Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 30-December 6: Manufacturing index, Product of the Year Finalists, industrial wireless, more.

Articles about manufacturing index, Product of the Year finalists, industrial wireless, OEE, and FDI drives were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 30-December 6. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne December 7, 2015

Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Nov. 30-Dec. 6, covered the manufacturing index, Product of the Year finalists, industrial wireless, OEE, and FDI drives. Link to each article below. 

1. Manufacturing index plunges into contraction

The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) monthly PMI Index dropped below the 50% mark for the first time in three years on Dec. 1.

2. 2015 Product of the Year Finalists

Plant Engineering offers these 2015 Product of the Year Finalists for your consideration and votes.

3. Industrial wireless for video monitoring, leak alarm

Industrial wireless takes on high-bandwidth mobile video monitoring at a refinery and mission-critical safety leak detection at an LNG facility. 

4. Turn OEE into a financial indicator

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is one of the best indicators of process reliability, but many struggle to connect OEE to the bottom line. Here are three steps to calculate the value of measuring effectiveness.

5. The value of FDI drives interest at Hannover Messe

As the United States’ global economic recruiter, SelectUSA is constantly in search of new ways to attract foreign direct investments (FDI) to U.S. soil. As the U.S. prepares for its starring role on the global stage at Hannover Messe 2016 in Germany, SelectUSA’s responsibilities ever have been more important.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, November 30 to December 6, for articles published within the last two months. 

– Erin Dunne, production coordinator, CFE Media,