Chris Vavra

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Arc Flash & Electrical Safety June 17, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: June 10-16, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered electrical safety, Product of the Year winners, asset management benefits and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance June 9, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: June 3-9, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered predictive maintenance, utilizing asset management, most-viewed content and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance June 4, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, May 2024

Read the best content in May 2024 including: Predictive maintenance benefits, event prevention, sustainability and optimization and more.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management June 3, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 27 to June 2, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered mitigating energy costs, arc flash strategies, tribology modeling and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE May 27, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 20-26, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week enhanced safety, microchip fabrication, event prevention and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance May 20, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 13-19, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered predictive maintenance benefits, reducing oil and gas costs and predictive maintenance and industrial automation and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation May 13, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 6-12, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered salary survey findings, enhancing plant performance, leveraging industrial data and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Plant Engineering
Plant Automation May 6, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: April 29 to May 5, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered salary survey findings, the process engineer's role, integrating pneumatic controls and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance May 1, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, April 2024

Read the best content in April 2024 including: Maintenance trends, asset life cycle management, automation tips, finding the right material handling solutions and more.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication April 29, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: April 22-28, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered chain lubrication considerations, picking the right maintenance strategy, relief valves and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance April 22, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: April 15-21, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered maintenance trends, electric vehicle lubricants, automation tips and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Material Handling April 15, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: April 8-14, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered finding the right material handling solutions, developing an effective PPE program, automation tips and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management April 8, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: April 1-7, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered asset life cycle management, maintenance trends and automation tips for the power grid. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management April 2, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, March 2024

Read the best content in March 2024 including: Asset life cycle management, predictive maintenance foundations, digital MV switchgears and more.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance April 1, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 25-31, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered predictive maintenance, asset life cycle management, motors and drives and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management March 25, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 18-24, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered asset life cycle management, predictive maintenance, Product of the Year and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Material Handling March 25, 2024

Modex 2024 recap: Technology improvements for logistics, material handling applications

Modex 2024 in Atlanta emphasized the need to improve supply chain management and operations with automated technologies that take the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs away from people while still operating efficiently.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain March 22, 2024

Modex 2024 recap: Making logistics, supply chain management safer and smarter

Manufacturers and end users emphasized making operations up and down the supply chain smarter and safer as machines and humans work closely together.

By Chris Vavra
Material Handling March 18, 2024

Helping companies and users find the right material handling, conveying solutions

Michael Field of Raymond Corporation discusses how they're working to reach consumers in the material handling and other industries. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Switchgear March 18, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 11-17, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered digital MV switchgears, successful warehouse plans, leveraging industrial data and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Warehousing March 14, 2024

Mobile robots, warehouses are evolving and transforming

Interact Analysis researchers Ash Sharma and Rueben Scriven discuss why mobile robots are growing and the impact this is having on the warehouse industry. See video.

By Chris Vavra
AI & Machine Learning March 13, 2024

How AI, ML can help design future-proof material handling facilities

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) models can provide companies with the right data they need to find good ROI value for their material handling facilities.

By Chris Vavra
Material Handling March 12, 2024

How robots help conveyors in a modern material handling system

Successful integration of robots in conveyance demands a meticulous understanding of manual processes, ensuring ROI and efficient, safe material handling.

By Chris Vavra
Warehousing March 12, 2024

Five phases to developing a successful warehouse automation plan

A successful warehouse automation plan must have worker buy-in, a thorough plan and strong implementation and support.

By Chris Vavra
Switchgear March 11, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 4-10, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered digital MV switchgears, picking the right drive, better maintenance solutions and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: SEW-EURODRIVE
Motors & Drives March 4, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: February 26 to March 3, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered picking the right drive, AI-driven solutions, electrical and power trends and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: CDM Smith
Motors & Drives March 1, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, February 2024

Read the best content in February 2024 including: Selecting a motor starter, picking the right drive, electrical power systems and more.

By Chris Vavra
Sustainability February 26, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: February 19-25, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered electrical and power system trends, picking the right drive, asset performance management and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: SEW-EURODRIVE
Motors & Drives February 19, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: February 12-18, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered picking the right drive, AI's potential, electrical and power system trends and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management February 13, 2024

Using asset performance management to improve insights for process industries

Asset management comes in many different forms and can enhance insights and plant performance with the right information and tools.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Dewberry
Safety Standards February 12, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: February 5-11, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered pipeline TVC, most-viewed content in 2023, compressed air leaks and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
AI & Machine Learning February 9, 2024

AI’s potential is being developed and benefiting cybersecurity, sustainability applications

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers a lot of potential for manufacturers, but it needs the right context to be successful to improve cybersecurity and sustainability.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Novaspect
Energy Efficiency & Management February 5, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: January 29 to February 4, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered boiler tuning, most-viewed content in 2023, electrical machine bearing lubricants and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance February 1, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, January 2024

Read the best content in January 2024 including: Most-viewed content in 2023, predictive maintenance myths, compressed air analysis and more.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Hedgehog Technologies
Plant Automation January 29, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: January 22-28, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered most-viewed content in 2023, arc flash and PPE, mitigating arc flash hazards and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance January 22, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: January 15-21, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered predictive maintenance myths, condition-based maintenance and big data's benefits for sustainability and digital transformation. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: ABB
AI & Machine Learning January 15, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: January 8-14, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered most-viewed 2023 articles, augmented reality benefits for maintenance, battery manufacturing and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical January 9, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed content in 2023

The most-viewed stories published in 2023 included: Choosing the right flyback diode, robots improving team efficiency, using artificial intelligence and more.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Rentech Boiler Systems
Energy Efficiency & Management January 8, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: January 1-7, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered hydrogen in power boilers, compressed air systems, condition-based monitoring and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: EASA
Lubrication January 2, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, December 2023

Read the best content in December 2023 including: Rotating bearing lubricants, mitigating arc flash hazards, reducing oil and gas emissions and more.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication January 1, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: December 25-31, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered machine bearing lubricants, digital manufacturing's future, asset management and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: EASA
Lubrication December 18, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: December 11-17, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered machine bearing lubricants, digital manufacturing's future, asset management and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: mPACT2WO, a Molex Business
Oil and Gas December 11, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: December 4-10, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered oil and gas leaks, mitigating arc flash hazards, plant automation strategies and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors & Drives December 4, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: November 27 to December 3, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered low-voltage dry type transformers, digital manufacturing's evolution and mergers and acquisitions. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Brett Sayles, CFE Media and Technology
AI & Machine Learning December 1, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, November 2023

Read the best content in November 2023 including: How to use AI, clean hydrogen fuel and efficient fuel processes, plant manufacturing transactions and more.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management November 27, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: November 20-26, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered clean hydrogen fuel, ventilation for semiconductor fabrication, using AI and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Amara Rozgus, CFE Media
AI & Machine Learning November 20, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: November 13-19, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered using AI, carbon dioxide processing, oil and gas and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
AI & Machine Learning November 14, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: November 6-12, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered using AI, predictive maintenance software, plant engineering transactions and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
AI & Machine Learning November 6, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: October 30 to November 5, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered using AI, predictive maintenance software, drive modernization and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management November 1, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, October 2023

Read the best content in October 2023 including: Clean hydrogen fuel, 5G lighthouse factories, how to use AI and more.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management October 30, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: October 23-29, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered clean hydrogen fuel, reduce pump problems, using artificial intelligence and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical October 23, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: October 16-22, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered low-voltage dry type transformers, fastener redesign, 5G lighthouse smart factories and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Sustainability October 16, 2023

Honeywell Connect Recap: Digital technologies improving flexibility, sustainability

Sustainability remains a major focus for manufacturers as well as the need for smart digital technologies that can provide better intelligence for companies.

By Chris Vavra
Remote Monitoring October 16, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: October 9-15, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered secure remote service, hazard protection trends, subpar refractory precast shapes and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Compressed Air October 9, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: October 2-8, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered compressed air, asset management systems, Pack Expo and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical October 2, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: September 25 to October 1, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered electric vehicle manufacturing, adjustable speed drives, Leaders Under 40 and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Schneider Electric
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance October 1, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, September 2023

Read the best content in September 2023 including: Predictive maintenance best practices, Leaders Under 40, intelligent digital twins and more.

By Chris Vavra
Sustainability September 25, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: September 18-24, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered Leaders Under 40, Pack Expo 2023, electrical safety and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Sustainability September 18, 2023

Pack Expo Recap: Merging sustainability, automation in packaging operations

More than ever, companies expect automation and sustainability working together to reduce downtime and keep manufacturing runs smoothly.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 1: An example of a digital twins solution architecture diagram. Courtesy: Saviant Consulting
Digital Transformation September 18, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: September 11-17, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered intelligent digital twins, Leaders Under 40, green hydrogen production and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors & Drives September 12, 2023

Ultra-low voltage motor, drive industries overcoming supply chain, semiconductor challenges

The ultra-low voltage motor and motor and drive industries are projected to have strong growth and is overcoming supply chain issues due to COVID-19 and semiconductor shortages. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance September 11, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: September 4-10, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered predictive maintenance best practices, Quality 4.0, hazard protection trends and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance September 5, 2023

How Quality 4.0 is changing operations for manufacturers

Quality 4.0 combines traditional qualities with Industry 4.0 technologies and concepts to improve manufacturing operations.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 1: In a potential failure (P-F) curve, oil analysis is used early to reveal if the oil is degrading or contaminated, to avoid issues that will cause the equipment to begin failing. If needed, it also can be used later in the interval to identify wear metals. Courtesy: Motion
Pumps September 4, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: August 28 to September 3, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered intelligent pump condition monitoring, arc flash best practices, adjustable speed drives and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Schneider Electric
Arc Flash & Electrical Safety September 1, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, August 2023

Read the best content in August 2023 including: Predictive maintenance best practices, maintenance strategies for motors, reducing pump problems and more.

By Chris Vavra
Digital Transformation August 31, 2023

Improving electric vehicle manufacturing with digital transformation

Electric vehicle (EV) investments are increasing and automotive manufacturers are moving to meet this demand, but companies will need to effectively utilize digital transformation to help meet the growing demand.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Boston Dynamics
Mechanical & Electrical August 28, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed mechanical engineering articles in 2023

Read the best articles about mechanical engineering including robots improving efficiency, flyback diodes, bearings and more.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 1: An example of a digital twins solution architecture diagram. Courtesy: Saviant Consulting
Digital Transformation August 28, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: August 21-27, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered intelligent digital twins, condition monitoring and pumps, maintenance and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance August 21, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: August 14-20, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered IIoT predictive condition monitoring, electrical safety, hazard protection trends and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Schneider Electric
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance August 7, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 31 to August 6, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered predictive maintenance best practices, compressed air, warehouse construction, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: TrendMiner
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance August 1, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, July 2023

Read the best content in July 2023 including: Industrial analytics and maintenance, warehouse construction, machine maintenance efficiency and more.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: CFE Media
Warehousing July 31, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 24-30, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered warehouse construction, Product of the Year winners, machine maintenance efficiency and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: TrendMiner
Analytics July 24, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 17-23, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered industrial analytics and prescriptive maintenance, electrical safety, machine maintenance efficiency and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE July 17, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 10-16, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered OSHA-compliant PSM systems, asset performance systems, the smart factory economy and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication July 10, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 3-9, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered predictive lubrication, decarbonization, and material handling storage systems. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance July 3, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: June 26 to July 2, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered predictive maintenance, Product of the Year winners, process safety management and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Boston Dynamics
Robotics July 1, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, June 2023

Read the best content in June 2023 including: Robot efficiency, Product of the Year, electrical insulation and more.

By Chris Vavra
Video June 28, 2023

How connected worker solutions can make manufacturers safer, more productive

Jorge Juan Fernandez, a senior manager of business development for Honeywell, talks about connected worker solutions and how they can help make companies safer and more productive. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Sustainability June 26, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: June 19-25, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered Product of the Year winners, sustainability, electrical safety and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance June 20, 2023

Using sensors to improve predictive maintenance in facilities

Sensors designed to monitor and track vibration can help reduce potential breakdowns and reduce downtime in manufacturing facilities.

