Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering

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Virtualization, Cloud Analytics August 28, 2018

The plant of the future

In a virtual world, the possibilities are real

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics August 6, 2018

Growth through technology, teamwork

Advantech co-founder and executive director of the board Chaney Ho is bullish on U.S. role in IIoT revolution.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Events and Awards April 17, 2018

Plant Engineering 2017 Product of the Year Winners

The 2017 award recipients represent the best in innovation

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Industrial PCs November 17, 2017

Plant Engineering at 70

Taking a look back at the last 70 years of Plant Engineering. In retrospect, it is easy to see that even as technology changes, the same challenges remain.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Mechanical & Electrical November 17, 2017

Answering the big question: ‘What If?’

Over the past 30 years, Plant Engineering's Product of the Year award has highlighted the innovative companies who dare to ask the tough questions.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Compressed Air August 10, 2017

A fresh approach to compressed air savings

Take a systematic approach to uncovering and fixing waste .

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 10, 2017

Doubling down on digital manufacturing

One company’s journey to IIoT started before the concept had a name.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Compressed Air August 10, 2017

Five overlooked compressor truths

There are many aspects of compressed air that are overlooked. A large amount is wasted. Small changes can impact your compressed air efficiency and minimize costs.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation October 11, 2016

Safety, every day—for 18 years

Baldor's Belton, South Carolina, manufacturing plant hasn’t had a lost-time incident since 1998.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Wireless August 18, 2015

Manufacturing’s new arrival: What to expect

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is poised to change manufacturing and there are several things manufacturers should expect to happen.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Wireless August 10, 2015

A hands-on approach for manufacturing

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will spark a plant floor revolution. Here's how to get ready for it.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Safety & PPE June 4, 2015

Champion the cause of success assurance

We can define individual success for our manufacturing plants. We can assure success.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Supply Chain May 14, 2015

U.S. paces global manufacturing in a partly sunny outlook

Global technology research leader IHS says, while global manufacturing growth shows no signs or retreating, the pace of growth may slow a bit as the pressures of low oil prices deliver a one-two punch.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Material Handling February 5, 2015

Planning your move crucial in parts management upgrades

Review inventory, assess space and customer needs before making changes.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Motors & Drives December 24, 2014

FAQs on motor repair accreditation program

The creation of a motor repair accreditation program through the Electrical Apparatus Services Association (EASA) will help bring more information about motor repair techniques to benefit both the end user and the service centers. EASA officials prepared a series of frequently-asked questions about the program.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Motors & Drives December 24, 2014

EASA launches motor repair accreditation

Service centers will be audited on best practices, industry standards.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards June 3, 2014

The key to Keystone? Just build it right

Keystone XL is an economic issue, and an environmental issue, and a political issue. Before any of that, however, Keystone XL is an engineering issue.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Energy Efficiency & Management May 5, 2014

Look beyond the data, and beyond our fingertips

Look at the litle things to find the real savings on your plant floor

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Workforce Development January 16, 2014

Metalworking industry credentialing on the rise

NIMS reports 58.8% increase in certifications in 2013

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance January 2, 2014

ISM Index wraps up 2013 with bullish growth

PMI at 57% for December; new orders, employment on the rise

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance December 13, 2013

Take a risk by challenging ‘conventional wisdom’

Conventional wisdom…is the safest route, the path of least resistance, but it isn’t a path to greater success. It is just an avoidance of possible failure.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Electrical, Power December 13, 2013

The 2014 HVAC forecast: Warmth and growth

As AHR Expo approaches, industry optimism is high

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance November 4, 2013

‘Business is booming’ and so is the PMI Index

ISM report hits 12-month high, climbs for the 5th straight month

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Workforce Development September 18, 2013

Becoming an employer of choice

Use every channel available to find, train your workforce

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance August 7, 2013

Inside the manufacturing revival

Plant managers talk about their challenges, and their success

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Mobility May 21, 2013

Special Report: Indoor Air Quality

Breathe easy—there are solutions for air quality issues

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation April 19, 2013

Toyota to expand Lexus production to Kentucky

Automaker’s $360 million investment ‘a tribute’ to Georgetown workers

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Energy Efficiency & Management April 15, 2013

A ‘triple win’ on energy management

GM's energy reduction effort delivers profits and cuts costs while helping the environment

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Sustainability December 9, 2012

Veterans can deliver skills to manufacturing

Manufacturers are starting to look to veterans and the skills they learned during their tours of duty as a way to shrink the Skills Gap.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Mobility December 6, 2012

Apple moving some manufacturing to the U.S.

Apple CEO Tim Cook tells interviewers the company will invest $100 million in Mac manufacturing line

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Sustainability October 2, 2012

Manufacturing growth rebounds after summer slump

ISM report jumps above 50% level for first time since May as new orders expand

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Mechanical & Electrical October 1, 2012

Lenze taking ‘machine-up’ approach in customer center

New Illinois facility expands company’s capability to grow.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
PLCs, PACs August 7, 2012

Daily Insight for August 7, 2012

Chrysler puts 3D manufacturing to the test; pharma manufacturer to expand three plants

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Energy Efficiency & Management July 27, 2012

Daily Insight for July 27, 2012

Engineering and manufacturing remain lucrative potential careers, though finding jobs and remaining profitable remain a challenge.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation July 19, 2012

Daily Insight for July 19, 2012

Daily Insight: Manufacturer explains the ways and means of his business

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Workforce Development July 16, 2012

Daily Insight for July 16, 2012

Daily Insight: Can you hear me now? New study on plant floor hearing loss

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Energy Efficiency & Management July 12, 2012

Daily Insight for July 12, 2012

Daily Insight: Searching for the ‘Real Men of Maintenance’

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Mobility July 11, 2012

Daily Insight for July 11, 2012

Daily Insight: Enterprise mobility is more than just an app

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation July 10, 2012

Daily Insight for July 10, 2012:

Daily Insight: Boeing retools in Seattle to meet Airbus challenge

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Sustainability July 9, 2012

Daily Insight for July 9, 2012:

Daily Insight: Airbus in Alabama and what ‘Made In America” means

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation March 23, 2012

Nothing staged about manufacturing’s reality

I’ve heard little from either side in this political season that strives to address the real issues of manufacturing… If Congress and the White House were as well organized and efficient as most manufacturing plants, this wouldn’t be much of a debate.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Mobility November 8, 2011

Bentley debuts energy simulator, announces two acquisitions at event

BeInspired conference in Amsterdam features outstanding design and construction projects worldwide

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Safety & PPE October 13, 2011

PPE is personal before it is protective

A recent study found that many workers aren’t wearing necessary personal protective equipment. Which leaves a question: Why?

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Energy Efficiency & Management August 11, 2011

Solar farm generates heat, lights, knowledge

Schneider Electric invests $6.25 million in Tennessee site to advance solar power research.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
System Integration June 15, 2011

CSIA members find the value in certification, audits

"Certification is not an event; it represents a culture of quality and continuous improvement," said Ed Diehl, chairman of the board of CSIA and president of Concept Systems in Albany, Ore.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Mobility June 14, 2011

Telling a true story about manufacturing

The grand opening of Volkswagen’s new plant was the culmination of years of planning and plenty of intense lobbying.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Safety Standards January 3, 2011

BEST PRACTICES: Finding the way forward

As manufacturing slowly moves forward – and if it has hope of returning to full capacity and growth – manufacturing’s critical issues must be addressed. The urgency to act on these issues has never been greater.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering