbana, OH, location by 2016.

By Rittal Corporation
Energy Management August 5, 2011

Patience needed for the Chinese EV industry

China's future in the EV industry will be better served with lower and more realistic goals, as well as patience, to have a bright future going forward.

By Michael Liu, IMS Research
Energy Management August 4, 2011

New connectors for industrial lighting connections

Wago Corporation's new connectors for its Winsta series speed electrical connections for industrial lighting.

Energy Management August 1, 2011

ISM data shows manufacturing growth cools

Manufacturing index drops close to 50% for first time in a year; new orders fall

By The Institute for Supply Management
Energy Management July 25, 2011

Bosch, Daimler electric motor joint venture a bold move

The venture between the two companies will only encourage further cooperation between companies as well as innovation in the electric vehicle market.

By Alastair Hayfield, IMS Research
Energy Management June 30, 2011

Manufacturing technology suppliers applaud advanced manufacturing partnership

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in a national effort to bring industry, universities and the federal government together to invest in emerging technologies that create manufacturing jobs and boost global competitiveness, particularly in industries critical to national security.

By SOURCE: The Association for Manufacturing Technology
Energy Management June 1, 2011

Bluetooth low energy set to lead standardization in health and fitness devices by 2015

IMS Research estimates Bluetooth low energy will account for almost half of the ICs shipped worldwide for health and fitness applications, which will exceed 100 million units.

By Phillip Maddocks, IMS Research
Energy Management May 24, 2011

LightFair 2011

In the year since the last Light Fair in Las Vegas, the main issues in the LED industry have shifted from the boom in the LED TV market and oversupply in general to the general lighting market and the capacity being added in China.

By IMS Research
Energy Management May 12, 2011

Best practices for steam turbine maintenance and operation

Steam turbine operation and performance require the correct steam pressure at the turbine inlet and high steam quality (steam without condensate entrapment) to ensure high turbine reliability.

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Company
Energy Management May 11, 2011

Nuclear manufacturing plant work stalls

Work has come to a halt at the Areva nuclear component manufacturing center in Virginia due to poor market conditions and an uncertain future for nuclear policy.

By Source: WTKR-TV3
Energy Management May 6, 2011

Wireless network sensoring: Different strokes for different folks

IMS Research forecasts that low-power wireless technologies will increase from 40 million IC shipments in 2009 to 200 million in 2015. The increase will also display how many options there are for users, depending on their circumstance and preference.

By Lisa Arrowsmith, IMS Research
Energy Management May 4, 2011

Electromagnetic feeder

Hi-Vi Compact Electromagnetic Feeders meet criteria established eco-certified designation,

Energy Management May 4, 2011

Thermometer/scanner

Energy Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner with Star Burst Laser Targeting (IRTC50) designates a set point and determines whether subsequent readings are within or outside selectable ranges from that set point

Energy Management May 4, 2011

Energy system safety, efficiency

Fired heaters, dryers, heat exchangers, boilers and other pieces of plant equipment pose serious threat to day to day safety

Energy Management April 26, 2011

ABB net income up 41% as top line growth accelerates

ABB reports orders up 25%, 18% revenue growth at two-year high, with top-line strength and solid business execution lead to higher operational margins

By SOURCE: ABB
Energy Management April 26, 2011

Even firewalls have holes

Firewalls are the main barriers between an organization’s internal and external networks. Over the past 25 years, they have become the foundation of perimeter security and there are those that consider them commodity products.

By Gregory Hale; Source: ISS Source
Energy Management April 25, 2011

AME event: Leader powered lean: Heartbeat leaders first

Workshop: June 14-15, 2011; Apple Valley, CA

By Source: Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Energy Management April 12, 2011

Thin film solar photovoltaic panel manufacturing plant coming to U.S.

General Electric to develop a 400 MW thin film solar photovoltaic panel manufacturing plant in the US to produce the company's thin film technology.

By Source: SteelGuru, Argus Media
Energy Management April 12, 2011

Union, company discussing ways to save Iowa plant

The nearly 140 workers at a Clinton manufacturing plant could learn by the end of the week whether their jobs are safe.

By Source: The Associated Press, WorldNow
Energy Management April 12, 2011

Artificial leaf can power up homes

An advanced solar cell the size of a playing card can now mimic photosynthesis, which could lead to a cheaper source of electricity.

Energy Management April 12, 2011

Energy companies under attack

Just over 75 percent of global energy companies suffered one or more data breaches in the last year, according to a new survey.

Energy Management April 6, 2011

US residential LED lamp installations projected to have a 200% CAGR through 2015

So, what could be done to change the love affair that the American consumer has with incandescent lamps? Some people said that it would take an act of God, but in the end, all it took was an act of congress.

By IMS Research
Energy Management April 5, 2011

HANNOVER MESSE: U.S. manufacturers urged to get into export business

Forum an outgrowth of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which has the goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years

Energy Management April 5, 2011

Gas Technology: Condensing hydronic boilers

Getting the most for your energy dollar

Energy Management March 24, 2011

Wind farm online after rotor crash

A wind energy project in north-central North Dakota resumed generating power, one week after the rotor and three giant blades on one of its towers came crashing to the ground.

Energy Management March 24, 2011

Crew feared pipeline pressure

Shortly before a fiery pipeline blast that left eight dead in San Bruno, CA, utility crews raced to stop gas pressure surges they feared would cause a “major, major problem.”

Energy Management March 16, 2011

Idling Japanese auto plants could affect North America production

Japanese automakers idled more plants for at least the next few days as businesses voluntarily limited electricity consumption and supply chains were disrupted in the wake of Friday's earthquake and tsunami

By Greg Gardner; Source: Detroit Free Press
Energy Management March 14, 2011

Manufacturing facility is closer to DOE loan aid approval

Ascent Solar Technologies is reportedly moving closer to getting approval for loan aid from the U.S. Department of Energy for its proposed 150-MW manufacturing facility in Colorado.

By Source: Thomson Reuters
Energy Management March 14, 2011

Stuxnet Report I: A System Attack

Stuxnet is a sophisticated piece of computer malware designed to sabotage industrial processes controlled by Siemens SIMATIC WinCC and PCS 7 control systems

By Eric Byres, Andrew Ginter and Joel Langill
Energy Management March 11, 2011

B&R and Cognex cooperate on POWERLINK

B&R and Cognex pair up to offer a complete solution which incorporates visualization, control, drive technology for precise product monitoring in production lines.

By SOURCE: B and R
Energy Management March 10, 2011

IBM Video: Smarter Buildings, Smarter Strategy

CFE Media Content Manager Bob Vavra leads a panel discussion on the issue of smart building technology at the IBM Pulse Conference in Las Vegas. The discussion centers on how suppliers, educators and industry leaders are seeking a common goal of developing a plan to measure and manage energy usage in all kinds of industrial and commercial buildings.

Energy Management February 21, 2011

HVLS fan control

The touch-screen Fan-Commander control station controls the operation of up to 18 High Volume/Low Speed (HVLS) Revolution Fan or Revolution SP Fan models. With the Fan-Commander, users can optimize the year-round performance of HVLS fans throughout a single facility, maximizing the energy savings and comfort they deliver. During winter, the correct fan speed produces even temperatures from floor to ceiling for proven energy savings and increased employee comfort.

Energy Management February 21, 2011

Why we were right about Rubicon and latest thoughts on its long term prospects

On January 31st, Cannacord Genuity downgraded Rubicon on pricing peaking in Q4’10 and its stock price fell 5% from $18.90 to $18.01. Rubicon had one of the highest short ratios in the market at over 20% which was further fueled by the downgrade.

By IMS Research
Energy Management February 16, 2011

2010 shows the strengths and the weaknesses of the PV inverter industry

The PV industry, which is still maturing, is still going through wild fluctuations with supply and demand and with an unsteady global market that is showing signs of slowdown for the PV market in 2011 after a strong 2010.

By Source: IMS Research
Energy Management February 16, 2011

“Manufacturing The Future” documentary to debut Feb. 26

Wisconsin Public Television to air one-hour report on state of manufacturing and solutions for the future

Energy Management February 15, 2011

Asset lifecycle information management program aims to improve decision making, reduce risk

The eB Insight from Bentley Systems, Inc. features powerful asset lifecycle information management capabilities to manage change and to control information throughout the life span of infrastructure.

Energy Management February 8, 2011

Fixturlaser GO Pro features VertiZontal Compound Moves function

GO Pro shaft alignment tool features graphics/icon based interface, vertical and horizontal adjustments in one move

Energy Management February 8, 2011

China leads on general lighting

While the market for general lighting will never be as heavily Asia focused as the backlighting market, China is still comfortably the largest country for LED sales in general lighting.

By IMS Research
Energy Management February 1, 2011

New Reactor Cooks Up Solar Energy

Using a common metal found in self-cleaning ovens, it may soon be possible to concentrate solar energy and use it to efficiently convert carbon dioxide and water into fuel.

By Source: ISSSource.com
Energy Management February 1, 2011

Working Around Nuke Design Flaw

Engineering workers at the nuclear power plant near Berwick, PA, detected a design flaw in a temperature control system that could have shut down the two reactors, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reported.

By Source: ISSSource.com
Energy Management January 18, 2011

GLOBAL PLANT ENGINEERING: Focus on Hannover Messe, best practices

Latest issue preview April event in Germany, looks at optimizing plant efficiencies and practices from maintenance to energy

Energy Management January 13, 2011

Small strain sensor with high resolution

Baumer offers the DSRT, strain sensor for indirect force measurement with a high resolution of 0.01µε

Energy Management January 6, 2011

GE Intelligent Platforms acquires SmartSignal Corporation

SmartSignal, a predictive diagnostics and analytics solution company, has broadened GE’s software capabilities used to maximize the performance of critical equipment in power generation and oil and gas industries.

Energy Management January 2, 2011

Microgrids looking for right model

Microgrids offer a compelling alternative to traditional energy generation and distribution, utilizing smart grid technologies to enable integrated control of distributed power generation assets either in parallel to or “islanded” from the utility power grid. So, what is the business model?

Energy Management December 27, 2010

DHS: Cyber attacks against infrastructure increasing

This year as seen a rise in cyber attacks aimed at taking over control systems that operate critical infrastructure, such as industrial facilities and pipelines, a senior Department of Homeland Security official said. The government is tracking more cyber attacks that have a greater level of sophistication and target specific types of industrial infrastructure, such as power grids. https://www.isssource.com/dhs-cyber-attacks-against-infrastructure-increasing/.

Energy Management December 15, 2010

Fleet management system focuses on productivity, energy, service

InfoLink 3.0 new dashboards and vehicle-mounted computers provide decision support for managers and operators

Energy Management December 15, 2010

BEST PRACTICES: How much do steam leaks cost?

Through its research and testing, SEA has found that by adding a leak constant to the Napier orifice equation, it can estimate a conservative flow and energy loss from steam leaks.

Energy Management December 15, 2010

P&G plant in Maine reaches zero-waste status

Auburn facility is first North American manufacturing site to reach zero watse-to-landfill.

Energy Management December 15, 2010

Inductive sensors for limited space measurement, positioning applications

Baumer’s IWFM 08 Series of Inductive Sensors offer high linearity and repeat accuracy for limited space distance measurement and positioning applications involving metal targets

Energy Management December 10, 2010

Fitted oval filters for flow-style dust collectors

HemiPleat’s NoOval replacement filter from Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control offers high filtration efficiency, energy performance, long life

Energy Management December 6, 2010

Multi-purpose borescope for challenging component inspection

The CB-400 COBRA-4 features a dual-head blue and white light LED flashlight ideal for leak checks and performing internal component inspections into hard-to-reach areas.

Energy Management November 12, 2010

GAS TECHNOLOGY: Liquid Desiccant Systems Finding New Friends

Green Features Also Good For the Pocketbook

Energy Management November 12, 2010

September manufacturing reports show growth, stability

Three major indexes that look at manufacturing strength all continued to show a steady upward tick during September.

Energy Management September 13, 2010

Cat to break ground on Winston-Salem plant in November

Powertrain facility continues investment in North American manufacturing

Energy Management September 2, 2010

Smart Grid management software shows global growth potential

ARC report: Smart grid operations management software is a critical element in the development of more efficient and reliable electric grids.The United States, China, and India are the countries currently allocating the greatest amount of public capital to grid expansion and improvement initiatives.

Energy Management August 19, 2010

White Paper: Implementing Sustainability And Energy Reduction In Your Plant: A formula for good business

With current technologies and best practices available, industries on a global scale can now be aware of their energy consumption, minimize their carbon footprint, and exploit their resource practices. In addition, the relative cost of technology and the relative extent to which it can be deployed across industrial practices and processes has never been more cost-effective. In fact, the proportionally low expense required to control energy use and costs is a critical factor today. Some leading manufacturers have already begun to invest in technology to reduce their energy consumption and costs, resulting in increased profitability as well as a commitment to sustainability.

Energy Management August 1, 2010

Future 30: The Future is Now!

Nominate an up-and-coming engineer or plant floor leader in your organization. Deadline for entries is August 16.

Energy Management July 19, 2010

MOCVD and LED supply/demand outlook

In 2009, the MOCVD market was under 200 tools while in 2010 we expect 760 units to ship. Surprising to many, we show the MOCVD market continuing to rise not just in 2011 but in 2012 as well.

By Ross Young, IMS Research
Energy Management July 7, 2010

AMT, NAM join forces to promote U.S. manufacturing

The Association For Manufacturing Technology and the National Association of Manufacturers  will promote the importance of manufacturing and innovation in the U.S. economy as part of a new partnership between the organizations. NAM will lend its support to IMTS 2010, the International Manufacturing Technology Show, sponsored by AMT and held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Sept. 13-18, 2010.  “AMT and NAM are two of the most important voices in the world of manufacturing today,” said AMT president Douglas K.

Energy Management April 30, 2010

AC vs DC LEDs

Benefits of AC LEDs mainly relate to the reduction/elimination of associated electronics. Components removed can include a voltage regular, power transformer, diode rectifier and filter. The benefit of removing these components is that cost, lifetime and reliability are improved while the more compact size is also beneficial.

By Jamie Fox, IMS Research
Energy Management April 16, 2010

LEDs go mainstream at Frankfurt show

In 2010 many booths were completed dominated by LED, a clear indication that LEDs are now accepted as the future of general lighting in at least most applications. Of course, the fact that a manufacturer had 50% or 100% of their booth dedicated to LED can often be misleading in terms of their actual sales.

By Jamie Fox
Energy Management April 1, 2010

In-box power supply

The PowerCrew 15 A in-box power supply provides safe in-box power in any brand or style of jobsite box. It has four GCFI-protected electrical outlets that provide power for operating tools or charging batteries. If an internal relay senses an open neutral conductor (a broken wire) in the power supply line, it remains open preventing electricity from reaching a person who might make contact with...

Energy Management March 5, 2010

Siemens to lead sustainability conference March 23-24

Energy efficiency, green buildings and sustainability are at the top of legislative and boardroom agendas alike, which is why Siemens Industry, Inc. today announced that it will be hosting its next Answers for Infrastructure and Industry event in the Washington D.C. area, March 23-24, 2010, at the Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner in Vienna, VA.This two-day, no-cost event features practical seminars on technology, best practices and emerging trends, as well as a hands-on technology showcase and networking opportunities designed to answer the toughest questions facing businesses today."To remain competitive in today's challenging market place, our customers require innovative solutions that not only reduce operating costs and optimize processes, but also increase energy efficiency and support environmental sustainability," said Daryl Dulaney, president and CEO of Siemens Industry, Inc.Attendees will have the option to attend a thought leadership event where they will hear from civic leaders and industry experts about the importance of sustainability, energy efficiency and green buildings for the D.C.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management March 1, 2010

Power distribution blocks – 2010-03-01

The Edison power distribution line has been extended to include the HPB series open-style power distribution blocks as a convenient way to manage power distribution needs. Engineered with tin-plated aluminum connectors suitable for copper conductors, the distribution blocks maintain a 200 kA SCCR rating with proper fusing.

Energy Management February 24, 2010

PoE switch

This ruggedized 4-port 10/100Base-TX Power over Ethernet (PoE) unmanaged switch allows the transmission of both power and data to Ethernet devices over standard twisted-pair Cat5/5e/6 cables.

Energy Management February 4, 2010

Passes available to 2010 Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe will be hosting many special presentations at the 2010 event, scheduled for April 19-23 in Hannover, Germany. There are a limited number of gold passes to the 2010 Hannover Messe that have been made available exclusively to Plant Engineering readers. The gold passes provide access to the fairgrounds and the exclusive Premium Lounge at the fair.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management February 1, 2010

Safety brochure

An interactive brochure that offers recommendations for improving performance, worker protection and sustainability in manufacturing facilities is now available from Kimberly-Clark Professional, and can be downloaded from www.kcprofessional.com/IMBrochure. One of the featured solutions shows how manufacturers can drive down costs and increase productivity by replacing their rags and rental shop...

Energy Management February 1, 2010

Versatile slip rings

DEUBLIN Slip Rings can be configured for power or signal connections. Additional ring/brush assemblies are stacked along the rotating axis if more circuits are needed. The signal portion is designed for compatibility to Ethernet, Profinet, RS-232, RS-485, RS-422, analog or digital sensing and 24-V control signals.

Energy Management February 1, 2010

Handheld sanitizer

UGL Unicco is deploying Activeion Cleaning Solutions’ Ionator EXP to its workforce. The cleaning/sanitizing device supports the UGL Unicco Flu Preparedness and Business Continuity Plan. The Ionator EXP initial deployment targets facilities addressing local H1N1 issues. Ionator EXP is a specialized handheld cleaner and sanitizer that uses an ionizing technology to convert tap water into a ...

Energy Management February 1, 2010

Safety gateway

The Gen. 2 AS-interface (AS-i) safety gateways integrate AS-i safety monitors and slaves, allowing two Safety at Work networks and up to 16 release circuits to be monitored through each gateway. Now, two independent AS-i networks can be powered by a single power supply, providing diagnostic data to the higher-level controller and eliminating costs associated with additional power supplies and g...

Energy Management January 28, 2010

Obama’s speech earns praise, challenge from NAM

Job creation, tax cuts the key, association says

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management January 25, 2010

Plant Engineering launches Changing World of the Plant Engineer study

Global manufacturing study to look at trends, issues and challenges around the world

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management January 15, 2010

TRU offers $150K in  earthquake aid

Jan. 14, 2010—Toys R Us is among the many entities pledging support for victims of this week’s massive earthquake in Haiti.

By Staff
Energy Management January 6, 2010

Intergraph acquires COADE, looks to expand plant design business

Merger "will bring a new level of functionality and support for our customers worldwide"

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management January 1, 2010

Welcome to Applied Automation

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By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2010

Hybrid technology

The PGT23 intelliGAUGE from WIKA can be used in any application where the process pressure has to be indicated locally and at the same time signal transmission to a central controller or remote control room is needed. Through the combination of a mechanical measuring system and electronic signal processing, the process pressure can still be read, even if the power supply is lost.

Energy Management January 1, 2010

Filtration media

Kimberly-Clark has launched a new line of high-efficiency filtration media for HVAC) system air filters. The are designed to deliver both high initial and high sustained particle capture efficiencies, helping to deliver excellent indoor air quality (IAQ) and keeping HVAC components clean for more efficient and less costly operation.

Energy Management December 30, 2009

Manufacturing Business Technology: 10 top trends for 2010

Read more about revenue growth, conservative spending, inventory optimization and 7 other key trends, according to Manufacturing Business Technology observations.

Energy Management December 9, 2009

Think Tank Blasts Cuomo’s Witch Hunt Against Intel

Antitrust Lawsuit Threatens Innovation, Consumers

By Company Supplied
Energy Management December 3, 2009

MAPI report shows slow, steady growth in manufacturing

After 8% third-quarter growth, report sees recovery taking hold

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management December 1, 2009

Rockwell puts focus on plant floor at its annual Automation Fair

Under the theme, “Smart, Safe and Sustainable Manufacturing,” Rockwell Automation's annual Automation Fair in Anaheim in November offered more than 9,000 attendees the opportunity to see the newest technologies and solutions available to help improve plant-wide optimization, machine-builder performance and sustainable production.

Energy Management December 1, 2009

FMA report: Skills Gap issues still face industry

Despite assertions from manufacturers that they will need a new breed of highly skilled workers in the years ahead and job opportunities will abound for today’s youth, U.S. teenagers in large numbers want to wear white collars, not blue, when they launch their careers. A new national poll shows a majority of teens – 52% – have little or no interest in a manufacturing career an...

Energy Management December 1, 2009

Skill development simulations

Computer simulations are becoming increasingly prevalent in training departments throughout industry. With organizations placing greater importance on training and stretching dollars, computer simulations are emerging as an integral part of skill development in training programs. Simulations can be used for a variety of purposes, from analyzing the behavior of systems and showing how equipment ...

By Warren Rhude, Simutech Multimedia Inc.
Energy Management December 1, 2009

Study: Teens don’t see a future in manufacturing

FMA report highlights Skills Gap issues still face industry

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management November 25, 2009

Time is money — U.S. Paint saves both with Preactor APS

In a new whitepaper from Preactor, manufacturing professionals at U.S. Paint describe how they realized a 50% decrease in work in progress, and a 20% decrease in production lead times.

By Renee Robbins
Energy Management November 23, 2009

Seven schools receive Siemens equipment award

Grants focus on manufacturing education development

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management November 23, 2009

2009 Finalists: Product of the Year

There's a lot of cool new ideas. You get to pick the best ones...

Energy Management November 1, 2009

Identifying opportunities for improvement

As another year approaches, tradition suggests we take time to reflect on what we've accomplished and identify opportunities for improvement. There's a lot to be said for taking inventory of where you are and where you want to be. There are pragmatic applications to self awareness that can translate into work and business environments.

By Jack Smith, Editor
Energy Management November 1, 2009

Verifying the value of Lean Six Sigma programs

To achieve and maintain a competitive position in today's turbulent economy, companies are pursuing a variety of different business improvement initiatives. As long as the enterprise is pursuing continuous improvement, does it really matter which of the various methodologies, ideologies or programs are followed? The short answer is a resounding, “Yes.

By Cindy Jutras
Energy Management November 1, 2009

Bluetooth RF transceiver module

The 750-644 Bluetooth RF transceiver module provides fast, bidirectional, wireless communication between I/O nodes. The module exchanges data up to 1,000 meters line-of-sight or 100 meters within buildings. One master can communicate with up to seven slaves on a Personal Area Network. Slave-to-slave data transmission is possible indirectly through the master.

Energy Management November 1, 2009

OPC-A&E server, driver enhancements

KEPServerEX OPC Server Version 5.1 has been enhanced to provide new functionality. This version’s features include an OPC-A&E interface; new drivers for AutomationDirect and Mettler Toledo; and a Custom Interface Driver solution that enables developers to leverage KEPServer as an OPC Server.

Energy Management October 10, 2009

Zener diode barriers

Zener diode barriers are designed to effectively limit excess energy before it reaches a hazardous area.

Energy Management October 10, 2009

Dual rate meter

Dual rate meter monitors two signal inputs at once and performs application-specific calculations.

Energy Management October 6, 2009

2010 Manufacturing / Automation Summit

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The Plant and Control Engineering Manufacturing/Automation Summit brings together the brightest minds in the industry to provide a complete educational program for engineers and managers. This year the event will convene in Chicago at the Hotel Sofitel from March 28-30. The 2010 Manufacturing/Automation Summit will offer a strategic look at issues pertaining to four key topic areas that are vital to the success of manufacturing operations worldwide:• Energy and sustainability• Automation integration• Maintenance as a cost center• Global strategies for manufacturers The two-day event is designed to highlight manufacturing improvement opportunities and deliver strategies that manufacturing personnel can take back with them and implement right away. REGISTER HERE This year's Keynote Address will be presented by Edward W. Bryan FBCS, PMP See full bio here.

By PLE Staff
Energy Management October 5, 2009

Communications option for submetering

This communications option extends submetering capabilities to include BACnet Master-Slave/Token-Passing over RS-485 meter connections.

Energy Management October 1, 2009

Compact, portable power tools

A new line of compact lithium-ion power tools includes the model DCD760KL drill driver; model DCF826KL impact driver; model DCD775KL hammerdrill; and the model DCD690KL right angle drill. The small, lightweight design of these tools is ideal for cabinetmakers and HVAC professionals, as well as electrical, mechanical and general contractors who perform overhead drilling and fastening applications.

Energy Management October 1, 2009

Datalogger

The standalone datalogger features a high contrast LCD that displays temperature and humidity. With this unit, users can cycle between current readings and maximum and minimum stored values for temperature and humidity. It features immediate, delayed and push-to-start logging. In addition, logging and alarm status is shown using two high intensity LEDs.

Energy Management October 1, 2009

Manufacturing success begins at the bottom

It was given a big word – interoperability – undoubtedly by someone in either marketing or IT. It simply means connecting your plant floor to your business systems in such a way that both sides know exactly what the other is doing at all times. The theory is that if the plant floor knows the business rationale for its decisions, and the business office knows the availability on the ...

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Energy Management October 1, 2009

Electric utility vehicle

The ST 400 utility vehicle is now available in an electric model with a 48-Vdc-powered drive train that combines power and torque with enhanced energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact. The vehicle features a 1,000-pound total capacity, and a 9.6-cubic-foot load bed with a carrying capacity of 550 pounds.

Energy Management October 1, 2009

Enhanced power monitoring software

PowerLogic ION Enterprise software has been enhanced to include reporting features. It offers metering and protection via a Web Reporter module. The software tracks real-time power conditions, analyzes power quality and reliability and responds quickly to alarms to avoid critical situations. The data gathering network has also been recently expanded to include the Sepam series protective relays.

Energy Management October 1, 2009

Compact connectors

The Mini-Fit H2O weatherproof, compact connection system is designed for wire-to-wire applications of up to 9 A per circuit. It is IP67-rated, which ensures connector integrity when submersed in up to one meter of water. The product family consists of plug and receptacle assemblies and male and female crimp terminals.

Energy Management October 1, 2009

Oil-injected screw compressor

The entry-level GA FIT oil-injected compressor meets diverse market needs in the 110-160 kW (150-200 hp) category by providing air compressor technology for customers in need of standard efficiency levels. It provides reliable service in harsh environments, even in ambient temperatures up to 115 F (46 C).

Energy Management September 14, 2009

Technology consumption shows slight rise in July

AMT report shows 9.2% increase from June, but year-to-date is still down 68%

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management September 8, 2009

Obama names Ron Bloom as first "manufacturing czar"

Auto task force advisor selected to "lead the way in creating the good-paying manufacturing jobs of the future."

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management September 1, 2009

Automation Career Connection at ISA Expo

The International Society of Automation will focus on the growing issue of workforce development at its Automation Career Connection, part of the annual ISA Expo Oct. 6-8 in Houston. Automation Career Connection introduces middle and high school students, college students, and young automation professionals to careers in automation.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 2009

Single range transmitter

The SITRANS P250 is a compact, fixed-range transmitter for measuring differential pressure of liquids and gases. The differential pressure is detected with a ceramic sensor and converted by an amplifier into an output current of 4 to 20 mA, or an output voltage of 0 to 5 or 10 VDC. The output current and voltage are linearly proportional to the input pressure.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 2009

ISA certification programs offer global recognition

International Society of Automation certifications provide an objective, third-party, unbiased assessment and confirmation of a person's skills, experience, knowledge and proficiency. They give accredited individuals the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and be recognized. Certification is different from licensure such as the Professional Engineer (PE) registration in the United States.

By Gerald W. Cockrell, 2009 ISA President
Energy Management September 1, 2009

Emerson unveils campaign to make process control technology user friendly

Emerson has announced its intention to make process control technology easier to use, and is backing up that pledge with the introduction of its Human Centered Design Institute. The institute is the result of more than five years of customer work-practice analysis, new product development re-engineering, and organizational training.

By Renee Robbins, Managing Editor
Energy Management September 1, 2009

Four steps on energy

Industrial buildings are responsible for 31% of global energy consumption, easily exceeding all other building types. While industrial facility ownership and management have generally been cognizant of energy as it relates to cost control and the competitive advantages of being viewed as green and sustainable, that statistic suggests that many energy efficiency opportunities aren't being exploi...

By Jim Plourde, and Carl Castellow, P.E. Schneider Electric
Energy Management September 1, 2009

Power supply – 2009-09-01

The PS3500 N+1 high intensity power supply is designed for maximum efficiency and reliability in mission critical and continuous process applications. PS3500 power supplies are up to 91% efficient and feature a modular design with selectable wiring configurations, enabling them to be configured in N+1 redundant mode.

By Staff
Energy Management August 20, 2009

AHR Expo attendees see an improving economy

Pent-up demand should heat up industry in early 2010, show organizers say

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management August 1, 2009

IP65 connectors

The DXN37C product line features plugs and receptacles with 37 electrical contacts. Each contact on the plug and receptacle can carry up to 5 A at 220 V. The devices are suitable for hazardous areas because they are ATEX rated for use in Zones 1 and 2 (gas) and Zones 21 and 22 (dust) classified areas.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2009

Interface connectors

The ZIPport product line has expanded to include panel interface connectors in over 30 configurations. Designed to be mounted on the outside of electrical control panel boxes, the interface connectors act as pass-through connections, allowing the operator to interface with PLCs and other programmable devices without opening the control box.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 29, 2009

High-performance Cat 5e cable

This Cat 5e cable features a highly flexible flat profile and an exclusive, extruded silicone encapsulation. While meeting or exceeding all electrical and signal requirements for the Cat 5e standard, this version excels with physical and environmental attributes.

Energy Management July 13, 2009

Power supply supervisory ICs

These multi-voltage supervisory ICs are designed with new circuits for monitoring negative-voltage and over- and under-voltage conditions.

Energy Management July 13, 2009

Brooks acquires part of Celerity

Brooks Instrument has acquired certain assets of Celerity's Instrumentation division.

Energy Management July 1, 2009

Cap & trade: as fury begins, truth is elusive

For those not watching things in Congress, MBT blogger Roberto Michel is watching how the debate over the Waxman-Markey energy bill, centered around cap & trade, is evolving. Citing a Wall Street Journal blog from May 2009, he says there is plenty of partisan posturing around the bill. "This legislation matters to manufacturers, especially those in energy-intensive sectors who might exceed ...

By Staff
Energy Management July 1, 2009

GE’s Immelt urges manufacturers to push research and innovation

General Electric chairman Jeffrey Immelt told a Detroit-area group in June that American manufacturing can regain its leadership role in the world by following the example of emerging manufacturing economies. According to the Associated Press, Immelt told the Economic Club of Detroit that the United States had lost its edge in innovation, and that had led to a shift to a service-based economy.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 1, 2009

Ceiling fan

Weighing less than 100 pounds and with diameters of 8, 9 or 10 feet, Isis is specifically designed for smaller industrial spaces with ceilings as low as 12 feet. The fan uses its size and 10 airfoils to move large volumes of air, improving comfort and creating a more productive work environment. Its energy consumption is equivalent to that of a refrigerator light bulb.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 29, 2009

‘Get back in the game’

GE's Immelt urges American manufacturing to develop research, investment and innovation

By Business Wire
Energy Management June 22, 2009

Expanded signal-conditioning module family

These two signal conditioning modules can convert up to 400 Vac or 5 Aac signals to 0-5 Vdc signals for data acquisition cards to measure while reducing the harmful effects of ground loops, field noise and electrical interference.

Energy Management June 22, 2009

Miniature switching regulators

The 3-MHz 600-mA dc-to-dc converter balances low operating input voltage capability, low quiescent current and small size offering designers more flexibility in meeting strict system power and PCB area budgets without increasing battery capacity.

Energy Management June 12, 2009

What were your best ideas for surviving the recession?