By Chris Vavra
Sustainability June 19, 2023

How sustainability success starts from within

Sustainability’s success relies on building a culture that starts from the bottom up and involves everyone from plant-floor workers to executives.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance June 19, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: June 12-18, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered Product of the Year winners, maintenance fundamentals, asset management trends and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Video June 16, 2023

Mobile robot component market growth due to greater investment, technology advances

The mobile robot component market is growing thanks to increased investments all over the world and technology improvements. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Boston Dynamics
Robotics June 12, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: June 5-11, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered robot collaboration and efficiency, lockout/tagout, electrical safety advice and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical June 5, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 29 to June 4, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered electrical insulation, oil sampling, maintenance advice and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance June 1, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, May 2023

Read the best content in May 2023 including: Flyback diodes, robot efficiency, oil and gas emissions, sustainability goals and more.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Boston Dynamics
Warehousing May 30, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 22-28, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered cold storage warehouses, robots and efficiency, oil sampling and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical May 22, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 15-21, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered flyback diode ratings, maintenance advice, sustainability goals and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Oil and Gas May 15, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 8-14, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered oil and gas emissions, sustainability, Hannover Messe and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Oil and Gas May 8, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 1-7, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered oil and gas emissions, Hannover Messe, compressed air and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Additive Manufacturing May 5, 2023

How additive manufacturers are improving efficiency, sustainability for the future

Additive manufacturers are expanding and enhancing their reach beyond the printing concept and leveraging their expertise and the potential digital technologies provide.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management May 2, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, April 2023

Read the best content in April 2023 including: Oil and gas emissions, control of work systems, compressed air and more.

By Chris Vavra
Oil and Gas May 1, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: April 24-30, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered oil and gas emissions, Hannover Messe, energy management and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Warehousing April 24, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: April 17-23, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered warehouse construction, oil and gas emissions, digitalization success and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The convention center at Hannover Messe 2023 was home to many press conferences, meetings and other events during the Hannover Messe 2023 event. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Digital Transformation April 21, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 Recap: Considerations for the future

General observations on the Hannover Messe 2023 experience and what industrial transformation means for the future of manufacturing.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation April 20, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 Day Three: Connectivity and communication are critical for manufacturers

Manufacturers and associations at Hannover Messe emphasized the need for better connectivity and communication with their products and each other.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management April 19, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 Day Two: Asset management, data collection critical for manufacturing growth

Manufacturers and vendors are collaborating to find better solutions to gain better insights from the data they’re collecting so better decisions are made.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation April 18, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 Day One: Manufacturers’ industrial transformation comes in many forms

Manufacturers at Hannover Messe 2023 are tightening their focus and emphasizing total solutions and products for their customers. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Left: German chancellor Olaf Scholz and center: Joko Widodo, president of Indonesia. Courtesy: Hannover Messe
Digital Transformation April 17, 2023

Industrial transformation key focus for Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe 2023's main theme is focused on industrial transformation and how companies are utilizing digital technologies.

By Chris Vavra
Environmental Health April 17, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: April 10-16, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered control of work systems, packaging, strategic automation plans and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance April 10, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: April 3-9, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered packaging advice, most-viewed content, digitalization and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Compressed Air April 3, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 27 to April 2, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered compressed air, logistics and automation, digitalization and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance April 1, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, March 2023

Read the best content in March 2023 including: Condition-based maintenance, AI and sustainability, valve priorities and more.

By Chris Vavra
Material Handling March 28, 2023

How logistics can simplify automation processes and operations management

ProMat’s return after a four-year absence showed a greater emphasis on robotics and how logistics improvements can make automation better in manufacturing facilities.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical March 27, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 20-26, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered flyback diodes, condition-based maintenance, compressed air systems and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE March 23, 2023

Benefits of a rack safety flywheel in warehouse, manufacturing facilities

Rack safety in warehouse and manufacturing facilities can have major consequences if not properly maintained. Developing a consistent safety and education program can help.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation March 21, 2023

Multi-robot orchestration software focused on logistics improvement launched

CoEvolution Technology is launching their multi-robot orchestration software in the U.S, emphasizing logistics and warehouse operations improvement.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation March 20, 2023

How a warehouse execution system can improve automation and throughput

A warehouse execution system (WES) goes beyond a typical control system and is designed to enhance a company’s automation and throughput.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE March 20, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 13-19, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered PPE and electrical risks, condition-based maintenance, oil and gas workforce skills and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Analytics February 22, 2023

Data-as-a-service benefits for manufacturers

Data-as-a-service can help companies looking to adopt a digital and data-first strategy and position themselves for the future. The March 2 webcast, archived for a year, offers tips and other information.

By Chris Vavra
Process steps from raw materials to products for an integrated chemical manufacturing site.
Plant Automation January 31, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed automation articles in 2023

Read the best articles about automation including real-time coordination, automation career advice, control system design challenges and more.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
System Integration December 13, 2022

Crafting a multi-faceted system integration strategy

A new manufacturing facility required developing and delivering a solution that emphasized enhanced process control, information access and building control.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics September 15, 2022

Successfully implementing robots in an unpredictable future

Manufacturing has gone through many changes in recent years and the rising labor gap and the need for continued productivity has companies turning toward robotics. Three robotic myths and five steps for successful implementation are highlighted.

By Chris Vavra
AI & Machine Learning September 14, 2022

Improving worker optimization on the factory floor with artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to enhance worker productivity by gathering information about their work performance and turning it into actionable data.

By Chris Vavra
Process steps from raw materials to products for an integrated chemical manufacturing site.
Sensors, Actuators July 18, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 11-17, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered electromechanical actuators, asset criticality, automation trends, compressed air and IT/OT convergence. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Process steps from raw materials to products for an integrated chemical manufacturing site.
Asset Management July 11, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 4-10, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered asset criticality, edge computing, automation trends, compressed air systems and IT/OT convergence. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Environmental Health June 30, 2022

Advice on meeting engineering recruiting goals

There is a major push by system integrators and other engineering firms to find qualified talent, but the COVID-19 pandemic has created a shift in many ways. Two experts offer advice on finding the right engineering talent.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators June 28, 2022

The future of work is shifting and changing

The CSIA Executive Conference returns for the first time since 2019 with the world grappling with the changes of a pandemic and many other challenges that are changing how people work and interact with others.

