Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 16-22: Achieving operational excellence, manage leakage in hydraulic-valve systems, why Lean fails, more

Articles about achieving operational excellence, manage leakage in hydraulic-valve systems, why Lean fails, steps to secure an industrial control network, and improvement initiative were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 16-22. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.


Plant Engineering top 5 most read articles from May 16-22, covered achieving operational excellence, manage leakage in hydraulic-valve systems, why Lean fails, steps to secure an industrial control network, and improvement initiative. Link to each article below. 

1. Go beyond 'management systems' to achieve operational excellence 

The concept of implementing a management system to enhance business performance is not foreign to most organizations. Many have designed and implemented a system that outlines how their operations are managed.

2. Manage leakage in hydraulic-valve design

Leakage robs hydraulic systems of efficiency, increases costs and exposes workers and the environment to potentially harmful conditions. Understand risk tolerances in designing the most efficient hydraulic system. 

3. Why Lean fails so often

When something fails more than 90% of the time, it's usually tossed to the curb. Lean implementations fail at least that often. Why do they fail so often, and why do companies keep trying?

4. Seven steps to secure your industrial control network

A resilient control network relies on a network that can effectively detect and filter unwanted traffic. Implementing an industrial firewall can strengthen plant reliability, safety for control networks. 

5. Paying for the sins of the past: Your improvement initiative is not magical 

If you are implementing any improvement strategies at your site, make sure that as part of you communication plan you let people know of the success that you expect, of course, as well as the signs of the past that will still need to be worked through. 

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, May 16-22, for articles published within the last two months. 

Erin Dunne, production coordinator, CFE Media,

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