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The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered plant automation, control systems, arc flashes, uninterruptible power supplies and energy management. Miss something? You can catch up here.
After a slight decline in 2022, the warehouse automation industry is expected to return to a state of healthy growth in the mid- to long-term.
Due to the slowdown in e-commerce sales and other geopolitical and economic factors, the warehouse automation market has dropped since 2021
An integration project required upgrading legacy equipment in a tunnel that sees thousands of vehicles driving through every day without causing potential safety issues.
Aveva plants its flag with operations infrastructure solutions
The 2.2 million square foot facility incorporates densely packed storage and goods-to-person order preparation
Some typical automation challenges are addressed by having one throat to choke
A survey by ABB finds there is a growing desire to reshore or nearshore manufacturing, but there's a major automation education gap, which could hamper efforts.
The 2.2 million square foot facility incorporates densely packed storage and goods-to-person order preparation
Automation can help optimize industrial operations, as noted at ROKLive, a recent conference on industrial operations, maintenance, engineering, and enterprise-wide solutions automation, linking operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT).
Vertical commissioning can significantly improve immediate return on investment (ROI) at start-up due to fewer unexpected challenges.
Automation is a necessity for manufacturing facilities, and it starts with gathering data and understanding where it is (and isn’t) needed and what technologies can help maximize return on investment (ROI).
When using actuated valves, users should consider the valve size, actuation speed, where the application is being used and more.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can level the playing field with their larger competitors by embracing automation with an approach that best suits their business needs.
The most-viewed content from the past week covered automation trends, IT/OT convergence, compressed air systems, Lean manufacturing tools and Product of the Year winners. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Jeff Burnstein, A3 president and the key organizer behind Automate 2022, offered his views on the latest trends in automation and what he sees for the future.
Automate 2022 in Detroit strongly emphasized flexible automation as companies seek ways to address the supply chain and labor shortages exacerbated by COVID-19 and other world events.
How manufacturing is improving through digitization and is worth the time and effort necessary to make it a cornerstone of a facility.
The growing need for skilled workers and increased automation should be a joint venture that can provide benefits for the company and employees.
Process manufacturing industries is undergoing a transformation as a wave of cognitive computing applications and infrastructure, collectively known as Industry 5.0, is changing how goods are produced.
Selecting the right hoses for the right purposes is critical to the safe, successful and continued operation of food and beverage facilities.
Industry 4.0, elevated levels of efficiency will lead to better use of assets and increased output, but upfront financial costs can be difficult for some manufacturers.
Implement automated features into the manufacturing process to remain agile and equipped to meet future consumer demands.
Software as a service (SaaS) can help solve the problems faced by companies to take manufacturing process improvement and standardization worldwide.
Full stack automation can help manufacturers be more flexible and ready for automation changes and can give engineers better, more accurate real-time information.
Applications include automation and robotics, machine tools, material handling and printing presses.
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) can improve warehouse logistics with shorter lead times, increased flexibility and more.
Manufacturing execution systems play a large role in plants, but they have some problems that hinder the plant owners.
Manufacturers and warehouse owners will need to expand to meet demand of increased consumer spending in a post-pandemic world. Six ways to improve productivity with automated material handling systems are highlighted.
Food and beverage manufacturing has unique needs and it’s impossible to guarantee a spec building will meet them without retrofitting.
Supply chain challenges have been brought to the forefront due to recent events such as COVID-19 and technology shortages, forcing manufacturers to adjust to a new reality.
Think Again: Business is strong for automation, as explained by speakers at the A3 Business Forum in February.
The impact of errors can now be identified in real time, which means correcting the errors during the 3D-printing process is that much closer.
The Cowen Startup Challenge: Automate to Outperform, taking place at Automate 2022 in Detroit in June, will exhibit innovative companies and entrepreneurs with a $10,000 prize.
Regardless of role, having a basic understanding of the concepts and typical documentation, will allow engineers to better appreciate the effort involved in ensuring compliance.
Warehouse automation has grown thanks to a seemingly permanent spike in e-commerce and an ongoing labor shortage that has led to ballooning labor costs.
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can improve productivity and output, but they do have limits manufacturers should be aware of.
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can improve supply chain productivity, capacity and safety by taking over repetitive tasks and streamlining certain aspects.
A sudden boom in demand provides welcome opportunities for manufacturers to boost their annual sales, which means factories will have to fulfil an unusual number of orders with the same staff and resources; automation can help manufacturers deal with these spikes in demand.
New Zealand system integrator implemented a dedicated tank farm control system based on remote input/output (I/O) couplers connected via EtherCAT.
Advanced temperature measurement technology for cleaner, safer and more profitable downstream operations depends on reliable thermocouple technology
Composite metal foam (CMF) consists of metallic bubbles filled with air, which are embedded within a metal matrix that makes threats become weaker and less harmful
Cornell University researchers have found improving 3D-printed metal by introducing more defects into the printing process results in a stronger, more ductile metal product.
Endress+Hauser brings instrumentation, services and solutions closer to users in the process industries.
The materials available for ceramic additive manufacturing are diverse, but ripe for further innovation and offerings.
See three recommendations for companies to seize the extraordinary opportunity to automate that the pandemic disruptions created.
Global automation is expected to expand 51% from 2020 to 2025, driven by personal shortages, remote monitoring and increased records requirements and productivity demands. Robust mergers and acquisition investments to enhance margins validate the growth, explains the Bundy Group.
Smart manufacturing firms bring together technology, business processes and people; a critical component in this plan is the integration of ERP with CRM
Using this process creates better batch accuracy and less maintenance
Analysis of cutting tool consumption is a leading indicator of both upturns and downturns in U.S. manufacturing activity.
Manufacturing technology orders are increasing since the start of the pandemic as companies find their footing.
Automation and effectively using enterprise systems help manufacturers succeed in the post-COVID manufacturing era
Balancing additive and subtractive manufacturing might be the key to new efficiencies
Realizing the benefits of automation in an industrial setting requires significant upfront investment. Software must be modernized and data must be migrated to the hybrid cloud.
Opinion: It is in everyone's best interests to move to full automation, particularly for publicly-owned facilities. Experiences running large spinning equipment in a dangerous and unhealthy environment led to exploring ways to reduce, if not eliminate, human involvement in the process.
Here’s how advanced analytics software finds the root cause of, and the solution for, operational delays in batch processes.
Automation investment advice: Implement leading-edge automation technology, achieve a fast return on investment (ROI) and make it simple for the end user to support. These do not have to be mutually exclusive goals for automation technologies.
The automation revolution is changing how technology is implemented and how workers are being trained. Companies need to rethink everything from the top-down to thrive in the future.
More than $4 billion was generated by OEMs and system integrators and the on-site presence was a large chunk of it.
The many uses of the digital twins in process automation
System integrators are looking to expand their service offering through additional network consulting and supply chain software applications, which means the automation hardware itself is becoming a smaller and smaller subset of the solution offering and is changing how companies approach the issue.
Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) completed two major projects at Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Co., based in Michigan.
Additive manufacturing uses sophisticated motion controls and moves from seamlessly from design to manufacturing; 3D printing with metal continues to progress.
Digitally transforming operations in the control room can provide new methods for solving problems and improving optimization with increased automation. A refinery projected almost $200,000 in energy savings for five heat-exchangers in 90 days.
Beckhoff Automation opened a Process Industry Technical Center in Houston with a focus on process manufacturing
The next process manufacturing facility project can be made easier with precise planning, scheduling and coordination.
There is plenty of potential growth in the after-sales market for warehouse automation vendors as COVID-19 continues to change the way people consume goods.
Emerson is integrating the MTP process automation standard into its control systems to help increase speed-to-market and reduce project and operations costs.
Articles about how to engage employees through plant optimization, how to extend switchgear life and improve system reliability, and best practices in mature engineering info management were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 17-23, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Automation technology for remote operation and plant maintenance is becoming more prevalent.
Resilient automation products and practices are a necessity for most industrial applications using sensors, wiring, power distribution, controllers, networks, actuators and software integrated into an automation system.
3D printed spare parts are a revolutionary force
Hyperautomation technologies is a fast-growing concept that offers many benefits for the industrial sector.
Edge solutions deliver data insights that increase uptime
In a remote, yet connected world, this is how to keep pace with the changing face of automation in manufacturing
A global manufacturer explains benefits and offers advice about connecting the real world of manufacturing to the virtual world, through digitalization and automation.
Rice University-led study evaluates methods to find signs of COVID-19 virus in municipal wastewater plants and have found a viable and consistent method for detection.
Systems featuring a 'membrane-aerated biofilm reactor' can also remove more nitrogen from treatment plant discharges have been developed by University of Michigan researchers.
Finding the skilled workers to fill those repatriated positions is a challenge for companies looking to support reshoring
There’s nothing revolutionary in this six-step process; however, it is a workable model for helping to find, analyze and correct system issues.
Control engineers can future-proof their process control systems (PCSs) with Lean project management principles, which gives companies the flexibility needed to meet ever faster changing customer demands.
Semcon is working with Vinnova on a research project to devise analysis methods and processes for continuous development of safe connected and automated vehicles.
There are many ways automation benefits can be tangibly realized now and they will be needed as the COVID-19 pandemic is changing how we realize value on the factory floor.
Partnerships and collaboration are the foundation that enable end-users and suppliers to develop complete solutions for industrial automation and beyond.
System integration, operations advice: Integrated flow and process control can significantly improve oil and gas operations.
Manufacturers that adopt automation will gain long-term success
Smart and proactive digital solutions can help support ongoing operations even through disruptive global events like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Digital twins can help model-based technologies provide a basis for continuous process optimization and efficient plant operation.
Food processing operations need to be resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic and can achieve this by improving collaboration and enforcing consistency.
Articles about Product of the Year finalists, Industry 4.0, robots and drone safety, better cybersecurity and applying analytics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 9-15, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
To get top ROI for digitalizing your asset maintenance, consider a modernized version of the automation pyramid using ISA-95 Enterprise-Control System Integration.
