Useful Web Sites for Plant Engineers

The Web has thousands and thousands of interesting and useful sites. Here's a starter list researched and selected by the editors of Plant Engineering magazine. No claims are made or implied as to the completeness of this list.


The Web has thousands and thousands of interesting and useful sites. Here's a starter list researched and selected by the editors of Plant Engineering magazine. No claims are made or implied as to the completeness of this list. All sites were active as of October 23, 2000.


Be sure to put at the top of your list.


Useful Web Sites for Plant Engineers


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Cahners Business Information

Home site of Plant Engineering magazine, the problem-solving resource for plant engineers

Associations & Organizations

Association for Facilities Engineering

Member services, bookstore, certification, calendar, career help, journal, chapter news, and more

American National Standards Institute

Member services, library, databases, links, and more

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Member services, publications, codes & standards, calendar, career help, education, forums, links, and more

American Society for Quality

Member services, standards & certification, education calendar, networking, and more

American Society for Testing & Materials

Member services, ASTM Store, training courses, quality assurance programs, news, lab directory, consultants directory, and more

Construction Specifications Institute

Membership services, certification, education, publications, and more

American Indoor Air Quality Council

Member services, training, certification, and more

Institute of Industrial Engineers

Member services, books & proceedings, networking, career help, events list, news, and more

International Maintenance Institute

Member services, publications, on-line discussions, and training

International Organization for Standardization

Wide range of information dealing with the organization and international standards

Society for Maintenance &

Member services, calendar,

Reliability Professionals

library, links, discussion groups, jobs, certification, and more

Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Descriptions of testing and registration services, and other services


Variety of online auctions; plus links to other auction sites. Not a lot of industrial products

Dovebid Auctions Worldwide

Webcast and online business-to-business capital asset auctions and valuation services or

W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Comprehensive business-to-business

auction offering excess, obsolete, and discontinued inventory from W.W. Grainger and partners

Reverse-auction service enables buyers to define a product, commodity, or service they want, specify terms & conditions, and receive bids from sellers

Point 2 Heavy Equipment Exchange

Large-scale heavy equipment auction system

Full-service asset management solutions from procurement of used assets through efficient disposition


Accu-Tech Corp.

Supplier of cabling solutions from various manufacturers for the voice, data, sound, security, and broadband markets

Applied Industrial Technologies

Distributor of industrial products

and components

Hughes Supply, Inc.

Distributor specializing in hard-to-find electrical/voice/data products

W. W. Grainger, Inc.

Distributor of maintenance, repair, and operations supplies, services, and related information


Broad-line distributor for maintenance, repair, and operating needs

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.

Distributor specializing in supplies, tools, and equipment for manufacturing and metalworking

E-commerce Exchanges & Marketplaces

E-commerce exchange linking buyers and sellers of products used in manufacturing processes

Automated Power Exchange, Inc.

E-commerce exchange for buying and trading electricity on the wholesale market

B2BXchange, Inc.

Auction and other exchange services, Inc.

Used heavy equipment marketplace with online auctions


Project bidding and materials procurement for the construction industry

Used Equipment Network

Metalworking, chemical/process, electrical, material handling, and other machinery currently available from used equipment dealers

Capacityweb, Inc.

Allows OEM and contract manufacturers worldwide to buy and sell engineered parts, capabilities, and manufacturing capacity, Inc.

Portal for the heavy construction industry that provides an interactive marketplace for the sale of all types of new and used construction equipment and machinery

EduPoint, Inc.

Marketplace for continuing education, providing centralized access to over 1.5 million learning opportunities through more than 4000 learning providers

Exelergy Corp.

Online exchange for retail energy buyers and sellers

Ecommerce Industrials Inc.

Global marketplace dedicated to bearings and related products, services, and solutions

e-Steel Corp.

Internet exchange dedicated to steel market, including mills, service centers, converters, fabricators, OEMs, and international trading companies

HVAC site for sales of parts, equipment, goods, and services

Electron Economy

Links all members of the supply chain through open and standard XML interfaces

Select Energy

Catalog of energy-related products and services


Virtual marketplace for engineering expertise, goods, and services

Pinnacle Information Corp.

