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Safety & PPE January 31, 2024

Developing an effective PPE program for long-term success

Personal protective equipment (PPE) serves as the last line of defense between most hazards and employees and requires innovative strategies to improve PPE program success as companies strive for zero injuries in the workplace.

By Herbert Post
Safety & PPE January 30, 2024

Determining quality PPE standards and best practices

Manufacturing facilities have improved safety plans for adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) standards and procedures, but more work is needed.

By Zack Mitchell
Safety & PPE January 23, 2024

Developing a successful PPE blueprint for plant managers

Personal protective equipment (PPE) plays a pivotal role in ensuring worker safety across various industries. Nine future PPE trends in manufacturing are highlighted

By Eric Whitley
Safety & PPE January 18, 2024

How to choose the right arc flash PPE

Emphasizing the critical importance of proper personal protective equipment (PPE) in safeguarding workers from the risks of arc flash events is critical.

By Jarred Richter
Safety & PPE November 30, 2023

Understanding the hazardous locations classification system

Understanding hazardous classified locations, a critical aspect of industrial safety, is important to ensure the well-being of workers and the integrity of operations.

By Herbert Post
Safety & PPE October 27, 2023

Fall protection remains the most common workplace violation

For the 13th straight year, fall protection is the most common workplace safety violation with more than second and third combined.

By National Safety Council (NSC)
Safety & PPE October 27, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed safety and PPE articles in 2023

Read the best articles about safety and PPE including electrical risks, high visibility clothing, trends and more.

By Tyler Wall
Safety & PPE August 14, 2023

What are the trends in hazard protection and safety?

Safety in manufacturing facilities takes many forms and it is critical companies do all they can to ensure their workers are safe.

By Plant Engineering
Safety & PPE July 27, 2023

Lightweight materials used to create stronger helmets

Researchers have strengthened their absorbing foam material to make lighter and stronger helmets, which can help soldiers as well as people working in hazardous conditions.

By Adam Malecek
Safety & PPE July 17, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 10-16, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered OSHA-compliant PSM systems, asset performance systems, the smart factory economy and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE April 12, 2023

Five ways to improve process valve safety in manufacturing facilities

Process engineers should prioritize valve safety in manufacturing as they strive to streamline industrial processes.

By Gilbert Welsford Jr.
Safety & PPE March 23, 2023

Benefits of a rack safety flywheel in warehouse, manufacturing facilities

Rack safety in warehouse and manufacturing facilities can have major consequences if not properly maintained. Developing a consistent safety and education program can help.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE March 20, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 13-19, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered PPE and electrical risks, condition-based maintenance, oil and gas workforce skills and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE March 1, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, February 2023

Read the best content in February 2023 including: safety, motors and drives, product of the year, maintenance, pumps, ESG and more

By Christina Miller
Safety & PPE February 21, 2023

Select the right PPE to take control of electrical risks

Employers and employees must ensure proper personal protective equipment is in use to keep workers safe and lower risk.

By Tom Pitts
Safety & PPE February 14, 2023

Why you should consider using steel conduit and tubing

Steel conduit is a versatile and safe wiring method to choose when building commercial and industrial buildings.

By Dale Crawford
Safety & PPE February 1, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, January 2023

Read the best content in January 2023 including: safety, pumps, conveyor jams, IIoT, UPS, energy and more

By Christina Miller
Safety & PPE January 30, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: January 23-29, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered safety, pumps and arc flashes. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Christina Miller
Safety & PPE January 23, 2023

Addressing electrical safety hazards

Considering newer products and technologies can improve personnel safety, especially when combined with a “design for safety” approach and appropriate automation.

By Marty Kronz
Safety & PPE January 4, 2023

Preventing slips, falls during plant design process

Slips and falls are a major source for workplace injuries, but companies can get ahead by putting plant floor safety up front and picking a walking surface that can withstand tough conditions as well as wear and tear.

By William Davidson
Safety & PPE January 3, 2023

Selecting the best drainage systems for food and beverage processing

Picking the right drainage system for a food and beverage processing facility can have many long-term benefits. Five tips are highlighted.

By Joseph Bove
Safety & PPE December 12, 2022

Health and Safety Regulation: What to do if you are issued an OSHA citation

What a citation is and what it means

By Matthew J. Clutter
Safety & PPE November 30, 2022

Connected device vulnerability index released

Velta Technology's Connected Devices Vulnerability (CDV) index measures the relative security status of all connected devices within an industrial environment.

By Velta Technology
Safety & PPE November 14, 2022

Understanding the importance of PPE and high-visibility clothing for engineers

High-visibility clothing can make an engineer more visible to others.

By Nick Warrick
Safety & PPE November 11, 2022

Mesh networks boost safety and productivity

Dynamic mesh networks offer a vastly improved experience.

By Shachar Harari
Safety & PPE October 26, 2022

Four LOTO best practices for a food manufacturing facility

There must be stringent lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures in place at a food manufacturing facility. Four best practices are highlighted.

By Dale Clinton
Safety & PPE August 22, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: August 15-21, 2022

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered automation safety, smart manufacturing, lean manufacturing, AMR technology, workplace danger. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Christina Miller
Safety & PPE July 20, 2022

Solutions for communicating workplace danger when you’re alone

A strong line of communication between employer and lone workers is important for their safety on the plant or factory floor

By RTS
Safety & PPE June 2, 2022

Detecting dangerous gases to improve safety and reduce emissions

One versatile technology helps protect people and plants, while also detecting fugitive greenhouse gases.

By Jesse Sumstad
Safety & PPE April 28, 2022

Saving lives with arc-resistant and flame-resistant apparel

Arc-resistant and flame-resistant (FR) personal protective equipment (PPE) clothes are the first and the last line of defense against serious injury.

By Nick Warrick
Safety & PPE April 5, 2022

Updating a facility’s risk management program (RMP)

Companies must update and resubmit their RMP at least every five years per the Environmental Protection Agency's checklist.

By Chase A. Sly
Safety & PPE February 10, 2022

Factory acceptance testing best practices

A factory acceptance test (FAT) for the system and issuing a certificate of conformity on both operation and function is critical.

By Dr. Michael Wrinch
Safety & PPE January 25, 2022

Ensuring safety in explosive environments

There are many requirements and regulations required for equipment used in potentially explosive environments.

By Rhodri Morgan
Safety & PPE December 23, 2021

Designing your reliability journey

Safety is improved by disciplined operating and maintenance practices and keeping reliability strong.

By Nick Schiltz
Safety & PPE December 21, 2021

Deflection elbows end blowouts in conveying sand to silo

Innovation delivers a safer, more efficient work environment

By Charles Williston
Safety & PPE October 15, 2021

PVDF piping used for nuclear facility acid handling project

Facility engineers designing a process for maximum safety and efficiency

By Tommy Harrison and Alexandra Peters
Safety & PPE September 22, 2021

17 common ammonia safety issues refrigeration personnel can control

Proper engineering practices and maintenance is especially important when working with ammonia safety guidelines. 17 common issues are highlighted.

By Stellar
Safety & PPE July 8, 2021

Four remote work solutions post-pandemic

See four ways to continue using a successful work-from-home model.

By Brian Ellison and Peter Wu
Safety & PPE June 30, 2021

Four steps to improve safety and reliability

Companies looking to improve their safety plan should aim high and focus on things they can immediately improve to gain credibility.

By Nick Schiltz
Safety & PPE June 15, 2021

Top three advantages of integrated explosion protection

With recent technology advances, intrinsic safety now offers the safest, most cost effective and easiest way to deploy solutions that safeguard process operations.

By Jesse Hill
Safety & PPE May 26, 2021

Protect your food processing facility from dust explosions

See ways create and formulate a plan to keep your workers and plant safe.

By Jon Phillips, Gerry Gomolka
Safety & PPE May 12, 2021

Benefits of virtual factory acceptance test systems

A well-planned virtual buy-off process for factory acceptance tests (FATs) can benefit all involved parties.

By Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)
Safety & PPE April 14, 2021

Anatomy of an effective preconstruction strategy

Subcontractor prequalification one important parameter

By Aman Singh
Safety & PPE April 2, 2021

Five business benefits of switching to digital recordkeeping

Digital recordkeeping in food manufacturing facilities can help improve product quality, boost efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs.

By Rao Kolla
Safety & PPE March 15, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 8-14, 2021

Articles about flame-resistant PPE, ROI efficiency, digital transformation, corrective maintenance and writing a maintenance task procedure were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 8-14, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE March 8, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 1-7, 2021

Articles about the 2020 Salary Survey, flame-resistant PPE, corrective maintenance, writing a maintenance task procedure and Product of the Year finalists were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 1-7, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 25, 2021

Choosing the right flame-resistant PPE

Flame-resistant (FR) clothing is essential for anyone who works on job sites or with equipment that comes with potential fire, combustion or electrical hazards.

By Nick Warrick
Safety & PPE February 15, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 8-14, 2021

Articles about improved mask filtration, machine learning and manufacturing, the factory of the future, effective plant turnarounds and disinfection robots were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 8-14, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 8, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 1-7, 2021

Articles about improved mask filtration, motors and drives tips, effective plant turnarounds, the factory of the future and machine learning were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 1-7, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 5, 2021

Bioremediation offers solutions for plant site contamination

Microorganisms break down and consume pollutants in contaminated media

By Bilgen Yuncu, PhD, PE
Safety & PPE January 19, 2021

How wastewater surveillance can track COVID-19 infections

A method has been developed that detects the COVID-19 virus in wastewater samples as well as whether infection rates are going up or down.

By Michelle Horton
Safety & PPE January 13, 2021

Method developed to find toxic chemicals in drinking water

Researchers have developed a method that casts a wider net for potentially harmful chemicals in drinking water using analytical chemistry and molecular toxicology, which could help water and wastewater operations.

By Doug Donovan
Safety & PPE January 12, 2021

Disposable surgical masks are best for being heard clearly

Surgical masks are the best personal protective equipment (PPE) option for being heard clearly according to University of Illinois researchers, which can be a challenge for engineers, manufacturers and other essential workers who operate in noisy environments.

By Lois Yoksoulian
Safety & PPE December 18, 2020

Keeping Cyclospora at bay in a food processing plant

Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness known to cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms and can pop up in food processing plants.

By Jim Oko
Safety & PPE December 2, 2020

Contactless measurement developed for COVID-19 tests

A contactless measurement system that could help detect illnesses such as COVID-19 has been developed by University of Michigan researchers.

By Catharine June
Safety & PPE December 2, 2020

Institute receives grant to improve mask materials

North Carolina State University’s Nonwovens Institute (NWI) received a $400,000 grant to investigate improving the properties of materials they’re using for masks and respirators.

By Laura Oleniacz
Safety & PPE November 25, 2020

Four benefits of proper air balance in a food facility

Fresh air and proper balance are more important than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Benefits include a safer work environment and killing airborne contaminants.

By Luke Facemyer, PE
Safety & PPE November 20, 2020

How to align rental equipment with plant project needs

To remain competitive, companies must pursue equipment partnerships that help them cut through the complexities and provide resources to get the job done safely, on time and within budget

By Troy Underwood
Safety & PPE November 16, 2020

Four questions about GRC solutions answered

As the world continues to change, consider leveraging technology for your GRC program

By Szuyin Leow
Safety & PPE November 16, 2020

Researchers designing wearable exoskeleton

Designing a wearable exoskeleton will help workers thrive and function longer in harsh, physically strenuous environments such as construction.

By Libby Haydel
Safety & PPE November 5, 2020

Your questions answered: Managing Industrial Odors – Learn How to Pass the Smell Test

Presenters from the Oct. 28, 2020 webcast “Managing Industrial Odors – Learn How to Pass the Smell Test” addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Dr. Laura Haupert and Brian McLaughlin
Safety & PPE November 2, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 26 to November 1, 2020

Articles about interchangeable masks, edge I/O, heated face masks, mini-brains for robots and collaborative robot optimization were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE October 27, 2020

Frame created for interchangeable mask

A team of Texas A&M students bonded together to create the EASYMASK, which is designed to provide a reusable and inexpensive face mask for the general population.

By Michelle Revels
Safety & PPE October 26, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 19-25, 2020

Articles about heated face masks, R&D project performance, facility energy management, collaborative robot optimization and COVID-19 worker risks were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 19-25, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE October 22, 2020

Heated face mask designed to filter and inactivate coronaviruses

The reusable mask includes a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene, which could help health care professionals and in other situations where social distancing is difficult.

By Anne Trafton
Safety & PPE October 21, 2020

Manufacturers’ response to COVID-19 uncoordinated, unprepared

Many manufacturers have taken steps to mitigate COVID-19's effects, but it is largely reactive and uncoordinated and they often don't have plans for managing an outbreak.

By Brittany Magelssen
Safety & PPE October 17, 2020

How to quantify, compute system failure profiles

Developing computational frameworks to improve network resilience is a must for companies looking to weather a cyber attack or a natural disaster like a major storm.

By Gregory Hale
Safety & PPE October 12, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles October 5-11, 2020

Articles about forklift safety, operating machines during stoppages, COVID-19 and robots, pump diagnostics and four profit killers were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 5-11, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE October 5, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 28 to October 4, 2020

Articles about mask filtration, global manufacturing, COVID-19 and digitalization, microgrid system design and hydrogen's growing importance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 28 to October 4, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE October 4, 2020

Engineering understanding about COVID-19’s effects, safety

Students at USC worked on robots, masks and droplet dispersion to better understand how to live with COVID-19 over the summer. See video.

By Avni Shah
Safety & PPE September 28, 2020

DIY fitter developed to improve mask filtration

The Badger Seal is a mask fitter with a soft, adjustable “frame” with elastic worn either as ear loops or behind the head and can be made in minutes to improve mask filtration and improve PPE quality.

By Renee Meiller
Safety & PPE September 21, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 14-20, 2020

Articles about a redesigned COVID-19 mask, the Leaders Under 40 winners, EAM systems, 3-phase squirrel cage motors and quality management system audits were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 14-20, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE September 16, 2020

Redesigned mask offers greater protection, comfort for user

A mask that combines barrier filtration material with a stretchable fabric for greater protection and comfort has been designed by Georgia Tech researchers.

By John Toon
Safety & PPE September 10, 2020

Three tips for designing a trouble-free pneumatics system

Speed, force, and size are vital to the compressed air system, but so are external, internal, and safety considerations.

By Darren O’Driscoll
Safety & PPE September 9, 2020

Manufacturer tracking employee health, density with location technology

Emerson is using its technology to monitor the health of essential workers and keep them healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Emerson Automation
Safety & PPE September 9, 2020

Wastewater treatment teams searching for COVID-19

Researchers are sifting through raw sewage in wastewater treatment facilities for traces of COVID-19 to find out how it spreads.

By Kelly April Tyrrell
Safety & PPE September 7, 2020

Why bother with functional safety management?

Functional safety (FS) and the management of these systems is as important to the effective operation as the technical implementation of the solution.

By David Green
Safety & PPE August 31, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 24-30, 2020

Articles about Ethanol-based hand sanitizers, protecting VFD investments, global manufacturing outlook, IIoT engagement and predictive maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 24-30, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE August 29, 2020

Safety: Learning to think the right way

Safety is more than following best practices: It’s about creating the right mindset within the workforce and among individuals to make the world safer. See five stages of post incident behavior-based (PIBB) discussion and five techniques to improve process safety.

By Gregory Hale
Safety & PPE August 19, 2020

How a COVID-19 testing trailer was built for a university

MIT engineers and medical staff built a 60-foot trailer for COVID-19 testing that can test up to 1,500 people a day and is now operating as the main test site for asymptomatic members of the MIT community.

By Jennifer Chu
Safety & PPE August 19, 2020

COVID-19 projected to be third-highest cause of death in US for 2020

The National Safety Council reported that COVID-19 will likely be the third-leading cause of death in 2020 behind only heart disease and cancer.

By National Safety Council (NSC)
Safety & PPE August 5, 2020

Copper used to make reusable masks safer, easier to use

A patented technology is being used to manufacture reusable face masks using copper, which can help improve filter performance and disabling airborne virus particles.

