Returns on investment

Everywhere the complaint is the same: "I don't have time." Time to think, time to learn, time to relax, time to enjoy, time to read. We may not be able help you much with the rest of them, but we can help with the last — time to read. And with this issue, we're doing just that. Our redesign may not make national news like the Wall Street Journal, but it's every bit as important to you, ou...


Everywhere the complaint is the same: "I don't have time." Time to think, time to learn, time to relax, time to enjoy, time to read.

We may not be able help you much with the rest of them, but we can help with the last — time to read. And with this issue, we're doing just that.

Our redesign may not make national news like the Wall Street Journal , but it's every bit as important to you, our readers. It's designed to save you time, to give you maximum return on your reading investment.

We've gone through every aspect of the magazine to retain the best of the old, introduce improvements where we can, and employ techniques intended to make your reading easier and faster .

Here are some of the changes you'll notice:

  • The cover serves as a brief table of contents. All feature articles are listed on the left for easy reference when the magazine is stored in a stack or upright on a shelf. Page numbers are provided to get you quickly to the features of highest interest to you.

  • The table of contents inside is on a right-hand page, making it easy to find and read. Feature articles are on the right for fast reference.

  • Monthly columns are in the front of the magazine — our "managerial" section, if you will. Technical feature articles are in the middle, and news about products, literature, events, and other goings-on are toward the back.

  • Our new "Update" section is arranged by topic, so all the latest update information on a specific topic appears together. Want to get updated on electrical information? It's all in the "Electrical" section of "Update."

  • "Solutions," one of our most popular pages, is now easily found on the last editorial page of the magazine.

  • Our new look is designed with your reading priorities in mind. The simple, clean appearance aids readability. Numerous subheads, sidebars, and other devices help you get directly to information of most interest in the shortest time.

    • We at PLANT ENGINEERING are honored whenever you choose to invest your time by reading our magazine. That's why you won't find fluff and puff in our pages. That's why every article is carefully edited to meet your information needs. And that's why we never cease in our efforts to provide you the maximum return for your reading investment.

      We'd like to know whether or not our new design provides a better return on your reading investment.

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.
May 2018
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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