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Eating the Counterfeit Elephant

July 1, 2010 1:49 pm | Comments

Slowing an industry that costs U.S. manufacturers $250 billion a year is an undertaking that must be tackled bite by bite.

Demand Signals at the Speed of Light

June 29, 2010 12:53 pm | by GLENN STEINBERG, Managing Partner, Global & Americas Distribution Sector, IBM Global Business Services | Comments

For better or worse, we depend on many aspects of demands signals: where they come from, how complete they are, how accurate they are and how fast we get them.

Synergies that Save — Cellulosic Ethanol & Power Plants

June 28, 2010 1:34 pm | by FRANCES WILLIAMS, Novozymes | Comments

Cellulosic ethanol and coal-fired power co-location can result in economic and environmental benefits in the form of feedstock sharing, cost savings and regulatory compliance.

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Rising Chinese Currency Will Not Save U.S. Manufacturing

June 25, 2010 12:37 pm | by JOEL HANS, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation (IMPO) | Comments

Chinese wages are so much lower than in the U.S. that, even if there was a significant change in Chinese currency, American manufacturers would still be uncompetitive.

Keeping It Fresh

June 22, 2010 11:35 am | Comments

Fair Market required a cold-storage rack system that could withstand harsh, frigid temperatures, and still provide smooth and even pallet movement. Interroll provided it.

Energy Management Tips for Natural Gas Facilities

June 22, 2010 5:42 am | Comments

After years of struggling with utilities for reliable and affordable natural gas delivery, American Crystal Sugar completed a tariff review and developed creative procurement tactics that protect facilities from future curtailing.

Swedes do Biomass Better

June 21, 2010 6:17 am | Comments

Between 2000 and 2009, biomass power consumption in Sweden grew from 88TWh to 115TWh while oil-based power consumption fell to 112TWh from 142TWh.

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A Bittersweet Lesson

June 18, 2010 5:42 am | by CARRIE ELLIS, Editor | Comments

Although Imperial Sugar may not be the lone offender of combustible dust crimes, it is perhaps the most memorable.

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Don’t Follow Your Nose

June 16, 2010 12:14 pm | by LUKE SIMPSON, Associate Editor | Comments

The natural gas explosion at ConAgra’s Slim Jim plant could have been avoided with the use of combustible gas monitors and tighter gas-purging procedures.

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More than Hot Air

June 15, 2010 12:51 pm | by CARRIE ELLIS, Editor | Comments

Although there are readily available safe alternatives to using natural gas for pipe cleaning, an astonishing amount of power plants still use it, even if it is fraught with potentially far-reaching and unsafe consequences.

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Batch Sizes—Overdoing It

June 15, 2010 6:04 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor | Comments

A runaway chemical reaction and explosion overtook a Synthron chemical-manufacturing facility when managers attempted to fulfill an order exceeding normal batch sizes.

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Blasts from the Past

June 11, 2010 1:07 pm | Comments

Hindsight prevention strategies for five explosions that made history.

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When Workarounds Backfire

June 11, 2010 12:49 pm | by LUKE SIMPSON, Associate Editor | Comments

Workers at the Bayer CropScience facility in West Virginia would override safety interlocks in order to compensate for an undersized heater in a pesticide residue treater.

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Modern Cooling Tower Considerations: Sustainability & Efficiency

June 7, 2010 1:02 pm | Comments

The use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) in cooling towers can reduce water and chemical usage while increasing the lifespan.

Regulatory Compliance: More Trouble than it's Worth?

June 7, 2010 10:03 am | Comments

In a recent survey, 35 percent of respondents cited interpretation of rulings and policies of agencies (such as the FDA, USDA and EPA) as their plant's biggest obstacle when it comes to regulatory compliance.

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