Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 15-21: 2015 Salary Survey, preventive maintenance program, preventing VFD faults and failures, more

Articles about the 2015 Salary Survey, designing a preventive maintenance program, preventing VFD faults and failures, wireless for closed-loop applications, and challenges coffee producers face were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 15-21. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

02/22/2016


Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Feb. 15-21, covered the 2015 Salary Survey, designing a preventive maintenance program, preventing VFD faults and failures, wireless for closed-loop applications, and challenges coffee producers face. Link to each article below. 

1. 2015 Salary Survey

The issues that face manufacturing in the short-term are complex and outside of the control of most individual plants. That makes it even more important to focus on those ares of your facility you can control—safety and productivity, training and employee development. 

2. Six steps to design a preventive maintenance program

Follow these six steps and you will create an effective, efficient and sustainable, preventive maintenance program for your facility. 

3. Preventing VFD faults and failures

Following these best practices can help prevent voltage drops, overload trips, and other common VFD faults and serious failures before they occur. 

4. Using wireless for closed-loop applications 

When considering wireless for control applications, including it in the system design early can prevent surprises during or after installation. 

5. What coffee producers can learn from Starbucks' award-winning coffee plant

Learn the five challenges that all coffee producers face and how to overcome them through innovative solutions. 

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, February 15-21, for articles published within the last two months. 

- Erin Dunne, production coordinator, CFE Media, edunne@cfemedia.com.



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Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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