Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 27 to March 5: Optimize energy consumption, improve power factor, IIoT’s arrival, more

Articles about optimizing a facility's energy consumption, improving power factor, the IIoT's arrival, electrical safety tips, and the 2016 Salary Survey were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 27 to March 5. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra March 6, 2017

Plant Engineering‘s top 5 most read articles from Feb. 27 to Mar. 5, covered articles about optimizing a facility’s energy consumption, improving power factor, the IIoT’s arrival, electrical safety tips, and the 2016 Salary Survey. Link to each article below.

1. Six ways to optimize a facility’s energy consumption

Companies looking to improve their facility’s energy efficiency should look at factors such as utilizing energy bills, conserving water, saving electricity through strategic placement, and other small, but helpful tips that go a long way to improving efficiency in many ways.

2. Improving power factor to reduce energy demand charges, increase capacity

Low power is not only inefficient, but can also be expensive over the life of an electrical system. Improved power factor will increase the distribution system’s efficiency and reduce energy costs associated with low power factor penalties.

3. IIoT arrives; It’s time to get started

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has progressed from dream to hype to reality. Here’s what you need to do to get ready.

4. Eight easy pieces to electrical safety

Make your company’s electrical safety program NFPA 70E-compliant by following eight best practices to make sure that the electrical safety programs drives the development of safety habits.

5. 2016 Salary Survey

Plant Engineering’s 2016 Salary Survey shows optimism amongst manufacturers remain strong going into 2017, but there are some concerns about the future and they don’t know what the Industrial Internet of Things’ (IIoT) role will be in the workplace.

This list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, February 27 to March 5, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is senior editor for WTWH Media LLC.