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Plant Automation September 15, 2022

Re-industrialization at risk from automation education gap

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.

By ABB
Plant Automation August 26, 2022

Digi-Key’s mammoth product distribution center supports steep bookings growth

The 2.2 million square foot facility incorporates densely packed storage and goods-to-person order preparation

By Kevin Parker
Plant Automation July 30, 2022

15 pieces of automation advice from ROKLive 2022

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).

By Mark T. Hoske
Plant Automation July 28, 2022

Six ways vertical commissioning can benefit a food facility project

Vertical commissioning can significantly improve immediate return on investment (ROI) at start-up due to fewer unexpected challenges.

By Rao Kolla
Plant Automation July 27, 2022

Applying automation in today’s manufacturing facilities

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).

By Chris Clayton
Plant Automation July 18, 2022

Five things to look out for with actuated valves in high-pressure environments

When using actuated valves, users should consider the valve size, actuation speed, where the application is being used and more.

By Gilbert Welsford Jr.
Plant Automation July 1, 2022

Why automation matters for every manufacturer

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.

By Paul Rivers
Plant Automation June 27, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: June 20-26, 2022

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.

By McKenzie Burns
Plant Automation June 20, 2022

Automation and manufacturing trends for the future

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.

By Tim Dawson
Plant Automation June 17, 2022

Flexible automation, robotics at Automate

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation June 13, 2022

Factory digital transformation benefits

How manufacturing is improving through digitization and is worth the time and effort necessary to make it a cornerstone of a facility.

By Trent Maw
Plant Automation June 7, 2022

Automation can help manufacturers, workers thrive

The growing need for skilled workers and increased automation should be a joint venture that can provide benefits for the company and employees.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation May 27, 2022

Industry 5.0’s role in process manufacturing’s evolution

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.

By Andreas Eschbach
Plant Automation May 23, 2022

Choosing the right hoses for food production

Selecting the right hoses for the right purposes is critical to the safe, successful and continued operation of food and beverage facilities.

By Jeff Swecker and Jason Goode
Plant Automation May 4, 2022

Overcoming industrial automation implementation challenges

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.

By Arkadiusz Grzegorek
Plant Automation April 25, 2022

Combat labor shortages with automated solutions

Implement automated features into the manufacturing process to remain agile and equipped to meet future consumer demands.

By Rao Kolla
Plant Automation April 22, 2022

Three ways SaaS enables global manufacturing process standardization

Software as a service (SaaS) can help solve the problems faced by companies to take manufacturing process improvement and standardization worldwide.

By Eric Whitley
Plant Automation April 22, 2022

Full stack automation operational, workforce benefits

Full stack automation can help manufacturers be more flexible and ready for automation changes and can give engineers better, more accurate real-time information.

By Sean Murray
Plant Automation April 11, 2022

Industrial automation components with large axial forces require long linear movement

Applications include automation and robotics, machine tools, material handling and printing presses.

By Egbert Strahler
Plant Automation April 6, 2022

Optimize warehouse logistics with AMRs

Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) can improve warehouse logistics with shorter lead times, increased flexibility and more.

By FlexQube
Plant Automation April 1, 2022

Factory manufacturing execution systems: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Manufacturing execution systems play a large role in plants, but they have some problems that hinder the plant owners.

By Trent Maw
Plant Automation March 30, 2022

Six ways to improve productivity with automated material handling systems

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.

By Brendon Turner
Plant Automation March 16, 2022

Five factors to considering when choosing a spec site for food, beverage

Food and beverage manufacturing has unique needs and it’s impossible to guarantee a spec building will meet them without retrofitting.

By Matthew Lane
Plant Automation March 15, 2022

Global supply chain disruptions loom over automation market

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.

By Jimmy Carroll
Plant Automation March 12, 2022

Robotics, motion control, machine vision, AI

Think Again: Business is strong for automation, as explained by speakers at the A3 Business Forum in February.

By Mark T. Hoske
Plant Automation March 11, 2022

Framework established to diagnose 3D-printing errors

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.

By Sarah Small
Plant Automation February 24, 2022

Entries open for startup challenge at automation show

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.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Plant Automation February 4, 2022

Understanding the basics of automation validation

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.

By Rob Goldsmith
Plant Automation January 28, 2022

United Kingdom expected to lead warehouse automation market

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.

By Ash Sharma
Plant Automation January 27, 2022

AGV-related material-handling safety

Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can improve productivity and output, but they do have limits manufacturers should be aware of.

By Luke Goodwin
Plant Automation January 20, 2022

Five ways AGVs provide value to supply chains

Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can improve supply chain productivity, capacity and safety by taking over repetitive tasks and streamlining certain aspects.

By Luke Goodwin
Plant Automation January 6, 2022

How automation can help with high demand

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.

By Neil Ballinger
Plant Automation December 23, 2021

Tank farm automation best practices

New Zealand system integrator implemented a dedicated tank farm control system based on remote input/output (I/O) couplers connected via EtherCAT.

By Andres Oetken
Plant Automation December 13, 2021

Use thermocouple tech to achieve reliable multipoint temperature profiling

Advanced temperature measurement technology for cleaner, safer and more profitable downstream operations depends on reliable thermocouple technology

By Mark Thomas and Chase Thorn
Plant Automation November 18, 2021

Composite metal foam (CMF) on its way to influencing market

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

By Deborah Strange
Plant Automation November 10, 2021

How defects can strengthen 3D-printed material

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.

By David Nutt
Plant Automation November 3, 2021

Endress+Hauser inaugurates Texas campus

Endress+Hauser brings instrumentation, services and solutions closer to users in the process industries.

By Jack Smith
Plant Automation November 2, 2021

Ceramic 3D printing materials expanding

The materials available for ceramic additive manufacturing are diverse, but ripe for further innovation and offerings.

By IDTechEx
Plant Automation October 24, 2021

Succeeding with digital transformation post COVID-19

See three recommendations for companies to seize the extraordinary opportunity to automate that the pandemic disruptions created.

By Dieter Krockauer
Plant Automation October 13, 2021

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital: Curry, Fetch, Revere, Zebra

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.

By Clint Bundy
Plant Automation October 7, 2021

Integrate ERP and CRM for manufacturing

Smart manufacturing firms bring together technology, business processes and people; a critical component in this plan is the integration of ERP with CRM

By Pat Garrehy
Plant Automation September 25, 2021

Bulk bag weigh batching controls compensate for terra cotta ingredient variations

Using this process creates better batch accuracy and less maintenance

By David Boger
Plant Automation September 23, 2021

Cutting tool orders up more than 25% from July 2020

Analysis of cutting tool consumption is a leading indicator of both upturns and downturns in U.S. manufacturing activity.

By Patrick McGibbon
Plant Automation September 21, 2021

Manufacturing technology orders rise in July

Manufacturing technology orders are increasing since the start of the pandemic as companies find their footing.

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Plant Automation September 16, 2021

When and where lights-out automation makes sense

Automation and effectively using enterprise systems help manufacturers succeed in the post-COVID manufacturing era

By Paul Denmark
Plant Automation August 24, 2021

Hybrid additive manufacturing in the factory of the future

Balancing additive and subtractive manufacturing might be the key to new efficiencies

By Lynne Peskoe-Yang
Plant Automation August 20, 2021

Applying automation: The right infrastructure for the best results

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.

By Joe Berti
Plant Automation August 14, 2021

Making the case for full automation

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.

By Daniel E. Capano
Plant Automation August 12, 2021

How to quantify latency in batch processes

Here’s how advanced analytics software finds the root cause of, and the solution for, operational delays in batch processes.

By Doug Beach
Plant Automation August 11, 2021

4 variables to consider before applying new automation technologies

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.

By Tom Jensen
Plant Automation August 10, 2021

How tomorrow’s automation technology will transform workforce

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.

By Joe Bastone
Plant Automation August 6, 2021

On-site presence is key for warehouse automation systems

More than $4 billion was generated by OEMs and system integrators and the on-site presence was a large chunk of it.

By Jason Depreaux
Plant Automation August 2, 2021

Siemens, Dow partner on process production test bed

The many uses of the digital twins in process automation

By Kevin Parker
Plant Automation July 29, 2021

How warehouse automation business models are diverging

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.

By Rueben Scriven
Plant Automation July 29, 2021

Engineering company installs automated production, material handling solutions

Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) completed two major projects at Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Co., based in Michigan.

By Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)
Plant Automation July 8, 2021

Nissan accelerates assembly, lowers costs with 3D printing

Additive manufacturing uses sophisticated motion controls and moves from seamlessly from design to manufacturing; 3D printing with metal continues to progress.

By Mark T. Hoske
Plant Automation July 2, 2021

Improving operator performance from field to control room

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.

By Meha Jha, Marcio Donnangelo and Tim Olsen
Plant Automation June 28, 2021

Process industry technical center opened

Beckhoff Automation opened a Process Industry Technical Center in Houston with a focus on process manufacturing

By Beckhoff Automation
Plant Automation June 15, 2021

Four tips to get your process manufacturing facility off the ground

The next process manufacturing facility project can be made easier with precise planning, scheduling and coordination.

By Michael Grochowski
Plant Automation June 6, 2021

Warehouse automation vendors focusing on after-sales services market

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.

By Jason Depreaux
Plant Automation June 4, 2021

Process automation standard integrated into control systems

Emerson is integrating the MTP process automation standard into its control systems to help increase speed-to-market and reduce project and operations costs.

By Emerson Automation
Plant Automation May 24, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 17-23, 2021

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.

By Keagan Gay
Plant Automation May 13, 2021

How to use automation technology for remote operations

Automation technology for remote operation and plant maintenance is becoming more prevalent.

By Justin Lesley, Timothy Albers, Pranesh Rao
Plant Automation May 6, 2021

Automation built for resiliency

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.

By Bill Dehner
Plant Automation April 16, 2021

Tackle obsolescence with additive manufacturing

3D printed spare parts are a revolutionary force

By Claudia Jarrett
Plant Automation April 13, 2021

How hyperautomation can help manufacturers

Hyperautomation technologies is a fast-growing concept that offers many benefits for the industrial sector.

By Guy Kirkwood
Plant Automation April 12, 2021

Integrated automation suites solve 24/7 connectivity problems

Edge solutions deliver data insights that increase uptime

By John DeTellem and Ramey Miller
Plant Automation March 31, 2021

How to achieve remote automation success

In a remote, yet connected world, this is how to keep pace with the changing face of automation in manufacturing

By Ram Ramamoorthy
Plant Automation March 26, 2021

Digitalization, automation advice, benefits

A global manufacturer explains benefits and offers advice about connecting the real world of manufacturing to the virtual world, through digitalization and automation.

