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

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered control of work systems, packaging, strategic automation plans and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Environmental Health April 4, 2023

Benefits of using a control of work system in a manufacturing facility

Many plant managers and environmental, health and safety (EHS) professionals can manage regulatory requirements for dangerous environments more easily as part of a larger control of work system.

By Phil Molé
Environmental Health December 2, 2022

Seven clean-in-place design best practices

An effective clean-in-place design should be built with a facility's specific needs in mind while reducing contamination and water consumption.

By Thomas Burley and Mason Marriner
Environmental Health November 8, 2022

Long-term growth trajectory remains positive for forklift market

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there's been supply chain issues causing some trouble with the market, but growth projections remain positive.

By Maya Xiao
Environmental Health October 17, 2022

Fluid dispensing for assembly of medical and life sciences devices

COVID-19 prompted reassessment for medical device manufacturers upgrading assembly fluid dispensing capabilities

By Müge Deniz Meiller
Environmental Health August 19, 2022

In-depth understanding leads to decisive site selection

Navigating site viability to meet multi-stakeholder goals requires clearly articulating needs and requirements.

By Cole Williams
Environmental Health July 11, 2022

Industrial robots have moved from maturity into a fast-growth phase

As a result of COVID-19, the industrial robot market has moved from a mature and conservative phase into an exciting, fast-growth, almost start-up-like phase.

By Maya Xiao
Environmental Health June 30, 2022

Advice on meeting engineering recruiting goals

There is a major push by system integrators and other engineering firms to find qualified talent, but the COVID-19 pandemic has created a shift in many ways. Two experts offer advice on finding the right engineering talent.

By Chris Vavra
Environmental Health June 16, 2022

Laser technology works to plug methane gas leaks

Colorado researchers are using laser technology to detect natural gas, which is invisible to the eye, leaking from pipes at sites, in real time.

By Daniel Strain
Environmental Health June 14, 2022

Textile filter testing could help with carbon capture

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a design for a filter that could help remove carbon dioxide from flue gas emissions and air.

By Laura Oleniacz
Environmental Health April 8, 2022

Layered COVID-19 controls significantly reduce risks

QuaRAD method quantifies efficacy across thousands of scenarios; rating system anticipated

By Kevin Parker
Environmental Health March 3, 2022

Four ways to unshackle the supply chain

COVID-19 has caused many supply chain challenges, but being proactive and aggressive can help manufacturers reduce potential headaches. Four tips are highlighted.

By Brent Felten, Katie Molstad and Brian Sander
Environmental Health January 21, 2022

Turning face masks into smart monitoring devices

Northwestern Engineering researchers have developed a new smart sensor called FaceBit, which is a quarter-sized sensor that uses a tiny magnet to attach to any N95, cloth or surgical face mask.

By Amanda Morris
Environmental Health October 31, 2021

Nanotube-based sensor can detect COVID-19 proteins

MIT engineers have designed a nanotube-based sensor that can detect COVID-19 without any antibody and could be used for other pandemic, improving worker health.

By Anne Trafton
Environmental Health October 22, 2021

Are HEPA filters the best choice for a facility?

HEPA filters are a necessity for many plant environments, but the level of filtration can vary, more isn’t necessarily better

By Robert Hepp
Environmental Health October 17, 2021

UV light is effective, safe deterrent against COVID-19 in public places

A specific ultraviolet (UV) wavelength was found to be effective in killing the COVID-19 virus as well as other respiratory viruses while still being safe for public use.

By Kelsey Simpkins
Environmental Health October 11, 2021

Capacity planning in a post-COVID manufacturing world

Capacity and supply-chain strategies help manufactures remain competitive

By Michael D. Verdier
Environmental Health September 29, 2021

Capturing carbon, and selling it

Although CO2 is a large part of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, processed CO2 is a valuable product with an attractive revenue stream

By Dr. Sudhir Brahmbhatt
Environmental Health August 27, 2021

Manufacturers encourage COVID-19 vaccinations but stop short of mandates

Manufacturing supply chains continue to adapt to COVID-19 and vaccinations are one way. A recent report indicates, however, a slight majority are encouraging their employees to get the vaccine.

By Sikich LLP
Environmental Health August 9, 2021

Engineers develop COVID-19 saliva test

Engineers at MIT and Harvard University have designed a small tabletop device that can detect COVID-19 from a saliva sample in about an hour.

By Anne Trafton
Environmental Health July 25, 2021

Airport logistic automation market stays strong in spite of COVID-19

Overall airport logistics automation sales only fell by 5% in 2020, from $4.3 billion in 2019 to $4.1 billion in 2021, and is expected to have a gradual rebound in the next few years, according to Interact Analysis.

