Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 2-8
Articles about the ISM error and the stock market impact, military robotics, energy monitoring trends, synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks, and electric motor power measurement were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 2-8. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
1. Stock shock: Dow Jones tumbles, then rebounds after May PMI Index is corrected
Software error blamed for report of decline; monthly indexes all increased as index hits 55.4%.
2. Is U.S. dominance in military robotics starting to crumble?
Foreign Policy Magazine's recent examination of The Looming Robotics Gap by University of Pennsylvania international relations associate professor Michael C. Horowitz, and a recent Pentagon insider on national security issues, is an up-to-date review of the worldwide state of military robotics.
3. Plant Engineering 2014 Energy Management Study: Five energy monitoring trends
According to the data in this report, 33% of manufacturing facilities have energy reduction goals of at least 10% for the upcoming year, and another 40% are aiming to cut energy consumption by 5% to 10%.
4. Synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks
Automation engineers can develop architectures that meet the demands of their applications by understanding the differences between distributed clocks and the IEEE 1588 precision time protocol.
5. Electric motor power measurement and analysis
Understand the basics to drive greater efficiency energy is one of the highest cost items in a plant or facility, and motors often consume the lion's share of plant power, so making sure motors are operating optimally is vital.
The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, June 2-8, for articles published within the last two months.
- Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.