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Meeting The Biggest Challenges In Manufacturing Today

April 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators | Comments

It's no secret that American manufacturing has faced significant obstacles recently. In an industry known for low wages, subpar working conditions and quality control issues, none of which attract new workers — are those the real challenges facing manufacturing? Here are some of the biggest challenges in manufacturing right now, from a manufacturer’s perspective.

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Looking For Growth & Profitability Solutions?

April 24, 2014 3:32 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director of Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing at Infor | Comments

Over the last decade, many companies have been “making do” with what they had to in order to run their businesses. The stories of companies delaying capital investment and squeezing more years out of equipment have been told over and over again. Now is the time to decide which IT investments can both grow your business and improve your profitability. So, where to begin? 

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

The Challenge Of Energy Consumption Control

April 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

In a time when both regulations and money are tight, companies can't afford not to keep track of their energy consumption. Chem.Info sat down with Kevin Price, an EAM Product Director at Infor, to talk about some solutions to the challenges posed by maintaining energy usage sustainability.

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Industrial Facilities Turn To HDS Surveys For Retrofits And Expansions

April 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Del Williams | Comments

In the past, the manual surveying of sites for retrofits or facility expansion often required hundreds of hours, often in potentially hazardous locations. When infrastructures were not precisely detailed in plans, the resulting survey errors usually led to expensive changes. Today, high-definition survey technology makes it possible for data to be collected from hundreds of survey points in a matter or hours instead of days or weeks.

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Detection Perfection

April 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

Portable multi-gas and single gas detectors and instrument accessories are often the first and last line of defense when working in a potentially hazardous environment. The President and CEO of Industrial Scientific, Justin McElhattan, talks about the company philosophy as a vision to end death on the job, and it’s evident this company takes its responsibilities seriously.  

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 16, 2014 6:27 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety function – it might be a part-time role, full-time, outsourced, or part of line level employee responsibilities. Unfortunately, despite their critical role, EHS programs are often managed outside a company’s IT network, making them costly, time-consuming and inefficient.

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Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 11, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Is Your Facility Part Of An Energy Demand Response Program?

April 10, 2014 7:31 am | by Kimberly Frank, David Cousineau, and Jeffrey A. Fuisz, Kaye Scholer LLP | Comments

"Demand response programs" pay participants to be available to reduce their energy consumption for short periods of time when requested by the grid operator. Is your facility getting paid for controlling consumption? Click here for information on what manufacturers should know when considering demand response programs.

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Q&A: Benefits Of Sulfur Recovery

April 9, 2014 5:41 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

If not removed, sulfur remains in natural gas and refined petroleum products and when burned the sulfur compounds are emitted into the environment as sulfur dioxide, a precursor to acid rain. Gas and oil producers, processors and refiners use sulfur recovery units to reduce emissions and to ensure regulatory compliance.

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9 Tips To Build A Best In Class Safety Program To Impact Your Bottom Line

April 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc. | Comments

Creating a safe work environment with a focus on manufacturing safety is yet another variable in operations that has a major impact on bottom-line, service level, employee motivation, investor’s relations and brand image. So what is the key to ensure that there is a focus on manufacturing safety?

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What EPA Overregulation Means For U.S. Manufacturing

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc., @ecsgrid | Comments

Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and international competition, continue to struggle against an old adversary - Washington, specifically the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has instituted tough rules and regulations on businesses, leading many to believe that compliance is not only futile, but may lead to closures of many facilities.

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For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have been credited with successfully removing most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kind

Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

April 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil | Comments

For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have successfully removed most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kinds. A variety of EPA-approved pesticides are available for use in processing facilities, but a better, long-term solution is to prevent infestation in the first place.

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5 Quick Questions: Putting Big Data To Work

March 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

What do you do with all that data once it’s available? Steve Wise, the Vice President of Statistical Methods at InfinityQS, recently sat down to discuss the best practices for implementing data-driven software and how manufacturers can most effectively use the information it provides.

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The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Cold Weather Won't Keep Chemical Equity Prices Down

March 28, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

While winter weather extremes continue to impact the economy, strengthening chemical equity prices drove solid gains in the American Chemistry Council’s monthly Chemical Activity Barometer. March’s reading featured a gain of 0.3% over February, rebounding past the average 0.2% gain in late 2013, and pointing to modest but continued growth in the U.S. economy.

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Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions in place and adequate training, severe injuries or death can occur. OSHA recently revised its Hazard Communication standard to adopt the Globally Harmoni

Debunking Hazard Communication Misconceptions

March 27, 2014 4:57 am | by CINTAS | Comments

Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions and adequate training severe injuries or death can occur. To help organizations navigate the recently revised HazCom requirements, we'll debunk six popular HazCom/GHS myths.

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