By the Numbers

4.3% is the 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 and services, according to "Material Handling Equipment and Systems.

04/01/2005


4.3% is the 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 and services, 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 distance determined by an OSHA-provided formula. www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/machineguarding/presses/safetydistance.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; 8% don't use it at all. Control Engineering online poll at www.controleng.com/poll

1,032 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), power elements for motor control (358), and single and multi-loop controllers (338). Control Engineering www.resource.controleng.com

125 member schools in Center for Chemical Process Safety (an American Institute of Chemical Engineers industry technology alliance formed in 1985); CCPS's Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SACHE) schools graduate more than 4,500 chemical engineers per year. AIChE www.aiche.org/ccps/pdf/CCPSAnnual_2004.pdf

4,000 technicians had achieved Certified Control Systems status by end of 2004. www.isa.org/CCST

65% of system integrators chose PLCs/RTUs as an engineering speciality from among 101 choices in the 2005 Automation Integrator Guide. Other leading choices were: 59% instrumentation and data acquisition, 58% process control, 57% human-machine interface, and 52% systems engineering. Control Engineering www.controleng.com/integrators

68.8% Those surveyed expecting to maintain or increase investments in HART technologies over the next 12 months, cited in a December 2004 report. HART Communications Foundation/ARC Advisory Group www.hartcomm.org

2,643 is the 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

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

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