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The Evolution Of The American Plastic Molding Industry

October 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastics | Comments

American plastics manufacturing has come a long way from its humble beginnings. From the start as a revolutionary material, plastic has become irreplaceable, due, in part, to revolutionary manufacturing techniques. Plastic production has become more efficient yet highly diversified. Manufacturing techniques range from tried-and-true injection molding to cutting-edge 3D printing.

Rebuilding After Disaster Strikes

October 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Leon Smith IV, Vice President, Niagara Lubricant Company, Inc. | Comments

In August 2011, the factory owned by Niagara Lubricant Company, Inc., a Buffalo-area, family-owned business since 1923, went up in flames in a four-alarm chemical fire. Leon Smith IV, Vice President of Niagara Lubricant shares his top five tips for responding to a company disaster that helped the company rebuild and flourish.

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8 Tips For Maintenance Efficiency

September 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Scott McNeill | Comments

Manufacturers operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. In addition, unplanned line stoppages or processing delays can result in scrap or spoilage of high cost ingredients or products. Here are eight simple tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly.

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Turning Waste Into Energy: From Manure To Smoke

September 25, 2014 2:52 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

Earlier this year, MagneGas Corporation, a technology company that counts among its inventions a technology that converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel, unveiled its mobile liquid biomass solution. Chem.Info sat down with CEO Ermanno Santilli to talk about how "shooting lightning into a liquid" can turn manure, waste oil and even coal smoke into energy.

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5 Things To Know When Sharing Information In Food Manufacturing

September 25, 2014 12:36 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

As the food manufacturing marketplace continues to deal with many familiar issues, the manner in which it can effectively and efficiently share best practices and opinions on these topics continues to evolve. The key for all involved is to ensure the proper mechanisms are in place for responding to these changing communication needs to ensure responsiveness and engagement – whether the focus is on readers, customers or employees.

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Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips For Manufacturers

September 24, 2014 1:00 am | by David Schnitt | Comments

From managing complex supply chains to executing cost savings improvements, the manufacturing industry must keep a keen eye on the efficiency of their processes in order to be successful. But there is a worrisome trend in the industry: the over-reliance on purchase orders.   

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

Pace Of Growth Slows For Second Consecutive Month

September 23, 2014 4:46 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

The Chemical Activity Barometer continued to see an easing of growth this month, with a 0.1 percent gain over August as measured on a three-month moving average.                                             

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4 Ways To Increase Manufacturing Output

September 22, 2014 1:00 am | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Comments

Manufacturers are always looking to push themselves and their machines harder to boost output and improve productivity. Four of the best areas to look at for improvements to output are the materials used, the incentives used to drive up numbers, the workers outside of the factory walls, and anyone with something to share.

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Keeping Critters Out Of Critical Equipment

September 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Roxtec | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitoes, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that must be protected against infestation. 

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Preventative Maintenance Tips For Water Treatment Equipment

September 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Maree | Comments

When it comes to water treatment equipment, preventative maintenance is key — because the proper care and upkeep can make the difference between running smoothly and shutting down. Why is preventative maintenance so important? What goes into proper preventative maintenance? Click here for some tips for your water treatment equipment.

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Right-Shoring: Finding The Best Place To Manufacture

September 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Sweeney | Comments

Do manufacturing jobs "belong" on-shore? Is off-shoring or outsourcing inherently bad? Both questions are based on an erroneous assumption that effective trade creates winners and losers. A job producing something in Vietnam does not equate to one fewer job here in the US. It does not have to be a zero sum game. Experience has shown that a properly executed strategy can and should create winners on both sides.

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Leadership & Employee Engagement Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 10:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, there is notable progress being made with respect to operational efficiency and profitability. Even so, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so, requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies—what we refer to as a journey towards Operational Excellence.

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

Chemical Industry Continues To Climb

September 8, 2014 3:51 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

A leading economic indicator created continued to see moderated upward growth last month, with a 0.2 percent gain over July as measured on a three-month moving average. Though the pace of growth has slowed, current gains are trending up a solid 4.3 percent over this time last year, and the barometer remains at its highest level since January 2008. 

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ISM: Numbers Up On Strong Demand

September 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

September 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | Comments

To successfully bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions (and answers) act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.

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