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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

Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 16, 2014 6:27 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety function – it might be a part-time role, full-time, outsourced, or part of line level employee responsibilities. Unfortunately, despite their critical role, EHS programs are often managed outside a company’s IT network, making them costly, time-consuming and inefficient.

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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.

ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 11, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Is Your Facility Part Of An Energy Demand Response Program?

April 10, 2014 7:31 am | by Kimberly Frank, David Cousineau, and Jeffrey A. Fuisz, Kaye Scholer LLP | Comments

"Demand response programs" pay participants to be available to reduce their energy consumption for short periods of time when requested by the grid operator. Is your facility getting paid for controlling consumption? Click here for information on what manufacturers should know when considering demand response programs.

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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

Q&A: Benefits Of Sulfur Recovery

April 9, 2014 5:41 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

If not removed, sulfur remains in natural gas and refined petroleum products and when burned the sulfur compounds are emitted into the environment as sulfur dioxide, a precursor to acid rain. Gas and oil producers, processors and refiners use sulfur recovery units to reduce emissions and to ensure regulatory compliance.

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9 Tips To Build A Best In Class Safety Program To Impact Your Bottom Line

April 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc. | Comments

Creating a safe work environment with a focus on manufacturing safety is yet another variable in operations that has a major impact on bottom-line, service level, employee motivation, investor’s relations and brand image. So what is the key to ensure that there is a focus on manufacturing safety?

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What EPA Overregulation Means For U.S. Manufacturing

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc., @ecsgrid | Comments

Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and international competition, continue to struggle against an old adversary - Washington, specifically the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has instituted tough rules and regulations on businesses, leading many to believe that compliance is not only futile, but may lead to closures of many facilities.

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For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have been credited with successfully removing most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kind

Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

April 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil | Comments

For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have successfully removed most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kinds. A variety of EPA-approved pesticides are available for use in processing facilities, but a better, long-term solution is to prevent infestation in the first place.

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5 Quick Questions: Putting Big Data To Work

March 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

What do you do with all that data once it’s available? Steve Wise, the Vice President of Statistical Methods at InfinityQS, recently sat down to discuss the best practices for implementing data-driven software and how manufacturers can most effectively use the information it provides.

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

Cold Weather Won't Keep Chemical Equity Prices Down

March 28, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

While winter weather extremes continue to impact the economy, strengthening chemical equity prices drove solid gains in the American Chemistry Council’s monthly Chemical Activity Barometer. March’s reading featured a gain of 0.3% over February, rebounding past the average 0.2% gain in late 2013, and pointing to modest but continued growth in the U.S. economy.

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Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions in place and adequate training, severe injuries or death can occur. OSHA recently revised its Hazard Communication standard to adopt the Globally Harmoni

Debunking Hazard Communication Misconceptions

March 27, 2014 4:57 am | by CINTAS | Comments

Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions and adequate training severe injuries or death can occur. To help organizations navigate the recently revised HazCom requirements, we'll debunk six popular HazCom/GHS myths.

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Now that the Food and Drug Administration has the power to invoke mandatory recalls, as granted by the Food Safety Modernization Act, the speed and accuracy of your recall process has never been more important. The federal watchdog’s new teeth can be expe

How To Prepare For Mandatory Food Recalls

March 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Heather Angus-Lee | Comments

Now that the FDA has the power to invoke mandatory recalls, under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the speed and accuracy of the recall process has never been more important. The federal watchdog’s new teeth can be expected to leave their mark on more food companies, halting the distribution of suspect products — and that could affect your own supply chain.

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Pest Management Key To FSMA Compliance

March 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Missy Henriksen and Dr. Jim Fredericks, the National Pest Management Association | Comments

The first Food Safety Modernization Act deadline will force food facilities to evaluate their operations, implement and monitor measures to prevent contamination and develop an action plan to counter it. One of the best ways facilities can comply with this new rule is with a rigorous pest management program.

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OSHA's Top 10 Violations Of 2013 & How To Prevent Them

March 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

Each year, OSHA releases a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards violations. This year's list is almost identical to last year's, highlighting the need for greater attention to safety on the plant floor. Read on for some expert insight on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility in 2014.  

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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

Are You Overlooking Your Rupture Discs?

March 20, 2014 7:29 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Oseco | Comments

Rupture discs are an often overlooked, but crucial element to any chemical processing facility. Personnel changes or the rapid growth of a plant can result in discs operating at less than capacity. Frequent replacement can be costly and discs that are no longer suitable for their applications pose both physical and financial risks for plant personnel and the company.   

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Q&A: The FDA And Mandatory Recalls

March 19, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls for food distributors. In order to get some more details on the rules and how companies are going to deal with the changes, we got in touch with Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI.

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