The TraPac San Pedro Bay facility in Los Angeles is the first automated container terminal in North America, bringing more goods through the same footprint, with faster truck turn times and a 90% reduction in emissions
Process automation is one of the most valuable additions a team can make in terms of digital transformation
Software is modeling the world around us in an increasingly comprehensive way
More than a third of auto manufacturers are implementing augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies to address COVID-19 social distancing and other challenges according to a survey by Grid Raster.
Production challenges do not wait on IT developments and automation technology advances enable data access and use from almost anywhere.
Food and beverage manufacturers can use predictive analytics to reduce product waste and downtime.
ATI Industrial Automation worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) to develop a custom force/torque sensor for Perseverance, the Mars 2020 Rover project. See video of the project.
Rice University researchers have found that a shield of graphene helps particles destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and free-floating antibiotic resistance genes and other potential superbugs in wastewater treatment plants.
Choosing an industrial valve for process applications depends on a variety of parameters: Use these five tips to help with process valve selection.
Influence of COVID-19 on China’s automation market: Initial impact of COVID-19 on the domestic Chinese automation market less than expected; most first-quarter sales came from orders last year. Negative COVID-19 effects on Chinese automation in the second or third quarter may increase; opportunities for automation growth exist.
How the global coronavirus pandemic has effected manufacturing, onshoring, new developments, and more
Purdue University researchers have developed a new way for manufacturers to use nanocellulose that can utilize sustainable cellulose nanomaterials for use in vehicles, food packaging and other manufactured items.
Articles about plant upgrades, robotic compliance, Product of the Year, automation design software and remote operations were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 8-14, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many manufacturing and automotive plants to temporarily shut down, which gives owners an opportunity to complete long-needed upgrades to their facilities.
Advanced design elements are helping food and beverage manufacturers better adjust to a modern pet food processing plant.
Process safety: Keeping process control and safety systems separate is crucial, but knowing what to separate and integrate and why is critical. Learn about safety instrumented function (SIF) and layers of protection analysis (LOPA).
How are engineers applying what they’ve learned to help during the COVID-19 pandemic? See six ways automation and control engineering industry knowledge can help.
Advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP) projects could offer major breakthroughs in medicine, but the path to getting there is uncharted and extremely difficult. Tips for making the journey are highlighted.
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing industries involved in the food supply chain to better manage their operations to prevent shortages from happening.
Allied Electronics & Automation is launching dedicated product pages for customers in the food and beverage, and medical and pharmaceutical industries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
People play a crucial role in the Smart Manufacturing transformation and culture is an important part of that. See some of the ingrained challenges companies face as well as ways to overcome them.
Smarter workers: Think beyond the limitations of the human brain to help industrial automation and industrial automation education. Use the brain outside your brain (BOYB) to “know” things not previously learned.
Crumbling infrastructure is no joke: Water and wastewater, taxes and automation system integration are linked in five critical ways important for taxpayers and those involved in automation and controls.
Siemens has opened its additive manufacturing network to enable the efficient execution of design and printing requests by doctors, hospitals and suppliers of medical equipment in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Flexicon has been granted a waiver by the State of Pennsylvania to continue operating during the COVID-19 outbreak due to its role in the supply chain for life-sustaining businesses.
GlobalData reports that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has made manufacturers realize the need for faster automation and innovation, but it is going to take time to recover from the virus' economic effects.
COVID-19 is forcing manufacturers to rely more on automation and digitalization for long-term operations to reduce the financial impact from epidemics and other potential economic challenges.
Reducing operating expenses for food and beverage manufacturing applications does not mean compromising product quality and human safety.
The plant-based food market has become a major force in the food and beverage industry and companies are working to catch up with the momentum.
Think again: Did you have 2020 vision? How clear were your foresights? Predictions of automation, controls, and instrumentation for 2020 were spot on, though perhaps closer to the ideal than to where most are. Are you making these changes quickly enough to stay competitive?
A subscription delivery model can hasten adoption automation software required to progress in the journey toward digital transformation.
The process control system can provide a reliable basis for effective and efficient collaboration for engineering projects.
Whether you’re doing a brand refresh, looking to reach new consumers or want to expand your product offerings, adding aseptic processing for your food and beverage manufacturing can be a boon for your operations.
Many automation companies struggle with finding the “Goldilocks Zone” for their automation projects. Learn how companies can find that right balance by asking four questions before starting to automate.
Leonard (Len) W. Moore, P.E., founder and owner of Moore Industries-International Inc., an industrial and automation control company, passed at the age of 85.
Rapid growth of data collection make rapid expansion of digital twins more likely to add automation, supply chain efficiencies and optimization.
The automotive industry, which can be rigid and inflexible, can improve production and meet increased demand for customization with automation software.
Honeywell unveiled Experion PKS Highly Integrated Virtual Environment (HIVE), which is designed to help engineers maintain industrial control systems (ICSs) for chemical, processing, and oil and gas applications and simplify the overall process.
Ford’s 10-year operational evolution started with network standards.
Supply chain leaders won’t link with digitalization; AI has human workers nervous.
Purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) bolstered by strong employment, orders, production.
Advanced control: A new non-PID control algorithm, rate-predictive control (RPC), is adaptive to changes in process gain, which is helpful given the industry’s difficult history of loop tuning, auto-tuning, and model maintenance. RPC also can serve as a model-less feedback multivariable control algorithm.
What attributes are needed in automated test equipment (ATE)? What automation should be considered for ATE designs? See 10 questions to ask when applying automation.
Companies need to be open to new technologies to see fundamental paradigm shifts in productivity, beyond incremental improvements. Rapid increases in productivity, visibility, flexibility, and agility are needed.
Technology update: Digitalization was are among key trends for manufacturing and process facilities highlighted in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.
Technology update: Optimization is among key trends for manufacturing and process facilities highlighted in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.
Beckhoff Automation LLC has selected Kevin Barker as the company's new president, taking over for Aurelio Banda, who led the Minnesota-based company for four years.
Motion Industries has acquired Axis New England and Axis New York, an automation and robotics company.
Automation systems will eventually need to be repaired. Following a regular procedure while troubleshooting to find the root cause can be a big help.
Automation can be enhanced in a number of ways whether its through improving process instrumentation or unlocking the power of the Internet of Things (IoT)
As e-commerce expands, telematics, automation help keep pace as consumers and retailers evolve.
Here are seven ways CMMS can help with warehouse management and boost production.
It took the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) quite a while to finish counting noses at IMTS 2018 which should give you an idea of the success of this year's event. The show smashed all previous records for exhibiting companies (2,563), booths (21,23) and square feet used at Chicago's McCormick Place (1,424,232 sq ft) than at any previous IMTS before the show even started, and eclipsed the attendance record on the show's second day. In the end, 129,415 people attended IMTS, 6.6% higher than the previous record.
While new manufacturing facilities are a welcome site in any community, the reality of manufacturing is that plants are adapting in their current footprints to the changes. Nowhere is this truer than in the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), where plants are learning how--and why--to bring in new technology, software and training to make the necessary changes in manufacturing. As was noted IIoT for Engineers editor Kevin Parker in this month's issue, "what's limiting additional productivity gain through further systems integration is this very same installed base of proprietary technologies supplied by automation and information technology suppliers."He quoted Arlen Nipper, president and CEO of Cirrus Link Solutions, who noted, "We live in a brownfield world." The key is open-source data, Parker noted. "If industrial processes need distributed systems that are configurable and interoperable, open standards are required for the technical and semantic interchange of information," he writes in this month's issue. Bob Vavra, content manager for Plant Engineering, CFE Media, email@example.com.
Founder, Breen Machine Automation Services LLC, Madison, WI, United States
Plant managers must pay attention to the business side of manufacturing.
Articles about ladder logic, robots exploring disaster zones, MES, and more were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, July 16-22. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Contaminants on a plant floor can result in uncontrolled bacteria and cause degradation in a product, particularly in food and beverage applications.
Articles about condition-based maintenance, improving product flow, best practices for compressor storage, and more were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 28 to June 3. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Incorporating standardization, optimization, and flexibility fits with Lean’s goals. Motion-centric automation and robotics add speed, flexibility, and productivity, with less energy and product waste.
Articles about condition-based maintenance, aluminum reshaping, cloud-based efficiency, and more were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 14-20. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Articles about measuring ERP value, energy management, selecting an EAM solution, and more were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 7-13. Were you out? You can catch up here.
“Business is off the charts” but manufacturers struggle to keep pace.
Articles about Hannover Messe, IIoT's benefits, retrofitting a press, high-impact assets, and the 2017 Product of the Year winners were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 23-29. Were you out? You can catch up here.
From cloud security to plastic robots to full enterprise integration, suppliers introduce new ideas from familiar brands.
New trade agreement highlights opening of Hannover Messe 2018.
IMTS Show and the co-located 2018 Hannover Messe USA have expanded space at Chicago’s McCormick Place for the biannual event, which will be held Sept. 10-14.
"Fantastic opportunities" for 2018 Partner Country at global event in April.
Business goals and organization must align to succeed.
Robots will be a bigger part of manufacturing in 2018 for two primary reasons.
This article outlines tips to keep design-build project on schedule and on budget.
Articles about next-gen asset performance management software, 2018 System Integrator Giants, Top stories of 2017, 2017 Top Plant, and robot system implementation were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 1-7. Were you out? You can catch up here.
PMI jumps to 59.7% in December and finishes the year up more than 15%.
Articles about the 2018 System Integrator Giants, Top stories of 2017, smart maintenance systems, the 2017 Top Plant, and robot system implementation were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 25-31. Were you out? You can catch up here.
It was a good year for manufacturers who improved their operating procedures.
In order to ensure success when implementing a robotic system, it is important to get company-wide support, define success, and more.
Three ways to improve operations with better data access.
Cognitive engineering combines contextual awareness and situational intelligence.
Repairable parts maintenance (RPM) focuses on root cause and reliability. An RPM program eliminates waste, improves component reliability, and optimizes factory performance.