By Chris Vavra
Air Leak Maintenance: Conducting regular, annual air audits by certified professionals should be part of an overall compressed air system management initiative.
Compressed Air June 20, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: June 13-19, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered compressed air systems, preventive maintenance, Lean manufacturing tools, Product of the Year winners and detecting dangerous gases. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation June 17, 2022

Flexible automation, robotics at Automate

Automate 2022 in Detroit strongly emphasized flexible automation as companies seek ways to address the supply chain and labor shortages exacerbated by COVID-19 and other world events.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Pan Pacific
Energy Efficiency & Management June 13, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: June 6-12, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered hot water heating efficiency, Product of the Year winners, EAM systems, power factor and predictive maintenance. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Plant Automation June 7, 2022

Automation can help manufacturers, workers thrive

The growing need for skilled workers and increased automation should be a joint venture that can provide benefits for the company and employees.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Fluke
Power June 6, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 30 to June 5, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered Product of the Year winners, power factor, EAM systems, equipment scanning and predictive maintenance. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Fluke
Energy, Power May 31, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 23-29, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered Product of the Year winners, power factor, EAM systems, equipment scanning and predictive maintenance. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Condition-based monitoring using modern automation technology offers the best results among maintenance strategies.
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance May 23, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 16-22, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered Product of the Year winners, predictive maintenance, condition-based monitoring, remote condition monitoring and robotic wearables. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The ISA-95 automation pyramid is a classification of software systems particular to manufacturing.
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance May 16, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 9-15, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered Product of the Year winners, predictive maintenance, COVID-19 controls, compressed air systems and automation career advice. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The ISA-95 automation pyramid is a classification of software systems particular to manufacturing.
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance May 9, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: May 2-8, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered Product of the Year winners, predictive maintenance, air compressor lubricants, material handling and RNG fleet vehicle benefits. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management May 2, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 25 to May 1, 2022

Articles about Product of the Year winners, RNG benefits, remote monitoring, air compressor lubricants and predicting process events were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 25 to May 1, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cloud-based monitoring of production assets stationed at the edge is empowering remote monitoring as part of preventive or predictive maintenance programs.
Remote Monitoring April 25, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 18-24, 2022

Articles about remote monitoring, AI-based predictive maintenance, air compressor lubricants, RNG benefits and predicting process events were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 18-24, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: A3
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance April 18, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 11-17, 2022

Articles about AI-based predictive maintenance, supply chain improvements, remote condition monitoring, industrial automation and future-proof manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 11-17, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy of: Aztech Engineering
Energy Efficiency & Management April 4, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 28 to April 3, 2022

Articles about geothermal heat-pump wells, Industry 4.0, machine monitoring equipment, industrial robots and industrial network security were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 28 to April 3, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cyberattack vectors in the connectivity landscape.
Mechanical & Electrical March 28, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 21-27, 2022

Articles about electric vehicles, luminaire benefits, safety in explosive environments, motor management and propane forklifts were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 21-27, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance March 21, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 14-20, 2022

Articles about the benefits behind cycle-based PM, how to extend the life of a ball valve, and the IIoT's role in smart manufacturing, were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 14-20, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication December 22, 2021

Lubricants can provide answers to current manufacturing challenges

Manufacturing is dealing with major supply chain issues that have worsened during the two-year COVID-19 pandemic. Lubrication engineers and experts can help, but the struggle ahead is going to be a long one.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Workforce Development November 3, 2021

Workforce development, automation top of mind at Process Expo

Process manufacturers, especially those in the food and beverage industry, are facing a skills gap crunch due to the pandemic. While some companies are trying to get workers back and engaged, more are turning to automation to keep operations running.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Robotics September 14, 2021

Five ways to improve operational excellence in robotic welding automation

Robotic welding automation, more common for many manufacturers, but it is fraught with potential issues that takes time and effort to resolve. See five methods for operational excellence in robotic welding in the short- and long-term.

By Chris Vavra
Energy, Power September 1, 2021

Building a secure energy and power grid for the future

The power grid that keeps the world running has historically been stable and secure. With digital transformation and the rise of converging technologies, there are many ways to create a better power grid, but it comes with challenges.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 25, 2021

Secure device onboarding for manufacturing supply chain

Until now, there has been no broadly supported industry standard for automated secure device onboarding. The FIDO Alliance looks to change that.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics July 22, 2021

Mobile robotics group acquired

ABB announced it will acquire ASTI Mobile Robotics Group (ASTI), a global autonomous mobile robot (AMR) manufacturer to expand their robot and automation portfolio.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News June 1, 2021

Manufacturing index continues solid pace in May

The purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) stayed above 60% for the fourth straight month, finishing at 61.2%.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News May 4, 2021

Manufacturing index stays strong in April

The purchasing manufacturers' index hits 60.7% in April as new orders, production and employment continue to grow for manufacturing.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News April 5, 2021

Manufacturing index continues positive trend in March

Purchasing manufacturers' index jumps to 64.7% in March as demand, employment rise.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication April 5, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 29 to April 4, 2021

Articles about food grade lubricants, robot innovations, asset maintenance, digital transformation trends and remote automation success were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 29 to April 4, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors & Drives March 29, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 22-28, 2021

Articles about motor and generator service conditions, smart manufacturing, smart pneumatics, asset maintenance and digital transformation trends were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 22-28, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics March 24, 2021

Developing robotic safety standards and compliance

Robotic safety standards have been around for a few decades and their importance is growing as they became more common in manufacturing.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance March 22, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 15-21, 2021

Articles about digital transformation trends, plant turnarounds, two-way radios, effective communication and writing a maintenance task procedure were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 15-21, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE March 15, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 8-14, 2021

Articles about flame-resistant PPE, ROI efficiency, digital transformation, corrective maintenance and writing a maintenance task procedure were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 8-14, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE March 8, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 1-7, 2021

