Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 18-24: Strengthening Lean leaders, improving machine maintenance, why factories still have maintenance departments, more

Articles about strengthening Lean leaders, improving machine maintenance, why factories still have maintenance departments, webcast questions answered, and Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate with IIoT were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, July 18-24. Were you out? You can catch up here.

07/25/2016


Plant Engineering top 5 most-read articles from July 18-24, covered strengthening Lead leaders, improving machine maintenance, why factories still have maintenance departments, webcast questions answered, and Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate with IIoT. Link to each article below. 

1. Four steps to strengthen Lean leaders who lack people skills 

Managers need feedback from employees to understand how they can improve. Learn four thorough performance steps that will allow leaders to turn the corner for the benefit of themsevles and their teams. 

2. Five ways to improve machine maintenance with remote monitoring 

Learn how mechanical and electrical contractors are turning to technologies such as mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) to automate machine maintenance and provide care throughout the lifecycle of the equipment. 

3. Why do factories still have 'maintenance' departments? 

The term "maintenance" implies maintaining things the way they've been, sometimes for decades. In the competitive marketplace, to only maintain inevitably leads to the company's demise. So why have a department dedicated to maintaining those machines and processes? 

4. Webcast: The Link Between Maintenance and Electrical Safety: Your questions answered

Some of the questions asked during the presentation from Shon Isenhour, principal at Eruditio, LCC, were unable to be answered during the Webcast, and Isenhour responds to those questions. 

5. Microsoft, GE ready to collaborate on IIoT

Two of the biggest names in the business—and two of the companies most interested in growing their profile in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)—will collaborate on an industrial cloud platform. 

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, July 18-24, for articles published within the last two months. 

Erin Dunne, production coordinator, CFE Media, edunne@cfemedia.com.



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