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The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing In The U.S.

August 27, 2014 | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic | Comments

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely continue to be a strong yet steadily changing segment of the manufacturing industry overall.

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The Factory Of The Future Will Be Shaped By The Internet Of Things

August 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Around the globe, industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. These initiatives all bear the same characteristics, transforming the manufacturing process from a patchwork of isolated silos to a seamless whole, integrated with the downstream and upstream production environment. There is, in fact, a close link between modern manufacturing and the advent of the Internet of Things.

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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

Reinventing The Wheel

August 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

There is a drive across the automotive industry to reduce the weight of components and systems to achieve fuel efficiency gains and emission reductions. In the past, some parts or systems were untouchable. However, today, no system is off the table when it comes to exploring potential opportunities to take out weight or to realize other improvements.

Improving The Crash-Worthiness Of Railcars

August 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Dassault Systems | Comments

In the early 20th century, a strange spectator sport flourished in America: train crashing. They were so popular that 73 crashes (destroying 146 trains) were staged between 1896 and 1932 at state fairs. These days, engineers (not the train-drivers) who want to observe a crash can run perfectly safe, highly accurate virtual collisions on a computer screen.

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Extreme Environments Call For Extreme Batteries

August 20, 2014 1:00 am | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential, which exceeds that of all other metals.

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Renewable Energy Systems On The Battlefield

August 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Chris Warner, ECN Magazine | Comments

Unsurprisingly, the United States Department of Defense is the largest consumer of energy in the United States. Much of that energy is consumed in harsh environments to power tanks, fighter jets, small hospitals and command outposts out in the field. In recent years, the government has identified alternative energy use as a means mitigate the expense and dangers of relying solely on fossil fuels to meet the DoD’s mission. 

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Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Magazine | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.    

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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

Preventing Package Printing Panic

August 13, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

The GHS deadline is coming up fast and past implementation experience has shown that finding a solution takes longer than expected. Chem.Info sat down with Chris Cocanig, an expert who has spent the last two years working on GHS solutions, to ask him how to prevent the panic that can easily set in when a company attempts to bring their labels up to par.  

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Getting Smart With Energy Intelligence

August 11, 2014 1:00 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Comments

A variety of industry forces are driving the need among industrial companies for a comprehensive energy management system, but it’s profitability that’s ultimately motivating much of this activity. Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.

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Are Your Ideas Protected?

August 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Michael Sherban, patent attorney | Comments

Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Failing to protect ideas can have negative long-term effects, especially small and midsize companies. While the process may seem daunting, it is not, and a company should not be dissuaded from protecting the ideas that it has spent precious time and resources developing.

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Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

August 6, 2014 1:00 am | by Allison Parker | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers are focusing on facility-wide energy management. The challenge they face is to ensure that the buildings that house their highly optimized manufacturing operations are just as sophisticated and efficient as their production processes.

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Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

August 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development - @melfass | Comments

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist … yet.                   

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Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

August 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Comments

There is plenty of talk these days about the Internet of Things and wearable tech. While the consumer fascination with these capabilities is relatively new, what is often lost in the conversation is this: packaging companies have been building networks that connect machines for years – most often referred to as the “Industrial Internet” – and OEMS have increasingly been enabling this connectivity across the machines they produce.

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Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Running On Wind In America's Heartland

August 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

In 2013, the French-Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the South Dakota. Marmen builds equipment for the global energy sector and its Brandon facility is dedicated to wind tower production. In this facility, it’s building exclusively for General Electric, a longstanding client. 

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5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 31, 2014 12:56 pm | by National Safety Council | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                    

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Warding Off Heat Illness

July 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center | Comments

Thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat every year, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.

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