Articles about the 2020 Salary Survey, flame-resistant PPE, corrective maintenance, writing a maintenance task procedure and Product of the Year finalists were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 1-7, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance March 1, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 22-28, 2021

Articles about Product of the Year finalists, writing a maintenance task procedure, machine learning and manufacturing, implementing Industry 4.0 and effective plant turnarounds were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 22-28, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance February 22, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 15-21, 2021

Articles about Product of the Year finalists, writing a maintenance task procedure, machine learning and manufacturing, implementing Industry 4.0 and effective plant turnarounds were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 15-21, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 15, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 8-14, 2021

Articles about improved mask filtration, machine learning and manufacturing, the factory of the future, effective plant turnarounds and disinfection robots were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 8-14, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 8, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 1-7, 2021

Articles about improved mask filtration, motors and drives tips, effective plant turnarounds, the factory of the future and machine learning were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 1-7, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News February 1, 2021

Manufacturing industry records growth for eighth straight month

January manufacturing index slides a bit from December to 58.7%, but industry still showing strength.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management February 1, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 25-31, 2021

Articles about Product of the Year finalists, hydrogen benefits, robots and COVID-19, the factory of the future and improving the supply chain were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 25-31, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance January 25, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 18-24, 2021

Articles about the factory of the future, asset maintenance, predictive analytics success, solar power plant commissioning and wastewater surveillance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 18-24, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Analytics January 18, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 11-17, 2021

Articles about predictive analytics success, Product of the Year winners, the 2020 Top Plant winner, digital twin technology and vertical farming were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 11-17, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Commissioning January 11, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 4-10, 2021

Articles about 2020 Top Plant winner, solar power plant commissioning, Product of the Year finalists, hydrogen's benefits and predictive analytics success were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 4-10, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance January 4, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 28 to January 3

Articles about 2020 Top Plant, Product of the Year finalists, testing and maintenance programs, maintenance automation and digital twins were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 14-20, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance December 21, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 14-20, 2020

Articles about 2020 Top Plant, Product of the Year finalists, testing and maintenance programs, maintenance automation and digital twins were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 14-20, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics December 14, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 7-13, 2020

Articles about robot packaging, hydrogen benefits, robotic offline programming, IT/OT convergence and Product of the Year finalists were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 7-13, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management December 7, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 30 to December 6, 2020

Articles about EAM systems, Product of the Year finalists, matching motors and drives, automation technology and proper air balance in a food facility were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 30 to December 6, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News December 2, 2020

Manufacturing index stays strong in November

The purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) drops from the 2-year high in October to 57.5%, but still records its seventh straight month of growth.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance November 30, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 23-29, 2020

Articles about testing and maintenance programs, LEED certification, Product of the Year finalists, robots packaging eggs and maximizing people power were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 23-29, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance November 23, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 16-22, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year finalists, maintenance automation, wearable exoskeletons, facility safety and building a maintenance program were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 16-22, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation November 16, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 9-15, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year finalists, Industry 4.0, robots and drone safety, better cybersecurity and applying analytics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 9-15, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News November 2, 2020

Manufacturing index hits highest point in two years

The purchasing manufacturers' index jumped almost 4% to 59.3 in October as new orders, production and employment grow.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE November 2, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 26 to November 1, 2020

Articles about interchangeable masks, edge I/O, heated face masks, mini-brains for robots and collaborative robot optimization were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE October 26, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 19-25, 2020

Articles about heated face masks, R&D project performance, facility energy management, collaborative robot optimization and COVID-19 worker risks were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 19-25, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Analytics October 19, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 12-18, 2020

Articles about self-service analytics, human and artificial intelligence, forklift safety, collaborative robot optimization and wireless LANs were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 12-18, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE October 12, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 5-11, 2020

Articles about forklift safety, operating machines during stoppages, COVID-19 and robots, pump diagnostics and four profit killers were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 5-11, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE October 5, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 28 to October 4, 2020

Articles about mask filtration, global manufacturing, COVID-19 and digitalization, microgrid system design and hydrogen's growing importance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 28 to October 4, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News October 2, 2020

Manufacturing index records fifth straight month of industry growth

The purchasing manufacturers' index registered at 55.4% in September, down slightly from August, as cautious optimism abounds due to COVID-19.

By Chris Vavra
Events and Awards September 28, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 21-27, 2020

Articles about the Leaders Under 40 winners, electrostatic precipitators, edge I/O, 3-phase squirrel cage motors and hydrogen's growing importance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 21-27, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE September 21, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 14-20, 2020

Articles about a redesigned COVID-19 mask, the Leaders Under 40 winners, EAM systems, 3-phase squirrel cage motors and quality management system audits were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 14-20, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors & Drives September 14, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 7-13, 2020

Articles about 3-phase squirrel cage motors, effects of low energy prices, virtual commissioning, global manufacturing outlook and grab sampling systems were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 7-13, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Discrete Manufacturing September 7, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 31 to September 6, 2020

Articles about global manufacturing outlook, energy efficiency as a service, robotics market outlook, virtual commissioning and Ethanol-based hand sanitizers were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 31 to September 6, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News September 2, 2020

Manufacturing index rises for fourth straight month

The manufacturing sector reported its fourth straight month of growth, rising to 56%.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE August 31, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 24-30, 2020

Articles about Ethanol-based hand sanitizers, protecting VFD investments, global manufacturing outlook, IIoT engagement and predictive maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 24-30, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance August 24, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 17-23, 2020

Articles about protecting VFD investments, cable gland strategies, predictive maintenance and block valves were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 17-23, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical August 17, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 10-16, 2020

Articles about VFD parameters, CMMS success, robotic software, industrial lubrication and predictive analytics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 10-16, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors & Drives August 10, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 3-9, 2020

Articles about VFD parameters, CMMS success, robotic software, industrial lubrication and predictive analytics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 3-9, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News August 3, 2020

Manufacturing index grows for third straight month

The Institute for Supply Management's purchasing manufacturers' index reported a 1.6% increase to 54.2%, which is the third straight month of growth.

