The Blog is Back! Five Fast Things for March 1, 2007


1. Back and better than ever %%MDASSML%% with your help! We’re in the process of creating a new Website, which will debut in about 45 days. March 1 seemed to be a good day to get back into the swing of Five Fast Things. We’re also looking for bloggers to appear on our new site starting April 15. If you have an interest in manufacturing (especially plant floor work) and have some knowledge you’d like to share in automation, systems management, maintenance or electrical efficiency, drop me a line at and explore the chance to join our blogging team.

2. Toyota building again: The sign into Tupelo, MS says, “ Birthplace of Elvis Presley .” It’s now also the home of Toyota’s latest manufacturing facility. Toyota announced this week they will build its new facility in the town of Blue Springs, MS, just outside of Tupelo. At the risk of sounding like nuthin’ but a hound dog, isn’t it surprising that while the major U.S. automakers are singing‘Don’t Be Cruel’, Toyota croons ‘Love Me Tender’ and Mississippi ponies up a huge incentive plan to get the business. It’s leaving what we think about American automaking all shook up, but it is creating jobs in the auto industry and in manufacturing, and that’s theimportant part. Toyota's Georgetown, KY facility is one of this year's Top Plant award winners, which brings us to...

3. Manufacturing Summit on the horizon: If your boss suggested you needed to find out about MES, wireless monitoring or energy efficiency, he’d sent you to three different trade show. There’d be travel and entry fees and dinner and a series of three-day trips. What Plant Engineering has done is put all three topics under one roof in the Manufacturing Summit. It’s a two-day session that includes dinner. You can arrive in Chicago the morning of April 2, get to our first session on MES at 1 p.m., hear the wireless presentation at 3 p.m., go to dinner at 6:30 p.m. and learn about the Top 50 news products in manufacturing for 2007, then get a good night’s sleep at the Hotel Sofitel, the host venue for the Summit. The next morning, have a breakfast meeting with our three Top Plant winners at 8:15 a.m., hear a presentation on energy efficiency at 10 a.m. and leave for the airport by noon to get back home that night. That’s a full, productive day of work, and for $395, it’s cost-effective as well. Go to to learn more about this exciting program.

4. Growth seen in magnetic flowmeter market: The latest report from the ARC Advisory Group finds that the magnetic flowmeter market is poised for growth despite challenges from Coriolis and ultrasonic meters. The growth rate is projected to continue at a 3.5% rate over the next five years. For the full report, go to .

5. A sure sign of spring: I post this only because it is one of the surest signs winter is headed out (the weather in the Midwest today notwithstanding.) I also post it despite the specific outcome.

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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