By Jamie Fox
Environmental Health July 19, 2021

Six ways COVID-19 will change food plant design

COVID-19 has impacted the way food plant facilities are being built from restrooms to automation and worker satisfaction and overall safety.

By Tanya Frantzen
Environmental Health June 29, 2021

How manufacturing has changed post-pandemic

Manufacturing has changed a lot due to the COVID-19 pandemic as technologies thought to be happening down the road are happening now. Five key drivers are highlighted.

By RedViking
Environmental Health June 22, 2021

Four ways site location can affect construction costs

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the cost of construction materials has skyrocketed, labor is scarce and demand is surging. But that doesn’t mean the food supply chain can stop.

By Derek Bickerton
Environmental Health June 16, 2021

The current state of the maintenance function

Urgent issues face the manufacturing industries amidst resurgence.

By Plant Engineering
Environmental Health June 14, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 7-13, 2021

Articles about tips on calibration for automation and control engineers, advanced valve diagnostic drive savings, how to build scalable data models with MQTT Sparkplugs, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 7-13, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Environmental Health June 11, 2021

Managed services close the gap in adopting edge computing

A practical solution for limited staffing adds assurance at the edge.

By Ryan Smith
Environmental Health June 7, 2021

Slower than expected manufacturing recovery expected post COVID-19

Interact Analysis said in June that good performances by the US, South Korea and China are offset by Europe and Japan, expected to make swift recoveries, and India and Brazil, where slow recoveries are expected. The semiconductor sector is holding back some manufacturing, and some inflation is expected.

By Interact Analysis
Environmental Health June 7, 2021

Four ways manufacturers can grow post COVID-19

Manufacturers remain resilient and strong in the wake of the pandemic, but there are steps they can take to be better prepared for the latest anomalous event.

By John Felix
Environmental Health June 3, 2021

How to make your virtual Kaizen initiative a success

See steps on how to schedule and plan the next Kaizen event and ensure everything is accounted for to make it successful.

By Daniel Penn Associates
Environmental Health May 25, 2021

Augmented reality can transform manual labor

As AR-driven spatial computing makes its way into industrial workplace settings through real-time step-by-step instructions and remote mentoring, even the most complex and intricate tasks will no longer require extensive experience to manage and complete them effectively.

By John Tomizuka
Environmental Health May 20, 2021

Data-driven decisions improves COVID-19 vaccine production

Process engineers enabled with advanced analytics can have better operational control.

By Michael Chang
Environmental Health May 19, 2021

How to engage employees through plant optimization

Plant optimization results in much more than increase productivity and KPIs.

By Ricardo Estok
Environmental Health May 14, 2021

Supply chain management lessons for manufacturers

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught several supply chains lessons that can be valuable for the future.

By Tony Rodriguez and Mike Beauregard
Environmental Health May 12, 2021

How to ensure OT cybersecurity

Despite advances, operational technology network cybersecurity still lags information technology cybersecurity.

By Jesse Ku
Environmental Health May 11, 2021

What a bad or non-existent maintenance program costs manufacturers

A maintenance program is only as good as the work put in behind it and the effort going forward. Planned maintenance, rather than reacting to a problem, can save companies enormously in the long term.

By Phillip Rowley and Jake Jakowitz
Environmental Health May 10, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 3-9, 2021

Articles about how to keep spare part inventories accurate for maintenance departments, cybersecurity throwback attack, and energy management for industrial networks were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 3-9, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Environmental Health March 16, 2021

Effective communication in a high-noise environment

High-noise manufacturing environments are already difficult places to communicate, but COVID-19 and social distancing make it even harder. Learn how to overcome this challenge.

By Rick Farrell
Environmental Health March 10, 2021

Protective cleanroom clothing essentials

Everything that enters a cleanroom must also be highly regulated to prevent the inadvertent introduction of pollutants, which includes protective cleanroom clothing.

By Nick Warrick
Environmental Health March 6, 2021

New production sources for tungsten are critical for increased global supply

Little known tungsten has a multitude of use cases

By Lewis Black
Environmental Health March 5, 2021

Effective communication in a socially distanced world

Manufacturing facilities have unique challenges because of constant ambient background noise that limits effective communication. Practice and investing in the right technology can help mitigate these problems.

By Rick Farrell
Environmental Health March 4, 2021

Post-pandemic, employee wellness powered by predictive analytics

Who else is tired of talking about COVID-19?

By Mohamed (Mo) Abuali
Environmental Health February 24, 2021

Global manufacturing contraction lower than expected in 2020

The manufacturing industry output (MIO) tracker from Interact Analysis reveals a stronger than expected overall global manufacturing performance in 2020.

