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Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 30 to February 5: Improving power factor, energy efficiency advice, VFD best practices, more

Articles about improving power factor, energy efficiency tips, VFD efficiency best practices, 2017 manufacturing technology predictions, and keeping DC motors healthy were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 30 to February 5. Were you out? You can catch up here.

Chris Vavra
02/06/2017

Plant Engineering's top 5 most read articles from January 30 to February 5, covered improving power factor, energy efficiency tips, VFD efficiency best practices, 2017 manufacturing technology predictions, and keeping DC motors healthy. Link to each article below.

1. Improving power factor to reduce energy demand charges, increase capacity

Low power is not only inefficient, but can also be expensive over the life of an electrical system. Improved power factor will increase the distribution system’s efficiency and reduce energy costs associated with low power factor penalties.

2. Five ideas to start on the path to energy efficiency 

If the goal is to save money on energy at an industrial facility, taking proper care of the equipment is crucial. Consider the five areas highlighted below as a place to start.

3. VFD efficiency: Three best practices

The use of variable frequency drives (VFDs) has many benefits including improved process control, energy savings, higher reliability and reduced wear and tear. 

4. Four predictions for manufacturing technology in 2017

As 2017 kicks off, one thing is certain for manufacturers: access to meaningful and actionable data will play a big role in achieving success this year. 

5. Tips for keeping DC motors healthy

An effective maintenance program prolongs the lifespan of DC motors and prevents expensive and unnecessary repairs.

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, January 30 to February 5, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra(at)cfemedia.com.

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