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10 Safety Tips For Operating Aerial Lifts

July 16, 2014 | by Terex Corporation | Comments

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Those deaths could have been prevented.                  

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Investing In Energy Efficiency

July 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO Magazine | Comments

Every year budgets get tighter and costs go up — no matter what business you’re in. In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of sometimes epic proportions, it’s no wonder management looks for more efficient ways to churn out product. There are so many factors in an overall equipment strategy that it begs the question: just how important is energy efficiency to the average manufacturer? 

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

Economic Expansion Tempered By Uncertainty

July 24, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB posted a 0.4 percent increase over June, as measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). Uncertainty in global energy markets kept the non-adjusted barometer at a slow 0.1 percent gain in June, but provisional data suggest there is room for further expansion in coming months. 

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Combating The Talent Gap With Targeted Training

July 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeannine Kunz, Managing Director of Workforce and Education, SME | Comments

The demand for skilled workers has never been higher as manufacturers struggle to find the talented workforce needed to fill jobs currently available. To combat the talent gap and build a high-performance team, some are increasingly turning to competency models – a structured system to develop the needed knowledge, skills and abilities for specific jobs.  

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People, Processes And Problems

July 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Tom Comstock, Vice President, DELMIA Strategy & User Experience, Dassault Systèmes | Comments

One glance at your morning newspaper and you’ll find troubling news within today’s global manufacturing industry. It could be one of many things: a fire, a chemical spill, numerous workers injured or killed. In manufacturing, especially in the process industries, the smallest abnormal situation can trigger a series of events that can lead to disaster.

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Using Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners in Your Facility

July 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Frank Pedeflous, Omegasonics | Comments

From precision instruments to carburetors, manufacturers from the aerospace, food, drug, machining and automotive industries have discovered that industrial ultrasonic cleaning systems provide them with premium results over traditional cleaning methods — and are safer, faster and less expensive.

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Explosion-Proof Vacuums: An Investment In Safety

July 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

Plant explosions should serve as a reminder for industrial users to review their vacuums to ensure they are suitable in explosion-proof applications, such as those relating to combustible dust. In addition to satisfying OSHA requirements, manufacturers must also keep workers safe.

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Better On-The-Job Electrical Safety

July 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Comments

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety awareness and precautionary practices in place. 

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Tapping Shale Oil & Gas Through Sustainable Water Management

July 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Dow Water & Process Solutions | Comments

Check out this infographic on tapping into an abundant energy source through sustainable water management.                                                        

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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

Inside America's Oldest Continuously Operating Paper Mill

July 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Comments

Monadnock Paper Mill (MPM) is nestled along the Contoocook River in the 1,400-person-town of Bennington, NH and has been in continuous operation since 1819 — the longest of any paper mill in the United States. The company is family owned, and it's loyal ties to local community and environment are apparent at every step. 

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Tips For Emergency Preparedness

July 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Comments

Everyone thinks about the worst case scenario. For your operation, it could be a serious safety incident. Or maybe it’s an issue of how your chemicals are stored, or what a power outage might mean. Perhaps you’ve watched on the news as a business contends with a natural disaster and wondered – how would we react?

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

Economy Continues Upward Trend Despite Global Unrest

June 30, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

Measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA), the CAB’s 0.5 percent gain beat the average first quarter monthly gains of 0.3 percent. Though the pace of growth has slowed significantly, gains in June have brought the CAB up a solid 4.3 percent over this time last year.

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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

Building Up, Not Out

June 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

For many manufacturers, there comes a time when the lack of adequate space leads to disorganization and inefficiency. Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results.

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Enclosure Material Considerations: Fiberglass Vs. Stainless Steel

June 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Roger Schroder, Engineering Manager, Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures | Comments

Environmental corrosion combined with the damage from impact will affect an enclosure’s ability to properly protect controls, potentially causing production downtime, personal injury, increased maintenance costs and losses in customers. This is why it has become critical to be knowledgeable about enclosure materials to prevent such complications.

Best Practices For Bearing Protection

June 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Adam Willwerth, Sales and Marketing Manager, Electro Static Technology | Comments

Until all motors are designed with built-in bearing protection, plant maintenance personnel and motor repair shops will continue to replace damaged bearings. But if proper mitigation is installed, it only has to be done once. Better yet, technicians can use diagnostic techniques to head off electrical bearing damage from the beginning.

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Controlling Dust With Curtain Walls

June 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Ashelin, Engineering Manager, Zoneworks | Comments

Controlling dust in a facility is essential for quality control and, more importantly, is a matter of safety. Any company involved in a process handling operation or generating particulate matter will benefit from dust control practices. Curtain walls can be a simple and economical way to control dust and they make exhaust and separation systems more efficient.

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