Rooftop safety

SPRI Safety Guide is a comprehensive manual that provides information on how to avoid common safety problems on rooftops and in construction areas. The waterproof, pocket- sized manual covers such items as clothing and equipment, ground check and roof check, climbing safety, environmental conditions, and more. Single copies are $10. SPRI spri.org Write 319 on PE card

Steel joist design

Technical Digest #6, Design of Steel Joist Roofs To Resist Uplift Loads, is a 26-p guide containing information on the effects of vertical wind forces (uplift) on open web steel roof joists and the method of design to resist them. The guide examines both K-Series and LH-Series joists. Price is $15. Steel Joist Institute steeljoist.org Write 320 on PE card

Rooms to go

Fully assembled building units are highly adaptable to inplant environments where work space reconfiguration is a common occurrence. Delivered as stand-alone units or in components for immediate erection, units can be moved by a forklift to a site, plugged into an electrical source, and be ready for use in minutes. Later, they can be disconnected, moved, and reinstalled just as easily. Porta-King Building Systems portaking.com Write 321 on PE card

Epoxy looks like carpet

Decorpoxy is a decorative epoxy floor resurfacer that provides the beauty of deep-pile carpeting with a nonskid, easy-to-clean, industrial-grade epoxy surface that is impervious to dirt and bacteria as well as resistant to heat, abrasion, shock, acid, and solvents. The 100% solids formula requires no special tools or skills for application. Material is available in 25 colors. Garon Products, Inc. garonproducts.com Write 322 on PE card

Removable rail

Barrier Rail guard rails now offer a lift-out rail feature to permit easy access to machinery or areas that need protection from traffic hazards. Installed along aisleways, around inplant offices, and within storage areas, the rails provide maximum protection while offering flexibility in access to areas that are normally off limits. Posts are 6-in. by 6-in. structural steel tube with W.A. Schmidt, Inc. waschmidt.com Write 323 on PE card

Energy-efficient roofing

Cool Zone white thermoplastic PVC single-ply roofing system is recognized by the Energy Star Roof Products Program for its ability to retain more than 86% reflectivity after 3 yr of weathering. This level of performance enables building owners to reduce energy costs as much as 40%. System can be installed over most substrates without tear-offs. Duro-Last duro-last.com Write 324 on PE card

Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
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.
February 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
Jan/Feb 2018
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
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
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards
December 2017
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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