Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 26-November 1: Plant safety standards, Robotic vehicles, Motors and drives, more.

Articles about plant safety standards, robotic vehicles, motors and drives, predictive maintenance, and data-driven manufacturing challenges were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, October 26-November 1. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

11/02/2015


Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Oct. 26-Nov. 1, covered  plant safety standards, robotic vehicles, motors and drives, predictive maintenance, and data-driven manufacturing challenges. Link to each article below. 

1. Who sets your plant's safety standards?

The standard for safety begins at the front door of your plant. You and your employees set the standard for safety. 

2. Robotic vehicles are not the highest form of auto technology, MIT professor says

David Mindell, and MIT professor, argues against the idea of fully automated cars and vehicles and says that while technology advances ae good, it is a fallacy to believe that artificial intelligence advances for driverless vehicles will make the roads safer.

3. Motors and Drives System Webcast: Your questions answered 

Webcast presenter William R. Finley, Sr. answered additional questions about topics such as VFDs for cooling tower fans and whether a VFD can be used in fixed speed and variable load systems. 

4. Predictive maintenance: Analyze data properly

Smart maintenance keeps that 'new machine feeling' intact.

5. Data-driven manufacturing challenges

Data-driven manufacturing challenges and the emergence of mass customization.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, October 26-November 1, for articles published within the last two months.

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



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