Rooftop safety

SPRI Safety Guide is a comprehensive manual that provides information on how to avoid common safety problems on rooftops and in construction areas. The waterproof, pocket- sized manual covers such items as clothing and equipment, ground check and roof check, climbing safety, environmental conditions, and more. Single copies are $10. SPRI spri.org Write 319 on PE card

Steel joist design

Technical Digest #6, Design of Steel Joist Roofs To Resist Uplift Loads, is a 26-p guide containing information on the effects of vertical wind forces (uplift) on open web steel roof joists and the method of design to resist them. The guide examines both K-Series and LH-Series joists. Price is $15. Steel Joist Institute steeljoist.org Write 320 on PE card

Rooms to go

Fully assembled building units are highly adaptable to inplant environments where work space reconfiguration is a common occurrence. Delivered as stand-alone units or in components for immediate erection, units can be moved by a forklift to a site, plugged into an electrical source, and be ready for use in minutes. Later, they can be disconnected, moved, and reinstalled just as easily. Porta-King Building Systems portaking.com Write 321 on PE card

Epoxy looks like carpet

Decorpoxy is a decorative epoxy floor resurfacer that provides the beauty of deep-pile carpeting with a nonskid, easy-to-clean, industrial-grade epoxy surface that is impervious to dirt and bacteria as well as resistant to heat, abrasion, shock, acid, and solvents. The 100% solids formula requires no special tools or skills for application. Material is available in 25 colors. Garon Products, Inc. garonproducts.com Write 322 on PE card

Removable rail

Barrier Rail guard rails now offer a lift-out rail feature to permit easy access to machinery or areas that need protection from traffic hazards. Installed along aisleways, around inplant offices, and within storage areas, the rails provide maximum protection while offering flexibility in access to areas that are normally off limits. Posts are 6-in. by 6-in. structural steel tube with W.A. Schmidt, Inc. waschmidt.com Write 323 on PE card

Energy-efficient roofing

Cool Zone white thermoplastic PVC single-ply roofing system is recognized by the Energy Star Roof Products Program for its ability to retain more than 86% reflectivity after 3 yr of weathering. This level of performance enables building owners to reduce energy costs as much as 40%. System can be installed over most substrates without tear-offs. Duro-Last duro-last.com Write 324 on PE card

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.
October 2018
Tools vs. sensors, functional safety, compressor rental, an operational network of maintenance and safety
September 2018
2018 Engineering Leaders under 40, Women in Engineering, Six ways to reduce waste in manufacturing, and Four robot implementation challenges.
GAMS preview, 2018 Mid-Year Report, EAM and Safety
October 2018
2018 Product of the Year; Subsurface data methodologies; Digital twins; Well lifecycle data
August 2018
SCADA standardization, capital expenditures, data-driven drilling and execution
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
October 2018
Complex upgrades for system integrators; Process control safety and compliance
September 2018
Effective process analytics; Four reasons why LTE networks are not IIoT ready

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
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The Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Blog
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Machine Safety
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Research Analyst Blog
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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.
Material Handling
This digital report explains how everything from conveyors and robots to automatic picking systems and digital orders have evolved to keep pace with the speed of change in the supply chain.
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.
IIoT: Machines, Equipment, & Asset Management
Articles in this digital report highlight technologies that enable Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies.
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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.
Design of Safe and Reliable Hydraulic Systems for Subsea Applications
This eGuide explains how the operation of hydraulic systems for subsea applications requires the user to consider additional aspects because of the unique conditions that apply to the setting
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