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Safety September 12, 2022

4 easy methods to improve an electrical safety program

Maintaining a valuable safety culture, training, annual audits and investing in safety measures help enhance an electrical safety program.

By Nick Schiltz
Safety September 3, 2022

Prioritizing electrical safety and cybersecurity for critical networks

Facility managers and control engineers need to learn more about the information technology (IT) side of things. Ensuring electrical safety and reliability is critical and should not be overlooked.

By Anthony Ciccozzi
Safety 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 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 July 20, 2022

Implementing a hierarchy of automation safety

A layered approach for addressing industrial automation safety provides optimal results.

By Joshua Draa
Safety July 10, 2022

Linking PSM, NFPA, and ISA/IEC 61511 for fired equipment

Many facilities rely on prescriptive applications to manage fired equipment, which may not always be sufficient.

By Chris Neff
Safety 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 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 March 23, 2022

Some straight talk on process safety

Will increased connectivity change the definition of a process?

By Adam Kern
Safety 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 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 January 11, 2022

PSM compliance training according to OSHA

To ensure the safest environment for employees, review current PSM training to verify that it meets OSHA requirements

By Ken Philo
Safety December 23, 2021

Designing your reliability journey

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

By Nick Schiltz
Safety December 21, 2021

Deflection elbows end blowouts in conveying sand to silo

Innovation delivers a safer, more efficient work environment

By Charles Williston
Safety December 20, 2021

How to increase worker safety in semiconductor fabs

Establish and follow proper management and safety procedures

By Lee Beattie
Safety December 1, 2021

Reduce downtime and risk with effective alarm management

A more intelligent design that can deliver the right alarms at the right time is critical in reducing downtime and risk for operators.

By Richard Slaugenhaupt
Safety November 5, 2021

Gap in workplace safety processes, strategies

Companies lack a well-defined roadmap to implement safety improvement measures, according to data from a Sphera report.

By Sphera
Safety 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 September 29, 2021

Increase worker safety in semiconductor fabs

Risk mitigation begins with the workforce

By Lee Beattie
Safety 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 August 12, 2021

Water treatment chemistries and equipment evolution, post-COVID

Integrated solutions and managed services address challenges facing global water industry.

By Plant Engineering
Safety August 6, 2021

How to achieve effective process safety

Automation systems and people can work together with a corporate safety culture in place that emphasizes zero-risk tolerance and proper understanding of engineering principles such as using proper alarm management strategies and systems, regulatory procedures and industry best practices

By Scott Hayes
Safety 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 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 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 June 1, 2021

Entry management portal reduces risks for workers

Entry management at industrial sites and facilities needs to be a proactive part for manufacturers for companies vulnerable to a COVID-19 outbreak or any other infectious disease.

By Nisha Lathif
Safety 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 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 April 14, 2021

Anatomy of an effective preconstruction strategy

Subcontractor prequalification one important parameter

By Aman Singh
Safety 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 February 8, 2021

A team approach to resolving process upsets

Maintain business and process reliability with 24/7 knowledge management

By Dr. Joel Shertok and Andreas Eschbach
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 June 26, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on wastewater treatment facilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on wastewater treatment facilities from many perspectives including maintenance, operations and safety.

By Patrick Radabaugh
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 May 14, 2020

Grant awarded to track COVID-19 in wastewater treatment plants

A North Carolina State University-led team of researchers has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to monitor wastewater from four U.S. cities for indicators of COVID-19.

By Tracey Peake
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 February 3, 2020

Understand the hierarchy of controls

Achieve viable hazard prevention through increased robustness

By Zach Ganster
Safety 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 January 15, 2020

Consumer trends’ impact on pet food processing

Growing consumer awareness and changes in standards have forced pet food manufacturers to rethink their processes, products and production facilities.

By Matthew Beier
Safety 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 January 4, 2020

Know when to not follow safety procedures

While safety is vital, there are times when following the standards isn't practical. Certain situational factors and abnormal occurrences require responses that are beyond the norm.

By Gregory Hale
Safety 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 December 9, 2019

Early fire detection saves cost

Effective improvement of preventive fire protection.

By Michael Daub and Torsten Welz
Safety 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 November 22, 2019

Improving customer trust in the smart manufacturing supply chain

Food manufacturers are implementing “traceback” initiatives with data exchanges in their supply chain to trace a food product from the retail shelf back to the source to improve customer trust. The lessons learned could help the supply chain in other industries.

By Dave Noller and Conrad Leiva
Safety 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 November 5, 2019

Intelligent alarms create actions from noise

Inside process: Alarm management software can decipher raw data, identify critical alarms, locate alarm sources, and provide role-based intelligence for faster resolution.

