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Moving Forward With GHS Hazard Communication

March 6, 2014 7:28 am | by Lion Technology | Comments

Recent reports show that many facilities are still confused about the updated Hazard Communication Standard and what they must do to comply. Click here for an overview of these upcoming requirements and tips for what facilities should do to prepare for a seamless transition. 

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Open Source As An Engine For The Internet Of Things

March 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Evans, Director of the Information and Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Alain Louchez, Managing Director of the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies at Georgia Tech | Comments

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recently organized an international workshop centered on Internet of Things (IoT) standards at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 4, 2014 3:30 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Preventing Eye Injuries In The Workplace

March 4, 2014 1:00 am | by American Academy of Opthalmology | Comments

For Workplace Eye Wellness Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has developed guidance on how to avoid and treat eye on-the-job eye injuries, 90 percent of which are preventable with the appropriate eye protection.                    

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VT: Keep Renewable Energy Out Of My Backyard

March 3, 2014 12:01 pm | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | Comments

Getting energy from the sun, wind and forests fits with Vermont's sense of itself as clean, green and independent. But when it comes time to build and live with the projects that make it possible, things can get complicated.              

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Greener Chemistry Soon To Be A Reality In California

March 3, 2014 6:02 am | by Michael Kirschner, Principal Consultant, ENVIRON | Comments

The State of California, through its Department of Toxic Substances Control, is proceeding with a major new regulatory program aimed at reducing or eliminating many toxic chemicals in consumer products. The state’s actions could significantly impact the way many consumer products are made and sold in California and throughout the United States.

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Improve Operational Efficiency With Energy Optimization

February 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Jim McMahon, sustainability and renewable energy writer | Comments

The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency. Energy management, process efficiency and incorporating more sustainable procedures are critical for maintaining a competitive edge in today’s markets. 

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The Changing Energy Marketplace

February 26, 2014 2:24 pm | by Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner | Comments

Manufacturers have found a new weapon in their battle with production costs – energy savings. Whether by generating their own electricity, negotiating with their local utility, or managing their production process to take advantage of price signals in the energy marketplace, manufacturers are taking an active role determining the energy component of their product costs.

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Gas & Vapor Monitoring For Energy Savings

February 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Debra Hall, Director of Sales, Control Instruments | Comments

In a large chemical facility there are often many opportunities for energy savings. By using the appropriate monitoring systems, dramatic cost savings can be realized while running at peak efficiency. The following case study shows how tracking VOC emissions and implementing BTU and LFL analyzers contributed to productivity, increased safety and energy savings. 

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Eliminating Energy Costs And Carbon Footprint

February 21, 2014 6:55 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The experts at Carbon Lighthouse are working together with industrial and commercial facilities to reduce emissions and dramatically save on energy costs. Their first mission is to serve the environment by finding and delivering financially beneficial solutions for clients and move them closer to becoming carbon neutral. 

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Taking Control Of Energy

February 19, 2014 4:37 am | by Michael Nicoloro, PE and Joan Fontaine, PE | Comments

Over the past generation, energy has been a defining economic issue. Fluctuations in price and availability of energy have a significant impact on profitability, and the unpredictability of the energy markets is a common source of worry for anyone managing energy supplies. The uncertainty that has characterized energy markets has taken a toll on manufacturers.

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Productivity Plagued By Power Quality Problems

February 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer, Innovolt | Comments

Nothing affects productivity as dramatically as equipment downtime. While most manufacturers have comprehensive maintenance and service programs to minimize downtime and quickly restore equipment to service, the vast majority pay little attention to a problem that causes 30 to 40 percent of business downtime: power quality fluctuations.

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Chemical M&A Boosted In Q4

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by PwC US | Comments

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely due to divestitures and mega deals.

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10 Supply Chain Initiatives Changing How Companies Conduct Commerce

February 13, 2014 3:45 pm | by Elemica | Comments

The 2014 resolutions of process industry clients focus across a variety of initiatives, like building more robust technology infrastructures, automating business processes, or improved collaboration with trading partners. These initiatives ultimately point to the same goal - a real competitive advantage. 

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Top 10 Biofuels & Biobased Predictions For 2014

February 12, 2014 2:25 am | by Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest | Comments

RFS2, E85, Algae, sorghum, butadiene, propylene, licensing, hot mergers, the Great Green Fleet and integrated biorefineries are all in the mix as predictions are made for the upcoming year in biofuels.                                

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