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.
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.
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.
An Axiall Corp. spokesman says the company is investigating an accident at its Natrium plant that injured four workers.
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.
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.
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.
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. manufacturing output declined in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Around the globe, industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. These initiatives all bear the same characteristics, transforming the manufacturing process from a patchwork of isolated silos to a seamless whole, integrated with the downstream and upstream production environment. There is, in fact, a close link between modern manufacturing and the advent of the Internet of Things.
As asset performance has become an increasingly important aspect of manufacturing profitability, companies are rushing to adopt progressive maintenance practices. However, asset performance management is more complicated that it may seem, click here for a breakdown of APM maturity models and the importance of understanding them further.
In recent years, increasing pressure from policymakers, consumers, and suppliers has prompted manufacturers to set environmental targets that go beyond reducing the pollutants they emit from their smokestacks or discharge into rivers and lakes.
State regulators and a company are negotiating an agreement to remediate any environmental issues at the site of a proposed ethane cracker plant in Wood County, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said.
In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.
Police in a St. Louis suburb where a recycling plant explosion killed two people say it was caused by a mortar round.
Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential, which exceeds that of all other metals.
Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.