Welcome to the family

This month, we take some time to highlight the newest addition to the family of channels presented in Plant Engineering Online (www.plantengineering.com), as well as some news and notes about upcoming online developments.


This month, we take some time to highlight the newest addition to the family of channels presented in Plant Engineering Online (www.plantengineering.com), as well as some news and notes about upcoming online developments.

Plant Management channel

Plant Engineering magazine touts itself as "the problem solving resource for plant engineers." For many of our readers, the role of "plant engineer" involves a significant amount of plant management responsibilities. While we have strived to meet the information needs of those in management positions in this magazine, with our Management Side of Engineering and Human Side of Engineering columns, we have been a bit slow in giving this area the focused attention it deserves on Plant Engineering Online . Until now, that is.

Last month, we introduced our 18th channel, Plant Management , dedicated solely to the information needs of plant managers. Like the other channels, the Plant Management channel will include training opportunities, related events and web sites, and discussion forum, along with spotlights on various subjects and issues facing plant managers. Related to the spotlight topic -- which, in all channels, changes every 2-3 wk -- will be a new opinion poll, allowing readers to share their opinions on the plant management issues raised in the accompanying spotlight articles. In addition, we will publish weekly installments from our Human Side of Engineering archives to help plant managers keep on top of labor relations and people-related management issues.

News and notes

Hard to believe it's been over a year since we conducted the last reader survey for Plant Engineering Online , but then again, we have been very busy reshaping the web site into the resource it is today. We know, however, that there will always be something we can do to better serve our online audience, so be on the lookout for another reader survey later this month. Remember, your feedback plays a large part in what you see and what you can do at Plant Engineering Online.

For those readers who subscribe to our e-mail newsletter, PlantMail! , we are pleased to announce that we will now be delivering the newsletter to you twice a month so we can better inform you of all that is happening and available on Plant Engineering Online . The first issue each month will focus on content related to or supplementing our monthly magazine issue, and the second issue will highlight online-specific content. We're looking forward to this opportunity to better serve you with this additional insight on what you can find in Plant Engineering Online , and we hope you are too. And for those readers who have not subscribed to PlantMail! , what are you waiting for?

Also in the coming months, we will be stepping up our effort to provide you with links to many more valuable web resources on the internet, available via the "Related Web Sites" section of each channel. So at Plant Engineering Online , if we don't have what you're looking for, you can be sure we will, at the least, point you in the right direction.

Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America.
Product of the Year
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
System Integrator of the Year
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.
October 2018
Tools vs. sensors, functional safety, compressor rental, an operational network of maintenance and safety
September 2018
2018 Engineering Leaders under 40, Women in Engineering, Six ways to reduce waste in manufacturing, and Four robot implementation challenges.
GAMS preview, 2018 Mid-Year Report, EAM and Safety
October 2018
2018 Product of the Year; Subsurface data methodologies; Digital twins; Well lifecycle data
August 2018
SCADA standardization, capital expenditures, data-driven drilling and execution
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
October 2018
Complex upgrades for system integrators; Process control safety and compliance
September 2018
Effective process analytics; Four reasons why LTE networks are not IIoT ready

Annual Salary Survey

After two years of economic concerns, manufacturing leaders once again have homed in on the single biggest issue facing their operations:

It's the workers—or more specifically, the lack of workers.

The 2017 Plant Engineering Salary Survey looks at not just what plant managers make, but what they think. As they look across their plants today, plant managers say they don’t have the operational depth to take on the new technologies and new challenges of global manufacturing.

Read more: 2017 Salary Survey

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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
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