Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 3-9: Product of the Year, LED mistakes, HVLS basics, more

Articles about the 2016 Product of the Year winners, mistakes to avoid when upgrading LEDs, HVLS basics, ac induction motors, and permanent magnet motors were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 3-9. Were you out? You can catch up here.

04/10/2017


Plant Engineering's top 5 most read articles from Apr. 3-9, covered the 2016 Product of the Year winners, mistakes to avoid when upgrading LEDs, HVLS basics, ac induction motors, and permanent magnet motors. Link to each article below.

1. 2016 Product of the Year Awards

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

2. 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.

3. HVLS basics: Balancing the air temperature

Destratification creates more comfort and lower costs for plants throughout the entire year.

4. Understanding ac induction motor basics

Knowing how magnetism and electromagnetic induction work are crucial to understanding how an ac induction motor works and functions.

5. Understanding permanent magnet motors

A permanent magnet (PM) motor is an ac motor that uses magnets imbedded into or attached to the surface of the motor’s rotor. This article provides an elementary understanding behind the terminology, concepts, theory, and physics behind PM motors.

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, April 3-9, for articles published within the last two months.

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



The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
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.
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Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
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VFDs improving motion control applications; Powering automation and IIoT wirelessly; Connecting the dots
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

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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