By Indiana University
Safety & PPE July 29, 2020

Wearable devices developed to ensure workplace social distancing

Iterate Labs' wearable devices help ensure social distancing in the workplace so people work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Sara Baier
Safety & PPE July 29, 2020

Engineering researchers work on making N95 masks better

University of Michigan engineers and physicians have created a testing system to evaluate the effectiveness of N95 and surgical masks to find ways to make them better.

By James Lynch
Safety & PPE July 29, 2020

Engineering student helps organize PPE production, COVID response in developing countries

University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student Rebecca Alcock is playing a leading role in a large-scale, U.N.-backed effort to mobilize production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and more in developing countries around the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Tom Ziemer
Safety & PPE July 22, 2020

Ozone disinfection could make PPE reusable for workers

Georgia Tech researchers found that ozone gas could provide a safe means for disinfecting certain types of PPE that are in high demand for shielding workers from COVID-19.

By John Toon
Safety & PPE July 15, 2020

Engineers design reusable, silicone rubber face mask

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have designed a silicone rubber face mask that they believe could stop viral particles as effectively as N95 masks.

By Anne Trafton
Safety & PPE July 13, 2020

Seven steps to plan for re-entering the workplace

When people return to the office after the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided enough, it is important to have a concrete plan in place during those early days to enhance safety and worker confidence.

By CRB
Safety & PPE July 8, 2020

Comply with social distancing by automating workflow on manufacturing floor

Social distancing guidelines are a challenge for manufacturers, but linear displacement transducers (LDTs) and plastic molding production lines can help improve automation while maintaining safety.

By AMETEK Factory Automation
Safety & PPE June 30, 2020

Researchers develop method to recycle PPE using radiation

Texas A&M University researchers have developed a method to make PPE masks reusable by sending them through an electron beam facility to get rid of contaminants.

By Laura Simmons
Safety & PPE June 29, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 22-28, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year winners, N95 mask research, process control and safety systems, high-performance HMIs and COVID-19 business impacts were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 22-28, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE June 23, 2020

Researchers develop approach to make N95 masks last longer

A Purdue University research team is working on extending the shelf life for an N95 mask, a crucial piece of personal protective equipment (PPE), by making the elastic band last longer.

By Chris Adam
Safety & PPE June 18, 2020

Smart COVID-19 PPE mask project receives research grant

Northwestern Engineering researchers received a $200,000 grant from the NSF to develop smart personal protective equipment (PPE) masks embedded with battery-free sensors to assess health for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Amanda Morris
Safety & PPE June 10, 2020

Workplace distancing simulation and management: Facilities, manufacturing, offices

To lower risk to COVID-19 exposure, use digital twin design and simulation software, wireless tags and receivers and asset tracking software help manage employee risks and enable workplace productivity. See nine questions manufacturers and facility owners need to ask about COVID-19.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.
Safety & PPE June 10, 2020

Learning from food supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the vulnerability of our food supply chain to disruptions. While there are no major shortages (yet), supply chains are still facing challenges.

By Niranjan Kulkarni
Safety & PPE June 10, 2020

Support for medical devices and equipment combating COVID-19

Organizations and groups from many industries are finding creative ways to source and manufacture medical equipment most critical to combating this global pandemic.

By Jeff Schnabel
Safety & PPE June 3, 2020

University working with 3D-printing developer to produce swabs for COVID-19 testing

The Innovation Hub at West Virginia University is working with a Massachusetts-based 3D-printing company to produce medical swabs for COVID-19 testing.

By Jake Stump
Safety & PPE May 31, 2020

Staying safe in the “new normal” of COVID-19

As companies and manufacturers start to re-open in the near future, health and safety is a top priority.

By Gregory Hale
Safety & PPE May 27, 2020

Engineers adapt emergency ventilators for COVID-19 patients

Engineers at Northwestern University has found a way to retrofit a common commercial emergency ventilator into a device better-suited for COVID-19 patients.

By Amanda Morris
Safety & PPE May 27, 2020

Engineers propose safer method for sharing ventilators during COVID-19 pandemic

MIT engineers have proposed a suggested design could make it easier to divide air flow for COVID-19 patients in emergencies when no other options are available.

By Anne Trafton
Safety & PPE May 27, 2020

Students printing medical face shields with 3D equipment to fight COVID-19

High school students are using University of Missouri 3D printers to make face shields for health care workers in their area and U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

By Brian Consiglio
Safety & PPE May 27, 2020

Free training videos available for supply chains affected by COVID-19

Hyster-Yale is making free video training content available for a limited time for supply chains still adapting to the effects of COVID-19.

By Hyster-Yale
Safety & PPE May 21, 2020

10 steps employers must take to ensure safety before reopening due to COVID-19

The National Safety Council, in coordination with the SAFER task force, releases comprehensive guidance and recommendations for employers to prioritize workplace safety post-quarantine.

By National Safety Council (NSC)
Safety & PPE May 20, 2020

University reaches out to help manufacture PPE, medical devices for COVID-19 pandemic

Houston-area hospitals asked Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) to help manufacture medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Dr. Joya Mannan
Safety & PPE May 20, 2020

Beef supply chain vulnerable to COVID-19 pandemic

Kansas State University researchers found multiple supply chain vulnerabilities for the beef industry, which are further heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Stephanie Jacques
Safety & PPE May 19, 2020

How COVID-19 is changing the engineering jobs, jobs market

Taking control in an uncontrolled time: Leaders share lessons from the industrial automation, controls, and manufacturing industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Jeff Briggs
Safety & PPE May 18, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 11-17, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year winners, PPE mask production for COVID-19, acoustic imaging and maintenance technology were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 11-17, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE May 14, 2020

Adopt prevention through design for electrical safety

Leaders and managers need to implement a proactive prevention through design (PtD) program and track near misses to mitigate electrical safety hazards and protect workers in their plant

By Marty Kronz
Safety & PPE May 13, 2020

3D laser scanning accelerates PPE mask production for COVID-19 pandemic

Two recent PPE-related projects completed by NVision, Inc. demonstrate the growing role that non-contact scanning/measurement technologies are taking in the race to create new products and designs to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

By Steve Glad
Safety & PPE May 13, 2020

Five steps to improve your electrical safety program

OSHA recommends ways to make your electrical safety program better

By H. Landis “Lanny” Floyd, PE, CSP, CESCP
Safety & PPE May 11, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 4-10, 2020

Articles about Product of the Year winners, manufacturing post COVID-19 and remote business operations were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 4-10, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE May 6, 2020

Approved face shield design addresses PPE shortage through 3D printing

Michigan Medicine and the U-M College of Engineering have offered a recommended design that is effective and straightforward to produce that addresses the PPE shortage for the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Kate McAlpine
Safety & PPE April 21, 2020

Engine emission researchers retool to identify effective N95 mask alternatives

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are leveraging tools used to measure the particulate from combustion engines to measure the filtration efficiency for alternative N95 masks to help improve supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Adam Malecek
Safety & PPE April 18, 2020

Self-sanitizing face mask project for COVID-19 research receives NSF grant

A Northwestern University researcher has received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to develop a new self-sanitizing medical face mask that deactivates viruses on contact for better personal protective equipment (PPE).

By Amanda Morris
Safety & PPE April 13, 2020

Swagelok shares its best practices for essential manufacturing operations

Company ran table-top exercise in recent years to gauge impact of possible pandemic; key documents used to define concepts and actions taken

By Kevin Parker
Safety & PPE April 13, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 6-12, 2020

Articles about disposable face shield manufacturing, digital twins, asset performance management, COVID-19's impact on manufacturing and digital transformation were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 6-12, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE April 11, 2020

COVID-19 effects on safety operations

Safety is becoming a main topic of concern with coronavirus reducing the amount of crew members on site. Employee health and worker's fatigue are issues that companies need to take into consideration during this pandemic.

By Gregory Hale
Safety & PPE April 7, 2020

Engineers working to disinfect N95 masks for medical personnel

University of Michigan engineers are developing efficient, effective and scalable ways to disinfect N95 masks, which are typically discarded after one use.

By James Lynch
Safety & PPE April 6, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 30 to April 5, 2020

Articles about coronavirus' effect on the supply chain and engineers, pneumatics systems and remote monitoring were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 30 to April 5, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE April 2, 2020

University initiates mass manufacture of disposable face shields for COVID-19 response

An MIT team launched mass manufacturing of a new technique to meet the high demand for disposable face shields with a single-piece design that uses die cutting to create them quickly.

By Mary Beth Gallagher
Safety & PPE March 30, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 23-29, 2020

Articles about food manufacturing safety during coronavirus, how coronavirus is affecting manufacturers, and metal batteries were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 23-29, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE March 27, 2020

Eliminate arc flash hazards upfront

Safe work practices and PPE has significantly decreased U.S. workplace electrical fatalities.

By Tim Howd
Safety & PPE March 25, 2020

Website created to help food manufacturers stay safe during coronavirus pandemic

Cornell’s Institute for Food Safety has created a website to help keep the food processing industry safe during the coronavirus pandemic and provide useful and accurate information.

By Blaine Friedlander
Safety & PPE March 24, 2020

Medical shield for coronavirus being developed

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers are working with Madison-area manufacturers to make medical face shields, which is an important piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients.

By Tom Ziemer
Safety & PPE March 23, 2020

Universities developing DIY medical devices, PPE to combat coronavirus spread

Researchers from Georgia Tech and other universities are racing to develop “do-it-yourself” health care gear that can be assembled where it’s needed from locally available components to try and get out in front of the coronavirus spread to help hospitals and medical healthcare facilities. See video.

By John Toon
Safety & PPE March 16, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 9-15, 2020

Articles about coronavirus preparation and detection, the 2020 Maintenance Survey, 3D metal printing, and the supply chain's role in controlling coronavirus were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 9-15, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE March 11, 2020

Improvements made to Pennsylvania foundries for safer operations

Grants funded by the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Initiative are helping launch a project to help foundries learn to transition from using silica sands and take advantage of 3D printing.

By Gregory Hale
Safety & PPE March 11, 2020

Fastening tools without tradeoffs

Optimize throughput goals and worker safety; new tool technology addresses both issues for manufacturers

By Jeff Lowe
Safety & PPE March 10, 2020

CIP and SIP procedures improve OEE and profitability

Unlock monolithic clean in place and steam in place procedures to optimize process KPIs, OEE and profits. Batch automation model, control programming, HMIs can help.

By John Parraga
Safety & PPE March 5, 2020

Researcher shares 3D roadmap of coronavirus with scientists

WPI researchers have reconstructed a 3D model of novel coronavirus and are hoping to use the findings to provide research community with greater understanding of infection spread and possible treatment.

By Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Safety & PPE March 3, 2020

Paper device could bring portable coronavirus detection

Purdue University biomedical engineers have developed a handheld paper device that could accurately detect COVID-19 and other coronaviruses with the right manufacturing process, but developing the process is expensive.

By Kayla Wiles
Safety & PPE February 26, 2020

Securing a process control safety system

Companies looking to keep their process control safety system secure to ensure a long lifecycle need to prioritize cybersecurity just as much now.

By Gregory Hale
Safety & PPE February 24, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 17-23

Articles about safety best practices, improving operations and facility design, robotic process automation, and shutdown best practices were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 17-23. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 17, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 10-16

Articles about shutdown best practices, control hierarchy, mobile robots, robot investments, and exoskeletons were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 10-16. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 10, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles February 3-9

Articles about safety best practices, right-sizing pumps, intuitive HMI screens, exoskeletons, and wearable electronics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 5, 2020

Five best practices for plant safety in 2020

It isn’t just about the bottom line; workplace safety is about trust.

By Graeme Murphy
Safety & PPE February 3, 2020

Understand the hierarchy of controls

Achieve viable hazard prevention through increased robustness

By Zach Ganster
Safety & PPE January 27, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 20-26

Articles about Product of the Year, real-time monitoring and control, long-term integrator relationships, Top Plant 2019, and cutting compressed air costs were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE January 8, 2020

Building a resilient safety system

While no safety system is perfect, it is imperative for users to understand the basics and define safety and risk to prevent accidents from happening that could have severe effects.

By Gregory Hale
Safety & PPE December 17, 2019

Mitigate control panel security, safety risks

A review of relevant standards, including UL 1436 and NFPA 70E.

By Michael Jammal and Martin Kronz
Safety & PPE December 9, 2019

Early fire detection saves cost

Effective improvement of preventive fire protection.

By Michael Daub and Torsten Welz
Safety & PPE November 30, 2019

Employing PtD as the first line of defense against control panel electrical hazards

Prevention through design (PtD) can help manufacturers keep workers safe from electrical hazards, which remains one of the most common dangers they face daily. Do you use the five-point hierarchy of risk?

By Martin Kronz
Safety & PPE November 11, 2019

Eliminate leaks to enhance plant safety, profitability

How to avoid common causes and costs of fluid system leaks.

By Stacey Phillips
Safety & PPE October 26, 2019

Safety council discourages cannabis use for safety-sensitive positons

The National Safety Council (NSC) has called on employers to restrict cannabis use for workers in safety-sensitive positions regardless of the state's position in a policy position.

By National Safety Council (NSC)
Safety & PPE October 10, 2019

Industrial fire systems: Defining the key players

A team is made up of skilled individuals.

By Edward Doherty
Safety & PPE September 23, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 16-22

Articles about Engineering Leaders Under 40, applying Lean to daily management, improving your skilled workforce, maintaining equipment, and keeping workers safe were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE September 1, 2019

AeroStep by SafeRack

AeroStep’s GSE rolling stairs and maintenance platforms are designed for OSHA compliant access in assembly and maintenance applications.

By SafeRack
Safety & PPE July 25, 2019

A fight for a level playing field

Little-appreciated heat treatments play vital role in pipeline infrastructure safety.

By CFE Media
Safety & PPE July 22, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 15-21

Articles about alarm management tips, maintenance process redesign, NFPA 70E advice, digitizing reality, and smart manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE June 10, 2019

Stop! In the name of safety

Workers should be encouraged to halt a job when risks appear.

By Don Byrne
Safety & PPE June 10, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 3-9

Articles about overcurrent protection technologies, predictive maintenance in oil and gas, collaborative robots and manufacturing, the PMI May 2019 report, and electrical safety culture were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE June 1, 2019

Specify performance, manage risk

The June issue of AppliedAutomation discusses specifying performance and the importance of alarm management and process safety.

By Jack Smith
Safety & PPE May 29, 2019

Connecting alarm management and process safety

Making the connection between alarm management and process safety management can ensure a safe and productive process.

By Lee Swindler
Safety & PPE May 27, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 20-26

Articles about overcurrent protection technologies, the human factor in change management, Mitsubishi Electric acquiring Iconics, electrical safety culture, , and protecting the production line were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE May 20, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 13-19

Articles about electrical safety culture, arc flash hazards, an accelerating supply chain, energy project savings barriers, and the human factor in change management were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 13-19. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE May 14, 2019

Offshore pump facility goes nine years without a lost time incident

Sulzer Wood has recorded nine years without a lost time incident (LTI) thanks to a workplace culture where everyone contributes to overall workplace safety.

By Sulzer
Safety & PPE April 1, 2019

MC series of magnetic catches by FDB Panel Fittings

The catches are designed for sheet metal applications and can be used in furniture production.

By FDB Panel Fittings Ltd
Safety & PPE March 15, 2019

The 7% of workplace fatalities

Workplace shooting pose a consistent threat to safety and security and needs to be addressed.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE January 15, 2019

Seven ways to increase security at a food and beverage facility

Food and beverage plants can improve overall safety with preventive measures such as an increased physical security presence, an open floorplan, and controlled facility access.

By Manny Valdivieso, AIA
Safety & PPE January 2, 2019

Food safety design for employee areas

Food safety is a major challenge that can lead to contamination and recall. Companies can reduce the number of violations by considering where employees go and what they interact with before they step onto the plant floor.

By Karishma Kaulige
Safety & PPE December 24, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 17-23

Articles about the Top Plant winner, Product of the Year finalists, the skills gap, making safety a profit center, and a look at the robotics industry were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 17-23, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE December 12, 2018

Shifting safety to a profit center

Cost avoidance, better networks make better financial sense.

