Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Feb. 17-23, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 17-23, 2014, including articles about PLC programming, CFE Media’s 2013 Salary Survey, NEMA Premium motors, SCADA and energy management, and process demand waste.


1. PLC programming: 5 mistakes to avoidTop5

Stick with your architecture and remember to reuse your code.

2. 2013 Salary Survey: New challenges for an aging workforce

Manufacturing seen as more secure, but needing more young workers.

3. Operating NEMA Premium motors above rated load cuts efficiency

The operating load of any motor depends on a number of factors and it can have a major impact on its efficiency.

4. Case study: Evolving SCADA toward energy management

Monroe County Pure Waters, the association responsible for protecting water resources in Monroe County, N.Y., implemented a new SCADA system to protect itself from Y2K threats and continues to reap benefits even 14 years later.

5. Find the process demand waste in your energy system

After you’ve done the basics on energy management, where do you look next for cost savings?

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, Feb. 17-23, 2014, for articles published within the last two months.

- Jessica DuBois-Maahs and Jordan Schultz, associate content managers, CFE Media, and

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