Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 25-31: Manufacturing maintenance practices, proactive maintenance approach, light control research, more

Articles about manufacturing maintenance practices, a proactive approach to maintenance, light control research, Industry 4.0 and IIoT risks, and reliability function potential were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, May 25-31. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra June 1, 2015

Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for May 25-31, covered manufacturing maintenance practices, a proactive approach to maintenance, light control research, Industry 4.0 and IIoT risks, and reliability function potential. Link to each article below.

1. 10 steps to achieve world-class manufacturing maintenance practices

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

2. Use your senses to build a proactive approach to maintenance

When touring your plant floor, make sure to get close to your equipment, workers.

3. Light detection, thermal-management systems, imaging devices could improve with MIT light control research

Researchers at MIT have found a way to couple the properties of different two-dimensional materials to provide an exceptional degree of control over light waves using a layer of one-atom-thick graphene deposited on top of a similar 2-D layer of a material called hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). 

4. The promise and the risks of IIoT and Industry 4.0

Ubisense VP Adrian Jennings discusses the need to go slow in moving manufacturing away from manual systems to an integrated production system. 

5. Unleash the potential of your reliability function

It is about time to disconnect the reliability function from maintenance and make it an autonomous external entity, focusing on asset reliability at every level in the Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM). 

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

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