Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 10-16: Build a maintenance schedule, vending program management, Product of the Year, more

Articles about building a maintenance schedule, managing materials with vending programs, the 2016 Product of the Year winners, mobility's competitive advantage in plants, and mistakes to avoid when upgrading LEDs were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 10-16. Were you out? You can catch up here.

04/17/2017


Plant Engineering's top 5 most read articles from Apr. 10-16, covered building a maintenance schedule, managing materials with vending programs, the 2016 Product of the Year winners, mobility's competitive advantage in plants, and mistakes to avoid when upgrading LEDs. Link to each article below.

1. Build a maintenance schedule in six steps

Manufacturers should build a weekly maintenance schedule that addresses potential conflicts and address overdue preventive maintenance (PM) tasks.

2. Manage materials with vending programs

Vending programs can manage materials and provide workers with better access.

3. 2016 Product of the Year Awards

The 2016 Product of the Year Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners are honored.

4. Mobility becomes a competitive advantage in plants

Mobile devices enable technicians to complete tasks and record notes directly at the machines they are maintaining and repairing.

5. Seven mistakes to avoid when upgrading your plant to LEDs

Mistakes to avoid when highlighting your plant to LED include choosing the wrong watt level, not using available technology, and making a purchasing without doing your homework.

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, April 10-16, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.



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.
February 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.
Jan/Feb 2018
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
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
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards
December 2017
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

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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