Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 23 to March 1: Reliability centered maintenance, plant operations and designers, Internet of Things in manufacturing, more

Articles about reliability centered maintenance, plant operations and designers, the Internet of Things in manufacturing, machine vision and robotics, and facilities maintenance and planning were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, February 23 to March 1. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

03/02/2015


Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Feb. 23-Mar. 1, reliability centered maintenance, plant operations and designers, the Internet of Things in manufacturing, machine vision and robotics, and facilities maintenance and planning. Link to each article below.

1. Five ideas that can drive success with reliability centered maintenance and equipment maintenance plans

See these five suggestions to make sure that your reliability centered maintenance and equipment maintenance plans are successful. 

2. Plant operations now a part of the designer's goals

Marriage of CapEx and OpEx the best way to leverage design data, experts says. 

3. What does the Internet of Things mean to people who make things?

Think: The connected machine. Industrie 4.0 and IoT in manufacturing are about connecting machines (to each other, to expert systems, and to management execution systems) to get more actionable information using intelligent devices at lower levels of the system architecture. 

4. Future of machine vision for robotics

Engineers from Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. discussed technology advances needed for next-generation machine vision to help robotics and motion control. 

5. Nine reasons your facilities maintenance planning and scheduling effort isn't giving you the benefits you expect

Every organization should use either a CMMS or work order management system to manage preventative maintenance work requests. However, facilities maintenance planning and scheduling effort may not always be delivered as intended. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, February 23 to March 1, for articles published within the last two months.

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



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