Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 18-24: Product of the Year, piloting through the danger zone, fixing preventive maintenance, more

Articles about the Product of the Year, piloting your way through the danger zone, how to fix preventive maintenance when it fails, best practices in preventive maintenance, and designing a preventive maintenance program were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 18-24. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

01/25/2016


Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Jan. 18-24, covered the Product of the Year, piloting your way through the danger zone, how to fix preventive maintenance when it fails, best practices in preventive maintenance, and designing a preventive maintenance program. Link to each article below.

1. 2015 Product of the Year Finalists

The 15 categories of new products we submitted for your review and consideration celebrate innovation available to all corners of manufacturing plants. They all perform different functions, but they all derive from a common core: to make our manufacturing operations smarter, safer, and more productive. Voting is now closed.

2. Piloting your way through the danger zone

Learning has many variables and paths that you might follow as you travel to mastery of a skill. The skill could be one of mathematics, problem solving, or even being a pilot or a Jedi. 

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. Best practices in preventive maintenance: How one company did it

Companies with well-planned preventive maintenance (PM) programs enjoy minimal unplanned downtime, minimal spare parts cost, minimal manufacturing interruptions from breakdowns, maximum manufacturing times, maximum product quality, and longer machine life spans. 

5. Six steps to design a preventive maintenance program 

Six steps for creating an effective efficient and sustainable preventive maintenance program for your facility. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, January 18-24, for articles published within the last two months. 

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



The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Doubling down on digital manufacturing; Data driving predictive maintenance; Electric motors and generators; Rewarding operational improvement
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Research team developing Tesla coil designs; Implementing wireless process sensing
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

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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The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
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