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Step #1 in what will always be an iterative process is to evaluate where Plant Engineering Online currently stands in your eyes: The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Step #1 in what will always be an iterative process is to evaluate where Plant Engineering Online currently stands in your eyes: The good, the bad, and the ugly. The worst we can do is assume we are meeting your needs or that we know what should be changed to better meet your needs.
Granted, the abundance of knowledge existing within the organizations responsible for developing and supporting Plant Engineering magazine serves as a great resource for identifying improvement opportunities and potential solutions for Plant Engineering Online. Some solutions will even reach the implementation stage prior to receiving input from you, instead of relying on your feedback, usage, or lack thereof to qualify the solutions as successes or failures.
While there is nothing wrong with this approach -- a method many people would consider proactive -- it is important to occasionally take a step back and look at the big picture. This step means calling on you to not only evaluate what we've done in the past, but to help direct us in our future plans to provide web-related products and services needed to succeed in your job.
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Annual Salary Survey
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