Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 15-21: Workplace safety trends, Top Plant 2014 winners, PID loop tuning, more

Articles about workplace safety trends, Top Plant 2014 winners, PID loop tuning advice, workplace safety trends, and manufacturing growth were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, December 15-21. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

12/22/2014


Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Dec. 15-21, covered workplace safety trends, Top Plant 2014 winners, PID loop tuning advice, workplace safety trends, and manufacturing growth. Link to each article below.

1. Plant Engineering 2014 Safety Study: 9 workplace safety trends

According to the data in this report, the importance of safety on the manufacturing floor is more recognized now than in previous years by plant workers, resulting in fewer incidents and lower workers' compensation and insurance costs. 

2. Top Plant: Mother Parkers: Recipe for growth

Mother Parkers is managing growth and brewing success and has maintained quality and safety while rapidly adding personnel, products, processes, procedures, and equipment. 

3. Learning PID loop tuning from an expert

Hands-on experience helps accelerate the PID learning curve. 

4. 2014 Top Plant winners announced

Victaulic and Mother Parkers are honored with Plant Engineering's top manufacturing honor. 

5. Top Plant: Victaulic Forks facility: Connecting the pipes

When it comes to safety and manufacturing excellence, Victaulic is doing much more than connecting the dots.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, December 15-21, for articles published within the last two months.

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



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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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