Plant Engineering to highlight time- and money-saving tips

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management June 1, 2009

Power supplies – 2009-06-01

The QUINT SFB features Selective Fuse Breaking. This technology allows supplemental branch circuit protection on the dc bus to operate as designed in a control system. Upon sensing a fault condition, the SFB technology delivers a short peak of current (up to six times nominal current) to the faulted load.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 1, 2009

Onset links remote monitoring to real-time display software

Data logger supplier Onset Computer Corp. announced that the company’s web-based HOBO U30 Remote Monitoring Systems are now compatible with NorthWrite, Inc.’s Energy Expert software platform. The Energy Expert software converts raw building energy and environmental data collected with HOBO U30 Systems into sophisticated, graphical “smart models” that predict building ene...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 1, 2009

Power supply – 2009-06-01

The CSG2400C provides 100 A continuous at 45 C and has a 150 A peak rating to insure operation in the startup of heavy loads. Features include short circuit, overload, over temperature, input/output overvoltage protection and like most ASI power supplies, it is UL508 listed. With an efficiency rating greater than 92%, you can be assured of a lot less power dissipation compared to other power su...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 1, 2009

Adapters

The VAZ-2FK-B3 AS-Interface Flat-to-Flat adapters are now rated for 8 A operating current. These low-profile adapters facilitate the quick connection of two AS-Interface cables or two 24-Vdc auxiliary power cables. They feature a robust one-part design with IP67 / IP68 / IP69k protection. The compact 19 mm x 26 mm x 40 mm housing is less than 1/3 the size of competitive options, and easily fits...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 1, 2009

Lifting boom

The Precision Lifting Boom combines the reach of a fork lift boom with the precise lifting of a hoist, adding value and functionality to your lift truck. The Precision Lifting Boom fits standard fork lift trucks and is an economical alternative to an overhead or gantry crane. The self-contained power supply allows use with no special power requirements.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 21, 2009

BuildingsNY show focuses on energy solutions

Show is June 16-17 in New York

By PLE Staff
Energy Management May 7, 2009

Virtual commerce: Serious gaming is becoming a real business tool

This week IBM introduced Innov8 2.0, the second generation of its serious gaming application. The Web-based application presents users with real-world business scenarios and challenges them to derive solutions that achieve bottom-line results.

By Sidney Hill, Jr., executive editor
Energy Management May 5, 2009

Skills enhancement: Supply chain, operations groups partner

Supply Chain Council (SCC) and APICS The Association for Operations Management agreed to offer additional benefits to members of each organization.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Energy Management May 1, 2009

Food supplier hopes ‘product recall drills’ will assure customers in a real crisis

In light of recent product recalls, manufacturers must be ready to respond quickly to supply chain issues to protect consumers as well as their own brand reputations. To that end, Moore, Okla.-based Vaughan Foods has enacted a plan to host two mock recalls a year. The events begin with the company's quality assurance department, which is notified that a mock recall is in effect, and the team ha...

By Staff
Energy Management April 15, 2009

Manufacturing technology consumption down 66.2%

AMT/AMTDA survey shows continuing softness in market

Energy Management April 14, 2009

LED flashlights

The 2365 Flex-Neck LED and 2360 LED flashlights are both powered by two double-A batteries.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 13, 2009

Deadline is Friday for 2009 Product of the Year, Top Plant applications

Innovation in manufacturing to be recognized in award programs

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 2, 2009

Tower lights

EZ-LIGHT TL50 tower lights display up to five colors and allow multiple colors to be lit simultaneously.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 1, 2009

Harsh-environment filters

Balston stainless-steel harsh environment filters are designed to remove 99.99% of oil, water, rust and pipescale particles of 0.01 micron in size and larger from compressed air and other gases. The filters are available in ¼- to 1-inch line sizes, with flow capacities to more than 700 SCFM. Constructed of 304 stainless, the filters are suitable for applications in food and beverage facili...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 13, 2009

Modular drills

KSEM PLUS modular drills feature a steel body coupled to a high-strength steel head.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 11, 2009

Cooper Bussmann plans two-year productivity tour

'Productivity Through Protection' events to launch in June

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 11, 2009

In today’s economy, managing quality is an imperative

How en emphasis on quality can drive savings and add capacity

By Victor Nelson, Force 10 and Al Alaverdi, SigmaQuest
Energy Management March 10, 2009

Hammer drill/driver

The SFH 18-A CPC hammer drill/driver is powered by cordless power care (CPC) lithium-ion technology and features all-metal gearing for smooth transfer of power.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 4, 2009

Power supplies – 2009-03-04

These general-purpose power supplies have an 88-264 Vac input range and flexible single output voltages and are tightly regulated.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 4, 2009

Stainless-steel cable tray

These stainless-steel cable trays are designed for power and data cable, and feature a slope-top configuration.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2009

Enhanced simulation software released

Plano, TX-based Invensys Process Systems released a new version of SimSci-Esscor’s HEXTRAN 9.2 heat transfer and pinch analysis software. Upgrades and enhancements include the ability to run on Microsoft Vista Enterprise & Business operating systems.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2009

Lift truck

Designed for narrow-aisle applications, the 9000 Series Swing-Reach lift truck features ac technology and regenerative lowering that automatically recharges the battery and LED compartment lights.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2009

Load cell interface card

The LCIC-WIM is an intelligent load cell interface that features USB/RS-232/RS-485 interfaces with a speed of up to 52,000 samples per second.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2009

High-speed conveyor backstop clutches

The Morse high-speed conveyor backstop clutch allows users to reach high line speeds and is available in sizes ranging from 7,000 to 722,000 foot-pounds.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2009

Desktop power supplies

The TRG45 series external power supply is suitable for use with compact and lightweight portable equipment.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 24, 2009

Compact SCARA robots increase range of motion

This family of SCARA robots feature enhanced cycle time, precision and motion range. The curved arm option is designed to maximize work envelope usage.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 20, 2009

Report: 2008 sales growth for PT/MC distributors and manufacturers falls below 2007 levels

Manufacturers and distributors in the U.S. experienced modest growth in sales of power transmission/motion control products, despite an overall slowing of sales in the market.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 20, 2009

Cooper opens industrial training facility

Houston-based center provides hands-on demonstrations

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 18, 2009

Clinton Climate Initiative, U.S. Green Building Council expand partnership

The partners plan to grow efforts to reduce greenhouse gases on a global scale, with initial efforts targeted at making existing buildings more efficient.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 13, 2009

Multi-port junction blocks

M8 multi-port junction blocks are IP67-rated and feature three-pin M8 connectors in four-, six- and eight-port models.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 13, 2009

“Prototype This!” co-host Mike North to keynote RAPID 2009

Dr. Mike North, co-host of the Discovery Channel’s “Prototype This!” will be the opening keynote speaker at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ RAPID 2009 Conference & Exposition, set for May 12-14, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 10, 2009

Fiber optic connection designed for distance

Fiber optic module increases the distance between decentralized modules to up to 2,000 meters.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2009

EPRI to evaluate solar

KEYWORD: EPRI The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has launched a project to help electric power companies add solar energy to fossil-fueled electric power plants, reducing fuel costs and plant emissions. Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, Inc., Progress Energy and Southern Company are participating in the project.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2009

Cindy Jutras: Collaboration calling: Work together now to set proper expectations

When costs rise in an already-troubled economy, companies naturally look to tighten their belts. Recent Aberdeen research finds the need to reduce costs as being the top pressure driving business strategies. Yet as the complexity of manufacturing increases from high-volume, low-value repetitive to low-volume ,high-value “to-order” environments, the challenge to reduce costs also inc...

By Cindy Jutras
Energy Management February 1, 2009

Reader Feedback – 2009-02-01

Engler: Manufacturers ready to work with Obama The election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States was a pivotal moment in American history. And it can truly be said that every last one of us from all points of the political, ideological and geographical spectrum earnestly hope President Obama is successful, for we are facing our most serious economic crisis in a generation.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 22, 2009

Don’t reduce manufacturing; redesign it

Study discusses how to take a fresh look at costs throughout your organization

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 22, 2009

The many sides of manufacturing’s struggles

While jobs disappear or get relocated, other plants are springing up in new places

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 20, 2009

Six Sigma payoff: Lift-truck maker raises $1.5-million savings from green-belt, black-belt programs

For electric lift truck maker Crown Equipment, an investment in Six Sigma is credited with saving the company some $1.5 million. Read here how the savings continue to mount.

By Malcolm Wheatley, senior contributing editor
Energy Management January 13, 2009

Grainger contributes to FIRST Robotics effort

Educational program puts students in touch with manufacturing opportunities

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 9, 2009

Conveyor systems

Designed for descaling and profiling plate and structural steel, the roll conveyor Shotblast system has been specifically developed to provide surface preparation solutions for the fabrication industry.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 8, 2009

Battery in Michigan — and it’s a good thing

Manufacturer's decision to locate new plant in state hailed as 'exactly what we need'

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2009

Johnson Controls offers energy solutions

The emphasis at the Greenbuild Conference in Boston in November was energy efficiency, and Johnson Controls was among the vendors presenting efficient solutions for the manufacturing sector at the conference.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 20, 2008

Interface connection port

This interface connection port allows users to connect devices to POWERLINK networks.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 19, 2008

NAM sounds off on latest Obama cabinet nominees

Nominations of Salazar and Duncan welcomed as NAM looks ahead to the ongoing challenges that energy security and workforce development present to manufacturing.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 12, 2008

Filter media

Thin Quadrafoam media is 0.12 inches thick and meets the requirements for a UL 94 HF-1 rating.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 12, 2008

Report: Roadmap for energy policy and strategies in new administration

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption in the United States – more than transportation and industry. A new report from ASHRAE offers suggestions to shaping energy policy with regard to buildings.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 11, 2008

Network advantage: Ariba and The Receivables Exchange to help suppliers battle financing crunch

“It’s estimated that more than half of all companies with under $1 billion in revenues depend on secured and unsecured lines of credit to feed their short-term cash needs. Unfortunately, in today’s economy, this is exactly the type of credit that is becoming less and less available,” says Bob Solomon, a senior VP and general manager for Ariba . By joining forces with The Receivables Exchange , Solomon says Ariba now can provide suppliers with an alternative source of funding that enables them to maintain the strength and competitiveness of their operation in both the short and long term. Under terms of a newly signed agreement, the companies will provide suppliers with access to competitively priced capital through a receivables auctioning solution accessed via the Ariba Supplier Network. Changing the landscape of business financing, The Receivables Exchange connects suppliers (member sellers) to a global network of accredited investors (receivables buyers) who compete in a real-time auction marketplace to buy their receivables.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2008

Focus on business fundamentals, Hogan tells ABB employees

Global CEO talks about staying aggressive in tough times at Wisconsin visit

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2008

AHR Expo blows into the Windy City

More than 1,800 exhibitors – representing 30 countries – will convene at Chicago's McCormick Place Jan. 26-28 for AHR Expo, which this year features solutions ranging from energy efficiency to information technology. Co-sponsored by ASHRAE and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, AHR Expo will offer plenty for attendees to choose from.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2008

Dust collectors

Torit PowerCore dust collectors are available in stand-alone and bin-vent configurations and feature PowerCore media technology, which replaces six traditional, 8-foot long fabric filter bags.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2008

RS-232 to USB converter

The OM-CONV-USB includes driver software and has a data transfer rate of greater than 1Mbps.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2008

Document holder, lockout station

The Iso-Lok doc combo board combines the features of a lockable document holder with those of a safety lockout station and group lockout box.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 24, 2008

Revolving door: Retirement boom already shifting job roles in current manufacturing models

To ensure the healthy future of the manufacturing industry, it’s critical to know which employees possess the knowledge to train the future generation of manufacturing workers. Employee assessments mitigate risk by allowing employers to accurately determine employees’ ability, job mentality, and confidence levels.

By Mary J. Clarke, Cognisco
Energy Management November 19, 2008

Facility transforms from snapshots to solar energy

Konarka develops former Polaroid facility into solar manufacturing plant

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 18, 2008

Two reports offer more gloom, doom for manufacturing growth

Recession, consumer spending drop called 'a recipe for trouble'

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 18, 2008

Chrysler goes dark

Automaker to shut all North American plants Friday for one month

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 10, 2008

Rice University gets engineering boost

California couple gives Rice University $15 million to redesign education of engineers. Alumni John and Ann Doerr hope to motivate engineers to become leaders and entrepreneurs.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 5, 2008

Dubai plans to set up Middle East’s largest solar energy manufacturing plant

During the Green Dubai World Forum 2008, the city of Dubai announced its plans to set up the region’s largest solar energy manufacturing plant.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2008

HART gateway

HART Analog Input gateways provide a clean way to integrate HART instruments with existing controller platforms over Modbus TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP and DF1 networks. The gateways are available in four- and eight-channel options, where each channel is individually configurable and structured for point-to-point communication.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2008

Precision RTD temperature data logger

The OM-CP-RTDTEMP2000 is a precision RTD temperature recorder with backlit LCD display. The unit is powered by a 9-V battery with a typical life of one year at a one-minute reading rate with the display off. An optional ac adapter is available for continuous use with the display and backlight on. This wall mountable unit has an eight-button keypad with lock feature and the large, backlit LCD di...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 23, 2008

Fiber laser coders

Designed for applications such as direct parts marking and unique identification coding on metal, plastic and other hand-to-mark materials, the Videojet 7210 and 7310 fiber laser coders are available in 10 and 20 watts of output power. The coders provide a straight-out or 90-degree beam options for use in tight spaces. The coders use a air-cooled optical fiber as the laser medium, instead of gas, and feature coding speeds up to 350 and 700 characters per second.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 23, 2008

ABB sees revenues, net income rise in third quarter

Technology company cautiously optimistic about future growth

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 21, 2008

Connector system eliminates wiring errors in cylinder/sensor assemblies

A linear position sensor is combined with an M12 connector systems to create an easy to install compact sensor without crimp pins or wires to solder.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 21, 2008

Invensys to provide technology for Italian hydrogen-powered plant

'Hydrogen district' to be established in Veneto region to focus on energy source

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 17, 2008

Protecting IP: Should an invention hold patent or trade-secret status? 

Your company has created a new innovation. Now you would like to protect this intellectual property (IP) asset and use it to create value for your business. Four types of IP protection exist: copyright, patent, trademarks, and trade secrets. But which type of protection is best for your IP asset? The answer is found in the type of protections provided by patents and trade secrets.

By Ted Barthel, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
Energy Management October 16, 2008

New Answerthink alliance benefits SAP user base

Answerthink , a division of Atlanta-based Hackett Group and a gold-level SAP channel partner specializing in the sale, implementation and support of SAP solutions, is partnering with software components developer Synactive in support of SAP applications.Synactive implements products that meet the practical needs of users of SAP solutions, including GuiXT Mobile Suite, GuiXT Offline Suite, GuiXT Portal Suite, and GuiXT Developer Suite, which can be deployed without modification to core applications.“Our alliance with Answerthink underlines our efforts to address core challenges on usability and provide customers with an in-depth understanding of their strategic challenges and knowledge of SAP best practices,” says Thomas Ewe, CEO, Synactive.Answerthink solutions and services help clients significantly improve performance and maximize returns on technology investments.“Synactive products enable our customers to transform advanced, multi-screen SAP processes and transactions into single-screen views, increasing both ease of use and data entry speed,” says John McGrath, managing director, Answerthink. “As powerful as SAP applications are, Answerthink knows that software alone is not enough to transform businesses into world-class performers. We help our clients generate exceptional value from their investments in SAP applications through our unparalleled knowledge of best practices and our alliances with companies such as Synactive.”.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Energy Management October 16, 2008

Oregon solar manufacturing plants power up

According to a New York Times report, German solar maker SolarWorld opened its 480,000-square foot semiconductor plant in Hillsboro, OR. Meanwhile, Sanyo broke ground at its 861,000-square foot factory at the Renewable Energy and Technology Park in Salem, OR.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 16, 2008

A new name for ISA keeps tradition, initially

International Society of Automation debuts at ISA Expo in Houston

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 15, 2008

DuPont acquires Coastal Training Technologies Corporation

DuPont acquired Coastal Training Technologies Corp, a producer and marketer of training programs, to expand its safety business offering.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 9, 2008

Konarka opens roll-to-roll thin-film solar manufacturing facility

Konarka Technologies, Inc., opened a roll-to-roll flexible thin-film solar manufacturing facility in New Bedford, MA.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 9, 2008

Heating system

The RELIALINE 170 heating system is a self-regulating, modular line heater that features controlled heat distribution to provide temperature uniformity. The system precisely heats individual elbow, tee and VCR fittings and the system’s temperature compensation feature allows the system to increase wattage in cooler regions and decrease the power in warmer zones, which improves the entire line’s temperature uniformity. Watlow.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 7, 2008

Computer workstation

The computer workstation, designed for shop floor use in manufacturing plants, maintenance facilities and warehouses, provides computer security and protects against dust, dirt and other airborne contaminants.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 6, 2008

Opinion: Proposed ISA name change

On October 13, the renaming the Society from ISA – The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society, to International Society of Automation – will be one of the topics discussed by the ISA Council of Society Delegates. This change has been a long time coming.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 1, 2008

Julie Fraser: Supply chain solutions support the eco-friendly imperative

How can a company achieve sustainability and fight energy costs? This question has put a focus on supply chain management for several years. However, within the supply chain, there are many opportunities for lowering energy, materials, and fuel consumption; and generating a more sustainable and eco-friendly operating stance.

By Julie Fraser
Energy Management September 18, 2008

Pressure compensation plug

It is becoming increasingly important to provide a protected enclosure environment for valuable and crucial electrical and electronic components. This pressure compensation plug equalizes equipment enclosure pressures.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 18, 2008

Modular stand-alone hub

This stand-alone active hub is modular, expandable and supports all standard topologies.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 17, 2008

Power supplies – 2008-09-17

Second generation STEP general purpose power supplies feature expanded voltage and current ranges, making the series suitable for small load operations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 17, 2008

Bosch Rexroth launches sustainable manufacturing Website

The new Website features information on green technologies designed to reduce waste, stimulate development of alternative energy sources and encourage greater use of renewable resources.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 17, 2008

DOE to fund industrial energy efficiency projects

An initiative of the department’s Industrial Technology Program, the Energy Intensive Processes Initiative seeks to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency in the most energy-consuming manufacturing processes by developing and promoting technologies that can be applied in many industrial settings.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 16, 2008

Sustainable manufacturing a business performance tool

ARC report says a plant’s environmental success is key to business growth

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 15, 2008

Tank covers

Aluminum-tread WEATHER GUARD transfer tank covers allow users to match steel transfer tanks with existing aluminum-tread truck storage equipment.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 15, 2008

Tube expander kits

Suitable for fabricating and maintaining boilers, heat exchangers and condensers, MILLHOG tube expander kits are supplied with a 6-foot hose whip, an in-line air filter, an oiler, quick-disconnect couplings and tools.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 15, 2008

Cabling

The Compact Link Selector connects POWERLINK-controlled nodes.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 15, 2008

Power supplies – 2008-09-15

Second-generation STEP general-purpose power supplies have expanded voltage and current ranges.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 12, 2008

Roller conveyor drive

Specifically designed for decline conveyors with a fail-safe requirement, the EC100 RollerDrive features a mechanical rotor-locking break. .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 11, 2008

Status indicator

Display normal or open fuses and report connection integrity with the Model BFA Fuse Status Indicator. With a nominal 3-phase line voltage applied, the indicator flashes a normal LED green light that fives positive indication of a good fuse and integrity of the wire connection to each side of the fuse. The indicator will flash a red fault LED when a fuse is unconnected or open, or if there is a lost connection.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 11, 2008

Manufacturing by-products to generate revenue

GM added 33 plants to its list of “landfill-free” plants, bringing the total to 43. GM recycles plastic caps, tiny shards of aluminum, steel, cardboard, wood and other byproducts of the automotive manufacturing process.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 21, 2008

Epoxy

Form tough bonds with high shear and peel strengths with the Master Bond Polymer System EP79.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 21, 2008

Solar mirror production facility lands in Pennsylvania

Flabeg, a German-based company, choose Findlay, Pa., as the site for its first solar mirror production facility in the United States.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 20, 2008

DOE program identifies energy savings potential for industrial plants

Through its Save Energy Now initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program has helped U.S. manufacturing plants identify potential savings of more than $807 million in energy costs. These three new case histories demonstrate the impact energy savings can have on processes and ultimately the bottom line.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 20, 2008

The ultimate alternative fuel: Water?

The idea of using water as a fuel source isn’t necessarily new, but it certainly should be getting renewed interest as gas prices continue to skyrocket and the worldwide demand for oil continues to increase.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 15, 2008

Mobile cleaning system

The ICS 8950 is designed for cleaning staff who need to apply a single cleaning product at multiple dilution ratios. Users can turn a dial to one of up to four pre-determined dilution ratios, and cleaning and sanitizing chemicals are dosed to the necessary requirement. The unit's dual-battery compartment allows users to clean for extended periods.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 15, 2008

Operator panel

The EXTER T150-st has an acid-resistant, stainless-steel construction to withstand damage from powerful cleaning agents used in the food and beverage and pharmaceuticals industries. The design has no cracks or lines in the surfaces where bacteria and other pathogens could collect. The front of the unit is waterproof, making it easy to clean with high water pressure without having incurring wate...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 8, 2008

NI Week puts ‘Poetry in motion’

National Instruments kicks off its NI Week 2008 with LabVIEW enhancements, new technologies and an emphasis on green.

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor
Energy Management August 1, 2008

Unplanned events: Rolling with the punches is the vital component in S&OP

Former boxing champion Mike Tyson once claimed, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” In many respects, the same holds true for manufacturers. While a company may use sales & operations planning (S&OP) software to meet corporate objectives through better forecasting and planning, trouble comes in the form of an unexpected surge in demand—the figura...

By Jim Fulcher, contributing editor (jimfulcher@comcast.net)
Energy Management July 28, 2008

Manufacturing job loss in the Rust Belt

A detailed look at the factors that have driven away jobs in the upper Midwest shows there's not just one cause

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 28, 2008

Nanotechnology plant gets $30 million investment in R.I.

Aspen Aerogels breaks ground on first phase of thermal insulation facility

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 25, 2008

$5M funding: Carbonetworks closes financing round for greenhouse gas solutions support

Carbonetwork, a pioneer in enterprise greenhouse gas emissions management software and services, reports first close of its $5 million Series A round of financing. The funding was provided by NGEN II, L.P., part of the NGEN Partners group of "cleantech" venture funds.Carbonetworks supports more than 180 organizations in 23 countries to create and manage greenhouse gas emissions strategies in energy, financial, materials, and manufacturing industries, among others. The increased capital will allow Carbonetworks to significantly expand its operations.“We have a particularly aggressive growth plan in a nascent and rapidly growing market," says Michael Meehan, president & CEO, Carbonetworks.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Energy Management July 24, 2008

Flexible cable

The Motion Series Plus package of flexible cabling integrates six power conductors and 20 signal wires in a flat cable that measures 0.8x0.2 inches.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 18, 2008

ISA perspective on the convergence of IT and manufacturing

ISA InTech editor Gregory Hale said about the convergence of manufacturing and IT: “Bringing the two together is like a Wilfred Brimley oatmeal commercial: ‘It’s the right thing to do.’ It is also inevitable.” Find out what else Hale had to say.

By Jack Smith
Energy Management July 17, 2008

Sun is shining on Mass. manufacturing facility

New solar panel plant just opened -- and it's already at capacity

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 15, 2008

Infrared camera – 2008-07-15

The ThermaCAM GasFindIR CO infrared camera detects carbon monoxide in work environments and climate scenes where gases are present. The camera’s three user-selectable integration modes feature normal scene, cold scene and hot scene. Tuned to a narrow, spectral, infrared image, the camera’s cooled InSb detector and optical system detects very small leaks that normally would go undete...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 14, 2008

Tubular heat exchanger

The Thermo-T tubular heat exchanger recovers energy from industrial processes at temperatures of up to 2,000 F, at 80% efficiency.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 9, 2008

Ferrous debris monitor

The ANALEXfdM Plus detects and measures ferrous wear debris in lubricating oils, hydraulic oils and greases – regardless of particle size.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 1, 2008

Super compact 200-W ac/dc power supplies correct for power factor

This series of 200 W super compact ac/dc power supplies easily fits into 1U-high designs for applications where space is critical. The power supply series features a power-factor-corrected, universal 90-264 Vac input.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 1, 2008

Explosion-proof plugs, receptacles upgraded to 150 A

These plugs and receptacles are now available in 150-A versions. Said to be the first of their kind, the upgrades are intended to fulfill the need to supply power over long runs to industrial equipment rated at around 100 A.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 26, 2008

NAM Advisory: Expanding nuclear capacity will spur growth of high-wage manufacturing jobs in America

WASHINGTON, D.C: The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) believes expanding America’s nuclear capacity is critical to creating essential, high-wage U.S. manufacturing jobs—and will help meet the nation’s growing energy demand.“Nuclear energy is a clean, reliable source of power that has the potential to create thousands of high-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs,” NAM President and CEO John Engler said at a news conference last week with the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASEnergy Coalition).

By National Association of Manufacturers
Energy Management June 23, 2008

Hydrogen: A Classic Chicken or Egg Problem

Hydrogen is a major step forward in the auto industry, but what comes first, the vehicle or the infrastructure?

By John Dodge, Editor-in-Chief
Energy Management June 20, 2008

Can the lithium-ion battery save the auto industry?

Honda unveils its first car with a lithium-ion battery pack, other manufacturers follow suit.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 18, 2008

White Energy selects Pavilion for three of its plants

Biofuels producer White Energy recently awarded a multi-site model predictive control project to Pavilion Technologies to improve ethanol production at three of its plants.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 15, 2008

Switches

The MDS series of detect switches, designed for use in Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture applications, can be implemented on server blades as a safety mechanism to ensure the blades are powered down.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 15, 2008

Intelligent camera

The IMPACT A20 intelligent camera provides onboard image processing, a digital imaging sensor, real-time I/O and 256 MB of onboard memory.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 9, 2008

Team for talent: SuccessFactors and IBM to deliver people/performance management to global enterprises

A new parternship underscores how performance and talent management market is thriving as global companies are looking for new and better ways to engage and develop their global workforces, aligning them closer to high-level business objectives.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Energy Management June 4, 2008

Graybar reports Q1 growth

Electrical and communications product distributor, Graybar, reported net income of $18.9 million – a 58.7% increase over the first quarter of 2007.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 1, 2008

Sidney Hill, Jr.: The next planning variable may be carbon control

Constraint-based planning is a basic tenet of supply chain management. It calls for identifying factors that can slow the movement of goods through a supply network and developing solutions to overcome those limitations, or constraints, as they are called in supply chain vernacular. Typically, the goal is ensuring that all customer orders are filled correctly, on time, and at a cost that allows...

By Sidney Hill, Jr., executive editor
Energy Management May 15, 2008

Good news is hard to find: Manufacturing reports show weakness

The March and April reports on manufacturing showed in charts and graphs what most manufacturing professionals already knew.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 15, 2008

Power relay

The G7Z high-capacity power relay continuously applies up to 40 A at 440 Vac or up to a maximum of 160 A using 4-pole parallel connectors for full-power application.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 15, 2008

Things are shaping up for Siemens’ exiderdome tour

The first thing that you notice about exiderdome, Siemens Energy & Automation's traveling hands-on automation laboratory, is that it is not, in fact, shaped like a dome. The cube-shaped, two-story traveling shows heads off for its United States tour this summer by land and sea, and Siemens hopes its big investment shapes the future for its customers.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management May 2, 2008

Manufacturing report shows continued weakness

Optimism dwindles and so does manufacturing orders

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 1, 2008

World Trade Group “rethinks” how business is done

If you find yourself wondering how executives in other companies and industries cope with globalization, the skills shortage, and economic shortfalls, you're a prime candidate for membership in the World Trade Group (WTG). Since 1999, this London-based organization has been sponsoring conferences that give forward-thinking manufacturing and supply chain executives a chance to network with like-...

By Staff
Energy Management April 23, 2008

Bluetooth ring scanner

The Bluetooth ring barcode scanner combines comfort and freedom of movement in a wearable device for mobile workers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 23, 2008

Talking multimeter

This multimeter measures voltage, current and thermocouple inputs and uses voice synthesis output to speak the reading to the technician using it.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 21, 2008

5-port power-over-Ethernet switch

The 5-port unmanaged Ethernet switch is combined with Power-over-Ethernet technology to connect and power Ethernet devices over a single cable. PoE, which is relatively new to industrial and plant-floor applications, is a technology to transmit power plus data to remote Ethernet devices over standard twisted-pair Cat5e cables. More formally known as IEEE 802.3af internationally, this standard specifies a supply of 48 Vdc at up to 15.4 W per port.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 21, 2008

Siemens certifies XLReporter for PCS 7

SyTech has successfully completed testing of XLReporter for use with PCS 7. Reports can be produced by reading real-time process data, as well as historical data.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 17, 2008

Wireless pressure switch

The AWI-PS wireless pressure switch is designed for use in industrial areas where pressure monitoring is needed.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 15, 2008

Know the drill: Three tips offer a ‘bit’ of help

The 1994 edition of Plant Engineering’s Tips & Tricks featured a number of questions about drilling, including tips on drilling through metal without shavings falling into equipment. Here are three good drilling tips from that issue.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 15, 2008

Bearing units

Marathon mounted bearing units integrate a stainless steel, dual-sealing system to protect against contaminants and resist corrosion.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 9, 2008

Opportunity knocks: Long-term opportunities abound in Green IT’s future

Most of the talk about Green IT focuses on the relatively small part that IT—particularly hardware and the data centre—contributes to carbon emissions. But 95 percent of the problem is generated elsewhere. Those software and IT services companies that can offer carbon-reduction solutions across a range of applications and processes will be well-placed to pick up the business.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Energy Management April 9, 2008

High accuracy: Yokogawa buys Analytical Specialties, real-time laser analyzers

TruePeak Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy (TDLS) Gas Analyzers are available from Yokogowa, widening the company’s offering of analyzer technologies.

By Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering
Energy Management April 4, 2008

Hygrometer

The Optisure optical hygrometer continuously measures the dew point temperature of a gas sample and is available in vertical and horizontal bench-mount configurations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 4, 2008

Report: Factory orders plummet in February

The decline in orders reached unexpected levels, further hinting at an approaching recession.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 4, 2008

Virginia Tech takes top prizes in compressed air competition

The school’s compressed air-powered inspection robot earned the win in the Compressed Air and Gas Institute’s annual national contest

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 3, 2008

Ford re-engineers its top brass

Ford Motor Co. is reorganizing its design and engineering centers in a move to make the company more global while speeding vehicle development.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 28, 2008

Hydrogen refueling gets lift in North America

Filling vehicles with hydrogen may get faster and easier with technology a European company is bringing to North America.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 28, 2008

High-power D-sub connector

The D-sub connectors for power applications features size 8 power contacts with an optional integrated filter planar array.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 18, 2008

GE Fanuc launches Proficy Workflow

System touted as industrial business process management system

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 15, 2008

Commit to a Lean operation or commit to mediocrity

I have watched with considerable amusement the efforts by political and media types to avoid the use of the “R” word. It's a recession, folks. I'll even put it in big letters: RECESSION. It's here. Deal with it.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Energy Management March 15, 2008

Plowing ahead in global manufacturing

The keynote speaker for the 2008 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit, Dr. Bernhard Haas is the vice president of manufacturing for the manufacturing of tractor equipment for Deere & Co.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 15, 2008

Extension cord

The Cord Runner is a heavy-duty, 12-gauge STW 600-V extension cord. It features three evenly spaced outlets, each equipped with a power indicator light, and outlet covers to keep water, dust and other contaminants out. The cord is available in six- and 50-foot lengths and is UL-listed for applications that demand flexibility.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 14, 2008

Innovations that could change the way you manufacture

A new SME initiative outlines what's hot, what's now and what's "green."

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2008

Petrochemical feedstock’s unwelcome surprise

Price volatility surrounding petrochemical feedstock is a harsh reality that creates distress all along the supply chain. Feedstock is the process derivative—e.g., ethane, propane, and naphtha—that comes out of petroleum and natural gas and is subsequently converted for use in everything from shampoo and solvents to plastics, glue, drugs, pesticides, computers, and cars.