By Chris Vavra
Motors & Drives August 3, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 27 to August 2, 2020

Articles about VFD parameters, PPE production, predictive analytics, wearable devices and manufacturing accidents were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 27 to August 2, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors & Drives July 27, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 20-26, 2020

Articles about predictive maintenance value, manufacturing accidents, reusable masks for COVID-19, tungsten's value to manufacturers and the manufacturing index tips were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 20-26, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance July 20, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 13-19, 2020

Articles about predictive maintenance value, manufacturing accidents, reusable masks for COVID-19, tungsten's value to manufacturers and the manufacturing index tips were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 13-19, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance July 13, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 6-12, 2020

Articles about predictive maintenance value, energy assessment tips, manufacturing index automating manufacturing workflow, data integration and energy assessment tips were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 6-12, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management July 6, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 29 to July 5, 2020

Articles about energy assessment tips, Product of the Year winners, industrial lubrication applications, the manufacturing index and process control and safety systems were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 29 to July 5, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News July 1, 2020

Manufacturing index rises in June as industry rebounds

The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) registered at 52.6% in June, which is up almost 10% from May's reading of 43.1%, as the industry rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic and look to pick up where they left off.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE June 29, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 22-28, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year winners, N95 mask research, process control and safety systems, high-performance HMIs and COVID-19 business impacts were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 22-28, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News June 22, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 15-21, 2020

Articles about COVID-19 business impacts and upgrades, ferrography fundamentals, planning an energy assessment and the Product of the Year winners were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 15-21, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation June 15, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 8-14, 2020

Articles about plant upgrades, robotic compliance, Product of the Year, automation design software and remote operations were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 8-14, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Remote Monitoring June 8, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 1-7, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year, remote operations, plant cooling systems, COVID-19 safety and data flow were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 1-7, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News June 1, 2020

Manufacturing index rises slightly in May from April

The purchasing manufacturers' index rose to 43.1% in May, but the general mood remains cautious and uncertain as COVID-19 continues to cause havoc on global supply chains.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical June 1, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 25-31, 2020

Articles about prevention through design, COVID-19 safety standards, electrical safety programs, safer ventilator sharing and high-tech warehouses were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 25-31, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Automation, Controls May 25, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 18-24, 2020

Articles about plant cooling system optimization, Product of the Year winners, COVID-19 grant for wastewater, digital twins and COVID-19's impact on engineering jobs were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 18-24, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE May 18, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 11-17, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year winners, PPE mask production for COVID-19, acoustic imaging and maintenance technology were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 11-17, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE May 11, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 4-10, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year winners, manufacturing post COVID-19 and remote business operations were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 4-10, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance May 4, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 27 to May 3, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year winners, ventilator production, manufacturing post COVID-19, supply chain solutions and robots fighting COVID-19 were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 27 to May 3, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Discrete Manufacturing May 1, 2020

Manufacturing index slides into contraction for first time in 11 years

The purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) slid in April down to 41.5%, marking a contraction for the first time since 2009 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause turmoil in the markets and supply chain.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management April 27, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 20-26, 2020

Articles about best practices for essential manufacturing, robots fighting COVID-19, improving plant uptime, COVID-19 alerts from OSHA, and preventing coronavirus were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 20-26, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance April 19, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 13-19, 2020

Articles about best practices for essential manufacturing, COVID-19 safety, protecting the supply chain, asset performance management and robots fighting COVID-19 were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 13-19, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE April 13, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 6-12, 2020

Articles about disposable face shield manufacturing, digital twins, asset performance management, COVID-19's impact on manufacturing and digital transformation were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 6-12, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE April 6, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 30 to April 5, 2020

Articles about coronavirus' effect on the supply chain and engineers, pneumatics systems and remote monitoring were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 30 to April 5, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Industry News April 1, 2020

Manufacturing index falls in March as COVID-19’s effects hit suppliers, consumers

The purchasing manufactuers' index had a slight decline in March, but the specter of COVID-19 continues to loom over the manufacturing industry as the pandemic spreads.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE March 30, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 23-29, 2020

Articles about food manufacturing safety during coronavirus, how coronavirus is affecting manufacturers, and metal batteries were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 23-29, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance March 23, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 16-22, 2020

Articles about coronavirus challenges for manufacturers, the 2020 Maintenance Survey, electrical component protection and 3D metal printing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 16-22, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity March 18, 2020

Good cybersecurity hygiene needed by businesses

Good cybersecurity hygiene is needed as more employees move toward working out of their homes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE March 16, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 9-15, 2020

Articles about coronavirus preparation and detection, the 2020 Maintenance Survey, 3D metal printing, and the supply chain's role in controlling coronavirus were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 9-15, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics March 9, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 2-8

Articles about autonomous mobile robots, capital planning, MODEX 2020 and coronavirus, collaborative robots, and cybersecurity success were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Material Handling March 4, 2020

Supply chain show releases statement on coronavirus, adds education panel

MODEX 2020 in Atlanta is not being delayed; education panel on COVID-19 related to supply chain has been added for attendees.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical March 2, 2020

Manufacturing index grows, but concern looms about coronavirus

The purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) slid to 50.1 in February, which shows overall growth, but there are major concerns about the coronavirus and what it will mean for the manufacturing industry.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 2, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 24 to March 1

Articles about IIoT improving OEE, digital transformation constraints, safety best practices, and improving operations and facility design were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 24 to March 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 24, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 17-23

Articles about safety best practices, improving operations and facility design, robotic process automation, and shutdown best practices were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 17-23. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 17, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 10-16

Articles about shutdown best practices, control hierarchy, mobile robots, robot investments, and exoskeletons were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 10-16. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 10, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 3-9

Articles about safety best practices, right-sizing pumps, intuitive HMI screens, exoskeletons, and wearable electronics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical February 3, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 27 to February 2

Articles about cut-to-length cable, control panel safety, system integrator relationships, safety procedures, and service robots were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 27 to February 2. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE January 27, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 20-26

Articles about Product of the Year, real-time monitoring and control, long-term integrator relationships, Top Plant 2019, and cutting compressed air costs were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance January 20, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 13-19

Articles about Product of the Year, real-time monitoring and control, long-term integrator relationships, Top Plant 2019, and cutting compressed air costs were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 13-19. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Discrete Manufacturing January 6, 2020