By Mark T. Hoske
Plant Automation March 24, 2021

Refining tests for detecting COVID-19 in wastewater facilities

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.

By Mike Williams
Plant Automation March 19, 2021

Wastewater treatment reactor improves energy costs, reduces pollution

Systems featuring a 'membrane-aerated biofilm reactor' can also remove more nitrogen from treatment plant discharges have been developed by University of Michigan researchers.

By James Lynch
Plant Automation March 7, 2021

Address strategic flow control concerns

Finding the skilled workers to fill those repatriated positions is a challenge for companies looking to support reshoring

By Kevin Parker
Plant Automation March 7, 2021

Six steps for supporting an automation system

There’s nothing revolutionary in this six-step process; however, it is a workable model for helping to find, analyze and correct system issues.

By Ed Miller
Plant Automation February 28, 2021

Future-proofing process control systems with Lean project execution

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.

By Joe Bastone
Plant Automation February 26, 2021

Research project for safer autonomous vehicles

Semcon is working with Vinnova on a research project to devise analysis methods and processes for continuous development of safe connected and automated vehicles. 

By Semcon
Plant Automation February 23, 2021

Automation benefits on the factory floor

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.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Plant Automation February 20, 2021

Industrial automation partnerships build strength in numbers

Partnerships and collaboration are the foundation that enable end-users and suppliers to develop complete solutions for industrial automation and beyond.

By Thomas Burke
Plant Automation February 4, 2021

Integrating flow, process control improves operations

System integration, operations advice: Integrated flow and process control can significantly improve oil and gas operations.

By Tim Manning
Plant Automation January 30, 2021

Boosting productivity with automation

Manufacturers that adopt automation will gain long-term success

By Tom Bouchier
Plant Automation January 23, 2021

Digitalization crucial for food manufacturing processes

Smart and proactive digital solutions can help support ongoing operations even through disruptive global events like the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Suzanne Gill
Plant Automation January 9, 2021

How digital twins can help process simulations

Digital twins can help model-based technologies provide a basis for continuous process optimization and efficient plant operation.

By Eckard Eberle
Plant Automation January 9, 2021

Four ways to ensure production resiliency in food processing

Food processing operations need to be resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic and can achieve this by improving collaboration and enforcing consistency.

By Sree Hameed
Plant Automation November 16, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 9-15, 2020

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation November 11, 2020

Maintenance automation: create a new recipe for data integration

To get top ROI for digitalizing your asset maintenance, consider a modernized version of the automation pyramid using ISA-95 Enterprise-Control System Integration.

By Brian Harrison
Plant Automation September 25, 2020

Automated container terminal streamlines U.S. supply chain

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

By Nelly Ayllon
Plant Automation September 15, 2020

Three reasons why businesses should invest in automation technology

Process automation is one of the most valuable additions a team can make in terms of digital transformation

By Gustavo Sepulveda
Plant Automation September 13, 2020

Software still eating world

Software is modeling the world around us in an increasingly comprehensive way

By Kevin Parker
Plant Automation August 19, 2020

Auto manufacturers are leveraging AR/VR technologies to address COVID-19

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.

By GridRaster
Plant Automation August 10, 2020

Redefining the boundaries of industrial automation

Production challenges do not wait on IT developments and automation technology advances enable data access and use from almost anywhere.

By George Walker
Plant Automation July 24, 2020

Predictive analytics for efficient manufacturing production

Food and beverage manufacturers can use predictive analytics to reduce product waste and downtime.

By Lee Sullivan
Plant Automation July 23, 2020

Space-rate force/torque sensor developed for Mars 2020 Rover

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.

By ATI Industrial Automation
Plant Automation July 21, 2020

Graphene shield improves wastewater protection

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.

By Jade Boyd
Plant Automation July 10, 2020

Five tips for selecting the correct process valve for the job

Choosing an industrial valve for process applications depends on a variety of parameters: Use these five tips to help with process valve selection.

By Matthew Glicksman
Plant Automation July 3, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on Chinese automation markets

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. 

By Stone Shi
Plant Automation June 23, 2020

COVID-19 survey results show impact on automation industry

How the global coronavirus pandemic has effected manufacturing, onshoring, new developments, and more

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Plant Automation June 17, 2020

Polymer manufacturing technique developed vehicle, packaging production

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.

By Chris Adam
Plant Automation June 15, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 8-14, 2020

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation June 9, 2020

Manufacturers upgrading their plants during COVID-19 shutdown

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.

By Joey Hancock
Plant Automation June 3, 2020

The making of a modern pet food processing plant

Advanced design elements are helping food and beverage manufacturers better adjust to a modern pet food processing plant.

By Jeff Matis
Plant Automation May 30, 2020

Separating process control and safety systems

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).

By Scott Hayes
Plant Automation May 8, 2020

Engineering impact on COVID-19

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.

By Mark T. Hoske
Plant Automation April 27, 2020

ATMP facilities: The cost of manufacturing a magic bullet

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.

By Noel Maestre
Plant Automation April 24, 2020

Timely supply chain solutions for the food and beverage industry

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing industries involved in the food supply chain to better manage their operations to prevent shortages from happening.

By RTM Associates
Plant Automation April 22, 2020

Product pages launched to help companies find products during COVID-19 pandemic

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.

By Allied Electronics & Automation
Plant Automation April 22, 2020

Managing the cultural upheaval with Smart Manufacturing

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.

By Conrad Leiva and Stefan Zippel
Plant Automation April 6, 2020

The future of industrial automation training

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.

By Jon Breen
Plant Automation March 31, 2020

What do taxes, water and wastewater services and automation system integration have in common?

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.

By Duane Grob
Plant Automation March 27, 2020

Manufacturer connects healthcare field to produce components through additive manufacturing

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.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.
Plant Automation March 25, 2020

Manufacturer receives operations waiver during coronavirus outbreak in Pennsylvania

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.

By Flexicon Corporation
Plant Automation March 24, 2020

Manufacturers focusing on faster automation in wake of coronavirus

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.

By GlobalData
Plant Automation March 18, 2020

Coronavirus will force manufacturers to enhance automation, digitalization

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.

By Jan Zhang
Plant Automation February 18, 2020

Improving operations can save money for food, beverage manufacturers

Reducing operating expenses for food and beverage manufacturing applications does not mean compromising product quality and human safety.

By Niranjan Kulkarni
Plant Automation January 20, 2020

Plant-based food manufacturing growth benefits

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.

By Jason Robertson
Plant Automation January 11, 2020

How clear were 2020 automation predictions?

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?

By Mark T. Hoske
Plant Automation January 9, 2020

Subscription software drives digital transformation

A subscription delivery model can hasten adoption automation software required to progress in the journey toward digital transformation.

By George Bauer
Plant Automation December 24, 2019

Improve process control engineering with better collaboration, security

The process control system can provide a reliable basis for effective and efficient collaboration for engineering projects.

By Manuel Keldenich
Plant Automation November 8, 2019

Nine critical considerations for aseptic processing in food and beverage

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.

By Pablo Coronel, PhD
Plant Automation October 11, 2019

Getting the automation zone “just right”

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation September 13, 2019

Leonard W. Moore, founder of Moore Industries-International passes away at 85

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.

By Mark T. Hoske
Plant Automation September 7, 2019

Digital twins, engineering future of automation

Rapid growth of data collection make rapid expansion of digital twins more likely to add automation, supply chain efficiencies and optimization.

By Stone Shi
Plant Automation July 30, 2019

Automation software can improve plant flexibility

The automotive industry, which can be rigid and inflexible, can improve production and meet increased demand for customization with automation software.

By Suzanne Gill
Plant Automation June 11, 2019

Integrated virtual control system announced for processing, oil and gas applications

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.

By Honeywell
Plant Automation April 15, 2019

Taking control of controls

Ford’s 10-year operational evolution started with network standards.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation April 1, 2019

Hannover Messe 2019, Day 1: Innovation challenged by human concerns

Supply chain leaders won’t link with digitalization; AI has human workers nervous.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation April 1, 2019

Manufacturing shrugs off issues as PMI climbs to 55.3%

Purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) bolstered by strong employment, orders, production.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation March 26, 2019

What is rate-predictive control?

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.

By Allan Kern
Plant Automation March 24, 2019

Automated test equipment attributes

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.

By Mark T. Hoske
Plant Automation March 7, 2019

Automation trends, insights from a new company president

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.

By Mark T. Hoske
Plant Automation March 4, 2019

Manufacturing and process facility trends: Digitalization

Technology update: Digitalization was are among key trends for manufacturing and process facilities highlighted in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.

By Mark T. Hoske
Plant Automation March 4, 2019

Manufacturing and process facility trends: Optimization

Technology update: Optimization is among key trends for manufacturing and process facilities highlighted in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.

By Mark T. Hoske
Plant Automation February 14, 2019

Automation company selects new president

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.

By Beckhoff Automation
Plant Automation February 14, 2019

Automation and robotics company acquired

Motion Industries has acquired Axis New England and Axis New York, an automation and robotics company.

By Motion Industries
Plant Automation December 16, 2018

System repairs: 6 steps to find the root cause

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

By Ed Miller
Plant Automation December 8, 2018

How to enhance automation systems with instrumentation, advanced analytics

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)

By Jack Smith
Plant Automation November 14, 2018

Five innovations moving the modern warehouse

As e-commerce expands, telematics, automation help keep pace as consumers and retailers evolve.

By Erica Moyer and Shannon Curtis
Plant Automation November 2, 2018

Making warehouse management efficient and better through CMMS

Here are seven ways CMMS can help with warehouse management and boost production.

By Lindsey Walker
Plant Automation September 17, 2018

A rousing success for IMTS, HMUSA

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.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation September 17, 2018

‘Living in a brownfield world’

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, bvavra@cfemedia.com.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation September 13, 2018

2018 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jon Breen, 31

Founder, Breen Machine Automation Services LLC, Madison, WI, United States

By McKenzie Burns, Production Coordinator
Plant Automation August 20, 2018

Align metrics throughout your plant

Plant managers must pay attention to the business side of manufacturing.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation July 23, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 16-22

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.

By Susie Bak, CFE Media
Plant Automation July 19, 2018

Cutting flooring costs can have long-term problems

Contaminants on a plant floor can result in uncontrolled bacteria and cause degradation in a product, particularly in food and beverage applications.

By Tom Rychlewski, CRB
Plant Automation June 4, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 28 to June 3

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.

