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Pine Chemicals as an Engine for Economic Growth and Sustainability

January 29, 2015 | 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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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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Essential Questions on A&D Manufacturing Tech

December 23, 2014 12:09 pm | by Matthew Littlefield | Comments

On Dec. 11, LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Here we'll reexamine questions from the event and give answers to a few that went unaddressed.

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7 Key Questions to Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

December 22, 2014 2:20 pm | by Deborah Grant, Loftware Industry Marketing Manager | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Here are seven solutions to help you prepare.   

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The Keystone Pipeline Debate In The New Year

December 19, 2014 3:49 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The Keystone Pipeline debate has been raging for years, but a new Senate makeup in 2015 could signal sweeping changes. On one hand, the Keystone pipeline project could greatly benefit the U.S. economy, and on the other, it could drastically harm the environment.

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Reliability Engineers: Effectiveness Depends on Leadership

December 18, 2014 9:36 am | by Michael W. Blanchard, CRE, PE, Life Cycle Engineering | Comments

Beyond acquiring the knowledge, one of the most difficult aspects of a Reliability Engineer's job is building and cultivating a reliability-centered culture. This article explores opportunities for REs to develop leadership abilities by immersing themselves into the effort to transform an organization’s culture.

Am I Being Poisoned by Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

If you have ever heard the saying “you are what you eat” than you probably remember your mother scolding at you as a child for eating too many cookies because “if you eat too many, you’ll turn in to one!”  But if you are what you eat, then you are also what you eat eats.

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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift in Production or Just a Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 3:44 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores. Yesterday, A.T. Kearney released its 2014 Reshoring Index, which looks at the rate and pace of the return of manufacturing operations to the U.S.

Six Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 5:28 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Comments

There’s good news to share. The lower costs associated with reshoring are driving more local manufacturing activity; technological developments are drastically changing the way plants operate; and capital investments are on the rise. Here's what to expect in the coming year.

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Remote Monitoring Provides an Enhanced Solution For OEE

December 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out. That sounds like a bold assertion, but consider this: A facility with an OEE score of 85 or higher is considered "World Class." However, 40 is a fairly common score for facilities just starting to measure OEE.

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HEPA Filters: Does Your Plant Need Them?

December 8, 2014 10:01 am | by Don Stroud, Stellar | Comments

Because billions of particles lace unconditioned air with dust, dirt, bacteria and pathogens, your plant’s air filters are crucial to preventing contamination and ensuring food safety. But when it comes to filtration, more isn’t necessarily better.

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