Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 21-27: Preventive maintenance program, why preventive maintenance fails, 2015 Top Plant winner, more

Articles about preventive maintenance programs, how to fix preventive maintenance when it fails, the 2015 Top Plant Winner, the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists, and data being used as currency were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 21-27. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne December 28, 2015

Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Dec. 21-27, covered preventive maintenance programs, how to fix preventive maintenance programs when they fail, the 2015 Top Plant winner, the 2015 Product of the Year finalists, and data being used as currency. Link to each article below. 

1. Six steps to design a preventive maintenance program

Six steps for creating an effective efficient and sustainable preventive maintenance program for your facility. 

2. Why preventive maintenance fails and how to fix it

Preventive maintenance (PM) should not be confused with predictive maintenance (PdM), which is a series of dynamic inspections of machine components while the machines are operating in their normal production modes. The first part of a 3-part series explains what great preventive maintenance programs should include.

3. 2015 Top Plant Winner: Making connections locally, globally 

Phoenix Contact: From cordsets and terminal blocks to industrial wireless, process infrastructure, and PC products, the company has evolved from a value-add assembly facility to a growing world-wide manufacturing hub.

4. 2015 Product of the Year Finalists 

Plant Engineering offers these 2015 Product of the Year Finalists for your consideration and votes.

5. ‘Data is the new currency’

It is an era of rich data in manufacturing, and the companies that can harness that data will enrich themselves and their plants.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, December 21-27, for articles published within the last two months. 

– Erin Dunne, production coordinator, CFE Media,