Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 2-8: Internet of Things in manufacturing, PMI Index, process hazard analysis, more

Articles about the Internet of Things in manufacturing, the February PMI Index, process hazard analysis tips, research at the University of Houston, and Lean manufacturing’s two key ingredients were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 2-8. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

03/09/2015


Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Mar. 2-8, covered the Internet of Things in manufacturing, the February PMI Index, process hazard analysis tips, research at the University of Houston, and Lean manufacturing's two key ingredients. Link to each article below.

1. What does the Internet of Things mean to people who make things?

Think: The connected machine. Industrie 4.0 and IoT in manufacturing are about connecting machines (to each other, to expert systems, and to management execution systems) to get more actionable information using intelligent devices at lower levels of the system architecture. 

2. Dock slowdown has impact on sliding PMI

The announced settlement of the West Coast dock workers slowdown came a little too late to boost the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) monthly PMI Index in February. 

3. Seven items to address with your process hazard analysis

Process hazard analysis (PHA) should provide information that will improve safety and reduce danger from hazardous chemicals. Here are seven items your PHA must address. 

4. Developments to watch at the University of Houston

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, the chief energy officer at the University of Houston, talked about some of the developments and research they are performing including nanotechnology, distributed acoustic sensing, and using real-time data in exploration. 

5. Lean's two key ingredients

Lean programs usually begin with good intentions. But sustaining the effort is the biggest challenge. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, March 2-8, for articles published within the last two months.

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



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