Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
"Demand response programs" pay participants to be available to reduce their energy consumption for short periods of time when requested by the grid operator. Is your facility getting paid for controlling consumption? Click here for information on what manufacturers should know when considering demand response programs.
If not removed, sulfur remains in natural gas and refined petroleum products and when burned the sulfur compounds are emitted into the environment as sulfur dioxide, a precursor to acid rain. Gas and oil producers, processors and refiners use sulfur recovery units to reduce emissions and to ensure regulatory compliance.
Creating a safe work environment with a focus on manufacturing safety is yet another variable in operations that has a major impact on bottom-line, service level, employee motivation, investor’s relations and brand image. So what is the key to ensure that there is a focus on manufacturing safety?
Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and international competition, continue to struggle against an old adversary - Washington, specifically the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has instituted tough rules and regulations on businesses, leading many to believe that compliance is not only futile, but may lead to closures of many facilities.
For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have successfully removed most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kinds. A variety of EPA-approved pesticides are available for use in processing facilities, but a better, long-term solution is to prevent infestation in the first place.
What do you do with all that data once it’s available? Steve Wise, the Vice President of Statistical Methods at InfinityQS, recently sat down to discuss the best practices for implementing data-driven software and how manufacturers can most effectively use the information it provides.
While winter weather extremes continue to impact the economy, strengthening chemical equity prices drove solid gains in the American Chemistry Council’s monthly Chemical Activity Barometer. March’s reading featured a gain of 0.3% over February, rebounding past the average 0.2% gain in late 2013, and pointing to modest but continued growth in the U.S. economy.
Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions and adequate training severe injuries or death can occur. To help organizations navigate the recently revised HazCom requirements, we'll debunk six popular HazCom/GHS myths.
Now that the FDA has the power to invoke mandatory recalls, under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the speed and accuracy of the recall process has never been more important. The federal watchdog’s new teeth can be expected to leave their mark on more food companies, halting the distribution of suspect products — and that could affect your own supply chain.
The first Food Safety Modernization Act deadline will force food facilities to evaluate their operations, implement and monitor measures to prevent contamination and develop an action plan to counter it. One of the best ways facilities can comply with this new rule is with a rigorous pest management program.
Each year, OSHA releases a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards violations. This year's list is almost identical to last year's, highlighting the need for greater attention to safety on the plant floor. Read on for some expert insight on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility in 2014.
Rupture discs are an often overlooked, but crucial element to any chemical processing facility. Personnel changes or the rapid growth of a plant can result in discs operating at less than capacity. Frequent replacement can be costly and discs that are no longer suitable for their applications pose both physical and financial risks for plant personnel and the company.
With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls for food distributors. In order to get some more details on the rules and how companies are going to deal with the changes, we got in touch with Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced its highly anticipated list of the first products and chemicals to be evaluated under the state’s innovative Safer Chemical Product regulations. Although DTSC had legal authority to regulate five products under the implementing regulations, they selected only three classes of products.