News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of May 8th


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Manufacturing approach to reliability excellence

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Finding labor savings — high- to no-cost solutions

Before higher investment options are implemented, lower investment alternatives should be considered. Many options require little or no investments but can lead to substantial labor savings.

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Survey indicates optimism about manufacturing growth

Chromalox, Inc. surveyed manufacturing engineers and engineering management, with one-third of the 85 respondents working outside of the U.S. Of the respondents, 76% expect plant production volumes to continue to increase this year.

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Case study on environmental issues

The importance of a strong environmental program in manufacturing — and the importance of management ownership of such a plan — is covered in a new case study available at .

Click on the 'Research' link of the Engineers Resource Guide and look for the Hazardous Waste case study.

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NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls Index increases 6.1% during first quarter

NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 6.1% between the fourth quarter of 2005 and the first quarter of 2006, making it the tenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in the index and its highest reading since the first quarter of 2001.

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Siemens grows with new 30,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. announced at a groundbreaking ceremony that it is investing $7.2 million to expand its New Kensington, PA manufacturing facility.

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Latest poll at

The latest reader poll at asks:

What area of your plant operation will receive the least amount of attention this summer: capital improvements, employee training, automation upgrades, energy management or equipment maintenance? Log on and cast your vote.

NAM remembers Alexander B. “Sandy” Trowbridge, former president and former head of U.S. Department of Commerce

Trowbridge served as NAM President from 1979-89. He died April 27 at his home in Washington, D.C.

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MRO spending: plan for the unplanned

Unplanned maintenance needs can wreak havoc, both on the plant engineer and the bottom line. Plant Engineering senior editor Kevin Campbell talked with W.W. Grainger’s Ken House about solutions for these unplanned events.

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Registration Open for BE Conference 2006

Bentley Systems, Inc. announces that registration is now open for BE Conference 2006, to be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina, May 21-25. The BE Conference is an annual gathering of Bentley software users and their managers who want to sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge.

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Astronaut among keynotes at ABB’s Automation World

ABB’s 2006 Automation World event, which will be held May 8 through 11 at The Hilton Americas in Houston, offers solution-focused seminars, work groups and keynotes.

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ARC conference to focus on enterprise performance

Top industry visionaries will share their experiences and best practices for driving manufacturer enterprise performance at ARC Advisory Group's Fourteenth Annual Forum, “ Driving Enterprise Performance through Next Generation Manufacturing Concepts ,” to be held June 26 to 28 at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston.

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Matrikon MVP group meeting in Alberta

Matrikon's Most Valued Partners North American user group event will be May 8-10 at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

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Nanotechnology and Manufacturing event is August 23-24

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers has moved the Emerging Technology Forum, “The Next Industrial Revolution: Nanotechnology and Manufacturing” to August 23-24 at the PollardTechnologyConferenceCenter in Oak Ridge, TN.

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The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
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.
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
2017 Top Plant winner, Best practices, Plant Engineering at 70, Top 10 stories of 2017
Pipe fabrication and IIoT; 2017 Product of the Year finalists
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Setting internal automation standards
Knowing how and when to use parallel generators
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

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

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
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 Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
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