Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media Friday 02.12.2016

Cognitive computing delivers answers, asks new questions

In a data-driven age, taking advantage of collective knowledge can be done with very little jeopardy. Just ask Watson. Humans in many industries are taking adva... read more

Thomas Robbins, Lenze Americas Friday 02.12.2016

Preventing VFD faults and failures

Following these best practices can help prevent voltage drops, overload trips, and other common VFD faults and serious failures before they occur.

Bob Vavra Thursday 02.11.2016

2015 Salary Survey

The issues that face manufacturing in the short-term are complex and outside of the control of most individual plants. That makes it even more important to focu... read more

Mark T. Hoske Wednesday 02.10.2016

Automation vendors: Connect and interoperate, or someone else will

Automation and controls vendors need to connect and interoperate in ways that will quickly facilitate benefits touted by the Industrial Internet of Things and I... read more

Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media Tuesday 02.09.2016

‘Industry in transition’ transformed by open systems

ARC’s Andy Chatha sees machines getting smarter, and plant management needs to follow suit to match this trend.

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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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