The proposed Chemical Safety Improvement Act is potentially a great step forward for improving safety in chemical production. However, if manufacturers are unable to comply with the bill’s new regulations and standards, they will neither reap any of these benefits, nor will the act live up to its objective.
China’s overwhelming manufacturing cost advantage over the U.S. is shrinking fast. Within three years, a Boston Consulting Group analysis concludes that rising Chinese wages, higher U.S. productivity, a weaker dollar, and other factors will virtually close the cost gap between the U.S. and China for many goods consumed in North America.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the reshoring of American manufacturing business that had previously been lost to other regions. The talk seems to center on three areas: Is reshoring actually happening? Are we really going to make up for all the jobs lost to countries with lower-cost labor, primarily India and China? What can we learn from success stories in order to achieve more reshoring?
Improperly maintained sight glasses can easily become the weakest link in a processing system, becoming difficult to illuminate and providing less than optimal visibility to process observers. In the most severe cases they can actually fail endangering workers, leading to extensive destruction of property and forcing unplanned downtime.
NFPA 56 prohibits the use of flammable gas as a cleaning agent for interior pipes. The standard is a response to the 2010 explosion at Kleen Energy Power and another at a food processing site that happened within less than a year of each other. This article offers a look at the regulation three years later, with tips on how to properly meet its expectations.
Entities such as OSHA and the FDA have strict mandates requiring facilities to provide protective coverings for exposed glass within food processing areas. Unfortunately, proper precautionary protection is not always executed. Inevitably, another story of glass contamination in food products will hit the wire. Production lines will be halted and the cleanup process executed.
Over the past several years, the economic recovery has presented a multitude of challenges for businesses across the U.S. These challenges have been significant for those in the food and agribusiness sector. Crop, feed and fuel price volatility has impacted margins and has been difficult to hedge and manage. For many, acquiring equipment through leasing or other financing methods is more flexible and customizable.
Although the general principles of granulation technology have remained unchanged for several decades, the emergence of several process modifications seem to be gaining popularity among the pharmaceutical industry. Two of those modifications are wet milling operation and spraying in a controlled manner using a spray nozzle over an extended period of time.
It is no secret that the transition to single-use technology for biopharmaceutical applications is often disruptive. Yet, as the industry continues to see the proven benefits of integrating these technologies, and in some cases fully transitioning to them, the paradigm shift that happened in the upstream is making its way into the downstream.
Fresca Foods began its journey over 20 years ago near Boulder, Co. At the time the company was focused on providing quality food service products to restaurants and retail outlets in the Boulder region, but the business was about to change.
In the well-known children’s story The Three Bears, Goldilocks moves from bed to bed and from one bowl of porridge to another until she finds one that is “just right”. Aptly named “The Goldilocks Principle” this quest for finding products, services or a business partner that hinges on the relationship being “just right” can certainly be applied when choosing a pharmaceutical contract manufacturer.
The Food Safety Update section of Food Manufacturing is designed to offer insight into the state of food safety concerns across the industry. Hundreds of responses were received for a survey on employee training, here are the results.
Fracking is dramatically increasing the recoverable reserves of America carbon-based energy supplies. but yesterday I just paid $4.15 to fill up my car at the USA gas station in Cardiff, Calif. There is a huge disconnect between supply and the price at the pump.
The fertilizer-plant explosion last April 17 in West, Texas that killed 15 and demolished a good part of the town was only the most recent of a number of accidents involving hazardous chemicals that have happened in Texas over the years.
Tom Comstock, Executive Vice President with Apriso, offers perspective on making manufacturing more attractive and how software investments can play a key role. Comstock and his company have visibility throughout the manufacturing sector.