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Innovation Vertigo

October 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Andrew Rieser, President, Mountain Point | Blogs | Comments

A new report praises the early adoption of technologies like cloud computing as the quickest path to business success. However, in industries like manufacturing there is still trepidation in adopting new technologies and transforming old business models. An uneasiness with the pace of change and confusion over the best path forward leads to innovation vertigo...

5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 15, 2014 2:34 pm | by Paul Leavoy, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The need to manage environment, health and safety performance across organizations has...

Company Plans $4B Plastic Factory In North Dakota

October 14, 2014 10:16 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $4 billion factory is planned in North Dakota that will convert natural gas liquids into...

3 Key Business Drivers For Labeling In A Global Supply Chain

October 13, 2014 2:25 pm | by Josh Roffman | Articles | Comments

In today’s global economy, it’s critical to...

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Manufacturing Set For A Strong Q4

October 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

300 On Strike At Schneider Electric

October 9, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The strike at the Schneider Electric plant in Peru, Indiana began early Monday, with members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers picketing outside its main gates.                                           

Eradicating The Harmful Impacts Of Manufacturing

October 8, 2014 10:27 am | by Plymouth University | News | Comments

Plymouth University scientists confirm a new technique for applying high-quality finishes in engineering reduces the harmful impact by more than 98%.                                        

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How Lean is Your Workstation?

October 8, 2014 9:37 am | by IMPO Magazine | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we show you the power of innovation and vision with ORG Chem Group, the importance of integrating workstations into Lean process flow, and investigate where the optimum place to manufacture really is. 

Extinguishing Factory Fire Risks

October 7, 2014 11:37 am | by Zurich Insurance Company | Blogs | Comments

Check out this infographic on the three common causes of factory fires.                                                                        

5 Tips To Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 7, 2014 11:32 am | by Zurich Insurance Group | Articles | Comments

Creating a basic pre-fire plan can help a manufacturing facility prevent injuries, loss of life and production downtime. That’s why Zurich North America is recognizing National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11) and recommending that factory owners take five important steps to help increase fire safety at their buildings.

Large Fire At Seattle Manufacturing Building Releases Chemicals

October 1, 2014 10:39 am | by Manuel Valdes - Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals. The fire ...         

Rebuilding After Disaster Strikes

October 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Leon Smith IV, Vice President, Niagara Lubricant Company, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In August 2011, the factory owned by Niagara Lubricant Company, Inc., a Buffalo-area, family-owned business since 1923, went up in flames in a four-alarm chemical fire. Leon Smith IV, Vice President of Niagara Lubricant shares his top five tips for responding to a company disaster that helped the company rebuild and flourish.

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Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

September 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers are retiring and green workers are attempting to enter the workforce. 

8 Tips For Maintenance Efficiency

September 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Scott McNeill | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. In addition, unplanned line stoppages or processing delays can result in scrap or spoilage of high cost ingredients or products. Here are eight simple tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly.

Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips For Manufacturers

September 24, 2014 1:00 am | by David Schnitt | Articles | Comments

From managing complex supply chains to executing cost savings improvements, the manufacturing industry must keep a keen eye on the efficiency of their processes in order to be successful. But there is a worrisome trend in the industry: the over-reliance on purchase orders.   

Investigation Begins After Natrium Plant Accident

September 22, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Axiall Corp. spokesman says the company is investigating an accident at its Natrium plant that injured four workers.                                    

4 Ways To Increase Manufacturing Output

September 22, 2014 1:00 am | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are always looking to push themselves and their machines harder to boost output and improve productivity. Four of the best areas to look at for improvements to output are the materials used, the incentives used to drive up numbers, the workers outside of the factory walls, and anyone with something to share.

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Keeping Critters Out Of Critical Equipment

September 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Roxtec | Articles | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitoes, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that must be protected against infestation. 

Preventative Maintenance Tips For Water Treatment Equipment

September 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Maree | Articles | Comments

When it comes to water treatment equipment, preventative maintenance is key — because the proper care and upkeep can make the difference between running smoothly and shutting down. Why is preventative maintenance so important? What goes into proper preventative maintenance? Click here for some tips for your water treatment equipment.

Machine Safety Labeling In The 21st Century

September 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Geoffrey Peckham, CEO of Clarion Safety Systems | Blogs | Comments

If your company manufactures machinery that has potential hazards associated with its transportation, installation, use, maintenance and/or disposal, you most likely have a strong need to create effective product safety labels. And the stakes are too high for the job to be done incorrectly – people’s lives and your company’s financial well-being are on the line.

U.S. Factory Output Drops 0.4% In August

September 15, 2014 10:30 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output declined in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants.                                            

Dust Explosion Injures 4

September 15, 2014 10:20 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flames from welding equipment touched off a grain-dust explosion at a Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff, burning two workers severely and leaving two others with less serious burns, authorities said.                                      

Right-Shoring: Finding The Best Place To Manufacture

September 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Sweeney | Articles | Comments

Do manufacturing jobs "belong" on-shore? Is off-shoring or outsourcing inherently bad? Both questions are based on an erroneous assumption that effective trade creates winners and losers. A job producing something in Vietnam does not equate to one fewer job here in the US. It does not have to be a zero sum game. Experience has shown that a properly executed strategy can and should create winners on both sides.

Combustible Dust: Solutions Delayed

September 12, 2014 5:14 pm | by CSB | Videos | Comments

Check out the CSB safety video about a fatal combustible dust explosion at a facility that milled and processed scrap titanium and zirconium metal and killed three employees and injured a contractor.                                                 

Leadership & Employee Engagement Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 10:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, there is notable progress being made with respect to operational efficiency and profitability. Even so, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so, requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies—what we refer to as a journey towards Operational Excellence.

5 Key Reasons To Keep Maintenance History

September 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and heightens awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will also narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment.      

11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

September 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | Articles | Comments

To successfully bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions (and answers) act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.

Choosing The Right Sensor For Emission Monitoring

September 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Tom Gurd, City Technology | Articles | Comments

City Technology’s Tom Gurd, Product Marketing Manager, highlights emissions analysis application needs, trends in the global marketplace and how analyzer manufacturers can benefit from the latest sensing technologies and add real-world value by enhancing measurement reliability, accuracy and reducing operational costs.

U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month, in part because cold weather delayed shipments of raw materials and caused some factories to shut down.

Leaders Seek Manufacturing Revival

September 2, 2014 10:07 am | by RON BARTIZEK, (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader | News | Comments

On Labor Day 2014, workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania faceed a job market that has changed considerably over the past several years, while some employers say they can't find new hires with the skills and work habits they need. The mismatch is reflected in an unemployment rate that, while down substantially since the end of the Great Recession, has remained the highest in the state for more than four years.

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