Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 22-28: Predictive or preventive maintenance, soft starters, construction safety, more

Articles about predictive vs. preventive maintenance, soft starters, construction safety, prescriptive maintenance, and common welding errors were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 22-28. Were you out? You can catch up here.


Plant Engineering's top 5 most read articles from May 22-28, covered predictive vs. preventive maintenance, soft starters, construction safety, prescriptive maintenance, and common welding errors. Link to each article below.

1. Predictive vs. preventive: The debate—and the future

Though they have similarities, preventive maintenance (PM) and predictive maintenance (PdM) significantly differ in their execution.

2. Soft starter 101: How do they work?

Soft starters are designed to increase the voltage in steps and keep the motor from receiving the full voltage right away, which saves the motor from damage over time.

3. Designing for construction safety best practices

Designing for construction safety (DFCS), also known as prevention through design (PtD), is a concept that encourages design engineers to consider the safety of construction and maintenance workers during the design phase of a project.

4. The path to prescriptive maintenance

Three steps to drive reliability while preparing for IIoT.

5. Bring the heat to avoid six common welding errors

Avoiding six common welding mistakes such as improper gas pressure, poor material fit-up, and overlooking preventive maintenance can reduce costs, improve productivity.

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, May 22-28, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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