By Steve Elliott
Safety & PPE December 3, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 26 to December 2

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, three phases of digital transformation, food safety, five warehouse innovations, and functional safety were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 26 to December 2, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE November 10, 2018

How to prepare a disaster mitigation plan for your facility

It’s important to prepare your business properly by creating an emergency action plan in the event of a natural disaster. Four recommendations before a disaster and three recommendations afterward are highlighted.

By Chad Kennedy, Schneider Electric
Safety & PPE November 8, 2018

Processing plant enhances food safety

Starbucks' processing plant is designed to produce instant coffee products in a safe facility that adheres to rigorous standards to enhance the quality of the product. Five safety implementations are highlighted.

By Todd Allsup, Stellar
Safety & PPE November 2, 2018

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Safety & PPE October 31, 2018

Wireless alarms for facility showers are crucial to plant safety

Wireless alarms for facility showers can help workers provide quicker first aid to a worker if they have been injured in a remote area or late at night.

By Jeff Cater, Cross Co.
Safety & PPE October 27, 2018

The human element in a safety system

The lack of safety is potentially the greatest financial expense in any plant, and the human cost is incalculable.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Safety & PPE October 26, 2018

Functional safety: Understand the fundamentals

Functional safety can help reduce downtime, improve product reliability, and expand global markets for manufacturers.

By Scott Orlosky & Jean-Marc Hubsch, Sensata Technologies
Safety & PPE October 25, 2018

Four lessons to consider for change management and ERP

Change management is not a phase; it must be woven into the fabric of evaluation, selection, and implementation methodologies. Four lessons and additional best practices for enterprise resource planning (ERP) are highlighted.

By Justin Goldston, Ultra Consultants
Safety & PPE October 24, 2018

An operational network of maintenance and safety

Advanced solutions for effective maintenance programs address staffing challenges, lower costs, and can help plants avoid trips and shutdowns.

By Johan School, Honeywell Process Solutions
Safety & PPE September 19, 2018

Effective process safety management for preventing future incidents

To prevent dangerous process incidents from occurring, facilities should employ effective communication, provide workers with appropriate training, and have in place strong and up-to-date policies and procedures. Eleven key principles and best practices are highlighted.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Safety & PPE September 3, 2018

A new workforce needs new skills

As Plant Engineering prepares to announce its 2018 Engineering Leaders Under 40 on Sept. 17, it further calls attention to the serious worker shortage in manufacturing. The issue goes deeper than sheer numbers; there needs to be retraining for existing workers on new technology to leverage its benefits and stem the tide until the next generation of workers are ready to lead.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 3, 2018

EAM and safety: 5 strategies for success

One of the panelists in the GAMS session on maintenance and IIoT is Kevin Price from Infor, who has the entertaining title of “technical evangelist”. In the Plant Engineering Mid-Year Report, Price evangelizes about the relationship between safety and enterprise asset management. He notes the relationship between data and operational efficiency.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Safety & PPE August 24, 2018

Plant of the Future: Take an ‘educated, yet realistic’ approach to the future

How will manufacturing change in the next five years? How should it change?

By Plant Engineering
Safety & PPE August 13, 2018

A cobot is about to become your co-worker

Collaborative robots are filling in the blanks on the plant floor.

By Stan Prutz, QDS Systems
Safety & PPE August 8, 2018

AR and VR: A safe landing on the plant floor

Revolutionize factory visibility with augmented and virtual reality. Seven tips for leveraging functionalities are highlighted.

By Ramkumar V, L&T Technology Services
Safety & PPE May 21, 2018

Indoor air quality increases workforce productivity

A plant’s air quality is one of the leading contributors to workforce comfort because, at the end of the day, nothing is quite so pervasive as the air employees breathe.

By Jeff Chastain
Safety & PPE April 18, 2018

Better eyewash stations reduce injury

An eyewash station designed for treating chemical eye burns should be placed where a person in mid-emergency will find it easily and it must be operable without mistakes or confusion in a moment of crisis.

By Imants Stiebris, Speakman & Stevewn Miller, CDT
Safety & PPE April 13, 2018

Power Distribution: Your questions answered

Webcast presenters Ben Langstraat and Sam Fopma from Interstates answered additional questions about topics such as natural gas as a fuel source, battery back-up systems, and variable frequency drives (VFDs).

By Ben Langstraat and Sam Fopma, Interstates
Safety & PPE April 11, 2018

Five reasons to retrofit a press

Instead of replacing a press, which can be costly and time-consuming, retrofitting them might be a better solution.

By Brian Van Laar, Andrew Binversie, Nathan Davis, Monte Swinford, and Ken Rayden
Safety & PPE March 28, 2018

Improving documentation change control process

In regulated environments, companies are expected to establish procedures for document change control as a way of ensuring product quality and safety.

By Niranjan Kulkarni, CRB
Safety & PPE March 27, 2018

Extracting value from a concurrent engineering model

Examine all portions of a plant’s lifecycle to determine its efficiency.

By Sandy Levy, AspenTech
Safety & PPE March 26, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 19-25

Articles about improving engineer safety, condition-based maintenance, the 2018 Maintenance Survey, ERP best practices, and smart actuators were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 19-25. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Safety & PPE March 24, 2018

Six ways to reduce waste in a manufacturing process

Companies small and large, across all industries, are faced with waste in their manufacturing process. Six tips on how waste enters the process and how to monitor it are highlighted.

By Renee Benson, CRB
Safety & PPE March 19, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 12-18

Articles about profiting from IIoT, preventing downtime, testing steam trap stations, the 2018 Maintenance Study, and cybersecurity were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 12-18. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Safety & PPE March 15, 2018

2018 Maintenance Survey: Playing offense and defense

Maintenance requires monitoring assets today while looking to the future.

By Bob Vavra, Plant Engineering
Safety & PPE March 5, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 26 – March 4

Articles about decommissioning paint shops, HVAC systems, following best practices, preventing downtime, and industrial cybersecurity were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 19-25. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Safety & PPE February 23, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 19-25

Articles about automated maintenance, system integrator success, 2018 System Integrator Giants, preventing downtime, and surge protection were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 19-25. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Safety & PPE February 19, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Feb. 12-18

Articles about getting rid of VFD wires, SPD, automated maintenance, system integrator success, and preventing downtime were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 12-18. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Safety & PPE February 15, 2018

Decommissioning paint shops: Three areas to watch

Consider environment, utility and safety issues when making your plan.

By Gary Winslow, Ghafari Associates
Safety & PPE February 7, 2018

Narrowing the field for surge protection

SPD technology offers flexible solutions for process applications.

By Jack Coghlan, Phoenix Contact USA
Safety & PPE February 5, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Articles about 2018 System Integrator Giants, giving robots a hand, welding ergonomics, the Maintenance and Safety Digital Report, and 2018 technology trends were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 29-February 4. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Safety & PPE January 17, 2018

Welding ergonomics

Worker protection also delivers productivity gains.

By Andy Monk, Bernard; and Jack Kester, Marsh Risk Consulting
Safety & PPE January 15, 2018

Digital Report: Maintenance & Safety

More data means more information about your manufacturing process, and more insights about machine health.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE December 29, 2017

Just starting in automation? Here’s four steps forward

Understanding the fundamentals of getting started in automation will make the process smooth.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE December 29, 2017

5 steps to robotic implementation

A robotic system is a big investment, so it deserves special consideration and planning time.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE December 18, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 11-17: 2018 System Integrator Giants, robot implementation, 2017 Top Plant, and more

Articles about 2018 System Integrator Giants, robot implementation, 2017 Top Plant, smart maintenance systems, and changes to NFPA 70E were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 11-17. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Safety & PPE December 8, 2017

Using wireless in safety shower alarm retrofits

Wireless monitoring systems save money compared to wired solutions.

By Alex Patterson and Marcio Donnangelo, Emerson Automation Solutions
Safety & PPE December 7, 2017

NFPA 70E: What’s in the 2018 edition?: Your questions answered

Presenter Lanny Floyd answers questions about changes to NFPA 70E that were not addressed during the live webcast.

By Plant Engineering
Safety & PPE November 20, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 13-19: Industrial energy training, why electric motors overheat, mobile robot safety, and more

Articles about industrial energy training, why electric motors overheat, mobile robot safety, 2017 Product of the Year Finalists, and maintenance program management were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 13-19. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Safety & PPE November 15, 2017

Capitalizing on IIoT to make better decisions

Improved data and analytics offer a greater insight into efficiency.

By Matt Puzio, Victaulic
Safety & PPE October 30, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 23-29: Bearing maintenance, decrease in OSHA violations, ERP risks, and more

Articles about bearing maintenance, decrease in OSHA violations, ERP risks, filter replacement, and why the Five Whys may not be enough were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 23-29. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Safety & PPE October 25, 2017

IIoT and maintenance webcast: Your questions answered

IHS Markit’s Alex West discusses data security and how virtual reality may impact maintenance.

By Alex West, IHS Markit
Safety & PPE October 23, 2017

The singular measurement of safety

Despite changing politics, OSHA violations have largely remained the same. However, when measured using the Liberty Mutual Worker Safety Index, cost of injuries is down $2B from 2016. Whichever way you measure it, safety remains one of the biggest challenges in today's workplace.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Safety & PPE October 19, 2017

The future of electrical safety

NFPA 70E brings the hierarchy of controls to the forefront.

By H. Landis “Lanny” Floyd, PE, CSP, CESCP
Safety & PPE October 17, 2017

Sharp decrease in OSHA workplace violations

Annual report finds fall protection citations drop 14% from 2016

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media.
Safety & PPE October 17, 2017

Safety culture is the foundation for change

Standardized requirements accelerate progress on the journey to improving workplace safety.

By Bill D’Amico, Victaulic
Safety & PPE October 13, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 9-15: the next generation of RCM, IIoT and the process industry, digitizing Lean project management, and more

Articles about the next generation of RCM, IIoT and the process industry, digitizing Lean project management, implementing a successful RPM program, and reducing weld fume exposure were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 9-15. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media
Safety & PPE October 12, 2017

Reduce weld fume exposure by choosing the right option

Protecting employees against weld fumes is critical to providing a safe working environment. Choosing the right welding solution involves many key factors including the welding process, the type of fumes produced, and the OSHA standards relevant to the manufacturing process.

By Al Hilbert, Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
Safety & PPE September 20, 2017

The shocking effects of an arc flash explosion

Most people tend to respect electrical equipment, but they may not understand the dangers that associated with it. One of those dangers is arc flash. In fact, the likelihood of injury from an arc fault is higher than injury from an electric shock.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE September 19, 2017

Why the easy way is the right way

Modern factories are endlessly complex. But that doesn’t mean operations on the factory floor have to be equally complex. In fact, the modern mandate should be that factory operations should be simple, clean and efficient.

By Bob Argyle, Chief Customer Officer, Leading2Lean
Safety & PPE August 23, 2017

Safe underground digging for electrical applications

Underground digging, drilling or landscaping projects cannot take place until the utilities are properly located and avoided. It is dangerous, professionally embarrassing, and potentially very costly to disturb or damage any of these services.

By Gas Technology
Safety & PPE July 10, 2017

Three methods of preventive maintenance that should not be overlooked

Sound level analysis, ultrasonics, and vibration analysis along with other preventive maintenance techniques help prevent unexpected equipment failure and downtime.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE July 4, 2017

Improving safety in robotic welding applications

Common safety accessories include interlocked perimeter guards, safety light curtains, laser scanners and pressure-sensitive safety mats.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Safety & PPE June 30, 2017

How to weld non-standard parts using automation

With automation like thermal imaging cameras and 3-D programming, non-standard parts that used to cause challenges for welding systems are much easier to weld.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Safety & PPE June 29, 2017

Seven ways to avoid potential safety hazards

With all the safety hazards posed by electrical equipment, proper training is imperative to the well-being of employees.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE June 27, 2017

PVC coated sealing locknut

Plasti-Bond's PVC coated sealing locknut provides protection for exposed conduit threads from corrosion.

By Plasti-Bond
Safety & PPE June 19, 2017

A supportive foundation for Lean excellence

Herman Miller, Inc.’s people-centric focus and its focus on Lean manufacturing has helped the company through rough patches and has helped the company's culture.

By Lea Tonkin
Safety & PPE June 13, 2017

The dangers of counterfeit bearings on a facility

Counterfeit bearings are becoming a major problem for companies and they pose dangers to machines as well as workers and there are steps and organizations out there looking to stem the tide.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE June 12, 2017

Automated guided vehicle

The Agile1500 is the first automated guided vehicle (AGV) is modular, scalable, and reconfigurable and can carry more than 1.5 tons.

By Comau
Safety & PPE June 6, 2017

Six tips for reducing maintenance costs

Companies that are engaged in ongoing maintenance at an industrial facility should implement safe working practices and practice predictive maintenance whenever possible.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE May 18, 2017

Three ways integrated design can improve a future food manufacturing facility

The food safety quality for a future facility depends on whether the people designing and constructing the plant can communicate effectively.

By Jason Duff, Stellar
Safety & PPE May 15, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 8-14: Prescriptive maintenance, Product of the Year, reliability program pillars, more

Articles about prescriptive maintenance, the 2016 Product of the Year winners, reliability program pillars, motor insulation system tips, and measuring project quality were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 8-14. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE May 11, 2017

Safety gate with integrated cable/pulley system

The NetGate pick module safety gate utilizes an integrated cable/pulley system and is easy to install into new or existing rack structures.

By Wildeck
Safety & PPE May 5, 2017

Non-contacting radar level transmitter

The SIL 3-capable Rosemount 5408 non-contacting radar level transmitter uses enhanced technology and human-centered design for greater efficiency and plant safety.

By Emerson
Safety & PPE April 14, 2017

Electrical design as easy as N-E-C

A step-by-step look at how to rework a motor branch circuit as well as tips when a motor control center (MCC) is not involved in the project.

By Robert Barnett, PE
Safety & PPE April 13, 2017

Electrical test instruments: Safety is still the first tool

Safety is paramount with electrical test instruments and great care must be taken when using equipment or understanding the codes involved.

By Dennis K. Neitzel, CPE, CESCP, AVO Training Institute
Safety & PPE March 22, 2017

Achieve proper motor alignment by detecting and correcting soft foot

A soft foot exists when not all of a machine's feet sit flat on the supporting base, so that tightening the foot bolts distorts the machine case. This can make a machine difficult to align and a distorted case can result in poor overall machine performance.

By Eugene Vogel, EASA
Safety & PPE March 15, 2017

Make the smart investment for electrical safety

Paying more to improve a company's electrical safety in the short-term will provide a tremendous return on investment (ROI) in the long run because companies will avoid paying for workplace injuries and violations.

By Tommy Northcott, PE, CMRP, Northcott Consulting LLC, Tullahoma, Tenn.
Safety & PPE March 9, 2017

Striving to achieve a ‘reliable state’ for improved productivity

Four ways to reorganize your people and processes will keep assets operating at longer intervals, which will increase productivity and make the workplace safer.

By Stuart Grant, DuPont Sustainable Solutions
Safety & PPE March 7, 2017

Implement annual IR scans in preventive maintenance program

Performing an annual infrared (IR) scan helps secure assets and also prevents downtime and disastrous equipment.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE February 21, 2017

Five tips to prevent bearing problems

Healthy ball bearings are one of the most important details for preventing potential disaster in a manufacturing facility and knowing what to look for during routine maintenance is key.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE February 17, 2017

Thermal imaging cameras with Wi-Fi capability

The E75, E85, and E95 thermal imaging cameras are Wi-Fi-enabled and offer interchangeable lenses, laser-assisted autofocus modes and area measurement functionality, and a 4-in. touchscreen.

By Flir Systems
Safety & PPE February 14, 2017

Eight easy pieces to electrical safety

Make your company’s electrical safety program NFPA 70E-compliant by following eight best practices to make sure that the electrical safety programs drives the development of safety habits.

By Tommy Northcott, PE, CMRP, Northcott Consulting LLC
Safety & PPE February 9, 2017

Five tips for better electric motor maintenance

It is essential to perform preventive maintenance (PM) checks on electric motors as a part of managing facility assets because they have a massive impact on a business' productivity and profit. Consider the five tips highlighted below.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE February 6, 2017

Six ways to optimize a facility’s energy consumption

Companies looking to improve their facility's energy efficiency should look at factors such as utilizing energy bills, conserving water, saving electricity through strategic placement, and other small, but helpful tips that go a long way to improving efficiency in many ways.