September’s 60.8 reading is 20% above growth level as prices continue to climb.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 25-October 1: Cognitive engineering, the next generation of RCM, sustainable buildings, and more
Articles about cognitive engineering, the next generation of RCM, sustainable buildings, bearing upgrades, and creating a winning plant floor culture were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 25-October1. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 18-24: Improving root cause analysis, anatomy of a greenfield plant, 2017 Engineering Leaders Under 40, and more
Articles about improving root cause analysis, anatomy of a greenfield plant, 2017 Engineering Leaders Under 40, transitional root cause analysis, and strategic management were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 18-24. Were you out? You can catch up here.
In March 2017, HarbisonWalker International (HWI) announced plans to build a $30 million manufacturing plant in South Point, Ohio, near Interstate 64 and along the Kentucky/Ohio border. In building a new facility, location and process improvements both mattered.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 11-17: motor repair, causes of bearing failure, 2017 Engineering Leaders Under 40, and more
Articles about motor repair, causes of bearing failure, 2017 Engineering Leaders Under 40, unleashing captive data, and reducing energy waste were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 11-17. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Automated mobile robots are finding a home in manufacturing operations. A new option, autonomous mobile robots (AMR), offer the combination of flexibility, safety, and cost-effectiveness.
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) can be a very powerful tool for eliminating defects and increasing efficiency and profits. Below are seven reasons why your RCA might not be working for you.
Distillation Specialist Engineer, Imperial Oil Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Controls Engineer, MacroAir Technologies Inc., San Bernardino, Calif.
Reliability Engineer, Advanced Technology Services, Peoria, Ill.
Senior Controls Systems Engineer, ANSTO, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Manager, Automation Engineering, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., Novato, Calif.
Senior Product Manager – Sensors, Turck, Minneapolis
Senior Project Engineer, RedViking, Plymouth, Mich.
Project Manager/Process Engineer, Dennis Group, Carlsbad, Calif.
Engineer, Honda Manufacturing, Lincoln, Ala.
Manager of Advanced Technology, Siemens, Norwood, Ohio
Lead Control Systems Analyst, Interstates Control Systems Inc., Sioux Center, Iowa
Principal Software Automation Engineer, Kepware, Portland, Maine
Quality Manager – Global Manufacturing, UTC Aerospace Systems, York, Neb.
Project Manager, Industrial Automation Group, Modesto, Calif.
Industrial Engineer, Lenze, Uxbridge, Mass.
Engineering & IT Manager, CSP, Grabill, Ind.
Applications Engineer, Yaskawa America Inc., Waukegan, Ill.
Co-located with IMTS, newly-branded show will build on German trade event.
Companies can reduce their electric bill by avoiding energy expenditure spikes, monitoring their energy during downtimes, and investing in compressed air technology.
Rewarding individual operators, and operations as a group, means recognizing them for their performance and acknowledging their contributions to their organization's goals.
Evaluating people-centric profitability is a powerful tool.
Manufacturing index hits 57.8% as production, new orders soar
Siemens officials call digital manufacturing ‘do or die’ in pushing for faster adoption at their automation summit in Florida.
Starting with the June 2017 issue of Plant Engineering, the magazine has been redesigned to provide readers with a new, clean, and better-organized magazine.
The connectivity of devices that use the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) must collect and analyze lots and lots of data.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 5-11: NEC changes, common welding errors, Product of the Year, more
Articles about NEC changes, common welding errors, Product of the Year, project scope expectations, and prescriptive maintenance were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, June 5-11. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Remote monitoring protects against skill shortages, complexity.
Robotiq integration coach David Gariépy talks about how to use robotics effectively and what the future of the industry looks like.
Turn detective to troubleshoot ac drives for a quick resolution that will save time and money at a manufacturing plant.
The Purchasing Manufacturers' Index (PMI) rose slightly to 54.9%, marking eight years of economic growth.
The MPE080VG is designed to operate as a self-guided truck and the infrastructure-free navigation technology requires no tape, wire or magnets for guidance.
When a client and system integrator share goals, the potential for success is maximized for a scope project if the expectations are managed and the project has a clear vision.
The Stride SE2 Series of managed industrial Ethernet switches offer more connectivity choices for Ethernet applications and provide Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP management capability.
PMI falls to 54.8%, but manufacturing sector optimism continues.
Seven manufacturing market trends for 2017, according to IHS Markit report at Hannover Messe, include more growth and an attention shift from remote cloud-based analytics to local and edge computing.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Minister of Poland, Beata Szydlo, visited the Kaeser booth at Hannover Messe and learned about how compressed air technologies utilize Industrie 4.0.
Digital devices, apps have freed the once-anchored device. In cloud platforms for IIoT and Industrie 4.0, applications from developers are designed to help, and a robot collaborates to improve human performance, at ping pong, all at Hannover Messe 2017.
Big names announcing big partnerships to accelerate IIoT growth to help manufacturing productivity; Mexico is announced as the 2018 Hannover Messe Partner Country.
Hannover Messe 2017 opening a high-tech event with Schunk winning the 2017 Hermes Award for its collaborative robot and Poland, the event's partner nation, emphasizing innovation.
Manufacturers at a spirit manufacturing plant can increase production and efficiency by setting realistic expectations, simplify their model, and asking for a third-party's input with an overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) analysis.
The manufacturing revolution is gaining momentum and true believers, and holds the potential to deliver significant economic improvement for manufacturing everywhere, if we allow it to.
In manufacturing, investing in people will have tremendous benefits for a company in the short- and long-term.
Find the right system integrator, and then define the project scope to make the project a success.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will continue to grow as more investments are made and technology and skills continue to develop.
Hannover Messe sessions, displays are focused on how to realize IIoT’s potential as the show celebrates its 70th year.
The 2016 Product of the Year Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners are honored.
The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) dipped slightly to 57.2% in March, but the news for the manufacturing industry remains strong overall.
Poland, Hannover Messe's 2017 partner nation, will demonstrate its advances in digitalization, particularly in energy and information technology (IT), at the world's largest manufacturing show in April.
A new age of collaborative robots put people closer to technology than ever before.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 6-12: Annual IR scans, flexible automation, improved productivity, more
Articles about implementing annual IR scans, flexible automation drivers, improved productivity, optimize energy consumption, and improving power factor were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 6-12. Were you out? You can catch up here.
The packaging and processing industry is becoming more automated with more companies being bought out and a greater focus being put on eco-friendly packaging.
The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) rose to 57.7% in February, which marks the sixth straight month of growth.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 13-19: Preventive maintenance mistakes, 2016 Salary Survey, electric motor maintenance, more
Articles about avoiding preventive maintenance mistakes, the 2016 Salary Survey, electric motor maintenance, future oil and gas projects, and optimizing a facility's energy consumption were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 13-19. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Plant Engineering celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017 and the process of improving manufacturing and making it better, safer, and more efficient continues just as it did in 1947.
Integrating CNC lines with robotics gets easier and faster.
The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) rose to 56% in January, which is its highest level since November 2014.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 23-29: 2017 manufacturing predictions, lowering compressed air costs, healthy DC motors, more
Articles about 2017 manufacturing technology predictions, lowering compressed air costs, keeping DC motors healthy, VFD efficiency, and the importance of motor winding analysis were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 23-29. Were you out? You can catch up here.
As 2017 kicks off, one thing is certain for manufacturers: access to meaningful and actionable data will play a big role in achieving success this year.
Intelligent and connected machines are more flexible and better equipped to manufacture customized products.
While much of the U.S. automotive industry was struggling to survive the aftermath of the most recent recession, MFC Netform, the 2016 Plant Engineering Top Plant winner, held its own.
For today’s manufacturing plants, a key solution may be advanced computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS).
The EMA Series combines electronic vacuum and blow-off control functions in a single signal designed for use in pick-and-place packaging technology.
NIST study finds smart manufacturing, robotics show greatest potential.
The OPTO-P1-40P adds the ability to connect, monitor, control, and automate billions of existing devices that were previously beyond the Pi's built-in sensing and control capabilities.
The Raymond Courier 320 is designed to automate horizontal towing in a number of operations that involve transferring parts to production lines, as well as, finished goods to warehouse facilities.
Manufacturers will have to continue to improve the efficiency of processing equipment and techniques in order to keep up with the economy’s attitudes and expectations.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: November 7-13: 2016 Product of the Year finalists, troubleshooting maintenance plans, automation on Halloween, more
Articles about 2016 Product of the Year finalists, troubleshooting maintenance plans, automation on Halloween, Apps for Engineers, and three steps to becoming a proactive leader were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 7-13. Were you out? You can catch up here.
CMMS allows employees to work better and safer through advanced metrics, as well as, see solutions to problems they didn’t know existed.
The Purchasing Manufacturers’ Index (PMI) rose to 51.9% with the manufacturing industry showing overall optimism and confidence in spite of a recent downturn and the Hanjin Shipping Company’s bankruptcy.
The Model VMF-28 volumetric screw feeder is designed to improves dosage accuracy in water treatment, and chemical process management.
The M4x series of PXIe arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs) are designed for automated testing applications that require fast and accurate electronic signal generation.
Baldor's Belton, South Carolina, manufacturing plant hasn’t had a lost-time incident since 1998.
Webcast presenter Carole Franklin, the director of standards development for the Robotic Industries Association, answered additional questions about robotic safety that were not addressed in the Sept. 29 webcast.
Ergonomics, new tote configurations deliver efficiency, sustainability.
The Datalogic S8 series print mark contrast sensors are designed to detect the difference in the wavelength of the reflected light between a target mark and background.
Workers can be part of the core group in a company or be an outlier. There are benefits to both groups and the best workers have a little of both in them.
AMT, SME to partner on regional shows; Manufacturing USA an umbrella for research.
The AWK-4131A-US-T outdoor industrial AP/bridge/client is optimized for installation in railways, bridges and marinas, as well as critical industrial applications including high-resolution IP video surveillance.
Data provides us an unfiltered view of our world each day, hour, minute or nanosecond or whatever measure you decide to benchmark from.
