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Automation, Controls October 1, 2000

Firms Miss Out on Older Talent

For 10 years I've subscribed to several magazines in the same genre as yours. "The People Problem: Labor Solutions" (April, 2000) is the first article I've seen that addresses the older engineer.I retired from a position as manager of engineering at 66. I quickly found that hobbies are boring if they are the only reason for getting up in the morning.

By Staff
Automation, Controls October 1, 2000

A Smattering of Sprinklers

Fire-suppression systems, like most building systems, components and construction materials, continue to take advantage of technological advancements—innovations that improve system performance, expand applications and result in cost savings or additional flexibility for building owners and users.

By MICHAEL J. MADDEN, P.E., Principal, Gage Babcock Associates, La Palma, Calif.
Automation, Controls October 1, 2000

Digital power meter

Digital power meter is designed for industrial process applications with high electrical demands. Features include a standard RS-485 communication port; DeviceNet, Remote I/O and RS-232 options for information access over a variety of networks; power-monitoring with 50-milisecond update rates; snapshot data logs that store more than 45,500 data points; and 50-record event logs.

By Staff
Automation, Controls January 1, 1970

Software Helps Tidy Up Clean Rooms

Concern over cross-contamination between different cleanliness classes within a clean-room garment-changing area led an in-house engineering team at the Belgium facilities of Alcon Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company based in Ft. Worth, Texas, to carry out a design study simulating air movement, heat transfer and distribution of contaminants through the rooms.

By Staff
Automation, Controls January 1, 1970

New products literature

Magnetic-drive pumps are specifically designed to handle difficult fluids such as corrosives, pollutants, ultrapure liquids and toxics. This seamless pump can handle flows up to 1,500 gpm at 2,900 rpm and 1,760 gpm at 3,500 rpm. (Model ICM by Goulds Pumps) Circle 1 Structured cabling system doubles the bandwidth of the proposed category-6 standard, tested to perform at up to 400 MHz.

By Staff
Automation, Controls January 1, 1970

Best of the Web – Editor’s Pix – 1970-01-01

Valuable Internet resources for engineers.EPA Upgrade Analysis Softwarehttp://yosemite1.epa.gov/estar/business.nsf/content/multiarea_tools_softwaretools_main.htmA variety of analysis tools assess the feasibility of variable-air-volume, chiller and lighting upgrades.Library of Continuing Education Courseswww.

By Staff
Automation, Controls January 1, 1970

Clean Lamps = Big Savings

The results are in. Commercial building owners in the United States could save between $2.7 and $3.6 billion dollars per year by simply cleaning fixtures on a regular basis, according to a federally-funded four-year building-lighting study conducted by the InterNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO), Des Moines, Iowa.

By Staff
Automation, Controls January 1, 1970

Building Corporate Backbone

When the owners of ING Investment Products Group decided to build a new headquarters in West Chester, Pa., cabling infrastructure was a big concern. Recognizing the fast pace of technological developments and how difficult it is to avoid rapid obsolescence, they wanted a voice and data infrastructure that gave them not only reliable performance, but also longevity.

By Staff
Automation, Controls January 1, 1970

Fast-Tracking with 3D CAD

When officials at Wyckoff Inc., a chemical manufacturer with facilities in South Haven, Mich., wanted to expand production capacity by building an additional 18,000-square-foot plant, they challenged the project team to design, build and commission the new facility in nine months. The result was a fast-track project with design and construction efforts running in parallel.

By Staff
Automation, Controls January 1, 1970

Build Value in Now … or Later?

Our enlightening and spirited discussion of value engineering (VE), also known as value analysis, continues. Its ardent defenders have been its practitioners, while the most vocal detractors have been consulting design engineers. For example, Gregory Josephs, P.E., of Philadelphia, was involved with modifications to sedimentation tanks at a large sewage-treatment plant, and VE was mandated by...

By C.C. Sullivan, Editorial Director