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The Leading2Lean Manufacturing Index survey found a majority of people believe the industry is in decline when the reality is industry is booming and millions of jobs are unfilled. Courtesy: Leading2Lean
Workforce Development January 31, 2019

Manufacturing’s perception runs up against real issues

Leading2Lean study results belie actual manufacturing statistics, which are much better than what the public believes about the industry.

By Bob Vavra
Figure 3: Internal valve leakage. Courtesy: Kelly Paffel
Energy Efficiency January 31, 2019

Evaporate steam leak losses

The right components and strategies will conserve energy and money.

By Kelly Paffel
DTE Calvert City (DTECC) in Kentucky chose Cross Company to migrate the APACS DCS to a full Siemens PCS 7 system implementation. Courtesy: Siemens Industry Inc.
DCS, SCADA, Controllers January 30, 2019

Case study: DCS migration challenges and obstacles for process manufacturer

An industrial utility service company in Kentucky needed to upgrade and migrate its distributed control system (DCS), which came with a few challenges.

By Josh Dalzell
When conducting a motor analysis, it’s important to measure a number of key factors, starting with motor temperature, power quality, and torque. Courtesy: Fluke Corporation
Motors, Drives January 30, 2019

Diagnosing motor health: Start with the basics

Temperature, power quality, and torque all are strong indicators of a motor's health.

By Frank Healy
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Asset Management January 29, 2019

The importance of ERP testing before going live

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) testing is a complex and time-consuming process. Companies need to ensure the right people are involved and the right questions are being asked.

By Sam Graham
Toyota Kata's approach to Lean manufacturing focuses on instructional drills and developing skills, which is different from the common approach to Lean. Courtesy: AME
Lean Maintenance January 29, 2019

How Toyota Kata can transform Lean deployment

Toyota Kata seeks to enable organizations to gain and sustain competitive advantage through a cultural aptitude for process improvement and represents an attempt to correct various failure modes that are believed to have hindered past Lean manufacturing initiatives.

By Tyson Ortiz
The system upgrade now allows for automated reports tied to a SCADA system. Courtesy: Schneider Electric
Maintenance January 28, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 21-27

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

By Chris Vavra