Electrical material pricing and product information source Inc.

Online catalog for supplies and a variety of other services for small businesses

ESprocket Corp.

Full services for finding, buying, and selling used capital equipment

Facilitator for electronics manufacturers to buy, sell, and trade inventories

W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Complete catalog of maintenance, repair, and operations supplies


Marketplace for hydraulic and pneumatic products; training available through annual subscription

eForay Corp.

Buying and selling of HVAC equipment online through listings and auctions

Industrial Exchange Network, Inc.

Portal site for a wide variety of vertical online marketplaces

Datastream Systems, Inc.

Online procurement of industrial goods and services from leading suppliers, Inc.

Used heavy construction equipment marketplace

Exchange for buying and selling surplus business-to-business goods

Exchange for connecting buyers with contract manufacturing sources

E-commerce in industrial metals for original equipment manufacturers, service centers, primary mills, and others, Inc.

Marketplace and auction for buyers and sellers of material handling equipment, parts, and more, Inc.

Marketplace for maintenance, repair, and operations buyers and suppliers

MyPlant, Inc.

Resources, services, and knowledge-based solutions to improve operational performance and solve plant problems


Marketplace for test and measurement equipment, product comparisons, specifications, and more

Marketplace to buy and sell surplus industrial equipment and consumer products

Network Commerce, Inc.

Business-to-business barter services for retail, professional, media, and other corporate clients utilizing a noncash electronic currency

M.L. Metzler

Links to more than 3000 electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities, utility associations, organizations, news, magazines, utility financial resources, and related state & federal regulatory and information sites

Vert Tech LLC

Portal for a wide variety of online industrial marketplaces

References & Resources, Inc.

Secure, online project hosting for building design and construction that allows architects, engineers, and contractors to view drawings, contracts and specs online, Inc.

Searchable database of construction products, free online training, and more

National Electrical Safety Foundation

Variety of articles and links on electrical safety

Flowmerics Ltd.

WebTHERM online design tool helps engineers create power supply layout iterations, perform environmental and airflow adjustments, measure heat dissipation trade-offs, run board-level simulations, and view a full-color thermal image in minutes


News from and links to magazines, publishers, academia, training organizations, associations, consultants, manufacturers, and suppliers; surveys; forums; and more

Gridwatch Associates

Directory of the electric power industry, including power transmission & distribution, power markets, and power generation, Inc.

Thousands of explanations on how things and processes work, from technical to political

inter.Light, Inc.

Directories of lighting products, manufacturers, design firms, publications, and more

TWI Press, Inc.

Links to a variety of plant engineering and maintenance information sources LLC

Access to thousands of articles and other information from numerous magazines, supplier directories, and other services

Library Technology Alliance, Ltd.

Electronic data research of 3000 publications

Plant Maintenance Resource Center

Articles, benchmarking, conferences, jobs, newsletter, links, calendar, and more (international, based in Australia)

Thomas Register

Directory of manufacturers, catalogs, and CAD drawings


Links to training providers,


consultants, organizations, and infolinmation resources on total productive maintenance

Virtual Workshops

Online courses on a wide variety of technical and business subjects; some free

NST/Engineers, Inc.

News about safety regulations, case studies of accidents and how they could have been prevented, book reviews, and more

Top Plant
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Product of the Year
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System Integrator of the Year
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September 2018
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June 2018
2018 Lubrication Guide, Motor and maintenance management, Control system migration
August 2018
SCADA standardization, capital expenditures, data-driven drilling and execution
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
April 2018
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Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
August 2018
Choosing an automation controller, Lean manufacturing
September 2018
Effective process analytics; Four reasons why LTE networks are not IIoT ready

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This digital report explains how everything from conveyors and robots to automatic picking systems and digital orders have evolved to keep pace with the speed of change in the supply chain.
Electrical Safety Update
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Randy Steele
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
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Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Randy Oliver
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
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This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
Safety First: Arc Flash 101
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
Critical Power: Hospital Electrical Systems
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
Design of Safe and Reliable Hydraulic Systems for Subsea Applications
This eGuide explains how the operation of hydraulic systems for subsea applications requires the user to consider additional aspects because of the unique conditions that apply to the setting
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