Manufacturers need to evolve to appeal to the millennial generation and help fill the skills gap and take advantage of the unique talents that they offer.
The GMS-750RS rotor-stator gap measuring system is a maintenance tool designed for measuring rotor-stator gap in large scale power generation applications.
Successful network implementation starts with assessment of system and operations.
The Contrinex DW-series of extended and triple-distance proximity sensors are available in 30mm cylindrical and 20mm rectangular styles.
Senior Controls Engineer, Puratos, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Automation Center of Excellence Leader, Honeywell PMT, Hopewell, Va.
Controls + Automation Western Region Leader, Hargrove Controls + Automation, Houston
In preparation for the 2016 GAMS Conference on Sept. 14 in Chicago, CFE Media asked our panelists to discuss some of the key issues facing manufacturing. This is one in a daily series of articles.
In preparation for the 2016 GAMS Conference on Sept. 14 in Chicago, CFE Media asked our panelists to discuss some of the key issues facing manufacturing. This is one in a daily series of articles.
Bolted joints are an integral part of equipment and component reliability as they connect a majority of our process equipment. While the immediate reliability impact may not be noticed, the reliability of bolted joints should not be overlooked.
Olympic-like morale drives O.C. Tanner production and employee engagement.
Phoenix Contact president Jack Nehlig seeing the pieces come together.
The high torque SSW 650 1/2 in corded impact wrech produces 450 ft. lbs. of continuous torque for industrial applications.
ArcSafe RSA-35 is a remote switch actuator (RSA) for the Westinghouse motor control center bucket.
In preparation for the 2016 GAMS Conference on Sept. 14 in Chicago, CFE Media asked our panelists to discuss some of the key issues facing manufacturing. This is one in a daily series of articles.
The A4t line of stainless steel control valves are designed for precise modulation of pressure, temperature, and liquid level in various refrigeration applications.
Do not let RCA applications hold up your root-cause efforts.
Successful design begins with strategic facilities planning.
Do you have customer data that you're not actively using to improve your product?
Below are five question that are crucial to answer upfront, repeatedly, and through multiple mediums.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 15-21: Rounding into shape, issues facing preventive maintenance, sensors drive intelligence into maintenance, more
Articles about rounding into shape, issues facing preventive maintenance, sensors drive intelligence into maintenance, tablet-based augmented reality helps predictive maintenance, and Big Data were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, August 15-21. Were you out? You can catch up here.
The Marley® NC Everest™ Cooling Tower which combines industrial grade materials and construction with unmatched cooling capacity to meet demands of power and heavy industrial applications.
Make sure your work doesn't actually harm your equipment.
The UN series of high-speed vertical and horizontal machine centers, the UN-600/30V provides productivity, reliability, maintenance and meets automation requirements for the automotive manufacturing industry.
Data-driven analysis can create a roadmap to find problems early.
Communications, training among the areas of focus.
In the 1990s, I invested in Pokémon cards. By "invested" I mean I bought a lot of them for my kids, and they played with them before discarding them on the floor of their bedroom and ultimately gave them away or sold them or threw them out. It was no different than my parents "investing" in baseball cards for me in the 1960s only to have me put them in the spokes of my bicycle wheels. You reap what you sow.
The IRB 1660ID is a compact robot for arc welding and machine tending applications and allows end-users to increase productivity and quality, with reduced cycle times.
The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) purchasing manufacturers index (PMI) fell to 52.6 in July, but optimism remains strong among global manufacturers.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 25-31: World-class maintenance, CMMS benefits and functions, automotive company using the IoT, more
Articles about world-class maintenance, CMMS benefits and functions, automotive company using the IoT, why factories still have maintenance departments, and Germany exceeds U.S. in IoT investment were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, July 25-31. Were you out? You can catch up here.
The arbitrary waveform generators allow easy signal generation in automation and remote applications.
The Movicon NExT 3.0 is an open and scalable SCADA/HMI platform that features recipe management enhancement to include remote activation in modern automation software applications.
Managers need feedback from employees to understand how they can improve.
The Zen RTU and the Zen Datalogger are ideal in a range or heavyweight industrial monitoring and control applications.
How Enterprise Resource Planning might save the day in a food recall.
AutomationDirect has expanded its line of Hubbell Wiegmann enclosures with additional NEMA 3R and NEMA 12 models.
Binder has expanded its M12 X-coded product family with new receptacles, cordsets and feed-through connectors.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 27 to July 3: Hydraulic systems, industrial lubricant storage, world-class maintenance, more
Articles about lubrication 101, industrial lubricant storage, lean manufacturing, hydraulic systems, and maintenance training were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, June 27 to July 3. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
SKF's explorer spherical roller bearings for vibratory applications provide ideal performance and longer service life compared with conventional types.
They can’t all be right, yet many of us may have used one of these rules (probably not the same one, either) with great success. Which one, if any, is correct? The answer depends on the application.
Understanding crucial elements to forming a thorough strategic plan.
Pressure on manufacturers to be efficient and eliminate waste continues to grow as the manufacturing industry, especially in developed countries, works to compete in the global market place.
Effective maintenance training is not a one-time thing. It’s an always thing. Understanding and practicing this idea is one of the keys to success with using a modern CMMS to improve maintenance operations.
Guidance to the ASME Section I Boiler Code as it pertains to the use of magnetic level gages to indicate boiler water level.
The RPM XE motor platform provides substantial energy savings and performance for centrifugal load applications.
Every day that your operation stalls is a day that you're leaving potential profits on the table.
Define and analyze data to improve your operational efficiency.
Benchmarking is a term that's used often today, but is not well-understood by many. If we go back to the first documented book on benchmarking by Robert C. Camp in 1989, when he was at Xerox, he defined it this way: "Benchmarking is the search for best practices that lead to superior performance." Best practice is another term we can define: a practice that works for you. These are the questions a leader must ask: Who is the best at what we do? This is a tough question, because it can be your industry competition or in your specific process but way outside your industry.
Understand how to avoid contamination and confusion.
More data may not always be better, but some is needed.
There's no shortage of ways that your business can benefit from implementing a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). A top-notch CMMS can often help with every aspect of maintenance, ranging from core functionalities like asset management and preventive maintenance to professional services like consulting and training. There's a lot more to it than simply purchasing a CMMS and hitting the ground running, though.
Provide insight, accountability to your operation one step at a time.
AutomationDirect has expanded its line of electrical wire for industrial applications to include 20-gauge MTW wire with heat and moisture-resistant, color-coded or striped, insulating PVC jackets.
The Series KTV7 of multi-motor controllers are ideal for use with variable frequency drives (VFDs) in multi-motor installations for industries that include food and beverage, material handling and factory automation.
ÖLFLEX® VFD 2XL symmetrical motor and drive cable for high horsepower applications—including pumps, compressors, conveyors, elevators, extruders and more.
CeMAT Show to expand reach of even-year trade event in Germany.
It’s not as easy as it seems, but getting good data can point to greater reliability.
The eTOP4FOOD has been designed and proven to solve the industry wide problem of HMI failures and less effective alternative HMI cleaning procedures.
When something fails more than 90% of the time, it’s usually tossed to the curb. Lean implementations fail at least that often. Why do they fail so often, and why do companies keep trying?
There is no “one size fits all” purchasing process for maintenance organizations—and for good reason. How your team may conduct supplier relations and what spare parts are purchased may well assist in contributing to your company’s competitive advantage.
Tying the two most important reliability engineering curves together to generate a better picture of failure.
Choosing the right software solutions to manage your field-service business is not something to take lightly. These field-service technology recommendations will guide your decision and get your technology stack selection started on the right track.
One key best practice is benchmarking the function or process across different industries—especially companies in fast-moving markets and high competition.
An in-depth look at how to safely produce gluten-free products.
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Board of Directors announced that George Saiz was named President and CEO effective April, 18.
Focus on training for a documented return on investment, rather than "training for training’s sake."
If you are implementing any improvement strategies at your site, make sure that as part of your communication plan you let people know of the success that you expect, of course, as well as the sins of the past that will still need to be worked through.
Your plan must be comprehensive, eliminating all confusion and hesitancy in case of an emergency. A plan lacking extensive instruction or failing to address each emergency may add confusion to the situation.
The idea of continuous improvement is that your current state of operations should be better than it was yesterday and not quite as good as it could be tomorrow. It requires not settling for steady state; it is about trying to continue to evolve and find improvement. The attendance at Hannover Messe 2016 from American-based companies, state, and regional economic development groups grew exponentially in 2016. Most of that growth revolved around the Partner Country status of the United States.
U.S. presence at Hannover Messe a rousing success.
Panelists at the 2016 Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) conference find value in collaboration between integrators and manufacturers.
Deloitte Global research finds America leading in advanced technology.
Improve communications by engaging your team members.
How unfit doors can increase utility costs and diminish energy savings.
White Paper: Investing in success: How to compete in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Interview with Brett Malloy, sales manger at AWC Inc., at Hannover Messe.
Interview with Randall Brodzik, CEO at RedViking, at Hannover Messe.
The Institute for Supply Management's PMI Index drops slightly in April to 50.8% as production and new orders remain strong while employment and inventories are contracting.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 25 to May 1: Long-term asset reliability, Microsoft partnership, Hannover Messe 2016, more
Articles about long-term asset reliability, Microsoft partnership with Otis Elevator, Hannover Notes, the spirit of innovation, and an interview on innovation and motion control were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 25 to May 1. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Attendance up and spirits high as Select USA marks a successful week in Germany.
Poland selected as partner country for 2017 Hannover Messe; U.S. pavilion continues to generate buzz through global engagement
Siemens USA CEO offers a personal perspective on the manufacturing industry at Hannover Messe speech.
Interview with Rod Emery, VP of RedViking, Siemens' solutions partner at Hannover Messe.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor leads her state’s contingent as part of the USA pavilion at Hannover Messe.
Hannover Messe 2016 has had some unexpected challenges with weather, transit, and security as the world's largest manufacturing show gets underway.
President tours state economic development booth as part of two-day visit to global trade event.