By Frank O Smith, senior contributing editor (fosmith@thewritinggroup.com)
Energy Management February 22, 2008

Heater

PTC heaters offer high-power density with a compact design that can accommodate a selection of thermistor elements.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 15, 2008

GA college pushes governor to release $10.8M for training

Albany, GA Chamber of Commerce president Tim Martin pressed Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for the release of funds to develop a training center at Albany Technical College. The $10.8 million project would create workforce development opportunities and provide skilled jobs training. “Workforce development and education are so important to the business climate,” said Martin.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 15, 2008

Speakers to offer solutions on sustainability, workforce

The 2008 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit will bring together a diverse group of speakers that will give attendees practical ways to attack some of the major issues facing manufacturing. The Manufacturing Summit, scheduled for March 31 and April 1 at the Hotel Sofitel in Chicago, is designed to address the key issues facing manufacturers while giving plant managers a chance to meet the 20...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 15, 2008

Sensor connectors

Temposonics M-series sensors new connectors are designed to flush mount on the side of cylinders in mobile hydraulic applications. The design, based on an industry standard M12 interface, allows a small contact carrier insert to be pre-assembled. The insert fits through the cylinder and can be joined with the outer metal housing.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 15, 2008

National Safety Council’s McMillan to retire

Alan McMillan, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, announced his retirement, which is effective February 15. “Every day I am humbled by the commitment of council staff, our board leadership and the volunteer spirit of the more than 50,000 companies, unions and government agencies that make up our membership,” McMillan said.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 15, 2008

Sustainability is more about the cause than the color

One of the toughest decisions we had this month in putting together our cover story on sustainability was figuring out how much green to use on the cover. These are ponderous decisions involving several departments within our organization, and many people offered opinions. “Going green” conjures up all kinds of warm, eco-friendly, environmentally affirming images.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Energy Management February 15, 2008

Power controller

The EPower controller incorporates a predictive load management function. The controller is applicable in true power, phase angle firing or burst firing modes to suit the application. The controller uses technology that ensures a group of loads, up to a maximum of 63, can be switched on/off. This de-synchronized switching of loads reduces the peak power demand.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 15, 2008

VA gov touts skills development

Coordination of workforce training efforts across city, county and state lines was the focus of a forum in southern Virginia that included Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine and members of his cabinet among its speakers. “What a treat to walk in the room and see such a great turnout,” Kaine said at the beginning of his speech.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 13, 2008

Tape measure

The Tape Stop power-return rule features a self-locking blade, oversized numbers and a dual-end hook.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 8, 2008

Power bank

Custom-built ac/dc resistive load bank service is designed for maintenance and in-house testing applications.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 8, 2008

AHRI launches Website

The site provides basic information about the newly merged association and includes links to information about and registration for the institute’s spring meeting.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2008

China’s surge as steel exporter linked to trade-distorting energy subsidies

A comprehensive report released January 8 highlights the massive increase in China's trade-distorting energy subsidies to its steel industry. This correlates to a surge in steel production there that took China from being a net importer of steel in 2005 to being the world's largest exporter by volume in 2006.

By Staff
Energy Management January 17, 2008

Costs, energy efficiency among trends highlighted by AHR Expo attendees, exhibitors

The ASHRAE Journal recently surveyed exhibitors and pre-registered attendees about their thoughts on trends in the industry and the future of the marketplace.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 15, 2008

Shock recorder

The OM-CP-ULTRASHOCK101-50 -EB is a battery powered, three-axis shock recorder that measures and records temperature, pressure and humidity at the selected reading rates, while shock is recorded at the peak acceleration levels. The device will measure and record up to 170,000 measurements per channel.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 15, 2008

Ingersoll-Rand to acquire Trane in $10.1B deal

Ingersoll-Rand Company has acquire Trane Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $10.1 billion, including transaction fees and the assumption of approximately $150 million of Trane net debt. Trane is a global leader in indoor climate control systems, services and solutions with expected 2007 revenues of $7.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 15, 2008

Cable-tie installation tool

The BT11000 QuickTie cable tie installation tool offers an option for cable restraining and bundling. The portable, five-pound tool delivers 550 pounds of torque, which provides uniform tension on ties, allowing for consistent installation. The tool includes a long-lasting battery that can be recharged in 30 minutes.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 11, 2008

Manufacturing Summit seminars focus on sustainability, workforce development

When the 2008 PLANT ENGINEERING Manufacturing Summit convenes in Chicago March 31 and April 1, the focus will be on two of the most crucial issues facing plant managers today: creating a sustainable workplace and developing a stronger workforce. Registration for the 2008 Manufacturing Summit, sponsored by IBM, is now open.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 4, 2008

Contact cleaner

LVC contact cleaner is designed for cleaning and degreasing fine electrical and electronic parts and precision mechanisms without leaving a residue.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 26, 2007

Remote digital displays

SITRANS RD100 and RD200 universal remote digital displays allow users to remotely view and access measurement data. The RD100 is a two-wire, loop-powered unit with a two-step configuration and a NEMA 4X, IP67 enclosure. Data is visible on a 1-inch LCD. The RD200 accepts universal inputs, which include current, voltage, thermocouple and RTD signals.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 20, 2007

Video interface controller for LCD monitor applications

The high-integration interface controller is designed to address a broad range of TFT LCD monitor applications, providing a wide range of inputs, features and LCD panel support to address market needs. The controller’s flexible port architecture provides physical inputs for DVI, VGA, S-Video and composite video, along with a wide range of video modes.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 15, 2007

Gas monitors

Ultima XL/XT series gas monitors provide HART field communications protocol with 4-20 mA output. It is designed for use in refineries, chemical and petrochemical facilities and steel mills. A remote display can be viewed through a portable handheld communicator, host DCS or laptop. The units are used to detect combustible and toxic gases, and for oxygen deficiency.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 15, 2007

Storage solutions

The Monster Box series features heavy-duty tubular steel framing, a four-point crane lift system, an integrated UL-rated drill-resistant lock, an electrical pass-through and is available in three configurations. Its crane lift system supports 2,500 pounds gross weight, including the box, and facilitates center-point rigging to hoist safely.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 15, 2007

Create a successful globalization strategy

Globalization will be the focus of the ARC Advisory Groups’s 12th Annual Orlando Forum, “Winning Strategies and Best Practices for Global Manufacturers.” The event will be Feb. 4-7 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 15, 2007

TFT modules

Sunlight-readable 5.7-inch TFTs with QVGA 320 by 240 resolution is available as a standard transmissive module with or without a touchscreen. Sunlight-readable performance is achieved by manufacturing the TFT cell using high-aperture-panel technology, high transmittance color filters and an anti-reflective polarizer scheme.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 15, 2007

Switching power supplies

The SPD series of switching power supplies is specifically designed for automation applications. Suitable for various types of low-power electrical and electronic tools, the power supplies provide short circuit and overload protection, as well as internal noise filtering. Other features include diagnostic LEDs and a potentiometer for fine tuning dc output voltage.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 12, 2007

Comfort-grip tools

Wing- and flag-style tools feature new, ergonomically designed handles.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 7, 2007

Handheld vibration analyzer

A new vibration spectrum analyzer can be equipped with one or more sensors and has a standard BNC connector and a low-noise input that accommodates and powers most ICP-type piezoelectric accelerometers or velocity sensors.

By Staff
Energy Management December 5, 2007

‘Super Boiler’ to save energy

The Dept. of Energy has released a super hero in the form of a boiler.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 4, 2007

RoHS Headers with reflow temperature capability

Headers are RoHS-compliant, capable of withstanding high surface-mount technology reflow soldering temperatures and provide a cost-effective solution for mid-range power applications that require high-density and current-carrying capability.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 4, 2007

Ferraz Shawmut acquires GE fuse business

To expand its offering of medium-voltage fuses, Ferraz Shawmut has acquired GE’s power fuse operations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 30, 2007

Seminar to present case studies of Green building energy performance

When it comes to high-performance buildings, the proof is performance. Measuring actual energy performance, however, can be challenging.

By Staff
Energy Management November 28, 2007

ABB completes sale of Lummus Global

ABB has completed the sale of its downstream oil and gas business Lummus Global to Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 28, 2007

Junction box with through-panel connections

Designed to consolidate wiring with inside panel cable or lead home run options, this junction box saves installation time by mounting one junction box instead of punching eight receptacle holes for through-panel signal connections.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 28, 2007

USB 2.0 hub

Five-port USB 2.0 hub features multiple power, mounting options.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 20, 2007

The power of plant/IT convergence

Rockwell Automation discussion points to need: collaborate in gathering, analyzing data

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Wireless embedded computer

The ThinkCore W345 RISC-based wireless embedded computer with GSM/GPRS features the ARM9 32-bit 192-MHz processor; an onboard 64 MB of RAM, a 16-MB Flash disk; a built in quad band GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz wireless technology; an 802.11a/b/g WLAN port; RS-232/422/485 serial ports; an Ethernet port and an SD socket.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Gas turbine symposium planned at Power-Gen

The ASME International Gas Turbine Institute will hold the 2007 Gas Turbine Users Symposium Dec. 11-13, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The event will be co-located with the 2007 Power-Gen International conference and will provide a forum for end-users to exchange ideas and share best practices regarding the operation and maintenance of industrial gas turbines and aero...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Data center air conditioner

The InfraStruXure InRow RP places cooling immediately adjacent to heat sources in small computer rooms and data centers, and can support power densities up to 70 kW per rack when used with hot-air containment systems. Available in both chilled-water and refrigerant-based designs, the unit has an integrated humidifier to provide room-level moisture control.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Transportation infrastructure crucial to manufacturing

Traffic jams are becoming commonplace throughout the country and millions of commuters are spending hours a day going to and from work or on personal errands inching along scarcely faster than they could bike or walk. Our nation’s overworked highway grid is not just an inconvenience for consumers; it is also a major impediment to our ability to compete in the global marketplace.

By John Engler, President, National Association of Manufacturers
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Infrared camera – 2007-11-15

The Ex|CAM AP Pro ATEX-certified infrared camera facilitates the use of non-cooled infrared thermal imaging systems in hazardous environments. The device features an oversized manual focusing ring, a FASTstore instant save button, an armored LCD, intrinsically-safe power cells and an aluminum casing.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Compression connector

The Space Saver EMT compression connector is UL-listed, raintight and used to join EMT conduit to a box or enclosure. The connector's design puts male threads on the locknut, reducing the space the fitting requires inside the box or enclosure. Its smooth pulling surface can eliminate the need for throat fittings or conduit bushings.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Phoenix Contact displays Lean Managed Switch

Among the variety of products at its booth (#2216), Phoenix Contact introduced its Lean Managed Switch (LMS), a compact, powerful and economical managed Ethernet switch. The LMS provides key managed functions for users who want more capabilities than an unmanaged switch can provide, but find managed switches with full functionality are too expensive.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

DCS migration module

I/A series Honeywell HART modules enable Honeywell users to upgrade their aging TDC 2000 systems to the latest I/A series automation technology and modern HART field communications without having to replace existing field wiring, termination assemblies, system enclosures or power supplies. The migration module is an exact physical replacement for existing TDC 2000 I/O modules; they plug into th...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Tenant metering

PRC7000 is a cost-effective energy tabulation system for commercial or residential metering installations. The system can monitor loads up to 600 A for energy billing or cost allocation. It can measure up to 48 total poles in any combination of one-, two- or three-pole breakers. Meters and current sensors are factory wired.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Compact fuse modules

ULTRASAFE fuse modules have a unique, compact design suited for use with 45-mm-wide IEC contactors and motor starters. Designed to replace circuit breakers, the 600 V, three-pole modules increase panel SCCR when determining UL508A calculations; are half the price and size of motor-protection circuit breakers; and provide Type 2 protection.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Tower fill cleaning system

The TFC-100 TowerWash is designed to enable a user to clean and rinse up to 500 square feet of cooling tower fill in 15 minutes. The unit injects compressed air into a mixed stream of water and cleaning solutions, providing a thick, rapidly advancing foam that navigates through the fill. It is followed by a low-pressure, high-flow power rinse to wash away debris.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Loading dock seal

PitMaster under-leveler seal effectively seals the fourth side of the dock opening located beneath the dock leveler and around the pit opening. The seal features improved sanitization and industrial hygiene, reduces heating/cooling energy loss and can help users pass inspections. Other features include spring-loaded arms and flexible stays, a black vinyl compressible sealing curtain, a separate...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Rotary-screw compressor

The DSP oil-free rotary-screw air compressor is available in variable-speed and fixed-speed versions. Features include stainless steel first- and second-stage rotors; patented PTFE-free coatings to ensure high-quality air; and an oil-mist remover to prevent oil mist from venting into the atmosphere. A PQ wide-mode speed adjustment provides greater output at lower pressures, and a Hi-Precooler p...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Coated basket element

The advanced clean element ACE-8 is a replacement basket element for rotary and regenerative air heaters. The element is designed to minimize deposition and corrosion in the heat transfer surfaces of air heaters. The unobstructed flow pattern reduces plugging from fly ash, ammonium bisulfate and other byproducts of the NOx reduction process.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Distributed controller

The Simatic ET 200pro I/O system is an IP65/67-rated distributed controller, with integrated Ethernet and Profibus communication, that does not require a control cabinet; it can be mounted directly on the machine. The modular CPU can be operated with an MPI interface; either a DP slave or DP master on Profibus DP; either an I/O controller or a Profinet CBA device on Profinet; and has 256 KB of ...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Power management software

PowerLogic PowerView power monitoring software features pre-configured, real-time and historical data displays for power consumption monitoring, pre-configured screens and reports and supports up to 32 devices. The device also enables the user to monitor consumption, cost allocation, sub-billing and equipment monitoring capabilities and remote monitor electrical equipment or installations at ke...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Fused coordination panel

The Coordination Panel provides a simple and time-saving solution for circuits that require selective coordination. The panel is UL Listed to UL67 Panelboards and UL50 Enclosures, and features 120/208 V or 277/480 V main lugs; a 100 kA short circuit rating; an MLO 200 A main bus rating; branch circuit breakers coordinated with Class CC fuses (sold separately); Class CC fuse holders with built-i...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Chemical spray protection coveralls

KLEENGUARD A70 chemical spray protection coveralls provide protection against hazardous waste remediation, environmental clean-up, petrochemical and oil refining, acid and caustic handling, biohazard clean-up, tank cleaning and pharmaceutical manufacturing. The coveralls are less likely to rip out than other ANSI cuts with taped and bound seams.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

Elevating mast platform

The model 1230ES is an electric-powered, elevating-mast aerial work platform designed to lift workers during interior work. The product has a 12-foot platform height and 500-pound platform capacity. It stows to 30 by 65¼ inches and weighs 1,740 pounds. The 5-inch turning radius facilitates maneuverability.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2007

ARC forum to focus on manufacturing strategies

The ARC Advisory Group’s upcoming forum, titled “Winning Strategies and Best Practices for Global Manufacturers,” will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL, Feb. 4-7, 2008. The forum will address the extraordinary opportunities and threats created by today’s global market through presentations by CEOs, manufacturing and automation executives, and ARC’s ...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 12, 2007

DOE invests in the future of solar technology

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invested $21.7 million into 25 projects designed to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional electricity by 2015.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 12, 2007

Toyota manufacturing produces zero waste

The 2007 Toyota Motor Europe Sustainability Report showed that Toyota’s eight European manufacturing facilities achieved zero-waste to landfill status.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 12, 2007

3M helps to power Shanghai

Shanghai Electric Power Co. Ltd. became the first utility outside the United States to install 3M aluminum conductor composite reinforced (ACCR) transmission conductors.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 9, 2007

Schneider Electric, APC open Green research center

The goal of the new Schneider Electric Technology Center is to build a central hub for data center research and other industry-wide projects aimed at bringing down the impact of information technology in the 21st century.

By Staff
Energy Management November 7, 2007

Capacitor discharge unit

The SD300 safely discharges stored energy in large capacitors and electrically-charged equipment.

By Staff
Energy Management November 2, 2007

Current conditions EBCI slides in October, future indicator rebounds modestly

October was the fourth consecutive month, and the fifth in the last six, in which the index failed to reach 50 points.

By Staff
Energy Management October 26, 2007

Counterbalanced lift trucks

The Fortis line of sit-down, counterbalanced lift trucks is available in three preconfigured power train bundles.

By Staff
Energy Management October 25, 2007

Siemens PTD lights up Italy

Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD) has installed solar panels on the façade of a biomass-fired power plant in Rende, Italy.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 24, 2007

LED driver boards

Available in two varieties, Smart Force LED driver boards provide compact, full-function LED drivers with a range of dimming options, a wide input voltage, full brightness and enable control for use with industrial LCDs. The SFDL Series provides high-efficiency power with a maximum current of 180-mA to LED rails used in LCDs up to 12.

By Staff
Energy Management October 24, 2007

Couplings

The MI-HUB and MI-XHUB Series of no-hub couplings are available in sizes ranging from 2 to 12 inches. They feature floating eyelets that permit the stainless-steel clamp bands to move independently from the stainless-steel shield, preventing crimping during installation. The gaskets are made from a virgin elastomeric compound that meets ASTM C564 requirements.

By Staff
Energy Management October 22, 2007

Training CD

The QuickStart operational training CD for the AEMC PowerPad 3945-B power quality analyzer features a series of four 12-15-minute modules. The CD provides instruction on the setup operation of the instrument and the companion PC-based DataView software. It also includes a PDF workbook that covers all materials presented in the modules and exercises from the end of each module.

By Staff
Energy Management October 19, 2007

Industrial fan – 2007-10-19

The new model in the Revolution fan family is designed for the use in industrial applications and has an 8-foot diameter. The smaller diameter provides air circulation and ventilation with energy efficiency in mind. The fan has four contoured aluminum blades, which are made of vibration-absorbing resilient material that reduces stress and creates an air-flow of 75,000 cubic feet per minute.

By Staff
Energy Management October 15, 2007

Dryer

The MD-35 MiniDryer is designed for equipment that requires small volumes of dry, compressed air. Suitable for intermittent flow applications, it is designed for airflows up to 35 SCFM. The device can be installed indoors or outdoors with only inlet and outlet air connections required. The dryer handles inlet air temperatures as high as 120 F and supplies -40 F pressure dew point.

By Staff
Energy Management October 12, 2007

Automatic positioner

The unit provides precise automatic positioning along with several other accuracy improvements.

By Staff
Energy Management October 10, 2007

Condition-monitoring micro-site

Sound Advice, a micro-site housing specialized technical information, offers resources to plant managers and maintenance personnel needing access to information on energy conservation and condition monitoring.

By Staff
Energy Management October 5, 2007

Ethernet-based systems

The EZ-ZONE PM controller provides a range of serial communication choices, including EtherNet/IP, Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP.

By Staff
Energy Management October 2, 2007

Low-power op amp

The AD8506 low-power CMOS dual operational amplifier (op amp) with rail-to-rail inputs and output is designed for portable applications, including battery-powered monitors and remote sensors, among others.

By Staff
Energy Management September 30, 2007

Infrared thermometer

The NP-IR2 infrared thermometer allows users to take measurements from a safe distance and has a temperature range of -58 to 750 degrees F. The thermometer also features 9-to-1 distance-to-spot size, selectable temperature units F or C, a large backlit LCD and automatic power-off. Dwyer Instruments, Inc.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 30, 2007

Storage hot room

The Sahara Hot Room Model S32 is an energy-efficient oven designed to heat 32 drums or eight totes by using its steam features. The oven is constructed of stainless steel and is also available in electric forms. The unit features a spill-containment capacity, temperature control and air circulation. Benko Products, Inc.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 28, 2007

PC boards

High-volume, fully assembled PC boards are available as high-density, hybrid PCB assemblies.

By Staff
Energy Management September 26, 2007

GM strike ends; both sides claim victory

Deal early Wednesday will shift pension costs to union

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 26, 2007

The sound of efficiency: Harman tunes up its product development processes

It’s unlikely that even the most informed audio equipment buyers realized that until recently the Harman Specialty Group’s product development methods were less than state-of-the-art. That changed when the group adopted a formal set of product life-cycle management (PLM) processes.

By Jim Fulcher, contributing editor
Energy Management September 21, 2007

Pulse switch

The microwave pulse switch is a sender-receiver remote or integral system that uses a radio frequency of 10.525GHz to propagate a wave of energy from sensor to detector.

By Staff
Energy Management September 15, 2007

Power transmission, motion control sales continue upward trend

The Power Transmission Distributors Association released June 2007 month-end trend data for distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products. Following last month’s jump in sales, U.S. distributors’ sales of PT/MC products continued to increase with a 2.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 15, 2007

Oxygen analyzer brochure

A brochure detailing the Rosemount Analytical X-STREAM In-Situ oxygen analyzer describes how the product provides measurements and can reduce energy expenses and lower maintenance costs. The literature dictates the use of the analyzer in the combustion processes for steam generation and kilns in the power and petrochemical industries.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 15, 2007

Study: ‘Reverse brain-drain’ harming U.S. competitiveness

The problem of worker immigration is seen as one of migrants doing farm work or illegal immigrants crashing American borders. A new study by the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation shows a far different picture of the American immigrant worker. The study, released Aug. 22, shows that more than 1 million skilled immigrant workers, including engineers, scientists, doctors and resear...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 15, 2007

New data show manufacturing expansion is accelerating

The National Association of Manufacturers pointed to a recent Federal Reserve report that industrial production rose 0.3% in July, the third increase in the past four months, as an indication of a stable growth for industry. “Mirroring the gain of the prior month, it’s clear that the manufacturing expansion is accelerating,” said David Huether, chief economist for the NAM.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 15, 2007

Torque arms

EZ-Glider telescoping torque arms can work with higher torque output tools and are designed to reduce repetitive motion injuries and eliminate torque reaction of power and pneumatic tools. The components are collapsible and are made from a lightweight carbon fiber. They provide an increase in operating length and capacity, up to 147.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 14, 2007

ASME to hold gas turbine users symposium during Power-Gen

The 2007 Gas Turbine Users Symposium will be co-located with Power-Gen International Dec. 11-13, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

By Staff
Energy Management September 14, 2007

Schneider Electric business unit joins Clinton Climate Initiative

In an effort to help cities improve the energy efficiency of buildings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the company’s TAC unit joins the former President’s crusade.

By Staff
Energy Management September 14, 2007

People in the news – 2007-09-14

The National Association of Manufacturers and Jervis B. Webb Company make changes to their staffs.

By Staff
Energy Management September 12, 2007

Air impact wrench

The 2135Ti Titanium Impactool features a feather-touch trigger, a power regulator and one-handed forward-reverse controls.

By Staff
Energy Management September 7, 2007

Compressed Air & Gas Institute launches innovation contest

The award program is designed to engage engineering students, having them conceive new applications for compressed air and gas as alternative energy sources.

By Staff
Energy Management September 5, 2007

Cable connection

An Insulation Displacement Connector (IDC) provides a method to add a connector to a cable. The IDC requires a small amount of torque to secure gaskets.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 3, 2007

Durable goods manufacturers seek and find additional risk management coverage

Manufacturers are particularly prone to major financial losses should an accident or disaster occur.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Energy Management August 28, 2007

Briggs & Stratton integrates SAP with MCA service planning for the aftermarket

Briggs & Stratton Corp.—the largest manufacturer of small, air-cooled engines for lawn, garden, and other outdoor power equipment, has successfully implemented MCA Solutions' Service Planning and Optimization (SPO) suite to increase fill rates, reduce inventory, and continue to provide world-class service to their network of global distribution centers.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Energy Management August 27, 2007

How to conduct an effective energy audit

North Star Steel’s Wilton, IA plant completed a plant-wide energy assessment designed to examine potential process changes and technologies that could improve energy efficiency.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 24, 2007

External power supply

The TRG30R Series of 30-W external power supplies is RoHS-compliant and meets the July 2008  Level IV,  global energy requirements of the California Energy Commission and Energy Star in a compact 4.24x2.27x1.32-inch package.

By Staff
Energy Management August 23, 2007

Study: ‘Reverse brain-drain’ harms U.S. competitiveness

Kaufman Foundation study shows skilled immigrants are leaving or are blocked from the U.S. -- and their skills go somewhere else.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 22, 2007

Signal conditioning, relay modules

Signal conditioning and relay modules offer a system approach to signal switching and conditioning.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 17, 2007

Flexible filter

The 75FFP100NL flexible filter is approved by NIOSH and offers P100 protection and a three-in-one nuisance-level odor relief from organic vapors, acid gases and ozone.

By Staff
Energy Management August 15, 2007

Yard Hound visibility suite just may be a DC’s best friend

PINC Solutions' Yard Hound Product Suite enables shippers to monitor trailers inside their customers’ yards via RFID.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Energy Management August 15, 2007

TIG welder

Updates to the Invertec V205-T AC/DC compact TIG power source include added circuitry in the stick crisp mode for improved welding performance, improved TIG arc starting, selectable start polarity and adjustable TIG strike current, a widened AC TIG start power range for minimizing tungsten erosion, redesigned power electronics for improved reliability and a voltage reduction device.

By Staff
Energy Management August 15, 2007

Touchscreen interfaces

ATLAS industrial-grade LCD color monitors are available in 15-, 17-, and 19-inch sizes. Housed in a heavy-duty steel chassis and powder-coated machined aluminum bezels, all models are equipped with 100-240 Vac input power supplies and NEMA 4/4X/12 panel-mountable front bezel, analog video connections, and “T” models add USB and RS232 connectivity for the five-wire analog resistive t...

By Staff
Energy Management August 15, 2007

Up-to-date data measures profits down to the minute

A challenge faced by many manufacturers is the lack of a common metric for making the myriad daily, weekly and monthly operating decisions that impact corporate profitability. In the steel industry, for example, companies often have multiple production facilities and different information systems to manage different elements of the business.

By Richard Batty, Maxager, Inc.
Energy Management August 15, 2007

Data converter

The IC11 intelligent RS-232 to RS-422/485 converter can be selected for half/full duplex and allows transmission distances of up to 4,000 feet. The converter accommodates data transfer rates of up to 120 kbps. Power is acquired directly from a computer’s serial port or by using the included USB-plug cable.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2007

Ratcheting cable cutter

Ratcheting cable cutter features an over-molded high-leverage boot that provides improved power and stability to electricians while they cut copper or aluminum hard-drawn cables up to 750-KCMIL.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2007

Roell to assume Johnson Controls’ CEO post

Will succeed John Barth as chairman Jan. 1

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2007

DOE seeks engineer teams to develop nuclear plant

The Idaho National Laboratory seeks industry teams interested in providing engineering design services for the conceptual design phase of the department’s next-generation nuclear plant.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 25, 2007

DOE seeks industry participation for engineering services to design next-gen nuclear plant

The U.S. Department of Energy seeks industry teams capable of providing engineering design services for the conceptual design phase of the department’s next-generation nuclear plant.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 24, 2007

Cargill queues up process insight using Informance manufacturing intelligence solutions

Cargill is extending its use of Informance manufacturing intelligence solutions to include its Dressings, Sauces and Oils North America (DSONA) business unit.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Energy Management July 20, 2007

Motherboard

The AIMB-240, an RoHS-compliant mini-ITX motherboard with 2.8 GHz of power and six serial communication ports, is equipped with a 82852GME chipset and supports Pentium 4 and Celeron processors.

By Staff
Energy Management July 18, 2007

Frost & Sullivan honors Honeywell

Frost & Sullivan named Honeywell Process Solutions as the recipient of the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership for its automation and software solutions in the oil and gas industry. The oil and gas production automation market has changed significantly in the past several years, with producers competing to bring assets into production earlier and squeeze more out of existing fields. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 17, 2007

NAM, Skills USA partner to prep students for manufacturing leadership

A new national partnership to prepare more students for career leadership in advanced manufacturing and help meet the industry’s growing need for highly-skilled employees was announced recently by the National Association of Manufacturers, its Manufacturing Institute and SkillsUSA at the SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony in Kansas City, MO.

By Staff
Energy Management July 15, 2007

Relay actuator and isolated digital input card

The PCI-1763UP relay actuator and isolated digital input card has eight optically-isolated digital inputs with isolation protection of 2,500 VDC for collecting digital inputs in noisy environments and eight relay actuators serving as on/off control devices or small power switches. Other features include LED indicators to show active relays, eight form-C-type relay output channels, high ESD prot...

By Staff
Energy Management July 15, 2007

Stretch wrapping system

The Q-400XT stretch wrapping system features simple automation that eliminates the need for the fork-truck operator to touch the load or machine. Started with a remote lanyard, the Q-400XT automatically attaches the film to the load, wraps it, locks the load to the pallet with a Pallet-Grip film cable and cuts the film.

By Staff
Energy Management July 15, 2007

Siemens Automation Summit draws record attendance

More than 860 automation professionals attended the 2007 Siemens Automation Summit at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando – the largest summit in Siemens history. For three and a half days, hundreds of Siemens Energy & Automation customers, solutions partners and employees chose from more than 150 breakout sessions comprised of presentations by customers, industry analys...

By Staff
Energy Management July 15, 2007

Meet Dave Sanders, our new blogger

David Sanders has joined PlantEngineering.com as our newest blogger. His regular blog, the General List, appears on the Website and is updated regularly. Sanders is facility and EHS manager for Metcam, Inc., a precision metal fabricator north of Atlanta. He has worked in manufacturing for more than 20 years in the metalworking and machine building industries.

By Staff
Energy Management July 15, 2007

Oil filtration system

The gear and lube oil filtration system is designed for filtering high-viscosity fluids. The system features a 4-GPM flow capacity and handles a maximum viscosity of 10,000 SUS at 100 F. Its multi-stage filtration process ensures equipment receives clean oil. For added utility, the filtration system includes differential pressure gauges that indicate when each of the filtration elements need to...

By Staff
Energy Management July 12, 2007

GE and Hitachi form alliance

General Electric and Hitachi recently launched a joint nuclear business to capitalize on rising demand for electricity and increasing concerns about carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired plants.

By Staff
Energy Management July 12, 2007

Watlow opens semiconductor design center

The California-based facility will serve as a home for real-world applications modeling and testing.

By Staff
Energy Management July 6, 2007

Interface converts RS-232 to RS-422/485

The miniature interface converters can be selected for half/full duplex, allow transmission distances of up to 4,000 feet and data transfer rates up to 120 kbps.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 3, 2007

Muller honored with ASHRAE award

Chris Muller, technical director for Purafil and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers for 12 years, was recently awarded the ASHRAE’s Distinguished Service Award.

By Staff
Energy Management June 29, 2007

NAM supports “Blue Dog Coalition” guidelines on energy

The National Association of Manufacturers announced this week its support of the Blue Dog Energy Principles, compiled by the coalition made up of conservative and moderate Democrats.

By Staff
Energy Management June 21, 2007

ABB moves Process Automation HQ to Houston

ABB is relocating its global Process Automation division headquarters from Norwalk, CT to Houston, effective Aug. 1.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Energy Management June 21, 2007

NAM, DOE make pact on energy efficiency

The National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Department of Energy last week signed a memorandum of understanding that furthers the two organizations’ collaboration towards increased industrial energy efficiency.

By Staff
Energy Management June 20, 2007

MES sessions at Siemens Automation Summit

Paul LeMert, Siemens Energy & Automation, kicked off a 2-1/2-day-long series of presentations framing the Siemens SIMATIC IT MES product line. The overview session highlighted market trends, ERP to MES interoperability and MES to PLC/DCS synchronization.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor
Energy Management June 15, 2007

Strongwell finds rapid growth through a slow process

The process of pultrusion is slow. It brings thousands of fiberglass threads together with resin, forced through a die that creates polymer structural composite building blocks. They are as strong as steel, but lighter, non-conductive and corrosion resistant. The resin and glass can be shaped into any form, from shovel handles to ladder supports to walkways.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management June 15, 2007

Manufacturing Summit content is now online

The PLANT ENGINEERING Manufacturing Summit gathered knowledge from top industry experts on everything from MES implementation to how to make your plant a Top Plant. The transcripts provide an in-depth look at each topic covered, including MES, wireless monitoring, energy efficiency and a Roundtable discussion with the 2006 Top Plant winners.

By Staff
Energy Management June 15, 2007

Hydrogen gas generators

Four different models of hydrogen gas generators have been upgraded to produce more than 510 cc/minute of 99.9995% pure hydrogen. Special features include a PEM electrochemical cell protection system with microprocessor controls; a water hydration circulation system; USB capability with software options for remote monitoring and control; and blue intensity backlit display for simple operator use with touch screen visuals for system status checks. Data logging performance controls with reporting tools for preventive maintenance are provided for use in regulated environments where system validations are required. Parker Hannifin Corp.

By Staff
Energy Management June 15, 2007

Water purifier

The Deionizer water purifier is battery powered. The unit is equipped with an improved purity light that flashes green when its cartridge is sufficiently pure and red when the cartridge needs to be replaced. Each disposable cartridge purifies about 600 gallons of water.

By Staff
Energy Management June 15, 2007

High-bond tape

Abrasion-resistant, ultra-high molecular weight high-bond polyethylene tape features a super-high-bond adhesive.

By Staff
Energy Management June 15, 2007

Siemens appoints Timms vice president of Electronics Assembly

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. announced this week the appointment of Jeff Timms as vice president, Electronics Assembly Systems Division. Timms has been acting vice president since earlier this year.

By Staff
Energy Management June 11, 2007

Solving vibration challenges

A new case study takes a look at ways a strategic partnership solved a problem with bearing stress with new lubrication

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 24, 2007

Initial batch of cellulose-based oil for industrial fuel produced at new Ontario plant

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation recently completed the initial production run of BioOil at its new production facility in Guelph, Ontario. The batch is the first in a series of tests to bring the plant up to full production capacity.

By Staff
Energy Management May 15, 2007

Aberdeen Group’s supply chain study identifies technology paths

The Aberdeen Group polled more than 200 enterprises during the first few months of 2007 to assemble "The Supply Chain Innovator's Technology Footprint 2007," a new benchmark study that's available for download at www.aberdeen.com . The report offers recommendations for developing supply chain technology through innovation and identifies technologies companies can consider adopting, depending on their individual needs. Click here to download the report (registration required).