By Jennifer Grimley
Safety 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 October 10, 2019

Industrial fire systems: Defining the key players

A team is made up of skilled individuals.

By Edward Doherty
Safety 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 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 August 12, 2019

NFPA 652 compliance starts with a dust hazard analysis

Combustible dust safety standard requires understanding the codes.

By Vahid Ebadat, Ph.D.
Safety August 6, 2019

Safety and controllers

Safety and controllers are looked at from different angles in the August issue of AppliedAutomation.

By Jack Smith
Safety 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 July 12, 2019

10 alarm management tips for the busy control engineer

Alarm management has been a great success for the process industry. Initial challenges have largely been met, but new challenges have emerged. Alarm management is most effective as an operations tool, not a safety tool.

By Allan Kern
Safety July 1, 2019

More manufacturing, jobs and products equals more wastewater

Predicting wastewater impacts allows operators to make necessary adjustments to successfully treat wastewater during changing production conditions.

By Leigh-Ann Dudley
Safety June 10, 2019

Stop! In the name of safety

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

By Don Byrne
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 December 12, 2018

Shifting safety to a profit center

Cost avoidance, better networks make better financial sense.

By Steve Elliott
Safety 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 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
Safety 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
Safety 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
Safety 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
Safety 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 and Jean-Marc Hubsch
Safety 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 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 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
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 February 7, 2018

Narrowing the field for surge protection

SPD technology offers flexible solutions for process applications.

By Jack Coghlan, Phoenix Contact USA
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Vikram Kumar, 30

President, EZAutomation, AVG Automation, Bettendorf, Iowa

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety September 15, 2016

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

Application Engineer, Bachmann Electronic, Charlestown, Mass.

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Tyler Lalime, 27

Principal Software Engineer, Kepware Technologies, Portland, Maine

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Trent Moore, 38

The Dennis Group LLC, Duluth, Ga.

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Stephanie Doyle, 35

Project Engineer, Matrix Technologies Inc., Maumee, Ohio

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety 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 September 15, 2016

2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Seth Wallander, 32

Plant Engineer, Sargento Foods, Plymouth, Wis.

By Erin Dunne, CFE Media
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 August 22, 2016

How to design your food plant for worker safety

Four preventative design measures to ensure personnel safety.

By Stellar
Safety 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 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 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 August 16, 2016

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

Five key considerations to drive your decision.

By Stellar
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 August 12, 2016

Vintage factory converted to healthcare offices

Energy improvements key to success.

By Gas Technology
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 July 27, 2016

Vibration analysis: Six benefits

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

By David Manney
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 July 18, 2016

Power lock wiring devices

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

By Eaton
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 June 27, 2016

Five ways to improve machine maintenance with remote monitoring

Learn how mechanical and electrical contractors are turning to technologies such as mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) to automate machine maintenance and provide care throughout the lifecycle of the equipment.

By Joanna Rotter, MSI Data
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 February 29, 2016

Dry media or wet scrubber?

Selecting the right equipment for combustible dust control.

By John Dauber, John Davidson, Mike Walters
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 December 22, 2015

Six steps to design a preventive maintenance program

Part two of this 3-part series outlines six steps for creating an effective efficient and sustainable preventive maintenance program for your facility. Link to part 1 and part 3 below.

By Ken Staller, Daniel Penn Associates
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 November 23, 2015

OSHA safety checklist

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

By Smartware Group
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 October 2, 2015

The quest to find the ‘perfect’ bearing fit

Measuring is critical to the reliability of rotating equipment.

By Jim Bryan
Safety October 2, 2015

Workplace fatalities rise

Workplace fatalities rise, while rate remains flat.

By Bob Vavra
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 July 21, 2015

Trapped key interlocks

These trapped key interlocks ensure energy isolation in LOTO procedures.

Safety 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 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 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 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 June 23, 2015

Emergency stop control station pushbuttons

The emergency stop control stations have a lid safety trip.

By AutomationDirect
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 February 5, 2015

Five ways to avoid counterfeit electrical products

Eaton expands its participation in industry educational campaign.

By Eaton
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 August 7, 2014

Understanding the IP69K rating

Numbers clarify protection levels for liquids and solids

By Andrew Bernard, Cooper Wiring Devices
Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 November 7, 2013

OSHA to push for electronic injury reports

New rule would require data submissions to agency

Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 September 19, 2013

Auto ranging multimeter

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

Safety 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 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 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 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 August 15, 2013

Digital edition of National Electrical Code available

NFPA plans seminars around release of 2014 electrical safety standard

Safety August 14, 2013

Expanded NFPA Website offers code information

Updates on NEC and safety tips available at necconnect.org

Safety 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 May 12, 2011

Best practices for testing steam traps

When it comes to testing steam traps, deciding which method to use can be confusing. 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