Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 23-29

Articles about arc flash solutions, the myths about bearings, key elements in selecting lubrication, practical manufacturing safety strategies, and energy monitoring trends were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 23-29. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

06/30/2014


1. SPECIAL REPORT: New solutions put us on the way to preventing arc flash incidents

Recent changes to the National Electric Code are getting us closer to the ultimate goal of preventing damage from arc flash. 

2. Debunking the myths around bearings

From installation to lubrication, 11 ways to protect your assets. 

3. Identify three key elements in selecting lubrication

Cost, maintenance, and downtime all must factor into decision. 

4. Manufacturing safety: 12 practical strategies

Planning for safety is crucial to protecting your workers and facilities from accidents and mishaps. Taking steps now to ensure your workers are safe from injury protects yourself from liability. Below are 12 tactics for improving safety in manufacturing facilities. 

5. Plant Engineering 2014 Energy Management Study: Five energy monitoring trends

According to the data in this report, 33% of manufacturing facilities have energy reduction goals of at least 10% for the upcoming year, and another 40% are aiming to cut energy consumption by 5% to 10%. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, June 23-29, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.



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