By Interact Analysis
Environmental Health February 17, 2021

Commitment to the work: One constant in a changing world

2020 Plant Engineering Salary Survey: Who we are, what we think and what we earn

By Kevin Parker
Environmental Health February 16, 2021

Change packaging to meet grocery delivery demand

Food manufacturers may have to adapt their packaging to meet the requirements of grocery delivery due to COVID-19.

By Sean O'Brien
Environmental Health November 30, 2020

China, U.S. leading manufacturing charge from COVID-19 shock

Global manufacturing economic forecasts in the wake of COVID-19 have improved thanks to stronger than expected recoveries from the U.S. and China, but there is a long road to recovery, particularly for some key industries.

By Adrian Lloyd
Environmental Health August 21, 2020

Global manufacturing outlook post-COVID mixed depending on sector, region

COVID-19's impact on manufacturing for the short- and long-term depends on the particular industry and the region, though recovery is eventually expected to reach 2019 levels according to Interact Analysis.

By Interact Analysis
Environmental Health July 22, 2020

Learning lessons and taking back control

While we are still embroiled in the battle to contain and defeat COVID-19, nobody truly knows the eventual outcomes, but we can begin to assess the impacts and respond positively to change.

By Steve Sands
Environmental Health June 26, 2020

Manufacturers need to rethink global supply chain, production

A study from the University of Birmingham says manufacturers need to redesign and reform their supply chains or global production networks (GPN) if they want to prosper in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Control Engineering Europe
Environmental Health June 17, 2020

Four challenges and four recommendations for manufacturing in the COVID-19 pandemic

As the economy grows after the COVID-19 pandemic slowdown, manufacturers face challenges and opportunities including industrial disaster recovery, manufacturing supply chains, manufacturer staffing, transparency, and manufacturing investments.

By Jerry Grillo
Environmental Health March 28, 2020

Survey on impact of COVID-19 on electronics industry released

Recent results of a survey on the impact of the coronavirus displayed a shift towards more positive expectations and minimal impact to the electronic components industry.

By Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)
Environmental Health March 17, 2020

COVID-19 impact on engineering, engineers

Engineers like facts and seek credible information sources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) effects to the engineering-related world. Engineers also have technologies, processes and expert advice that can help. See Control Engineering highlights.

By Mark T. Hoske
Environmental Health May 24, 2018

CMMS upgrades in wastewater: Lessons for a smooth transition

A more advanced system improves operation and maintenance—if done correctly.

By Gregory Perry, CRL, Fluke Accelix
Environmental Health May 14, 2018

Reshaping the future

Exal’s aluminum package factory is building momentum and helping to rebuild Youngstown.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Environmental Health April 12, 2018

Natural refrigerants impact component design and selection

Refrigeration/cooling system manufacturers are replacing the old classes of chemical refrigerants that emit potent greenhouse gases, but it can be a challenge to determine its impact on component design and selection.

By William Bentley, Sensata Technologies
Environmental Health December 29, 2017

Do you have a disaster plan ready?

What happens when you face the worst of circumstances?

By Bob Vavra
Environmental Health September 29, 2017

Media Mist Collector

CLARCOR Industrial Air introduces its new mist media collector. It was engineered specifically to capture oil mist and coolant contaminants, while increasing efficiency and extending filter life.

By CLARCOR Industrial Air
Environmental Health September 28, 2017

Motion detecting fan

AirEye shuts off when you leave and turns on when you return, generating energy savings every day.

By Big Ass Solutions
Environmental Health September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Sivan Cohen, PE, 32

General Manager, Ayyeka Inc., Los Angeles, Calif.

By CFE Media
Environmental Health September 11, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 4-10: compressed air savings, boiler replacement, benefits of LEDs, and more

Articles about compressed air savings, boiler replacement, the benefits of LEDs, motor repair tips, and overlooked compressed air truths were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, September 4-10. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media
Environmental Health September 1, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 28- September 3: boiler replacement, large engine-generator, motor repair, and more

Articles about boiler replacement, large engine-generator, motor repair, reducing energy waste, and big data were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, August 28- September 3. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media,
Environmental Health August 25, 2017

CHP helps growth in the greenhouse

Commercial greenhouse production requires energy for lighting, heating and ventilation. Often the best solution is combined heat and power (CHP) – on-site electric generation that also utilizes the byproduct heat for climate control in the greenhouse.

By Gas Technology
Environmental Health August 24, 2017

Next generation air compressors

The Next Generation R-Series 200-250kW line of rotary screw air compressors is designed to improve overall system efficiency for customers with high-capacity air requirements.

