2008 First Quarter Plant Engineering Preview



Cover story: 2007 Salary Survey
Who makes what in plant management, and where do you make the most? Those are just two of the key questions answered in the 2007 Salary Survey. This year’s sample is the largest in years, and it looks at how salaries shape up globally as well. This is the most-read feature online every year, and this year we’ll feature exclusive online data.
PLUS : The exclusive Manufacturing Pulse survey puts its finger on what plant managers think about the state of U.S. manufacturing.

Mechanical Engineering:

Indoor air quality %%MDASSML%% Ahead of the annual AHR Expo in New York, we take a look at the issue of indoor air quality %%MDASSML%% how it’s measured and why it matters in a modern manufacturing environment.

Automation Engineering:

Remote power monitoring %%MDASSML%% From switchgear to power quality to energy usage, the power of remote monitoring can be seen in keeping an eye on electrical power.

Maintenance & Management:

Trends in PPE %%MDASSML%% What are the latest problems in PPE and what new products are out there to address the problems?
PLUS : Our new monthly column on Sustainability debuts with five tips needed to master the future road toward energy management. Our monthly columns: Human Side, Management Side and Maintenance Connection.

Electrical Connection:
Brushless dc motor advantages and industrial/manufacturing applications.

Cover story: Sustainability
It isn’t just a trend or a movement. Sustainability is a real business strategy with real results that cut both to the civic and fiscal responsibility of every manufacturer. Also, it can be easier than it seems.
PLUS : How the 2007 Top Plant winners address the issue on a daily basis.

Mechanical Engineering :
Hydraulics %%MDASSML%%With their varying styles of pumps, valves, fittings and more, troubleshooting hydraulic machines can be problematic. This story offers a roadmap to the conundrums of diagnosing hydraulic issues.

Electrical Engineering:
Low-voltage switchgear %%MDASSML%% It’s the perfect orientation session for the opening of ARC FLASH UNIVERSITY %%MDASSML%% How low-voltage switchgear impacts plant floor safety and reliability, contributed by GE.

Automation Engineering:
Signal conditioning %%MDASSML%% From sensor to control system to data collection, unless the proper signal conditioning is in place, information won’t make it from there to here. This critical element of the control and information path can’t be ignored, as Moore Industry experts note in this article.

Maintenance & Management:
Managing employee efficiency %%MDASSML%% Figuring out how efficient your employees are is one challenge for a modern manufacturer. Turning that data into action on the part of your employees is another, and it can be the most challenging part of the problem.
PLUS : Applied Automation features stories on safety systems, PAC applications and how to work effectively with IT.

Cover story: Lean and the Enterprise
Lean is an important strategy on the plant floor. So how do you keep Lean moving throughout the entire enterprise? The answer is found in commitment to the concept and execution of the plan.
PLUS : A preview of the 2008 Manufacturing Summit looks at Lean from both the supplier side and from the plant floor managers.

Mechanical Engineering: Material handling %%MDASSML%% Ahead of the annual NA 2008 show in Cleveland, we take a look at material handling strategies, and how they are evolving.

Electrical Engineering:
Moisture in heaters %%MDASSML%% John Pape of Watlow shares his knowledge on measuring and combating moisture in heating systems.

Automation Engineering:
Beyond OEE %%MDASSML%% Is there a magic number for OEE? Is 100% OEE possible, or even desirable? Experts from Vorne Industries contend OEE is just one number to watch for in measuring your plant’s effectiveness.

Maintenance & Management:
Predictive Maintenance %%MDASSML%% If you use a predictive maintenance strategy, how do you make sure your predictions match your needs?
PLUS : A preview of the 2008 Manufacturing Summit, and five reasons why you need to attend this year’s event.

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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

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