Plant engineering and beyond

Last month's Web Update ("Your resource for a better you") called attention to resources available on or through Plant Engineering Online (www.plantengineering.


Last month's Web Update ("Your resource for a better you") called attention to resources available on or through Plant Engineering Online ( that have been developed to meet the skills development, training, and education needs of our readers. Consider it our way to assist those in the plant engineering market wishing to reach new heights, or to go vertical, if you will. And while we will continue to add to the online arsenal for such reader needs, it's also important to take note of the resources available to those readers who, out of either necessity or personal desire, need to expand their knowledge and abilities beyond plant engineering functions. In some cases, as past surveys have shown, this need is sometimes due to the expanding role of the plant engineer. So for those in need of or interested in going horizontal, this article highlights some resources from our manufacturing partner web sites, many of which can be accessed directly from the related PE channel on Plant Engineering Online.

If control and automation are areas where you could use some help, then check out Control Engineering Online's control and automation tutorials (see the "Instruments and controls" channel) for an aggregate view of their Back to Basics columns and other tutorials. Also available from Control Engineering Online is a recently published glossary of networking terms.

Can't find a term in the Control Engineering glossary? Try the information technology glossary from Manufacturing Systems , with terms dedicated to client/server computing, production management, and process automation. Both of these glossaries can be accessed from the "Computers and software" channel.

One more glossary to note: The equipment glossary at the Modern Materials Handling web site, accessible from the "Material handling" channel, provides illustrations and descriptions of different types of material handling equipment.

Getting your hands more and more dirty with maintenance equipment and technologies? Be sure to reference these resources: The toolbox from Assembly Online ("Tools and welding" channel), which features an adhesive selector guide, torque calculators, and conversion programs; and the Coating Alternative Guide from the Industrial Paint & Powder web site ("Paints and protective coatings" channel).

If the supply chain is your next calling, then two of our partner web sites are sure to help. The Industrial Distribution web site ( helps you keep on top of the distribution industry with its annual survey and top 100 distributors list, both accessible via the "ID Marketplace" link. And at Purchasing Online (, you can fill your information void by purchasing a book from their bookstore, or use their transaction price service to purchase a commodity price history on chemicals, metals, and more.

Note: These and more manufacturing-related web sites can be accessed from the Manufacturing Marketplace (

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.
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
June 2018
2018 Lubrication Guide, Motor and maintenance management, Control system migration
August 2018
SCADA standardization, capital expenditures, data-driven drilling and execution
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
August 2018
Choosing an automation controller, Lean manufacturing
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

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Material Handling
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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.
Randy Steele
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Matthew J. Woo, PE, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C
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Randy Oliver
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Safety First: Arc Flash 101
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Critical Power: Hospital Electrical Systems
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