New white paper additions provide a variety of plant-floor knowledge
White papers and case studies provide a wealth of knowledge on specific subjects for busy plant engineers. From issues ranging from OEE to spray performance, from Fieldbus to insulation, this site offers a growing library of white papers to help bring online users up to date on the latest innovative thinking.
White papers and case studies provide a wealth of knowledge on specific subjects for busy plant engineers. From issues ranging from OEE to spray performance, from Fieldbus to insulation, PlantEngineering .com offers a growing library of white papers to help bring online users up to date on the latest innovative thinking.
White papers can be found at the “Resources” tab
Spraying Systems : Achieving precision coating with minimal waste by using pulse width modulated flow control is the topic of a white paper from Spraying Systems Co. PWM flow control uses a dedicated spray controller to switch electrically-actuated spray nozzles on and off quickly to control the flow rate.
Honeywell : With energy costs projected to spiral higher in the coming years, improperly insulated buildings allow more that heat to escape. There is also money leaking through your roof if you haven't done everything to maintain a sealed building envelope. This latest white paper from Honeywell reviews breakthrough technology to seal and insulate commercial buildings through the use of closed cell spray polyurethane.
NASA : A white paper from NASA discusses how existing analog strain gauge transducers and signal conditioners were replaced with Foundation Fieldbus transmitters in the DCS at the NASA Glenn Research Center.
Activplant : “The OEE Deficit: Why it can't deliver the results you require” focuses on performance management solutions. While OEE is an accepted standard of measurement, plant management needs to understand the meanings behind the data so that better business decisions can be made for the enterprise. Management needs to pinpoint the specific areas for improvement that will generate the most immediate returns.
Aberdeen Research : Following Plant Engineering's March cover story on Lean, Aberdeen has released the survey results from more than 300 manufacturers and service companies to identify the specific strategies for manufacturers to deploy at every stage along the Lean journey. These strategies characterize best practices in extending the Lean enterprise, managing Lean expertise and education within an organization, managing performance across operations and effectively leveraging technology. The deployment of these best practices should be leveraged when implementing and extending Lean within your organization.
MESA : The ISA-95/MESA Best Practices Book 1.0 explains how the ISA-95 Enterprise-Control Integration Standard, is applied to lower total cost of ownership of manufacturing operations management systems and their enterprise and plant interfaces. By using ISA-95 methodology and technical applications, the total cost of ownership for manufacturing IT architectures, as well as manufacturing and supply chain operational costs, are dramatically reduced.
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.