By Staff
Energy Management May 15, 2007

What everyone was talking about at the Manufacturing Summit

The Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit brought together top industry experts on three crucial topics facing manufacturers today: the use of MES systems, the need for energy efficiency and the emergence of wireless monitoring. If you missed the Summit, or you wanted to share the information on these topics, here's a link to each Roundtable discussion at the Summit:

By Manufacturing Summit
Energy Management May 15, 2007

Resolving there are problems, resolve to find the solutions

Plant Engineering does a series of Roundtable discussions each year designed to get at the crucial issues facing manufacturing in general and plant-floor management in particular. In this issue, you'll read excerpts from the discussions we had at the Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit in Chicago.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Energy Management May 15, 2007

Upgraded CPUs

Upgraded CPUs provide a migration path from Bristol Network 3000 RTUs to the Bristol ControlWave remote automation system. The migration is made by replacing installed Network 3000 CPUs with new CW_35 and CW_31CPUs. The CPUs are direct replacements for the CPUs in the 3335 RTU and 3331 I/O rack. They support most commonly used analog, discrete and counter I/O cards, and modems and radios curren...

By Staff
Energy Management May 15, 2007

Temperature control system

The Full Range system integrates a circulating water temperature control system with an Iceman chiller to provide heating and chilling from a single, compact unit. The system is designed for durability and accuracy with continuous process control. Non-corrosive construction, microprocessor-based controls with adaptive tuning capabilities and UL labeled electrical sub-panels are standard.

By Staff
Energy Management May 15, 2007

Graybar asserts opposition to private labeling

Electrical and communications product distributor Graybar affirmed its opposition to private-label products at the National Association of Electrical Distributors annual meeting in Washington D.C. in early May.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 11, 2007

Energy, carbon reduction, goal for new buildings

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers is collaborating with the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council and two other organizations to find ways to reduce the building design industry’s impact on the environment. Their ultimate goal is to design carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.

By Staff
Energy Management May 11, 2007

Dock seal

The PitMaster under-leveler seal closes off the fourth side of the dock opening — beneath and around the dock leveler. The resulting barrier seals air gaps, reducing energy costs and improving industrial hygiene. The loading dock seal is designed to fit a variety of leveler types, and it features a compressible sealing curtain made of durable black vinyl.

By Staff
Energy Management May 10, 2007

Air Dryers

Compact, point of use Balston IT-Series Membrane Air Dryers for applications requiring 35°F dewpoints and flow rates up to 50 SCFM. The Balston IT-Series Membrane Air Dryers offer lower operating costs and better performance than both non-cycling and cycling refrigerant air dryers, it eliminates downtime and costly repairs resulting from dirty, wet compressed air supplies. The system requires no electricity, has no moving parts and offers quiet operation.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 10, 2007

Dinesh Paliwal to leave ABB

Paliwal joins Harman International Industries to become chief executive officer

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 8, 2007

Cargo desiccant bags

Sphinx Container Dri II-Plus Desiccant Bags feature built in hook loops and are easy to hang and suspend in cargo containers to eliminate mold, mildew, corrosion, spoilage, warping, and other harmful effects of moisture during shipping.ctive desiccant ingredient.  Safe, non-toxic and easily disposed of with regular waste, the package allows water vapor to enter the interior where it is then transformed into a thick gel that cannot escape.Sphinx Adsorbents, Inc. www.sphinxadsorbents.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 1, 2007

Blower/Vac

The portable blower, SOLO 440, has more power and 80 percent less vibration than competitive units, it is perfect for clearing leaves, dirt, clippings, and even snow, from paths, driveways and outdoor areas. When used with a shredding blade fitted to the air intake fan, it vacuums and shreds the debris to one-half its original size. The blower features improved environmental characteristics and a unique anti-vibration system that sharply reduces vibration at the handle.It has a powerful 29cc two-stroke gas-fired engine; weighs only 9.5 pounds, and produces maximum blowing power of 760 m3/h, as measured at the blowpipe outlet.SOLO, Inc www.solousa.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 26, 2007

Volumetric titrator

The Volumetric Karl Fischer Titrator, Model AQV-300, has six built-in calculation modes to accommodate solid, liquid and gas samples and includes a statistics package with one-touch calculations. Four files with preset conditions can be stored in memory, which facilitates recall of data for up to 20 samples. A built-in detector monitors titration status, and direct key access allows entry of titration parameters.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 26, 2007

Flip chip package

The CoreEZ semiconductor package uses an organic, thin core build-up flip chip technology that combines electrical performance, wireability and reliability with a cost sensitive material set. This includes 2x the board level reliability of a standard FC PBGA or FC ceramic BGA, as well as full signal wiring on both sides of the core. The core via density provides 199 micron via-to-via core pitch, resulting in a coreless structure.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 25, 2007

Industrial multiport USB modules

The USB-4750 (32-channel isolated digital I/O USB module), the USB-4751 (48-channel TTL digital I/O USB module), and the USB-4751L (24-channel TTL digital I/O USB module) modules have been specifically designed for industrial environments and include USB connectors with screw fasteners and DIN-rail mounting kits. They draw power directly from the USB port and therefore do not require an external power supply. Relying on the plug-and-play features of USB, these modules are so easy to use that users need less than five minutes to setup before acquiring data.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 18, 2007

Front access automation computer

The UNO-3072 high performance Celeron M or Pentium M industrial fanless PC has two PCI V 2.2 expansion slots, dual power input, and 512 KB battery back-up SRAM.nnel isolated digital input, 4-channel isolated digital output with timer, counter, and interrupt handling. It also withstand high temperatures and vibrating environments to fulfill tough requirements, and it’s open platform fulfills demanding requirements from the field. Advantech Corporation, eAutomation Group www.eAutomationPro.com Advantech Corporation is a CSIA member as of 2/26/2015.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 16, 2007

Explosion-Proof Panelboards

The ZCB panelboards are engineered to control electrical equipment and branch circuits, while offering short circuit protection within petrochemical refineries, chemical processing plants or other Zone 1 and Class I, Div. 2 hazardous locations. The panelboards install hassle-free and feature worker safety and maximum durability with their nonmetallic, corrosion-free static-resistant fiberglass reinforced polyester housings, a 316 stainless steel hardware, protective flanges on top and bottom, pad-lockable, double bar locks and individually lockable breakers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 15, 2007

Non-contact voltage tester

VoltAware combines a range of safety features, including a CAT IV 1,000-V rating and continuous battery self-testing, with an ergonomic, over-molded cushioned grip. The tester alerts electricians of an energized circuit at outlets, switches and electrical panels without requiring contact with a bare conductor.

By Staff
Energy Management April 15, 2007

Multi-function I/O module

The USB-4716 is specifically designed for use in industrial environments and includes a USB connector with screw fasteners and a DIN-rail mounting kit. Drawing power directly from the USB port, it does not require an external power supply. It includes 16x single-ended (8x differential) inputs with 16-bit resolution, 200 kS/s analog inputs, 2x 16-bit analog outputs, 8x digit inputs, 8x digital o...

By Staff
Energy Management April 9, 2007

View 2006 Product of the Year winners

Meet the winners and see the products that you voted on for the 2006 Product of the Year awards.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 8, 2007

Ergonomic screwdrivers

Kraftform comfort screwdrivers feature an ergonomic handle. Formed to the hand, the handle facilitates fastening with little effort. Its surface has varying degrees of roughness to prevent the tool from slipping in the hand, and its shape provides additional gripping power while protecting the hand and arm.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 6, 2007

Industrial switches

Series 84 industrial switches include a compact, illuminated emergency-stop switch. The emergency-stop has a monoblock design and bright LED illumination, visible from the side. It shares a 22.5-mm mounting size and low, behind-panel depth with other Series 84 products.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 30, 2007

Feeding equipment brochure

A four-color brochure details the line of feeding equipment for a range of processing industry applications. It features sections on Better-Weigh batch and continuous-weigh feeders, MetaTech volumetric feeders and volumetric belt feeders. Each section contains a detailed product overview includingfeatures and benefits, operating characteristics and basic product specifications.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 22, 2007

Conduit bodies

ALL-IN-ONE conduit bodies are available in a threaded hub model for rigid conduit and IMC and a multi-hub threaded-and-set screw design for rigid conduit, IMC and EMT. Both are constructed of copper-free aluminum and feature a neoprene gasket and stamped aluminum cover. An epoxy powder coat is electrostatically applied to the bodies to provide resistance from weather extremes, salt water and chemicals.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 21, 2007

Siemens Summit comes to Orlando

Siemens Energy & Automation’s annual Users Conference, the Siemens Automation Summit, will be held June 12-15, 2007 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. The theme of this year's event is "Automation, Innovation, Inspiration.” "The Siemens Automation Summit is an important event for Siemens customers and partners to directly engage company management, inspire and be inspired by the people they meet through the sharing of real world experiences, and develop ideas for improving their business by deepening their connection to industry leaders,” said Raj Batra, vice president, Automation and Motion Division, SE&A. Live demonstrations of new products and technologies will be displayed as part of the expanded Solutions Showcase, a tradition started nine years ago. The Showcase features interactive exhibits for Distributed Control, MES and Discrete product lines, staffed by Siemens experts.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 16, 2007

Energy Efficiency Tips

Click on the below headlines to view your Energy Efficiency Tips: U.S. ENERGY-EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS ENERGY STAR, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency How ENERGY STAR Successful Cost Control in a Volatile Electricity Market Manufacturers Can Save Energy this Season with Help from EPA and ENERGY STAR Four Dust Collection System Design Improvements That Can Yield Significant Annual Energy Cost Savings.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 16, 2007

Wiring management systems

Poke Through Systems meet the demand for floor-level power and communications in commercial buildings. Available in 4 and 3-inch core drill sizes to accommodate a range of wiring configurations, the systems offer high capacities to house a maximum number of receptacles. They offer easy access to communications compartments, enabling modifications and upgrades without exposure to power compartments.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 15, 2007

Summit Website includes current event information

The deadline is approaching rapidly for the 2007 PLANT ENGINEERING Manufacturing Summit in Chicago, and the list of speakers and attendees continues to grow. Schneider Electric president and CEO Dave Petratis will deliver the keynote at Monday night’s awards dinner, honoring the Product of the Year and Top Plant recipients.

By Staff
Energy Management March 14, 2007

PLANT ENGINEERING’S Manufacturing Summit hits Chicago

Plan to attend PLANT ENGINEERING's new Manufacturing Summit, being held in Chicago April 2 and 3. In addition to honoring our Top Plant and Product of the Year Award winners, we'll be hosting educational tracks on wireless technologies, energy efficiency and MES. It's a great opportunity for education, networking and fun.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 13, 2007

Oil monitor

The DIGI test cell is designed to analyze multiple oil breakdown characteristics. Capable of measuring both water in oil and total base number (TBN), the test cell provides a digital measurement for each parameter, allowing engineers to monitor the condition of the oil and immediately act when needed.The unit features an LCD display showing direct readouts in ppm, % water or TBN, built-in memory that automatically records previous test results and‘easy-clean’ touch pad controls. Non-slip twist grips ensure that it can be fully sealed when in use. Kittiwake www.kittiwake.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 7, 2007

2007 Siemens Automation Summit, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, June 12-15

“Automation, Innovation, Inspiration” is the theme of the 2007 Siemens Energy & Automation Users Conference, to be held June 12—15, 2007 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL. “The Siemens Automation Summit is an important event for Siemens’ customers and partners to directly engage company management, inspire and be inspired by the people they meet through the sharing of real world experiences and develop ideas for improving their business by deepening their connection to industry leaders,” said Raj Batra, vice-president, Automation and Motion Division, SE&A. Industry experts and analysts will talk about emerging manufacturing trends and focus on Siemens solutions in process and factory automation. Live demonstrations of new products and technologies and case studies from Siemens users also will be featured. The Summit will include interactive exhibits for distributed control, MES and discrete product lines. Registration and additional Summit details are available by visiting: www.sea.siemens.com/summit .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 2, 2007

PlantEngineering.com searches for bloggers

Do you have a regular manufacturing blog now, or are you interested in jumping into the world of blogging? Plant Engineering is auditioning bloggers for our expanded Website, which debuts in April. If you have an idea for a general-interest blog, or an interest in automation, operations, electrical efficiency and safety, maintenance or international manufacturing, send an email to Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra at BVavra@cfemedia.com to be considered.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2007

Repeating the message not a waste of energy

Last September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded its first Energy Star awards to manufacturing plants. The awards went to automakers Ford, Toyota and Nissan; cement industry leaders Ash Grove Cement Company, California Portland Cement Company and Lafarge North America; and wet corn millers Penford Products Company plant and Tate and Lyle Ingredients Americas.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Energy Management March 1, 2007

Embracing innovation at the source leads to technology breakthroughs

At the heart of National Instruments' success over its 30 years is a culture of innovation. The founders – Jeff Kodosky, Bill Nowlin and I – were young, and possibly naive. However, not knowing what couldn't be done was probably a benefit. We had a dream in the late 1970s: 'To do for engineers what the spreadsheet did for financial analysts.

By Dr. James Truchard, National Instruments
Energy Management March 1, 2007

Remote viewing system

The FireSight high-temperature remote viewing system continuously and safely permits viewing of flame quality and impingement, if present, on the tube walls of petrochemical process heaters. The system allows an operator to view the flame in real time in order to tune the furnace to eliminate this hazardous and potentially catastrophic condition.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2007

Manufacturing Summit generates excitement in Chicago April 2-3

One of the keys to a successful manufacturing process is making every day an efficient one. PLANT ENGINEERING Manufacturing Summit April 2-3 in Chicago offers attendees a chance to learn about three crucial issues on the plant floor in a two-day program. “We’ve designed the Summit so it is easy to attend and provides a large amount of information in a short period of time,” sa...

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2007

Attenuator relays

A152 relays are suitable for attenuating RF signals in 50-ohm systems over a frequency range from dc to 5 GHz. The relays are hermetically sealed against inclement weather and extreme environments. The relays feature high isolation between the signal path and the control voltage, low insertion loss of relay contacts and a large bandwidth.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2007

DIN-rail circuit breakers

An expanded circuit breaker product line includes UL-1077 supplemental protection, UL-489 branch circuit protection and a new dc breaker family with UL-489 listing. One feature of the breakers is their high-density, 13-mm housing design. The QZ supplemental protection UL-1077 breakers are available in single, two and three-pole versions from 0.

By Staff
Energy Management February 23, 2007

Engler ‘disheartened’ by poor education report card data

National Association of Manufacturers president John Engler warned that current education achievement scores are “disheartening,” and that high school curriculum needs to be reformed to better prepare the next generation of workers. “Industry is the end-user of our education system,” Engler said.stCentury workforce are just those that our graduates are having the hardest time achieving — math, reading and science.” Two national report cards showed that while high school graduates are taking more challenging courses and earning higher grades during high school, it did not translate to better achievement scores on the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress . “In a global marketplace, our economy and way of life hinge on our ability to remain competitive — and that takes smart minds, skilled workers and innovative thinkers,” Engler added. On a positive note, Engler added that “business has long understood that what we measure gets better. That is why I am here today — to be a part of this critical discussion and to help point our schools toward the right path.”.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 15, 2007

Stackers

Stackers allow workers to lift, transport and position loads of up to 3,000 pounds. Available with manual or electric drive, they feature battery-powered electric lift and are capable of lifting heights up to 80 inches. Designed to handle most types of pallets, the stackers are available in two basic configurations: fork-over and the straddle style.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 14, 2007

Corrosion detection transmitters

CorrTran corrosion detection transmitters provide multivariable outputs with a single transmitter, including general and local corrosion rates as well as conductivity via a two-wire-loop powered 4—20-mA signal with HART protocol. The latest family of CorrTran transmitters uses a new algorithm of the linear polarization resistance, harmonic distortion analysis and electrochemical noise measurement for accuracy. The transmitters automatically calculate and update the Stern-Geary value due to changes in other process variables to maintain corrosion monitoring accuracy.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 14, 2007

Bacou-Dalloz re-energizes its North American glove business

With the recent announcement that its Perfect Fit Glove brand is streamlining its product offering, Bacou-Dalloz is revitalizing its hand protection business unit with a focus on growth and profitability in the North American market. Perfect Fit Glove announced plans to streamline its product offering by rationalizing a number of slow-moving products, improving the unit’s flexibility to respond to current market conditions. As a result of the rationalization announcements, Steve Spotts, vice-president and general manager, announced a reorganization plan along with a work-force reduction of 36 employees at the company’s manufacturing facility in Buffalo, NY. This reorganization is intended to maximize production efficiencies and operational procedures. This move is in preparation for completion of the final phase of integration of the Perfect Fit Glove product line into the main distribution center, located in Columbus, OH.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2007

Electronic indexer

The rotary indexer product set is a fully programmable, direct-drive solution that provides precise, repeatable and flexible electronic indexing in a compact package. Quickly and easily programmed to go in almost any direction at most speeds and angles, the indexer set incorporates precisely matched components to ensure interoperability and optimized performance, ease of system selection and or...

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2007

High-temperature remote viewing systems

Capable of operating in temperatures up to 3,500 degrees F (air-cooled model) or 4,000 degrees F (water-cooled), FireSight high-temperature remote viewing systems are suitable for use in power plants, steel mills, paper mills, glass plants, cement kilns and incinerators. FireSight systems are used to speed light-off, evaluate flame quality, determine status of igniters and view flame impingemen...

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2007

Hydraulic bulk-bag conditioner

The hydraulic bulk-bag conditioner loosens bulk solid material that has solidified during storage and shipment, enabling bulk-bag unloaders to discharge it through bag spouts. The conditioner features two hydraulic rams with specially-contoured end plates to press opposing sides of bulk bags. A hydraulically-actuated, variable-height turntable that allows in-frame bag rotation and conditioning ...

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2007

People

Tom Kopanski, is the new vice president of power distribution and controls division of Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. Raj Batra, vice president of the automotive and aerospace center of competence, succeeds Kopanski as vice president of the automation and motion division. The power distribution and controls division includes the circuit protection, controls and electrical apparatus busine...

By Staff
Energy Management January 25, 2007

Wireless data modems

Now available in module form, wireless data modems can be equipped with three variations of wireless technology. The family of modules share similar operating characteristics in the 2.4-GHz-ISM band under FCC Part 15.247. All three devices can support various network configurations and include an asynchronous, serial 3V-CMOS level interface for ease of connection to an embedded host or an RS-232 type driver.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 25, 2007

Siemens shifts Kopanski, Batra to new leadership roles

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc., recently announced that Tom Kopanski, currently vice president of the Automation and Motion Division has been named the new vice president of Power Distribution and Controls Division. Raj Batra, vice president of the Automotive and Aerospace Center of Competence, succeeds Kopanski as vice president of the Automation and Motion Division. ’ global strategy and have built a network of support that will enable them to lead their respective organizations forward with a strong focus on the market and a commitment to operational excellence.” ty from Dennis Sadlowski, COO, who had been acting vice president of the division. he division. He will continue as head of the Automotive and Aerospace Center of Competence until a replacement is named.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 22, 2007

Blog! Five Fast Things for January 22, 2007

1. Cross purposes? The CEOs of several major American manufacturers are calling for President Bush to support pollution control changes that affect climate change. This puts the CEOs of companies such as Alcoa, DuPont, Caterpillar and G.E.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Energy Management January 19, 2007

Metalforming trade show offers conundrum of technology, knowledge

Metalform, North America’s most focused stamping and fabricating exposition and conference, descends on Rosemont, IL , March 25-28. Sponsored by the Precision Metalforming Association , the event will take place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. While stamping presses will be a major feature of the 200,000-square-foot show, almost 400 companies will showcase new products for assembly automation, robotics and value-added technologies.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 5, 2007

Barcode readers

The SCANEX family of barcode readers is engineered for use in hazardous areas. The Dragon D101, a cabled, trigger-operated handheld scanner; the Dragon M101, a wireless, trigger-operated handheld scanner; and the Nano, a fixed-mount miniature scanner with continuous scan operation are the three primary models are available. The D101’s reading distance ranges from 3 to 31.5 inches, while a long-range option expands the range from 10 to 100 inches.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 5, 2007

ASME to hold conference on sustainable engineering

The ASME European Forum on Sustainable Engineering will examine the role of engineering and science in ensuring sustainable economic growth and quality of life around the world and explore technologies that represent the best practices in water management, energy production, fuel consumption, recycling and air pollution control. The forum is March 19-21, at the Brussels Expo in Belgium . More than 30 presentations, panel discussions and speeches will comprise the program, which will cover a topics ranging from greenhouse gases and alternative fuels to life-cycle assessment and “green manufacturing.”.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2007

S&C’s Estey elected new NEMA chair

NEMA elected S&C Electric president and CEO, John Estey as chairman of the NEMA Board of Governors. One of Estey’s emphases is environmentally sound manufacturing. “NEMA has long recognized the need for sound energy and environmental policies,” said Estey. “What we are attempting to do is get ahead of those who would institute well intentioned, but ill-advised, scien...

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2007

AHR Expo focus: energy, automation and ‘green’

Energy efficiency, building automation and Green building technology will top the lists of many attendees when AHR Expo arrives at the Dallas Convention Center Monday, Jan. 29. More than 1,700 exhibitors are expected to fill the 350,000-square-foot convention center. Features planned for the show include a variety of association-sponsored sessions focusing on energy efficiency and building auto...

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2007

Vacuum-hoist lifter

The VB4 vacuum-hoist spool lifter uses a variable-speed hoist for up/down lifts and has a remote vacuum station to provide the attach and release power, with fully integrated fingertip controls located on the handlebar. Featuring a donut-style foam vacuum pad with two adjustable locators, this lifter is designed for rapid pickup and ‘eye-to-the-sky’ stacking.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2007

Magnetic separators

Eriez Magnetics introduces its ProGrade series of Magnetic Separators. The ProGrade line features high quality magnetic plates, grates, traps and tubes. The line includes professional grade magnets and assemblies at three different degrees of magnetic strength, allowing customers to choose the level of protection that is right for their particular application.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2007

Tongue-operated safety switches

Omron Scientific Technologies, Inc. introduces two new universal tongue-operated safety interlock switches. Just 25 mm (0.98 inches) wide x 82 mm (3.23 inches) long, the T2008 tongue-operated safety interlock switch is designed to provide a minimum of one million actuations in severely space restricted applications, and can be installed on one-inch square tubing.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2007

Collision sensor

The SR-61 Collision Sensor has a lower operating range for increased sensitivity in applications using 3 to 5 kilogram capacity robots and is designed to prevent costly damage to robotic end-effectors resulting from robot crashes. The patented, resettable Collision Sensor is designed to absorb the ‘crash’ and reset itself, virtually eliminating tool damage and lost training or prod...

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2007

Sealed rocker switches

The KR series of sealed rocker switches is designed for applications requiring switches to have an attractive style, superior feel and high reliability. The switches are suited for applications in the marine, off-road, transportation and agriculture markets. Single and double-pole models are available in an extensive range of electrical configurations.

By Staff
Energy Management December 22, 2006

ASME International Gas Turbine Institute launches Webinar series

The International Gas Turbine Institute of ASME will conduct the first of more than 20 Webinars in 2007, beginning January 3 at 11 a.m. EST. The one-hour program, “Global Energy Conversion: Role of Gas Turbines” will offer a state of the industry primer for the global gas turbine community. Hosted by Lee Langston, professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut's Department of Mechanical Engineering , the Webinar will discuss how, in less than 70 years, gas turbine technology has evolved to become a dominant power source for aircraft propulsion and global electric power generation.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 20, 2006

Compact jaw

The Compact Series jaw for Murray heavy-duty, stainless steel PEX clamps offers increased versatility for the Compact 100-B pressing tool. Designed to be used with the Ridgid compact 100-B pressing tool, the clamp jaw is suitable for making quick connections on 3/8- to 1-inch PEX tubing in potable water and radiant heat applications. The compact jaw design enables the end user to work in tight spaces, and a jaw ID clip is provided for quick identification.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 15, 2006

NAM lauds Congress for boosting manufacturing

National Association of Manufacturers president John Engler offered praise and gratitude to the 109th Congress for enacting legislation vital to manufacturing before adjourning for the year. The NAM welcomed a seamless extension and strengthening of the research and development tax credit, which is a proven, innovation-spurring incentive used primarily by manufacturers. The association also was pleased by provisions on health savings accounts that allow more employers to offer HSAs, and more employees to enroll in them. “By sending the president legislation that increases our economic security and strengthens our competitiveness in the global marketplace, Congress has helped level the playing field for manufacturers,” Engler said. In particular, Engler commended action allowing access to domestic energy supplies in the outer continental shelf. “Exploring the OCS is an important step toward a more abundant, flexible and affordable energy supply that is critical to the U.S. economy,” he said. Turning to trade, Engler also praised inclusion of a number of key trade initiatives, including the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, the Generalize System of Preferences, the Andean Trade Preferences Act and Permanent Normal Trade Relations for Vietnam. “These are all critical trade programs for U.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 8, 2006

Inaugural minority manufacturing workshop a success

The National Minority Manufacturing Institute’s minority small manufacturing enterprise (MSME) workshop, Minority Manufacturing — Supply Chain Manufacturing Enterprise, drew representatives from many major corporations to the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore Nov. 15 and 16. The first major public event for the institute’s membership, the workshop was developed to support MSME’s development and innovation for assurance of continued performance alignment with the core needs of major corporations as global supply chain practices continue to evolve and become more stringent. Highlights of the workshop included U.S.-China Exchange Association president George Wang’s presentation titled, “China and the Minority Manufacturer Corporation: Success in the Global Market,” and a joint announcement by NMMI president David Burton and the USCEA of two upcoming trade missions to China and a dedicated MSME trade mission to China in November 2007.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 5, 2006

Fundamentals of dc operation & repair tips, St. Louis, MO, Jan. 26–27, 2007

The Electrical Apparatus Service Association, Inc. is offering a public seminar titled “Fundamentals of dc operation & repair tips” in St. Louis, MO on Jan.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 5, 2006

High power connections

Rhino-Hide 49 Series single-pole connection products for high-amperage power applications are designed to withstand punishing environmental conditions and severe temperature extremes. The connection products consist of male and female plugs, connectors, receptacles, insulators and contacts and accessory products such as clevis pins, receptacle castings dust cover caps, gaskets and covers. These connection products are designed to deliver up to 1,000 V — either ac or dc — and up to 1,135 A through cables ranging in size from 313 MCM through 777 MCM. This line of products are compatible with single-pole products from other leading manufacturers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 5, 2006

Webcast: Finding and Troubleshooting Intermittent Signal Faults, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. EST

Intermittent circuit faults can be one of the most time consuming and difficult problems a design or test engineer encounters. This seminar will discuss best practices for using all brands and models of digital oscilloscopes to identify and troubleshoot this type of circuit failure. Basic techniques start with the use of fast signal acquisition in persistence mode to view the occurrence of an intermittent failure and methods to set up an‘exclusion trigger,’ which allows the oscilloscope to find abnormally-shaped signals — even when the user does not know the nature of the aberrant signal. Parameter histograms and trend lines can identify the occurrence of a rare failure and give clues as to its cause. More advanced material will include a discussion of identifying the source(s) of intermittent failures when performing eye pattern testing or jitter measurements.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2006

Universal PCI card

The PCI-1625U is an eight-port intelligent RS-232 universal PCI communication card. It is virtually a self-contained computer with an onboard DSP processor that can take over the processing load from the host PC. The PCI-1625U has 1 MB of SRAM that can store serial data and reduce host CPU loading. When the card initializes, it downloads the driver software into its onboard DSP.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2006

Tagging relays

Tagging relays are designed with a serial communications capability that can be used to optimize automated breaker control schemes in new or existing power distribution systems. The relays can also be used to control remote reclosure cutoff and facilitate the expansion of a SCADA system beyond a substation to distribution feeders.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2006

Anti-seize lubricants

Permatex anti-seize lubricants protect mated metal parts against corrosion, rusting, galling, friction and seizing. They also reduce wrench torque, easing the assembly and disassembly of threaded, slip-fit, and press-fit connections. The lubricants are an inert blend of heavy-duty aluminum, copper and graphite lubricants in a petroleum base and are capable of withstanding service temperatures f...

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2006

DDR cable assemblies

Extended-reach DDR cable assemblies are small, lightweight cables that reduce cable bundle size, allowing for increased system airflow along with ease of routability and flexibility. They offer improved performance resulting from low power consumption, low latency, reduced crosstalk and increased margins.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2006

Personal toes heater

Toasty Toes provides thermostatically-controlled heat to feet and legs. It has three positions: mat, ergonomic footrest and vertical heat panel. The compact and portable unit measures 12x18x5 inches and weighs 5 pounds. It draws 90 W; 0.8 A and is ETL-listed. Its handy dial provides easy control, and the 6-foot cord plugs into a 110-V outlet.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2006

Website’s new information delivery won’t let you get blogged down

With the arrival of new daily blogs and news at www.plantengineering.com, Website readers can get news and views without having to wade through a lot of extra information. “Blogs have proven to be great ways of getting people connected, but they do tend to be a bit long-winded,” said PLANT ENGINEERING editor Bob Vavra, who is writing the daily blog.

By Staff
Energy Management November 30, 2006

ISO powers up storage of hydrogen fuel cells for safer transport

An ISO technical specification defining safety requirements for the transport of long-lasting fuel cells heralds a new era for handheld consumer devices such as laptops and mobile phones. Hydrogen can be stored and transported in solid form and later released and used under specific thermodynamic conditions. Until now, hydrogen storage systems could only be transported following approval by the competent authority in each country — a process that does not ensure consistency across international borders. A new system for transporting hydrogen will facilitate the commercial progress of the industry as well as help build consumer confidence in the use of hydrogen as a clean and safe energy source. ISO/TS 16111:2006, Transportable gas storage devices — Hydrogen absorbed in reversible metal hydride , is a new standard published by ISO that will help pave the way for larger, widespread applications of hydrogen by facilitating the safe design and use of transportable hydrogen gas storage canisters.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 15, 2006

ARC’s Eleventh Annual Forum, Orlando, FL, Feb. 12–15

“Collaborative Manufacturing Strategies:Driving Performance in the Flat World” The Flat World is creating extraordinary opportunity for manufacturers to improve productivity and performance.Technology developments, social changes and business practices have come together creating a global web-enabled world.Companies that are already using this as the basis for innovative, collaborative manufacturing strategies are exploiting least-cost, global resources to create more effective, real-time value chains.They are drastically reducing costs, maintaining high quality, and providing superior service.They are quickly taking the lead in many markets. ‘Wait and see’ is no longer an option.You need to understand this paradigm shift, empower your people with Flat World capabilities, and drive innovation throughout your own business processes. New, aggressive competitors are already at your customer’s doors and this cultural change will take time.Speed and agility are vital in the Flat World — hesitation will create gaps that may be hard to overcome.“What can you do?” and, “How can you do it?” are critical questions you need to answer. Join ARC Advisory Group analysts and best-in-class CIOs, manufacturing and automaton executives in Orlando as we address some of the crucial challenges facing manufacturers today. For more information, or to register, visit: www.arcweb.com/C7/Forum0207.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 11, 2006

NAM’s Timmons expects new Congress to seek consensus

“Tuesday’s election upheaval should be seen not as a radical shift to the political left, but rather an expression of widespread frustration,” said Jay Timmons, senior vice president for policy and government relations of NAM. “I believe Rep. Nancy Pelosi will assume the House Speaker’s gavel with a determination to deliver results for the American people to enable her party to govern beyond two years.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 8, 2006

APC, PLANT ENGINEERING sponsor Power Quality Roundtable

The issue of power quality inside and outside a plant floor will be the topic of discussion as PLANT ENGINEERING magazine and American Power Conversion host a live Roundtable discussion, complimentary to all attendees, at the annual PowerGen show. Sign up now, click here . The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. in room S230E of the Orange County Convention Center, and space is limited.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 3, 2006

Universal PCI communication card

An eight-port intelligent RS-232 universal PCI communication card, the PCI-1625U is virtually a self-contained computer with an onboard DSP processor that can take over the processing load from the host PC. The PCI-1625U has 1 MB of SRAM that can store serial data and reduce host CPU loading. When the card initializes, it downloads the driver software into its onboard DSP.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Cordless tubing cutter

The UltraCut cordless power tubing cutter features AnyFuel power technology, which uses ultracapacitors that facilitate the use of a variety of batteries. The UltraCut cutter can cut ½-inch or ¾-inch copper tubing with minimal burr. It offers a TruTrak head design that centers the cutter on the tubing, and its small construction allows it to be used in small spaces.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Self-loading gasket

The Multi-Swell self-loading gasket creates its own load when coming into contact with water or oil. Exhibiting high crush strength and to be easily cut and installed, the gasket is suitable for a range of applications. Its adaptable to most types of flange designs, capable of sealing both ring and full-face, standard ANSI flanges, difficult-to-seal cast-iron flanges, specialty OEM designs and ...

