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Dealing With "Fast-Breaking" Crisis Situations in Your Plant

July 9, 2014 | by Ray White, Director of Federal Signal Corporation's Integrated Systems Group (ISG) | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Explosions, hazardous gas leaks, chemical spills and rapidly spreading fires are obvious examples of fast-breaking crises. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                     

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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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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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Scheduling Maintenance With Military Precision

June 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Christopher D. Gates, Asst. Reactor Maintenance Officer on the USS Nimitz | Comments

The USS Nimitz is one of the Navy’s nuclear powered super carriers and is the lead ship of its class. With only two locations in the world that can handle its dry dock maintenance needs, the carrier needs to schedule maintenance activities over two years out. This offshore application offers maintenance best practices that any manufacturer should consider.

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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

Adhesives: Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

June 12, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Comments

When applied correctly, adhesives and sealants can improve equipment reliability, lower operating costs and save large amounts of time and money. To ensure that you’re using these products correctly, it’s important to understand the differences in various adhesives, how long they last and what changes are coming. 

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Recycling Chemicals In The Heartland

June 9, 2014 5:03 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Ranging from feedstock such as used antifreeze to applications that include aerospace coatings, ORG CHEM Group has thrived by finding unique and profitable ways to recycle and repurpose what many saw as simply chemical byproducts, or even waste.

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With Great Growth Projected, Is Your Company Ready?

June 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Tim Robertson, Vice President, Marketing & Sales U.S., DHL Global Forwarding | Comments

DHL Global Forwarding held its first annual U.S. Chemicals Supply Chain Conference last month to discuss the challenges, security and various global economic factors pushing the industry’s growth in Europe and shale gas production in the U.S. Chem.Info sat down with Tim Robertson to talk more about this projected growth and how companies can prepare for it. 

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ISM: Manufacturing On Target With Predictions

June 6, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 12th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 60th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Sustainable improvement has recently become a buzzword for manufacturers. Change has been implemented, processes updated and teams successfully trained as to how to use them. And yet, somewhere along the way, old habits rear their ugly heads, improvements

Active Management: 3 Key Steps To Lasting Improvement

June 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Jerry Wanichko, Director of Consulting Operations T.A. Cook Consultants, Inc. | Comments

Sustainable improvement has recently become a buzzword for manufacturers. Change has been implemented, processes updated and teams successfully trained to use them. And yet, somewhere along the way, old habits rear their ugly heads, improvements begin to slip away and managers struggle to motivate a previously enthusiastic workforce.

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Operating executives looking to produce a wider variety and higher volume of products may think it’s time to expand the plant or invest in new equipment. But in many cases, they can improve their current output from their existing machinery. Learn how fas

Four Steps For Uncovering Hidden Capacity

June 4, 2014 1:00 am | by David Pate, Ken Van Winkle, Steve Weise, Keith Yeater | Comments

Operating executives looking to produce a wider variety and higher volume of products may think it’s time to expand the plant or invest in new equipment. But in many cases, they can improve their current output from their existing machinery. Learn how faster setup times and improved equipment performance can translate into increased capacity, more flexibility, reduced lead time and costs, and better quality and speed. 

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

Solid Market Rebound, Expansion Expected To Continue

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

The Chemical Activity Barometer has reached its highest peak since February 2008, while also posting its highest year over year gain since September 2010. The CAB realized a healthy 0.8 percent gain over April, and is up a solid 4.1 percent over this time last year. The data reflect upward revisions for the previous five months, suggesting more than just a rebound from the adverse winter months.

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