Maintenance April 17, 2019

Why things break: Just the facts

A root cause failure analysis takes the guesswork out of downtime

By Mary Beckman
Maintenance April 16, 2019

Bumper crop

Flex-N-Gate looks to grow its business and help Detroit’s rebounding manufacturing base.

By Bob Vavra
Awards April 9, 2019

2018 Product of the Year Winners

The 2018 Product of the Year Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners are honored below and in the April 2018 print edition of Plant Engineering magazine.

By Bob Vavra
Automation April 15, 2019

Taking control of controls

Ford’s 10-year operational evolution started with network standards.

By Bob Vavra
Asset Management April 12, 2019

Asset Conditioning Monitoring: Best Practices to Maximize Benefits: Your questions answered

Webcast presenter Shreeram Shanbhag answered additional questions about topics such as digital twins, asset maintenance strategy tips, data storage, and more.

By Shreeram Shanbhag
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Figure 1: Process manufacturing plants have PRVs as part of any sealed system where pressure can develop. Large facilities can have hundreds. Courtesy: Emerson
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 26, 2019

Should assets be monitored in-house or in the cloud?

Wireless sensors and specialized software deliver options for improved effectiveness.

By Brian Joe
Courtesy: CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 25, 2019

Protecting the production line in the Industrie 4.0, IIoT age

Manufacturers are using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 to make factories smarter, but they can't lose sight of basic cybersecurity best practices.

By Anne Klebsch
Business of Engineering April 25, 2019

Using lean methods to find process improvements

Be involved in improving the work environment around you.

By Brandon Zeleniak, Southland Industries, Las Vegas

Rental Units: The Solution to Planned and Unplanned Outages

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Image courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Robotics April 24, 2019

Collaborative robots provide benefits for pharmaceutical applications

Collaborative robots offer pharmaceutical applications greater reliability, consistency, and precision and can improve safety.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Devon MacNeill Guglietta, P.E., is senior automation engineer, GlaxoSmithKline, and among winners of Engineering Leaders Under 40 in 2018. Previously she worked at Applied Control Engineering Inc. Courtesy: Devon MacNeill Guglietta
Educational April 24, 2019

Career advice for engineers: Work with the quirks

Engineers can excel by working with what makes them unique, rather than fighting against personality traits others might consider quirky.

By Devon MacNeill Guglietta, P.E.
A new “particle simulator” developed by MIT researchers improves robots’ abilities to mold materials into simulated target shapes and interact with solid objects and liquids. This could give robots a refined touch for industrial applications or for personal robotics— such as shaping clay or rolling sticky sushi rice. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Robotics April 23, 2019

Particle simulator developed to help robots better predict and grasp objects

MIT researchers have developed a learning-based particle simulator, could give industrial robots a more refined touch and help them make predictions about interacting with solid objects and liquids.

By Rob Matheson