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Non-metallic control enclosures

The ControlTower series of non-metallic enclosures is designed for use in larger industrial control systems and machine tool control panels. Suited for indoor and outdoor environments, these enclosures can be freestanding or wall mounted to allow maximum space for electrical, hydraulic or mechanical control circuits.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

APC, PLANT ENGINEERING host Roundtable at PowerGen

The issue of power quality inside and outside of a plant floor will be the topic of discussion as American Power Conversion and PLANT ENGINEERING magazine sponsor a Roundtable discussion at the annual PowerGen show. The event will be held on Wednesday , Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. in room S230E of the Orange County Convention Center.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Infrared camera – 2006-11-01

The ThermaCAM P640 thermal imaging camera features a new, high-definition 640x480 detector that delivers 307,200 pixels. Interchangeable lenses enhance the camera's ability to capture distant targets in detail or view close-ups with a wide field of view. An 8:1 continuous digital zoom allows users to pinpoint problems.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Conveyor roller seal

The conveyor roller seal provides bearing protection on conveyor systems. Non-contacting and non-wearing, it requires a negligible amount of energy to operate. In the event of main rolling-element bearing failure, the seal can operate briefly as an emergency sleeve bearing. Inpro/Seal Co.: www.inpro-seal.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

pH sensors

PERpH-X pH sensor for high-temperature applications performs longer in temperatures up to 145 C. Glass formulations minimize glass cracking, which increases sensor life, as do the refillable reference electrolyte and replaceable reference junction. The titanium and Ryton outer-body construction can be used cycle after cycle.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

What problem does this product solve?

The most powerful tool in research and development isn’t a computer or a machine or a tool. It’s the ear. “We talk to customers all the time,” said Alistair Hamilton, vice-president of industrial design for Symbol Technologies. “They are our most reliable source of information.

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Production monitoring software

Production Monitoring software enables users, at the touch of a button, to monitor welding data for any networked Power Wave power source. With capacity to store and share files, the software facilitates monitoring of production tasks, setting weld limits and tolerances and tracking consumable inventory.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Plasma cutter

The Spectrum 375 X-treme plasma cutter weighs 18 pounds and can connect to any single-phase power supply ranging from 115 to 230 V. Rated at 3/8-inch cutting capacity on mild steel and ¼-inch capacity on aluminum, the unit is designed for maintenance and HVAC applications, among others. An internal filter and factory-set regulator eliminates the need for the operator to adjust air pressure.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Welding power source

The Precision TIG 225 welding power source provides both ac and dc output and a welding current ranging from 5 A to 230 A. It has a compact design with a variety of storage and convenience features, and its Micro-Start II technology delivers arc performance, improved starts and crater control for both ac and dc polarity applications.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Laser shaft alignment system

Featuring CCD technology, the Fixturlaser XA laser shaft alignment system includes 64 MB of RAM and accommodates 128 MB of Flash storage. The unit is fitted with two USB ports for quick transfer to a PC, and its color, 6.4-inch TFT-LCD backlit display provides 3D color animation. Other features include pre-mounted units, snap-on fixtures and LED indicators.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Bag removal device

The Grapoid filter bag removal device removes top-loading, snap-in pleated and felt bags in baghouses. Available in two sizes, it’s operated by a standard cordless drill, a pneumatic wrench or a hand tool. The Grapoid is placed over the bag and the tool inserted into the connector on its top. The unit’s jaws clinch around the bag when the trigger is pulled, forcing the bag free of t...

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Digital ground resistance tester

The Model 6470 digital ground resistance tester provides four tests in one unit: ground resistance; soil resistance; Earth coupling; and bonding. Featuring a rugged, dust-proof and rain-proof design, the tester automatically selects the optimum test voltage, current and frequency. It calculates final results automatically and can store results for up to 512 tests.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Compressed air modular piping

AP50 pipes are constructed of aluminum-extruded profiles and feature a square design. Fittings and pipes are joined by clamping brackets that are locked by Allen screws. Pressure tightness is accommodated by traditional O-ring seals. Capable of handling compressed air up to 15 bars, the design allows accessories like outlet ports to be installed in minutes, while the system is under pressure.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Wireless energy sub-meters

Shark 100-S energy sub-meters for demanding sub-metering and cost allocation applications enable tracking of in-plant departmental energy expenditures and communicates wirelessly. The meter measures L-N or L-L voltage, current, Watts, Watt-hours, VARs, VARh, VA, VAh, PF, frequency, THD, neutral current and load.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Energy chain cable carriers

Energy Chain cable carriers and Chainflex continuous-flex cables are designed for use in extremely tight spaces. The compact versions of the line of automated machinery components are particularly suitable for packaging applications and come in any shape and size, The E2 micro series is manufactured for lightweight, quiet and low-cost applications.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Split bearing protection seal

The patent-pending design of the 33K split bearing protection seal combines two different materials. The monolithic housing is made from a flexible, 95A durometer thermoset polyurethane. The sealing interface components are made from high-performance filled PTFE material. Seals are custom-made to ensure they meet application requirements.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2006

Schneider Electric to purchase APC

Schneider Electric has purchased Rhode Island-based American Power Conversion Corporationsystems for IT and data center applications. “Upon completion of the transaction, APC will become part of Schneider Electric, with greater resources to accomplish our long-term plans, which will be favorable for our employees, customers, business partners and suppliers worldwide," said Rob Johnson, APC’s president and CEO. "Both companies have a dedication to innovation and customer service that make our combined enterprise an even stronger, more competitive player in the industry.” The transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2007, is subject to approval by APC shareholders and other customary conditions. The Board of Directors of APC has approved the transaction with Schneider, and intends to recommend to APC’s shareholders that they approve the transaction.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 27, 2006

Compact stackers

The Power Stak line of fully powered stackers includes models with lift heights of 62, 98 andy reach for operator comfort and convenience. Forward and reverse drive “thumb” switches are located on both sides of the handle to accommodate left- or right-hand operation. An auto-reversing belly switch protects operators from potential injury when walking the unit backwards, while an automatic brake immediately halts travel when reversed.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 24, 2006

Hot issues front and center at AHR Expo 2007

More than 1,400 exhibitors are expected during AHR Expo 2007, which runs at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas Jan. 29-31. With thousands of products, suppliers and solutions, visitors will be able to locate equipment and technical support for most any HVAC&R project.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 24, 2006

Clamp-on ground tester

The Model 4680 clamp-on ground-resistance and leakage current tester is a non-contact solution for measuring ground resistance and leakage current of most electrical installations. The tester is capable of measuring ground resistance from 0.025 ohms to 1,500 ohms and leakage currents in TRMS mode from 0.200 mA to 10.00 AAC. It’s suitable for ground wire or strip up toÖ 35mm.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 20, 2006

Handheld ground-resistance tester

The handheld Eritech EST401 ground-resistance tester measures ground-rod and small-grid resistance in any season, without the use of auxiliary ground rods. The clamp-on ground-resistance tester can be used in multi-grounded systems without disconnecting the ground under test. By performing measurements on intact ground systems, the user can measure the resistance to ground and verify the quality of the grounding connections and bonds.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 13, 2006

Renewing expired R&D credit hoped to be a priority for Congress

Speaking to the annual conference of the Industrial Research Institute, NAM president John Engler said manufacturers had made investment decisions this year based on the reasonable expectation that Congress would renew the R&D tax credit. Engler called it a critical tool for maintaining the United States’ economic competitiveness. “Companies have invested in R&D this year assuming the credit would recover some of their expenses,” Engler said. “They knew it had expired, but this has happened before and Congress usually gets around to renewing it.” Engler said that the R&D tax credit represented the centerpiece of an innovation-focused agenda that Congress should make a priority when it reconvenes in a lame-duck session.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 5, 2006

Technology conference provides insight on energy issues

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers and NextEnergy present "Tomorrow's Energy . . .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 3, 2006

Explosion-proof receptacles

The 7/8-16UN minifast explosion-proof feed-through two to six-wire receptacles provide a safe and efficient way to implement explosion-proof protection in Class I, Division 2 hazardous areas for all industries. The feed-through installs directly in standard conduit entries in explosion-proof enclosures without requiring a poured seal, conduit or extensive wiring. An incorporated minifast quick-disconnect eliminates field terminations and is compatible with the company’s FM approved cordsets. The feed-through is fully potted with a force-resistant compound tested to 9,000 psi; exceeding FM requirements by 50%.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 1, 2006

Long-nose pliers

With its long handles and nose allowing greater access to hard-to-reach areas, the company’s long-nose pliers provide holding power at the tip with minimal effort. The 45 and 90-degree bent nose pliers are designed to reach around obstructions. The pliers are hot-riveted for smooth opening and closing action, eliminating handle wobble.

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 2006

Clamp-type collars

Clamp-type collars are a suitable replacement for set-screw collars, which concentrate tightening pressure and can damage some materials. Featuring a smooth bore, the clamp-style collars can be used as stops or spacers, and for mounting components on stainless steel and acrylic shafts or thin-wall tubing.

By Staff
Energy Management September 29, 2006

Corrosion College celebrates 100th class with Vegas drawing

Corrosion College is an accredited institution of higher learning providing solutions for the prevention of industrial corrosion through classroom and hands-on experiences. Recently, its 100th class completed the intensive two day program, with all attendees going home with Corrosion College diploma certificates. One individual won a weekend trip for two to Las Vegas, NV. Corrosion College includes two days of intensive instruction, conducted by professionals in the field of corrosion protection; hands-on experience in understanding the process of corrosion; and exploration of proven strategies for combating corrosion. For additional information on Corrosion College, visit their Website at www.corrosioncollege.com .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 21, 2006

State partnerships for increasing energy efficiency awarded $6 million

Alexander Karsner, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy for the U.S. Department of Energy, recently announced that the DOE will award $6 million to fund 22 federal-state partnerships that will create initiatives to increase energy savings in residential and commercial buildings. “(The grant) announced today will help reduce our reliance on foreign energy sources, increase energy efficiency and help implement alternative methods of changing ways to power our homes and businesses,” Karsner said. DOE’s Building Technologies Program will oversee funding for the partnerships.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 21, 2006

ASHRAE looks at making Handbook more sustainable

To help engineers respond to environmental challenges, ASHRAE is working to ensure guidance on sustainable design is incorporated in the ASHRAE Handbook. ASHRAE is conducting a review of the sustainability content of all chapters and is looking at writing a new chapter on sustainability, with a view toward integrated building design in its fundamentals volume. "While the word‘sustainability’ only recently entered the vocabulary of ASHRAE, the society was involved with sustainable building and HVAC equipment design long before the term was coined," said Norm Maxwell, P.E., chair of the Handbook Committee. In addition to designing systems that will save energy, sustainability requires design professionals to take into account the length of service of the equipment that is proposed, he said. The end result must be a total building concept that will not have to be replaced quickly and have a long service life. "Given the current interest in sustainable buildings and technologies and ASHRAE’s long history with high-efficiency buildings and HVAC&R systems, it is appropriate that design guidance related to sustainability be incorporated in the ASHRAE Handbook," he said.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 14, 2006

Schneider Electric extends European strength with Napac acquisition

Schneider Electric announced recently that its Sorhodel Bardin SAS subsidiary has acquired Napac SA, an Air Liquide subsidiary and provider of intelligent remote management solutions for the infrastructure market. Napac designs, builds, and markets a portfolio of software and equipment to deliver end-to-end remote management solutions, comprising dedicated PLCs, SCADA software, web interfaces and other features. Applications for Napac products include gas and fluids storage, water networks, refrigerated warehouses, control room management, power generation and HVAC engineering. It reported nearly $7.6 million in revenue in 2005. The acquisition enables Schneider Electric to extend the range of products and solutions offered by Sorhodel Bardin, which specializes in remote management and control solutions for the energy and infrastructure markets.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 14, 2006

NAM welcomes senator’s strategic plan for energy independence

NAM president John Engler said Monday the Strategic Plan for Energy Independence proposed last week by U.S. Sen. George Allen (R-VA) is a “comprehensive and well-considered plan for increasing domestic energy production, reining in price increases and reducing our dependence on foreign sources.” Speaking on the floor of the U.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 7, 2006

Manufacturers continue to be challenged by rising energy costs

The National Association of Manufacturers pointed to a recent Labor Department employment report as an indication that the economy is continuing to moderate from robust growth that took place earlier in the year. “The addition of 128,000 jobs in August, on par with the jobs created during the prior two months, shows that the economy is in a decelerating mode,” said David Huether, chief economist of NAM. “While manufacturing employment fell by 11,000 in August after a 23,000 decline in July, it has edged up by 12,000 to a level of 14.2 million over the past year,” he said. “However, this modest change overshadows an emerging dichotomy within manufacturing: Over the past year, production employment — jobs on the factory floor — have increased by 150,000, while non-production jobs have fallen by 138,000. “Of the 22 major manufacturing sectors, 10 have added 226,000 jobs over the past 12 months,” Huether said. “These figures show that, while some manufacturing sectors are benefiting from solid growth in exports and business investment, other sectors are significantly challenged by rising import competition and the effects of high gasoline prices,” he said.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 6, 2006

Website Realestate Sampler

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By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 5, 2006

Advanced Rubber Products purchases product line from Victor Insulators

Advanced Rubber Products, a specialty contract manufacturer of custom rubber molded products and a producer of electrical insulators for the power distribution industry, purchased the polymer high-voltage insulator product line from Victor Insulators of Victor, NY. The addition of the polymer insulator line enhances Advanced Rubber's offering of electrical insulators to include 15 kV, 25 kV and 35 kV EPDM polymer insulators and 15 kV, 25 kV and 35 kV silicone polymer insulators. Advanced Rubber Products has been producing these parts for Victor Insulator for more than eight years. Advanced Rubber Products has been manufacturing the polymer insulator line at its Wyoming, NY facilities.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 1, 2006

Cm3 connector

The Cm3 connector has a low profile ideal for space-sensitive applications, significantly lower installation cost and is 50% smaller and lighter than conventional circular connector designs. The connector is completely sealed and shielded for high reliability and its simple harnessing reduces assembly and installation time in motor applications.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 2006

Public policy program to focus on business, economic issues

The National Association of Manufacturers has expanded its public affairs radio program broadcasts of “America’s Business” to 43 additional radio stations across the nation, with plans to add more. The weekly program, hosted by broadcasting veteran Mike Hambrick, airs on Saturdays. It’s also online and at www.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 2006

Sleepwalking schools are failing U.S. industry

If Rip Van Winkle were to awaken today after a 200-year nap, he would no doubt be stunned by the dramatic changes that had taken place – busy freeways, modern hospitals, humming factories and all the panoply of modern entertainment. But if he walked into a public school he would feel right at home – the same rigid class structure of children in straight-backed chairs and teachers at...

By John Engler, President National Association of Manufacturers
Energy Management September 1, 2006

Auto manufacturing quality shows biggest jump in 10 years

Despite rising vehicle costs and gas prices, consumers are giving the auto industry its highest perceived quality rating in a decade, according to the Quarterly Quality Report, released Wednesday by the American Society for Quality. “The increases in this quarter’s American Customer Satisfaction Index results indicate a stronger focus on improving customer service by both the auto ...

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 2006

Schneider Electric to showcase innovations at company event

Schneider Electric offers “Initi@tive 2006: the Gateway to the New Electric World,” a debut trade exposition in the United States. Through product demonstrations, professional development seminars and more than 69,000 square feet of industry-specific trade exhibits, Initi@tive 2006 will showcase for key customers and prospects Schneider Electric’s power and automation and cont...

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 2006

Johnson Controls starts energy efficiency blog

Johnson Controls recently launched http://www.yourenergyforum.com, an Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Blog. The blog covers virtually any facility-related energy issue applicable to residential users, as well as large commercial and industrial users. The blog also provides practical steps for lowering and managing energy use.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 2006

ABB acquires Raffin Electric

ABB announced this week its acquisition of the assets of the manufacturing and industrial contracting units of Raffin Electric Company, Ltd. Based in Calgary, Raffin Electric manufactures custom power distribution centers and other electrical distribution equipment used primarily in harsh outdoor environments.

By Staff
Energy Management August 31, 2006

InfraMation 2006 Conference to address predictive maintenance

The InfraMation 2006 Conference, sponsored by Flir, is designed for those seeking innovative ways to reduce costs, improve worker safety and optimize productivity by averting shutdowns and extending the life of capital equipment through the use of infrared thermography. Learn from experts in the field as they cover a selection of topics, ranging from predictive maintenance, thermal research and development, on-line process monitoring and control and nondestructive testing. The conference will be held at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, from Oct.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 18, 2006

ABB acquires Raffin Electric Company, Ltd.

ABB announced this week its acquisition of the assets of the manufacturing and industrial contracting units of Raffin Electric Company, Ltd. Based in Calgary, Raffin Electric is a manufacturer of custom, premanufactured power distribution centers and other electrical distribution equipment used primarily in harsh outdoor environments. "This acquisition will help strengthen ABB's leading position in supplying power and automation products, services and systems to the oil and gas industry," said Sandy Taylor, ABB Canada's president and global head of ABB's oil and gas business. "Raffin's products, its reputation for delivering quality services and the people behind those products and services will complement ABB's focus on meeting customer needs for improved reliability and performance in electrical distribution networks," added Peter Didaskalos, vice president and general manager, high and medium voltage apparatus, power products division, North America. Raffin Electric employs about 65 people at its Calgary facility and generates over $20 MCAD in annual revenues. The acquisition will be integrated into ABB's Power Products for Medium Voltage business and will continue to operate as a dedicated site in Calgary.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 18, 2006

ASQ quarterly report shows quality increase in manufacturing durables

Despite rising vehicle costs and gas prices, consumers are giving the auto industry its highest perceived quality rating in a decade, according to the Quarterly Quality Report, released Wednesday by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). “The increases in this quarter’s American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) results indicate a stronger focus on improving customer service by both the auto and personal computer sectors,” said Jack West, spokesperson for the ASQ and the author of the Quarterly Quality Report. “In the auto industry, Japanese manufacturers like Toyota and Honda continue to exploit their competitive distinction in engineering and innovation, while the bigger surprise is that U.S. brands like General Motors and Ford’s quality improvement processes are beginning to close the gap with their import competitors.” AUTOMOBILES This quarter, the auto industry’s perceived quality score stands at 87, bringing it back to its highest level since the second quarter of 1995. U.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 8, 2006

New version of LabVIEW debuts at NI Week event

National InstrumentsW 8.20’s new features allow for advanced analysis and control, improved distributed system management and new targets for human-machine interfaces (HMIs). "The success of LabVIEW over the past 20 years is a result of its intuitive graphical programming environment that a broad set of engineers working in many different domains can use," said Dr. James Truchard, president, CEO and cofounder of National Instruments. "LabVIEW continues to evolve into a powerful control software solution, bringing custom measurement and real-time execution capabilities together with industrial and advanced control algorithms for a unique, integrated platform stretching across many different applications." Company officials said the latest version of LabVIEW improves the execution speeds of PID control loops by up to 14 times and execution speeds of the LabVIEW Simulation Module for advanced control algorithms by up to nine times, making it possible for engineers to develop and execute complex control modules of more than 1,000 nodes. "By combining the rugged, compact design of CompactRIO; the reliability of FPGA-based implementation; and the ease-of-use of LabVIEW FPGA, developers now can embed powerful protection monitoring and control systems into their industrial machines," the company said in a press release. National Instruments unveiled its new LabVIEW software Aug.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 3, 2006

How a Well-Planned Strategy Can Help the Food Industry More Effectively Manage Its Energy-Related Costs

Click here for: How a Well-Planned Strategy Can Help the Food Industry More Effectively Manage Its Energy-Related Costs White Paper Registration Policy By agreeing to register to view this white paper, you agree that we may share your registration information with the white paper sponsor. We do not permit this company to use your personally identifiable information without your permission for any purpose other than to send you information about their own products and services.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2006

IMTS prepares for biennial event in Chicago Sept. 6-13

The International Manufacturing Technology Show will host more than 1,200 exhibitors at Chicago’s McCormick Place on Sept. 6 through Sept. 13. IMTS, held every other year, is sponsored by Association For Manufacturing Technology and is expected to draw more than 85,000 buyers and sellers from 80 countries.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2006

Registration now open for National Safety Congress

The 94th National Safety Congress and Expo is Nov. 3 through Nov. 10 at the San Diego Convention Center. The Expo, which is Nov. 6 through Nov. 8, brings together more than 750 safety products suppliers, offering an array of safety knowledge to employers. The 2006 Expo will also feature the first Hispanic Safety + Health Conference, which adds 32 training programs, technical sessions and semina...

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2006

Power event monitor

The TVSS power event monitor notifies facility personnel of harmful transient voltages where and when such surges occur. The power monitor helps users gauge and monitor power surges, whether onsite or remotely, via Ethernet. The TVSS monitors the system while recording and storing power quality disturbances.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2006

Ti5X Series infrared

The Ti50 and Ti55 are designed for advanced technicians and professional thermographers working in demanding environments or applications. The Ti5X cameras feature a 25-micron, 320 x 240 uncooled vanadium oxide microbolometer detector, an on-camera Windows CE interface for ease of use and optional, wide-angle and telephoto interchangeable lenses.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2006

Plant Engineering earns three awards in ASBPE competition

PLANT ENGINEERING magazine received three writing awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including two national awards presented at the ASBPE convention in Chicago July 20. Senior editor Jack Smith received two awards: a Midwest-South Regional silver award in the Feature Series category for his stories on circuit fundamentals, and a national silver award in the Indivi...

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2006

Fluid handling solutions detailed in white paper

Manufacturers looking to improve the efficiency of their operations are taking a closer look at industrial fluid storage and handling. That’s the subject of a white paper by Stephen Dunkel, Systems Coordinator at the IFH Group, titled, “Industrial Fluid Handling Solutions”. The report examines the inefficiency and unnecessary expense of traditional solutions such as 55-gallon ...

By Staff
Energy Management July 19, 2006

Ultrasound World III to focus on new technology and plant maintenance issues

Ultrasound World III, an annual seminar that immerses plant maintenance managers and supervisors, inspectors and technicians in the latest ultrasound detection, analysis and software trends, will take place November 5 - 8, 2006 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort Hotel in Clearwater Beach, FL. This year's event is expected to attract record attendance from the U.S. and abroad with its focus on how ultrasound can help reduce energy waste and improve production, increasing productivity and cost savings. By drawing on actual case histories, speakers from a range of maintenance disciplines will discuss how these issues relate to overall company profitability and equipment reliability.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 19, 2006

IMTS prepares for biennial event in Chicago, Sept. 6-13

The International Manufacturing Technology Show will host more than 1,200 exhibitors at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 6-13. IMTS is sponsored by the Association For Manufacturing Technology and is expected to draw more than 85,000 buyers and sellers from 80 countries. The show is organized in pavilions that focus on specific manufacturing products, including: Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing Controls & CAD/CAM EDM Fluid Power Gear Generation Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental Metal Cutting Metal Forming & Fabricating/Lasers Quality Assurance Tooling and Workholding Systems. In conjunction with this event, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and AMT have developed a comprehensive educational conference for the manufacturing community.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 7, 2006

Manufacturing, economy remain healthy, report says

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in June for the 37th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, says the latest “Report on Business” from the Institute for Supply Management. “Manufacturing growth continued in June, and although the rate of growth slowed slightly, renewed strength in June’s new orders index provides encouragement for the third quarter,” said Norbert J. Ore, chair of ISM. “While energy and raw material prices are still a concern, our members indicate that they are coping with the challenges and see their businesses in a continuing growth mode.” The full report is available at www.ism.ws .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 7, 2006

API updates Congress on energy situation

In a letter to Congress dated June 29, Red Cavaney, president of API, saidin the search for new energy supplies for consumers, it is important that elected leaders resist the temptation to burden the industry with confiscatory and discriminatory taxation schemes that would reduce the industry’s ability to make the reinvestments necessary to deliver future energy toAmerican consumers. Log onto www.api.org to read the letter.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 5, 2006

Intermec files patent infringement lawsuit against Alien Technology

Intermec, Inc. filed suit against Alien Technology in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware for patent infringement, alleging that Alien's Generation 2 RFID readers and tags infringe upon 10 Intermec patents.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management July 1, 2006

Energy efficiency benefits to manufacturers

Energy efficiency improvements can reduce utility bills and improve your plant’s bottom line Many improvements require little or no extra investment, are easy to implement and have payback times of less than a year Strategies that increase energy efficiency often reduce operating and maintenance costs, minimize waste and enhance production Energy efficiency helps to reduce negative impacts on the environment and can enhance corporate community relations programs.

By Staff
Energy Management July 1, 2006

White paper details fluid handling solutions

Manufacturers looking to improve the efficiency of their operations are taking a closer look at industrial fluid storage and handling. That’s the subject of a white paper by Stephen Dunkel, Systems Coordinator at the IFH Group, titled, “Industrial Fluid Handling Solutions”. The report examines the inefficiency and unnecessary expense of traditional solutions such as 55-gallon...

By Staff
Energy Management July 1, 2006

PTDA releases membership directory

The Power Transmission Distributors Association has released its 2006–2007 membership directory. Updated annually, the directory is available in a compact, easy-to-use format that includes fold-out tabs, providing quick access to three major sections. An alphabetical listing of distributors includes address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail and Website addresses.

By Staff
Energy Management June 23, 2006

Power Engineering and Powerstrut.com certified as woman-owned enterprise

Power Engineering and Powerstrut.com announce their recent certification as a woman-owned enterprise. This certification by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Business and Technology lists the company in both the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) directory and in the Massachusetts Central Registry. Power Engineering Company, owner of Powerstrut.com, is a supplier to the metal frame channel industry with more than 50 years of experience. Power Engineering Company was founded by Jim Power, who originated the name Power Strut and began manufacturing Power Strut in Framingham, MA in 1950, to compete with Unistrut.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 8, 2006

Siemens honors five companies for excellence

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. recognized five U.S. companies for outstanding achievement in the implementation and use of Siemens technology during the 2006 Siemens Automation Summit held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, June 6-8. Siemens president Aubert Martin presented the Siemens Customer Excellence Award to Air Products and Chemicals, Astec Industries, CoilPro Machinery, E&I Sales and Prism Systems at an evening management reception held during the Siemens 2006 Automation Summit. "The Customer Excellence Award honors our customers who have shown ingenuity and creativity in deploying Siemens leading edge technology and products," Martin said.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 1, 2006

Heating element market growing

Manufacturing and processing applications dominated total shipments of electric heating elements in 2005, according to a recent study by Venture Development Corp. These applications accounted for the largest shipments for the most of the 28 product categories studied. OEM and system integrator applications comprised more than 82% of the 2005 North American heating element market, which totaled ...

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 2006

From the archives: Best practices on insulation

Energy efficiency is a major concern today, but plant staffs have long known of the importance of energy conservation – and PLANT ENGINEERING readers have been receiving updates on energy best practices for nearly 60 years. In June 2003, Christopher Russell from the Alliance to Save Energy was sharing this insight: “If purchased fuel is the 'currency’ of an industrial plant...

By Staff
Energy Management May 16, 2006

Zero tolerance for counterfeiters

Just three weeks after it filed suit to block a rival company from selling counterfeit circuit breakers, Square D has won a consent order to block the practice. On April 28, Scott Electric signed the Consent Order in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania to prevent the sale of counterfeit QO circuit breakers bearing the Square D trademarks and copying Square D designs. The suit claimed Scott Electric sold the counterfeit products.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 12, 2006

NPRA testifies at House Energy and Commerce hearing

Bob Slaughter, president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing on “Gasoline: Supply, Price and Specifications.” In his testimony, Slaughter stated, “The state of the gasoline market today reflects supply and demand, and the arithmetic is not complicated. What is happening is what the textbooks say should happen. With domestic demand for refined products accelerating and outpacing our ability to meet those needs with domestic supplies, coupled with the ever-increasing global demand for these same products, market volatility will continue.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 10, 2006

7 Types of Power Problems

Click here for 7 Types of Power Problems pdf .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 1, 2006

Expanded liquid natural gas imports needed, study shows

The growing cost of energy is one of a host of current challenges facing U.S. manufacturers, but the ability to expand imports of liquefied natural gas at reasonable cost would help rebuild the global competitiveness of the sector, according to a new report. The report from the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, U.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 2006

USB data acquisition system introduced

National Instruments has announced the CompactDAQ, a new USB-based modular data acquisition system. The new platform is intended for sensor and electrical measurements on the bench top, in the field and on the production line. The system offers an eight-slot chassis that accepts I/O modules capable of measuring up to 256 channels of electrical, physical, mechanical and acoustic signals in a sin...

By Staff
Energy Management April 27, 2006

Matrikon MVP group meeting in Alberta

Matrikon's Most Valued Partners North American user group event will be May 8-10 at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The 2006 event will bring together industry experts who will provide knowledge on the latest strategies for continuous improvement in manufacturing. Among the topics to be covered are Matrikon provides web-based products and optimization services to leaders in oil and gas, petrochemicals, cement, utilities, pulp and paper, automotives and heavy equipment, discrete manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverage processing. Attendees also will receive demonstrations of the latest product releases and solution-specific breakout sessions.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 14, 2006

Bentley announces expanded Asia initiatives

Bentley Systems has moved the headquarters for its Asia operations to China and will make its Power Program subscriptions available to the Chinese audience as a continuing effort to recognize the infrastructure growth opportunities in China. “China is experiencing an infrastructure boom of historic proportions and will invest $800 billion dollars in infrastructure over the next five years,” said Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems. “It ranks No. 3 in the $4 trillion global construction market and No.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 7, 2006

Need to improve LNG imports, study shows

The growing cost of energy is one of a host of current challenges facing U.S. manufacturers, but the ability to expand imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at reasonable cost would help rebuild the global competitiveness of the sector, according to a new report. The report from the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, U.S. Manufacturing and the Evolving Global LNG Market: Prospects for Lower Energy Costs, finds that absent new sources of natural gas supply, the price of this crucial energy resource is almost certain to climb steeply.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 5, 2006

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By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management April 1, 2006

Siemens Automation Summit is June 6-8

The Siemens Automation Summit, Siemens Energy & Automation's 2006 Users Conference, has expanded its scope to join multiple Siemens automation business units distributed control systems, manufacturing execution systems, discrete automation and production machines into a single event. The new event allows attendees to exchange information, network with their peers, attend educational semina...

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 2006

NMW survey: Cautious optimism, cautious growth in 2006

The 2006 National Manufacturing Week survey of manufacturers in the United States shows that 44% expect manufacturing to trail the overall economy in 2006, up from 34% in the previous year's survey, and that a substantial majority expect the economy to grow more slowly - less than 2.9% - in the year ahead than most economists predict.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 2006

Gathering knowledge online, one paper at a time

Truing to make sense of some of the new technologies and new ideas on the manufacturing landscape? Go to www.plantengineering.com and take a look at some of the new studies available online: New Natural Gas Technologies for Enhancing the Indoor Environment: Today's technologies provide an opportunity for natural gas to provide far more to your commercial clients by providing an enhanced indoor ...

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 2006

Bentley, GoogleEarth connect project online

Bentley Systems has connected MicroStation to the Google Earth service. As a result, for the first time, users can view and navigate 2D/3D models of infrastructure projects in the context of the Google Earth environment. MicroStation is Bentley's desktop platform for the design, construction, and operation of the world's infrastructure, including buildings, roads, bridges, power plants, teleco...

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 2006

Shelving drawers

The Rousseau modular drawers for shelving can help you gain up to 50% to 70% of your space. There are several drawer dimensions available: 36 inches, 42 inches and 48 inches wide by 18 inches and 24 inches deep. They can store many different objects ranging from heavy dies to small hardware and can be installed in more than 35 brands of shelving on the market.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 2006

3-phase power conditioner

The Sola/Hevi-Duty Solatron Plus 3-Phase Power Conditioner protects against common power quality problems by providing true voltage regulation, surge protection, and noise isolation - even through inductive and poor power factor loads. Within an input voltage range of -25% to +15%, the Solatron Plus produces an output voltage of less than +/-5% of nominal voltage regulation to maintain as stabl...

