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AI & Machine Learning May 21, 2024

Developing stronger logistics platforms with AI and intelligent technologies

Intelligent technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) can manage complex operations such as yard management that advance an entire industry.

By Justin Newell
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
AI & Machine Learning February 29, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed AI and ML articles in 2024

Read the best articles about automation including artificial intelligence, AI benefits, AI implementation and more.

By Tyler Wall
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
AI & Machine Learning February 6, 2024

AI-driven solutions for enhanced plant automation productivity

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become more sophisticated and is enabling manufacturers to be smarter and more proactive with their operations.

By Eric Whitley
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
AI & Machine Learning December 14, 2023

Machine learning approach accelerates problem-solving for logistics, power grids, more

A data-driven approach using machine learning could lead to better solutions for tricky optimization problems such as global package routing or power grid operation.

By Adam Zewe
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
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 8, 2023

Bridging the Gap Series: The future of AI implementation for plant automation

Like it or not, artificial intelligence is coming, and fast. According to new research from CFE Media, AI is already being used in a high percentage of industrial automation environments, and those that aren’t using it have plans to in the near future. See video.

By Gary Cohen
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
AI & Machine Learning October 24, 2023

Bridging the Gap series: The challenges of AI integration in plant environments

AI is affecting nearly every aspect of the plant environment from the top floor to the shop floor, but that doesn’t mean its adoption is moving forward seamlessly. While AI can have a huge impact on things like energy efficiency and supply chain management, 57% of survey respondents have experienced at least some challenges with its implementation. See video.

By Gary Cohen
AI & Machine Learning August 11, 2023

How to use artificial intelligence: A guide for mechanical engineers

By embracing artificial intelligence and machine learning, mechanical engineers can thrive in a digital marketplace

By Shreedhar Murthy Hebbur Subbaraju
AI & Machine Learning June 13, 2023

Machine learning approach used in crystalline structures for solid-state batteries

Machine learning (ML) approach opens insights into an entire class of materials being pursued for solid-state batteries by Duke University researchers.

By Ken Kingery
AI & Machine Learning June 10, 2023

Researcher improving safety for autonomous systems

A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher is working to establish a theoretical framework and design control algorithms to ensure the safety of autonomous systems with machine learning components.

By Adam Malecek
AI & Machine Learning April 13, 2023

How will artificial intelligence change the job of the plant manager?

Will you lose your job to artificial intelligence? How AI is changing the game

By Amara Rozgus
AI & Machine Learning February 23, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed AI and machine learning articles in 2023

Read the best articles about AI and machine learning including AI-based maintenance, software improving AI, AI-enabled robots and more.

By Tyler Wall
AI & Machine Learning November 29, 2022

Operationalize machine learning at the edge

Overcome the obstacles facing the oil & gas industry with the Internet of Things (IoT), which has had a major impact.

By Jason McCampbell
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
AI & Machine Learning September 5, 2022

Software improves AI, automation flexibility

Software-based artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to give robots abilities that allow them to straddle the flexibility gap between small batch manufacturing and high-volume automation.

By Matt Jones
AI & Machine Learning July 25, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 18-24, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered AI-as-a-service, geothermal energy, hydraulic cylinders, maintenance management plans and predictive maintenance. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Christina Miller
AI & Machine Learning July 19, 2022

Predictive maintenance improved by AI software enhancements

Software enhancements are evolving to help manufacturers implement a predictive maintenance prioritization strategy.

By Steve Sands
AI & Machine Learning May 26, 2022

Why automating AI-as-a-service is now mission critical

AI-as-a-service (AiaaS) combines an AI-ready IIoT platform with automating deep learning intelligence to help accelerate the realization of the greater manufacturing mission.

By Nicol Ritchie
AI & Machine Learning May 19, 2022

How unsupervised machine learning benefits industrial automation

Unsupervised ML is designed to act on unlabeled data using algorithms that excel at identifying patterns and pinpointing anomalies in data ranging from condition monitoring and performance testing to cybersecurity and asset management.

By Kristin Lewotsky
AI & Machine Learning March 7, 2022

The power of automating financial processes in the manufacturing industry

In the manufacturing industry, embracing AI technology and other automated solutions will have more advantages to work more efficiently

By Florian Winterstein
AI & Machine Learning February 24, 2022

AIoT improves transparency, quality for manufacturers

The speed of adoption and the potential benefits of combined artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in the industrial sector could lead to many positive benefits.

By Suzanne Gill
AI & Machine Learning February 4, 2022

Conversational IoT and AI powered by “chatbots”

Even in industry, branding and personality play a role

By Ken Herron
AI & Machine Learning January 17, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Jan. 10-16, 2022

Articles about the future of manufacturing production, NOV transforming upstream design process, the benefits of no-code robotics, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Jan. 10-16, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
AI & Machine Learning January 10, 2022

The future of manufacturing production is here today

Fully exploit the potential of robotics with AI

By Maximilian Mutschler
AI & Machine Learning December 7, 2021

Artificial intelligence developed to understand object relationships

A machine-learning model developed by MIT researchers could enable robots to understand interactions in the world in the way humans do with artificial intelligence.

By Adam Zewe
AI & Machine Learning October 13, 2021

AI, controls and the future of maintenance

Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques are helping control and maintenance effectiveness, and an application demonstration shows how process simulation and machine teaching builds AI-based controllers to resolve industry problems, as shown in an Oct. 21 Virtual Training Week course.

By Mark T. Hoske
AI & Machine Learning October 12, 2021

Developing organic batteries using machine learning

Texas A&M researchers are using Bayesian frameworks to produce a polymer chain capable of energy storage, in turn creating longer-lasting organic batteries.

By Michelle Revels
AI & Machine Learning September 13, 2021

Modelling software and machine learning improve production efficiency

Advances in automated data processing and machine learning algorithms enhance the value of models and simulation

By Alessandra Da Silva
AI & Machine Learning August 31, 2021

Study finds manufacturers willing to implement data-driven and AI initiatives

A Purdue university survey found Indiana manufacturers are willing to use artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven initiatives to improve their facilities, but actually getting there remains a hurdle for many.

By Brian Huchel
AI & Machine Learning August 18, 2021

AI process optimization platform receives funding

Recent $30 million growth round led by Zeev Ventures and Insight Partners, with participation from Spider Capital and UpWest

By Imubit
AI & Machine Learning July 6, 2021

Using AI to better understand alloys, metals

Researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to help design high-performance steels that can be used in a variety of applications.

By Tim Ledbetter
AI & Machine Learning May 17, 2021

AI/ML goes mainstream

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are moving into operations, in the oil & gas industry and beyond.

By Kevin Parker
AI & Machine Learning February 2, 2021

Five ways machine learning will transform manufacturing in 2021

Emerging developments that will become reality with machine learning part of everyday operations

By Ingo Mierswa
AI & Machine Learning January 15, 2021

How AI can help food manufacturers improve maintenance

A more practical approach is needed for the every-day decisions that keep operations running effectively and artificial intelligence can help food manufacturers improve overall maintenance.

By Marcel Koks
AI & Machine Learning January 12, 2021

How advanced digital twin technology narrows the industrial skills gap

Digital twin technology such as immersive field simulators (IFS) can help companies narrow the skills gap by offering a training environment that offers an accurate replica of the world they inhabit with virtual reality and mixed reality tools.

By Vincent Higgins
AI & Machine Learning December 10, 2020

Artificial intelligence at the edge improves manufacturing productivity

AI at the plant floor’s edge empowers machine builders to increase production quality and efficiency

By Jim Wilmot
AI & Machine Learning November 21, 2020

What 3rd generation AI for asset performance and process optimization will look like

It’s time to tackle the “known unknowns”

By Dominic Gallello
AI & Machine Learning November 16, 2020

Applying machine learning to making mechanical parts

An open-source annotated database of more than 58,000 3D mechanical parts has been designed to help researchers apply machine learning to those parts in actual machines.

By Kayla Wiles
AI & Machine Learning October 31, 2020

Project uses AI to strengthen global supply chains

Cornell University researchers are developing machine learning and blockchain tools to better understand and support the global supply chain, whose vulnerabilities were exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Melanie Lefkowitz
AI & Machine Learning October 30, 2020

How augmented, virtual reality can reduce manufacturing skills gap

A Purdue team has entered a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create an augmented and virtual reality experience prototype called Skill-XR to reduce manufacturing's skills gap.

By Jared Pike
AI & Machine Learning October 28, 2020

Quantum computing used to discover possible COVID-19 treatments

Quantum machine learning could help researchers discover faster and more economical ways of treating COVID-19 than the current methods used for drug discovery.

By Sarah Small
AI & Machine Learning October 13, 2020

Collaborative robot optimization with AI, for safer manufacturing during COVID-19

Collaborative robots use artificial intelligence (AI) to increase usefulness in dynamically changing workspaces. Cobot factory applications can create more space between workers, lowering COVID-19 risk for manufacturers while increasing throughput.

By Mark T. Hoske
AI & Machine Learning October 13, 2020

How to use human and artificial intelligence with digital twins

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), artificial intelligence (AI), user interface technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality can help the form and function of digital twins to improve training, operations and outcomes.

By Michael Thomas, Brad Klenz and Prairie Rose Goodwin
AI & Machine Learning September 28, 2020

Artificial intelligence identifies process abnormality causes

When other methods fail, AI is a critical finding and solving tool

By Dr. Hiroaki Kanokogi
AI & Machine Learning September 16, 2020

Computational model developed for COVID-19 testing allocation

A computational model that can be used to identify the best allocation plans for distributing COVID-19 test kits to hospitals, clinics, and relevant state agencies has been developed by North Carolina State researchers.

By Matt Shipman
AI & Machine Learning August 19, 2020

Global AI market projected to have strong growth

The artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to show strong growth in all world regions in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic according to ARC Advisory Group research.

By ARC Advisory Group
AI & Machine Learning July 22, 2020

Drive train with AI, machine learning delivered to refinery

Siemens Large Drive Applications delivered a drive train, which includes artificial intelligence and machine learning to Deer Park Refinery located in Houston, Tex., one of the nation's largest refineries.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.
AI & Machine Learning July 15, 2020

Big Data can optimize COVID-19 testing

University of Michigan researchers are designing a cloud-based system that will analyze infection and testing supply chain data to better organize the logistics of COVID-19 testing.

By Gabe Cherry
AI & Machine Learning June 19, 2020

Four major trends for AI and robotics

Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have the ability to move forward in manufacturing thanks to advances in machine learning, better decision-making and increased efficiency.

By Control Engineering Europe
AI & Machine Learning May 21, 2020

Big Data, machine learning used to design gas separation membranes

Researchers have developed a method that combines Big Data and machine learning to selectively design gas-filtering polymer membranes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the next generation of batteries.

By Holly Evarts
AI & Machine Learning March 15, 2020

Doing machine learning the right way

MIT Professor Aleksander Madry strives to build machine-learning models that are more reliable, understandable and robust.

By Rob Matheson
AI & Machine Learning March 3, 2020

Machine learning speeds up biofuel production process development

Researchers at UW-Madison have found a way to speed up the process of finding suitable reaction conditions using machine learning, which may help the era of biofuels come a little bit sooner.

By Jason Daley
AI & Machine Learning January 14, 2020

Cultivating robotics and AI for sustainable agriculture

Technology advances ranging from better autonomous vehicles to smarter machines will help relieve the effects of an aging agricultural workforce and a shrinking supply of workers.

By Tanya M. Anandan
AI & Machine Learning October 5, 2019

Decode hybrid AI system potential

New artificial intelligence (AI) software will contribute to the creation of more competitive sensor systems. Using ambient intelligence and a mix of AI tools will advance AI technology effectiveness. Hybrid AI can help with automation, manufacturing and robotics.

By Ashish Khushu
AI & Machine Learning September 29, 2019

Machine learning model finds metamaterial designs for energy harvesting

Duke University electrical engineers are using machine learning to design dielectric metamaterials that absorb and emit specific frequencies of terahertz radiation, which could create new, sustainable types of thermal energy harvesters and lighting.

By Ken Kingery
AI & Machine Learning September 21, 2019

Algorithms developed to improve collaborative behavior in robots

Northwestern Engineering researchers have developed two new algorithms that can infer the topology of a network by observing the behavior of the individual nodes (such as neurons) in real time, which could help improve swarm robotics, which use collaborative manipulation to work together.

By Emily Ayshford
AI & Machine Learning August 23, 2019

Machine learning used to determine warehouse ergonomics for worker safety

Researchers at the University of Washington used machine learning to develop a system that monitors factory and warehouse workers and tell them, in real time, how risky their behaviors are.

By Sarah McQuate
AI & Machine Learning August 21, 2019

Combining vision technology and collaborative robots for safer work environments

Safety is paramount with collaborative robots and they can be made safer with machine vision and artificial intelligence technology.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
AI & Machine Learning July 8, 2019

Three reasons why implementing AI in the oil & gas industry is essential

Artificial intelligence (AI) might not seem critical for the oil & gas industry, but it can improve safety and efficiency for companies on a critical and even basic level.

By Travis Parigi
AI & Machine Learning May 30, 2019

Tackling marine AI applications

Topaz Energy and Marine signed a long-term agreement and placed an order with Baker Hughes to collaborate on deploying BHGE’s lubricant condition monitoring system.

By CFE Media
AI & Machine Learning May 30, 2019

Refineries need machine learning to improve operations

Machine learning and other advanced technologies are embedded in advanced analytics software to empower engineers and other experts.

By Michael Risse
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
AI & Machine Learning March 14, 2019

AI-based maintenances improve pump uptime

Data-driven information supports advanced predictive maintenance.

By Sunil Vedula and Don McClatchie
AI & Machine Learning March 1, 2019

Hannover Messe focuses on AI, machine learning

Hannover Messe 2019 will focus on how artificial intelligence and machine learning impact manufacturing.

By Bob Vavra
AI & Machine Learning February 4, 2019

With AI, zero failure is more than a pipe dream

Improve confidence with a complete view of data.

By Tim Edward and Rob Salkowitz
AI & Machine Learning November 27, 2018

Machine learning streamlines tubular connection analysis

Questions are answered through an application example that applies machine learning to tubular connection analysis

By Brennan Domec, Ph.D., P.E.
AI & Machine Learning May 21, 2018

Machine learning for engineers from time-series data

When data scientists are hard to come by, companies can find themselves at a disadvantage with all the operational data at their fingertips. Four tips for getting started with machine learning are highlighted.

By Sanket Amberkar, Falkonry
AI & Machine Learning March 5, 2018

How to get started with edge computing

Implementing edge devices into a system is powerful, easy to use and install, cost-effective, and optimizes data collection and reliability. Find your way to the edge.

By Travis Cox, Inductive Automation
AI & Machine Learning February 7, 2017

Simulation program for processing, hazardous applications

The KBC Co-Pilot Program from KBC Advanced Technologies (KBC) is designed to remotely support the plant and is connected to a cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data-as-a-service solution to remotely monitor and help improve their customers' process operations.

By KBC Advanced Technologies
AI & Machine Learning February 1, 2017

Platform for process monitoring and control

The Graphite platform has upgraded communication capabilities with the addition of DNP3 network support.

By Red Lion
AI & Machine Learning January 11, 2017

Simulator for process utility applications

Schneider Electric's SimSci SimCentral for Process Utilities is a platform designed to manage how processes are engineered across their entire lifecycle and users can streamline process utility design, collaborate for process improvement and simplify modeling complexity.

By Schneider Electric
AI & Machine Learning January 4, 2017

Air/gas thermal flow meter

The ST100 Air/Gas Thermal Flow Meter has thermal dispersion technology and is designed for the measurement of air, combustion air, oxygen, natural gas, synthesis gas, methane, and many other process gases.

By Fluid Component International (FCI)
AI & Machine Learning December 15, 2016

What comes after digitization?

As the oil and gas industry embraces the idea of the "digital oilfield" discussed in October, it's important to note that there already is a lot of digital information floating around out there. We've had sensors and data screens for years; all of this is generated by the collection and organization of that information. The true digital oilfield is more than just data collection.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
AI & Machine Learning December 11, 2016

Tablet technologies in traditional engineering projects

The benefits of tablet-based tools are being realized vs. using traditional methods.

By Timothy Lemoine, P.E. and Scott Byrne, P.E. Matrix Technologies Inc.
AI & Machine Learning December 8, 2016

The new age of data management and analysis in the oil and gas industry

Optimizing oil and gas operations will involve connectivity and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Oil & Gas Engineering
AI & Machine Learning October 11, 2016

Unleash the operators

Companies that allow their operators to act on all the data coming in will be able to save time and money.

By Bob Vavra
AI & Machine Learning October 9, 2016

Data mining and analytics for performance optimization

Exploring data analysis techniques for easy, cost-effective solutions in the oil and gas industry.

By Bert Baeck, TrendMiner
AI & Machine Learning October 8, 2016

Moving at the speed of data

Tony Edwards of StepChange Global discusses how oil and gas operators are managing the use of data in operations, and how field workers and the control room are learning to trust each other more in this new digital age.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
AI & Machine Learning August 6, 2016

Integrated software package mends a ‘broken’ data system

New production methods, such as horizontal drilling, enabled the company extract more oil from its extensive reservoir of reserves in the Permian Basin of west Texas.

By Sidney Hill, Jr.
AI & Machine Learning August 3, 2016

Integrating a new strategy

Enterprise Application Integration (EIA) offers data management to better manage costs, process challenges.

By Sidney Hill, Jr.
AI & Machine Learning May 9, 2016

Hybrid laser analyzer

The Rosemount CT5100 is a hybrid gas analyzer that combines Tunable Diode Laser (TDL) and Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) measurement technologies for process gas analysis and emissions monitoring.

By Emerson Process Management
AI & Machine Learning April 29, 2016

Electronic voiceprint technology designed to improve network security

Researchers have developed an approach using an electronic voiceprint to improve network security for industrial control systems (ICSs) in oil and gas refineries, manufacturing facilities, wastewater treatment plants and other critical industrial systems.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
AI & Machine Learning April 26, 2016

Siemens introduces digital services for energy

Experts say that the digital universe will double in size every two years and that by 2020 will reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes, containing nearly as many digital bits as there are stars in the universe.

By Siemens
AI & Machine Learning April 10, 2016

Drone imagery for oil and gas applications

Aerial imagery and data capture via manned and unmanned aerial vehicles with computer vision algorithms can efficiently and effectively analyze and interpret such images and data.

By Panton Inc.
AI & Machine Learning March 2, 2016

Plant resource manager for data monitoring

Yokogawa Electric's version R3.30 of its plant resource manager (PRM) software tool for the centralized management of large amounts of data and includes a management function for HART and enhancements to the navigation function.

By Yokogawa
AI & Machine Learning January 29, 2016

Intelligent automation series part 4: Data analysis systems

Part 4: This series explains the automation pyramid: A framework for process intelligence and improvement. The fourth level: data analysis systems are explained. Links to Parts 1 through 3 can be found at the bottom of this story.

By Alex Marcy
AI & Machine Learning January 21, 2016

Protecting FPSOs from arc flash

At a large floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO), managers have found a way to protect workers and equipment from electrical arc flash and reduce the risk of downtime.

By Dr. Jay Prigmore
AI & Machine Learning December 23, 2015

Software development company acquired

PTC has signed an agreement to acquire Kepware for $100 million as the company looks to enhance their Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio and accelerate the company's entry into the factory setting.

By CFE Media
AI & Machine Learning November 30, 2015

Virtual servers maintain uptime, save on Capex

As the connected enterprise takes hold in the manufacturing world, it is also moving into the oil and gas industry. Virtualization ensures uptime remains constant in the event of a crash.

By Eric R. Eissler
AI & Machine Learning November 13, 2015

Using data historians to predict energy trends

James Kelloway from National Grid (U.K.) explained how data historians are being used to predict energy trends in the United Kingdom and protect energy grids from potential malfunctions and damage. Kelloway spoke at the 2015 Schneider Electric Software User Conference in Chicago.

By Chris Vavra
AI & Machine Learning October 22, 2015

Research underway to protect energy projects from cyber attack

Research from the University of Houston as part of the Cyber Resilient Energy Deliver Consortium aims to keep energy flowing despite cyber security and other threats to shut down critical infrastructure.

By University of Houston
AI & Machine Learning August 24, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 17-23: Big data technologies, preventive maintenance strategies, hands-on manufacturing, more

Articles about big data and sensor data collection, achieving world-class preventive maintenance, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, and five VFD myths were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, August 17-23. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
AI & Machine Learning August 20, 2015

Extracting full value from operational data

Technologies, such as big data and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), offer oil and gas companies great opportunities as tools for real-time data analysis and performance improvement—if the industry can conquer the accompanying data-integration challenges.

By Sidney Hill
AI & Machine Learning July 1, 2015

Voices of the industry: Well aware of well sites

Bill Littleton, managing director, client services and field operations at WellAware Holdings, spoke about days gone by, pioneering chemical injection processes, recruiting talent, and living life.

By Rick Ellis
AI & Machine Learning June 3, 2015

Predictive analytics hit the midstream

Model-based, predictive analytics lends itself to crunching multiple data sources to pinpoint risks for pipeline integrity management, while analytics for process monitoring and measurement evolve to better discover crucial variances.

By Roberto Michel
AI & Machine Learning May 16, 2015

Kinetic mesh: Wireless networks groomed in the most rugged environments

Traditional ways of network routing work just fine in a stable environment. But in rugged, dynamic environments, kinetic mesh is increasingly effective where infrastructure devices are constantly on the move. Also see an explanation of how kinetic mesh can be used in oil and gas applications.

By Robert Schena
AI & Machine Learning May 1, 2015

Maintaining power in remote locations

UPS systems ensure reliable power for oil and gas applications.

By Michael A. Stout
AI & Machine Learning April 30, 2015

Control virtualization in an era of software-defined machines

The promise of the industrial Internet is to bring the strength of monitoring and analytics in the cloud to day-to-day decision-making via machines powered by embedded control systems—software-defined machines. Internet of Things (IoT) connects machines to machines, machines to people, and machines/people to the cloud with an expectation of a continuously improving experience.

By Rich Carpenter
AI & Machine Learning March 2, 2015

Software upgrade for remote communications

Kepware Technologies' KEPServerEX version 5.17 features a scheduler plug-in as well as updates to the local historian plug-in and EFM suite and are designed for the oil & gas, water & wastewater, and power industries.

By Kepware
AI & Machine Learning March 2, 2015

Dock slowdown has impact on sliding PMI

Despite settlement, the monthly PMI index drops to 12-month low at 52.9%.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
AI & Machine Learning October 20, 2014

EC: Tofino Xenon security appliance

Control Security: The Tofino Xenon is a versatile, extremely ruggedized security device that ensures maximum network and data protection in the harshest industrial conditions. This is a Control Engineering 2015 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.

By Control Engineering
AI & Machine Learning August 28, 2014

Integrated software for oil and gas industry

Honeywell Process Solutions' Digital Suites for Oil and Gas is a software package designed to deliver data-driven solutions that are ready for new operations or integrated into existing production environments.

AI & Machine Learning December 18, 2009

3D CAD CD ROM library with automation components

This 3D CAD Model library eliminate the time and labor that would otherwise be required to generate engineering drawings in-house.

AI & Machine Learning November 3, 2009

ISM report shows manufacturing growth firming

Production, employment data also increases as manufacturing enters a "sustainable recovery mode"

By Bob Vavra
AI & Machine Learning July 1, 2009

Temperature meter

The PAXLT temperature meter provides cold junction compensation, temperature scale, decimal point display and filtering. The meter features easily programmable capture times to prevent false maximum and minimum readings that may occur during start-up or unique process events. Output modes and setup options are fully programmable.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 30, 2009

Chrysler bankruptcy could be short, painful

The Chrysler bankruptcy may not last longer than 60 days. Still, the impact on suppliers could be devastating.

By Bob Vavra
AI & Machine Learning January 27, 2009

Ceiling and wall tiles

PHONSTOP ceiling and wall tiles are Class 1 (A) fire-rated, lightweight, and resistant to chemicals, moisture, mold and impact.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning December 1, 2008

Performance management software

TrakSYS 6.0 service-oriented architecture application software has been enhanced to widen its scope from shop floor equipment performance to an enterprise-wide decision support system.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 7, 2008

A crushing jobs report: 240,000 more lost, unemployment up to 6.5%

Manufacturing sector hard hit again, and new administration is asked for answers

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning October 15, 2008

Bentley launches engineering design competition

Bentley Systems’ BE Careers Network announced the opening of its 2009 BE Awards student design competition – an integral part of Bentley’s annual BE Awards of Excellence program honoring the extraordinary work of its users. Submissions are due by Feb. 20, 2009.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning October 6, 2008

Suite release: Labor management goes paperless

Labor management solutions supplier CIMx offers Interax v6.2, a paperless manufacturing software upgrade. New features include Multiple Piece Data Collection (MPDC) and automated Labor Tracking.MPDC allows users to replace error-prone paper check sheets with an electronic table automatically created by the software, while Automated Labor Tracking eliminates the need for users to manually record labor time.Beginning with Interax v6.2, all product releases will be available through Web site download. By allowing customers to receive all materials via the Internet, CIMx actively participates in the global need to conserve resources as much as possible."This is an exciting time for CIMx,” says CIMx President Kristin McLane.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
AI & Machine Learning July 15, 2008

Polymer sensor

The DRYCAP model DMT152 dewpoint transmitter expands the range of existing DRYCAP sensors to include -112 F dew points. Its auto-calibration function improves wet-to-dry response time, and the sensor withstands dust, dirt and splashed water. It comes with a NIST-traceable calibration certificate. Vaisala www.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning July 2, 2008

Emerging Technology Center to showcase innovation at IMTS

Featuring a variety of research and development exhibits, the center at this year's show will showcase a new communications protocol that, according to IMTS vice president – exhibitions Peter Eelman, is designed to allow parties across the supply chain make the manufacturing enterprise more effective.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 18, 2008

Wilkes CC receives $4,000 manufacturing camp grant

The Ashe campus of Wilkes Community College was named a winner of a 2008 manufacturing camp grant awarded jointly by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation and the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 15, 2008

Wireless submeters

Three-phase kWh submeters with 15-minute interval data recording capability feature a module for interfacing the installed base, a self-configuring mesh network communications in a 915 MHz license-free band and 500-foot line-of-sight operation between meters.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning March 15, 2008

Communications gateway

The multi-protocol communications gateway for steam-to-water and water-to-water heaters features a plug-n-play package that supports integration with N2, BACnet and LonWorks systems to deliver up to 300 user-selected data points.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning January 15, 2008

Linear displacement transducer

The GEMCO 953S Series VMAX linear displacement transducer provides absolute continuous position feedback under extreme conditions such as shock, vibration, extreme temperatures or exposure to contaminants. The transducer is shock resistant to 1,000 Gs and vibration-resistant to 30 Gs, and it is IP68-rated.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning December 21, 2007

Study: Manufacturers’ risks, rewards accelerate in global supply chain

A new study by the National Association of Manufacturers shows that small and medium manufacturers should seek partners at every stage of the global supply chain to capitalize on new growth opportunities.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 15, 2007

Electrodeless conductivity sensor

The Foxboro FT10 electrodeless conductivity sensor is designed for use in high purity measurement of low-volume liquid applications. The device is equipped with virgin PFA Teflon-wetted materials and has leak-free weld connections that eliminate internal threads, O-rings and gasket seals. The device is available in ½-, ¾- or 1-inch sizes, with a housing measuring 7 by 5 by 2 inches.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning October 24, 2007

Product selection and system design software tools

The Product Selection Toolbox is a comprehensive suite of product selection and system design software tools. Available online or via direct installation, the software offers access to configuration tools and CAD drawings. It also features a real-time product update function for online users. Software programs include ProposalWorks, Integrated Architecture Builder, CenterONE, MotionAnalyzer, eC...

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning October 15, 2007

MESA launches revamped Website

In an effort to build a stronger online community for the exchange of information about the plant-to-enterprise connection, MESA International has launched a new Website at the annual MESA Plant-To-Enterprise conference on Sept. 17 in Orlando. The new site remains at, but the site has been retooled to make it easier for members to access a wide array of industry research, white pap...

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning October 1, 2007

Web-based warranty system cuts paper trail for Goodman Manufacturing

One way to extend customer engagement and maximize revenue streams is to establish processes for extended warranty sales. But for manufacturers, it's a goal that's not quite as easy as it sounds. “Not only were we drowning in paper-based forms, but processing extended warranty paperwork was laborious,” says Rachel Cater, manager of extended services at Goodman Manufacturing, a Hous...

By Jim Fulcher, contributing editor (
AI & Machine Learning September 28, 2007

Single-gas detectors

The GasBadge line of personal and dockable single gas monitors includes a new “bump” test feature.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning August 15, 2007

Highlights from ASEE event now on website

The 114th annual American Society for Engineering Education took place in June in Honolulu. Highlights are now available at the association Website, The plenary session, attended by more than 2,000 educators and industry leaders, featured Philippe Forestier of Dassault Systemes, and Leah H.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning July 25, 2007

Autodesk provides student grants for STEPS Academy

As part of its ongoing commitment to foster the next generation of engineering professionals, Autodesk, Inc. announced this week a financial donation to the Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Academy.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning July 15, 2007

3D CAD software

With Acrobat 3D Version 8, CAD, CAM, CAE and technical publishing professionals can convert most 3D CAD files into a single PDF document. The PDF file can maintain precise geometry or be compressed more than 100 times smaller than the original file, depending on the application. Three-dimensional CAD data can also be easily combined with other critical project information, such as product speci...

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning May 4, 2007

Factory orders up in March; jobs market mixed

An article that appeared in the New York Times this week indicated that American manufacturing is showing signs of a rebound. “One thing we are seeing here is that the slump in capital orders is abating,” said Richard J. DeKaser, chief economist for the National City Corporation in Cleveland. “Angst and fears over a recession are diminishing.” The job market, however, has seen more tepid results.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 26, 2007

Alliance brings labor, management together on manufacturing issues

New organization targets trade and currency policy

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 26, 2007

Programmable switchover manifold

The Model 8404E is an electronic, programmable switchover manifold for use with compressed specialty gases. A fully automatic manifold, it controls gas delivery from two independent banks of high-pressure cylinders. The unit features an integrated circuit that electronically monitors and displays cylinder bank pressure and delivery pressure.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 26, 2007

Alliance brings labor, steel together on manufacturing issues

Top labor and business leaders from the steel industry have formed a new association to address issues facing American manufacturing and to promote manufacturing as a strong career for today and tomorrow. The Alliance for American Manufacturing is a labor-management partnership that includes the United Steelworkers union and several major steel companies including Mittal Steel and AK Steel. The focus, according to the organization, is to find “common sense solutions on issues ranging from health care and retirement security to enforcing and strengthening trade laws to hold China and other countries accountable for unfair trading practices.” “The challenges we face — whether it’s a broken health care system or an unfair trading system — affect real people and real communities all across the country,” said Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers. “American workers in many ways are under attack; we’ve lost 3.2 million manufacturing jobs since 2000.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 15, 2007

Manufacturing is cool, declares new SME site

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is taking the message that 'Manufacturing is Cool’ to young people. Their new Website,, is designed to help pre-teens and teens understand the coolness of manufacturing. “If we are going to inspire enough young people to pursue careers in engineering in the coming decades, we have to show our kids how fascinating mat...

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 13, 2007

Penn State honors ASME’s Zamrik

"An excellent ambassador for engineering science and mechanics.”

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning March 9, 2007

Hannover Fair returns to the Exhibition Grounds April 16-20

Opening Monday, April 16, Hannover Fair brings together suppliers and manufacturers from all over the world in one of the largest trade show venues on the planet. The show runs through Friday, April 20 and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning February 1, 2007

Eliminate complexity in your processes

In a Web-exclusive report at, Kevin Duffy, a partner at Kepner-Tregoe Inc., takes a look at the issue of manufacturing complexity and how it affects costs. The report looks at the root causes of complexity in manufacturing and suggests a four-step process to create an action plan for addressing the issue.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning January 17, 2007

A primer on MES

Plant Engineering’s September cover story on MES offered a great background on how MES is being used on the plant floor, and how the technology is emerging. To review that story, click here .

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning October 24, 2006

Programming tool

PickMaster 5 features vision identification and inspection tools combined with a high-performance conveyor. A fast tool for guiding robots in packaging processes, including picking, packing and palletizing, it’s PC-based software product uses comprehensive graphical interfaces to configure applications. Up to 16 robots can work together along conveyors.ABB Automation Technologies

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning October 20, 2006

MESA metrics Webcast to give tips on justifying plant improvements

When you see an area that needs improvement, how do you justify the time and money to make a transformation happen? How do you know what to measure? Making the case for plant floor projects can be extremely challenging. Julie Fraser, principal of Industry Directions, an independent industry analyst firm, presents “Metrics that Matter,” a free Webcast that will answer some questions and raise more as the results of MESA’s research study of the same name are announced. The Webcast is Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning September 29, 2006


High-performance XpressO oscillators are available in LVDS and LVPECL versions for XO packages. Small, silicon-based designs with extremely low jitter, the LVDS and LVPECL versions feature noise-reducing DSM technology and proprietary, low-noise architecture to decrease jitter and phase noise. The design, with application specific integrated circuits, allows for accurate performance, decreased costs, shorter lead times and increased flexibility, the company reports.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning September 29, 2006

Manufacturing study shows structural costs continue sharp rise

Structural costs for domestic manufacturers have increased from 22.4% to 31.7% since 2003, compared to nine major trading partners, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Association of Manufacturers, The Manufacturing Institute and the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI. The increase in costs is the major finding of “The Escalating Cost Crisis,” a new study by Jeremy Leonard, economist for MAPI. “This is an astonishing increase from just three years ago,” Leonard said. The corporate tax rate was both the highest burden in absolute terms and the largest contributor to the increase in structural costs, responsible for more than one third of the increase in the cost burden. While the corporate tax rate has remained the same since then, some trading partners have lowered their statutory tax rates, thus widening the gap and undercutting U.S. manufacturers. “By standing still, the United States is falling behind,” Engler said. “When we issued the original cost study in 2003, manufacturing was just starting to climb out of a severe three-year recession,” said Jerry Jasinowski, president of The Manufacturing Institute, the research and education arm of the NAM. “To turn this tide, the NAM and its members are pursuing an aggressive agenda to enhance their ability to compete in the global marketplace,” Engler said. Historically, natural gas prices have been a competitive advantage for U.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning September 14, 2006

Mini wind tunnel

The WTM-1000 wind tunnel is designed to calibrate vane or hot-wire anemometers. Along with high accuracy-nautics, professional calibration services and science laboratories. A NIST-traceable certificate is optional.  Omega

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning September 7, 2006

Liquid filtration bags

The construction of DURAGAF filter bags delivers filtration performance with a service life two to five times greater than standard felt media filter bags, the company claims. The filter bags come in two extended-life materials: polypropylene and polyester. The materials use a fiber blend with a finer fiber diameter and a higher weight than ordinary media.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning September 1, 2006

Digital manometer

The HHP-2000 Series handheld air pressure meter is designed for one-handed industrial or laboratory use. The custom molded case allows this manometer to withstand continual heavy use and operation in industrial or humid environments. Each unit has a high-contrast LCD with a backlight feature, allowing readings to be seen in most applications.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning September 1, 2006

Linear encoder

The LIDA 200 series is a high-quality, low-cost exposed linear encoder package. The encoders can be simply and quickly mounted via a scale tape, which is supplied in rolls with reference marks and cut to the desired length by the customer, then secured directly on the mounting surface by means of its adhesive film.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning August 1, 2006

MESA conference to focus on manufacturing excellence

The Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association’s 2006 Plant to Enterprise conference will be at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando from Oct. 9–12. The theme of MESA’s 2006 conference is, “Solving the Puzzle of Manufacturing Excellence.” PLANT ENGINEERING magazine is a media sponsor of the MESA conference.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning August 1, 2006

Double-level terminal blocks

The four-conductor connection of the UT double-level screw terminal blocks is an alternative to standard feed-through terminal blocks when it comes to potential distribution. The universal FBS plug-in bridge system allows cross connections to neighboring feed-through terminal blocks. Bridging from the upper level to the lower level can be accomplished with a special FBS component.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 21, 2006

Nanotechnology and manufacturing event is August 23-24

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, East Tennessee Economic Council, Technology 2020, Y-12 National Security Complex, Knoxville/Oak Ridge Innovation Valley and the University of Tennessee, has moved the Emerging Technology Forum, “The Next Industrial Revolution: Nanotechnology and Manufacturing” to August 23-24 at the Pollard Technology Conference Center in Oak Ridge, TN. The move to August better aligns with the Nanotechnology community, reports SME. For more information, go to .

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 1, 2006

CAP exam prep demo offered by ISA

ISA has recently released a fully operational free online demo of its Certified Automation Professional Learning System. The system is a comprehensive CAP exam preparation and professional development tool. The program combines printed textbooks with online review and testing tools to provide automation training.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning February 6, 2006

Donaldson Torit’s dust collection technology White Paper on line

Unclear about the choices in dust collection technology? Cleaner air comes easily if you understand how cartridge dust collectors have evolved and what still separates the very different technologies available. Go to the Research section on the ERG page at or click here for a FREE download of this new White Paper from Donaldson Torit to help you make informed choices to create cleaner, safer work environments.

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning February 1, 2006

Better business strategies will drive job growth

I found it quite ironic that your January issue of PLANT ENGINEERING arrived at my office on Monday Jan. 23. On page 52, Kim Hill has the following quote. "The looming skilled labor shortage is the single most important issue the US automobile industry will be facing in the next five to 10 years." It just so happened that Jan.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning December 19, 2005


The problem-solving resource for plant engineers Nearly all of PLANT ENGINEERING 's subscribers (100,000) work in manufacturing or processing plants having more than 100 employees. Our circulation comprises at least 6000 different job titles, but all readers are 'qualified' in that they have plant engineering-related responsibilities. Click the button below to request a free subscription or RENEW your subscription to Plant Engineering magazine If you have questions about your subscription, are receiving duplicate copies, are changing your address, or wish to cancel your subscription, contact our circulation department at: Email: Phone: 303-470-4445 Fax: 303-470-4280. Be sure to tell them which magazine you are a subscriber for and include the information on your address mailing label(s).

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning December 1, 2005

Manufacturing to vets: We want you!

The Manufacturing Institute has announced a new alliance with RecruitMilitary LLC to promote the hiring of military veterans by manufacturers in the United States. "We are proud to be able to help the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces transition back into private sector jobs," said Jerry Jasinowski, president of The Manufacturing Institute, the research and education arm of...

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning December 1, 2005

What news did YOU miss this month?

PLANT ENGINEERING has expanded its news coverage of manufacturing on a daily basis. Look for the latest news, available 24 hours a day, at What would you have learned in one week? Actually, that's not a month's worth of news. That's just one week. To learn more about what's going on in manufacturing, visit www.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 3, 2005

Lattice3D, TechniCon form partnership

Lattice3D, a supplier of 3D Publishing and Communications solutions, announced a reseller partnership with TechniCon, a provider of online catalog and configuration solutions for manufacturers. With the agreement, TechniCon will integrate Lattice3D’s XVL technologies and 3D publishing applications into its product offerings to major manufacturing customers. Lattice 3D's XVL technology ultra-compresses 3D data from CAD modeling applications and enables the widespread use of large-scale 3D data in high-fidelity compressed form. It typically provides 1/30 to 1/250 (better than 97%) compression in a loss-less format, which means that large 3D data files become small enough to easily handle on PC systems and can be sent via email or easily used on the Internet without loss of detail or visual fidelity. “We are very happy to partner with Lattice3D,” said Mark Keenan, CEO TechniCon.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 1, 2005

Molded plastic truck caddy easy to install

The Plastic Pallet Truck Caddy is made of durable molded plastic and bolts to any existing pallet truck. The molded units can hold tools, clipboards, writing instruments or anything else needed to improve operator efficiency. Vestil Manufacturing Corp.: TO VOTE, WRITE 143 ON THE BALLOT For more information, write 143 on the card

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 1, 2005

Plant engineering tool suite has 400 programs

The Plant Engineering Tools Suite gives engineers the ability to solve problems quickly with a wide array of solution-based applications. The suite gives plant engineers the ability to create their own equations for future implementation. The 400 programs are compatible with desktop, Palm and Windows CE applications.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 1, 2005

Ultrasonic positioning system has interface

UOS-100 ultrasonic positioning system provides three-dimensional positioning information for quality assurance and error proofing applications such as assembly and fastener order and orientation. Each control interface monitors and controls up to four workstations simultaneously. Systems can be cascaded to allow up to 124 workstations to be networked and managed.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 1, 2005

Panel/platform cart has divided configurations

The Panel/Platform cart has a 3,000-pound capacity with a platform height of 9 feet. The standard unit includes five sets of handles, and multiple holes on the deck maximize space usage. The cart also features large center casters for easy turning. T&S Equipment Company: TO VOTE, WRITE 141 ON THE BALLOT For more information, write 141 on the card

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning October 1, 2005

Product datasheets

Thermo Electron Corp. has developed a new datasheet aimed at the chemical and petrochemical industries to provide an overview of the capabilities of its flagship LIMS, SampleManager. This free document is available to download in pdf format. Entitled "SampleManager Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) — the Enterprise LIMS for chemical and petrochemical companies," it is aimed ...

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 1, 2005

Plant Engineering honored for circulation excellence

The editors of Circulation Management magazine presented PLANT ENGINEERING magazine with its Gold Award for business-to-business magazine circulation excellence. Publisher Jim Langhenry received the Gold Award plaque at the annual Product of the Year awards event as part of National Manufacturing week.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning June 10, 2004

Reader Feedback – 2004-06-10 – 2004-06-10

Pipe wrenches The "Solutions" page (April 2004) refers to the use of "pipe cheaters" on pipe wrenches and depicts a car jack being used to activate a pipe wrench. The manner in which the pipe wrench is depicted is not recommended and is potentially hazardous. We are concerned that the imprimatur of your magazine may lead your readers to believe that the depicted use is acceptable and safe.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning May 1, 2003

Interchangeable Lubricants 2001

ADVERTISMENT Plant Engineering - May 2001 Exclusive Guide to Interchangeable Lubricants 2001 (go to the guide >>>) Sponsored by:

By Plant Engineering Staff
AI & Machine Learning March 15, 2003

Crockpot supporters

I just finished reading your editorial {"Microwaves and crock pots," Feb. 2003} and wanted to write to tell you I agree. There is one difference of opinion that I have, and it concerns the use of the word "urgent" when you were discussing root cause analysis. I have often used the term, "the tyranny of the urgent.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning May 1, 2001

Lessons from a neophyte

Over the past year, I've developed a new, deeper respect for what plant engineers go through on a regular basis. I've been going through a major remodeling project on my home. It's been a little more than a year since we started, and we're nearing completion. What an education! My hat is off to any plant engineer who deals regularly with major projects, outside contractors, barely competent s...

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
AI & Machine Learning February 1, 2000

Long-lasting band saw blade

Lenox Diemaster 2 bi-metal band saw blade lasts up to 10 times longer than carbon steel blades on all materials. It cuts stainless steel, tool steels, and other alloys that carbon steel blades cannot handle efficiently.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning January 1, 2000

The little things count

Think twice, then once again before making comments to your people or responding to remarks made to you. All it takes is one mindless or indiscreet statement to set the adverse tides of opinion surging against you. Industrial psychologist Dr.

By Raymond Dreyfack
AI & Machine Learning December 1, 1999

10 clean tips

A "10 Tips" brochure offers advice for keeping workplaces free from debris, mess, and wear-and-tear.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning December 1, 1999

Wireless control part of distributed I/O system

FieldPoint modular distributed I/O system for monitoring and controlling industrial applications now features reliable wireless data acquisition.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 1, 1999

Wise guys finish last

It is sometimes a temptation to strut your smarts in front of others. But doing so spontaneously and mindlessly can be self-defeating.

By Raymond Dreyfack
AI & Machine Learning November 1, 1999

Gypsum and cement prices soar

Although interest rates are rising and residential construction is slowing, it's full steam ahead for most manufacturers of construction and repair supplies. And strong demand is putting pressure on prices for the products that plant managers buy.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 1, 1999

Dock door handles temperature extremes

Knockout dock door for facilities that face extreme hot or cold weather situations eliminates damage and downtime caused by fork lift collisions. The door provides insulation comparable to the dock wall itself, with 4-in. thick R-25 rated panels.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 1, 1999

Program lets operators see the process on plant floor

OpenHMI is built on open, PC-based computing technology, rather than a proprietary operating system. Users, rather than suppliers, determine the mix of tools for development and runtime.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 1, 1999

Portable counter uses laboratory analysis technology

PLC-3000 portable particle counter for fluid analysis provides information in ISO and MAS format in a single unit for both bottle and on-line applications.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning September 1, 1999

Human Side of Engineering – 1999-09-01 – 1999-09-01

In this issue, Human Side of Engineering offers another case of "The Uncommon Side." This feature presents incidents drawn from actual situations faced by plant engineers, that are of a special or unusual nature. Each presentation is in two parts.

By Raymond Dreyfack
AI & Machine Learning June 1, 1999

Oxidizer destroys VOCs

Regenerative thermal oxidizers can guarantee a VOC destruction efficiency of 99%+. Thermal oxidation occurs when incoming exhaust fumes are passed through the ceramic media packed in canisters, mixed, and held at elevated temperatures for a minimum of 0.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning June 1, 1999

Safety gates

A line of safety gates featured in a 4-p brochure prevents falls from mezzanine loading areas. The literature pictures and describes six products used for new or retrofit applications.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning May 1, 1999

Avoid blanket medical hiring exclusions

Project Engineer Ed Sherman received what amounted to a welcoming handshake from Chief Engineer Art Cobin after his final employment interview.

By Raymond Dreyfack
AI & Machine Learning May 1, 1999

Field guide for scaffold safety

Scaffolding Safety for Metal Frame Systems is a 60-p publication replete with graphic aids designed to assist users, supervisors, and safety managers in identifying and controlling hazards to personnel generated by supported scaffolding.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning May 1, 1999

Roofing membrane handles different levels

UltraGard thermoplastic polyolefin membrane is applied on ballasted roofs in buildings with different levels and sections. The product has significant seam strength resulting in labor savings. Johns Manville Roofing Systems

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 1, 1999

Quick hose coupler prevents whipping

SafeAir pneumatic coupler eliminates the danger and injury from whipping hoses with a two-step quick connect. A simple, sliding motion safely releases air pressure before the hose can be released.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 1, 1999

Readers object to “politically correct” response

I read Human Side of Engineering every month and often learn a lot. However, I believe you made a major mistake in "Are gay couples entitled to the same benefits as straight couples?" (PE, February 1999, p 14).

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning March 1, 1999

Indicator fuse comes in ratings to 600 amps

The JTD_ID Indicator fuse is available in ratings to 600 amps. Designed with an indicating lens that turns black when the fuse clears the circuit during an overload or short circuit, the product eliminates time spent searching for blown fuses.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning March 1, 1999

Shaft alignment

Rotalign Pro laser shaft alignment system is water, dust, and shockproof. The system is used with horizontal and vertical machines, coupled or uncoupled. The unit stores alignment records for printout or transfer to a PC.Ludeca, Inc.www.ludeca.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning March 1, 1999

Epoxy wall coating

The 8500 is a 100% solids, high-performance epoxy glaze wall coating for environments where long-lasting, easy-to-clean surfaces are mandatory.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning March 1, 1999

System simplifies building control

Metasys Data Visualization simplifies the complex by telling a user at a glance the status of various building automation systems, from heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment to life safety functions.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning March 1, 1999

Special treads provide foot traction on ice

Ice Grips Extremes sandals help prevent costly slip and fall accidents to workers exposed to icy conditions. Features include three-way strap closure, 2-in. rounded heelkick for easy removal, 3-in.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning March 1, 1999

Human Side of Engineering

In this issue, Human Side of Engineering offers another case of "The Uncommon Side." This feature presents incidents drawn from actual situations faced by plant engineers, that are of a special or unusual nature. Each presentation is in two parts.

By Raymond Dreyfack
AI & Machine Learning February 1, 1999

Gas monitor provides audio and visual alarms

Guardian wall-mounted, continuous gas monitor includes a digital display, NEMA 4X enclosure, output relays, and multi-level audio and visual alarms. Four remote sensors respond fast and are unaffected by temperature and humidity changes.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning December 1, 1998

Test equipment – 1998-12-01

A multitude of new and reconditioned test and measurement instruments is offered in a 200-p catalog. Products are major brand names. Helpful indices arrange items by make and model and equipment category. Tucker Electronics

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning December 1, 1998

Costs rise during October

The Plant Engineering Cost Index (PECI) moved up 0.1% during October, as a 0.2% rise in the equipment group sub-index was enough to offset a 0.1% decline in the sub-index for the facilities group.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 1, 1998

Find leaks with bubbles

Obtain a free 8-oz sample of Formula 300 oxygen compatible, leak detection compound which is environmentally safe, nontoxic, and nonflammable. Each bottle comes with a 12-in. pull-out extension tube that allows precise leak inspection and location.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning November 1, 1998

Pinch steam tracing costs

A 6-p gatefold brochure illustrates the operating principles and key applications for automating steam tracer lines, freeze and scald protection, and cooling water control. The bulletin introduces new technology in steam trapping for light loads.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning October 1, 1998

Floor resurfacer is stronger than concrete

F-131 Ironwear resurfacer is reinforced with epoxy resin to provide a surface that is four times stronger than concrete and resists acids, alkalis, and solvents. The low-odor, nonflammable formula cures rapidly, with floors ready for use the next day.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning October 1, 1998

PECI stable through August

The Plant Engineering Cost Index (PECI) moved up a slight 0.1% during August, as a decline in materials prices was more than offset by sharp increases in most labor components.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning September 1, 1998


Industrial cyclones that are welded, bolted, and flanged in 12-ga or heavier mild steel with body diameters from 12-48 in. are the subject of a 6-p catalog.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning August 1, 1998


Over 600 pp of machine and process safeguarding products are covered in a comprehensive catalog and engineering guide. Included are safety light curtains, safety mats, interlock switches and relays, two-hand controls, and process safeguards.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning August 1, 1998

Have guard, will save

Customized, weld-free guarding kits are available for any size or shape of machine. Designed to suit individual applications, the kits are time, labor, and cost-efficient alternatives to steel and cast iron machine guarding.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning July 1, 1998

Ground resistance testers

A 36-p ground resistance measurements catalog offers detailed information on a line of clamp-on ground testers and various two, three, and four-pole direct reading testers.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning July 1, 1998

No office? No problem.

Does your job keep you away from your office most of the day? Perhaps you don't even have an office. Not to worry.

By Len O'Neal
AI & Machine Learning May 1, 1998

When times are good, business planners must guard against complacency

This month, we enter the eighth year of this extraordinary economic expansion.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 1, 1998

Gas detector allows one-hand operation

Defender multigas detector allows one-hand, one-button operation, with full status-at-a-glance, large LCD readouts, and LED alarm indicators. It also has automatic self-test and two alarm levels/sensor. Burlington Safety Laboratory, Inc.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning April 1, 1998

Everyone’s a winner in the 1997 labor market

Last year was another exceptional year for the U.S. economy, and the best year in three decades for the U.S. labor market. The national unemployment rate was at 5% or below during every month of 1997 after March, and averaged 4.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning March 1, 1998

No more slip-sliding away

Grip-Lok Plus is a tacky polymer that bonds permanently to a pallet surface. The anti-skid substance reduces the chance of product slipping off, helps keep pallets on fork lift tines, and prevents them from sliding on floors and damaging items.

By Staff
AI & Machine Learning January 1, 1998

Enhancements speed design and drafting

This 7.50 computer-aided design and drafting software package adds a variety of productivity-boosting tools. The 2D/3D system offers new features for color customization and layer management, and enhancements for better usability and visualization.

By Staff

A Letter From The Editor

Since 1947, plant engineers, plant managers, maintenance supervisors and manufacturing leaders have turned to Plant Engineering for the information they needed to run their plants smarter, safer, faster and better. Plant Engineering's editors stay on top of the latest trends in manufacturing at every corner of the plant floor. The major content areas include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automation engineering and maintenance and management.

Amara Rozgus - Plant Engineering