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The Factory Of The Future Will Be Shaped By The Internet Of Things

August 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

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.

Asset Management: Applying Maturity Models

August 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

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.

Exploring Advances In Sustainable Manufacturing

August 26, 2014 4:02 pm | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | News | Comments

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. 

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Remediation Plans Move Forward At WV Ethane Cracker Site

August 26, 2014 3:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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. 

Avoiding Decision Fatigue In The Engineering Change Management Process

August 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions | Blogs | Comments

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.         

Mortar Round Caused Deadly Plant Blast

August 25, 2014 4:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in a St. Louis suburb where a recycling plant explosion killed two people say it was caused by a mortar round.                                  

Extreme Environments Call For Extreme Batteries

August 20, 2014 1:00 am | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

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.

Mersen Plant Investigation Uncovers Employee Error

August 14, 2014 9:24 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.               

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Judge Rules Against Gas Plant Zoning Exemption

August 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has ruled that Calvert County improperly granted zoning exemptions for a proposed facility to liquefy and export natural gas that has drawn opposition from environmentalists.               

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

Preventing Package Printing Panic

August 13, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The GHS deadline is coming up fast and past implementation experience has shown that finding a solution takes longer than expected. Chem.Info sat down with Chris Cocanig, an expert who has spent the last two years working on GHS solutions, to ask him how to prevent the panic that can easily set in when a company attempts to bring their labels up to par.  

Getting Smart With Energy Intelligence

August 11, 2014 1:00 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

A variety of industry forces are driving the need among industrial companies for a comprehensive energy management system, but it’s profitability that’s ultimately motivating much of this activity. Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.

USDA Grain Inspectors Won't Cross Picket Lines

August 6, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Department of Agriculture grain inspectors are refusing to walk past picket lines and into a grain terminal in Vancouver, Washington.                                

Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

August 6, 2014 1:00 am | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers are focusing on facility-wide energy management. The challenge they face is to ensure that the buildings that house their highly optimized manufacturing operations are just as sophisticated and efficient as their production processes.

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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 | Blogs | 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.

Reshoring A Growth Driver In Powder Coating Industry

August 4, 2014 4:47 pm | by Powder Coating Institute | News | Comments

After more than two decades of "reshoring" or "off-shoring" manufacturing production to low-cost labor countries like China, U.S.-based companies are bringing their operations back home – resulting in the increasing need of skilled technical experts and coating professionals. 

75 Dead In Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 9:54 am | by JACK CHANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.              

Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

August 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

There is plenty of talk these days about the Internet of Things and wearable tech. While the consumer fascination with these capabilities is relatively new, what is often lost in the conversation is this: packaging companies have been building networks that connect machines for years – most often referred to as the “Industrial Internet” – and OEMS have increasingly been enabling this connectivity across the machines they produce.

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Running On Wind In America's Heartland

August 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In 2013, the French-Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the South Dakota. Marmen builds equipment for the global energy sector and its Brandon facility is dedicated to wind tower production. In this facility, it’s building exclusively for General Electric, a longstanding client. 

5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 31, 2014 12:56 pm | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                    

Warding Off Heat Illness

July 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center | Articles | Comments

Thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat every year, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable and employers must take responsibility for protecting their employees while they are working under conditions of excessive heat.

An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

Cattle Shortage Closes Cargill Beef Plant

July 30, 2014 4:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill says it plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.                                 

Omaha Plant To Fight Fines After Collapse

July 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A livestock feed company says it will contest citations and proposed penalties issued for the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees.                                    

Increasing Operational Efficiency By Cutting The Paper

July 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

If you’re currently planning on implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or other applications in the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) space, you may think you have all the shop-floor areas and situations that still use manual, paper-based processes identified, but this may not necessarily be the case.

Govt. Failed To Inspect Chemical Plants With High Terror Risk

July 29, 2014 4:22 pm | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The year-long investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a picture of inspection delay, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program passed by Congress in 2006.

Fish Processing Plant Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Hurt

July 28, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one person died and three others were injured in an explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast.                                     

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