Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 27 to May 3: Smart cement, process safety and security controller, ac motor repair, more

Articles about a revolutionary smart cement, a process safety and security controller, ac motor repair, the age of the control engineer, and the 2015 Plant Engineering maintenance study were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 27 to May 3. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Apr. 27-May 3, covered revolutionary smart cement, a process safety and security controller, ac motor repair, the age of the control engineer, and the 2015 Plant Engineering maintenance study. Link to each article below. 

1. Smart cement revolutionizes well casings

Cumaraswamy "Vipu" Vipulanandan, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology at the University of Houston (UH) created smart cement. It has great potential in the oil and gas industry with revolutionary properties beyond the oil-well cement currently used. 

2. Schneider Electric announces process safety, security controller

The Tricon CX system is a controller designed to combine traditional process controls and safety with improved cyber security in a smaller footprint. 

3. A systematic approach to ac motor repair

ANSI/EASA AR100 provides best practices for mechanical repair, electrical repair including rewinding, and testing that help apparatus rebuilders maintain or enhance the performance, reliability, and energy efficiency of ac and dc motors and generators. 

4. 'The age of the control engineer is just dawning'

Dr. Peter Martin of Schneider Electric talked about opportunities to apply control engineering skills beyond efficiency at the Schneider Electric Global Automation Conference. 

5. 2015 Maintenance Study: 9 key findings

Respondents to the Plant Engineering 2015 Maintenance Study identified nine important high-level findings impacting the manufacturing industries today. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, April 27 to May 3, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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