2008 First Quarter Plant Engineering Preview

12/05/2007


January

Cover story: 2007 Salary Survey
Who makes what in plant management, and where do you make the most? Those are just two of the key questions answered in the 2007 Salary Survey. This year’s sample is the largest in years, and it looks at how salaries shape up globally as well. This is the most-read feature online every year, and this year we’ll feature exclusive online data.
PLUS : The exclusive Manufacturing Pulse survey puts its finger on what plant managers think about the state of U.S. manufacturing.

Mechanical Engineering:

Indoor air quality %%MDASSML%% Ahead of the annual AHR Expo in New York, we take a look at the issue of indoor air quality %%MDASSML%% how it’s measured and why it matters in a modern manufacturing environment.

Automation Engineering:

Remote power monitoring %%MDASSML%% From switchgear to power quality to energy usage, the power of remote monitoring can be seen in keeping an eye on electrical power.

Maintenance & Management:

Trends in PPE %%MDASSML%% What are the latest problems in PPE and what new products are out there to address the problems?
PLUS : Our new monthly column on Sustainability debuts with five tips needed to master the future road toward energy management. Our monthly columns: Human Side, Management Side and Maintenance Connection.


Electrical Connection:
Brushless dc motor advantages and industrial/manufacturing applications.

February
Cover story: Sustainability
It isn’t just a trend or a movement. Sustainability is a real business strategy with real results that cut both to the civic and fiscal responsibility of every manufacturer. Also, it can be easier than it seems.
PLUS : How the 2007 Top Plant winners address the issue on a daily basis.

Mechanical Engineering :
Hydraulics %%MDASSML%%With their varying styles of pumps, valves, fittings and more, troubleshooting hydraulic machines can be problematic. This story offers a roadmap to the conundrums of diagnosing hydraulic issues.

Electrical Engineering:
Low-voltage switchgear %%MDASSML%% It’s the perfect orientation session for the opening of ARC FLASH UNIVERSITY %%MDASSML%% How low-voltage switchgear impacts plant floor safety and reliability, contributed by GE.

Automation Engineering:
Signal conditioning %%MDASSML%% From sensor to control system to data collection, unless the proper signal conditioning is in place, information won’t make it from there to here. This critical element of the control and information path can’t be ignored, as Moore Industry experts note in this article.

Maintenance & Management:
Managing employee efficiency %%MDASSML%% Figuring out how efficient your employees are is one challenge for a modern manufacturer. Turning that data into action on the part of your employees is another, and it can be the most challenging part of the problem.
PLUS : Applied Automation features stories on safety systems, PAC applications and how to work effectively with IT.

March
Cover story: Lean and the Enterprise
Lean is an important strategy on the plant floor. So how do you keep Lean moving throughout the entire enterprise? The answer is found in commitment to the concept and execution of the plan.
PLUS : A preview of the 2008 Manufacturing Summit looks at Lean from both the supplier side and from the plant floor managers.

Mechanical Engineering: Material handling %%MDASSML%% Ahead of the annual NA 2008 show in Cleveland, we take a look at material handling strategies, and how they are evolving.

Electrical Engineering:
Moisture in heaters %%MDASSML%% John Pape of Watlow shares his knowledge on measuring and combating moisture in heating systems.

Automation Engineering:
Beyond OEE %%MDASSML%% Is there a magic number for OEE? Is 100% OEE possible, or even desirable? Experts from Vorne Industries contend OEE is just one number to watch for in measuring your plant’s effectiveness.

Maintenance & Management:
Predictive Maintenance %%MDASSML%% If you use a predictive maintenance strategy, how do you make sure your predictions match your needs?
PLUS : A preview of the 2008 Manufacturing Summit, and five reasons why you need to attend this year’s event.





Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America.
Product of the Year
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
System Integrator of the Year
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
June 2018
2018 Lubrication Guide, Motor and maintenance management, Control system migration
May 2018
Electrical standards, robots and Lean manufacturing, and how an aluminum packaging plant is helping community growth.
April 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards

Annual Salary Survey

After two years of economic concerns, manufacturing leaders once again have homed in on the single biggest issue facing their operations:

It's the workers—or more specifically, the lack of workers.

The 2017 Plant Engineering Salary Survey looks at not just what plant managers make, but what they think. As they look across their plants today, plant managers say they don’t have the operational depth to take on the new technologies and new challenges of global manufacturing.

Read more: 2017 Salary Survey

The Maintenance and Reliability Coach's blog
Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
One Voice for Manufacturing
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Blog
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Machine Safety
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
Research Analyst Blog
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Marshall on Maintenance
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
Lachance on CMMS
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
Electrical Safety Update
This digital report explains how plant engineers need to take greater care when it comes to electrical safety incidents on the plant floor.
Maintenance & Safety
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
IIoT: Machines, Equipment, & Asset Management
Articles in this digital report highlight technologies that enable Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies.
Randy Steele
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Matthew J. Woo, PE, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Randy Oliver
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
Data Centers: Impacts of Climate and Cooling Technology
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
Safety First: Arc Flash 101
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
Critical Power: Hospital Electrical Systems
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
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