Plant engineering and beyond

Last month's Web Update ("Your resource for a better you") called attention to resources available on or through Plant Engineering Online (www.plantengineering.


Last month's Web Update ("Your resource for a better you") called attention to resources available on or through Plant Engineering Online ( that have been developed to meet the skills development, training, and education needs of our readers. Consider it our way to assist those in the plant engineering market wishing to reach new heights, or to go vertical, if you will. And while we will continue to add to the online arsenal for such reader needs, it's also important to take note of the resources available to those readers who, out of either necessity or personal desire, need to expand their knowledge and abilities beyond plant engineering functions. In some cases, as past surveys have shown, this need is sometimes due to the expanding role of the plant engineer. So for those in need of or interested in going horizontal, this article highlights some resources from our manufacturing partner web sites, many of which can be accessed directly from the related PE channel on Plant Engineering Online.

If control and automation are areas where you could use some help, then check out Control Engineering Online's control and automation tutorials (see the "Instruments and controls" channel) for an aggregate view of their Back to Basics columns and other tutorials. Also available from Control Engineering Online is a recently published glossary of networking terms.

Can't find a term in the Control Engineering glossary? Try the information technology glossary from Manufacturing Systems , with terms dedicated to client/server computing, production management, and process automation. Both of these glossaries can be accessed from the "Computers and software" channel.

One more glossary to note: The equipment glossary at the Modern Materials Handling web site, accessible from the "Material handling" channel, provides illustrations and descriptions of different types of material handling equipment.

Getting your hands more and more dirty with maintenance equipment and technologies? Be sure to reference these resources: The toolbox from Assembly Online ("Tools and welding" channel), which features an adhesive selector guide, torque calculators, and conversion programs; and the Coating Alternative Guide from the Industrial Paint & Powder web site ("Paints and protective coatings" channel).

If the supply chain is your next calling, then two of our partner web sites are sure to help. The Industrial Distribution web site ( helps you keep on top of the distribution industry with its annual survey and top 100 distributors list, both accessible via the "ID Marketplace" link. And at Purchasing Online (, you can fill your information void by purchasing a book from their bookstore, or use their transaction price service to purchase a commodity price history on chemicals, metals, and more.

Note: These and more manufacturing-related web sites can be accessed from the Manufacturing Marketplace (

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Doubling down on digital manufacturing; Data driving predictive maintenance; Electric motors and generators; Rewarding operational improvement
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Research team developing Tesla coil designs; Implementing wireless process sensing
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

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

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