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Preventing Heat Stress On The Job

July 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC | Comments

Many industries face challenges when it comes to providing a cool working environment, particularly in heat-susceptible areas such as industrial plants and manufacturing facilities. These extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.

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Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

July 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Comments

Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.                                     

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Dealing With "Fast-Breaking" Crisis Situations in Your Plant

July 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Ray White, Director of Federal Signal Corporation's Integrated Systems Group (ISG) | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Explosions, hazardous gas leaks, chemical spills and rapidly spreading fires are obvious examples of fast-breaking crises. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                     

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Better On-The-Job Electrical Safety

July 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Comments

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety awareness and precautionary practices in place. 

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Tapping Shale Oil & Gas Through Sustainable Water Management

July 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Dow Water & Process Solutions | Comments

Check out this infographic on tapping into an abundant energy source through sustainable water management.                                                        

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Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Inside America's Oldest Continuously Operating Paper Mill

July 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Comments

Monadnock Paper Mill (MPM) is nestled along the Contoocook River in the 1,400-person-town of Bennington, NH and has been in continuous operation since 1819 — the longest of any paper mill in the United States. The company is family owned, and it's loyal ties to local community and environment are apparent at every step. 

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Tips For Emergency Preparedness

July 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Comments

Everyone thinks about the worst case scenario. For your operation, it could be a serious safety incident. Or maybe it’s an issue of how your chemicals are stored, or what a power outage might mean. Perhaps you’ve watched on the news as a business contends with a natural disaster and wondered – how would we react?

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

Economy Continues Upward Trend Despite Global Unrest

June 30, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

Measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA), the CAB’s 0.5 percent gain beat the average first quarter monthly gains of 0.3 percent. Though the pace of growth has slowed significantly, gains in June have brought the CAB up a solid 4.3 percent over this time last year.

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Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Building Up, Not Out

June 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

For many manufacturers, there comes a time when the lack of adequate space leads to disorganization and inefficiency. Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results.

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Enclosure Material Considerations: Fiberglass Vs. Stainless Steel

June 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Roger Schroder, Engineering Manager, Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures | Comments

Environmental corrosion combined with the damage from impact will affect an enclosure’s ability to properly protect controls, potentially causing production downtime, personal injury, increased maintenance costs and losses in customers. This is why it has become critical to be knowledgeable about enclosure materials to prevent such complications.

Best Practices For Bearing Protection

June 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Adam Willwerth, Sales and Marketing Manager, Electro Static Technology | Comments

Until all motors are designed with built-in bearing protection, plant maintenance personnel and motor repair shops will continue to replace damaged bearings. But if proper mitigation is installed, it only has to be done once. Better yet, technicians can use diagnostic techniques to head off electrical bearing damage from the beginning.

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Controlling Dust With Curtain Walls

June 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Chuck Ashelin, Engineering Manager, Zoneworks | Comments

Controlling dust in a facility is essential for quality control and, more importantly, is a matter of safety. Any company involved in a process handling operation or generating particulate matter will benefit from dust control practices. Curtain walls can be a simple and economical way to control dust and they make exhaust and separation systems more efficient.

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Emergency Eyewashes & Showers: Testing and Maintenance

June 19, 2014 1:00 am | by Grainger | Comments

Fortunately, emergency eyewashes and showers often go unused, so it's criticial to test these devices regularly to help ensure they will function properly in an emergency. Studies show that the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing damage.

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Scheduling Maintenance With Military Precision

June 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Christopher D. Gates, Asst. Reactor Maintenance Officer on the USS Nimitz | Comments

The USS Nimitz is one of the Navy’s nuclear powered super carriers and is the lead ship of its class. With only two locations in the world that can handle its dry dock maintenance needs, the carrier needs to schedule maintenance activities over two years out. This offshore application offers maintenance best practices that any manufacturer should consider.

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Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Adhesives: Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

June 12, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Comments

When applied correctly, adhesives and sealants can improve equipment reliability, lower operating costs and save large amounts of time and money. To ensure that you’re using these products correctly, it’s important to understand the differences in various adhesives, how long they last and what changes are coming. 

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