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.



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