Clark Kromenaker, Omron Automation and Safety Sunday 11.29.2015

Tracking HMI advances

In addition to holding on to past advances, HMIs continue to evolve. Advancements include higher resolution, wider screens, multi-touch, integrated programming,... read more

David McCarthy, TriCore Inc. Saturday 11.28.2015

Migrating industrial networks

Sooner or later, that legacy plant-floor network must be upgraded. When that time comes, control engineers should use network migration best practices.

Dan McCarthy Friday 11.27.2015

Potato-product supplier standardizes process automation system at new facility

Intuitive modern distributed control system pilot was implemented, easing system design, integration and training.

Marc L. Hunter Thursday 11.26.2015

Blast furnace and stove control systems see a retrofit

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

Erik Reynolds, CFSE, PMP Wednesday 11.25.2015

Four overlooked aspects of risk management, process safety

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

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Sister act: Building on their father's legacy, a new generation moves Bales Metal Surface Solutions forward; Meet the 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40
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Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design
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Building high availability into industrial computers; Of key metrics and myth busting; The truth about five common VFD myths

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.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

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