Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 13-19: Achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, Product of the Year winners, India at Hannover Messe, more

Articles about steps to achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, the 2014 Product of the Year winners, India at Hannover Messe, measuring motor efficiency to understand VFD’s value, and the relationship of torque and shaft size were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra April 20, 2015

Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Apr. 13-19, covered steps to achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, the 2014 Product of the Year winners, India at Hannover Messe, measuring motor efficiency to understand VFD’s value, and the relationship of torque and shaft size. Link to each article below.

1. 10 steps to achieve world-class manufacturing maintenance practices

Lean maintenance cuts cost and improves production by minimizing downtime; here are 10 best practices to implement to a manufacturing operation.

2. 2014 Product of the Year winners announced

The 2014 Product of the Year Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners are honored and included in the April 2015 print edition of Plant Engineering magazine.

3. India looks to accelerate manufacturing growth

At Hannover Messe 2015 opening, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi touts a more open economy. Modi, whose nation is the 2015 Partner Country, made an impassioned speech about the role a "new India" will play in global manufacturing.

4. Measure motor efficiency to understand VFD’s value

Multi-phase ac induction motors have traditionally dominated the electric motor industry. The industry has improved overall motor efficiency in each subsequent NEMA-MG 1 motor standard revision. To make sense of motor efficiency, one must understand what efficiency losses are attributed to. 

5. Relationship of torque and shaft size

A rudimentary understanding of how shaft sizes are determined can be helpful to anyone who works with pumps, fans, elevators or any other motor-driven equipment. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, April 13-19, for articles published within the last two months.

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