The brave new Web world requires some exploring

The exploits of the world’s explorers were awe-inspiring when I was in school. From Columbus and Cook to Armstrong and Aldrin, the courage and confidence to take that one small step – or one giant ocean voyage – was something I always admired. It took months to cross the Atlantic and years to circle the globe in the tall ships.


The exploits of the world’s explorers were awe-inspiring when I was in school. From Columbus and Cook to Armstrong and Aldrin, the courage and confidence to take that one small step %%MDASSML%% or one giant ocean voyage %%MDASSML%% was something I always admired. It took months to cross the Atlantic and years to circle the globe in the tall ships. It took two weeks to rocket the 238,000 miles to the moon and back, or about 20 trips around the equator.

Today the barriers of time and space have shrunk. Cyberspace changes the way we connect to all corners of the globe. Every bit of knowledge we’ve accumulated seems to be available at our fingertips, thanks to the Internet.

Not everyone needs EVERY bit of knowledge, of course, and so we move into this brave new world the way explorers moved through a jungle %%MDASSML%% hacking their way through the stuff that gets in our way, creating a new path to get us where we want to be.

Part of the challenge for us these days is finding out what you want and need, in what form and at what time. Some of what we have included in our relaunched Website, , is information you can act on immediately. Some will take more time to digest. Much of it will be unique, dynamic content that takes advantage of the unique, dynamic Web qualities: video and audio, immediacy and interactivity.

We have bloggers who will offer you their ideas on manufacturing %%MDASSML%% and a forum for yours. We are accumulating a wide array of content to share with you. Some of it may actually be fun, but most of it is designed to build on Plant Engineering’s 60-year history of helping plant managers.

Our primary mission is to help you navigate that brave new world of manufacturing. It’s fraught with challenges %%MDASSML%% and even dangers. Our coverage of arc flash %%MDASSML%% and safety in general %%MDASSML%% expanded because there was a need from our readers to get more information on those topics. You’ll start to see new information on safety coming to you in new ways.

The explosion of new technology in manufacturing helps make things better and faster and smarter. The content we’ve always provided in print was designed to do all of those things as well. Now, we’re putting the emphasis on 'faster.’

For our role, we will get you the knowledge you need as fast as we can, and make the knowledge we’ve already accumulated available to you as fast as you ask for it. Zibb, our new search engine, will get you that information without all the Internet clutter, because the focus of Zibb is on business. That lets you make smarter, better decisions faster, and that keeps you ahead of the challenges of time and space.

Welcome to the new We hope you enjoy your exploration. If I can help you find your way, or you’re looking for something new to explore, let me know as fast as possible.

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.
November 2018
2018 Product of the Year finalists, mild steel welding: finding the right filler, and new technique joins aluminum to steel.
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.
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
Summer 2018
Microgrids and universities, Steam traps and energy efficiency, Finding help with energy projects
October 2018
Complex upgrades for system integrators; Process control safety and compliance
November 2018
Analytics quantify processes, Fieldbus networking and IIoT, Choosing the right accelerometer

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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One Voice for Manufacturing
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The Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Blog
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Machine Safety
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Research Analyst Blog
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Marshall on Maintenance
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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
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Matthew J. Woo, PE, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C
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Randy Oliver
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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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