President pushes Transatlantic trade deal as America begins to showcase manufacturing at week-long global trade fair.
President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the USA pavilion of Hannover Messe.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 11-17: 2016 Maintenance Study, data-driven maintenance, Product of the Year Winners, more
Articles about the 2016 Maintenance Study, data-driven maintenance, 2015 Product of the Year Winners, balancing preventive maintenance workload, and defining maintenance data value to gain IIoT benefits were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 11-17. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
ArcAir is a communication package for process sensors that enables reliable, economical Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity in all environments.
MHI Industry Report sees accelerating use of robotics, sensors, and analytics.
The bustle of Monday morning's commuter rush means that this could be any train station anywhere in the world. But this is Hannover, Germany, on the opening day of Hannover Messe, and there's a different feel in the air. You walk through the wide doors into the Hannover hauptbahnhof and proceed past the regional trains taking in and sending out workers across Lower Saxony, and then down to the local commuter line.
The cost analysis of a deferred repair shows that while one month’s deferral is a manageable risk, waiting two months increases the risk beyond any benefit.
Partner Country status lets U.S. trumpet its industrial leadership.
On both sides of the Atlantic, Block builds for a global future.
The Purchasing Manufacturers' Index (PMI) reverses six-month slump with its third straight increase to 51.8% as production, new orders increase.
U.S. schools will showcase their research, look to develop new partners.
Part one of two: Process freezing series.
The reported skills shortage can be greatly alleviated with the new productivity best practices and by new definitions of the old work augmented with better shop practices—which produce more productive teams with new tools to apply to old tasks.
10 reliability confessions of not quite the best practice.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 21-27: Product of the Year winners, developing foundational manufacturing, predictive maintenance, more
Articles about the 2015 Product of the Year winners, developing foundational manufacturing, predictive maintenance, 5S processes, and prioritizing preventive maintenance were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 21-27. Were you you out last week? You can catch up here.
There has been a lot of discussion as to why we are asking technicians to write corrective work orders for problems found on a PM instead of fixing the issue on the spot. If we consider the example of the four machines below, it becomes clear why this is the case.
Simatic RF680A variable-polarization antenna simplifies the commissioning and planning of RFID applications, and the automatic antenna adjustment facility increases read and write reliability.
The 2015 Product of the Year Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners are honored.
Fiat Chrysler’s turnaround is built on a world-class manufacturing base.
Machines are getting more complex and service organizations are feeling the pressure to monitor and keep their customers’ equipment up and running. Establishing a preventive maintenance program is now becoming a necessity.
Whitepaper: Driving digitalization and automation
Whitepaper: The Value of Integrated Industry Software.
MindSphere has been designed as an open ecosystem that industrial companies can use as the basis for their own digital services, such as in the fields of preventive maintenance, energy data management or resource optimization.
Siemens is leveraging Intel Security solutions for its Plant Data Services which provides early detection of threats and recommendations for counter-measures.
The Purchasing Manufacturers' Index (PMI) rose for the second straight month to 49.5% as the overall economic outlook remains more positive than it had been in previous months.
Glenn Wishnew, senior product manager at Rittal Corporation, discusses both the historic ties Rittal has with Hannover Messe and the new prospects surropunding the Industrial Internet of Things (IioT) and its potewntial impact on global manufacturing.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe April 25-29, 2016, in Hannover, Germany.
The United States is at a crossroads. Either we continue to decline, or we focus on improving our schools so that we build the workforce required to become a nation of makers, again. Understand the issues and the changes that must be made.
Getting management on board one key to success
Case management has become an essential tool in plant engineering. In some instances, there are no defined processes and no predictable outcomes, but information must still be collected. Case management will enable better decision-making about potentially expensive or even dangerous exceptions.
Six field productivity trends to improve your service business in 2016.
Newport News Shipbuilding is constantly seeking new technology and innovative ways to improve safety, quality, cost, and schedules. Since 2007, they have explored augmented reality as a means to shift away from paper-based documentation in the work environment.
AME Manufacturing Excellence Award recipient NovAtel offers a culture of continuous improvement.
Build your supply chain and your relationship with customers.
The PSE Series of DC to DC converters provides reliable power source for sensitive loads in industrial process controls, factory automation, and other industrial environments.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 1-7: Data is the new currency, optimize warehouse flow, preventive maintenance program, more
Articles about data is the new currency, optimizing warehouse flow, designing a preventive maintenance program, cooling electric motors, and how IIoT offers economic, operational benefits were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 1-7. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
The best solutions for today’s U.S. beverage manufacturers are equal parts IT and ingenuity.
Brutal honesty needed to properly manage, evaluate overall equipment effectiveness.
The success of your equipment maintenance plan (EMP) will depend on how involved operators were in its development and implementation.
George Prest, CEO of MHI, the association for supply chain professionals, discusses the upcoming trade event, the 2016 MHI Report and the impact of the Industrial; Internet of Things (IIoT) on supply chain operations.
The MODEX 2016 trade show in Atlanta will feature more than 850 supply chain exhibitors and will focus on the future of the supply chain industry, from research to workers.
Automation can help ensure the fastest, smartest and most profitable strategies to move products out the door.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 18-24: Product of the Year, piloting through the danger zone, fixing preventive maintenance, more
Articles about the Product of the Year, piloting your way through the danger zone, how to fix preventive maintenance when it fails, best practices in preventive maintenance, and designing a preventive maintenance program were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 18-24. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Key suggestions if your 2015 featured more “misses” than “hits” in maintenance. It might be time to think about getting more aggressive with your goals, activities, and accountability.
Process maps are lean tools to be used for a purpose. Use the lean tool to help you solve the problems.
The FDA recently released new final Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. These rules are the result of amendments made to the original proposals, based on comments and criticisms in public forums.
To optimize ROI, it’s important to learn which areas of your food processing facility are best suited for automation. Below are five tips for improving your plant’s automation capabilities.
President will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel to participate in opening ceremonies, show tour on April 24-25.
Create new partners in management by understanding and selling maintenance as a profit center.
Siemens re-imagines Santa’s workshop if it were optimized with modern automation.
U.S. Commerce Secretary talks about Hannover Messe 2016 and the role American businesses can play in the event.
SelectUSA to promote Foreign Direct Investment at fair
These "2015 Best Practices" can save time and money as well as make you safer and more productive. They also can be the starting point to discuss other ways your operation can improve.
While their competitors are getting fit, great manufacturers are getting fitter.
The M12 Cat. 5 plug with D-coding is designed for Profinet and Ethernet IP applications that require a robust and reliable connection.
Read about the 111 Finalists and cast your vote; voting concludes Jan. 8, 2016.
Bentley Systems panel touts value to extending design information to operations at Year In Infrastructure event in London.
Five reasons American manufacturing engineers, manager or executive ought to attend Hannover Messe.
Hannover Messe 2016 will feature state, regional and national economic development leaders looking to attract foreign direct investment in the U.S.
Index slips to 50.1%, its lowest level in 2 ½ years
A trip to Hannover offers a virtually unlimited opportunity for suppliers and manufacturers to get together over a stein of beer and find new opportunities.
Data-driven manufacturing challenges and the emergence of mass customization.
The Platinum Series demo kit controllers provide an integrated temperature control system platform for heating and cooling applications.
When multiple parts being machined at one operation at the same time is required for production rates, that rate needs to be maintained throughout the series of operations that produces a complete part.
Commerce, industry leaders tout U.S. Partner Country status for 2016.
The MultiRanger 200 and HydroRanger 200 ultrasonic controllers for measurement in a wide range of industrial applications.
Implement a systematic way to perform tasks and maintain equipment.
The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) slid to its lowest level in over two years due to global economic concerns and overall consumer confidence.
Prime Advantage Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey finds strength in the sector despite some headwinds.
Plant Engineering would like to see what Manufacturing Day 2015 events look like in your plant.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 21-27: Leaders Under 40, common VFD myths, skilled workers and apprenticeships, more
Articles about the Leaders Under 40, common VFD myths, apprenticeships and skilled workers, world-class manufacturing maintenance, and maintenance and the IIoT were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, September 21-27. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
The H1900 LubePro automatic lubrication pump is designed for in-plant applications.
The 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40 are a dedicated group of engineers that give hope to the future of manufacturing.
Engineering Specialist, Plant Planning; Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. (TEMA); Erlanger, Ky.; BS Electrical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Project Manager, Applied Control Engineering Inc. (ACE); Owings Mills, Md.; BS Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware
Manager—Control Systems & Instrumentation, Excel Engineering; St. Paul, Minn. BS Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University
The Label Serialization Station (LSS) is integrated into the production line for pharmaceutical and healthcare industries that print track-and-trace labels for products at a rate of up to 500 per minute.
CFE Media to present at preview of USA Partner Nation.
Two major trade events in 2016 to highlight U.S. leadership role in manufacturing.
Despite some optimism, index drops to lowest level since May 2013 amid concerns with global economy.
Frost & Sullivan study finds maintenance improvement can drive greater profitability.
Optoelectric torque sensors are designed for faster production and more effective human-machine collaboration.
For companies that truly want to maximize their equipment uptime, productivity and quality, a disciplined approach is critical. Here are 12 tips to help the organization continue improving throughout the maintenance program.
Mixed landscape forecast for world medium-voltage motors market in 2015 with an expected uptick in growth globally in the medium to long term.
The ISM's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) climbs to 53.5% as industry leaders see solid growth across the board.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 22-28: Lubrication culture, ROI for infrared, arc flash code compliance, more
Articles about predictive maintenance data analysis, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, the culture of lubrication, the 2015 Energy Management Study, and motor maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 22-28. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
The digitizer units feature sampling rates up to 5 GS/s, bandwidth in excess of 1.5 GHz and on-board acquisition memory up to 8 GSamples.
Leading indicators not only help predict the lagging results, they also serve as a starting point for continuous improvement because they measure the processes that can be directly managed.
Select the best production platform for Lean operations.
Automated manufacturing facilities will require higher levels of logistics integration.
Stronger economy, better West Coast product movement hailed as reasons for continuing growth.