By Ingersoll Rand
Environmental Health January 26, 2017

Insulation deficiencies can harm plants, people

Proper attention provides better energy management, reduced operational failure

By Nick Eaton, ISS Insulation Services & Solutions
Environmental Health January 16, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: January 9-January 15: Lowering compressed air costs, methods for motor testing, keeping DC motors healthy, more

Articles about lowering compressed air costs, methods for motor testing, keeping DC motors healthy, NFPA 70E compliance, and VFD efficiency were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 9-January 15. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Environmental Health January 12, 2017

Biobased/biodegradable coatings system

The biobased and biodegradable System replaces harzardous synthetic chemicals with safe, green alternatives for corrosion protection in metalworking industries.

By Cortec Corporation
Environmental Health January 4, 2017

The two most common methods of motor testing

Regular testing of the electrical motors provides many benefits, including financial savings, energy conservation, improved safety and increased uptime.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Environmental Health January 3, 2017

PMI ends 2016 on a note of optimism

Manufacturing index jumps to highest level since March 2015 as production, new orders are sharply higher.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Environmental Health January 3, 2017

AHR attendees project strong growth in 2017

Survey portends “a stellar year” for HVACR market ahead of January 30 expo.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Environmental Health January 3, 2017

Finding value in open architecture

Schneider Electric platform looks to “empower the workforce”.

By Bob Vavra, Plant Engineering
Environmental Health August 29, 2016

OSS oil-water seperator

Atlas Copco adds OSS to range of oil-water sperators for condensate treatment in low-flow compressors.

By Atlas Copco
Environmental Health August 25, 2016

Optical IR sensing turbidity analyzer

The TR86 combines precision turbidity analysis with the flexibility to add a second measurement, including dissolved oxygen (DO), pH, oxygen reduction potential (ORP), conductivity or various pION parameters.

By Electro-Chemical Devices (ECD)
Environmental Health August 23, 2016

Rotary screw air compressors

Rotary screw air compressors with variable speed drive that increases energy efficiency by up to 35 percent.

By Ingersoll Rand
Environmental Health August 20, 2016

Six food safety areas to examine during operational facility improvements

Ensure construction doesn’t put your food manufacturing plant at risk.

By Stellar
Environmental Health August 15, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 8-14: Four causes of water hammer damage, managing air quality, IR inspections, more

Articles about four causes of water hammer damage, managing air quality, IR inspections, CMMS benefits and functions, and Big Data were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, August 8-14. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Environmental Health August 12, 2016

Natural gas infrared heating

Perfect solution for many spaces: Take care with sizing, selection and placement of infrared tubes and panels to maximize comfort and efficiency.

By Gas Technology
Environmental Health August 12, 2016

Sweetening the absorption option

Today’s single-stage absorbers can generate chilled water from hot water as low in temperature as 190°F.

By Gas Technology
Environmental Health August 12, 2016

Natural gas supports green efforts

Natural gas is increasingly being chosen to replace other fossil fuels which produce much higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

By Gas Technology
Environmental Health August 8, 2016

Precision linear motion drive

The Precision Motion Drive System is a Model RG rolling ring linear drive integrated with a motion controller for precision linear motion applications.

By Amacoil
Environmental Health August 8, 2016

AutomationDirect extends RHINO power supply line

AutomationDirect’s RHINO PSB series of DIN rail power supplies includes the PSB48-480S single-phase input, 48VDC output power supply.

By AutomationDirect
Environmental Health August 4, 2016

Choosing the right strategy to stay on the safe side

There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach on maintenance.

By Hans Christian Schröder, TÜV SÜD
Environmental Health August 4, 2016

Four causes of water hammer, and how to prevent damage

It’s a safety and maintenance issue—and it is preventable.

By Kelly Paffel, Inveno Engineering
Environmental Health August 4, 2016

How to manage air quality to improve worker health, product quality

Curtain walls and HVLS fans can improve air particulate exhaustion.

By Chuck Ashelin, Zoneworks
Environmental Health August 2, 2016

Air quality Webcast: Your questions answered

Additional questions from the July 26 "Keep your cool while keeping your facilities cool" webcast are answered here.

By Jim Magallanes
Environmental Health August 1, 2016

Vacuum filter systems

Eriez HydroFlow, a rolled media vacuum filter system, eliminates the need for multiple filters, frees up valuable floor space, and provides a consistent quality of solids separation to increase productivity.

By Eriez
Environmental Health July 27, 2016

ABB simplifies active optoelectronic protective devices

ABB simplifies active optoelectronic protective devices with Orion Safety Light Curtains that saves time and costs.

Environmental Health July 26, 2016

Webcast: Keep your cool while keeping your facilities cool

Making sure a plant is a comfortable place to work is more than just HR rules and mutual respect. Some days, it’s about making sure the workers are actually physically comfortable. The conditions within a plant have an impact on productivity, work quality and safety, and ensuring those working conditions are every bit as important as other factors on the plant floor.

