Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: October 24-30: process improvements, arc flash relays, CMMS adoption, more

Articles about permanent process improvements, arc flash relays reducing costs, CMMS adoption enhancing maintenance, mobile manufacturing maintenance, and OSHA's annual safety violation report were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 24-30. Were you out? You can catch up here.

10/31/2016


Plant Engineering top 5 most read articles from Oct. 24-30, covered permanent process improvements, arc flash relays reducing costs, CMMS adoption enhancing maintenance, mobile manufacturing maintenance, and OSHA's annual safety violation report. Link to each article below. 

1. Dos and don'ts for making permanent process improvements

Making process improvements that stick within maintenance organizations is a long-term commitment that requires a cultural change with a specific plan and a strong mandate from management that encourages workers to keep making positive changes on all levels.

2. How an arc flash relay reduces costs

Wire manufacturer finds a way to eliminate hazard and control labor spending.

3. CMMS adoption enhances maintenance strategies 

CMMS enhances maintenance strategies of all types and not enough companies have come to realize the benefits that they offer.

4. Mobile manufacturing maintenance on the rise

Mobile apps are becoming a part of the manufacturing experience by providing users with a natural extension of the browser-based CMMS that workers on the plant floor use on a day-by-day basis.

5. OSHA reports slight increase in safety violations for 2016

Fall protection once again leads the way as violations increase by almost 2% for 2016. Three categories in the top 10 reported considerable improvements compared to their 2015 numbers.

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, October 24-30, for articles published within the last two months. 

Brana Webb, production coordinator, CFE Media, bwebb@cfemedia.com.



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