By the Numbers

$1 billion is the minimum Samsung Electronics Corp. has realized in bottom-line improvements by updating "its fundamental approach to product, process, and personnel development by using Six Sigma as a tool for innovation, efficiency, and quality." Juran Institute www.juran.com 4.9 m/s (nearly 16.1 ft/s) maximum speed for two passengers, up to 200 kg total, in the 3,600 kg (7,937 lb) Kuka Robot...

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$1 billion is the minimum Samsung Electronics Corp. has realized in bottom-line improvements by updating "its fundamental approach to product, process, and personnel development by using Six Sigma as a tool for innovation, efficiency, and quality." Juran Institute www.juran.com

4.9 m/s (nearly 16.1 ft/s) maximum speed for two passengers, up to 200 kg total, in the 3,600 kg (7,937 lb) Kuka Robotics Robocoaster. The six-axis robot uses brushless ac drives and has programmable ride sequence and duration, in five ride profiles. Kuka Robotics www.robocoaster.com

$5.98 cost of a gallon equivalent of low-octane, unleaded gasoline in Germany in mid-April 2005. Control Engineering observation, at Hannover Fair.

14% was the U.S. growth in industrial machinery production in 2004, compared to 2003, according to NEMA Industrial Control Business Indices in February 2005; growth will continue "to improve at a strong, albeit not quite so rapid, pace for the foreseeable future." National Electrical Manufacturers Association www.nema.org

53.8% of respondents spent money on touchscreens, compared to 29.8% for keypads and 16.4% for both, as means for entering data into operator interface terminals, according to "The North-American Markets for Industrial Electronic Monitors and Operator Interface Terminals, Fifth Edition." The 2006 market is projected at 56.3% for touchscreens, 26.2% for keypads, and 17.5% for both input devices. Venture Development Corp. www.vdc-corp.com

340 Control Engineering brand published more than 340 total pages in March 2005, with editions for North America, Europe, China, and Poland, not including unique online information and a dozen e-mail newsletters. Control Engineering Russia launched in April. www.controleng.com

90% is the manufacturing export index for March 2005, surpassing its previous best of 89% in December 2004's survey, and setting a new high since this index began in 1991, according to Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Survey on the Business Outlook; export orders for most manufacturing industries will be higher in first-quarter 2005 on a year-to-year basis, likely attributable to the decline of the U.S. dollar against most major currencies. Manufacturers Alliance www.mapi.net

10,000 teens from around the world competed in the 14th annual F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship Competition held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in April. F.I.R.S.T. students are eligible to receive almost $8 million in scholarships from U.S. science and engineering schools. Teams of 15 to 25 students and mentors had 6 weeks to realize, design, build, and test robots to solve an engineering challenge—this year, to compete in tic-tac-toe. Close to 73,000 students are involved globally, with some 40,000 volunteers. Autodesk is the official 2005 sponsor of the championship competition, supplying students with software applications, such as Autodesk Inventor and 3DS Max software. Autodesk www.usfirst.org and www.autodesk.com

12+ More than a dozen e-books appear in Control Engineering's Resource Center library. Four are on the topic of PID. resource.controleng.com

68.8% Those surveyed expecting to maintain or increase investments in HART technologies over the next 12 months, cited in a December 2004 report. This is just a little bit of dummy text to fill out the length. This is just a little bit of dummy text to fill out the length. This is just a little bit. HART Communications Foundation/ARC Advisory Group www.hartcomm.org

4.3% Amount of expected annual growth in the U.S. market for material handling equipment and systems, growing to $20.4 billion in 2008, from improved productivity, safety, and ease-of-operations in material handing robots and automated-guided vehicles, according to "Material Handling Equipment and Systems." www.freedoniagroup.com

2 Hours of maintenance per month required for a "Generation 3," servo-based cartoner, versus 12 hours for a mechanical-based cartoner. OMAC Packaging Workgroup www.omac.org

63 inches/second is the OSHA hand speed constant used in 1910.217(c)(3) (iii)(e), which says the Safety Distance (Ds) from the sensing field to the point of operation shall be greater than the dis www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/machineguarding/pressessafetydistance.html

16% Use Ethernet for industrial communications on the plant floor; 45% use it on a number of systems; 31% are beginning to use on a few systems. Control Engineering Online Poll at www.controleng.com/poll

1,032 Number of switches purchased, representing the leading category for more than 2,300 subscribers who bought more than 4,300 products across 13 categories, in the 2005 Control Engineering Customer Satisfaction survey. Others include data acquisition hardware and software (682), servo motors (369). Control Engineering www.resource.controleng.com

14% Growth of U.S. industrial machinery production in 2004, compared to 2003. Growth of U.S. industrial machinery production in 2004, compared to 2003. www.nema.org

4,000 At least this many technicians had achieved Certified Control Systems. ISA At least this many technicians. www.isa.org/CCST

64 Sponsors listed in the 2004 annual report of the Center for Chemical Process Safety, an American Institute of Chemical Engineers industry technology alliance formed in 1985. Small company dues were lower 60%, the report said, to encourage more participation. CCPS's Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SACHE) 125 member schools graduate more than 4,500 chemical engineers per year. Sponsors listed in the 2004 annual report of the Center for Chemical Process Safety, Sponsors listed in the 2004 annual report of the Center for Chemical www.aiche.org/ccps/pdf/CCPSAnnual_2004.pdf

12 Technical Working Groups active in OPC Foundation as of late February 2005. www.opcfoundation.org

2,643 Average number of pushbuttons and switches purchased in the past 12 months by each subscriber responding to April 2005 "Product Research," in this issue. This equated to average spending of $111,667 per respondent. Control Engineering/ Reed Research Group www.controleng.com





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