Manufacturing, being a maker, is suddenly popular. But it won’t be easy. Aside from the terrible loss of manufacturing intelligence and muscle, there is uncertainty as to exactly what the profile of the reborn manufacturer will look like.
Avoiding complicated lockout/tagout procedures will enhance compliance, safety.
With high productivity, low energy prices and sophisticated leadership, the United States continues to lead the world in manufacturing output… Now is not the time to rest on that accomplishment. It’s time to double down on U.S. manufacturing’s role as a world leader.
The Institute for Supply Management's Purchasing Managers' Index registered at 51.5% for April, which was the same level it was at in March as the growth in orders was offset by a decline in employment.
The marking system makes it easy and visual to know if everything is performing correctly.
Top Plant, Engineering Leaders Under 40 honored at gala dinner.
At Hannover Messe 2015 opening, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi touts a more open economy. Modi, whose nation is the 2015 Partner Country, made an impassioned speech about the role a "new India" will play in global manufacturing. German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Modi in the same way she will welcome President Barack Obama when the United States will be the Partner Country at Hannover Fair in 2016.
Energy efficiency and optimization are key factors in maintaining a reliable compressed air system. However, anything from ambient humidity to a less-than-perfect setup can make a system work harder, driving up energy costs, limiting production quality, and potentially damaging equipment.
Pressures from oil prices, a weaker dollar and the West Coast dock strike weigh down index; PMI falls to 51.5% in March. The PMI remained above the 50% growth threshold for the index to extend the streak to almost six years; the 51.5% PMI for March still translates to a 2.6% growth in gross domestic product for the year.
The 2014 Product of the Year Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners are honored and included in the April 2015 print edition of Plant Engineering magazine.
With foreign direct investment on the rise, SelectUSA Summit aims to help economic development teams increase promotion and recruitment of new manufacturing sites.
President Barack Obama is expected to appear at the 2016 Hannover Messe, which will be April 25-29 in Hannover, Germany and address the opening ceremonies in an event that also will showcase American culture.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 16-22: ac motor repair, top signs of a reliable plant, strategies to bridging the skills gap, more
Articles about ac motor repair, the top 5 signs of a reliable plant, strategies for bridging the skills gap, maintaining the human machine, and selecting and applying VFDs were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 16-22. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Bonomi V-ball split-body ANSI 150 flanged valves provide precise flow control in demanding applications.
Use technology to mitigate the effects of retirement, as 24% of U.S. workers admit that they have postponed their planned retirement at least once during the past year. But now that the economy is improving, these retirements are enabled once again.
Smiths Machine answered the recession with a formula for major change.
Industrial-grade Ethernet Switches are designed to provide reliable connectivity in harsh environments with extreme temperatures, moisture, and vibration.
We cannot control everything, but we have hope.
By making operational changes, Bosch-Rexroth is speeding the time to market
The product pages are expanded to include configurable 3D part downloads.
View the 96 finalists in the Plant Engineering 2014 Product of the Year program; cast your vote today; voting ends Jan. 9, 2015.
Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric executives see transformational impact of Internet of Things (IoT) as devices become smarter and more integrated to expand manufacturing efficiency.
More than 114,000 people attended the six-day IMTS Show in Chicago in September, a 14% increase from 2012.
With Invensys integration done, company now looks at automation skills gap issues.
The Miles for Manufacturing 5K run/walk hosted by GIE Media and IMTS will make its debut is on Sept. 10 and proceeds will be donated to Austin Polytechnical Academy in Chicago.
Karen Kurek, principal at McGladrey, will again be the breakfast keynote speaker at the 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit and will discuss the trends and challenges for manufacturing in the next two years.
Through its embedded Ethernet port, the P3-550 CPU can support EtherNet/IP configurable as a Scanner or Adapter.
ABB Robotics will demonstrate robots, turnkey manufacturing cells, and enhanced technology that are designed to increase manufacturing productivity at IMTS 2014.
Today's Technology Center (TTC) at IMTS 2014 allows visitors to immerse themselves in technology from the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors.
The ISA Inside course on Sept. 10-11 at IMTS 2014 is a great example of that kind of education will provide a detailed look at how the ANSI/ISA99 standards can be used to protect critical control systems.
The air nozzle delivers a small blowoff with an efficient, high volume, high velocity airflow.
Concerns over global unrest don’t show up in July, as index hits 57.1%
The NIC contactless inductive coupler is used for data and energy transmission in high-stress and wear-intensive applications.
Articles about reducing arc flash hazards, compressed air, safety concerns in manufacturing, propane truck maintenance, and employee engagement were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 7-13. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
McGladrey Monitor report suggests concerns over taxes and regulations won’t hinder sales and profit increases
Siemens Industry Automation CEO sees digital design and simulation key to manufacturing growth.
Articles about correcting induction motor power, improving your proactive maintenance plan, energy monitoring trends, the EPA’s clean water regulations, and practical manufacturing strategies were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, May 26 to June 1. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
How to recognize employee behaviors that can negatively impact a plant's reliability and/or product quality and do something about it.
The SFC 30S and SFC 30 variable speed drive rotary screw compressors improve efficiency and power delivery.
CorocutQD addresses the issues of deep grooves and parting off with long overhangs and now expands the offer of inserts and durable tools with over- and under-coolant.
Company official talks about how Zebra’s purchase of Motorola Mobility will shape industrial operations and cloud computing
The following case study highlights a plant's struggle to prevent surge while using a four-impeller, 1.6 MW integrally geared centifugal gas compressor. The problem and three solutions are discussed.
$3.45 billion cash deal merges two mobility, asset management companies
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence Values Veterans Program (AMEV2) launched after a day-long symposium in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Lincoln Electric honored with Plant Engineering Top Plant award at Chicago event
Asset management, implementation priorities for manufacturing will be part of study questions
Establishing and maintaining an effective and efficient work order management system can be very similar to running a 400 meter high-hurdle race and winning.
You have to see the Big Picture when tackling Big Data. But that’s no small task.
As the customers look for value in their product, there will be more dependency on process simulation to evaluate manufacturability and serviceability.
China automotive semiconductor market drives up 11% in 2013, thanks to safety and navigation features
The fast-growing semiconductor market for China’s automotive industry is set for double-digit expansion in revenue this year, according to a new report from IHS Inc.
Obama to announce Feb. 25 that Chicago and Detroit won the bidding to host the public-private partnerships for manufacturing innovation
Company’s $66.8 million grant will integrate PLM technology into curriculum
Lifecycle management brings in new products, though the basic wants and needs and desires remain the same.
Plant Engineering seeks presentations for 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit
The CNC Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B high-speed laser controls use Ethernet and Ethernet/IP field bus options and simulation software
Danfoss acquired the outstanding shares of Sauer-Danfoss and changed its name to Danfoss Power Solutions.
Day-long emphasis on raising awareness about manufacturing’s role in economy has wide support among industry leaders
Chapters can be downloaded at CAGI Website
So, what is different about chemical treatment of boilers at food plants?
Phoenix Contact has put a strong emphasis on team building and making their fellow workers their greatest resource
Schneider Electric acquisition would boost company’s position in global markets, according to IHS Inc. comments
Proposed $5 billion deal could position company against rivals in industrial, building, and data center markets
Addition of SUV production could double plant’s current size, AP reports
Will succeed Hogan; success in Baldor integration cited as key to appointment
MHI forecast projects double-digit growth by 2014
Automaker’s $44.5 million investment is third at facility in the last three years
Automaker’s $360 million investment ‘a tribute’ to Georgetown workers
The jobs picture and the housing market are brightening, which both bode well for the manufacturing sector in particular and the economy as a whole.
Universities to receive millions in grants to develop power and automation solutions
I’m no longer sure that ‘reshoring’ is the right word any more. I think ‘right-shoring’ (although a little more awkward) might be the right way to look at the issue of global manufacturing.
Assistant Plant Manager, Waupaca Foundry Inc. (Plant 5), Tell City, Ind.
Huge crowds, optimism greet international gathering in Chicago.
Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corp., talks about how a large expansion to the company's Florence, Ky. facility is driving new opportunities for the company in the U.S.
Daily Insight: Manufacturer explains the ways and means of his business
Daily Insight: Boeing retools in Seattle to meet Airbus challenge
The global screw jack market is mature and has had a low single digit growth profile in recent years. Screw jacks perform important handling and lifting functions in industry, civil transport and energy sectors.
IMS report finds global market will top $200 billion by 2015
One of the greatest challenges plant managers face is the increase in available data and the challenge of how to find the right data to do their job more efficiently
Automaker: ‘Requiring more capacity from our plants is a good problem to have.’
The 2011 Top Plant winner, NACCO Materials Handling Group, provided Plant Engineering with a tour of their Berea, Ky. facility.
I’ve heard little from either side in this political season that strives to address the real issues of manufacturing… If Congress and the White House were as well organized and efficient as most manufacturing plants, this wouldn’t be much of a debate.
Company’s exports jump 68% after plant expansion over BMW's 2010 value. Over 192,000 vehicles were exported from the Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant in 2011.
Study takes a global view of the relationship between consumner expectations and manufacturing production
NACCO Materials Handling Group Inc. is able to mix different models on the same line instead of making lift trucks in batches due to its one-piece workflow-enabling demand flow technology.
Former Top Plant winner has made its mark in manufacturing
With 1,500 new jobs expected, Blue Springs facility delivers hope to a region
Finalist in Productivity Training Software in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Maintenance Software in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Four-year pact will mean $6.2 billion in plant investments
Supply Chain Manager, Siemens Industry Inc.
Plant Engineering is proud to highlight those leading the manufacturing world, read about 2011’s Leaders Under 40.
A routine maintenance inspection ended up being a strong safety play as repairs to PPL Corp.’s nuclear reactors at its plant near Berwick, Pa., will cost the utility $50 million to $60 million, a plant spokesman said.
Chris Gaffney's keynote speech at the MESA International conference will be on end-to-end business processes
Audi is reportedly planning to build a manufacturing plant in the U.S. by 2015.