By Staff
Energy Management March 31, 2006

NMW speakers encourage common ground with China

The role of a growing global economy was on the minds of attendees at the 16thNational Manufacturing Week keynotes this week in Rosemont, IL. The topic was also the topic of three addresses by leaders from industry and government. Caterpillar chairman and CEO Jim Owens called on policymakers focus on keeping U.S.-China relations positive and constructive at his Wednesday, March 22 keynote. “Personally, I can think of no faster path to a worldwide recession than for the twin engines of the global economy — the United States and China — to turn against one another,” said Owens.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 31, 2006

NMW survey: Cautious optimism, cautious growth

The 2006 National Manufacturing Week survey of manufacturers in the United States shows that 44% expect manufacturing to trail the overall economy in 2006, up from 34% in the previous year’s survey, and that a substantial majority expect the economy to grow more slowly — less than 2.9% — in the year ahead than most economists predict. “Most economists expect the overall economy to do better than that, including our own” said National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler. “It’s not that manufacturers are unduly pessimistic, but they are contending with unprecedented challenges that affect their outlook.” Tony Raimondo, Chairman and CEO of Behlen Manufacturing Company in Columbus, Nebraska, and a member of the NAM Board of Directors, said that energy was looming ever larger as a serious cost factor in his industry. “The government encourages us to rely more and more on natural gas for energy, and then makes it virtually impossible to access more supplies of natural gas.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 15, 2006

From the ODVA Conference

During its 2006 CIP Networks Conference and 11th Annual Meeting of Members, ODVA announced new global activities and initiatives for CIP Networks and hosted presentations focusing on several leading-edge manufacturing network technologies. ODVA presented the first in a new series of seminars focusing on the technology and business benefits of implementing EtherNet/IP. The seminars, d “EtherNet/IP: The Proven and Complete Solution for Manufacturing Automation,” and “EtherNet/IP: Quick Start,” which is designed for vendors interested in learning the steps required to build an EtherNet/IP product, will be offered at various locations in countries around the world in 2006, including China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and the USA. Also announced, the future adaptation of CIP previously known as “Project CipNetSA” was formally named “CompoNet.” This new CIP Network is targeted at applications dominated by simple sensors and actuators. An introductory training session was given during the conference’s Training Track. Other newly announced activities include recognizing and supporting ODVA members who, as part of “The CIP Conformity Club,” have made a commitment to conformance testing their products.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 2, 2006

Design guide for VAV systems available

Variable air volume systems can be very efficient at full load, but large buildings often spend a large portion of their time operating at part load, where they often operate far less efficiently than they could.That’s because system components are typically not selected and controlled to work together in an integrated fashion. A new comprehensive design guide is now available from the California Energy Commission’s PIER program.The program is aimed at decreasing building energy use through research that develops or improves energy-efficient technologies, strategies, tools, and building performance evaluation methods. The brief can be accessed from the web at https://esource.com/public/products/cec_form.asp .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 2, 2006

Report studies strategies to cool data centers

Room cooling is an ineffective approach for next-generation data centers. Latest generation high density and variable density IT equipment create conditions that room cooling was never intended to address, resulting in cooling systems that are inefficient, unpredictable, and low in power density. Row-oriented and rack-oriented cooling architectures have been developed to address these problems. A new paper by American Power Conversion that can be found at this link https://www.apcmedia.com/salestools/VAVR-6J5VYJ_R0_EN.pdf contrasts room, row, and rack architectures and shows why row-oriented cooling will emerge as the preferred solution for most next generation data centers.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2006

Manufacturing report online

The Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast is now available at www.mapi.net shows a slowing of the U.S. economy during the next two years, but predicts a solid performance from the manufacturing sector. Inflation-adjusted gross domestic product growth will be 3.2% in 2006 and 2.8% in 2007, revised down only slightly from the November 2005 projections of 3.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2006

The Future of Manufacturing: Driving innovation in the ‘new world’

The morning after the State of the Union, the National Association of Manufacturers delivered its report, "U.S. Manufacturing Innovation at Risk." Jerry Jasinowski, president of the Manufacturing Institute, which sponsored the report along with the Council of Manufacturing Associations, said he wasn't sure if the release of the report a day after the State of the Union was initially a good idea.

By Bob Vavra, editor
Energy Management March 1, 2006

Watlow debuts China Website

Watlow recently unveiled its new web site for the Chinese market. The new site, located at www.watlow.cn, contains Watlow's product and industry information in Mandarin. Some Watlow literature in Mandarin is available for download on the new site. "With the rapid growth in the Chinese marketplace, we felt it was time to develop a web site specifically for this market," said Chris Eichmann, Vic...

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2006

Re-engineering the White Sox

Welcome back for National Manufacturing Week here in the home of the defending World Series champion Chicago White Sox. When the White Sox won the World Series in October (a sentence that still brings a smile to my face) the city of Chicago threw a parade that drew an estimated 1.75 million people. For the occasion, the city rented eight confetti cannons to shoot thousands of tons of shredded n...

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Energy Management February 24, 2006

Powell to speak at Intergraph event

Former Secretary of State and retired general Colin Powell will address Intergraph 2006, Intergraph Corporation’s international users conference June 12 to June 15 June 12-15, 2006 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. R. Halsey Wise, President and CEO of Intergraph Corporation, said, "Globally recognized for his distinguished military career and diplomatic service as Secretary of State of the United States of America, General Colin Powell brings unique insights into today's global economic, political and social challenges. General Powell is incredibly knowledgeable and offers keen insight on many of the important macro trends that impact Intergraph's markets and customers around the world.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 10, 2006

Intergraph adds Atlas piping design software

Intergraph Corporation, a global provider of spatial information management software, has acquired Alias Ltd., a provider of piping design automation software, based outside of Manchester, England. “The acquisition of Alias is consistent with our Strategic Plan to allocate capital and focus resources on our core industries where we believe Intergraph has differentiated capabilities," said R. Halsey Wise, Intergraph President and CEO. "Alias provides our Process, Power & Marine division a complementary critical piping technology and enhanced expertise in deliverables automation that will allow Intergraph to continue delivering the productivity improvements that our customers desire and deserve.” "The Alias acquisition is the positive culmination of a long-standing partnership between our two companies, and we believe there are many natural synergies in combining the two organizations," said Gerhard Sallinger, President of Intergraph's Process, Power & Marine Division.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2006

OSHA injury forms must be displayed

Beginning Feb. 1, employers were required to post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year. Employers are only required to post the Summary OSHA Form 300A from Feb.1 to Apr. 30, 2006. The summary must list the total numbers of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2005 and were logged on the longer OSHA 300 form.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2006

Invensys, Energy Solutions form strategic alliance

Invensys Process Systems and Energy Solutions International Inc., a world leader in pipeline management systems will form a strategic alliance and reseller relationship. Energy Solutions and Invensys will collaborate to provide customers with intelligent solutions for pipeline automation and optimization in the oil & gas transportation sector.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2006

NAM economist: Higher winter heating bills slowing growth, recovery

High winter heating bills have a chilling effect on economic growth, according to the 2006 National Association of Manufacturers' 2006 economic forecast. First quarter growth is expected to slow to 2.6%, the lowest rate since the first quarter of 2003. "Though the impact of heating bills will abate in the spring, the impact of historically high natural gas prices will continue to impact manufac...

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2006

Intergraph to supply technology for Chinese reactor project

Intergraph Corp. announced that Chinergy, the organization commissioned to build the world's first commercial, modular high-temperature, gas-cooled reactor in China's Shandong Province, has selected SmartPlant 3D and SmartPlant Enterprise as the core technology for project design and implementation requirements.

By Staff
Energy Management January 31, 2006

Management changes at EPRI

Hank Courtright, Chris Larsen to serve in leadership roles.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 31, 2006

NAED and TED upgrade Websites

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) and The Electrical Distributor (TED) magazine have launched new versions of their Websites: www.naed.org , www.naedtechnologyinformer.com and www.tedmag.com . The three sites were completely redesigned using a new content management system to provide a more user-friendly method to access current industry information and resources. The highlights of the enhanced Web sites include: NAED ( www.naed.org ): NAED Learning Center — providing interactive, online versions of the Education & Research Foundation’s essential training programs NAED Newsline — weekly newsletter bringing current association news to members and affiliates All Industry Directory — a comprehensive listing of distributor, affiliate and allied partner location information. NAED Technology Informer ( www.naedtechnologyinformer.com ): Technology Solutions Directory — showcasing TED advertisers, NAED affiliates and allied partners who provide technology solutions New Feature Series — offering available technology opportunities to smaller distributors Technology News & IDEA Updates — weekly technology news and monthly IDEA postings. TED Magazine ( www.tedmag.com ): Supplier Directory — a complete listing of TED advertisers and NAED affiliates and allied partners, with upgrades available to companies wanting to highlight new products and services Sales Insider Newsletter — quarterly featuring new products and content especially designed for distribution sales professionals Print Archive — an all-new, easily accessible online archive of past TED print issues.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 27, 2006

Schneider’s Cox to deliver keynote at NMW

Mary Frances Cox, senior vice president of operations at The Schneider Electric North American Operating Division, will deliver the keynote address at the 2006 National Manufacturing Week Conference, March 20-23, in Rosemont, IL. Cox’s remarks on Tuesday, March 21 from 1 to 2 p.m.will focus on “Shaving Significant Cost Reductions Out of the Manufacturing Cost Base.” Since being named to head up operations in North America, she has led Schneider Electric’s operations improvement initiatives, which has reduced manufacturing costs in plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For show information, go to www.manufacturingweek.com .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 20, 2006

PLANT ENGINEERING dinner honors top products

PLANT ENGINEERING magazine will honor its 2005 Product of the Year winners at a dinner Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rosemont, IL, which will host National Manufacturing Week this year. Also to be honored is DaimlerChrysler’s Belvidere, IL plant as the 2005 Top Plant.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 13, 2006

Cox to keynote NMW

Mary Frances Cox, senior vice president of operations at The Schneider Electric North American Operating Division, will deliver the keynote address at the 2006 National Manufacturing Week Conference, March 20-23, in Rosemont, IL. Cox’s remarks on Tuesday, March 21 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. will focus on “Shaving Significant Cost Reductions Out of the Manufacturing Cost Base.” Since being named to head up operations in North America, she has led Schneider Electric’s operations improvement initiatives, which has reduced manufacturing costs in plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. “Large-scale cost reductions are of critical interest to manufacturing executives today,” said Cox, who joined Schneider Electric in 2002 as director of manufacturing strategy.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 13, 2006

Gold to head industry programs for NEMA

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association has named Stephen Gold as senior vice president of industry programs at NEMA.Gold previously served as vice president and executive director for the Council of Manufacturing Associations of the National Association of Manufacturers. "Stephen is eminently qualified for this position,” said NEMA President Evan Gaddis. “At the Council of Manufacturing Associations, he acquired special knowledge of the challenges now confronting the nation's manufacturers.He fully understands the policy-making apparatus in Washington and has shown an ability to get things done in this city.He's a great fit for NEMA." Prior to working at NAM, Gold practiced law at Collier Shannon Scott, where he represented trade association and corporate clients on regulatory and legislative issues, including consumer protection, cyberspace law, tax policy, antitrust law, online and offline marketing practices, and energy and environmental law.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 13, 2006

NAM economist: Higher heating bills slow growth

High winter heating bills have a chilling effect on economic growth, according to the 2006 National Association of Manufacturers’ 2006 economic forecast. First quarter growth is expected to slow to 2.6%, the lowest rate since the first quarter of 2003. "Though the impact of heating bills will abate in the spring, the impact of historically high natural gas prices will continue to impact manufacturing," said NAM Chief Economist David Huether. "There is a world price for oil, but not for natural gas.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 6, 2006

Berwanger acquisition boosts Siemens oil and gas business

Siemens Energy and Automation has completed the acquisition of Houston-based Berwanger, Inc. The company will be named Berwanger Incorporated, A Siemens Company. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Berwanger will be part of the oil and gas business of the Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2006

Wireless data recorder

The OM-CP-RFRTDTEMP101A is a battery powered precision temperature recorder and wireless transmitter. The compact, portable device records up to 5,461 measurements. The unit combines the features from the standard product line and adds the convenience of a wireless transmitter. When enabled, the wireless transmitter will transmit readings back to the host computer where the data can be analyzed...

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2006

Bentley acquires software supplier RAM

Bentley Systems, Incorporated has acquired RAM International, LLC, a leading provider of structural engineering software for building structures made from all major materials, including steel and concrete. RAM offerings include products for engineering modeling, analysis, and design. This acquisition follows Bentley's acquisition last month of the STAAD product line, a global leader also in st...

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2006

M12 connector

The SPEEDCON quick-locking M12 connection system technology allows a 1/2 turn to make a secure, watertight and vibration-proof connection between cordsets and devices, reducing installation time by 90%. The new SACBs integrate a metal threaded slot, are completely potted and are IP65/67 rated for harsh industrial environments.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2006

Manufacturing growth strong, but slowing

The manufacturing expansion should continue, but decelerate, through 2007, according to the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Industrial Outlook, a report that analyzes 27 major industries. The Alliance expects some deceleration in manufacturing industrial production, retrenching somewhat from 4.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2006

Transient barrier

The Universal Transient Barrier protects equipment with a three-stage clamping circuit which ensures the best possible protection while maintaining a minimum of line interference and insertion losses. The UTB covers line currents up to 1.5A and frequencies up to 3MHz. The product is CE approved and has a high surge rating to ensure adequate protection with a long service life.

By Staff
Energy Management December 14, 2005

Register now for Electrical Efficiency Webcast

You can also register now at www.plantengineering.com to increase the bottom line without hampering productivity. If you missed PLANT ENGINEERING’s important Webcast on Power Quality on Nov. 15, the archived version is now available on the Web at www.plantengineering.com. The Webcast featured a discussion of what plant engineers and managers can do to ensure the quality of power in their plants, how they can recognize and measure the source of the problems and how they can protect their plant from power quality interruption.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 13, 2005

Upcoming Webcast: Improving Electrical Efficiency through Power Factor Correction

Electrical Efficiency Webcast Register now Plant Engineering magazine presents: “Improving Electrical Efficiency through Power Factor Correction” February 23 , 2006 at 1 pm. CST Is poor Power Factor chewing up your electrical power budget? Click here to register for this timely Webcast from Plant Engineering magazine. Sponsored by:.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 12, 2005

Bentley acquires RAM International

Bentley Systems, Inc. has acquired RAM International, LLC, a provider of structural engineering software for building structures made from all major materials, including steel and concrete. RAM offerings include products for engineering modeling, analysis and design. Bentley believes RAM is the most widely adopted software for these functions in the North American building industry.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 2, 2005

Manufacturing recovery shows short-term promise

Following a Commerce Department report that durable good orders rose 3.4% in October, National Association of Manufacturers economist Chi Nguyen said, “America's manufacturing recovery remains on track for now, but its long-term durability may yet be undermined by various policy choices.” Nguyen noted that aircraft orders led the way with an 11.4% increase, but that excluding transportation, new orders overall were up just 0.3%. She said that October durable goods orders were at the same levels as June, and "this, too, suggests our economy is back on its pre-hurricane recovery track," she said. "But manufacturers aren't icing champagne or popping corks," added Nguyen."Concerns about rising interest rates could yet erode both business and consumer demand, and increasingly tight energy supplies -- particularly those of natural gas -- will continue to be a problem for the U.S. economy until Congress acts to allow more domestic energy exploration and production.".

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2005

NAM: High gas prices causing layoffs

High natural gas prices are beginning to cause significant job losses, salary freezes and lost market share for U.S. manufacturers, according to the results of a national survey released Thursday by the National Association of Manufacturers. Nearly 45% of those surveyed said they will be forced to lay off workers or impose wage freezes or reductions.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2005

Integration of building system planning on agenda for ASHRAE annual meeting

In designing buildings, professionals should work together to determine points of integration between various building systems, architecture and the environment. Only when this integrated design is achieved will buildings become truly sustainable, according to Kirk Mescher, chair of ASHRAE's Program Committee.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2005

IR Leak Detection

The ThermaCAM P25F IR cameras from is designed for high-temperature industrial furnace applications. It can help ensure safe operation by monitoring all types of furnaces, heaters and boilers, particularly in the petrochemical and utility industries - to ensure safe and efficient operation. The camera is ready to be used in less than one minute, which is a beneficial feature in high-heat enviro...

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 2005

Using 3-D modeling keeps boiler project moving

When a Midwestern college took a look at its need for a system of four new boilers in a 100-year-old facility, it was more than an issue of just getting more efficient steam production through the system. "They needed to upgrade their boiler systems to meet EPA regulations, and the boiler replacement project was expected to meet their steam production needs for the next 20 years," said Tony Smi...

By Bob Vavra
Energy Management December 1, 2005

Congress to fund MEPs

Congress has approved $106 million for the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, which serve 14,000 businesses each year and are credited with helping retain more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. in companies and generating more than $4.1 billion in sales. "The MEPs serve a critical role in helping small manufacturers take advantage of cutting edge technologies and compete in the glo...

By Staff
Energy Management November 29, 2005

Intergraph signs global alliance agreement with Siemens Power Generation

Intergraph Corporation has signed a five-year, multimillion-dollar Global Alliance Agreement with the Power Generation group of Siemens AG to standardize worldwide on Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise suite of software and engineering integration technology. The agreement includes services and the total SmartPlant software portfolio of Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. Applications range from SmartPlant Foundation for information and workflow management to the engineering and design tools such as SmartPlant 3D, SmartPlant P&ID, SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant Electrical and MARIAN for material and supply management. “Because of the high degree of interdisciplinary integration of the new SmartPlant software, we expect a further increase of productivity and quality within engineering as well as increased collaboration from the implementation of our global work share concept. The possibility of integrating third-party software via Intergraph’s integration adapters and the use of open interfaces to support the communication with external partners provides increased opportunities for an even more efficient support of our engineering processes,” explains Frank Schnabel, Head of Plant Engineering, Siemens Power Generation, Energy Solutions division. Gerhard Sallinger, president of the Intergraph Process, Power & Marine division, said: “Once again, Intergraph competed for a large contract, and once again, Intergraph has been selected.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 29, 2005

Honeywell wins power plant contract

Honeywell signed an $11 million contract with Bulgaria's largest thermal power plant. Honeywell will supply its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS), field instrumentation, basic design, engineering and installation services for the Maritza East 2 electric utility power plant, near Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. The key driver of the project is the need for modernization of the Maritza plant with a safe, reliable, robust automation system that will help it enhance efficiency through better controls, higher reliability and less downtime. The Maritza plant is looking to use process data more effectively for future planning, scheduling and cost management. The Maritza plant, owned by NEK, the national electric company, is an important provider of base-load power-generation capacity to the country.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 29, 2005

Firmware release provides authentication and standardization

During Automation Fair 2005, Microwave Data Systems (MDS) announced the availability of updated firmware offering RADIUS authentication to provide enhanced security for the MDS iNET 900. MDS provides industrial, wireless, networking solutions with applications in the automation, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), telecommunications, public safety, and online transactional markets. Firmware release 6.0 for the MDS iNET offers RADIUS authentication as part of the MDS Security Suite list of features. RADIUS authentication is a standard protocol used in the IT and telecommunications industries to verify the identity of users and/or devices that attempt to access a communications network. The implementation of RADIUS authentication in MDS iNET radios enables the centralized management of access rights of users who wish to connect to the radios for remote configuration and other activities.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 17, 2005

Power quality Webcast now in archive

If you missed PLANT ENGINEERING’s important Webcast on Power Quality on Nov. 15, the archived version is now available on the Web at www.plantengineering.com. The Webcast featured a discussion of what plant engineers and managers can do to ensure the quality of power in their plants, how they can recognizes and measure the source of the problems and how they can protect their plant from power quality interruption.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 17, 2005

Machine tool consumption up 10.2%

September U.S. machine tool consumption totaled $294.84 million, according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology, and the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 2.4% from August and down 20.5% from the total of $370.66 million reported for September 2004.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 3, 2005

KUKA receives $2.8 million order

KUKA Robotics Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial robots, announced it has received a $2.8 million purchase order from Grenzebach Corp. of Newnan, GA for 31 heavy payload KUKA robots. Grenzebach, a KUKA systems partner, plans to use the 31 KUKA KR 500 robots in a multi-plant project it is developing for a major glass manufacturer. "Grenzebach continues to lead the industry with flexible automation for the glass industry and KUKA is proud to be a part of their success," said Joe Campbell, director of strategic alliances for KUKA Robotics Corp.

By staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Efficient glass reflectors are more efficient

ISD SuperGlass prismatic glass reflectors provide up to 28% more efficiency than other reflector designs and up to 59% energy savings. Luminaire design is electrically neutral, meaning that it does not attract dirt. Features include low maintenance, high impact strength, thermal stability, UV resistant, precise optical control, resistant to most chemicals and glare reduction.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

LED flashlight has long life

Super High Flux 3C Propolymer Luxeon LED flashlight offers the long life and reliability of an LED with the brightness and range of a conventional bulb. The 10,000-hour LED never needs replacing and is virtually unbreakable. The unit weighs less than 1 pound with batteries, and offers a continuous run time of 5.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Remove compressed air contaminants

SFD dryer system is designed to enhance the performance of compressed air systems. The unit features a regenerative desiccant dryer system designed to remove oil, contaminants and water. The unit's compact and integrated design allows for easy installation and requires no additional external filters.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Push-to-connect copper piping system

CoPro push-to-connect copper pipe system teams high performance with unique functionality. The system offers simple, one-step installation with the flexibility to easily remove and reuse fittings. While installed, the fittings can be rotated without damaging the seal or pipe. The fittings work with copper, stainless steel, CPVC and PEX making them ideal for hot and coldwater service.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

MAPI reports show growing pressure, but steady growth

Two reports released by the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI show the manufacturing sector continues its slow growth, but that continuing pressures of government regulation and taxes are proving a drag on such growth. The quarterly Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Survey on the Business Outlook in September showed a composite index of 66, down from the previous quarter total of 68, but a figure the repor...

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Non-rotating mixer ideal for low-shear applications

Clean Sweep mixer design revolutionizes mixing technology by using a swinging motion instead of a rotating motion. It provides a hermetically sealed environment with no rotating seal. This unique mixer has an impeller with specially shaped blades optimized to provide global mixing throughout the vessel and is ideal for low shear, high purity mixing applications and accommodates low liquid levels.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Trailer mounted boom lift

Tow-Pro Model T350 has a 35-foot platform height with a 20-foot horizontal reach. The machine features 360-degree non-continuous turntable rotation and has 500 pounds of unrestricted capacity in its 30 inches by 48 inches aluminum platform. 24 V, 220 amp-hour batteries or an optional gasoline engine provides power.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Multifunction power meter offers low cost

Shark 100 multifunction power and energy meter is designed as a high-performance, low-cost replacement for existing analog meters. Features include multifunction measurements: voltage, current, power, and frequency; IrDA port for PDA remote reading; large LED display; RS485 Modbus protocol; accuracy of at least 0.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Compact thermography camera has optional lens

ThermaCAM EX320 compact infrared camera has a built-in 320 x 240 pixel array, uncooled FPA infrared detector, laser locator, interchangeable optics, digital zoom and post-processing capabilities. Features include inspection and diagnosis capabilities, calibrated thermal images, jpeg image format, software (included), IP54 rating and optional lenses, including a telescope lens.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Wire marking system fast, simple

E-Z-Code EZL 100 kit features everything needed to make wire marking fast and simple. The kit includes a label printer with dedicated one-touch keys, two label cassettes, an ac adaptor and six AA batteries. The label printer enables users to instantly create labels for wire wrapping, terminal blocks, device covers, patch panels and more.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Safety and standard controls are combined

GuardLogix is an enhanced ControlLogix processor that is also capable of performing SIL 3 safety control. Safety Integrity Level (SIL) is a measure of a product's ability to lower the risk that a dangerous failure could occur. Control system provides standard and safety functionality. The safety side uses dual processors, but safety partner is automatically configured so users are not required ...

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Tool holder keep accessories handy

TANKTOTE sleeves keep commonly used tools and accessories safely within easy reach. Special compartments built into the sleeves offer handy storage for commonly used tools such as solder, brazing rods, tubing cutters, levels and pencils. An integrated hose wrap secures hoses quickly and easily, while a tough metal coil hose strain relief provides extra protection against damage caused by hose k...

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Software framework for device-to-enterprise use

Niagara AX is a software framework and development enterprise that solves the challenges associated with building Internet-enabled products, device-to-enterprise applications and distributed Internet-enabled automation systems. The framework provides an environment and the tools and services to easily develop products and applications.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

High powered air nozzle

Super Air Nozzle, with ½ NPT, delivers the strongest blowing force of any single air nozzle. 3.3 pounds of force provides additional reach. The nozzle does not require close mounting to the surface being blown off, dried or cooled. The aerodynamic design directs the air to a single point of convergence, delivering a concentrated stream of high velocity air.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Handheld power quality analyzer

Model 434 three-phase handheld power quality analyzer features automated recording, menu-driven interface and is rated to CAT III, 1,000 V/CAT IV, 600 V for all four channels. Measurements include true-RMS voltage and current, frequency, power, power consumption, unbalance and flicker. It also captures transients, interruptions, sags and swells.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

One component urethane coating offers easy application

Hydrogloss single component, water-based urethane delivers VOC compliance and performance comparable to a two-component water-based urethane but with the ease of application available only in a one-component system. Formulated to provide a high gloss finish with outstanding interior and exterior color and gloss retention, it also resists yellowing.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Modular occupancy sensor for warehouses

HB high bay occupancy sensor controls lights in high mount applications such as warehouses and provides reliable coverage for mounting heights up to 40 feet. Features include an adjustable time delay, contractor-friendly terminal style wiring and zero-crossing circuitry to lengthen sensor life. Modular design offers mix-and-match control and power modules.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

New lift truck line

The S40-70FT Fortis line of lift trucks, with capacities ranging from 4,000 pounds to 7,000 pounds. Matching the proper engine size and transmission to the correct application needs improves the cost of operation. Multi-tiered engine/transmission configurations create efficient powertrains to offer greater fuel economy.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Safety light with LED display

The PowerFlare PF-200 safety light is compact at just 4 inches, but emits 360 degrees of bright LED light visible for up to 10 miles. It is waterproof and unbreakable. It features lithium batteries that allow a shelf-life of up to 10 years and can work in extreme temperatures. PowerFlare: www.powerflare.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Clean room sliding door opens quickly

Pharma-Slide is a powered, bi-parting door with formed stainless steel or Kydex panels and aluminum hood and track with optional stainless steel for full washdown. The door's smooth surface, with no seams or fasteners allows for easy cleaning. The door opens at a speed of 64 inches per second with independent, adjustable opening and closing speeds.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Versatile circuit tracer pinpoints breaks

SureTest circuit tracer enables electricians to locate fuses and circuit breakers; pinpoint breaks in wires and shorts to ground; trace wiring concealed behind walls, floors and ceilings, as well as cables buried up to 15 feet underground. Features include variable pitch audible indication; peak detecting bar graph; four-mode operation; and capability to test both energized and de-energized cir...

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Audit saves on compressed air cost

Efficiency Quotient is a performance and financial compressed air system analysis program that provides bottom line accountability for efficiency. Application of the three-step EQ process quickly and accurately defines potential energy savings. Achieving a high EQ rating means reduced energy consumption; stabilized system pressure, improved system performance, product consistency and improved p...

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Aerosol rust treatment halts corrosion

Rust-Reformer instantly converts rust into a non-rusting barrier in one easy step. It stops existing and future corrosion and is perfect for minimal surface preparation projects. The coating dries to a hard, flat black finish that can be top-coated with oil or latex paint. The convenient aerosol-propelled coating outperforms alkyd primers and other rust converters.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Fixed dockplate is lightweight, durable

The Fixed Poly Dockplate is designed for light-duty use with two- and four-wheeled dollies, hand trucks and carts. It features a molded-in handle, a raised non-slip surface and integrated side guardrails. The installation kit attaches to metal or concrete dock facings and a 6-foot slide bar provides easy storage and centering.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2005

Cleaner cable cleaner cuts vapor exposure

PF Cable Cleaning Kit includes all the necessary materials to clean and prepare power utility cables for re-insulation when splicing and terminating in the field. The included wipes remove contaminants effectively. The reusable and re-sealable bag collects by-products for proper disposal. Applicators reduce worker exposure to solvent vapors.

By Staff
Energy Management October 21, 2005

Emerson awarded BP refinery contract

Emerson Process Management has won a substantial contract for Rosemount Analytical Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) systems for use on the BP Coryton refinery site in Essex, UK. Custom-built Emerson sample-conditioning systems and analyzer houses have been supplied to many industries for monitoring effluent stacks to ensure conformance with environmental legislation. The BP Coryton systems will be based on the Rosemount Analytical NGA2000 MLT multi component gas analyzers, which recently were awarded MCERTS approval certification. The systems will be designed and constructed in the Emerson plant at Wessling in Germany. The Rosemount Analytical MLT gas analyzers combine unique sensors, digital signal processing and software technologies in custom configured systems that satisfy single or multi-component analysis requirements.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 18, 2005

Digital Delivery of PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine

Get PLANT ENGINEERING Delivered to You Online You can receive your monthly issues of PLANT ENGINEERING digitally rather than in print, but still maintain the same look and feel of the print edition. The digital edition contains all the content found in the print edition, including supplements, and is delivered via the Internet. There is no special software installation required and the issue opens in seconds. Best of all, the PLANT ENGINEERING digital edition contains links to all URLs and e-mail addresses referenced in editorial and advertisements, so more information is at your fingertips. See sample issue of PLANT ENGINEERING digital edition. Benefits of digital delivery: Faster delivery service Clickable table of contents - links directly to articles Links to vendor sites right from the articles Links to advertiser sites right from the ads Issues can be viewed online or downloaded to your desktop No special software installation Easier to circulate among co-workers: simply forward the issue via e-mail Looks just like the print magazine! Get all the features of the PLANT ENGINEERING print edition, with interactive capabilities — apply for your free subscription to the PLANT ENGINEERING digital edition today. Current subscribers: Convert from hard copy to digital delivery New subscribers: Request your free digital edition subscription Want more information? Read the PLANT ENGINEERING digital edition FAQs.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 12, 2005

MESA’s P2E attendance rises sharply

A record number of attendees (240, 43% of whom were end-users) congregated for three days to expound on one of the hottest topics in manufacturing today: real-time synchronization of Plant Operations to Enterprise (P2E) Systems. This year’s conference emphasized training, shared experiences and best practices that surround a topic that obviously resonated with manufacturers and vendors, as well as industry analysts. Kevin Roach, MESA’s Chairman and President of Rockwell Software, claims that the converging factors of globalization, systems maturation and customer expectations have stimulated market demand for “real-time” manufacturing information in business and planning systems. To wrap up Tuesday morning’s agenda, Boston Scientific’s Chairman and CEO, James Tobin described the organizational transformation that helped his company become a market leader in the medical device industry, providing a boardroom view of P2E.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 1, 2005

Console drawer

The DMK 590 switch from Acme Portable Machines, Inc. is an industrial mounted console drawer with a slim KVM switch, keyboard, mouse and 17-inch monitor that folds down to fit into a 1U high slot of a 19-inch rack system. The new switch can handle up to 16 computers, servers and like devices and can be linked to other KVM switches to extend control to additional systems common in medium and lar...

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 2005

Portable power distribution

Leviton has expanded its line of The Box portable power distribution centers with the addition of two new cost-effective models for applications where GFCI protection is not needed for every connection. The PB101-000 model includes one 50A 125/250V supply inlet and 50A 125/250V feed-through outlet, six GFCI protected NEMA L5-20R 20 A/125 V locking receptacles and one non-GFCI protected NEMA L6-...

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 2005

Power quality Webcast airs on Nov. 15

As if electrical costs weren't enough of a problem for plant engineers, the quality of power — whether generated onsite, purchased from the utility or both — is a serious issue for many manufacturers. What can plant engineers and managers do to ensure the quality of power in their plants? What are the sources of power quality problems? How can plant engineers recognize these problem...

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 2005

Making Kellysearch work for you

PLANT ENGINEERING Supplier Search has been created for the exclusive use of PLANT ENGINEERINGS audience and can be found at www.plantengineering.com. Kellysearch, the premier B2B search engine available globally, is essential in sourcing products and suppliers from the United States or around the world.

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 2005

Study finds low power ac drive market growing

The low power ac drive market experienced robust growth in 2004, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study, "Low Power ac drive worldwide outlook." The low power ac drive market crossed the $5 billion mark in 2004 and is expected to grow at an annual rate of 8.6% over the next five years." Investments were made in many industrial segments to cater to growing consumer demand and infrastructure...

