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Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 2-8

Articles about hybridization benefits, control system connectivity, arc flash hazards, VFDs in injection molding, and IIoT baby steps were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra September 9, 2019
Hybridization can help companies control and reduce energy expenditures. Courtesy: Danfoss/Control Engineering Europe

The top 5 most read articles online, from September 2-8 for Plant Engineering covered hybridization benefits, control system connectivity, arc flash hazards, VFDs in injection molding, and IIoT baby steps. Links to each article below.

1. Hybridization as a disruptive, profitable energy strategy for manufacturers

The basic configuration of electrical power systems for industrial and commercial applications has altered little for decades, but hybridization could change this in a disruptive and positive way.

2. Control system connectivity update

Digitalization, IIoT and Industry 4.0 implementations need communication hubs, a role well-suited to PLCs and HMIs.

3. Are you aware of arc flash hazards?

Be cognizant about hazards, preventive measures and the dire consequences of an arc flash event.

4. Use of variable frequency drives in injection molding saves money

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) improves process cooling optimization and pump efficiency.

5. Take baby steps on IIoT

Collect usable data as the first step toward effective analysis.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, Sept. 2-8, for articles published within the last two months.

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


Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra has been production editor for Control Engineering since 2014 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.