Sooner or later, that legacy plant-floor network must be upgraded. When that time comes, control engineers should use network migration best practices.
Intuitive modern distributed control system pilot was implemented, easing system design, integration and training.
A major Midwestern steel producer sees a sequenced changeover of all process control parameters, which yields successful implementation of a system upgrade with... read more
Process safety trends in risk management and functional safety: The basic process control system (BPCS) focuses on optimizing the process for business continuit... read more
Like the latest release from Apple, the new regulations and changes to NFPA 70E around arc flash protection are eagerly anticipated and studied. What will the 2015 changes bring to manufacturing, and how should plants prepare to...
Motor and Drive System Considerations to Ensure Maximum Performance, Increase Reliability and Extend Product Life
Using drives on motor driven systems can improve performance; increase efficiency and increase reliability but there are special considerations that must be addressed to ensure the products are compatible and do not run at a...
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.