By Susie Bak, CFE Media
Plant Automation May 23, 2018

Robotic and Lean manufacturing a good match

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.

By Detlef Stork, Lenze
Plant Automation May 21, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 14-20

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.

By Susie Bak, CFE Media
Plant Automation May 14, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 7-13

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.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Plant Automation May 2, 2018

PMI slips in April over labor concerns

“Business is off the charts” but manufacturers struggle to keep pace.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation April 30, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 23-29

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.

By Susie Bak, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 24, 2018

IIoT’s potential has big names looking for new solutions

From cloud security to plastic robots to full enterprise integration, suppliers introduce new ideas from familiar brands.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 23, 2018

EU, Mexico play trump card on trade

New trade agreement highlights opening of Hannover Messe 2018.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 10, 2018

IMTS, Hannover Messe USA see big growth for 2018 shows

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.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation March 13, 2018

Mexico to take center stage at Hannover Messe

"Fantastic opportunities" for 2018 Partner Country at global event in April.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation March 9, 2018

IIoT in the plant: three ways to profit

Business goals and organization must align to succeed.

By Dave McCarthy, Bsquare Corporation
Plant Automation January 15, 2018

Giving your robots a hand

Robots will be a bigger part of manufacturing in 2018 for two primary reasons.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation January 12, 2018

Planning for expansion

This article outlines tips to keep design-build project on schedule and on budget.

By Corey Zachel, SSOE Group
Plant Automation January 8, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Jan. 1-7

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.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Plant Automation January 3, 2018

Manufacturing ends 2017 with another strong performance

PMI jumps to 59.7% in December and finishes the year up more than 15%.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation January 2, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Dec. 25-31

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.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Plant Automation December 29, 2017

And a look back at what we did in 2017

It was a good year for manufacturers who improved their operating procedures.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation December 12, 2017

5 steps to robot implementation success

In order to ensure success when implementing a robotic system, it is important to get company-wide support, define success, and more.

By John Burg, Acieta
Plant Automation October 19, 2017

Saving time and money with remote monitoring

Three ways to improve operations with better data access.

By Brian Blum, Atlas Copco Compressors
Plant Automation October 18, 2017

Humanizing the plant’s machines

Cognitive engineering combines contextual awareness and situational intelligence.

By Bhupendra Bhate, L&T Technology Services Ltd.
Plant Automation October 11, 2017

Four keys to a successful RPM program

Repairable parts maintenance (RPM) focuses on root cause and reliability. An RPM program eliminates waste, improves component reliability, and optimizes factory performance.

By Mike Waltrip, Advanced Technology Services
Plant Automation October 2, 2017

Manufacturing is booming: PMI hits 13-year high

September’s 60.8 reading is 20% above growth level as prices continue to climb.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation October 2, 2017

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.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media
Plant Automation September 25, 2017

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.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media
Plant Automation September 18, 2017

Anatomy of a greenfield plant

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.

By Douglas Hall, Carol Jackson; HarbisonWalker International
Plant Automation September 18, 2017

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.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media
Plant Automation September 15, 2017

Robot’s agility offers material handling opportunities

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.

By Ed Mullen, Mobile Industrial Robots
Plant Automation September 15, 2017

Seven reasons why your RCA is not getting results

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.

By Shon Isenhour, Eruditio LLC
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Nabaa Alam, 24

Distillation Specialist Engineer, Imperial Oil Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Eric Anker, 29

Controls Engineer, MacroAir Technologies Inc., San Bernardino, Calif.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Josh Boswell, 29

Reliability Engineer, Advanced Technology Services, Peoria, Ill.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Gonzalo Conesa-Zamora, 38

Senior Controls Systems Engineer, ANSTO, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Stacey Cox, 33

Manager, Automation Engineering, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., Novato, Calif.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Marty Cwach, 39

Senior Product Manager – Sensors, Turck, Minneapolis

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Ryan Davis, 36

Senior Project Engineer, RedViking, Plymouth, Mich.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jason Gilbert, 36

Project Manager/Process Engineer, Dennis Group, Carlsbad, Calif.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Aurelia Gooden, 34

Engineer, Honda Manufacturing, Lincoln, Ala.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Nicholas Lang, 35

Manager of Advanced Technology, Siemens, Norwood, Ohio

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Ben Langstraat, 37

Lead Control Systems Analyst, Interstates Control Systems Inc., Sioux Center, Iowa

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Josh Leger, 28

Principal Software Automation Engineer, Kepware, Portland, Maine

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Angel McMullen-Gunn, 38

Quality Manager – Global Manufacturing, UTC Aerospace Systems, York, Neb.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Casey Noonan, 28

Project Manager, Industrial Automation Group, Modesto, Calif.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jim Riddle, 27

Industrial Engineer, Lenze, Uxbridge, Mass.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Matthew Seiman, 37

Engineering & IT Manager, CSP, Grabill, Ind.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Nishant Unnikrishnan, 39

Applications Engineer, Yaskawa America Inc., Waukegan, Ill.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 7, 2017

Hannover Messe USA to debut in 2018

Co-located with IMTS, newly-branded show will build on German trade event.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation August 23, 2017

Five ways to reduce energy waste in manufacturing processes

Companies can reduce their electric bill by avoiding energy expenditure spikes, monitoring their energy during downtimes, and investing in compressed air technology.

By Megan Nichols
Plant Automation August 10, 2017

Rewarding operational improvement: Target changes, not just numbers

Rewarding individual operators, and operations as a group, means recognizing them for their performance and acknowledging their contributions to their organization's goals.

By Michael W. Blanchard, CRE, PE, Life Cycle Engineering
Plant Automation July 13, 2017

Can you beat this benchmark?

Evaluating people-centric profitability is a powerful tool.

By Anne Graham, AME
Plant Automation July 10, 2017

PMI jumps to a 3-year high in June

Manufacturing index hits 57.8% as production, new orders soar

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation June 27, 2017

Embrace the digital plant to build a bridge to the future

Siemens officials call digital manufacturing ‘do or die’ in pushing for faster adoption at their automation summit in Florida.

By Bob Vavra, content manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation June 19, 2017

A bright, dynamic presentation of manufacturing knowledge

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.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation June 15, 2017

The cloud’s role in data management

The connectivity of devices that use the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) must collect and analyze lots and lots of data.

By Rebecca Boll, General Manager, Sales, GE Automation & Controls
Plant Automation June 12, 2017

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation June 9, 2017

Remote monitoring an antidote to downtime

Remote monitoring protects against skill shortages, complexity.

By Ante Tomicic and Phil Bush, Rockwell Automation
Plant Automation June 8, 2017

To use robots effectively, get started, get coaching

Robotiq integration coach David Gariépy talks about how to use robotics effectively and what the future of the industry looks like.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation June 6, 2017

A drive to succeed

Turn detective to troubleshoot ac drives for a quick resolution that will save time and money at a manufacturing plant.

By Tim Park, Danfoss Drives
Plant Automation June 2, 2017

May PMI ticks up slightly as manufacturing remains solid

The Purchasing Manufacturers' Index (PMI) rose slightly to 54.9%, marking eight years of economic growth.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation May 16, 2017

Self-guided lift truck

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.

By Yale Materials Handling Corporation
Plant Automation May 9, 2017

Manage expectations for a project scope

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.

By Tim Gellner, Maverick Technologies
Plant Automation May 4, 2017

Industrial Ethernet switches – 2017-05-04

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.

By AutomationDirect
Plant Automation May 1, 2017

Manufacturing index retreats, but remains on solid ground

PMI falls to 54.8%, but manufacturing sector optimism continues.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 28, 2017

Manufacturers still not embracing IIoT

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.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 26, 2017

German chancellor learns about Industrie 4.0 products at Hannover Messe

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.

By Kaeser
Plant Automation April 26, 2017

RIP, HMI: Everything now is an interface

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.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 25, 2017

Collaboration is the word at Hannover Messe

Big names announcing big partnerships to accelerate IIoT growth to help manufacturing productivity; Mexico is announced as the 2018 Hannover Messe Partner Country.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 24, 2017

Robots, humans coming closer to each other

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.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 20, 2017

Three ways to increase efficiency at a spirit manufacturing plant

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.

By Scott Baesler, Stellar
Plant Automation April 18, 2017

Confronting the elephant in the room

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.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 17, 2017

Investing in people pays dividends for you

In manufacturing, investing in people will have tremendous benefits for a company in the short- and long-term.

By Eric Runge, West Liberty Foods
Plant Automation April 12, 2017

A detailed approach to an SI partnership

Find the right system integrator, and then define the project scope to make the project a success.

By Tim Roberts, AutomationDirect
Plant Automation April 7, 2017

IIoT’s emergence just a matter of when

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will continue to grow as more investments are made and technology and skills continue to develop.

By Shree Dandekar, Honeywell Connected Plant
Plant Automation April 6, 2017

Digital plant’s value in real numbers

Hannover Messe sessions, displays are focused on how to realize IIoT’s potential as the show celebrates its 70th year.

By Bob Vavra, content manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 4, 2017

2016 Product of the Year Awards

The 2016 Product of the Year Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners are honored.

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation April 3, 2017

Manufacturing index remains strong in March

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.

By Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation March 14, 2017

Hannover Messe: As Partner Country, Poland poised to display innovation

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation March 13, 2017

Robots, humans collaborate on safety

A new age of collaborative robots put people closer to technology than ever before.

By Tanya M. Anandan, Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Plant Automation March 13, 2017

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation March 8, 2017

Three trends for the packaging, processing industry in 2017

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.

By Cord Unbehaun, Stellar
Plant Automation March 1, 2017

PMI continues strong growth trend in February

The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) rose to 57.7% in February, which marks the sixth straight month of growth.

By Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation February 20, 2017

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation February 17, 2017

The continuity of process

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.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation February 16, 2017

One giant step for robot integration

Integrating CNC lines with robotics gets easier and faster.

By Randy Pearson, Siemens Industry, Inc.
Plant Automation February 2, 2017

PMI hits another high note in January

The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) rose to 56% in January, which is its highest level since November 2014.

By Bob Vavra, content manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation January 30, 2017

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation January 24, 2017

Four predictions for manufacturing technology in 2017

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.

By Leading2Lean
Plant Automation December 13, 2016

In the IIoT age, automation simplifies work

Intelligent and connected machines are more flexible and better equipped to manufacture customized products.

By Doug Burns, Lenze Americas
Plant Automation December 12, 2016

2016 Top Plant: A focus on people and culture

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.

