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Analysis: High Costs Keep Japan Focus on Nuclear

September 16, 2013 10:35 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan is once again without atomic energy as its only operating nuclear reactor went offline Sunday for refueling and maintenance, and other plants remain closed for intensified safety checks following the 2011 meltdowns at the tsunami-stricken plant in Fukushima.

Brainstorm: Filtration (Part II)

September 16, 2013 9:32 am | by John Dauber, Vice President of Sales for U.S.A. & Canada, Camfil APC | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. This month, they ask: What safety factors should food manufacturers consider when implementing filtration systems in their facilities?

Liquid Polymer Systems for Wastewater Processes

September 16, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The patented dynaBLEND™ Liquid Polymer Dilution/Feed System from Fluid Dynamics eases the task of blending liquid polymers for wastewater processes because it is designed to effectively activate more difficult types of liquid polymers.


New LED Work Area String Lighting

September 16, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Larson Electronics -SL-10-LED Work Area Lighting LED String Light is an energy-efficient option for providing work site illumination.

Great Falls Oil Refinery Shutting Down for Repairs

September 13, 2013 10:59 am | News | Comments

The oil refinery in Great Falls is suspending production for about a month while workers make needed repairs. Calumet Montana Refining LLC officials tell the Great Falls Tribune the $10 million maintenance and repair project has been planned for four years.

Brainstorm: Filtration (Part I)

September 13, 2013 9:40 am | by Greg Marciniak, Atlas Copco Compressors | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. This month, they ask: What safety factors should food manufacturers consider when implementing filtration systems in their facilities?

Brainstorm: Filtration (ONLINE EXCLUSIVE)

September 12, 2013 11:04 am | by Jessica Exley, Compressed Air & Process Filtration Product Manager, Donaldson | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. This month, they ask: What safety factors should food manufacturers consider when implementing filtration systems in their facilities?

Adhesive Manufacturer Cited $200,000 in Calif. Worker Death

September 11, 2013 11:25 am | News | Comments

State health and safety officials have cited a Northern California adhesive manufacturing plant after temporary employee David Eleidjian was caught and crushed in a mixer's shaft at the company's Bay Point facility. He later died from his injuries.


5 Quick Questions: More Powerful Than ISO 14000 for Plant Floor Management

September 11, 2013 10:07 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

We recently sat down with Woodbury University President Luis Calingo, member of the 2013 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He offers perspective on goals every company in this sector should strive for and the irony of cost cuts that are often made to employee training programs.

Dow Chemical CEO Talks Strategy

September 11, 2013 9:41 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

The Wall Street Journal speaks with Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical about his management strategy and view for the future. He also discusses how his optimism is key to his success and how he uses that optimism to set the tone for the rest of the company.

5 Quick Questions: Mike Weller, President, Miller Electric

September 9, 2013 9:47 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Given the constant pressure that manufacturers face in attracting and replacing skilled workers, we asked Mike Weller of Miller Electric for some perspective on the future of the skilled trades and what the manufacturing sector can do to increase interest in the field from the next generation of workers.

Millennials’ Frugal and Green Lifestyles Raise the Bar for Brands

September 6, 2013 9:20 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Appearances can be deceiving. Millennials represent the fastest-growing segment of luxury goods and services purchasers, according to a recent study by American Express. Yet they are also giving rise to a new lifestyle that can be characterized in two words: frugal and green.

OSHA and EPA on Accidental Releases

September 6, 2013 9:16 am | by Scott Dunsmore, VP of Business Resources and Development, Lion Technology | Articles | Comments

Events such as the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion in April and the explosions at two manufacturing facilities in Louisiana in June have renewed interest in the regulations that have been established regarding accidental release prevention and facility security.


Electronic Water Treatment Reduces Fouling In Heat Exchangers

September 5, 2013 9:25 am | by Jan de Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

Fouling on heat transfer surfaces increases the overall thermal resistance and lowers the overall heat transfer coefficient of heat exchangers as well as impeding fluid flow, accelerating corrosion and increasing pressure drop across the heat exchanger.

New Fans Cut Lead Times

September 5, 2013 9:13 am | Articles | Comments

It was the need to keep employees cool that ultimately drove Stone Panels, Inc., and its facilities manager, Dewey Winker, to look into installing HVLS fans throughout the facility to reduce the temperature and the humidity in the facility.

The Hidden Cost Of Summer Heat

September 4, 2013 9:46 am | by Megan Browning, Big Ass Fans® | Articles | Comments

High ceilings, large open spaces, and sizeable mechanical obstructions can make cooling manufacturing and warehousing spaces difficult. Uncomfortable working conditions lead to heat-related illnesses and decreased productivity, which negatively affect the bottom line of the business.

Driving Manufacturing Success By Backing Up

September 4, 2013 9:36 am | by Michael Krutikov, Senior Global Marketing Manager, SMB Data Protection, at Symantec | Articles | Comments

Today’s smaller manufacturers are creating enormous amounts of data — everything from new product designs to top-secret intellectual property, as well as a constant flow of customer and sales information that must be managed and protected every day.

Alloy Plant Faces Quarter-Million Dollar Fine

September 3, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Special Metals' alloy plant in Huntington, WV could face $254,000 in city fines for alleged sewer and industrial waste discharge violations. The proposed fines include $200,000 for failing to address nine unspecified violations between 2003 and February 2013.

Manufacturing Hits Two-Year Peak In August

September 3, 2013 12:04 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP | News | Comments

U.S. factories expanded in August at the fastest pace since June 2011. The ISM report signals that manufacturing output could strengthen in coming months. A gauge of new orders rose nearly five points to 63.2, the highest level in more than two years.

Attracting Talent: A Lesson In Battling Perception

September 3, 2013 9:56 am | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

73 percent of brand owners taking part in a qualitative Manufacturing Excellence Share Group panel developed by the Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE) said the most difficult skill to find in today’s production workforce is the ability to solve problems.

Cloud Readiness For Logistics Providers

September 3, 2013 9:06 am | by Joe Pampel, Consulting Director, SunGard Availability Services | Articles | Comments

It’s cloud-computing technology for logistics service providers, or LSPs, and it’s a huge universe that encompasses every industry. It’s computing that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet and employs a network of remote servers to store, manage and process data rather than a local server.

Manchester Cheesemaker MDS Foods Plans New Plant

August 29, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

Cheesemaker MDS Foods Inc. plans to build an expanded production facility in Manchester. Coffee County industrial board executive director Ted Hackney says employment is expected to grow from 41 to about 70 in the next few years.  

Sheen Seen on River Near Delaware City Refinery

August 29, 2013 8:14 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

State environmental officials on Wednesday were investigating an oil spill at a refinery that left a sheen floating on the Delaware River. The refinery in Delaware City, operated by PBF Energy, reported the release about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Regulators Discuss Future of Neb. Nuclear Plant

August 29, 2013 8:08 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The idle Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is loaded with fuel for the first time in more than two years, and utility officials say it will operate safely if regulators allow it to restart. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they haven't decided whether to allow the plant to restart.

Veterans Get Skills to Work

August 28, 2013 1:53 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

According to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, there are nearly one million unemployed veterans today. In fact, data the organization released in November of last year showed that 211,000 of those are Iraq and Afghanistan-era vets.

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