Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 13-19: Understanding efficiency problems, manufacturing maintenance, VFD trends and solutions, more

Articles about understanding efficiency problems, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, VFD trends and solutions for drive systems, robot trends and types, and robots and cyber security were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

07/20/2015


Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Jul. 13-19, covered understanding efficiency problems, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, VFD trends and solutions for drive systems, robot trends and types, and robots and cyber security. Link to each article below.

1. 10 questions to help understand efficiency problems

If Lean manufacturing is initiated with the wrong problems in mind, the problem is exacerbated rather than improved. Here are ten questions aimed at helping uncover the true source of causes.

2. 10 steps to achieve world-class manufacturing maintenance practices

Lean out your maintenance process and deliver cost savings and greater efficiency.

3. VFD trends and solutions for drive systems

The increase in variable frequency drive (VFD) installations across the globe has meant that drives are being applied in more challenging system environments.

4. Industrial robot trends and types

Diversity of robotic trends, types, and programming advances make the use of robots attractive to consider in more applications and industries, and resulting innovations should benefit manufacturing. See 10 robotic software trends and 9 robot types.

5. Cyber security: Beware of the wild robot

Insurance policies that cover cyber-security-related issues are something new to the marketplace, but should be highly considered because of the rising occurrence of attacks and the damage that can be done by these attacks.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, July 13-19, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.



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