By Jack Smith, CFE Media
Plant Automation December 6, 2016

The crux of manufacturing

For today’s manufacturing plants, a key solution may be advanced computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS).

By Smartware Group
Plant Automation December 5, 2016

Compact ejector

The EMA Series combines electronic vacuum and blow-off control functions in a single signal designed for use in pick-and-place packaging technology.

By FIPA
Plant Automation December 2, 2016

Lowering technology barriers could save manufacturers $100 billion

NIST study finds smart manufacturing, robotics show greatest potential.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation November 29, 2016

Digital I/O carrier board for the Raspberry Pi

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.

By Opto 22
Plant Automation November 22, 2016

Tow tractor automated lift truck

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.

By Raymond Corporation
Plant Automation November 16, 2016

The economy’s effect on the manufacturing industry

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.

By Terry Stemler, APEC
Plant Automation November 14, 2016

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.

By Brana Webb
Plant Automation November 3, 2016

CMMS brings vital metrics to light

CMMS allows employees to work better and safer through advanced metrics, as well as, see solutions to problems they didn’t know existed.

By Smartware Group
Plant Automation November 1, 2016

Manufacturing index rises in October

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.

By Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation November 1, 2016

Automatic volumetric screw feeder

The Model VMF-28 volumetric screw feeder is designed to improves dosage accuracy in water treatment, and chemical process management.

By Scaletron Industries
Plant Automation October 24, 2016

Arbitrary waveform generator for automated testing applications

The M4x series of PXIe arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs) are designed for automated testing applications that require fast and accurate electronic signal generation.

By Spectrum Instrumentation
Plant Automation October 11, 2016

Safety, every day—for 18 years

Baldor's Belton, South Carolina, manufacturing plant hasn’t had a lost-time incident since 1998.

By Bob Vavra, content manager, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation October 7, 2016

Standards for robotic safety Webcast: Your questions answered

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.

By Carole Franklin
Plant Automation October 7, 2016

Warehouse automation: five emerging trends

Ergonomics, new tote configurations deliver efficiency, sustainability.

By Greg Alesci, ORBIS and Tom Pollard, P.Eng., Cimcorp
Plant Automation October 6, 2016

Print mark contrast sensors

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.

By AutomationDirect
Plant Automation October 4, 2016

Being the core and outlier in a company

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.

By Madealine Hallman-Kenner, Eruditio
Plant Automation October 4, 2016

New trade events, new image for manufacturing cooperation

AMT, SME to partner on regional shows; Manufacturing USA an umbrella for research.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation October 4, 2016

Outdoor industrial access point for harsh conditions

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.

By Moxa
Plant Automation September 23, 2016

Data analytics: Going for the gold

Data provides us an unfiltered view of our world each day, hour, minute or nanosecond or whatever measure you decide to benchmark from.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation September 22, 2016

Appealing to the next generation of manufacturing workers

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.

By Keith Barr, Leading2Lean
Plant Automation September 21, 2016

Rotor-stator gap measuring system

The GMS-750RS rotor-stator gap measuring system is a maintenance tool designed for measuring rotor-stator gap in large scale power generation applications.

By Kaman Precision Products
Plant Automation September 20, 2016

A 5-step approach to IIoT success

Successful network implementation starts with assessment of system and operations.

By Nils Buecker, Belden
Plant Automation September 20, 2016

Proximity sensor series

The Contrinex DW-series of extended and triple-distance proximity sensors are available in 30mm cylindrical and 20mm rectangular styles.

By AutomationDirect
Plant Automation September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Yogesh Prasad Balajee, 28

Senior Controls Engineer, Puratos, Cherry Hill, N.J.

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Plant Automation September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Bryant Sartor, 37

Automation Center of Excellence Leader, Honeywell PMT, Hopewell, Va.

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Plant Automation September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Alan Polk, 34

Controls + Automation Western Region Leader, Hargrove Controls + Automation, Houston

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Plant Automation September 8, 2016

GAMS preview: A Vision of the Future, Part 2

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 7, 2016

GAMS preview: A Vision of the Future, Part 1

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 6, 2016

7 installation best practices to assure a reliable bolted joint

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.

By Randy Riddell, SCA
Plant Automation September 6, 2016

Going for the Lean gold

Olympic-like morale drives O.C. Tanner production and employee engagement.

By Susan Fotovich Mccabe, AME
Plant Automation September 6, 2016

‘The possibilities are endless’

Phoenix Contact president Jack Nehlig seeing the pieces come together.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 1, 2016

High torque corded impact wrench

The high torque SSW 650 1/2 in corded impact wrech produces 450 ft. lbs. of continuous torque for industrial applications.

By Metabo
Plant Automation August 31, 2016

Remote switch actuator for motor control center buckets

ArcSafe RSA-35 is a remote switch actuator (RSA) for the Westinghouse motor control center bucket.

By CBS ArcSafe
Plant Automation August 30, 2016

GAMS preview: Robotics’ overlooked advantages

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 29, 2016

Stainless steel control valves

The A4t line of stainless steel control valves are designed for precise modulation of pressure, temperature, and liquid level in various refrigeration applications.

By Hantemp Controls
Plant Automation August 29, 2016

Software got you stuck?

Do not let RCA applications hold up your root-cause efforts.

By Shon Isenhour
Plant Automation August 29, 2016

Start with the foundation

Successful design begins with strategic facilities planning.

By Debora Hankinson, MArch
Plant Automation August 29, 2016

GAMS preview: The IT/OT convergence

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 28, 2016

GAMS preview: Data security challenges

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 27, 2016

GAMS preview: Robotics and the Skills Gap

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 26, 2016

Not statistically significant does not mean insignificant

Do you have customer data that you're not actively using to improve your product?

By Rebecca A. Morgan, Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.
Plant Automation August 25, 2016

Five questions to answer before your next change initiative

Below are five question that are crucial to answer upfront, repeatedly, and through multiple mediums.

By Shon Isenhour
Plant Automation August 22, 2016

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.

By Erin Dunne
Plant Automation August 22, 2016

GAMS preview: The big impact of Big Data

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 20, 2016

GAMS preview: Robotics deployment—the challenges

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 19, 2016

GAMS preview: Picking the right IIoT platform

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 17, 2016

GAMS preview: Integrating robotics into manufacturing

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 10, 2016

Cooling tower for heavy industrial applications

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.

By SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
Plant Automation August 9, 2016

Three issues facing preventive maintenance

Make sure your work doesn't actually harm your equipment.

By Smartware Group
Plant Automation August 8, 2016

UN series of machines for automotive manufacturing

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.

By Mazak Corporation
Plant Automation August 4, 2016

Sensors drive intelligence into maintenance

Data-driven analysis can create a roadmap to find problems early.

By Mario Calvo, Parker Hannifin Corporation
Plant Automation August 4, 2016

Implementing IIoT: Five keys to success

Communications, training among the areas of focus.

By Colin Geis, Red Lion Controls
Plant Automation August 4, 2016

In tracking plant data, keep your head up

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.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation August 2, 2016

Compact robot for arc welding and machine tending applications

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.

By ABB
Plant Automation August 1, 2016

Manufacturing index shows overall growth for fifth straight month

The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) purchasing manufacturers index (PMI) fell to 52.6 in July, but optimism remains strong among global manufacturers.

By Bob Vavra, content manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation August 1, 2016

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.

By Erin Dunne
Plant Automation July 29, 2016

Arbitrary waveform generators

The arbitrary waveform generators allow easy signal generation in automation and remote applications.

By Spectrum Instrumentation
Plant Automation July 28, 2016

Open and scalable SCADA/HMI platform

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.

By Progea
Plant Automation July 18, 2016

Four steps to strengthen Lean leaders who lack people skills

Managers need feedback from employees to understand how they can improve.

By Cheryl Jekiel, Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Plant Automation July 18, 2016

Multi-channel controllers for data acquisition and data logging

The Zen RTU and the Zen Datalogger are ideal in a range or heavyweight industrial monitoring and control applications.

By Define Instruments
Plant Automation July 13, 2016

Track and trace from farm to fork

How Enterprise Resource Planning might save the day in a food recall.

By Jakob Björklund, IFS
Plant Automation July 8, 2016

Enclosures with additional NEMA 3R and NEMA 12 models.

AutomationDirect has expanded its line of Hubbell Wiegmann enclosures with additional NEMA 3R and NEMA 12 models.

By AutomationDirect
Plant Automation July 4, 2016

Expansion of the M12 X-coded product family

Binder has expanded its M12 X-coded product family with new receptacles, cordsets and feed-through connectors.

By Binder-USA
Plant Automation July 4, 2016

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation July 1, 2016

Spherical roller bearings for vibratory applications

SKF's explorer spherical roller bearings for vibratory applications provide ideal performance and longer service life compared with conventional types.

By SKF
Plant Automation June 24, 2016

Sleeve bearing clearance depends on many factors

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.

By Chuck Yung
Plant Automation June 23, 2016

Three key areas to examine in your manufacturing analysis

Understanding crucial elements to forming a thorough strategic plan.

By Todd Allsup
Plant Automation June 21, 2016

Efficiency: Lean manufacturing, integrated automation

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.

By L&S Electric
Plant Automation June 17, 2016

Batting against the “half-life” of maintenance training

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.

By Smartware Group
Plant Automation June 14, 2016

Guidebook supplement explains ASME code clarification

Guidance to the ASME Section I Boiler Code as it pertains to the use of magnetic level gages to indicate boiler water level.

By The Clark-Reliance Corporation
Plant Automation June 14, 2016

Motor technology for centrifugal load applications

The RPM XE motor platform provides substantial energy savings and performance for centrifugal load applications.

By Baldor Electric Company
Plant Automation June 10, 2016

Shutdowns: planning for the planned and unplanned

Every day that your operation stalls is a day that you're leaving potential profits on the table.

By Smartware Group
Plant Automation June 10, 2016

Fault detection and IIoT: an umbrella for the cloud

Define and analyze data to improve your operational efficiency.

By Melissa Topp
Plant Automation June 10, 2016

Benchmarking closes the gaps in your operation

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.

By Bill Baker
Plant Automation June 10, 2016

Industrial lubricant storage: Six common mistakes

Understand how to avoid contamination and confusion.

By Chris Fisk
Plant Automation June 10, 2016

Masters of the (Big Data) universe

More data may not always be better, but some is needed.

By Burt Hurlock
Plant Automation June 9, 2016

In a CMMS implementation, everybody has a role to play

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.

By Smartware Group
Plant Automation June 9, 2016

Instill a ‘checklist culture’ to verify plant processes

Provide insight, accountability to your operation one step at a time.

