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T8 lamp saves energy

The T8 Watt-Miser is an environmentally responsible, energy-saving T8 fluorescent lamp that operates on existing electronic instant-start ballasts. The TCLP-compliant lamp offers improved color and energy savings of 6% over standard T8 lamps. When used with the Ultra Ballast, 11% energy savings is achieved for those who choose to replace existing T8 lamps and ballasts. GE Lighting;


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HPS shines white

MasterColor HPS-Retro White lamps replace old HPS lamps. While conventional HPS lamps have a low color rendering index (CRI) and emit a dull yellow light, this lamp offers a crisp white light with a CRI of 90. Retrofitting is easy because the lamps operate on standard HPS ballasts. The key to its color rendering is the ceramic arc tube technology, which combines the white light of metal halide with PCA technology. Philips Lighting Co.;


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Dual wall switch senses light levels

The WI-300 dual relay wall switch uses passive infrared (PIR) to turn lighting on and off based on occupancy and ambient light levels. With two separate relays, it is capable of controlling two independent lighting loads or circuits simultaneously. The switch features two auto/off pushbuttons on the front of the sensor that enable manual or automatic operation. It has a built-in light level sensor that affects the secondary relay, allowing for daylight control. The Watt Stopper;


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Transfer device switches lights to generator power

The GTD is a generator transfer device for fluorescent emergency lighting fixtures. It works in conjunction with a generator to power fluorescent emergency lighting regardless of fixture wall switch position. It senses the loss of normal power, bypasses the wall switch, and supplies generator power directly to the ac ballast. The transfer device allows users to save energy and money. The Bodine Co., Inc.;


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Metal halide lamps use weldless mounts

The Uni-Form 300 Watt pulse start metal halide system with tipless formed body arc tube provides color uniformity that is equal to ceramic metal halide. The lamps incorporate a patented weldless mount design and are available in ED28 and ED27 jackets, clear and coated versions, and MP shrouded versions that pass the ANSI containment test. Venture Lighting International;


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Lighting control system is web-enabled

The POWERLINK G3 lighting control system automatically switches off lighting during periods of nonoccupancy. System does not require additional equipment space and can be installed into existing panelboards. It has Ethernet communication capabilities, allowing web-based control and remote access to equipment information over existing building automation networks. Square D/Schneider Electric, Power Management Div.;


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Flashlight shines through smoke, fog, mist

The Survivor is a Division 2 safety approved, rechargeable, right-angle flashlight featuring a "black dot" xenon bulb with Smoke Cutter optics that penetrate smoke, fog, and mist with up to 25,000 candlepower. It has a steel hinged door and latch for quick battery changes. Charging system allows 1.7 hr continuous run time by allowing simultaneous charging of the light and a spare battery. Streamlight, Inc.;


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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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