Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 20-26: Understanding efficiency problems, data and analytics, zero-net energy, more

Articles about understanding efficiency problems, data services and manufacturing analytics, a zero-net case study, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, and preventing food plant electrical system malfunctions were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 20-26. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra July 27, 2015

Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Jul. 20-26, covered understanding efficiency problems, data services and manufacturing analytics, a zero-net case study, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, and preventing food plant electrical system malfunctions. Link to each article below.

1. 10 questions to help understand efficiency problems

If Lean manufacturing is initiated with the wrong problems in mind, the problem is exacerbated rather than improved. Here are ten questions aimed at helping uncover the true source of causes.

2. Data services, cloud platform, manufacturing analytics

Increase data flow and analytics while decreasing risk of cyber security intrusions, by using services, according to experts in cloud-based manufacturing services, cyber security, and digital factories. These are building blocks of Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things.

3. Case study: Zero-net energy transit center

The John W. Olver Transit Center zero-net energy (ZNE) project is a high-performance building designed with reduced energy loads, passive design strategies, maximized efficiency of mechanical and electrical systems, and on-site power generation.

4. 10 steps to achieve world-class manufacturing maintenance practices

Lean out your maintenance process and deliver cost savings and greater efficiency.

5. Three ways to prevent food plant electrical system malfunctions 

The electrical system is sometimes overlook at food processing facilities. Here are three ways to maintain the plant’s electrical well-being and prevent potential malfunctions and safety hazards.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, July 20-26, for articles published within the last two months.

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