Chris Vavra Monday 07.28.2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 21-27: Workforce development, employee engagement, cavitation, more

Articles about workforce development research, employee engagement, cavitation, compressed air, and key elements in selecting lubrication were Plant Engineering... read more

Thai Nguyen, City of Milpitas, Calif.; and Angelo Lombardo, systems integrator Saturday 07.26.2014

Coordinating light-rail trains, traffic lights

PLCs work with traffic light controllers to help light-rail trains pass safely through intersections.

Amanda McLeman Tuesday 07.22.2014

Plant Engineering 2014 Workforce Development Study: 6 key findings

According to the data in this report, 66% of manufacturing facilities are experiencing a skilled workforce shortage, and an average of 7% of jobs within plants ... read more

Michael Camber, Kaeser Compressors Tuesday 07.08.2014

Compressed air demand: find and fix leaks first

Don't forget the demand side of your audit when assessing your compressed air system

Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media Tuesday 07.01.2014

PMI a mixed bag for June, as index slips to 55.3%

One-tenth point drop continues steady growth, but consumer spending a concern

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