Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 7-13: Product of the Year finalists, Leaders Under 40, preventive maintenance, more.

Articles about Product of the Year finalists, Leaders Under 40, preventive maintenance, risk management, and modern automation were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 7-13. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.


Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Dec. 7-13, covered the Product of the Year finalists, Leaders Under 40, preventive maintenance, risk management, and modern automation. Link to each article below.

1. 2015 Product of the Year Finalists

Plant Engineering offers these 2015 Product of the Year Finalists for your consideration and votes.

2. Engineering Leaders Under 40

The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program recognizes manufacturing professionals under the age of 40 who are making a significant contribution to their plant's success, and to the control engineering and/or plant engineering professions. 

3. Why preventive maintenance fails and how to fix it

Preventive maintenance (PM) should not be confused with predictive maintenance (PdM), which is a series of dynamic inspections of machine components while the machines are operating in their normal production modes. The first part of a 3-part series explains what great preventive maintenance programs should include.

4. Four overlooked aspects of risk management, process safety

Process safety trends in risk management and functional safety: The basic process control system (BPCS) focuses on optimizing the process for business continuity. Risks mitigated through "after-the-fact" measures try to minimize an event's impact. See four often overlooked aspects of risk management. 

5. Industry Ho-Ho-Ho

Siemens re-imagines Santa's workshop if it were optimized with modern automation.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, December 7-13, for articles published within the last two months. 

- Erin Dunne, production coordinator, CFE Media,

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