Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: December 26-January 1: Control panel questions, Product of the Year Finalists, OSHA fines auto supplier, more

Articles about control panel questions, the 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, OSHA fining an auto supplier, using APC, and the 2016 Top Plant were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 26-January 1. Were you out? You can catch up here.

01/03/2017


Plant Engineering's top 5 most read articles from December 26-January 1, covered control panel questions, 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, OSHA fining an auto supplier, using APC, and the 2016 Top Plant. Link to each article below.

1. Five basic questions to ask about control panels

Take the time to ensure control panels aren't just a commodity for projects to maximize efficiency. 

2. 2016 Product of the Year Finalists

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

3. OSHA levies $2.5 million fine against Alabama auto parts supplier

Agency critical of Kia, Hyundai for ignoring potential safety issues. 

4. Achieving operational excellence using APC

In the chemical industry, advanced process control (APC) is the formula for reaching higher levels of operational excellence. See 10 APC opportunities, including 3%-5% capacities gain and 3%-15% energy savings. 

5. 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. 

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, December 26-January 1, for articles published within the last two months.

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



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