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Accelerating Operational Excellence: Q&A With LNS Research

January 10, 2014 11:46 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Today, manufacturers face unprecedented challenges across the industries. While these challenges manifest as a variety of specific operational factors depending on company size, industry, and location, the initial steps to improvement involve instilling a mindset of continuous improvement across the organization and working to optimize key resources—people, processes, and technology—to achieve a model of Operational Excellence.

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Trend Watch: Biopharmaceutical Outsourcing

January 8, 2014 4:34 pm | by Eric S. Langer, President and Managing Partner at BioPlan Associates, Inc. | Comments

Outsourcing of biopharmaceutical manufacturing has been growing for several years, to the point where contract manufacturing has become a common strategic decision for developers, extending beyond simple non-core activities and into more high-value, technical ones. 

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Get The Facts On New Hazard Communication Standards

January 7, 2014 3:43 pm | by Lindsey Shehan, Chemist, Techspray; Kevin Pawlowski, Senior Product Manager, Techspray | Comments

As the world continues to get smaller, and millions of pounds of chemical products are shipped between countries daily, a new Global Harmonized System is being implemented to aid in the communication of hazards and risks.                                   

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How Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Operational Excellence

January 3, 2014 12:38 pm | by LNS Research | Comments

Later this month, LNS Research will be presenting findings from its recent Operational Excellence research project. The infographic below offers some highlights of the findings, but to learn more about the study, click here.

Troubleshooting The Cold Weld Process

December 30, 2013 3:24 pm | by Jim Norton, President of Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Comments

When it comes to cold welding, proper preparation is as crucial to success as tool and tubing material selection. Read on for insights on the preparation process and tips on how to avoid or remedy the most common cold weld problems. 

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Choosing The Right Tools For Cold Welding

December 30, 2013 2:32 pm | by Jim Norton, President of Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Comments

Within a wide variety of industries, pinching off and hermetically sealing ductile metal tubing is a necessary process when separating a device from a vacuum pumping station. Tube seal failures often result in significant financial and product performance losses, making tubing and tool selection crucial.   

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Universities Receive $10M To Study Biofuels

December 26, 2013 12:39 pm | by MARTIN KIDSTON, Missoulian | Comments

If 1 ton of woody debris can produce 50 gallons of fuel, how many gallons of fuel could 42 million acres of dead and dying forests produce? Funded by a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a consortium of five universities, joined by research labs across the Northern Rockies, is looking for ways to turn that mass of dead timber into a carbon-neutral fuel source.

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Sriracha-Based Lessons For Manufacturers

December 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mitch Carrel, Partner, Real Estate Practice Group and Food Industry Team, Freeborn & Peters | Comments

The battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of food companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community. Read on for an expert's views on what considerations manufacturers should make when choosing a new plant site and how a facility’s location plays an important role in its ability to do business.

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Chemical Analysis With Monolithic Columns

December 23, 2013 12:19 pm | by Dr. Egidijus Machtejevas, Product Management Analytical Chromatography and Dr. Stephan Altmaier, Research and Development Analytical Chromatography, Merck Millipore | Comments

Measures for ensuring food safety and the provision of wholesome food require reliable data obtained by chemical analysis. Reliable analytical results are also essential to facilitate international food trade. In an attempt to provide a safer food supply, the FDA recently unveiled new, more stringent rules on imported foods.

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Enhancing Workplace Safety With Corrosion Coating

December 20, 2013 4:46 pm | by Del Williams | Comments

Seeking a better corrosion solution at their petrochemical facility, Mobley Industrial Services recently used a newly approved corrosion coating called EonCoat to enhance workplace safety and return a large floating roof tank to service in about half the time required by typical coatings. This coating is part of a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion and extend equipment life.

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A Manufacturing Tax Write-Off Hangs in the Balance…Or Does It?

December 17, 2013 3:40 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Time is technically running out for manufacturers to write off sizable sums for equipment purchased in 2013 as a tax rule hangs between its Dec. 31 expiration date and congressional action on the matter.                                                    

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Putting the Pedal to the Metal in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

December 17, 2013 3:30 pm | by PMMI | Comments

To remain competitive in the world’s busiest pharmaceutical market, U.S. manufacturers must increase their speed, running lines constantly while continuing to adhere to stringent FDA regulations at the research and development, preclinical and clinical work phases. Advancements in equipment for material handling, process flow, automation, product inspection and form-fill-seal have enabled manufacturers to speed production like never before.

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Energy Risk Management in Food Manufacturing

December 16, 2013 3:54 pm | by Michael Overturf, CEO of ZF Energy Development | Comments

Energy productivity, the ratio between value-added shipments and total energy cost, is an important indicator for managers of processing companies. Like all operating indices, managers expect this to be at standard, or even continuously improve. How can this be done without increasing risk?

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Optimistic U.S. Chemistry Outlook Bodes Well For Chem Show

December 5, 2013 11:29 am | by H+A International Inc. | Comments

According to a report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC), abundant supplies of natural gas from shale have created significant economic opportunities for the U.S. chemical industry that could result in $71.7 billion in new investments and more than 530,000 permanent new jobs.

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Planning Plant Sanitation

December 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by Victor Hayes Popovics, Owner, Ultimate Washer | Comments

Food processors know that keeping work areas clean is of paramount importance and eliminating hygiene issues is critical to the survival of their businesses. We’ve found the most effective cleaning technique is actually a process and can be broken down into three components.

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