Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Articles about 2018 System Integrator Giants, giving robots a hand, welding ergonomics, the Maintenance and Safety Digital Report, and 2018 technology trends were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 29-February 4. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media February 5, 2018

Plant Engineering’s top 5 most read articles from January 29-February 4 covered 2018 System Integrator Giants, solar cell screening, robotic process automation, Maintenance & Safety Digital Report, and welding ergonomics. Link to each article below.

1. 2018 System Integrator Giants

Key changes in System Integrator Giants rankings year-over-year proves economic growth in global manufacturing.

2. Technique developed for rapid screening of new types of solar cells

MIT researchers and other institutions have come up with a way to bypass such expensive and time-consuming fabrication and testing for solar panels and cells, allowing for a rapid screening of far more variations than would be practical through the traditional approach.

3. Robotic process automation industry to disrupt traditional business operational models

Companies are using robotic process automation (RPA) tools to transform their information technology (IT) departments and improve workplace and operational efficiency and this is fueling the industry’s growth overall.

4. Digital Report: Maintenance & Safety

More data means more information about your manufacturing process, and more insights about machine health.

5. Welding ergonomics

Worker protection also delivers productivity gains

This list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, January 29-February 4, for articles published within the last two months.

Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media,