By Todd Allsup, Stellar
Safety & PPE February 1, 2017

The IIoT assembly line: Getting a head start

Improving maintenance, operations among the most visible benefits.

By Dan Yarmoluk, ATEK Access Technologies
Safety & PPE January 5, 2017

Outdoor IP camera dome

The IKS-WR7413 IP is designed to be a first line of defense for schools and businesses by monitoring everything that is happening outdoors even in complete darkness.

By Toshiba
Safety & PPE January 4, 2017

Is your company’s electrical safety program NFPA 70E-compliant?

NFPA 70E-2015 requires employers to implement and document an overall electrical safety program. An NFPA 70E-compliant electrical safety program can be broken down into eight easily understood pieces. Knowledge gained from appropriate training is the key factor that will make or break a company’s electrical safety program.

By Tommy Northcott, PE, CMRP, Northcott Consulting LLC, Tullahoma, Tenn.
Safety & PPE December 19, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: December 12-December 18: 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, diagnosing bearing failures, 2016 Top Plant, more

Articles about 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, diagnosing bearing failures beyond root cause analysis, 2016 Top Plant: a focus on people and culture, transformers being key to safety in electrical systems, and air casters being a reason to look at existing technology were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 12-December 18. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Safety & PPE December 16, 2016

OSHA levies $2.5 million fine against Alabama auto parts supplier

Agency critical of Kia, Hyundai for ignoring potential safety issues.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Safety & PPE December 12, 2016

Air casters: 7 reasons to take a fresh look at an existing technology

If you’re looking for high maneuverability, safety, and ease of use when it is time to move heavy loads, take a look at air casters.

By John Massenburg, AeroGo
Safety & PPE December 12, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: December 5-December 11: 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, using VFD’s with standard motors, five automotive industry advances, more

Articles about 2016 Product of the Year Finalists, using VFD's with standard motors, five automotive industry advances, diagnosing bearing failures, and a 2016 Maintenance Study were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 5-December 11. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Safety & PPE December 9, 2016

Preparing a facility for a hurricane

Facilities that may have to deal with hurricanes should take necessary steps to ensure that employees are prepared and that the building can withstand the weather elements.

By Johnny Johnson, Stellar
Safety & PPE December 5, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: November 28-December 4: SCADA/HMI cybersecruity, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, diagnosing bearing failures, more

Articles about SCADA/HMI cybersecruity, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, diagnosing bearing failures, preventing a dust explosion, and connecting information, engineering, and operational technologies were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 28-December 4. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Safety & PPE November 28, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: November 21-27: diagnosing bearing failures, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, safety tips for working with electricity, more

Articles about diagnosing bearing failures, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, safety tips for working with electricity, the economy's effect on the manufacturing industry, and choosing the right PLC panel were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 21-27. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Safety & PPE November 22, 2016

How to prevent a dust explosion at your food processing plant

Food manufacturing plants are among the most susceptible to dust explosions, especially manufacturing plants in food product segments.

By Scott Fisher
Safety & PPE November 15, 2016

Five safety tips when working near electricity

There is real potential for injury or death associated with electrical accidents and it is important to take the necessary steps to avoid these dangers.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE November 11, 2016

Laboratory pH sensor line

The line of laboratory pH sensors offer accurate and reliable measurements across full pH ranges (0-14) and various temperatures.

By Sensorex
Safety & PPE November 2, 2016

Keep a grip on tools to improve safety

Improvements in tethered tool technology are changing the discussion for operating a safe and productive plant.

By John Martell and Sean Ryan, Snap-on Industrial
Safety & PPE November 1, 2016

Stopping small air leaks saves energy long-term

Air leaks in facilities are common and regular maintenance can help stop them before they become a major drain on energy costs.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE November 1, 2016

Testing dust collector performance measurements

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 199 is designed to create a uniform test for dust collectors. A look at what the standard measures and three selection criteria are highlighted.

By Andrew Untz, Donaldson Company, Inc.
Safety & PPE October 31, 2016

MTTR can cause reliability problems if not used right

The use of mean time to repair (MTTR) to improve reliability can cause problems if it’s used alone, in immature organizations, or if it’s used without an understanding of the potential problems it can use.

By Shon Isenhour, Eruditio
Safety & PPE October 31, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: October 24-30: process improvements, arc flash relays, CMMS adoption, more

Articles about permanent process improvements, arc flash relays reducing costs, CMMS adoption enhancing maintenance, mobile manufacturing maintenance, and OSHA's annual safety violation report were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 24-30. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Safety & PPE October 28, 2016

Waste and remediation sector improves safety in 2015, according to report

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2015 Workplace Injury and Illness Data and the waste and remediation sector reported an overall decrease in injuries, job transfers, and lost workday cases.

By Bureau of Labor Statistics
Safety & PPE October 26, 2016

Surge protective device line

The SPC Series of surge protective devices is designed to provide configurable surge protection for commercial and light industrial applications and can be configured to protect most electrical applications.

By Eaton Corportion
Safety & PPE October 25, 2016

Avoid efficiency loss during motor repairs

Assessing the motor before repairs and a well thought-out preventive maintenance program can help reduce efficiency loss and keep operations running smoothly.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE October 25, 2016

Dessicant pouch for electrical applications

Desicorr is a desiccant pouch that comes in a windowed or windowless form and can be used for electrical applications such as semiconductors and electronics components.

By Cortec
Safety & PPE October 21, 2016

Metal detectable polymer bearings

Poly-Round bearings are metal detectable polymer plane bearings that directly interchange with mounted bearings, and have no balls, no grease, no cage, and no seals.

By EDT Corp.
Safety & PPE October 18, 2016

OSHA reports slight increase in safety violations for 2016

Fall protection once again leads the way as violations increase by almost 2% for 2016. Three categories in the top 10 reported considerable improvements compared to their 2015 numbers.

By Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media
Safety & PPE October 17, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: October 10-16: Warehouse automation, IIoT success, 18 years of safety, more

Articles about warehouse automation, IIoT success, 18 years of safety, Engineering Leaders Under 40, and data mining and exploration were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 10-16. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE October 14, 2016

Four ways to take care of bearings

Companies need to take care of their bearings because they can cause lasting damage to an electric motor if they don't. Best practices include proper storage and maintenance and avoiding counterfeit bearings.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE October 13, 2016

Equipment reliability doesn’t equal system reliability

The future of your electrical system’s health rests in maintenance. A pragmatic approach is best to avoid potential shutdowns while ensuring everything runs smoothly.

By Charles Alvis, Schneider Electric
Safety & PPE October 12, 2016

How an arc flash relay reduces costs

Wire manufacturer finds a way to eliminate hazard and control labor spending.

By Bryan Waldrop, Conaway Electrical Service
Safety & PPE October 11, 2016

Feed smart plants with IoT sensors

A smart plant initiative that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) and predictive maintenance (PdM) CMMS can improve workflow efficiency and provide the necessary information for companies to make better decisions.

By Smartware Group
Safety & PPE October 11, 2016

A safe investment

A corporate commitment to employee safety boosts productivity and profits is good policy.

By John Peabody, Omron STI
Safety & PPE October 11, 2016

Draw bar cover

The Milling Machine Draw Bar Cover is designed to protect vertical mill workers from rotating shafts seven feet or less from the floor or working platform.

By Rockford Systems, LLC
Safety & PPE October 5, 2016

Three tips for worker arc flash safety

Companies need to take necessary steps to prevent an arc flash incident such as identifying potential areas where an incident might occur and ensuring workers have access to proper safety equipment like personal protective equipment (PPE).

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE October 5, 2016

The high cost of low-grade lubricants

A compressor’s ‘life blood’ is an important, but sometimes overlooked, component.

By David Gonzalez, Ingersoll Rand
Safety & PPE October 3, 2016

2016 Safety Study: Seven key findings

Respondents to the Plant Engineering 2016 Safety Study identified seven high-level findings impacting the manufacturing industries,

By Amanda Pelliccione, Director of Research
Safety & PPE October 3, 2016

Small data, big impact

Extract actionable insights from lift truck telemetry to improve efficiency for material handling applications.

By Steven LaFevers, Yale Materials Handling Corporation
Safety & PPE September 26, 2016

Eight common causes of gear failure

The cause of gear failure can stem from many issues, but the most common is due to wear, which occurs for different reasons.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE September 26, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: September 19-25: Leaders Under 40, IIoT success, bolted joint best practices, more

Articles about the Engineering Leaders Under 40, 5 steps to IIoT success, bolted joint best practices, keeping process facilities safe, and integrated VSD compressors were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 19-25. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE September 21, 2016

Avoid surprises with preventive maintenance

Preventive maintenance can help companies keep their machinery running and prevent faults, but users should consider noninvasive techniques that don't end up causing inadvertent damage during the maintenance process.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Safety & PPE September 19, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: September 12-18: Leaders Under 40, sensors driving intelligence, preventive maintenance issues, more

Articles about the Engineering Leaders Under 40, sensors driving intelligence to maintenance, three preventive maintenance issues, the IT/OT convergence, and five critical control system integration factors were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 12-18. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leaders Under 40

The 2016 honorees share a common profession, but they have uncommon skills and interests.

By Erin Dunne and Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Vikram Kumar, 30

President, EZAutomation, AVG Automation, Bettendorf, Iowa

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Verónica Hernández-Mushi, 29

Application Engineer, Bachmann Electronic, Charlestown, Mass.

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Tyler Lalime, 27

Principal Software Engineer, Kepware Technologies, Portland, Maine

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Trent Moore, 38

The Dennis Group LLC, Duluth, Ga.

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Stephanie Doyle, 35

Project Engineer, Matrix Technologies Inc., Maumee, Ohio

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Simon Drexler, 32

Director, Industrial Solutions, OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath, Kitchener, Ontario

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Seth Wallander, 32

Plant Engineer, Sargento Foods, Plymouth, Wis.

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Ruben Sitts, 35

Production Manager (Welding), The Raymond Corporation, Greene, N.Y.

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Raymond Berning, 33

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

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 12, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: September 5-11: Standby generation as a profit center, Phoenix Contact president Jack Nehlig, four causes of water hammer damage, more

Articles about standby generation as a profit center, Phoenix Contact president Jack Nehlig, four causes of water hammer damage, how to Lean into daily improvement, and IMTS returns to Chicago were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 5-11. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE September 1, 2016

Tags for harsh environments and process industries

TAG-TITE RFID provides tag mounted, ATEX approved, HF RFID with stainless steel tamper resistant hardware for RFID identification and asset management of safety critical devices in hazardous locations.

By Process Systems Engineering
Safety & PPE August 31, 2016

Drum dumper for dust-free transfer

TIP-TITE drum dumper is suitable for operation in Class II, Division 2, Group E environments and allows dust-free transfer of bulk materials from drums into process equipment and storage vessels.

By Flexicon
Safety & PPE August 29, 2016

Self-configuring digital signal conditioner

The digital signal conditioner technology simplifies the use of eddy current (inductive) displacement sensors for high precision/high reliability applications.

By Kaman Precision Products
Safety & PPE August 29, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: August 22-26: Four causes of water hammer damage, designing your food plant for worker safety, rounding into shape, more

Articles about four causes of water hammer damage, designing your food plant for worker safety, rounding into shape, motor connection tips, and CMMS functions and benefits were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, August 22-26. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE August 23, 2016

Gas-fired, heavy duty furnance

No. 1042 is a 2000 F (1093 C), gas-fired heavy-duty furnace from Grieve, currently used for heat treating at the customer’s facility.

By The Grieve Corporation
Safety & PPE August 22, 2016

How to design your food plant for worker safety

Four preventative design measures to ensure personnel safety.

By Stellar
Safety & PPE August 22, 2016

Polycarbonate enclosures

The Integra polycarbonate enclosures are lightweight, making them easier to carry and install and feature high impact resistance of up to 900 inch-pounds.

By AutomationDirect
Safety & PPE August 18, 2016

Do you know the benefits of an IR inspection?

Part 2 of 3: Although there are many factors to consider with preventative maintenance, an IR electrical inspection should certainly be part of the mix.

By David Manney
Safety & PPE August 17, 2016

Flame resistant and breathable welding jacket

The Magid FR welding jacket features ANSI Cut Level 4 sleeves and a breathable FR mesh back panel to prevent heat exhaustion.

By Magid
Safety & PPE August 16, 2016

Should you renovate your food plant or build a new facility?

Five key considerations to drive your decision.

By Stellar
Safety & PPE August 16, 2016

When using a service support contract is a good idea

By waiting until a problem occurs before it is repaired, many issues arise. Understanding those problems help you to realize the benefits of having a service support contract in place.

By David Manney
Safety & PPE August 15, 2016

Which employee are you willing to see get hurt?

Consider these 5 steps in creating your culture of safety and excellence.

By Rebecca A. Morgan, AME
Safety & PPE August 15, 2016

Rounding into shape: A tire manufacturer’s success rolls on

Parts and repair outsourcing is one strategy that helps Toyo Tire build a big success story in a small town.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE August 15, 2016

Plant Engineering names first editorial Advisory Board

In an effort to keep pace with global changes in manufacturing, engineering and automation, Plant Engineering has established its first Editorial Advisory Board. The first members of the Editorial Advisory Board are: Tim Dawson, IHS Technology H. Landis "Lanny" Floyd Shon Isenhour, Eruditio, LLC Dave Reiber, Reiber Reliability Larry Turner, Hannover Fairs USA They will work with Plant Engineering content manager Bob Vavra and other members of the Plant Engineering team to review and suggest ideas for content, and provide their regular insight on issues affecting global manufacturing. "I'm so pleased to work with this group, and I appreciate their willingness to serve our readers and the manufacturing community," said Vavra.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE August 13, 2016

Signal conditioner series

Phoenix Contact's MACX Analog family has added two-way, input-loop-powered isolators that have up to SIL 3 functional safety data.

By Phoenix Contact
Safety & PPE August 12, 2016

Vintage factory converted to healthcare offices

Energy improvements key to success.

By Gas Technology
Safety & PPE August 10, 2016

System 3R delphin clamping system

The System 3r delphin zero point system provides a clamping system for use during heavy milling operations on a variety of machine tools.

By GF Machining Solutions LLC
Safety & PPE August 8, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 1-7: Energy saving control projects, fault detection and IIoT, IR inspections, more

Articles about energy saving control projects, fault detection and IIoT, IR inspections, Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate with IIoT, and collaborative robots were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, August 1-7. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE August 4, 2016

Big Data shouldn’t be too big to manage

Fulfilling Big Data's promise starts with making sense of the information.

By William E. Amos, PhD, Meridium
Safety & PPE August 4, 2016

Three ways to refine your design and operation parameters

Modeling and simulation analyze production bottlenecks before going online.

By Michael Verdier and Sam Zhang, BHDP Architecture
Safety & PPE August 3, 2016

Pump with reusable and replaceable stator

iFD-Stator 2.0 features a two-part, reusable stator housing and replaceable stator while being compatible with NEMO NM series progressing cavity pumps.

By Netzsch Pumps
Safety & PPE August 1, 2016

Stackable right-angle Ethernet cables

The stackable right-angle Ethernet cable assemblies are designed to provide true Category 5e and Categofy 6 performance while maximizing panel density.

By L-com Global Connectivity
Safety & PPE July 27, 2016

Using IR scans to see trouble

Part 3 of 3: A simple visual inspection of the equipment may not always reveal if something is going wrong on the inside. That is where infrared scanning (IR) comes in.

By David Manney
Safety & PPE July 27, 2016

Vibration analysis: Six benefits

Reduce equipment, labor costs and deliver more efficiency and safety.

By David Manney
Safety & PPE July 27, 2016

Eight common benefits of dynamic balancing

Rather than trying to remove all vibration from the machinery, it is beneficial to seek to balance the machinery to the greatest extent possible.

By David Manney
Safety & PPE July 25, 2016

Safety block I/O module

The TBPN safety block I/O module combines both standard and safety inputs/outputs in a single device and can be adapted to the specific signal requirements in the machine.

