Instruments & Controls


Combination DMM and IR thermometer

Extech 450 and 470 autoranging digital multimeters (DMMs) feature built in, noncontact infrared (IR) thermometers. The thermometer provides fast measurements from -4 to 520 F. A laser pointer targets the area being measured. The distance to target ratio is 8:1 and emissivity is fixed at 0.95. The 450 has a 2000-count display and 0.5% basic dc V accuracy, while the 470 features true RMS with a 4000-count display, 0.3% basic dc V accuracy, capacity and frequency functions, and type K thermocouple measurements in addition to its IR capability. Extech Instruments Corp. Write 331 on PE card

Current-to-presure transducer

Series IP current-to-pressure transducer is designed for control applications that require a high degree of reliability and repeatability at a low cost. The transducer converts a current input signal to a linearly proportional pneumatic output pressure. Features include an internal volume booster, low air consumption, inversely proportional outputs, and flexible zero and span adjustments. The NEMA 4x enclosure allows the unit to be used in splashdown and outdoor applications. Dwyer Instruments, Inc. Write 332 on PE card

Air velocity flow transmitter

FX100 Series air velocity flowmeter is designed to monitor air velocity in HVAC applications. The transmitter can be wired for 4-20 mA, 0-5 Vdc, or 0-1 Vdc output. The unit transmits flow and temperature information. RS232 output and digital display are options. OMEGA Engineering, Inc. Write 333 on PE card

DeviceNet fiber optic converter

PSI-MOS-DNET modular fiber optic converter system for DeviceNet allows isolation of DeviceNet networks by converting the electrical signals from copper-wire-based sources to glass or polymer fiber technology, which offers the benefits of immunity to EMI, RFI, and surges, as well as enabling longer bus drops for star and tree topologies. Phoenix Contact, Inc. Write 334 on PE card

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
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.
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A new approach to the Skills Gap; Community colleges may hold the key for manufacturing; 2017 Engineering Leaders Under 40
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The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Power system design for high-performance buildings; mitigating arc flash hazards
VFDs improving motion control applications; Powering automation and IIoT wirelessly; Connecting the dots
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

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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