By Staff
Energy Management September 21, 2005

Bentley agrees to acquire netGuru product lines

netGuru, Inc. has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Bentley Systems, Inc., under which Bentley has agreed to acquire netGuru’s Research Engineers International (REI) business. This business includes the STAAD.Pro structural analysis and design product line.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management September 1, 2005

Get physical to address worker stress issues

Industry in North America is in danger of losing its productivity edge by compromising competitive credentials. There's no lack of awareness of this problem; however, there is a prevailing attitude that says we can automate ourselves out of the problem faster and better than competing economies. But the promise of automation alone isn't limitless.

By Tom Wiersma, The Verti-Mark Group
Energy Management September 1, 2005

Johnson Controls to purchase York

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. announcement Aug. 24 that it will purchase York International in a $3.2 billion deal is expected to strengthen Johnson's position in the U.S. building market. As a result of the acquisition, Johnson Controls will design and sell integrated controls and HVAC&R equipment; become the largest global provider to the high-margin building services market; and ...

By Jack Smith
Energy Management August 25, 2005

Johnson Controls to buy York

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. has agreed to purchase York International in a $3.2 billion deal that will strengthen Johnson’s position in the U.S. building market. As a result of the acquisition, Johnson Controls will design and sell integrated controls and HVAC&R equipment; become the largest global provider to the high-margin building services market; and capitalize on significant opportunities to supply products and services to each other’s customers.

By Jack Smith
Energy Management August 1, 2005

Tools and Welding

Quick-change tubing cutter Quick-Acting Tubing Cutters offer a large, ergonomic knob design that lets users apply more force to cut through tubing much faster. A quick-change wheel pin enables changing cuter wheels by hand in only a few seconds. The quick-change pin also eliminates lost fastening clips, so the cutter will not go down during a wheel change.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2005

Fluke acquires LEM Instruments

Fluke Corporation announced in June the acquisition of LEM Instruments, a division of LEM Group. "The acquisition of LEM Instruments is a tremendous complement to our growing electrical business," said Jim Lico, president of Fluke Corporation. "They have a strong power quality product offering in the European industrial and utility segments.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2005

CAFTA passage hailed by trade groups

The narrow victory for the Central American Free Trade Agreement in the U.S. House in the early morning hours of July 28 was hailed as a victory for President Bush and a victory for the manufacturing sector. The National Association of Manufacturers and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, both of which had lobbied aggressively for passage in the House, were pleased with the 217-2...

By Jack Smith
Energy Management July 1, 2005

The three overlooked words

The headlines blared in the June 8 newspapers around the country — GM to slash 25,000 jobs. The story went was that General Motors, which hemorrhaged money to the tune of $1.1 billion in losses in the first quarter of 2005, would eliminate manufacturing jobs at its U.S. plants, and would close older plants.

By Bob Vavra, Chief Editor
Energy Management July 1, 2005

Pickard named Fluke Industrial president

Carl Pickard has been named President of the Industrial Division of Fluke Corporation, the world's leading supplier of handheld test and measurement equipment. Pickard will be responsible for Fluke's industrial businesses including digital multimeters, process tools, accessories, temperature, thermography, indoor air diagnostics and associated brands.

By Staff
Energy Management May 3, 2005

Postponed Webcast

" Preventing Power Quality Problems from Harming Your Plant " webcast originally aired November 15. Will be available on the Website until February 14th. Register today .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 1, 2005

NEMA business confidence survey shows rebound

Current conditions across all four regions included in the National Electrical Manufacturers Association's (NEMA) Business Confidence Survey topped the growth threshold of 50 points for the third consecutive month in March. The North America index climbed nearly five points to 60.4 following a dip in February and marked its 23rd consecutive month at a value of 50 or higher.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 2005

2004 Product of the Year Winners: Honoring innovation

Honoring everything from the smallest product to the largest of manufacturing facilities, innovation was on display at PLANT ENGINEERING's 17th annual Product of the Year awards at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago. A major event during the annual National Manufacturing Week, the Product of the Year gala honors the top new products as voted on by the readers of PLANT ENGINEERING magazine.

By Staff
Energy Management December 10, 2004

Military man reemployed

In response to the October 2004 Human Side column, the advice provided in the "Military man reemployed at his own request" scenario is not entirely correct. The former employee is not entitled to reemployment, but not for the stated reason that the veteran's reemployment law "doesn't apply to people who voluntarily opt to quit their jobs to seek a military career.

By Staff
Energy Management November 10, 2004

Project management in the real world

Who would have thought that project management (PM) would make it to primetime television? While the art of getting things done has hit the big time in "The Apprentice" and made it into mainstream media, it has been watered down for the masses. Project management is not just a skill set — it's a powerful business tool that you can use throughout your organization to boost personal and col...

By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, CEO, Cheetah Learning
Energy Management October 8, 2004

Software helps improve product quality

Scott McGrath, Continuous Improvement Engineer, AERCO International, Inc., Northvale, NJ, ensures quality assurance in the design and production of the company’s commercial water heaters and boiler systems.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 10, 2004

Tribal behavior

The label tribal behavior usually conjures up some rather negative thoughts about how humans act, especially as it relates to groups of people. But in his book Great Boss Dead Boss, Ray Immelman uses the tribal metaphor to reveal a wealth of insights on how to get people working together successfully.

By Richard L. Dunn, Chief Editor
Energy Management May 10, 2004

Dual Power Source

I acknowledge the fact that the "Dual Power Source" of the Solutions section of the March 2004 issue of Plant Engineering was designed to show how the alligator clips could be used as the main power connection for the portable air compressor in place of a cigarette lighter plug-in. However, please be advised that if it was the other way around, the alligator clips will be live when using the ci...

By Staff
Energy Management April 8, 2004

Tools

Safe table saw SawStop technology detects accidental contact between a person and the blade of a power saw, and then reacts to minimize injury. The detection system recognizes the difference between the electrical properties of wood and a person. Detecting accidental contact and burning a fuse wire to release a spring happens within 1/10,000thof a second.

By Staff
Energy Management January 10, 2004

Basic electronics: What is capacitance?

A capacitor is a device capable of storing an electrical charge. Capacitance is a measure of the amount of the electrical charge a capacitor can store. Electrical current is the movement of electrons. Everything contains electrons, but unless they are moving, it's not electric current. It doesn't matter if the same electron that leaves the voltage source actually gets to "do the work," as long ...

By Wendell S. Rice, Instrument and Controls Engineer, Parsons Infrastructure & Technology, Pasadena, CA
Energy Management January 10, 2004

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

National Engineers Week Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is Thursday, February 26, 2004. More than 125 organizations will mobilize 11,000 women engineers — along with strong support from their male colleagues — to reach an estimated one million girls that day and throughout the year with direct, hands-on mentoring activities.

By Staff
Energy Management November 7, 2003

Learn about the history of the Square D brand and its role as a global brand of Schneider Electric.

Since 1903, Square D products have been at the forefront of technology, making the use of electricity safer and more productive.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management November 5, 2003

Count on Us for the Next 100 Years!

For 100 years, plant engineers have counted on Square D NEMA type electrical distribution and industrial control products for market-leading quality and reliability.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management May 6, 2003

Instruments and Controls – 2003-05-06

Submersible level transducer Series 340 is a line of small-bore submersible level transducers that incorporates application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technology, which diminishes the effects of temperature changes and improves overall accuracy. The transducers provide a total error band (TEB) of 0.25% over the entire compensated temperature range of -4 F to 140 F. Pressure Systems, Inc.

By Staff
Energy Management April 28, 2003

Dock-seal fire problem identified

In the past 18 months, Frommelt Products Corp., a manufacturer of dock seals, has recorded nearly 90 incidents of dock-seal fire damage. Why the sudden rise in a problem that seemed nonexistent just a few years ago? The answer reads almost like a TV detective story. Several factors have converged since 1999 to cause the rise in incidents and property damage.

By Staff
Energy Management December 15, 2002

Solutions – 2002-12-15 – 2002-12-15

Take care of loose ends • Problem: When inserting very large diameter stripped cable into a crimp terminal or lug, the wire strands become frayed or bent. How can the wire ends be kept together to fit into the connector? • Solution: Use a small worm gear hose clamp to compress the stripped strands into a tight bundle that fits into the terminal lug. Remove the clamp after crimping is finished. Contributor: Pete Gallant, Electrician, Aerovox, New Bedford, MA. Band control • Problem: Bundles of steel come into the shop tied with steel banding.

By Staff
Energy Management November 11, 2002

Editorial Quality Audit / Sample rating form

For article titled: _________________________________Page: ___ Nine desirable article characteristics are listed below. Please evaluate this article by circling the number that best rates each characteristic. (1) Poor ----------------- Excellent (5) 1. Title reflects the content of the article.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management October 15, 2002

Tap into knowledge of expert personnel

A new report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) provides guidance for capturing the valuable knowledge of expert personnel and transferring it to others in order to help mitigate potentially negative consequences when workers leave a job or are otherwise unavailable. The rapidly changing industry environment, combined with the aging of the "baby boom" generation, poses a grow...

By Staff
Energy Management October 15, 2002

Human Side – 2002-10-15

Heated argument escalates: Is fighting cause for dismissal? Maintenance Foreman Jeff Arnold had been called out of town for two days. Before leaving he instructed Ted Berner, his assistant, to "keep an eye of things" while he was gone. That afternoon Group Leader Joe Salmon resented the way Berner appeared to be observing him more closely than usual. "I don't like the way you've been spying on me," he groused. "Tough luck, pal," Berner snapped back. "I'm just doing my job.

By Raymond Dreyfack Contributing Editor
Energy Management September 15, 2002

Energy studies can help reduce costs

Manufacturers seeking to reduce energy costs and improve their profitability can benefit from studies in three broad areas, according to the Rockwell Automation Energy Consulting Services program: tariff analysis, power quality studies, and plant energy audits. Tariff Analysis helps energy users understand their tariff structures and provides valuable insight on how energy bills are calcula...

By Staff
Energy Management September 15, 2002

Successful organizations recognize need for continuous improvement

EDITOR'S NOTE: This column is the final one in a series of columns based on the book, Future Capable Company: What Manufacturing Leaders Need To Do Today To Succeed Tomorrow, by Dr. Tompkins. These excerpts are provided through special arrangement with the publisher, Tompkins Press. Copyright © 2001 Tompkins Press.

By James A. Tompkins PH.D., President, Tompkins Associates, Raleigh, NC
Energy Management August 8, 2002

How Computer Memory Works

Although memory is technically any form of electronic storage, it is used most often to identify fast, temporary forms of storage. If a computer's CPU had to constantly access the hard drive to retrieve every piece of data it needs, it would operate very slowly. When the information is kept in memory, the CPU can access it much more quickly.

By Marshall Brain
Energy Management December 1, 2001

Simple Solutions – 2001-12-01

A hole in one Problem: An electrical enclosure has a hole in it that is no longer being used. How can the hole be covered and not be noticed? Solution: Put masking tape on the outside of the enclosure. Fill the hole from the inside with RTV sealant.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 2001

High-Speed Doors Save Heating/Cooling Energy

With today's energy shortages and skyrocketing utility costs, something as simple as closing doors efficiently can mean substantial savings. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers-handbook: "Heat gain from infiltration air and associated equipment loads can amount to more than half the total refrigeration load of distribution warehouses ...

By Albany International
Energy Management October 1, 2001

Reflections

On September 11, I was in France with a group of U.S. business magazine editors learning about Square D/Schneider Electric products and manufacturing. The events of that day were as much a shock to the French as to us.At times like this, people seem to expect writers and editors like me to provide profound words and observations.

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
Energy Management September 1, 2001

How Work, Power and Energy Works

What is work?Work is the application of force over a distance, with one catch — the distance only counts if it is in the direction of the force you apply. Lifting a weight from the floor and putting it on a shelf is work. The force is equal to the weight of the object, and the distance is equal to the height of the shelf.

By Marshall Brain
Energy Management August 1, 2001

How TorqueWorks

Torque is the force that tends to turn or rotate things. You generate a torque any time you apply a force using a wrench, such as tightening the lug nuts on your wheels. When you use a wrench, you apply a force to the handle. This force creates a torque on the lug nut, which turns the lug nut. English units of torque are pound-inches (lb-in.

By Marshall Brain
Energy Management June 1, 2001

Simple Solutions – 2001-06-01

Making connections Problem: Pushing a male air line quick-connect into its mate can be difficult using only finger friction on the air hose, especially when the hose or hands are oily. Is there a way to make this connection? Solution: Before installing the quick-connect on the hose, place an appropriate sized washer on the hose behind the fitting and clamp.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 2001

SAS and GE Fanuc form agreement

SAS Institute announced a marketing agreement with CimWorks, a GE Fanuc company, that blends plant floor control and data acquisition from GE Fanuc with data quality, analysis, and reporting from SAS. The companies will provide a packaged analysis-ready data model and warehouse load process. The SAS/CimWorks solution will consist of the GE Fanuc CimWorks Visual SPC product line on the shop fl...

By J. Smith
Energy Management December 1, 2000

Simple Solutions – 2000-12-01

Identifying screwdrivers Problem: When working on a ladder or other overhead platform, it is often inconvenient or unsafe to continually scrounge through the tool pouch to find the right screwdriver. Can the right one be found without a look-see? Solution: Engrave the end of the screwdriver's handle and use your fingertips A straight line depicts a blade screwdriver, while an "X" indicates a Phillips tip. Use various size engravings for different blade sizes.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 2000

Managing change hasn’t changed

I just read the book, Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson.

By Richard L. Dunn , Editor
Energy Management August 1, 2000

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000 – #12

Wrenching nutsProblem: All too often, conventional muscle power can't loosen a tight nut or bolt. How can I increase my wrenching power? Solution: Use two wrenches. Put the box end of one wrench on the stubborn nut or bolt.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2000

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000 – #6

Finding faultsProblem: Is there an easy way to locate a ground circuit fault in electrical wiring for a 120-V circuit? Solution: Install a pig-tail lamp holder with an inserted bulb in series with the faulted wiring to quickly isolate the ground fault. 1. Turn off the circuit breaker and remove the load wire and connect it to one of the pig-tail wires. The second pig-tail wire is connected to the breaker. 2.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2000

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000 – #11

Finding leaksProblem: You are pretty sure that a flange in gas service is leaking. How can you prove it? Solution: Take a piece of 2-in.-wide masking tape and wrap it around the flange connection. Poke a pinhole in the center of the tape.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2000

Maintenance Tips & tricks – 2000 – #7

Removing coversProblem: The most difficult part of an internal tank inspection is unbolting and manhandling the heavy and cumbersome access cover out of the way in order to gain entry, and then jockeying it back into position afterward. Can this task be simplified? Solution: Weld a lifting eye to the cover and attach it to a simple swing-away boom that is permanently affixed to the tank. The access cover can then be easily swung out of the way for the inspection. Contributor: Darrin A.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 1, 2000

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000 – #13

Cleaning mixersProblem: Cleaning the inside of a power cement or mortar mixer after a job is always a pain, especially when working with epoxy-based cements and grouts. Is there a cleaning solution for this tough job? Solution: Fill the mixer half full of water and toss in 8—10 empty paper cement bags. Run the mixer while you clean up the other tools.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management June 1, 2000

Simple Solutions – 2000-06-01

Pulling buckets apart Problem: Five-gallon buckets are commonly used around the plant as storage containers.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 2000

Simple Solutions

Chaining and locking Problem: The plant has 12 fenced storage yards, and the mechanical maintenance crew requires access to all of them.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Pipe threader

Sidekick Model 6991 is called the world's smallest and lightest 1-in. steel pipe threader, cutter, and reamer. The compact pipe-threading machine weighs 37 lb and is 12-in. high and 13-in. long. Wheeler-Rexwww.wheelerrex.com

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Noise meter has wireless data transfer

NL-16 is a Type I meter with a low noise floor and 100-dB dynamic range. Coupled with a large memory, it provides 15 days of time-streamed data at 1-sec intervals or 300 days of hourly reports.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Digital meter

The 7500 Ion high-visibility energy and power quality meter is quick and easy to install and set up. The 93-phase meter includes loss compensation, time-of-use, extensive I/O, and fast setpoint response. Power Measurement Ltd. www.pml.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Unfired makeup air unit

EnergyMaster unfired makeup air conversion unit uses a unique distribution method which allows outside makeup air to be introduced into a building without heating it.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Surge suppression systems protect critical equipment

Model SDX is a second-generation family of surge suppression systems for service entrance and distribution applications.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Window films

Llumar solar control window films reject up to 79% of the sun's heat, 99% of damaging ultraviolet rays, and cut glare. Occupant comfort is increased, while energy costs are decreased. CPFilms, Inc.www.llumar.com

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Condensate comes clean

Condensate Purification is an 18-p technical information brochure for users of ion resins.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Just give a howl

The Howller is a small, rugged, lightweight personal security alarm designed to provide a loud, attention-getting distress signal in the event that a worker needs immediate assistance.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Power protection

Two additions are being made to a three-phase, power protection line -- 240 and 320 kVA/kW. Both uninterruptible power supplies possess the patented Delta Conversion Online technology. American Power Conversionwww.apcc.com

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Look at energy markets

The 2000 Data Book provides extensive projection data on North American energy markets. The 800-p book features annual historical data for 1995, 1996, and 1997; and a summary of the 2000 baseline projection at 5-yr intervals from 1998-2015.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Sensors

A 24-p catalog describes current sensors that provide accurate, real-time feedback on motor status. Detailed specifications, applications, and installation diagrams are included to help users specify a device. NK Technologies www.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Membrane dryer saves energy

SMD membrane air dryer provides pure, dry compressed air and offers an economical, efficient alternative to refrigerant dryer technology.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Instrumentation – 2000-03-01

New 336-p instrumentation handbook describes a line of signal conditioning and transmitting products, process indicators, and network compatible, controlling block I/O products.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Chiller saves energy

Horizon absorption water chiller is available in 500-800-ton capacities. The single-stage chiller produces water in the range of 40-60 F using a low-grade heat source of 12-psig steam or 270-F hot water.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Can you monitor your employees’ e-mail?

In an age of mushrooming technology, the question above is voiced more and more often. Employers view e-mail surveillance as a way to ensure security, track performance, and control communications costs.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Flexible hose

The Vista R series hose is made of a high-quality thermoplastic rubber designed to hold up well against weather, oils, ozone, and heavy use. The hose is available in a variety of special-weight materials to handle light to extra-heavy-duty applications.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Engineering answers in a pocket

Four pocket guides to different aspects of engineering are filled with practical tips, basic information, and answers to common field problems.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Work tables

A line of work tables is designed for jobs that require long or extra-wide work areas. The tables are available in widths from 24 in. and up. Air flotation, vacuum, or power driven systems can be added to the tables. PhillocraftBoo

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Power line conditioners

SpikeShield power line conditioners eliminate noise, interference, and other power disturbances that could damage equipment.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 2000

Telescopic boom

SJB-TK series boom allows access to work obstacles below elevations of 21 and 37 ft, and working heights from 52-72 ft. The boom telescopes and knuckles to expand the operating reach.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2000

System monitors lubricant condition

Oil Security System continuously performs on-line monitoring of lubricant quality on rotating equipment. It provides automatic viscosity and temperature measurements and water contamination indication.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2000

Feeders accurately handle bulk material

Series 36 electromagnetic vibratory feeders have enhanced control for linear, accurate feeding of large quantities of bulk material. Model HS-36 is for products less than 25 lb/cu ft, and Model 36C can process 7 tons/hr.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2000

Transformer fundamentals

A 16-p booklet, Basic Electricity and Transformer Fundamentals, is full of information, pictures, and diagrams. Section 1 has multiple choice questions on transformer basics, terminology, and operation. Section 2 has the answers.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2000

Drum hot box loads with pallet jack

Sahara hot box sits flush with the ground for loading with a pallet jack. It is designed to heat four 55-gal. drums on a single pallet with precise digital temperature control from room temperature to 350 F. The unit is completely assembled.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2000

Heated hoses control temperature

Series 2000 electrically heated hoses efficiently transfer non-explosive fluids and gases. A special heater is wound around a Teflon hose core reinforced with stainless steel braid. The wire is insulated and vulcanized to the hose core.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2000

Condensate drain loses zero pressure

ZLD-10 zero energy loss condensate drain is effective for all applications in a compressed air system. It economically removes unwanted water, oil emulsions, and other liquids.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2000

Fiber optic coupling system is flexible

FutureFlex tube distribution units for fiber optic cables come in several sizes and mounting styles, including wall and rack mount and custom designs.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2000

Higher level fill-in: Should he receive higher level pay?

Hey, I've been short-changed on last week's pay," Electrician Grade II Bob Curson complained. "How do you figure that?" Maintenance Supervisor Fritz Rudolph asked. "I filled in for Ozzie Dugfield for five days when he was out sick with the flu.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management February 1, 2000

Power connectors rotate 360 deg

The 518 Series high power, single pole connectors feature a 360-deg, non-specific, locking collar design that allows the connector pairs to be mated and locked in any orientation.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2000

Chill out on electric deregulation

A 4-p color brochure describes the "ideal" chiller-plant management strategy in the era of electric utility deregulation: Use electric chillers to take advantage of low off-peak rates and then switch to nonelectric chillers to avoid high-cost peak rates.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2000

Welding basics

Two CD-ROM training modules for welders -- TIG Fundamentals and MIG Fundamentals -- provide insight and expert advice. They teach in-depth process theory, applications, and electrical theory.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 2000

Cable reels

Comprehensive cable reels catalog offers information on manual, spring, and power rewind reels for a variety of applications. The reels are used in rescue and hazmat operations, grounds repair and maintenance, and hoist and crane operations.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2000

Vacuum handles boiler soot

GTC-540 Soot-Vac delivers airflow up to 270 cfm, and is used for soot and powder recovery and recommended for boiler cleaning. The device can be used on 15 or 20-gal. tanks and 30 or 55-gal. drums.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2000

Liquid chillers

Cold Generator scroll liquid chillers catalog has been updated to include performance data for the new ARI Standard 550/590-98.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 2000

Slip sliding away

Combating expensive slip and fall accidents in the workplace is the subject of a free video entitled It's Not Funny! How to Substantially Reduce Your Slips and Falls.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1999

Clear the air

Remedia D/F catalytic filter system destroys carcinogenic gas phase dioxins and furans by converting them to insignificant amounts of water, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen chloride.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1999

Voice system improves warehouse efficiency

RxP interactive voice response system allows locally mobile workers to hear instructions through a headset earpiece and speak data and instructions to the system through a headset microphone.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1999

Power monitor has high accuracy

Nexus 1250 high performance power monitor uses high speed DSP technology and precision references to attain accuracies beyond 0.04% Watt/hr. Voltage and current parameters are measured in ppm.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1999

OCS features powerful graphics and Ethernet capabilities

Expanded Operator Control Station includes powerful new graphics and Ethernet connectivity capabilities.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1999

All-in-one meter checks energy and power quality

The 7500 ION three-phase, digital power meter features a user-friendly interface, easy-to-read display, and full range of built-in communication options. Accuracy exceeds ANSI 12.20 specifications.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1999

Simplify dock control

Dok-Commander combination control panel offers high levels of safety and productivity. Through a single control panel at each dock position, leveler, vehicle restraint, door, and shelter can be integrated.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1999

Waterproof tubing labels

Adhesive-lined, polyolefin, heat-shrinkable flexible tubing provides a watertight seal and comes in 2:1 and 3:1 shrink ratios.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1999

E-mail option provides pictures

SIMATIC WinCC Messenger is an annotated e-mail option incorporating SCADA pictures and written messages.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1999

Scrubber

A 4-p brochure describes how the Cloud Chamber Scrubber efficiently captures submicron particulate from all sources.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1999

Vacuum recovers coolant from chips

Chip/coolant recovery vacuums are used with metal working machinery and powered by electricity or compressed air. A key feature is the tangential intake port that allows the units to recover chips and coolant, as well as strings and clumps.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1999

Biting the hand that feeds you

Executive search consultants are a hungry group. The Code of Ethics set by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) is not always conscientiously adhered to. One day, Chief Engineer Ken Altshuler appeared at his boss' desk.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Turbine seal reduces steam losses

GTS seal for general-purpose impulse steam turbines reduces leakage by several orders of magnitude when replacing split carbon rings.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Siding/roofing panels now offered in green translucent

Polycarbonate line of siding and roofing panels has been expanded to include a green translucent.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Busway allows easy connections while energized

Starline Track Busway provides full access for a range of plug-in accessories that can be connected and disconnected while the system is energized. Accessories include duplex plugs, drop cords, power poles, breakers, lights, disconnects, and cord reels.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Digital meter checks energy and power quality

The 7500 Ion three-phase digital power meter features a compact panel-mount design and high- visibility display that provide quick access to polyphase voltage, current, energy harmonics, and power quality events.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Chiller control system reduces start-up time

The 30GTN with comfort link is an air-cooled reciprocating chiller with a simplified control interface that reduces start-up time and training by 30%. Smaller, quieter units feature an on-board control module that is remarkably easy to use and configure.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Compressor saves energy over wide operating range

Cyclon 475 SR compressor consumes precisely the amount of energy required to compress a given volume of air, enabling a 75-kW machine to operate at pressures from 75-185 psi with outputs from 65-430 cfm.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Software manages electrical distribution system

WinPM 5.0 power management and control software allows identification and correction of potential problems before they cause damage, waste, injury, or downtime.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Dryers handle varying operating cycles

HPRplus Series refrigerated compressed air dryers offer an integrated dryer-filter-capacitant drain package coupled with energy efficient controls. It can filter 3-micron solid particles with a coalescing two-stage filter.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

High-speed camera does motion analysis

MotionScope e/Cam series is designed for motion analysis applications that require remote access to high-speed digital cameras. The low-cost network uses standard 10/100 Mbps Ethernet components.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Software simplifies drive selection

Maximizer power transmission drive selection analysis software program takes application specific input data, crunches the numbers, and determines a list of suitable belt drive systems.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Control regulates purge cycle to prolong desiccant life

Pro Purge demand control operates on heatless compressed air dryers with capacities of 250 scfm or larger.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Compressor operates in high ambient temperatures

QSF rotary screw air compressor has oversized coolers to allow operation in 110-F ambient conditions. A triple-lip shaft seal system virtually eliminates fluid leakage. A tangential lubricant separation system minimizes fluid carry-over.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Elevating transporter rolls to where needed

ELPH powered elevating transporter adjusts to heights between 13 1/2-32 in. and is available in 300 and 500-lb capacity models. Mechanical linear actuator provides precise positioning, soft starts and stops, and zero drift.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Poke-through provides multiple connections

Multiple-service, fire-rated poke-through accommodates both cate- gory 5 and power service. Unit houses four category 5 data or voice jacks and four insulated 15-amp, 125-V receptacles.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Bi-energy boom reaches over 40 ft

Z-34/22 bi-energy articulating boom combines the quiet, emission free operation of a dc machine, with the versatility of a diesel to perform indoor and outdoor jobs. The product has a working height of over 40 ft, more than 22 ft of horizontal reach, 3.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Ice-bank saves air dryer energy

ICE 2000 refrigerated compressed air dryer saves energy when operating at less than maximum capacity.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Pump/trap combo fits into limited spaces

GT10L Power Trap has an 18-in. filling head to fit in limited spaces. Excess piping is reduced by incorporating the trap inside the body. The combined flange/NPT connections provide for ease and flexibility in installation.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1999

Soft edge door improves safety and reliability

Protecdor roll-up power door raises the bar for safety by incorporating a soft edge system that protects personnel and products from injury and damage.

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 1999

Power turn conveyors move small packages

L-Series power turn conveyors allow the smooth handling of small parts around curves. Uniform transfer and alignment of small products are possible due to small end roll diameter and tapered end roll design.

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 1999

Vacuum lifters

An 8-p brochure describes a line of self-contained vacuum lifters that create their own vacuum mechanically for handling sheet and plate without external power, outside controls, or complex accessories.

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 1999

A fork in the road

DATELINE: Chicago, August 1999 -- Heat wave. The lights have gone off. Electric power is out. Some areas will be without power for days. Others will have it returned only to have it go out again.

By Richard L. Dunn
Energy Management October 1, 1999

Alternative cooling system

Educational brochure describes an alternative or supplement to traditional air conditioning. The literature outlines the technology and science behind recently developed, computer-controlled evaporative roof cooling systems.

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 1999

Can you override seniority to boost minority status?

An Electrician Grade I vacancy opened up in the maintenance department. The question in Maintenance Foreman Pete Effram's mind was whom to promote from Grade II: Paul Gomez or Frank Grimaldi.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management October 1, 1999

Dehumidification systems

A 14-p brochure explains how a liquid desiccant dehumidification system provides reliable and economic humidity and temperature control. The brochure outlines benefits, energy savings, and typical installations.

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 1999

Meter measures power features

The 3166 HiTestor is a clamp-on meter that handles all types of power lines in one unit. It permits large amounts of measurement data to be processed and analyzed on a personal computer.

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 1999

Search capabilities make, break, e-commerce efforts, study shows

Successful e-commerce requires two essential components to maximize return on investment, a recent study shows.

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 1999

I zinc this is a good idea

Zinc/air fuel cells for stationary and mobile power applications can supply power levels above 1 kW. In contrast to being discarded like a primary battery or slowly recharged like a secondary battery, a zinc/air fuel cell can be refueled within 5 min.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1999

Vacuum lifter handles contoured loads

VT Series Vacuum Tube Lifter features articulating pads that adjust to contoured surfaces and an extended handle for use with bulky loads up to 450 lb.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1999

Dock levelers

Causes, results, and solutions for dock leveler "stump-out" are featured in a 4-p brochure.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1999

Get a long life

ProTech condensate removal devices are engineered for the application and offer two benefits -- energy savings and longevity. The nozzle removes condensate at the same rate it is being generated.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1999

Sensor detects moisture in oil

Hydrolert detects water in lubricating oils before damaging levels are reached, which extends bearing and gear life. Until a visual indication is made, the equipment's lubricant is assumed to be uncontaminated by moisture.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1999

Boiler cuts fuel costs

Natural gas or propane Gemini boiler allows users to take advantage of interruptible gas service discounts to cut fuel costs as much as 40%.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1999

High-volume fans

Brochure describes the year-round benefits of a new family of high-volume, low-velocity (HVLV) airfoil fans.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1999

Portable heat gun eliminates flames

MCH-100 portable, battery-powered heat gun provides a temperature up to 1350°F for an average of 30 min of continuous use, depending on the heating element selected.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1999

Detect hot spots

Problem: IR thermoscans help to spot developing electrical problems, but what if an unseen trouble spot develops between thermography sessions? Solution: Install inexpensive self adhesive temperature indicating strips on the fronts of dead-front electrical disconnects that are much used or heavily loaded. Potential problems can be spotted at a glance. Contributor: Wayne A. Madsen, Terry Farms Inc., Princeton, IL; 815-875-4436.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1999

Lift truck provides power and comfort

P155BX pneumatic tire lift truck has a 15,500-lb capacity. A hydraulic suspension cab and adjustable suspension operator seat reduce the amount of vibration a driver experiences. A sound suppression design and low-noise engine ensure quiet operation.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1999

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 1999 – #10

Detect hot spots Problem : IR thermoscans help to spot developing electrical problems, but what if an unseen trouble spot develops between thermography sessions? Solution: Install inexpensive self adhesive temperature indicating strips on the fronts of dead-front electrical disconnects that are much used or heavily loaded. Potential problems can be spotted at a glance. Contributor : Wayne A. Madsen, Terry Farms Inc., Princeton, IL; 815-875-4436 List of Tips & Tricks Plant Engineering.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1999

GFCI want that power cord

Model 30336 GFCI power cord incorporates a right-angle plug line side and is available with custom cord lengths in yellow or black. The unit is rated for 120 V, 15 A and is UL and CSA approved for indoor and outdoor use. Tower Manufacturing Corp.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1999

Pressure washers

Gasoline and electric-powered pressure washers are the topic of a 6-p brochure. Features are labeled for both types, and specifications are provided. Landa Water Cleaning Systems

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1999

Check for corrosive environments

A-Prompt monitor measures atmospheric corrosion on metallic surfaces using a copper-plated quartz crystal microbalance sensor.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1999

Transducer measures six parameters

Series DME 400 programmable ac power transducer measures up to six parameters with four analog and two digital outputs. On a three-phase system, it can measure voltage and current, as well as active power or watts and reactive power or power factor.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1999

Boom works indoors and out

Z-34/22 bi-energy articulating boom combines the emission-free and efficient operation of a dc machine with the versatility of a diesel to create a boom for both indoor and outdoor applications.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1999

Music to your ears

Problem: Over the years, breaker panel documentation has not been kept up-to-date. Consequently, it takes a great deal of time to find the correct breaker in order to de-energize a wall outlet.

