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No, we're not warning you about another virus. We're alerting you to an upcoming Plant Engineering e-mail survey and asking for your help.


No, we're not warning you about another virus. We're alerting you to an upcoming Plant Engineering e-mail survey and asking for your help. Coming later this month to an e-mailbox near you is an important request for information about your internet use patterns and your e-commerce attitudes. Keep an eye out for it.

Please take a moment...

Use of the internet for buying and selling equipment, products, and services is growing daily. The web is becoming an integral part of the plant engineering environment and we need to know more about how much-or how little-you are using this resource. Our survey is designed to target specific uses and purchasing habits.

Questions focus on how you use the internet at work, what kind of information you seek, what resources you find most useful, and what kinds of purchases you make. The results of this study will be compiled and presented in a special Plant Engineering magazine supplement this winter. They will also form the foundation for determining the kind of editorial coverage we provide to you in this area.

The survey is brief and should take only a short time to complete. If you are among the random sample of readers who receives our e-mail survey, please take a few minutes to answer the questions and return the form to us. You will be directed to return your responses to a special e-mail box. Be forewarned: do not use your reply button to return your opinions. Responses returned in that way will not register.

Out and about on the 'net

  • If you're just getting acquainted with the internet, take a moment to visit CEOExpress: The Executive's Internet ( It provides links to a wealth of information on a variety of topics, including business news, technology magazines, and company research. The site offers direct links to dozens of sites. Users must register (free) for access to industry specific information.


      • A recent poll by Harris Interactive, a leading market research firm, and IndustrialAmerica, an online business-to-business industrial supply trading site, indicates use of the internet to conduct commerce transactions will almost double in the next year. The survey polled nearly 1000 buyers, sellers, and distributors of such industrial supplies as electrical equipment, pipes, valves, and fittings.

        • Findings show that today 34% of those in the trillion dollar industrial supply industry are using the internet to fulfill business objectives. That number is expected to increase to 67% by next year, and 83% by 2004. Until now, transactions have primarily been made by telephone or fax. For details on this survey, visit News and Events at

          • Mark your calendars: For information on the upcoming ISA Expo/2000, visit More than 750 exhibitors and 140 presentations and seminars will highlight the measurement, control, and automation conference and exhibition to be held in New Orleans, Aug. 21-24. The site provides detailed information plus online registration.

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
2017 Top Plant winner, Best practices, Plant Engineering at 70, Top 10 stories of 2017
Pipe fabrication and IIoT; 2017 Product of the Year finalists
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Setting internal automation standards
Knowing how and when to use parallel generators
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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