Manufacturing index contracts to close out 2019

Manufacturing index reaches lowest point in 10 years as new orders, production and employment contracts amid economic concerns.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics December 16, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 9-15

Articles about Product of the Year, robotic grippers, pneumatic safety, cutting compressed air costs, and specifying cut-to-length cables were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 9-15. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management December 9, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 2-8

Articles about Product of the Year, the price of nitrogen, data acquisition, industrial internet terms, and HMIs and maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
HMI, OI December 2, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 25 to December 1

Articles about Product of the Year, HMIs and maintenances, future of industrial automation, Industry 4.0 success, and selecting actuator components were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 25 to December 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance November 25, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 18-24

Articles about Product of the Year, HMIs and maintenances, future of industrial automation, Industry 4.0 success, and selecting actuator components were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Cybersecurity November 22, 2019

Extend IT security to the plant floor

Cybersecurity is critical as information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) converge, which is the first step in making the transition between the two sides almost seamless.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance November 18, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 11-17

Articles about Product of the Year, optimized maintenance programs, Leaders Under 40, low battery self-discharge, and Industry 4.0 success were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy, Power November 11, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 4-10

Articles about Leaders Under 40, low battery self-discharge, optimized maintenance programs, Industry 4.0 success, and industrial fire systems were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance November 4, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 28 to November 3

Articles about HMIs enabling maintenance, shape-shifting robots, digital engineering, exoskeletons on the supply chain, and optimized maintenance programs were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 28 to November 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 23, 2019

Finding success on the road to Industry 4.0

Six pillars of Industry 4.0: There’s so much talk about Industry 4.0, but many companies haven’t stopped to ask what success looks like and how to achieve it. Start with asking three questions, why the company needs Industry 4.0 and how to achieve success.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance October 21, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 14-20

Articles about optimized maintenance programs, getting the automation zone right, data-driven maintenance, optimizing project satisfaction, and selecting lubricating greases were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 14-20. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance October 14, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 7-13

Articles about data-driven maintenance, optimizing project satisfaction, condition monitoring technologies, manufacturing trends, and the Engineering Leaders Under 40 were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 7-13. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation October 11, 2019

Getting the automation zone “just right”

Many automation companies struggle with finding the “Goldilocks Zone” for their automation projects. Learn how companies can find that right balance by asking four questions before starting to automate.

By Chris Vavra
Project Management October 7, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 30 to October 6

Articles about optimizing project satisfaction, fueling asphalt production, Engineering Leaders Under 40, generator rotor repair, and preventive maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 30 to October 6. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance September 30, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 23-29

Articles about preventive maintenance, maintaining secondary equipment, generator rotor repair, HMI remote access options, and the Engineering Leaders Under 40 were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 23-29. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Sensors, Actuators September 27, 2019

Water, wastewater industry is going digital and getting smarter

The water and wastewater industry is improving digitalization and automation with smarter sensors designed to make operations safer.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE September 23, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 16-22

Articles about Engineering Leaders Under 40, applying Lean to daily management, improving your skilled workforce, maintaining equipment, and keeping workers safe were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lean Maintenance September 16, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 9-15

Articles about Engineering Leaders Under 40, applying Lean to daily management, improving your skilled workforce, maintaining equipment, and keeping workers safe were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 9-15. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy, Power September 9, 2019

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
Arc Flash & Electrical Safety September 2, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 26 to September 1

Articles about safer plant machinery, skilled workforce, lubrication and bearings, long battery life, and baby steps with the IIoT were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 26 to September 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Arc Flash & Electrical Safety August 26, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 19-25

Articles about safer plant machinery, skilled workforce, lubrication and bearings, long battery life, and baby steps with the IIoT were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 19-25. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Machine Safety August 19, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 12-18

Articles about safer plant machinery, skilled workforce, lubrication and bearings, long battery life, and baby steps with the IIoT were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 12-18. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management August 12, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 5-11

Articles about managing an engineering career, burner management, lubrication and bearings, collaborative robot benefits, and lubrication aesthetics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 5-11. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication August 5, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 29 to August 4

Articles about lubrication advice, managing an engineering career, IIoT tips, maintenance process redesign, and smart manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 29 to August 4. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance August 1, 2019

Manufacturing index drops for fourth consecutive month

The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) slid to 51.2% in July as anxiety about tariffs, inventory and employment weigh on manufacturing companies.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance July 29, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 22-28

Articles about alarm management tips, lubrication advice, NFPA 70E advice, maintenance process redesign, and smart manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE July 22, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 15-21

Articles about alarm management tips, maintenance process redesign, NFPA 70E advice, digitizing reality, and smart manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance July 15, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 8-14

Articles about maintenance process redesign, smart manufacturing, lubrication and bearings, predictive maintenance obstacles, and safety best practices were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 8-14. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical July 12, 2019

Equipment, software growth likely to slow according to report

Equipment and software investment growth is likely to slow in 2019 to 3.9% as the U.S manufacturing sector weakened, and investment growth in several key verticals is expected to slow or contract in the second half of 2019.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance July 8, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 1-7

Articles about lubrication and bearings, the 2019 Lubrication Guide, oil's return on investment, predictive maintenance obstacles, and worker safety best practices were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication July 1, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 24-30

Articles about lubrication and bearings, the 2019 Lubrication Guide, oil's return on investment, predictive maintenance obstacles, and worker safety best practices were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 24-30. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical June 25, 2019

Equipment leasing report shows new business up double-digits in May

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index reported business was up 18% year-over-year in May, with overall business flat in 2019.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication June 24, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 17-23

Articles about lubrication and bearings, the 2019 Lubrication Guide, predictive maintenance obstacles, worker safety best practices, and NFPA 70E expert advice were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 17-23. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical June 20, 2019

Equipment leasing confidence slides, according to report

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's June Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) had an index of 52.8, which is down several points compared to May and double digits compared to the same period in 2018.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical June 17, 2019

Cutting tool consumption remains steady in 2019

Cutting tool consumption is up 7% through the first months of 2019 compared to the prior year, but that strength may be tempered by a bumpy market up ahead.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication June 17, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 10-16