By Plant Engineering
Environmental Health July 26, 2016

Safety sensors

The Eden OSSD safety sensors allow safe in-series wiring of multiple sensors.

Environmental Health July 20, 2016

Compact signal conditioners

Signal conditioners for non-hazardous areas that are extremely compact and UL certified.

By Pepperl+Fuchs
Environmental Health July 18, 2016

Metal recovery and water recycling technology

The Enviro-Clean Process recovers heavy metals such as chromium, copper, zinc, lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel, silver, and manganese from groundwater, process and waste streams.

By Lewis Environmental Services
Environmental Health July 18, 2016

Pressure switch for tough environments

Sigma-Netics Inc. has added a 2-pin Deutsch connector option to its 784 Series of ruggedized pressure switches. The 2-pin option allows the 784 Series to serve a wider range of applications, including those with limited installation space.

By Sigma-Netics, Inc.
Environmental Health July 14, 2016

Vortex flow transmitter

The Huba 210 Series Vortex Flow Transmitter is designed for water and water/glycol based heat exchange systems and other fluids compatible with the materials of construction.

By Clark Solutions
Environmental Health July 11, 2016

Cube evaporative condenser models

The Cube™ Evaporative Condenser product line is ideal for industrial refrigeration applications that require safe design, installation, and operation with ammonia and other refrigerants.

By SPX Cooling Technologies
Environmental Health July 11, 2016

Floor mounted fume hoods

The UniMax series of hoods has been expanded to include wide selection of models that feature fire suppression systems to meet California requirements.

By UniMax
Environmental Health July 6, 2016

Online heater selection tool

The online heater selection tool is a resource to select the proper heater technologies for mounting or dismounting bearings in rotating machinery in plant operations across industries.

Environmental Health June 30, 2016

Four steps to becoming a data-driven service organization

It’s more important than ever for field service organizations to have strategies in place to measure performance, and becoming data driven is the best way to make those measurements clear and actionable.

By Joanna Rotter, MSI Data
Environmental Health June 28, 2016

Insulated coil boxes

Insulated coil boxes for room-by-room temperature control.

By RAE Corporation
Environmental Health June 20, 2016

Do you have air leaking from your pipes?

In many facilities, one of the prime culprits for energy waste is compressed air or compressed gas leaks. Although these are very common, they are often difficult to detect through a visual inspection.

By L&S Electric
Environmental Health June 20, 2016

Environmental monitoring system

The viewLinc environmental monitoring system leverages wireless communications capabilities in order to utilize logging devices that communicate in obstructed environments.

By Vaisala
Environmental Health June 16, 2016

Can compressed air systems be a source of contamination?

Two ways to prevent contaminated air in your food facility.

By Stellar
Environmental Health June 15, 2016

4-port isolated USB hub

The USB-104-IHUB is ideal for factory automation, hospital and medical, energy management, military/mission-critical, transportation, security systems, and process monitoring applications.

By ACCES I/O Products, Inc.
Environmental Health June 7, 2016

Foxboro smart pH10 sensor and transmitter

Foxboro smart pH10 sensor and transmitter combine a rugged polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) body with capabilities for customers who need high performance and long life with easy and fast calibrations.

By Schneider Electric
Environmental Health June 1, 2016

Ozone analyzer with reagent-less sensor design

The plumb and play OZ80 ozone analyzer features a reagent-less sensor design to help process and plant engineers achieve accurate measurements in harsh environments.

By Electro-Chemical Devices
Environmental Health May 31, 2016

How to find value in a KPI lifecycle

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are part of a lifecycle because KPIs are continuously defined, redefined, and are even sometimes abandoned. Explicitly defining a KPI lifecycle provides an impetus for the development of methods and tools that enhance performance.

By John Horst, Barry Ezell
Environmental Health May 26, 2016

Five elements of KPI lifecycle

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) have a lifecycle with a similarly cyclic pattern: from definition to collection to set composition to implementation to assessment and back to definition. Manufacturers who use KPIs naturally implement this lifecycle, but there is some real value to clearly and carefully articulate the elements of the lifecycle.

By John Horst, Barry Ezell
Environmental Health May 17, 2016

AC drives for hazardous locations

The VACON X5 HazLo AC drive is ideal for applications in refineries, utility gas plants, and hazardous locations.

By Danfoss
Environmental Health May 9, 2016

Improve your food plant’s sustainability with five tips

The best options with return on investment (ROI) in mind.

By Ryan Danhour
Environmental Health April 11, 2016

5 things poultry processors can learn from Bell & Evan’s new chicken plant

Lessons from state-of-the-art chicken packaging, further processing and storage facility.

