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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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
Figure 1. Bypass and configured packages include a replaceable variable frequency drive. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives April 22, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 15-21

Articles about the Product of the Year winners, packaged boilers, IEEE 1584-2018, energy monitoring, and successful integration project tips were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Robotics April 19, 2019

Benefits of using robots in food processing and manufacturing applications

Recent technological advances are allowing robots to be useful in food processing and manufacturing applications.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Optalign touch, Pruftechnik
Events and Awards April 15, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 8-14

Articles about the Product of the Year winners, packaged boilers, IEEE 1584-2018, energy monitoring, and successful integration project tips were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 8-14. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
A partner who can offer a turnkey solution can make it much easier to see any energy project through implementation. Courtesy: Motion Industries
Energy Efficiency April 12, 2019

Hurdle the barriers to energy project savings

Having a good partner can overcome financing, confidence issues.

By Robert Kelley
Figure 1. Bypass and configured packages include a replaceable variable frequency drive. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives April 12, 2019

VFD: Swap it or upgrade?

There’s a lot to know behind the process of replacing a drive.

By Jonathan Kopczyk