"A few of my favorite things..."
The holiday season is upon us, filled-for most of us-with too many tasks and too little time. But this is also the season of toys and laughter, of good will and good cheer.
The holiday season is upon us, filled-for most of us-with too many tasks and too little time. But this is also the season of toys and laughter, of good will and good cheer. So in the spirit of festive trees and glowing candles, we'd like to share with you this month a few of our "favorite things."
On the home front
Are you looking for the perfect solution to that nagging little problem in the maintenance department? The Plant Engineering Tips & Tricks department is updated regularly and filled with solutions and ideas from finding faults to loosening bolts. The database is searchable by key word.
What about the perfect product for that special maintenance mechanic in your life? Our Product Supplier Guide for 2000/2001 may hold just what you need. The latest information on plant engineering products, services, and companies is available online and the newly restructured system is easier than ever to use.
And wrap up the best in products for 2000 by reviewing our "Product of the Year" contest finalists. The 150 top items for this year are presented by subject in 15 categories. You can also review the best of the entries from previous years.
All these packages of information are at your fingertips by visiting www.plantengineering.com. Enter the Tips & Tricks database from our Home page (www.plantengineering.com). Locate products by clicking on the Products button on the Home page.
Holiday wish list
exchange.engineering-e.com. Does your wish list include finding some help with major plant projects? Engineering Exchange simplifies the outsourcing of engineering projects by matching companies with engineering problems with expert consultants who can solve them.
www.construction.com. Do those projects require construction resources? This construction marketplace provides connections to a variety of resources including F.W. Dodge and Sweet's.
www.unicade.com; www.engsoftwarecenter. com. If you're shopping for software, these two resources have a large selection. The first features a fluid flow package that includes rotating equipment calculations. The second groups software by category and includes a searchable database.
www.MediaLinksNow.com. Hundreds of links to sites in just about every area imaginable.
www.ftd.com; www.1-800-flowers.com. An easy out and always welcome.
www.godiva.com; www.greatfood.com; www. omahasteaks.com. Tasty choices.
shopping.yahoo.com. Thousands of stores. Millions of products. All with one wallet.
-Jeanine Katzel, Senior Editor, Web Content, 630-320-7142, firstname.lastname@example.org
Still looking for that perfect gift? Here are a few web sites and links to help you locate that unique or unusual item.
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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.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey