The demand for skilled workers has never been higher as manufacturers struggle to find the talented workforce needed to fill jobs currently available. To combat the talent gap and build a high-performance team, some are increasingly turning to competency models – a structured system to develop the needed knowledge, skills and abilities for specific jobs.
The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) is expected to help move cutting-edge metals from research into vehicles, planes and ships used commercially and by the U.S. military.
One glance at your morning newspaper and you’ll find troubling news within today’s global manufacturing industry. It could be one of many things: a fire, a chemical spill, numerous workers injured or killed. In manufacturing, especially in the process industries, the smallest abnormal situation can trigger a series of events that can lead to disaster.
This issue of IMPO focuses on improving energy efficiency in your facility, takes you inside KitchenAid's stand mixer factory and discusses the best uses for mobility in a manufacturing setting.
A state agency's decision to revise a Detroit-area steel plant's air quality permit will allow the facility to continue emitting too much pollution, environmental organizations said Monday in a lawsuit.
Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said.
From precision instruments to carburetors, manufacturers from the aerospace, food, drug, machining and automotive industries have discovered that industrial ultrasonic cleaning systems provide them with premium results over traditional cleaning methods — and are safer, faster and less expensive.
Know someone who’s feeling the heat at work-literally? Cintas Corporation and The Sqwincher Corporation, a leader in electrolyte replacement drinks, launched its “Hottest Job in America” contest for employees in high-heat environments. The prize package includes cooling products and a pair of NFL tickets.
A New Cumberland metal recycling plant lacked a safety system to collect combustible dust during a 2010 explosion that killed three people and injured another, according to federal investigators.
Plant explosions should serve as a reminder for industrial users to review their vacuums to ensure they are suitable in explosion-proof applications, such as those relating to combustible dust. In addition to satisfying OSHA requirements, manufacturers must also keep workers safe.
U.S. factory output increased for the fifth straight month in June as manufacturers cranked out more aircraft, chemicals and furniture.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Those deaths could have been prevented.
A company that makes components for power plants that it eventually expects to bring 3,000 jobs to the facility it plans to build in Camden, one of the nation's poorest cities.
Alcoa signed a $1.1 billion deal to make jet engine parts for a unit of United Technologies Corp.
More than two dozen activists have been arrested following a protest against plans to build a facility in Maryland to liquefy and export natural gas.
Many industries face challenges when it comes to providing a cool working environment, particularly in heat-susceptible areas such as industrial plants and manufacturing facilities. These extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.
Will Baxter, a new kind of robot that can perform more delicate operations alongside humans, redefine how robotics are used in manufacturing?
A North Carolina group plans a meeting Saturday in Iuka to call on local residents to press state regulators to hold a hearing on what it believes is health risks connected to a silicon metal plant under construction in Tishomingo County.
Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.
A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Explosions, hazardous gas leaks, chemical spills and rapidly spreading fires are obvious examples of fast-breaking crises. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?
A Wisconsin company will open a $48 million plant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to make paper towels, tissue and other projects, hiring 300 people over five years.
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.
Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety awareness and precautionary practices in place.
Monadnock Paper Mill (MPM) is nestled along the Contoocook River in the 1,400-person-town of Bennington, NH and has been in continuous operation since 1819 — the longest of any paper mill in the United States. The company is family owned, and it's loyal ties to local community and environment are apparent at every step.