By Turck
Safety & PPE July 25, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 18-24: Strengthening Lean leaders, improving machine maintenance, why factories still have maintenance departments, more

Articles about strengthening Lean leaders, improving machine maintenance, why factories still have maintenance departments, webcast questions answered, and Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate with IIoT were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, July 18-24. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE July 21, 2016

Webcast: The Link Between Maintenance and Electrical Safety: Your questions answered

Some of the questions asked during the presentation from Shon Isenhour, principal at Eruditio, LLC, were unable to be answered during the Webcast, and Isenhour responds to those questions below.

By Shon Isenhour
Safety & PPE July 20, 2016

Ramping cutter for aluminum machining

The M2131 Sky-tec ramping cutter allows shorter machining time due to its high metal removal rate and delivers long tool life.

By Walter
Safety & PPE July 18, 2016

High bay LED light fixture

GAU-HB-200W-LED-WP high bay LED light fixture is constructed of copper free aluminum alloy powder coated for added durability and corrosion resistance.

By Larson Electronics
Safety & PPE July 18, 2016

Dedicated cast iron turning grades

TK1501 and TK0501 are dedicated cast iron turning grades that incorporate Duratomic coating technology and reduce tool waste.

By Seco Tools
Safety & PPE July 18, 2016

Air saver unit

The Air Saver Unit cuts compressed air costs by 40-50% and is suitable for use in factory air nozzle and air gun applications that allow uncontrolled blow-offs.

By Parker Hannifin Corporation
Safety & PPE July 18, 2016

Power lock wiring devices

The Arrow Hart power locking devices help healthcare and industrial customers enhance electrical safety.

By Eaton
Safety & PPE July 18, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 11-17: Improving machine maintenance, why factories still have maintenance departments, Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate with IIoT, more

Articles about improving machine maintenance, why factories still have maintenance departments, Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate with IIoT, bridging the oil and gas skills gap, and what's involved in an energy audit were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, July 11-17. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE July 14, 2016

Air sampling pump

The Apex2 personal sampling pump is designed to ensure wearer acceptance, while providing accuracy, improved functionality with Bluetooth(R) wireless connectivity, and simplified reporting of results.

By Casella CEL Inc.
Safety & PPE July 13, 2016

Why do factories still have ‘maintenance’ departments?

Technology helps put the focus on continuous improvement rather than current state.

By Bob Argyle, Leading2Lean
Safety & PPE July 11, 2016

Low-profile LED luminaire

The Low-Profile Mercmaster™ LED luminaire boasts an installed depth that is designed for hazardous and ordinary industrial locations.

By Appleton Group
Safety & PPE July 6, 2016

Explosion proof LED light

EPL-PM-50LED-100 explosion proof LED light can illuminate up to 4,000 sq ft of work space and features a pedestal mount base stand and 100 ft of chemical resistant SOOW cord.

By Larson Electronics
Safety & PPE July 6, 2016

Rotor insertion flowmeter

The RIM20 is ideal for measurement of mass or volumetric flow, density, temperature and pressure.

By Spirax Sarco, Inc.
Safety & PPE June 27, 2016

Five ways to improve machine maintenance with remote monitoring

Learn how mechanical and electrical contractors are using technologies to automate machine maintenance throughout equipment's lifecycle.

By Joanna Rotter, MSI Data
Safety & PPE June 27, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 20-26: Hydraulic systems, industrial lubricant storage, world-class maintenance, more

Articles about hydraulic systems, industrial lubricant storage, world-class maintenance, lubrication 101, and lean manufacturing were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, June 20-26. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE June 20, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 13-19: Instilling a checklist culture, National Forklift Safety Day, RFID and asset management, more

Articles about instilling a checklist culture, National Forklift Safety Day, RFID and asset management, measuring operational improvements, and fault detection and IIoT were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, June 13-19. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE June 18, 2016

Six problems to avoid with preventive maintenance

Establishing a preventive maintenance program is one of the best things you can do for your business. Understand six problems to avoid in any preventive maintenance program.

By L&S Electric
Safety & PPE June 16, 2016

Effective functional safety: Products, people, and places

It is important for those working in any industry to know their role in making sure operations are conducted with the highest level of functional safety to protect people, products, and places.

By Intertek Functional Safety
Safety & PPE June 15, 2016

Seven watt industrial LED beacon

The GAUSB-CRNM-LED-PC-M industrial grade LED beacon light is a magnetically mounted lighting solution for general work areas where permanent solutions are not feasible.

Safety & PPE June 14, 2016

National Forklift Safety Day highlights effective safety through operator training

Industrial Truck Association (ITA) raises awareness for forklift safety, renews alliance with OSHA

By Industrial Truck Association
Safety & PPE June 14, 2016

Busbar system

The 185 mm Ri4Power busbar system provides safe power distribution within enclosures for low-voltage switchgear assemblies.

By Rittal
Safety & PPE June 13, 2016

Family of cordless tools

LiveWire™, a family of cordless tools, provides real-time wireless capabilities in demanding production applications.

By Cleco Assembly Tools
Safety & PPE June 13, 2016

3-D printing takes on a new dimension at IMTS

Additive Manufacturing pavilion takes the spotlight at 2016 event.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE June 13, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 6-12: Measuring operational improvements, why Lean fails so often, finding value in KPI lifecycle, more

Articles about measuring operational improvements, why Lean fails so often, finding value in KPI lifecycle, Engineering Leaders Under 40, and the 2016 Energy Management Study were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, June 6-12. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE June 10, 2016

Proper equipment insulation helps power plant maintenance

Have a preventive plan for shutdowns to avoid costs, save time.

By Winston Saunders
Safety & PPE June 10, 2016

Maintaining water glycol fluids: Follow the formula for success

Measuring viscosity and pH levels is just part of the process.

By Peter Skoog
Safety & PPE June 7, 2016

Transmitter and switches for industrial process monitoring

One Series 1X line of explosion-proof, programmable transmitters and switches provide unique alternatives to both conventional mechanical switches and transmitters for controlling operations.

By United Electric Controls
Safety & PPE May 23, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 16-22: Achieving operational excellence, manage leakage in hydraulic-valve systems, why Lean fails, more

Articles about achieving operational excellence, manage leakage in hydraulic-valve systems, why Lean fails, steps to secure an industrial control network, and improvement initiative were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 16-22. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE May 12, 2016

OSHA will ‘nudge’ workplace safety by posting records online

New rule goes into effect Aug. 16, will disclose injury data on its Website.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE May 5, 2016

What food processors should know about the new earthquake building

USRC’s new rating system gives owners a consistent way to determine facility earthquake safety.

By Sonja Antunovic-Curcic
Safety & PPE April 26, 2016

Embedded controller for harsh environments

The emPC-CXR embedded controller is ideal for extreme demands of temperature, moisture, size, shock, and vibration.

By Saelig
Safety & PPE April 25, 2016

Pedestal platforms

Insta-rack pedestal platforms provide safe access to the tops of single-dome tank/bulk trucks, tanks cars, and hopper cars.

By Benko Products, Inc.
Safety & PPE April 25, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 18-24: Bridging the skills gap, 2016 Maintenance Study, deferred maintenance, more

Articles about bridging the skills gap, the 2016 Maintenance Study, deferred maintenance and risk assessment, involving operators in equipment maintenance plans, and lockout/tagout procedures were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 18-24. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE April 24, 2016

Obama sees trade deals ready to move forward

President Obama discussed globalization and free trade at a joint press conference prior to the start of the opening ceremonies at Hannover Fair as well as the potential challenges and drawbacks for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Safety & PPE April 24, 2016

Microsoft wants to lift maintenance function

Microsoft's partnership with Otis Elevator, announced at Hannover Messe in Germany, is designed to digitally monitor operations and improve maintenance and safety.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Safety & PPE April 20, 2016

Productivity series controllers equipped with multiple communications ports

P3-550E high-performance CPU is equipped with multiple communications ports, including two USB, two Ethernet, one RS-232 and one RS-485.

By AutomationDirect
Safety & PPE April 19, 2016

Rotary position sensors for use in challenging environments

The SRH301 and SRH302 are shaft-operated, rotary position sensors that offer safety for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) designing vehicles and control systems.

By Curtiss-Wright
Safety & PPE April 1, 2016

Advanced motion control applications integrated in the Engineering Framework

Siemens is launching a matched package for motion control applications on the market, comprising the Simatic Advanced Controller and the Sinamics servo drive system.

By Siemens
Safety & PPE March 23, 2016

LED luminaire

MR LED luminaire offers flexibility for the replacement of traditional fixtures and can be configured for a large variety of commercial and industrial lighting applications.

By Nemalux
Safety & PPE March 9, 2016

Explosion proof drop light or general close work

EPL-120X24V-C1D1-100-EPP is an explosion proof drop light that is designed for general close work and inspection activities in hazardous locations requiring explosion proof protection.

By Larson Electronics
Safety & PPE March 7, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 29 to March 6: Cooling electric motors, preventing VFD faults and failures, equipment maintenance plans, more

Articles about cooling electric motors, preventing VFD faults and failures, operators in equipment maintenance plans, augmented reality, and an offer for the "Digital Enterprise" were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 29 to March 6. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE February 29, 2016

Dry media or wet scrubber?

Selecting the right equipment for combustible dust control.

By John Dauber, John Davidson, Mike Walters
Safety & PPE February 22, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 15-21: 2015 Salary Survey, preventive maintenance program, preventing VFD faults and failures, more

Articles about the 2015 Salary Survey, designing a preventive maintenance program, preventing VFD faults and failures, wireless for closed-loop applications, and challenges coffee producers face were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 15-21. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE February 17, 2016

2015 Salary Survey

The issues that face manufacturing in the short-term are complex and outside of the control of most individual plants. That makes it even more important to focus on those areas of your facility you can control—safety and productivity, training and employee development.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE February 16, 2016

Variable area flowmeters with HART protocol feature

Variable area flowmeters with HART protocol feature for improved reliability and safety.

By Universal Flow Monitors, Inc.
Safety & PPE February 11, 2016

Process manufacturing faces early challenges in 2016

As one of the leading consultancies around the Industrial Internet of Thing (IIoT) ARC Advisory Group has been helping its clients understand how and why to explore IIoT and its value to process manufacturing. Andy Chatha, president of ARC Advisory Group, discussed some of those issues with CFE Media in advance of the ARC’s annual conference in Orlando.

By CFE Media & Andy Chatha
Safety & PPE February 11, 2016

A tepid start, but with a focus on quality

As group vice president, Bob Parker is responsible for the research direction for IDC Energy Insights, IDC Manufacturing Insights and IDC Retail Insights, three of IDC’s industry business units that provide global, fact-based research and analysis on best practices. He discussed his outlook and some of the key trends for 2016 with CFE Media.

By CFE Media & Bob Parker
Safety & PPE February 11, 2016

‘Talent-driven innovation could be a key differentiator’

Deloitte’s Michelle Drew Rodriguez on why the U.S. is poised to lead manufacturing again.

By CFE Media & Michelle Drew Rodriguez
Safety & PPE February 11, 2016

Manufacturing facing headwinds into 2016

Alex West is a principal analyst for the Manufacturing Technology Group at IHS. Based in London, he’s responsible for IHS’s coverage on smart manufacturing and industrial communications and oversees research on a range of transformational manufacturing technologies including the Industrial Internet of Things. He discusses the global outlook for manufacturing and its impact on the United States with CFE Media:

By CFE Media & Alex West
Safety & PPE February 1, 2016

A recipe for long-term growth

In the middle of America, a salad dressing plant mixes automation and people in just the right amounts.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE January 18, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 11-17: Preventive maintenance best practice and programs, Fixing preventive maintenance, more.

Articles about the best practices in preventive maintenance, preventive maintenance programs, how to fix preventive maintenance when it fails, Obama to open Hannover Messe, and how to prevent and mitigate combustible dust explosions in food plants were Plant Engineering;s five most clicked articles from last week, January 11-17. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE December 30, 2015

Best practices in preventive maintenance: How one company did it

Part three of this 3-part series on preventive maintenance explains that companies committed to a PM program succeed because they have clearly defined what they wanted to achieve. Link to part 1 and part 2 below.

By Ken Staller, Daniel Penn Associates
Safety & PPE December 28, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 21-27: Preventive maintenance program, why preventive maintenance fails, 2015 Top Plant winner, more

Articles about preventive maintenance programs, how to fix preventive maintenance when it fails, the 2015 Top Plant Winner, the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists, and data being used as currency were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 21-27. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE December 21, 2015

Industrial GFCIs help meet OSHA grounding requirements

New technology addresses the maintenance of an assured equipment grounding conductor program.

By Nehad El-Sherif
Safety & PPE December 21, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 14-20: Preventive maintenance, 2015 Top Plant winner, 2015 Product of the Year finalists, more.

Articles about preventive maintenance, 2015 Top Plant Winner, 2015 Product of the Year finalists, selling maintenance, and rick management were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 14-20. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE December 14, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 7-13: Product of the Year finalists, Leaders Under 40, preventive maintenance, more.

Articles about Product of the Year finalists, Leaders Under 40, preventive maintenance, risk management, and modern automation were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 7-13. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE December 9, 2015

Why preventive maintenance fails and how to fix it

Part 1: Preventive maintenance (PM) should not be confused with predictive maintenance (PdM), which is a series of dynamic inspections of machine components while the machines are operating in their normal production modes. The first part of a 3-part series explains what great preventive maintenance programs should include. Link to part 2 and part 3 below.

By Ken Staller, Daniel Penn Associates
Safety & PPE December 7, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 30-December 6: Manufacturing index, Product of the Year Finalists, industrial wireless, more.

Articles about manufacturing index, Product of the Year finalists, industrial wireless, OEE, and FDI drives were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 30-December 6. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE December 1, 2015

Education vital when implementing NFPA 70E code updates

The leading cause, contact with an electric current, is something construction employees are exposed to on a regular basis. These injuries commonly come from incidences of arc flash energy.

By Brian Downie, Faith Technologies Inc.
Safety & PPE November 30, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 23-29: Product of the Year Finalists; PACs, PLCs, IPCs; 2015 Maintenance Study; more

Articles about he 2015 Product of the Year finalists; convergence of PACs, PLCs, IPCs; the 2015 Maintenance study; planning for food processors series; and the 2015 Safety Study were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 23-29. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE November 23, 2015

OSHA safety checklist

OSHA safety checklist: Warehouse highlights challenge of keeping workers safe.

By Smartware Group
Safety & PPE November 23, 2015

Terminal block with screw clamp terminations

Terminal block with screw clamp terminations and is rated at 26 to 10 AWG solid or stranded wire terminations at 30 Amps at 600 Volts.

By Automation Systems Interconnect, Inc.
Safety & PPE November 16, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 9-15: 2015 Product of the Year Finalists, arc flash energy analysis, Leaders under 40, more.

Articles about the 2015 Product of the Year finalists, arc flash energy analysis, Leaders under 40, arc flash NFPA 70E, and STEM education were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, November 2-8. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE November 9, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 2-8: Improving hydraulic control, arc flash energy analysis, the ‘perfect’ bearing fit, more

Articles about improving hydraulic control in a mechatronic system, supporting arc flash incident energy analysis, the quest to find the 'perfect' bearing fit, arc flash NFPA 70E, and arc flash safety measures were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, November 2-8. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE November 9, 2015

Modular conveyor system for quick assembly

The VarioFlow plus modular chain conveyor system allows for quick planning and assembly and offer economical, low-noise operation for the automotive industry.

By Bosch Rexroth
Safety & PPE November 4, 2015

Arc Flash NFPA 70E Webcast: Your questions answered

Webcast presenter Brian Downie answered additional questions about topics such as reviewing the arc flash program, labeling requirements, PPE, and reducing dangerous levels of arc flash.

By Brian Downie
Safety & PPE November 2, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 26-November 1: Plant safety standards, Robotic vehicles, Motors and drives, more.

Articles about plant safety standards, robotic vehicles, motors and drives, predictive maintenance, and data-driven manufacturing challenges were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, October 26-November 1. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE November 1, 2015

2015 Safety Study: Six findings on workplace safety

Respondents to the Plant Engineering 2015 Safety Study identified six high-level findings impacting the manufacturing industries today.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Safety & PPE October 23, 2015

Who sets your plant’s safety standards?