Boeing celebrated the opening of its new 787 plant in South Carolina, despite an ongoing lawsuit from the National Labor Relations Board about the company's decision not to locate the facility in Washington state.
Laboratorias Hipra, a company that makes animal vaccines, has proposed to build a 90 million-dollar headquarters building in Ames, Iowa.
Daimler Trucks adds additional shifts in three cities to keep up with production.
Entries now open to honor innovation with 24th annual Product of the Year contest
AcuAMP line of current sensors now includes ac ground fault sensors and dc current transducers and switches
Workshop: May 3, 2011; Forest Park, GA
U.S. Rep. Tim Holden and Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland visited ArcelorMittal's steel factory to promote bills for a national manufacturing strategy.
It will take ‘a miracle’ for unfolding events not to create problems for Komatsu, according to local plant chief
Union members at the Harley-Davidson Inc. plant in Kansas City have accepted a labor contract that keeps the work at their factory but will result in the loss of many jobs.
The new Helios USA solar photovoltair manufacturing facility in Wisconsin is already producing modules and expects to create more than 50 long-term jobs.
BMW plans to invest another $100 million in its Spartanburg County plant with intent to focus on export operations and the X3 SKD program.
Today’s automation systems are a hybrid of mission-specific control technologies and Windows-based open systems. This open architecture offers possibilities in terms of system configurations and application software; however, it presents some risks as well. Incompatibility of disparate applications running on the same platform, mismanagement of user privileges, and other security risks threaten the reliability and security of these systems. While automation professionals understand how to manage the configuration of the automation systems themselves, they don’t understand how to manage the underlying infrastructure.
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Keynotes, plant tours, Lean manufacturing knowledge -- and a refund if you're not satisfied with the information
That's not news to Plant Engineering readers, but CNN is reporting manufacturing job growth is outpacing the rest of the private sector
Partnership with AMT to create 'one-stop shopping' for American manufacturers in Chicago event.
NAM president talks innovation, tax relief and a stronger perception of plant floor work at IMTS opening Tuesday.
Your new product could be among the 2010 winners -- but only if you enter.
The VigilantPlant Services package of automation service solutions is designed to help manufacturers achieve safe, environmentally friendly and profitable plant operations over the plant lifecycle in line with the Yokogawa VigilantPlant concept. The company reorganized its operational and consulting services business as VigilantPlant Services, featuring Opportunity Identification Services, whic...
A look at how change is affecting manufacturing worldwide
Automation Studio Target for Simulink integrates development models constructed in Simulink simulation environment and model-based design software provided by The MathWorks. The open architecture of B&R Automation Studio and the seamless integration of B&R Automation Studio Target for Simulink make an efficient incorporation into automation projects with minimal user involvement.
The issue of workforce development for the next generation of manufacturing remains the most important issue facing plant floor managers. A major part of that issue is showing young people why manufacturing is a successful and dynamic career choice for the 21st century. In an effort to call further attention to this issue, Plant Engineering and Mobil Industrial Lubricants will sponsor the Futur...
Free download offers a 3D plant view
New $1 billion plant gets a formal introduction to Tennessee
WSJ: Volkswagen, BMW preparing to accelerate manufacturing here
Intergraph is integrating its SmartPlant Enterprise plant configuration solution, SmartPlant Instrumentation, with the PAS Integrity/DOC4000 product family to provide plant owners with a consolidated view of their control infrastructure for improved operations management. The consolidated, up-to-date view of the plant's control infrastructure is designed to give process industry users the abili...
They manage different kinds of plants of different sizes with different levels of complexity. Yet plant managers share a common language and face common problems. In 2008, one problem emerged as a major concern. They used words like “crashing” and “sagging” and “crisis” to describe the general state of the manufacturing economy they face each day.
Nominate a young plant leader for Future 30 recognition
According to the 2008 Great Lakes Manufacturing survey of 431 manufacturing facilities conducted by the Manufacturing Performance Institute, Illinois plants have the highest average employee count at 363.
Automaker offers buyouts to reduce its workforce in Michigan and Ohio
VW looks to increase auto sales here; plant price tag may hit $1.2B
So far, 2008 has been a big year for Spriax Sarco's plant in Blythewood, SC. The company is marking its 100th anniversary, and the Blythewood facility is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Add in the 2007 Top Plant designation from Plant Engineering, and it seemed like a party was in order. That's just what employees and dignitaries enjoyed in Blythewood on May 16.
3-D plant design software has become more pervasive and easier to use, a new study has found, and using 3-D plant design will help smaller companies remain competitive.
What does increasing consumer demand for smaller vehicles mean for SUV manufacturing plants?
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The ExxonMobil lubricants plant in Port Allen, LA executed the flawless startup of its new enterprise control system provided by Invensys Process Systems. Through a joint Invensys and ExxonMobil team effort, the installation was successfully completed and the plant was back to full production with no safety incidents.
Honeywell will provide paper manufactuer Billerud with a DaVinci Quality Control System and a range of actuators as part of a project to a paper machine at Billerud's plant in Karlsborg, Sweden.
We’ve been awfully nosy the last few months. We’ve been poking and prodding you for a lot of information. We’ve asked about how you do your job, how you do it well, what you earn and what you think about the state of manufacturing. We’re different from most of the pundits who comment on manufacturing in that we actually talked to plant floor managers before we offered ou...
Jeff Liker, University of Michigan professor and author of The Toyota Way Fieldbook, keynotes the first entry in this year’s management performance series.
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Part of the buzz at ISA Expo 2007 was the discussion surrounding the organization's proposed name change. The ISA Executive Board voted unanimously to change the organization's name from the “Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society” to the “International Society for Automation.
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Since joining the company in 1978, Crandall has served in a broad range of finance and operational roles across the Rockwell Automation organization and has been interim CFO since April.
The world is a fairly fractured place these days. War and politics and Yankees fans and Red Sox fans – it's enough to make you yearn for the good old days of the Cold War. So the ARC Advisory Group's discussion of collaboration at its manufacturing forum in late June in Boston came at an especially good time.
Activplant’s Activate 2007 conference will be Sept. 16 through Sept. 19 at the ChampionsGate resort in Orlando.
The lifecycle of plant floor data no longer begins and ends on the plant floor; rather it has been transformed into a complex network of many-to-many information flows. This network includes collected plant floor data, job roles and functional groups utilizing collected data, and the enabling technology utilized. Consequently, these information flows are defined by the answers manufacturers’ give to the following questions:• Which pieces of plant floor data are collected?• How is plant floor data collected?• Which job roles and functional groups within the enterprise utilize plant floor data?• How is technology utilized in regard to shop floor data?This Benchmark Report will provide the answers to these questions and will also provide further analysis which draws correlations between the answers to these questions and Best in Class performance. For more on the study, click here .
When you are looking to solve a problem in your plant, time is of the essence. When you’ve only got a few minutes each day to get up to date on manufacturing, you want concise information that gets right to the point. With new technology and strategies emerging each day, you need a trusted source to showcase the best new ideas in the market.
Aberdeen Group research indicates that the number one internal challenge manufacturers are facing to improve manufacturing execution , is the gap between ERP and the shop floor. While one way to respond to this challenge is to implement MES , this step has opened up a host of new challenges for manufacturers to address Aberdeen is conducting research for an upcoming Benchmark Manufacturing Execution System Report. To take the survey, please click here .
Aberdeen Group research indicates that the number one internal challenge manufacturers are facing to improve manufacturing execution is the gap between ERP and the shop floor. While one way to respond to this challenge is to implement MES , this step has opened up a host of new challenges for manufacturers to address. Aberdeen is conducting research for an upcoming Benchmark Manufacturing Execution System Report. brief survey .
The UNO-3074 comes with two RS-232 ports, two RS-232/422/485 ports with RS-485 automatic flow control, two 10/100 Ethernet ports, four USB ports and four PCI-bus expansion slots for versatile applications. It supports Windows XP (SP2) and is embedded with write protection (EWF) with a pre-configured image that has optimized onboard device drivers.
Automation World Conference & Exhibit targets users and specifiers of process, plant and utility automation equipment, software and services. Learn about the latest solutions and future trends in Automation from ABB experts and industry leaders. Spend three days with your peers and discuss their successes and business challenges.
Plant Engineering’s exclusive Salary Survey appears in the January issue, and it takes an overall look at how plant managers and plant engineers around the country view their job and their future. In drilling down on a regional basis, we find stronger confidence on the West Coast and Southwest. One-third of plant managers in the Southwest believe their salaries will increase more than 4% in the coming year, compared with the national average of 20%. Plant managers in the Mountain, Pacific and North Central regions also see more likelihood of a larger pay hike than those east of the Mississippi. By the numbers: My salary will increase 4% or more in 2007: Southwest33% Mountain25% North Central24% Pacific23% Average20% Northeast18% Midwest16% Southeast15% That correlates to the security plant managers find in their work: By the numbers: I consider manufacturing a secure career: Southwest74% Mountain73% North Central69% Average62% Southeast61% Pacific60% Midwest60% Northeast52% Plant managers in the west also see a greater potential for continued growth in their businesses in the coming year: By the numbers: The number of employees in my department will increase in the coming year: Southwest39% Mountain38% Pacific37% North Central35% Average29% Northeast27% Southeast25% Midwest21% There was also a great disparity by region in those who believed their departments would shrink in 2007.
Did you miss the ProMat 2007 show held this week at Chicago’s McCormick Place? Plant Engineering was there and spoke to some of the experts on the show floor. Senior Editor Kevin Campbell visited with Gregg Branning , president of Accu-Sort Systems , George Marshall , director of sales development for warehouse products for Hyster Company , Ken Fry , business development manager, global OEM team for Rockwell Automation , John Nofsinger , CEO of show sponsor MHIA and Stephen Legg , director, product and technology development for FKI Logistex on some of the trends in the industry that they’re seeing. Just click on their names to hear what they had to say!.
Plant Engineering’s new daily blog, Five Fast Things, is already generating a good bit of attention. Now readers can get involved directly in two ways: “We want the blog to be interactive. That’s how you generate conversation and ideas,” said Vavra. “It’s through the sharing of those ideas that things can improve for plant managers – and that’s th...
