Top 5 Plant Engineering stories, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2014, including articles about rolling resistance, Schneider Electric and Invensys, inverter-duty motors, variable frequency drives, and aluminum piping.


1. Calculating proper rolling resistance: A safer move for material handling

Friction as an important facet of industrial wheels can be either beneficial or detrimental.

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. Avoid over-specifying inverter-duty motors

When combining a motor and inverter, the application should tell you what type of motor fits best. If you follow these guidelines, you can avoid more than is necessary.

4. Understanding variable frequency drives

VFD use is increasing because users say VFDs improve manufacturing processes and reduce cost. Understanding how they do their job can help as you consider deployments.

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

Friction as an important facet of industrial wheels can be either beneficial or detrimental.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on during the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2014.

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

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