Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 3-9, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 3-9, 2014, including articles about PLCs, VFDs, big data, the rebirth of manufacturing, and CFE Media’s Apps for Engineers mobile application.


1. PLC programming: 5 mistakes to avoid

Top Plant Engineering articles, March 3-9, 2014

Stick with your architecture and remember to reuse your code.

2. Determine if a VFD is right for your application

Variable frequency drives can reduce energy consumption, improve real-time control, and lengthen motor life. Selecting the right one for your application requires asking the correct questions.

3. Using 'Big Data' to deliver a competitive advantage

The digital revolution, globalization, and market forces are upending the manufacturing industry, causing manufacturers to face unprecedented challenges.

4. Manufacturing is back. Now what?

Three manufacturing-association presidents, NTMA, PMA, and AMT, discuss ways to ensure the manufacturing sector’s long-term growth.

5. Apps for Engineers: Vision apps for iOS and Android

CFE Media’s Apps for Engineers is an interactive directory of more than 170 engineering-related applications for Android and iOS, created by various companies. We’ve organized apps by category, company, and type. This month, gain access to our vision category.

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