Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 29 to January 4: Shutdown managers and critical path, PID loop tuning advice, choosing the right PM task frequency, more

Articles about shutdown managers and critical path, PID loop tuning advice, choosing the right PM task frequency, audit costs and benefits, and the 2014 Top Plant winners were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, December 29 to January 4. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra January 5, 2015

Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Dec. 29-Jan. 4, covered shutdown managers and critical path, PID loop tuning advice, choosing the right PM task frequency, audit costs and benefits, and the 2014 Top Plant winners. Link to each article below.

1. Three things all shutdown managers need to know about their critical path

There is much opportunity to be gained by using some simple tools to calculate and manage to the critical path of the shutdown. Not the "gut-feel critical path" but rather the "mathematically calculated critical path." 

2. Learning PID loop tuning from an expert

Hands-on experience helps accelerate the PID learning curve. 

3. Choose the right PM task frequency

There are two main components of an effective maintenance plan: the type of maintenance task and the task interval. 

4. Take a deep dive into audit costs, benefits

By understanding more about how to manage compressed air, and by realizing that at its core "air isn’t free," many facilities can make rapid gains in avoiding inappropriate usage of air and compressed air leakages throughout the plant. 

5. 2014 Top Plant winners announced

Victaulic and Mother Parkers are honored with Plant Engineering’s top manufacturing honor. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, December 29 to January 4, for articles published within the last two months.

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

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