Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning

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Flashlight detects AC&R leaks

Titan Stinger is a cordless AC&R fluorescent leak-detection flashlight. Designed with dichroic filter lens technology, the unit produces significantly more UV/blue light than other inspection flashlights. The flashlight is 73/8-in. long, weighs 8.7 oz., and has an effective working range of at least 12 in., depending on ambient light. A rechargeable NiCad battery provides about an hour of inspection time. Spectronics Corp.; www.spectroline.com


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Shatter-resistant lamp kills germs

UVC Emitters are shatter-resistant, plastic-sheathed lamps for mold and microbial control in critical processing applications. The beverage and pharmaceutical-grade tubes continuously eradicate mold, bacteria, and phlage (bacteria attacking viruses) in formerly impossible places. A resin coating encapsulates the tube with no loss of UVC output. Steril-Aire, Inc.; www.steril-aire-usa.com


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Combustion system quickly responds to process changes

Magna-Flame LEx Rapid Response System is an ultralow NOx and CO combustion system that incorporates integral control components into the burner platform to provide the primary benefits of ultralow emissions, fast changes to process requirements, and low operating costs. The system can respond to process changes in less than 10 sec. North American Mfg. Co.; www.namfg.com


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Leak detector has dual functions

Informant 2 leak detector allows pinpoint detection of both refrigerant and combustible gases. Sensor tips swap in seconds and automatically adjust sensitivity levels. The unit features an audible indicator with mute option coupled with sequential LEDs to monitor increasing gas concentrations. A flashing light at the tip visually defines the sampling location. Bacharach, Inc.; www.bacharach-inc.com


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System remotely analyzes boiler failures

Miura Online Maintenance can predict a boiler's maintenance needs from information the boiler continuously reads and records. The system automatically calls should a connected boiler go down, pinpointing which alarm occurred and which of 28 possible faults was the cause. Everything that happened in the boiler for 4 sec before the shutdown is recorded. Miura Boiler Co., Ltd.; www.miuraboiler.com


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Draft control eliminates microorganisms

Control-A-Flow draft eliminator with antimicrobial filter is the solution to air conditioning vents blowing cold/hot air laden with germs and allergens. While filtering and killing microorganisms, it deflects air along the ceiling, maintaining balance and air volume. The device installs in seconds without tools and can be adjusted while standing on the floor. International Diversified Marketing; www.controlaflow.com


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Burner package has ultralow NOx emissions

CSB microSTAR is an ultralow NOx burner package for heating and steam applications. It is UL listed with a firing range of 2.0-10.5 MMBtu/hr. The package achieves the low emissions of less than 12 ppm reliably by premixing air and fuel and combusting this mixture on a high-temperature, alloyed surface. The package does not require complex combustion controls or flue gas recirculation. Alzeta Corp.; www.alzeta.com


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Enclosure protects shop computers

Foundation is an integrated and adaptive PC enclosure with the flexibility to be scaled up in features and levels of protection from a durable rack enclosure to a fully integrated mini computer room system. Complete HVAC, humidification/

dehumidification, and power protection can be added. Units can be customized with adjustable mounting rails, multiple door options, and cable access. Liebert Corp.; www.liebert.com


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Alarm deciphers emergency messages

FSNetworx is a safeguard monitoring and alarm system that sends flame malfunction information via email and wireless devices from multiple remote plants and boiler houses to decrease downtime due to burner equipment failures. It provides web-based monitor and diagnostic displays for easy diagnosis of problems. Users can prioritize alarms. Total Automation Concepts; www.fsnetworx.com


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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.
October 2018
Tools vs. sensors, functional safety, compressor rental, an operational network of maintenance and safety
September 2018
2018 Engineering Leaders under 40, Women in Engineering, Six ways to reduce waste in manufacturing, and Four robot implementation challenges.
GAMS preview, 2018 Mid-Year Report, EAM and Safety
October 2018
2018 Product of the Year; Subsurface data methodologies; Digital twins; Well lifecycle data
August 2018
SCADA standardization, capital expenditures, data-driven drilling and execution
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
October 2018
Complex upgrades for system integrators; Process control safety and compliance
September 2018
Effective process analytics; Four reasons why LTE networks are not IIoT ready

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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