The U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second and China falling behind. It’s a far cry from the trends over the last few decades and because it’s a rather extraordinary claim, it deserves a little more examination.
The small town of West, Texas recently marked the one year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and injured 200 others. Subsequent news on the accident went largely unnoticed, because it happened on April 17, two days after the Boston Marathon. But since the blast little has been done to ensure it won’t happen again.
Chances are, an increased rate of production response to changes in supply and demand is high on your operational wish-list. And you’re not alone. When it comes to increased agility, it’s hard to argue there’s such a thing as too fast, and even small improvements in the ability to quickly ramp production up or down can translate to significant long-term bottom-line gains.
With a variety of automated Environmental Management Information Systems to track and report environmental, health and safety compliance, it’s surprising that many companies are using manual programs. Why are companies accepting liability associated with these archaic programs and what can they do to bring their EH&S systems into the 21st century?
When a tank leaked 10,000 gallons of an industrial chemical into West Virginia's Elk River, Freedom Industries filed for bankruptcy within days. In the aftermath of the incident, representatives from a range of industries signed a letter to West Virginia’s government calling for increased regulation and stronger enforcement.
Let’s briefly explore some of the more elemental aspects of maintenance management life. Has research finally enabled us to solve the fundamental problem faced by managers of maintenance workers since the time of the pyramids: what makes maintenance people tick?
How are your engineering and sales teams gathering they data they use to make decisions? Are they getting it from reputable sources? Rich Garvin, the Training & Development Manager at Knovel, offers some guidance as to how to do web-based research - safely.
The new rule intends to serve as a major step toward the United States achieving its 2020 emissions-reduction target and given current cost trends, even deeper reductions are possible by 2030. More importantly, there are opportunities for the final version of the rule to tap the full potential of efficiency and renewable energy throughout the country.
It's a multi-tasking world and the line between work and personal activities is becoming fuzzy, with technology at least partly to blame. More and more of our everyday activities have incorporated interactive displays, live feeds and Internet accessibility, and, in addition to changing the way we relate to each other and navigate the consumer market, it’s having a noticeable effect on enterprise operations.
According to a new poll conducted on behalf of the National Mining Association, more than 75% of Americans are concerned that new EPA regulations - specifically geared toward coal power plants - will lead to higher electricity prices on the consumer end.
When breaking down the multi-faceted components, resources and benefits the Internet of Things encompasses, it clearly offers an intriguing display of opportunity, investment and concern. IoT’s surge into the everyday lives of nearly every person represents significant social and cultural change, with its impact being felt in numerous areas - including manufacturing.
Although many companies have a limited view of contract manufacturing, manufacturing leaders have recognized the benefits of using it as a part of their long-term production strategy. These benefits can be particularly important in an economic environment characterized by rising customer expectations, growing complexity and ever-increasing volatility.
Information without context is just noise. The best way to filter the noise is to ensure that each plant function — operations, maintenance, safety, etc. — has clear, up-to-date information on how it can contribute most effectively to safe, successful operation. Although each role operates within multiple contexts, automation systems can offer useful assistance.
If you’re not open to letting suppliers into your plant, your competition may be – and then skipping these kinds of service offerings goes from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.
Notice anything about your workforce? Some of them may be graying and soon preparing to retire. The age of your workforce represents a good opportunity for qualified younger employees to step in and launch their career. The problem you face is finding that young person...