Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 11-17: Delivering data, workforce development, reliability lessons, more
Articles about delivering data from the plant floor, workforce development research, reliability lessons from the aircraft industry, maintaining your steam system, and Lean maintenance advice were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, August 11-17. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
1. Delivering data from the plant floor
Digital technology brings asset performance information throughout the enterprise with the ubiquity of cloud technology, improved analytics, and increased mobility driving productivity throughout manufacturing industries.
2. Plant Engineering 2014 Workforce Development Study: 6 key findings
According to the data in this report, 66% of manufacturing facilities are experiencing a skilled workforce shortage, and an average of 7% of jobs within plants are unfilled because of it. See what actions are being taken to close this gap and improve manufacturing's appeal to the younger generations.
3. Reliability lessons from the aircraft industry
Training, discipline, and maintenance keep things flying along in a situation where we expect total reliability.
4. 5 tips to effectively maintain your steam system
Here are five basic tips that everyone could be applying to increase productivity and achieve more 'bang for their buck' when it comes to steam systems.
5. AME: Lean lassoes, roping in sustained results
Nearly two decades of integrating Lean across a variety of industries has shown that incremental improvement is the best way to engage employees, sustain results, and create measurable progress.
The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, August 11-17, for articles published within the last two months.
- Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.