Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 22-28: Lubrication culture, ROI for infrared, arc flash code compliance, more

Articles about predictive maintenance data analysis, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, the culture of lubrication, the 2015 Energy Management Study, and motor maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 22-28. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

06/29/2015


Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Jun. 22-28, covered predictive maintenance data analysis, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, the culture of lubrication, the 2015 Energy Management Study, and motor maintenance. Link to each article below.

1. Predictive maintenance: Analyze data properly

While new equipment can make a good first impression, what builds long-term charm is smart maintenance of all that equipment. 

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

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

3. The culture of lubrication

Plant engineers often fail to incorporate correct lubrication into system processes and do not realize its critical importance until something goes wrong. 

4. 2015 Energy Management Study: Reducing energy consumption on the plant floor

Respondents to the Plant Engineering 2015 Energy Management Study identified six high-level findings impacting the manufacturing industries today. See findings and access full report.

5. Webcast Q&A: Motor Maintenance: The Predictive Way viewer questions answered

Vijay Anand, regional product specialist-condition monitoring & diagnostics for ABB was the presenter at the June 9 Plant Engineering Webcast, “Motor Maintenance: The Predictive Way.”

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, Jun. 22-28, for articles published within the last two months.

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



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