By Jim Weynand
Plant Automation June 7, 2016

Electrical wire line expansion

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.

By AutomationDirect
Plant Automation June 7, 2016

Motor controllers for multi-motor applications

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.

By Sprecher + Schuh
Plant Automation June 7, 2016

Flexible cable for drives, motors, and assemblies

ÖLFLEX® VFD 2XL symmetrical motor and drive cable for high horsepower applications—including pumps, compressors, conveyors, elevators, extruders and more.

By The Lapp Group
Plant Automation June 2, 2016

Logistics show to co-locate with Hannover Messe in 2018

CeMAT Show to expand reach of even-year trade event in Germany.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation June 2, 2016

Two keys to measuring operational improvements

It’s not as easy as it seems, but getting good data can point to greater reliability.

By R. Keith Mobley, CMRP
Plant Automation May 17, 2016

Food grade HMI solution

The eTOP4FOOD has been designed and proven to solve the industry wide problem of HMI failures and less effective alternative HMI cleaning procedures.

By Electromate
Plant Automation May 17, 2016

Why Lean fails so often

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?

By Becky Morgan
Plant Automation May 16, 2016

Controlling the demands of equipment and maintenance purchasing

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.

By Smartware Group
Plant Automation May 16, 2016

Failure curves and P-F intervals linked and explained

Tying the two most important reliability engineering curves together to generate a better picture of failure.

By Shon Isenhour
Plant Automation May 14, 2016

Six recommendations for building the perfect field-service technology stack

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.

By Joanna Rotter
Plant Automation May 13, 2016

Benchmarking 202: How to learn fast and leapfrog the competition

One key best practice is benchmarking the function or process across different industries—especially companies in fast-moving markets and high competition.

By Bill Baker
Plant Automation May 13, 2016

Seven ways to integrate gluten-free manufacturing into your bakery plant

An in-depth look at how to safely produce gluten-free products.

By Scott Fischer
Plant Automation May 12, 2016

George Saiz named president and CEO for AME

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Board of Directors announced that George Saiz was named President and CEO effective April, 18.

By Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Plant Automation May 11, 2016

Learning through application for ROI

Focus on training for a documented return on investment, rather than "training for training’s sake."

By Shon Isenhour
Plant Automation May 8, 2016

Paying for the sins of the past: Your improvement initiative is not magical

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.

By Shon Isenhour
Plant Automation May 7, 2016

Five keys to forming a comprehensive food plant emergency-action plan

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.

By Christopher Bunch
Plant Automation May 6, 2016

After Hannover, the quest for improvement must continue

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.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation May 6, 2016

Setting records, making deals

U.S. presence at Hannover Messe a rousing success.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation May 6, 2016

System integrators, manufacturers see partnership as key to success

Panelists at the 2016 Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) conference find value in collaboration between integrators and manufacturers.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation May 6, 2016

U.S. to retake manufacturing lead in competitiveness by 2020: study

Deloitte Global research finds America leading in advanced technology.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation May 6, 2016

Go beyond ‘management systems’ to achieve operational excellence

Improve communications by engaging your team members.

By Alfonsius Ariawan
Plant Automation May 6, 2016

Are your doors wasting your food plant’s energy?

How unfit doors can increase utility costs and diminish energy savings.

By Darren Ross
Plant Automation May 5, 2016

Investing in success

White Paper: Investing in success: How to compete in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

By Siemens
Plant Automation May 5, 2016

Transformation in supply chain servies

Interview with Brett Malloy, sales manger at AWC Inc., at Hannover Messe.

By Siemens
Plant Automation May 5, 2016

Customer demands in digitalization

Interview with Randall Brodzik, CEO at RedViking, at Hannover Messe.

By Siemens
Plant Automation May 2, 2016

Manufacturing index in April mixed, but positive overall

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.

By Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media
Plant Automation May 2, 2016

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation April 28, 2016

U.S. team celebrates a big victory at Hannover Messe

Attendance up and spirits high as Select USA marks a successful week in Germany.

By Bob Vavra, content manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 27, 2016

Hannover notes, Day 2: Poland to be 2017 Partner Country, U.S. generating buzz

Poland selected as partner country for 2017 Hannover Messe; U.S. pavilion continues to generate buzz through global engagement

By Bob Vavra, content manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 27, 2016

Technology changes promise ‘to reinvigorate manufacturing’

Siemens USA CEO offers a personal perspective on the manufacturing industry at Hannover Messe speech.

By Eric Spiegel, president and CEO, Siemens USA
Plant Automation April 26, 2016

Tailored, individualized production becoming the norm

Interview with Rod Emery, VP of RedViking, Siemens' solutions partner at Hannover Messe.

By Siemens & CFE Media
Plant Automation April 26, 2016

Selling Ohio on the ground in Germany

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor leads her state’s contingent as part of the USA pavilion at Hannover Messe.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 26, 2016

Strange days, indeed, as Hannover Messe gets started

Hannover Messe 2016 has had some unexpected challenges with weather, transit, and security as the world's largest manufacturing show gets underway.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 25, 2016

Obama praises ‘spirit of innovation’ as USA Pavilion opens at Hannover Messe

President tours state economic development booth as part of two-day visit to global trade event.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 25, 2016

U.S. ‘open for business’ as Obama opens Hannover Messe

President pushes Transatlantic trade deal as America begins to showcase manufacturing at week-long global trade fair.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 25, 2016

An impressed president

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the USA pavilion of Hannover Messe.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation April 18, 2016

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.

By Erin Dunne
Plant Automation April 13, 2016

Communication package for process sensors

ArcAir is a communication package for process sensors that enables reliable, economical Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity in all environments.

By Hamilton Company
Plant Automation April 6, 2016

‘Always-on’ supply chain ready to adopt technology

MHI Industry Report sees accelerating use of robotics, sensors, and analytics.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation April 4, 2016

A sense of anticipation, and a sense of home

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.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation April 4, 2016

Deferred maintenance and risk assessment: Technical analysis is critical to the process

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.

By Will McNett
Plant Automation April 4, 2016

American manufacturing in the spotlight

Partner Country status lets U.S. trumpet its industrial leadership.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation April 4, 2016

Right at home

On both sides of the Atlantic, Block builds for a global future.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation April 4, 2016

Manufacturing index rebounds in March

The Purchasing Manufacturers' Index (PMI) reverses six-month slump with its third straight increase to 51.8% as production, new orders increase.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 1, 2016

Universities bring knowledge, curiosity to Hannover

U.S. schools will showcase their research, look to develop new partners.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation March 30, 2016

Process freezing 101: 4 variables food processors must understand

Part one of two: Process freezing series.

By Randy Peterson
Plant Automation March 29, 2016

The skills gap is a misnomer

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.

By Ken McGuire
Plant Automation March 28, 2016

Reliability confessions

10 reliability confessions of not quite the best practice.

By Shon Isenhour
Plant Automation March 28, 2016

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.

By Erin Dunne
Plant Automation March 24, 2016

Stop corrective maintenance repairs on preventive maintenance work orders

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.

By Rick Clonan
Plant Automation March 23, 2016

Adaptive antenna for RFID applications

Simatic RF680A variable-polarization antenna simplifies the commissioning and planning of RFID applications, and the automatic antenna adjustment facility increases read and write reliability.

By Siemens
Plant Automation March 22, 2016

2015 Product of the Year Awards

The 2015 Product of the Year Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners are honored.

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation March 16, 2016

Developing ‘foundational manufacturing’

Fiat Chrysler’s turnaround is built on a world-class manufacturing base.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation March 15, 2016

Service manager 101: Are you prioritizing preventive maintenance?

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.

By Emily Poklar
Plant Automation March 10, 2016

Driving digitalization and automation

Whitepaper: Driving digitalization and automation

By Siemens
Plant Automation March 10, 2016

The value of integrated industry software

Whitepaper: The Value of Integrated Industry Software.

By Siemens
Plant Automation March 10, 2016

Siemens launches MindSphere open industry cloud

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.

By Siemens
Plant Automation March 10, 2016

Siemens expands collaboration with Intel Security for industrial security solutions

Siemens is leveraging Intel Security solutions for its Plant Data Services which provides early detection of threats and recommendations for counter-measures.

By Siemens
Plant Automation March 4, 2016

Manufacturing index rises, but remains in contraction overall

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.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation February 29, 2016

Rittal helps spur global revolution around IIoT

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.

By CFE Media, Glenn Wishnew, Rittal
Plant Automation February 29, 2016

Pritzker: Largest delegation to Hannover shows U.S. is ‘open for business’

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.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation February 29, 2016

Bridging the skills gap: Blueprint for a nation of makers

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.

By Glenn Marshall, Richard Long, Richard Hinckley
Plant Automation February 29, 2016

CMMS implementation: four best practices

Getting management on board one key to success

By Taylor Short
Plant Automation February 29, 2016

Proper case management can minimize the surprise

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.

By Mike Edgett
Plant Automation February 25, 2016

Field productivity trends

Six field productivity trends to improve your service business in 2016.

By Joanna Rotter
Plant Automation February 24, 2016

Augmented reality essential for the next generation of skilled workers

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.

By Glenn Marshall
Plant Automation February 17, 2016

Navigating a Lean journey

AME Manufacturing Excellence Award recipient NovAtel offers a culture of continuous improvement.

By Chris Crawford
Plant Automation February 12, 2016

Five ways to compete globally without focusing on price

Build your supply chain and your relationship with customers.

By Nicole Snyder
Plant Automation February 9, 2016

DC to DC converters for harsh conditions

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.

By AutomationDirect
Plant Automation February 8, 2016

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.

By Erin Dunne
Plant Automation February 4, 2016

Major beverage manufacturer breaks long-held U.S. traditions

The best solutions for today’s U.S. beverage manufacturers are equal parts IT and ingenuity.

By Siemens
Plant Automation February 1, 2016

Figures don’t lie: Be honest about your OEE score

Brutal honesty needed to properly manage, evaluate overall equipment effectiveness.

By Frederic Baudart, Fluke Corp
Plant Automation February 1, 2016

Involving operators in equipment maintenance plan

The success of your equipment maintenance plan (EMP) will depend on how involved operators were in its development and implementation.

By Michael W. Blanchard, CRE, PE
Plant Automation February 1, 2016

Research, new initiatives are highlights at MODEX

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.

By CFE Media & George Prest
Plant Automation February 1, 2016

MODEX 2016 puts focus on supply chain future

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.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation January 28, 2016

Optimize your warehouse flow

Automation can help ensure the fastest, smartest and most profitable strategies to move products out the door.

