Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 25-31: World-class maintenance, CMMS benefits and functions, automotive company using the IoT, more

Articles about world-class maintenance, CMMS benefits and functions, automotive company using the IoT, why factories still have maintenance departments, and Germany exceeds U.S. in IoT investment were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, July 25-31. Were you out? You can catch up here.
By Erin Dunne August 1, 2016

Plant Engineering top 5 most-read articles from July 25-31, covered world-class maintenance, CMMS benefits and functions, automotive company using the IoT, why factories still have maintenance departments, and Germany exceeds U.S. in IoT. Link to each article below.

1. World-class maintenance: barriers to success 

Maintenance used to be reactive, only done after a failure occurred. This run-to-failure approach used to suffice because the cost of maintenance exceeded the cost of failure. As failure costs increase, preventive maintenance was adopted. But today, there is yet another promising approach. 

2. Not just for maintenance: How CMMS benefits other functions

By incorporating your quality and engineering teams into an advanced CMMS, you can enable better communication, increased productivity, and improved efficiency across your enterprise.

3. Automotive company using the IoT to improve warehouse productivity 

Automotive company BMW is using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to increase warehouse efficiency and productivity as well as customer satisfaction and overall revenues. 

4. Why do factories still have ‘maintenance’ departments?

The term "maintenance" implies maintaining things the way they’ve been, sometimes for decades. In the competitive marketplace, to only maintain inevitable leads to the company’s demise. So why have a department dedicated to maintaining those machines and processes? 

5. Germany exceeds U.S. in IoT investment 

A recent survey suggests that Germany is investing more in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) than the United States and that they are more confident about its future overall. 

This list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, July 25-31, for articles published within the last two months. 

Erin Dunne, production coordinator, CFE Media, edunne@cfemedia.com.