The standard for safety begins at the front door of your plant. You and your employees set the standard for safety.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE October 14, 2015

Loop power supply for troubleshooting, calibration

The Loop Power Supply solution provides a safer alternative and saves users the time expended in troubleshooting their calibration setup.

By Microflex, LLC
Safety & PPE October 13, 2015

Ten essential steps to support arc flash incident energy analysis

These 10 essential steps after receipt of an arc-flash-incident energy analysis will help enhance personnel and equipment protection, and help support compliance with NFPA and OSHA standards.

By Scott Brady, Garrett Hamilton-Smith, Nick Jackson, Adam Reeves
Safety & PPE October 12, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 5 to October 11: Leaders Under 40, world-class manufacturing practices, OEE key concepts and formulas, more

Articles about the Leaders Under 40, OSHA safety violations, OEE key concepts and formulas, Manufacturing Day, and energy-smart industrial architecture were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, October 5 to October 11. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Safety & PPE October 12, 2015

Top seven arc flash safety measures

Seven ways to limit the exposure of workers to the risk of arc flash incidents.

By Scott Brady, Garrett Hamilton-Smith, Nick Jackson, Adam Reeves
Safety & PPE October 12, 2015

NFPA 70E: Raising the standard

The latest updates to NFPA 70E require plant managers to re-examine their electrical safety programs.

By Wally Vahlstrom
Safety & PPE October 9, 2015

Safety instrumented system device identification tags

Safety instrumented system device identification tags provide visibility and durability in the process industry.

By Sis-Tag
Safety & PPE October 6, 2015

5 key questions to answer during hygienic food plant design

Food safety is a shared responsibility among different departments. Use these five high level questions to improve the sanitary design of the plant.

By Joe Bove, Stellar
Safety & PPE October 2, 2015

OSHA safety violations increase in 2015

Fall protection, lockout/tagout lead the way as overall violations increase by 4%.

By Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media
Safety & PPE October 2, 2015

The quest to find the ‘perfect’ bearing fit

Measuring is critical to the reliability of rotating equipment.

By Jim Bryan
Safety & PPE October 2, 2015

Workplace fatalities rise

Workplace fatalities rise, while rate remains flat.

By Bob Vavra
Safety & PPE September 21, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 14-20: Leaders Under 40, maintenance and the IIoT, manufacturing maintenance practices, more

Articles about the Leaders Under 40, maintenance and the IIoT, world-class manufacturing maintenance, predicting equipment lifecycle, and apprenticeships and skilled workers were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, September 14-20. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE September 11, 2015

A return to apprenticeships delivers skilled workers to Pratt & Whitney

Community college partnership a key to growth in Maine.

By John Mayo
Safety & PPE September 10, 2015

Selecting a filler metal: Seven factors to consider

From matching the base material to picking the right equipment, consider the process before starting to weld.

By Bruce Morrett
Safety & PPE September 4, 2015

Dust-collection unit for facilities

The GoldLink dust-collection system is designed for facilities that do not have building management systems.

By Camfil
Safety & PPE August 31, 2015

Keyless lock for managing multiple locks

Keyless keypad lock is designed for managing multiple locks and keys for cabinets within a facility and can have up to 25 different user codes.

By Vidmar
Safety & PPE August 28, 2015

Automated vacuum lifter

The SmartLifter automated vacuum lifter enables the user to grip, balance, and stack heavy items for various lifting applications.

By Wepco, Inc.
Safety & PPE August 24, 2015

Bio-based cleaning product for household, institutional industries

Elevance Clean 1000 cleaning ingredient for asphalt/tar removal and degreasing in household, institutional, mechanical, and immersion cleaning applications.

By Elevance
Safety & PPE August 22, 2015

Creped paper packaging with corrosion protection

CorShield VpCI-146 creped paper packaging is designed to provide multi-metal corrosion protection and does not contain nitrates, phosphates, or silicates.

By Cortec
Safety & PPE August 19, 2015

Diode array for lightning, electrical protection

The SP3312T diode array integrates four channels of low capacitance diodes for lightning surge and electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection.

By Littelfuse, Inc.
Safety & PPE August 14, 2015

Scaffolding systems can support a higher level of productivity

Scaffolding companies can assist plant managers through scheduled outages safely and efficiently while remaining productive.

By Jim Ryan, StructSure Scaffold & Insulation
Safety & PPE August 10, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 3-9: Food facility lighting, preventive maintenance strategies, preserving power quality, more

Articles about choosing lighting for a food facility, achieving preventive maintenance, preserving power quality, mitigating damaging harmonics, and achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, August 3-9. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE July 30, 2015

3D laser scanning Webcast: Your questions answered

Brian Ely and Kurt Yeghian of Existing Condition Surveys Inc. respond to viewer questions on 3D laser scanning.

By Brian Ely, Kurt Yeghian
Safety & PPE July 27, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 20-26: Understanding efficiency problems, data and analytics, zero-net energy, more

Articles about understanding efficiency problems, data services and manufacturing analytics, a zero-net case study, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, and preventing food plant electrical system malfunctions were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 20-26. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE July 24, 2015

Preserving power quality in changing times

Despite system improvements, grounding and monitoring still are important considerations.

By Larry Ray, Schneider Electric
Safety & PPE July 24, 2015

Five strategies to achieve world-class preventive maintenance

A step-by-step process ensures better results, reliability.

By Lora Mays, Accruent
Safety & PPE July 24, 2015

Learn your lessons to improve shutdown process

Conduct a post-mortem after every major scheduled and unscheduled event to avoid repeating the same organizational and fundamental mistakes.

By Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering
Safety & PPE July 21, 2015

Trapped key interlocks

These trapped key interlocks ensure energy isolation in LOTO procedures.

Safety & PPE July 20, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 13-19: Understanding efficiency problems, manufacturing maintenance, VFD trends and solutions, more

Articles about understanding efficiency problems, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, VFD trends and solutions for drive systems, robot trends and types, and robots and cyber security were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE July 13, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, July 6-12: VFD trends and solutions, designing an HMI, manufacturing maintenance, more

Articles about VFD trends and solutions for drive systems, designing an HMI system, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, developing an improvement-driven plant, and risk assessments for automation safety were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, July 6-12. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE July 8, 2015

Rollback bay gate

The two-gate system is OSHA compliant and assures that one gate is always closed to prevent falls.

By Garlock Safety System
Safety & PPE July 6, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 29 to July 5: VFD trends and solutions, HVAC maintenance tips, manufacturing maintenance, more

Articles about VFD trends and solutions for drive systems, making HVAC maintenance more effective, achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, NFPA 70E PPE challenges, and predictive maintenance data analysis were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 29 to July 5. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE June 30, 2015

Automation safety: Clearer requirements arise for risk assessments

These requirements are applicable to new or significantly rebuilt machinery.

By Paul Gobeille, Stellar
Safety & PPE June 25, 2015

Arc Flash University: NFPA 70E PPE Challenges and Solutions Webcast: Your questions answered

Hugh Hoagland, Senior Consultant for ArcWear, was the presenter at the June 18 Plant Engineering Webcast, “Arc Flash University: NFPA 70E PPE Challenges and Solutions.”

By Plant Engineering
Safety & PPE June 23, 2015

Emergency stop control station pushbuttons

The emergency stop control stations have a lid safety trip.

By AutomationDirect
Safety & PPE June 4, 2015

Arc flash relays meet code compliance

Revised NEC 240.87 requirements make mitigation easier to achieve.

By Jeff Glenney, P.E., Littelfuse
Safety & PPE June 4, 2015

Champion the cause of success assurance

We can define individual success for our manufacturing plants. We can assure success.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Safety & PPE June 1, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 25-31: Manufacturing maintenance practices, proactive maintenance approach, light control research, more

Articles about manufacturing maintenance practices, a proactive approach to maintenance, light control research, Industry 4.0 and IIoT risks, and reliability function potential were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, May 25-31. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE May 5, 2015

PLM and connectivity reach a crucial point

Keep focused on the goal of improving plant information flow.

By Simon Hailstone, Cambashi
Safety & PPE April 28, 2015

‘The age of the control engineer is just dawning’

Dr. Peter Martin of Schneider Electric talked about opportunities to apply control engineering skills beyond efficiency at the Schneider Electric Global Automation Conference.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Safety & PPE April 27, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 20-26: Torque and shaft size, turning training into a program, ISO 55001 basics, more

Articles about the relationship of torque and shaft size, transforming training into a program, ISO 55001 requirements, Product of the Year winners, and CHP’s role in heat recovery were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 20-26. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE April 20, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 13-19: Achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, Product of the Year winners, India at Hannover Messe, more

Articles about steps to achieving world-class manufacturing maintenance, the 2014 Product of the Year winners, India at Hannover Messe, measuring motor efficiency to understand VFD’s value, and the relationship of torque and shaft size were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE April 14, 2015

Food processing plant down? Three solutions to keep operations moving

Co-packing, co-manufacturing and built-in redundancy are three solutions to keep your operations moving when your plant is down.

By Jim Oko, Stellar
Safety & PPE April 13, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 6-12: Product of the Year winners, measuring motor efficiency, collaborative robots and humans, more

Articles about the 2014 Product of the Year winners, measuring motor efficiency to understand VFD’s value, collaborative robots and humans, reducing lead time, and the Internet of Things and people who make things were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 6-12. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE April 10, 2015

Following sanitary design best practices is key to avoiding food safety recalls

If your food is deemed unsafe, the cost of the aftermath isn’t cheap. Review these best practices regularly to keep your consumers safe.

By Joe Bove, PE, Stellar
Safety & PPE March 23, 2015

Flame arrester

FlameSaf flame arrester/relief vent platform protects against the dangers of explosion, flame propagation and overpressure.

By BS&B
Safety & PPE March 2, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 23 to March 1: Reliability centered maintenance, plant operations and designers, Internet of Things in manufacturing, more

Articles about reliability centered maintenance, plant operations and designers, the Internet of Things in manufacturing, machine vision and robotics, and facilities maintenance and planning were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, February 23 to March 1. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 19, 2015

Five things you may not know about ISO 55001

ISO 55001 is the first management system standard that was developed from the high-level framework. It is about identifying and controlling risk to internal and external stakeholders of the defined asset portfolio.

By Mike Poland, Life Cycle Engineering
Safety & PPE February 19, 2015

Seven items to address with your process hazard analysis

Process hazard analysis (PHA) should provide information that will improve safety and reduce danger from hazardous chemicals. Here are seven items your PHA must address.

By Richard Boyd
Safety & PPE February 16, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 9-15: Counterfeit products, selecting and applying VFDs, cadence for failure analysis, more

Articles about avoiding counterfeit products, selecting and applying VFDs, setting a cadence for failure analysis, signs your company doesn’t get reliability, and how to save energy were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, February 9-15. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE February 5, 2015

Five ways to avoid counterfeit electrical products

Eaton expands its participation in industry educational campaign.

By Eaton
Safety & PPE January 22, 2015

Pallet truck series

The 8000 series pallet trucks feature heavy-duty components that can stand up to tough material handling environments.

By Raymond Corporation
Safety & PPE October 29, 2014

Ergonomics in the manufacturing plant

Kevin Reiland, the product manager for Panasonic Assembly Tool Division, addressed the audience at the 2014 Assembly Show about the importance of ergonomic assembly tools in the manufacturing plant.

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Safety & PPE October 20, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 13-19: Industrial Internet, smart grid, energy savings in industrial environments, more

Articles about the industrial Internet, smart grid framework updates, saving energy in industrial environments, the 2014 Leaders Under 40, and the relationship between safety and reliability were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, October 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE September 18, 2014

Key changes to NFPA 13’s sprinkler system codes

The majority of adjustments made in the latest NFPA 13 standard clarify issues contained in the previous versions. However, some significant changes may impact manufacturing and warehouse facilities.

By Tony Lamell, AIA, NCARB
Safety & PPE September 16, 2014

Top 10 OSHA violations drop 28%

Annual report from OSHA shows lockout/tagout on the rise and fall protection again the top issue.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 8, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 1-7: PMI Index, steam system maintenance, manufacturing technology boom, more

Articles about the PMI Index, effectively maintaining your steam system, manufacturing’s technology boom, industry 4.0 concepts, and CNC innovations for machining performance were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, September 1-7. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Safety & PPE August 21, 2014

Mobile devices: 4 things to consider

Carefully looking at usage, environment, and any mounting requirements will determine the size, placement, and use of the mobile computing device.

By Brian Adamson Peak-Ryzex, Inc.
Safety & PPE August 20, 2014

Safety regulations can be used to increase production

You must use techniques to maintain your employees’ health and safety while still meeting your production goals. Start by understanding some of the causes for fluctuations and safe solutions.

By Christina Chatfield, HARTING United States of America
Safety & PPE August 7, 2014

Understanding the IP69K rating

Numbers clarify protection levels for liquids and solids

By Andrew Bernard, Cooper Wiring Devices
Safety & PPE August 1, 2014

Assessing the performance of harmonic mitigation alternatives

Looking at the theory of operation for various harmonic mitigation techniques takes the guesswork out of harmonic reduction.

By John Streicher MTE Corporation
Safety & PPE June 3, 2014

SPECIAL REPORT: New solutions put us on the way to preventing arc flash incidents

Recent changes to the National Electric Code are getting us closer to the ultimate goal of preventing damage from arc flash.

Safety & PPE May 8, 2014

Safety: Is it the Sixth ‘S’ in a 5S system?

Make safety an integral part of your productivity improvement plan

By Tom Semiklose, Safe Rack
Safety & PPE May 6, 2014

Contract labor: Making the business case

Contingent workforce can deliver savings in the right situation

By Michael Korf, IS International Services LLC
Safety & PPE April 29, 2014

Yielding to the inevitability of change

One of the generational barriers we all face is the need to adapt to the changes around us, according to Plant Engineering Content Manager, Bob Vavra in his monthly column.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Safety & PPE April 29, 2014

Safety automation isn’t automatic

Creating a safety automation system is a step-by-step process. NFPA 79 is one place to start to understand U.S. standards.

By Tina Hull, OMRON Automation and Safety
Safety & PPE April 17, 2014

Surge prevention in turbo-compressors

Surge instability strongly limits the operating range of turbo-compressors. Surge prevention, based on the use of an active anti-surge valve, is one way to battle the surge and other instabilities at low-flow operations.

By Amin Almasi
Safety & PPE March 19, 2014

NIST cybersecurity framework: What it means

Regardless of where one lives in the world, we all know that our country’s national infrastructures are very important to our economies and our national defense. And with incidents like the attacks on the gas pipeline industry and the details revealed in the Madiant Report, nowhere has this point been driven home more than in the U.S.

By Ernie Hayden
Safety & PPE March 19, 2014

FSMA Fact Sheet

Implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2014 will have an impact on the production, distribution and transportation of food in the United States.

Safety & PPE February 12, 2014

Improving PPE usage important to ensure manufacturing safety

A lack of consistent or proper use of PPE leads to injuries and changing best practices and the culture are key to reducing these potential injuries

Safety & PPE January 30, 2014

High-volume dust collection system

The DC Series high-volume dust collection system provides facility-wide collection and filtration of airborne dusts generated during processing and operations

Safety & PPE January 23, 2014

Front harness

The Miller AirCore Front D-ring Harness meets OSHA and CSA requirements and is rated to 400 lbs. capacity

Safety & PPE December 13, 2013

Plant Engineering in 2013: The Top 15 online stories

The most-read stories on Plant Engineering for 2013 include stories on motor repair and replace, rolling resistance, and the 2012 Product of the Year award winners

Safety & PPE December 13, 2013

Use an FEB to ensure safe installation, operation of electrical equipment

Complying with FEB and NRTL standards are vital to ensuring worker safety and standards for electrical products and systems

By Wally Vahlstrom, eti Conformity Services
Safety & PPE December 4, 2013

Mechanic gloves

The MG-9850 and MG-9855 mechanic gloves feature rubber protection and padded palms for impact protection and to absorb shocks and vibrations

Safety & PPE November 18, 2013

Six strategies to mitigate arc flash incidents

From analysis to equipment; you can reduce the exposure to a dangerous event.

