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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.
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.
November 2018
2018 Product of the Year finalists, mild steel welding: finding the right filler, and new technique joins aluminum to steel.
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.
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
Summer 2018
Microgrids and universities, Steam traps and energy efficiency, Finding help with energy projects
October 2018
Complex upgrades for system integrators; Process control safety and compliance
November 2018
Analytics quantify processes, Fieldbus networking and IIoT, Choosing the right accelerometer

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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