By Staff
Energy Management July 1, 1999

Circuit breaker monitor reduces maintenance cost

OPTImizer monitors a number of key criteria related to circuit breaker operation and provides the user with immediate reports on condition and per- formance. This information enables companies to quickly identify and address any potential problems.

By Staff
Energy Management July 1, 1999

Enclosure protection

EIC Solid State Systems are available in 400, 800, and 1500-Btu/hr capacities and provide on-demand thermoelectric cooling/heating protection in NEMA 12 and 4X electronic enclosures.

By Staff
Energy Management July 1, 1999

Sexual harassment works both ways

In the large majority of cases, the sexual harassment victim is female. Quite commonly, the harasser is a supervisor who intimidates a subordinate with promises of a wage increase and promotion or threats of a hard time on the job or dismissal.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management July 1, 1999

Aerial platforms

A 16-p full line catalog features detailed information on a range of mobile aerial work platforms. The literature offers proven tips for choosing the right aerial work platform for the highest level of performance and productivity.

By Staff
Energy Management July 1, 1999

A little on leaves…

I was disappointed to see the letters in the April 1999 Forum column critical of your February Human Side of Engineering case, "Are gay couples entitled to the same benefits as straight couples?" Al Graham requested one of the most basic and compassionate benefits an employer can extend to an employee -- bereavement leave following the death of a life partner. If anything is immoral about the situation, its the idea that some readers would want to deny that benefit to him -- regardless of his sexual orientation. I want to thank Plant Engineering for its evenhanded treatment of the situation and recognition that the changing workplace and increasing respect for workforce diversity will continue to bring up new issues like this one. This is exactly the kind of dialogue that we need to create -- a workplace that is respectful of all employees regardless of their sex, race, religion or sexual orientation. And, a respectful workplace is also one where employees can be most effective. -- Ann Dunkin I was surprised at the response to your Human Side case, "When is a disabled worker's leave request unreasonable?" (PE, June 1999, p 20). The issue of leave hardly seems to be a financial question.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

www.testdrivePlantWeb.com

Site from Fisher-Rosemount lets you build your own virtual plant and evaluate the economics of process automation by easily modifying the existing sample plant to your specifications.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Noncontact thermometer fits in pocket

MiniTemp infrared, noncontact, pocket-sized thermometer powered by a 9-V battery combines advanced electronics in a compact, durable housing. It measures temperature up to 6-ft away within the range 0-500 F.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

The internet: Mission-critical tool or untapped resource?

Industrial professionals increasingly use the internet for business.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Chemical safely removes paints and coatings

Peel Away 7 system is specially formulated to remove oil/latex paints and most chemically resistant coatings, including epoxies, urethanes, elastomerics, and chlorinated rubber.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Your resource for a better you

Over the last few years, the message from Plant Engineering magazine readers concerning skills development, training, and education has come through loud and clear: Year after year, this topic has always been at or near the top of the plant engineers' priority list. In a recent Plant Engineering magazine study, The Role of the Plant Engineer 2000 , over 80% of the respondents claimed that training, education, and skills development were a leading job function of the plant engineer. Furthermore, 75% of those surveyed said their involvement in this area would increase by the year 2000. (Complete results of this study can be accessed at www.plantengineering.

By Len O'Neal
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Need a 16-bit data board?

1999 Product Handbook introduces an extensive line of 12 and 16-bit PCI boards which come with DaqSuite data acquisition application software CD. DaqSuite provides an easy, one-step installation program for hardware drivers.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Keep that tower cool and clean

There are four potential problems to deal with in an open loop water management program: algae and slime, corrosion, scale deposits, and sediment/sludge.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Get an air dryer quickly

Two standard, energy-saving dryer types are available for immediate shipment. Single tower dryers with low-pressure drop and 20-deg F dew point suppression are available for flows from 10-3000 scfm@100 psig.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Safety and hygiene training

A 64-p full-line catalog describes more than 250 safety training products available in video, interactive CD-ROM, Digital Safety Video, and online formats. Topics include personal protection, energy, confined spaces, cranes and lifts, and more.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

MIG welder

A colorful 8-p brochure highlights features of a premium model MIG welder/wire feeder.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Five-element program keeps steam traps at peak efficiency

TrapMaster integrated steam trap management program is designed to maintain steam traps at peak efficiency for systems of any size.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Project scheduling tools are easy to use

Milestones, Etc. and Milestones Simplicity project scheduling tools are designed to be intuitive and flexible. Milestones Simplicity lets those with little or no project management experience track projects and generate schedules easily. Milestones, Etc.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Conveyor solutions video

A free 16-min video previews some of the latest technology advances and unique features of a line of continuous and power-and-free conveyor systems.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Plasma cutter provides power and portability

Spectrum 3080 air plasma cutting, gouging, and piercing system is portable and provides 80 amps of power to cut steel and stainless steel from gauge thickness up to 1 1/4 in. and aluminum up to 7/8 in.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Filter cart

A 6-p brochure describes a line of oil filter carts. Features offered include 3 micron filtration, hand truck or drum handling versions, spare element case, breather adapters, and oil analysis kit. Y2K Fluid Power, Inc.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1999

Roofing membrane reflects sunlight

UltraPly thermoplastic polyolefin membrane with a reflective surface offers aesthetic value and performance advantages.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1999

Aluminum conveyors

A line of aluminum track power-and- free conveyors is covered in a 4-p brochure. Features described include entirely bolted construction (no welding or special tools), easy-to-cut anodized aluminum track, and quiet operation. Jervis B. Webb Co.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1999

Discs squeeze shafts to provide shrink fit

Peter Clamping Shrink Discs are keyless locking devices that squeeze shafts to gears or shafts to shafts for applications requiring high torque power transmission.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1999

Reels

A 34-p full-line catalog covers reels of all kinds. Included are hand crank, spring return, and motor driven reels for liquid and gas handling, electric cords and cables, welding, and static discharge.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1999

Lube monitors

A colorful 6-p brochure presents two new lubricant monitoring products. The Hydrolert is a low-priced automatic lubricant moisture monitor.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1999

Compressor offers energy savings

Cyclon 475 SR rotary screw air compressor with speed regulation can provide users with an average annual energy efficiency gain and operational cost saving of 25% over conventional products.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1999

Batter pack provides 5 hr of light

A portable battery pack kit powers a standard 12-V headlamp for 5 hr. The battery is charged by plugging into a 120-Vac outlet overnight. The sealed gel battery is safeguarded from knocks by the padded sides and bottom of the battery case.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1999

Analyzer checks motor integrity

TIG-D Series Digital Winding Analyzer field portable test instrument performs three winding tests and two rotor tests. Surge comparison tests the integrity of the insulation between turns, coils, and phases.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1999

Laxity for poor attendance inevitably backfires

Maintenance Foreman Carl Ross had just about had it with Electrician Grade II Joe Dalton. Ross had lost track of the number of times he had reasoned with, appealed to, and warned Dalton about his poor attendance.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management April 1, 1999

Tall fish tale

Grip-It fish tape maximizes pulling power while reducing the effort required, provides a vise-like grip on standard flat steel fish tapes, and fits in a pocket.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1999

Chill out the barrel

Shell-and-tube chiller barrels, available in sizes from 5-250 tons, replace existing products that have long delivery times, are obsolete, or are out of production.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1999

Separator cleans up oily waste water

Model 372 removes suspended and dissolved oil from water and treats 60 gph for environmentally safe discharge. Permanent coalescing elements never need to be cleaned or replaced. The compact unit fits in an area 2 x 3 ft. Keller Products, Inc.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1999

Welder handles MIG and flux cored wire

Power MIG 255 dc combination wire feeder welder creates a responsive arc for high performance on MIG and flux-cored applications. Special technology provides optimized welding from very low to very high amperages.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1999

Compact fuses immediately indicate blown condition

JTD_ID Indicator Series of power fuses feature an integrated blown fuse darkened window in any overcurrent or short-circuit situation.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1999

Manufacturing plant: No place to preach hatred

I get along with everybody," Instrument Repairman Russ McIntyre claimed. A known member of a hate group, McIntyre preached hatred and violence to anyone who would listen.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management April 1, 1999

Welding helmets

A 40-p full-color catalog of welding helmets features auto-darkening, peripheral-vision, CO(sub2)-reducing models; and supplied-air and powered-air respiratory systems.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1999

Signal conditioning

A series of signal conditioning modules is covered in a 230-p catalog. The low-cost modules make up the core of totally integrated industrial data acquisition subsystems.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Power seminars

A 12-p brochure describes a series of electric power seminars and workshops. The five topics are capacitor switching transients, power quality, short circuit analysis, overcurrent protection and coordination, and the Circuit-Switcher.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Power sweeper

The compact 6400 power direct-throw sweeper includes auto-on brushes, simple controls, and ability to clean up to 132,000 sq ft/hr. Six power platforms are available.Tennant Co.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

CO monitors are small, yet powerful

Series 9000 range of cross-stack, infrared, carbon monoxide monitors are small enough to fit into most duct types and sizes. The units feature fast response time and high measurement accuracy and reliability.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Portable plasma cutter handles 1/4-in. plate

Pro-Cut 20 portable plasma cutting machine weighs 19.8 lb and handles plate up to 1/4-in. thick with 20 amps of power. Its 20% duty cycle at maximum output ensures the capacity for any cutting requirement.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Air handling

Air moving and control equipment is the subject of a 32-p catalog. The publication includes separate sections on fans and ventilators, centrifugal/vane-axial fans, dampers, louvers, energy recovery ventilators, and makeup air units. Greenheck www.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Boiler shaves size and increases efficiency

Evolution water boilers incorporate serviceability, timesaving controls, advanced combustion, and high heat transfer within a compact package.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Column protector

Column Sentry is a molded plastic product designed to protect interior columns from fork lift collision damage. A proprietary air-cushion system also provides protection for equipment and operators. The lightweight product is 24 in. X 42 in.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Welding helmet purifies air

Fresh-air II P 9000 powered, air-purifying respirator creates a positive atmosphere within the lightweight helmet that helps keep out harmful welding particles and fumes. The battery, which lasts 8 hr, installs into the turbo unit.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Weld metals

A weld metal product selector guide allows the user to specify a steel type and learn the appropriate consumable product to use.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Transformers – 1999-03-01

Ventilated three-phase cabinet style dry type transformers are fully described in a 12-p bulletin. Models listed in the literature range from 15-1000 kVA.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Oil primary control improves performance

The R7184 oil primary series is a microprocessor-based control for boilers and furnaces. The control delivers enhanced functionality, simplifies component integration, and reduces service time.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Pumping up air

Pumper reciprocating, air-operated actuator cylinder provides power for any equipment requiring a sustained, cyclic motion.

By Staff
Energy Management March 1, 1999

Cable trays

Pultruded fiber glass cable trays to carry electrical and pneumatic cables in harsh environments are the subject of a 4-p brochure. Typical applications described include carrying cables for power, instrumentation, or controls in manufacturing processes.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 1999

Get three instruments in one

MetraHit 29S combines a digital power meter, precision multimeter, and high speed recorder in one compact unit.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 1999

Gear couplings have highest torque density

Continuous sleeve series gear couplings offer the highest torque density of any mechanical power transmission coupling type for extended service life from compact, lightweight assemblies. They provide up to 2.5 million in.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 1999

Enclosures – 1999-02-01

Over 6000 products are featured in a catalog of enclosures. The 836-p publication covers offerings ranging from industrial electronic enclosures to climate control, power distribution, data communications, and outdoor cabinets. Rittal Corp. www.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 1999

Couplings act as fuse

Jaw-In-Shear mechanical power transmission couplings position driving and driven jaws in separate planes, with a wide elastomeric spider spanning a shear plane between them. The spider acts as a fuse to prevent damage when there is torque overload.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 1999

No leave automatically granted except in emergency

Electrician Grade II Sam Burton approached his boss' desk one Friday afternoon. "I gotta have next week off," he said. "I'm applying for a leave of absence.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management February 1, 1999

Top 10 list

Conexpo-Con-Agg '99, the construction, aggregates, and ready-mixed concrete industry trade show, has announced its list of the "Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 1999

Service parts

A 312-p service parts catalog includes sections on casters and wheels, machinery mounts, o-rings and seals, clamps, levers, handles, knobs, handwheels and position indicators, pulleys, terminal blocks, and more.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 1999

Retrieve metering and power quality data

Futura+ Communicator 2.0 metering data analysis program retrieves metering and power quality data from popular Futura+ power monitors.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 1999

Indicator displays all process variables

DP3410 universal, wall-mounted indicator has a six-digit display with the capability of measuring and indicating temperature, pressure, flow, level, and other process variables. The indicator provides a retransmission output and two alarm relays.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 1999

Exchangers provide high transfer rates

Kenics heat exchangers with static mixer elements require less space, energy, and time to process than other designs.

By Staff
Energy Management February 1, 1999

Power meter provides high-speed data

SIMEAS P digital meter provides a full range of information on power consumption and quality.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

Finding the right control

Catalog MM-825 simplifies the selection process for boiler controls, liquid level controls, and flow switches.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

Speed monitor works in hazardous locations

The multimodul MK21 features intrinsically safe input circuits, monitors pulse sequences from NAMUR sensors in hazardous locations, and indicates both over and underspeed conditions to control equipment in nonhazardous locations.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

Everything about property loss

CD-ROM contains the first public release of FM's entire property loss prevention engineering data sheet technical reference library.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

Please release me electrically

A 52-p catalog provides detailed information on electrically-released brakes. Featured are several models of spring-set brakes for static holding and emergency stopping, and permanent magnet brakes for dynamic stopping and cycling.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

Power management

A 100-p power management product guide highlights items that provide monitoring and management of all aspects of a plant electrical distribution system.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

Hose handles fluids and air

Glacier multi-purpose hose serves applications down to -65 F and pressures to 300 psi. The hose is suitable for air, water, oil, gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil, and some chemical transfer applications. Thermoid/HBD Industries, Inc.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

Software analyzes power quality

Powerlogic System Manager Software, version 3.1, includes power quality analysis tools and expanded system communication capabilities to maintain a company's entire power monitoring system.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

Save up to 30%

AirAudit can optimize compressed air equipment to help save 10-30% in energy costs. A comprehensive report in a 12-p brochure details air system behavior over a 24-hr period.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

PC handles harsh duties

Diablo series flat-panel computer systems for Class I, Division 2 applications serve harsh duty in explosion hazard zones. The unit has an 800 nit, daylight readable display coupled with a 15.1-in., XGA screen and 233-MHz Pentium processor.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

Lock and load

Lock'It is a simple and complete software solution for lockout/tagout management -- everything from physically identifying equipment within the plant layout and device coding, to energy source tracking, to padlock and tag management.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

Welding supplies

A 23-p full-line catalog covers stick, MIG, TIG, plasma cutting, and engine driven power supplies. The document explains the advantages of various processes and how to select a welding power source. A helpful glossary of welding terms is included.

By Staff
Energy Management January 1, 1999

Meeting the challenge

Level One compressed air challenge training sessions focus on ways to improve productivity and energy savings through better planning and operation.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1998

Job applicant is suing your company: Can you refuse employment?

While interviewing George Rudin for an electrician's job, Maintenance Supervisor Carl Greene remembered that, although well qualified, Rudin was suing the company on the grounds that one of its products had made his wife sick.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management December 1, 1998

Electronic padlock tightens access

Trac electronic recording padlock system tightens access control to restricted areas and hazardous locations and greatly reduces risks associated with lost, stolen, or unauthorized keys.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1998

Welding reels

Power and manual rewind reels for arc welding cables and gas welding/cutting hoses are covered in a color catalog. Electrical capacities up to 400 A and gas pressures up to 200 psi are available, with working temperatures from -40-200 F. Hannay Reels www.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1998

IAQ info

An 8-p technical white paper entitled How to Maintain Proper Indoor Air Quality reviews the subject and offers recommendations for effective ventilation systems. The white paper includes an IAQ checklist to help identify indoor air problems.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1998

Power tools

Electric power tools and abrasives are the subject of a 65-p catalog. The document is divided into sections for drills, hammer drills, rotary hammers, cordless tools, grinders, nibblers and shears, saws, sanders, screwdrivers, and abrasives.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1998

Solve power quality problems

Power Quality Troubleshooting video demonstrates how to properly measure, diagnose, and solve power quality problems. The 30-min presentation reviews the proper tools and techniques to use.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1998

Moving air along

A line of DWDI centrifugal forward curved fans is featured in a 32-p catalog. Applications include ovens, dryers, heaters, air conditioning units, and condensers.

By Staff
Energy Management December 1, 1998

Electrical cables

Expanded master catalog includes 14 color-coded sections covering various types of cables, coil cords, cordsets, accessories and tools, and connectors. The 240-p catalog also includes a technical section. Olflex Wire & Cable, Inc.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Leveler accommodates variety of trailer types

Versa-Dock XL facilitates loading and unloading of high cube, "low boy," and conventional trailers at a single dock position through the use of hydraulically adjustable bumpers on both sides of the leveler.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Lift truck features oil-cooled disc brakes

T3 Series of cushion tire electric lift trucks with 3000- 4000 lb capacity serve narrow aisle handling and are ergonomically designed from the inside out to reduce operator fatigue and improve productivity.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Combustion analyzer measures several conditions

The 300 XL portable handheld combustion efficiency analyzer measures draft/pressure, O(sub 2), CO(sub 2), CO, and NO and provides accurate results in seconds.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Filter eliminates harmonic currents

Harmonix is engineered to ensure system and equipment uptime by actively eliminating/canceling damaging harmonic currents.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

PID Loop Analysis Tools Boost Productivity

Advanced PID analysis tools boost plant productivity by reducing variability, saving energy, increasing product quality, and reducing waste and rework.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Shop towels absorb faster, hold more

ShopPro shop towels absorb water and oil faster and hold more (pound for pound) than laundered rental products. The 13.3 X 14.5-in.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Boiler control regulates three jobs

Pressuretrol P7810C solid-state electronic boiler pressure control provides automatic on/off operation, automatic safety high-limit protection, and modulating fire rate control for pressure systems up to 300 psi.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Digital multimeter displays several readings

True RMS Power MultiMeter displays watts, amps, volts, and power factor when the device being tested is plugged into the instrument's power adaptor cable.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Air dryer saves energy, meets safety requirements

MicroGen desiccant air dryer uses efficient, safe, and cost-effective microwave energy to quickly strip moisture from an activated alumina desiccant bed and requires 87% less energy for regeneration than conventional dryers.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Compressed air piping system is flexible, easy to install

Transair push-to-connect components are instantly assembled, removed, or interchanged without the need for tube preparation, threading, soldering, or gluing.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Wrench assembles large instrumentation fittings

PAK 32 hydraulically driven rotary wrench assembles large instrumentation fittings in less than 2 min. The wrench eliminates the need for hydraulic presetting and subsequent hand-wrench tightening of larger size fittings.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Software analyzes power quality, harmonics

Windows-based Pro software package analyzes power quality and harmonics.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Wire dispenser can be transported to any location

SmartCart transportable wire dispenser features five racks that can be individually detached so the user can carry spools to smaller jobs or remote locations. An optional wire guide minimizes snagging and simplifies wire pulls through low wall openings.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Parts washer works without solvents

SmartWasher 708 SuperSink cleans parts as heavy as 550 lb without using dangerous solvents. This advanced technology eliminates health and safety risks, air pollution, and "cradle to grave" legal responsibility.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Can you unilaterally change wage payment policy?

This is a tricky question. Arbitration decisions have gone both ways on the issue. In a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant, it was a long-standing practice to distribute payroll checks on the job every Friday.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Clamp-on meter combines harmonics, datalogger functions

Analyst LH2060 combines power harmonics measurements, oscilloscope, and datalogger into a clamp-on meter.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Flooring blocks protect concrete surfaces

Power-Bloc acts as a sacrificial membrane to protect concrete floors in heavy manufacturing environments.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Software helps implement root cause failure analysis

Proact software for root cause failure analysis (RCFA) organizes, analyzes, and eliminates the chronic failures that lead to productivity losses.

By Staff
Energy Management November 1, 1998

Aerial work platform can be operated easily by only one worker

Aerial Navi~Gator includes a self-contained power unit, which makes it easy for one person to handle overhead tasks. The unit fits through doorways or passenger elevators for easy transport.

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 1998

Need-to-know information is the union’s right

When a revised Manual of Work Assignments was published, it triggered complaints from the work force. One dispute led to a grievance filed by Ted Wilke, a Grade II electrician.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management October 1, 1998

Utlity vehicle travels 18 mph

ET3000 electric-powered utility truck has a top speed of 18 mph and range of 50 miles on a single charge. The vehicle carries payloads up to 3000 lb and can climb 15% grades. Taylor-Dunn Manufacturing

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 1998

Power supplies – 1998-10-01

A 176-p product data book provides descriptions, specifications, wiring diagrams, and other information about a line of ac-to-dc switching power supplies.

By Staff
Energy Management October 1, 1998

Power conditioners

A 4-p brochure describes a series of power line conditioners, including options, technical specifications, application details, and more.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1998

MIG wires

A simple reference for an entire MIG wire product line is provided in a 12-p booklet. In addition to product specifications, control of raw materials, processing, and analysis of finished products are detailed. The Lincoln Electric Co. www.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1998

Can you unilaterally change the wage payment procedure?

Is how to pay employees a management prerogative? Plant Engineer Luke Lester assumed it was when he suggested at an executive meeting that it might be a good idea to switch from weekly cash payment to the distribution of checks.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management September 1, 1998

Reach truck

A new reach truck that features sitting, leaning, or standing operator positions is introduced in an 8-p brochure. Photos, graphics, and information describe the controls, display panel, steering tiller, suspended floorboard, and expanded footwell.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1998

Air dryers save energy and control dew point

EMD refrigerated compressed air dryers reduce energy use up to 50% under partial load conditions and provide a consistently low dew point, even when flow conditions vary. Flows range from 260-25,000 scfm at 100 psig.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1998

Extending life

Problem: Nicad batteries are used in a variety of portable power equipment, such as cordless drills and radio communication. Amp-hour use decreases with time and creates a characteristic known as memory, which builds in the battery.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1998

Efficient light works in wet locations

V-51 is a UL listed, enclosed, and gasketed compact fluorescent fixture. It is used for storage areas, tunnels, and other demanding wet environments.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1998

Single-ply roofing

A 12-p brochure covers hot-air welded, single-ply roofing systems. In addition to product information, the literature includes physical property charts, photos, and detail drawings.

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1998

Winches

Hand and power operated winches for lifting and pulling are covered in a 12-p brochure. Capacities offered range from 750-56,000 lb. Also included is a new series of portable davit cranes. Thern, Inc. www.thern.com

By Staff
Energy Management September 1, 1998

Determining resistance

Problem: How do you determine thermocouple (T/C) system resistance? Solution: Test adapters permit the rapid and error-free measurement of test voltages to calculate this figure.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1998

Compressed air dryers reduce operating costs

HL Series of regenerative dryers supply compressed air at -40 F dewpoint. They are available with five control options, including energy saving demand switching to reduce operating costs 50%.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1998

Outdoor sweeper

A 4-p brochure introduces an outdoor sweeper offering state-of-the-art dry dust control.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1998

Water treatment maximizes cooling tower efficiency

Powerboost water treatment products reduce the cost of operating existing equipment by increasing the capacity of systems designed to transfer energy by continuously contacting air and water, such as cooling towers and air washers.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1998

Power quality

A 4-p technical brochure describes a power quality instrument for field survey applications. The literature provides descriptions of standard features, functions, and capabilities.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1998

Makeup air units save energy two ways

Model TSU makeup air units offer two energy saving options: variable volume and 80/20 recirculation airflow. Units are available with five heating and three cooling options.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1998

Ratchet wrench has variable speeds

Sampson multi-drive ratchet wrench provides six times the speed of a standard product. For power applications, keep both handles aligned. For power and speed, hold the short handle stationary and ratchet the large handle.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1998

People bored? Try job switching

Author Norman Mailer said, "Boredom slays more of existence than war." Maybe more of existence than war and traffic accidents combined, Chief Engineer Brigham Manheim mused.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Energy Management August 1, 1998

MIG welders

Buyer's guide helps make purchasing a MIG welding power source easier. The guide answers questions on topics such as applicability to flux-core welding, shielding gas requirements, duty cycles, and important features. Miller Electric Mfg. Co. www.

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1998

Lift trucks – 1998-08-01

A series of 3000-6000-lb cushion tire, internal combustion fork lifts is covered in a 6-p brochure. The literature details performance specifications for the lift trucks, which can be powered by gasoline, diesel, LPG, and CNG. TCM

By Staff
Energy Management August 1, 1998

Pressure switches

A 4-p brochure announces a new series of differential pressure switches for explosion-proof or weather-tight applications. The switches provide low adjustable ranges with high working pressures, and are suitable for liquids, air, gas, and vacuum.

By Staff
Energy Management July 1, 1998

How to handle too much “socializing”

Each month, I look forward to reading the "Human Side of Engineering,'' and generally concur with the final decisions.

By Staff
Energy Management July 1, 1998

Wastewater evaporators

Gas-fired and all-electric wastewater evaporators are the subject of a 4-p brochure. Typical applications include mop water, machine coolant-water solutions, and parts washer wastewater.

By Staff
Energy Management July 1, 1998

Energy-efficient fluorescent utility light installs easily

Fluorescent Utility Light yields 75% greater energy efficiency than comparable incandescent units. The nonmetallic design withstands corrosive environments, and the one-piece fixture easily fastens to walls and ceilings.

By Staff
Energy Management July 1, 1998

Bearing is adapter mounted

Series 300 adapter-mounted, heavy-duty ball bearing is used in air-handling applications. The units are designed for high capacity and speeds with minimum vibration.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1998

Foams make effective gaskets

SuperSheet materials are a low-density urethane foam that effectively resist water and air permeation. The foam's cells require little pressure to compress, yet resist permanent collapse, making them well suited for gaskets.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1998

Power monitors

A handheld instrument that allows up to four voltage and four current measurements on any single or three-phase electrical service is depicted in a 4-p brochure.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1998

Line-shaft conveyors

Line-shaft conveyors with individually powered rollers are described in a 12-p brochure. A wide selection of diverters, transfers, and positioners is presented. Also included are bearing and coating options. Ermanco, Inc. www.ermanco.com

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1998

Getting workers out safely

A powered scaffold rescue system is designed for confined space applications where a swing stage user may be injured and unable to bring the work cage to a safe landing area.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1998

Shuttling along

A vertical shuttle quickly and efficiently transports tote size loads up to 150 lb between floors up to 95-ft apart.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1998

Are you branded — the right way?

There's a lot of talk in business these days about the value and importance of brands. Marketers look enviously at the world's great brands and dream of growing their own brands into world powers.

By Richard L. Dunn
Energy Management June 1, 1998

Riding scrubbers

A new propane powered, riding scrubber/sweeper is the subject of a 4-p brochure. The material highlights a proven worm gear driven scrub brush system that is combined with a cylindrical broom.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1998

Data hardware

Communication, data acquisition, and signal conditioning products for IBM-compatible personal computers are covered in a 144-p product handbook.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1998

Burner features multifuel capabilities

RatioMatic Version 3 air heating burner uses natural gas, propane, or butane to provide high fuel efficiency and low emissions.

By Staff
Energy Management June 1, 1998

Compressor filters

Technology behind an air compressor corrosion protection inlet filtration system is outlined in a 6-p brochure. The system helps maintain compressor efficiency and significantly reduces failures caused by corrosive gases in ambient air.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1998

Instrumentation – 1998-05-01

A complete line of power quality, harmonics, energy instrumentation, and software solutions is presented in an 8-p catalog.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1998

Heat exchangers recover process energy

Thermo-T tubular heat exchangers recover energy from consuming processes at temperatures up to 1600 F. Single and double-pass systems are available to enhance performance and accommodate space restrictions. Efficiencies up to 85% are realized.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1998

Industrial camera stores and relays images

Smart cameras include up to 8 MB of RAM, 2 MB of Flash EPROM, and a powerful DSP. They feature optically isolated industrial I/O, four 12-24 V inputs and four 150 mA outputs, and an RS-232 interface. Vision Components

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1998

Light fixture creates comfortable environment

CentaGlo supplies both uplight and downlight, creating a totally comfortable visual environment. The fixture offers minimal direct and reflected glare and energy efficient HID ballasts and lamps. Holophane Corp.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1998

What makes the web work? You do!

If you have given any attention to the World Wide Web since its explosion in 1994, you surely have seen countless articles telling what makes a good website.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1998

Water/wastewater treatment

An 8-p brochure describes products and services for raw water conditioning, ion exchange, deaeration, boiler fireside and waterside, steam/condensate, heavy metals-laden ash stabilization, fuel oil, heat exchangers, wastewater clarification, sludge dewatering, and many more. Technologies are arranged by area of application, and each contains descriptions of problems, solutions, and results. Ashland Chemical www.ashchem.com.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1998

Portable instrument measures water quality

Hydra simultaneously displays pH, temperature, total dissolved solids, conductivity, and resistance from a single water sample. The microprocessor automatically selects the proper range for the solution being measured and compensates for temperature.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1998

How to grab and hold on

A 172-p catalog provides detailed product specifications, selection guide, and engineering data for solutions to the most demanding torque control and heavy-duty power transmission applications using pneumatic clutches and brakes.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1998

Dataline and surge arresters are combined

Boxtrab incorporates both data line and power line protection in one compact enclosure. The power line protection portion features a pluggable element with a visual status LED. The data line protects RS-485 data communication equipment.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1998

Vehicle offered in gas or electric models

Industrial 875 utility vehicle is available in electric and gasoline versions. The vehicle features a 44 1/2 X 69-in. cargo deck, four-way diamond pattern steel body panels, welded tubular steel chassis, and dual halogen headlights. E-Z-GO Textron www.

By Staff
Energy Management May 1, 1998

Sensor detects water in oil

Water Sensor detects the leakage of water into all types of petroleum-based and synthetic oil. The sensor can be calibrated to the sensitivity range of the operation and report the presence of water from 4000-30,000 ppm.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1998

Bird repeller won’t disturb humans

QuadBlaster QB-4 repels birds using ultrasonic sound to eliminate the expense they cause and the mess they create. Speakers project powerful sound waves in an overlapping fan pattern for 360-deg coverage.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1998

Software improves accuracy of energy analysis

BinMaker upgrades bin energy analysis by creating a wide range of accurate summaries of U.S. hourly weather data for 239 locations. Resulting electronic files can be exported to spreadsheets or other computer analysis programs.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1998

Knockout punch uses battery power

LS60 Gator battery-powered punch driver is equipped with a 12-V NiCd battery that produces 6.7 tons of force. The driver takes only 12 sec to punch a hole for 2-in. conduit. It can produce approximately 40 holes/battery charge in 10-ga mild steel.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1998

Carrying power tools made easy

Cord Saver plastic-coated, stainless steel safety cable attaches to power tools such as saws and drills. The cable carries the strain when lowering a power tool from a ladder. Properly attached, the cable prevents breaks in the power cord.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1998

Portable data logger includes graphic display

The 23503E portable, six-channel data logger with a built-in LCD display previews data graphically in the field. Input is via interchangeable plug & play modules, enabling the unit to be configured for a variety of tasks.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1998

Remote control retrofits on hoists

Infrared remote control is easily installed on any single-speed hoist with a single or two speed motor-driven trolley, or any two speed hoist with a single speed motor-driven trolley. The receiver is rated NEMA 4 and has a range of 50 ft.

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Energy Management April 1, 1998

Lab services

Bulletin details a wide range of environmental and analytical testing capabilities for dissolved gas, oil quality, and PCB analysis in oil, water, and wipe samples. The 4-p brochure also explains the importance of transformer fluid testing.

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Energy Management April 1, 1998

Pipe insulation resists high temperatures

HT Armaflex elastomeric insulation has a continuous upper temperature limit of 300 F and withstands intermittent exposure to 350 F. The refrigeration and hot gas pipe insulation is UV, ozone, and oil resistant. Armstrong World Industries, Inc.

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Energy Management April 1, 1998

Exchangers serve water-cooled applications

The 6000 series of copper heat exchangers are used for applications with water as the primary coolant. The compact, space-saving design includes an all-copper, mechanically bonded fin-and-tube construction and all silver-brazed connections. Lytron, Inc.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1998

Electrical test equipment

A 40-p catalog presents a full line of electrical test equipment. Included are testers for insulation, ground resistance, and high-pot; multimeters; and equipment for fault locating, and transformer and phase sequence testing.

By Staff
Energy Management April 1, 1998

Surge protector withstands jobsite abuse

A 450 joule rating provides greater absorption of excess energy from surges and spikes, and an indicator light shows all connected tools are