Maintenance Strategy
Food and beverage plants can improve overall safety with preventive measures such as an increased physical security presence, an open floorplan, and controlled facility access. Courtesy: Stellar
Maintenance Strategy 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
Chart 1: Predictive maintenance market share 2017-2022. Courtesy: Cyient
Maintenance Strategy 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
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Maintenance Strategy January 12, 2019

Reasons to stick with or develop an ERP business plan

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a must for any business looking to improve their overall operations, particularly as the economic outlook becomes more uncertain.

By Ultra Consultants
Courtesy: Hose Technology/Kuriyama of America
Maintenance Strategy January 9, 2019

Choosing between stripwound or corrugated metal hose

Stripwound or corrugated metal hose can provide major benefits for users working in harsh applications or applications that deal with extreme temperatures.

By Brian Crisp
The PMI Index dropped 5.2 percentage points in December to a 2-year low. Courtesy: CFE Media.
Maintenance Strategy January 3, 2019

PMI plunges in December over manufacturing slowdown concerns

Index drops almost 10% to 2-year low as production, new orders slump.

By Bob Vavra
It’s important to develop a team approach from the start of any integration process to ensure all members of the operation and controls teams have input into the final system. Courtesy: Concept Systems
Maintenance Strategy 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
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Maintenance Strategy December 16, 2018

System repairs: 6 steps to find the root cause

Automation systems will eventually need to be repaired. Following a regular procedure while troubleshooting to find the root cause can be a big help.

By Ed Miller
A controls and automation upgrade to this traverse winder included eight Siemens S120 Vector drive systems to uncoil, slit, and recoil copper. Six Siemens S120 Servo drive systems were used for traversing. Courtesy: Electronic Drives & Controls Inc.
Maintenance Strategy December 13, 2018

Controls upgrade boosts machine productivity 40%

Machine running speed nearly doubled with greater product control, quick ROI.

By Chuck Dillard
Chobani empowers its employees with as much data as possible. Courtesy: Inductive Automation
Maintenance Strategy December 12, 2018

Yogurt plant improves active culture, technology

System integrator helps Chobani streamline operations to provide more flexibility and efficiency.

By Jim Meyers
CFE Media file photo
Maintenance Strategy December 7, 2018

Decision paralysis and what to do about it

Manufacturers must react swiftly to changing markets, technologies. Eight influencing factors are highlighted.

By Steve Beard