Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: December 12-December 18: 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, diagnosing bearing failures, 2016 Top Plant, more

Articles about 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, diagnosing bearing failures beyond root cause analysis, 2016 Top Plant: a focus on people and culture, transformers being key to safety in electrical systems, and air casters being a reason to look at existing technology were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 12-December 18. Were you out? You can catch up here.

12/19/2016


Plant Engineering's top 5 most read articles from December 12-December 18, covered 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, diagnosing bearing failures beyond root cause analysis, 2016 Top Plant: a focus on people and culture, transformers being key to safety in electrical systems, and air casters being a reason to look at existing technology. Link to each article below.

1. 2016 Product of the Year Finalists

View the 114 Finalists across 15 categories; cast your vote for the 2016 Product of the Year 

2. Diagnose bearing failures beyond root cause analysis

Take a 'CSI' approach to root cause analysis to look beyond the obvious to determine why bearings are failing. Six types of failures and 12 tips for determining the root cause are featured.

3. 2016 Top Plant: A focus on people and culture

While much of the U.S. automotive industry was struggling to survive the aftermath of the most recent recession, MFC Netform, the 2016 Plant Engineering Top Plant winner, held its own.

4. Transformers are key for safety in any electrical system

Proper installation and maintenance of an electrical system's components help keep the working environment safe while extending the life of the equipment.

5. Air casters: 7 reasons to take a fresh look at an existing technology

If you're looking for high maneuverability, safety, and ease of use when it is time to move heavy loads, take a look at air casters. 

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, December 12-December 18, for articles published within the last two months.

-Brana Webb, production coordinator, CFE Media, bwebb@cfemedia.com.



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