By David G. Loucks, PE, Eaton
Safety & PPE November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Electrical Safety

Finalists in the Electrical Safety category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Amanda McLeman
Safety & PPE November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Safety

Finalists in the Safety category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Amanda McLeman
Safety & PPE November 7, 2013

OSHA to push for electronic injury reports

New rule would require data submissions to agency

Safety & PPE October 18, 2013

Safety: It’s no game

When protecting workers, zero is the only acceptable score

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Safety & PPE October 18, 2013

Technology an essential element of safety and asset management

Technology should be considered a key component of asset management and safety rather than just another tool

By Kevin Price, Infor
Safety & PPE October 18, 2013

Seven ways to reduce hand injuries in manufacturing environments

It is critical to select high-dexterity hand protection, particularly for applications that require the use of fine motor skills

By Brenda Nader, Kimberly-Clark Professional
Safety & PPE October 18, 2013

Study finds safety is a path to productivity

Results of a recent study showed that companies reporting the lowest injury rates also had the best productivity

By Mark Eitzman, Rockwell Automation
Safety & PPE October 18, 2013

The new Hazard Communication Standard: What you need to know to be compliant

Changes to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) covers more than 43 million workers who produce or handle hazardous chemicals in more than five million workplaces across the country

By Kelli Baker and Wes Maertz, Grainger
Safety & PPE October 18, 2013

Consider your technology, your workers to achieve effective crisis communications

Technology advances help make crisis management easier, but facility managers and planners need to remain vigilant and to keep their workers in the know about potential developments

By Ray White, Federal Signal Safety and Security Division
Safety & PPE October 17, 2013

U.S. safety codes: How we got here

An overview of the safety standards and organizations that have been formed since 1970

By Paul Derstine, GE Intelligent Platforms
Safety & PPE October 17, 2013

A plant sets aside one day to focus on safety

Sapa Extrusions halted operations for a day to emphasize safety and best practices with its 6,500 workers

By Patrick Lawlor, Sapa Extrusion North America
Safety & PPE October 17, 2013

Why safety is good business

Changing the workforce culture on emphasizing safety takes time, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges

By Simon Herriott, DuPont
Safety & PPE October 16, 2013

The uncompromising result of an unsafe workplace

Safety must be paramount and a major and permanent priority in the workplace and in life

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Safety & PPE September 19, 2013

Auto ranging multimeter

MM500 Auto Ranging Multimeter today is designed to verify or troubleshoot electrical circuits safely and reliably

Safety & PPE September 19, 2013

Welding helmet

The Speedglas Graphic Welding Helmet 100 Series has been expanded to include two additional graphic designs Tribute and Future Combatant

Safety & PPE September 19, 2013

Evaporative cooling unit

The Hurricane portable evaporative cooling unit utilizes high-efficiency cooling pads and provides 67-gallon water capacity and 14,500 CFM

Safety & PPE September 18, 2013

PAT adoption allows for safety in electrical testing

European system seeing wider adoption in U.S. markets

By David Danner, Megger
Safety & PPE September 18, 2013

Metering, monitoring feedwater systems

One of the most common misunderstandings sees in boiler water treatment programs is the confusion surrounding the measurement of condensate return and the correct configuration and dosing point for chemical injection.

By Spirax Sarco
Safety & PPE September 5, 2013

S.D. plant fined $1.33 million in worker’s death

OSHA, U.S. Attorney settle case with Adams Thermal Systems Inc.

Safety & PPE August 29, 2013

Semi-automatic MIG guns: 10 money saving tips

Maintaining and inspecting MIG guns regularly are a couple of ways to get more life and more productivity out of every tool

By Andy Monk, Bernard
Safety & PPE August 15, 2013

Digital edition of National Electrical Code available

NFPA plans seminars around release of 2014 electrical safety standard

Safety & PPE August 14, 2013

Expanded NFPA Website offers code information

Updates on NEC and safety tips available at necconnect.org

Safety & PPE July 23, 2013

Automated welding taking on added importance

Robotic systems can address efficiency needs, worker shortages

By Justin Percio, The Lincoln Electric Company
Safety & PPE July 23, 2013

Top 10 safety tips about washdown stations

Never allow unauthorized personnel to handle equipment, never put your hands or fingers in front of the nozzle, and other helpful safety tips on washdown stations.

By Spirax Sarco
Safety & PPE July 9, 2013

Electromagnetic flow transmitter

The EFT10 Electromagnetic Flow Transmitter combines coil excitation with digital communications for end users in conductive liquid applications

Safety & PPE July 9, 2013

Large diameter seals

SKF Large Diameter Seals are designed for severe operating challenges in hazardous conditions and feature metal- and rubber-cased outside diameters

Safety & PPE June 19, 2013

Bulk lubrication storage offers several advantages

New containers make the 55-gallon drum obsolete, and can improve safety and reduce risks in the process

By Patrick Fasse
Safety & PPE June 17, 2013

Bridging safety onto automation networks

Incorporating safety into an automation network increases flexibility and reduces complex wiring. This, however, may require special training for safety software engineers

By Zachary Stank, Phoenix Contact
Safety & PPE June 13, 2013

Set a sound strategy for spill containment

Switching absorbents can save time and money, and reduce waste

By Karen Hamel, New Pig
Safety & PPE June 13, 2013

A preventive plan for bearing protection

Diagnostic services can extend the life of your bearings

By Adam Willwerth, Electro Static Technology
Safety & PPE June 11, 2013

Electrical safety from the ground up

Proper grounding and bonding is critical for electrical workplace safety

By Reza Tajali, Schneider Electric Engineering Services
Safety & PPE June 11, 2013

Industrial GFCIs are finally here

Will they help make your plant and workers safer?

By Tony Locker and Nehad El-Sherif, Littelfuse
Safety & PPE June 11, 2013

Debunking the myths around arc flash safety, prevention

Steps on how to prevent arc flash and arc blast hazards and dispelling some popular myths about how they occur

By Reza Tajali, Schneider Electric Engineering Services
Safety & PPE June 6, 2013

Detect safety motion; don’t try to work around it

A sound system requires operator compliance with the safety protocol

By Helge Hornis, PhD, Pepperl+Fuchs
Safety & PPE June 3, 2013

China safety rules questioned after deadly fire

Report of 119 deaths in poultry plant blaze brings new concerns about worker safety

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Safety & PPE March 14, 2013

Fall arrest solutions require attention to detail, not scale

Implementing a fall protection system, regardless of size, requires considering a number of factors to ensure optimal worker safety.

By Kevin Duhamel, Gorbel
Safety & PPE January 21, 2013

Wire cutter, wire stripper

The Katapult wire stripper and cutter cuts 8-22 AWG wire with a tension-loaded wire-grip, and can be used in settings where multiple wire sizes and types are present.

Safety & PPE December 17, 2012

Top Plant 2012: Masco Cabinetry

Real time, just in time: Masco Cabinetry reduces lead time, waste, energy costs, and downtime.

By Jack Smith
Safety & PPE September 13, 2012

Machinery production slows: Stepper sales boosted by medical, commercial markets

Growth in the medical equipment and commercial markets will help to buoy the stepper systems market as machinery cools.

By Michelle Figgs
Safety & PPE February 10, 2012

Educational videos on respirator use

17 videos on proper use of respirators have been posted. Nine are in English and eight in Spanish.

Safety & PPE February 3, 2012

PV module costs and prices – What is really happening now!?

In light of the PV industry taking a hit in 2011 IMS Research revisits some of their past predictions and what they project for the industry in 2012.

By Sam Wilkinson, Senior Market Research Analyst, IMS Research
Safety & PPE January 3, 2012

OSHA proposes more than $1 million in fines for willful, serious violations

Piping Technology and Products has been cited for intentionally misleading OSHA about amputation hazards.

By OSHA
Safety & PPE November 1, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Safety

Finalists in Safety in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Safety & PPE October 13, 2011

PPE is personal before it is protective

A recent study found that many workers aren’t wearing necessary personal protective equipment. Which leaves a question: Why?

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Safety & PPE September 29, 2011

OSHA charges 46 safety violations at Texas trailer manufacturer

Eye injuries among citations; $950,000 in proposed fines

Safety & PPE September 15, 2011

Aixtron cuts guidance by 26%. What happened and what does it mean for the LED industry?

Aixtron today cut its 2011 guidance, lowering its 2011 revenue outlook from €800- €900M to just €600- €650M, that is a dramatic 26% decline. It also lowered its EBIT margin guidance from 35% to 25-30%. What happened to Aixtron and what does this mean for the MOCVD and LED markets?

By Ross Young, IMS Research
Safety & PPE May 12, 2011

Best practices for testing steam traps

This article offers an introduction to the primary testing technologies--visual, temperature-based, and ultrasonic--and best practices on how and when to use them.

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Company
Safety & PPE April 1, 2011

OSHA’s top 10 violations worth reviewing

The top 10 citations issued by OSHA against construction and general industry seldom change, but they are always worth reviewing as the most frequently overlooked areas of compliance

By Source: OSHA
Safety & PPE February 14, 2011

Five reasons to practice dust control

Industrial vacuum cleaners help mitigate environmental hazards, OSHA violations

Safety & PPE December 14, 2010

OSHA cites roofing materials manufacturer for fourth time

U.S. Minerals could get $1.25 million in fines after inspections find 'extremely high levels of hazardous dust and other dangers'

Safety & PPE November 15, 2010

2010 POY Finalists: Safety

Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Safety category.

Safety & PPE October 26, 2010

Take control of loading dock safety

Better training and awareness and advanced technology help reduce the risks of forklift-pedestrian collisions

By Joe Manone, Rite-Hite Corporation
Safety & PPE April 1, 2010

New ASSE book offers math solutions for common problems

The American Society of Safety Engineers has published a new book that the association says gives safety professionals a reference for time-saving solutions to complex problems. Applied Mathematics for Safety Professionals: Tips, Tools and Techniques to Solve Everyday Problems is now available at the ASSE Website, www.

Safety & PPE August 1, 2009

Safety – 2009-08-01 – 2009-08-01

OSHA estimates that approximately 680,400 lift truck accidents occur each year. The hard fact is that most of these accidents can be prevented with proper training and the adoption of best practices and safe work habits. Here are six primary areas businesses should focus on to help create a safe environment for lift truck operation.

By Ron Brewer, Crown Equipment Corp.
Safety & PPE November 1, 2008

Environmental, Safety & Health

Ergonomic manipulator The zeroG4 Arm is an ergonomic manipulator for holding tools, parts and materials. The manipulator allows objects to be maneuvered as if in zero gravity with full range of motion. The unit uses a spring, cam and gimbal-based architecture to “float” objects while allowing them to be effortlessly maneuvered.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety & PPE October 15, 2008

After the flood

The Cedar River is an old, meandering soul that weaves its way through Iowa’s cornfields on its way to the Mississippi River.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Safety & PPE June 10, 2008

Welding safety is no accident

While many of the best welding safety practices seem like common sense, a survey of attendees at the National Safety Council’s 2007 Congress & Expo found that non-compliance with personal protective equipment protocols remains an issue. Some of the leading reasons: safety gear that fits poorly and looks ugly. Fortunately, recent efforts by PPE providers address these issues.

By Tom Sommers
Safety & PPE May 15, 2008

Symbiosis Man lets users ‘try on’ PPE equipment

Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched Symbiosis Man, an interactive, virtual model that allows customers to “try on” personal protective equipment products before purchase.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety & PPE March 11, 2008

Dock gate

The Protect-O-Gate dock gate prevents falls from loading docks or ledges.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety & PPE December 21, 2007

Ladder

The portable access ladder has a 9x5-foot stationary base section with a top landing measuring 1-foot, 6-inch by 2-feet.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety & PPE October 15, 2007

It starts with safety

Three years ago, on his first day as plant manager at Ocean Spray’s Bordentown, NJ facility, Tim Haggerty tried to anonymously roam through the 500,000 square-foot facility. He succeeded. And that was the problem. “I went through totally unnoticed,” said Haggerty. “No one challenged me as to who I was.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Safety & PPE October 15, 2007

Georgia Tech gives students an early lesson in workplace safety

To increase job-safety training and awareness among younger Americans, scientists from the Georgia Tech Research Institute have joined with OSHA and other groups to introduce health and safety training to Georgia high schools. The aim: to ensure that young workers grasp the basics of job safety before they ever reach the workplace.

By Rick Robinson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Safety & PPE September 15, 2007

Controlling welding fumes, gases in the workplace

The control of fumes and gases in arc welding is an important workplace health and safety issue. Fortunately, many solutions are available to improve fume control, providing users with a number of options to comply with applicable exposure limits. Before selecting a solution, however, users need to evaluate each individual application to determine the best control method.

By Christopher J. Cole, The Lincoln Electric Company
Safety & PPE May 22, 2007

Five misconceptions about arc flash compliance

There are some misconceptions in the application of OSHA regulations, NFPA Standards and IEEE guidelines relating to arc flash hazards and associated safety practices. If plant managers don’t properly apply these standards, they may compromise worker safety and risk OSHA violations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety & PPE May 15, 2007

NFPA 70E urges industry to turn it off or put it on

For more than three years the latest revision of NFPA 70E, “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace,” has delivered a simple message: to work safely on electrical installations, turn off the power. And if you can’t avoid working on energized systems, put on the appropriate personal protective equipment to protect against the hazards of shock and arc flash. Sounds easy. But for some in the industry, it’s just not happening.

By Walt Greenwood, Fluke Corp.
Safety & PPE February 9, 2007

OSHA unveils new guidance on preparing workplaces for flu pandemic

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration this week unveiled new workplace safety and health guidance to help employers prepare for an influenza pandemic. Developed in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services , Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic provides general guidance for most types of workplaces, describes the differences between seasonal, avian and pandemic influenza and presents information on the nature of a potential pandemic, how the virus is likely to spread and how exposure is likely to occur. "In anticipation of a flu pandemic, our top priority is protecting the safety and health of America's working men and women,” said Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "Employers and employees should use this guidance to help identify risk levels and implement appropriate control measures to prevent illness in the workplace.” To help employers determine appropriate workplace practices and precautions, the guidance divides workplaces and work operations into four risk zones, according to the likelihood of employees' occupational exposure to pandemic influenza.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety & PPE February 1, 2007

Wire stripper/cutter

The 505 adjustable wire stripper/cutter is a compact, industrial-duty wire stripper and cutter that locks closed for easy storage and features a thumb-adjustable cam for matching the wire gauge size. It accommodates different wire gauge sizes and fits into a pocket, pouch or tool kit when not in use.

By Staff
Safety & PPE December 20, 2006

OSHA renews alliance with SMACNA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association recently renewed an alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that help protect employee health and safety. "We appreciate SMACNA 's contributions to our motor vehicle safety and health topics page and other materials," said OSHA administrator Ed Foulke, Jr. "We are pleased to continue working with them to further protect employee health and safety." Established more than two years ago, the alliance will continue to focus on motor vehicle safety, fall protection and personal protective equipment. It includes an emphasis on cuts and eye injuries, and reducing and preventing exposure to amputation and welding hazards. "We are enthusiastic about our ongoing alliance with OSHA because it ensures continuity and structure for the development of new safety information and tools to make American workplaces safer,” said Richard J.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety & PPE October 5, 2006

OSHA issues hexavalent chromium guidance for small businesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Monday issued safety and health guidance to help small businesses comply with the Agency's new hexavalent chromium requirements for general industry, construction and shipyards. "This new resource is aimed at helping small businesses comply with the new standards, while helping them reduce the risk to employees potentially exposed to these compounds," said OSHA administrator Edwin Foulke. The guide describes the steps that employers are required to take to protect employees from hazards associated with exposure to hexavalent chromium. It is divided into sections that address the major provisions of the standards, and it follows the same organization as the corresponding paragraph of the standards. However, the guide provides more detail than the standards to help employers better understand the requirements. Permissible Exposure Limits, exposure determination, regulated areas, methods of compliance, respiratory protection, protective work clothing and equipment, hygiene areas and practices, housekeeping, and medical surveillance are the major topics included in the guide. Hexavalent chromium compounds are widely used in the chemical industry as ingredients and catalysts in pigments, metal plating and chemical synthesis.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety & PPE July 1, 2006

NAIMA offers free resources for insulation workers

The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association provides free educational resources on fiber glass and mineral wool insulation for workers through its Health and Safety Partnership Program, a voluntary program designed in cooperation with OSHA to assure greater worker protection. The free resources include a safe work practices video and practical, informative literature.

