Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Feb. 2 - Feb. 9, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 2 - Feb. 9, 2014, including articles about motor strategies, Schneider Electric, aluminum piping, and steam valves.


1. VFD, motor strategies for energy efficiency

A variable frequency drive (VFD) often is specified to save money by reducing energy consumption in pumps, fans, compressors, or any other motor loads that may be found in a typical building. These best practices will provide the engineer with information on how to specify a VFD to meet load conditions while achieving efficiency.

2. Schneider Electric poised to "change the industrial landscape" after Invensys acquisition

Now that the Invensys acquisition deal is complete, Schneider Electric will combine the two firms' unique discrete and process industrial portfolios, positioning it as a global market leader.

3. Schneider Electric completes acquisition of Invensys

Schneider Electric announced today that it completed its acquisition of Invensys PLC, a global automation player with a large installed base and a strong software presence. The deal previously was reported to be a $5 billion transaction.

4. Set-up and design for a steam-pressure-reducing valve station

Proper system design, component selection, and installation of your steam PRV station may prolong the life of steam components

5. Five reasons why aluminum piping makes sense for compressed air systems

Aluminum piping offers many advantages for compressed air installation including reduced costs and increased longevity

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on during the week of Feb. 2-Feb. 9, 2014.

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

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