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EPA Regulations And American Manufacturing

August 9, 2014 | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Magazine | Comments

The EPA, as well-intentioned as it may be, is often met with staunch opposition from the industrial sector and the political right. Backing the EPA, more frequently than not, are environmentalist and the left. But who’s right, and is there a clear winner? 

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Going Green: 3 Ways To Improve Sustainability In Your Warehouse

August 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Comments

Looking to save money and go green in your warehouse? It's not only possible, it's the best way to go in today's world of gas-guzzling, energy-wasting operations. If you use forklifts in your material handling warehouse, you can boost your sustainability daily with just a few steps.

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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

July 22, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

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.

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Is The Texas Fertilizer Explosion Doomed To Repeat Itself?

July 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, MBT | Comments

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.

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4 Manufacturing Software Applications That Support Operational Agility

July 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Comments

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.

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Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

July 1, 2014 1:00 am | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon | Comments

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?

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A handful of the hundreds of creditors seeking compensation from the company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill that deprived residents of usable tap water for days questioned top executives Tuesday in bankruptcy court.

The Elk River Chemical Spill: A Preventive Maintenance Cautionary Tale

June 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Chris Mumford, Manager Plus | Comments

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.

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Let’s briefly explore some of the more elemental aspects of maintenance management life. In the last few years, a prodigious amount of effort and time has resulted in mapping the entire human genome. All this research has enabled us to solve the fundament

Cracking The Code: Maintenance Genetics

June 20, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Comments

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?

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How Trustworthy Is The Data You’re Using?

June 17, 2014 9:07 am | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Comments

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.

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EPA's New Plan - Feasible & Economically Beneficial?

June 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Michael Obeiter and Kevin Kennedy, World Resources Institute | Comments

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.

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The Impact Of Consumer IT Trends On Manufacturing Software

June 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Comments

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.

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Americans Agree, EPA Regulations Go Too Far

May 27, 2014 5:37 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

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.

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IoT Transforming The Industrial Sector

May 20, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

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.

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New Approaches To Contract Manufacturing Open Doors For Manufacturers

May 13, 2014 1:00 am | by David Douthit, Operations Executive, Accenture | Comments

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.   

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The Enlightened Plant

May 6, 2014 1:00 am | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Comments

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.

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77 Safety Glasses

April 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

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.                          

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