By Staff
Safety & PPE April 1, 2006

Why does OSHA’s rulemaking process take so long to complete?

The news this week at OSHA involves the hearings on the proposed Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment standard. This proposed standard was published in the Federal Register on June 15, 2005. The proposed rule would update the standards on electric power generation, transmission, and distribution and on electrical protective equipment for gen...

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Safety & PPE September 1, 2005

Extending safety off the job pays

Safety is an idea. Like truth and beauty, it is elusive to recognize and define. We do know, however, what the absence of safety looks and feels like. American workplace deaths and injuries are at an all-time low. Yet unsafe workplaces still proliferate. It a more cynical time, workplace hazards were seen as a cost of doing business.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Safety & PPE November 10, 2004

Environment, Safety, & Health

Trash bin lid activated by motion Ultra-SmartBin features a motion-activated lid that opens automatically so that hands stay safe from biohazards and other wastes, as infrared sensors detect motion and provide touchless opening. Lid closes 3 sec after hand/object is removed from the area. Liner-bag holder keeps liners from falling in and prevents them from sticking out under the lid. UltraTech International : getsmartbin.com TO VOTE, WRITE 10 ON BALLOT For more information, write 10 on card Reverse air filter allows for simple operation RAF-IS is a special design reverse air filter using a simple, effective cleaning mechanism to sweep the filter bag plate.

By Staff
Safety & PPE September 10, 2004

Reader Feedback – 2004-09-10

Dangerous tip With over 20 years in industry, I have accumulated a binder of useful Tips & Tricks for just about any situation. The Tip (#230) in your August issue is one of the most dangerous you can attempt. Striking two hardened surfaces together like that of the ball peen hammers is an invitation to disaster.

By Staff
Safety & PPE November 1, 2003

Environment, Safety and Health Instruments

Foam allows for safe installation Chico SpeedSeal is a two-part, high- density foam that expands, then hardens like cement resulting in an inexpensive, safe, explosion-proof seal in electrical conduit and other tubing. It is packaged in an injectable delivery system and replaces manual measuring and mixing of cement compounds and water. The installation takes less than 5 min and sets up in less than 20 min.

By Staff
Safety & PPE July 14, 2003

Safety – 2003-07-14

Hazardous gas detection Sentry WebServer combines the power and flexibility of the Sentry gas-risk management system with the interoperability strength of the FieldServer WebServer. The server provides a graphical display of hazardous gas conditions using the Microsoft web browser. Sierra Monitor Corp. sierramonitor.com Write 319 on PE card Monitoring device The Pac Ex 2 is a handheld combustible gas and oxygen monitoring device featuring an LCD concentration display with audible, visual, and vibrating alarms.

By Staff
Safety & PPE July 8, 2003

Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance

For those who work with it daily, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance is synonymous with long, confusing, and stressful hours of sorting through paperwork and regulations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Safety & PPE June 12, 2003

Mold remediation: a practical approach

Excessive mold growth in indoor environments has become an increasing health and environmental concern, as well as the subject of controversy and litigation. While human response to mold varies widely, no official medical relationship exists between exposure and human response.

By Steven R. Silicato, REM, CIE, MARCOR Remediation, Inc., Hunt Valley, MD
Safety & PPE May 6, 2003

Essentials of industrial air quality

No other standards in the United States exist for air quality inside industrial plants aside from OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs). OSHA laws on interior air pollution control concern air contaminants inside industrial buildings. The laws establish permissible exposure limits for over 500 regulated substances.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine
Safety & PPE November 15, 2002

Environment, Safety, and Health

Click above to view 2002 Product of the Year finalists in this category.

By Staff
Safety & PPE September 15, 2002

Safety – 2002-09-15

Respirator kits A guide to respirators for abatement and mold remediation includes product and ordering information on respirators, filters, and cartridges. The Half Facepiece respirator 7500 series ultimate reusable mold remediation respirator kit and powered air purifying respirator kit are among the products featured. 3M 3M.com/occsafety Write 317 on PE card Risk management Risk Management Planning Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Hazard Assessment, Accidental Release Prevention, and Consequence Analysis takes businesses with more than 100 hazardous or toxic materials onsite through the process of creating an effective risk management plan and explores the requirements for everyday decision making.

By Staff
Safety & PPE May 13, 2002

Suggestions & Solutions – 2002-05-13

Bearing fixer Industrial Services' repair capabilities now includes reclamation services on bearings between 3 and 8 in. OD. Bearings are refurbished, typically in sets of 20 or more.

By Staff
Safety & PPE April 15, 2002

Evaluating and treating the plant for noise control

Research continues to point to noisy machinery as a culprit in poor communication, lost-time accidents and higher insurance costs in plant operations. Constant exposure to noise creates employee stress and fatigue, and noisy operations can cause noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). But machines don't have to bear the blame.

By Eric Johnson, illbruck, inc., Minneapolis, MN
Safety & PPE February 15, 2002

Suggestions & Solutions – 2002-02-15

Have a good time PTC-20 Series multiprogrammable LED timers have four-digit, dual line displays that indicate set and time values. All models offer multiple field programmable modes for operation and time ranges. There are multiple levels of security to prevent unauthorized set value or parameter changes.

By Staff
Safety & PPE February 15, 2002

2002 National Plant Engineering Show

Safety gloves The GP150 and PU50 styles are the first in a line of general purpose gloves. The GP150 style has an extra-heavy coated palm for abrasion, cut, and oil resistance, while the PU50 has a silicone-free polyurethane coating for lint-related problems. Styles are ideal for the metal, electronic, and clean room industries.

By Staff
Safety & PPE January 15, 2002

Suggestions & Solutions – 2002-01-15

Bundle wire and cable better The 100 Hook and Loop Mechanical Fastener enables assemblers to bundle wire and cable faster, with less effort and strain than with plastic ties, wire ties, or string. These fasteners incorporate flexibility, a thin profile, and superior strength for cable bundling, harnessing, and wire fastening systems. Fasteners can be reused up to 10 times, eliminating waste and saving costs.

By Staff
Safety & PPE October 1, 2001

Product Intros – 2001-10-01

Flowmeter uses HART technology FlexMASSter ST98 flowmeter series combines superior performance with digital communications flexibility, due to HART Bus compatible electronics. The advanced thermal mass sensing element provides an accuracy of Fluid Components Intl. fluidcomponents.com Circle 371 Switch has easy-to-read pressure N-series pressure switch, with a big, bright LED display, eliminates the struggle to read operating pressures accurately.

By Staff
Safety & PPE October 1, 2001

Aerial lifts for high-level maintenance

Aerial work platforms provide a safe and efficient means of getting to hard-to-reach overhead areas. They can quickly carry an operator, with tools and materials, to places that would require setting up ladders or scaffolding.An advantage of the aerial work platform is its ability to maneuver in tight spaces and hard-to-reach areas.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine
Safety & PPE August 1, 2001

Suggestions and Solutions – 2001-08-01

A guide to energy savings Super-E premium efficient motors will be identified with an "EnergyGuide" label. Similar to the yellow tags used on home appliances, the label informs electric motor buyers of the energy savings and dollar savings they can achieve from installing these motors. Electricity accounts for over 97% of the lifetime cost of an industrial motor.

By Staff
Safety & PPE August 1, 2001

Human Side of Engineering – 2001-08-01

Can you reject a recall based on a possible problem? Maintenance Utility Man Joe Fenning had a history of back trouble. When he and others had been laid off, Foreman Harry Nadler's undisguised feeling was "Good riddance!" Now with a recall in the works, Nadler wanted to avoid rehiring Fenning if possible.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Safety & PPE July 1, 2001

Selecting the right protective clothing

Choosing the most appropriate protective apparel is a job in itself. With differing standards and guidelines, changing regulations, and a checklist of criteria including design, fit, and cost, there's a lot to consider. Of course, the primary responsibility of protective clothing is to protect the wearer - the critical factor in selecting proper apparel.

By Beth Hohl, Kimberly-Clark Safety Div., Alpharetta, GA
Safety & PPE June 1, 2001

Understanding industrial noise

Noise is unwanted sound. That statement seems pretty simple. But sound, in turn, is pressure, frequency, intensity, amplitude, wavelength, and a few other things. Noise is also aggravating, dangerous, and expensive. And if not properly controlled in the workplace, noise can be illegal. Excessive exposure can result in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), hypertension, and elevated blood pressur...

By Richard L. Dunn, Chief Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Safety & PPE May 1, 2001

Suggestions & Solutions – 2001-05-01

Tool installs drive belts quickly A special tool installs a belt in place in as little as 20 sec and typically pays for itself in the first day of use. Speedy Belt Installer gets twisted conveyor roller belts back in operation up to ten times faster than traditional methods, and its easy-to-use design helps eliminate carpal tunnel syndrome.

By Staff
Safety & PPE May 1, 2001

Literature Offers – 2001-05-01

Lubricant consolidation New fluid consolidation program reduces overall maintenance costs and extends equipment life. The program is a combination of Molykote high-performance synthetic and mineral-based products and support services. It features lubrication management software, integrated oil analysis service, and immediate access to a wide supply distribution network.

By Staff
Safety & PPE November 1, 2000

Suggestions and Solutions – 2000-11-01

Don't take a fall Fall Prevention & Protection Training ToolBox provides a comprehensive package that includes a CD-ROM, 20-min video entitled Gravity Kills-Defy It!, instructor and participant training manuals, and certificates and posters. The kit helps instructors address all the components of fall prevention and protection with a goal of reducing the risk of serious injuries and fatalities at work sites. Dalloz Fall Protection www.cdalloz.com Circle 251 Find motor and drive info fast Version 6.0 of the interactive Electronic Catalog on CD-ROM allows users to instantly access a wide variety of technical information on over 5500 different motors and drives. Product information includes nameplate data, dimension drawings, performance and test data, replacement parts, and installation and operating manuals. Baldor Electric Co.

By Staff
Safety & PPE October 1, 2000

Suggestions and Solutions – 2000-10-01

Going linear Product information on brushless linear motors, linear stepper motors, ac linear induction motors, linear positioning stages, linear motor controls, and motion control programming language and software is available in a free 242-p catalog. Information includes linear motor and control dimensions, technical data, connection data, keypad instructions, and catalog identification. Baldor Electric Co. www.baldor.com Circle 251 Speaking of dehumidification... A free, comprehensive glossary of desiccant dehumidification terms and a dew point conversion chart highlight a 20-p booklet. This popular glossary-of-terms booklet has been expanded to contain more than 50 definitions and an informative 2-p description of humidity controls. Air Technology Systems Circle 252 Motorize jib cranes A retrofit package is available to upgrade manual jib cranes to motorized units complete with electrical controls and pendant.

By Staff
Safety & PPE September 1, 2000

Replacing vinyl asbestos floor tiles

Key concepts It's not possible to tell whether tiles contain asbestos by appearance, size, or when installed. If asbestos is present, regulatory and removal issues must be faced.

By William A. Onderick, RFM, Inc., Wadsworth, IL
Safety & PPE March 1, 2000

Fall limiter

MiniLite fall limiter has a self-retracting lanyard that arrests a free fall within inches, reducing the risk of injury and making rescue easier. The product meets OSHA, ANSI, and CSA standards. Miller-Dalloz Fall Protection www.cdalloz.

By Staff
Safety & PPE February 1, 2000

New maintenance coatings offer major benefits

Some well-known difficulties have plagued painting projects for generations.

By K.G. Cook, Mark Youngberg, and M.G. Suyko
Safety & PPE November 1, 1999

Breathing tube converts respirators

CF2000 Series respirators feature an interchangeable breathing tube that converts a half mask or full facepiece air purifying respirator into a continuous flow airline respirator.

By Staff
Safety & PPE August 1, 1999

Filter supplies welders with clean air

Fresh-air II SA 9000 respiratory system is appropriate for many welding applications that generate high levels of particle fumes and gases. User-adjustable, belt-mounted airflow valves supply from 6-15 cfm of filtered air. Supply hoses up to 100-ft.

By Staff
Safety & PPE April 1, 1999

Personal protective equipment

A broad range of eye, head, face, hearing, respiratory, and welding protection equipment is presented in a 32-p catalog. Also offered are traffic control and floor warning devices.

By Staff
Safety & PPE March 1, 1999

Fall arrest systems

Line of custom designed and integrated fall arrest systems that reflect site specific variables and performance requirements assure maximum safety without compromising worker productivity. All products meet applicable OSHA requirements.

By Staff
Safety & PPE March 1, 1999

Hopper/feeders

Pre-engineered arching-breaking hoppers outperform standard conical products by a factor of two, increase production rates, eliminate process downtime, and easily retrofit to most existing hoppers.

By Staff
Safety & PPE March 1, 1999

When to change

A service life estimation CD-ROM and accompanying reference table for respiratory cartridges assist users in complying with the revised OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.134.

By Staff
Safety & PPE March 1, 1999

Suspected substance abuse: What to do?

It didn't happen all at once. Gradually, over a period of time, the possible cause dawned on Project Supervisor Bob Sherman. Mechanical Engineer Mark Hammer had been acting -- and looking -- funny these past weeks.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Safety & PPE February 1, 1999

OSHA issues final rule on confined spaces

OSHA's final rule amending the standard on permit-required confined spaces (29 CFR 1910.146) became effective February 1.

By Staff
Safety & PPE October 1, 1998

Spotlight on safety

This month's 1998 National Safety Congress & Exposition in Los Angeles promises to provide valuable information on hundreds of aspects of safety in the workplace.

By Staff
Safety & PPE October 1, 1998

Breathe easier

On April 8, 1998, the revised OSHA respiratory protection standard went into effect, with extended compliance dates of Sept. 8, 1998, for determining whether respirator use is required, and Oct. 5, 1998, for all other provisions.

By Staff
Safety & PPE August 1, 1998

Two upgrades, one new

Two upgraded Windows respirator selection/compliance programs on CD-ROM provide information required to match airborne contaminants and their concentration levels with the appropriate respirator and then manage a safety regulation compliance program in a timely manner. A new package simplifies the management of an employee hearing protection program in compliance with OSHA regulations. 3M.

By Staff
Safety & PPE April 1, 1998

PPE made easy

There is no need to read hundreds of pages of technical data or to review computer databases to learn about personal protective equipment.

By Staff
Safety & PPE February 1, 1998

Readers make noise about noise

In your December 1997 Human Side of Engineering article, "Is Hearing Loss Due to Job Noise Compensable?," I believe that the company involved is making a serious mistake if they simply "reassign him and hope that's the end of it.

By Staff
Safety & PPE February 1, 1998

What You Can’t See Can Hurt You — How To Reduce Risk In Confined Spaces

Confined spaces are an exception to the rule that you should never assume anything in life. In this case, always assume the worst -- that the space contains an unseen, unexpected hazard.

By Stephen Bayer, Product Group Manager, Portable Instruments, MSA, Pittsburgh, PA; and Stephen Bayer; Alfred W. Keiss
Safety & PPE February 1, 1998

New OSHA standard requires employers to develop a written respiratory program

Under a revised respiratory standard published Jan. 8 by OSHA, employers will have to develop a written program to protect workers that wear respirators.

By Staff
Safety & PPE February 1, 1998

Proper Steam Hose Selection Leads To Performance, Safety, And Economic Benefits

There are powerful economic and safety reasons for properly specifying and handling steam hose assemblies.

By Howard Aspinall

A Letter From The Editor

Since 1947, plant engineers, plant managers, maintenance supervisors and manufacturing leaders have turned to Plant Engineering for the information they needed to run their plants smarter, safer, faster and better. Plant Engineering's editors stay on top of the latest trends in manufacturing at every corner of the plant floor. The major content areas include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automation engineering and maintenance and management.

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