By Stellar
Environmental Health March 29, 2016

5 types of systems of low-charge packaged refrigeration equipment

Packaged refrigeration series.

By Brandon France
Environmental Health March 24, 2016

Starting 2016 on a course to profitability

Eight "P" processes that produce progress.

By Shon Isenhour
Environmental Health March 14, 2016

5S: A process for your business

5S is a thought process designed to resolve a type of problem that occurs throughout your business. Apply that seemingly simple tool accordingly and you'll be surprised by all the costly clutter that you can eliminate.

By Rebecca Morgan
Environmental Health March 2, 2016

What coffee producers can learn from Starbucks’ award-winning coffee plant

Learn the five challenges that all coffee producers face and how to overcome them through innovative solutions.

By Todd Allsup
Environmental Health February 29, 2016

Specialty lubricants: The time has come

The extra initial cost of synthetics can be worth the improvements.

By Toby Porter
Environmental Health February 26, 2016

Adjusting to new food safety regulations in the 21st century

Unsanitary products, and in some cases outbreaks of disease, have led to a groundswell of support for new regulations, and Washington has responded.

By Smartware Group
Environmental Health February 17, 2016

Turn your air compressors into a sustainable source of energy

Converting recycled heat energy is a positive step forward to sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint of a plant.

By Matt Mazanec, Compressor World, LLC
Environmental Health February 15, 2016

Out of space? Maybe not!

What space challenges does your facility grapple with, and how are you solving them?

By Howard Klein, Daniel Penn Associates
Environmental Health February 15, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 8-14: Beverage manufacturer breaking tradition, operators in EMP, risk assessments and global requirements, more

Articles about how a beverage manufacturer broke U.S. traditions, involving operators in EMP, risk assessment as a global requirement, the IIoT offering economic and operational benefits, and OEE scores were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 8-14. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Environmental Health December 4, 2015

Retractable sensor housings

The InTrac 781/784 series of retractable sensor housings with locking systems are designed to tolerate extreme process conditions such as chemical, petrochemical, pulp and paper, or utilities applications.

By Mettler Toledo
Environmental Health December 2, 2015

Rooftop features for HVAC systems

Efficiency, control capabilities part of a wider range of system applications

By Gas Technology
Environmental Health December 2, 2015

Dairy processing industry is evolving

Finding ways to improve energy efficiency.

By Gas Technology
Environmental Health December 2, 2015

Save that condensate!

Perhaps the best opportunity for a quick payback in improving a steam system is evaluation and improvement of the condensate return system. Returning as much of the condensate as possible to the boiler feedwater stream pays rewards in two ways.

By Gas Technology
Environmental Health December 2, 2015

New process heating tool

A new assessment tool became available to simplify these calculations, allowing managers to evaluate these manufacturing steps and to determine if there are better, less costly methods.

By Gas Technology
Environmental Health December 1, 2015

Five strategies for finding waste in compressed air systems

Using all available tools, including strategies such as infrared detection, can find unseen compressed air leaks.

By Steve Bruno, Atlas Copco
Environmental Health October 29, 2015

A hot problem, a cool solution

Manufacturers come together to develop a better foundry coat.

By Bob Vavra
Environmental Health September 17, 2015

2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Kori Shane, 38

Safety and Environmental Manager, Schneider Electric; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; BS Environmental Health, Illinois State University

By Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager and Director of Research
Environmental Health August 21, 2015

Peristaltic pump with integrated stepper motor

Unoverse Boxer 9000 Peristaltic Pump features integrated stepper motor for dispensing of liquids for applications such as bionengineering and medical devices.

By Clark Solutions
Environmental Health July 1, 2015

Coalescing filters

The coalescing filters protect sensitive pneumatic equipment from the harmful effects of air line contamination.

By Bimba
Environmental Health June 11, 2015

Flow transmitters

These flow transmitters monitor liquid media and provide an analog output proportional to flow rate for various flow applications.

By AutomationDirect
Environmental Health April 14, 2015

Complexity, regulation draining for global engineers: IHS study

Faster design cycles and fewer engineers mean a more challenging environment.

By IHS Technology
Environmental Health April 14, 2015

Acrylic silicone topcoat

Cortec Corporation's VpCI-386 HT Black is a high heat resistant water-based acrylic silicone primer/topcoat that provides protection in harsh, outdoor unsheltered applications.

By Cortec Corporation
Environmental Health November 24, 2014

Free chlorine sensors

FCL real-time free chlorine sensors use the amperometric measurement technology for water treatment and disinfection.

