Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 11-17: Delivering data, workforce development, reliability lessons, more

Articles about delivering data from the plant floor, workforce development research, reliability lessons from the aircraft industry, maintaining your steam system, and Lean maintenance advice were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, August 11-17. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra August 18, 2014

1. Delivering data from the plant floorTop 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 11-17

Digital technology brings asset performance information throughout the enterprise with the ubiquity of cloud technology, improved analytics, and increased mobility driving productivity throughout manufacturing industries.

2. Plant Engineering 2014 Workforce Development Study: 6 key findings

According to the data in this report, 66% of manufacturing facilities are experiencing a skilled workforce shortage, and an average of 7% of jobs within plants are unfilled because of it. See what actions are being taken to close this gap and improve manufacturing’s appeal to the younger generations.

3. Reliability lessons from the aircraft industry

Training, discipline, and maintenance keep things flying along in a situation where we expect total reliability.

4. 5 tips to effectively maintain your steam system

Here are five basic tips that everyone could be applying to increase productivity and achieve more ‘bang for their buck’ when it comes to steam systems.

5. AME: Lean lassoes, roping in sustained results

Nearly two decades of integrating Lean across a variety of industries has shown that incremental improvement is the best way to engage employees, sustain results, and create measurable progress.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, August 11-17, for articles published within the last two months.

– Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.