By Tom Pollard
Plant Automation January 25, 2016

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.

By Erin Dunne
Plant Automation January 19, 2016

Should auld maintenance plans be forgot

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.

By Smartware Group
Plant Automation January 19, 2016

Process mapping with a purpose

Process maps are lean tools to be used for a purpose. Use the lean tool to help you solve the problems.

By Mark Doman, Pawley Professor, Oakland University
Plant Automation January 12, 2016

What food processors should know about two new FSMA final rules

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.

By Joe Bove, Vice President, Stellar
Plant Automation January 6, 2016

Five tips for automating your food processing plant

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.

By Michael Griffith, Manager, Stellar
Plant Automation December 31, 2015

Obama to open Hannover Messe in April

President will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel to participate in opening ceremonies, show tour on April 24-25.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation December 9, 2015

Seven ways to sell maintenance to your C-Suite

Create new partners in management by understanding and selling maintenance as a profit center.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation December 4, 2015

Industry Ho-Ho-Ho

Siemens re-imagines Santa’s workshop if it were optimized with modern automation.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation December 3, 2015

Penny Pritzker on Hannover Messe

U.S. Commerce Secretary talks about Hannover Messe 2016 and the role American businesses can play in the event.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation December 2, 2015

The value of FDI drives interest at Hannover Messe

SelectUSA to promote Foreign Direct Investment at fair

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation December 1, 2015

Use your imagination

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.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation November 30, 2015

Win the survival of the ‘fitter’

While their competitors are getting fit, great manufacturers are getting fitter.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation November 20, 2015

Plug for Profinet, Ethernet applications

The M12 Cat. 5 plug with D-coding is designed for Profinet and Ethernet IP applications that require a robust and reliable connection.

By Metz Connect
Plant Automation November 12, 2015

2015 Product of the Year Finalists: Vote now!

Read about the 111 Finalists and cast your vote; voting concludes Jan. 8, 2016.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Plant Automation November 4, 2015

Going beyond Big Data to relevant data

Bentley Systems panel touts value to extending design information to operations at Year In Infrastructure event in London.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation November 3, 2015

Hannover Messe in 2016: 5 reasons to attend

Five reasons American manufacturing engineers, manager or executive ought to attend Hannover Messe.

By Jack Nehlig
Plant Automation November 3, 2015

American manufacturing on a global stage

Hannover Messe 2016 will feature state, regional and national economic development leaders looking to attract foreign direct investment in the U.S.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation November 2, 2015

PMI barely keeps its head above water in October

Index slips to 50.1%, its lowest level in 2 ½ years

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation October 30, 2015

Come to Hannover: the first round is on me

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.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation October 22, 2015

Data-driven manufacturing challenges

Data-driven manufacturing challenges and the emergence of mass customization.

By Greg Conary
Plant Automation October 12, 2015

Controller demo kit for temperature, measurement, process, and control

The Platinum Series demo kit controllers provide an integrated temperature control system platform for heating and cooling applications.

By Omega Engineering
Plant Automation October 9, 2015

Single part or multiple part operations: What’s best for your company?

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.

By Tom Voss, Daniel Penn Associates
Plant Automation October 9, 2015

Hannover Messe: A great venue for small manufacturers

Commerce, industry leaders tout U.S. Partner Country status for 2016.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation October 5, 2015

Ultrasonic controllers for industrial applications

The MultiRanger 200 and HydroRanger 200 ultrasonic controllers for measurement in a wide range of industrial applications.

By Siemens
Plant Automation October 2, 2015

Standardizing for success

Implement a systematic way to perform tasks and maintain equipment.

By David Welsh
Plant Automation October 1, 2015

PMI continues slide due to global economic concerns

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.

By Chris Vavra, Production Editor, CFE Media
Plant Automation September 29, 2015

Manufacturing revenues, hiring on the rise, and spending will follow

Prime Advantage Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey finds strength in the sector despite some headwinds.

By Prime Advantage Purchasing
Plant Automation September 28, 2015

Send us your Manufacturing Day photos

Plant Engineering would like to see what Manufacturing Day 2015 events look like in your plant.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 28, 2015

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation September 25, 2015

Automatic lubrication pump

The H1900 LubePro automatic lubrication pump is designed for in-plant applications.

By Graco, Inc.
Plant Automation September 18, 2015

2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40

The 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40 are a dedicated group of engineers that give hope to the future of manufacturing.

By Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager and Director of Research
Plant Automation September 17, 2015

2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Stephen Dora, 33

Engineering Specialist, Plant Planning; Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. (TEMA); Erlanger, Ky.; BS Electrical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

By Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager and Director of Research
Plant Automation September 17, 2015

2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jayesh Jariwala, PE, 39

Project Manager, Applied Control Engineering Inc. (ACE); Owings Mills, Md.; BS Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware

By Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager and Director of Research
Plant Automation September 17, 2015

2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Justin Nielsen, 37

Manager—Control Systems & Instrumentation, Excel Engineering; St. Paul, Minn. BS Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University

By Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager and Director of Research
Plant Automation September 11, 2015

Label serialization station for pharmaceutical, healthcare industries

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.

By Mettler-Toledo PCE
Plant Automation September 8, 2015

Wago to host Hannover Messe information event Sept. 17

CFE Media to present at preview of USA Partner Nation.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation September 1, 2015

CFE Media named Official Media Partner for Partner Country USA at Hannover Messe 2016 and IANA 2016

Two major trade events in 2016 to highlight U.S. leadership role in manufacturing.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation September 1, 2015

PMI stumbles to 51.1% in August over global concerns

Despite some optimism, index drops to lowest level since May 2013 amid concerns with global economy.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation August 31, 2015

Maintenance a prime benefit for IIoT

Frost & Sullivan study finds maintenance improvement can drive greater profitability.

By Srikanth Shivaswamy
Plant Automation August 13, 2015

Optoelectric torque sensors for faster production

Optoelectric torque sensors are designed for faster production and more effective human-machine collaboration.

By KONUX
Plant Automation August 5, 2015

12 tips to sustain improvement in Lean equipment maintenance programs

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.

By Tom Voss, Senior Consultant; Tony Rodriguez, President, Daniel Penn Associates
Plant Automation July 8, 2015

Mixed landscape forecast for world medium-voltage motors market in 2015

Mixed landscape forecast for world medium-voltage motors market in 2015 with an expected uptick in growth globally in the medium to long term.

By Shirly Zhu, IHS Technology
Plant Automation July 1, 2015

PMI’s increase in June indicates manufacturing stability

The ISM's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) climbs to 53.5% as industry leaders see solid growth across the board.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation June 29, 2015

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation June 18, 2015

High-speed 5 GS/s digitizers

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.

By Spectrum
Plant Automation June 5, 2015

Developing an improvement-driven plant

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.

By Jon J. Thorne, Daniel Penn Associates
Plant Automation June 4, 2015

Lean production and automation

Select the best production platform for Lean operations.

By Kevin Gingerich, Bosch Rexroth
Plant Automation June 4, 2015

Smart factories need smarter supply chains

Automated manufacturing facilities will require higher levels of logistics integration.

By Charlie Chung, UPS
Plant Automation June 1, 2015

PMI rebounds to 52.8% in May

Stronger economy, better West Coast product movement hailed as reasons for continuing growth.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation May 13, 2015

AME: The hardest part of outsourcing is reversing it

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.

By Patricia E. Moody, AME
Plant Automation May 5, 2015

LOTO made simple

Avoiding complicated lockout/tagout procedures will enhance compliance, safety.

By William Todd Burns and Greg Foust, GE
Plant Automation May 5, 2015

Manufacturing’s biggest stage needs the U.S. message

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.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation May 1, 2015

April PMI at same level as March

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.

By Chris Vavra, Production Editor, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 16, 2015

Gauge range marking system

The marking system makes it easy and visual to know if everything is performing correctly.

By 5S Supply
Plant Automation April 14, 2015

ITT Goulds Pumps receives Grand Award

Top Plant, Engineering Leaders Under 40 honored at gala dinner.

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation April 13, 2015

India looks to accelerate manufacturing growth

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.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 8, 2015

Wireless monitoring measures dew point, keeps repair facility flying along

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.

By Kyri McDonough, Parker Hannifin
Plant Automation April 1, 2015

Outside forces cause fifth straight drop in PMI index

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.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation March 30, 2015

2014 Product of the Year winners announced

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.

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation March 24, 2015

Hannover Messe partnership part of broader U.S. manufacturing initiative

With foreign direct investment on the rise, SelectUSA Summit aims to help economic development teams increase promotion and recruitment of new manufacturing sites.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation March 24, 2015

U.S. to be Partner Country at Hannover Messe 2016

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.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation March 23, 2015

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation March 20, 2015

Flanged valves

Bonomi V-ball split-body ANSI 150 flanged valves provide precise flow control in demanding applications.

By Bonomi
Plant Automation March 5, 2015

6 strategies to bridge the skills gap

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.

By Jon Bailey, Eruditio
Plant Automation February 5, 2015

The five-year plan that worked

Smiths Machine answered the recession with a formula for major change.

By Randy Pearson, Siemens Machine Tool System
Plant Automation January 9, 2015

Ethernet/IP links plant productivity to business intelligence

Industrial-grade Ethernet Switches are designed to provide reliable connectivity in harsh environments with extreme temperatures, moisture, and vibration.

By George Kairys, Molex Incorporated
Plant Automation December 24, 2014

Hope creates room for possibilities

We cannot control everything, but we have hope.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation November 19, 2014

Dynamic logistics critical to manufacturing excellence

By making operational changes, Bosch-Rexroth is speeding the time to market

By Manfred Hahn and Andreas Torell, Bosch Rexroth Corporation
Plant Automation November 17, 2014

3D parts library of RF and electronic components

The product pages are expanded to include configurable 3D part downloads.

By Bird Technologies
Plant Automation November 13, 2014

2014 Product of the Year Finalists

View the 96 finalists in the Plant Engineering 2014 Product of the Year program; cast your vote today; voting ends Jan. 9, 2015.