By Sensorex
Environmental Health October 24, 2014

Ultraviolet disinfectant systems

Portable area sanitizer safely and conveniently delivers germicidal ultraviolet disinfection for a multitude of commercial and industrial applications

By Atlantic Ultraviolet
Environmental Health October 15, 2014

Five things to consider when selecting a site for your new plant

Selecting a new plant site can be a difficult process. To ensure you make the right decision, follow these five rules to keep things on track.

By Jim Hale, Stellar
Environmental Health October 6, 2014

Semi-custom packaged rooftop system

Addison's PR series semi-custom packaged rooftop system improves indoor air quality and energy efficiency.

By Addison
Environmental Health September 18, 2014

Reaping the rewards of data-driven efficiency

Benefits of LED lighting go beyond ROI to system-wide data mining

By Yolanda Smith, Digital Lumens
Environmental Health September 15, 2014

2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Mahesh Singh

Deputy Manager, Environment Health and Safety; Roulunds Braking India Pvt. Ltd.; Sonepat, Haryana

By CFE Media
Environmental Health July 28, 2014

UV air disinfection unit

UV air disinfection units safely destroy bacteria, mold and viruses.

Environmental Health July 10, 2014

Moisture Barrier Paper

Cortec presents patented EcoShield Paper and Linerboard's new product is coated with a water based barrier that is recyclable and repulpable.

Environmental Health June 3, 2014

USB 2.0 Micro B Extension Cables

USB 2.0 Micro B Extension Cables are handy male-to-female cables are used to extend phone charger cables and other USB 2.0 micro B enabled peripherals

Environmental Health June 3, 2014

Metal recovery and water recycling

The ENVIRO-CLEAN PROCESS recovers heavy metals such as chromium, copper, zinc, lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel, silver, and manganese from groundwater, process and waste streams.

Environmental Health May 20, 2014

How the EPA’s clean water regulations will impact manufacturers

For more than 10 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working to update the regulations for water intake at industrial and power facilities, including manufacturing plants, as part of the Clean Water Act. Manufacturers are now gearing up to comply with the new terms.

By Nathan Henderson and Bill Mcelroy
Environmental Health May 15, 2014

Achieving energy efficiency for small and mid-sized manufacturers

During Plant Engineering's May 15 webcast, Ethan Rogers, a senior program manager for industry at ACEEE, discussed practical ways small and mid-sized manufacturers can implement energy efficiency programs.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs
Environmental Health May 12, 2014

Reduce HVAC energy consumption with FHP and VFD operations

Air-cooled chillers can take up a lot of room while expending massive amounts of energy. Integrating FHP and VFD operations is one way to cap energy consumption.

By Robert W. Gray
Environmental Health April 29, 2014

Flexible cooling solutions for plants

Understand the basics of how to choose and use portable cooling equipment for a range of applications.

By Buddy Phillips, Atlas Sales & Rentals, Inc.
Environmental Health February 17, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Feb. 10-16, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 10-16, 2014, including articles about planned maintenance, Legionella, Schneider and Invensys, industrial internet, and millennials in the workforce.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, Jordan Schultz
Environmental Health January 6, 2014

Proper air balance in food-processing facilities: 4 benefits

Cut energy costs and control temperature and condensation with an optimal plan

By Luke Facemyer
Environmental Health December 5, 2013

Webcast: Driving Electrical Safety in Your Plant

Plant Engineering presented a Webcast on December 5th at 1 p.m. CT that discussed the importance of PPE to mitigate arc flash dangers and other electrical safety issues.

By Plant Engineering
Environmental Health November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Environmental Health

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

By Amanda McLeman
Environmental Health October 4, 2013

White Paper: Agilent: Handheld Oscilloscopes Help Solve Power, Signal and Current Measurement Challenges

This white paper explains how handheld oscilloscopes can make accurate floating measurements on power control circuits.

Environmental Health September 25, 2013

Manufacturers cut $1 billion in energy costs through Better Plants program

Department of Energy honors 120 manufacturers for achieving program goals to cut costs, emissions

Environmental Health September 16, 2013

Instant knowledge: A case for steam

A better understanding of the properties of steam may be achieved by understanding the general molecular and atomic structure of matter, and applying this knowledge to ice, water and steam.

By Spirax Sarco
Environmental Health September 12, 2013

ASHRAE 188P and the effects on steam process

With a new standard under review, the HVAC industry prepares to adjust the new processes of preventing Legionellosis within building water systems.

By Ray Prosise
Environmental Health July 25, 2013

Sanitation standard operating procedure in the meat and poultry food manufacturing plant

Maintaining a high level of cleanliness and controlling pathogenic bacteria growth are frequent challenges within the meat and poultry industry.

