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Checking American Manufacturing's Vital Signs

November 25, 2013 5:24 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Comments

Lately, a wave of optimism about the growth of American manufacturing has pervaded the media, and projection data says the same. The question is, does this bright spot point to the cure, or just a bandage? A true assessment of American manufacturing requires a closer examination of manufacturing vital signs.

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Are LEDs Lighting Your Way?

November 25, 2013 4:45 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

For chemical processing facilities LED's can be a solution to concerns about energy efficiency, cost efficiency and overall lighting performance when building new and retrofitting old plants. In an effort to investigate their potential further, Chem.Info sat down with Andrew Struhs and Devin Sikorski from Dialight, to talk about LED's benefits for processors.

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Q&A: Navigating GHS Standards

November 19, 2013 4:05 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

Chem.Info sat down with Andrew Scherz, Senior Product Manager at Epson America, to talk about the GHS deadlines chemical companies now face and some strategies for a smooth implementation of the new standards. Is your company ready for the first deadline - December 1st? 

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Manufacturing’s Renaissance Depends On Skilled Workers

November 18, 2013 4:36 pm | by Philip Odette, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Comments

Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home. The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum...

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Preventing Hand Injuries At Your Facility

November 18, 2013 2:51 pm | by Brenda Nader, Kimberly-Clark Professional | Comments

Brenda Nader, a senior product supply manager at Kimberly-Clark Professional, a provider of hygiene, safety, and productivity solutions, brings her expertise to a few questions about facility safety. Read on for her insights on injury prevention and risk management on the plant floor.

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Developing A Multi-Skilled Workforce: Doing More With Less

November 18, 2013 2:02 pm | by Terri Szymczak, Regional Leader, Training Services, Rockwell Automation | Comments

What if you learned funding for capital equipment required to keep your plant running in coming years was soon going to be extremely hard to find? Would you hit the panic button? The situation manufacturers are facing when it comes to their most critical asset – people – is nearly as dire.

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Are You Ready For An Emergency On The Plant Floor?

November 14, 2013 1:52 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Is your plant prepared for a natural disaster or on-site emergency? Are there sufficient communication channels in place for you to find out? Read on for insights from an industry expert on the importance of planning strategies and communication during an emergency situation in or around your manufacturing facility. 

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5 Quick Questions: Labor Will Define Success

November 13, 2013 3:30 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Chris Cole, founder and CEO of Intelligrated shares his passion and insights for devising new philosophies and methods for addressing some of the issues facing U.S. manufacturers. Does your company have strategies for recruiting and retaining quality employees?                                                    

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"The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters"

November 13, 2013 12:02 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | Comments

Gregory Zuckerman's book "The Frackers" tells the unexpected story of how a once-obscure method of producing oil and natural gas from shale rock led to a huge American energy boom — and to a bitter debate over whether that's a great thing or an environmental disaster.

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A ‘Monster’ Look At Manufacturing Jobs

November 11, 2013 5:16 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Not too long ago, Monster.com conducted a comprehensive survey on the state of U.S. manufacturing jobs, and came to some compelling, if not worrying, results. In general, workers in U.S. manufacturing are largely unhappy with their current positions, for a variety of reasons, and are more likely to be actively searching for different work, be it at another plant, or another industry.

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Plant Design: Efficient Budgeting and Resource Conservation for Food Manufacturers

November 6, 2013 5:18 pm | by Kerry Mowlam, Division Manager, Stellar and Frank Freeman, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Stellar | Comments

It is critical to plan for the future when designing your food processing plant’s mechanical systems. We find that many plants are now undergoing expensive retrofits because future needs were not appropriately considered. To avoid these issues, here are four budget considerations to address when designing your plant’s mechanical system...

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Stand Out With Excellent On-Site Safety

November 6, 2013 4:22 pm | by Konecranes | Comments

To really make an impression on current and potential customers, most contractors, manufacturers and industrial service providers recognize the importance of differentiating themselves from the competition. There are plenty of companies out there who can get the job done, and so quality becomes a question of how: how well, how quickly, how … safely?  

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Domestic Minerals Production Could Boost Manufacturing

November 6, 2013 3:43 pm | by Hal Quinn, CEO, National Mining Association (NMA) | Comments

Industries across the country depend on minerals such as aluminum, copper, silver, cobalt, nickel and gold for the production of smartphones, solar panels, military body armor, MRI machines and countless other high-tech products critical to the American way of life. Here in the United States, there are more than $6.2 trillion worth of key mineral resources ready to be developed and put to good use by our nation’s manufacturers.

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ISM: Manufacturing Continues Upward Momentum

November 5, 2013 4:16 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business.

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The Rise Of Remanufacturing

October 31, 2013 3:54 pm | by Rajesh Krishnan, Director, Manufacturing and Hi-tech SBU, Wipro Technologies | Comments

Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about the new and emerging technologies in manufacturing that are likely to produce major industry changes in the coming months and years. One such area of technology is remanufacturing, but what exactly does that mean?

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