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation October 15, 2014

IT and OT convergence will drive Internet of Things adoption

Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric executives see transformational impact of Internet of Things (IoT) as devices become smarter and more integrated to expand manufacturing efficiency.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation October 14, 2014

IMTS displays the dimensions of manufacturing

More than 114,000 people attended the six-day IMTS Show in Chicago in September, a 14% increase from 2012.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation October 1, 2014

Service only one part of Schneider Electric strategy

With Invensys integration done, company now looks at automation skills gap issues.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation August 22, 2014

Miles for Manufacturing event at IMTS

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 21, 2014

Webcast: The future is bright for manufacturing

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 19, 2014

EtherNet/IP controller

Through its embedded Ethernet port, the P3-550 CPU can support EtherNet/IP configurable as a Scanner or Adapter.

Plant Automation August 19, 2014

Robots, turnkey manufacturing cells, and enhanced technology on display

ABB Robotics will demonstrate robots, turnkey manufacturing cells, and enhanced technology that are designed to increase manufacturing productivity at IMTS 2014.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 17, 2014

Technology Center features aerospace, automotive, medical innovations

Today's Technology Center (TTC) at IMTS 2014 allows visitors to immerse themselves in technology from the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 16, 2014

ISA Inside education will discuss ANSI/ISA99

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.

By CFE Media
Plant Automation August 7, 2014

Air nozzle

The air nozzle delivers a small blowoff with an efficient, high volume, high velocity airflow.

Plant Automation August 1, 2014

PMI jumps to 12-month high as optimism abounds

Concerns over global unrest don’t show up in July, as index hits 57.1%

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation July 24, 2014

Contactless inductive coupler solutions

The NIC contactless inductive coupler is used for data and energy transmission in high-stress and wear-intensive applications.

Plant Automation July 14, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 7-13: Arc flash, compressed air, manufacturing safety, more

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation June 26, 2014

Manufacturers expect strong growth and strong hiring in 2014

McGladrey Monitor report suggests concerns over taxes and regulations won’t hinder sales and profit increases

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation June 24, 2014

Digital enterprise captures all plant processes

Siemens Industry Automation CEO sees digital design and simulation key to manufacturing growth.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation June 2, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 26 to June 1

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.

By Chris Vavra
Plant Automation May 1, 2014

Four mitigation strategies for solving your plant’s reliability problems

How to recognize employee behaviors that can negatively impact a plant's reliability and/or product quality and do something about it.

By Shon Isenhour
Plant Automation May 1, 2014

VFDs for rotary screw compressors

The SFC 30S and SFC 30 variable speed drive rotary screw compressors improve efficiency and power delivery.

Plant Automation May 1, 2014

Machine tooling for deep grooves

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.

Plant Automation April 25, 2014

Workplace mobility, Internet of Things at heart of Zebra acquisition

Company official talks about how Zebra’s purchase of Motorola Mobility will shape industrial operations and cloud computing

By CFE Media
Plant Automation April 22, 2014

Case study: Preventing surge in a medium-size process gas compressor

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.

By Amin Almasi
Plant Automation April 15, 2014

Zebra Technologies to acquire Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business

$3.45 billion cash deal merges two mobility, asset management companies

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Plant Automation April 3, 2014

AME kicks off program to employ veterans in the manufacturing industry

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence Values Veterans Program (AMEV2) launched after a day-long symposium in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

By Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)
Plant Automation April 1, 2014

Mobius iVibe receives Product of the Year Grand Award

Lincoln Electric honored with Plant Engineering Top Plant award at Chicago event

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation March 24, 2014

Maintenance survey to look at ISO55000 standard

Asset management, implementation priorities for manufacturing will be part of study questions

Plant Automation March 21, 2014

Work order management: 10 hurdles to overcome

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.

By Jerry Wanichko
Plant Automation March 19, 2014

Making data smaller is suddenly a big deal

You have to see the Big Picture when tackling Big Data. But that’s no small task.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation March 19, 2014

Simulated processes help auto industry avoid errors

As the customers look for value in their product, there will be more dependency on process simulation to evaluate manufacturability and serviceability.

Plant Automation February 27, 2014

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.

By IHS Inc.
Plant Automation February 24, 2014

Manufacturing centers to focus on digital design, metal alloys

Obama to announce Feb. 25 that Chicago and Detroit won the bidding to host the public-private partnerships for manufacturing innovation

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation February 20, 2014

Siemens software grant to aid Cincinnati-area college

Company’s $66.8 million grant will integrate PLM technology into curriculum

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation November 18, 2013

Got a wish list? You’ve come to the right place

Lifecycle management brings in new products, though the basic wants and needs and desires remain the same.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation November 7, 2013

Showcase your plant’s success to a global audience

Plant Engineering seeks presentations for 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit

Plant Automation October 30, 2013

High-speed laser controls

The CNC Series 30i/31i-L MODEL B high-speed laser controls use Ethernet and Ethernet/IP field bus options and simulation software

Plant Automation October 9, 2013

Danfoss finishes acquisition of Sauer-Danfoss, expanding North American investment

Danfoss acquired the outstanding shares of Sauer-Danfoss and changed its name to Danfoss Power Solutions.

Plant Automation October 4, 2013

MFG Day is under way around America

Day-long emphasis on raising awareness about manufacturing’s role in economy has wide support among industry leaders

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Plant Automation August 12, 2013

Compressed Air and Gas Handbook available as free download

Chapters can be downloaded at CAGI Website

Plant Automation August 8, 2013

Boiler water treatment for the food and beverage industry

So, what is different about chemical treatment of boilers at food plants?

By Spirax Sarco
Plant Automation August 7, 2013

Phoenix Contact: Building teamwork is building success

Phoenix Contact has put a strong emphasis on team building and making their fellow workers their greatest resource

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation July 15, 2013

DCS market may be crucial in Invensys bidding

Schneider Electric acquisition would boost company’s position in global markets, according to IHS Inc. comments

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation July 12, 2013

Schneider Electric in talks to acquire Invensys

Proposed $5 billion deal could position company against rivals in industrial, building, and data center markets

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation June 24, 2013

VW considering new product line at Tennessee plant

Addition of SUV production could double plant’s current size, AP reports

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation June 17, 2013

Spiesshofer named new CEO at ABB

Will succeed Hogan; success in Baldor integration cited as key to appointment

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation June 6, 2013

Material handling orders grow, continues to accelerate, report finds

MHI forecast projects double-digit growth by 2014

Plant Automation May 23, 2013

GM to create a flexible manufacturing cell at Lansing plant

Automaker’s $44.5 million investment is third at facility in the last three years

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Plant Automation April 19, 2013

Toyota to expand Lexus production to Kentucky

Automaker’s $360 million investment ‘a tribute’ to Georgetown workers

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation February 22, 2013

‘Are we there yet?’ isn’t the question to get you there

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.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation February 21, 2013

ABB to fund 40 global research projects

Universities to receive millions in grants to develop power and automation solutions

Plant Automation December 12, 2012

‘Right-shoring’ our manufacturing knows no boundaries

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.

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation September 11, 2012

2012 Leader Under 40: Cody Rhodes-Dawson, 31

Assistant Plant Manager, Waupaca Foundry Inc. (Plant 5), Tell City, Ind.

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation September 10, 2012

IMTS gets off to a rousing start

Huge crowds, optimism greet international gathering in Chicago.

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation August 17, 2012

Domestic machine tool manufacturer facility expansion drives new opportunities

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.

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation July 19, 2012

Daily Insight for July 19, 2012

Daily Insight: Manufacturer explains the ways and means of his business

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation July 10, 2012

Daily Insight for July 10, 2012:

Daily Insight: Boeing retools in Seattle to meet Airbus challenge

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation May 31, 2012

Energy sector expected to drive growth in the screw jack market

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.

By Jim Dawson, Analyst, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Plant Automation May 31, 2012

Strength in U.S., China drives growth in industrial automation

IMS report finds global market will top $200 billion by 2015

By Sarah Sultan, Analyst, IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Plant Automation May 28, 2012

In a data-driven world, get your numbers faster

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

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation May 10, 2012

Ford cuts summer break, will produce 40,000 more cars in North America

Automaker: ‘Requiring more capacity from our plants is a good problem to have.’

By Ford Motor Company
Plant Automation April 18, 2012

How to be a Top Plant

The 2011 Top Plant winner, NACCO Materials Handling Group, provided Plant Engineering with a tour of their Berea, Ky. facility.

By NACCO Manufacturing Handling Group
Plant Automation March 23, 2012

Nothing staged about manufacturing’s reality

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.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation March 2, 2012

BMW exporting $7.4 billion from Spartanburg plant

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.

Plant Automation January 17, 2012

Sustainable manufacturing will attract customers, UL study finds

Study takes a global view of the relationship between consumner expectations and manufacturing production

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation December 15, 2011

Building lift trucks in Berea

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.

By Jack Smith, BIT Writing and Editing Services
Plant Automation November 20, 2011

Toyota Georgetown marks 25 years in Kentucky

Former Top Plant winner has made its mark in manufacturing

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation November 14, 2011

Production ready to begin at new Toyota plant in Mississippi

With 1,500 new jobs expected, Blue Springs facility delivers hope to a region

By Plant Engineering
Plant Automation November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Data reporting application

Finalist in Productivity Training Software in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Steam controller

Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Programmable automation controllers

Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: HMI terminal

Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Software engineering framework

Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Management software

Finalist in Maintenance Software in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Plant Automation October 6, 2011

Ford/UAW deal to add 12,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs

Four-year pact will mean $6.2 billion in plant investments

By Ford/UAW
Plant Automation September 12, 2011

2011 Leader Under 40: Roxanne Smith, 38

Supply Chain Manager, Siemens Industry Inc.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation September 12, 2011

Leaders Under 40: From diversity, a common commitment

Plant Engineering is proud to highlight those leading the manufacturing world, read about 2011’s Leaders Under 40.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation September 8, 2011

Cracked turbine blade repair bill huge

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.

By Gregory Hale, ISS Source
Plant Automation September 4, 2011

Coca-Cola VP to deliver keynote at MESA International 2011

Chris Gaffney's keynote speech at the MESA International conference will be on end-to-end business processes

By Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
Plant Automation July 12, 2011

Foreign automaker next to make move to the U.S.

Audi is reportedly planning to build a manufacturing plant in the U.S. by 2015.

By Source: Automotive News
Plant Automation June 16, 2011

Despite lawsuit, Boeing opens SC 787 plant

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.

By Keith Laing
Plant Automation June 13, 2011

Spanish company proposes to build headquarters in Ames

Laboratorias Hipra, a company that makes animal vaccines, has proposed to build a 90 million-dollar headquarters building in Ames, Iowa.

Plant Automation June 13, 2011

Plans to hire more than 1,300

Daimler Trucks adds additional shifts in three cities to keep up with production.

