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7 Reasons To Benchmark Manufacturing Performance

February 6, 2014 1:00 am | by Mike Roberts, LNS Research | Comments

Whether it’s for internal comparisons, or for measuring the effectiveness of a company against close competitors, benchmarking is a vital continuous improvement tool. And although it’s safe to say that the average executive understands the benefits of benchmarking performance, that doesn’t necessarily mean his or her company has ever participated in such an initiative.

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Extreme Weather Cools Down Manufacturing

February 5, 2014 11:59 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

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.

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Processing Trends, Chemical Industry Knowledge Lead To Custom Approach

February 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Regulatory changes, raw material volatility and supply chain fluctuations continue to dominate product development and resource planning for the chemical processing marketplace. Few know these dynamics as well as Don Mahoney, global head of SAP’s Chemicals Industry Business Solutions, who shares some insights on trends impacting the marketplace.

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Fight Spoilage With Better Packaging & Process Technology

February 3, 2014 2:42 am | by interpack | Comments

Innovative packages are the key in the fight against food loss and wastage. More effective barrier layers, germicidal films and freshness indicators are intended to help products to keep for longer and stop consumers’ throwaway mentality. However, despite all these improvements, companies have to keep a constant eye on process efficiency and on costs.

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The Right Tools For The Job: Implementing FEL

January 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Jens M. Ebert, PE, PMP; SSOE Group | Comments

Last week an industry expert examined Front-End-Loading - the project management process that involves developing sufficient project definition so that owners can make investment decisions, minimize risk and maximize the potential for success, and broke down the first implementation steps. This week moves on to a discussion of the next two phases of the FEL process and breaks down the cost-benefit analysis for the process.  

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Is Lubrication Data Missing From Your KPIs?

January 29, 2014 1:00 am | by William D. Correll, Generation Systems, Inc.; Kirk Williams, Albemarle Corporation | Comments

In industrial operations the world over, lubrication remains a vexing challenge. Indeed, when machine bearings fail, there’s a better than seventy percent chance that faulty or insufficient lubrication practices are ultimately to blame. Lubrication-specific key performance indicators can go a long way to addressing this costly problem.

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U.S. Economic Recovery To Continue Throughout 2014

January 28, 2014 2:55 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

The first Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) reading of 2014 strengthened slightly, pointing to continued growth and an improving U.S. economy throughout 2014.                          

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Chemical Production Expanded In December, 2013 Ended High

January 27, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

According to the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index rose by 0.8 percent in December, following a 0.3 percent gain in November. This gain was driven by increases in the Gulf Coast and Ohio Valley regions. For the second consecutive month, production increased in all seven regions of the U.S. during December. 

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Global Energy, Mining, Utilities Trend Report: 2013

January 24, 2014 4:42 pm | by Mergermarket | Comments

Mergermarket has released its 2013 Global M&A roundup report for the Energy, Mining and Utilities Sector.                                                 

When Disaster Strikes A Chemical Company

January 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Complex Chemical Company | Comments

If a natural disaster hit your business, would you be prepared? How would you recover from the damage to your infrastructure? Unfortunately, Complex Chemical Co., Inc. had to learn the real-life answers to these questions when a powerful EF-3 tornado hit its chemical processing plant in Tallulah, Louisiana.

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Accelerating Operational Excellence: Q&A With LNS Research

January 10, 2014 11:46 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Today, manufacturers face unprecedented challenges across the industries. While these challenges manifest as a variety of specific operational factors depending on company size, industry, and location, the initial steps to improvement involve instilling a mindset of continuous improvement across the organization and working to optimize key resources—people, processes, and technology—to achieve a model of Operational Excellence.

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Trend Watch: Biopharmaceutical Outsourcing

January 8, 2014 4:34 pm | by Eric S. Langer, President and Managing Partner at BioPlan Associates, Inc. | Comments

Outsourcing of biopharmaceutical manufacturing has been growing for several years, to the point where contract manufacturing has become a common strategic decision for developers, extending beyond simple non-core activities and into more high-value, technical ones. 

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Get The Facts On New Hazard Communication Standards

January 7, 2014 3:43 pm | by Lindsey Shehan, Chemist, Techspray; Kevin Pawlowski, Senior Product Manager, Techspray | Comments

As the world continues to get smaller, and millions of pounds of chemical products are shipped between countries daily, a new Global Harmonized System is being implemented to aid in the communication of hazards and risks.                                   

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How Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Operational Excellence

January 3, 2014 12:38 pm | by LNS Research | Comments

Later this month, LNS Research will be presenting findings from its recent Operational Excellence research project. The infographic below offers some highlights of the findings, but to learn more about the study, click here.

Troubleshooting The Cold Weld Process

December 30, 2013 3:24 pm | by Jim Norton, President of Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Comments

When it comes to cold welding, proper preparation is as crucial to success as tool and tubing material selection. Read on for insights on the preparation process and tips on how to avoid or remedy the most common cold weld problems. 

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