By every measure, American manufacturing plants are more productive than they have ever been. That productivity translates into efficiencies and cost-savings for manufacturing. Plant managers who achieved cost efficiencies in 2006 were rewarded with a record bonus, according to Plant Engineering's exclusive 2006 Salary Survey.
Check out the new Plant Engineering blog on the home page at www.plantengineering.com . Plant Engineering's 2006 Top Plant Award winners are among the items discussed in chief editor Bob Vavra's December 15th blog entry.
At the end of the year, we spend a lot of time to take stock of what has been gained and lost in the preceding 12 months. In 2006, there has been much to tally up on both sides of that equation. Looking back is useful for historians – and in a way, magazine editors are historians. Looking back gives us perspective on where we've been, and a foundation to build for the future.
AppliedAutomation, PLANT ENGINEERING's quarterly supplement on plant-level automation strategies, has collected a series of white papers on a variety of automation topics. Among the knowledge that can be gained by visiting www.plantengineering.com and clicking on the AppliedAutomation link are: There are new white papers and case studies added frequently The site's address is: www.
Users and specifiers of process, plant and utility automation equipment, software and services should attend Automation World Conference & Exhibition, Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL, March 20—22, to learn about the latest solutions and future trends in automation from ABB experts and industry leaders. Spend three days with your peers and discuss their successes and business challenges. Talk directly to ABB development engineers and management.
Activplant has named Chuck Frosst to the role of president, with president and CEO Ted Williams becomes chairman of the board of directors. The company said the appointments are “accelerating the company's strategic growth plan and transformation into a performance management applications provider.
A recent poll of PLANT ENGINEERING readers found 73% use the Internet daily – and every reader uses it at least once a week. Web access is everywhere, and with the launch of new Web productivity tools, the Internet is a click away for most managers. But the Internet is also a large place, and making sense of it all, and customizing that vast content for each Web user can be a daunting task.
Users are already finding a visit to Smiley’s Island to be both fun and educational. The new survival game delivers automation information by building Smiley an automation system on a desert island. The game, sponsored by AutomationDirect, is now available to play at www.plantengineering.com. It starts with a trip to the home page and a click on Smiley.
Hyperbole is often unnecessary and more often wrong. The media makes claims that time proves were premature or unwarranted. We also overuse the word 'superstar' so much that its meaning is diminished. Today's 'superstar' becomes yesterday's “where-are-they-now” feature seemingly overnight.
Rules for entering | Tips for a better entry | Entry form The 19th Annual PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year AWARDS COMPETITION Overview The premier honor for new products in the PLANT ENGINEERING market. Here's just a few of the benefits that could be yours: Prominent publicity in PLANT ENGINEERING magazine Sales leads to interested potential customers Special award merchandise available Use of the exclusive 'Product of the Year' logo Recognition at the awards presentation during the National Plant Engineering & Management Show in Chicago Publicity for your product in the PLANT ENGINEERING booth at the National Plant Engineering & Management Show Your new product could be among 150 finalists and Use an official entry form rules sheet . Feel free to make copies of it, if appropriate, but only entries using this form will be accepted.
Smiley is a survivor. Even though he’s shipwrecked on a desert island, he has all the tools he needs to survive. But he’s going to need some help. Smiley is the lead character in a new online game sponsored by AutomationDirect that debuts on the PLANT ENGINEERING Website this month at www.
Ball Corporation recently announced plans to replace the beverage-can manufacturing volume it lost in Europe when a fire damaged its plant in Hassloch, Germany, on April 1. Prior to the fire, the Hassloch plant produced approximately 2 billion 33-cl and 50-cl steel beverage cans annually. Ball plans to rebuild the Hassloch facility as a two-line plant capable of producing 1.3 billion steel beverage cans annually. At the same time, Ball will add a second production line in its plant in Hermsdorf, Germany, to produce approximately 700 million aluminum beverage cans annually. The total cost of the two projects is estimated to be approximately $112.7 million and is expected to be largely covered by insurance proceeds.
The Automation Federation recently announced the designation of classes of organizational affiliations for member groups. The classifications include: Charter Member Organization In order to be a charter member, the organization must join the Federation during 2006, be a nonprofit with a compatible mission and publicly support the mission of the Federation. The organization has voting membership on the Federation board of directors, pays a royalty to the Federation to support infrastructure and has a legal affiliation with ISA that qualifies the organization to receive financial support from ISA.
We are overwhelmed with data – or at least that’s what I read in a recent study on the topic. Our data is now portable, too. I broke down a couple of months back and got a BlackBerry, which fits in nicely with my laptop, my home laptop and my personal cell phone. I’ve got recharging cords of all shapes and sizes.
More than 2,500 automation professionals attended ABB’s Automation World 2006 Users Conference and Exhibition, held in Houston, TX May 9—11, exceeding last year’s attendance by more than 45%. The three-day event featured 400 workshops and a 40,000 square foot exhibition hall with hands-on demonstrations and displays of ABB automation products and systems, and those of channel partners. ABB also announced the 2007 event date and venue. ABB Automation World 2007 will be held at the Caribe Royale resort in Orlando, FL on March 20—22, 2007.
The American Water Works Association’s annual DSS Conference and Exposition will be held Sept. 17-20 at the PhoenixConvention Center and the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, promising information and exhibits on the best in water system distribution, engineering, and plant operations issues. The event is part of the AWWA’s 125thanniversary celebration. The DSS conference is designed to address the most pressing issues facing water distribution, engineering, and plant operations professionals.
ABB’s 2006 Automation World event will be May 8 through 11 at The Hilton Americas in Houston. The 2006 Automation World offers a series of solution-focused seminars and work groups, as well as a number of keynotes on key issues facing manufacturing. Among the keynotes will be retired NASA astronaut Navy Capt. Jerry Linenger, who spent five months aboard the Russian space station Mir.
Daimler Chrysler's Belvidere, IL plant was named the 2005 recipient of PLANT ENGINEERING's Top Plant, and our December issue highlighted the excellence of an automobile manufacturer in the U.S. using new and old techniques to grow. Some of that growth is already evident, as Chrysler announced last month they were adding a second shift at the Belvidere facility to continue to build new cars.
Today, it's more important than ever to voice your views on the state of manufacturing, the role of the plant engineer and the issues that will shape the future of our industry. PLANT ENGINEERING offers a number of ways to participate in that dialogue electronically. PE Poll Each month, PLANT ENGINEERING's readers can go to www.
Top Plant means more than just a place where things are manufactured well. A true Top Plant takes all of the innovation available today — mechanical and human — and brings it together to build products efficiently, productively and safely. It brings together the best of man and machine to support not just its workers, but the community in which they live and work.
Reed Exhibitions, producers of National Manufacturing Week and other market-leading industrial events, announces plans to significantly expand its presence in the U.S. manufacturing event marketplace to include regional event franchises in targeted cities throughout the U.S. The events will specifically serve the complex needs of Plant Engineers and Facilities Managers.
Plant Engineering magazine is partnering with Abbott, Langer & Associates, Inc., a firm that specializes in compensation data, to produce a new report on compensation levels in the plant engineering function. The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) is also supporting the project. To compile the data, we are conducting an online survey, and we encourage all of our readers to partici...
Beginning in 2003, National Plant Engineering & Facilities Management Show is the new name for the plant show component of National Manufacturing Week, it was announced by Reed Exhibition Companies (REC), the show producers. The annual exhibition will also be known as the National Plant Engineering Show.
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Some 1,355 plant engineering personnel participated in our 1999 salary survey. Read highlights from the survey, such as how salaries correspond to education levels, plant size, years of experience, types of manufacturing employer, salaries by region and more.
E-commerce is the wave of the future. Yes, sir. No doubt about it. The possibilities boggle the mind. It'll be a dream come true. Well, maybe.
In the September 1999 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "Uncommon side: The hoodwinked employee -- Part I.
It would be all too fitting to follow the course of so many other publications' year-end issue and provide you with predictions about the Year 2000, whether it be the impact of the Y2K glitch to the internet or how the World Wide Web will evolve in the coming year. However, commenting on the former would just be overkill, and providing insight on the latter would be like trying to predict the weather in Chicago. So to close out the year, we'll instead focus on the facts -- recent additions and upgrades to Plant Engineering Online (www.plantengineering.com) that you may not be aware of and ones you can expect to see in the new millennium. Fact 1: PE channels evolve Within your favorite PE channel(s), you can now access topic-related articles and new product and literature information with a single click of your mouse. Perform targeted keyword searches within each PE channel for content related only to the topics covered in that channel or, if you're the browsing type, click through to the archives page for links to any articles published by Plant Engineering magazine or exclusively online in the last 5 yr. What can you expect to find in the Plant Engineering channels in the coming months? We'll be giving you a better look at what's available at our IndustryStore.com web site with featured titles in each channel.
This month, we take some time to highlight the newest addition to the family of channels presented in Plant Engineering Online (www.plantengineering.com), as well as some news and notes about upcoming online developments.
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In the March 1999 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "Uncommon side: Disloyal assistant -- Part I.
Are the most recent terrorist events in schools a portent for industry? The tragedy of Littleton, CO, has sparked all the usual questions, accusations, and frustrations as people search for reasons, explanations, and understanding.
Back in September when we conducted a reader survey for our web site, www. plantengineering.com, one of the more anticipated results was the breakdown of preferred media for reading Plant Engineering magazine (print, web site, or both).
So, if you haven't figured it out already, Plant Engineering Online is conducting a survey to let your voice be heard. Between now and the end of September, we are asking that you log on to Plant Engineering Online (www.plantengineering.
Plant Design System (PDS) is a comprehensive, computer-aided design/engineering application for plant design and construction.
For everyone who has ever asked, what does a plant engineer do?, there is a new definition of the plant engineering function.
This is the first issue of Plant Engineering incorporating our new Design 2000 concepts. We think you will find it more readable, comprehensive, and useful than any other magazine you receive.