By The Associated Press
Plant Automation May 9, 2011

2011 Product of the Year features early entry discount

Entries now open to honor innovation with 24th annual Product of the Year contest

Plant Automation May 4, 2011

Current sensors

AcuAMP line of current sensors now includes ac ground fault sensors and dc current transducers and switches

Plant Automation April 19, 2011

AME event: How to achieve, sustain manufacturing excellence

Workshop: May 3, 2011; Forest Park, GA

By Source: Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Plant Automation April 12, 2011

Congressmen promote national manufacturing strategy

U.S. Rep. Tim Holden and Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland visited ArcelorMittal's steel factory to promote bills for a national manufacturing strategy.

By Jim T. Ryan; Source: Central Penn Business Journal
Plant Automation March 16, 2011

Tsunami may slow production at Chattanooga Komatsu plant

It will take ‘a miracle’ for unfolding events not to create problems for Komatsu, according to local plant chief

By Mike Pare; Source: timesfreepress.com
Plant Automation March 14, 2011

Union members accept labor contract in Kansas City

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.

By Rick Barrett, Journal Sentinel; Source: Journal Sentinel Inc.
Plant Automation March 14, 2011

Solar photovoltaic manufacturing facility opened in Wisconsin

The new Helios USA solar photovoltair manufacturing facility in Wisconsin is already producing modules and expects to create more than 50 long-term jobs.

By Source: Heindl Server GmbH
Plant Automation March 14, 2011

Automaker to invest $100 million in plant

BMW plans to invest another $100 million in its Spartanburg County plant with intent to focus on export operations and the X3 SKD program.

By Source: GoUpstate.com
Plant Automation December 27, 2010

Automation System: Risk and Reward

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.

Plant Automation December 13, 2010

Let your views be heard in the 2010 Salary Survey

Participate today, see the results in special 2011 Forecast issue

Plant Automation December 10, 2010

2010 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR: Vote now for the year’s top new products

Qualified Plant Engineering readers can vote now to determine the 2010 Product of the Year winners.

Plant Automation November 4, 2010

AME Conference guarantees great ideas

Keynotes, plant tours, Lean manufacturing knowledge -- and a refund if you're not satisfied with the information

Plant Automation September 27, 2010

Manufacturing jobs on the rise, and skilled workers needed

That's not news to Plant Engineering readers, but CNN is reporting manufacturing job growth is outpacing the rest of the private sector

Plant Automation September 15, 2010

IMTS 2010: Deutsche Messe to bring Industrial Automation show to IMTS in 2012

Partnership with AMT to create 'one-stop shopping' for American manufacturers in Chicago event.

Plant Automation September 14, 2010

IMTS 2010: Engler touts national manufacturing strategy

NAM president talks innovation, tax relief and a stronger perception of plant floor work at IMTS opening Tuesday.

Plant Automation September 13, 2010

2010 Product of the Year one week left for entries

Your new product could be among the 2010 winners -- but only if you enter.

Plant Automation April 1, 2010

Automation service solutions

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...

Plant Automation March 17, 2010

Changing World study Webcast is March 25

A look at how change is affecting manufacturing worldwide

By Bob Vavra
Plant Automation February 1, 2010

Automation studio

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.

Plant Automation February 1, 2010

Future 30 program to recognize workforce development efforts

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...

Plant Automation March 23, 2009

Navisworks trial available

Free download offers a 3D plant view

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation January 12, 2009

VW sets its manufacturing roots in Chattanooga

New $1 billion plant gets a formal introduction to Tennessee

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation January 5, 2009

German automakers looks to expand U.S. market share

WSJ: Volkswagen, BMW preparing to accelerate manufacturing here

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation January 1, 2009

Intergraph, PAS integrate products

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...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation January 1, 2009

Squeeze play

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.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Plant Automation December 4, 2008

Future 30 nomination deadline extended to Dec. 5

Nominate a young plant leader for Future 30 recognition

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation October 9, 2008

Illinois Manufacturing Plants Have Highest Average Employment

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation July 22, 2008

Ford to extend buyout program at 14 more plants

Automaker offers buyouts to reduce its workforce in Michigan and Ohio

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation July 7, 2008

Reports: Alabama is Volkswagen’s pick for new U.S. manufacturing plant

VW looks to increase auto sales here; plant price tag may hit $1.2B

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation June 15, 2008

Spirax Sarco employees celebrate Top Plant award, anniversary

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation June 15, 2008

Daratech Study: 3-D plant designs important, but implementation is an issue

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation June 10, 2008

Car giants to tweak manufacturing plants

What does increasing consumer demand for smaller vehicles mean for SUV manufacturing plants?

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation June 6, 2008

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Plant Automation May 15, 2008

Do you think outside the box? Send us your best Tips & Tricks

The best solutions to manufacturing problems don’t always come from inside a box.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation May 12, 2008

Solving the downtime dilemma: Looking beyond your top 10 issues

Activplant offers a free 1-hour webinar for manufacturing professionals June 11

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation April 21, 2008

Tyson set to close Nebraska plant

Tyson Foods Inc. will shut its meat-processing operations in York, Neb.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation February 20, 2008

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Plant Automation January 23, 2008

ExxonMobil lube plant starts new control system

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation January 18, 2008

DaVinci control: Honeywell to automate quality for Karlsborg paper plant

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.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Plant Automation January 15, 2008

It’s a numbers game, but you ought to play to win

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...

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Plant Automation January 11, 2008

Performance management series starts 2008 in Detroit

Jeff Liker, University of Michigan professor and author of The Toyota Way Fieldbook, keynotes the first entry in this year’s management performance series.

By Staff
Plant Automation December 5, 2007

Summit Become a Sponsor

Summit Home Register Now Schedule Speaker Bios Become a Sponsor Current Sponsors Hotel/Location Contact us Become a Sponsor >> Information sheet Contract.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation November 15, 2007

The name’s the same, but leaders seek a broader view of automation

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation November 1, 2007

Summit Current Sponsors

Summit Home Register Now Schedule Speaker Bios Become a Sponsor Current Sponsors Hotel/Location Contact us Current Sponsors >>.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation October 19, 2007

Rockwell Automation makes Crandall CFO

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation August 15, 2007

Collaboration offers hope in a fractured world

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.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Plant Automation July 18, 2007

Activate 2007 sponsored by Activplant

Activplant’s Activate 2007 conference will be Sept. 16 through Sept. 19 at the ChampionsGate resort in Orlando.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation April 18, 2007

The enterprise level of plant floor visibility

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 .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation April 15, 2007

New PLANT ENGINEERING Website puts knowledge at your fingertips

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation March 21, 2007

Aberdeen launches MRO study

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 .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation March 9, 2007

Make Your Voice Heard – New MES Research

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 .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation March 1, 2007

M-grade embedded automation computer

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation January 24, 2007

Automation World Conference & Exhibition, Orlando, FL, March 20–22

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation January 17, 2007

Salary Survey Exclusive: Southwest a hot spot for growth, confidence

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.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Plant Automation January 12, 2007

Sound bytes from ProMat 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!.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation January 1, 2007

Blog on a two-way street: Share your opinions

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 Staff
Plant Automation January 1, 2007

2006 Salary Survey: Productivity delivers a bonus for plant floor managers

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.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Plant Automation December 8, 2006

Plant Engineering blogs on

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation December 1, 2006

Even without a round number, 2007 can be a milestone year

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.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Plant Automation December 1, 2006

White papers available on AppliedAutomation site

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation November 15, 2006

Automation World Conference & Exhibition, Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL, March 20–22

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation November 1, 2006

Frosst takes the helm at Activplant

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation November 1, 2006

Building an online resource one click-through at a time

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation September 1, 2006

An island adventure right on your desktop

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation September 1, 2006

A turning point for the plant floor

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.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Plant Automation August 8, 2006

Product of the Year Awards Program Deadline is September 8th!

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation August 1, 2006

Help Smiley survive, and gain automation knowledge in new game

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation June 23, 2006

Ball Corp. to rebuild fire-damaged German plant, add line in Hermsdorf

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation June 16, 2006

The Automation Federation announces member classifications

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation June 1, 2006

Unlimited data collection does have its limits

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.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Plant Automation May 23, 2006

Record attendance at ABB event

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation April 27, 2006

AWWA heads to Phoenix for annual event

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation April 21, 2006

Astronaut among keynotes at ABB’s Automation World

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation April 1, 2006

What makes a Top Plant? Find out online – then enter yours

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation February 1, 2006

You’re just a click away from getting connected

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation December 1, 2005

DaimlerChrysler

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation December 15, 2002

Reed launches regional plant shows

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation October 15, 2002

New salary survey needs your input

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...

By Staff
Plant Automation October 15, 2002

Plant show gets new name, adds regional venue

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.

By Staff
Plant Automation March 29, 2002

2001 Product of the Year Winners

Click above to see our winners in this year's competition!

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation October 26, 2001

1999 Plant Engineering Salary Survey

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.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Plant Automation May 1, 2000

E-plant engineering?

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.

By Richard L. Dunn , Editor
Plant Automation March 1, 2000

Human Side of Engineering – 2000-03-01 – 2000-03-01

In the September 1999 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "Uncommon side: The hoodwinked employee -- Part I.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Plant Automation December 1, 1999

Just the facts, sir

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.

By Len O'Neal
Plant Automation October 1, 1999

Welcome to the family

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.

By Len O'Neal
Plant Automation October 1, 1999

You’ve got PlantMail!

PlantMail! is a free online newsletter that describes what is new on the Plant Engineering web site and links readers to exclusive online content. To subscribe, visit Plant Engineering Online at www.p

By Staff
Plant Automation August 1, 1999

Human Side of Engineering – 1999-08-01 – 1999-08-01

In the March 1999 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "Uncommon side: Disloyal assistant -- Part I.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Plant Automation June 1, 1999

Will the terror continue?

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.

By Richard L Dunn
Plant Automation June 1, 1999

Multiple media: More is better

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).

By Len O'Neal
Plant Automation August 1, 1998

Let us know what you think

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.

By Len O'Neal
Plant Automation April 1, 1998

Plant Design System

Plant Design System (PDS) is a comprehensive, computer-aided design/engineering application for plant design and construction.

By Staff
Plant Automation March 1, 1998

Who are you?

For everyone who has ever asked, what does a plant engineer do?, there is a new definition of the plant engineering function.

By Staff
Plant Automation January 1, 1998

More than skin deep

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.

By Richard L. Dunn