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The Internet of Things: What It Means For The Chemicals Industry

February 12, 2015 2:53 pm | by Stefan Guertzgen, Senior Director of Chemicals, SAP | Comments

Five real-world examples of how converting data into action can transform your business.  

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Take it From Freedom Industries: How NOT to Handle a Major Chemical Accident

February 10, 2015 5:18 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

It’d be a comedy of errors if it was funny. But for the former executives of Freedom Industries, there hasn’t been much to laugh about since the Jan. 9 2014 spill into the Elk River that catapulted them into the spotlight. Gary Southern, the infamous former president of the chemical company, is back in the news this week...

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Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 9, 2015 5:31 pm | by Christina Chatfield | Comments

No matter what type of manufacturing business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

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Who Owns The Asset And The Data in APM And Servitization?

February 3, 2015 4:34 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Comments

Using the data from three lathes in your plant to predict reliability is possible, but using the data from thousands of lathes in operation around the world adds a whole other layer of confidence in the prediction. This is the reason so many manufacturing equipment OEMs are beginning to offer reliability services as part of their product offering.

5 Best Practices for Using Robotics in Your Food Processing Plant

February 2, 2015 9:37 am | by Brian Roffers, Packaging Engineer, Stellar | Comments

Food and beverage processors are increasingly turning towards robotics for the technology’s slew of benefits including reduced costs, upped throughput and increased food and worker safety. While robotics does boast various benefits to food manufacturing, it’s important to follow some best practices during your own implementation.

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Pine Chemicals as an Engine for Economic Growth and Sustainability

January 29, 2015 2:49 pm | by Charles Morris | Comments

Companies are looking for value-added innovations, reduced environmental impact and ways to set themselves apart from the competition, but not only that — they want to build a more sustainable, innovative business. This is where lessons from the pine resin industry can help. 

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10 Resolutions For Building a Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network in The Process Industries

January 28, 2015 4:31 pm | by Ed Rusch, vice president of Corporate Marketing at Elemica | Comments

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints, and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “10 Top Resolutions” to building a better Supply Chain Operating Network in 2015 and beyond. 

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McDonald’s Reveals List of Chemicals in French Fries. Will Anyone Care?

January 27, 2015 2:07 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

A few months ago, the mega food chain began rolling out a marketing push that cleverly showcases former “MythBusters” co-host, Grant Imahara doing some myth-busting about how their food is made. Question is: When it comes to their fries, will this transparency campaign only throw more cooking oil into the fire?

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Report Says Levels of BPA Are Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 21, 2015 4:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

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Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 21, 2015 9:29 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

While the economy is in the process of recovering from the recent recession, it is essential that the manufacturing sector continues to grow stronger. Eighty-three percent of companies indicated a moderate to serious shortage of skilled production workers and 69 percent of companies expect this shortage to worsen over the next three to five years.

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President Will Push For Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 4:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Ahead of his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. The initiative will be known as the Healthy Americans Act and will affect all companies with 15 or more employees.

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What Can Reaction Calorimetry Teach Us?

January 14, 2015 11:32 am | by Urs Groth, Product Manager, Reaction Calorimetry, and Market Manager, Reaction Engineering | Comments

Developing new compounds and transferring them to production requires an understanding of the chemical route, process and parameters—the sooner, the better. Reaction calorimetry is helping researchers adapt, giving them an ability to meet their goal of safer scale-up at the speed of modern manufacturing.

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Should The Texan Earthquakes Speed up Regulations Talk?

January 8, 2015 5:20 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

On Monday research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked March 2014 earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracking. The next day, as if the earth beneath the U.S. wanted to say, “Told you so,” the ground began to rattle Texans in their boots.

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Is Your Chemical Company Operating Effectively?

December 29, 2014 4:14 pm | by Barry van Bergen, director of strategy group for chemicals, KPMG | Comments

What should you be thinking about when making changes to your business and wanting to ensure your company remains effective and nimble in response to market needs? Start with the business case and how you will generate your returns, then move to how you’ll deliver it.

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Meet Chem.Info's New Editor

December 29, 2014 3:40 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new editor for Chem.info. I am a big news junkie and it's an exciting time to be a part of the chemical manufacturing world. In this role I am dedicated to delivering impactful stories that will hit home for processors throughout the industry.

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