Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 26 to June 1
Articles about correcting induction motor power, improving your proactive maintenance plan, energy monitoring trends, the EPA’s clean water regulations, and practical manufacturing strategies were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, May 26 to June 1. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
1. Correcting induction motor power factor
Low power factor can drain generation capacity, waste energy, and increase maintenance costs with excessive heating of equipment.
2. Three ways to improve your proactive maintenance plan
Plant managers should challenge old beliefs about maintenance and adopt new ones and should believe that with careful study and continual refinement, each and every failure can be addressed either through redesign or careful application of a proactive maintenance task.
3. 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%.
4. How the EPA's clean water regulations will impact manufacturers
For more than 10 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working to update the regulations for water intake at industrial and power facilities, including manufacturing plants, as part of the Clean Water Act. Manufacturers are now gearing up to comply with the new terms.
5. 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.
The list was developed using CFE Media's Web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, May 26 to June 1, for articles published within the last two months.
- Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media, email@example.com.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.