Every three months, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) provides a detailed look at the health of the domestic manufacturing sector and reviews the performance of a selected group of its most important subsectors. This report covers the actual data available through July 2013 and provides our forecasts.
Part one of a three part series on the changing landscape of chemical management focuses on recent changes to the Hazard Communication Standard by OSHA and the corresponding deadlines and responsibilities every employer with hazardous chemicals must adhere to.
Corrosion has long been the bane of the oil industry, accounting for more than 25% of failures. Now a growing number of pro-active, oil and gas industry maintenance professionals are turning to a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion, extend equipment life and minimize the cost and production downtime required to repair or replace corroded equipment.
Industrial compressor systems are an investment. But the initial purchase price is just the beginning; even costlier than the equipment costs are the costs to run an air compressor and maintenance. With the recent, and steady, increases in energy costs, everyone is concerned with efficiency.
The reality is that, far from being doomed by an excess of technology, we are actually at risk of being held back from too little innovation. It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” How else do we explain today’s persistent high unemployment?
Politicians love promoting "made in America" during an election season but tend to forget about it once the dust settles. And so, for all the praise of American manufacturing in the last campaign – by Democrats and Republicans alike – very little has actually been done. So what happened to a real competitiveness – and – jobs agenda?
As the statistics on food waste continue to rise and awareness of those statistics becomes more pronounced, Dr. Ron Cotterman, Vice President of Sustainability at Sealed Air, weighs in with food waste awareness and prevention strategies for the manufacturer.
Proper sanitization is always a concern, as foodborne pathogens often lurk and grow in hidden, hard-to-reach areas in processing environments. Tony Reed of Dow Microbial Control offers his thoughts about the unique sanitization challenges the industry now faces and how ozone sanitation can help prevent microbial contamination.
Most manufacturing and industrial businesses are familiar with equipment leasing and financing, but may not know the kinds of specific information they need to make the best financing decisions for their investments in equipment or software. Understanding the ways in which leasing fits your company’s particular needs can help to build a solid business case for financing as well as determine which financing option to choose.
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.