By Jahaira Lebron
Environmental Health July 3, 2013

Personal air conditioning vest

The Vortec Personal Air Conditioning (PAC) vest has been redesigned to include an integrated belt, allowing a quick connection to cool and warm air

Environmental Health July 1, 2013

Better Plants program aims at cutting manufacturing energy consumption

GM latest to join DOE effort to reduce energy intensity by 25%

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Environmental Health June 21, 2013

Keep cool! Portable air conditioners offer flexible solutions

Plant engineers can benefit from understanding the basics of how to choose and use portable cooling equipment for a range of applications.

By Buddy Phillips, Atlas Sales and Rentals, Inc.
Environmental Health March 19, 2013

Thomas Perez nominated as next Labor Secretary

Obama says nominee will promote growth; GOP is critical of choice.

Environmental Health March 18, 2013

Manufacturing Council adds new members

Rockwell Automation’s Mike Laszkiewicz named chairman of 26-member council

Environmental Health March 6, 2013

Study finds optimism among mid-sized manufacturers

Prime Advantage report shows hiring, capital expenditures will rise in 2013

Environmental Health February 18, 2013

Industry Voices: William Gaskin

Bill Gaskin is president of the 900-member Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America.

Environmental Health October 25, 2012

AME names four to 2012 Hall of Fame class

Honorees have diverse talents and skills, a common commitment to excellence.

Environmental Health August 7, 2012

Data mining from CMMS shows how well you’re doing

Computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) software package schedules maintenance checks, captures data from work orders, issues reports for various scenarios to decisions on capital budgets, new hires, outsourced repairs, and spare parts budgets, and other areas.

By Paul Lachance
Environmental Health June 19, 2012

Surge in demand for color ultrasound for China

Extensive reform to healthcare services and improved local supplier offerings is driving demand for color ultrasound equipment to new heights, according to a new report.

By Source: IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Environmental Health November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Ballistic separator

Finalist in Material Handling Systems in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Environmental Health October 6, 2011

Opportunity matrix for electronic government and healthcare ID

IMS Research has just published a new report looking at the current and future prospects for smart card technology being used in electronic government and healthcare ID applications. I thought an interesting way of looking at our results would be to produce an “opportunity matrix” detailing the top prospect countries for these markets in 2016.

By Alex Green, Senior Research Director, IMS Research
Environmental Health September 9, 2011

OSHA increases focus on workplace violence

OSHA's directive comes on the heels of recent investigations of workers being assaulted or killed while in the workplace in three different states.

Environmental Health January 31, 2011

Rubicon, it’s all about the product mix

While LED adoption continues to grow at a healthy rate in backlighting, LEDs per panel fell significantly in 2H’10, offsetting much of that growth, In addition, the lighting market is still dwarfed by backlighting. As a result, utilization was not as healthy as expected in Q4’10. Thus, less sapphire was required to meet demand. So, if there was a miss, it will likely be on volume.

By IMS Research
Environmental Health January 1, 2010

Manufacturers need software to help manage green projects

Almost half of manufacturers lacked the enterprise technology to manage their environmental footprint, and another 28% had only limited capabilities, according to a study commissioned by IFS North America. When it comes to the ability to measure environmental impacts, middle-market manufacturers did more poorly than did companies with more than $1 billion in revenue.

Environmental Health November 15, 2007

Natural gas leak repair kit

The Trident-Seal live natural gas repair kit seals active leaks up to 60 psi. It’s suitable for repairing joint leaks, manifold leaks, pinhole leaks, online repairs and live gas leaks. The system’s operating service temperature is -50 to 250 F; application temperature is 0 to 150 F. The kit works with pipes ranging from 1/2 to 21/2 inches in diameter and roll sizes of 2 by 5.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Environmental Health October 1, 2005

Johnson & Johnson earns Robert W. Campbell Award

The National Safety Council announced that Johnson & Johnson is the 2005 recipient of its Robert W. Campbell Award. Donna M. Cappizzi, Director Worldwide Health and Safety of Johnson & Johnson, accepted the award during the opening session of the National Safety Council's 93 rd Annual Congress & Expo in Orlando.

By Staff
Environmental Health June 15, 2002

Reader Forum – 2002-06-15

Absences should be covered under act In the "Human Side of Engineering" in the April 2002 issue, the scenario depicted in the story "Is absence due to chronic ailment justified?" leads to a shaky decision by Plant Engineer Bert Benson. The absences described could very well be covered under the Family/Medical Leave Act.

By Staff
Environmental Health January 1, 2000

Metal patch repairs leaks and surfaces

Fixmaster Superior Metal is intended for long-lasting repairs in harsh environments and is recommended for renewing or protecting surfaces subject to corrosion and abrasion.

By Staff

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