Situation "normal"

If you're reading this column, it's likely that nothing catastrophic occurred to you or your plant at 12:01 a.m. on January 1 of this new year.


If you're reading this column, it's likely that nothing catastrophic occurred to you or your plant at 12:01 a.m. on January 1 of this new year. With the "Big Day" out of the way, so too is the hype and, hopefully, any computer-related glitches you may have overlooked in your Year 2000 preparedness.

So now that things have returned to situation "normal," take a few minutes to check out the web sites listed below; these and more web resources can be found in the channels on Plant Engineering Online (

These sites may "shock" you, the self-proclaimed "Gateway to the Electrical Industry," is a directory/search engine for the electrical construction industry that uses electrical professionals to help ensure their search results are always relevant to the needs of the electrical industry. Along with supplier listings for various electrical product categories, the site also provides listings of engineers, consultants, associations, publications, and more.

Keeping with sites dedicated to the electrical construction industry, the Electricians Toolbox ( is designed to share information that is useful to both electricians and electrical contractors. This site offers information in the form of definitions, formulas, theory, and downloads, as well as interactive features such as calculators, Q&A forums, and monthly code quizzes.

Speaking of code, if you're looking for the latest information about the National Electrical Code or you need some training to keep your license current, Mike Holt's National Electrical Code Internet Connection ( is a site worth adding to your list of favorites. Find out about Mike's latest seminars, order one of his books or videos, subscribe to his NEC Newsletter, and more.

Maintenance and corrosion sites

Looking for a maintenance resource? Well, after getting your fill at Plant Engineering Online , jump over to the Plant Maintenance Resource Center ( With surveys, news, software and job information, and more, this web site is sure to have something for the maintenance-minded plant engineer.

At, you can access a wide variety of information resources related to protective paints, coatings, linings, and corrosion. Read the Corrosioneering newsletter, participate in their popular protective coatings forum, use one of several calculators in the protective coatings and linings toolbox, or search a database of related links, products, manufacturers, or trade associations.

Reading room

In addition to finding related web sites in the Plant Engineering Online channels, now you can find links to related books -- available for purchase from our partner site, -- in the Reading Room of each channel.

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

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
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