Construction, Buildings & Grounds

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High-speed roll door has diagnostic control

The Pharma-Seal high-speed, stainless steel roll door for nonwashdown applications features removable stainless steel side columns and a diagnostic control box in a NEMA 12 enclosure. The door opens at 42 in./sec and closes at 21 in./sec. It is designed for high-cycle applications. Anodized aluminum wind ribs provide resistance to negative pressure while allowing easy panel replacement. Rytec Corp.;


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Sectional door withstands harsh environments

Workhorse 1000 sectional door addresses ergonomic concerns, minimizes maintenance and energy costs, and reduces exposure to unsafe situations created by conventional sectional door damage. It offers consistent ergonomic operation without troublesome springs. It features a unique breakaway system and quick-fix design to help minimize maintenance and downtime. Its simple, rugged construction withstands harsh loading dock environments. Rite-Hite Doors, Inc.;


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Elastomeric coating repairs roof membranes

WiteBrite elastomeric coating is a blend of synthetic rubbers enhanced with chemical tacifiers to maximize adhesion and elongation. Coating provides a white elastomeric film over nearly any roof. It has been formulated to rejuvenate and restore single-ply roofing system membranes that previously were not repairable or restorable. The system is designed to recoat, rejuvinate, and restore membranes at a fraction of the cost of replacement. Simon Roofing;


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Fabric door maintains seal

Supercompact high-speed, roll-up fabric door is an affordable solution for a tight seal to separate rooms, while enabling rapid doorway access. The door is soft for increased safety and makes rapid room access economical for plants with foot traffic, push carts, pallet jacks, and light forklifts. Design is crash forgiving and automatically self-repairing for a continuous seal when the door is not in use. Opening speed is 42 in./sec; closing, 24 in./sec. Dynaco USA, Inc.;


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Knock out dock door panel resets itself

Knock & Lock replacement panels for sectional dock doors feature a 10-yr puncture-proof warranty, self-resetting knockout panel, and security. They eliminate costly damage to bottom sections of dock doors. When impacted, there is no damage to panel, rollers, or track; no resetting required; and no impact energy transferred to upper panels. Albany International;


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Door system eliminates drift

The Door Deputy door system comprises both Hold-Open antisag and Lock-Down security features. The hold-open system helps prevent manual sectional doors from drifting into the door opening, helping to minimize door maintenance costs. The lock-down system automatically locks a sectional door as it travels to its fully closed position, helping to prevent intruders from entering the plant. Devices retrofit to existing manual sectional doors. Rite-Hite Aftermarket Corp.;


For more information, write 99 on card

Strip door resists abrasion

Scratch Guard strip door is made of fire-resistant, self-extinguishing PVC strip material. Designed for prolonged clarity, it has formed-in bumpers on both sides of the strip to absorb impact of objects passing through. The bumpers reduce scratching and abrasions from heavy use. It is also effective in controlling the loss of heated or cooled air and provides a noise and dust barrier. Strip material is also available to retrofit existing doors. ALECO;


For more information, write 204 on card

Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America.
Product of the Year
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
System Integrator of the Year
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
June 2018
2018 Lubrication Guide, Motor and maintenance management, Control system migration
May 2018
Electrical standards, robots and Lean manufacturing, and how an aluminum packaging plant is helping community growth.
April 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards

Annual Salary Survey

After two years of economic concerns, manufacturing leaders once again have homed in on the single biggest issue facing their operations:

It's the workers—or more specifically, the lack of workers.

The 2017 Plant Engineering Salary Survey looks at not just what plant managers make, but what they think. As they look across their plants today, plant managers say they don’t have the operational depth to take on the new technologies and new challenges of global manufacturing.

Read more: 2017 Salary Survey

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Critical Power: Hospital Electrical Systems
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