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Every year, we commit a substantial amount of editorial space to coverage of the National Plant Engineering & Management Show and Conference. There are a number of reasons why we do this. But at the top of the list is our commitment to you, our readers.


Every year, we commit a substantial amount of editorial space to coverage of the National Plant Engineering & Management Show and Conference. There are a number of reasons why we do this. But at the top of the list is our commitment to you, our readers.

While we must admit to some business ties with the show producers ( Plant Engineering and National Manufacturing Week are both owned by Reed Elsevier Inc.), our show coverage is entirely an editorial decision that is discussed at length during our annual planning. And every year, we come to the same conclusion: Our readers deserve to be informed about the largest single event dedicated to industrial plant engineering and maintenance.

Next month, we will preview many of the products at the show to be held March 13-16 in Chicago. But there are several events that I would especially like to draw your attention to.

- "Maintenance Excellence for the Next Millennium," Tuesday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. This free session will introduce you to some of the concepts and techniques that have helped plants earn the North American Maintenance Excellence Award.

- "The North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Awards," Wednesday, 4:15-5:15 p.m., in the Global Manufacturing Solutions Theater in the South Hall. Members of the NAME Awards board of directors will explain the awards program and how you can benefit from entering.

- "The Supply Chain: A Chief Editors' Perspective," Monday, 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Global Manufacturing Solutions Theater in the South Hall. Chief editors from the Cahners Supply Chain Group of magazines give their insights on key trends impacting North American manufacturers.

- "Supply Chain Management in the New Economy," Monday, 9:00-9:45 a.m. Dow Bauknight, Global Manufacturing Partner, Andersen Consulting Supply Chain Management, will speak.

- "Preparing for your future in Facilities Engineering," Monday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Richard Greene, COO of the Association for Facilities Engineering, will discuss how to achieve recognition and enhance your career opportunities.

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.
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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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