Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 12-18: Managers vs. leaders, 2015 manufacturing predictions, deploying GFCIs, more

Articles about the difference between managers and leaders; 2015 manufacturing predictions; deploying GFCIs in the real world; tips to improve your KPIs; and PID loop tuning advice were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, January 12-18. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra January 19, 2015

Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Jan. 12-18, covered the difference between managers and leaders; 2015 manufacturing predictions; deploying GFCIs in the real world; tips to improve your KPIs; and PID loop tuning advice. Link to each article below.

1. Four differences between managers and leaders

There are four distinct differences between leaders and managers. We believe we have a world full of leaders, yet for some strange reason, there are very few managers who are leaders. Those who do meet this criteria, that will be discussed in this blog, are truly a blessing to work with. 

2. Six predictions for manufacturing in 2015

Manufacturing is predicted to grow in 2015 thanks to an improved economy and the lower costs of reshoring; an increase in big data and predictive maintenance technologies are also expected. 

3. Deploying GFCIs in the real world

Ground fault circuit interrupters can protect workers from the risk of electrical shock and injury in wet and hazardous settings. 

4. Ten tips to immediately improve your key performance indicators

Plan, think and manage your way to a better KPI process in the new year. 

5. Learning PID loop tuning from an expert

Hands-on experience helps accelerate the PID learning curve. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, January 12-18, for articles published within the last two months.

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