Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 27 to May 4

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, April 27 to May 4, including articles about safety hazards to avoid in manufacturing jobs, how the Internet of Things is connected to the Zebra acquisition, an Automation in Manufacturing conference update, using IPD methods to complete construction projects, and moving to a condition-based program.

05/05/2014


1. Six serious safety hazards to avoid in manufacturing jobsTop 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 27 to May 4

Almost no work environment is as hazardous as manufacturing, but if you know what to look for, you may be better able to protect yourself and your workers from injury.

2. Workplace mobility, Internet of Things at heart of Zebra acquisition

Company official talks about how Zebra’s purchase of Motorola Mobility will shape industrial operations and cloud computing.

3. Automation in Manufacturing conference looks at robotics on the rise

First AMT-sponsored event on May 15 to feature NASA engineer, aerospace experts.

4. Using integrated project delivery to optimize construction success

The IPD process can be successfully used for grassroots projects, facility expansions, major upfits, and relocation projects. For many, the IPD system reduces project risk, delivers predictable results, and maximizes the effectiveness of capital funding.

5. Moving from predictive maintenance to a condition-based program

Evaluate the equipment’s effectiveness by how it’s doing, not how old it is.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, April 27 to May 4, for articles published within the last two months.

- Jessica DuBois-Maahs, associate content manager, CFE Media, jdmaahs@cfemedia.com.

 



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