Situation "normal"

If you're reading this column, it's likely that nothing catastrophic occurred to you or your plant at 12:01 a.m. on January 1 of this new year.


If you're reading this column, it's likely that nothing catastrophic occurred to you or your plant at 12:01 a.m. on January 1 of this new year. With the "Big Day" out of the way, so too is the hype and, hopefully, any computer-related glitches you may have overlooked in your Year 2000 preparedness.

So now that things have returned to situation "normal," take a few minutes to check out the web sites listed below; these and more web resources can be found in the channels on Plant Engineering Online (

These sites may "shock" you, the self-proclaimed "Gateway to the Electrical Industry," is a directory/search engine for the electrical construction industry that uses electrical professionals to help ensure their search results are always relevant to the needs of the electrical industry. Along with supplier listings for various electrical product categories, the site also provides listings of engineers, consultants, associations, publications, and more.

Keeping with sites dedicated to the electrical construction industry, the Electricians Toolbox ( is designed to share information that is useful to both electricians and electrical contractors. This site offers information in the form of definitions, formulas, theory, and downloads, as well as interactive features such as calculators, Q&A forums, and monthly code quizzes.

Speaking of code, if you're looking for the latest information about the National Electrical Code or you need some training to keep your license current, Mike Holt's National Electrical Code Internet Connection ( is a site worth adding to your list of favorites. Find out about Mike's latest seminars, order one of his books or videos, subscribe to his NEC Newsletter, and more.

Maintenance and corrosion sites

Looking for a maintenance resource? Well, after getting your fill at Plant Engineering Online , jump over to the Plant Maintenance Resource Center ( With surveys, news, software and job information, and more, this web site is sure to have something for the maintenance-minded plant engineer.

At, you can access a wide variety of information resources related to protective paints, coatings, linings, and corrosion. Read the Corrosioneering newsletter, participate in their popular protective coatings forum, use one of several calculators in the protective coatings and linings toolbox, or search a database of related links, products, manufacturers, or trade associations.

Reading room

In addition to finding related web sites in the Plant Engineering Online channels, now you can find links to related books -- available for purchase from our partner site, -- in the Reading Room of each channel.

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
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 Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Blog
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Machine Safety
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
Research Analyst Blog
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
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.
Randy Steele
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Matthew J. Woo, PE, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Randy Oliver
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
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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