Mold remediation

A 3-day symposium on mold remediation, sponsored by ACGIH, will be held November 3-5 in Orlando, FL. The objective is to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and for sharing organizational perspectives. The symposium will consist of lectures, panel discussions, and question and answer sessions. For more information call 513-742-6163 x101. ACGIH acgih.org Write 328 on PE card

Air balancing

Intensive 5-day course on testing, adjusting, and balancing will be held September 15-19 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. You will learn to balance air and water systems, adjust systems to provide design quantities, verify equipment and controls performance, measure sound and vibration, and estimate costs. Call 800-462-0876. University of Wisconsin, Madison epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/brochures/E666.html Write 329 on PE card

Fresh air recovery

FAX line of recovery ventilation air conditioners comes in two versions: the Passive Energy Ventilators (ERVs) and Compressor Assisted Heat Recovery Ventilators (CA-ERVs). The latter are available as straight AC or heat pumps and can save as much as 60% of the energy associated with building ventilation. Heat Pipe Technology, Inc. heatpipe.com Write 330 on PE card

Light hose

UFD.020 urethane hose is reinforced with a wire helix and provides twice the abrasion-resistance as a 2-ply neoprene hose with 1/2 the weight. The hose comes in sizes from 2 to 12-in. ID, clear or black, and can handle temperatures from -65 F to 200 F. The clear version is FDA acceptable. Cuffed ends are available. Hi-Tech Hose, Inc. hitechhose.com Write 331 on PE card

Vertical fan

An 8-ft, vertical, enclosed fan can now be used when high-volume/low-speed fans cannot be installed on the ceiling because of obstructions or when a moveable fan is desired to provide a comfortable environment. The vertical fan pivots to direct air. With energy savings, payback on the fans is 2 yr or less. Big Ass Fans bigassfans.com Write 332 on PE card

Oil mist filters

NOM filters are designed to capture and control oil mist. A unique filtration method incorporates advanced filter media providing high filtration efficiency with low overall cost of operation. The filter draws contaminated air into a lower chamber, where large drops are separated. A pre-filter separates most of the large particles. Nederman, Inc. nedermanusa.com Write 333 on PE card

Clean dusty air

Vibraclean series of compact dust collectors capture and filter the nuisance dust created by manufacturing operations and recirculate clean air. Typically installed outdoors, the unit uses an eccentric-driven, motorized shaker to rejuvenate the filters, instead of compressed air, which is difficult to use when temperatures are below freezing. Sternvent Co., Inc. sternvent.com Write 334 on PE card

Cool cabinets

The 1000 Btu/hr Cabinet Cooler is a low-cost way to eliminate electronic control downtime due to high temperatures, dirt, and moisture. Compressed air use is only 15 scfm, about 1/2 of other coolers. A thermostat control minimizes air usage and a filter keeps the air clean. Operation is quiet at 75 dBA. Exair Corp. exair.com Write 335 on PE card

Leak detection tools

A 24-p, full color catalog has a complete line of products for HVACR fluid fluorescent leak detection. The introduction explains how this leak detection method works and why it is the only method that can be used for leak diagnosis and preventive maintenance. Charts point out the preferred injection kit and dye cartridges for various lubricant systems. Spectronics Corp. spectroline.com Write 336 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.
November 2018
2018 Product of the Year finalists, mild steel welding: finding the right filler, and new technique joins aluminum to steel.
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.
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
Summer 2018
Microgrids and universities, Steam traps and energy efficiency, Finding help with energy projects
October 2018
Complex upgrades for system integrators; Process control safety and compliance
November 2018
Analytics quantify processes, Fieldbus networking and IIoT, Choosing the right accelerometer

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
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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
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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.
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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