Articles about worker safety best practices, lubrication for bearings, NFPA 70E expert advice, the state of manufacturing, and the benefits of clean oil were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 10-16. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE June 10, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 3-9

Articles about overcurrent protection technologies, predictive maintenance in oil and gas, collaborative robots and manufacturing, the PMI May 2019 report, and electrical safety culture were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Arc Flash & Electrical Safety June 3, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 27 to June 2

Articles about overcurrent protection technologies, the human factor in change management, Mitsubishi Electric acquiring Iconics, electrical safety culture, , and protecting the production line were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 27 to June 2. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE May 27, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 20-26

Articles about overcurrent protection technologies, the human factor in change management, Mitsubishi Electric acquiring Iconics, electrical safety culture, , and protecting the production line were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical May 24, 2019

Equipment leasing business increased in April

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index reported business was up 11% year-over-year in April, though overall 2019 business is down compared to 2018.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE May 20, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 13-19

Articles about electrical safety culture, arc flash hazards, an accelerating supply chain, energy project savings barriers, and the human factor in change management were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 13-19. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics May 13, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 6-12

Articles about Product of the Year winners, robotics research and development, working with engineering quirks, using lean methods, and energy project savings barriers were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 6-12. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management May 6, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 29 to May 5

Articles about the barriers to energy project savings, Product of the Year winners, monitoring assets, using lean methods, and why things break were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 29 to May 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance April 29, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 22-28

Articles about the Product of the Year winners, why things break, data visualization, engineer career advice, and IEEE 1584-2018 were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Motors & Drives April 22, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 15-21

Articles about the Product of the Year winners, packaged boilers, IEEE 1584-2018, energy monitoring, and successful integration project tips were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Events and Awards April 15, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 8-14

Articles about the Product of the Year winners, packaged boilers, IEEE 1584-2018, energy monitoring, and successful integration project tips were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 8-14. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 11, 2019

Use context with IIoT to provide automation value

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has a lot of potential, but without context and a clear goal, value for companies will be less. See 8 ways to move from data to information.

By Chris Vavra
AI & Machine Learning April 10, 2019

Benefits of AI and machine learning for automation safety systems

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can use the information from robots and machines to help improve safety standards by learning what was done in the past and applying it to future situations.

By Chris Vavra
Robotics April 9, 2019

Improving industrial robot accuracy and precision

There are many tools and programs designed to make industrial robots more accurate and precise for demanding manufacturing applications.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management April 8, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 1-7

Articles about energy monitoring, packaged boilers, maintenance survey findings, NGV trucking, and working with the cloud were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy, Power April 3, 2019

Researchers improve solid-state battery design

Cornell University researchers have advanced the design of solid-state batteries by transforming liquid electrolytes into solid polymers inside the electrochemical cell.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance April 1, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 25-31

Articles about maintenance survey findings, NGV trucking, IEEE 1584-2018 changes, workplace fatalities, and AI-based maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 25-31. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Educational Facilities March 28, 2019

Outreach event promotes STEM careers for girls

Cornell University's Women’s Outreach in Materials, Energy and Nanobiotechnology (W.O.M.E.N.) program helps promote scientific careers for high school girls curious about a career in science.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance March 25, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 18-24

Articles about maintenance strategies, IEEE 1584-2018, maintenance survey findings, AI-based maintenance, and machine learning and maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance March 18, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 11-17

Articles about maintenance strategies, machine learning and maintenance, IEEE 1584-2018, AI-based maintenance, and a dust collection survey were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Compressed Air March 11, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 4-10

Articles about calculating compressed air efficiency, Brexit's impact on manufacturing, 2018 Salary Survey findings, and conveyor maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance March 4, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 25 to March 3

Articles about 2018 Salary Survey findings, conveyor maintenance, the top plant winner, and cybersecurity questions to ask during the digital transformation process were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 25 to March 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance February 25, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 18-24

Articles about 2018 Salary Survey findings, conveyor maintenance, the top plant winner, and cybersecurity questions to ask during the digital transformation process were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance February 18, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 11-17

Articles about conveyor maintenance, the top plant winner, data's role in manufacturing's future, future plant designs, and choosing the right electrical wiring were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management February 11, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 4-10

Articles about the top plant winner, blockchain benefits, future plant designs, data's role in manufacturing's future, and asset assessments were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance February 4, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 28 to February 3

Articles about the top plant winner, clean water, modern warehouse innovations, Toyota Kata's benefits, and ERP testing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 28 to February 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance January 28, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 21-27

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, food and beverage facility security, develop an ERP business plan, regenerative solutions, and predictive maintenance growth were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 21-27. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance January 21, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 14-20

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, food and beverage facility security, develop an ERP business plan, regenerative solutions, and predictive maintenance growth were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 14-20. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management January 14, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 7-13

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, regenerative solutions, predictive maintenance growth, the PMI's December drop, and IIoT risks and rewards were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 7-13. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Energy Efficiency & Management January 7, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 31 to January 6

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, regenerative solutions, NFPA70E standard changes, the Top Plant winner, and the skills gap were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 31, 2018, to January 6, 2019. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Oil and Gas January 2, 2019

Most-viewed articles on Oil & Gas Engineering for 2018

Oil & Gas Engineering's most clicked articles in 2018 included stories about the 2018 Product of the Year award winners, machine learning for tubular connection and smarter pipeline maintenance, shale-field flowmeter advances, and the benefits of slow roll for electric motors. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Workforce Development December 31, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 24-30

Articles about the Top Plant winner, the skills gap, Product of the Year finalists, marshaling virtual resources, and automation experts adding productivity were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 24-30, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE December 24, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 17-23

Articles about the Top Plant winner, Product of the Year finalists, the skills gap, making safety a profit center, and a look at the robotics industry were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 17-23, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integration December 17, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 10-16

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, System Integrator of the Year winners, the Top Plant winners, NFPA 70E standard changes, and selecting the right industrial gear oil were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 10-16, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechanical & Electrical December 9, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 3-9

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, NFPA 70E standard changes, three phases of industrial digital transformation, linear motion considerations, and sensor communication were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 3-9, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra