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Product of the Year Nominees 2023

Download this eBook to see which products are nominees in the 12 categories. Cast your votes before March 14, 2023 to make sure that your favorites have a chance to take home the gold.

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PLCs

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have been at the heart of manufacturing facilities for decades. The rise in new technologies is making them even more important. Featured articles in this helpful eBook include PLC, PAC and edge controller availability and an example of a time-constrained PLC integration project.

Sponsored by AutomationDirect, Copia Automation
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Enterprise Asset Management

Asset management helps plant-floor engineers make more informed and better decisions. Featured articles include five tips to avert the leading causes of failure in industrial edge computing, leveraging real-time data across the enterprise and DCIM maintains uptime, drives efficiency and protects distributed IT assets.

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Energy Management

Energy management is a crucial aspect of plant engineering as companies look to trim costs and reduce expenses. Keeping energy costs down by reducing energy where it isn’t needed and investing in better technology are a few methods companies use. Featured articles in this eBook include stories on improving power factor to reduce demand and […]

Sponsored by WAGO
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Robotics

Robotics are one of the fastest-growing industries and their impact can be felt on many manufacturing floors. There’s more to the robot, however, than what you see on the plant floor. This helpful eBook includes articles about robots deployed to improve on-the-job safety for retail workers, soft robots grip with the right amount of force and more.

Sponsored by Omron
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Motors & Drives

Maintaining motors and drives and keeping them cost-effective is crucial. It often requires knowledge of many different types of motors, drives and the standards behind them. Successful maintenance, repair and knowledge of these standards help keep manufacturing plants running safely and efficiently. Featured articles include servomotor help: Demystify servo sizing, evaluate noise in electric motors […]

Sponsored by Encoder, Schneider Electric - Motors & Drives eBook, WinDings
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Supply Chain eBook

Featured articles include why automating AI-as-a-service is now mission critical, automation and manufacturing trends for the future, strengthening the supply chain with IIoT technology and more in this 32-page eBook!  

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AI & Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are becoming crucial to manufacturing’s success. How a machine and an industrial network learn and adapt to their surroundings is as important for them as it is for humans. Featured articles in this eBook include how unsupervised machine learning benefits industrial automation, improving worker optimization on the factory floor […]

Sponsored by GE Digital
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Material Handling & Automation

Featured articles include the IIoT’s role in smart manufacturing, applying motion feedback in material handling and why AMRs are being adopted on factory floors.

Sponsored by Datalogic, Encoder Products
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Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Critical infrastructure is more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks than ever. Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) are merging together and manufacturing systems are vulnerable. Featured content in this eBook include an Indian nuclear power plant falls victim to outdated policies, as ransomware attacks increase, new algorithm may help prevent power grid blackouts and more.

Sponsored by Graybar, Hilscher
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Maintenance

Maintenance, in all its forms, allow manufacturing plants to prevent problems before they happen and keep their workers safe. It is a constant process, though, and requires all workers in many departments to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings. Featured articles include 10 inventory must do’s for small-to-medium manufacturers, manufacturer investing in two plants to […]

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Enclosures & Cut-to-length Wire

Enclosures and cut-to-length wires are a constant in an engineer’s day-to-day activity. They provide electrical protection for engineers and help prevent serious injuries and other hazards. Featured articles in this helpful eBook include benefits of modular enclosures in manufacturing applications, robotic cable management best practices and so much more in this 28-page eBook!

Sponsored by AutomationDirect
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Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a hot buzzword in manufacturing today, but what does it mean? What does it mean for manufacturers and what effect will it have for the present and future? This helpful eBook offers several examples of the many digital transformation is taking hold in manufacturing. Featured articles include the driving force behind Industry […]

Sponsored by Moxa, Schneider Electric, Yokogawa
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Pain Points & Solutions in Discrete Manufacturing

Discrete manufacturing covers many different industries, but they do have common challenges and issues they need to overcome. Featured articles in this eBook include the importance of maintaining aging equipment, implementing a hierarchy of automation safety and five strategies to consider when building a maintenance management plan.

Sponsored by iBASEt
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System Integration

System integration is a crucial aspect of manufacturing for control engineers and they are involved in many different aspects and industries. They help companies become more efficient, streamlined and smarter in their day-to-day operations. Featured articles include six critical components of integrated cybersecurity for industrial control systems (ICS), integrate new technologies, MES software and integrated machine […]

Sponsored by GE Digital
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AppliedAutomation

AppliedAutomation is the premier title serving manufacturing and utilities. This eBook demonstrates how automation, instrumentation and control techniques are applied to increase capacity, enhance design and production, improve efficiency, increase profitability and meet regulatory requirements. Featured articles include successful robot implementation and condition-based monitoring.

Sponsored by AutomationDirect, Schneider Electric, WAGO
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How to Hire an Industrial Robot

When “hiring” an industrial robot, you need to find the one with the right qualifications for the job. Your robot should also be safe and easy to program, and industrial robots from Mitsubishi Electric come with a comprehensive three-year warranty. Download our free eBook, How to Hire an Industrial Robot, to learn about the capabilities […]

Sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric
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Plant Floor Safety

Plant safety and keeping workers healthy and productive is more important than ever for manufacturers. Learn more in this helpful eBook on topics including detecting dangerous gases to improve safety and reduce emissions, implementing a hierarchy of automation safety and 7 tech-related tips to ensure material handling safety.  

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Air Compressors

Air compressors help keep plants running efficiently behind the scenes and are crucial to overall success. Featured articles in this eBook include three tips for designing a trouble-free pneumatics system, how to select a dust collection system and food packaging company cuts compressed air costs by $250,000.

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Vision Systems

Featured articles in this eBook include artificial intelligence and its impact on machine vision, machine vision inspection solutions, the evolving landscape for machine vision applications, how magnets and sensors create paths for automated guided vehicles and more.

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Supply Chain Attacks

The supply chain is more vulnerable than ever as integrating information technology (IT) with operational technology (OT) makes it more susceptible to cyber attacks. Featured articles in this eBook include SolarWinds’ effect on cybersecurity and software in the supply chain.

Sponsored by Epicor
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Best Practices to Avoid the Top Profit Killers in Manufacturing Maintenance

Today’s manufacturers have many challenges to juggle, from the economy to the effects of the pandemic to the US-China trade tensions. That’s why it’s a critical time for maintenance operations – and as a maintenance or operations professional, you’re the critical piece to promoting efficiency and profitability in your organization.  

Sponsored by Dude Solutions
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Guide to Lean and Six Sigma in Maintenance Strategies

With the increasingly demanding environment today, manufacturers are more productive than they’ve ever been — and there’s more pressure to ensure that assets are working as soon as they’re needed with no delay to schedules. To meet these demands, many maintenance teams are adopting Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to maximize machine uptime. Explore this guide […]

Sponsored by Dude Solutions
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Edge Computing Trend Report

The introduction of edge computing is the most significant plant floor advancement in industrial computing since the introduction of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) 30 years ago. This next wave of digital transformation offers tremendous potential to those who respond early and capitalize on the improvements that can be brought to their operators. Edge […]

Sponsored by Stratus
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Best Practices in Asset Management Optimization

Asset management allows manufacturers to take stock of the information coming in and out of their plant and how to harness it. With the rise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Big Data, the tools are there to make to optimize this data and make the best possible decisions. Featured articles include wireless […]

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Electrical System Management

When correctly selected and applied, circuit breakers, fuses, and other electrical safety components can keep workers safe from injury; learn more about how they can help in this eBook. Featured articles include motor maintenance trends, NFPA 70E standard changes, and reasons why electric motors fail.

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Plant and Personnel Safety

Safety systems have identifiable stages and involve different specialized functions; know how each can help reduce risk in this eBook. Featured articles include process safety and compliance advice, determining safety integrity level for a process application, and four overlooked aspects of risk management and safety.

Sponsored by Honeywell
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Material Handling

Material Handling The modern supply chain must run at warp speed, and the tools available—from conveyors and robots to automatic picking systems and digital orders—have evolved to keep pace with the speed of change.

Sponsored by Gorbel
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Data Center Design

Data centers, data closets, edge and cloud computing, co-location facilities, and similar topics are among the fastest-changing in the industry. Data centers have high-level power demands, customized climate and cooling needs, unique enclosure systems-and all of this must operate without interruption.

Sponsored by Rittal
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IIoT: Machines, Equipment & Asset Management

Articles in this digital report highlight technologies that enable Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies. These include easier real-time sensor data access via tablets, PC-based control, data analytics, smarter machines, cybersecurity, how to get data more easily from maintenance software, human machine interfaces and controllers, along with easier industrial connectivity.

Sponsored by Infor
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Maintenance and Safety

The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers. It migrated to preventive maintenance, where work was done on a calendar schedule, and then to predictive maintenance, where the condition of the machine and its basic parts were monitored to understand their health, and parts replaced when performance began to deteriorate.

Sponsored by TPC Trainco
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Electrical Safety Update

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), while fatalities related to electrical injuries are down considerably since 2006, they experienced a 15% increase from 2015 to 2016. Younger workers are more than twice as likely to die in an electrical safety incident as a more experienced worker.

Sponsored by AVO Training
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IIoT: Operations & IT

This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years. Among the topics covered are how to use IIoT to improve operations, how to do a better job of data analysis by using new technologies and new software, and how manufacturers are already using IIoT to affect changes in their operation.

Sponsored by Kepware, Rittal
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Digital Reports

Maintenance & Safety Digital Report The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers. It migrated to preventive maintenance, where work was done on a calendar schedule, and then to predictive maintenance, where the condition of the machine and its basic parts were monitored to understand their health, and parts replaced when […]

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How Equipment Reliability Delivers Profits eGuide sponsored by INFOR

How Equipment Reliability Delivers Profits eGuide Reliability programs are now standard business practice in companies that rely heavily on machines, equipment, and other physical assets. But, in today’s lean economy, companies have fewer resources than ever to manage and maintain these assets. Learn how to win the race against equipment failure while realizing financial benefits […]

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ITT Goulds Pumps eGuide Thank You Page

Thank You for Registering Thank you for registering for the “Financial Benefits through Pump Optimization” eGuide sponsored by ITT Goulds Pumps. Please click on the following link to download the web-ready eGuide PDF.   (https://www.plantengineering.com/fileadmin/content_files/pe/ITT-eGuide%20Final.pdf)   If you have any questions please contact: Patrick Lynch Project Manager plynch@cfemedia.com 630-571-4070 x2210

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Digital Report: Maintenance Strategies

Maintenance Strategies Digital Report Strategic maintenance means understanding all the parts of your plant, understand what needs attention and when, how to make sure you take the machine down for maintenance on YOUR time, rather than when the machine wants to take itself down. When a machine breaks, it almost always is expensive and wasteful, […]

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Digital Report: Plant Safety Strategies

Plant Safety Strategies Strategies Digital Report There is no more fundamental right in the American workplace than the right to work safely. Creating that safe work environment is both a mechanical and a human process. We’ve come a long way in areas such as arc flash, machine guarding and light curtains, and we’ve added robotics […]

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Digital Report: IIoT

IIoT Digital Report It’s clear by now that the Industrial Internet of Things is a transformative manufacturing strategy that will improve operations, reduce cost and increase quality and safety. This digital report is one of the many ways CFE Media will educate audiences on the importance of IIoT.  Click here to download the digital report.   […]

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Digital Report: Motion Control

Motion Control Digital Report Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety. Intelligent motion control helps manufacturing end users, machine builders, and system integrators who work on these projects, in addition to the final customers who benefit from higher quality […]

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eGuide: Energy Efficiency: Your Hidden Advantage

    Energy Efficiency:  Your Hidden Advantage eGuide   Energy is the largest cost area for many manufacturers, yet fewer than half of manufacturing facilities conduct even an annual energy audit.  In this eGuide learn how energy efficient solutions will garner greater cost savings and add to the bottom line.  This informative eGuide includes article […]

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Digital Report: Compressed Air Strategies

Compressed Air Strategies Digital Report It’s often called the “fifth utility.” Compressed air plays a vital role in most manufacturing plants, and availability of compressed air is crucial to a wide variety of operations. When we talk about energy management in manufacturing, compressed air often gets overlooked. Click here to download the Digital Report Sponsored […]

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Digital Report: IIoT Machines Equipment

IIoT: Machines, Equipment, and Asset Management Digital Report Articles in this digital report highlight technologies that enable Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies. These include easier real-time sensor data access via tablets, PC-based control, data analytics, smarter machines, cybersecurity, how to get data more easily from maintenance software, human machine interfaces and controllers, […]

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Digital Report: IIoT Operations and IT

IIoT: Operations & IT Digital Report This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years. Among the topics covered are how to use IIoT to improve operations, how to do a better job of data analysis by using new technologies and new software, and how manufacturers are […]

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Digital Report: Industrial Analytics

Digital Report: A Q&A on Industrial Analytics Plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) use Seeq to analyze and improve production outcomes. Seeq’s support for time series data and its challenges—connecting, displaying, interpolating, cleansing, and contextualization as examples—relieves engineers of hours and days of futility spent finding insights in process manufacturing data. Seeq enables engineers […]