"A few of my favorite things..."

The holiday season is upon us, filled-for most of us-with too many tasks and too little time. But this is also the season of toys and laughter, of good will and good cheer.


The holiday season is upon us, filled-for most of us-with too many tasks and too little time. But this is also the season of toys and laughter, of good will and good cheer. So in the spirit of festive trees and glowing candles, we'd like to share with you this month a few of our "favorite things."

On the home front

Are you looking for the perfect solution to that nagging little problem in the maintenance department? The Plant Engineering Tips & Tricks department is updated regularly and filled with solutions and ideas from finding faults to loosening bolts. The database is searchable by key word.

What about the perfect product for that special maintenance mechanic in your life? Our Product Supplier Guide for 2000/2001 may hold just what you need. The latest information on plant engineering products, services, and companies is available online and the newly restructured system is easier than ever to use.

And wrap up the best in products for 2000 by reviewing our "Product of the Year" contest finalists. The 150 top items for this year are presented by subject in 15 categories. You can also review the best of the entries from previous years.

All these packages of information are at your fingertips by visiting www.plantengineering.com. Enter the Tips & Tricks database from our Home page (www.plantengineering.com). Locate products by clicking on the Products button on the Home page.

Holiday wish list

  • exchange.engineering-e.com. Does your wish list include finding some help with major plant projects? Engineering Exchange simplifies the outsourcing of engineering projects by matching companies with engineering problems with expert consultants who can solve them.


      • www.construction.com. Do those projects require construction resources? This construction marketplace provides connections to a variety of resources including F.W. Dodge and Sweet's.


          • www.unicade.com; www.engsoftwarecenter. com. If you're shopping for software, these two resources have a large selection. The first features a fluid flow package that includes rotating equipment calculations. The second groups software by category and includes a searchable database.

            • Last-minute shopping

              Still looking for that perfect gift? Here are a few web sites and links to help you locate that unique or unusual item.

              • www.MediaLinksNow.com. Hundreds of links to sites in just about every area imaginable.


                  • www.ftd.com; www.1-800-flowers.com. An easy out and always welcome.


                      • www.godiva.com; www.greatfood.com; www. omahasteaks.com. Tasty choices.


                          • shopping.yahoo.com. Thousands of stores. Millions of products. All with one wallet.

Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
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.
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
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
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
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
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

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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Research Analyst Blog
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Marshall on Maintenance
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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.
Maintenance & Safety
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Industrial Analytics
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
IIoT: Operations & IT
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Randy Steele
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Matthew J. Woo, PE, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Randy Oliver
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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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