Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 15-21

Articles about alarm management tips, maintenance process redesign, NFPA 70E advice, digitizing reality, and smart manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra July 22, 2019
Figure 3: An alarm priority matrix shows potential the severity of consequences versus time-to-respond. Courtesy: APC Performance

The top 5 most read articles online, from July 15-21 for Plant Engineering covered alarm management tips, maintenance process redesign, NFPA 70E advice, digitizing reality, and smart manufacturing. Links to each article below.

1. 10 alarm management tips for the busy control engineer

Alarm management has been a great success for the process industry. Initial challenges have largely been met, but new challenges have emerged. Alarm management is most effective as an operations tool, not a safety tool.

2. Redesigning maintenance processes to optimize PdM automation

Set the stage for a successful transition from manual to IIoT-enhanced, predictive maintenance processes.

3. Expert advice given on NFPA 70E

Best practices for mitigating arc flash and combustible dust hazards.

4. Benefits of digitizing reality for workers in manufacturing

Digitizing reality is now possible for workers thanks to technology advances such as the Internet of Things (IoT). This new reality allows workers to benefit from augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) to solve old problems in new and better ways.

5. Smart manufacturing opens the door to real-time data

Smart manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled technologies can use real-time data to optimize processes and reduce costs for manufacturers.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, July 15-21, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra is an associate editor for Control Engineering and has worked for the magazine since 2011. He edits articles on all automation topics and has written on topics including robotics, power generation, IIoT, AI/machine learning, and more. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature degree from North Central College and is also a self-published crime/mystery novelist on Amazon.